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All Items : Estate Jewelry : Platinum : Vintage : Pre 1920 item #1492658
Kensington House Antiques
$4,995.00
A stunning platinum lavaliere and rose cut diamond necklace from the Belle Epoque (Edwardian period). The platinum chain transitions at the middle to rows of rose cut diamonds in millgrained platinum collets separated by knife-edge spackers that meet in a matching inverted pear-shaped plaque set with a large pear-shaped rose cut diamond. A second smaller diamond below exaggerates the pear-shaped motif. The plaque in turn suspends a rose of individually-hinged rose cut diamonds before terminating in another large round diamond enhanced with a halo of smaller diamonds. The diamonds have excellent clarity for rose cuts and have a bright white sparkle in daylight and warmth in dimmer lighting. The necklace is stamped in multiple placed with French platinum marks. The necklace is presented in its original fitted blue leather box lined in blue velvet and cream silk. Delicate necklaces suspending small pendants came into fashion in the 17th century and were named after Louis XIV’s last mistress la Comtesse Louise de la Vallière.
  • Origin: France, ca 1915
  • Condition: excellent; the spring ring clasp is silver; binding tape repair to box hinge
  • Dimensions: 15-7/8” long; 1-15-32” drop length
  • Weight: 7.5 grams
  • Approximate Total Diamond Weight: 1.53 carats (the face-up appearance of the stones is close to 3 carats)
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Art Nouveau : Pre 1910 item #1492656
Kensington House Antiques
$2,595.00
An extremely rare and beautifully made French Art Nouveau pin depicting a sirène (mermaid) and sea monsters. The rarity of the design cannot be overstated—for every 50 or so griffins maybe one mermaid piece turns up. The mermaid is depicted within a trefoil border created by the bodies of the writhing sea monsters. A garland of lilypads (interesting that the designer didn’t remember that lilypads grow in freshwater while mermaids live in oceans) preserves her nether region modesty. She is shown blowing a large conch shell horn that was used to calm the seas for favored sailors and to brings storms to doom the unlucky. The pin retains its original pinstem and clasp marked with French 18K gold marks and also with the master goldsmith’s mark for Alfred Rayat who worked in Paris 1885-1907. A folding bail could be added for wear as a pendant.
  • Origin: France, ca. 1900
  • Condition: excellent
  • Dimensions: 1-3/8” x 1-5/16”
  • Weight: 11.0 grams
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Art Nouveau : Pre 1910 item #1492655
Kensington House Antiques
$1,350.00
A nice Art Nouveau griffin pendant worked in 18K gold and platinum, the wings set with rose cut diamonds and the open jaws grasping another diamond. The pose, in a sort of near-frontal pose with detailed ribbed wings outspread, is somewhat unusual and makes a dramatic statement. The piece was originally a brooch and pendant combination, but the original pinstem was removed. The clasp remains and is stamped with French 18K marks. The pendant loops are original. The griffin also retains its original hook that would have been used to suspend a watch or a pearl or gemstone drop.
  • Origin: France, ca. 1900
  • Condition: excellent; a couple of small dings to the back side near the hook
  • Dimensions: 1-7/8” x 1-1/2”
  • Weight: 6.1 grams
  • Approximate Total Diamond Weight: .20 carat
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Victorian : Pre 1900 item #1492654
Kensington House Antiques
$2,895.00
An elegant Belle Epoque bracelet comprising links in the Louis XVI style, set alternately with round emeralds and rose cut diamonds. The gemstones are set in crimped collets that mimic the center of each flower. Each link is hinged in a way that allows the bracelet to drape nicely on the wrist. The clasp is stamped with French 18K hallmarks and a illegible master goldsmith’s mark.
