GlitzQueen Antique and Vintage Jewelry
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Costume : Unsigned : Pre 1940 item #1321422
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The subtle blue hues of these artfully clustered shells range from water-pale to dusky cobalt and they seem to encircle the neck by magic, being suspended on a paperclip chain of transparent celluloid. The shells, BTW, are as intricately textured as real ones -- a delight to the touch, as well as the eye.

Besides being easy to admire, this necklace is easy to wear -- light as a feather -- and in amazing condition, given its age (circa 1930-1940) and the delicacy of celluloid. The only fault we've found are teensy pinholes at the backs of some shells, which are hard to notice and may have been integral to the process of fabricating such intricate shapes. Its length is 16.5 inches and it reached us from a West Coast estate.

This is a particularly good time to add a celluloid necklace to your collection, since formerly crazy prices have taken a pause. As you may remember, attractive examples were selling a few years ago for $300 to $600. Here's a fabulous deal made even better by our present sale price.

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All Items : Estate Jewelry : Costume : Unsigned : Pre 1960 item #1228335
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Here's a perfect small gift or little treat for yourself!

This very exotic-looking ring was acquired in Sicily and features a bold, highly prismic stone of faceted ebony glass -- most likely the natural volcanic glass called obsidian, which would have come from Mount Etna in the present instance.

The stone's setting, an ornate filigree of silvery metal, will fit anyone, since the shank was shaped with a little gap at the back. Probable dating would be Retro, circa 1950, when large costume rings were wildly popular. Its height evokes the dangerous mood of a "poison ring" but it doesn't open and, despite its impressive size, the ring's quite comfortable to wear.

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All Items : Estate Jewelry : Costume : Unsigned : Pre 1980 item #1227967
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Ideal for this pink-loving season, these fabulous vintage earrings will turn all eyes your way! They're a whopping 5 1/2 inches long and designed to dance with every step you take -- so definitely not for shy violets.

Of frosted pink lucite in an array of floral, leaf, shell and prism shapes, they're accented by faux pearls and gilt metal chains with surface detail for extra sparkle. The tops, two inches round, are fixed to clip backs for comfort, because you wouldn't want this much weight on a post. The drops add another 3 1/2 inches to length and an amazing lot of glamor.

No doubt these were first worn by a Disco Queen of the 1970s, but she treated them gently and they're in marvelous condition. Provenance is the collection of a former antique shop owner in the Hamptons. Frankly, I've never seen any costume earrings this remarkable and I'm sometimes wearing them, myself, while they await a new owner. Seize the day soon or I may refuse to part with them.

BTW, there's a gorgeous pink Lucite garland necklace in stock now, a West German treasure from the 1950s which would be spectacular with these. Be sure to search it out, if you can stand that much drama.

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All Items : Estate Jewelry : Costume : Unsigned : Pre 1910 item #1227662
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Authentic Victorian Art Nouveau "lady portrait" jewels have become so scarce that even well-made replicas are coveted, so we're delighted to present this treasure from the late 19th or very early 20th century. It's a highly unusual example of the form, being crafted as a hair jewel. Through many years of collecting Art Nouveau, I've never before run across a barrette like this.

Obviously you could transform it into a necklace pendant and/or brooch by having it set in a bezel with the appropriate hardware. Most likely, that would increase its value substantially; however, I find it even more charming in its unexpected present form and would thrill to see it adorning the hair of a young woman or child.

This is a truly spectacular piece -- highly dimensional, large (about 1.5 inches round) and exquisitely detailed. The portrait head is one of the loveliest I've seen, both for the woman's beauty and for her harmony with the floral and foliate shapes surrounding her. A flower wafting from behind settles perfectly over her curls like a ruffled cap!

The influence of French "art medals" is strong and quite possibly an original by one of the masters is recreated here. It probably hails from France, given its provenance (a Louisiana estate). Condition, as you see, is remarkably fine. Quite a bit of patina remains on the aged brass reverse, but the front was brightly polished sometime recently. The hairpin-type barrette catch still works without a glitch after more than a century.

