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All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Art Nouveau : Pre 1920 item #1410201
Kensington House Antiques
$1,895.00
A large and extremely rare 18K gold scenic locket depicting a detailed image of four passengers in an early automobile waving as an Antoinette monoplane with two passengers flies by. The car's headlights are set with rose cut diamonds. The detailed scene includes a flock of birds dispersed by the airplane, a plume of exhaust smoke behind the car, and another automobile with passengers and a village in the distant background. A female passenger leans from the side of the car, waving her handkerchief at the passing airplane. The bottom edge bears a signature, likely that of Holy Frères, partly hidden by the applied scalloped border. The interior retains the two original photo frames. The back cover is engraved with an ornate three-letter monogram and the date 7-12-1915 (December 7 in the European dating system). The bail is stamped for 18K.
  • Origin: France or Switzerland, ca 1915
  • Dimensions: 1 9/32" diameter
  • Condition: excellent; a pinpoint ding to the back cover
  • Weight: 8.4 grams
  • Approximate Total Diamond eight: .03 carat
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Art Nouveau : Pre 1910 item #1410199
Kensington House Antiques
$1,195.00
A rare 14K yellow gold Art Nouveau locket, the front cover depicting a Ford Model B automobile (1904-06). The headlights and the center of the grille are set with old mine cut diamonds sparkling as if truly lit up. The car is very finely detailed with excellent depth to the design, clearly showing the early right-hand drive and the fluted sides of the engine compartment. The back bears an ornate period three-letter monogram. Tested and guaranteed 14K.
  • Origin: America, ca. 1905
  • Dimensions: 1" diameter
  • Condition: excellent; sharp detail; a couple of pinpoint dings to the back cover hidden among the monogram
  • Weight: 5.0 grams
  • Approximate Total Diamond Weight: .05 carat.
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Art Nouveau : Pre 1910 item #1409929
Kensington House Antiques
$795.00
A wonderful Art Nouveau 14K gold ring in the form of two intertwined snakes surrounding an opal cabochon. The ornately coiled snakes are beautifully detailed. The opal has attractive play-of-color, with a preponderance of green and blue with sparks of red and orange. Tested and guaranteed 14K.

In the 19th century, snakes in jewelry symbolized eternal love. Jeweled snakes became particularly popular after Prince Albert gave Queen Victoria a snake ring for their betrothal, and remained popular throughout the century.
  • Origin: America, ca. 1900
  • Dimensions: 3/8" wide tapering to 1/16"
  • Condition: excellent
  • Finger Size: 7
  • Weight: 3.1 grams
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Edwardian : Pre 1920 item #1409927
Kensington House Antiques
$795.00
A sophisticated Edwardian ring featuring a rectangular cabochon of moss agate nestled in a 14K yellow gold filigree mounting. The quality of the piercing is superb. The moss agate is nicely transparent with intense deep green wisps that seem to float in the stone. Moss agate is a rather unusual gemstone selection for this style of setting, but the stone seems to have been a favorite of the designers at Larter, as we have seen several fine examples of its use in unexpected ways. The interior of the shank is stamped "14K" and has Larter's hallmark.
  • Origin: America, ca. 1910
  • Dimensions: 17/32" wide at crown, tapering to 1/16" at back of shank
  • Finger Size: 6-1/4
  • Condition: excellent; all original
  • Weight: 3.9 grams.
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Art Nouveau : Pre 1910 item #1409860
Kensington House Antiques
$1,795.00
A generously-sized 14K gold locket featuring the image of a young woman wearing a bandeau of old mine cut diamonds in her flowing hair that extends to the edges of the locket, appearing almost as cresting waves. The interior retains the original frame insert. Marked "14K".
  • Origin: America, ca. 1900
  • Dimensions: 1 1/4" diameter (excluding bail and jump ring)
  • Condition: excellent, sharp detail; the back has a monogram removal
  • Weight: 11.4 grams
  • Approximate Total Diamond Weight: .09 carat
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Edwardian : Pre 1910 item #1409859
Kensington House Antiques
$750.00
Edwardian 14K gold crescent moon pendant necklace set with round sapphires and pearls. The sapphires have a lovely medium blue color with just a hint of violet. The pearls are slightly button-shaped and have very pretty luster. In Victorian and early Edwardian jewelry, the crescent shape symbolized feminine power personified in the moon goddess Selene/Juno. Brides were often given a crescent pin to wear during their honeymoon. Tested and guaranteed 14K.
  • Origin: America, ca. 1900
  • Dimensions: pendant, 1-7/8" wide; overall necklace length, 18"
  • Condition: excellent; converted from a brooch
  • Weight: 3.4 grams
  • Approximate Total Sapphire Weight: .62 carat.
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Designer Signed : Pre 1980 item #1409858
Kensington House Antiques
$2,950.00
An elegant 18K yellow gold ring set with a faceted amethyst by famed mid-century Brazilian designer Haroldo Burle Marx. The sculptural quality of the design is highlighted by the contrast of wire-brushed and polished surfaces surrounding the deep violet amethyst. The interior of the shank is fully signed "Burle Marx 18K" and has Brazilian hallmarks.

