GlitzQueen Antique and Vintage Jewelry
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Period : Pre 1980 item #1319442
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$135
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Still with its original shop tags, this wonderfully giftable vintage necklace is fit for your favorite goddess. It's dripping with golden laurel leaves and fashioned from rose quartz -- the icy pink color picked as fashion's favorite for spring, as you know if you follow fashion and home design news.

I have no doubt that these rose quartz stones are genuine; they're quite cold to the touch, unlike glass, and they're heavy. From the 17-strand hang seven leaf pendants ranging from one to two inches long, gorgeously detailed even on their reverses. Each leaf is stamped Bergere and obviously surfaced with very high-carat gold. A few gold beads also feature on the strand and there's an elegant gold push clasp accompanied by a diamond-shaped drop stamped with the designer's signature. Condition is like new and provenance is an East Coast estate.

We know this treasure was designed by Karen Reed for Bergere, but haven't yet been able to determine exactly when Ms. Reed worked for the company (L. Erbert & Pohls Inc. of New York City). The basic timeframe is clear, though, since the Bergere brand was used only from the 1940s through the 1970s. Of extremely high quality, Bergere jewels were sold in such upscale stores as Nordstrom, Lord & Taylor and Marshall Fields.

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All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Period : Pre 1960 item #1270757
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$1,450
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In their excitement over a flurry of archeological finds and the new museums that welcomed everyone to see them, the Victorians "revived" just about every historical style over a couple of hectic decades in the mid-19th century. It's less known than the Egyptian, Etruscan, "Gothick", Renaissance or Rococo Revival, but the wonders of the Ottoman Empire soon had ladies lusting for harem rings -- and the passion never died! Victorian examples were succeeded by Edwardian and later creations, including this gorgeous ring from the first half of the 20th century. It may be antique already, by American 75-year standards, but we're calling it vintage since we can't be sure.

We can be pretty sure that the origin is Turkey, though, based on such details of its fabrication as the form of the fastener holding the bands together and the charming golden feathers framing each row of stones. Those "aigrette" shapes symbolize royalty -- evoking the egret plumes that were worn, ornamented by rubies and diamonds, on Ottoman sultans' turbans.

Fittingly, we have rubies and diamonds here, too: quite a lot of them. There are 25 gems in all, weighing in at a bit more than half a carat (0.53). Total weight of the ring is 38.1 carats (7.6 grams). The 9 brilliant-cut diamonds are set somewhat higher on the bands than the 16 mixed-cut rubies, which adds dimension and even more sparkle.

A ring otherwise comparable, but set entirely with garnets, no precious stones, is offered elsewhere online for $1,150, so this luxurious jewel is a particularly excellent value.

Part of a delightful collection consigned to us, it comes from a Texas estate and is in impressive condition, with no wear visible to the naked eye. Below a prong, well hidden from anyone except a gemologist with a microscope, one diamond has a tiny chip which should be mentioned. Current size is US 7.25-7.75, but a good jeweler could resize it, since the bands aren't ornamented at the back. (We 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.),

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All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Period : Pre 1950 item #1269551
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$2,925
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Throughout the early 20th century, "crossover" rings were favorites for celebrating engagements. It's no wonder, since their intertwined form is so romantic -- not to mention flattering on anyone. Because the lower swirl rests on the hand, rather than the knuckle, the finger looks longer and more graceful. Who wouldn't like that? And it would be no less lovely, worn as a dinner ring.

Due to the long-term popularity of the style, there's often room for debate about dating rings of this type. They can vary from pre-World War I to post-World War II. Our beautiful example appears to date from around 1940. Any later and it would almost surely be of yellow or rose gold than white. Any earlier and the central diamond wouldn't be as wonderfully fiery. The 0.61 ct. gem, which benefits from the introduction of the transitional brilliant cut, is accompanied by 14 single-cut sparklers -- adding 0.16 cts, for a total of 0.77 cts in stones. Total ring weight is 3.2 pennyweights.

These facts and figures were documented by a prominent gemologist, who described the ring's condition as good, noting no flaws apparent without very high magnification, and valued it at $2525 in 1990 -- when gold was just $386/troy oz. At this writing, Nov. 2014, gold sells at $1202-1203, so our price is quite a bargain.Current size is US 5 - 5.5, easily altered since the back of the shank is unadorned. We state sizes as a range, because different types of measuring equipment vary up to half a size, as do our fingers with temperature and time of day. Provenance is a Texas estate, as part of a delightful collection of fine jewelry consigned to us.

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All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Period : Pre 1980 item #1269259
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Looking for some diamond stud earrings with more moxie than the typical pair? These dazzlers have the look of mini-dangles, each being composed of TWO gems of graduated size. They're one-of-a-kind -- custom-crafted around 1980, when the stones were set in sleek white gold mounts with threaded security posts and clutches. The gems came from two pair acquired around 1960, which had yellow gold "buttercup" mounts that fell out of favor ages ago.

At the bottom are the larger stones, seeming like "drops". They're 1/4 carat diamonds (0.25 and 0.26, estimated by measurement) rated G/H/I in color and I-1 in clarity. The smaller ones are 6 points each, rated G/H/I in color and VS and SI-1 in clarity. Total weight is 0.51 for the two larger diamonds and 0.12 for the two smaller, thus a substantial 0.63 carats total. (The details come from an old appraisal we saw when these beauties were consigned to us as part of a lovely estate collection of fine jewelry.)