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All Items : Estate Jewelry : Costume : Unsigned : Pre 1930 item #1114226
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This cameo, most likely from Italy, offers a nicely carved portrait of a lovely lady -- whose bobbed hair provides the Art Deco dating, along the modernistic carving style. It's about 1.25 inches tall and very dimensional; there's a lot of depth to the shell.

Because this setting isn't worthy of her beauty, the piece is priced to allow for framing properly as a pendant, brooch or both. If the current mount were of gold or even hallmarked silver, you could add easily $100 to the cost, which is bargain basement for any pretty, hand-carved cameo that's from the 1920s or older -- thus antique by American 75-year standards.

So that she'll be wearable until you get around to finding a new frame, we've added a vintage chain that's 20 inches long and a good match for the current bright brass setting.



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All Items : Estate Jewelry : Costume : Unsigned : Pre 1930 item #1114038
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Most of us know the discovery of King Tut's tomb in the 1920s led to a craze for Egyptian-styled jewelry. Fewer are aware there were earlier Egyptian crazes: circa 1800, inspired by Napoleon's campaign in North Africa, and again in Victorian times, beginning with the 1860s opening of the Suez Canal. Furthermore, when Tut's treasures toured the world once more in the 1970s, it was "deja vu all over again." Because of this, you always have to look very carefully at jewels with an Egyptian motif, to determine when they were made.

These stunning gilt brass earrings are most likely from the 1920s, based on the depth of the patina, the extent of surface wear, the punchy Deco colors and of course the portrait of King Tut. The ear wires are obviously newish and the drops would have hung from screw fasteners originally. Very little wear is apparent to the naked eye -- they look absolutely fantastic -- but, under high magnification, minute losses of enamel and gilding can be found, more than you'd expect if they were recent.

Crafted on a very grand scale, these beauties measure a whopping two inches round and are highly dimensional. I've never seen a pair at all like them, so they're really quite special. Provenance is an East Coast estate.

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All Items : Estate Jewelry : Costume : Unsigned : Pre 1940 item #1113583
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Shell cameos, like pearls, are classics that always look elegant. If you collect vintage and antique examples, you know how much harder it is to find cameo earrings than brooches, necklaces and rings. Thus, we're fortunate in being able to offer these.

Every real cameo -- being hand-carved, not molded -- is one of a kind, so those set in any pair of earrings can vary substantially in form, color and even age. The cost for earrings rises tremendously, if both were made by the same craftsman from the same shell, with portraits that resemble each other. Here the cameos do show differences. One shell has a more intense background color than the other and our ladies are clearly not twins. Based on their hairstyles and the style of carving, they were probably produced a generation apart. Notice the curly flapper bob on the gal at right, while the one at left has her long hair swept back in the Late Victorian manner. It's fun to think of them as family, the elder pictured in youth during the 1880s or 1890s and her daughter or niece in the 1920s.

The oval rope-twist mountings of gilt brass have a Victorian look and screw backs of the sort favored by Edwardians, but most likely they're later than either cameo, dating from the 1930s or thereabouts. Measuring approximately 3/4" x 5/8", they fit both cameos well and the backs are open, as they should be to let light pass through the shells.

Condition of the cameos and metalwork is so good that they can't have been worn much. Provenance of the pair is a California estate. We're calling them vintage and pricing them accordingly, because the mounts seem a little too recent for antique designation. Both cameos, however, are antique by American 75-year standards

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All Items : Estate Jewelry : Costume : Unsigned : Pre 1940 item #1014142
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Every much-loved jewelry collection is unified by one lady's curatorial eye. Even pieces that may at first seem very different reveal similarities on closer study. In this case, no probing inspection is needed. These two brooches from the same midwestern estate speak clearly of a very feminine woman: a devotee of graceful, airy forms, deft craftsmanship, dainty scale and vivid, but not aggressive, colors. Together they represent their original owner's taste so well that it would be a shame to separate them -- and no doubt they'll both appeal to another woman who shares that sensibility.

