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Antique Art Deco Belais Watch 18k White Gold Sapphires

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

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


$1,100 Sale. Formerly $1,600.
(Free delivery to any country where we ship
& lovely 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.

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 Sale. Formerly $185.
(Free US shipping
& gift-wrap if desired) 

Want a tuly 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 Sale. Formerly $545.
(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!



Superb Vintage Dangle Earrings Emeralds Diamonds Gold

Catalogue: Estate Jewelry: Gold: Period: Pre 1950   item# 1226608

Superb Vintage Dangle Earrings Emeralds Diamonds Gold
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GlitzQueen History and Art to Wear
505.205.1404


$3,950 Sale. Formerly $4,650.
Free insured delivery wherever we ship
& beautiful gift-wrap if desired. 


Has she been very, VERY good? If so, Santa may wish to consider these breathtaking earrings.

In glorious condition, they exude glamor. They're also true investment jewels, featuring the gemstones most coveted by collectors. The pear-shaped, richly colored natural emeralds were judged Colombian (the best) and called "extremely fine" by one of the leading gemologists in the nation, then president of their professional association. His assessment is well supported by the fact that the original owner resided for many years in Central America and collected many fine jewels from that region. The price of Colombian emeralds is rocketing, due to heightened demand and much shorter supply of good ones. These are graded SI-1 in clarity and very well-matched in both cut and color (AC Colorscan number 205): the lush green of a tropical rainforest. Their weights were estimated by measurement at nearly a carat, combined.

Accompanying the emeralds are 26 briliant-cut diamonds (13 in each earring). These show excellent proportion, symmetry and polish and are graded G/H/I in color and VVS in clarity -- making them the sort of diamonds rapidly gaining value, too. (The few of greater quality are so costly that they have a strictly limited market and don't appreciate as much.) Twenty-four are 1.5 to 2 points each and the larger ones at the tops are 5.5 points, for a total of .50 sparkling carats.

Including the gorgeous 14k white gold settings, gracefully domed and articulated to dance as you move, the earrings tip the scales at 2.3 pennyweights, so are quite substantial. They have threaded security posts and screw-on clutches, naturally. Length of the earrings is 3/4 of an inch and they're about 3/8 of an inch at their widest.

From a Texas estate, these splendid jewels were owned by the same family from the mid-20th century, so are at least that old. They could be antique, rather than vintage, since Edwardian and Art Deco influence is so apparent in the choice of white gold mountings. Yellow gold was more in vogue during Retro times, as you know, so I expect these were made before 1935.

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 gorgeous gift-wrapping, too.

Please e-mail erinharris@comcast.net to confirm availability, request more photos, order or discuss layaway terms. 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
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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 Sale. Formerly $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.

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 brooch, 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. Provenance is a New York estate.

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!



Superb Victorian Gothic Revival Brooch w Fitted Case

Catalogue: Estate Jewelry: Gold: Pre 1900   item# 1114824

Superb Victorian Gothic Revival Brooch w Fitted Case
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GlitzQueen History and Art to Wear
505.205.1404


$350 SALE. Was $450.
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We were so impressed by this astonishing mid-19th century Danish jewel that we brought it in all the way from Australia, where it had somehow migrated. It's simply breathtaking. When you're anywhere near it, you can scarcely take your eyes away.

Here the design perfectly captures the opulence of the Gothic and Renaissance Revival period and also shows Etruscan influence in the granulated scrollwork that surrounds the central cross on each dome. Further indicating great age are the large open C clasp; the early T hinge, which wobbles from side to side as they do; and the extreme length of the pinstem, shortened from even greater length at some time for safety's sake.

Adding even more to the rarity of this treasure, it comes with its original box of issue, shaped and sized to fit it, which strongly suggests that the jewel is one of a kind, hand-crafted for a particular customer. The box, a red oval with touches of gold and green, measures 2,75 inches by 1.75 inches by almost an inch deep and remains in reasonably good condition. Scrolling Victorian letters on the cover read: "Guldsmed Karl B. Kragh, Pilestraede 42" -- an address that still exists in Oslo (and remains in the city's most fashionable shopping district, as in the time of the goldsmith Kragh).

