GlitzQueen Antique and Vintage Jewelry
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Strands : Pre 1930 item #1319168
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Both for heavenly color and liveliness in motion, this is among the most stunning Art Deco necklaces I've ever seen -- the sort of dazzler that people just can't take their eyes off. The crystal is very fine and superbly cut to sparkle madly, seeming to glow from within. In the mix are four different sizes, from teensy crystal heishi on the tassel to whopping faceted teardrops nearly 1 3/4 inches long.

As you know, the Edwardians loved jewels with drops to swing and sway, whereas later Deco necklaces became extra-long ropes much simpler in design, so we date this to early in the Deco period. Despite great age, its condition is superb, showing only miniscule fleabites under extreme magnification. The necklace has been beautifully cared for through generations, as it richly deserves and, for ongoing safety, I had the beads restrung by my favorite jeweler. Total length is 34 inches, including the 3 1/4-inch beaded tassel. Provenance is a Wisconsin estate.

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All Items : Estate Jewelry : Strands : Jewels : Pre 1940 item #1304705
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Here's a vision of sugarplums, for sure! Our whopping 50-inch necklace is made of candy-colored beads shaped like salt water taffy logs! However, this luscious strand of sweetness is far from a typical seaside souvenir. It's a high-end piece featuring artfully cut and polished natural agates that weigh nearly 83 grams (414 carats). Their shades evoke the flavors of banana, blueberry, cherry, lime, grape and huckleberry. Each about 3/4 of an inch long, they're individually knotted like fine pearls, on thread so sturdy I'd call it twine if it were nubby. Being smooth, this soft cocoa-colored fiber seems comparable to the heavy wool floss used for crewelwork embroidery. The stones' sheen is so pronounced that a special finish may have been applied, plus possibly hand-painted accents.

Given that the necklace is of such high quality, my speculation is that it was a honeymoon gift to a bride who stayed at one of the grand Atlantic beach resorts operating from late Victorian times through the Edwardian and Art Deco eras. That was also the heyday of salt water taffy -- so many a new husband surely gave "sweets to the sweet" in the form of jewelry concocted by clever local artisans.

We date the jewel circa 1925-1935 and a clasp right for the period is present -- although, on a strand more than four feet long, you'll probably never use it. Clearly, this is a necklace that will go beautifully with anything and it can be looped double or triple to suit any neckline. Provenance is a Massachusetts estate.

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All Items : Estate Jewelry : Strands : Pre AD 1000 item #1276003
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The wonder of this spectacular necklace isn't that the beads survived from Britain's age of Roman conquest -- beads often last -- but that their arrangement into this particular form probably dates from relatively soon afterward. I don't know about you, but that much history gives me the shivers (in a good way).

According to an expert, this is exactly the sort of strand created by Britons of the Anglo-Saxon period, as found in some burials circa 600 to 1000. Their necklaces used beads left by the Romans, whose conquest of Britain dated from circa 43 to 410. Even considering that Roman rule was at its height around the year 160, the beads weren't all that old when they left and the Germanic Anglo-Saxons became dominant.

These are very nice beads, indeed - made of colorful ceramic, glass and natural stone. A few appear to be amber. Measuring almost 17 1/4 inches plus clasp, the strand is weighty with these ancient treasures. Its latest restringing probably took place at least a century ago, based on the Victorian fish-hook clasp. That adds even more history, but it wouldn't be a bad idea to restring them soon for security's sake.

The necklace was acquired from a specialist London dealer around 1980 and the prior owner recalls it was expensive even then and without knowledge of its Anglo-Saxon connection. If you've priced Roman beads lately, you know that just a small handful of random finds can easily go for a couple of hundred dollars. That makes our sale price for this very special necklace quite a bargain.

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All Items : Estate Jewelry : Strands : Jewels : Pre 1900 item #1275481
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A pretty match for our extra-long, antique branch coral necklace, this bracelet is also remarkable for the quality of its coral. Almost all recent coral is dyed (and looks it). Sources of good natural coral are just about played out, so it's hard to get without choosing antique, or at least very seriously vintage, items.