The brooch at left is most remarkable for its ruby-red enamelwork forming a circlet of six stylized hearts around the central cabochon of shimmering faux-moonstone. Six rays of goldtone metal finish in stylized fleurs de lys for a bit of heraldic flair. The abundance of detail and somewhat domed shape combine to make a statement much bigger than the brooch's inch-round size.

The brooch at right is a little larger (about 1.25 inches round), also domed and subtly incorporating heart shapes in the petals that radiate from the center set with faux coral cabochons and pearls. Most notable here is that yummy peach color, elegantly complemented by slightly gray pearls. The mix of hues couldn't be more sophisticated -- not something we often see in costume jewelry.

The stones in both pins are great pretenders which, especially given their resrained size, can easily be taken for real. Adding to the luxurious look, the metalwork is classy, not brassy. Fasteners are fairly early, typically 1920s-1930s types -- so, by American 75-year standards, these little jewels are already antique, not merely vintage. Having been worn and stored with care, they're in fabulous condition. Love them as their first owner did and they'll be around for another century.

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All Items : Estate Jewelry : Costume : Unsigned : Pre 1960 item #1013213
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Pendants usually outlive their chains, because links are so easily broken. That leaves most of us wearing our antique and vintage pendants on modern chains that never look quite right -- or constantly sliding the pendants on and off a few older chains, which is hardly convenient.

How fabulous would it be to have a proper chain for just about every pendant in your collection? That's what you'll get with this great assortment -- including three in goldtone, three in silvertone and one of such richly age-patinated brass that it's almost coppery. Styles range from dainty to chunky and length from about 15 to 20 inches. All are in super condition, acquired from various estates. Most date from the 1920s through the 1950s. One or two may be a little more recent, but none has that made-yesterday look so obvious with new chains, which tend to be flimsy and overly bright.

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All Items : Estate Jewelry : Costume : Unsigned : Pre 1960 item #999106
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Our yummy fruit tart clip-ons date from Carmen Miranda days (1940s or early 1950s) and feature a melange of pears, cherries, blueberries and other fruits on a fluted pastry crust. Each measures 1 1/8" round and is highly dimensional. The material looks like Bakelite, but doesn't test to be, so it's either Galalith (often called French Bakelite) or some other sturdy early plastic. Condition is incredibly good. The clip fasteners are right for the period and work fine, but can easily be replaced by posts, if you prefer.

The tart design is so tasty that Juicy Couture concocted a copycat version not long ago. So did Japanese maker Harajuku. Much sweeter to have the vintage original, don't you think? Our earrings hail from a Nevada estate, so perhaps they belonged to a showgirl, back in the day.

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All Items : Estate Jewelry : Costume : Unsigned : Pre 1940 item #999056
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Unquestionably one of a kind, this amazing pair of earrings was handcrafted most likely around 1930. The design captures the uplifting and imaginative spirit of Depression Deco jewelry at its best. As you probably know, bird motifs were very popular then. Each cheerful bird is slightly different in the arrangement and size of its red and ivory feathers. Both have faux-pearl eyes and adorable little beaks that may be shell. Approximate measurement of each is 2 inches wide and an inch tall, with one being a little bigger than the other. It's possible they're Oriental in origin, but I believe they just show Asian influence.

Given the delicacy of celluloid, it's remarkable that these remain in such fabulous condition -- and, adding to their collectibility, they've reached an age to be considered antique by American 75-year standards, not merely vintage. The screw backs are right for the period, but can be easily changed to posts. (Best to have a jeweler do that, to avoid any possibility of damage.)

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All Items : Estate Jewelry : Costume : Unsigned : Pre 1950 item #952045
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A wonderful match for our braided necklace of the same pattern, this lovely bracelet fresh from a Midwestern estate is comprised of tiny white glass beads, the kind often called "sugar crystals." Strands of them are intricately braided together to form it. Lots of work went into jewels of this type, most of which are of Czech origin and date from the 1930s or 1940s. (Braided and twisted designs were also popular in the 1950s, but those tended to be much larger and of mixed materials.)

