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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 : Victorian : Pre 1910 item #1113328
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Add a touch of quiet opulence to your lapel, or to a scarf or necktie, with this superb antique stickpin. It takes the quintessentially Victorian form of a star-like flower and is in exquisite condition, retaining all of its many seed pearls. Twelve grays, nicely matched for color, surround a larger, whiter central stone. These would be natural sea pearls, since cultured pearls weren't yet cultivated.

Both maker-marked (R & N) and hallmarked, the pin is of 10k gold -- a smart choice for sturdiness, when crafting jewels that must withstand a lot of handling. It measures about 2.25 inches tall with a head half an inch round and reached us from a Chicago area estate.

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All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Victorian : Pre 1900 item #1038012
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This gorgeous antique pin made of 14K gold (tested) is set with a luscious large cabochon of angelskin coral, the most precious type. A stunning adornment for your lapel, scarf or hat, it dates circa 1870 and measures slightly more than 2 5/8 inches long. The gold frame that surrounds the stone has a lovely hand-chased edge and measures a little more than 5/8 of an inch tall by half an inch at the widest. Probable origin would be American (most likely New York, given the quality), since European gold usually has a phalanx of hallmarks.

As you see, the pin is in superb condition. It even comes with an antique fastener of the same period, although we can't be sure it's original to the jewel. The locking neb slide, which appears to be made of gilt brass, bears its manufacturer's name, HOLD-ON, along with the Patent number 3009. Assuming this is an U.S. design patent, the number dates it to 1868. (As a standard American patent, that number would date it to 1843, which seems a bit too early.) The mechanism is self-locking; you need to pull on the small end piece in order to slide it off, so you can enjoy this treasure without worry about losing it.

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All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Victorian : Pre 1900 item #1038007
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This 19th century jewel from a Philadelphia area estate features the classic lovers' knot form and is one of our finest antique stick pins. It's hand-made of unmarked but tested 14k gold and the stone is a nicely fiery little diamond - prong-set and open at the back for maximal brilliance.

Dating from the 1880s or 1889s, the jewel is extremely good condition - showing only light age-appropriate surface wear under high magnification and the predictable slight bend of its pinstem. The head measures about 3/8" x 3/8", total length is 2" and weight is 1.4 grams. American origin is likely, because an English pin of comparable vintage and quality would have the usual phalanx of hallmarks.

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All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Victorian : Pre 1900 item #1008251
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Fashion loves coral as much now as when the Victorians went mad for it in the mid-19th century. Edwardians adored it, too, so antique coral jewels are hard to date - especially earrings, since it's so easy to change their fasteners. The drops on these earrings are probably Victorian, with their original hooks replaced by screw backs when ear piercing went out of style in the early 20th century.

Regardless of precise dating, these are assuredly antique and absolutely stunning - a giardinetto (little garden) design featuring flower baskets of gilt filigree, filled with spezzati (branch coral) wired together into bouquets. The coral is of a salmon-pink shade that will flatter any complexion and, given its great age, we can be certain the color is natural, not dyed. Total length from the earlobe is 1.5 inches.

Provenance of these charmers is an East Coast estate, but they almost certainly originated in Italy. The area around Naples was the world's leading source of coral until Mediterranean reefs played out and visitors from around the world collected the jewelry made by its talented craftsmen. By the time when these earrings were produced, filigree was no longer formed of individual wires, but an immense amount of handwork was still involved. Die-struck silhouettes were flat and solid, even after a filigree pattern was stamped on. Every element had to be meticulously pierced out, contoured and given definition by a skilled artisan.

Time's patina is evident on the ornate metalwork, but losses of gilding are hard to notice without magnification, as are the minor imperfections you'd expect after so long. There may be a few old repairs to the dainty chains, or perhaps they're bits of grunge. In deference to the purists among us, we haven't attempted to clean the earrings. How far to go with that process should be left up to the next owner.

If you're interested in an antique branch coral necklace or bracelet, too, please run a quick search for "coral" here and you'll be led to our other pieces. We can work out special pricing, if you want more than one.

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All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Victorian : Pre 1900 item #657260
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In superb original condition, this mid-19th century brooch is of outstanding historical interest. Even the extra-long pinstem hasn't been snipped at all, which is quite a rarity. Also noteworthy are the superb faceted pastes, all very clear and white, radiating great brilliance. A cluster of seven stones nestles within each of the four beautifully dimensional flowers joined by their graceful swirl of cylindical stems.

We can date the brooch to the Victorian Grand Period by its large size -- about 2.25 inches wide and 1.75 inches tall -- and the hinge, which is of a type introduced around 1850. However, the architecturally layered construction is more typical of Georgian and Early Victorian times. This suggests American origin, away from major metropolitan centers, or simply that it was made by an older jeweler who favored traditional techniques. Certainly it was hand-made, as we can tell by variations in the flowers (slightly different shapes and engraving patterns). A particularly sweet touch is engraving on the flowers' backs, as well as inside the petals. The slightly rosy golden metal appears to be rolled gold, showing little wear even under high magnification. "Rolled" gold refers to sheets of gold attached so thickly to both sides of the underlying metal that it basically never wears out. Its clasp is the old open "C", of course. It reached us from a Pennsylvania estate.

