GlitzQueen Antique and Vintage Jewelry
All Items : Archives : Estate Jewelry : Strands : Pre 1980 item #1227239
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Any gal with a green thumb (or a taste for healthy produce) will adore this necklace. It's dripping with fruit and vegetable charms: a bounty that includes carrots, pea pods, eggplant, cherries, mushrooms, peppers and more. The charms vary in size, up to an inch long. Some are of glass, some are artfully enameled and some are jeweled -- and vivid crystal drops add extra spice all around. The fancy-link chain is delicious, in itself.

This beauty is like new and definitely a high-quality piece. The prior owner recalls paying about $90 for it some 40 years ago, when that was serious money. Now that it qualifies as vintage, its value is bound to keep rising.

To complete a garden-fresh look, you might wish to consider our vintage fruit tart earrings or the fruit basket pair. Either would look fantastic with this necklace, and we can work out special pricing if you want more than one item.

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All Items : Archives : Estate Jewelry : Strands : Pre 1920 item #1080618
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When you see green, white and violet together on historic jewelry, this unusual color combination usually signifies that the piece was owned by a member of the Suffragette movement. To them, the first letters of these colors stood for Give Women (the) Vote.

Here that message resounds in a beautiful rope-like necklace, lovingly woven of white, violet and green beads -- hundreds or perhaps thousands of them. At 38 inches long, it doesn't need a clasp. The necklace drapes beautifully and, despite its thickness, is very light and comfortable to wear. The beads look like celluloid, but may be some other early plastic.

Woven necklaces of this type were popular from Late Victorian through Edwardian times and into the early years of the Art Deco era. Ours comes from an Illinois estate in wonderful condition. It can't have been worn much -- probably because it was made very shortly before the vote was granted and then tucked away as a memento. I expect it was created between 1910 and 1920, possibly by its original owner or as a gift for her from a friend or family member. Ladies of this era were highly skilled at handicrafts and publications offered them lots of ideas and instructions. We recently sold a necklace of the very same pattern but only 28 inches in length, which reinforces the notion that this design may have appeared in a popular magazine.

All Suffragette jewelry has been rocketing in price since the 2004 TV movie "Iron Jawed Angels" revealed what the gals went through (arrests, hunger strikes and beatings). Wearing Suffragette jewels is a great way to show your pride and appreciation and, now that the genre has been rediscovered, they have serious investment value, too.

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All Items : Archives : Estate Jewelry : Strands : Pre 1940 item #1038429
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Very briefly in the early 20th century, the Pueblo Deco style appeared as a fusion of Native American artwork with Art Deco design. Its legacy is largely architectural, including such cultural treasures as Albuquerque's KiMo Theatre. Authentic jewels from the era are rare and highly collectible.

A wonderful example is this antique necklace from the 1920s or early 1930s, which has Flapper Girl tassels and also evokes the Egyptian Revival style popular at the time. Iridescent green glass beads add vivid accents to the sophisticated white and black pattern that finishes with a graceful 3 ½-inch tassel. The necklace would have been made by an artisan in New Mexico, which was then being popularized as 'The Land of Enchantment' by enterprising hoteliers and the Santa Fe Railroad. As you see, it's still in lovely condition.

A similar necklace is pictured on page 85 of "Collectible Costume Jewelry ID and Value Guide" by S. Sylvia Henzel and was valued at $175 some years ago.

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All Items : Archives : Estate Jewelry : Strands : Pre 1970 item #1010519
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This sensational vintage strand measures a whopping 56" in length - almost five feet - and features chunky free-form beads of royal blue and clear art glass, strung between white enameled metal links half an inch long. It's signed MRWE on a gold-colored metal tag shaped like a question mark or whistle. The workmanship is exceptional, condition is fabulous and most likely dating would be late 1960s (the first Art Deco Revival period).

The length of this necklace is so lavish that you could even wear it beautifully as a belt!

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All Items : Archives : Estate Jewelry : Strands : Pre 1920 item #935247
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When you see green, white and violet together on historic jewelry, this unusual color combination usually signifies that the piece was originally owned by a member of the Suffragette movement. To them, the first letters of these colors stood for Give Women (the) Vote.

Here that message resounds in a beautiful rope-like necklace, lovingly woven of white, violet and green beads -- hundreds or perhaps thousands of them. At 28 inches long, it doesn't need a clasp.

The necklaces drape beautifully and, despite its thickness, is very light and comfortable to wear. The beads look like celluloid, but may be some other early plastic.

Woven necklaces of this type were popular from Late Victorian through Edwardian times and into the early years of the Art Deco era. Ours comes from an Ohio estate in amazing condition. It can't have been worn much, probably because it was made very shortly before the vote was granted and then tucked away as a memento. I expect it was created between 1910 and 1920.

