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All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Edwardian : Pre 1920 item #1349241
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Comet jewels are scarce and highly collectible, and this antique comet stickpin is a particularly elegant example. Its beautiful head is set with a central half pearl of good size plus six more lustrous seed pearls. These would almost certainly be natural sea pearls, since the process of culturing pearls had barely begun then.

To the modern eye, the head suggests a flower, but pieces like this were in fact intended to represent comets (the stem-like portion being the comet's tail, while the petals form a star). It was an approach typical since Georgian times, and indeed the pin could conceivably have commemorated a much earlier comet -- even Halley's passage in 1835, rather than 1910. The look wouldn't have differed.

We're opting for the later date, mainly because of the 14k gold stamp, maker mark and excellence of construction associated with Edwardian times. Here the goldsmith managed to attach the stock with no visible solder marks; it actually appears to be all of one piece! The maker's stamp, resembling a cross or bird within an oval cartouche, is unknown to me, so please help us out if you can identify it.

In superb condition, showing no damage to either gold or pearls, the pin measures about 1 13/16 inches long and 5/16 of an inch at its widest. Provenance is a Boston area estate.

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All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Pre Victorian : Pre 1837 VR item #1349231
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This impressive intaglio brooch features the head of a Trojan War hero, unless I miss my guess. Remember the phrase "long-haired Achaeans" from Homer? Those look like curls at the base of his helmet -- and wasn't Achilles hanging out among some princesses when Odysseus turned up? But I digress.

As a Greek Revival piece, the jewel likely dates from the Late Georgian or Regency period. It was in 1806 that Lord Elgin brought pieces of the Parthenon from Athens to London, and the English passion for the purity of Greek design was ignited. We can tell the brooch is early from its construction, too: It's built up architecturally, in layers, with abundant detail and fasteners of types rarely seen. For instance, the pin hinge is encased in a fascinating tulip form, Also of note, there's a small hook on the crossbar at the back, for hanging a watch, another jewel or chatelaine items.

Exquisitely carved from remarkable amber, dark as umber, the intaglio measures a little larger than 1/2" square and its condition is excellent. Overall size of the brooch is about 1-3/4" by 1-1/4". I'm not sure about the underlying metal, since most of the rose gold gilding remains intact, but it's most likely silver since that's the color of the clasp hook. The usual signs that the pinstem was shortened are present; it's blunter than you'd expect and under magnification looks slightly distorted at the tip. This trimming was commonly done to save bloodshed, after women stopped wearing layers of heavy underclothing, and isn't regarded as damage. We do have a bit of damage to point out, though. A tiny, ball-shaped cap is missing on the left side -- hard to notice at a glance, since part of the end cap remains. Any jeweler attuned to antiques could easily replace this part. I’d have the work done here, but there’s nobody I’d trust to match the color exactly. Also, it's nice to offer a jewel this old and wonderful at a bargain price; if perfect, its value would be a great deal more, given the quality of the piece.)

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All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Art Nouveau : Pre 1900 item #1348952
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The giardinetto (little garden) style -- often called giardinetti, the plural -- originated in Italy during the Rococo years of the 18th century and has been revived in other eras when an exceptionally feminine look was prized. Here the artist made the look totally fresh, adapted in the Jugendstil style of late 19th century Eastern Europe.

This elaborate multi-part antique pendant brooch is one of the most delightful Victorian jewels I've seen and, fittingly, it's been treasured. Notice the rose gold gilding, still shining as brightly as new. There's delicate chasing around the bar pin, which has an elongated pinstem, tube hinge and safety-pin clasp reliably dating the piece to the 1880s. Most wonderfully of all, an oval bail beneath the pin suspends a fully dimensional, round basket holding a bouquet of gorgeously enameled flowers and leaves with highly polished accent stones of rose, emerald and coral art glass. Quite sizeable, it measures about 2 1/4 inches tall and 1 1/4 inches at its widest -- large enough to look sensational on a coat or jacket -- and obviously the basket drop can also be worn to great effect on a necklace chain or ribbon.

