Period Pieces Art Nouveau Jewelry
All Items : Archives : Estate Jewelry : Pre 1920 item #1186556 (stock #RSP12067)
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Here is a hard-to-find Billiken stick pin! Billiken was patented in 1908 by Florence Pretz, in Kansas City, MO. She designated him “the god of things as they ought to be” – what a fantastic conceit! Paye & Baker, of Attleboro, MA were given exclusive rights to make Billikens in silver and gold (see “Warman’s Jewelry, 3rd ed, by Christie Romero. Every time I saw Christie she was wearing a gold Billiken necklace). He measures 9/16 x 3/8 x 2-1/4" long, and weighs 1.2g...
All Items : Archives : Estate Jewelry : Pre 1837 VR item #1172338 (stock #RP12219)
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This lovely and unusual Georgian pin is most likely a mourning piece. Made from 18k yellow gold, with rose gold and platinum accents, the center panel has two hearts (one of gold, one of platinum) under beveled crystal. It is surrounded by gold and platinum flowers and leaves, and has a delicate cannetille framework. It is unmarked, but tests as 18k. It weighs 3.6g or .12oz, and measures 7/8” x 5/8”, so it is quite small. Probably English, it is circa 1835...
All Items : Archives : Estate Jewelry : Pre 1900 item #1249417 (stock #RR07092)
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This sweet ring is approximately size 6-1/2. It’s a rich yellow (unmarked but tested) 18kt gold, and has been well-loved. The shank has a nice patina, the 3 pearls or half pearls are a bit worn, and I had some restoration work done on the cobalt blue enamel. The cut of the 6 accent diamonds most closely resembles the English star or square cut. They are in overall good antique condition. One has a chip, and some facets are abraded...
All Items : Archives : Estate Jewelry : Pre 1910 item #1102819 (stock #RP08150)
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Here is a rare and splendid red-eyed dragonfly from Germany. It is sterling silver with a gold wash, marked “STERLING” and “DEPOSE”. There is also a partial maker’s mark, almost certainly for Meyle & Mayer, who were producing enamel jewelry in Germany at the turn of the last century. The plique shades from yellow through turquoise to a dark blue. A few of the central plique panels have some hairline cracks (usual for these lovely old pieces), but very few bubbles (not so usual!)...
All Items : Archives : Estate Jewelry : Contemporary item #1283376 (stock #90)
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Here is a sweet bracelet composed of 6 hearts made of clear stones – probably rock crystal – set in sterling silver. The clasp is marked 925. It’s 7-1/2” long, and very wearable. Please read this description and look at the photos very carefully, as we are not responsible for buyer remorse. Thanks! Shipping, handling & insurance within the USA included.
All Items : Archives : Estate Jewelry : Pre 1910 item #1116926 (stock #RN11218)
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This lovely fellow is rare and wonderful. He is enameled in rich tones of blue, green, coral and yellow, and carries a tiny pearl in his beak. The dimensionality of the jewel is so unusual – the bird is about ½ inch deep! (And 1-1/4” tall x 1-1/4” wide.) It is very unusual to see a bird flying straight out; they are nearly always in profile. It is hollow, and the back is marked 900 for silver fineness, and also with the intertwined H and S for Hermann & Speck of Pforzheim, Germany...
All Items : Archives : Estate Jewelry : Pre 1900 item #1200983 (stock #RP12206)
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Here is a lovely and sparkly Victorian brooch, in the form of a crescent moon on a knife-edged bar. At each end of the bar is a ruby, and in the middle is a cluster of 8 diamonds centered by a pearl. The moon is set with 21 round and cushion cut rubies, and 19 diamonds. The diamonds are set in silver, and the rubies in 14k rose gold. It measures 2” across the bar x 1-1/8” top to bottom, and weighs 9.5 g. or .34 oz. In excellent condition and very Victorian...
All Items : Archives : Estate Jewelry : Pre 1970 item #1257240 (stock #RM12165)
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Here is a great pair of 14k cufflinks set with red-orange coral cabochons. The cabs measure ¾” x 1/2" and the set weighs in at 10.1 g or .36 oz. Most likely from the 1960s, and in excellent condition. Please read this description and look at the photos very carefully, as we are not responsible for buyer remorse. Thanks! Shipping, handling & insurance within the USA included.
All Items : Archives : Estate Jewelry : Pre 1920 item #1235474 (stock #RN07112)
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This pendant is classic Arts & Crafts. Signed “Queensway”, and marked Sterling Silver, it sports beautiful enamel which shades from cobalt blue into a dark green. The dropper is a blister pearl set in silver. It measures 1-3/8” (including the drop, but not the jump ring) x 1-1/8”. The nice old unmarked chain is probably original to the piece. It tests for 90-100% silver, and is 17”...
All Items : Archives : Estate Jewelry : Pre 1930 item #1032583 (stock #RP09162)
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Here is a fantastic very dimensional brooch depicting a Fox trotting through a forest. His neck is encircled by a collar of emeralds with a diamond dangling from it. He is behind a tree (a ginko?) whose leaves are enameled green, and its fruit is made up of 3 more diamonds. He is encircled by branches, and below him is a ruby...
All Items : Archives : Estate Jewelry : Pre 1920 item #1074150 (stock #RN11207)
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Here is a splendid, very feminine necklace which drapes beautifully over the collarbones. It is made from an unusual hue of rose gold – closer to red than I’m used to seeing in antique jewelry. The garlands of gold are highlighted by 5 tiny stars of gold set with seed pearls and hanging from little plaques which are also set with seed pearls. The whole thing measures 15-1/4”, and the drapery section is 6-3/8”. The longest drape falls about 1-1/4”. It weighs a nice 11.4g, and the chain...