This necklace is one-of-a-kind from Linda Summers, Jeweler. She hand-picked several exotic antique beads – all of different types and character to form a unique burst of yellow-greens, pale green, turquoise, and golden bronze pearls. In addition, it has brass spacers, pearls, and flat brass beads. It ends with a brass, gold-plated toggle fastener. It measures approximately 26” long and the center Chinese bead is 1-1/4” diameter. The necklace is a real statement piece and will go with many types of styles and dress. The antique and collectable beads in this necklace are all from high-end vintage bead galleries.
Here is a beautiful belt from my own collection that I have only worn twice. Once to a party and once to another function.It is quite glamorous and looks fabulous against dark clothes.The buckle is reminiscent of a western engraved buckle and is really well-done. It measures 38" tip to tip with the tightest hole at 32". It is about 1" wide and the buckle is about 2"X2". It is in great vintage condition.
This old piece is lavishly carved with a stylized dragon on both sides of the pendant. It is set off with a gorgeous brilliant turquoise cabochon, bezel set and heavily carved on the silver back. The piece is quite old, probably from the 1950's or '60's and shows that it has been worn because of the smoothness of the edges on the back of the pendant. It is quite a unique piece and I added a fancy chain because it just seemed to fit the character of the piece.The chain is 24" long and is marked, "sterling" and I believe it is from Italy, The pendant measures a little over 2" diameter with another 1-1/4" for the bail. It is a lovely piece.
This sleek bracelet watch is an interesting design because of the “windows” in the band on either side of the watch face. It has a really nice dark patina that makes it look richer. The bracelet is hinged so that it goes on easily and will fit most all wrists. It measures 1-1/4 “wide with a 1/2“ gap. The watch face is about 1” diameter. This watch is hefty and has a strong, expensive look.
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This old tribal chain is terminated by an unusual pendant, a Lingam or Shivadhara, and has story behind it. These necklaces were designed as containers to hold a sacred lingam stone representing the god Shiva. Lingayats are a Hindu group who believe that Shiva is the only diety, rather than the the 3 gods revered by other Hindus. They also believed that the sacred presence of Shiva was not simply confined to the temple, but that it could be held in these necklaces for personal connection to the god. The necklaces were often worn over the should to one side, or hanging from the neck as a standard necklace. The indigenous people of India have handcrafted beautiful silver jewelry for centuries. They still use hand wrought methods as their predecessors did hundreds of years prior. This necklace is sterling. The chain measures 24" long, and the overall length including the ornament is 25-1/2". The ornament is approximately 2 X 2 X 2". It weighs 57.9 grams. With its unusual heritage, this is quite a conversation piece, is circa early 1900's, and is in good vintage condition.
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These classic earrings are black Onyx and sterling silver with a small silver twisted braid around the edge. I put them between 1940's and early 1950's because the screw backs disappeared in the early 1950's. They are marked "Sterling" and "Handmade by Native Americans". They measuring about 3/4" X 1/2", and are screw backs. These beautiful earrings are timeless and can be worn with anything. They are in good vintage condition.
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This is one of the finest pieces we have shown. It is a stunning and substantial bracelet with fine craftsmanship throughout. The three amber stones are quite large and bezel-set in sterling silver. The cuff is hinged between the stones and where they join the silver bracelet cuff. It also has a locking clasp that is very secure and closes with a decided snap. It measures about 7-1/8” around the inside length and the center stone is the largest: 1”X1-1/4” with the other two measuring 7/8”X1”. The silver tapers from there to about ½”. It is in excellent vintage condition. It doesn’t have any markings, but I think it is probably old Mexican and I place it at about 1950.
This is a yummy bracelet with a string of pearls, gold chains, rhinestones, and two black square-cut jewels. Fussy and different.
Certainly a modernist piece, this bracelet has a strong sculptural appeal. It is bold, vibrant, and makes a statement. Immaculately designed, it has a step-and-repeat raised design of what look like symbols covering the surface. The designer remains a mystery because the only mark is, “925”, on the inside. A deeply incised crosshatch is engraved as a background which is heavily patinaed and surrounds the raised silver symbols. The inside also has a heavy patina. This bracelet reminds me of the work of M Schon, Art Smith, or Fred Davis. It measures 5-3/4” around with a 1-1/8” gap. This bracelet is in excellent vintage condition with a few scratches on the surface as expected from an old piece. I place it circa late 1950’s-1960.
