An elegant, early 20th-century pin decorated with tour á guilloché enamel within wire reserves. A mauve zigzag pattern borders a diamond-pattern white center bisected by silver wire and a band of mauve. Gold stars and flying birds are embedded around the edge and at each end. It has a strong pin stem that hooks into a hooded C-clasp. The back is marked sterling and ‘Genuine Cloisonne’; it bears the maker’s mark of Watson Co. of Attleboro, MA. The pin measues 2 inches long by 1 ¾ inches wide. Weight: 9.9 grams
Featuring a delicate, butterfly-like design, these earrings are unmarked except for a sterling mark, but definitely read Mexican. Most likely they date from the 1950s and measure 1 5/8 inches long by 1 inch wide. They are secured by kidney wires with hooks and are worn perpendicular to the ear. Weight: 5.8 grams total
Probably Chinese, set with faux turquoise and coral-colored enamel, this jaunty pin is shaped as a walking rooster carrying a basket of eggs. It is marked as silver on the back of the wing holding the basket; it also tests very strongly for sterling. It is secured with a rollover clasp in good working order. The pin measures 1 3/8 inches high by 1 ½ inches wide. Gross weight: 5.7 grams
Delicate wire rings define this 1970s handmade chain necklace by Boston jeweler John Lewis. Each loop is securely soldered and quite durable despite its lightweight look and feel. The maker’s hockey stick mark, as well as the sterling mark, appears on the ring attached to the hook. The chain measures 19 ¼ inches long; the widest loops measure ¾ inch in diameter. Weight: 10.3 grams
An enameled violin is suspended from an enameled treble clef, both enhanced with marcasite. The clef bears a rollover clasp on the back, and the violin is marked Germany/sterling silver. When worn with the clef at a slight angle, the 1960s pin measures approximately 2 inches long by ¾ inch wide at the violin. Weight: 5.2 grams
Featuring a clean impressed linear decoration enhanced with oxidation, this unmarked bangle looks to have been inspired by Native American or Mexican design. It has a graduated width and interesting, irregular-shaped terminals. There is a little bit of give in the fit, but the bracelet is quite strong from the hammer work. It tests definitively for sterling silver. The bangle has an inner circumference of just under 8 inches and measures 2 3/8 inches across the opening. The width ranges from 1/4 inch to just over 3/4 inch at the terminals. Weight: 47.1 grams
These petite earrings feature central disks of faux turquoise set in pinwheel-like frames, reminiscent of southwest U.S. or Mexican design. They have working screw backs and can be easily converted to posts. The screws are marked sterling with a capital F in circle, possibly for George H. Fuller & Son, Pawtucket, RI. (The mark may apply to the fittings only.) They measure ½ inch in diameter.
Composed of modified figure-eight links and applied beads, this bracelet has a nice heft and is very well made. The fold-over clasp bears the mark of Reveriano Castillo, an Eagle 3, partial sterling mark and design number of 118. The clasp indicates some age, dating the bracelet to probably the 1950s; there is also a safety chain. The bracelet measures 7 inches long by ½ inch wide. Weight: 23.6 grams
Composed of a continuous narrow silver band wound around a graduated band of flexible material, this necklace is designed to hug the base of the neck and move with it. It dates from the 1950s or early 1960s, and bears a partially worn sterling mark at one end. The clasp is very secure and the necklace has retained its shape, showing hardly any signs of wear. It measures about 15 ¾ inches long; the width ranges from ½ inches to ¼ inches. Gross weight: 45.5 grams
These unmarked Mexican earrings feature lacy wirework on a half-moon-shaped frame. They test strongly for silver and sit perpendicular to the ear. They date from the 1950s and are secured by kidney wires with hooks. They measure 1 3/8 inches long by ¾ inch wide. Weight: 7 grams total
Sixteen polished stones of various colors and types are set in claw-like mounts in this eye-catching choker necklace from the 1950s or 1960s. The stones appear to be agates and quartzes, and exhibit only very minor wear; there are no serious losses or other damage. The mounts are quite nicely formed to securely hold the stones without pins or adhesive. The box clasp is in good working order. The reverse of the necklace bears the Mexico eagle mark for sterling and three initials for the maker, SHG or SHC. The necklace measures 14 inches long by 3/8 inches wide.
This bracelet is probably Italian although it is unmarked. It is composed of various curved links, the large oval ones decorated with cylindrical elements enameled in the signature green and cobalt blue of the mid-to-late 1960s. The bracelet shows a strong test for sterling. The spring-ring clasp is secure and the enamel exhibits hardly any wear. It measures 8 inches long. Weight: 23.6 grams
This charming piece is molded as a face and decorated with various polished beads of carnelian, amethyst, and other semi-precious stones (possibly tourmaline/iolite and tanzanite). The silver exhibits some hammering, and each bead is attached with what looks like a handmade pin to a dangling pod-like structure. The silver is gilded, giving the piece a light, playful feel. It can be suspended from a colorful cord or a gold-plated chain. The pendant measures 3 ¾ inches long by 2 inches wide, and is unmarked.
This disc pin features a large faceted citrine in a bold prong setting. The stone has a light yellow-brown tinge and shows no signs of damage or wear. It is quite secure in its mount. The disc has a warm patina from age; the piece dates conservatively 1960-1970. The back has a secure rollover clasp and bears the marks for Mexican silver (eagle 42, circular 925 Sterling) as well as the maker’s mark for Los Ballesteros. There appears to have been a pendant bale or hook that has been removed. The pin measures 1 5/8 inches in diameter.
Composed of diamond-shaped links, this bracelet has a nice, substantial feel. It has the Finland date mark for 1972, the maker’s mark for Kultateollisuus Ky, the city mark for Turku, and the silver content mark of 830H. The spring ring clasp is very secure, and may be a replacement for the original. The bracelet measures 8 inches long by 3/16 inch wide. Weight: 16.4 grams
This handmade ring features a substantial domed top of cross-hatched openwork and an adjustable band. It dates around 1960-1970, and bears the marks of husband and wife designers Else Berntsen Hughes and Paul Hughes, including the H mark for their workshop, Studio Else and Paul. The ring is sized approximately 4 ½-5 and can be adjusted slightly larger by a competent jeweler. Weight: 10.5 grams
A lobed, openwork pendant suspended from a v-shaped, flexible neck ring. The neck ring is dated 1975, and bears the city mark for Koeping; the maker’s mark of BFH is unidentified. The pendant is dated 1971, and bears the maker’s mark of Alton, the city mark for Falköping, and the mark of designer Theresia Hvorslev. The widest resting point of the neck ring measures a little over 4 ½ inches; the pendant measures 1 7/8 inches long. Weight of pendant: 8.4 grams. Neck ring weight: at least 10 grams
This comfortable 1960s bracelet is composed of chevron-shaped links that move naturally with the wrist. It bears the mark of New York jeweler Carl Ruopoli and sports an innovative disc clasp that is quite secure and easy to maneuver. The bracelet measures 7 ½ inches long by ½ inch wide. Weight: 21 grams