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Fine Vintage Ruby and Diamond Harem Ring 5 Bands

Catalogue: Estate Jewelry: Gold: Period: Pre 1960   item# 1270757

Fine Vintage Ruby and Diamond Harem Ring 5 Bands
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GlitzQueen History and Art to Wear
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$1,450 with free secure delivery to any country where we ship
and beautiful gift-wrap, if desired. 

In their excitement over a flurry of archeological finds and the new museums that welcomed everyone to see them, the Victorians "revived" just about every historical style over a couple of hectic decades in the mid-19th century. It's less known than the Egyptian, Etruscan, "Gothick", Renaissance or Rococo Revival, but the wonders of the Ottoman Empire soon had ladies lusting for harem rings -- and the passion never died! Victorian examples were succeeded by Edwardian and later creations, including this gorgeous ring from the first half of the 20th century. It may be antique already, by American 75-year standards, but we're calling it vintage since we can't be sure.

We can be pretty sure that the origin is Turkey, though, based on such details of its fabrication as the form of the fastener holding the bands together and the charming golden feathers framing each row of stones. Those "aigrette" shapes symbolize royalty -- evoking the egret plumes that were worn, ornamented by rubies and diamonds, on Ottoman sultans' turbans.

Fittingly, we have rubies and diamonds here, too: quite a lot of them. There are 25 gems in all, weighing in at a bit more than half a carat (0.53). Total weight of the ring is 38.1 carats (7.6 grams). The 9 brilliant-cut diamonds are set somewhat higher on the bands than the 16 mixed-cut rubies, which adds dimension and even more sparkle.

A ring otherwise comparable, but set entirely with garnets, no precious stones, is offered elsewhere online for $1,150, so this luxurious jewel is a particularly excellent value.

Part of a delightful collection consigned to us, it comes from a Texas estate and is in impressive condition, with no wear visible to the naked eye. Below a prong, well hidden from anyone except a gemologist with a microscope, one diamond has a tiny chip which should be mentioned. Current size is US 7.25-7.75, but a good jeweler could resize it, since the bands aren't ornamented at the back. (We state sizes as a range, because results from different types of measuring equipment can vary up to half a size, as our fingers also do with the time of day and temperature.),

For this item, there will be no charge for insured delivery to any country where we ship and gift-wrap is always free when desired. Please e-mail to confirm availability, order, request more photos or arrange for layaway if that would serve your convenience. Thanks for looking!



Opulent Vintage Domed Filigree Band w 6 Diamonds

Catalogue: Estate Jewelry: Gold: Period: Pre 1980   item# 1270236

Opulent Vintage Domed Filigree Band w 6 Diamonds
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GlitzQueen History and Art to Wear
505.205.1404


$1,475, with secure free delivery anywhere we ship and beautiful gift-wrap, if desired. 

While this ring makes a lovely wedding band (and was worn as one), it's ornamental enough to escape the "bridal" category. Imaginatively designed and quite substantial (12.55 ct in total weight), its dome rises high above the finger on crescents of deeply pierced scrollwork, crowned with a demilune of six super-fiery diamonds graduated in size. I especially like the mix of gold colors. There's quite a lot of white gold, since that forms the diamond settings, which balances the yellow gold filigree and makes the ring work beautifully with other jewels of either color.

The gold is 14k and the gems were rated quite favorably by a prominent gemologist, who described them as nearly colorless (G - I), with good proportion, symmetry, polish and clarity (VS, apart from one with a tiny chip he saw under a microscope. Condition of the band is superb to the naked eye; even with a 10X loupe, I can't spot a chip or notice any wear beyond the most minimal. This is easily explained by the fact that it was worn for only 12 years or so, during a second marriage late in life. The half-dozen diamonds are comprised of two each at 3.2 mm, 3.1 mm and 2.9 mm, for a total weight of slightly over 0.64 ct.

This treasure dates from the 1970s and comes from a wonderful Texas estate collection that's been consigned to us. Current size is about a U.S. size 6.5 - 7, but that can be easily altered, since the back of the shank is plain. It's been resized once already, effacing part of the 14K mark.

Oh, and one more thing to think about: An important benefit of choosing older diamonds is that we can be sure they aren't "blood diamonds". Far too many of the newer ones are funding insurgencies and terrorism.

For this item, there will be no charge for insured delivery to any country where we ship and gift-wrap is always free when desired. Please e-mail to confirm availability, order, request more photos or arrange for layaway if that would serve your convenience. Thanks for looking!