Burle Marx worked in Brazil, and his only international boutique was at the Watergate Hotel in Washington, DC. The Brazilian government commissioned him to make state gifts for Queen Elizabeth, Empress Nagako of Japan, Empress Farah Diba of Iran, Queen Margarethe of Denmark, Indira Gandhi, and many others. Among Hollywood royalty, he was a favorite of Merle Oberon and Natalie Wood.

Haroldo Burle Marx is well-known for jewels set with stones in "forma livre" (free-form) designs, but occasional pieces turn up with traditionally-cut stones. Some believe these designs were created in partnership with his brother, the noted landscape architect Roberto.
  • Origin: Brazil, ca 1970
  • Condition: excellent
  • Dimensions: 1" wide at crown tapering 3/16" at the back of the shank
  • Finger Size: 9
  • Weight: 15.8 grams
  • Approximate Gemstone Weight: 6.72 carats
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Pre Victorian : Pre 1837 VR item #1409855
Kensington House Antiques
$1,250.00
A Georgian 15K gold gentleman's ring set with a hematite intaglio with a rare image from Greek/Roman mythology. We see the buff god Apollo in his horse-drawn chariot being led by Eros ("Cupid"), the god of love. This scene depicts the beginning of the tale of the water nymph Daphne.

Best know as god of the sun, Apollo was also the patron god of archers. One day, he mocked Cupid for the small size of the latter's bow and arrows. In revenge, Cupid shot Apollo with a golden-tipped arrow that would make Apollo fall in first with the first female he saw. Cupid shot Daphne with a lead-tipped arrow that would fill her with disdain for the first male she saw. Knowing she was nearby, Cupid taunted Apollo then flew toward Daphne's location with Apollo giving chase. The sun god immediately fell in love with Daphne and gave chase until the water nymph begged her father to save her, which he did by transforming her into a laurel tree. Apollo made the laurel tree his symbol, and as a last act of love for Daphne, used his powers of youth to transform the tree into an evergreen with eternally green leaves.
  • Origin: England, ca. 1800
  • Condition: excellent; all original
  • Dimensions: intaglio, 1" x 3/4"
  • Finger Size: 7-3/4
  • Weight:15.6 grams
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Edwardian : Pre 1920 item #1409259
Kensington House Antiques
$1,195.00
A fine 14K yellow gold locket, the front cover decorated with deep translucent guilloche enamel over an engine-turned background surrounded by a reeded border enameled in opaque white. The front is centered with an old mine cut diamond. The trefoil-shaped bail is an especially nice touch. The interior retains the original frame insert. The bail is marked for 14K and has an unidentified maker's mark.