Suffragette jewelry has been rocketing in price since the 2004 TV movie "Iron Jawed Angels" revealed what those gals went through (arrests, hunger strikes and beatings). Wearing Suffragette jewels is a great way to show your pride and appreciation and, now that the genre has been rediscovered, they have serious investment value, too.

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All Items : Archives : Estate Jewelry : Strands : Pre 1920 item #596342
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When you see green, white and violet together on historic jewelry, this unusual color combination usually signifies that the piece was originally owned by a member of the Suffragette movement. To them, the first letters of these colors stood for Give Women (the) Vote.

Here that message resounds in a sautoir (open lariat) necklace, lovingly hand-crocheted of white, violet and mint green beads -- hundreds or perhaps thousands of them. At more than 56 inches long (including 2-inch tassels at both ends), it could even be tied on as a belt. Despite its length and thickness, this necklace is extremely light and comfortable to wear. The beads look like celluloid, but may be some other early plastic.

Sautoirs were popular from Late Victorian through Edwardian times and into the early years of the Art Deco era. Ours comes from a Midwestern estate in amazing condition. It can't have been worn much, probably because it was made very shortly before the vote was granted and then tucked away as a memento. I expect it was created between 1910 and 1920.

Suffragette jewelry has been rocketing in price since the 2004 TV movie "Iron Jawed Angels" revealed what those gals went through (arrests, hunger strikes and beatings). Wearing Suffragette jewels is a great way to show your pride and appreciation and, now that the genre has been rediscovered, they have serious investment value, too.

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All Items : Archives : Estate Jewelry : Strands : Pre 1930 item #581169
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Fresh from a New Mexico estate, we have TWO great 1920s necklaces at a fabulous combined price. One is a rope more than 60 inches long and the other measures 15 inches long plus a bountiful 10-strand tassel that's 4.5 inches long. Both are of antique black glass that's faceted to sparkle madly.

If you wear these together with the rope doubled to form a choker, as well as a free-swinging strand, they'll hang at THREE different lengths and add layers of drama to any outfit.

The rope's gilt metal clasp is marked "Made in Austria" and the tasseled beauty is most likely Czech, because those prismic teardrops are so heavy and fine. Age-appropriate surface wear is hard to see without high magnification. We've priced these beads far lower than you'd expect, to allow for restringing (a wise idea after so long).

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All Items : Archives : Estate Jewelry : Strands : Pre 1900 item #527737
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Angel skin coral, varying from white to the softest shades of creamy pink, is so rare today that a kilo sells for $170,000. That makes this strand of pale branch coral as impressive as it is versatile. These shades will go with anything and flatter any complexion.

Necklaces such as this were popular christening gifts in Victorian times, when every baby wore coral. It was believed to foster good health. As little girls grew, more coral was added and their necklaces grew along with them. Ours measures about 16 inches long, so it was worn in adulthood, too. I imagine the final additions were the longest of these irregularly shaped "branches" ranging in size to 1 1/2".

Provenance of this treasusre is a Midwestern estate and probable dating would be late 19th century. Condition is lovely; even under a loupe, I can't tell whether a couple of branches have chips at the ends so, even if they do, nobody will notice. The barrel clasp, an early 20th century addition, is well-made and quite heavy for its size.

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All Items : Archives : Estate Jewelry : Strands : Pre 1930 item #509075
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What could be prettier with the lilac fashions so stylish this season than a spectacular antique necklace of amethyst crystal? This one mixes heavy Czech or Austrian crystal beads of five different sizes, finishing with a prismic teardrop 1 1/2 inches long. Total length is almost 34 inches, including the drop. The glass is very fine and superbly cut to sparkle madly.

This Flapper dazzler dates from quite early in the Deco period. As you know, the Edwardians also loved jewels with lots of drops to swing and sway, whereas later Deco necklaces became extra-long ropes much simpler in design. Given a 1920-1925 dating, these are already antique by American 75-year standards, not merely vintage. Condition is nonetheless superb. Under magnification you can find a few inevitable abrasions, but no flaws of note. The stringing appears original and each bead is individually hand-knotted, a sure sign of quality. These knots are somewhat larger than we're accustomed to seeing today. The cord has darkened with time, but seems sound and has stretched only a bit. Since it's so rare to find original stringing, we've left it alone for historic interest. You might want to lighten it by washing carefully. Provenance of this treasure is an Ohio estate.

