All Items : Antiques : Decorative Art : Jewelry : Pre 1837 VR item #1432187
Bold pave set chrysoberyl ring in 18K gold. The stones came from Portuguese mines in Brazil. Fabulous jewelry was made from the various gemstones exported from these mines until the French invasion of Portugal in 1809. The ring is size 7 1/4 and can be sized up or down.
All Items : Antiques : Decorative Art : Jewelry : English : Pre 1800 item #1432186
Exquisite Georgian verre églomisé, or gilded glass, portrait ring surrounded by seed pearls. Verre églomisé is a French term meaning gilded glass and is a decorative technique in which the back side of glass is gilded with gold leaf. The gilding may also be combined with reverse painting on glass as in this case. This ring has very large verre églomisé panel with a black silhouette of a peasant girl against a gilded background...
All Items : Antiques : Decorative Art : Jewelry : Pre 1900 item #1431978
Lovely Victorian 18K cluster ring with 14 outside diamonds marking the border and 3 larger old mine cut diamonds at the center. The diamonds are set in silver, as was the custom of the day (it was felt that the cool tones of silver set off the cool tones of diamonds more attractively). The diamonds are a-jour meaning the ring is open "to the day" (open backed and accessible to the light) as shown in the photos. This ring can be worn and enjoyed everyday and is not just a "special occasion" ring...
All Items : Antiques : Decorative Art : Jewelry : English : Pre 1837 VR item #1431942
Georgian 18K gold cannetille work ring set with a carved turquoise in the shape of a pair of clasped hands, a symbol of friendship. On either side there are set an opal and a garnet. This is truly an unusual and rare ring. It is a size 7 and measures a bit over 1/4" at its widest.
All Items : Antiques : Decorative Art : Jewelry : English : Pre 1900 item #1431891
Rare Georgian "Dear-Regard" ring set in 15K gold. The center motif of a flower is set with a "R"uby, "E"merald, "G"arnet, "A"methyst", "R"uby, and "D"iamond, the first letters of the stones spelling "Regard". The groups of stones on the cusps of the band are set with a "D"iamond, "E"merald, "Amethyst", and "R"uby, the first letters of the stones spelling "Dear". Historically the rings given as a token of love were either "Dearest" or "Regard". This ring is a combination of both sentiments.
All Items : Antiques : Decorative Art : Jewelry : Pre 1900 item #1431886
Early C1860 Victorian Marquise shaped ring of 15K gold, silver, enamel and diamonds set in a floral and leaf design. Wow! how fantastic! The stylized leaf form with young diamond buds harkens to the expression “nipped in the bud”, when mourning one who dies too young. The ring is a size 5.5 and can be resized to fit.
All Items : Antiques : Decorative Art : Jewelry : English : Pre 1910 item #1431860
HM 1905 18K Diamond Knot Ring. Antique 18K and diamond-studded lover's knot ring hallmarked for Birmingham, 1905. Lover's knots were a Victorian motif that continued in popularity through WWI. Our lover's knot ring has three old mine cut diamonds embedded securely within incised stars set in gold squares. The figural knot can be seen on the underside of the ring and is as beautiful as the front. The ring can be sized and is a US size 9.
All Items : Antiques : Decorative Art : Jewelry : English : Pre 1910 item #1431858
Antique 18K and diamond-studded lover's knot ring with nice clear hallmarks for Chester, 1909. The knot motif is a Victorian symbol of love. It continued in popularity through WWI. Our knot ring has three old mine cut diamonds embedded securely within incised stars which are further placed in gold squares. The figural knot can be seen on the underside of the ring and is every bit as beautiful as the front. This ring is a size 6 3/4.
All Items : Antiques : Decorative Art : Jewelry : English : Pre 1900 item #1431856
English Victorian buckle ring in 9K and a sterling silver buckle, c1890. The contrast of the two metals is sophisticated and smart looking. The 9K band has an interesting texture, perhaps imitating shagreen. Buckle imagery was used in the Victorian and Edwardian eras to symbolize fidelity and eternal love.Suitable for a man or woman. The ring is a size 11 3/4.