Without markings, which in this age appeared only on precious metals, one can't be absolutely certain, but all the indications of Austro-Hungarian origin are present -- and, if you love jewelry from the Austro-Hungarian Empire, you know how difficult it is to find now. There was never much, since the Dual Monarchy lasted only from 1867 to 1918 - besides which jewels from this area and period are so special that people seldom let them go. They share the decorative opulence we prize in the shimmering paintings of Klimt, a goldsmith's son who studied at Vienna's celebrated School of Applied Arts. Its students learned to design outstanding arts and crafts products that could be mass-produced for a growing middle class who emulated the aristocracy and had refined tastes. I expect the creator of this elaborate multi-part pendant brooch was trained there.

It isn't surprising when "ballroom" jewels survive in splendid condition, but this charmer was more likely worn by a young lady enjoying the casual pleasures of the Heurigen (wine gardens of the Vienna woods) or riding the Riesenrad, prototype of ferris wheels. Nonetheless, it's as imaginatively and carefully crafted as the adornments of aristocrats.

The underlying metal appears to be a sturdy luxury-weight brass. To see minute losses of gilding and enamel requires extremely high magnification. To the naked eye (at least mine), this jewel is perfect. Its provenance is a North Carolina estate and you'd have to look a long time to find anything comparable.

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All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Art Nouveau : Pre 1900 item #1348932
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Authentic Art Nouveau jewels are so scarce now that even good Revival pieces are fiercely collected, so we're thrilled when we can offer you The Real Thing -- particularly at a price that's realistic for ordinary mortals.

Even better, this beauty from a New York estate is a superb example of its period, because nobody else has ever done Lepidoptra so brilliantly. Jewelry artists of the late 19th century fell profoundly in love with moths and butterflies, not only for their grace and color but for the symbology. These fabulous creatures are all about transformation, the most absolutely magical thing there is. It's no accident that the Symbolist movement arose at the same time as Art Nouveau. Both responded to the increasing mechanization and sameness of their surroundings by delving below the superficial to renew our ties with spirit and nature. Organic forms replaced industrial geometry and "precious" materials were less valued than the creative use of whatever you were using. And quality craftsmanship, usually by hand, was vital.

All of that is evident in this little treasure. Along with its lovely metalwork and old pastes -- two diamantes and a big rose-cut emerald pretender (darker than pictured) -- notice the characteristic whiplash curves, the medievalist collet set and the slight assymetry that testifies to the work of hands, not machinery. Attesting to age are the open C clasp, a hinge type true to the period and a pinstem that was clearly shortened (a common precaution after women ceased wearing layers of heavy underclothing).

It's almost miraculous after so long, but the brooch reached us in nearly pristine condition, with virtually no loss of the gleaming, heavily gilded finish. You have to search hard with high magnification to spot any wear. It measures a dainty 1 1/8" in each direction, so was evidently made for a young woman. Large jewelry was then considered vulgar until you were married, because it raised the rather scandalous question of where you got such nice things and how. Seems silly today, but its petite size makes this a piece you could pin on a ribbon and wear as a choker without choking yourself. It would look really sweet on a headband, too.

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All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Retro : Pre 1940 item #1323602
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Bands in this "crossover" style were introduced near the start of the Edwardian era, but the graceful form stayed in favor for decades, so they're often difficult to date; however, the use of 10k gold here makes 1930s origin most likely for this ultra-feminine beauty from a New York estate. That the tourmaline and diamonds are laboratory versions actually points less to the Depression years, since good synthetics were widely used even in very expensive jewelry during the Art Deco boom years. Synthetics aren't "fakes" like glass; they're engineered to duplicate the chemical properties of natural stones so faithfully that even expert jewelers must perform sophisticated tests to identify them.

Although already antique by American 75-year standards and close to the European century mark, this lovely ring can't have been worn much. The stones are pristine; I can't find a scuff on them, and high magnification is required to notice even slight surface wear to the gold. It really couldn't be more giftable. Current size is US 6.25 - 6.75, easily altered to your needs, since the back of the shank is unadorned. We state sizes as a range, because different types of measuring equipment vary up to half a size, as do our fingers with temperature and time of day.

