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, and a pink CZ in the center. Even the bail is covered with the same ornate design. It is a Jerusalem 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 Jerusalem 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, “Silver 999 Jerusalem”, on the back, which indicates that it is almost pure silver and made in Jerusalem. The pendant measures 1-3/4” long x 1-3/8” wide. It is in good vintage condition.
This interesting necklace was crafted by someone from a Kuchi nomadic tribe in the Middle Eastern area of the Shomali Plain in Afghanistan. The name Kuchi is translated from the Persian work for camper. The Kuchi have continued to remain a migratory tribe. These bejeweled and brightly colored robed people are known for their very lavish and ornate jewelry and embroidery work which require many hours to create. The necklace is a little over 20” long with the decorative lapis and beads occupying about 4-5”. The dangles hang down about two inches and there are 9 bezel-set lapis lazuli with tiny wire rope at the base. The rest of the necklace is silver beads, most likely coin silver with a simple hook and eye clasp. This is a beautiful, unusual and striking necklace.
From one of the most famous silver studios in Mexico comes this little Bumble Bee pin. He is just so cute, but crafted to perfection. He is a mixture of brass, silver, and copper with niello on parts. Miguel Cisneros (TC-10) is the well-known silversmith associated with Far Fetched. This little pin is probably about 1960’s and is in good vintage condition. It measures 1-1/8” long X 1” at the widest point. It is marked, “Far Fetched” with a heart-shaped stamp and copyright stamp. Very charming piece.
This brass cuff is incised with a design that is colored with dark blue and copper color. I don't know the origin of this bracelet, but it appears to be east Indian and is probably from the 1960's or '70's. The design is a step and repeat pattern that is very graphic. It measures 9-1/4" around and is 2" wide and 2-3/4" in diameter. This is a very strong and eye-catching piece with a tribal influence.
A small, but elegant pendant of sterling silver, lapis lazuli, and tiny turquoise stones on each side. The silver is ornately engraved with flowers all over and yet it is a simple piece. It comes with a beautiful new 18” silver snake chain. The pendant itself is about 1-1/2” long and tapers to a rounded lapis stone, so it is hard to measure the bottom.
This is a beautiful necklace made in the tradition of tribal Tibetan pieces. Although the stones are faux, they are well-done and very rich, especially with the silver pieces decorated with flowers. This necklace has two strands of beads with the turquoise and black teardrop bead hanging at the center front. The overall length of the piece is about 22”. Very artistic.
Seldom seen are interesting, attractive, and well-maintained jewelry treasures such as this one. This circa 1950’s Whiting & Davis clamper bracelet is copper with brushed silver strips and is a real find. The graphic and geometric character of the design is quite stunning and very “current”. It measures 1-1/4" wide X 8" circumference. The hinge is in perfect order and still has a strong spring. It is in very good vintage condition with no damage and no flaws are visible to the naked eye.
This is a very old piece of Mexican jewelry craftsmanship that can either be worn as a brooch or pendant. It is made of alpaca silver and has abalone and black inlay and measures 1-7/8" diameter. It shows a man and a woman either dancing or he is curtseying to her. It is marked, "Alpaca Hecho en Mexico". This is a very well-crafted piece and shows very little wear from age. The clasp works well and the bail is also in good shape. This is a very graphic, classic style and quite collectible. William Spratling was responsible for inaugurating the concept of the silver taller where many Mexican craftsmen designed and crafted exquisite silver pieces for sale. Spratling began by employing a few craftsmen in his home, which grew to later become Taller de Las Delicias. He eventually had 100 artisans working for him, and spawned an entire cottage industry in the little town that spread to several cities in Mexico during the '30s-'70's.
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 magnificently designed sterling silver letter opener is from the estate of a well traveled and wealthy woman. It is Egyptian and obviously quite old. The decorative elements on this piece are a chameleon on top attached to flourishes that may be letters. It is engraved with a lotus flower, an Egyptian princess, the eye of Horus, and other symbols going down to the tip. It was cut from a heavy sheet of silver and fabricated by hand. The designs on top were cut out and the designs were incised or engraved into the metal. In my photographs, it looks like it has a lot of patina, but it really doesn't. I had to darken the pictures to be able to see the decorative figures and symbols. It has a little patina, but a lot is worn off. The opener is 7" long x 7/8" at the widest point at the top. It is a beautiful vintage piece with no damage only showing slight wear on the back on the hallmark. The front is not worn at all. It would make a very unique and thoughtful gift for someone else or yourself!
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This pendant is made from beautifully crafted woven chain, executed in several different ways. The chain itself is square, herringbone and is approximately 22" long and is terminated with a lobster clasp. The pendant is a circle of two layers of woven silver wire with 9 strands of another style of woven pieces, all hanging in a "flowing" manner. These strands move to give even greater interest to the piece. The pendant is attached with a loose, flat twisted piece of silver wire. All in all, this is a very distinctive and well designed necklace. It looks like sterling, but I don't believe it is. The pendant itself is 1-1/4" in diameter.
Triad is a Canadian jewelry manufacturer that made these lovely luminescent earrings that are so captivating. They are set in copper, which is used to resemble rose gold. The setting is very intricate with leaves and a regular pattern of prongs around the edge of the large, dark stone. This one large cut stone is mounted in the metal base with an Aurora Borealis white stone at the bottom of the earring. These are very unusual and fancy enough for after 5 wear. These clip-ons are marked, “TRIAD”, and measure about 1” tall and 5/8” wide. They are circa 1970’s and are in very good vintage condition.