The visible woven area is 7 inches long, to which the end caps and fastener add about another 3/4 inch. Width tapers subtly from half an inch to 3/8 inch at the ends. Condition is excellent; it takes high magnification even to notice surface wear on the end caps.

One of the bracelet's jump rings is marked Czechoslovak and the jump rings and clasp on the necklace are identical, so we feel confident both are Czech. The beads on the bracelet have a slight pearly iridescence, whereas the necklace is matte, but that small difference wouldn't be noticed when worn. If you're interested in both pieces, let us know and we'll work out special pricing. They're already on sale, but we can do even better on a combined purchase.

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All Items : Estate Jewelry : Costume : Unsigned : Pre 1940 item #723082
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Most of us know the discovery of King Tut's tomb and the first worldwide tour of his treasures led to a rage for Egyptian-styled jewelry in the Art Deco era. Fewer are aware there were earlier Egyptian crazes (circa 1800, inspired by Napoleon's campaign in North Africa, and again in Victorian times, prompted by major archaeological discoveries and the opening of the Suez Canal). Further, the tomb's bounty toured museums once more in the 1970s and another revival of the style took place. Because of this, you always have to look very carefully at jewels with an Egyptian motif, to determine when they were made.

These earrings, I've decided, come from the 1930s, late in the Art Deco period. Their color is decidedly early 20th century; this grayed-down pink suited the icy Edwardian palette and was held over, even though richer jewel tones also entered the mix after World War I. Screw-type fasteners also suggest origin before 1940, when clips became dominant after phasing in for a few years. The reason why we have to rule out the 1920s is because the plastic isn't Bakelite or celluoid. Its brilliant finish suggests lucite, which wasn't developed until 1931. By then the Great Depression was on and popular taste favored the cheap and cheerful, leading to the heyday of a genre known as "art plastic" into which the earrings fall. All the intricate Egyptian details -- bird, ankh, crook, flail, feather and so forth -- that are molded here are also hand-painted. Under close inspection, age-appropriate surface wear can be noted both to the black paint and gilding of the metalwork. Thus, although the earrings look rather new at a glance, they really can't be; they just haven't been worn much. Dating circa 1932-1935, they're vintage by the European 100-standard, but already antique by the American 75-year norm.

Size is about 1 inch tall and 3/4 of an inch wide, big enough to make a statement without overwhelming, and of course these fasteners could be easily replaced by posts, if you prefer them. Provenance is a Midwestern estate.

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All Items : Estate Jewelry : Costume : Unsigned : Pre 1960 item #691467
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The end of World War II witnessed a major renascence of fashion. After the privations of wartime and the 1930s Depression, women were ready for glamor and femininity again -- and costume jewelry makers responded with some of the prettiest designs of the 20th century.

These charming vintage earrings are an excellent example of the mood: an update of the traditional crescent moon form, featuring stylized modernist lines, engraved details at the base and luscious pearls that may be real. Cultured sea pearls did appear often on high-quality costume jewelry of the era and these feel somewhat rough against the teeth, instead of smooth like glass. They also show minor variations in size and color and they're carefully prong-set. Since they haven't been examined by a jeweler, however, we're pricing the earrings as if the stones are simulated.

The gold surfaces have a real look, too, although they're plated. The golden hue is subtle, not a bit brassy; it's very much like electrum (an alloy of gold with silver popular in Roman times). This color is extremely difficult to photograph, somewhat paler than it appears here.

Size is not quite an inch tall and about half an inch wide, condition is lovely (showing only slight surface wear under high magnification) and provenance is a Midwestern estate.

