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|RARE HOPE ( Antique Victorian Mourning Art Framed Bone Figure ): I mainly collect, buy and sell Mourning Jewelry but this lovely carved Antique Bone figure of “Hope” caught my fancy. The Bible in 1st Corinthians 13:13 says “And now abideth faith, hope and charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.” The age old symbols for these virtues are a cross for “Faith”, an anchor for “Hope” and a heart for “Charity” or “Love”. I found this beautifully carved figure of “Hope” both lovely and moving. Notice her flowing cape and tiny toes. (c. 1860-80) Her hands are in the position of prayer. She is placed on deep red velvet over a metal sheathed cardboard disc fit into a gold metal sheathed oval wood frame. The inner lining of the frame is decoratively chased. The figure is safely placed under a dome of Celluloid. I'm sure there was once a cover over the back, and a large loop hanger, but someone has put in two small screws and a red string to hang it by. Loving large jewelry, I would probably add a wire and ring and wear it as a pendant. However you chose to display her, she would make a wonderful and unusual addition to any Victorian or Mourning collection.
Condition: Excellent. There is some wear to the gold metal frame which makes it look like antique gold. The backing is off, but could easily be replaced. The edges of the velvet appear worn. They probably shrunk over time.
|ARTS & CRAFTS POOL of LIGHT ( Art Nouveau/Arts & Crafts Jewelry Silver
“Pool of Light” Necklace ): “Pools of Light” or “Gypsy beads”, as they are sometimes called, are
clear quartz crystal orbs. A real treasure, this necklace from the Arts
& Crafts period (c. 1920-30) holds a large silver caged sphere suspended
from a long hand crafted silver chain. The practitioners of the Arts &
Crafts Movement re-interpreted the past. In jewelry the intrinsic value
of the materials was of secondary importance to design and workmanship.
These “pools of light” are believed to be a product of Mount Fujiyama in
Japan. When the mount erupted in springtime these crystal balls found
their way into stream beds where over the years they were polished as
they journeyed over pebbles into the foothill river beds. Finally they
were polished to perfection in the lapidary shops of Kofu. Traditionally
they have been treasured – especially by the Chinese who believe that
luck resides in the inner recesses of these orbs. “Pools” were never
drilled because it was believed that drilling allowed the good luck to
pour out of the crystal. The supply of these wonderful crystals seemed
to exhaust itself in the 1930’s. This silver link, ball and wirework
designed chain slips over your head and has a spring ring that attaches
to the pool of light. A wonderfully versatile necklace, you can take off
the orb and use the chain it to wear another pendant or wear the crystal
orb alone. It is difficult to photograph these pools – they appear
grayish in photos. Against the skin, or other hues, they take on a
rainbow of guises. Alive with vibrancy of another era, I can picture
Isadora Duncan wearing this necklace as she danced in the moonlight. A
special treasure for a special lady. You will love it!
Size: Orb is 1” in diameter, chain is 31” long.
|PANSY FOR PASSION ( Victorian Jewelry Garnet Brooch / Pin ): Garnet is the birth stone for January, but desired by all collectors of Victorian Jewelry. Some believe that garnets empower the wearer with truth, constancy and faith. In the Victorian “language of flowers” the pansy expresses the sentiment “think of me” and was often given as a token of love. They are also said to enrich the blood and provide the wearer with a long and happy life. To me the rich deep red color of glittering garnets suggests a passion for the past. Set with faceted Bohemian garnets, this Antique Pansy Pin is both simple and stunning. (c. 1860-80) Two different sizes of faceted garnets are set in a vermeil (rose gold wash over silver) with each of the five pansy petals gently curved. The larger garnets are set where each petal attaches to the stem. A single large garnet surrounded by tiny shiny metal globes represents the pistil of the blossom. The elongated pin stem & C clasp are original to the piece. Bring the past into your present. If you have been wanting an Antique Garnet Brooch for yourself or need a thoughtful gift – now is the time to purchase this distinctive glittering garnet pansy. The price is right, so don’t wait!
Condition: Excellent. No missing stones.
