All Items : Antiques : Decorative Art : Jewelry : English : Pre 1910 item #1465393
Our sterling silver curb link Albert chain with moveable T Bar and 2 dog clips is a classic l chain that looks wonderful on. The moveable T Bar can be displayed prominently to the front, casually hung to the side (as shown in photos) or tossed behind your neck unseen. Each sterling link is marked with a lion passant (the "walking" lion and is a clue to its English provenance. The chain is hallmarked for the year 1909 and is a nice wearable length of 18" long...
All Items : Antiques : Decorative Art : Jewelry : English : Pre 1910 item #1465392
An essential for every wardrobe, our C1900 9K handcrafted Albert curb link chain has it all; a chain includes with 2 dog clips, an inch of extra chain with a ring attached (from which to hang a pendant) and a T Bar. Each link is stamped 395 9 (9 carat) and with the anchor symbol for the Birmingham. Each element of the chain (links, dog clips, and T Bar) is stamped 9 for 9 karat...
All Items : Antiques : Decorative Art : Jewelry : English : Pre 1910 item #1465391
An essential chain for one's jewelry collection, this 18 inch long 9k Albert curb link chain has 2 dog clips attached for use as a clasp or to hang a pendant from. Each individual link and dog clip is individually stamped 9 and 375 (for 9K). "Albert" chains are a style of watch chain named after Prince Albert and were worn by both men and women in the 19th and early 20th century...
All Items : Antiques : Decorative Art : Jewelry : Continental : Pre 1837 VR item #1465389
Antique diamond headed snake ring from Portugal. Portugal has had an historically huge trade route giving them access to much of the world's gold and gemstones. The Iberian peninsula was home to an abundance of skilled goldsmiths who produced lavish jewelry of precious metals and gemstones. Access to Brazil with its diamond, gold and gemstone mines solidified Portugal as a center for jewelry production...
All Items : Antiques : Decorative Art : Jewelry : French : Pre 1900 item #1465386
18K Belle Epoque double headed snake ring with intertwined gold snakes, twisting and turning in a dance of love, diamond topped heads sparkling. Snake rings became popular in the Victorian era when Prince Albert gave Victoria a snake ring for their engagement and their popularity spread throughout Europe and America. There is an eagle's head hard mark which and an 18K hallmark. The ring is makes a substantial presence (no ring stacking with this one!) and is a size 8.
All Items : Antiques : Decorative Art : Jewelry : English : Pre 1910 item #1462548
This enchanting ruby band ring has 5 rubies displayed in a linear formation along the face of the polished gold band, which has a gold "leaf" carved into the band that in a charming manner appears to be "reaching" around to capture the gemstone mounted face of the ring. Our 15K Edwardian ruby band ring is hallmarked Birmingham for the year 1907. It has a maker's mark of "L BROTHERS". The ring weighs 2.1 grams and is a size US 7 3/4.
All Items : Antiques : Decorative Art : Jewelry : French : Pre 1900 item #1462546
Dainty five stone diamond ring of French origin, this slender open backed diamond band with five old cut diamonds sits slightly elevated off the finger and is an elegant variation of the classic 5 stone ring. A slightly rubbed eagle's head hallmark is visible on the underside of the band. Our ring stacks beautifully with other rings (as demonstrated in the photos) and would make an excellent engagement ring...
All Items : Antiques : Decorative Art : Jewelry : English : Pre 1900 item #1462545
This charming old European cut diamond and sapphire gypsy set ring from around the turn of the century is an unusual combination of 3 sapphire stones set in a banner flanking a central star set diamond. The buttery yellow gold sets off the colors of the sapphire and diamonds with aplomb. The diagonal carvings and banner set sapphires, each slightly larger than the next, make this different from your typical star set gypsy ring...
All Items : Antiques : Decorative Art : Jewelry : English : Pre 1900 item #1462544
Charming 15K Victorian gypsy ring with an old mine cut diamond securely imbedded in a polished gold band. The ring is hallmarked HM Chester 1890. This type of setting was popular through the late 19th century and well into the 20th. The diamond is securely flush mounted into the band. Flush mounted rings, otherwise known as gypsy rings, can be worn for everyday wear. The ring is great for stacking or worn alone, and with its hallmark and polished gold band is a fine ring indeed...
