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Mid Century Modernist Kinetic Spinner Ring His or Hers

Catalogue: Estate Jewelry: Silver: Modernism: Pre 1970   item# 1275820

Mid Century Modernist Kinetic Spinner Ring His or Hers
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This striking mid-century modernist ring may well be one of a kind. It's very much in the "studio silver" tradition. Although unmarked, it's clearly hand-made, being textured by casting and imprecise in form. The width of the shank, for instance, wanders slightly and the stalk-like structure that supports the green sphere flares outward a bit more on one side than the other.

The spinning orb, which also slides from side to side, is about a quarter-inch round and rises about half an inch above the ring's base. It appears to be made of highly polished jade or agate, since the surface isn't abraded as glass would be after this long. The metal tarnishes and polishes like silver, so we can assume considerable silver content, even ifless than sterling grade.

Obviously this is a ring that would look great on either a man or a woman; it's for anyone with a taste for the bold and truly unusual. Current size is about a US 7.5, easily altered up or down by any competent jeweler. Age could be as early as the 1940s or as late as the 1960s, condition is good and provenance is an East Coast estate.

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Fancy Antique Art Deco Onyx Sterling Ring by J J White

Catalogue: Estate Jewelry: Silver: Deco: Pre 1930   item# 1275438

Fancy Antique Art Deco Onyx Sterling Ring by J J White
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Simple elegance never goes wrong, but there are times when most of us want to go bolder. That impulse was well understood by the J.J. White Manufacturing Company. Their ravishing jewels have tempted women to gild the lily for more than a century!

Actual gilding is often part of the plot, as in this ring's floral shoulders washed with yellow gold. Further layers of opulence derive both from the detailed and dimensional setting and from the fancy-cut stone, a tablet shape surmounted by a vertical dome. Above all this rises a crowning arc of pastes in silver.

You don't have to see many of the firm's creations to recognize them at a glance, because they're so artfully constructed and so lavish that it seems their designers were barely getting warmed up at the point when others would stop.

Given the endless fascination that these jewels provide, it's no wonder the company lasted from 1896 into modern times. This particular piece dates from the 1920s and bears the usual initial "W" in an inverted triangle, as well as a "Sterling" hallmark (rather than the later 925).

Although it's a dainty ring -- about a US size 5 -- it isn't a bit flimsy, weighing in at 3.2 grams. Condition, as you see, is excellent relative to age, and provenance is an Ohio estate. Sizing up or down can be easily done without damage, because the shank is plain at the rear.

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Arts and Crafts Jeweled Sterling Crescent Moon Brooch

Catalogue: Estate Jewelry: Silver: Arts and Crafts: Pre 1920   item# 1270941

Arts and Crafts Jeweled Sterling Crescent Moon Brooch
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The crescent moon motif has featured in jewels since antiquity, but reached its height of refinement in Victorian times and immediately thereafter. This highly sculptural example of the form unites the romantic Victorian impulse with fine Arts & Crafts workmanship and early 20th century modernism. The result is a brooch that's as much a delight to touch as to see.

The sterling moon, sleek and shapely, is concave below and convex above, where an applied halo of 12 large diamond pastes rings the outer edge with brilliance. The wonderful old stones, so much more fiery than our modern rhinestones, are set in tall collets that flare from narrow bases to wide notched tops. These gracefully constructed little silver towers show the minor differences in shape and size that attest to hand-craftmanship, as do slight irregularities of the seam between the two parts. Also demonstrating high quality, there's a good heft to this pin, relative to its size (about 1.5 by .75 inches). Being so dimensional -- more than a fourth of an inch thick -- it seems bigger.

The clasp is a safety that appears original; otherwise, the dating could be up to a decade earlier than 1920. Although the Edwardian era technically ended in 1910, much of the style persisted through a transitional period until Art Deco became dominant. The only mark is the word Sterling, as is right for the period. Our modern "925" began to be widely seen in the 1930s.

Quite a bit of patina remains around the clasp and hinge, as well as around the stones, but someone obviously gave the rest of it a recent polish. Overall condition is lovely, showing only age-appropriate surface wear under magnification, and provenance is a New England estate.

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Victorian Crescent Moon Brooch of 900 Silver and Paste

Catalogue: Estate Jewelry: Silver: Victorian: Pre 1900   item# 1270935

Victorian Crescent Moon Brooch of 900 Silver and Paste
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This splendid antique brooch of 900-hallmarked silver is of a style enjoyed through much of the Victorian era -- and particularly in the 1850s and 1860s, when the construction and gala opening of the Suez Canal drew Europeans' attention to such Middle Eastern design motifs as the crescent. It may even have been fashioned in Egypt, since the 900 silver mark was commonly used there (as well as in some nations of Continental Europe).