Size: 1 3/8" high, 1 1/4" wide, 1/4" deep.
|SHIMMERING BLUE BELLE ÉPOQUE ( Edwardian Jewelry
Guilloché Locket ): This superb Edwardian shimmering blue guilloché
locket is simply the largest and most stunning piece of its kind that I
have seen. (c. 1890-1920) Only a confident lady of the Belle Époque era
would have worn this large Sterling Silver Stunner. The technique of
guilloché enamel features an engraved decoration of geometric design
achieved by engine turning. When used as a base for translucent enamel
it creates a shimmering effect. The intense deep blue of this locket
provides an opulent background for the “garland style” – hand painted
pink and pale yellow roses that circle the border of this oval antique
locket. Swags of leaves have been painted above the central bouquet of
mixed roses. There are tiny gold dot accents on the locket front. The
back of the locket is also deep blue enamel over a wave pattern
emanating from the center. The good sized pendant ring is marked “935 M”
and the pendant itself is jeweler tested as Sterling. The locket
interior contains its original inserts and celluloid covers, which have
yellowed with time. The hinged closure is firm and tight. These
guilloché lockets have become a favorite with collectors. The more
complex the design and the more colors used, the more highly the piece
is valued. This rich and sumptuous locket will linger in your mind. It
is an unforgettable example of Belle Époque extravagance.
Condition: Excellent. A few surface scratches visible only under magnification.
Size: 2 1/4” high, 1 3/4” wide.
|A PASSION FOR THE PAST ( Victorian Jewelry Garnet Pin / Pendant ): Garnet is the birthstone for January, but desired by all collectors of
Victorian Jewelry. The stone received its name from the Latin word for
pomegranate because it reminded early scientists of pomegranate seeds.
The 19th Century was the peak of Bohemian Garnet Jewelry mined from the
mountains of Bohemia. Placed closely together the garnets produce a
brighter and deeper color than when set singularly. Glittering Garnets
dance across the surface of this multi-layered Victorian Brooch. (c.
1860-80) Set with five tiers of different sizes and shapes of garnets,
this wonderful brooch also acts as a pendant. There is a hinged
triangular shaped bale with an O-ring in it so that the pendant will lie
correctly when you hang it from a chain. I like it worn this way because
it produces a marquise shape. As a brooch it is more of an oval. More
interesting in its design than many garnet pieces, it seems fresher and
more fascinating to the modern eye. The gems are all closed back and, as
is characteristic for this type of jewelry, have been set in gilt gold
over silver – referred to as “garnet gold”. On the back the elongated
pin stem has been shortened and a safety clasp added. During the
Victorian era Western cultures believed that garnets would enrich the
blood and provide the wearer with a long and healthy life. To me the
rich deep wine red color of garnets suggests a passion for the past.
Bring the past into your present. If you have been wanting an Antique
Garnet Pin or Pendant for yourself or need a loving gift – now it the
time to purchase this distinctive multi-functional Glittering Garnet
Condition: Excellent. No missing stones. The chain is not included.
Size: As a pendant – 2” high, 1 1/2" wide, 1/2” deep.
|AMOROUS AMPHORAE ( Vintage Victorian Style Jewelry Faux Tortoiseshell Urn Earrings ): I was thrilled when I first saw this pair of what I thought was a pair of aristocratic and beautiful Antique Amphora Urn Tortoiseshell Earrings. A more experienced collector agreed that they were very lovely and looked like the antique urn-shaped earrings that are so sought after, but I should look at them against a light since some were made of a resin and did not have the various gold, amber and brown shapes and colors seen in true tortoiseshell. A lesson well learned! By the 1860’s, Revivalism was in full swing. Women were wearing Etruscan-style amulets and other “classical” ornaments. The “Grand Period” of Victorian style had begun. Tortoiseshell emerged as a popular jewelry material. These elegant faux tortoiseshell earrings in the shape of amphorae urns are suspended from a resin tortoiseshell ring and have gold shepherd’s hook ear wires. The popular amphora shape is derived from an ancient Greco-Roman handled urn with a tapered base. Highly desired by collectors, this style of earrings are a reminder of the simple and classical beauty produced by Victorian artisans. Despite these being Faux Tortoiseshell, they look great and are much less expensive than the real thing. Your friends will never know!
|REGAL AFRICAN QUEEN ( Vintage Bone Black African Jewelry Pin / Brooch): I am pleased to offer this dramatic hand carved bone brooch of a handsome African Woman. (c. 1920) It has been in my personal collection
of ethnic jewelry for years. The lavish and intricate carving make this
bone brooch almost as valuable one carved from ivory. Notice the fine
work on her hair style and the magnificent jewelry she wears, including
her grand earrings. This brooch was sold to me as a French piece but it
could well be African due to the amount of detail in costume and hair
style. You can clearly see the distinctive bone markings on the back of
this portrait of a Black Woman. There is a riveted C clasp closure
original to the piece. Outstanding in its entirety, this timeless beauty
is extravagant in its size and workmanship. A “killer” brooch – wearing
it will make you feel like a Queen!
Condition: Excellent. No chips.
