High karat gold and foiled old cut diamonds will cause an immediate stir when these Georgian, Iberian earrings are worn. The color combination is gleaming while soft. This is a variation of a form that was used frequently in the late 18th century in Spain and Portugal. It is graceful and feminine with a round surmount centered with a diamond. A gold bow is suspended below and is encrusted with more diamonds. Below the bow hangs an oval drop, jeweled with an oval diamond. There is movement in each section of the earrings. The settings known as rubbed over settings are found in Georgian gem jewelry. Pierced gold and punched out repousse work bring the skill of the 18th century goldsmith and give the earrings elegance and texture. Added is just a touch of a frill on top and at the bottom of the earring. They are extremely comfortable on the ear as the backs at top have been changed accommodate shepherds hooks. Length is 1 3/4 in. The width is a touch over 3/4's of an inch. Condition is fine. For examples of Iberian earrings see Daniele Mascetti and Amanda Triossi, "Earrings", page 54.
Pear shaped and round stones of blue topaz glimmer and sway in a pair of feminine chandelier earrings to be worn day in and day out with denim or silk. Gold set in 14kt, these earrings, found in Santa Fe, New Mexico were made in the U.S. c. 1970. They are light on the ear, sparkling and a cheerful, reliable treat ! Excellent Condition
These Georgian foiled garnet earrings will be a love token from the person who gives them their lady love or great friend. They bring the message "thinking of you" inherent in the language of flowers. The little flower with a powerful message is the Forget-Me Not. The form can be found in Georgian and Victorian jewelry, the eras when flowers spoke volumes in their code which was widely understood. These beauties are 18kt gold. They are original other than the shepherd hook ear wires which were changed during their long travel through time. The garnets are lively and glow with the color of red wine in the light. Condition is excellent.
A perfect image of a "Westie", bright eyed and impish. The white terrier with perky ears, has a look as if he were saying "what did I do now?" The ring, an Essex Crystal or Reverse Crystal Intaglio was carved in reverse on the back of the crystal and done with excellent skill. Notice the tufts of the dog's hair and its endearing features. The art of reverse crystal carving into the depth of the stone creates a three dimensional image. See image 4 and 5. Color and detail were painted after the crystal was engraved. Around this dog is the prize he deserves, a ring of small diamonds. Set in 18kt gold, this ring is as winsome and the pet it portrays. This ring can be sized. Condition is Fine
Ten little rose diamonds all in a row around a gold band. Luscious, rich navy blue enamel, bordered by white enamel makes elegance out of simplicity. This is a Georgian period ring. It tapers from 5/16th of an inch in height to 1/8 of an inch in back. The enamel is in perfect shape.
The fine quality of the above natural pearl and banded agate locket made me stop in my tracks when I glanced in a London shop window. The border glows with the luster of the pearls in their tiara settings of high carat gold. A large convex natural agate is set center as if on a pedestal. Victorians were passionate about nature and the use of natural materials is an example of that passion. They had the knack of cutting the banded stones in the way that made them unique jewels. The locket back calls for your keepsake making this pendant your personal treasure. The chain shown is offered separately. The contrasting textures of the engraved and plain surfaces together with the flower clasp make it lovely enough to wear alone. The chain price is $1800. Excellent and strong condition. English in origin.
Lilac jade is a color that pops on the finger. Pop it does in this cabouchon lilac stone cut on the oval and double framed in 18kt gold. The shoulders are architectural wings set with fourteen diamonds. Though the gemstone comes in many colors, lilac jade is rare, rarer in fact than nephrite jade. The traditional lore is that wearing lilac jade puts you in touch with your emotions. It gives well being to those who have been disappointed in affairs of the heart. The lovely gem weights approximately 7.5 kts. Size 6 1/2 and can be sized to fit most.
Gem red and black enamel contrasts with gleaming 18kt gold in fraternal twin mini lockets beautifully geometric and delicious in design. The inner surface is vivid as well in peacock blue. Framed crystal inside. You see French workmanship to perfection in these small treasures. The black weighs 4.0 grams. The red is 3.7 grams.
Hang them on a bracelet or chain at the neck. I purchased these together but you can choose one or both. Excellent/ $1250 each
From my personal collection this is, no doubt, one of the most wondrous examples of the lost art of woven seed pearl jewelry. The design incorporates flowers, flourish, a bow, a knot and a lyre form in the center of the upper section. Symbolizing innocence, seed pearl jewelry was considered jewelry for a bride or bride to be. This grand brooch is multi-layered consisting of tiny pearls graduating to pearls ten times their size. All layers are woven and stitched to a mother of pearl back in which small holes were drilled for the thread to pass and fasten the ornament securely. All this is handwork done pearl by pearl, which makes it more the treasure. Excellent Condition
The subject is romantic. The pendant is extremely beautiful Surrounded by rhythmic garlands of natural pearls and a gold oval frame is a portrait on ivory that is curved in the Georgian manner. In sepia, a dreamy young woman with long curly hair sits beside a brook in smiling reverie. She is clothed in a floor length dress, her feet on a stepping stone. Her pet spaniel is by her side. Hand on her face, arm on her knee she catches the moment in pleasant thought. Five will get you twenty that her thoughts are on her lover. The reverse of this pendant is 15kt gold with a closed back that protects the miniature. Ages ago, this was a slide or clasp for a bracelet or necklace. The bale, a later addition, was very well supplied. As jewelry travels on over hundreds of years, it is often modified to be more wearable to a later owner.
Beautiful, heart warming, and in excellent condition, this pendant will always remind you of your romance.
How sweet to purchase this rare beauty of Persian turquoise and natural pearls, still resting undisturbed in its original fitted box. A vivid garden of blooms for the neckline, in clear blue and lustrous white, is joined at back by six strands of 18kt gold chain, the small round links alternating direction and fastened by a clasp that duplicates the round floral forms on the front of the neck. A forget-me-not, is the central flower adding its folk lore of faithful love, hope and fond memories to the symbolism of the jewelry. Petite matching earrings are just the right touch here. The jeweling is exemplary. All turquoise and all pearls were chosen for their match of color and shape. Prongs secure every gem. Nothing but pleasure will come with this historic necklace. It is perfection.
The fitted box, red leather and oval in form, proudly states, Jewelers to the Queen,
T.W. Harris, London. Condition: Superb. Length 14 3/4 in. 35.56 cm
Voluptuous chandelier earrings c.1830 were high style in the Georgian era in England. They were light in weight and intricate in design. The elongated teardrop is known as a torpedo earring. Three stems, each minutely engraved with crosshatching, (enlarge the photo to see detail), converge and meet a floral ending with appliquéd flowers on each side. The tops are original. The ear wires, now comfortable, long shepherds hooks, were likely changed as they passed through time. Their length serves to prevent loss of the earring. The condition is gleaming and excellent.