Period Pieces Art Nouveau Jewelry
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 : 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 1910 item #1220027 (stock #RP12205)
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Here is a sweet pin by the very collectible Whiteside & Blank. Consisting of a 14k enameled flower on a flowing stem, with a little pearl bud or berry, it is a petite 1-1/16” x 5/8” and weighs 2.5g. It is marked 14k, and has the maker’s mark for W&B – Mr. Blank was a survivor of the Titanic! There was some slight enamel damage, which we had repaired, so it is now in excellent antique condition, and circa 1900...
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 1950 item #1234105 (stock #RR12169)
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Here is a really nice retro diamond ring, made from white and yellow 14k gold, and centered by a diamond (estimated weight 0.10ct). Diamonds are the birthstone for April, and symbolize purity, and, of course, love. This diamond is flanked by two sweet little flowers. It’s a size 5-1/4 – 5-1/2, and weighs 1.4g. Circa 1940 and in excellent condition. Please read this description and look at the photos very carefully, as we are not responsible for buyer remorse...
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 1910 item #1187302 (stock #RP08151a)
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This lovely depiction of St. Joan of Arc is signed by Unger (U and B intertwined and the words STERLING 925 FINE surrounding them in a circle). She is surrounded by fleur de lys and lilies, as is proper, and is holding a sword. The brooch measures 1-1/8” in diameter, and is in excellent antique condition, with an appropriate patina. Circa 1900. I just did a Google search for this pin, and none were listed, however, Joan Rivers is selling a different Unger pin for $500...
All Items : Archives : Estate Jewelry : Pre 1920 item #1185490 (stock #RP12202)
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This very pretty leafy pin has really nice detail work, with the veins in each leaf shown, and with hanging “fruit” made of two pearls and one tiny diamond. Underneath, you can see that the decoration overlays an infinity symbol. Nice symbolism! It has what looks like a 10k mark on the pin stem, but when tested, it holds for a weak 14k gold. It measures 1-1/8” x ½”, and weighs 2.3g...
All Items : Archives : Estate Jewelry : Contemporary item #1169987 (stock #RN09170A)
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Here is a fantastic Arts & Crafts style necklace, featuring 5 drops with a total of 11 moonstone cabs, 5 little rubies and 5 little sapphires. The rubies and sapphires are of an old fashioned cut. Each drop is 15/16", with an 18" total length. The chain is adjustable, as you can see in the photos. It weighs 11.4g or 0.40oz. Though it is contemporary, the maker has captured the Arts & Crafts style beautifully. It is in excellent condition, and I’m kind of in love with it. Please read this desc...
All Items : Archives : Estate Jewelry : Pre 1910 item #1146863 (stock #RN12227)
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This locket is gorgeous! The front is centered by an old-cut diamond (tested) in a golden flower, surrounded by a narrow band of cobalt blue enamel, then a wide band of white enamel decorated with gold garlands. Next are 2 narrow concentric circles of cobalt blue enamel, punctuated by 6 tiny seed pearls. Finally there is a circle of flourishes in mellow (marked) 14k gold. The back has an elaborate monogram. Inside it has 2 photo rings, but no plastic or glass (which would be easy to replace). Th...
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. On the back he is m...
All Items : Archives : Estate Jewelry : Pre 1940 item #1174533 (stock #RR12172)
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Gorgeous ring realized in 24k deep yellow gold, it is size 5 as is, but has a sliding shank for easy resizing. Centered by a long narrow oval lovely green jade cab, it has an oriental pearl on either side, and details in twisted gold. The setting measures ½” N to S and E to W, including the pearls. It weighs 7.8g or .28oz, and has marks in Chinese inside. It is in excellent condition, and circa 1930, possibly earlier. Please read this description and look at the photos very carefully, as I am...
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”. Both have a nice patina, and the central panel of enamel is slightly chipped, but you really have to loo...
All Items : Archives : Estate Jewelry : Pre 1920 item #1227764 (stock #RSP12072)
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Here is a very cool Arts & Crafts stick pin – I just love the swoopy lines of the design, which verges on Egyptian Revival. Centered by a blue synthetic sapphire cabochon, and with a long “tail” ending in a seed pearl, it is a very striking piece. Sapphires are the birthstone for September, and have been used as a protection against poison and the evil eye! Unsigned, but marked (and tests as) 14k gold. It measures 1-1/8” by ½” by 2-3/4” total length, and weighs 3.1g or .11oz. In exc...
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. The estimated total weight of the old-cut diamonds is 40 points (4/10ths of a carat). He is 1-3/4” x 1-1/2" and weighs a hefty 13.8g. The stones show tiny chips and a li...
All Items : Archives : Estate Jewelry : Pre 1970 item #1234620 (stock #RR12166)
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This lovely ring consists of 3 navette-shaped jade cabochons (jade has been used as a protective stone, and also to attract money and love), highlighted by 4 accent diamonds (symbolizing love, eternity, purity). Unmarked, it tests as 14k. It’s a size 5, weighs 4.4 g, and the 3 jade cabs together measure 5/8” by 5/8”. The jade shows some abrasion, consistent with age. Circa 1960, and in overall very good condition. Please read this description and look at the photos very carefully, as we a...
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...