Glorious Antique Jewelry
No matter how you look at them, these double sided cufflinks will show off their full cut diamond elegance. Each diamond is set in a small square that stands on point. This detail adds art to the clean cut geometry . Gold is the backing behind the mother of pearl discs thereby giving them volume, as well as it is the links that join both halves. This pair of cufflinks will always have style and grace. English 1890 to 1910, Measurement just under 1/2 inch. Condition perfect. Sparkle plenty
Our bracelet, in the gothic style, was created c.1830 and is French or German. In 1806, Napolean stole the iron molds from Germany. He took them to France and demanded that his jewelers make iron jewelry. The war depleted the treasuries of France and of Germany. Both nations asked their wealthy to turn in their gold jewels for iron. Thus proudly, Berlin iron was worn by the upper classes. It caught on in Europe as it is beautiful in and of itself, quite aside from its patriotic symbolism. We offer to you this remarkable and perfectly intact piece of an historic period. c.1810 It was great fun to find this quote when researching Berlin ironwork: “... Princess Charlotte of Wales informed her friend ‘That Lord Castlereagh ... had offered ‘to get me from Berlin if possible (for they are very difficult to be procured) one of the iron rings that ladies wear there now instead of gold wedding ones and diamond hasps’”. (Shirley Bury. Jewellery 1789-1910)
Curves of raised agate contrast with flat stones in this sensuous Scottish brooch. Each stone has been placed across and opposite from its mirror image. The agates of choice are subtly textured, saturated fields of color. Set prominently in the center of the brooch is a faceted oval cairngorn (Scottish stone). Diamond shapes of rare colored agate unite the elements of the design. This is a piece of our museum quality Scottish jewelry. It exemplifies the talent of a master jeweler. It will be a star in your collection. c.1860-1880.
Every segment of agate on this fine brooch sits opposite its mirror image. The stones are sculptured, curved and raised. The raised pieces create a wonderful contrast with those that are flat. The brooch has been harmoniously designed to an amazing degree. Its creator was one of Scotland's finest celtic jewelry artists who had the ability to make stones appear to be pillow soft. The artist chose agates that have an unusual variation in color, even within each stone. It is one of the finest scottish brooches we have had the pleasure to sell. Made of sterling silver.