GlitzQueen Antique and Vintage Jewelry
All Items : Vintage Arts : Decorative Art : Jewelry : Costume : Unsigned : Pre 1930 item #710953
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Most of us know the discovery of King Tut's tomb in 1922 led to a craze for Egyptian-styled jewelry. Fewer are aware there were earlier Egyptian crazes (circa 1800, thanks to the Napoleonic campaign, and again in the 1860s, when the Suez Canal opened). Further, when Tut's treasures toured the world once more in the 1970s, it was "deja vu all over again." Because of that, you always have to look *very* carefully at jewels with an Egyptian motif, to determine when they were made.

This stunning piece depicting Tut in an elaborate headpiece certainly dates from the early 1920s -- based on its extremely fine detail, cutwork design, dainty size, unusual coloration and age-appropriate surface wear to the mauve pink enamel, revealing more rich gilding beneath.

While we can't be certain the medallion began life affixed to this particular backing, it looks great, being of the right period and style. The disk is edged with a sunray motif and etched with cross-hatching on the reverse. The present jump ring and 19-inch chain also show the patina of age, but may not be original. The pendant measures 5/8" round.

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All Items : Vintage Arts : Decorative Art : Jewelry : Continental : Pre 1920 item #702888
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When living in Europe, I learned to call the tiniest of glass beads "sugar crystals" -- not a term that's used much in the States, but it's wonderfully descriptive. Here they comprise a necklace that's an absolute confection of raspberry pink encased in clear crystals, woven into a thick rope and finished with beaded tassels.

It's fashioned in the open lariat form favored in Edwardian and early Art Deco times, when clothing became much lighter and less restrictive and people liked their jewels to move more freely, too. It can be knotted, looped several times around your neck or worn very long, swinging below waist length. You can even use it as a belt or hair adornment. We often speak of open-ended necklaces as sautoirs, but technically that's a reference to length (40 inches or longer).

Provenance of this beauty is a Midwestern estate, but the exquisite glass is certainly European (French or Bohemian). Condition is so fine that you have to search hard for any signs of surface wear. The only oddity is one teensy dark bead, which must have been woven into the rope on purpose; perhaps it served as a certain maker's signature.

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All Items : Vintage Arts : Decorative Art : Jewelry : American : Pre 1930 item #688327
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The ethereal pastel colors of these earrings instantly endeared them to me. The calla and buttercup forms are exquisite, too, and strongly remind me of Victorian floral shell art. That, I believe, was the idea. The first Victorian Revival got underway in later Art Deco times -- largely because people resorted to wearing older family jewelry during the Depression years. Also because there was little money to buy new things, ladies tried their hands at making shell jewels, often composing them on celluloid disks identical to the backing of the creations you see here. Shells (or celluloid ornaments) could be glued to the disk, which in turn was glued to the fastener.

These screw-on fasteners appear original, as does everything about these earrings. They've obviously been treated with great care, to be in such lovely condition, given the delicacy of celluloid. Under high magnification, you can search out a few flakes and hairline cracks, but the naked eye (at least mine) reveals only surface wear to the metal and the absence of one very tiny leaf. Something I particularly enjoy about these is the textural contrast. Notice how the iridescence of the creamy callas and the sparkle of the pink rhinestones stand out against the powdery matte finish of the fresh yellow-green buttercup petals and darker green accents. These charmers date from around 1930, measure about an inch tall and reached us from a West Coast estate.

BTW, we have a couple of celluloid necklaces now that would look fantastic with the earrings. If you're interested in a set, please let us know and and we'll work out special pricing for you.

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All Items : Vintage Arts : Decorative Art : Jewelry : Continental : Pre 1930 item #475105
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These marvelous antique jewels are from very early in the Art Deco period, because strong Edwardian influence is evident in the fine filigree drops and dainty chain, as well as the choker length of the necklace. Likely dating would be 1922, immediately following news of the Tut's Tomb discovery, and probable origin is Czech (based on the high-quality glass and metalwork).

The six pendant drops, four for the necklace and two for the earrings, are beautifully fashioned in the form of cylinder seals found in ancient burials and each holds two vivid green crystal beads. The necklace measures 14 1/2 inches long, plus its hook and the drop at the back of the chain. Earrings will fall about 1 1/4 inches below the ear.

Provenance is a Midwestern estate and condition, as you see, is absolutely lovely. The gilt brass shows time's rich patina, which we left in place, but of it course can be polished more brightly if you prefer. Later earring posts had been added, so we replaced those with antique earwires that are right for the period (from old store stock, never worn).

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