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All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Art Nouveau : Pre 1910 item #1379847
Kensington House Antiques
$2,095.00
A gorgeous and generously sized Art Nouveau 14K gold and diamond locket by Carter, Gough & Co. The cover features a maiden emerging from a bouquet of flowers. The choice of flowers in the bouquet sends a very specific hidden meaning in Victorian floral symbolism. The iris on the left means, "I have a message for you," and the jonquil on the right means, "I desire a return of affection." The flowers and the maiden's hair are studded with six old mine cut diamonds. The background is worked in a stippled pattern that contrasts beautifully with the hand-chased design. The back of the locket has a period three-letter monogram "MCR". The interior retains the original frame and is engraved "June 30, 1903." The interior is stamped with Carter, Gough's hallmark.
  • America, 1903
  • 1-1/2" diameter (excluding the bail and jump ring)
  • 22.3 grams
  • Approximate Total Diamond Weight: .15 carat
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Designer Signed : Pre 1970 item #1379845
Kensington House Antiques
$2,950.00
A very attractive 18K yellow gold ring set with an amethyst by the famed mid-century Brazilian designer Haroldo Burle Marx. Burle Marx is well-known for his free form designs, but his collaborations with his brother, the landscape architect Roberto Burle Marx, had a much more linear, abstract feel as in this piece. The amethyst at the center is of the very finest quality, with intensely purple color and excellent clarity. The gold is completed with the finely worked florentined finish typical of Burle Marx's work. The interior of the shank is fully signed.

Burle Marx worked in his native Brazil, and his only international boutique was at the Watergate Hotel in Washington, DC. He was chosen by the Brazilian government to create state gifts for Queen Elizabeth, Empress Nagako of Japan, Empress Farah Diba of Iran, Queen Margarethe of Denmark, Prime Minister Indira Gandhi of India, and many others. In Hollywood circles, he was a favored jeweler to Merle Oberon and Natalie Wood.
  • Brazil, ca 1970
  • Excellent condition
  • 1-1/16" wide at crown, tapering to 3/16" at the back of the shank
  • Finger Size: 5-3/4
  • 17.0 grams
  • Approximate Gemstone Weight: 3.08 carats
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Designer Signed : Pre 1970 item #1379844
Kensington House Antiques
$2,250.00
A fascinating 18K yellow gold cocktail ring featuring a "forma livre" (free-form) amethyst by the famed mid-century Brazilian designer Haroldo Burle Marx. Burle Marx invented the technique of carving and tumbling forma livre stones in 1948, and the style became his signature. The amethyst chosen for this ring has distinct color zoning that creates an interesting interplay of deep and light purple coloring. The setting is finished in the florentine style typical of Burle Marx's work. The interior is stamped "750" for 18K. The ring is unsigned, but is definitely by Burle Marx.

Burle Marx worked in his native Brazil, and his only international boutique was at the Watergate Hotel in Washington, DC. He was chosen by the Brazilian government to create state gifts for Empress Nagako of Japan, Empress Farah Diba of Iran, Queen Margarethe of Denmark, and Prime Minister Indira Gandhi of Indian. In Hollywood circles, he was a favored jeweler of Merle Oberon and Natalie Wood.

  • Brazil, ca 1965
  • Very good condition; very light wear consistent with age to the stone visible under 10x magnification
  • Crown Dimensions: 1-3/16 long; 7/8" wide; 3/4" high.
  • Shank tapers to 1/4" at the back
  • Finger Size: 5-1/4
  • Weight: 23.4 grams.

All Items : Estate Jewelry : Cufflinks and Accessories : Gold : Pre 1920 item #1379017
Kensington House Antiques
$550.00
A classic pair of Edwardian almandite garnet cufflinks, the oval gemstones set simply in 18K yellow gold collet settings. The faces are attached by chains to torpedo backs. The garnets are of nice quality, having a slightly more orange coloring than is typical of almandite--nearly in the color range for spessartite garnet. Tested and guaranteed 18K.

Ca. 1910. Condition: excellent, all original. Size: 5/8" x 5/16". Weight: 6.6 grams. Approximate Total Gemstone Weight: 5.78 carats.