As tasteful for the office as a night on the town, they'll look stunning on their own -- and they'll also add far more interest to your earring jackets than single-stone studs could ever do. Condition is mint, so great that I'll bet they haven't been worn more than a few times.

Here's one more thing to think about: An important benefit of choosing older diamonds is that we can be sure they aren't "blood diamonds". Far too many of the newer ones are funding insurgencies and terrorism.

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All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Period : Pre 1980 item #953551
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$435
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If you're longing for a vintage emerald bracelet or know somebody who is, here's one at an indulge-yourself price.

Intricately detailed, this stunning jewel from a Dallas area estate showcases 13 well-matched emeralds, true green. They're set amid fancy links with stylized floral ornaments. Each gemstone measures about 3mm round, so there's loads of color, and a hidden box-style clasp provides excellent security without detracting from the design. Length is about 7 inches, which is right for the average-sized wrist. If you're smaller, a link or two can be easily removed.

This bracelet looks brand-new, although the prior owner remembers getting it around 1980. Obviously she didn't wear it much, but you'll make up for that, won't you?

As for value, have you noticed vintage bracelets that are only emerald GLASS (and set in silver or even base metal) are selling elsewhere online for more than $200? Why not pay just a little more and have the real thing?

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All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Period : Pre 1980 item #953543
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$480
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This gorgeous estate jewel, crafted to the design of its former owner, is in the Art Deco manner. The spectacularly detailed pendant, patterned on all sides, measures about 1 ¼ inches tall, more than half an inch wide and 1/8 of an inch thick. Given its scale, it's quite heavy, containing lots of white gold plus three sizeable blue topaz stones of lovely cut and color.

These stones were taken from an antique ring, so their color is natural, which may be as significant for safety as value. Nearly all blue topaz sold now and in recent years has been treated -- often by radiation, not merely intense heat. (So-called “Swiss Blue” and "London Blue" are really clear or brownish stones that get their Windex or denim hues entirely by artificial means, including multiple nuclear bombardments.)

To complete the necklace, the former owner chose this very elegant 18-inch gold snake chain hallmarked 14k Italy, which has a sleek lobster clasp and is worth hundreds of dollars in its own right.

Making this an even more appealing gift choice, every inch of the necklace is like new. It can't have been worn much. Also pristine is its fabric-lined presentation box from Silverman's. Established in 1934 as a supplier of fine jewelry to retail and wholesale markets, Silverman's later entered the retail field and had 30 showrooms in 10 states when the company was sold in 1999. Because of their expertise in jewelry fabrication, they were known for excellent custom work, all produced in the original El Paso factory. Their one-of-a-kind designs are of course especially collectible. Most are wedding rings, so this pendant is rare. Its next owner can be confident that nobody else has one like it. Exact dating of the pendant and chain aren't known, so we're just calling this "period" rather than vintage.

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All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Period : Pre 1920 item #623374
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$345
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Here's the perfect blue topaz ring for you, if you love the early stones -- mined and cut before introduction of treatments that turn them clownishly vivid, almost turquoise. Because of its subtle water-like hue, this could easily be mistaken for a much more valuable aquamarine. It measures about 10-11 mm by 7-8 mm, so the carat weight is around 3.5.

The gem is of oval shape, but its cut isn't our modern oval. Instead, the shield-shaped table is larger and surrounded by star cuts both on the top and bottom. These make the edges sparkle with stars atop stars. This is a variant of the Old European Cut or Early Brilliant Cut, more typically seen on round stones of the Victorian era.

I understand it had an undistinguished mount of low-carat yellow gold, when the previous owner purchased it at an antiques sale in England. Around 15 years ago, she had it replaced by this sleek white gold solitaire setting, which shows the stone off beautifully. I can't find a mark on the gold, but it must be at least 14k.

The mount still looks new and the stone is also in lovely conditon. Under high magnification, of course you can see age-related wear, but it's minor. Topaz is a hard gem (8 on the Mohrs scale), so it holds it up well. That's probably why the ancient Greeks wore it for strength and as an amulet against harm. Similarly, the Romans thought it could break spells, detect poisons and calm fury. In later Christian belief, blue topaz was linked to uprightness.

Current size of the ring is about a U.S. 4 - 4.25, easily changed by any jeweler since the shank isn't decorated.

Needless to say, this is NOT "London Blue Topaz," which isn't a natural gem. That (like "Sky Blue" and "Swiss Blue") are just trade names indicating the amount of color given artifically to more common white topaz. The treatment, BTW, is irradiation and many people believe valid health concerns are associated with wearing these. For that reason, we never offer the newer ones.

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All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Period : Pre 1980 item #51125
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Yellow gold chains are back with a vengeance and this one, from a Texas estate, makes a bold glamor statement with its intricately woven design, 3 mm width and drop-over-your-head 28-inch length. You'll never even use the spring ring closure.

Perfect both with Retro looks and your latest fashions, it's of 10k gold and weighs in at 7.1 pennyweights. Crafted in the 1960s, it was appraised in 1991 at $250 - counting only replacement cost, new, no vintage value. Gold is a LOT more valuable now and still on the rise, so this is a real bargain. (A copy of that appraisal document will be provided to the purchaser, if desired.)

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