Glorious Antique Jewelry Collection
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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 : Gold : Pre Victorian : Pre 1837 VR item #1255847 (stock ##3510)
Glorious Antique Jewelry
$8,600.00
Enlarging is a must! Beautiful as all Georgian chains are, we were thrilled to see the braided, entwined tightness and sturdiness of these 15kt gold textured links. Long chains were worn by men and women. Often worn dropping to the waist, doubled, and in combination with numerous other jewels, the wealthy added a large brooch, multiple rings and large earrings. The golden clasp on this chain is a jewel on its own. It is fashioned as a hand with a ruffled floral cuff set with natural turquoise. Turquoise, when natural, responds to the touch by changing to a darker tone. The stone touched most often during clasping shows the change, but the color difference is not as intense to the eye as it is to the camera. Condition is excellent
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 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 : Gold : Pre Victorian : Pre 1837 VR item #1232997 (stock ##3479)
Glorious Antique Jewelry
$4,500.00
Brilliant and glistening foiled diamonds were hand cut and polished with each stone individually shaped and set. For this "all by hand" method, no two stones are exactly the same in shape or size. This fact is important in determining the age of antique jewelry and one reason why Georgian jewelry is desired. All diamonds are set in pinched rub-over settings. The center oval gem is freely suspended and gives gentle movement to the earring catching the light. These are delicious earrings in a size that can be worn with a bridal gown or with blue denim, They are ultra feminine and elegant.
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Pre Victorian : Pre 1837 VR item #1227713 (stock ##3396)
Glorious Antique Jewelry
$8,400.00
Breath catching pear shape garnets drop and sway from horizontal ovals and wrap the entire neck in luscious red, a color that is seductive on every woman. Red is the color of passion and love. The setting for this Georgian delicacy is 15 kt gold. The garnets are set in gold cups with a foil inner backing. The clasp is original. Necklace is shown in original antique box. This is one of the most beautiful garnet necklaces we have found from the 1820 era. No electricity existed at the time that this jewel was made. Daylight and the light of a candle were enhanced by the flat cut stones and their foil lining. The condition is superb.
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Silver : Victorian : Pre 1837 VR item #1222118 (stock ##3450)
Glorious Antique Jewelry
$3,500.00
Only once before did I find a pair of sterling silver earrings in which the silver segments were faceted like 19th century antique cut diamonds. One has to use a loup to ascertain if the silver is silver or diamond. Fair to say that they are as unique as they are handsome. Two concentric oval hoops of high carat gold are topped with silver just the way that gem set jewelry was made in this period. You find gold floral accents at the top connection and at center where an antique diamond, rough cut, is set in its gold frame. There is movement, elegance and drama to the earrings. They are light on the ear and lighten the heart, Beautiful condition. c. 1820. 2 1/4 inches long.
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Pre Victorian : Pre 1837 VR item #1220773 (stock #3432)
Glorious Antique Jewelry
$3,990.00
After years, with cheers, we offer a rock crystal Maltese Cross with clear, brilliant foiled stones. The center stone is black dot in the style of an old mine diamond. Silver front to blend with the white crystal with no distracting metal showing and a gold back. The crystals are set in closed back foiled settings. The cross is a pendant or a brooch and sparkles through day and evening with eye catching beauty. Possibly English. C,1810. Immaculate condition. Approximately 1 1/2 inches high and wide. The chain shown on the model is sold separately. The Maltese Cross was an item of fashion in the 18th and 19th century, and became so because a certain infamous mistress wore it to society balls, to bespeak her honor. This certain lady, received the Cross of Malta from Russia for sending food in aid of Maltese citizens. It has always been connected with rescue and works of valor.
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Pre Victorian : Pre 1837 VR item #1219920 (stock ##3391)
Glorious Antique Jewelry
$1,950.00
Georgian gold and garnet earrings c. 1820 are 15kt gold with foiled garnets. The form, an unusual shape, looks more like an insect than it does the floral form of small garnet earrings we see more often. As there was no electricity at this time, jewelers foiled gemstones and semi precious stones with a sliver of metal or foil material behind the stones to catch and reflect the available light. Very fine in condition, the earrings are English and drop 1 1/2 inches fro
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Silver : Pre Victorian : Pre 1837 VR item #1216231 (stock ##3412)
Glorious Antique Jewelry
SOLD TO A LOVELY LADY
A necklace of the Georgian era that fills us with pleasure at its beauty and in the way it is made. Jewelry such as this is so individual to the hands of the artist and the creative process involved. Then necklace exhibits the finest design and artistry as does some of today's jewelry by recognizable names. Section, by section, no part is left unadorned, be it engraved leaves and floral surfaces, touches of gold here and there, hand cut pastes, their settings and the links that are absorbed into the design. The engraved floral elements are darkened to contrast with the pastes and add to their pop. Graceful and beautiful, the necklace measures 15 1/2 inches in length. The center piece drops three inches. Fine condition.
