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Rare Vintage 1970s Garden Charm Necklace Veg and Fruit

Catalogue: Archives: Estate Jewelry: Costume: Unsigned: Pre 1980   item# 1227239

Rare Vintage 1970s Garden Charm Necklace Veg and Fruit
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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.

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



Enameled Hippie Bracelet w Peace Symbols and Doves

Catalogue: Archives: Estate Jewelry: Costume: Unsigned: Pre 1980   item# 1161532

Enameled Hippie Bracelet w Peace Symbols and Doves
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Definitively from the late 1960s or early 1970s, this delightful vintage bracelet has seen little or no use. Its condition, as you see, is remarkable. The pretty blue and lilac enamelwork is practically pristine and the brushed silvertone interior still shines like the Dickens. This is a quality piece with nice heft and it seems wider than an inch because of being domed.

The bracelet clamps on with sturdy spring action and will fit virtually any wrist, Provenance is a West Coast estate. Sadly, the message is as timely now as it was more than 40 years ago.

There's no charge for 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!



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!



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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GlitzQueen History and Art to Wear
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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!



Remarkable Domed Antique Ring in Suffragette Colors

Catalogue: Archives: Estate Jewelry: Costume: Rhinestone: Pre 1930   item# 938646

Remarkable Domed Antique Ring in Suffragette Colors
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GlitzQueen History and Art to Wear
505.205.1404


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As you know if you collect Suffragette jewelry, rings are the holy grail. Of the few made, most are very fine and priced accordingly. An example with faux gems is a rare find, especially one this impressive in size.

Its condition is wonderful, too, but that isn't so unusual. Because Suffragette jewels of all types were worn typically for meetings and marches, not on an everyday basis, they've often survived looking nearly new, assuming careful storage.

This ring is just about flawless. Only under extremely high magnification can any surface wear be noted on its stones, even the glass pearls, or on high points of the gilded surface -- a ruffly round of heart-shaped scrollwork crowned by a richly colored dome of pretend emeralds, pearls and amethyst.

Slightly more than inch in diameter, this is a jewel that can't be overlooked, and its shank is adjustable to fit any finger. The Art Nouveau styling would lead me to call it Victorian -- and it may be -- but the sensational condition suggests a more conservative circa 1920 dating. As you know, American women attained the vote in 1920, but it took until 1928 for all women in England to be included. Probable origin is Czech (or Bohemian, if made before WWI dissolved the old Austro-Hungarian Empire). The ring reached us from a Midwestern estate.

The unusual 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. All this 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" appeared in 2004, revealing what the gals went through (including hunger strikes and beatings). We try our best to maintain a good selection, but demand keeps growing. At present, we have several necklaces, brooches and earring sets in stock, but we've never had the opportunity to offer a costume ring before. If it strikes your fancy, you'd better not delay.

There's no charge for insured U.S. shipping and gift wrap is always free when desired. Thanks for looking!



Antique Art Nouveau Suffragette Dangle Earrings

Catalogue: Archives: Estate Jewelry: Costume: Rhinestone: Pre 1920   item# 935281

Antique Art Nouveau Suffragette Dangle Earrings
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Dating from the very early 20th century, these spectacular antique earrings make their feminist statement in a pretty, flirty way -- with a profusion of Art Nouveau details, loads of jewels and a graceful form that sets the drops dancing as you move.

Both the surmounts and the drops are highly dimensional, Adorning them are two huge cabochons of art glass (or possibly Galalith) jade, four sparkling amethyst pastes and four faux pearls. They measure about 2.25 inches long and .75 inch wide

As you know, the unusual combination of green, purple and white typically signifies that a jewel was first owned by a member of the Suffragette movement. For them, 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. All this 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. To the Suffragettes' efforts through many decades in the U.K. and U.S., we modern women owe our right to vote. That right was finally extended to all American women in 1920 and to all in Great Britain in 1928. Thus, although most of the jewelry is Victorian, Edwardian or transitional, some was crafted in the Art Deco era. Forgotten for many years, these jewels have been rapidly gaining value since the movie "Iron Jawed Angels" appeared in 2004, revealing what the gals went through (including 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're getting much harder to find.