All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Retro : Pre 1940 item #1378900
Kensington House Antiques
$1,595.00
A striking Retro floral pendant worked in 18K yellow and rose gold and platinum, set with diamonds, amethysts and synthetic rubies. The pendant is designed as a large flower blossom with diamond encrusted petals surrounded ruby stamens. A spike of purple flowers is suggested by the oval brilliant cut amethysts to one side. The gemstones are of good quality with strongly saturated coloring and good clarity. The rubies are synthetic as is expected of pieces from the Retro period. The use of platinum suggests that the pendant falls toward the beginning of the Retro period, in the late 1930s. The pendant was originally a brooch. The pin has been removed and a 14K gold bail added. The clasp is hinged, so that the pendant can be worn from a thick gold chain or a strand of pearls. Marked 18K.
  • Origin: America, ca. 1938
  • Excellent condition
  • Dimensions (excluding bail): 1-5/8 x 1-15/16 in (41 x 50 mm)
  • Weight: 14.0 grams
  • Approximate Total Gemstone Weight: diamond, .83 carat ruby, .60 carat; amethyst, 2.40 carats
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Victorian : Pre 1900 item #1378876
Kensington House Antiques
$4,500.00
Breathtaking French 18K gold, silver, diamond and pink tourmaline brooch from the reign of the Emperor Napoleon III. The brooch is formed as a naturalistic swirl of leaves, set throughout with rose-cut diamonds. The design features three large old mine-cut diamonds, each a bit larger than 1/2 carat. The center stone is prong-set while the outer stones are collet-set. The old European cut diamonds are scattered along an unusual knife-edge setting at the top of the brooch. The gold setting is topped with silver in the traditional style of 19th century French jewels. The brooch suspends a collet-set oval pink tourmaline cabochon topped with a collet-set old European-cut diamond. The diamonds used in the period, as would be expected of such a significant piece. The color is a very bright white and the clarity is quite good for the period. The tourmaline is a soft pink shade with just a tinge of violet. The brooch retains the original extended pinstema and c-clasp, both of which are stamped with French 18K marks and the mark of an unidentified jeweler (AH).

Origin: Paris, ca. 1855. Condition: excellent, all original. Size: 1-5/8" x 1-19/32". Weight: 11.25 grams. Approximate Total Gemstone Weight: diamond, 2.6 carats; tourmaline, 1.5 carats.

All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Designer Signed : Pre 1970 item #1378834
Kensington House Antiques
$1,450.00
A beautiful pair of 18K yellow gold and diamond earrings by Gucci. The earrings are designed in a sort of “knitted” ropetwist pattern, the tops sprinkled with round single cut diamonds. The stones are graded as I color and SI1 clarity. Both earrings are marked “18Ct Italy” and signed “Gucci”. The earrings retain their original posts and omega clips, and are presented in their original fitted Gucci box.

Origin: Italy, ca. 1960. Condition: excellent, all original. Size: 11/16” long; 1/2” wide. Weight: 10.9 gr. Approximate Total Diamond Weight: .30 ct.

All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Period : Pre 1970 item #1378832
Kensington House Antiques
$1,195.00
A fine pair of vintage 18K yellow gold earrings in the Venetian Etruscan style. Each earring features a 1.52 amethyst cabochon surrounded by smaller cabochons. The gold surfaces are enhanced with an intricate pattern of wire- and bead-work, and the edges are finished in a zigzag pattern. The earrings are marked with Italian hallmarks. The backs have omega clips, but posts could easily be added.
  • Italy, ca. 1960
  • Excellent condition
  • 15/16" diameter
  • 13.0 grams
  • Approximate Total Gemstone Weight: 7.0 carats
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Deco : Pre 1940 item #1378547
Kensington House Antiques
$2,495.00
A heavy and finely made pair of 18K yellow gold stirrup (étrier) cufflinks set with calibre-cut blue sapphires designed by the Russian émigré jeweler Olga Tritt for sale at her Park Avenue boutique in New York. The arches of the cufflinks are set with rows calibre-cut intensely-colored blue sapphires.