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Pre Victorian : Pre 1837 VR item #1215301
Glorious Antique Jewelry
$6,850.00
Sixteen antique cut diamonds form the wreath that surrounds a one carat rose cut gem in this hand made Georgian Ring. The settings are silver rubbed over rounds with prongs. The central diamond winks its light from a gold frame ringed with a thin line of enamel, a stone setter's design that makes the stone exhibit beautifully. The reverse of the ring and the double ridged shank are gold. A very old, evidently loved treasure from the Georgian era that we were so lucky to have travel our way. Excellent condition. A generous size 8 1/2 that may have been worn a la mode over a gloved finger. This ring can be sized
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Silver : Pre Victorian : Pre 1837 VR item #1215291
Glorious Antique Jewelry
SOLD WITH THANKS
Seductive and enticing, these Georgian cushion cut paste earrings are approximately 4cts each or 8 cts TW. Notice the black dot in the center resembling the culet in old mine diamonds. Diamond facets grace the perimeter around a high square table. Oftentimes, believe it, diamonds are not suitable yet a woman wants the brightness and glow. Antique jewelry lovers covet this rare shape of Georgian paste ear drop at those times. Paste making was a high art in the early 19th century bringing fame and fortune to the best stone cutters and setters. Royalty lead the fashion and had their own special paste makers. The pastes were cut in the manner of fine gemstones and had their place and beauty. Ours are set in pronged silver the backs of which are gold washed. The ear wires are gold. The stones are 6/16 of an inch square. The earrings drop 10/16 of an inch, Immaculate condition.
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Pre Victorian : Pre 1837 VR item #1214547 (stock ##3425)
Glorious Antique Jewelry
$9,200.00
This magnificent ring was created in a time of splendor when jewels of this type belonged to the aristocracy alone. Marie Antoinette was queen of France, the rich were extravagantly endowed while the poor were desperate. We cherish the treasures that speak to us of this time for they are few. The ring is an elongated vitreous green oval, a forest green and a rare color in antique rings. The diamond flower, accents and perimeter are a mix of rose and table cut stones, set in closed back settings with silver cut down collets. The back and shank are completely original in a pale rose gold of 18kt. Very small, possibly French marks on the shank. Currently size 8 3/4, it may have been worn over a gloved finger. The ring can be sized. The condition is remarkable.
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Pre Victorian : Pre 1837 VR item #1212029
Glorious Antique Jewelry
$8,800.00
Enlarging is a must! Beautiful as all Georgian chains are, we were thrilled to see the braided, entwined tightness and sturdiness of these 15kt gold textured links. Long chains were worn by men and women. Often worn dropping to the waist, doubled, and in combination with numerous other jewels, the wealthy added a large brooch, multiple rings and large earrings. The golden clasp on this chain is a jewel on its own. It is fashioned as a hand with a ruffled floral cuff set with natural turquoise. Turquoise, when natural, responds to the touch by changing to a darker tone. The stone touched most often during clasping shows the change, but the color difference is not as intense to the eye as it is to the camera. Measures 52 inches in length
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Silver : Pre Victorian : Pre 1837 VR item #1203057 (stock #LSERLY)
Glorious Antique Jewelry
SOLD
Layers of deeply textured silver cascade in a vine-like pattern on these long Georgian silver earrings. Narrow at the very top near the wire, the earrings gently broaden to their widest where you see a small seashell, four small flowers and even greater texture. They culminate in a shape that resembles an ice cream cone with sprinkles. In the era of George 3rd and George 4th, marvelous elongated ear drops known as torpedo earrings feminized the ladies who donned upswept hair styles. These earrings were made by a master of engraving using the repousse method, bringing volume to the engraved surface..The silver is luscious and dense. The torpedo design, more often found in gold, is rarely seen in silver. I have not found a pair in silver in over twenty years. The earwires may have been replaced somewhere in time, though I bought them as you see them. The value is not affected by this fact. Georgian earrings were often inserted into the ear from the back to the front. Many later generations wanted that reversed to shepherds hooks. These are gorgeous chandelier earrings that are a pleasure to own. Length 3 1/4 in. including wire, width 1/16th of an in. widening to 1/2 of an inch. English. c1790-1820.
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Pre Victorian : Pre 1837 VR item #1201219 (stock ##3044)
Glorious Antique Jewelry
$5,825.00
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.