Romantic Crossover Ring of WG w Diamonds c 1940

Catalogue: Estate Jewelry: Gold: Period: Pre 1950   item# 1269551

Romantic Crossover Ring of WG w Diamonds c 1940
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GlitzQueen History and Art to Wear
505.205.1404


$2,925, with secure free delivery anywhere we ship and beautiful gift-wrap, if desired.  

Throughout the early 20th century, "crossover" rings were favorites for celebrating engagements. It's no wonder, since their intertwined form is so romantic -- not to mention flattering on anyone. Because the lower swirl rests on the hand, rather than the knuckle, the finger looks longer and more graceful. Who wouldn't like that? And it would be no less lovely, worn as a dinner ring.

Due to the long-term popularity of the style, there's often room for debate about dating rings of this type. They can vary from pre-World War I to post-World War II. Our beautiful example appears to date from around 1940. Any later and it would almost surely be of yellow or rose gold than white. Any earlier and the central diamond wouldn't be as wonderfully fiery. The 0.61 ct. gem, which benefits from the introduction of the transitional brilliant cut, is accompanied by 14 single-cut sparklers -- adding 0.16 cts, for a total of 0.77 cts in stones. Total ring weight is 3.2 pennyweights.

These facts and figures were documented by a prominent gemologist, who described the ring's condition as good, noting no flaws apparent without very high magnification, and valued it at $2525 in 1990 -- when gold was just $386/troy oz. At this writing, Nov. 2014, gold sells at $1202-1203, so our price is quite a bargain.Current size is US 5 - 5.5, easily altered since the back of the shank is unadorned. We state sizes as a range, because different types of measuring equipment vary up to half a size, as do our fingers with temperature and time of day. Provenance is a Texas estate, as part of a delightful collection of fine jewelry consigned to us.

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!



Estate White Gold & Diamond Double Stud Earrings

Catalogue: Estate Jewelry: Gold: Period: Pre 1980   item# 1269259

Estate White Gold & Diamond Double Stud Earrings
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GlitzQueen History and Art to Wear
505.205.1404


$1,100, reduced for the holidays from $1,350.
Free secure delivery to any country where we ship
and beautiful gift-wrap on request. 

Looking for some diamond stud earrings with more moxie than the typical pair? These dazzlers have the look of mini-dangles, each being composed of TWO gems of graduated size. They're one-of-a-kind -- custom-crafted around 1980, when the stones were set in sleek white gold mounts with threaded security posts and clutches. The gems came from two pair acquired around 1960, which had yellow gold "buttercup" mounts that fell out of favor ages ago.

At the bottom are the larger stones, seeming like "drops". They're 1/4 carat diamonds (0.25 and 0.26, estimated by measurement) rated G/H/I in color and I-1 in clarity. The smaller ones are 6 points each, rated G/H/I in color and VS and SI-1 in clarity. Total weight is 0.51 for the two larger diamonds and 0.12 for the two smaller, thus a substantial 0.63 carats total. (The details come from an old appraisal we saw when these beauties were consigned to us as part of a lovely estate collection of fine jewelry.)

As tasteful for the office as a night on the town, they'll look stunning on their own -- and they'll also add far more interest to your earring jackets than single-stone studs could ever do. Condition is mint, so great that I'll bet they haven't been worn more than a few times.

Here's one more thing to think about: An important benefit of choosing older diamonds is that we can be sure they aren't "blood diamonds". Far too many of the newer ones are funding insurgencies and terrorism.

Please e-mail to confirm availability, order, request more photos or aarrange a layaway if that would be convenient for you. Thanks for looking!



Superb Colombian Emerald and Diamond Drop Earrings

Catalogue: Estate Jewelry: Gold: Retro: Pre 1960   item# 1269238

Superb Colombian Emerald and Diamond Drop Earrings
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GlitzQueen History and Art to Wear
505.205.1404


$3,600, with free secure delivery anywhere we ship and beautiful gift-wrap, if desired.  

Besides exuding drop-dead glamor, these vintage beauties are true investment jewels featuring two Colombian emeralds, long prized as the world's finest, framed by 26 brilliant-cut diamonds worthy of their role.

A leading gemologist’s appraisal graded the pear-shaped emeralds SI-1 in clarity and very well-matched in both cut and color (AC Colorscan number 205): the lush, saturated green of a tropical rainforest. The diamonds are also of the type gaining value, graded G/H/I in color and VVS in clarity and characterized by excellent proportion, symmetry and polish. (The few of greater quality are so costly that the market is too limited for them to appreciate as much.)

Including the gracefully domed 14k white gold settings, articulated to dance as you move, these gorgeous earrings tip the scales at 2.3 pennyweights, so they’re quite substantial. Emeralds account for about a carat and diamonds for another half-carat. Length is 3/4 of an inch and they measure 3/8 of an inch at their widest. Naturally, threaded security posts and screw-on clutches are present.

