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Rare Antique Sterling Silver Suffragette Bar Brooch

Catalogue: Archives: Estate Jewelry: Silver: Victorian: Pre 1910   item# 1109825

Rare Antique Sterling Silver Suffragette Bar Brooch
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Very finely crafted with ornate ends and edges, this antique bar pin is of sterling silver (unmarked but tested), set with sparkling amethyst, peridot and diamond pastes. That it's sterling is quite remarkable for a Suffragette item; typically these are either totally costume or top end, made of gold and gems.

Complementing the beautiful metalwork, the stones here are excellent pretenders, especially the 16 fancy-cut amethysts channel-set in groups of four. Every stone appears original. Another nod to unusual quality is the early safety lever fitted on the C clasp. This is a type that dates from the 19th century, as is the hinge with its slight sideways wobble. The pinstem, originally elongated, was snipped to a less hazardous length at some time, as is common with brooches this old. Either Late Victorian or Edwardian, it reached us from a Florida estate. Likeliest dating would be 1900-1910.

Please e-mail to confirm availability, order or request more photos. There's no charge for insured U.S. Priority shipping, with an equivalent discount on international delivery. Gift-wrap is always free when desired. Thanks for looking!



Antique Necklace Beaded in Suffragette Colors

Catalogue: Archives: Estate Jewelry: Strands: Pre 1920   item# 1080618

Antique Necklace Beaded in Suffragette Colors
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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.

There's no charge for insured U.S. shipping (with an equivalent discount on international delivery) and gift-wrap is always free when desired. Please e-mail to confirm availability, order or request more photos. Thanks for looking!



Gold Filigree Sweetheart Ring or Wedding Band 1930s

Catalogue: Archives: Estate Jewelry: Gold: Deco: Pre 1940   item# 1043712

Gold Filigree Sweetheart Ring or Wedding Band 1930s
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This gracefully shaped filigree ring of yellow gold has an Edwardian delicacy, but most likely dates from around 1930-1935, still in the the Art Deco era but after the crash of 1929.

"Depression Deco" jewels are less lavish than styles from the 1920s, but they can be very pretty, indeed. Piercework and textures were used artfully to make the most of less gold and provide sparkle without gemstones. This is a refreshing look today, when many of us also crave elegant simplicity instead of extravagance.

Marked 10K, this beauty from a Midwestern estate also bears the letters AF JC - probably the initials of bride and groom but possibly a maker's stamp. Currently a U.S. size 6, it's in splendid condition, ready to celebrate its next love story.

BTW, wedding rings of this chevron shape, which dips below the base of the finger, are particularly pretty on small hands - creating the illusion of greater finger length. When worn with an engagement ring, the solitaire can sit lower on the knuckle, being nestled into the band's scalloped top.

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Mesmerizing Antique Arts and Crafts Blue Spinel Ring

Catalogue: Archives: Estate Jewelry: Pre 1940   item# 1038613

Mesmerizing Antique Arts and Crafts Blue Spinel Ring
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This antique blue spinel ring has a hypnotic effect, like gazing through the sheen of sunlight into deep, deep water. It's more than an inch tall, about 3/8 of an inch wide and stunningly faceted. Getting photos was a major challenge, due to the gem's mirror-like luster and elaborate marquise cut.

Many people mistakenly believe spinels are synthetics, when actually they're among the hardest and loveliest natural gemstones. In their most common red version, they've been frequently confused with rubies. For instance, the famous "Black Prince's Ruby" in the British Imperial State Crown turned out to be a spinel. Being blue, this is a rare spinel to begin with, and its ultra-rich color and size add to the rarity.

Another fascinating attribute of this ring is the convergence of Arts and Crafts and Art Deco style currents. The setting, appropriately for such a fancy-shaped stone, is simple, graceful and more than likely hand-made. Ornamented with only a couple of silver beads and a bit of engraving on the sides, the mount has a distinctly Arts and Crafts look. However, an early Arts and Crafts piece probably would have a plain cabochon stone, rather than a towering geometric shape suggesting Art Deco. Based on the blend of design influences, I believe it was made around 1930, so it's already antique by American 75-year standards.

