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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!



Stunning Vintage Faux Sapphire Cocktail Ring by Uncas

Catalogue: Archives: Estate Jewelry: Costume: Designer: Pre 1950   item# 1007974

Stunning Vintage Faux Sapphire Cocktail Ring by Uncas
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Want a ring with bling? Here you go! This vintage beauty is a real show-stopper, with a setting that sparkles almost as much as the monster stone does.

The oval-cut glass sapphire is 3/4" tall and its highly detailed floral mounting is of high-shine rhodium or chromium (durable, tarnish-free metals in the platinum family). Probable dating is Retro (1935-1950); condition is lovely, with minimal surface wear; provenance is a New York estate; and size is about a 5 to 5.5. 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.

The Uncas maker mark in use since around 1920 -- a U with an arrow through it -- is stamped on the shank's interior. Earlier pieces feature the U between two arrows.

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!



Antique Art Nouveau Uncas Sterling Marcasite Rose Ring

Catalogue: Archives: Estate Jewelry: Silver: Art Nouveau: Pre 1920   item# 1007452

Antique Art Nouveau Uncas Sterling Marcasite Rose Ring
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If you don't mind being noticed (and envied), this large and spectacular antique ring is meant for you. It's a knuckle-covering 1 1/4 inches tall and 3/4 of an inch wide at leaf level.

The design, as you see, is enchanting. Marcasite "dewdrops" nestle among the rose petals and their shape is echoed by round embossing on the leaves. Edges and shoulders are lovingly detailed, as well. Naturally this was the creation of a master, namely Vincent Sorrentino, an Italian immigrant who formed Uncas Manufacturing Company in Rhode Island in 1911. The turn of the twentieth century in America attracted many talented artisans and jewelers from Italy, who were instrumental in the development of the American fine and costume jewelry industry. The Uncas "U" between two arrows (their earliest mark) appears inside the ring, along with the Sterling stamp. We occasionally see this ring with the later maker mark (a U with an arrow running through it), since the design's popularity lingered into the post-World War One era.

The rivoli-cut marcasites normally smooth after this long, but these are still sharply pointed for maximum dazzle. Overall condition is lovely -- as fine as our previous one like it, which sold within days -- so, if this strikes your fancy, it would be smart not to delay.

Present size (easily changed) is about a US 5.25 and provenance is a New York estate.

There's no charge for insured U.S. shipping (with an equivalent discount for international delivery) 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!



Vintage Sterling Harem Ring, 7 Bands in One

Catalogue: Archives: Estate Jewelry: Pre 1980   item# 1007415

Vintage Sterling Harem Ring, 7 Bands in One
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Harem rings are so much fun that you'd expect to see more of them -- but the only ones we've had in stock previously were a few costly examples made of gold and loaded with jewels.

We recently lucked onto two worthy exceptions: one with rhinestones and this joined stack of sterling silver bands, patterned for sparkle. In keeping with the "lucky find" concept, it consists of 7 bands and is a size 7, too.

The connecting band is marked 925 for sterling and also bears the number 7 and a maker's stamp (M V).

My best guess for dating would be 1970s, since harem rings were so trendy then, and provenance is a Pennsylvania estate.

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Antique Art Nouveau Rose Gilt & Art Glass Earrings

Catalogue: Archives: Estate Jewelry: Gold: Art Nouveau: Pre 1900   item# 1003016

Antique Art Nouveau Rose Gilt & Art Glass Earrings
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When the 19th century fashionista who first owned these earrings chose them, everything about them was the latest and greatest: the whiplash curves so iconic in Art Nouveau design, the cabochon sets of shimmering green and the rose gold finish so beloved in the 1890s. How her friends must have gasped with envy!

Now you can make the same stir, because they've survived more than a century gorgeously. The fine Bohemian art glass stones are pristine and it takes magnification even to observe light surface wear to the gilt, mainly on the reverses.

The earrings drop approximately 1 1/4 inches below the ear, to sway enticingly, and they're 3/4 of an inch wide at their bases. Provenance is a Florida estate.

You don't need to be told what a rare find these are, if you collect antique jewelry. Truly old earrings are the Holy Grail, because it's so easy to lose or damage one of a pair.