Size: 2 ¾” high, 1 ¾” wide ¼” deep.
|MANIA FOR ALL THINGS JAPANESE ( Victorian Jewelry Aesthetic Silver
Locket ): This beautiful Sterling Silver Locket (c. 1880) contains all of the
traits of the aesthetic movement. Simplicity was the keynote to all
design: an economy of line, perfectly spaced composure and just one
carefully observed individual characteristic of each leaf, flower and
bird were all the elements needed to create the atmosphere and aesthetic
beauty that so intoxicated Europe and the West. The mania for all things
Japanese was on. Large silver lockets and wide bracelets were the most
successful pieces to convey the most desired “look”. On the cover of
this locket you can see engraved bamboo and fern-like foliage, some
slightly bending to the gentle gusts of wind. To add a touch of color,
an appliqué of gold wash rests on the surface of the delicate butterfly
and the two birds perched on fine branches. There is a wonderful large
bale to add a chain and the edges of the locket are grooved on both the
front and back of the locket. The back is marked “STERLING”. To own a
locket of this Japanese style will give you delight as you describe what
the change of style and ornamentation meant to the history of jewelry.
(Be sure to mention that the first pieces of “Japonaiserie” were made by
the men who hand ornamented Samurai swords until swords were outlawed by
Condition: Excellent. The locket snaps closed very securely. The inside is empty.
Size: 2 1/4" high including bale, 1 1/2" wide, 1/4" deep.
|LADIES LUXURY LENSES ( Art Nouveau Jewelry Sterling Silver Lorgnette /
Pendant ): Particularly popular in the 19th Century, lorgnettes – a
pair of lenses with a handle – were used as fashion accessories, as well
as optical aids, by upper class ladies. They were commonly seen at the
opera (the forebear of today's opera glasses) and worn on a long neck
chain to aid the mistress of the house in reading. This lovely Antique
Sterling Silver Lorgnette is a fashion statement (no power in the
lenses) – but an unusually elegant one. Its silver case is decorated
with two intricately and sinuously intertwined snakes in whiplash curves
– typically seen in the Art Nouveau era (1890-1910). It was undoubtedly
worn on a chain or ribbon around the neck as a pendant, as well as
opened for show. Looking closely you will see the open mouths of the
snakes with tongues and fangs at each end. The centrally located
thistles probably make these Scottish snakes. The pattern is the same
front and back. The small lever on the side releases a spring hinge
allowing the folded lenses to swing out. A spring between the lenses
opens them up into a pair of glasses. Another rare and beautiful item
for your collection.
Condition: Excellent. In good working condition. Your optician could easily add power to the lenses should you desire. Chain not included.
Size: 4 3/4” long, 1 1/4” wide, 1/2” deep. Lenses when open 4” wide, 1 1/8” high.
|SPARKLING PYRAMID OF GARNETS ( Victorian Jewelry Bohemian Garnet Brooch
/ Pendant): Garnet is the birth stone for January, but desired by all collectors of
Victorian Jewelry. The stone received its name from the Latin word for
pomegranate because it reminded early scientists of pomegranate seeds.
The 19th Century was the peak of Bohemian Garnet Jewelry – mined from
the mountains of Bohemia (present-day western Czech Republic). Placed
closely together, the garnets produced a brighter and a deeper color
than when set singularly. So it is with this fiery Victorian Antique
Brooch, set with a marvelous raised cluster of garnets upon garnets. (c.
1870) Oval in form, the deep wine garnet stones are placed in a tier six
layers deep, producing a highly domed effect of brilliantly flashing
garnets. All of the stones are faceted and appear in four different
sizes. The pendant/brooch still retains its original circular drop. The
circular, free swinging drop is a beautiful accent to this large piece.
The gems are all closed back and, as is characteristic for this type of
jewelry, have all been set into rose gold gilt over silver (commonly
referred to as “garnet gold”). The reverse of this brooch/pendant must
have an interesting history. At some time the elongated pin stem has
been shortened and the original C clasp has a “capped” housing for the
tip of the pin so that it will not catch or pull on fabric if worn as a
pendant. There is also a hinged pendant loop added at the top – so many
ladies now prefer pendants. You would need to add a ring or bale to make
this piece hang properly from a chain. During the Victorian era, Western
cultures believed that garnets would enrich the blood and provide the
wearer with a long & healthy life. Highly coveted by collectors, this is
a dazzling, sparkling example of antique garnet jewelry at its best.
Condition: Excellent. There are no missing garnets. One or two of the small ones may be replacements.