These earrings, which reached us from a estate in the Carolinas, probably originated in Europe, quite possibly France. They're quite substantial piece and in lovely condition. A little age-appropriate surface wear can be noted on the reverse, but the front shows only the patina of time and all stones appear original. Based on the ornate screw-type fasteners, most likely dating is circa 1910 - 1920, although they could be a little earlier or later.

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 Jeweled Suffragette Earrings World War I Era

Catalogue: Archives: Estate Jewelry: Costume: Rhinestone: Pre 1920   item# 814244

Antique Jeweled Suffragette Earrings World War I Era
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These wonderful antique earrings make a powerful feminist statement, while also being extremely elegant. We date the pair to Edwardian times, give or take a few years. A hint of Victorian Art Nouveau is evident in their curvaceous form, but they also have the refined delicacy we associate with Edwardian and transitional styles. As is appropriate for the period, size is restrained (about 3/4" round) and the settings are intricate and highly dimensional. Screw fasteners are present -- popular because piercing was then considered rather barbaric by modern women.

Each earring features a square-cut cabochon resembling emerald or imperial jade, held by tall talon-like prongs, plus two faux pearls and two faceted amethyst pastes. All stones appear original and are in lovely condition, as is the richly textured gilt metalwork. Suffragette jewels often survive in great shape, having been worn only occasionally (at meetings and when marching for the vote). To the Suffragettes' efforts through many decades in the U.K. and U.S., we modern women owe that right, which was finally extended to all American women in 1920 and to all in Great Britain in 1928.

Most likely the earrings were made for export in Bohemia, which for centuries produced the finest simulated gems, as well as ornate and rather fanciful mounts that were widely prized. The area became Czechoslovakia after World War I, but was previously part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire.

As you know if you collect Suffragette jewelry, the unusual combination of green, purple and white had deep meaning for early feminists. For them, 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. All this 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. The wealthiest suffragettes mixed amethysts and pearls or diamonds with green stones such as emeralds or peridots, but pretend gems were naturally favored by the majority.

Tucked away and forgotten for decades, Suffragette jewelry began rapidly gaining value when the movie "Iron Jawed Angels" appeared in 2004, revealing what the gals went through (including 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're getting much harder to find. We try our best to maintain a good selection, but demand keeps growing. If these strike your fancy, you'd better not delay.

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!



Fascinating German Art Deco Brooch and Earrings Set

Catalogue: Archives: Estate Jewelry: Costume: Rhinestone: Pre 1930   item# 720774

Fascinating German Art Deco Brooch and Earrings Set
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Here's a truly exciting antique demi-parure from "Cabaret"-era Germany. There's something marvelously wicked about roses in the colors of midnight moonlight, each holding a brilliant rhinestone dewdrop -- and there's something quite magical about the fact that they weigh no more than a breeze. They're of aluminum enameled in matte black, and the ornately stamped petal edges glitter with mock-marcasites.

This spectacular, highly dimensional set is a triumph of doing much with little, and you'll remember that extremely hard times befell Germany after World War I, due to the savage terms of the Versailles Treaty (which unfortunately contributed to Hitler's rise). Obviously, not much jewelry was made there in the Deco era -- or even in later Retro times, when materials were devoted to another war effort. Their rarity makes these pieces all the more special -- and there's extra poignance in the fact that they seem to have been worn very little, if at all, suggesting that the original owner didn't survive the next war (or at least had to leave them behind in the chaos). That they're marked "Made in Germany" means they can't possibly be post-WWII, when the country was divided into East and West, nor did Germany export to English-speaking markets after war broke out, so common sense and the Deco styling tie the set firmly to the 1920s or early 1930s.

