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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 : 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 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 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 : 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 : Latin American : Pre 1492 item #1114513
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This unusually large and ornate frog effigy, if not reconditioned as a pendant, would be a museum-piece. It was found circa 1950, with normal and natural wear, then cleaned and polished, fitted with a bale and probably gold-dipped to restore its original appearance.

Looking at the result, I find it hard to regret the changes, even though a lot of value was lost. Now we're free to enjoy it as a jewel, not just admire it in a public display case.

Tumbaga gold, if the term is unfamiliar, refers to a copper and gold alloy used in pre-Columbian Central America. Pieces cast of this material were treated with plant acids to leach out the copper and the remaining gold surface was then burnished. Sometimes they were also gilded with higher quality gold.

In the culture where it originated, the frog was the traditional symbol for power and fruitfulness. Similar pieces -- smaller and less intricate but left in as-found condition -- are selling online for $1500 to $2000.

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All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Period : Pre 1980 item #953543
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This gorgeous estate jewel, crafted to the design of its former owner, is in the Art Deco manner. The spectacularly detailed pendant, patterned on all sides, measures about 1 ¼ inches tall, more than half an inch wide and 1/8 of an inch thick. Given its scale, it's quite heavy, containing lots of white gold plus three sizeable blue topaz stones of lovely cut and color.

These stones were taken from an antique ring, so their color is natural, which may be as significant for safety as value. Nearly all blue topaz sold now and in recent years has been treated -- often by radiation, not merely intense heat. (So-called “Swiss Blue” and "London Blue" are really clear or brownish stones that get their Windex or denim hues entirely by artificial means, including multiple nuclear bombardments.)

To complete the necklace, the former owner chose this very elegant 18-inch gold snake chain hallmarked 14k Italy, which has a sleek lobster clasp and is worth hundreds of dollars in its own right.

Making this an even more appealing gift choice, every inch of the necklace is like new. It can't have been worn much. Also pristine is its fabric-lined presentation box from Silverman's. Established in 1934 as a supplier of fine jewelry to retail and wholesale markets, Silverman's later entered the retail field and had 30 showrooms in 10 states when the company was sold in 1999. Because of their expertise in jewelry fabrication, they were known for excellent custom work, all produced in the original El Paso factory. Their one-of-a-kind designs are of course especially collectible. Most are wedding rings, so this pendant is rare. Its next owner can be confident that nobody else has one like it. Exact dating of the pendant and chain aren't known, so we're just calling this "period" rather than vintage.

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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 : Period : Pre 1980 item #953551
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If you're longing for a vintage emerald bracelet or know somebody who is, here's one at an indulge-yourself price.

Intricately detailed, this stunning jewel from a Dallas area estate showcases 13 well-matched emeralds, true green. They're set amid fancy links with stylized floral ornaments. Each gemstone measures about 3mm round, so there's loads of color, and a hidden box-style clasp provides excellent security without detracting from the design. Length is about 7 inches, which is right for the average-sized wrist. If you're smaller, a link or two can be easily removed.

This bracelet looks brand-new, although the prior owner remembers getting it around 1980. Obviously she didn't wear it much, but you'll make up for that, won't you?

As for value, have you noticed vintage bracelets that are only emerald GLASS (and set in silver or even base metal) are selling elsewhere online for more than $200? Why not pay just a little more and have the real thing?

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All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Pre Victorian : Pre 1837 VR item #352023
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These exquisite matching antique bracelets were sold to me as mid-Victorian "wedding bracelets," but the extreme simplicity of their closure argues for a pre-Victorian dating - perhaps even 18th century Georgian, and certainly no later than Regency or William IV. In fact matching bracelets were extremely popular between 1800 and 1830. In the case of these, the "mechanism" is obviously early - consisting only of three keyhole-shaped slots and a teensy but powerful prong, with a slide that adds extra security. Frankly, I've never before seen one of these prong-type bracelets with its slide still in place, let alone TWO of them!