Here we have the real thing and a lot of it (129 carats). The bracelet hails from a California estate, but would have originated in Italy, where red coral was harvested in profusion until the early years of the 20th century. This is the type produced mainly around Torre del Greco: lovely red spezzati (coral branches) with a small white vein through the center. At some time long ago, a neutral polish was added for shine; under very high magnification, a few tiny patches of it look whitish from wear at contact points, so we know it has no effect on the coral's color.

Based on the clasp, a sterling swivel hook, the bracelet was restrung around 1950. Changing to a Victorian gilded "beehive" screw clasp or small fish-hook would be well worth doing. Length is about 7.75 inches now, too large for many women, but a significant amount of length would easily be removed with the oversized clasp.

To see the 32-inch, 385-carat coral necklace that goes well (though not perfectly) with this - and a delightful pair of earrings, too - just enter "branch coral" in the search box. If interested in more than one piece, please get in touch and we'll work out special pricing for you.

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All Items : Estate Jewelry : Strands : Jewels : Pre 1900 item #1275470
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Spezzati or branch coral, so beloved by the Victorians and Edwardians, is making fashion news again. This is a particularly lush example of the form, beautifully vivid and bristling with branches. It weighs in at an impressive 385 carats and is 33 inches long! To achieve this dramatic scale, we actually combined two shorter 19th century estate strands - retaining this wonderful old barrel clasp in beehive shape, although there's no need to open it. Besides its remarkable size, it's fashioned from the good old Mediterranean stuff, harvested off Italy in the 19th century and earlier. Virtually all newer coral is Japanese and dyed.

You'd have to look a long time for a spezzati necklace as spectacular as this one -- and our price is quite a bargain. Elsewhere online, a necklace of comparable coral quality, but only 21 inches long and about 200 carats in weight is being offered (on sale) at about the same price as s ours.

UPDATE: We've added antique earrings and a bracelet that are a lovely (though not absolutely perfect) match for the necklace. To see those, just enter "branch coral" in the search box. If interested in more than one piece, please let us know and we can work out pricing that's even more special for you.

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All Items : Estate Jewelry : Strands : Pre 1960 item #1227947
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Perfect with the pink and other pastel fashions so stylish now, this luscious necklace looks like a lei of frangipani flowers. While it seems fresh from the islands, it's actually a vintage jewel from West Germany -- source of many of our loveliest 1950s designs. The words West Germany and the letter W (possibly M) are stamped in a circle on the back of its pretty beaded clasp. As you may know, West German jewelry is highly prized for its fine and innovative craftsmanship, and prices have been steadily rising since German reunification in 1990. There will never be more of these goodies, so we'd all be wise to stock up while the getting's still good.

This beauty, designed much in the Haskell spirit, is comprised of faceted petal-shaped beads grouped into stylized blossoms, separated by tiny bugle beads and accents. It's all Lucite, shimmering like crystal, with a smattering of clear beads amid the pink to add extra sparkle. Length is about 17 inches, when fastened -- but can double that, if you take the clasp loose to wear the necklace as a single strand, instead of two (in which case the clasp blends in beautifully).

Condition is so lovely that it takes high magnification to see any wear to the beads; only age-appropriate loss of gilding on the back the clasp and its push-in fastener is more apparent. The necklace seems to have been recently restrung, a plus for safety's sake. Provenance is a Pennsylvania estate.

BTW, if you like this, be sure to see our vintage pink lucite dangle earrings. These pieces would be show-stopping together, if you dare!

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All Items : Estate Jewelry : Strands : Jewels : Pre 1940 item #1063037
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Their rich mix of colors makes these Art Deco beads extra-special, as do the varied stone cuts and link types. It all adds up to a wonderfully unexpected and festive look, and a necklace that will go with just about anything.

The 29 prettily faceted faux-gems are of a quality that suggests Czech origin. They include ovals of blue topaz, squares of amethyst and olivine, rounds of amber and chunky rectangles of smoky topaz, all set in gilt brass frames with beaded detail. The connecting links of gilt brass feature both rounds and "paperclip" ovals.

Total length is about 35 inches, so the clasp is superfluous, unless you want to wrap the strand around your neck several times.

Provenance is an estate in Florida (the great Deco mecca) and condition is lovely, showing only age-appropriate darkening of the metal and, under magnification, minor surface wear. Probable dating would be late 1920s or early 1930s, making the necklace antique by American 75-year standards, not just vintage.