NOTE: This locket was very difficult to photograph. The purple enamel is deeply saturated and looks quite dark viewed directly. When the light strikes at an angle, however, the translucency of the purple comes shining through to show the underlying enraving.
  • America, ca. 1910
  • Excellent condition; no enamel damage; no dings; no monogram
  • Dimensions: 1 1/16" diameter (excluding bail)
  • Weight: 6.3 grams
  • Approximate Total Diamond Weight: .04 carat
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Period : Pre 1910 item #1408344
Kensington House Antiques
$595.00
A wonderfully detailed mallard duck, worked in multicolored 15K gold and green enamel flies across the finger in this Edwardian stickpin conversion ring. The feathers are beautifully worked in yellow, rose and green gold as well as a touch of platinum. The shank is 14K.
  • Original stickpin, circa 1900
  • Excellent condition
  • 13/16" x 1/2"
  • Size 7
  • 2.3 grams
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Modernism : Pre 1960 item #1408343
Kensington House Antiques
$1,595.00
A large pair of 18K yellow gold Sputnik earrings by H Stern. The domes are bezel-set with round amethysts, citrines, aquamarines, peridots, green tourmalines, pink tourmalines and garnets. The Sputnik design was created in the 1950’s to highlight the range of colored gemstones available from Stern’s Brazilian mines. It later came to be called “Sputnik” for its resemblance to the spiky Soviet satellite launched in 1957. Each piece has a unique appearance depending on the specific colors of the stones and their arrangement.These earrings have particularly intense jewel tones. Tested and guaranteed 18K.
  • Brazil, ca 1955.
  • Condition: original clips were removed and replaced with 14K posts
  • 15/16" diameter
  • Approximate Total Gemstone Weight: 14.44 carats
  • 10.2 grams.
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Modernism : Pre 1960 item #1408331
Kensington House Antiques
$1,195.00
A large 18K yellow gold Sputnik ring by H Stern. The dome is bezel-set with round amethysts, citrines, aquamarines, peridots, green tourmalines, pink tourmalines and garnets. The Sputnik design was created in the 1950’s to highlight the range of colored gemstones available from Stern’s Brazilian mines. It later came to be called “Sputnik” for its resemblance to the spiky Soviet satellite launched in 1957. Each piece has a unique appearance depending on the specific colors of the stones and their arrangement. The dome is tested and guaranteed 18K. The shank is a 14K replacement.
  • Brazil, ca 1955.
  • Conditions: excellent; replaced shank.
  • Dimensions: dome, 1” diameter
  • Size: 7
  • Approximate Total Gemstone Weight: 7.79 carats.
  • 6.6 grams
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Art Nouveau : Pre 1930 item #1408329
Kensington House Antiques
$325.00
A lovely 14K gold pendant designed as a young woman's face captured in a crescent moon. She wears a large brimmed bucket hat with trailing ribbons in the style of the early 20s. In Victorian jewelry symbology, the crescent moon was a reminder of the moon goddess Selene (AKA Luna) and was often used to signal female empowerment. The reverse is marked "14K."
  • America, ca. 1920
  • Excellent condition; converted from an antique stickpin
  • Dimensions: 7/8" x 7/8" excluding bail
  • 2.7 grams
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Victorian : Pre 1900 item #1408328
Kensington House Antiques
$795.00
A large friendship token pendant or charm featuring a hand holding a gem-set bouquet. The design is presented against a stippled background outlined with an engraved border. The bouquet is set with a cabochon ruby, an emerald cut emerald and a brilliant cut sapphire. Jewelry featuring a hand and flower motif were usually given as tokens of affection or friendship in the Victorian era. The back is stamped “18K.”
  • America, ca. 1900
  • Excellent condition
  • Dimensions: 1-1/8” diameter
  • Approximate Total Gemstone Weight: ruby, .08 carat; emerald, .05 carat; sapphire, .05 carat.
  • Weight: 7.8 grams.
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Art Nouveau : Pre 1910 item #1408327
Kensington House Antiques
$650.00
A 14K gold Art Nouveau enameled violet and horseshoe pendant using the Victorian language of flowers to convey the sentiments "good luck" and "I'll always be true." The violet is centered with an old European cut diamond and the horseshoe is studded with seed pearls. The back retains the original pin and a folding, so the piece can be worn as a pin or pendant. The clasp is marked "14K."
  • America, ca 1900
  • Excellent condition; no enamel damage
  • Dimensions: 13/16" x 7/8" excluding bail
  • Approximate Total Diamond Weight: .05 carat
  • 4.0 grams
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Victorian : Pre 1910 item #1408316
Kensington House Antiques
$625.00
This delightful Victorian Art Nouveau pendant and pin features a four-leaf clover nestled inside a crescent moon, both set with seed pearls. The clover is centered with a .2-carat old European cut diamond. The combination of a flower and a crescent in Victorian jewelry was intended to convey the sentiment "honeymoon" and they were often a gift from a groom to his new bride. The four-leaf clover, of course, conveyed good luck. The reverse retains the original folding bail and a pin that's hidden from view, so the piece can be worn in multiple ways. The clasp is marked "10K."
  • America, ca. 1900
  • Excellent condition; all original
  • Dimensions: 1" diameter (excluding bail)
  • Approximate Total Diamond Weight: .2 carat
  • 4.1 grams.
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Victorian : Pre 1900 item #1407139
Kensington House Antiques
$495.00
A nice quality and heavy 18K gold watch key enhanced with black enamel and seed pearls suspending a pair of foxtail chain tassels and a dog clip clasp. This was originally the cross bar and fob attachments for a Victorian watch chain. With the entire assembly attached to a necklace using the existing jump ring, the key and and tassels would make stunning "charms" and another charm of your choice could be attached to the dog clip. This last charm could be changed up depending on your mood! Stamped with French 18K gold marks.
  • Origin: France, ca. 1890
  • Dimensions: watch key, 1 1/2" long; longer tassel, 1 11/16"
  • Weight: 7.9 grams.
  • Condition: excellent.
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Victorian : Pre 1900 item #1407132
Kensington House Antiques
$375.00
A wonderful Victorian 18K gold and jet watch chain that has been converted to a bracelet. The bracelet comprises variously-shaped baton and spherical beads. The original carved spherical watch fob and the crossbar dangle freely from the bracelet. The watch fob is carved in a stylized foliate pattern against a matte background. The spring ring is stamped "14K"; other elements are tested and guaranteed 14K.
  • Era: ca. 1890
  • Length: 7 3/8" (easily extended, if needed, with additional gold links).
  • Condition: very good; one of the long beads has a 1/8" flake at one end and another long bead has a 1/16" flake at one end, but neither are easily visible without very close inspection.