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All Items : Archives : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Victorian : Pre 1900 item #1187588 (stock #R1502)
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Did you know that in Chinese astrology 2013 is the year of snake? The image of the snake has been used since the beginning of time to represent and symbolize a variety of meanings. For Native Americans it was the life form given to lightning and rainbows; for the ancient Hebrews it was a symbol of healing as well as a representation of both good and bad fortune; by Christians, it was revered as the symbol of God. In more recent history, after Price Alfred gave Queen Victoria a snake ring for their engagement, it popularly became the symbol for fidelity, eternity and endless love. This Victorian 18kt yellow gold ring is an example of the timelessness of much Victorian jewelry; modern and simple from a distance it has the appearance of a wide gold band. Look closer and you see the diamond (.20pt) accented head of the serpent wrapped around the tail representing the eternal circle.

Condition: Good; minor wear and surface scratches commensurate with age and one small dent on the reverse

Ring Size: 8 1/2 and able to be re-sized.

Measurements: 1/2" across at the widest part; 2/5" at the narrowest

Gross Weight: 6.1 dwt (9.5 grams)

Circa: 1890. Most likely English in origin
All Items : Archives : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Victorian : Pre 1910 item #1185317 (stock #ER1492)
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Delicate Victorian earrings shaped into little florets holding a central small diamond surrounded by 4 smaller diamonds all suspended by an additional small diamond at the top of the lever back earring wire. Beautiful, discreet and light as a feather on the ear.

Condition: Very Good; very slight and undetectable repair to the top rear of one of the wire backs

Measurements: 1/2" by 1/2"

Gross Weight: 2.5 dwt (3.8 grams)

Circa: 1900
All Items : Archives : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Victorian : Pre 1910 item #1170336 (stock #N1191)
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The Victorian women loved their long chains and often wore a few at the same time. The next time you are visiting a museum, take a look at the jewelry in some of the paintings and you will notice the chains as well as other pieces which may begin to look familiar. I love to find the similarities in pieces I own and ones I see in books and paintings!

This 14kt link chain is unusual not only for the length (28 inches) but also for the the lovely and delicate double infinity link element. However, you don't have to worry that this is too delicate to wear; after all it has withstood at least 100 years! There is no clasp but it is long enough to triple - so in essence you'll have 2 necklaces in one. A wonderful classic piece for your collection to wear alone, with other chains or to hang a pendant or locket. Needless to say, I love this chain for its versatility as well as the design.

Condition: Excellent

Measurements: 28" long; each link is 5/8" long by 1/4" wide

Gross Weight: 18.3 dwt; 28.6 grams Circa: 1900; American
All Items : Archives : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Victorian : Pre 1900 item #1117744 (stock #N1082)
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"Holbeinesque" jewelry was one of the early manifestations of the 1870s Renaissance revival style, characterized by a large oval gemstone mounted in gold and enameled with the ubiquitous quatrefoil motif. This magnificent pendant is a supreme example. The central oval garnet cabochon is surrounded by this quatrefoil design in red, green and blue champlevé enamel on 18kt gold interspersed with six square set chrysoberyl jewels. A beautifully enameled bale sits atop the pendant and an additional enamel fitting secures a diamond shaped drop of 4 square cut chrysoberyls accented with a trefoil design of three golden orbs.

The reverse is almost as stunning with its elaborately hand engraved scroll and floral design surrounding an oval glass hair locket compartment.

Condition:Very Good; scratches on the garnet

Measurement: 2 5/8" in length by 1 1/4" in width

Gross Weight: 10.5 dwt (17.7 grams)

Circa: 1870-1880; English in origin

NOTE: Unsigned but most likely Hancock's of London
All Items : Archives : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Victorian : Pre 1900 item #1115898 (stock #ER1337)
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Sentimental jewelry was quite popular in the Victorian era when overt expression of emotions was highly checked. Often these items contained hearts and flowers, frequently together. Gifts of this kind were one way to express one's sentiment to a loved one, be it friend or family. These tiny heart earrings in rose gold are just one example. Today these would make the same impression; one of love and affection for the recipient.