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All Items : Estate Jewelry : Strands : Pre 1920 item #939026
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Frosty whites and pastels captured the height of Edwardian refinement a hundred years ago. Not coincidentally, the Arts and Crafts movement had flourished for several decades by then, promoting excellence of design and workmanship, along with an artistic approach to selecting materials. This led to a passion for art glass that persisted from Late Victorian and Edwardian times through the transitional World War I period and the Art Deco 1920s.

Edwardians also adored daintiness and the shimmering beads here are as tiny as heishi, so they're light and comfortable to wear, despite the great number of strands and decorative orbs paved with them.

Condition of this necklace is simply superb. Without magnification, you can't notice any surface wear, even on the brilliantly gilded little tulip-shaped connectors. The clasp is of a slightly darker metal and may well be a replacement for an earlier fish-hook or barrel type; this could easily be changed, but you don't even need to use it. At about 30 inches long, the beads slip on and off over the head. The necklace reached us from a Pennsylvania estate and most likely originated in Bohemia, an area known for producing excellent glass for centuries. (Part of the old Austro-Hungarian empire, it became Czechoslovakia after WWWI).

This ultra-subtle blue looks beautiful with a wide range of colors, but I especially like it with the gray fashions so stylish today.

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All Items : Estate Jewelry : Strands : Pre 1930 item #702976
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Almost seven feet long, this amazing antique beaded necklace is intricately woven into a thick rope to sway at knee level or trail slinkily down your back. Of course you can also knot it, wrap it around your neck several times or even wear it as a belt.

Extra-long necklaces like this were favorites from Edwardian into Art Deco times, when clothing became much lighter and less restrictive and people liked their jewels to move freely, too. Based on its subtle coloration, this is an early one. The Edwardians favored muted pastels, even at night, celebrating the fact that flickering candles and gas lamps had been replaced by electric light and colors no longer had to be assertive to be seen. Here clear beads add extra dazzle to silvery pink beads of a shade that will be breathtaking with the gray fashions so stylish now.

The necklace reached us from a Midwestern estate, but it almost surely came from Europe. Teensy "sugar crystal" glass beads of this type are most closely associated with France, but could also be Bohemian. The necklace's condition is frankly miraculous, with original stringing that still looks perfectly strong.

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All Items : Estate Jewelry : Strands : Pre 1930 item #556874
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Sparkling glass jewelry was so popular in the Art Deco era that fashion editors worldwide declared 1927 "The Year of Crystal." This gorgeous necklace certainly dates from the 1920s, so is already antique by American 75-year standards. The crystal beads are much heavier and more finely faceted than is customary today, and age-appropriate patina is evident on the elegant gilded filigree clasp. The clasp is original to the beads, which reached us from a West Coast estate.

The largest central bead is a whopper -- 5/8 of an inch round -- and this necklace is an ususually long one. Most of its type measure just 16 or 17 inches long. Condition is so lovely that high magnification is required to notice any surface wear to the glass. To make sure these beads can be worn safely for another 75 years or so, we had our jeweler restring them in the most luxurious manner (using pale silver-grey silk and knotting each bead individually to protect them from abrasion). Depending on rates where you live, that saves you about $40 to $60, since you won't need to have them restrung, yourself.

Obviously this is a necklace you can wear beautifully with every color and with anything from jeans to a cocktail dress. Nothing is more versatile than clear crystal.

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All Items : Estate Jewelry : Strands : Pre 1940 item #407057
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Here's a versatile vintage necklace that will look stunning with everything from jeans to silk dresses. In a color palette that screams Art Deco, it's entirely made of glowing semi-precious stones - including marquis-cut rose quartz, aventurine and banded agate. It finishes with a gorgeous rose quartz lavaliere teardrop 1 1/4" long.

This jewel was crafted to last and its condition, as you see, is excellent. Only light surface wear is visible, even under extreme magnification. Total length is approximately 26" and provenance is a Deep South estate. Probable dating would be 1930s, given the blend of Deco and Modernist style influences. BTW, similar mixed-stone necklaces composed merely of round beads are being offered elsewhere online for $195 and more, so ours with larger and more interestingly shaped stones is a terrific bargain - especially on sale.

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