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All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Deco : Pre 1930 item #1321356
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This breathtaking antique white gold watch from a Miami estate is an excellent example of why the Belais Brothers' work is so esteemed. For spectacular design, refined craftsmanship and the excellence of their patented white gold, they surpassed all others in the late 19th and early 20th century. Notice the rich detail of the case. Not just the front but also the sides and back are intricately ornamented.

This watch would be gorgeous, even without its vivid sapphire accents. With their added opulence, it's dynamite. The stones may be natural or, more likely, the Verneuil synthetics which appeared often in fine jewelry of this era. The laboratory-produced stones aren't "fakes" like glass; they chemically reproduce real gems so well that even jewelers must test them. Here the brilliant stones are cut in fancy shapes and the hands on the watch are sapphire blue, too, as are the beautifully enameled numerals.

The case measures 16mm wide and 44mm from lug to lug and bears the initials of the original owner, CDC, on reverse. It contains a movement marked Perla Watch Co, which has 17 jewels and 2 adjustments, and was recently overhauled. Though the watch is in running condition now, we can't promise that a little tweaking won't be needed on arrival. Of course we'll pack with utmost care, but antique watches are temperamental about transport.

The jeweled filigree bracelet, a glorious color match, is marked "Bates & B" for Bates and Bacon. Based in Attleborough, MA, the company operated from 1856 through the 1930s and was known for producing excellent gold and gold-filled jewelry. Other marks present are the brand-name "Clasper" and "Pat'd. 2-7-22". We didn't find a stamp for metal content, but slight surface wear suggests it's gold-filled. It doesn't have the hard white sheen of rhodium plating, nor the tarnish you'd expect of silver. The four sapphire blue stones here show some wear under high magnification, so are probably Czech crystals, but their dainty size makes them persuasive pretenders. The bracelet, which will unhook at either end, can be easily shortened from its present length of 6 inches. I expect a good jeweler could also find a way to lengthen it, if needed.

Both watch and bracelet date from early in the Art Deco era, based on the Edwardian delicacy of the filigree and engraving. The bracelet, like the watch, is beautifully detailed on the back and edges, as well as the front. Though they didn't begin life together, they certainly should move forward that way. It's lucky they found each other, and we feel lucky to offer the result -- which is part of a lovely estate collection of fine jewelry that's been consigned to us.

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All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Deco : Pre 1930 item #1321345
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Just in from a Colorado estate, this antique brooch couldn't be a more timely find, since rose quartz has been declared the "it" color for 2016. Personally, I find that shade of pink ravishing, no matter what style mavens may say at the moment, and it certainly flatters every complexion.

The quality of this jewel is ravishing, too. It has a nice heft (10.8 grams, 54.5 ct) and measures about 2" x 3/4" -- of which the large, highly domed gem, bezel-set with fine beading, comprises 7/8" x 1/2". We can't find any loss of finish to persuade us that the metal is plated, so it may well be unmarked gold. Both 9-10k and gold-filled pieces generally test the same, so we don't like scarring jewels with files and test acids, in hope that they'll test at 14k or higher. Whether gold or gold-filled, this beauty will wear like a champ, because the gold-fill process applies such a heavy sandwich of gold around the underlying metal that it's terrifically hard to erode.

Besides styling it in the usual ways, you could enjoy this a marvelous barette or accent on a purse, hatband or headband.

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All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Victorian : Pre 1910 item #1321308
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If not the most opulent little bar brooch I've ever seen, this ranks among the top candidates. At a glance, it's all purest elegance, but as you move closer, the details start to fizz. The openwork is not only like lace, but patterned in graceful shapes that are perfectly harmonious yet unpredictable. And the twin garlands flanking the gem aren't just nicely textured but utterly paved with sparkling granulation. The round, bezel-set citrine -- a joyful shade of honey-yellow -- is prettily faceted in what appears to be an old European cut.

