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.
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.
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.
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 Originally made of found objects such as wood, stone, bones and plant materials, bracelets have evolved in both materials and design.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.
This piece shouts “contemporary” because of its sleek styling and wide bracelet. The watch face is also stylized in an elongated rectangle with copper numerals. The bracelet is hinged so that it goes on easily and will fit most all wrists. It measures 1-1/4 “ wide with a ¾ “ gap. The watch face is also 1-1/4” square. It’s a universal and classic design that will last a long time.
This sleek bracelet watch is a scene-stealer because of its classic styling and wide look. The watch face is also stylized in an elongated rectangle with silver numerals. The bracelet is hinged so that it goes on easily and will fit most all wrists. It measures 1-1/4 “ wide with a ¾ “ gap. The watch face is also 1-1/4” square. It’s a universal and classic design that won’t outlive its fashion.
Jewelry like this necklace is authentic from the Banjaras of India and Afghanistan. Banjaras are a nomadic tribe that is known for their jewelry and fancy fabric handiwork. This necklace is is made of old Indian Banjara coins, old bone beads, and silver hanging beads. There is a sophisticated yet primitive nature of this piece gives it an eclectic sensibility that can take it from jeans to a simple dress and look equally stunning. The length is approximately 19.5 inches.
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 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!
A flavor of Native America in the expression of this copper bracelet decorated with indigenous symbols raised in the metal and darkened with patina to highlight the design. Very attractive and can be bent to fit most any wrist. 2” wide at the center and 6” around with a 1-1/4” opening. Perfect condition.
The softest green jade the the center of attention on this pendant. It is cabochon-set in an unusual, Greek pattern around the sides. Very elegant. It comes with either a braided leather cord with a snap-type clasp or an 18” snake chain. The pendant measures 1” tall X1/2” wide.