Glorious Antique Jewelry Collection
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Other Metals : Pre 1837 VR item #1268190 (stock #3593)
Glorious Antique Jewelry
$6,850.00
A winged lady (Psyche?) graces the clasp of swirls that mirror the curls of her hair on this wondrous Berlin Iron Bracelet. All Berlin Iron in excellent condition is rare. Museums own the most examples extant. The V&A, The Rouen Museum, and all the great and known institutions. Made to garner support for fighting Napoleon in the early 19th century, iron jewelry was given to citizens who gave their gold for iron so that the treasury could support the war effort. At Glorious, we thrill when we find this beautiful, richly historic jewelry. Light and strong, the bracelet is lace on the wrist and a jewel that surpasses trend and goes straight to the soul of history aficionados. I have not seen another like this in my studies, which testifies the rarity. Condition is Superb condition even after almost 200 years. Germany. From the Glorious Antique Jewelry Collection
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Other Metals : Pre 1837 VR item #1265938
Glorious Antique Jewelry
$1,500.00
Four rows of intense sparkle shine from this hand made and hand faceted cut steel comb while another row of varied sizes and forms of steel delightfully drop below and dance with the movement of the wearer. One way to judge the age of cut steel jewelry is by the rivets in the back that attach each bit in place. Another is to see the various cuts and sizes of those bits. Later cut steel was not made this way but glued or set in strips of same size rivets. Made as all jewelry of this period, completely and painstakingly by hand, the steel bits glow like diamonds by candlelight. Can you go for a moment to 1830 and imagine the time it took small hands to cut and facet each piece of this steel. Amazing! This is a dramatic and a romantic accessory in perfect condition. English in origin
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Other Metals : Pre 1837 VR item #1264107 (stock #3493)
Glorious Antique Jewelry
$3,100.00
A magnificent example of history are these chandelier torpedo earrings from early 1800, made in the United Kingdom. They are light on the ear and completely original other than the shepherd hooks which were likely a type of hook less convenient to contemporary needs. Antique earrings are dear and rare to find in original condition, as many have lost the tops. We have come to respect this fact and do not devalue earrings with fine replacement top sections. These earrings are decorated with granulation, or tiny orbs of gold applied on the long stem part. Father time knows how this was applied without glue or solder. The top and lowest section are engraved in repousse, the method of engraving where the gold sheet is pushed out into a design from the back creating volume and dimension. The magical secret of Pinchbeck is that no expertise was spared in its creation, rather it took a master of ingenuity and expertise. The formula of Pinchbeck was created by an alchemist who was a British Watchmaker. He concentrated on making the first fine gold metal that was not actually gold. He and his son were the only living to know the formula. It is a marvelous gold metal that never tarnishes, is a comfortable weight and is strong and durable. It became sought after by royalty jewelry lovers throughout the world. Made only for a short period, it is valuable, desirable and precious. Later gold filled and gold plated jewelry does not match the beauty. Pinchbeck jewelry has a value equal to gold when it is the true, original pinchbeck. When found it is sold by the finest antique jewelers. Condition is fabulous For more about Pinchbeck go to the jewelry history books such as "Georgian Jewelry" written by Ginny Dawes and Olivia Collings. See Page 33 for two examples of earrings, one with new tops, one with original tops.
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Other Metals : Pre 1900 item #1264097 (stock #3506)
Glorious Antique Jewelry
$1,675.00
One of the many design characteristics in 1870 Great Britain was whimsy and humor, both of which are present in these belted banded agate earrings. A buckle on the ears or wrist, a corset on a bracelet, bangles that appear to be shirt cuffs with ruffles, zippers and straps as elements of design on lockets, birds nests hanging from earrings are but a few examples of daytime jewelry, both fun and serious, that represented a design of the era. The fascination and appreciation of nature was strong at this time. Here, the careful cut, and polish of banded agate honors that natural bent. The agate stone with black, brown and white coloration was cut shaped into orbs masterfully making the colors equal in each. Gold ear wires were placed on straps of gilt metal, the process now known as vermeil. The top layer of the metal is gold. The earrings are strong, original and unique in the world of design today. Excellent condition. 1 1/2 inches in length. English origin.
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Other Metals : Pre 1837 VR item #1257253
Glorious Antique Jewelry
sold with thanks
The detail here is superb. Inverted blue hearts or shields suspend urns of blue and white enamel drawn on 18kt gold. Small gold beads are applied to the top and to the lowest point of each triangle and can be seen from behind where the gold is not enameled. As urns often do, these have handles, here fashioned of twisted gold. Shepherds hooks hold the earrings securely in the ear. The weight is light and comfortable. Condition is immaculate.