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Spectacular Domed Antique Ring in Suffragette Colors

Catalogue: Archives: Estate Jewelry: Costume: Rhinestone: Pre 1930   item# 999150

Spectacular Domed Antique Ring in Suffragette Colors
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As you know if you collect Suffragette jewelry, affordable rings are very, very rare. In the past, we've had only one and it sold the same day it was posted. Compared to brooches, necklaces and bracelets, few rings were ever made and most were custom creations featuring gold and genuine gems.

This unusual example -- done in gilt brass with pretend jade, pearls, amethysts and peridots -- is also remarkable for its size: a massive 1.5 inch tall and an inch wide. Nobody could miss seeing it, when the owner wore it on a march or to a meeting!

Because the jewels weren't used on a daily basis, but typically appeared only on special occasions, they tend to survive in great condition. Apart from slight wear to the metalwork and pearl finish, which requires magnification to notice, the only flaw I see here is that the shank isn't original. At some point, probably long ago, this adjustable band was added -- which is, of course, a convenience for us today. The metal isn't a match, but that doesn't detract, since it's completely obscured by the large face of the ring. Provenance is a California estate and dating would be circa 1900-1920.

This quirky color combination held deep meaning among 19th century and early 20th century feminists, for whom green represented hope, purple signified dignity and white stood for purity. The language we associate with "regard" jewelry applied, too: The "G" of green, "W" of white and "V" of violet comprised an abbreviation for Give Women (the) Vote. It seems cryptic now, but was clearly understood by everyone in an era when messages were also communicated by which flowers you sent, how you held your fan and which corner of a calling card you folded down, if any.

Tucked away and forgotten for decades, Suffragette jewelry began rapidly gaining value when the movie "Iron Jawed Angels" debuted in 2004, revealing what the gals went through (including hunger strikes and beatings) before all women achieved in the vote in the US in 1920 and the UK in 1928. We try our best to maintain a good selection of pieces, but demand keeps growing. At present, we have several necklaces, brooches and earring sets in stock -- plus TWO costume rings, which is really a marvel. If you've been searching for a ring, have a look at both to see which suits you better.

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



Rare Victorian Double Cherub Pin with 3-Chain Swag

Catalogue: Archives: Estate Jewelry: Silver: Victorian: Pre 1900   item# 957773

Rare Victorian Double Cherub Pin with 3-Chain Swag
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This romantic and fascinating pair of cherub brooches joined by chains probably served to hold a Victorian lady's train -- gathering it to the side or into a bustle for dancing. It might also have been used as a chatelaine, from which various articles in frequent use were suspended by small hooks (e.g., keys, lorgnette, dainty scissors and such).

Whatever tricks it performed in the 19th century, it's a obvious treasure today -- perfect to secure your favorite shawls, scarves and cardigans. Alternatively, you might load the chains with charms and pin the festoon anywhere -- or let the item fulfill its original function as a bustle pin for a wedding or evening gown.

Of silvered brass, showing only minor losses of plating, the brooches feature two adorable repousse cherubs or angels, each with the good old open C clasp indicative of great age. The larger figure is 2.5 inches tall, while the smaller is an inch tall. They're united by three 8-inch chains of a silver metal brighter in color now than the pins, but those can easily be polished to match if you don't mind disturbing the patina of age. It's possible the chains are later replacements, but they're certainly not modern. My guess is that they're original, made of a material chosen to be sturdy in use.




Antique Archaeological Revival Ring, Opal in Gold

Catalogue: Archives: Estate Jewelry: Gold: Period: Pre 1930   item# 957753

Antique Archaeological Revival Ring, Opal in Gold
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As museums opened around the world in the 19th and early 20th centuries, people flocked to marvel at the treasures of the past -- and then they wanted the look for their wardrobes and their homes. This impulse produced a series of historical revivals, including Greco-Roman, Egyptian, Etruscan, Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque and Rococo.

Often, historic influences combined to splendid effect. In this gorgeous ring, we cam admire the ancient Etruscan technique of granulation -- orbs of gold patterning the surface -- plus a towering domed shape evocative of the Renaissance, medievalist talon-like prongs and, crowning all, the "it" stone of the Late Victorian era: a cabochon of fiery opal.