From a lovely estate collection of fine jewelry consigned to us, they’ve been in the same family since mid-century, so are nearing antique status by American 75-year standards.

There'll be no charge to deliver these, by secure and rapid means, to any country where we ship. It would be our pleasure to supply beautiful gift-wrapping, too. Please e-mail to confirm availability, request more photos, order or discuss a layaway, if that would be convenient for you. Thanks for looking!



Antique Art Deco Belais Watch 18k Gold with Sapphires

Catalogue: Estate Jewelry: Gold: Deco: Pre 1930   item# 1228104

Antique Art Deco Belais Watch 18k Gold with Sapphires
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GlitzQueen History and Art to Wear
505.205.1404


$800, reduced from $1,200.
Free secure delivery to any country where we ship and beautiful gift-wrap on request. 

This breathtaking antique white gold watch from a Miami estate is an excellent example of why the Belais Brothers' work is so esteemed. For spectacular design, refined craftsmanship and the excellence of their patented white gold, they surpassed all others in the late 19th and early 20th century. Notice the rich detail of the case. Not just the front but also the sides and back are intricately ornamented.

This watch would be gorgeous, even without its vivid sapphire accents. With their added opulence, it's dynamite. The stones may be natural or, more likely, the Verneuil synthetics which appeared often in fine jewelry of this era. The laboratory-produced stones aren't "fakes" like glass; they chemically reproduce real gems so well that even jewelers must test them. Here the brilliant stones are cut in fancy shapes and the hands on the watch are sapphire blue, too, as are the beautifully enameled numerals.

The case measures 16mm wide and 44mm from lug to lug and bears the initials of the original owner, CDC, on reverse. It contains a movement marked Perla Watch Co, which has 17 jewels and 2 adjustments, and was recently overhauled. Though the watch is in running condition now, we can't promise that a little tweaking won't be needed on arrival. Of course we'll pack with utmost care, but antique watches are temperamental about transport.

The jeweled filigree bracelet, a glorious color match, is marked "Bates & B" for Bates and Bacon. Based in Attleborough, MA, the company operated from 1856 through the 1930s and was known for producing excellent gold and gold-filled jewelry. Other marks present are the brand-name "Clasper" and "Pat'd. 2-7-22". We didn't find a stamp for metal content, but slight surface wear suggests it's gold-filled. It doesn't have the hard white sheen of rhodium plating, nor the tarnish you'd expect of silver. The four sapphire blue stones here show some wear under high magnification, so are probably Czech crystals, but their dainty size makes them persuasive pretenders. The bracelet, which will unhook at either end, can be easily shortened from its present length of 6 inches. I expect a good jeweler could also find a way to lengthen it, if needed.

Both watch and bracelet date from early in the Art Deco era, based on the Edwardian delicacy of the filigree and engraving. The bracelet, like the watch, is beautifully detailed on the back and edges, as well as the front. Though they didn't begin life together, they certainly should move forward that way. It's lucky they found each other, and we feel lucky to offer the result -- which is part of a lovely estate collection of fine jewelry that's been consigned to us.

For this exceptional item, there will be no charge for secure delivery to any country where we ship, and we're always happy to gift-wrap free on request. Please e-mail to confirm availability, order or request more photos. Thanks for looking!



Charming Antique Lovebirds Gilt Mesh Choker c 1890s

Catalogue: Estate Jewelry: Gold: Art Nouveau: Pre 1910   item# 1227260

Charming Antique Lovebirds Gilt Mesh Choker c 1890s
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GlitzQueen History and Art to Wear
505.205.1404


$135, reduced from $185.
Free US shipping & gift-wrap if desired. 

Want a truly romantic gift for your lady? The sweet pair of lovebirds adorning this antique choker will make your sentiments clear -- and chokers are today's most fashionable necklaces, just as they were when Princess (later Queen) Alexandra set the trend in Victorian England.

Our delightful example of the form shows clear Art Nouveau influence in the ornate wreath that surrounds its central medallion, where the lovebirds flutter gracefully. The adjustable chain closure of fancy links finishes with a sturdy hook and dangling ball and allows a perfect fit for necks up to 16 inches.

Beautifully cared for during the past century, this treasure is in excellent condition. I notice no flaws apart from age-appropriate surface wear. The birds' wings and heads are slightly more reddish in color than the rest of the necklace, which has a rosy cast overall. The medallion may be of actual rose gold, a great favorite in the 1890s (and again today), although our price assumes gilt brass overall. Whatever the metals, this is a highly ornamental and unusual jewel appropriate for both day and night. It will be comfortable even in warm weather, because the mesh allows air to circulate.

