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All Items : Estate Jewelry : Cufflinks and Accessories : Gold : Pre 1900 item #1381145
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$575.00
A fine pair of late Victorian 14K yellow gold bean-back cufflinks, the front faces decorated with ornately fashioned coiled snakes. The gold surface is treated to the soft, semi-matte bloomed finish sometimes seen in Victorian and Art Nouveau jewels. Kirby seemed particularly partial to snakes and produced several different serpent designs for cufflinks. In Victorian symbology, snakes conveyed sentiments of eternal love. Each cufflink is stamped “14K” and bears the maker’s mark for H. A. Kirby & Co.
  • Origin: America, ca. 1890.
  • Dimensions: faces, 3/4" x 1/2".
  • Weight: 4.9 grams.
  • Condition: excellent; all original.
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Cufflinks and Accessories : Gold : Pre 1930 item #1381144
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A very fine pair of 14K yellow and white gold engine-turned cufflinks, the faces set with round brilliant cut blue sapphires. The quality of the engine-turned decoration is truly superb—matched by the selection of bright blue sapphires with excellent clarity. These cufflinks are considerably heavier than most other “flats” from the period. The connectors are stamped “14K” and bear the maker’s mark for Strobell & Crane.
  • Origin: America, ca. 1920.
  • Dimensions: 9/16” x 9/16”.
  • Weight: 9.7 grams.
  • Approximate Total Gemstone Weight: sapphire, .25 carat.
  • Condition: excellent; all original.
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Victorian : Pre 1900 item #1381143
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$2,495.00
A classic Victorian fancy double belcher chain link necklace composed of interlocking fluted and ropetwist links in 14K gold. The fluted links enhances the reflections in the gold, so they offer a more reflective quality that contrasts nicely with the ropetwist links. The chain is substantial enough to be worn alone or suspending a quite large pendant or locket, and the links are open enough that they can suspend multiple smaller pendants or charms. Tested and guaranteed 14K gold.
  • Origin: America, ca. 1890.
  • Dimensions: 21” long.
  • Weight: 29.5 grams.
  • Condition: excellent, no repairs.
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Victorian : Pre 1900 item #1381142
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$1,495.00
A classic Victorian fancy double belcher chain link necklace composed of interlocking fluted double links in 14K gold. The fluted shape of the links enhances the reflections in the gold, so the chain has a certain sparkly quality. Substantial enough to be worn alone or suspending a large pendant or locket, the chain can also be worn wrapped three to four times around the wrist as a bracelet. The links are also open enough that the chain can suspend multiple smaller pendants or charms. Tested and guaranteed 14K gold.
  • Origin: America, ca. 1890.
  • Dimensions: 28.5” long.
  • Weight: 14.2 grams.
  • Condition: excellent, no repairs.
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Designer Signed : Pre 1980 item #1381060
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A colorful 18K gold and gemstone ring from the “Rainbow Collection” by H Stern. Made in the 1980’s, the collection was intended to show off the variety of colored gemstones available from Stern’s Brazilian mines and also the artistry of the company’s designers in the subtly graduated colors that reproduce the colors of the rainbow spectrum. The selection includes amethyst, iolite, green tourmaline, peridot, citrine, pink tourmaline and garnet. The interior of the shank is marked “750” for 18K and bears Stern’s hallmark.

NOTE: We are also offering a matching pair of earrings (Item #1381057).
  • Origin: Brazil, ca 1985.
  • Dimensions: 1/4" wide at front, tapering to 1/8” at the back.
  • Finger Size: 7 1/2.
  • Weight: 5.5 grams
  • Approximate Total Gemstone Weight: not accurately measurable due to setting, but estimated around 5 carats
  • Condition: excellent; all original.
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Designer Signed : Pre 1980 item #1381057
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A colorful pair of 18K gold and gemstone earrings from the “Rainbow Collection” by H Stern. Made in the 1980’s, the collection was intended to show off the variety of colored gemstones available from Stern’s Brazilian mines and also the artistry of the company’s designers in the subtly graduated colors that reproduce the colors of the rainbow spectrum. The selection includes amethyst, blue topaz, green tourmaline, peridot and citrine. The backs have omega clips and posts could be added. Each earring is marked “750” for 18K and bears Stern’s hallmark.