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Other Metals : Pre 1837 VR item #1257252
Glorious Antique Jewelry
SOLD THANK YOU
The detail here is superb. Inverted blue hearts or shields suspend urns of blue and white enamel drawn on 18kt gold. Small gold beads are applied to the top and to the lowest point of each triangle and can be seen from behind where the gold is not enameled. As urns often do, these have handles, here fashioned of twisted gold. Shepherds hooks hold the earrings securely in the ear. The weight is light and comfortable. Condition is immaculate.
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Other Metals : Pre 1837 VR item #1248380 (stock #3538)
Glorious Antique Jewelry
$1,950.00
In beautiful form, tiny, larger and larger bits of steel were hand cut, hand faceted like a gemstone and then polished to design this cross without the benefit of electricity. This was an art form seen in shoe buckles in the 18th and 19th century and in 19th century jewelry. Extremely time-intensive and almost obsessive work went into the final jewel. Tiny holes were drilled into a form of this cross so that each bit of steel would be riveted in place in each hole. You can see the process by viewing the back of the cross, shown here. This pendant is in perfect condition. Made to sparkle in the existing candlelight, the sparkle remains to offer its brilliance today. English in Origin.
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Other Metals : Pre 1900 item #1240684 (stock #3117)
Glorious Antique Jewelry
$1,575.00
Gilding adds dramatic interest as does the frame around the multi-banded agate bracelet. The gold does not tarnish and has never needed polish of any kind. Not at all delicate, of sound construction and beautifully made, the bracelet stands on its own for daily wear. It is a good example of antique jewelry appreciated for its design, style, condition and workmanship. Much time and thought was put into design and manufacturing even after the industrial revolution. The English did not judge their jewelry by gold content or gemstones alone. Many, many alternative materials were pricey and a la mode such as pinchbeck, gilded metal, cut steel, paste, gutta percha, vulcanite and bog oak, This bracelet is in excellent condition, comfortable and handsomely dramatic.
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Other Metals : Modernist : Pre 1900 item #1240683 (stock #3452)
Glorious Antique Jewelry
$650.00
Japanese art reflects the natural world which in turn affects our emotional harmony. Here an elongated fan with gold and silver flowers and the creative design of a stream within and passing and winding around the contained landscape. This was either a design element on a sword or designed c. 1870 as a piece of Shakudo jewelry. Three inches in length. Fine Condition. Japanese Shakudo was a mixed metal art form used to decorate swords during the Samurai period in Japan. Once that era ended, the art form became highly collectible as jewelry.
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Other Metals : Pre 1837 VR item #1236461 (stock #3419)
Glorious Antique Jewelry
$1,800.00
A superb quality example of hand cut steel jewelry c. 1830. The large brooch was made to shine in candlelight. No electric lights were in existence. To attract surrounding light, tiny pieces of steel were faceted like antique diamonds and set into a frame of the jeweler's design with minuscule rivets. The finest examples contain various sizes of steel "stones. This dazzling brooch uses faceted and mirrored steel. The result attained is unique and quite fantastic. Take particular notice of the condition by checking the back of the brooch as well as the front. The condition is excellent
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Other Metals : Pre 1837 VR item #1212704
Glorious Antique Jewelry
sold to a lovely lady
Balance in iron begins in these chandelier earrings with crown of leaves leading to tangled vines and terminating with a flower atop a gothic circular motif. The open work and laciness are typical of Berlin Iron of the Early 19th Century in Germany. Just imagine the Napoleonic wars, the invasion of Napoleon into Germany and exhausting battles that caused suffering to the German and French military. The length of the war brought the German treasury to its knees. German aristocrats were asked to give gold to support the fighting. The people came forward and donated their gold jewelry to their country, an honor for which they were given iron jewels to show their patriotic generosity. This is the history these earrings carry. Original but for the ear wire which was changed to accommodate current preference. Marvelous condition
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Other Metals : Period : Pre 1900 item #1198540
Glorious Antique Jewelry
$7,700.00
A three dimensional flower is at the center of the neckline in this garland of iron. Alternate links are rosettes, and vines. Berlin Iron jewelry is a prized possession and has been since early 1800. It is light on the body, delicate in appearance, yet strong, This necklace was made of iron when Napoleon's persistence to expand his empire, drove the German treasury to ask citizens to turn in their gold for iron bringing money to the treasury to continue the war effort. Berlin Iron Jewelry brings us the history and lost art from a period over 200 years ago. Patriotic citizens gave gold for iron to support the integrity of their nation. Today it is a rare collectors item for museums and followers of historic jewelry. Excellent condition.
