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Antique Art Deco Aquamarine Crystal Tassel Necklace

Catalogue: Estate Jewelry: Strands: Pre 1930   item# 1246322

Antique Art Deco Aquamarine Crystal Tassel Necklace
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Both for heavenly color and liveliness in motion, this is among the most stunning Art Deco necklaces I've ever seen -- the sort of dazzler that people just can't take their eyes off! The crystal is very fine and superbly cut to sparkle madly, seeming to glow from within. In the mix are four different sizes, from teensy crystal heishi on the tassel to whopping faceted teardrops nearly 1 3/4 inches long.

As you know, the Edwardians loved jewels with drops to swing and sway, whereas later Deco necklaces became extra-long ropes much simpler in design, so we date this to early in the Deco period. Despite great age, its condition is superb, showing only miniscule fleabites under extreme magnification. The necklace has been beautifully cared for through generations, as it richly deserves and, for ongoing safety, I had the beads restrung by my favorite jeweler. Total length is 34 inches, including the 3 1/4-inch beaded tassel. Provenance is a Wisconsin estate.

There's no charge for insured U.S. Priority shipping (with an equivalent discount on international delivery) and glamorous gift-wrap is always free when desired. Please e-mail erinharris@comcast.net to confirm availability, order or request more photos. Thanks for looking!



Fine Edwardian Platinum Aquamarine Diamond Earrings

Catalogue: Estate Jewelry: Platinum: Vintage: Pre 1910   item# 1228645

Fine Edwardian Platinum Aquamarine Diamond Earrings
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$3,495.
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Superb earrings will always be the Holy Grail of antique jewelry, since it's so easy to lose one -- or, if they're really special (like these), for them to be separated into pendants for the sake of two heirs. To our great good fortune, this magnificent pair has survived together over the past century, in immaculate condition.

Handmade around 1905, when the jeweler's art was at its apex, they feature two large aquamarines that are startlingly beautiful, both for their octagonal emerald-shaped cut and their water-blue color. The gems are too early to have been heat-treated, as has been customary since circa 1920 to intensify hue. That they're natural makes them exceptionally rare and lovelier with platinum than a more assertive shade could ever be. Mounted with them are a total of 14 single-cut diamonds, 7 in each. All stones show very good proportion, symmetry and polish, according to a nationally esteemed gemologist.

The exquisite, articulated settings are equal to the stones. They swing and sway with every motion. Note particularly the millegrain surfaces. Millegraining is a highly demanding technique developed in Edwardian times to add extra dimension and sparkle. The bezels into which the gems were fitted were given deckled edges overlaid with tiny ornamental beads of metal. Trying to duplicate such refined workmanship today, if it could even be done at all, would cost the earth.

The earrings measure 1 1/2 inches long and have threaded posts with screw-on clutches for security. Those were a significant innovation in their day and are quite a lot sturdier than our modern ones. Total weight is 2.9 pennyweights, including approximately 2 carats of aquamarines and 0.16 in diamonds. An incidental benefit of choosing antique diamonds is that we can be certain they aren't "blood diamonds" funding African insurgencies and even terrorism.

Obviously these earrings would be a gift worthy of a landmark occasion: a wedding, the birth of a child, a major anniversary or job promotion. As you know if your taste favors Edwardian gemstone earrings of top quality, they're so popular among discerning collectors that real ones rarely reach the open market. Even crude replicas made around 1980 are fetching more than $2000 now.

For these beauties, there will be no charge for secure delivery to any country where we ship. Providing luxurious gift-wrap will also be our pleasure. Please e-mail to confirm availability, order or request more photos. Layaway is also available; if you're interested in that option, we'll try to arrange a schedule that works well for you. Thanks for looking!



Rare Berlin Iron Snowflake Brooch 19th century

Catalogue: Estate Jewelry: Other Metals: Period: Pre 1900   item# 1228576

Rare Berlin Iron Snowflake Brooch 19th century
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$265 Sale. Formerly $345.
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So-called "Berlin Iron" jewelry, which was also produced elsewhere, is now rare and highly prized. It's best known for its association wiwth the Prussian War of Liberation against Napoleon (1813-1815), during which iron jewels were crafted for those who donated valuables to the cause. People wore them with pride as tokens of patriotism. In a lamentable number of instances, they served also as mourning jewels.