This striking brooch designed with a goldstone bezel-set cabochon is truly a piece de resistance in Mexican silver artistry. It can either be worn as a pendant or a brooch, but either way, this exceptional piece took untold hours to make and finish with such fine detail. This magnificent pendant/brooch was fabricated with meticulous detail by remarkably gifted and experienced hands. The detail has very small silver wire wound very tightly to form tiny spirals intercepted by larger "v" shapes. The background for the shapes and the outer circle were cut by hand from one piece of silver sheet. These elements and the bail and clasp were soldered in place to make a spectacular and incomparable piece of jewelry. The hallmark reads, "Hecho en Mexico DF 0.925, RN, Eagle 206". In Billie Hougart's book, The Little Book of Mexican Silver Trade and Hallmarks, she shows that "Eagle 206" and script initials, "RJ", is attributed to TANE Orfebres which is a prominent silver house in Mexico City that sold the work of many famous silversmiths under the trade name, "TANE". It was established in 1953 which is about the date I would attribute this phenomenal piece to. The hallmark reads, "Hecho en Mexico DF 0.925, RN, Eagle 206". In Billie Hougart's book, "The Little Book of Mexican Silver Trade and Hallmarks", she shows that "Eagle 206" and script initials, "RJ", is attributed to TANE Orfebres which is a prominent silver house in Mexico City that sold the work of many famous silversmiths under the trade name, "TANE". It was established in 1953.
While these are not real amber, they have an exciting and mysterious look about them because you can see different colors dancing inside the amber. They have gold findings with another small amber stone on the ear piece. They measure about 1-1/2” from top to bottom and the amber balls are approximately ½” in diameter. Very classy.
These earrings have a distinct ethnic look about them related to Mexican jewelry. They look hand crafted and are three-dimensional from the crosses to the circular ear piece. The central small cross is copper and the entire silver areas are surrounded by small brass beads. These are unique and have great character. They measure 2-1/2” long from top to bottom and are 1” wide at the widest point. These clip-ons are in good vintage condition with no dents or scratches.
This fabulous Nepal Style necklace was crafted by an artisan of the gypsy tribes of the Banjaras, sometimes called the "gypsies of India". The Banjara are usually described as nomadic people from the Indian state of Rajasthan. They crafted this stunning necklace made of brass with sterling plating, gemstones, and beads. The length is 17 inches and it weighs 94.5 grams. This necklace is a true treasure that you won’t find in the department store or on anyone else.
Bright and captivating with stones of many colors: lavender, turquoise, orange, pale green, pale orange, emerald green, and faux opal. This Liz Claiborne bracelet is in great condition because I only wore it a few times. It is a mixture of interesting colors that all go together in a "family" way. It is 7-1/2" long.
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This is without a doubt the most beautiful Jerusalem cross I have seen in a long time. It is 935 silver, so it’s better than sterling. The face is completely covered with tiny silver balls, rope, chain designs topped by a beautiful green faceted stone. It is hard to tell if it is glass or a real stone, but nevertheless, it is an unbelievable green. It is marked, “Jerusalem, Sterling, 935”. This cross is quite old - probably from the 1950’s. It measures 2-1/3X2-5/8” and is a hefty 36 grams. It is drop-dead-gorgeous!
This magnificent sterling silver cross is a true masterpiece of silversmithing. It is sumptuously decorated with silver braided wire and silver balls covering the surface, which are highlighted by a rich patina. Even the bail is covered with the same ornate design. It is a Bethlehem Cross, also known as the Crusaders’ Cross, which was first used in 1099 as a coat of arms for the newly established Kingdom of Jerusalem, marking the recapture of the city and the Christian Holy Land by the First Crusade. The Bethlehem Cross is comprised of a central cross with four surrounding smaller crosses. It is said that the Jerusalem cross (Crusaders’ Cross), represents Christ and the four Evangelists Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, and the spread of Christianity from its origins in the Holy Land to the four corners of the earth. It is extremely well crafted and is quite old. It is marked, “1000 Bethlehem”, on the back, which indicates that it is pure silver and made in Bethlehem. The pendant measures 1-7/8” long x 1-1/2” wide, and weighs 20.5 grams. It is in excellent vintage condition with no visible damage. This is a very exquisite piece that you will wear often.
“Miracle” is the trade name of A. Hill & Company LTD., of Birmingham, England, which started manufacturing jewelry in 1946 and is still the leading designer of jewelry in the Celtic, Irish, and Scottish styles today. Each piece is authentic in terms of evolving from actual historical and archaeological information. Jewelry from as early as AD600 have been found that has been used to preserve the design and character of the old Scottish, Celtic, and English legacies. This brooch is designed in like a scepter with a purple red stone. I believe this is brass, but I am not sure. It is an interesting piece and the look certainly hearkens to the Middle Ages. It is marked, “Miracle” on the back. It measures 3” tall X 3/4” wide at the widest point. The pin and roll clasp are in good working order. The brooch is worn consistent with a vintage piece.
“Miracle” is the trade name of A. Hill & Company LTD., of Birmingham, England, which started manufacturing jewelry in 1946 and is still the leading designer of jewelry in the Celtic, Irish, and Scottish styles today. Each piece is authentic in terms of evolving from actual historical and archaeological information. Jewelry from as early as AD600 have been found that has been used to preserve the design and character of the old Scottish, Celtic, and English legacies. This pendant has a very large, faceted purple stone that is probably glass. Nevertheless, it is finished in a fancy cut and surrounded by lavish leaves and acorns that are quite beautiful. It is almost 2” tall X 1-1/2” wide and is ¾” deep. It is hard to miss. The silver chain is approximately 26” long and is made up of textured links.