It was only when platinum came into use for jewelry around 1890-1900, that jewelry designers were able to create patterns from fine threads of precious metal. You see the effect in this magical necklace of platinum and diamonds. . Fine Art Deco design is architecturally integrated and harmonious. It is powerful in strength and in design yet appears as delicate as a spider's web.
The front of this necklace is a work of geometry in platinum and diamonds. Its triangles and rectangles are connected with engraved horizontal links in the same design that covers every surface of the collar and the pendant. The removable pendant can be worn separately on a chain or ribbon, therefore, two jewels in one
necklace. Not only is the front clean and lovely, but the back is perfection.The collar is 13 1/2 inches long. The central section with pendant drops 2 1/2 inches.
It fits a petite lady with a small neck. Condition is immaculate.
Neat looking double mother of pearl cuff links from 1920, the early Art Deco period, are 14kt yellow gold and are joined by three matching studs for contemporary mens tuxedo shirts. Each disk is edged with engraved white gold. The backs are 14kt yellow gold with the appropriate warmth of their age. Smack in the middle of each round, is a small cultured pearl. The links are well proportioned and neutral for wear with all colors or patterns.
Like gold coins but floridly engraved and diamond set, these cufflinks carry a powerful message that goes far back to ancient Greek and Roman history. Engraved in the round are Acanthus leaves. Lush and scrolling, the Acanthus has carried with it the symbol of endurance and long life. They were frequently used by artists and architects in classical columns and friezes and later, in 19th century furniture. Now to be worn with pride by men or women, the cufflinks are strongly engraved in 14kt gold. They are a lovely example of the evolution of art and history.
t sits quietly at the neck calling attention to its dignity. Spun of platinum and white gold, in linear and vertical form, the pendant is delicate, strong and like urban 1920's architecture, it epitomizes Art Deco design. The eye is drawn first to the center where an old mine .25ct diamond is set deeply into a hexogonal mount. North and south are small diamonds set in diamond shaped collets. From center the design spreads geometrically to a rim of stylized vines of terraced platinum and gold. The chain, also Art Deco and the bale from which the pendant is suspended are original. Length of pendant 2 1/2 in. Width 8/16th in. Length of chain 19 in
An unusual setting makes this engagement ring unique and elicits second glances. The lively center stone is an Old European Cut Diamond that weighs approximately .70 cts, - .75cts. The stone is beautifully faceted and has many points of light. Small full cut stones spill to the shoulders of the band and accent the center stone at north, south east and west. Notice the twist of the band as it meets and wraps around the center diamond shape. The central stone is ever so slightly raised from its background by 1/16th of an inch. Excellent condition. There are no imperfections noticeable upon louping. We estimate the clarity as VSI, Color G-H.
Ring size at present: is 7
The face of this lacy diamond ring is a light snowfall of diamonds. One of our photographs deceives the eye as we see the gold setting and band through the diamond lace. No gold is seen on the ring top. Three central diamonds are old mine cut stones approximately 10 points each. The two diamonds left and right of center are miners while rose cut diamonds fill the background. A black enamel frame accentuates the whiteness of the diamonds. Consistent in design, the open work of the front is carried through to the twining vines of the girdle which raises the ring from the finger. The workmanship is finely wrought.
Moonstones, filled with the romance of moonlight, have a milky hue with tints of blue, pink and yellow as the light around them changes. The Victorians favored the stones for their natural connection to the moon, not to dismiss June and spoon, and to their seductive light know as adularescence, the shimmer of color they hold. Victorians, Edwardians and folks living in the Art Nouveau era, thought these jewels had magical properties. In some nations folks expected good dreams or lovely visions at night if they wore these gems or put them beneath their pillow. The "Glorious" double moonstone pendant holds gem quality stones set in 18kt gold. In both drops, the moonstones are centered by a star and separated by golden triangles. Set at an angle with triangular shapes between them, there is a geometric quality which to me, makes the necklace look transitional between art nouveau and art deco. Cut in cabouchon, a smooth unfasceted cut, the translucent glow is emphasized. Dimension does not show on a flat screen, nor does play of color in a delicately reflective gem. The necklace is a beauty with unusual romantic associations and qualities. c.1915 - 1920 . Measurement of Pendant. 3 in. long. Width 1 1/4 in. Chain 16 3/4. Condition is perfect strong and can be an everyday jewel.
The chain is adustable thus the necklace can be worn at two lengths that differ an inch and three quarters.
Completely engraved in fine detail this exotic bracelet wraps around the arm in serpentine splendor. The bracelet is art deco. The appeal has no time limit as it is a distinctive jewel that is forward and a tad daring. Be sure to enlarge the photograph to appreciate the detail. We enjoy the variation in the engraving that creates verisimilitude to the serpent's body. The head, with larger engraving is beautifully worked. The silver is just flexible enough to wrap around the arm. The symbol of the snake in antique jewelry had positive characteristics associated with it. Renewal and eternity were a few. Often one can find the form similar to a love knot with the tail meeting the head in a continuous flow. Here connection and eternal love were suggested. Loving serpent this and as with all of nature, has just a touch of the wild.
