1950’s Copper Earrings with Movable Hearts Shiny copper earrings from the ‘50’s had a scalloped edge and mounted in the center is a movable dangle that looks like a heart. These are quite old, but in very good condition. They even have the original lacquer finish on them that has held up well. From this era, they are, of course, screw backs. They are somewhat of an oval shape that is 1-1/4’X 1”. The dangles are about ¾” long.
This is an extraordinary stylized ring artistically designed and produced with impeccable craftsmanship. With fine features of three-dimensional touches of tiny bars and topped by a dome of 14K gold, it is sure to gain comments and interest from those who appreciate style. It is marked, “Sterling” and what looks like it may be a “U” or “C”. It is a size 6. It is a narrow profile, so could be worn against another ring if you desire. I am placing it circa 1970’s. This is a lovely modernist piece.
Working with old elements, Linda Summers has assembled a lovely necklace with an Afghan lapis pendant in the center. The beads all have many different origins and characteristics: faceted carnelian, Prosser Blue Trade Beads, Roman glass, silver Bali, and Chinese balls make up the “old” necklace. This is an unusual piece of jewelry with extraordinary Egyptian tiny metal wire “bows” chain at the end of the necklace, with a sterling loop and toggle fastener. The lapis on the vintage pendant is surrounded by metal that is probably coin silver. The necklace is 22" long. Owning such an eclectic piece as this will bring a lot of pleasure and comments.
This beautiful necklace is dainty, yet expresses an old-world sensibility in the thoughtful design. It has eight strands of tiny black jet bugle beads sprinkled with smoked glass teardrop “pearls”. It measures 15” of beads with a 3” extender, and is marked, “Ali Khan New York”. The necklace can be worn high at the smallest setting for a choker, depending on your neck size, and it has a bit of a stretchiness to make it more versatile. This necklace is fashionable and chic in its understated elegance.
If you crave tribal arts, you will love this necklace made from many old and ancient beads. The Amazonite beads are hundreds of years old from Afghanistan and the Ethiopian Cross and brass round and flanged beads are also very old from Africa. The brass ones especially have a character and charm in their imperfect but good design and stand out as something that might have been around for more than 100 years. There is no way to tell exactly how old some of these beads are, but most are easily 100 years old, and the Amazonite are even older. The necklace also has tiny dark spacers that are used in stringing trade bead necklaces. The only things that are not very old are the small orange glass beads and the unusual leaf-design clasp. The necklace is 30" long and the cross adds another 3". This extraordinary necklace was designed by Linda Summers.
This strand is a beautifully aged and is a exemplary example of African pipestone beads. They also have several types of old silver hollow beads that intersect at several places to make this necklace exquisite. It is at least 1960 or before. The center silver bead is about 5/8” in diameter and all the others are varied in size. The strand is 24” long with a hook and eye clasp, and has stretched a little from age, but can be tightened at the clasp. This is a treasure for someone who appreciates old ethnic artwork.
An amazing, antique, Chinese gilt brass cuff bracelet with genuine turquoise cabochons. The repousse work is extraordinary and the details are incredible. Turquoise stones are set in copper. This large cuff is approx. 7 1/2" long x 1 7/8" wide. Marked CHINA. It is in very good antique condition.
This vintage Mexican brooch depicts a large pitcher or ewer that is rounded and punctuated with silver balls and turquoise. It is beautifully crafted and an old style from the pre-Eagle era of Mexican silver. It is circa 1930?s-1940?s. The small cabochon stone is turquoise and is bezel-set. The artist who crafted this was very skilled because the piece is impeccably executed. Gerardo Lopez designed a ewer like this and this could have been done in his shop. Often tallers allowed silversmiths to sell a few of their own without the maestro's mark. It was fabricated by hand, cut from silver sheet, and the shape formed by repousse, as well as the raised silver balls. Then the clasp was soldered on and the back soldered to the front and the stone set. It is marked, "Made in Mexico Silver". It measures 2-1/2? tall x 1-3/4? at the widest point. It weighs 10.6 grams. The piece is in beautiful vintage condition with absolutely no scratches or dings. The clasp works perfectly. This is a highly collectible piece.