All Items : Antiques : Decorative Art : Jewelry : English : Pre 1920 item #1462543
18k diamond gypsy ring adorned with 2 cushion cut diamonds and 1 central ruby encased in 8 pointed stars on a polished gold band with a charming incised design on each shoulder and an unusual scalloped edge. Flush mount gypsy rings are one of the most secure settings for gemstones and as such were worn by men and women with active lifestyles. Such rings were very much popular among men...
All Items : Antiques : Decorative Art : Jewelry : Pre 1900 item #1462542
Two garnet and 1 diamond star set gypsy ring, adorned with 2 cushion cut diamonds and 1 center sapphire encased in clear 8 pointed stars on a polished 18K band. Gypsy rings settings are of the most secure for gemstones and are worn by people with active lifestyles, men and women alike. Their popularity commenced during the Victorian era and continued until the twentieth century. With its clean lines and smooth finish, this ring can be worn alone or paired with others...
All Items : Antiques : Decorative Art : Jewelry : English : Pre 1900 item #1460373
his wonderful snake bracelet combines the snake motif with the wonderful art of pique work, or tortoiseshell, jewelry. Slight pressure on the clasp opens the hinge at the snake's mouth, the bracelet swings open, the wrist goes into the rounded curved section, and the bracelet snaps back into place with one hand (shown in the video). The clasp is secure...
All Items : Antiques : Decorative Art : Jewelry : English : Pre 1910 item #1460371
Wonderful brightly colored half hoop ring of the classic Victorian 5 stone design consisting of 3 emeralds and 2 amethysts.
All Items : Antiques : Decorative Art : Jewelry : English : Pre 1837 VR item #1460370
Dramatic Georgian faceted paste single stone ring set in silver and backed in 18K...
All Items : Antiques : Decorative Art : Jewelry : English : Pre 1837 VR item #1460369
Our C1830 Pinchbeck drop earrings made following the newly discovered ancient works of art at Pompeii and Herculaneum. The discovery of the archeological sites compelled society to want to own and wear jewelry in the Egyptian style, and the scarcity of jewels from ancient Egyptian lead to a 19th century revival of Egyptian jewelry. The Egyptian revival was in 1870's; these earrings were made in an earlier decade and are of Pinchbeck, an alloy of gold (which is how we know the earrings hail from ...
All Items : Antiques : Decorative Art : Jewelry : Continental : Pre 1700 item #1460366
A late Medieval historic signet ring of silver believed to be of Islamic origin. Pictorial signet rings were made to serve the practical purpose of bearing a mark that when impressed upon clay would authenticate documents, during a time when many in society were illiterate. The ring presents with an octagonal bezel and is carved with a standing bird, neck and head bent down, a star and crescent before it, and a decorative geometric pattern carved on the rim and the shoulders. The crescent...
All Items : Antiques : Decorative Art : Jewelry : Continental : Pre 1920 item #1460364
This fancy gold lined iron band reads "Gold Gab Ich Fur Eisen", meaning "I gave gold for iron", and was part of a patriotic effort to fund the Austro Hungarian War whereupon German citizens were asked to donate their gold jewelry and other gold articles and in return they would receive iron rings with these patriotic inscriptions. The movement spawned from an earlier movement in 1812, when Germans were asked to donate their gold jewelry to help their country in the effort to defeat Napoleon dur...
All Items : Antiques : Decorative Art : Jewelry : English : Pre 1900 item #1460232
Victorian Forget Me Not ring 15K set with six turquoise stones in a radial pattern, 3 supporting turquoises on each side and a diamond at center. The flower literally means “Forget me not” and the small rose diamond in the centre signifies eternal love. The band is ornately carved to enhance the delicacy of the ring. The ring no longer has hair behind crystal back but few examples have survived with this intact. The ring dates to C1880 and is a size 8.
