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Matinee Length (25") 7mm Sea Pearl Strand

Catalogue: Archives: Estate Jewelry: Strands: Pearls: Pre 1950   item# 129500

Matinee Length (25") 7mm Sea Pearl Strand
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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!



Rare Antique BELAIS Gold Filigree Butterfly Brooch

Catalogue: Archives: Estate Jewelry: Gold: Victorian: Pre 1910   item# 127814

Rare Antique BELAIS Gold Filigree Butterfly Brooch
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Rings and cufflinks by the Belais Brothers are rare and wonderful -- but their brooches are almost *never* seen, since far fewer were made. This is a truly exceptional opportunity to own one. Our exquisite antique Belais bar pin features a dainty butterfly perched atop a lavishly detailed background, and remains in superb condition with its filigree still crisp. From a Los Angeles estate, it's marked BELAIS 10K. Likely created during the transitional period between the Edwardian and Art Deco eras, certainly it's Edwardian in spirit, displaying all the delicacy and refinement of that time. Size is 2 1/4" long by 3/8" wide.

As you may know, the Belais hallmark represents the *ultimate* in antique white gold filigree. because the Belais brothers' unique process was so far superior to others' that their patent for the process held through the 1920s in the U.S. Thus, this is a jewel any woman would treasure forever. If you're thinking about it as a gift, do keep in mind that we gift wrap free on request.

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Museum-Quality Deco Sterling Chrysoprase Drop Earrings

Catalogue: Archives: Estate Jewelry: Silver: Deco: Pre 1930   item# 127810

Museum-Quality Deco Sterling Chrysoprase Drop Earrings
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You want the *ultimate* Art Deco earrings? Here they are - as Deco as the Chrysler Building! Exquisitely crafted of sterling silver and chrysoprase, they're of skyscraper form and enormous - 2 1/2" tall. Provenance is a Los Angeles estate and I'll bet dollars to donuts these beauties were worn on at least one Oscars Night in the 1920s.

Investment-grade High Art Deco pieces like this don't come along very often and can only become more rare. So seize the day!

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Antique Silver Lady Portrait Drop Earrings c 1900

Catalogue: Archives: Estate Jewelry: Silver: Victorian: Pre 1920   item# 126690

Antique Silver Lady Portrait Drop Earrings c 1900
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Representing an Arts & Crafts spin on an Art Nouveau theme, these fascinating earrings depict a flowing-haired beauty with more simplicity than the traditional Nouveau manner. The scrolled outline with its characteristic whiplash curves is treated with a similarly light hand. It's extremely interesting when those two design currents intersect, as they sometimes did around a hundred years ago.

Solidly crafted and in immaculate condition, the earrings measure about 1 3/8" wide and 1 1/2" tall, including early clip-on fittings. Dating would be Late Victorian, Edwardian or transitional (1900 - 1920). I believe the metal is unmarked silver, possibly sterling. Each clip has a pretty textured front that suggests a pinecone and their backs show a pattern of casting ripples and hammer strikes. Provenance is an East Coast estate.

Dangle earrings with an antique look are fashion's darlings now, so why not wear (or give) the Real Thing, especially when it's LESS expensive? Made-yesterday reproductions in silver are selling elsewhere online for $250 and more, but will only lose value until they're antiques, too.

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Rare Regency Gilt Lady in Turban Dangle Earrings

Catalogue: Archives: Estate Jewelry: Gold: Pre Victorian: Pre 1837 VR   item# 126413

Rare Regency Gilt Lady in Turban Dangle Earrings
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Turbans such as we see in Vermeer paintings became fashionable in Europe as early as the 15th century, when Crusaders saw Middle Eastern dress, and they enjoyed a huge resurgence of popularity throughout Europe soon after Napoleon's Egyptian campaign of 1802. Based upon the turban shown on these remarkable and *very* rare figural earrings - a "pillbox" shape with a large bow-like cockade in front - I date them to the French First Empire or English Regency period. (Technically they're probably Late Georgian, since the Regency didn't officially begin until 1811, but the era is generally considered to span 1790 - 1830.)

Gold was still very scarce in those days (before mid-19th century discoveries by the "forty-niners"), so it isn't surprising that such beautifully made earrings are only gilded. In fact, if they were gold, they'd probably have been melted down to make something considered more "stylish" in the Victorian era. I believe these earrings are surfaced with rose gold, beneath which the underlying metal is white - possibly unmarked silver. Construction is marvelously architectural: done in hand-assembled layers, as is right for the period. The only things decidedly *not* right are the modern replacement wires, which have simply been run through the top of the filigree. Quite large, these fabulous earrings measure almost 2" long, so were perfect for the upswept hairstyles favored then. They're of the pendeloque form, featuring a single drop. (The girandole or chandelier form featured three.) Age-appropriate wear is discernible under magnification but, to the naked eye, these earrings look a century younger. They were actually sold to me as Art Nouveau.

Given that the original wires are long-gone, I'd have security posts (with screw-on nuts) put on, but of course you could have shepherds' crooks of Georgian style fabricated by any competent jeweler.

I honestly don't know how to price an item so old and rare. Nothing remotely comparable turned up in days of searching online - in fact, no Regency or Empire earrings at all. (Imagine keeping up with both parts of a pair for 200 years!) Our price is based on that of impressive Georgian dangle earrings without precious stones, but I expect these are worth a good deal more, since they derive from a much shorter period and are so characteristic of it.