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!



Dramatic Vintage Modernist Diamond Emerald 14k Ring

Catalogue: Estate Jewelry: Gold: Modernism: Pre 1980   item# 1226674

Dramatic Vintage Modernist Diamond Emerald 14k Ring
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GlitzQueen History and Art to Wear
505.205.1404


$445, reduced from $545 for the holidays.
(Free delivery to any country where we ship
& beautiful gift-wrap, if desired.)  

Perfect for dazzling someone special, here's a stunning vintage ring paved with 6 emeralds and 10 diamonds. The jeweled area is quite large -- almost .75 inch tall and .5 inch wide -- and its ribbons of gems form a sleek and sophisticated geometric banner that rises importantly above the hand. All 16 gems are brilliantly faceted and about 3mm round. The emeralds are a deep true green, very well-matched for color and size.

Because the face is of white gold, while the shank is of yellow gold, this is a ring that can be worn beautifully with either metal.

Hallmarked 14k, the ring is in such fabulous condition that it can't have been worn much. It reached us from a New Mexico estate collection and appears to date from the 1970s. Glamorous cocktail rings enjoyed great popularity then, as they also did in the 1950s, but the earlier designs tend to have wider bands and generally lack grace. Notice the pretty, fluid lines of the dual band here, which merges into a single shank at the back to facilitate resizing. It's currently about a US size 5.25-5.75. (We state sizes as a range, because results from different types of measuring equipment can vary up to half a size, as our fingers also do with the time of day and temperature.)

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!



Downton Era Dazzling Belais White Gold Cufflinks

Catalogue: Estate Jewelry: Gold: Edwardian: Pre 1920   item# 1226183

Downton Era Dazzling Belais White Gold Cufflinks
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GlitzQueen History and Art to Wear
505.205.1404


$195, with free U.S. Priority Shipping & Gift-Wrap, if Desired. 

In recent weeks, we've been lucky enough to enlarge our selection of cufflinks by the legendary Belais brothers. Replenishing this stock has become hard to do, now that so many more people have discovered the beauty and quality of Belais white gold. Some sellers even on eBay are pricing these in the $300 range now, whereas we like to offer them at much more reasonable cost.

Here's a particularly beautiful and remarkable pair. Whereas most Belais jewels are Art Deco, these are earlier examples, decidedly Edwardian in spirit. The engraving is very intricate and opulent, but the overall effect is shimmering refinement.

Another indication of great age is the "Talon Grip Trademark" stamp that appears in addition to the gold content mark "Belais 14k White Gold Front". The Talon Prip brand of fastener was patented and produced by the HWK Company, formed in 1905 and out of business by the 1920s. Typically the HWK initials are also present, so it seems these links were made before that convention became established.

With domed oval faces measuring about 3/4" x 1/2", these beauties are a bit larger than most Belais cufflinks. Provenance is a Georgia estate and condition is so fine that they can't have been worn much. Every bit of this gorgeous engraved design looks as crisp as on the day it was made.

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



Exquisite Art Nouveau Jeweled Gilt Peacock Brooch

Catalogue: Estate Jewelry: Gold: Art Nouveau: Pre 1910   item# 1164217

Exquisite Art Nouveau Jeweled Gilt Peacock Brooch
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GlitzQueen History and Art to Wear
505.205.1404


$135, reduced from $185.
(Free U.S. shipping
& gift-wrap if desired) 

Authentic Art Nouveau jewels are, as you know if you collect them, becoming very scarce. Even good pieces from the various Nouveau Revival periods are coveted now, so we're thrilled to offer this stunning and finely made brooch from the 1890s or first years of the 20th century, which reached us from a New York estate. Besides wearing it in the usual ways, you could pin it to a ribbon and style it as a choker necklace -- or put it an a hat, headband or purse.

Here the popular Victorian peacock motif is framed by whiplash curves and lavished with surface detail, plus lovely old pastes: two diamantes and a big faux-emerald that's rose-cut. Best of all, this treasure reached us in nearly pristine condition, with virtually no loss of the gleaming, heavily gilded finish. You have to search hard with high magnification to spot any wear. The open C clasp and hinge type are true to the period and the pinstem shows evidence of being shortened at some point (a common precaution after women ceased wearing layers of heavy underclothing, because the extra-long pins worn earlier could easily draw blood). The dainty size of the jewel, about 1 1/8" in each direction, suggests that its first owner was a young lady. Large jewelry, in those days, was considered vulgar on unmarried women.

There's no charge for 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!


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