Double sided rounds sport the appealing color of new spring leaves ringed with white and silver. The cufflinks are engine turned using a lathe, an engraving technique that created concentric circles in the center of these links that in turn were encircled with radiating circles in five additional patterns until they reach the silver border. Laid on the engraving is translucent guilloche enamel of lovely green and white color. Take a loup to the engraving. There is more there than meets the unaided eye. The variety of patterns is unexpected and surprising. Once a must for the well dressed gentleman, cufflinks became a matter of choice in the 1920"s.
Guilloche enamel was a technique first employed by Faberges earlier in the 20th century. By the art deco period, gentleman often chose to dress down and wear buttoned cuffs, leaving the cufflinks behind at home. Today, collectors crave cuff links for their variety and the history of their design. They are worn by both men and women by choice. The condition is fine. The links measure exactly 1/2 inch in diameter
Engraved silver frames are the settings for square cut faceted pastes. Note the reverse and the edges of the bracelet and you will see the care with which it was made. An excellent locking system assures that the bracelet will be yours to enjoy always when your mood is festive be it an occasion or a moment when you wish it were. Ultimately flexible and comfortable. Will fit average sized wrists at seven inches in length. c. 1925 Perfect condition Hallmarked
Fun and sparkly four dimensional earrings for day or dancing, each of the crystals in these deco earrings is set in silver and sealed with a kiss. The facets create a central "x"in the center of each crystal's uncut space. The globes swing and sway when worn. They bring the excitement of ballrooms to mind. Each stone is set on point with trianges of space between them. The backs are posts for pierced ears. Whimsy and the good vibes of the natural crystals come along with these earrings. The condition is excellent. Note our lighting does not show the light reflecting quality of the stones as crystal is hard to photograph. c.1920 Length 1 3/4 inches. Width approx 1 inch.
Art deco geometry, edwardian delicacy and art nouveau curves are the design motifs that combine in this delicate brooch that looks like lace that has been studded with diamonds. More elegance than bling, there is style enough here to identify the wearer as a woman who has fine taste for beauty. The linear central section of delicate parallel lines holds three marquise shaped diamonds that seem part of musical notation. Two oval shapes lead the eye to the side sections of the brooch. Each oval holds three round stones. Round diamonds encrust all the surrounding circles and interweaving lines. All stones are modern cut. A touch of sparkle that cannot be missed, this brooch would be fabulous with diamond chandelier earrings such as we show on this site as well as with diamond studs. It can double as a choker worn high on the neck when pinned to a black velvet ribbon finished with a velcro closure.The condition is superb.
Approx. one carat total diamond weight.c. 1920
Diamonds for your eyes, marquise shapes, baguettes, and small rounds, make a jewel of this Art Deco Lorgnette. A tulip on its stem serves as the handle. The flower is created by three marquise diamonds . At the flowers end, there are two marquise diamond leaves and a round stone. The handle of this lorgnette is encrusted with baguettes and many small round diamonds. All of the gold is etched around the eye glass frame. This detail can be seen in the photo accompanying this description. A push of a button allows the lorgnette to spring open. Use this jewel on a chain as a necklace or place your own lenses in the glass holders and you serve two purposes. The lens compartments are large enough to accommodate bifocals. The fittings are tight. On an evening when your purse is small, no need to overcrowd it. You will see clearly and in high style. c.1920. Perfect condition. Length 3 1/2 in. Width of lenses is 1 1/2 in.
Brilliant, fine and elegant diamond and emerald serpent ring in marvelous condition and timeless in design. The workmanship is absolutely excellent and clean. The snake motif is somewhat abstract yet familiar to those who are acquainted with the form. The crown of the reptile is set with a lovely european cut diamond and is surrounded by diamonds and emeralds which pervade the entire top of the jewel.
The snake form went back to antiquity. It was fashionable in the Victorian era and thereafter. Scottish brooches, are often loveknots which carry the same sentiment of eternity, unending love and loyalty.
A truly beautiful ring to enhance style and mood. Approximate size is 7. Exact size will be provided at a later time. This item can be sized.
Diamonds form a double bow and tie a central half carat diamond knot in this onyx and European cut diamond ring from the art deco era. Tiny full cut diamonds extend to the band. The onyx and diamonds sit in a handmade setting. Under the stones is a filigree cage that raises the ring a bit higher than a quarter of an inch from the finger. The ring’s lines are neat and clean.
Contrast was a hallmark of the deco period as was the selection of white gold for gem settings. Men and women dressed smartly for evening. Saturated color, onyx and coral, diamonds, emeralds and jade were characteristic of the jewelry.
The onyx and diamond central motif measures 10/16ths of an inch high by half an inch wide. In perfect condition, the ring is currently a size 6 1/2 and can be sized by our expert jewelers. C.1920