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Huge Spectacular Art Deco Fruit Salad Rhinestone Clip

Catalogue: Estate Jewelry: Costume: Rhinestone: Pre 1940   item# 1275825

Huge Spectacular Art Deco Fruit Salad Rhinestone Clip
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GlitzQueen History and Art to Wear
505.205.1404


$75, reduced from $115.

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Carmen Miranda, eat your heart out! This is a jewel so devastating that you'll be noticed across the room: It's 2 3/4 inches tall, almost as wide and studded with faceted crystals in red, green, amber, blue and violet -- a "fruit salad" of colors, as they used to say.

Besides wearing it in the usual way, clipped to a pocket, lapel, scarf or neckline, it would look great on a ribbon as a choker necklace -- or on a hat or headband -- or on a purse or even at the wrist of a glove. The styling possibilities are just about endless.

It's helpful that the gilded, slightly concave backing - intricately detailed with grapes, leaves and a foo-foo border - is light and easy to wear on any fabric. The material must be wood or early plastic and condition is great, with only age-appropriate wear to the gilding at the outer edges -- and not much of that. All rhinestones are as vividly colorful as on the day there were made and the hinged clip is in perfect working order. Probable dating would be early 1930s and provenance is (bet you guessed it) a California estate.

There's no charge for U.S. shipping, with an equivalent discount on international delivery, and gift-wrap is always free on request. Please e-mail to confirm availability, order or request more photos. Thanks for looking!



Art Deco Safari Buckle of Faux Tortoise and Ivory

Catalogue: Estate Jewelry: Costume: Bakelite: Pre 1940   item# 1275447

Art Deco Safari Buckle of Faux Tortoise and Ivory
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GlitzQueen History and Art to Wear
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$40, reduced from $60.
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One of several exciting Art Deco buckles we acquired from a Florida estate, this beauty offers gorgeous details and versatile coloration along with great condition. Measuring 2 inches by almost 3, it's of thermoplastic (probably Bakelite) formed in high-relief for the look of crocodile leather. Also notice the elegantly shaped "prong" that dangles at the center and resembles aged ivory.

This is a one-part buckle that you can stitch to a belt or sash (up to 1 1/4" wide). Alternatively, just run a sash or scarf through it and knot it behind you. It would also be sensational as a scarf slide.

There's no charge for insured U.S. shipping, with an equivalent discount on international delivery. Please e-mail to confirm availability, order or request more photos. Thanks for looking!



Rare 3-inch Victorian Jeweled Crescent Moon Brooch

Catalogue: Estate Jewelry: Costume: Rhinestone: Pre 1900   item# 1270927

Rare 3-inch Victorian Jeweled Crescent Moon Brooch
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GlitzQueen History and Art to Wear
505.205.1404


$135, reduced from $160 for the holidays,
with free U.S. shipping & gift-wrap if desired. 

There's nothing more romantic than moonlight, especially when you can wear it everywhere -- like on your shoulder or your bag or a ribbon in your hair!

This antique crescent moon brooch is quintessential Victoriana, carried to a dazzling extreme. As you know if you collect 19th century jewelry, the crescent form is often found, but typically in lengths of one or at most two inches. Here's your chance to own the GIANT of the species.

Prong-set with 21 fiery diamond pastes graduated in size, this astonishing jewel has the tube hinge, open C clasp and elongated pinstem right for the period, which we judge to be circa 1860 - 1880. The reverse shows age-appropriate surface wear and the gilt brass setting could stand cleaning, but condition is otherwise terrific. Provenance is a New Mexico estate and probable origin is American.

There's no charge for insured U.S. shipping, with an equivalent discount on international delivery, and gift wrap is always free when desired. Please e-mail to confirm availability, order or request more photos. Thanks for looking!