After hostilities ended, iron jewelry enjoyed a heyday through much of Europe. Thus, it's hard to be certain of Prussian origin, unless an item bears the inscription "Gold gab ich fur Eisen" (meaning “I gave gold for iron”) or a Berlin foundry mark. Wherever it was produced, the pieces were cast in iron from models of silver or brass, then polished and lacquered to a matte black finish -- but, as time went on, the designs became more graceful and naturalistic.

This delightful iron snowflake has the lacy look favored after heavy neo-classical styles had run their course. A very special treasure for the serious collector, the brooch measures about one and a half inches round and is comprised of two layers, artfully domed. Condition is lovely despite its great age and openwork form. Importantly, we've seen no rust even under high magnification. Losses of lacquer are minor, except on the central bead that crowns the dome and adds a pretty bit of silvery sparkle.

At the back, we note a fastening system that's right for the period, including a pinstem that was evidently shortened -- a common and sensible practice because those extra-long pins drew blood after women stopped wearing layers of thick underclothing. The open C clasp has faint markings in two tiny cartouches, which are more than usually significant since few iron jewels are marked, even pieces attributed to major makers. It's a shame we haven't been able to identify these, beyond observing at the end of the second stamp a head in profile followed by the numeral 3.

Without further clues, I can only guess about origin and my guess is France. Provenance is a New England estate. You may be surprised that this brooch is light enough to wear on silk without a moment's worry, given our tendency to think of iron as weighty. That's perfectly true of the garden furniture, but not the jewelry. A good way to tell if something is iron, BTW, is to apply a magnet; even very delicate, lacy pieces will exert mild magnetism.

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Dramatic Italian Vintage Ring, Filigree and Obsidian

Catalogue: Estate Jewelry: Costume: Unsigned: Pre 1960   item# 1228335

Dramatic Italian Vintage Ring, Filigree and Obsidian
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$40 Sale. Formerly $60.
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Here's a perfect small gift or little treat for yourself. This very exotic-looking ring was acquired in Sicily and features a bold, highly prismic stone of faceted ebony glass -- most likely the natural volcanic glass called obsidian, which would have come from Mount Etna in the present instance.

The stone's setting, an ornate filigree of silvery metal, will fit anyone, since the shank was shaped with a little gap at the back. Probable dating would be Retro, circa 1950, when large costume rings were wildly popular. Its height evokes the dangerous mood of a "poison ring" but it doesn't open and, despite its impressive size, the ring's quite comfortable to wear.

There's no charge for insured U.S. shipping, with an equivalent discount on international delivery, and gift-wrap is always free when desired. Please e-mail to confirm availability, order or request more photos. Thanks for looking!



Antique Art Deco Belais Watch 18k White Gold Sapphires

Catalogue: Estate Jewelry: Gold: Deco: Pre 1930   item# 1228104

Antique Art Deco Belais Watch 18k White Gold Sapphires
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$1,100 Sale. Formerly $1,600.
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This breathtaking antique white gold watch from a Miami estate is an excellent example of why the Belais Brothers' work is so esteemed. For spectacular design, refined craftsmanship and the excellence of their patented white gold, they surpassed all others in the late 19th and early 20th century. Notice the rich detail of the case. Not just the front but also the sides and back are intricately ornamented.

This watch would be gorgeous, even without its vivid sapphire accents. With their added opulence, it's dynamite. The stones may be natural or, more likely, the Verneuil synthetics which appeared often in fine jewelry of this era. The laboratory-produced stones aren't "fakes" like glass; they chemically reproduce real gems so well that even jewelers must test them. Here the brilliant stones are cut in fancy shapes and the hands on the watch are sapphire blue, too, as are the beautifully enameled numerals.

The case measures 16mm wide and 44mm from lug to lug and bears the initials of the original owner, CDC, on reverse. It contains a movement marked Perla Watch Co, which has 17 jewels and 2 adjustments, and was recently overhauled. Though the watch is in running condition now, we can't promise that a little tweaking won't be needed on arrival. Of course we'll pack with utmost care, but antique watches are temperamental about transport.

The jeweled filigree bracelet, a glorious color match, is marked "Bates & B" for Bates and Bacon. Based in Attleborough, MA, the company operated from 1856 through the 1930s and was known for producing excellent gold and gold-filled jewelry. Other marks present are the brand-name "Clasper" and "Pat'd. 2-7-22". We didn't find a stamp for metal content, but slight surface wear suggests it's gold-filled. It doesn't have the hard white sheen of rhodium plating, nor the tarnish you'd expect of silver. The four sapphire blue stones here show some wear under high magnification, so are probably Czech crystals, but their dainty size makes them persuasive pretenders. The bracelet, which will unhook at either end, can be easily shortened from its present length of 6 inches. I expect a good jeweler could also find a way to lengthen it, if needed.