Tritt specialized in antique jewelry, but supplemented her selection with an array of her own luxury designs, mostly made in France to her specifications. Her client roster included many luminaries, including the Duchess of Windsor. These cufflinks are unsigned, but the particular elongated figure-8 style of the hinged connectors was unique to Tritt. Tested and guaranteed 18K.
  • France, circa 1935
  • Condition: excellent; all original
  • Dimensions: 3/4" x 15/16" (20 x 24 mm)
  • Weight: 14.9 grams
  • Approximate Total Sapphire Weight: 2.03 carats
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Edwardian : Pre 1910 item #1378545
Kensington House Antiques
$275.00
A delightful enameled 18K gold love/friendship charm or pendant by Georg Adam Scheid, jeweler to the Imperial Hapsburg Court in Vienna. The rooster is carefully engraved into the gold surface and then filled with translucent enamels in shades of orange, green and yellow. The edge is enameled in black with the French phrase, "Quand ce coq chantera, mon amitié finira. (When this rooster crows, my friendship will end.)" Obviously, the gold and enamel rooster will never crow, so the friendship will never end! The pendant/charm is stamped with Scheid's hallmark, the city mark for Vienna and French import marks for 18K.

Georg Adam Scheid (sometimes listed as Georg Anton Scheid) was active 1882-1911. He was particularly noted for his enamel work and became a favored gold- and silversmith to the Imperial Family. Scheid's pieces in gold are far rarer that his silver items.
  • Origin: Austria, ca 1900
  • Condition: excellent; no enamel damage
  • Dimensions: 9/16" (14 mm) diameter (excluding bail and jump ring)
  • Weight: 2.0 grams
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Period : Pre 1970 item #1378408
Kensington House Antiques
$1,495.00
A fabulous pair of 18K yellow gold Sputnik DANGLE earrings by H Stern. The spheres are bezel-set with round amethysts, citrines, aquamarines, peridots, green tourmalines, pink tourmalines and garnets. The Sputnik design was created in the 1950s 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 are the only examples of dangle Sputniks we have ever seen. Tested and guaranteed 18K.
  • Origin: Brazil, ca. 1960
  • Condition: excellent, all original
  • Dimensions: spheres, 19/32" (16mm) diameter; length, 1-5/8" (44mm)
  • Weight: 6.7 grams
  • Approximate Total Gemstone Weight: 5.2 carats
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Period : Pre 1970 item #1378406
Kensington House Antiques
$1,450.00
An 18K gold and amethyst Venetian Etruscan charm or pendant enhanced with ropetwist and beaded decoration. The larger portions of the gold surface are worked in an engraved crosshatch pattern that is very unusual for Italian charms of the period. The decoration creates a soft sheen rather than a glittery surface. The amethysts are set with fleur-de-lis and claw prongs. The amethysts have deep purple coloring and are of very nice quality. The bail is marked "18K Italy."
  • Origin: Italy, circa 1960
  • Condition: excellent
  • Dimensions: 7/8" x 7/8" x 1-1/2" (excluding jump ring) (23 x 23 x 40 mm)
  • Weight: 15.9 grams
  • Approximate Amethyst Weight: 9.6 carats
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Victorian : Pre 1900 item #1378405
Kensington House Antiques
$1,895.00
An outstanding 18K gold shield-form perfume locket ("vinaigrette"), opening to reveal two compartments separated by a hinged crystal cover. The front cover is worked in an ornate pierced and engraved design in the Persian taste. The tiny pierced openings are concealed within the design and are intended to permit the escape of scent from a tiny perfume-soaked sponge that can be wedged inside the front cover. Vinaigrettes of this sort were used by ladies to ward off the unpleasant odors of the streets. The back cover is more simply decorated in a stippled pattern that vaguely suggests fleurs-de-lys. When opened, the back side can accommodate a portrait. The two halves are separated by a thick crystal cover with beveled edges set in gold. The locket hangs from a scrolled bail ornament. The gold has a slightly rosy tint. The inside edges are stamped with French “tete d’aigle” hallmarks for 18K.