Condition of the jewel is lovely. It takes a 10X loupe to notice any flaws at all and, even then, signs of age-appropriate wear are very minor. Markings inside the band are "Sterling Shank" and a maker's mark I haven't been able to interpret. It's a "V" over a horizontal diamond shape. If that means anything to you, please let us know.



The ring came from a New York estate, where the seller noted, "Blue spinel brings peace." I don't know about that, but this one is sure to bring a lot of pleasure.

There's no charge for insured U.S. shipping, with an equivalent discount on international delivery, and gift wrap is always free when desired. Please e-mail to confirm availability, order or request more photos. Thanks for looking!



Spectacular Antique Art Nouveau Silver Ring c 1900

Catalogue: Archives: Estate Jewelry: Silver: Art Nouveau: Pre 1910   item# 1037939

Spectacular Antique Art Nouveau Silver Ring c 1900
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Stunningly sculptural, this wonderful ring combines the flowing curves and organic floral forms of Art Nouveau with a hint of Arts & Crafts influence, evident in the simplicity of its layered openwork construction. It's fascinating when those design currents intersect, as they sometimes did around a hundred years ago.

The ring's face measures a knuckle-covering inch in each direction, so this is a jewel that can't possibly be overlooked. Its material is obviously silver, rich with time's patina. That the metal is unmarked suggests American origin, since silver hallmarks weren't required here until shortly before World War I. If you prefer a brighter finish, I hope you'll just polish the high points with a jeweler's cloth and leave the patinated depths dark for drama. Condition is superb, provenance is a Texas estate and current size is about a US 5.5. It appears to have been resized once before, so can easily be altered again at the same junction.

There's no charge for insured U.S. shipping (with an equivalent discount for international delivery) and gift-wrap is always free on request. Please e-mail to confirm availability, order or request more photos. Thanks for looking!



Superb BELAIS White Gold Filigree Cobalt Glass Ring

Catalogue: Archives: Estate Jewelry: Gold: Deco: Pre 1930   item# 1035297

Superb BELAIS White Gold Filigree Cobalt Glass Ring
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This ring of white gold filigree by the legendary Belais Brothers features a wonderful fancy-cut cobalt glass gem that's bluer than sapphires. With a highly dimensional domed shape that's exquisitely faceted, it shows only slight wear under high magnification, which is very rare for glass of this age. In gorgeous condition, with crisp gold filigree, the ring comes from a New England estate and is currently about a U.S. size 5 (easily adjusted by your jeweler, since the back of the shank isn't ornamented). Its oval face measures about 1/2" x 1/2". The famous hallmark BELAIS - accompanied by the 10K stamp, in this case - can still be read easily.

When you own an antique jewel marked BELAIS, quite simply you own the best of the best. Their process for creating white gold jewelry was so far superior to others' that the patent held until the company's demise in 1929. This ring is a particularly affordable example of their artistry. If it held a precious stone, of course the cost would be enormously higher - and you might consider replacing it with something natural.

This is an investment-quality piece dating from circa 1920 and, at our price, you're really paying only for the beautiful gold setting.

Please e-mail to confirm availability, order or request more photos of this and/or our other fine BELAIS pieces - including cufflinks, a breathtaking watch and a wedding band. There's no charge for insured U.S. shipping and gift wrap is always free when desired. Thanks for looking!



Studio Sterling Modernist Sailboat Brooch Signed L O

Catalogue: Archives: Estate Jewelry: Silver: Modernism: Pre 1970   item# 1030491

Studio Sterling Modernist Sailboat Brooch Signed L O
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Here's a stunning jewel for those who'd rather be sailing. Clearly from the mid-20th century Modernist era, this hand-crafted brooch has a Scandinavian look, but I haven't yet been able to identify its designer. His or her stamp is an oval containing letters that seem to be L O; if that means anything to you, please tell me. The piece is also hallmarked Sterling.

Measuring a substantial 2 inches by 1.5 inches, this beauty came from an estate in Maine. With apologies to the purists among us, I couldn't resist giving it a light polish, so the beautiful details can be properly seen.

