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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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$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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$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.

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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
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$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.

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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.
Free US shipping & gift-wrap, if desired. 

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!



Antique Art Deco Carved Shell Cameo Necklace Pendant

Catalogue: Estate Jewelry: Costume: Unsigned: Pre 1930   item# 1114226

Antique Art Deco Carved Shell Cameo Necklace Pendant
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$95, reduced from $125.
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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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Superb Art Nouveau Gilt and Pink Art Glass Buckle Set

Catalogue: Estate Jewelry: Costume: Unsigned: Pre 1930   item# 1114126

Superb Art Nouveau Gilt and Pink Art Glass Buckle Set
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The opulence of the old Austro-Hungarian Empire is captured in this stunning buckle dating from Czechoslovakia's earliest years of independence, just after World War I. Because it's marked CZECHOSLOV on the fastener, it can't be older than 1918, but itís unlikely to be much younger.

This is the lavish sort of jewel we'd expect to see on one of the beauties Klimt painted in Victorian and Edwardian times: It's ornately patterned with scrollwork, rope twists and millegrain details, richly gilded and wonderfully colorful, thanks to two radiant faux-moonstones of rosy pink art glass. To judge the quality of this piece, note the gilding on its reverses, untouched by time's patina. A good jeweler could restore the same brilliance to the front surfaces, although they're lovely as they are, and brighten the tiny areas on the collets where gold has worn away. Alternatively, for a quick at-home fix, you could just dab those little spots with gilding paste and seal them with clear nail lacquer. This is a minor flaw, hard to notice amid all the dazzle, but our price naturally reflects it.

Fastened, the buckle measures 3 inches by 1 1/4, and its brackets will hold a belt or sash up to 3/4 of an inch wide, or wider if gathered.

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!



Big Antique Art Deco Enameled Egyptian Revival Earrings

Catalogue: Estate Jewelry: Costume: Unsigned: Pre 1930   item# 1114038

Big Antique Art Deco Enameled Egyptian Revival Earrings
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$135, reduced from $185.
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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.

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!



Pretty Vintage Carved Shell Cameo Earrings

Catalogue: Estate Jewelry: Costume: Unsigned: Pre 1940   item# 1113583

Pretty Vintage Carved Shell Cameo Earrings
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$65, reduced from $95.
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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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2 Pretty Antique Jeweled Starburst Heart Brooches

Catalogue: Estate Jewelry: Costume: Unsigned: Pre 1940   item# 1014142

2 Pretty Antique Jeweled Starburst Heart Brooches
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GlitzQueen History and Art to Wear
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$55, reduced from $85.
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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.

There's no charge for insured U.S. shipping, with an equivalent discount on international delivery, and gift-wrap is free on request. Please e-mail to confirm availability, order or request more photos. I'm always happy to send larger images that will give you a clearer view. Thanks for looking!



Wardrobe of 7 Vintage Chains, Mixed Colors and Types

Catalogue: Estate Jewelry: Costume: Unsigned: Pre 1960   item# 1013213

Wardrobe of 7 Vintage Chains, Mixed Colors and Types
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GlitzQueen History and Art to Wear
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On Hold. $50. 

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.

There's no charge for insured U.S. shipping, with an equivalent discount on international delivery, and gift-wrap is free on request. Please e-mail to confirm availability, order or request more photos. I'm always happy to send larger images that will give you a clearer view. Thanks for looking!


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