  • Origin: France, ca. 1870
  • Condition: very good, sharp detail; the back cover has a few small dings visible in strong raking light
  • Dimensions: 1-9/16” x 15/16” (40 x 23 mm)
  • Weight: 21.0 grams
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Cufflinks and Accessories : Gold : Pre 1900 item #1378403
Kensington House Antiques
$425.00
A pair of Victorian cufflinks in 14K rose gold, each face set with a faceted amethyst cabochon. Cufflinks of this type almost always use plain cabochons and the use of foil-backed faceted amethysts here is particularly attractive. The faces are joined by solid oval links. The backs are marked for 14K.
  • America, ca 1890
  • Excellent condition
  • Faces, 5/8" x 5/16" (16 x 8 mm)
  • 6.2 grams
  • Approximate Total Amethyst Weight: 11.96 carats
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Victorian : Pre 1900 item #1378399
Kensington House Antiques
$1,250.00
A fine Victorian 14K yellow gold watch fob pendant featuring a 23.5-carat oval brilliant cut amethyst nested in the coiled tail and wings of a ferocious dragon. The tail and wings are very nicely detailed with scales and feathers. The dragon's neck forms the bail from which the pendant would hang. The amethyst has very nice even coloring, eye-clean clarity and good cut. Jewels featuring mythological creatures became popular in Paris around 1870 and the craze then spread to England and America. Being worked in 14K gold (tested and guaranteed), this example is certainly American.
  • America, ca. 1875
  • Very good condition; sharp detail to gold work; minor wear abrasions to facet junctions (mostly along the keel at the back of the stone) on the amethyst consistent with age
  • 1-3/16" x 1-1/4"
  • 10.79 grams
  • Approximate Amethyst Weight: 23.5 carats
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Designer Signed : Pre 1970 item #1377715
Kensington House Antiques
$2,995.00
A vintage 18K yellow gold turtle brooch set with rubies by Cartier. The turtle’s shell is formed as interwoven wide ribbons of textured gold, the intersections prong-set with round brilliant-cut rubies. The eyes are also set with small rubies. Parts of the gold have a Florentine finish while others are smooth, creating very pleasing contrast. The rubies are of very fine quality, with strongly saturated color and eye-clean clarity. The reverse side of the pin is worked in a trellis pattern. The back is marked with “Cartier 18K” and has a serial number. The pin could easily be converted to a pendant by adding a bail under the head.
  • France, circa 1965
  • Excellent condition
  • 1-7/16 x 1"
  • 15.2 grams
  • Ruby, .44 carat
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Pre 1980 item #1375421
Kensington House Antiques
$2,750.00
Elegant 18K yellow gold and diamond ring in the "Saffo" pattern from the "Greca" line by Versace. The wide gold band is solid in the back, but the front is pierced in a classic Greek key pattern. The pierced area is pavé-set with 59 round brilliant-cut diamonds (G/VVS2). Prior to his death in 1997, Gianni Versace created a limited line of fine jewelry, and this particular design appeared as rings, bracelets and earrings. The back of the band is signed "VERSACE" and the interior is marked with Italian 18K gold hallmarks. The ring is accompanied with its original embossed leather presentation box and the original paperboard outer box. The original retail price of this ring was $4,050.

Origin: Italy, 1995. Condition: mint. Finger Size: 7-1/2. Size: 3/8" wide. Weight: 8.0 grams. Total Diamond Weight: .71 carat.

All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Pre 1940 item #1375376
Kensington House Antiques
$495.00
Gorgeous pendant comprised of a 14 karat yellow gold sunburst, with white gold accents, centered by a .89 carat round brilliant-cut blue sapphire of dark, vividly saturated, very slightly greenish-blue color. The stone exhibits notable green and blue pleochroism is likely Australian in origin. The chain in the photo is not included. The clasp is marked "14K".
  • America, circa 1930
  • Excellent condition, all original
  • 1-5/16" diameter
  • 9.0 grams
  • Approximate Gemstone Weight: .89 carat