Dramatic Italian Vintage Ring, Filigree and Obsidian

Catalogue: Estate Jewelry: Costume: Unsigned: Pre 1960   item# 1228335

Dramatic Italian Vintage Ring, Filigree and Obsidian
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GlitzQueen History and Art to Wear
505.205.1404


$30, reduced from $50.
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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.

There's no charge for insured U.S. shipping, with an equivalent discount on international delivery, and gift-wrap is always free when desired. Please e-mail to confirm availability, order or request more photos. Thanks for looking!



Huge Vintage Pink Lucite Floral Dangle Earrings

Catalogue: Estate Jewelry: Costume: Unsigned: Pre 1980   item# 1227967

Huge Vintage Pink Lucite Floral Dangle Earrings
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GlitzQueen History and Art to Wear
505.205.1404


$60, reduced from $90.
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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.

There's no charge for insured U.S. shipping and gift-wrap is always free when desired. Please e-mail to confirm availability, order or request more photos. Thanks for looking!



Rare Antique Art Nouveau Lady Portrait Barrette c 1900

Catalogue: Estate Jewelry: Costume: Unsigned: Pre 1910   item# 1227662

Rare Antique Art Nouveau Lady Portrait Barrette c 1900
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GlitzQueen History and Art to Wear
505.205.1404


$95, reduced from $135.
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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.

There's no charge for insured U.S. shipping (with an equivalent discount on international delivery). Gift-wrap is also free on request. Please e-mail to confirm availability, order or request more photos. Thanks for looking!



Rare Vintage 1970s Garden Charm Necklace Veg and Fruit

Catalogue: Estate Jewelry: Costume: Unsigned: Pre 1980   item# 1227239

Rare Vintage 1970s Garden Charm Necklace Veg and Fruit
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GlitzQueen History and Art to Wear
505.205.1404


$95, reduced from $130.
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Any gal with a green thumb (or a taste for healthy produce) will adore this necklace. It's dripping with fruit and vegetable charms: a bounty that includes carrots, pea pods, eggplant, cherries, mushrooms, peppers and more. The charms vary in size, up to an inch long. Some are of glass, some are artfully enameled and some are jeweled -- and vivid crystal drops add extra spice all around. The fancy-link chain is delicious, in itself.

This beauty is like new and definitely a high-quality piece. The prior owner recalls paying about $90 for it some 40 years ago, when that was serious money. Now that it qualifies as vintage, its value is bound to keep rising.

To complete a garden-fresh look, you might wish to consider our vintage fruit tart earrings or the fruit basket pair. Either would look fantastic with this necklace, and we can work out special pricing if you want more than one item.

There's no charge for insured U.S. shipping, with an equivalent discount on international delivery, and gift-wrap is always free when desired. Please e-mail erinharris@comcast.net to confirm availability, order or request more photos. Thanks for looking!



Big Bold Antique Egyptian Revival Art Glass Brooch

Catalogue: Estate Jewelry: Costume: Rhinestone: Pre 1900   item# 1226860

Big Bold Antique Egyptian Revival Art Glass Brooch
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GlitzQueen History and Art to Wear
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$135, reduced from $175.
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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, thanks to Napoleon, and again in the 1860s, when the Suez Canal opened). Further, 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.

This example, I've decided, is from the Victorian era. It was sold to us as Deco, but the details of fabrication simply aren't 20th century. The piece is clearly hand-crafted in the Arts & Crafts manner. Notice the slight asymmetry between the top and the base, as well as the Etruscan-style granulated surface and, of course, those old paste stones that are nothing like Art Deco century rhinestones. The tall columns of blue glass seem modern now, but Bohemia was quite capable of making them earlier and I believe this jewel is from there. The jewel also shows more surface wear than is age-appropriate for the 1920s -- certainly not enough to detract from its beauty, but enough to signify great age.

Fashioned on a very grand scale, this marvel measures about 3 1/4" by 1 1/8" and reached us from a Florida estate.

Please e-mail to confirm availability, order or request more photos. There's no charge for insured US shipping, with an equivalent discount for international delivery, and we're always happy to gift-wrap free on request. Thanks for looking.