NOTE: We are also offering a matching ring (Item #1381060).
  • Origin: Brazil, ca 1985.
  • Dimensions: 13/32” wide; 3/4" long.
  • Weight: 10.7 grams.
  • Approximate Total Gemstone Weight: 10.8 carats.
  • Condition: excellent; all original.
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Pre Victorian : Pre 1837 VR item #1381053
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$1,095.00
A very nice late Georgian carnelian spinner fob mounted in an 18K gold frame in the form of two intertwined snakes. The snakes are hand-chased with detailed scales and interesting, their heads are finished with duck-bill mouths (complete with teeth) grasping apples. This form is often seen in French silver wine tasters and was intended as a reminder of temptation and the snake in the Garden of Eden. The spiral mechanism in the center of the snakes’ entwined bodies is a spring mechanism that allows the carnelian plaque to be locked into place. The fob is generously sized and would make a stunning pendant. Marked with an indistinct Continental hallmark (likely French) and tested 18K.
  • Origin: Continental Europe, probably France, ca. 1830.
  • Dimensions: 1-9/16” x 1-3/4”.
  • Weight: 11.3 grams.
  • Condition: excellent; carnelian was never engraved; all original.
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Designer Signed : Pre 1960 item #1381052
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$2,650.00
A fine modernist 18K yellow gold ring by Burle Marx set with an intricately carved aquamarine in the “forma livre” (free form) style. Haroldo Burle Marx was particularly known for his use of Brazilian gemstones, often fashioned by carving or tumbling rather than faceting, a technique he invented in 1948. The aquamarine’s deep, dusky blue color contrasts beautifully with the gold, which is worked with florentined engraving typical of Burle Marx’s pieces. The shape of the stone also creates a wonderful linearity that looks beautiful on the finger. The interior of the shank is fully signed and marked for 18K.

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 India. He was also a favorite jewelry of Hollywood stars Natalie Wood and Merle Oberon.
  • Origin: Brazil, ca. 1965.
  • Dimensions: crown, 1-1/8” x 1/2".
  • Finger Size: 4 (can be enlarged).
  • Condition: excellent; no abrasions; no dings.
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Cufflinks and Accessories : Gold : Pre 1950 item #1381050
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$1,250.00
A very unusual pair of 14K yellow gold barbell cufflinks, one end the traditional ball shape and the other in a geometric “rooftop” shape. Louis Tamis & Sons opened in 1909 and quickly became the leading American maker of gold boxes and other luxury objects. In the 1930s, the company manufactured for Paul Flato. By mid-century, it had become on of New York’s most exclusive manufacturing jewelers, creating commissioned pieces for Tiffany & Co., Cartier and Van Cleef & Arpels. Each cufflink is stamped “14K” and bears Tamis’ hallmark.
  • Origin: America, ca. 1940.
  • Dimensions: “rooftop” faces, 1/2” x 1/2”; ball faces, 3/8” diam.
  • Weight: 10.3 grams.
  • Condition: excellent.
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Cufflinks and Accessories : Silver : Pre 1980 item #1380829
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$225.00
An elegant pair of vintage sterling silver and rosewood inlaid cufflinks by an unknown Taxco maker. The geometric positive and negative space design and is finely executed. The backs are marked “Mexico 925” and have the maker’s registry number “TS-15.”
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  • Origin: Taxco, Mexico, circa 1980.
  • Dimensions: 29/32” x 5/8” (23 x 16 mm).
  • Weight: 14.8 grams.
  • Condition: excellent.
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Cufflinks and Accessories : Gold : Pre 1950 item #1380828
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$675.00
A handsome pair of 14k yellow gold cufflinks, the faces set with Essex crystals depicting dogs (definitely terriers, and most likely fox terriers). The dogs are colorfully painted on the reverse-carved crystal and set against mother of pearl backgrounds. The cufflinks are finished with toggle backs. The toggles are stamped “14K” and have a patent number, indicating the patent was still active when the cufflinks were made.
  • Origin: America, ca. 1950.
  • Dimensions: 17/32” (14 mm) diameter.
  • Weight: 7.2 grams.
  • Condition: excellent, no scratches or moisture damage.
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Victorian : Pre 1900 item #1380827
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$1,595.00
A classic Victorian double belcher chain link necklace composed of interlocking double links in 14K gold. Substantial enough to be worn alone or suspending a large pendant or locket, the chain can also be worn wrapped three to four times around the wrist as a bracelet. The links are also open enough that the chain can suspend multiple smaller pendants or charms. Tested and guaranteed 14K gold.
  • Origin: America, ca. 1890.
  • Dimensions: 28” long.
  • Weight: 18.2 grams.
  • Condition: excellent, no repairs.
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Art Nouveau : Pre 1910 item #1379847
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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
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$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
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$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
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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
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$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
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$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.