This ring has a very contemporary vibe, but is more likely from the 1950’s. It has 5 raised bands around the shank that begin wider at the stone, tapering to smaller at the base of the ring. Each of the band is square-cut and raised with textured depressions in between. The center is graced by an onyx elliptical-shaped, bezel-set, cabochon stone. The only marking is “925” with no makers mark. It has the look of very old Taxco, Mexican work, but I cannot be sure. It is in excellent vintage condition. It has been sized at one time, but looks fine.
This old silver pendant is highly decorative and intriguing. Made by hand by tribal artists in this country in western Asia. This piece was originally made to go with several matching beads, strung as a bridal necklace. The starshot design is one of three prominent patterns used by Yemen Jewish silversmiths in the early 1900s. These artisans were were always conscientious about preserving wealth of his bridal customer because she would depend on her cache of silver should her husband be unable to provide for her. The surface is adorned with silver wire and raised designs and displays a rich grey and black patina with the raised silver design peeking through. This pendant also has a maker’s mark next to the ring that holds the small dangling balls. The cartouche is pressed into molten silver. The chain is 21” long and the large bead is about 1-1/2” in diameter. This is a treasure for someone who appreciates very old tribal arts.
Elaborate with repoussed flowers, this brass cuff hails from the 1920'-'30's and is popular style of that era. It is brass and opens with a friction clasp that works well. It is in good vintage condition and is a piece that looks great with long sleeves. It measures 1" wide and 7-1/2" inside circumference. It's an old piece of jewelry so you have to be aware when you wear it not to treat it as new costume.
This silver-plated cuff bracelet was made by an artisan of the Hmong Miao Hill Tribe of Tibet. The design is a step-and-repeat Austrian knot, highlighted by a heavy black patina. It weighs 47.6 grams and measures 2” wide 7-1/8” from tip-to-tip with a 1/2” opening. It is malleable and can be fit to the wearer’s comfort. 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.
This lovely little bracelet is adorned with atylized leaf with tendrils and berries ib it. It a very well crafted, but has not markings, so I can't be sure that it is sterling. It measures 5-1/2" around and it about 1" wide at the widest point. This bracelet can be adjusted a litte
A black disc attached to a textured gold colored chain carries the essence of the Far East. The disc harkens to the Chinese stone discs that are fashioned with a hole in the center. This one attaches to a reddish bead and gold chain around the disc, and then to the long necklace. The chain including the bead is about 25" long and the disc is 4" in diameter. It is a simple design but one that can adapt to many looks.
This versatile necklace is 34” long and can be wrapped around your neck more than once to make different looks as you like. Although it is not very old, it is a vintage style of black jet beads and dark grey pearls. This is a lovely necklace that looks antique and has a lot of warmth and charm to it. The “LC” tag identifies it as Liz Claiborne.
Blue never looked prettier than the 5 shades of stones on these graceful replicas of a style of the past. The large stone at top is a blue “opal”, while the “star sapphire” leaf perches under it. There are two or three shades of blue rhinestones on the other flowers and even on the tiny dangle at the bottom of the trailing branch. And one little flower is made of “pearls” with a turquoise blue rhinestone center. The goldtone metal is cast in fine detail and the design is captivating on these clip back earrings.. The flower branch hangs from the top round flower and another dangle is at the very bottom. They are 1-3/4” long X ¾” wide at the widest point. These are quite lovely.
This bracelet is important because the enamel colors are phosphorescent and glow with an unusual depth. It looks like a Renoir/Matisse, but is not marked. It features 5 links with greenish yellow, pink, and aqua blue on a black background. The jump rings are brass and connect each link in two places. The back is also enameled, which gives it a very finished look. The copper links are very good vintage condition and the clasp is strong. There are a few tiny nibbles on the edge, but nothing really noticeable when worn. It measures about 8-1/2” around and each link is 1-1/2” X 1-1/2”. This is a bracelet that will receive lots of compliments and sure to please!
Beautiful little bracelet covered with repousse flowers, vines, and borders that look like etching, it is only 1 inch wide and 6-3/8” circumference with a 1” gap – and very light weight. It has a look of a more expensive, silver piece although it is costume. It was made in Tibet and the pattern was probably stamped, but it still looks very rich and authentic.