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.
These vintage Taxco Mexican sterling silver earrings are very old, probably 1930’s-‘40’s because of the lack of the Eagle assay mark. The design is very simple and clean like much of the sculpture of the time period. The design is graceful and deeply incised with a dark patina. They are marked, "STERLING 925 TAXCO" with the maker's mark "EGC". This artist is documented in Billie Hougart’s, “The Little Book of Mexican Silver Trade and Hallmarks”. The backs are marked "ALPACA" and are not sterling like the main part of the earrings. They are approximately 5/8" wide and 7/8" long and are screw backs. They weigh 10 grams. These were fabricated by hand by cutting and shaping from silver sheet, and then soldering the screw backs. These are in excellent condition and do not appear to have any damage. They are an exquisite design.
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!
This cuff is handmade in Tibet and is lavishly decorated. Around the circumference are tiny animals that look like those of the Chinese Zodiac. It is about 7” inside circumference, ¾” wide with a 1” gap. It is made of Tibetan silver, which is not sterling and has some silver content, but is a mixture with other metals. It is a very intriguing style and can be worn by a man or a woman.
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.
Simple and classy are the words that describe this bangle/cuff bracelet. It is designed like a twisted rope with two silver caps on the ends and is silver plated. Wear this with several other bangles and/or a cuff. Very current and sophisticated. Inside circumference is 6” with a 1” gap. This can be moved (within reason) a bit to fit.
This is such a well-designed and detailed piece that it is reminiscent of Art Nouveau and the Arts and Crafts movement. The silver back leaf is highly textured and overlaid with a smaller equally detailed copper leaf. On top is a cabochon hematite stone with another copper leaf and sparkly dangles hanging from it. The brooch is simply beautiful and not like anything I have seen before. It measures 3” from top to bottom and is 1” across at the widest point. This one will evoke many comments.
This is a very unusual watch from the late 1970's. It looks like silver, but I believe it is nickel silver. The band is made up of 3 curved links on each side with scrolls in between. Then there are 4 other links on each end. There are also some extra links that come with it. The face looks like mother of pearl and it has a quartz movement. It works well and has a second hand. The brand is Forever. It measures about 7" long and each of the two extra links add about 1/4" each. The face is 1" in diameter.The watch is definitely a fashion piece.
Dragonfly symbolism is particularly prevalent in Japan where there is great respect for and admiration of the insect. The dragonfly is a symbol of summer and autumn, and is also symbolic of the warrior class, and the courage and strength associated with that class. It is also a symbol of happiness, a symbol shared by the Chinese, who also consider the dragonfly a symbol of good luck, harmony and prosperity. This lovely silver bracelet is crowned by a gold dragonfly textured to indicate some of its markings. The bracelet itself also has an all-over pattern of squares that appear like little bricks or metal fence. Although it is marked “925”, I believe it is silver plated. It measures 6” inside circumference with a 1-1/2” gap. It is 1-1/8” wide. This would be a good gift for someone who loves dragonflies.
This abalone and green stone sterling silver ring is old and is marked, “JFG, 925”. This is attributed to an artist from Guadalajara in Bille Hougart's book, The Little Book of Mexican Silver Trade and Hallmarks. The green stone may be agate or jade and has some beautiful darker green and brown matrix in it. It is designed with the stones bezel-set with silver rope around each bezel and two small granulated silver balls in between. It is very old and since it is pre-Eagle, it is older than 1948. It measures a size 4-1/2, and measures approximately 1-1/2" long x 5/8" at the widest point. It is in very good vintage condition and is a beautiful little ring.
This is a fun necklace that can be worn with anything and looks very "artisan". There are 5 charms hanging from the silver ring from a black cord approximately 26" long. It has a lobster clasp. The large ring is a little over 1" diameter. The necklace is long enough to wear with button-front blouses or sweaters. Great piece of jewelry!
Bracelets have always been in fashion and have a great history of symbolism, as well. Originally made of found objects such as wood, stone, bones and plant materials, bracelets have evolved in both materials and design. Many historic bracelets were created to serve religious and decorative purposes, as well as a symbol of wealth and prosperity. Today, they take on some of these same characteristics. One of the earliest styles of bracelets was the bangle. This extraordinary bangle bracelet is simple in its geometric provenance and stunning simplicity. The square measures 1” wide and each of the four sides is about 2” long. I believe it was 22K gold plated, but I cannot remember the designer. I have had it since about 1978-’79. It is in good vintage condition with scratches for wear and some discoloration on the inside. Without closely examining, it still looks amazing on and I always got compliments when I wore it. This would look perfect with an Erwin Pearl necklace I also have for sale.