Both watch and bracelet date from early in the Art Deco era, based on the Edwardian delicacy of the filigree and engraving. The bracelet, like the watch, is beautifully detailed on the back and edges, as well as the front.

For this exceptional item, there will be no charge for secure delivery to any country where we ship, and we're always happy to gift-wrap free on request. Please e-mail to confirm availability, order or request more photos. Thanks for looking!



Huge Vintage Pink Lucite Floral Dangle Earrings

Catalogue: Estate Jewelry: Costume: Unsigned: Pre 1980   item# 1227967

Huge Vintage Pink Lucite Floral Dangle Earrings
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$65 Sale. Formerly $95.
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Ideal for this pink-loving season -- and not for shy violets -- these fabulous vintage earrings will turn all eyes your way! They're a whopping 5 1/2 inches long and designed to dance with every step you take.

Of frosted pink lucite in an array of floral, leaf, shell and prism shapes, they're accented by faux pearls and gilt metal chains with surface detail for extra sparkle. The tops, two inches round, are fixed to clip backs for comfort, because you wouldn't want this much weight on a post. The drops add another 3 1/2 inches to length and an amazing lot of glamor.

No doubt these were first worn by a Disco Queen of the 1970s, but she treated them gently and they're in marvelous condition. Provenance is the collection of a former antique shop owner in the Hamptons. Frankly, I've never seen any costume earrings this remarkable and I'm sometimes wearing them, myself, while they await a new owner. Seize the day soon or I may refuse to part with them.

BTW, there's a gorgeous pink Lucite garland necklace in stock now, a West German treasure from the 1950s which would be spectacular with these. Be sure to search it out, if you can stand that much drama.

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Vintage Retro West German Pink Floral Necklace

Catalogue: Estate Jewelry: Strands: Pre 1960   item# 1227947

Vintage Retro West German Pink Floral Necklace
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$85 Sale. Formerly $115.
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Perfect with the pink and other pastel fashions so stylish now, this luscious necklace looks like a lei of frangipani flowers. While it seems fresh from the islands, it's actually a vintage jewel from West Germany -- source of many of our loveliest 1950s designs. The words West Germany and the letter W (possibly M) are stamped in a circle on the back of its pretty beaded clasp. As you may know, West German jewelry is highly prized for its fine and innovative craftsmanship, and prices have been steadily rising since German reunification in 1990. There will never be more of these goodies, so we'd all be wise to stock up while the getting's still good.

This beauty, designed much in the Haskell spirit, is comprised of faceted petal-shaped beads grouped into stylized blossoms, separated by tiny bugle beads and accents. It's all Lucite, shimmering like crystal, with a smattering of clear beads amid the pink to add extra sparkle. Length is about 17 inches, when fastened -- but can double that, if you take the clasp loose to wear the necklace as a single strand, instead of two (in which case the clasp blends in beautifully).

Condition is so lovely that it takes high magnification to see any wear to the beads; only age-appropriate loss of gilding on the back the clasp and its push-in fastener is more apparent. The necklace seems to have been recently restrung, a plus for safety's sake. Provenance is a Pennsylvania estate.

BTW, if you like this, be sure to see our vintage pink lucite dangle earrings. These pieces would be show-stopping together, if you dare!

There's no charge for insured U.S. shipping and gift-wrap is always free when desired. Please e-mail to confirm availability, order or request more photos. Thanks for looking!



Rare Antique Art Nouveau Lady Portrait Barrette c 1900

Catalogue: Estate Jewelry: Costume: Unsigned: Pre 1910   item# 1227662

Rare Antique Art Nouveau Lady Portrait Barrette c 1900
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$95 Sale. Formerly $145.
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Authentic Victorian Art Nouveau "lady portrait" jewels have become so scarce that even well-made replicas are coveted, so we're delighted to present this treasure from the late 19th or very early 20th century. It's a highly unusual example of the form, being crafted as a hair jewel. Through many years of collecting Art Nouveau, I've never before run across a barrette like this.

Obviously you could transform it into a necklace pendant and/or brooch by having it set in a bezel with the appropriate hardware. Most likely, that would increase its value substantially; however, I find it even more charming in its unexpected present form and would thrill to see it adorning the hair of a young woman or child.