Size: 2 1/4" long, including drop, 1 1/2" wide, 1/2" deep.
|CARNELIAN PROMISE OF HOPE ( Victorian Jewelry Scottish Brooch/Pendant
): To the Victorians, the Anchor was a symbol of Hope, an emotion
that provided a refuge from the travails of living in a time when death
was always near. Faith (Cross), Hope (Anchor) and Charity (Heart) was an
extremely popular Victorian motif found in all types of jewelry. This
large Antique Carnelian and Sterling Silver Anchor Brooch (c. 1860) is
an outstanding example of the Scottish style that Queen Victoria loved
so well. The carved carnelian part of the cross is beautifully striated
when held up to the light. The silver portions of the brooch are
delicately engraved and a twisted silver rope coils itself around the
anchor. The original pin stem has been replaced with a shorter version
and with the addition of the ring at the top, this anchor brooch becomes
a lovely pendant. The C clasp closure is original. Such a bold statement
look will always be a fashion favorite. Condition: Excellent. Size: 3
1/4” long, 1 5/8” wide.
|THE SHIMMER & SPARKLE OF GARNETS ( Victorian Jewelry Garnet Brooch /
Pin ): The history and mystery of garnets is part of their charm. This stone
received its name from the Latin word for pomegranate because it
reminded early gemologists of pomegranate seeds. During the Victorian
era Western cultures believed that garnets would enrich the blood and
provide the wearer with a long and healthy life. Glittering garnets
dance across the surface of this multi-layered early Victorian Brooch.
(c. 1830-60) The deep wine red garnets are faceted to refract sheer
brilliance and their radiance and glow is simply luscious. Unlike many
flat garnet designs, this antique brooch is composed of multi-leveled
tiers of sparkling and varied sized garnets. The entire top portion of
the brooch is domed with a sparkling drop suspended at the bottom. The
central bezel set cabochon oval garnet is surrounded by a starburst of
tiny white pearls, each set in its individual tiny “petal”. The floral
shaped drop also has a tiny pearl at its center. A very unusual design
that adds elegance and refinement to the brooch. The gems are all closed
back and, as is characteristic for this type of jewelry, have all been
set into rose gold gilt over silver – commonly called “garnet gold”.
There is an early replacement C clasp closure and a pin stem
replacement. If you have been wanting a special piece of garnet jewelry,
you cannot do better than this – the essence of Victorian style.
Condition: Excellent. All stones and pearls are original.
Size: With dangle 2" high, 2”wide, 3/8" deep. Dangle is 5/8” long, 3/8” wide. Center cabochon is 5/8” wide, 3/8” high.
|RIBBONS OF WHITE ENAMEL OVER GARNETS ( Victorian Jewelry Garnet Earrings ): These feminine and appealing garnet earrings convey the essence of the Mid-Victorian Grand Period. (c. 1870) Complex in design, rich in color, these tear drop shaped earrings are 18KT gold with white enamel accents. The gold drop base is hollow – you can see the 2 tiny holes on the back – which makes them very light weight. A delicate studded rope border frames the bezel set cabochon garnet. A beautiful and unusual oval cut red-purple rhodolite garnet forms the centerpiece of each earring. The raised ribbon-like motifs above the garnet feature finely executed white enamel accented with gold stripes. The 14KT gold shepherd’s hook ear wires have been added over the years. In the Language of Gemstones, garnets have always represented fidelity and virtue. Garnets are the birth stone of ladies born in January, but remain highly popular every month of the year. Condition: Excellent. Size: 1 5/8” long, 5/8” wide, 1/4” deep.||SALE!|
|RULER OF THE SKIES ( Victorian Jewelry Eagle & Diamond Brooch / Watch Pin / Pendant ): Perceived as the ruler of the skies, the eagle rises above the earth and
soars to the heavens. Superbly crafted in 18KT yellow gold, this
ethereal eagle brooch shows the symbolic bird with wings spread in
flight, feathers carefully detailed, each one overlapping the other. (c.
1880 - 1900) His face, beak and eyes are masterfully rendered in three
dimensions, his mighty talons seem ready to catch any unsuspecting prey.
His powerful beak firmly grasps a prong set diamond that is free
swinging. Perhaps the bright and shiny diamond is the prey his keen eye
caught sight of as he surveyed his domain. The strength and majesty of
the independent eagle are reasons why it was chosen as the symbol of the
birth of our new nation – the United States of America! (Benjamin
Franklin wanted the turkey – thank goodness he was overruled.) You can
wear this elegant eagle as a brooch, a watch pin or even as a pendant.
On the back there is a nice C clasp closure with a point guard for tip
of pin, a hook to suspend a companion piece and the wing tips have tiny
rings where a chain could be attached. Birds were an image that nature
minded Victorians coveted. This magical creature is timeless as he
defines the past, present and the future.
Size: Wing tip to wing tip 2 1/2", 1” high, 1/2" deep. The diamond has not been removed for carat size. (Medium)
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