All Items : Antiques : Decorative Art : Jewelry : English : Pre 1837 VR item #1460229
Early Victorian or late Georgian half hoop 7 stone ring with 7 well matched turquoise stones set in cabochon, with the largest turquoise in the center and each stone graduated in size, as is typical of a hand carved Georgian ring. The borders of each stone are crimped, an attractive detail. The shoulders of the ring are chased in a lovely hand carved pattern. The back of the stones reveal lovely hand carved gold work. The ring can be sized up or down within reason.
All Items : Antiques : Decorative Art : Jewelry : English : Pre 1900 item #1460222
Elegant Georgian pinchbeck Pendeloque earrings with decorative floral accents along the bottom widest part and an attractive carved flower at the ear. The bottom of the earrings are finished with a hand wrought gold ball. Pinchbeck is an alloy developed by Christopher Pinchbeck in 1720 to simulate gold. His alloy of copper and zinc looks like gold and does not tarnish. The earrings are Georgian Pinchbeck Torpedo Drop Earrings with Decorative Floral Accents1 3/4 inches long and ½ inch at ...
All Items : Antiques : Decorative Art : Jewelry : English : Pre 1837 VR item #1460219
Dramatic metal Georgian cuff bracelet of rolled gold with slots to adjust the sizing. With its fancy hand worked decorative baroque design bolted to the bracelet, this stylish cuff makes a substantial impact. Leave it to the Georgians to design well made and practical jewelry that can be adjusted to fit different wrist sizes. As added feature, it easily slips on the wrist and firmly closed into a slot with one hand. Well constructed and fashionable cuff to add to your collection.
All Items : Antiques : Decorative Art : Jewelry : English : Pre 1837 VR item #1459028
By the late 18th or early 19th century mourning rings evolved where images of death and mourning were contemplated in a more romantic fashion, in beautifully and artfully painted scenes in miniature on the faces of mourning rings. The image on our ring, painted under crystal, is of a woman with a crown of thorns by her hand standing mournfully over a funeral urn, which is adorned with painted swags (to recall the ancient world). A pair of doves, representing divinity, perch above. The painted s...
All Items : Antiques : Decorative Art : Jewelry : Pre 1837 VR item #1459024
Late 18th century Portuguese tiered cluster rock crystal ring with 2 concentric rows of bright crystals, each approximately 3mm in diameter, surrounding a larger central stone, approximately 39 stones in all. This substantial ring covers the finger from joint to knuckle. The cut down bezel features a rose gold beaded trim, another feature of rings from the era. The polished rose gold closed back molds ergonomically to the finger. The ring is backed in foil and was meant to glimmer and impress ...
All Items : Antiques : Decorative Art : Jewelry : English : Pre 1900 item #1459022
Substantial 18K antique Victorian snake ring with clever open cutwork on the gold band as shown in the bottom layer, an interesting detail on this handsome snake ring. Snakes were a symbol of eternal love and friendship and were popularized by Queen Victoria during her reign in the 19th century. Set with 3 diamonds, each larger than the next, in a pointed carved etching at the top of the snake's head, our ring is hallmarked London and dates to 1895. The ring is a size 8 ½.
All Items : Antiques : Decorative Art : Jewelry : English : Pre 1910 item #1459021
Our antique band ring has a pleasing minimalist vibe with its open cutwork of scrolls carved in platinum and trimmed in an 22K border. This is a simple band that is complex to make and constructed of materials that were highly expensive. Platinum was and is still an extremely strong and durable metal. The ring works beautifully for stacking ring and with gold and silver rings alike. It is as size 8 and is not size-able.
All Items : Antiques : Decorative Art : Jewelry : English : Pre 1910 item #1459020
Our 18K gypsy ring has 3 well mounted and clean round diamonds mounted securely in a polished gold band. Such rings were made with the gemstones set flush with the gold band, one of the most secure ways to set a ring. The secure setting made the rings well suited for people with active lifestyles and were popular well into the twentieth century. The ring looks great stacked with others or alone. The year “1909” and an 18K mark can be seen on the inside of the band. The name is indecipherable...