This is a truly spectacular piece -- highly dimensional, large (about 1.5 inches round) and exquisitely detailed. The portrait head is one of the loveliest I've seen, both for the woman's beauty and for her harmony with the floral and foliate shapes surrounding her. A flower wafting from behind settles perfectly over her curls like a ruffled cap!

The influence of French "art medals" is strong and quite possibly an original by one of the masters is recreated here. It probably hails from France, given its provenance (a Louisiana estate). Condition, as you see, is remarkably fine. Quite a bit of patina remains on the aged brass reverse, but the front was brightly polished sometime recently. The hairpin-type barrette catch still works without a glitch after more than a century.

There's no charge for insured U.S. shipping (with an equivalent discount on international delivery). Gift-wrap is also free on request. Please e-mail to confirm availability, order or request more photos. Thanks for looking!



Early Deco Necklace Sterling and Pink Tourmaline Paste

Catalogue: Estate Jewelry: Silver: Deco: Pre 1920   item# 1227424

Early Deco Necklace Sterling and Pink Tourmaline Paste
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$215 Sale. Formerly $265.
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Here's an antique necklace that couldn't be more heavenly with all the pink and other pastel fashions so popular right now! It's also quite an important transitional piece, blending sleek Art Deco geometry (an influence on jewelry from around 1910), with the delicate refinement and soft color of Edwardian jewels and even -- in its all-around "fringe" of jeweled drops -- the archeological mood carried forward from Late Victorian times.

Purchased by its former owner at a Swiss antiques shop about 45 years ago, the necklace features metalwork of hallmarked Sterling silver and artfully cut pink tourmaline pastes from Eastern Europe, where Bohemia (Czechoslovakia after World War I) had been known for superb glass since the medieval era. While the necklace could have been fashioned before the First World War -- making it technically Austro-Hungarian -- we're dating it slightly afterward, circa 1920, based on the spring-ring clasp.

Eighteen inches long, a graceful length for everyone, it weighs more than 24 grams, so there's nothing flimsy about it. Its heft makes it drape beautifully, of course, and the medium pink blush of the crystals will flatter any complexion.

There's no charge for insured U.S. shipping, with an equivalent discount on international delivery, and beautiful gift-wrap is always free when desired. Please e-mail to confirm availability, order or request more photos. Thanks for looking!



Splendid Signed Victorian Coral Choker Necklace c1890

Catalogue: Estate Jewelry: Costume: Designer: Pre 1900   item# 1227263

Splendid Signed Victorian Coral Choker Necklace c1890
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$195 Sale. Formerly $245.
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As you know if you follow fashion, chokers are the trendiest necklaces around today. In fact, the last time they were so coveted, Alexandra was Queen of England! This example was crafted even earlier, when she was still Princess of Wales. The Princess Di or Countess Kate of her day, beautiful Alex popularized chokers (and high collars with bar pins), because she liked to hide a small scar on her neck. Her adoring subjects and fans across the sea needed no such excuse.

This choker, a paricularly wide and wonderful one, couldn't be more Belle Epoque. Everything about it screams Gay Nineties: the curvy Art Nouveau forms, richly gilded metalwork and spectacular, unusual stones. Signed "Greene Bros., New York City, NY", it's set with 10 gorgeous speckled coral cabochons. These look like real coral, but could be excellent art glass or early plastic, and faux coral was equally prized at the time. The choker's central oval medallion measures a stately 2 1/2 inches tall by 1 3/4 inches wide and is riveted onto a mesh band measuring 4 1/2 inches by 1 inch, which has brackets to hold ribbon or lace. Jewels of this sort were tied on, giving the wearer a chance to match her necklace ribbons to her dress. Hair was customarily pinned up, so the pretty bow at the back was easily visible. Depending on what you tie it to, this versatile jewel could also be worn as a sash ornament or a headband.

No polishing of the gilt brass has been done, since the decision on how far to go with cleaning should be left to its next owner. Obviously, the metal could be made quite bright by a good jeweler, since the inner surface still shimmers. Overall condition is extremely good, with only minor age-appropriate wear, and provenance is an East Coast estate.

There's no charge for insured U.S. shipping, with an equivalent discount on international delivery, and gift-wrap is free on request. Please e-mail to confirm availability, order or request more photos. We're always happy to send larger images that will give you a clearer view. Thanks for looking!


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