Antique Austrian Comet Brooch - Huge and Heavenly

Catalogue: Estate Jewelry: Costume: Rhinestone: Pre 1930   item# 1220288

Antique Austrian Comet Brooch - Huge and Heavenly
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GlitzQueen History and Art to Wear
505.205.1404


$125.
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This is beyond a doubt the most enormous comet brooch I've ever seen: 3 inches tall, more than 2 inches wide and set with layers of sparkling crystal. With a bit of caution, it could become even more dimensional, since the "rays" of the mounting are malleable.

The "Made in Austria" stamp on this beauty tells us it was produced for the export market and that it can't have been crafted prior to 1919 (when the end of WWI dissolved the old Austro-Hungarian Empire). At that age, it could still be a reference to the dazzling 1910 appearance of Halley's Comet, but my guess is that some later comet prompted it, or just comets in general. There were six famous ones in the first 27 years of the 20th century, alone, not to mention the minor examples.

As you'd expect of an Austrian piece, the rhinestones here are of glorious quality. We can't know if all are original, but there are no obvious problems. The metal appears to be silver-plated and it still reads as white metal rather than the underlying brass, despite age-appropriate losses that magnification reveals. Both the extent of surface wear and the white-on-white look suggest an Art Deco dating -- no later than the early 1930s, which makes it antique by American 75-year standards. To me, the 1920s are more likely, based on the type of hinge and clasp and a pinstem that shows evidence of having been shortened (a common and sensible practice after ladies gave up heavy underclothing and their extra-long brooch pins began to draw blood). Provenance is a West Coast estate.

There's no charge for insured U.S. shipping, with an equivalent discount on international delivery,and gift-wrap is always free when desired. Please e-mail erinharris@comcast.net to confirm availability, order or request more photos. Thanks for looking!



Antique Czech Bakelite Cameo Historically Interesting

Catalogue: Estate Jewelry: Costume: Bakelite: Pre 1930   item# 1214017

Antique Czech Bakelite Cameo Historically Interesting
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$95, reduced from $125.
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In terms of cameo history, here's the "missing link" between the type we think of as 19th century (despite including very early 20th century examples that continued the neoclassical or Art Nouveau style) and those that are decidedly 20th century, featuring the thoroughly modern, short-haired flapper girls of the 1920s and their successors.

Cameos of course mirror our changing standards of beauty and this particular design perfectly illustrates the spirit of the transitional period between Edwardian and Art Deco design eras. The young lady pictured here presents an entirely new vision of elegance. Her hair, while on the long side, is quite a lot shorter than was seen before the World War I, during which large numbers of women worked for the first time in roles other than domestic service. Hairstyles thus had to become more practical. Her attire also isn't idealized; it's no toga or fairy-like wisp, but quite easily recognizable as an evening gown, accented by an orchid corsage. And her face is that of a real person -- not just pretty, but strong and poised. There are no frou-frous in the background, either. Capping off the design breakthrough of the cameo is that it appears to be of carved shell, but is actually Bakelite, the thermoplastic that overcame celluloid's disadvantages (mainly fragility and flammability).

I saw this cameo once before - in celluloid, with more detailed features - so I'm inclined to date the Bakelite one a little later: to the 1920s, rather than slightly before. The gilt metal frame, however, is pure Edwardiana, dainty and graceful, with an old open "C" clasp right for the period. Framed size is about 2 inches by 1.5 inches and both cameo and frame are in lovely condition.

As a sort of fascinating side note, this jewel came from a collector in Budapest. She said she managed to make out a badly faded Czecho signature on the back. I haven't taken time to search for it, feeling no cause to doubt its origin, with a provenance like that.

There's no charge for insured U.S. shipping, with an equivalent discount on international delivery,and gift-wrap is always free when desired. Please e-mail erinharris@comcast.net to confirm availability, order or request more photos. Thanks for looking!


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