All Items : Antiques : Decorative Art : Jewelry : English : Pre 1900 item #1431829
Wonderful 18K hallmarked 1841 enamel, pearl cluster memorial ring set with 6 pearls and a diamond in the center. These rings were symbolic of the romantic revivalism that swept through the country during the early years of Queen Victoria's reign. The inscription reads "Mary Wilkinson died 1st of June 1842", hallmarked Birmingham,1841.It was likely ordered in advance and inscribed upon Mary Wilkinson's death, by a family member...
All Items : Antiques : Decorative Art : Jewelry : English : Pre 1900 item #1431789
Fantastic Whitby jet earrings in the form of concentric circles, a classic geometric shape that we love. The material is made of Whitby Jet, a form of fossilized coal that came from the coal mines of Whitby England in the 18th and 19th centuries. Jet was especially popular during Victorian times because it was acceptable as a form of mourning jewelry...
All Items : Antiques : Decorative Art : Jewelry : Continental : Pre 1920 item #1431707
We love this pale pink coral carving of a classical maiden with the depiction of a maenad (maenads were female followers of the God Bacchus, Roman mythological god of wine) carved in 14K along the ring's shoulder and on the coral head of the ring. The gold shoulder carvings add to the allure. Coral has the hardness of agate but can be carved to a level of fine detail and precision...
All Items : Antiques : Decorative Art : Jewelry : Pre 1900 item #1431678
Antique hallmarked 1908, assayed in Birmingham, our 9K gold Victorian "message" ring, "Mizpah", symbolizes an iron tight bond between two people. The message comes from a bible quote in the Old Testament text, the book of Genesis, and reads "And Mizpah; for he said, the Lord watch between thee and me, when we are absent one from another". Mizpah is the Hebrew word for "Watchtower", a pillar of stones which symbolized the covenant between Jacob and Laban...
All Items : Antiques : Decorative Art : Jewelry : Continental : Pre 1900 item #1431644
C.1860 18ct Pietra-Dura Flower Brooch Antique 18K Gold Pietra Dura Brooch, Italy C.1875. Oval shape brooch with fine pietra dura floral green, robins egg blue inlay colors,and white and gold flowers as accents. 18K surround gold mount with 8 gold X's soldered symmetrically around the gold border.
All Items : Antiques : Decorative Art : Jewelry : English : Pre 1910 item #1431636
Antique 9K gold Victorian "message" ring, "Mizpah, symbolizing a bond between two people, comes from a bible quote in the book of Genesis, "The Lord watch between thee and me, when we are absent one from another". Mizpah is the Hebrew word for "Watchtower", a pillar of stones which symbolized the covenant between Jacob and Laban. Mizpah rings were often exchanged between two people in the hope of protecting the two during a period of separation, often by war.
All Items : Antiques : Decorative Art : Jewelry : Continental : Pre 1900 item #1431630
Lovely gray lava beads which were inspired by the ruins of Pompeii in Italy. Lava jewelry was actually made from the lava of Mt. Vesuvius as souvenir jewelry fro travelers on the Grand Tour. Notice how the beads are properly graduated, as one would only see on early jewelry made before mass production. The smallest beads at the clasp gradually getting larger until the central bead, which is appropriately the largest and the place where the eye is drawn to.
All Items : Antiques : Decorative Art : Jewelry : Pre 1900 item #1431629
Delightful Victorian deep blue Vauxhall glass bug will be wonderful to wear for dress up or casual events. Vauxhall mirrored glass jewelry was made at the Vauxhall Glassworks in the outskirts of London, as a way of using their extra shards of mirror glass. It was sold to courting couples at the Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens, and became immensely popular for its intense colors and the exceptional quality of the glass...
All Items : Antiques : Decorative Art : Jewelry : Pre 1910 item #1431129
Stickpins, also known as tie pins, have been collected since the 18th century when neckwear for men came into fashion. They were made in all manner of styles well into the 20th century, with no limits to the imagination as the pursuit of novelty came into full swing. The sun moon and stars motif represents the flow of time as our world cycles through from day to night...