Cast as a lion's head and upper body, this ring is especially compelling for its intricate detail. The lion's mane continues from the head down to the ring's shoulder, and the tail rises from the band on the opposite side. It shows hardly any wear; the patina on the lower band suggests there is some age to the ring. The ring is unmarked and is sized to 6 ½; the lion's head measures about ¾ inch wide and ½ inch high. Weight: 9.5 grams
This modernist pin with a pendant bail is composed of an oval-shaped forged band of sterling silver with a central polished piece of banded agate. It bears the partial marks of Tone Vigeland and the Plus Workshop of Fredriksburg, Norway, and dates c. 1960. The stone, attached by adhesive to a sterling bar, exhibits nicely delineated bands of color. The stone also has an internal narrow inclusion, which imparts a dramatic effect. The back has a working rollover clasp and a bail, as well as the maker’s mark and mark for sterling silver. The piece measures 2 1/4 inches by 2 inches.
A colorful pendant enameled in various shades of green, reportedly designed by Toril Bjorg for David-Andersen in 1977. It is well marked on the back, and measures 2 inches long by 1 1/2 inches at its widest part. The pendant comes with a long Italian sterling silver chain from the same period. Weight (pendant): 15.2 grams
This silver pin evokes the late Arts and Crafts era with its hammered-look surface and serpentine vines. The applied feature coral-colored glass bead centers for a nice splash of color. The hooded clasp completes the artisan look. The piece was probably made during the late 1940s-1950s to imitate the popular Scandinavian aesthetic of the time. It is unmarked. The pin measures 2 1/2 inches by 1 1/2 inches. Gross weight: 18.2 grams
These mid-century earrings are composed of recessed rectangular gilded sterling silver plaques enameled in a deep blue with a linear design under the glaze. Two raised vertical lines of gilded sterling decorate the center. They are secured by screw backs in good working order, and are signed Balle 925 for Øystein Balle of Norway. They measure 1 inch long by 3/4 inch wide. Weight: 10.1 grams
This Mexican cuff features a ladder-like design enhanced with dark incised outlines. It is quite comfortable and fits a medium-sized wrist. The surface exhibits tiny dots of tarnish but the patina has the softness of age. The cuff has retained its shape and is in very good vintage condition. It dates 1960s-1970s and is marked on the inner band with the Eagle 2 and the maker's initials that look like CSM within a circular Taxco/Mexico/925 mark. The band measures 7/8 inch wide; the inner circumference is about 6 3/4 inches. The cuff’s opening measures a little over 2 1/4 inches across and there is just under an inch between the terminals. Weight: 39.7 grams
This double-hinged bangle, a mid-century design by Sigfredo Pineda, features a central oval amethyst cabochon, framed in sterling silver and highly polished. It is surrounded by two sets of slender sterling silver bands enclosing it like fingers. The bracelets band is in three sections, with a soft patina from age, and the two hinge pins are very secure. The push-down clasp is in good working order, and there is a long, delicate safety chain attached by soldered rings. The inner band exhibits the Sigi mark, Eagle 3, a circular country mark and the design mark of 257. The bracelet has a 6 ½-inch inner circumference; the stone measures 1 inch by ¾ in. The band measures 5/8 inch wide.