  • Origin: France, ca. 1890
  • Condition: excellent
  • Dimensions: 7-1/2” long: 15/32” wide
  • Weight: 17.4 grams
  • Approximate Total Gemstone Weight: diamond, .10 carat; emerald, .06 carat
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Art Nouveau : Pre 1930 item #1492653
Kensington House Antiques
$595.00
A lovely Art Nouveau gold watch pin in the form of a maiden appearing within the ruffled form of a pansy blossom. Tendrils of her hair cascade out toward the edges eventually disappearing into the veining of the flower’s petals. The back retains the original clasp and a hook to hang a watch. The pin could easily be converted to a pendant with the addition of a bail at the top. The hook could then be used to suspend a pearl or other gemstone drop. The clasp is indistinctly stamped with a mark for the karat content, and it is tested and guaranteed as 14K gold.
  • Origin: America, ca. 1910
  • Condition: excellent, sharp detail
  • Dimensions: 1” x 1”
  • Weight: 4.4 grams
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Deco : Pre 1930 item #1492652
Kensington House Antiques
$6,500.00
A stunning Art Deco worked in white gold, each link set with a square onyx plaque topped with a cabochon opal in a milgrain white gold collet. Spacers between the links are set with onyx beads flanked at the corners with old European, mine, and single cut diamonds. The opals have very good play of color, predominantly in shades of green and blue with orange flashes. The links are fully articulated so the bracelet sits nicely on the wrist. The clasp is stamped with French 18K gold marks.
  • Origin: France, ca. 1925
  • Condition: excellent
  • Dimensions: length, 6-7/8”, width 3/8” tapering to 1/4" at the back
  • Approximate Total Gemstone Weight: opal, 6.36 carats; diamond, .70 carat
  • Weight: 32.1 grams
    All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Designer Signed : Pre 1970 item #1492025
    Kensington House Antiques
    $16,500.00
    An exquisite mid-century modern 18K gold and diamond necklace by André Vassort for the Parisian jeweler O. J. Perrin. The necklace comprises 47 butterfly-shaped graduated links, each separately hinged so they lie perfectly flat around the neck. The links are worked in the heavily textured style favored by Vassort. The center 21 links are each studded with a diamond so delicately set that it appears to float over its link. The diamonds are graded as E color and VVS1 clarity. The clasp is stamped with Vassort’s master’s mark and with French 18K gold marks. The necklace is presented in its original dark blue suede and moiré silk fitted box marked by the luxury jewelry house O. J. Perrin. Aside from Perrin, Vassort also created jewels for Van Cleef & Arpels, Mauboussin, Cartier, and Boucheron. He also designed privately for Hollywood celebrities. In 1969, Van Cleef asked him to design and create the coronation crown for Empress Farah of Iran.
    • Origin: France, ca 1960
    • Condition: excellent
    • Dimensions: 17-1/2” long; 5/8” wide tapering to 3/8” at back
    • Weight: 103.6 grams
    • Approximate Total Diamond Weight: 1.75 carats
    All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Pre Victorian : Pre 1837 VR item #1492024
    Kensington House Antiques
    $9,750.00
    A stunning pair of lage Georgian or early Victorian transitional earrings worked in 18K gold and silver. The earrings, each in form of a convolvulus (morning glory) blossom feature a variety of antique cut diamonds, mostly cushion and mine cuts. The smallest stones are rose cuts. The diamonds are of excellent quality, mostly eye clean and with superb, warm sparkle as the earrings dangle freely. The expert craftsmanship that allowed the diamonds to be set very close together with little metal showing gives the earrings a dramatic appearance when being worn. Most of the diamonds are set “a jour” (open to the light at the back), but the largest center diamonds in the rosettes at the top of each earring are set in cut-down mountings which suggests the earrings were made in the transitional period between the Georgian and Victorian eras. The backs of the rosettes have a layer of 18K gold so the silver wouldn't tarnish the wearer's earlobes. The wires are 18K gold and are probably replacements of the originals.
