GlitzQueen Antique and Vintage Jewelry
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Enamel : Pre 1920 item #1305936
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Travel became a popular passion in late Victorian times, thanks to a rising middle class and advances in transport, and destinations grew increasingly exotic as the 19th century advanced -- veering toward North Africa and the Middle East, with bonus points for the romance of ancient ruins.

Such dreamy ramblings didn’t suit the modern mood after World War I, but a jewel like this remained possible for a brief interval in the new Czecho-Slovakia -- formerly Bohemia, a part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire long famous for art glass, enamelwork and jewelry-making. When its post-war artisans took up their tools again, they turned to pre-war designs – and that’s why we occasionally find the earliest Czech hallmark (Czecho, introduced in 1918) on a piece that screams circa 1900.

As you see, it’s entirely Belle Epoque and Bohemian in spirit. Shaped like an ancient ewer, it’s so wildly opulent that you can’t look at it without grinning. At least I can’t. It’s like a relic from a fairytale – or perhaps one of Scheherazade’s famous cliff-hangers. Besides all the glory that’s vivid in front, the back looks like golden lace.

Clearly made to dazzle, this beauty was also made to last. Crafted from gilt-brass filigree that’s astoundingly sturdy, it features gorgeous pretend-rubies, sapphires and emeralds, plus luscious licks of enamel in all three colors, plus white and black. Total weight is a whopping 76.5 carats (more than 15 grams), size is about 2 3/8” by 1 ¼”, provenance is a Washington DC estate and even the fastener is fascinating, the pinstem being much earlier than the rest of the mechanism, with a lot of play at the hinge in the Victorian mode. Of course it was snipped long ago from the extended length that became dangerous when women stopped wearing layers of thick underclothing.

Something this wonderful demands to be enjoyed A LOT, in my opinion. Why not pin it to a wide black (or jewel-toned) ribbon to wear as a choker, headband or sash, as well as in the conventional manner. You could even stitch it onto a bag or hat easily, through the filigree.

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All Items : Estate Jewelry : Enamel : Pre 1980 item #1163641
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Here's a delightful small gift for anyone who enjoys a Bingo game. The snappy black and white enamelwork is what makes it special; all-metal versions are fairly commonplace. Although the metal here is unmarked, it appears to have high silver content, based on its response to silver polish, which substantially brightened the back. (Naturally, we didn't put any on the front, where it could damage the enamel.)

Measuring about an inch tall and a bit more than half an inch wide, this little darling reached us with a group of things dating from the mid-20th century, so we feel safe in dating it to the 1970s.

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All Items : Estate Jewelry : Enamel : Pre 1950 item #1160339
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This delectable confection by Coro is one of the sweetest, most ultra-feminine jewels I've seen! Layers of gold-toned filigree are studded with faux pearls and diamonds, then crowned with a dome of shimmering white guilloche enamel that's centered with a hand-painted rose.

Romance in jewelry was the theme in the 1940s, when lovers were separated by World War II and then brought blissfully back together again. Hearts and flowers were everywhere. Few of the pieces were as pretty and well-made as Coro's, though. Now that guilloche work is no longer done, the engraving machines not even made for decades, these jewels are likely to rise steadily in value. At the moment, however, enough of them are still are on the market that they're bargains.

This one is unusual for its great dimensionality and lovely condition. The gold metal is still bright, showing wear only on the reverse, and the stones appear to be original (a few rhinestones dimmed with time, which proves their age, although you could easily replace them if you like). Size is approximately 1 1/4 inches round. The Coro signature is in script at an angle, right for the period.

If you're a very girly gal, you'll enjoy styling this versatile jewel in lots of ways. Slip a ribbon or fine chain behind the fastening mechanism or through holes in the filigree and it's ready to double as a pendant -- or pin it to a ribbon for a choker necklace or headband -- or use it to turn a scarf into a sash -- or try it on a fabric bag. The creative possibilities are just about endless.

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All Items : Estate Jewelry : Enamel : Pre 1900 item #1114122
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This enchanting Celtic Art Nouveau brooch is an extraordinary find from one of our best sources in the British Isles. The wee fellow in the foreground -- a leprechaun, elf, sprite or whatever sort of "fairy down the garden" -- is exquisitely detailed. He's applied atop a repoussé toadstool, overlooking a green loch and golden hills with pretty engraving, beneath a blue sky accented by puffy white clouds.