Beautifully hand-made, the brooch features 11 faceted diamond paste stones (probably Bohemian) that are graduated in size. Their twinkle is extended to the very tips of the crescent by applied wirework that resembles granulation, creating a pattern of silver dots also declining in size. Both the pastes and these details are recessed within elevated edges. There are also elevated outlines enclosing each paste. A lot more dimensionality and quality than we'd expect are packed into this beauty, which measures 1 7/8 inches tall and about 3/4 inch wide.

The sturdy old T-hinge here is of a type often superceded by the 1850s the tube style(in common use by 1870), so I feel extremely confident in a mid-19th century dating for this jewel. The pin stem (also very thick and sturdy) remains elongated, as was right for the period, but shows evidence of having been shortened from an even greater length (not a bad idea, since the long ones became dangerous after women stopped wearing layers of elaborate underclothing). The clasp is of course the open C used until the earliest safety clasps came along at the end of the 19th century.

Provenance is an English estate and condition of the jewel is excellent, despite the delicacy of high-purity silver. It takes high magnification to notice the few teensy dings along the edges. There's very little wear to the pastes, because they're recessed and carefully tipped in their compartments as gems would be.

A very similar brooch, a bit smaller, is offered elsewhere online at $375, so our price represents an outstanding value -- all the more so now, during the holiday sale.

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Early Deco Necklace Sterling and Pink Tourmaline Paste

Catalogue: Estate Jewelry: Silver: Deco: Pre 1920   item# 1227424

Early Deco Necklace Sterling and Pink Tourmaline Paste
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Here's an antique necklace that couldn't be more heavenly with all the pink and other pastel fashions so popular now! It's also quite an important transitional piece, blending sleek Art Deco geometry (an influence on jewelry from around 1910), with the delicate refinement and soft color of Edwardian jewels and even -- in its all-around "fringe" of jeweled drops -- the archeological mood carried forward from Late Victorian times.

Purchased by its former owner at a Swiss antiques shop about 45 years ago, the necklace features metalwork of hallmarked Sterling silver and artfully cut pink tourmaline pastes from Eastern Europe, where Bohemia (Czechoslovakia after World War I) had been known for superb glass since the medieval era. While the necklace could have been fashioned before the First World War -- making it technically Austro-Hungarian -- we're dating it slightly afterward, circa 1920, based on the spring-ring clasp.

Eighteen inches long, a graceful length for everyone, it weighs more than 24 grams, so there's nothing flimsy about it. Its heft makes it drape beautifully, of course, and the medium pink blush of the crystals will flatter any complexion.

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WW II Retro Sterling Earrings Red White Blue Fireworks

Catalogue: Estate Jewelry: Silver: Retro: Pre 1950   item# 1227201

WW II Retro Sterling Earrings Red White Blue Fireworks
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Here's a spectacular example of World War II Americana: sterling earrings that swirl and gracefully explode into fireworks in the red, white and blue hues of Old Glory! Extremely well-made with masterful silverwork and prong-set rhinestones, these historic earrings are in fabulous condition and huge, too: 2 1/4" tall and almost 2" wide.Obviously, they'll make you the belle of the ball at any patriotic gathering, from 4th of July picnics to formal dinners.

The screw-on backs are original, right for the Retro period, as is the sleek and curvy Moderne styling. Earrings just don't get any more 1940s than these - and did you know manufacturers were forced by wartime shortages of other metals to use high-quality silver, even for costume jewels? That's why so many pieces from this era are sterling, and each of the earrings is marked such. I'm surprised to find no other marks, since these are so finely crafted. If you prefer post fasteners, your jeweler can easily make the switch.

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WW II Sterling Sweetheart Charm Bracelet Mint in Box

Catalogue: Estate Jewelry: Silver: Retro: Pre 1950   item# 1226998

WW II Sterling Sweetheart Charm Bracelet Mint in Box
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Increasingly coveted and valuable as they approach "antique" status, World War II sweetheart jewels are particularly touching pieces of history. This one was made even more special by its owner's great care. If she wore it at all, it was rarely, and she stored it in its original presentation box covered in heavy burgundy velvet with four military stripes of gold leaf. The black velvet interior still bears its oval "Sterling Silver" sticker.