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All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Victorian : Pre 1910 item #650700
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This spectacular antique Suffragette bar brooch can also be worn as a necklace, by attaching a chain or ribbon to one or both ends. It features an ornately painted and gilded porcelain cabochon in an intricate openwork setting that appears to be 14k gold-filled. Gold-filled jewels being far more durable than gold-plated, they essentially never wear out and little surface wear can be seen here, even under magnification.

The central medallion features the classic Suffragette color combo: green, white and violet, the first letters of which stood for "Give Women (the) Vote". Green also represented hope; white signified the purity of their intentions; and violet was a reference to dignity ("the royal purple"). It may well have been painted by its original owner, since it doesn't have a "factory" look and china-painting was a popular passtime in this era. If it were merely a representational depiction of a purple flower with green leaves, the Suffragette message might not apply; however, this is a highly stylized motif that makes free use of the Suffragette hues, so its meaning is clear.

Fresh from a Philadelphia estate, the brooch measures 2.5 inches long. An excellent early safety clasp is present. That it appears original dates the jewel firmly to the 1895-1910 period, which was the latter part of the bar pin era. Brooches of this form were popularized by Princess (later Queen) Alexandra, who favored high collars to conceal a scar on her neck. They look just as lovely on today's lapels.

To the Suffragettes' efforts through many decades in the U.K. and U.S., we modern women owe our right to vote. That right was finally extended to all American women in 1920 and to all in Great Britain in 1928. Although forgotten for many years, these jewels have been rapidly gaining value since the star-studded TV movie "Iron Jawed Angels" appeared in 2004, revealing what the gals went through (including hunger strikes and beatings). Wearing Suffragette jewels is a great way to show your pride and appreciation and, now that the genre has been rediscovered, they're getting much harder to find. This is a piece with great investment potential.

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All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Victorian : Pre 1910 item #324143
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The fine Victorian chain is a major part of this item's value, since antique chains are scarce and this one measures slightly more than 14 inches - long enough to be fitted with a clasp and used for a necklace pendant. In its present form, it's attached to a hairpin a bit longer than 1 1/2", with lovely twisted prongs. The material hasn't been tested, but looks to be rose gold, which was commonly used for the purpose and very popular in the 1890s. Pretty hairpins with so-called "keeper chains" developed then, because those sturdy "Gibson Girl" pompadour hairstyles favored in late Victorian and Edwardian times were well-suited to serve as hold-alls. Small items fastened to the hook end of a chain anchored by a hairpin were kept readily at hand. Optical equipment was a popular example, as you know if you've seen our 1902 spectacles (which reached us with a matching keeper chain), but it's easy to imagine them holding a key, a pencil with a hanging loop and so forth.

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All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Victorian : Pre 1910 item #132526
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These fine antique lorgnette glasses of 14k rose gold are not only in pristine condition but dated and maker-marked (Fox Pat. Jan. 7, 02). Not only do the spectacles have their lovely velvet-lined leather case, but it's dated, too (Pat. Mar 02, 1902) - AND there's a matching hairpin with keeper chain. Late Victorian and Edwardian ladies' sturdy "Gibson Girl" hairstyles were well-suited to performing the task for which we now use leash cords.

Spectacles measure 4" from lens to lens, case is a bit larger and the pin is 2 1/2" long, with 10" of fine chain and a 1/2" hook. The hairpin and chain haven't been tested, but also look to be rose gold.

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All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Victorian : Pre 1900 item #123914
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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.

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All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Victorian : Pre 1900 item #121531
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When Napoleon's newly established court was magnificent in its luxury, the Empress Josephine was famously fond of vermeil (gold on silver) filigree. Their heyday, which began in the 18th century, would end about as soon as the Empire. Why? It was discovered that the mercury then used to create "silver gilt" caused craftsmen to go blind. Decades would pass before a safer process was developed in early Victorian times: electroplating, which debuted in the 1840s. This marvelous brooch dates from that period, when women could finally enjoy gilt silver filigree again, without its taking a toll in misery.

Beautifully hand-crafted, this Early Victorian jewel bears the European silvermark 800, a star and the markings 18 GE - meaning it's surfaced with rich 18 karat gold, rather than the more common 14k. So little of the plate has been lost that wear is apparent only under extreme magnification. Besides its obvious historic interest to collectors, this is a very beautiful and feminine jewel any woman would delight in wearing. Gorgeously hand-crafted in floral form, it's almost an inch round and naturally has the old C clasp right for its period. Close inspection shows its elongated pinstem was at some point snipped for greater comfort.

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