Somehow it reached an estate in the Upper Midwest and from there came to us. The brooch is about 2 inches round and the earrings are about 1.25 inches round. Condition, as you see, is pristine. I love how perfectly these jewels evoke a brief but momentous period of European history and hope you will, too!

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!



1920s Art Deco Jeweled Suffragette Earrings

Catalogue: Archives: Estate Jewelry: Costume: Rhinestone: Pre 1930   item# 706912

1920s Art Deco Jeweled Suffragette Earrings
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GlitzQueen History and Art to Wear
505.205.1404


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When green, violet and white appear together on historic jewelry, this unusual color combination typically signifies that the piece was first owned by a member of the Suffragette movement -- 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. All this seems cryptic now, but was well understood by everyone in the days 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.

To the Suffragettes' efforts through many decades in the U.K. and U.S., we modern women owe our right to vote. That right was finally extended to all American women in 1920 and to all in Great Britain in 1928. Thus, although most of the jewelry is Victorian, Edwardian or transitional, some dates from the Art Deco era.

These spectacular earrings were among the last examples, dating from the 1920s. By American 75-year standards, they're already antique, not just vintage. Richly embellished with faux pearls, amethysts and beautifully marbled jade(probably Czech), the earrings are highly dimensional and of excellent quality, with a nice heft. Each measures about 1 inch by 1 1/4 inches. The gilt metal features lattice-like detail and cutwork and its color is prettily patinated by age, not brassy. Based on dating, they were most likely made in England (although they could be American, produced in celebration of the Suffragettes' recent triumph here). Condition of the earrings is lovely and the original screw backs are present. Interestingly, we had this same design once before, but with lavender jades as the central stones and accents of emerald and pearl. It's beautiful, either way.

Suffragette jewelry has been rapidly gaining value since the movie "Iron Jawed Angels" appeared in 2004, revealing what those gals went through (including 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're getting much harder to find. These reached us from an East Coast estate.

Thanks for looking!



Amazing Antique Suffragette Gilt Bronze Dragon Bracelet

Catalogue: Archives: Estate Jewelry: Costume: Unsigned: Pre 1930   item# 701482

Amazing Antique Suffragette Gilt Bronze Dragon Bracelet
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The early feminist who first owned this bracelet must have felt mighty powerful with it on her arm! She had a legion of dragons on parade, along with her bold Suffragette colors, plus nearly 100 grams in weight from the ornate gilt bronze metalwork and stones. It's clearly for a woman who likes her jewelry to bowl people over -- and could even be a weapon, if need be!

When green, violet and white appear together on historic jewelry, as they do here, this unusual color combination typically signifies that the piece was first owned by a member of the Suffragette movement -- 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. All this seems cryptic now, but was well understood by everyone in the days 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.

To the Suffragettes' efforts through many decades in the U.K. and U.S., we modern women owe our right to vote. That right was finally extended to all American women in 1920 and to all in Great Britain in 1928. Thus, although most of the jewelry is Victorian, Edwardian or transitional, some dates from the Art Deco era.

This spectacular bracelet was probably among the last examples, dating from the 1920s, despite being very Art Nouveau in form. This is based on the type of clasp and the presence of a safety chain with the spring ring catch that came in around 1920. Based on both dating and the metalwork, it was most likely made in France, long renowned for skill with gilt bronze. The fabulous mounds of faux jade appear to be art glass, but seem actually to be of an early plastic (probably Galalith, invented in the 1890s). They're accompanied by twinkling amethyst pastes and faux pearls, all of which look original. Condition of the bracelet is lovely, its provenance is a Midwestern estate and the length is about 7 inches, right for the average wrist. If your wrist is smaller, one of the six linked plaques could easily be removed (and turned into a pendant or ring).

Suffragette jewelry has been rapidly gaining value since the star-studded TV movie "Iron Jawed Angels" appeared in 2004, revealing what those gals went through (including 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're getting much harder to find.

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!


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