All Items : Antiques : Decorative Art : Jewelry : Pre 1900 item #1458649
This biblical ring spells out the word IBHAR, which for connoisseurs of the Hebrew bible and Old Testament, may recognize as a son of David (2 Samuel 5:15). The word IBHAR means "whom He elects". The book of Samuel is part of the narrative history of Ancient Israel and the Israelites. IBHAR derives from the Hebrew verb בחר (bahar), which means literally, to select by preference, or one who is chosen by He (G-d). The implication is that the chosen one is both exceptional and wise. The Hebre...
All Items : Antiques : Decorative Art : Jewelry : English : Pre 1910 item #1458648
This ring is unusual in that in represents many Victorian motifs; the love knot, the serpent (symbolizing eternal love), and the twisted band on each side is another version the love knot. The love knot dates to antiquity, symbolizing love, friendship and affection. The simple knot, lacking a beginning, middle or end, evokes the eternal connection and unbreakable bond between two people. The rose diamond studded snake head is the proverbial "icing on the cake" on this interesting and unusual hal...
All Items : Antiques : Decorative Art : Jewelry : English : Pre 1900 item #1458647
Beautifully engraved wide 18K gold snake ring with a garnet topped head will make a wonderful statement. Snake rings became popular in England after Queen Victoria received one as her engagement ring and represent eternal love. This snake ring is particularly beguiling with its textured snakeskin and with its quadruple layers really makes its presence on the hand seen and felt. The ring is over ½ inches in height. Garnet was an enormously popular gemstone in Georgian and Victorian times because...
All Items : Antiques : Decorative Art : Jewelry : English : Pre 1910 item #1458646
This slithering 18K gold snake ring with diamond eyes is a delight to wear. The snake motif, in this case, a snake eating it tail, an ouroboros, was first popularized in Victorian jewelry as a symbol of eternal life and eternal love. Queen Victoria's engagement ring was a snake. Our snake ring can be worn with the snake head looking down or up, whatever you prefer. The ring is hallmarked London, 1904. The ring is a US size 6 1/2.
All Items : Antiques : Decorative Art : Jewelry : English : Pre 1910 item #1458645
Classic Victorian ruby and diamond ring with a star set diamond set in a square and offset by 2 smaller diamonds and a singular ruby. The facets of the stones and gold band echo the geometry of the star setting and unusual square ring head. The ring is hallmarked so we knew exactly when it was made. Comfortable on and suitable for everyday wear. A great choice for anyone seeking a genuine antique Victorian ring to add to their stack. The ring is a US size 6.5 and can be sized.
All Items : Antiques : Decorative Art : Jewelry : English : Pre 1910 item #1458644
9K antique snake ring with the snake wrapped four times around and revealing a very cute snake expression and cute round diamond eyes encased in a carved setting. The ring is hallmarked Birmingham 1910. The snake with its tail in its mouth was popular as a symbol of eternal life and was popularized by Queen Victoria when she was given a snake ring as her engagement ring by Prince Albert. The ring is US size 10 and was likely owned by a man at one time, as snake rings were popular among men as we...
All Items : Antiques : Decorative Art : Jewelry : English : Pre 1900 item #1458643
Our substantial 18K Victorian buckle ring is hallmarked London for the year 1894 has two star set cushion cut diamonds set securely flush with the band. The clean and simple design of the ring makes it wearable for hand washing and most daily activities. Buckle rings were popular in the Victorian era. As it was the Queen's order, Victoria wore the symbol of the garter in the form of a buckle bracelet or buckle ring on her arm, as she obviously could not show the garter on her leg. The garter sym...
All Items : Antiques : Decorative Art : Jewelry : French : Pre 1837 VR item #1457537
Princess Stephanie de Beauharnais (1789-1860) was the adopted daughter of Napoleon Bonaparte who, through marriage to Karl, Grand Duke of Baden, became the Grand Duchess of Baden. Born in Versailles at the start of the French Revolution, she was the daughter of Claude de Beauharnais, 2nd Count des Roches-Baritaud. A child relative of his then wife Joséphine, Napoleon adopted her and raised her to imperial majesty, as he was without a legitimate heir during this time. Later Napoleon arranged a ...
