“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.
These vintage earrings are the work of Marjorie Baer, jewelry designer, who has made a name by designing unusual mixtures of metals in intriguing powerful designs. She reuses some objects to combine in ways that have an “industrial” feel. She started designing when she finished school at UC Berkley, went to New York, and sold her first pieces on the steps of the Metropolitan Museum. She is based in San Francisco and signs her work, “Baer SF”. The interesting thing about these earrings is the faint texture and seam on the surface and the scroll edge around the “leaf”, with a slight curve to the whole. She always finds a way to make something that could be very common-looking, very striking and unusual. They measure about 1-1/2” long and are 1” at the widest point. These are in very good vintage condition, and are clip-ons.
This is an incredibly ornately design rocking horse - completely adorned all over with flourishes. The design and craftsmanship are impeccable, but the hallmark is hard to discern. It looks like it could be, “Feclair, 925, © ”. I am not familiar with this artist, but whoever it is, is a master of silversmithing because the work is absolutely perfect and the little horse is very charming. It is in excellent condition and it appears to be approximately circa 1970.
This bracelet is an interesting pattern of woven sterling chain-like wide strands - all flat and braided into a lovely weave. The thing that is so nice about this bracelet is that it has a great texture and pattern, but it is flat and feels warm on your arm. It is quite comfortable and comforting because of the warmth. It was made in Italy and is so marked, along with “925” and another mark that I cannot identify, which is probably the makers mark. It is approximately 8” long and 5/8” wide. It is in excellent condition and the lobster clasp works well. It is a classic kind of bracelet that one would keep forever.
A sterling silver bracelet that is in such excellent condition and is so finely crafted is a treasure. This piece is finely detailed with heavy silver woven cable joined at the central focal point of a beautiful cutwork panel. Each of the strands is perfectly and meticulously crafted, and joined at the toggle closure adorned with floral designs. This piece looks like many tribal works I’ve had from Rajasthan, India, but I can’t absolutely verify the origin. This bracelet is incredibly fashionable and has a feel of warmth on the arm. It is marked "925". It is one of those pieces that you could wear every day as you would an identification bracelet. It measures 7-1/2” long from tip to tip and is approximately ½”+ wide. The centerpiece is 1-3/4” X 7/8” wide and is curved to fit the arm comfortably. It weighs 40 grams.
This exceptional Mexican sterling bracelet is a masterpiece of design and craftsmanship. This bracelet is marked, “TC-105 Mexico, 925” for Victor Manuel Corsi Rodriguez. The “T” shows that he was a silver artisan from the great city known for its supreme silver jewelry, Taxco, Mexico. This design looks Aztec with perhaps a stylized classic pre-Columbian symbol of Quetzalcoatl, who was a Mesoamerican feathered serpent-god, on each link. The design stands out because of the dark patina on the indented background of each link. This bracelet is extremely well-crafted and is in very good vintage condition. The box closure closes with a strong, “snap”, and there is no damage that I can see. It has 6 links, each 5/8” X 1-3/8”. The overall length of the bracelet is approximately 8-1/4” long, and 8” wearable length. It weighs a substantial 41.5 grams.
This fabulous necklace is from Tibet, handmade by a tribal artisan of Tibetan silver and tiny beads. Because of the 20 strands of tiny black beads, it hugs the neck feels warm against the body which is a very comfortable feeling. The beads and the big silver pendant are a striking and bold combination. The pendant is a half-moon shape with silver balls around the edge and textured wire in between. The bail is a bar across the top, which is part of the pendant, and is enhanced with circles on the ends and in the center. The bead part of the necklace measures approximately 16”, including the silver hook and eye clasp. The pendant is 2-5/8” wide at the widest point, and 1-3/4” tall including the bail. The necklace weighs approximately 103 grams. This necklace is an extraordinary and exotic piece of jewelry!
This is an incredible Coro demi-parureblue and green rhinestone brooch and matching earrings. The sumptuous brooch is a flower design with six large green stones and six blue stones on top. There are also six small green stones surrounding a blue stone in the center. At the outside edge, in between each large green stone, are smaller flowers of six small blue stones with a small green stone in the center. The design is luxuriant and classic of the 1950's. It is such a dazzling set that it is almost impossible to notice one of the tiny flowers is missing. It is set in elegantly detailed black-silvertone metal. The earrings are a representation of part of the brooch with the small green flower with a blue center atop the large green stone and a pear shaped blue stone with the black-silvertone metal surrounding them. The brooch is approximately 2-1/2" diameter and the earrings are 1" x 1-1/4". These are a remarkable example of elegant costume jewelry that has remained a classic Regency style from the '30s to the present. They are extremely luminescent and are high-volume sparklers! This set is simply gorgeous. They are in great vintage condition with only the very small flower missing.
Yellow, green, and topaz stones dominate this beautiful bracelet. It also has graceful leaves of green and pink gold accenting the stones. This bracelet is a clamper style, opening and closing from a spring closure that snaps back to the closed position automatically. It is quite exquisite and looks much more expensive. It is 2-1/4” diameter and about ½” wide. The stones are brilliant and take advantage of the light to sparkle exceedingly.
This silver bracelet was made by an artisan of the Hmong Miao Tribe of China, and is ingeniously finished with an adjustable fitting. The engraved floral design is highlighted by a heavy black patina and accented with silver balls along the edges. It measures approximately 7-1/2” around the inside circumference. Since the bracelet is curved, it’s hard to measure the width, but it is approximately 7/8” at the widest point on top in the center. The silver is Tibetan silver which is a very low percentage of silver with other metals. Among China's 55 ethnic groups, the Miao (Hmong) are known for elaborate embroidery and exquisite work with silver. Silver accessories are a standard for the Miao people. For more than 400 years, it's been the custom to decorate oneself head to toe with silver. A full set can weigh up to ten kilograms. The purpose of wearing all this silver is of course primarily aesthetic, but they are also worn as amulets to ward off evil, and as symbols of wealth. While usually worn by women, the Miao ethnic minority's silverware is made by men. The rich varieties, elegant patterns, and exquisite craftsmanship not only demonstrate the colorful world of Miao people's art, but their spiritual life as well. The Miao live mainly in southern China, in the provinces of Guizhou, Hunan, Yunnan, Sichuan, Guangxi, Hainan, Guangdong, Hubei, and elsewhere in China. The Miao nationality includes Hmong/Mong people as well as other culturally- and linguistically-related ethnic groups who do not call themselves either Hmong or Mong. These include the Hmu, Kho (Qho) Xiong, and A Hmao. The White Miao (Bai Miao) and Green Miao (Qing Miao) are both Hmong/Mong groups.
These cufflinks are very interesting in their geometric design and precise character. The superbly crafted links are a silver maze design with black embedded in between. These links are mirror images and the shafts are slanted as most were some years ago. They are marked, “Spain, 925”, as well as what appears to be a small leaf. I am not familiar with this mark and have been unable to locate information on it. The links are 5/8” wide X 1” long. They are in great vintage condition and the locks open and shut properly.
This bracelet is a sleek and simple design, but quite good looking. It's only decoration is a ridge or square wire that runs at an angle across the surface. Most copper this age will have some of the finish worn off so there is an unevenness to the surface, but this one is in good vintage condition with the clear finish still intact. This has a few minor scratches on the underside, but inconspicuous. It is marked "Genuine Copper". It measures 1-1/2" wide and 7" around the outside with a 1/2" opening. It can be shaped slightly to fit.