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All Items : Estate Jewelry : Silver : Retro : Pre 1950 item #1319211
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Perfect to enjoy in an election year, here's a spectacular example of World War II Americana: sterling earrings that explode into fireworks in the red, white and blue hues of Old Glory!

Extremely well-made with masterful silverwork and prong-set rhinestones, these historic earrings are in fabulous condition and huge, too: 2 1/4" tall and almost 2" wide.Obviously, they'll make you the belle of the ball at every patriotic gathering, not to mention the voting booth.

The screw-on backs are original, right for the Retro period, as is the sleek and curvy Moderne styling. Earrings just don't get any more 1940s than these - and did you know manufacturers were forced by wartime shortages of other metals to use high-quality silver, even for costume jewels? That's why so many pieces from this era are sterling, and each of the earrings is marked such. I'm surprised to find no other marks, since these are so finely crafted. If you prefer post fasteners, your jeweler can easily make the switch.

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All Items : Estate Jewelry : Silver : Retro : Pre 1980 item #563435
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$260
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This is a ring it's hard to take your eyes off. Everything about it commands attention: its swirling asymmetrical form, dramatic size and extreme dimensionality -- plus the dazzle of 8 white sapphires and 9 vivid cornflower blue ones cut in marquise shape and arrayed like dancing flames. As another graceful touch, the lower third of the ring's face is below the shank and sits on the hand, making the fingers look longer.

The jeweled area measures nearly an inch tall and more than half an inch wide, and it rises 3/8 of an inch above the shank on an intricate undergallery that looks spectacular from every angle. The metal looks and behaves like platinum, since it's plated with rhodium, which is from the same family of hard-wearing, no-tarnish metals. Underlying the rhodium is hallmarked sterling silver. Present size is US 6 to 6.5, easily altered since the band isn't decorated. Condition of the ring is very good, showing only age-appropriate surface wear under high magnification. From a Texas estate, it dates most likely to the 1970s. The style is obviously Retro/Modernist, but with more feminine, flowing lines than are typically seen in earlier examples.

Besides being the main birthstone for September, sapphire is the anniversary stone for the 5th and 45th years of marriage. It's said to foster mental clarity, calm, love and good health.

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All Items : Estate Jewelry : Silver : Retro : Pre 1950 item #195348
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In the 1920s, railroads opened the West to vacationers and soon the public imagination was captured by the old frontier. Zane Grey novels became best-sellers and the first cowboy movies appeared. That these hand-made silver earrings date from the Art Deco era is indicated by age-appropriate surface wear and the fact that they're stamped "Sterling" (rather than the later "925"). Each measures about 1/2" in each direction and has the screw-on fastener widely used between 1910 and 1935, when ear-piercing was considered barbaric. Of course they could be easily changed to posts.

With apologies to the purists among us, the tarnish on these delightful earrings was so heavy that I simply had to give the fronts a light polish. Most of the age patina remains in place on the reverses.

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