The enamelwork on this jewel is a tour-de-force and it's in lovely condition. So, too, is the rose gold gilding, which shows only minor losses on the pin. The front is slightly concave and the domed back is beautifully surfaced, either hammered or cast in a dimpled pattern and fitted with the tube hinge and open C clasp indicative of great age. Its pinstem was snipped at some point -- not a bad idea since the elongated ones of the 19th century could so easily draw blood. The jewel measures about 1 1/4 inches round with scalloped and beaded edges. It dates most likely from the 1890s, but could be a little earlier or later.

Besides wearing it in the usual ways, this cutie would look great on a ribbon as a choker necklace or headband -- or on a hat or purse -- or to turn a scarf into a sash. The styling possibilities are just about endless.

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All Items : Estate Jewelry : Enamel : Pre 1900 item #1113262
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As museums opened across Europe in the 19th century, people flocked to marvel at the treasures of the past -- and then they wanted the look. This led to a series of historical revivals, including Classical, Renaissance, Baroque and Rococo, as well the medievalist style we see here, often called Victorian Gothic or "Gothick" to avoid confusion with the original term. The Austrians (who became Austro-Hungarians around 1860) did particularly lovely work in this vein, aided by long mastery of enameling, which was central to the style. Also arguing for East European origin are the jewel's Byzantine design, suggesting a Maltese cross, and its exotic color scheme, which pairs enamelwork resembling Persian turquoise with 19 amethyst pastes of Bohemian quality, all beautifully faceted and prong-set. The large central stone is open at the back, while the others are foiled, as was typical of the era. Further details of fabrication support an 1860s dating. Note the open C clasp, elongated pinstem and hinge of a form that began replacing the old "T" type during the 1850s.

A very great deal of work went into this spectacular brooch and it's been treated like the treasure it is. High magnification is required to notice any loss of gilding or enamel, except gilt wear on the reverse. Size is approximately an inch round and provenance is a Deep South estate.

I recently saw a new designer brooch similar to this but not half as nice, which was priced at $675, so this is a fantastic deal on an authentic investment-quality antique jewel. To get even more value, don't forget it can be beautifully styled as choker necklace or hair ornament, just by pinning it onto a ribbon. It would also be dynamite on a hat or bag, or to turn a scarf into a sash!

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All Items : Estate Jewelry : Enamel : Pre 1970 item #1030450
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Typical of the neo-Romantic jewels favored by "flower children" of the late 1960s, this ring and bracelet are excellent Art Nouveau Revival pieces with graceful curvy lines, lots of dimension and exquisite pastel enamelwork.

From old store stock, never worn, the ring didn't begin life with the bracelet. They reached us from different estates (both in California), but they're perfect together, so we're offering them as a set.

The ring features shades of violet, rosy mauve and sage green and is accented with twinkling diamond rhinestones. The bracelet, which adds touches of soft blue to the same color palette, is also in lovely condition, with a sturdy clamper clasp. Its inside circumference is about 6.25 inches -- a bit smaller than the average wrist, so please measure to be sure of the fit. The ring, now about a US size 6, can be easily altered up or down, since the back of its shank is plain. Both gold-plated pieces have good weight and are loaded with presence, looking far more expensive than they are. As a gift, this set would be cherished by any free-spirited lady who appreciates Hippie BoHo style.

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All Items : Estate Jewelry : Enamel : Pre 1930 item #534348
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These antique earrings, intricately carved in the shape of sunflowers, have an unusual color scheme that makes them a lot more significant than mere pretty posies. For members of the Suffragette Movement, to whom we modern women owe the right to vote, purple signified dignity, green represented hope and white stood for purity. Jewels worn by the wealthiest suffragettes mixed amethysts, pearls and emeralds or peridots. Rhinestones, glass pearls and enamels of the same hues are typically seen in less expensive costume jewelry. These earrings are the only example I've yet seen in painted bone. Perhaps they were even decorated by their original owner, since women of that era were highly accomplished at handicrafts.

Also remarkable is their condition, which is simply superb relative to age. If American, they would've been made prior to passage of the 19th Amendment in August of 1920. If English, they could date as late as 1928, since women's suffrage wasn't comprehensive until then. American origin is somewhat more likely, since their provenance is a Midwestern estate. Whether the gilt metal screw backs are original is impossible to determine with certainty, but this type of fastener grew popular during Edwardian and Art Deco times, when ear-piercing was regarded as a bit barbaric.

As you may know, Suffragette jewelry has been rocketing in price 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, these earrings have serious investment value, too. Size is 3/4 inch round.

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