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All Items : Archives : Estate Jewelry : Strands : Jewels : Pre 1837 VR item #476320
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You'll feel like a czarina in this exquisite antique necklace of "milk and honey" amber - the rarest form and thus most prized. According to a specialist in decorative arts of that region, the amber is most likely of Siberian origin and the strand dates from around 1800. That's the era we associate with Late Georgian and Regency times in England and with France's First Empire period under Napoleon. Russia wasn't immune to the upheavals elsewhere, you'll remember. Napoleon suffered a crushing defeat there in 1812, when these lovely beads were new. Perhaps they were a celebratory gift bestowed by a hero on his lady. They would've been well worthy of the occasion, and not out of place at the court of Alexander I.

Priced far BELOW the value ascribed to it in 1991 by a leading gemologist (a president of their national association), the necklace is comprised of 40 well-matched, well-shaped and well-polished beads that taper smoothly in size toward a large central bead. The fish-hook clasp of sterling filigree in navette form was no doubt added later, at some time when the strand was restrung before I acquired it in the 1970s. Yes, this necklace has been in my personal collection for a very long time. I've decided to sell it on because I wear it so seldom. Frankly my skin is too rosy to look good with amber.

The irregularly shaped brooch that matches the beads so well is something I acquired about 15 years ago in England. I believe it to be genuine amber of the same type but, even if it's just a great pretender, these pieces belong together; the color likeness is uncanny. It will be my gift to the next owner of this splendid necklace. The purchaser will also receive a copy of the appraisal document showing replacement cost, new, as $1,650 (a figure that reflects no antique value at all, since gemologists know gems, not antiques).

Amber, BTW, has been associated with magical powers since the Stone Age. Roman soldiers wore amber into battle and Victorian mothers also pinned amber charms to their infants' clothing. So you just *might* get protection from evil spirits, in the bargain.

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All Items : Archives : Estate Jewelry : Strands : Pre 1930 item #475141
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If you love Art Deco and the honeyed color of amber glass, here's your new favorite necklace: a couldn't-be-prettier strand that mixes Czech or Austrian crystal beads of four different sizes - from teensy crystal heishi on the fringes to 1 1/4" faceted teardrops. Total length is 35 inches, including the tassel nearly 3 inches long, so you could wrap it twice around your neck if you like. The glass is very fine and superbly cut to sparkle like crazy.

This Flapper dazzler dates from quite early in the Deco period. As you know, the Edwardians also loved jewels with lots of drops to swing and sway, whereas later Deco necklaces became extra-long ropes much simpler in design. Given a 1920-1925 dating, these are already antique by American 75-year standards, not merely vintage. Condition is nonetheless superb. Under high magnification you can find miniscule flea-bites, but absolutely no flaws of note. This treasure has been beautifully cared for through generations, as it richly deserves.

Without doubt one of the most elegant Art Deco necklaces I've viewed on either side of the Atlantic, it reached us from an estate in Scotland. A comparable strand in red sold elsewhere online at $275, so our price represents exceptional value. (BTW, we also have a very similar strand in aqua blue.)

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All Items : Archives : Estate Jewelry : Strands : Jewels : Pre 1910 item #146793
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Here's a demi-parure that's sure to focus all eyes on you. These gorgeous antique earscrews and necklace didn't begin life together, but are a fabulous match - of the same vintage, in the same luscious medium-red color characteristic of "noble coral" from Italy and in the same exceptionally fine condition. Apart from age-appropriate surface wear to the necklace clasp and earring backs, I can't find any flaws on this set.

From a long-time dealer's personal collection, the earrings date circa 1910 and are most unusual - designed like flower baskets with wired bouquets of natural branch coral spilling out the tops. Among their beautiful details are gilded trellises upon which leaves climb the sides. Overall size is just shy of 1" x 1 1/2" and original screw-on backs are present.

Completing the demi-parure is a branch coral necklace that could be even older; it's of a style that grew popular in Victorian times. The pretty floral clasp of gilded brass was probably added later. No doubt the strand has been restrung several times through the past century. Its provenance is a Minnesota estate and it measures 18" long, incorporating coral branches of lengths varying to 1 1/2". None appear to be broken, as all the edges have a high polish.

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All Items : Archives : Estate Jewelry : Strands : Pearls : Pre 1960 item #129502
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Like all our pearl strands and sets, these are the real thing: genuine SALTwater cultured pearls - not the cheap freshwater kind. This gorgeous estate pearl necklace from a Midwestern estate is in superb condition and measures 20" (so is at the intersection of princess and matinee lengths). If you like, you could have the two strands restrung as a single strand even greater than opera length - or in the open-ended 40" rope style called a sautoir - or as a choker plus a matinee length strand. There'll be plenty of pearls to play with! I counted 151 in the two necklace strands and 87 in the matching bracelet.