An excellent early safety clasp is present and appears original, which dates the jewel toward the end of the bar brooch era: circa 1900. It's signed "C" within a diamond-shape on its catch -- a mark we haven't yet been able to identify -- and hallmarked 10k on its pinstem, which was shortened at some time from its dangerous original length, as usually happened after ladies gave up wearing layers of fierce underclothing.

Pictures really can't do justice to this dainty treasure, which is in superb condition, measures 2 ¼" X ¼" and weighs 2.9 grams (14.5 ct). Its price represents an extraordinary value: Elsewhere online, sellers are asking more for similar pins set with glass. Provenance is an East Coast estate and probable origin would be American, since European gold marking is usually more complicated.

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All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Period : Pre 1980 item #1319442
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Still with its original shop tags, this wonderfully giftable vintage necklace is fit for your favorite goddess. It's dripping with golden laurel leaves and fashioned from rose quartz -- the icy pink color picked as fashion's favorite for spring, as you know if you follow fashion and home design news.

I have no doubt that these rose quartz stones are genuine; they're quite cold to the touch, unlike glass, and they're heavy. From the 17-strand hang seven leaf pendants ranging from one to two inches long, gorgeously detailed even on their reverses. Each leaf is stamped Bergere and obviously surfaced with very high-carat gold. A few gold beads also feature on the strand and there's an elegant gold push clasp accompanied by a diamond-shaped drop stamped with the designer's signature. Condition is like new and provenance is an East Coast estate.

We know this treasure was designed by Karen Reed for Bergere, but haven't yet been able to determine exactly when Ms. Reed worked for the company (L. Erbert & Pohls Inc. of New York City). The basic timeframe is clear, though, since the Bergere brand was used only from the 1940s through the 1970s. Of extremely high quality, Bergere jewels were sold in such upscale stores as Nordstrom, Lord & Taylor and Marshall Fields.

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All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Deco : Pre 1940 item #1284794
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This graceful double heart ring is of a style sometimes called Depression Deco -- characterized by pretty, spirit-lifting motifs, openwork designs that made precious metals go farther and textural details that add sparkle without gems, like the incised patterns here, to the side of each heart. This is such a great example of jewelry from the "do more with less" 1930s that it has real historical importance.

Of hallmarked 10k gold, the ring is in excellent condition, as you see. Now a dainty size 3, it could of course be sized up by any good jeweler, if desired.

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All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Retro : Pre 1950 item #1284785
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During World War II, when lesser metals were required for military use, jewelry makers turned to sterling. The result was very classy, especially when the silver was washed with gold -- like these exceptionally fine vermeil earclips by Trifari, set with loads of brilliant baguette rhinestones.

Interestingly, rose gold -- a color tremendously popular then and flattering to every complexion -- has again been designated the "it" jewelry color by today's top designers.

The heart shape was a mainstay of wartime fashion, attesting to love for a sweetheart far away, and of course romance never goes out of style.

For both high quality and sentiment, jewels from this era are highly collectible today and rapidly appreciating in value as they approach antique status (75 years, by American standards). From a Dallas area estate, these earrings measure about 1" x 3/4" and are in superb condition. They're marked for sterling and bear the Trifari stamp.

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All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Period : Pre 1960 item #1270757
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In their excitement over a flurry of archeological finds and the new museums that welcomed everyone to see them, the Victorians "revived" just about every historical style over a couple of hectic decades in the mid-19th century. It's less known than the Egyptian, Etruscan, "Gothick", Renaissance or Rococo Revival, but the wonders of the Ottoman Empire soon had ladies lusting for harem rings -- and the passion never died! Victorian examples were succeeded by Edwardian and later creations, including this gorgeous ring from the first half of the 20th century. It may be antique already, by American 75-year standards, but we're calling it vintage since we can't be sure.

We can be pretty sure that the origin is Turkey, though, based on such details of its fabrication as the form of the fastener holding the bands together and the charming golden feathers framing each row of stones. Those "aigrette" shapes symbolize royalty -- evoking the egret plumes that were worn, ornamented by rubies and diamonds, on Ottoman sultans' turbans.