The charming decorative motif, as you see, is an intricate floral and foliate design. The slightly rosy golden metal appears to be gold-filled (thus far more durable than if it were merely gilded). Because the bracelets adjust to fit three positions, they'd be a marvelous gift for a girl who's still growing - something she could enjoy now and forever. They're pleasantly lightweight and easy for anyone to wear. At their smallest, they'd fit child-sized wrists and, when fastened in the outer slot, most small- to average-sized women would be able to wear them.

From a Boston area estate, these bracelets are in astounding condition relative to age. Width is about 7/8" inches and the shape is slightly oval, which is really far more suitable to the human arm than round. Not only wonderfully wearable, these are true investment jewels you'll never regret owning, especially at this incredibly low price for a such a rare matching pair. They're even signed, BTW, bearing the mark "W G W & Co" -- but unfortunately I haven't yet been able to find out anything about the maker. We recently offered a single bracelet very much like these at $225 and it didn't have a slide, so our price for this pair is an exceptional value.

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All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Period : Pre 1920 item #623374
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Here's the perfect blue topaz ring for you, if you love the early stones -- mined and cut before introduction of treatments that turn them clownishly vivid, almost turquoise. Because of its subtle water-like hue, this could easily be mistaken for a much more valuable aquamarine. It measures about 10-11 mm by 7-8 mm, so the carat weight is around 3.5.

The gem is of oval shape, but its cut isn't our modern oval. Instead, the shield-shaped table is larger and surrounded by star cuts both on the top and bottom. These make the edges sparkle with stars atop stars. This is a variant of the Old European Cut or Early Brilliant Cut, more typically seen on round stones of the Victorian era.

I understand it had an undistinguished mount of low-carat yellow gold, when the previous owner purchased it at an antiques sale in England. Around 15 years ago, she had it replaced by this sleek white gold solitaire setting, which shows the stone off beautifully. I can't find a mark on the gold, but it must be at least 14k.

The mount still looks new and the stone is also in lovely conditon. Under high magnification, of course you can see age-related wear, but it's minor. Topaz is a hard gem (8 on the Mohrs scale), so it holds it up well. That's probably why the ancient Greeks wore it for strength and as an amulet against harm. Similarly, the Romans thought it could break spells, detect poisons and calm fury. In later Christian belief, blue topaz was linked to uprightness.

Current size of the ring is about a U.S. 4 - 4.25, easily changed by any jeweler since the shank isn't decorated.

Needless to say, this is NOT "London Blue Topaz," which isn't a natural gem. That (like "Sky Blue" and "Swiss Blue") are just trade names indicating the amount of color given artifically to more common white topaz. The treatment, BTW, is irradiation and many people believe valid health concerns are associated with wearing these. For that reason, we never offer the newer ones.

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All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Deco : Pre 1930 item #1030436
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If you love antique white gold jewelry, you probably know the signature BELAIS on a piece means it's the ultimate. For beautiful design and refined craftsmanship, the Belais Brothers surpassed all others working in white gold during the early 20th century.

This lovely wedding ring from an Arizona estate is an excellent example of why their jewelry is so esteemed and collectible. Its intricate pattern, executed in high relief, is a graceful motif that looks to me like tiny stylized leaves nestling close together in a garland. It measures 2 mm wide, weighs 2.4 grams and definitely dates from the Art Deco era or a bit earlier, since the company crashed with the stock market in 1929. Along with the BELAIS 18K stamp that appears on the interior is the name Horton, signifying either the jeweler who sold it proudly or the surname of the happy bridal couple. This is an unusual touch, lending extra charm to its history.

In lovely condition, the ring shows only minimal age-appropriate wear under high magnification, and should fit if you wear a size 6, 6.25 or 6.5. Nobody's fingers are exactly the same size all the time -- they vary up to half a size with temperature and time of day -- and ring sizing equipment yields different results, too, depending on whether it's wood, plastic or metal. That's why we prefer to think of ring sizes as a range.

Any of our Belais bands, BTW, could easily be modified to become an engagement ring with the addition of prongs and whatever stone you like. I don't normally recommend adapting antique jewelry, but I recently saw online an alleged "Belais Solitaire" which certainly didn't begin life that way; it had a honking big modern diamond in long, witchy prongs -- and a honking big pricetag of $9250! That was way over the top, but it set me thinking about little delicate prongs and a gem in proper scale. This could actually be very pretty.

