GlitzQueen Antique and Vintage Jewelry
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Deco : Pre 1930 item #1321356
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This breathtaking antique white gold watch from a Miami estate is an excellent example of why the Belais Brothers' work is so esteemed. For spectacular design, refined craftsmanship and the excellence of their patented white gold, they surpassed all others in the late 19th and early 20th century. Notice the rich detail of the case. Not just the front but also the sides and back are intricately ornamented.

This watch would be gorgeous, even without its vivid sapphire accents. With their added opulence, it's dynamite. The stones may be natural or, more likely, the Verneuil synthetics which appeared often in fine jewelry of this era. The laboratory-produced stones aren't "fakes" like glass; they chemically reproduce real gems so well that even jewelers must test them. Here the brilliant stones are cut in fancy shapes and the hands on the watch are sapphire blue, too, as are the beautifully enameled numerals.

The case measures 16mm wide and 44mm from lug to lug and bears the initials of the original owner, CDC, on reverse. It contains a movement marked Perla Watch Co, which has 17 jewels and 2 adjustments, and was recently overhauled. Though the watch is in running condition now, we can't promise that a little tweaking won't be needed on arrival. Of course we'll pack with utmost care, but antique watches are temperamental about transport.

The jeweled filigree bracelet, a glorious color match, is marked "Bates & B" for Bates and Bacon. Based in Attleborough, MA, the company operated from 1856 through the 1930s and was known for producing excellent gold and gold-filled jewelry. Other marks present are the brand-name "Clasper" and "Pat'd. 2-7-22". We didn't find a stamp for metal content, but slight surface wear suggests it's gold-filled. It doesn't have the hard white sheen of rhodium plating, nor the tarnish you'd expect of silver. The four sapphire blue stones here show some wear under high magnification, so are probably Czech crystals, but their dainty size makes them persuasive pretenders. The bracelet, which will unhook at either end, can be easily shortened from its present length of 6 inches. I expect a good jeweler could also find a way to lengthen it, if needed.

Both watch and bracelet date from early in the Art Deco era, based on the Edwardian delicacy of the filigree and engraving. The bracelet, like the watch, is beautifully detailed on the back and edges, as well as the front. Though they didn't begin life together, they certainly should move forward that way. It's lucky they found each other, and we feel lucky to offer the result -- which is part of a lovely estate collection of fine jewelry that's been consigned to us.

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All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Deco : Pre 1930 item #1321345
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Just in from a Colorado estate, this antique brooch couldn't be a more timely find, since rose quartz has been declared the "it" color for 2016. Personally, I find that shade of pink ravishing, no matter what style mavens may say at the moment, and it certainly flatters every complexion.

The quality of this jewel is ravishing, too. It has a nice heft (10.8 grams, 54.5 ct) and measures about 2" x 3/4" -- of which the large, highly domed gem, bezel-set with fine beading, comprises 7/8" x 1/2". We can't find any loss of finish to persuade us that the metal is plated, so it may well be unmarked gold. Both 9-10k and gold-filled pieces generally test the same, so we don't like scarring jewels with files and test acids, in hope that they'll test at 14k or higher. Whether gold or gold-filled, this beauty will wear like a champ, because the gold-fill process applies such a heavy sandwich of gold around the underlying metal that it's terrifically hard to erode.

Besides styling it in the usual ways, you could enjoy this a marvelous barette or accent on a purse, hatband or headband.

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All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Deco : Pre 1940 item #1284794
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This graceful double heart ring is of a style sometimes called Depression Deco -- characterized by pretty, spirit-lifting motifs, openwork designs that made precious metals go farther and textural details that add sparkle without gems, like the incised patterns here, to the side of each heart. This is such a great example of jewelry from the "do more with less" 1930s that it has real historical importance.

Of hallmarked 10k gold, the ring is in excellent condition, as you see. Now a dainty size 3, it could of course be sized up by any good jeweler, if desired.

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All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Deco : Pre 1930 item #1030436
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If you love antique white gold jewelry, you probably know the signature BELAIS on a piece means it's the ultimate. For beautiful design and refined craftsmanship, the Belais Brothers surpassed all others working in white gold during the early 20th century.

This lovely wedding ring from an Arizona estate is an excellent example of why their jewelry is so esteemed and collectible. Its intricate pattern, executed in high relief, is a graceful motif that looks to me like tiny stylized leaves nestling close together in a garland. It measures 2 mm wide, weighs 2.4 grams and definitely dates from the Art Deco era or a bit earlier, since the company crashed with the stock market in 1929. Along with the BELAIS 18K stamp that appears on the interior is the name Horton, signifying either the jeweler who sold it proudly or the surname of the happy bridal couple. This is an unusual touch, lending extra charm to its history.

In lovely condition, the ring shows only minimal age-appropriate wear under high magnification, and should fit if you wear a size 6, 6.25 or 6.5. Nobody's fingers are exactly the same size all the time -- they vary up to half a size with temperature and time of day -- and ring sizing equipment yields different results, too, depending on whether it's wood, plastic or metal. That's why we prefer to think of ring sizes as a range.

Any of our Belais bands, BTW, could easily be modified to become an engagement ring with the addition of prongs and whatever stone you like. I don't normally recommend adapting antique jewelry, but I recently saw online an alleged "Belais Solitaire" which certainly didn't begin life that way; it had a honking big modern diamond in long, witchy prongs -- and a honking big pricetag of $9250! That was way over the top, but it set me thinking about little delicate prongs and a gem in proper scale. This could actually be very pretty.

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All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Deco : Pre 1940 item #711286
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Glamor and practicality used to be on closer terms than they are today, and nowhere is that more apparent than in watch design. If you’re like me in preferring a feminine style that’s properly scaled for a lady’s more delicate wrist, this antique timepiece may be just what you’re looking for.

Its shape, as you see, is very Art Deco, featuring fancy geometric lugs on which four small diamonds twinkle amid black enamelwork, plus gracefully stepped sides and even a domed crystal that arches like a moon bridge. Also indicating a Deco dating, the surface is white gold, rather than yellow. The numerals are of icy white metal, too, applied on an ivory-colored dial. Because they’re on the large side and alternate with slender teardrop, the time is easy to read without strong color contrast. Even the hands, also of white metal, have a jazzy streamlined form.

The case was crafted circa 1925-1935, at a time when the Benrus Company took the lead in style, edging out competitors whose watch designs were less fashion-forward. The mechanisms were also of excellent quality, all imported from Switzerland, and this one uses 21 jewels, well above the norm of 17. The face is marked Benrus 21 Jewels and the case back reads 10 K.R.G.P. Bezel and St. Steel Back 594197, telling us the front is of rolled gold, which is far more durable than ordinary plating, joined to a sturdy backing of stainless steel. The number must have meant something within the company; it can’t be a patent registration or would mean 1897, when the founder was only three years old. Benrus is a contraction of the name Benjamin Lazrus, who was an early 20th century immigrant from Romania, working in New York City. His firm later became notable for a host of technological innovations, such as date indicators, waterproofing and eventually electronic components. By the mid-20th century, Benrus dominated the market, but this beauty comes from the time when it employed just a few skilled artisans dedicated to producing chic designs for the first generation of liberated American women.

The watch reached us in entirely original condition from a New Mexico estate, where the dry air preserves historic jewelry well, and there’s been no restoration. We added only a fresh black cord band right for the period, easily replaced by your jeweler in the size and color you prefer. It takes high magnification to notice any wear, mainly fine scratches to the crystal. We'll pack with great care, of course, but antique watches can be temperamental about transport. Although it’s running fine now, it could need minor adjustment after shipping.

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