The bracelet has seven charms, spelling out MY SWEET and the word is finished with a heart. Letters are half an inch tall and the heart measures 5/8 by 5/8 inch. These hang from a sturdy chain 7 1/2 inches long, with a spring ring closure. Being about 70 years old (to date from 1942-1945, when the U.S. was at war), this wonderful vintage bracelet is barely short of antique by American 75-year standards. Its provenance is a Midwestern estate

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Antique Moonstone Sterling Necklace on Paperclip Chain

Catalogue: Estate Jewelry: Silver: Arts and Crafts: Pre 1920   item# 1114707

Antique Moonstone Sterling Necklace on Paperclip Chain
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Here's a little slice of heaven: a bewitching crescent moon to wear at your throat, set with a luminous moonstone.

Moonstones were greatly favored by jewelry designers in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, because they were ideal for the cabochon cuts and simple bezel settings that characterized Arts and Crafts style. The very clean lines of this jewel anticipate Art Deco, which began to evolve in Edwardian times, but its dainty scale identifies it with the earlier era. It was undoubtedly made for a young lady, since large jewelry was considered vulgar on unmarried women until standards began to relax after World War I. Its paperclip chain -- an extremely feminine, curvy version in this case -- is also typically Edwardian and transitional.

This ethereally beautiful necklace is 15 inches long, with the central moon measuring about 1 3/8 inches from horn to horn. The stone is blue-white and undoubtedly genuine, without the abrasions we'd see on glass. Overall condition of the jewel is lovely. Only light surface wear is evident under high magnification, along with a bit of age patina on the reverse that survived someone's recent polishing (not mine, I emphasize to the purists among us). That it's stamped simply "Sterling" suggests American origin, because a panoply of hallmarks appear on most English sterling silver. Provenance is a Deep South estate.

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Victorian Pearl Silver and Pyrite Pendeloque Earrings

Catalogue: Estate Jewelry: Silver: Victorian: Pre 1900   item# 1114301

Victorian Pearl Silver and Pyrite Pendeloque Earrings
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These spectacular antique pearl earrings from an English estate dangle almost 2 inches below the ear and are highly dimensional. Minor variations between the two attest to hand-craftsmanship -- most likely in Spain or Portugal, known for jewels of ornately worked silver, set with colorless gems. Pieces of this type were eagerly collected by British travelers to southern Europe. It's easy to imagine these earrings as a honeymoon gift for a young bride, whose husband delighted in how the gleaming drops swayed in the Mediterranean moonlight.

Adding extra sparkle, both upper and lower domed elements of the setting are accented with pyrites (often called marcasites, which are chemically the same but too soft to use as gems). The silverwork, also lavished with beaded detail, is thick and sculptural Above, it's fashioned into leaves and the drops form flower petals framing two sizeable, lustrous pearls. The stones were represented to me as natural sea pearls and I believe them to be, since pearls weren't cultured until around 1900. They seem to be full rounds, not halves, nestling into silver cups that protrude from the back.

Probable dating of the earrings is no later than 1880, yet their condition is superb. Even the lever-back fasteners appear original. If they aren't, the earrings would have hung from wires and are even older. Pendeloque (pear-shaped) drop earrings have been with us since the late 18th century, retaining popularity throughout Victorian times, and the fully closed backs and other details of construction here are more Georgian than Victorian. The Georgian traditions did hang on longer in Spain and Portugal than elsewhere, though, so it's really impossible to be certain whether these are early or late 19th century.

With apologies to the purists among us, I broke my usual hands-off rule and gave these a light cleaning before the photographs were taken. Tarnish is returning, so the silver content is clearly high. We can't be precise about that,in the absence of markings; it would be a pity to damage the surface with test chemicals.

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Lovely Antique Art Nouveau Lady Portrait Brooch c 1890s

Catalogue: Estate Jewelry: Silver: Art Nouveau: Pre 1910   item# 1113816

Lovely Antique Art Nouveau Lady Portrait Brooch c 1890s
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Authentic Victorian Art Nouveau "lady portrait" jewels have become so scarce that even well-made replicas are soaring in value, so we're delighted to present this treasure. It's an unusual example of the form, being crafted in heart shape. This is a truly spectacular jewel -- highly dimensional, large (about 2 inches x 1.75 inches) and beautifully detailed with floral and foliate shapes surrounding the lady with the flowing hair.

Besides wearing it in the usual ways, it would look great on a ribbon as a choker necklace or headband -- or on a hat or a purse -- or turning a scarf into a sash. The styling possibilities are just about endless.

Provenance is a Michigan estate and condition, as you see, is remarkably fine. There's some loss of silver on the high points, which is inevitable with a plated piece after so long. You could of course have it replated, but the color variation has its own charm. Findings are correct for the period: an open C clasp and typical late 19th century hinge. The pinstem would originally have been longer, but most have been shortened through the years for safety's sake.

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