All Items : Antiques : Decorative Art : Jewelry : English : Pre 1837 VR item #1457536
Exceptional mourning band of the Regency period, with stripes of black enamel bordered with gold trim sandwiched between chased floral borders. The inscription reads "Mrs. Anne Smith Cunninghame of Caprington died 1st of March 1830." on the inside. The Scottish origin of the name Cunningham of Caprington along with the prefix "Mrs." tells us this ring was made in loving memory of a beloved Scottish wife. With its braided hair compartment intact, hand blocked engraving and chased borders, this ...
All Items : Antiques : Decorative Art : Jewelry : English : Pre 1900 item #1457535
Though the hallmarks show it to be of the Victorian era, this memorial band was made in the Regency style of the earlier part of the century. It is hallmarked for Birmingham, 1863. The words IN MEMORY OF are carved to the outside of the band along with raised religious and mourning imagery including Maltese crosses and fallen leaves. The gold-work is heavily chased. This ring was probably made as an advance order but never inscribed. Possibly it sat in some goldsmith's vault for years, which c...
All Items : Antiques : Decorative Art : Jewelry : American : Pre 1920 item #1457528
The Art Deco era ushered in a wave of exotic forms, of which our lizard ring is a superb example. Our 14K ring with an intricately carved reptile planted between 3 gemstones, a larger diamond on one side and a sapphire and smaller diamond on the other, is centered on historicism (as was the Art Deco period); reptiles date from ancient Rome and were a symbol of wedded bliss. The ring is sturdy and solid with its thick band, substantial face and firmly set gemstones. There is a small opening behi...
All Items : Antiques : Decorative Art : Jewelry : English : Pre 1900 item #1457267
Unusual early Victorian Garnet eternity band with individually carved repeating garnet circles forming a complete band, a series of circles within a circle (the ring itself). The individual handwork required to carve each garnet circle, including the garnet as well as the gold-work, was considerable on this ring. One would only see this kind of hand-work on an early Victorian or Georgian ring. Additionally, the use of garnets was common in the Georgian era because it was considered the perfect ...
All Items : Antiques : Decorative Art : Jewelry : English : Pre 1900 item #1457266
Our keeper ring once had hallmarks but they are worn off, so we are estimating this ring to be from the late 1890's. Our ring has plaited gold work on the underside, a work of art of itself. A "Keeper" ring is a snug fitting ring worn to prevent the loss of a more valuable ring by keeping the larger ring from sliding off. Keeper rings were also known as magic, or illusion rings, because of the illusion created by rotating the band causing it to appear to widen, to narrow, then to widen again...
All Items : Antiques : Decorative Art : Jewelry : Pre 1837 VR item #1457081
Lovely late Georgian 22 carat gold ring that is hallmarked Birmingham 1833. The ring has a surround of of natural split pearls around a rectangular beautifully enameled border in black that surrounds a plate of crystal which covers the beautiful hair-work within. The shoulders are of a Georgian repousse carved leaf design and appear to be "reaching out" to hold the head of the ring. Pearls were used frequently in mourning jewelry as a representation of tears. A great example of a classic Georgia...
All Items : Antiques : Decorative Art : Jewelry : Pre 1900 item #1457080
This lovely ring features a lovely cameo of a Nubian woman carved from banded agate. Our ring is crafted of 18K gold and the center features a Blackamoor cameo set on a band of 18K with four table cut Burmese rubies symmetrically spaced about a textured gold border, which is itself carved in a repeating S pattern. A single banded agate stone was hand-carved to form the cameo. The woman's carved profile features her smooth polished face and textured braided hair. The white background layer of aga...
All Items : Antiques : Decorative Art : Jewelry : Pre 1900 item #1457077
Lovely carved bracelet of polished jet. Jet was a form of fossilized coal that was discovered in the town of Whitby, England in the late 18th century. This gave rise to a cottage industry that employed many in the town of Whitney in the 19th century, as jet formed the material for lightweight striking black jewelry forms which were perfect i to meet the unending demand for mourning jewelry during the Victorian era (owing to Queen Victoria's long extended period of mourning for hur late husband ...
