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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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$185, reduced from $225.
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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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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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Superb Art Deco Silver Earrings w Topaz and Marcasite

Catalogue: Estate Jewelry: Silver: Deco: Pre 1930   item# 1037494

Superb Art Deco Silver Earrings w Topaz and Marcasite
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$240.
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These very finely crafted antique earrings feature two large topaz stones -- each measuring about 1/2 x 3/8 inch and open-set within mountings about 1/2 x 5/8 inch. The gems are essentially emerald-cut, but with extra faceting for added brilliance. Around them are 1/8-inch frames with scalloped and beaded edges, set with especially wonderful marcasites (technically hematites) that sparkle like diamonds. There's an enormous amount of detail here, as you see, and the design is vividly 1920s Deco Geometric.

Although we acquired these in London, I don't believe they're English in origin. British earrings of this quality would bear the usual phalanx of sterling hallmarks, rather than a simple SILVER stamp. My guess is that they were made for the English-speaking market in one of those Deco Meccas, France or Belgium. Or they could be American. Silver content may be less than sterling grade, but not by far; the metal tarnishes and polishes like sterling and the overall quality is exceedingly high.

Something I particularly love about this pair is that they have original posts - still a rather new development in that era. Most of us now prefer posts for security's sake and yet installing them on older pieces damages an antique jewel's value. I also love the fact that these "scream" Deco, without being long dangles unsuitable for day wear. You can wear them to the office (or anywhere) with perfect elegance.

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Charming Antique Suffragette Earrings and Pendant Pin

Catalogue: Estate Jewelry: Silver: Deco: Pre 1930   item# 945464

Charming Antique Suffragette Earrings and Pendant Pin
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On hold. $145, reduced from $185.  

As you know if you collect Suffragette jewelry, it's extremely rare to find a set. So few were made that many years could pass before we have the opportunity to offer another demi-parure.

Fresh from a Long Island estate, this marvelous set shows both Edwardian and Art Deco influences: the former in the white-on-white shimmer of airy filigree blossoms overlapping plaques of mother-of-pearl; and the latter in its mesh tassel and the strong geometry of the faux amethysts and peridots.

Although American women won the vote in 1920, it took until 1928 for all women to be included in England, so Suffragette jewelry was produced through most of the decade. This set was probably among the last examples, despite its hint of Edwardiana. My dating is mainly based on the simplicity of the reverses. (Earlier pieces, even in the '20s, often had ornately patterned backs.)

The earrings measure about 7/8 of an inch tall and 3/4 of an inch wide, while the slightly domed brooch -- also fitted with a bail for use as a necklace pendant -- measures a bit more than an inch in each direction, plus nearly 1 1/2 inches for the tassel. All stones appear original and the silvery metal settings are evidently of rhodium or chromium -- one of those hard-wearing, tarnish-free cousins to platinum. The earring fasteners are screw-type, as is right for the period, but a good jeweler could easily change them to posts or wires. The condition of every piece is fantastic; they can't have been worn much and have been stored with great care.

This ususual color combination, as you probably know, held deep meaning among 19th century and early 20th century feminists, for whom green represented hope, purple signified dignity and white stood for purity. The language we associate with "regard" jewelry applied, too: The "G" of green, "W" of white and "V" of violet comprised an abbreviation for Give Women (the) Vote. All this seems cryptic now, but was clearly understood by everyone in an era when messages were also communicated by which flowers you sent, how you held your fan and which corner of a calling card you folded down, if any.

Tucked away and forgotten for decades, Suffragette jewelry began rapidly gaining value when the movie "Iron Jawed Angels" appeared in 2004, revealing what the gals went through (including hunger strikes and beatings). We try our best to maintain a good selection, but demand keeps growing. At present, we have several necklaces, brooches and earring sets in stock, but this is the only matched set. If it strikes your fancy, please don't delay.

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Charming Sterling Floral Lattice Band Ring c 1930

Catalogue: Estate Jewelry: Silver: Deco: Pre 1940   item# 727484

Charming Sterling Floral Lattice Band Ring c 1930
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$85. On hold. 

Guys, if you're looking for an affordable treasure to melt your lady's heart, here it is. This would be an enchanting sweetheart ring and is even pretty enough to be a wedding band for a gal who prefers the simplicity of silver. With its pattern of flowers against a trellis of latticework, this enchanting sterling ring most likely dates from around 1930, the late Art Deco period. The Great Depression was on then and people turned from the look of streamlined luxury to less costly materials and cheerful, figural designs to lift their spirits. Jewels of this period have a "Disney-esque" quality that I call Depression Deco. Also supporting the dating is that the hallmark is "Sterling" rather than "925", which grew common from around the mid-30s. By American 75-year standards, it's antique or nearly so, although Europeans would still call it vintage.

The ring's condition is superb, size is about a US 6, weight is a very substantial 4.1 grams and provenance is a Chicago area estate.

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Antique Art Deco Earrings by Bulatti c 1930 Rare

Catalogue: Estate Jewelry: Silver: Deco: Pre 1940   item# 593500

Antique Art Deco Earrings by Bulatti c 1930 Rare
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$115, reduced from $145.
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It's easy to see these Bulatti earrings are exceptional, even before reading the maker's signature. You'll notice first their elegant design and then no-detail-spared quality. Those two factors have made the The Bulatti organization a major force in hand-made fashion jewelry since the early 20th century, operating now in Milan, Paris and Amsterdam.

These earrings are of course a long-discontinued design. They would have been made around 1930, when Italy was in the midst of a Neo-Classical Revival. Ancient grandeur was terrifically in style, since Mussolini thought of himself as a latter-day Roman Emperor. Here that taste was honored and given a Modernist spin through the bold scale of the earrings. They're quite large (about 1 5/8" x 1 1/4"), although light enough to feel comfortable on.

Featuring multi-layered construction in the classical tradition, the highly dimensional sterling frames are ornamented with lots of fine engraving (even on the backs). Fitted into these are ovals of what appears to be malachite, but could be celluloid. Atop that deep forest green background, intricately worked sterling bezels hold slices of luminous mother-of-pearl. Additionally, each earring has a dozen diamond rhinestones in perfect balance: three at each compass point.

Condition of the earrings is marvelous. There's a substantial amount of patina, which I haven't wanted to remove (in deference to the purists among us), but no damage and it takes high magnification to notice age-appropriate surface wear. The fasteners are early clips of the type that grew more dominant than screws during the 1930s. Here they're fixed onto circular silver plates that descend from the upper curve of the frames.

Provenance of these treasures is a New England estate and our price represents a great bargain. Even brand-new Bulatti pieces are fetching in the neighborhood of $125.

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Sweet Edwardian Sterling Marcasite Giardinetti Earrings

Catalogue: Estate Jewelry: Silver: Deco: Pre 1920   item# 382675

Sweet Edwardian Sterling Marcasite Giardinetti Earrings
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$85, reduced from $115.
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Created in the giardinetti (little gardens) style introduced in the Rococo period of the 18th century, these darling antique earscrews are in exquisite condition, despite substantial age. They certainly date from the early 20th century, being marked Sterling, rather than the later 925, and they're very well made. Abundant detail includes millegrain edges and trim, carefully formed flower petals and swirls to evoke a woven pattern on the tall basket handle. The refined craftsmanship and dainty size, about 3/4" x 3/4", suggest that they're Edwardian or transitional (1905 - 1920). They would have been worn by a young lady, since large jewelry was then considered vulgar on unmarried women in Victorian and Edwardian times. Backs are of early screw type. Provenance is a New England estate.

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