GlitzQueen Antique and Vintage Jewelry
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Victorian : Pre 1900 item #657260
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$140

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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 1900 item #121531
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$135
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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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All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Victorian : Pre 1910 item #650700
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$115

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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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