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All Items : Estate Jewelry : Costume : Unsigned : Pre 1950 item #627373
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This delightful vintage bouquet brooch was most likely crafted by its original owner. During the Depression and World War II years, women got very clever about creating their own accessories -- first because there was no money and then because most metals were commandeered for the war effort. The idea was to strike a note of cheer during dark times, so these items are usually very colorful. They're a treat to own, for that reason and because they're absolutely one of a kind. Needless to say, these pieces are also rare, since so many were tossed out when life got better.

Made to be attached with a corsage pin, our pretty bouquet brooch is of pastel pink and dark green raffia on wires wrapped with ecru-colored tape that looks original. It measures more than 3 inches in each dimension and is in great conditon, relative to age and the delicacy of the materials. Provenance is a Texas estate.

BTW, if this appeals to you, be sure to see our similar red poppy corsage brooch from the same source. If interested in both, please e-mail and we'll work out special pricing for the pair.

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All Items : Estate Jewelry : Costume : Unsigned : Pre 1950 item #627360
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This delightful vintage poppy was most likely crafted by its original owner. During the Depression and World War II years, women got very clever about creating their own accessories -- first because there was no money and then because most metals were commandeered for the war effort. The idea was to strike a note of cheer during dark times, so these items are usually very colorful. They're a treat to own, for that reason and because they're absolutely one of a kind. Needless to say, these pieces are also rare, since so many were tossed out when life got better. Made to be attached with a corsage pin, our pretty poppy is wonderfully detailed. Stiffened crepe paper forms its petals and is the perfect texture and red-orange color to simulate the real thing. The flower's "innards" are likewise very convincing, made of raffia. Tiny leaves of green crepe paper top the stalk, which looks like it was re-wrapped with green florists' tape not long ago.

Total length is almost 7 inches, which further contributes to the garden-fresh illusion. Condition is marvelous, relative to the item's age and the delicacy of the materials. One teeny leaf may be missing. It would be easy to replace that, if you like, and you might want to steam the flower head lightly in order to reshape the petals for extra fullness; some are a little scrunched from storage. Provenance is a Texas estate.

BTW, if this appeals to you, be sure to see our similar pink raffia nosegay brooch from the same source. If interested in both, e-mail and we'll work out special pricing for the pair.

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All Items : Estate Jewelry : Costume : Unsigned : Pre 1960 item #530208
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These adorable Carmen Miranda-inspired earrings date from the late 1940s or very early 1950s, when the "Brazilian Bombshell" known for her fruit-laden accessories thrilled movie-goers around the world. Their "Made in Western Germany" mark makes them even more collectible, both as a sign of excellent Old World craftsmanship and because of increasing scarcity. There will never be more since, as you know, the place ceased to exist in 1990.

Jewelry from the early days of West Germany, immediately after World War II, influenced a generation of innovative designers including Haskell, Hagler and DeMario. From these earrings, it's easy to see why. Unusual materials are featured -- actual hand-woven baskets -- and the attention to detail is magnificent. You can see the nubby texture of oranges and lemons, and even the ends of the bananas show where they were separated from their stems. These are simply the finest quality fruit basket earrings I've ever seen. Size is impressive, too: 1 1/4 inches round and 3/4 inch thick. Condition is lovely, with only miniscule losses evident under high magnification. There's age-appropriate wear to the gilding on the backs and clips, of course, but the original paint on the fruit is so sound that I can't tell whether it's wood or hard plastic. Provenance of these beauties is a West Coast estate.

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All Items : Estate Jewelry : Costume : Unsigned : Pre 1970 item #529376
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Looking for a spectacular accessory that will add color and style to just about any outfit? Here it is, featuring literally every shade in the rainbow and long enough to wear at your waist or hips, as well as around your neck.

This versatile vintage beauty is comprised of two strands of wooden beads from which oodles of beaded drops dangle. It's well-crafted, with meticulously detailed tigers, elephants and other animals, and its condition is marvelous; you have to search hard to notice any wear. Provenance is an East Coast estate and most likely dating would be late 1960s or early 1970s, when jewelry like this was exactly what we hippie chicks in college liked to wear. Now it's perfectly in tune with today's fashionable safari and Boho styles.

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