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Antique Art Nouveau Gold and Amethyst Heart Stickpin

Catalogue: Archives: Estate Jewelry: Gold: Art Nouveau: Pre 1910   item# 1113311

Antique Art Nouveau Gold and Amethyst Heart Stickpin
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The gracefully stylized heart form of this lovely stickpin, with its slight asymmetry, dates it firmly to the Art Nouveau era -- and it's almost certain to be a Victorian jewel, since it isn't marked but tests as 10k gold. (Hallmarks weren't mandated in the U.S. until the Edwardian era.)

The almandine-shaped stone of rich purple is gorgeously faceted and appears to be genuine amethyst. After a century, glass would be abraded, whereas the gem shows hardly any wear, even under high magnification. As the stone's setting is open at the back, we know the color is natural, without foil enhancement.

Length of the pin is 2 1/4 inches and the heart measures about 5/8 inch by half an inch. Condition, as you see, is lovely in every way. Even the stock shows no waviness, which is quite rare. Provenance of this treasure is a Midwestern estate.

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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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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!



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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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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Rare Antique Victorian Bell Charm Stickpin, His or Hers

Catalogue: Archives: Estate Jewelry: Gold: Victorian: Pre 1900   item# 835525

Rare Antique Victorian Bell Charm Stickpin, His or Hers
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Our delightful bell-shaped antique stickpin must have been fashioned for a gentleman with a highly developed sense of occasion -- the anti-Scrooge, as it were. Obviously perfect to wear during the holiday season, it would also be wonderful for a wedding, christening or any other bell-worthy occasion.

Extremely sturdy and quite rare in form, the pin features a bell that dangles like a charm, swaying freely. (There was never a clapper, so it doesn't make annoying noises.) The bell is so perfect in shape that it must have been cast, but the stock and large jump ring were handcrafted. The stock has the twist in the center that indicates great age, as well as a very graceful curve at the top (from which the bell hangs) that makes me think of old street lanterns.

The pin dates from around the middle of the 19th century, I believe. It was in early Victorian years, soon after the queen's marriage to Prince Albert, that German Christmas traditions entered England and the festival became more important, acquiring most of the traditions now associated with it. In 1841, the Royals put up their first Christmas tree and, also around that time, they began sending Christmas cards. Thus, it was exceedingly fashionable then to ornament oneself in the holiday spirit -- and the quality of this piece indicates it was worn by an "early adopter" of some social standing. This is no flimsy mass-produced trinket. It was most likely made in England; it could, however, be from elsewhere in Europe or from the US. (If American, a pin of this type would certainly have come from New York, since people there were also quick to take up Christmas customs derived from their Dutch heritage and generally close links to Europe.)

There's no question that all the parts are original, since the color match is so precise. Everything's a softly patinated golden hue. I can't say for sure what the metal is, since I'm averse to damaging lovely old things with files and test acids, but the weight suggests rolled gold or bronze, rather than brass. Total length is 2 1/4" and the bell, alone, is about 5/8" tall and 5/8" round at the bottom. The jewel is so well-made that the only flaws I can find are a few teensy dings visible only with magnification and a slight waviness to the lower part of the stock, which any good jeweler could straighten if desired. Provenance is an estate in Arizona: a great place for antiques, since so many people retire there and the climate preserves things beautifully.

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BELAIS Deco Dragonfly Ring Gold Filigree Onyx Diamond

Catalogue: Archives: Estate Jewelry: Gold: Deco: Pre 1930   item# 816127

BELAIS Deco Dragonfly Ring Gold Filigree Onyx Diamond
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Genuine antique jewels with the dragonfly motif are so coveted that they're very hard to get now, as you probably know if you collect Art Nouveau and Art Deco jewelry. Making this dragonfly ring even more rare and collectible, it's by the legendary Belais Brothers - makers of the finest white gold filigree in the early 20th century.

Stamped 14k BELAIS, it has an intricately worked basket setting, its sides formed by the exquisitely textured bodies and outspread wings of two large dragonflies. The mounting holds two fancy-cut tablets of highly polished black onyx arranged to look like one elongated stone and set with a small accent diamond framed in white gold. Measuring 3/4" long, 3/8" wide and 3/16" high, this is a dramatic jewel that can't possibly be overlooked. Current size is about a U.S. 6, easily altered since the back of the shank isn't ornamented.

The condition of the filigree is wonderfully crisp and, of course, the bulk of the ring's value resides in its masterful goldwork. Visible only on the underside, there's evidence of an old repair where the onyx stones join. I considered having the onyx replaced, but thought the next owner might prefer to add more colorful gems, instead. Aquamarine, citrine or garnet would be incredibly lovely. The one small flaw was reflected in our original price, which would have been considerably higher if everything were perfect.