Condition: Excellent

Measurement: 5/8"; the scale is delicate

Metal: Probably 15kt yellow gold (not tested) as they are English in origin

Circa: 1900
All Items : Archives : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Victorian : Pre 1910 item #923577 (stock #R1186)
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A sweet Victorian old European cut diamond cluster ring (sometimes referred to as a flower ring). The central diamond, weighing approximately 0.25 ct is surrounded by 10 smaller old European cut diamonds weighing approximately 0.25 ct for a total carat weight of 0.50 ct. The stones are all quite bright and clean, approximately H/I color, VS 1 clarity and set in 14kt yellow gold. The ring is currently a size 5 and can easily be resized. Circa 1900 and in excellent condition.
All Items : Archives : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Victorian : Pre 1900 item #922953 (stock #ER1324)
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I do love cluster earrings and here, another pair set in rose gold mounts. These are heavenly antique diamond clusters perfect for everyday wear or for that special occasion. Each earring centers an old European cut diamond weighing approximately 0.90 carat surrounded by 8 additional old European cut diamonds ranging from 0.07 to 0.10 ct (0.68 ct total) 1.58 carat for each earring or 3.16 total carat weight. The stones are all bright and clean and well matched in color except for one smaller stone in each earring which show a slighter yellow hue when louped. The stones also show some slight inclusions when louped, not visible to the naked eye. Approximately I color, VS 1 clarity. Back is a locking kidney wire. 7/16" from the top to bottom diamonds; 5/16" across. Circa 1900.
All Items : Archives : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Victorian : Pre 1900 item #918195 (stock #E1336)
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Sentimental jewelry was quite popular in the Victorian era when overt expression of emotions was highly checked. Often these items contained hearts and flowers, frequently together. Gifts of this kind were one way to express one's sentiment to a loved one, be it friend or family. These tiny heart earrings, with lovely engraving of leaf and floral design on the front side, are just one example. English in origin and probably 15kt yellow gold (not tested), today these would make the same impression; one of love and affection for the recipient. The scale is delicate, measuring 5/8" with a wonderful patina. Condition is excellent with only a few surface scratches on the reverse. Circa 1900
All Items : Archives : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Victorian : Pre 1900 item #682550
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Rare and exceptional cabochon garnet pendant surrounded by 12 old mine cut diamonds of various weights ranging from approximately 0.23 carat to 0.25 carat. An additional diamond on the bale weighs approximately 0.33 carat. There are 12 very small diamonds around the perimeter of the larger diamonds weighing approximately 0.25 carat for a total diamond weight of 3.58 carats. The diamonds are all set in silver over gold, typical of the time before the use of platinum when setting white stones. The garnet is set in 18kt gold. In the reverse, is a beautiful plait of hair as this was apparently a special token given to a loved one. The condition is very good with only a few slight inclusions in the garnet only visible under magnification. Probably English Circa 1860
All Items : Archives : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Victorian : Pre 1910 item #592715 (stock #R1080)
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A graceful and elegant lacy festoon necklace so typical of the turn of the century. This one is 15kt yellow gold, probably English in origin and contains brilliant green peridots and white seed pearls. Peridot is an ancient stone; so old that it can be found in Egyptian jewelry from the early 2nd millenium BC. Very feminine and wearable and perfect with the greens that have become so popular today. 16 1/2" long. Circa 1900-1910
All Items : Archives : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Victorian : Pre 1910 item #592277 (stock #R1107)
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Diamond drop earrings each containing an old european cut diamond weighing approximately 0.50 ct suspended from an additional diamond weighing approximately 0.10 ct for a total diamond weight in both earrings of 1.20 carats. The diamonds, full of life, very clean and white with just a bit of color, are prong set in 14kt rose and yellow gold with gold french wire backs. The bottom diamond measures 5.70 mm across and the earrings measure 10.09mm from the top of the small diamond to the bottom of the drop. The perfect pair of diamond earrings to wear everyday. Circa 1900
All Items : Archives : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Victorian : Pre 1900 item #592121 (stock #R1016)
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Victorian fringe necklace consisting of 39 gold strands each suspending a white seed pearl. This is a very feminine and lovely necklace which lays beautifully. 15 1/2'' in length and it weighs 6.3 dwt. Circa 1890
All Items : Archives : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Victorian : Pre 1900 item #563044 (stock #R1108)
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Simple yet elegant, Victorian garnet riviere necklace, containing 27 faceted, claw set garnets, graduated in size to a chain and spring ring clasp. At one time, there was a additional drop from the center garnet. Circa 1890. 16 1/2" long. The condition is very good.
All Items : Archives : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Victorian : Pre 1900 item #563027 (stock #R1074)
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Diamonds galore make up these magnificent Victorian diamond cluster earrings. Lush and gorgeous, these bezel set old mine cut diamonds are full of life and fire. The center diamonds are approximately .70 carat each, and are surrounded by 8 equally beautiful stones, of approximately .20 carat each. The colors range from near colorless to slight yellowish in hue. An additional diamond, which weighs approximately .20 carat, sits above the cluster and helps to balance the earrings and form the base for the yellow gold ear wires and lever back. The diamonds are set in silver over gold, typical of the era. The entire earring measures just over 1/2" across by 13/16" in length. The condition is excellent. Circa 1880
All Items : Archives : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Victorian : Pre 1900 item #555103 (stock #R1021)
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A charming 10kt gold and enamel love knot pin with chassed gold and blue and white enamel forget-me-not flowers. The Victorians used the language of flowers to send sentimental messages. In this case, forget-me-nots for the obviously adored recipient to remember the one who gave it to her. Again, the Victorians also ensured that the jewelry could be worn in more than one way and this pin has a bale so the wearer can put in on a neck chain or a ribbon. It measures 15/16" in diameter and weighs 6.5 grams. The condition is excellent with just a bit of gold tarnish that can be easily cleaned. Circa 1895