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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.

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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.

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Giant Sterling and Moonstone Peace Dove Necklace '60s

Catalogue: Archives: Estate Jewelry: Silver: Modernism: Pre 1970   item# 855705

Giant Sterling and Moonstone Peace Dove Necklace '60s
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If you're looking for a "statement necklace," here it is -- unmistakably making the statement "Peace and Love" via a gorgeous domed pendant 3 1/4 inches round!

This handcrafted vintage pendant of hammered sterling features a stylized dove whose wings and tail are formed with cutout hearts. Adorned with a collet-set cabochon of blue-white moonstone -- the prized color that's so hard to find today -- it also has a glinting eye of lightly gold-washed silver.

The marks are Sterling, Eden and Eden repeated within an apple shape. I find no record of a firm called Eden, so this may be the creation of an independent designer. That would also explain the Sterling mark, which large-scale makers began replacing with a 925 stamp during the 1930s. Dating has to be during the Vietnam War -- far more likely the hippie '60s than the disco '70s, based on design. Of course, given the elegance of this jewel, its style is far from basic Boho; it's what we poor college students of the time enviously called Trust Fund Hippie.

Provenance is a Cape Cod estate and condition, as you see, is superb. We added the contemporary sterling chain 20 inches long.

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Nye 1940s Modernist Sterling Double Calla Cuff Bracelet

Catalogue: Archives: Estate Jewelry: Silver: Modernism: Pre 1950   item# 512386

Nye 1940s Modernist Sterling Double Calla Cuff Bracelet
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This gorgeous, highly dimensional vintage sterling silver bracelet is one of Stuart Nye's most admired designs. The matching double calla lily brooch is a book piece featured in Schon's "Modernist Jewelry 1930-1960." The bracelet is hand-crafted, as all pieces from the Nye studio have been since its establishment in 1933. The "arts and crafts" era was ending elsewhere, but didn't at Nye. Instead, it combined with the bold forms of Modernism and both influences are clearly present here.

Small but meaningful distinctions exist between this early calla bracelet and its successors, some still in production. This one also bears the distinctive "NYE" signature within a stylized shamrock and two "Sterling" stamps. Time's patina was so heavy that, with apologies to the purists among us, I polished the front to reveal its lovely details. The reverse remains dark. Slight age-appropriate wear is visible under magnification, but overall condition is simply marvelous, relative to age and the delicacy of sterling. It's been lovingly cared for, as it deserves. This is the large form of the bracelet, its central element being 1 3/4" tall and 2 1/2" wide. Provenance is a Midwestern estate.

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Dutch Modernist Sterling & Onyx Necklace by Siebel

Catalogue: Archives: Estate Jewelry: Silver: Modernism: Pre 1970   item# 469919

Dutch Modernist Sterling & Onyx Necklace by Siebel
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A true investment-grade jewel, this wonderfully elegant necklace was made and marked by the distinguished European silversmith A Siebel, Senior, whose work in Holland in the mid-20th century is very well-documented. It's crafted in two parts, so the onyx-set drop suspended from the choker moves freely, adding lots of liveliness.

The choker is 15.35" long, and the drop measures an impressive 4.33" long x 1.58" wide. Hallmarks include the Dutch Government guarantee mark for sterling and condition, as you see, is superb.

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Rare Modernist World War II Silver Victory V Ring

Catalogue: Archives: Estate Jewelry: Silver: Modernism: Pre 1950   item# 384695

Rare Modernist World War II Silver Victory V Ring
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Here's a truly exciting piece of mid-20th century history: a heavy (4.9 gram) sterling silver " V for Victory" ring that can be worn beautifully by a man or a woman. The design is very powerful - chiseled and with openwork - and the ring is stamped 925 for sterling.

Condition is excellent, provenance is a Midwestern estate and present size is US 7 to 7 1/2, easily altered since the back of the shank isn't ornamented. (NOTE: We state ring sizes as a range, since they can vary up to a half a size, depending on whether the sizing equipment used is wood, metal or plastic. Also, our fingers vary that much with temperature and time of day.)

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Modernist Amethyst Sterling Ring to Die For

Catalogue: Archives: Estate Jewelry: Silver: Modernism: Pre 1950   item# 153078

Modernist Amethyst Sterling Ring to Die For
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Dating from the interface of Arts & Crafts with Modernism (circa 1930 - 1950), this stunning handmade sterling ring from a European collection would look equally appropriate on a man or a woman. It's a whopper, for sure. The royal purple stone, a huge faceted oval bezel-set and open at the back, measures nearly 3/4" tall! It was sold as a natural amethyst and looks like one to me but, not being a gemologist, I can't absolutely guarantee it. Currently about a U.S. size 8 - 9 (easily altered by your jeweler), the ring is in very nice vintage condition. Surface wear is evident under a high-powered loupe, but not to the naked eye. The 925 hallmark appears inside the shank.

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Glamorous Vintage Modernist Chrysoprase Bracelet

Catalogue: Archives: Estate Jewelry: Silver: Modernism: Pre 1940   item# 151725

Glamorous Vintage Modernist Chrysoprase Bracelet
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This impressive vintage bracelet has a lot of presence, due to the size of its segments. Each of the 4 ornate floral plaques measures 1 1/4" square and holds a vivid emerald-cut stone that's prong-set and open at the back. The metalwork is very finely detailed, featuring both repousse and applied decoration. It looks like silver, but is unmarked and untarnished, so it's probably rhodium, a metal in the platinum family which shares platinum's toughness and silvery white no-maintenance shine. Length is about 6 1/2", making it just the right fit for most ladies.

Probable dating would be late Art Deco/Moderne (circa 1935-40) and provenance is a West Coast estate. Condition is super: The glowing stones are tight, the clasp snaps securely and you have to search with a loupe to find age-appropriate wear, apart from superficial scratches.

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