Please e-mail erinharris@comcast.net to confirm availability, order or request more photos. Thanks for looking!



Victorian Renaissance Revival Sailing Ship Brooch

Catalogue: Archives: Estate Jewelry: Silver: Victorian: Pre 1900   item# 1016381

Victorian Renaissance Revival Sailing Ship Brooch
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This antique silver gilt brooch is wonderfully elaborate, featuring seven rose-cut diamond pastes, golden yellow enamelwork and such a wealth of detail that you can tell the ship is a carrack (as opposed to a galleon, caravel or cog) sporting the Scottish flag, a St. Andrew's Cross.

As museums opened across Europe in the 19th century, people flocked to marvel at the treasures of the past -- and then they wanted the look for themselves. That led to a series of historical revivals, including Classical, Gothic, Baroque and Rococo, as well as Renaissance. This particular example evokes the 16th century, when monarchs vied to build the greatest of "great ships" for expanding navies bent on conquest. Obviously, the impulse struck just the right note again in Victorian times, when the British Empire enjoyed "sun never sets on it" size -- because Britannia ruled the waves, of course.

Measuring about an inch wide by 1.25 inches tall, the brooch has an old open C clasp and the type of hinge introduced around 1870. The pinstem would have been elongated originally, but got shortened sometime later in the interest of safety. Condition is quite nice, with only one tiny ding in the enamel and age-appropriate loss of silver gilt (mainly on the reverse). All stones remain brilliant and appear original. Although it reached us from a Colorado estate, the brooch certainly originated in Europe, most likely in the British Isles.

There's no charge for insured U.S. shipping, with an equivalent discount on international delivery, and gift-wrap is free on request. Please e-mail to confirm availability, order or request more photos. I'm always happy to send larger images that will give you a clearer view. Thanks for looking!



56 Inch Vintage Necklace of Art Glass on Enameled Links

Catalogue: Archives: Estate Jewelry: Strands: Pre 1970   item# 1010519

56 Inch Vintage Necklace of Art Glass on Enameled Links
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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!

There's no charge for insured U.S. shipping and gift wrap is always free when desired. Please e-mail erinharris@comcast.net to confirm availability, order or request more photos. Thanks for looking!



Antique Czech Rings c 1920 - Mint from Old Stock

Catalogue: Archives: Estate Jewelry: Costume: Rhinestone: Pre 1930   item# 1009810

Antique Czech Rings c 1920  - Mint from Old Stock
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The "Czecho" signature on these antique rings lets us date them precisely to the first years of the Czech Republic (established in 1918). The region was previously known as Bohemia, part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire until World War I ended, and Bohemian glass has been prized from medieval times. Jewelry-making was a natural outgrowth of that skill.

Here the faux-gems and prettily detailed metalwork live up to the area's reputation, and we're delighted to have an assortment of rings so old that show no wear at all. Their provenance is a Pennsylvania estate.

With regard to sizing, we usually state sizes as a range, because results from different types of measuring equipment can vary up to half a size -- as our fingers also do with the time of day and temperature.

Thus, the four rings that measure 5.25 on our sizing stick should work for sizes 5 through 5.5. Two of these are set with pretend sapphires and the other two with pretend rubies.

Another sapphire one, slightly lighter in color, measures about 4.25, which should fit sizes 4 to 4.5.

All five of those are shown on my ring finger.

Shown as pinky rings in the same picture are three with lighter blue stones. Of these, which measure about a size 3 (fitting 2.75 to 3.25), one is more like aquamarine than sapphire. In the picture, they all look somewhat aqua, but two are really bluer.

The separate image shows five more pinky rings that are quite tiny. I managed to get them on, because my hands are absurdly small, but these were likely meant for little girls. One of the four set with faux amethysts measures 1.5 on my sizing stick and the rest (plus a fifth set with dark emerald green) are about a size 1.

Obviously, the rings look great stacked, so you may want several. If you're interested in a group, please e-mail and we'll work out special pricing. Also, please e-mail to see more photos or confirm availability of the ring(s) you prefer.

There's no charge for insured U.S. shipping (with an equivalent discount for international delivery) and gift-wrap is always free on request. Thanks for looking!


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