All Items : Antiques : Decorative Art : Jewelry : English : Pre 1837 VR item #1456087
At a time when much of the populace was illiterate, medieval signet rings had a very practical function. They were were used as seals for official purposes such as officiating a covenant or contract, communication of a religious pledge, love tokens, or merely to display a monogram. The images are carved intaglio, as opposed to raised; the introduction of sealing wax in the middle ages made intaglio work more common. The intaglio on this ring shows a pair of (likely) female figures holding, u...
All Items : Antiques : Decorative Art : Jewelry : English : Pre 1800 item #1453736
Original eighteenth century Chelsea Seal in the form of a grotesque figure of a black masked man with 3 cornered ("tri-corn") hat. The tri-cornered hat was a popular hat worn in the 18th century by both aristocracy and commoners, as it was designed to better reveal one's highly fashionable wig. Our male figure is in black breeches, standing on a white base with the motto "Tou jour gay" ("always happy"). "Tou Jour gay" was used often as a motto as were many of the mottos seen on Chelsea Seals (...
All Items : Antiques : Decorative Art : Jewelry : English : Pre 1900 item #1453435
Classical Victorian hallmarked bangle bracelet with three rows of tiny fleurons and X shaped patterns running horizontally across the bangle with reeding in between. Our bracelet is hallmarked 1883 Birmingham and is in pristine condition. It is approximately 1/8 inch deep, 1 inch wide, and measures a fairly ample 7 3/4 inch in diameter, suitable for most any size wrist.
All Items : Antiques : Decorative Art : Jewelry : English : Pre 1900 item #1453431
Wonderful antique silver cuff with rose gold flowers and arches and yellow leaves with etched tendrils in between. Silver jewelry was made to appeal to the "everyman" in society and after the Silver Jubilee in the later part of the 1800's silver jewelry pieces like our cuff bracelet was made in abundance, but no two pieces were alike and each had its own unique design. This antique cuff bracelet is 7 ½ inches in circumference and is 1 inches wide. It fits a small to medium sized wrist.
All Items : Antiques : Decorative Art : Jewelry : English : Pre 1930 item #1453021
An unusual gold toothpick enclosed in a fancy chic case for you to attach to a chain and have at the ready anytime you need one. This interesting deco piece is the unusual pendant you need to have with the rest of your "necessaries" about the neck. It will display nicely with your gold pencil and other attachments. C1930. The chain is not included.
All Items : Antiques : Decorative Art : Jewelry : French : Pre 1900 item #1453019
This is a silky smooth gorgeous original French watch chain. Silky smooth about the neck, it has a wonderful texture as only 18K gold has. There is a French eagle's head on the clasp showing its French provenance.
All Items : Antiques : Decorative Art : Jewelry : English : Pre 1900 item #1452951
The longest watch chain we have ever come across, this authentic Sterling Victorian slinky watch chain has an unusual link. Victorian watch chains were worn by women, as well as men, to hang a watch, which would snap into the end of a long chain and tuck into a pocket or a belt at the waist. (This is why original watch chains were always very long. Shorter watch chains are part of a larger chain that has been cut down to make 2 or 3 necklaces). At 78 inches in length, our chain can be looped ove...
All Items : Antiques : Decorative Art : Jewelry : English : Pre 1900 item #1452950
This is a long silver watch chain with alternating lengths of longer and shorter fetter links. For the better part of the nineteenth century, chains were fashioned laboriously using hand-working skills. A fetter link refers to a longer link which was used to reduce the number of links needed to fabricate a chain, thereby cutting down on the labor. The longer links are polished smooth while the shorter links have an interesting texture. If you appreciate chains that are fully fabricated by ...
All Items : Antiques : Decorative Art : Jewelry : English : Pre 1900 item #1452949
This is an original nineteenth century sterling watch chain with a round interlocking link. Close-up photos reveal the interlocking nature of the links. A great deal of ingenuity went into making chains, and there is nothing like an original long Victorian watch chain that retains its original length. Watch chains of the nineteenth century served the function of allowing the watch to be retrieved from the pocket without losing grasp of the watch itself. If you favor chains that are fu...