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Other Metals : Pre 1837 VR item #1185560 (stock #3355)
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Where to begin describing an object so beautiful, and wearable at that? Wider than Berlin Iron bracelets I have found, this gothic lace cuff has an eight petal flower at the clasp, the back of which has the Geiss mark. All of the iron work is made of flower forms. Each link has a rosette at center from which long petals radiate north and south. Vines and leaves grow in the spaces of open worked iron. Small crosses of different styles can be seen here and there. A marvel of texture in lace like black, this bracelet was made during the period of the Napoleonic takeover attempt of Germany. Aristocracy gave gold jewelry to be melted by the treasury and received iron jewels as reward for their patriotism which was much needed to support the war. Berlin Iron jewelry was always prized. Originally European upper class women wanted a piece brought to them from a duke or count traveling to Germany. Now the finest European museums hold collections and collectors of historic objects and antique jewelry lovers covet iron jewelry in fine condition. This bracelet is excellent in every way. It is the epitome of beauty and fine condition. next
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Other Metals : Pre 1837 VR item #1179059 (stock #3345)
Glorious Antique Jewelry
Price on Request
An extremely rare, dense Berlin Iron Chain c.1800 suspends a large cross of twists and loops. In the chain, the iron is woven or knit into strong, mesh. There is a similar example of this chain in Anne Clifford "Cut Steel and Berlin Iron" page 81. Berlin Iron, a scarce commodity, is one of our specialties. It originates from Germany when the treasury was low and money was needed for the war. Aristocrats, the only citizens who had gold jewelry, were asked to turn in their gold for iron. There followed acts of patriotism when the wealthy stepped forward and gave their gold jewelry for the nation's need. This giving of gold for iron was repeated during World War 1. Most Berlin Iron jewelry is in European museums. This example is in excellent condition and in its original black color. The chain measures 41 inches long. The magnificent cross adds 3 1/4 inches in length and 2 1/2 inches in width. It is suspended by a split ring and can be removed and worn alone.
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Other Metals : Pre 1837 VR item #1177663 (stock #3237)
Glorious Antique Jewelry
$3,800.00
The high value of cut steel jewelry from its beginnings is attributed to customers living in the Georgian and Victorian ages who understood and valued the intensive effort made to bring the beauty of such jewels to their conclusion. Mirrors and tiny faceted steel bits formed into floral shapes were riveted to back plates with rivets the size of pin heads. No glue was used. Gold washed steel or brass was favored for the backs. The rivets, used in the 19th century hand made steel jewelry can be seen in image 7. The workmanship was time intensive as you can imagine from the photographs, each bit being cut and polished and set by hand. The bright light of the camera enhances the brass tone from the back that is barely visible to the eye. To imagine the context in which this necklace was worn, picture the open necklines and upswept hairstyles of the early 19th century. This cut steel jewel was without fabric or hair to hide its diamond-like glimmer from reflecting the candlelight. Each bit was placed stratigically to catch available light. The original studded clasp remains on the necklace. The necklace is in excellent condition. It has kept its brightness and has no rust. The length is 17 inches. The pendant drops 1 1/2 inches from the center.
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Other Metals : Pre 1940 item #1156013 (stock #3257)
Glorious Antique Jewelry
$1,800.00
Forget-me-nots are at the center of this pair of delicate earrings. The shape is the form of a flower with petals of cut steel. Flowers replaced words in sentimental jewelry of the 19th century and were a language of their own. Blue forget-me-nots and daisies represented thoughts of love and remembrance. When a gent gifted his love with an image of a forget-me-not, he was telling her that he was thinking of her or that he wished she think of him. The have had their wires replaced from steel to gold. The blue flowers are enamel. Condition is very good. The trace of discoloration visible in the magnified image, has been well cleaned. Approx 1 1/2 in in length 1/2 in in width
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Other Metals : Pre 1837 VR item #1155614 (stock #3252)
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SOLD WITH THANKS
Cut Steel Jewelry combined with jet, onyx, Wedgewood, enamel or mother-of-pearl rarely comes along. These very early ear drops are girandole form, that is they have three hanging parts. The steel bits are hand cut, faceted and polished but the bits are a tour d'force of varied shapes. Central is a glistening mother of pearl oval on which is a forget-me-not has been set. This small flower broadcasts the message known in the language of flowers, "think of me". All silver setting. Original back to front ear wires are in place. They can be changed to shepherds hooks if the buyer so declares. Fine condition of which you and we can be proud. The tarnished spots on the drops cannot be seen with the eye or with a loup. It is a photographic phenomenon. Same is true of the tan color on the mother of pearl. There is no rust. Length 1 3/4 in.
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Other Metals : Pre 1837 VR item #1155465 (stock #3306)
Glorious Antique Jewelry
$900.00
An original 19th century cut steel hair comb with all the sparkle of the day it was made. The ornament was cut, faceted and polished by hand around 1830. The tortoise comb is on a hinge so that it will slip into your hair with a secure fit. In the days when women dressed for day in a quieter way albeit with a lot of jewels, they held no sparkle in reserve at nightfall. Cut steel was prized. It had the art and sparkle of diamonds in the evening candlelight. Now in the spirit of joy, fun and delight, we again wear hair ornaments. After all, the night is young and you are beautiful. How a bride will shine with this comb in her hair. The condition is perfect. England.