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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 : Pre 1900 item #1114824
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We were so impressed by this astonishing mid-19th century Danish jewel that we brought it in all the way from Australia, where it had somehow migrated. It's simply breathtaking. When you're anywhere near it, you can scarcely take your eyes away. The design perfectly captures the opulence of the Gothic and Renaissance Revival period and also shows Etruscan influence in the granulated scrollwork that surrounds the central cross on each dome. Adding even more to the rarity of this treasure, it comes with its original box of issue, shaped and sized to fit it, which strongly suggests that the jewel is one of a kind, hand-crafted for a particular customer.

The box, a red oval with touches of gold and green, measures 2,75 inches by 1.75 inches by almost an inch deep and remains in reasonably good condition. Scrolling Victorian letters on the cover read: "Guldsmed Karl B. Kragh, Pilestraede 42" -- an address that still exists in Oslo (and remains in the city's most fashionable shopping district, as in the time of the goldsmith Kragh).

Despite great age -- indicated by the large open C clasp; the early T hinge, which wobbles from side to side as they do; and the extreme length of the pinstem, shortened from even greater length at some time for safety's sake -- the jewel's condition is exquisite. It shows only slight loss of gilding on high points under strong magnification, as one would expect after so long. The underlying metal looks dark with tarnish, so is almost certainly silver. I can’t say whether it’s sterling or a slightly lower grade chosen for greater durability, because attacking a piece of this rare beauty with files and test acids is simply out of the question. As far as I'm concerned, that would be tantamount to axe-murder. Size is about 2.25 inches by 1.5 inches, but its highly dimensional form makes this brooch seem monumental.

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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 : Pre Victorian : Pre 1800 item #1037946
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Greatly detailed and flawless, this cameo from a Boston estate was hand-carved in high relief from one piece of sardonyx (showing white on a tea-colored ground, when held to light). The jewel measures 3 inches long, with a setting that tests at 10K gold.

Interestingly, the pretty lady's features seem quite real, rather than idealized, so I believe it was produced as a portrait and likely worn by her husband to secure the voluminous neckcloths worn by fashionable gentlemen in this era. The wealthiest visitors to Italy, often on their honeymoon trips, did have portrait cameos made there. The generic cameos produced later, usually of shell, were for the mass market.

Probable dating circa 1770-90 derives from the subject (wearing a typically late 18th century fichu and hairstyle), the textured pattern on the pin and the fact that the cameo is diminutive and of hardstone, not shell.

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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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All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Victorian : Pre 1900 item #123914
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$195
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Victorian jewelers were greatly inspired by discoveries concerning the Etruscan civilization, which flourished along the western coast of Italy between 500 BCC and 300 BCE. Hallmarks of the style include granulation, the technique of arranging tiny metal beads into beautifully textured designs and patterns, dangling accents and stylized flowers.

All these forms of Etruscan ornamentation are seen in this opulent brooch jewel from the Mid-Victorian period. The beaded effect is achieved with finely twisted wirework in floral motifs at each end and starlike designs in between. For extra interest, three shades of gold are featured. The thick metal mesh rope that ends in the glorious tassel is of a paler yellow than the brooch's body and winds through three spectacular openings set with highly dimensional sunbursts of rose gold. More rose gold appears on the bead and cap above the tassel. In the absence of markings (so common in that era), the underlying metal may be silver, brass or lower carat gold. So little finish is lost that I can't tell, and it would be a shame to assault it with files and acids in order to test.

In superb condition after about 150 years, the brooch measures an impressive 2 1/2 inches in each direction. Fittings are original and right for the period. The elongated pinstem has been slightly depressed near the hinge, thus shortening it slightly - a good solution to keeping it from impaling you.

Genuine Etruscan Revival jewels are so hard to find today that even good reproductions are fetching hundreds of dollars. Given their rarity, this authentic 19th century treasure will be not only a delight to wear now, but an investment for the future.

There's no charge for U.S. shipping, with an equivalent discount on international delivery, and gift-wrap is always free on request. Please e-mail to confirm availability, order or request more photos of this piece and/or similar items. Thanks for looking!