All Items : Gifts & Home Decor : Jewelry and Accessories : Contemporary item #1080170 (stock #001110023e)
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.
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.
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!
Brass shined to a sparkle looks like gold. This extraordinary simple yet sophisticated cuff bracelet looks like its much more expensive cousin. It is from Tibet and has square mazes etched into the metal giving an up-to-the-minute design sense. I personally love this bracelet, partly because it looks like it cost more than it does, and also because it is a stunning design. It measures 2-3/4" diameter X 2" inch wide, with a 1-1/8" opening.
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.
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 unusual and elegant copper brooch and matching earrings have a stylized Celtic design. Each piece is comprised of swirled and abstract copper designs that are bordered by twisted and flattened thick copper wire circles. The back of the pin has black enamel as is common with copper jewelry. Copper jewelry was very popular especially in the 1950’s-1960’s, and this set is probably circa 1950’s. The brooch measures 2-1/4” diameter and the earrings are about 1” diameter. These are in excellent vintage condition and are a very handsome set to wear on darker shades.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.