Fittingly, we have rubies and diamonds here, too: quite a lot of them. There are 25 gems in all, weighing in at a bit more than half a carat (0.53). Total weight of the ring is 38.1 carats (7.6 grams). The 9 brilliant-cut diamonds are set somewhat higher on the bands than the 16 mixed-cut rubies, which adds dimension and even more sparkle.

A ring otherwise comparable, but set entirely with garnets, no precious stones, is offered elsewhere online for $1,150, so this luxurious jewel is a particularly excellent value.

Part of a delightful collection consigned to us, it comes from a Texas estate and is in impressive condition, with no wear visible to the naked eye. Below a prong, well hidden from anyone except a gemologist with a microscope, one diamond has a tiny chip which should be mentioned. Current size is US 7.25-7.75, but a good jeweler could resize it, since the bands aren't ornamented at the back. (We state sizes as a range, because results from different types of measuring equipment can vary up to half a size, as our fingers also do with the time of day and temperature.),

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All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Period : Pre 1950 item #1269551
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Throughout the early 20th century, "crossover" rings were favorites for celebrating engagements. It's no wonder, since their intertwined form is so romantic -- not to mention flattering on anyone. Because the lower swirl rests on the hand, rather than the knuckle, the finger looks longer and more graceful. Who wouldn't like that? And it would be no less lovely, worn as a dinner ring.

Due to the long-term popularity of the style, there's often room for debate about dating rings of this type. They can vary from pre-World War I to post-World War II. Our beautiful example appears to date from around 1940. Any later and it would almost surely be of yellow or rose gold than white. Any earlier and the central diamond wouldn't be as wonderfully fiery. The 0.61 ct. gem, which benefits from the introduction of the transitional brilliant cut, is accompanied by 14 single-cut sparklers -- adding 0.16 cts, for a total of 0.77 cts in stones. Total ring weight is 3.2 pennyweights.

These facts and figures were documented by a prominent gemologist, who described the ring's condition as good, noting no flaws apparent without very high magnification, and valued it at $2525 in 1990 -- when gold was just $386/troy oz. At this writing, Nov. 2014, gold sells at $1202-1203, so our price is quite a bargain.Current size is US 5 - 5.5, easily altered since the back of the shank is unadorned. We state sizes as a range, because different types of measuring equipment vary up to half a size, as do our fingers with temperature and time of day. Provenance is a Texas estate, as part of a delightful collection of fine jewelry consigned to us.

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All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Period : Pre 1980 item #1269259
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Looking for some diamond stud earrings with more moxie than the typical pair? These dazzlers have the look of mini-dangles, each being composed of TWO gems of graduated size. They're one-of-a-kind -- custom-crafted around 1980, when the stones were set in sleek white gold mounts with threaded security posts and clutches. The gems came from two pair acquired around 1960, which had yellow gold "buttercup" mounts that fell out of favor ages ago.

At the bottom are the larger stones, seeming like "drops". They're 1/4 carat diamonds (0.25 and 0.26, estimated by measurement) rated G/H/I in color and I-1 in clarity. The smaller ones are 6 points each, rated G/H/I in color and VS and SI-1 in clarity. Total weight is 0.51 for the two larger diamonds and 0.12 for the two smaller, thus a substantial 0.63 carats total. (The details come from an old appraisal we saw when these beauties were consigned to us as part of a lovely estate collection of fine jewelry.)

As tasteful for the office as a night on the town, they'll look stunning on their own -- and they'll also add far more interest to your earring jackets than single-stone studs could ever do. Condition is mint, so great that I'll bet they haven't been worn more than a few times.

Here's one more thing to think about: An important benefit of choosing older diamonds is that we can be sure they aren't "blood diamonds". Far too many of the newer ones are funding insurgencies and terrorism.

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All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Retro : Pre 1960 item #1269238
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Besides exuding drop-dead glamor, these vintage beauties are true investment jewels featuring two Colombian emeralds, long prized as the world's finest, framed by 26 brilliant-cut diamonds worthy of their role.