This interesting handmade ring is composed of applied angular bands of various textures. A split band is attached asymmetrically to each side. The ring is unmarked, but tests definitively for silver. It is probably from the 1970s, and is sized approximately a 6 scant. Weight: 5 grams
Composed of five connected sterling panels, each decorated with two applied sterling calla lilies and gilded leaves. The flap clasp is very secure, as are all connecting rings; the sterling safety chain has a spring-ring clasp. The flap has an indecipherable mark, possibly for a maker, between the mark for sterling and the mark for gold content: 1/20 10kt G.F. (for gold-filled). The bracelet measures 7 ¼ inches long, including the clasp, and just under 1 ¼ inches wide. Weight: 57.9 grams
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Silver : Scandinavian : Georg Jensen : Pre 1980 item #1319793 (stock #J2648)
This popular Georg Jensen design features a deeply recessed, oxidized groove around the entire band that is embedded with tiny silver beads. The inside of the band bears the Jensen post-1945 mark, country and sterling marks, and design number of 60 B. The ring is sized at approximately an 8 1/4. Weight: 3.3 grams
This unusual bracelet is cleverly hand-built from cast circular elements, each riveted to the next. The rivets allow the circular pieces to move as on a hinge, and each is connected at an angle to accommodate a comfortable fit on the wrist. The box clasp is sturdy and secure, with a figure-eight safety catch. Although the circular elements are hollow, the bracelet has a good heft and has a Constructivist aesthetic. It is probably from the 1970s. The clasp is marked 925 for sterling silver. The bracelet measures about 7 inches long by 3/8 inch wide. Weight: 46.5 grams
This pin bridges mid-century modernist and Southwest aesthetics with its angular design and polished ceramic cabochon resembling turquoise. It’s marked 925 for sterling silver at one end; the original rollover clasp is very secure. The pin measures about 3 inches long by ¾ inch wide.
Probably Native American, these earrings feature simple, classic geometrical designs enhanced with oxidation. The earrings are not marked, but test for sterling silver; the screw backs are marked sterling. They date about 1950-1960, and the surface exhibits a warm patina. Each earring drops about 2 inches and each hoop measures 1 3/8 inches in diameter. Weight: 10.5 grams total
Made for the 1950s tourist market, this bracelet is set with turquoise-glazed faience beads shaped as scarabs. The back of each scarab features hieroglyphs. Each is securely mounted in a wirework frame and the secure tongue and groove clasp exhibits embossed ancient Egyptian symbols of a falcon and an ankh. There are Egyptian silver marks on the tongue and other indecipherable marks elsewhere on the bracelet. It measures 7 1/2 inches long by approximately 1 inch wide.
These abstract earrings have an unconstructed, rough look of Brutalist design. They have pendants with curled, textured and oxidized surfaces that are finished on both sides and dangle from similar tops. They test definitively for sterling silver, and have a bit of weight, but are not too heavy for the original ear clips. They date around the 1950s-1960s; there are indecipherable marks struck on the pendant bails. The earrings measure 2 inches long by 5/8 inch at the widest area. Weight: 13.2 grams total
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Silver : Scandinavian : Georg Jensen : Pre 1970 item #1318717 (stock #J2661)
The bold design of this cuff features Viking influences, with embossed traditional patterns on an oxidized background. The terminals are curved for easily slipping the piece over the wrist, and there are applied triangular plaques where a safety chain was attached. The bracelet is inscribed inside and dated 1967. The Georg Jensen post-1945 mark appears on the edge of one terminal, and the design number 78 is on the other. There is a 1/16-inch impact under one edge (see photo 5). The cuff has a 7-inch internal circumference; there is a 1-inch gap between the terminals, the band measures ¾ inch wide and the opening measures 2 ¼ inches across. Weight: 48.8 grams
This unusual sterling silver necklace is constructed of sections 1/8-inch wire in a wavy pattern similar to figure eights laid end to end. Each section is linked by flattened, securely soldered bands; it is a nice, substantial piece. The necklace is marked sterling on the band attached to the jump ring, as well as on the spring ring. It measures 17 inches long by 3/8 inch wide. Weight: 53.7 grams
Formed as a head of an ancient Americas warrior or deity, this pin was made for the tourist trade probably during the 1950s or earlier. It features a red glass face in profile with a flowing headdress composed of pierced silver. The original clasp is in good working order. It’s marked Ormex, 925, with the abbreviation for Guadeloupe; a vertical monogram of AIM, unidentified, appears next to it. The pin measures 2 ¼ inches long by 1 3/8 inches wide.