To say this ring is highly dimensional is an understatement; it rises a full half-inch above the finger -- besides measuring a knuckle-covering 3/4" wide and tall. Naturally such size means this dazzler is heavy, containing lots of gold (which tests 14k). The stone, an ample 5mm by 4 mm, is well worthy of its exquisite setting. Loaded with color, it shows flashes of green, rose and bright blue against a softer blue-white background.

Such a jewel simply must have been custom-crafted, perhaps during the 19th century but more likely in the first Victorian Revival period of the 1920s, given its remarkably fine condition. Regardless of dating, this is a ring that exudes opulence, power and history. Its current size is a U.S. 6 - 6 1/2, easily adjusted by your jeweler since the shank isn't ornamented. Provenance is a Texas estate.

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His or Hers Signed Wide Modernist Pink Sapphire Ring

Catalogue: Archives: Estate Jewelry: Silver: Modernism: Pre 1950   item# 951396

His or Hers Signed Wide Modernist Pink Sapphire Ring
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This splendid Modernist ring will delight any woman who enjoys bold mid-century studio silver -- or one of those exciting gentlemen so self-confident they aren't shy about pink.

Half an inch wide, it makes a powerful statement on the finger of either gender and its high quality is evident at a glance, without reference to the signature: an "R" within the outline of a gemstone. We haven't yet identified that mark, so please let us know if you recognize the maker.

From the Georgia estate of a couple with extensive World War II era collections, this is a serious designer jewel dating from that period or earlier (based both on style and its "sterling" hallmark, rather than the "925" stamp that came into increasing use between 1935 and 1950). Such simple, honest early modernist pieces are the most coveted by collectors and often command higher prices in silver than later items of gold.

That the stone is pink sapphire also adds value, since "fancy" colors (pinks, oranges, yellows, greens and purples) are generally prized above all but the finest blues. It could also be called a pastel ruby, since both sapphire and ruby belong to the same mineral family: corundum. Besides their beauty, these share high honors on the hardness scale, so provide generations of pleasure as heirlooms, given reasonable care.

Condition of the ring is great, with only minor age-appropriate surface wear, Currently about a US size 6.5, it could be stretched a bit easily or resized more significantly by an expert jeweler. Based on the "sterling" mark, its origin is most likely American, but it may well have been created by a European. Through the 1930s and 1940s, many Bauhaus and similar avant-garde artisans took flight from the advance of Nazi power, quickly popularizing the "industrial" look of Modernism.

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



Stunning c1900 Arts & Crafts Silver & Goldstone Ring

Catalogue: Archives: Estate Jewelry: Silver: Arts and Crafts: Pre 1910   item# 938660

Stunning c1900 Arts & Crafts Silver & Goldstone Ring
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A stunning choice for either a woman or a man, this antique ring is quintessentially Arts & Crafts. Unusual stones, mounted simply but artfully (typically in silver), are characteristic of the movement. Its adherents wanted design and craftsmanship to dominate.

Among their favorite materials was glittering goldstone: an art glass created by adding copper crystals to produce brilliant flashes of light called aventuresence. Here a large cabochon of it has been polished to a fare-thee-well and set in a classic open-backed bezel, then given a medievalist look by framing it with four curliques cleverly formed from the ends of the dual shank. The shank unites at the rear, making it easy to alter the size, now about a US 5.25. (I say "about" because different ring sizing equipment yields results that vary up to half a size, as our fingers also do with temperature and time of day.) The band is slightly out of round, a common condition that most jewelers will correct in a jiffy while you watch.

The ring's face measures 3/4" by 11/16" and its provenance is a Missouri estate. Nearby Chicago was a hotbed of outstanding Arts & Crafts metalwork, so I'll bet the ring originated there. Its quality is such that it simply had to come from a major city. As is often the case with antique jewelry, no mark is visible -- none were required in the U.S. until shortly before WWI -- but the silver looks to be sterling grade or close. Condition is excellent, requiring high magnification to notice any surface wear. A fair amount of tarnish is present, which in deference to the purists among us we'll leave in place.

There's no charge for insured U.S. Priority 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!


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