Very well matched for color, these creamy white pearls are easy to identify as genuine, because each has its own slightly unique shape. I personally like to see a little irregularity of shape - besides which pearls that come quite close to round are rare and of course cost the earth. As with all quality pearl necklaces, each bead of this strand is individually hand-knotted and a proper filigree pearl clasp is provided. This strand closes with a particularly nice clasp marked 14/20, which signifies 20k surfacing atop the underlying 14k gold. Instead of the traditional navette shape, it's a bold rectangle, almost square, which suggests a Retro dating (circa 1935-1950). An identical clasp features on the matching three-strand bracelet. Bead sizing is slightly graduated on the necklace, ranging from about 6mm to 8mm. The bracelet pearls are all at the larger end of that spectrum and individually knotted with very tiny knots.

This set represents exceptional value compared to new pearls, even those offered by online discounters. Frankly they're priced so low because people don't seem to know the difference between quality pearls and freshwater junk anymore, so they've been in stock way too long. Thanks for looking!
All Items : Archives : Estate Jewelry : Strands : Pearls : Pre 1950 item #129500
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As you know if you follow fashion news, classic pearls have made a *huge* comeback, so this luxuriously long pearl necklace will be a fabulous asset to your day and evening wardrobe. It's comprised of 76 genuine cultured pearls. New strands of this bead size and length are extremely pricey. Even an online discounter cites a price range from about $1100 to $2500, depending on quality, so ours are quite a bargain at $650.

The pearls here are nicely round, have a rich luster and seem fairly well-matched for color - in that creamy champagne shade that's more flattering to people with darker complexions than silver-white. Each bead is individually knotted, another indication of high quality. Condition of the pearls looks fine, but restringing soon wouldn't be a bad idea; the cord is stretched a bit here and there. It's wise to have fine pearls restrung every year or two, anyway.

The design of the white gold clasp suggests a dating circa 1940-1950, but they could be a little earlier or later. Provenance is a Las Vegas estate, so imagine what stories they could tell! There's no extra charge for insured U.S. shipping and gift wrap. Please e-mail erinharris@comcast.net to confirm availability, order or request more photos. Thanks for looking!
All Items : Archives : Estate Jewelry : Strands : Pearls : Pre 1950 item #121535
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This pearl necklace, like all our pearl strands and sets, is the real thing -- made of genuine salt water cultured pearls (not the cheap freshwater kind) -- and it's an unbelievable value right now. From a Midwestern estate, the necklace is of matinee length and in excellent condition. The 78 pearls are slightly graduated, ranging from around 6 to 8 mm (most at the larger end of that spectrum) and very well matched for color: a beautiful creamy white. They have good luster and to me are eye clean, with some inevitable blemishes evident under high magnification. It's easy to tell these pearls are genuine, since the shape of each is unique. I personally like to see a little irregularity of shape, besides which perfectly round pearls are so rare they cost the earth.

As with all quality pearl necklaces, each bead in this strand is individually hand-knotted. The necklace also features a particularly luxurious filigreed pearl clasp of traditional navette shape. It's marked 14/20, which signifies 20k gold surfacing atop the underlying 14k gold.

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All Items : Archives : Estate Jewelry : Strands : Pearls : Pre 1950 item #112580
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New cultured pearl necklaces of this bead size and length are extremely pricey, as you may know. Even an online discounter cites a range from about $1100 to $2500, depending on quality - so this luxuriously long strand of pearls is a steal. They're genuine salt water cultured pearls, 76 of them, with a white gold clasp that suggests a Retro dating (circa 1940-1950) and their provenance is a Las Vegas estate.

Not being a jeweler, I can't assess quality as thoroughly as a professional would, but these gems appear to be nicely round, with a rich luster, and fairly well-matched for color. They're of the creamy champagne shade that's more flattering to people with darker complexions than silver-white. The beads are individually knotted, another indication of quality. Condition of the pearls looks fine, but restringing soon wouldn't be a bad idea; the cord is stretched a bit here and there. It's always a smart idea to have pearls restrung every few years, anyway.

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All Items : Archives : Estate Jewelry : Strands : Jewels : Pre 1940 item #22597
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A full yard (36") of beautiful, graduated white coral beads form this flapper-length necklace, still in its original Tiffany pouch. A family heirloom not worn for 60 or 70 years, it finally emerged from the bank vault in mint condition. The strand is heavy and drapes with wonderful grace. As versatile as pearls, these are a lot less expensive!

Though this lovely necklace is gone now, many more exceptional antique and vintage jewels are here in our Trocadero catalog. Please have a look, or e-mail erinharris@comcast.net to discuss what you're hoping to find.