All Items : Antiques : Decorative Art : Jewelry : English : Pre 1900 item #1452948
his is an original nineteenth century sterling watch chain with a substantial square shaped link called a Venetian or box link. Closeup photos reveal the interesting interlocking pattern of the links. A great deal of ingenuity went into making chains, and there is nothing like an original long Victorian watch chain that has never been chopped up into shorter chains, but retains its original length. If you favor chains that are fabricated by hand, this chain is a real find. The links are full...
All Items : Antiques : Decorative Art : Jewelry : English : Pre 1900 item #1452947
Our C1780 muff chain has an unusual link in the shape of bows. These hand forged bow links continue all around the chain. Georgian muff chains were worn by women who would attach a muff to the chain to conveniently keep their hands warm and the chain was designed to allow the muff to fall at just the right place. This is why original muff chains were always long (shorter chains were generally part of a larger muff chain that has been cut down to make 2 or 3 necklaces). Our chain has a round s...
All Items : Antiques : Decorative Art : Jewelry : English : Pre 1837 VR item #1452906
Dramatic 18K gold marquis shaped ring in royal blue and white enameling surrounded by pearls and centered with a pearl pansy. This distinctly English style of enameling on jewelry was invented in 1775 and became popular with royalty and is often seen on jewelry displaying royal crowns.
All Items : Antiques : Decorative Art : Jewelry : Pre 1900 item #1452903
Advances in the field of astronomy in the 18th century inspiring science, and art and naturally were reflected in the jewelry fashions over time. Bague au firmament, or rings of the heavens, were designed to emulate the night sky with its heavenly stars. This blue guilloche enamel ring is studded with an old mine cut diamond set into an engraved star which is further picked out with careful painting. Firmament rings originated in France but soon spread to Europe after the later part of the 18t...
All Items : Antiques : Decorative Art : Jewelry : Pre 1900 item #1452899
Fun and unusual earrings of Whitby jet with a jet ball hanging below carved Whitby jet florets. Whitby Jet is fossilized coal mined in Whitby, England in the 19th century and made into jet jewelry, used at the time for to create jewelry. It was truly a cottage industry, with men extracting the jet from the mines and turning the precious material over to woodworkers, who hand turned and carved the jet into smooth forms. The jewelry would then go to the women to polish, finish, and assemble the p...
All Items : Antiques : Decorative Art : Jewelry : Pre 1900 item #1452898
C.1860 Dendritic Agate Ring- Dendritic Agate is from the chalcedony family of stones and is translucent to opaque in color, depending on whether it is open in the back or closed. The perfectly shaped and highly polished dendritic agate on our 15K gold backed ring is opaque, owing to the closed back construction, with vibrant veins that perfectly resemble trees.
All Items : Antiques : Decorative Art : Jewelry : Pre 1900 item #1452894
This ring is 17x 11.4mm and sits about 3.6 mm off the finger. It is 5/8 long and almost ½ inch wide. The size is 6.25 US. Weight: 3.0 Grams
All Items : Antiques : Decorative Art : Jewelry : Pre 1900 item #1450815
Victorian silver cuff bracelet enhanced by two color gold oak leaves and flowers. The bracelet is hallmarked for the year 1883 and was assayed in Birmingham, England. There is a maker's mark that reads JMB, for John Millward Banks. There is also an inscription on the clasp which reads JM Bank's patent. We are not certain if John Millward Banks patented just the clasp or the entire bracelet, but that the bracelet is hallmarked and has his name stamped on several places is certainly assurance of t...
All Items : Antiques : Decorative Art : Jewelry : Pre 1910 item #1450813
Sterling silver 62 inch hand forged watch chain with an unusual S shaped spiral link that mimics the neoclassical ornamental ironwork designs of the 19th century. The hand forged links are repeated all around the chain. This chain is completely made up of these neoclassical style links. It has a round bolt clip from which you can add a pendant. It can be worn with a suit or a tee shirt and will look terrific with either.