At the present sale price, this treasure is a steal. You'll want it insured for $1,000 or more -- a great deal more, if the price of gold keeps rising.

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Large Art Nouveau Repousse Filigree Heart Pin Pendant

Catalogue: Archives: Estate Jewelry: Gold: Art Nouveau: Pre 1910   item# 727477

Large Art Nouveau Repousse Filigree Heart Pin Pendant
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This exceptionally beautiful antique necklace pendant, also wearable as a brooch, was obviously hand-crafted. The wax around which the domed front with its intricate repousse details was formed remains in place (as with those fine silver hairbrushes and hand-mirrors of the same period); you can see it through the pretty pierced back. Heavily gilded, the jewel is in marvelous condition - showing the rich patina of age and only minor losses of finish (most on reverse). It measures about 2 1/4 inches by 2 inches, so is a highly impressive, can't-miss-it piece.

Dating is a bit uncertain, since the design says 1885-1900, but this type of safety clasp wasn't introduced until a little later. The pinstem appears to have been shortened (as was common for safety's sake) and the present clasp may have been added at that time. Whether this is Late Victorian or Edwardian, it's a true antique and a rare treasure. Provenance is a West Coast estate.

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Exquisite Antique Gilt and Celluloid Coral Bracelet

Catalogue: Archives: Estate Jewelry: Gold: Victorian: Pre 1900   item# 721540

Exquisite Antique Gilt and Celluloid Coral Bracelet
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Besides being simply gorgeous, this antique bracelet is rare and fascinating, both for its composition and its miraculous condition. The three roses that look like carved angelskin coral are actually of a very early plastic -- most likely Zylonite (sometimes spelled Xylonite), a form of what we came to call celluloid. Technically all the variants are cellulose nitrate, a notably delicate substance, and yet these intricately formed flowers remain perfect after more than a century! The gilt brass metalwork -- stunningly engraved, adorned with applied foliate details and rich with time's patina -- is in superlative shape, too. This bracelet must not only have worn very little, but also stored with the utmost care.

Based on indications like the type of catch, the slightly oval shape and the Victorian style, this bracelet could have been made as early as the 1870s and almost certainly is no younger than the 1880s.

Its origin is most likely English, since the firm known to be producing this lovely faux-coral from around 1870 was the British Xylonite Company. They did have a licensee in Massachusetts, The American Zylonite Company, but only in the 1880s.

The only flaw I can find is that there was probably a safety chain, since two tiny triangular loops are positioned to hold one. The catch is quite secure, but you or your jeweler can easily add a bit of chain, if you want to.

Hinged, the bracelet opens wide and it's sized for an average wrist, up to about 7 inches. (If it weren't too big for me, I'd keep it.) Provenance is a West Coast estate.

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!



Beautiful Edwardian Garland Style Suffragette Earrings

Catalogue: Archives: Estate Jewelry: Gold: Edwardian: Pre 1920   item# 706982

Beautiful Edwardian Garland Style Suffragette Earrings
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These are easily the loveliest Suffragette earrings we've ever had the opportunity to offer, featuring an airy openwork setting that screams Garland Style. This was essentially a fit of neo-classicism, thrown in reaction to the excesses of Art Nouveau. Cartier was the movement's first exemplar around 1900. It had only a brief heyday, unfortunately, since World War I changed the mood entirely (leading to the dominance of sleek, modernistic Art Deco forms).

Garland Style jewels have a refined and delicately lacy look, employing decorative elements used in the late 18th century (and, long before then, in real classical times). This half-wreath of precisely detailed leaves and tendrils is a pretty example -- the sort of pattern we see often as inlay in Georgian and later Edwardian furniture -- but here it takes on what was then a very modern touch: stones in Suffragette colors!

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.

In this case, we have faux jade of beautifully marbled early plastic (probably Galalith, invented in the 1890s) plus amethyst pastes and faux pearls. Everything remains in wonderful condition, including the gilding. It takes high magnification to notice any surface wear at all. That isn't unusual, since Suffragette jewels were worn only occasionally (most notably, 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.

Tucked away and forgotten for decades, Suffragette jewelry has 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. We try our best to maintain a good selection, but demand keeps growing. If these earrings strike your fancy, you'd better not delay. They date from circa 1905 - 1915 and reached us from a San Francisco estate. The have screw fasteners right for the period and could have been made by an East Coast firm in America, although the quality of the stones suggests origin in Bohemia or France.

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