Condition of the brooch is exquisite. It shows only slight loss of gilding on high points under strong magnification, as one would expect after so long. The underlying metal looks dark with tarnish, so is almost certainly silver. I canít say whether itís sterling or a slightly lower grade chosen for greater durability, because attacking a piece of this rare beauty with files and test acids is simply out of the question. As far as I'm concerned, that would be tantamount to axe-murder. Size is about 2.25 inches by 1.5 inches, but its highly dimensional form makes this brooch seem monumental.

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



Rare Pre-Columbian Tumbaga Gold Frog Pendant

Catalogue: Estate Jewelry: Gold: Latin American: Pre 1492   item# 1114513

Rare Pre-Columbian Tumbaga Gold Frog Pendant
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GlitzQueen History and Art to Wear
505.205.1404


$700 SALE. Was $850.
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This unusually large and ornate frog effigy, if not reconditioned as a pendant, would be a museum-piece. It was found circa 1950, with normal and natural wear, then cleaned and polished, fitted with a bale and probably gold-dipped to restore its original appearance.

Looking at the result, I find it hard to regret the changes, even though a lot of value was lost. Now we're free to enjoy it as a jewel, not just admire it in a public display case.

Tumbaga gold, if the term is unfamiliar, refers to a copper and gold alloy used in pre-Columbian Central America. Pieces cast of this material were treated with plant acids to leach out the copper and the remaining gold surface was then burnished. Sometimes they were also gilded with higher quality gold.

In the culture where it originated, the frog was the traditional symbol for power and fruitfulness. Similar pieces -- smaller and less intricate but left in as-found condition -- are selling online for $1500 to $2000.

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



Early Belais Snowflake Motif White Gold Cufflinks

Catalogue: Estate Jewelry: Gold: Edwardian: Pre 1910   item# 1113492

Early Belais Snowflake Motif White Gold Cufflinks
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GlitzQueen History and Art to Wear
505.205.1404


$185
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& Gift-Wrap, if Desired) 

Even if you already have a pair of wonderful antique white gold cufflinks by the legendary Belais Brothers, you may need these, too. Most Belais jewels are Art Deco, but these are earlier examples dating from before World War I. Certainly no later than Edwardian, they could be Victorian, based on the link connectors, as well as the design.

Each octagonal face bears a profusion of intricate engraving that shows both Arts and Crafts and Art Nouveau influences. Against a spiral background, the central motif is a stylized snowflake bordered by rows of tiny zigzags symbolizing thunderbolts -- and all this glory is set within an ornate border of curvy scrollwork! The remarkable design repeats four times as usual, since Belais links are double-ended.

Measuring 5/8 of an inch in each direction, these reached us from a Midwestern estate. Their condition is very nice, requiring high magnification to notice age-appropriate surface wear, and all four reverses are clearly stamped "Belais 14k White Gold Front". When you possess a piece bearing this name, quite simply you own the best, because the Belais brothers were the *gods* of white gold jewelry in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Now that so many people have discovered the beauty and quality of Belais jewels, it's become terribly hard to keep pieces in stock. At the moment, we're fortunate enough to have three sets of Belais cufflinks. Even on eBay, some sellers are pricing these in the $300 range, whereas we like to offer them at much more sensible rates and keep looking until we find reasonable deals.

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!



Rare Georgian Gilt Bronze Stickpin Depicting Hermes

Catalogue: Estate Jewelry: Gold: Pre Victorian: Pre 1837 VR   item# 1113367

Rare Georgian Gilt Bronze Stickpin Depicting Hermes
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GlitzQueen History and Art to Wear
505.205.1404


$210 SALE. Was $260.
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This remarkable antique stickpin features the head of the god Mercury (Hermes in Greek parlance), who wore a winged hat and served as messenger of the gods, bringer of dreams and patron of travelers. Items with themes from Greco-Roman mythology are tricky to date, since there have been several major Classical Revivals in the past few hundred years. Because the god's image isn't idealized in the Victorian manner and the pin's construction suggests an early dating, I've concluded it's Georgian (and more likely 18th than early 19th century). The stylized profile anticipates Art Deco, but the pin's construction isn't right for that dating, nor is the scale. It's less than an inch tall and its head measures about 15mm (5/8") round. (I say "about", because it isn't a perfect circle, being hand-wrought.)

The material appears to be gilt bronze and the detailing is marvelous. Condition, as you see, is exceptional relative to age. While its original owner would have been a gentleman, who needed pins to secure the voluminous neckcloths that protected shirts not washed often, this jewel is suitable for either a man or a women today and will add a striking note of antiquity to any lapel, necktie ot scarf.

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!


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