Double eights, four streams, four knots ,however you see the design, you will see the strong statement that these brooches make. They are hand crafted and deeply engraved into swirling lines that have been anodized to emphasize their curves. I tried
wearing the two together on a lapel, one just below the other. This was a handsome look. I also put one on one side of a jacket lapel and one on the other and felt rather like a decorated officer. This too was handsome. The brooches are large , 2 1/3 inches high by 2 inches wide. They are strong, indestructible and unique, just as is the
silversmith who made them.
The colors of matrix turquoise and carnelian are a warm and beautiful combination in this hand made Native American cuff from Santa Fe. The stones stand out from their anodized silver background made more dramatic by the natural sterling borders. Engravings of waves and sun and the bear paw bracelet endings remind us of the Native American connection to nature. Perfect condition. Sized for a small wrist of 5 3/4 circumference or smaller.
Carved and ridged banded agate and carnelian is set in engraved sterling then linked and interspersed with agate hearts to make a treat of a Scottish necklace. The original clasp on this necklace is intact as is the floral engraved padlock with the same engraving that will sit near your heart. There are brooches to be found, some artistic, some made for the tourist trade. Necklaces are rare and once purchased , retained. They are not frequently found by the collector of Scottish jewelry and are highly desirable. The condition is superb.
A baby or child's bracelet from Victorian England. Sprays of leaves and lilies cover the front section edged with small silver orbs. The back is plain and simple Hallmarked.
A safety chain child proofs the closure.
Heraldic engraving on gold and silver emphasizes the corset form centered by four silver orbs that suggest where the lacing connects. Tightly engraved fern scrolls cover the remainder of the front of this extraordinary cuff. See "Victorian Jewelry" by Ginny Dawes for a display of Victorian Silver Bangles. This is a rare form very much in demand. You don't have to hold your breath while dressing with this bracelet. Condition is perfection.
Superb quality earrings designed with the flourish of garlands, have been made of foiled pastes in the manner and fine execution of Georgian and Victorian earrings. From the tiny pastes to the large teardrops, all stones were cut and polished then set like gemstones. No time was spared in the design of the silver which is rounded, pillow like and smooth. The brilliant pastes are the rare pink color that flatters all women. Paste this fine was an art form in earlier eras. The jeweler who made this pair of chandelier ear drops, knew jewelry history and had the desire to create and did create the same quality of hand work and stone setting
that challenged jewelers at the beginning of the 19th century. Superb hand work was in line with the turn of the century. Think of the Art Nouveau movement which ran concurrently to the Edwardian esthetic. It was a movement that valued the hand's on art of the individual over machine made jewelry. Superb Condition.
At its finest, antique paste jewelry was made treating the pastes like gemstones.
This was a venerated art form, its beauty and workmanship admired and collected by royalty and the wealthy in its own right, not as an imitation. Note the fineness of the silver design, like a snowflake in its delicacy. Turn the cross over. Old paste is entirely made by hand. Each section that holds a stone is round and smooth. Worn backwards, it would still be beautiful. The pastes have been expertly set. No element of deterioration has occurred due to the tight closure of the silver around the stones. Each stone is underlined with a thin foil of metal to enhance capturing candle glow. The stones are different cuts and different sizes. Attention like this was rarely given to individual stones in 20th century paste other than perhaps French Art Deco pieces. This is a case of the more you know, the more you will appreciate, even love, a museum quality example such as this Croix d' Saint Lo. Perfect Condition
Rivers and crescents twinkle with antique foiled diamonds in the cascades of these graceful chandelier earrings from 1800 or earlier. The form and design are prominent with well matched early cut diamonds used as an accent. The charm is that this pair of romantic chandelier earrings is wearable for informal attire or for holiday festivities. Four articulated sections make for feminine appeal as the earrings sway. They are getting older but better by the year. Excellent condition.
Rarely are rings found from the medieval ages. At this time nobility wore jewels of gold and silver. Base metal was worn by other classes. The English Emprire was ruled by Henry V11 when this ring was born. Symbolizing the amalgamation of the Lancaster and York noble factions, this silver band traveled time extremely well. The bezel is composed of two concave rectangular panels engraved with hearts and Tudor Roses. The shoulders display Tudor roses as well. Rays extend from the rose at the shoulders as if to symbolize that the sun never sets on the British Empire. All engraving is in excellent condition and is deeply and beautifully ingrained. A thrilling (difficult for me to part with ) object that wear will not damage. The Tudor dynasty existed from 1485 to 1603. This ring is currently size 7 3/4 US, Eng. P and 1/2. It is 1/4 in. wide and in excellent condition.
A clear (though photograph looks dark) and unblemished rock crystal orb is wrapped in a hammock of substantial silver bands which have been hand decorated with a wheat pattern. Engraved flowers are at top and bottom poles. This is a tactile pendant, one that gives pleasure to the senses when touched. Rock crystal has been prized since antiquity for bringing the wearer its prophylactic qualities. This would have been worn and handled for protection against ailments of the body. Measurements: 1 2/3 in. including suspension loop. 1 1/8 inches across the front. Circumference is 3 inches. Sold without the chain.
Wiggly waves of sterling form large sections linked by rings in this whimsical, necklace that is most definitely wearable and fun in all seasons. Made in the 1950's or 1960's, the necklace falls gracefully to the top of the chest so that it accommodates a sweater or dress or shirt. Condition is perfect
Warning, do beware of bees as this flower is attractive to all species. Jade petals, are lush and smoothly rounded to curve outward in a strong and supportive silver setting. Central rests a nest of peridot stones, faceted for ultimate sparkle. This ring is fashionable and fun and comes with a guarantee to make you smile.It is in excellent condition.