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Huge & Fine Antique Gilt Lily of the Valley Brooch

Catalogue: Archives: Estate Jewelry: Gold: Victorian: Pre 1900   item# 126368

Huge & Fine Antique Gilt Lily of the Valley Brooch
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Almost 2 1/2" round and highly dimensional, this is a massive, ornate pin sure to be noticed and admired whenever you wear it. Based on its size and style, I place the origin of this jewel in the 1850s. It's obviously surfaced in high-karat gold, as would be appropriate after the 1849 discoveries, and it's a big puffy jewel appropriate to the era before Prince Albert's death put an end to such frivolities. The early safety clasp was added much later, when the elongated pinstem was snipped to match. Rather a pity, but those alterations did make the brooch more secure and comfortable to wear.

Bright yellow gold gilding is mostly intact, with small areas of green patination suggesting that a copper-based alloy (likely pinchbeck) is the underlying metal. Provenance is a Florida estate.

In the Victorian and Edwardian "language of flowers," Lilies of the Valley symbolized sweetness, humility and happiness regained. Because of those sentiments, I like to imagine this brooch given as a making-up present after a lovers' spat. Receiving a jewel this exquisite would certainly do a lot to improve any woman's mood! *grins*

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Superb Antique Czech Gilt Filigree Art Glass Buckle

Catalogue: Archives: Estate Jewelry: Gold: Deco: Pre 1900   item# 126318

Superb Antique Czech Gilt Filigree Art Glass Buckle
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This very fine antique buckle marked Czech-Slovak can't be earlier than 1918, when Czechoslovakia emerged as a separate nation with the collapse of the Austro-Hungarian Empire at the end of World War I. I don't think it's much later, though. Its granulated decoration and delicate wirework evidence Victorian and Edwardian influences, as does the Art and Crafts shape of its prong. The twin pyramids of rosy satin-finished art glass clearly evoke the Egyptian Revival that began with discovery of King Tut's tomb in 1922, but I believe this jewel was created in rapid response to it, because the overall design isn't at all like Deco geometrics crafted in the later 1920s, when the boy king's treasures began to be displayed around the world.

Regardless of its specific age, this wonderfully detailed and colorful buckle is large and extremely showy, measuring more than 3" long and about 1 1/2" at its widest. The material appears to be brass surfaced with high carat gold (remaining brighter on reverse).

Condition is absolutely lovely, considering the age and fragility of the jewel. Metal and glass show only a few minor dings on close inspection - nothing to impair wearability. This is a truly remarkable accessory that would look glorious with the right evening gown or dressy daytime outfit.

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Rare Set of 4 Victorian Sash Slides and Ornaments

Catalogue: Archives: Estate Jewelry: Accessories: Pre 1910   item# 126272

Rare Set of 4 Victorian Sash Slides and Ornaments
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Here's a truly remarkable set of antique sash slides and ornaments of lavender glass, perfect with the lilac and purple clothing so fashionable now. The beautifully faceted crystal ovals nestle in pretty petal-like settings that appear to be gilt brass or bronze and clearly show an Arts and Crafts influence. The two slides have brackets on the back, while the fixed ornaments have loops to be stitched into place. Size of each is about 1 3/4" x 1" and the glass inserts measure 1 1/4" x 3/4". Condition is lovely, showing only age-appropriate loss of gilding.

Besides adorning a sash, you could wear the slides on a ribbon choker (or on shoes with narrow straps or ribbons) and the fixed ornaments can easily double as pendants, charms or even earrings. You'll get a lot of mileage out of these.

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Luscious Art Deco Czech Floral Beaded Evening Bag

Catalogue: Archives: Decorative Art: Textiles: Accessories: Pre 1940   item# 126269

Luscious Art Deco Czech Floral Beaded Evening Bag
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This exquisite beaded purse is a real treasure, with all the quality you expect from vintage Czechoslovakian beads and craftsmanship. Obviously hand-stitched, the beads are soft pastels - ivory, pink and green pastels - and the same floral design appears on *both* sides. Inside, there's a small pocket with a label that reads "Made in Czechoslovakia". Measurements are 7 1/2" by 4", not including those wonderful round handles that add so much style! Somewhat oddly, one of the handles is rigid, while the other isn't, but this appears original to the bag's construction. Perhaps the soft side was to rest against the waist when the bag was worn over a sash or belt for dancing. You could easily run a bit of wire through the interior of the soft handle, if you want them exactly the same. Probable dating would be 1920s or early 1930s and overall condition is simply superb; I can find no stains, missing beads or other flaws and the zipper works smoothly.

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Victorian Art Nouveau Sterling Wedding Ring

Catalogue: Archives: Estate Jewelry: Silver: Art Nouveau: Pre 1910   item# 126267

Victorian Art Nouveau Sterling Wedding Ring
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This charming silver wedding band or sweetheart ring is ornately detailed with a floral motif characteristic of Nouveau design. I expect it dates from the 1880's or 1890's. It would make a lovely promise ring today, or exquisite bridal jewelry for those who prefer silver. Marked sterling inside the band, this choice item is in superb condition and currently fits U.S. size 5 3/4.

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Please e-mail erinharris@earthlink.net to confirm availability, order or request more photos of this and/or our similar pieces. Thanks for looking!


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