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Antique Moonstone Sterling Necklace on Paperclip Chain

Catalogue: Estate Jewelry: Silver: Arts and Crafts: Pre 1920   item# 1114707

Antique Moonstone Sterling Necklace on Paperclip Chain
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Here's a little slice of heaven: a bewitching crescent moon to wear at your throat, set with a luminous moonstone.

As you probably know, moonstones were greatly favored by jewelry designers in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. They were ideal for the cabochon cuts and simple bezel settings that characterized Arts and Crafts style. The very clean lines of this jewel anticipate Art Deco, which began to evolve in Edwardian times, but its dainty scale identifies it with the earlier era. It was undoubtedly made for a young lady, since large jewelry was considered vulgar on unmarried women until standards relaxed after World War I. Its paperclip chain -- an extremely feminine, curvy version in this case -- is also typically Edwardian and transitional.

This ethereally beautiful necklace is 15 inches long, with the central moon measuring about 1 3/8 inches from horn to horn. The stone is blue-white and undoubtedly genuine, without the abrasions we'd see on glass. Overall condition of the jewel is lovely. Only light surface wear is evident under high magnification, along with a bit of age patina on the reverse that survived someone's recent polishing (not mine, I emphasize to the purists among us). That it's stamped simply "Sterling" suggests American origin, because a panoply of hallmarks appear on most English sterling silver. Provenance is a Deep South estate.

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Victorian Arts and Crafts Brooch of Sterling and Topaz

Catalogue: Estate Jewelry: Silver: Arts and Crafts: Pre 1900   item# 1037523

Victorian Arts and Crafts Brooch of Sterling and Topaz
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$285
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This superb handmade antique brooch is a museum-worthy example of Arts and Crafts design and workmanship. It's among the best I've seen, which is why it's been in my personal collection for 30 years. The size is quite substantial - about 2 by 1 3/4 inches - and of course it has the old T-hinge, open C-clasp and thick elongated pinstem indicative of great age.

With apologies to the purists among us, I keep this pin lightly polished with a jeweler's cloth, so its details are buried in patina. If that got too dark and heavy, we'd lose sight of the fine hammer strokes and other textural features of this treasure.

The gorgeously cut stone was sold to me as a topaz, but could conceivably be cairngorm; it's definitely a natural gem.

The brooch came from an antiques dealer in London and it might have been made there. The quality is certainly up to London standards, but Scotland is also a good possibility. Gems of this color often feature in Scottish jewelry and the bold form has a rather Mackintosh look, especially those elongated petals. One would expect a signature on a jewel of this quality; however, many of the finest Arts & Crafts pieces weren't signed.

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Antique Arts and Crafts Sterling Crescent Moon Brooch

Catalogue: Estate Jewelry: Silver: Arts and Crafts: Pre 1920   item# 685791

Antique Arts and Crafts Sterling Crescent Moon Brooch
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$175

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The crescent moon motif has featured in jewels since antiquity, but reached its height of refinement in Victorian times and immediately thereafter. This splendid example of the form unites the romantic Victorian impulse with fine Arts & Crafts workmanship and early 20th century modernism.

The result is a brooch that's as much a delight to touch as to see. The sterling moon is sleek and shapely, concave below and convex above, where an applied halo of 12 large diamond pastes rings the outer edge with brilliance. The wonderful old stones, so much more fiery than our modern rhinestones, are set in tall collets that flare from narrow bases to wide notched tops. These gracefully constructed little silver towers show the minor differences in shape and size that attest to hand-craftmanship, as do slight irregularities of the seam between the two parts. Also signifying quality, there's a good heft to this pin, relative to its size (about 1.5 by .75 inches). Being so dimensional -- more than a fourth of an inch thick -- it seems bigger.

Condition is lovely, showing only age-appropriate surface wear under magnification, and provenance is a New England estate. The clasp is an safety that appears original; otherwise, the dating could be up to a decade earlier than 1920. Although the Edwardian era technically ended in 1910, much of the style persisted through a transitional period until Art Deco became dominant. Quite a bit of patina remains around the clasp and hinge, as well as around the stones, but someone has given the rest of it a recent polish. The only mark is the word Sterling, as is right for the period. Our modern "925" began to be widely seen in the 1930s.

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Lavishly Textured Sterling Silver Posy Brooch c 1890

Catalogue: Estate Jewelry: Silver: Arts and Crafts: Pre 1900   item# 546551

Lavishly Textured Sterling Silver Posy Brooch c 1890
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What makes this hand-crafted Victorian Arts & Crafts brooch truly remarkable is the attention given to its surface detail. The artist who fashioned it managed to combine the appeal of needlework with that of silverwork. The flower petals, engraved to resemble woven threads of fabric, are edged with what look like cross-stitch stars. The stem is prettily textured, too, and the flower's repousse center is even patterned with a stylized floral form. There's so much going on that you can lose yourself in looking at it.

The old "C" clasp indicative of great age is present, as is a hinge of the type introduced in the 1880s. The pinstem remains somewhat elongated, but was at some time shortened a bit in the interest of safety (not a bad idea, since extra-long ones can easily draw blood). This type of hinge lets the pinstem wobble when open, but it fastens securely. A small tear at the top of the hinge has been professionally repaired. Given the extreme delicacy of sterling, the brooch is in lovely condition, although of course the repair is reflected in our low price. Size is 1 3/4" by 1 1/4", with the flower's face measuring 1 1/4" in each direction -- a perfect size to ornament a lapel without overwhelming. Provenance is an East Coast estate.

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