A leading gemologist’s appraisal graded the pear-shaped emeralds SI-1 in clarity and very well-matched in both cut and color (AC Colorscan number 205): the lush, saturated green of a tropical rainforest. The diamonds are also of the type gaining value, graded G/H/I in color and VVS in clarity and characterized by excellent proportion, symmetry and polish. (The few of greater quality are so costly that the market is too limited for them to appreciate as much.)

Including the gracefully domed 14k white gold settings, articulated to dance as you move, these gorgeous earrings tip the scales at 2.3 pennyweights, so they’re quite substantial. Emeralds account for about a carat and diamonds for another half-carat. Length is 3/4 of an inch and they measure 3/8 of an inch at their widest. Naturally, threaded security posts and screw-on clutches are present.

From a lovely estate collection of fine jewelry consigned to us, they’ve been in the same family since mid-century, so are nearing antique status by American 75-year standards.

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All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Art Nouveau : Pre 1910 item #1227260
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Want a truly romantic gift for your lady? The sweet pair of lovebirds adorning this antique choker will make your sentiments clear -- and chokers are today's most fashionable necklaces, just as they were when Princess (later Queen) Alexandra set the trend in Victorian England.

Our delightful example of the form shows clear Art Nouveau influence in the ornate wreath that surrounds its central medallion, where the lovebirds flutter gracefully. The adjustable chain closure of fancy links finishes with a sturdy hook and dangling ball and allows a perfect fit for necks up to 16 inches.

Beautifully cared for during the past century, this treasure is in excellent condition. I notice no flaws apart from age-appropriate surface wear. The birds' wings and heads are slightly more reddish in color than the rest of the necklace, which has a rosy cast overall. The medallion may be of actual rose gold, a great favorite in the 1890s (and again today), although our price assumes gilt brass overall. Whatever the metals, this is a highly ornamental and unusual jewel appropriate for both day and night. It will be comfortable even in warm weather, because the mesh allows air to circulate.

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All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Modernism : Pre 1980 item #1226674
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Perfect for dazzling someone special, here's a stunning vintage ring paved with 6 emeralds and 10 diamonds. The jeweled area is quite large -- almost .75 inch tall and .5 inch wide -- and its ribbons of gems form a sleek and sophisticated geometric banner that rises importantly above the hand. All 16 gems are brilliantly faceted and about 3mm round. The emeralds are a deep true green, very well-matched for color and size.

Because the face is of white gold, while the shank is of yellow gold, this is a ring that can be worn beautifully with either metal.

Hallmarked 14k, the ring is in such fabulous condition that it can't have been worn much. It reached us from a New Mexico estate collection and appears to date from the 1970s. Glamorous cocktail rings enjoyed great popularity then, as they also did in the 1950s, but the earlier designs tend to have wider bands and generally lack grace. Notice the pretty, fluid lines of the dual band here, which merges into a single shank at the back to facilitate resizing. It's currently about a US size 5.25-5.75. (We state sizes as a range, because results from different types of measuring equipment can vary up to half a size, as our fingers also do with the time of day and temperature.)

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All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Edwardian : Pre 1920 item #1226183
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In recent weeks, we've been lucky enough to enlarge our selection of cufflinks by the legendary Belais brothers. Replenishing this stock has become hard to do, now that so many more people have discovered the beauty and quality of Belais white gold. Some sellers even on eBay are pricing these in the $300 range now, whereas we like to offer them at much more reasonable cost.

Here's a particularly beautiful and remarkable pair. Whereas most Belais jewels are Art Deco, these are earlier examples, decidedly Edwardian in spirit. The engraving is very intricate and opulent, but the overall effect is shimmering refinement.

Another indication of great age is the "Talon Grip Trademark" stamp that appears in addition to the gold content mark "Belais 14k White Gold Front". The Talon Prip brand of fastener was patented and produced by the HWK Company, formed in 1905 and out of business by the 1920s. Typically the HWK initials are also present, so it seems these links were made before that convention became established.

With domed oval faces measuring about 3/4" x 1/2", these beauties are a bit larger than most Belais cufflinks. Provenance is a Georgia estate and condition is so fine that they can't have been worn much. Every bit of this gorgeous engraved design looks as crisp as on the day it was made.

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