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.
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.
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
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.
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
Gem cut bits of color are winsome in the gold engraved floral frame of this Victorian locket. The locket is raised engraving on the circumference and engine turned on the reverse. The engine turned engraving is done with a machine that enables the engraver to make very fine and regular lines in precious metal. Enlarge photo #4 to see the graduated diamond forms created by this lost art. It is known that jewelry is modified as it passes from one relative to another. I venture a guess, and it is only a guess, that this locket may once have held an early photograph that was exchanged for the tourmalines. It is also true that the stones could be original. The one inch diameter of this locket, as it richly shines with color evokes a smile. Chain sold separately. Excellent Condition
With the look of Berlin Iron, the combination of gunmetal and gold in these ear hoops was an exceptional find for us. Not only is it rarely seen, but the contrasting colors work extremely well together. Hammered gold leaves clutch pristine hoops of ridged slate colored gunmetal. The gold interior hoops have a gunmetal orbs that move freely. Perfect condition. English Origin
Delicious to touch and a beautiful object, the solid crystal locket is faceted in a diamond pattern. This locket has a solid feel. The sterling frame has been gently shaped to agree with the crystal. Bare skin brings out the warmth of color in crystal as the stone reflects the colors that surround it. Historically, natural rock crystal has been believed to have curing powers and was thought to bring health to those who wear it. Perfect Condition. The locket closes securely and measures 1 inch with the ring.
This is a rare Scottish Gold and Agate bracelet. Clearly carved by a master stone worker, the blue-grey Montrose agate has been braided, carved into pyramids, backed in Aberdeen granite and linked with engraved gold. The padlock clasp contains an agate as well All work was done by the hand of a jeweler. The inside smooth stone is natural Scottish granite that has been polished to reveal its color and beauty. The advanced talent and time consuming work applied to this bracelet causes me to think it is one of a kind. The condition is flawless.
Travel into the heavens with these examples of the beautiful, natural agates of Scotland in pins that look like hot air balloons. My six year old granddaughter Shae said they may be beach balls.The agates are sculptures. They have been carved from the rock, shaped into half rounds, polished, smoothed and set in place without visible metal. Notice the
beautiful color variety, many of the stones are rare colors. I picture them on a tuxedo, a plaid jacket or a hat when you are sassy. $1800 for both. $985 for one.
Beat the drums for this pair of grand Victorian pique earrings. Pique was made in England and in France. This pair is an admirable example of the art form popular in 1870 and 1880. In this period all the work was done by hand with the gold added bit by tiny bit. Tortoise shell, often from the Hawksbill Tortoise, was first melted and made in to the form that the jeweler desired. The jeweler then incised the tortoise shell with pattern using the finest of a jewelers' tool. The patterns were filled with precious metals as you see here with gold. This was delicate work and the results are noteworthy when done well. In later years the metal added were machine made strips. The workmanship deteriorated. The earrings are completely original and maintain their original tops. The center oval drop moves with each step. The condition is perfect.
Once Commander Perry opened the door to trade with Japan in 1854, the world learned about nature through the eyes of Japanese artists. Japanese art had not been seen before. Scenes from the life of a lagoon are engraved on each link individually on this flexibe bracelet in the Aesthetic Movement style. Each silver link is tightly constructed. The engravings drawn are reeds, stalks of bamboo and sprays of grass, herons, and doves, , a parrot, fans and sprays. It is clear that water is nearby. The bracelet is comfortable with a good secure double clasp.
The world of design, excited by a new art find, incorporated Japonaiserie in metal work and picturesque expression. Our bracelet dates to c. 1870 - 1880 England. It is in excellent condition.
Acanthus leaves cover the shoulders of this 19th century ring. They bloom with a powerful meaning of enduring life, healing and regeneration. Acanthus leaves were used on Corinthian columns in Greece. The same flowing forms are seen frequently in Georgian and Victorian jewelry, periods of history when sentiment and floral symbolism were part of life as was mans' connection to nature.
This ring has presence. The leaves are deeply engraved in repousse, a form of engraving in which the metal is pushed forward from the back. The signet front bears handsome flowing initials which add to the story. A life was involved with this jewel. Made in sterling silver, it can be worn by men and women and is a worthy addition when worn with other interesting rings be they gold or silver. Excellent condition. Size 7 and can be sized up or down.
Here is a bangle whose beauty travels straight to the heart. It seems a twin to our Architectural Cuff inventory #3207, a 15kt gold bangle substantially more expensive. In fact, the difference is that the cuff you see above is sterling with an overlay of gold. It will not tarnish. Magnificent in design, as is its gold relative, this bangle is engraved with repetitive trefoil bands, gold beaded borders and twisted bands in narrow and wider widths. It is fitted with a sound wide clasp. We see bracelets from this period in silver, as 1860-1890 was the time of the rebirth of England's silver industry. Now and then,and more unusual, the gold or gold on silver version comes our way. Simply stated on the inside are the initials L.M. from W.A. 3/3/82 showing the presenter and the lucky owner in 1882. The bracelet very comfortably fits a medium wrist of 6 in to 6 1/2 inches circumference. The closed inside measurement is 2 1/4 inches. Meticulous condition.