    • Origin: likely English or possibly French, ca 1830-40
    • Condition: excellent
    • Dimensions: 1-1/2” x 11/16”
    • Approximate Total Diamond Weight: 6.16 carats
    • Weight: 8.8 grams
    All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Edwardian : Pre 1920 item #1492022
    Kensington House Antiques
    $595.00
    An elegant Edwardian heart-shaped locket worked in 18K yellow gold. The front cover is enhanced with a small rose cut diamond and three small no-heat rubies set in a stylized floral pattern with engraved stems. The decoration is reminiscent of Imperial Russian jewels of the era, but the locket bears French gold hallmarks and is marked “Déposé” indicating that the design had a copyright of sorts. The edges of both the front a back covers are finished with banded reeding décor. The chain is old, possibly original, but is gold-filled.
    • Origin: France, ca. 1910
    • Condition: excellent, a couple of tiny pinpoints on the back cover
    • Dimensions: 3/4" x 15/16” excluding jump ring; chain, 18” long
    • Weight: 2.1 grams (without chain)
    All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Retro : Pre 1950 item #1492021
    Kensington House Antiques
    $3,250.00
    An interesting late Retro 14K yellow gold bracelet worked as a series of sextupled cable links that are slightly flattened so they splay out sideways to create a wide bracelet with a sort of optical illusion effect. The clasp is decorated so the bracelet appears seamless when being worn. The open link design makes this a perfect bracelet to wear on its own or with chunky, heavy charms. The interior of the clasp is marked “14K.”
    • Origin: America, ca. 1950
    • Condition: excellent
    • Dimensions: 5/8” wide; 7” long
    • Weight: 38.2 grams
    All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Victorian : Pre 1900 item #1492020
    Kensington House Antiques
    $225.00
    An elegant Victorian 18K gold pendant featuring an onyx plaque centered with a seed pearl. The gold setting is ornately worked in a rope twist motif and with bright-cut engraving. Three tiny seed pearls complete the design. The pendant is stamped with French 18K gold marks.
    • Origin: France, ca. 1870
    • Condition: excellent
    • Dimensions: 1-7/32” x 5/8”
    • Weight: 3.0 grams
    All Items : Estate Jewelry : Silver : Edwardian : Pre 1920 item #1492017
    Kensington House Antiques
    $225.00
    A nice Edwardian silver watch chain with striped niello decoration on each of the ornate links. The chain is finished at one end with a dog clip and at the other with a large niello bolt.
    • Origin: Switzerland, ca 1900
    • Condition: excellent, niello intact
    • Length: 10”
    • Weight: 23.8 grams
    All Items : Estate Jewelry : Silver : Edwardian : Pre 1910 item #1492016
    Kensington House Antiques
    $225.00
    A nice Edwardian silver watch chain with striped niello decoration on alternate links between smaller gilt links. The chain is finished with a niello swivel dog clip at one end and a large bolt with repousse and gilt decoration on the other. The chain is stamped with Swiss 800 silver marks used 1882-1934.
    • Origin: Switzerland, ca 1900
    • Condition: excellent, niello intact
    • Length: 11-1/4”
    • Weight: 16.0 grams
    All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Edwardian : Pre 1920 item #1492009
    Kensington House Antiques
    $2,995.00
    An elegant Edwardian bracelet worked in fancy curly-cued gold links, each with a slash of platinum-set rose cut diamonds for a little added sparkle. A collet-set ruby appears between each of the links. The rubies have nice color and are unheated. The links are formed loosely, so the bracelet has nice movement when being worn. The tongue of the concealed clasp is stamped with French 18K gold and platinum hallmarks and with an illegible master goldsmith’s mark.
    • Origin: France, ca 1915
    • Condition: excellent
    • Dimensions: length, 6-3/4”; width, 5/16”
    • Approximate Total Gemstone Weight: ruby, 1.2 carats; diamond, .20 carat
    • Weight: 14.5 grams
    All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Art Nouveau : Pre 1900 item #1492006
    Kensington House Antiques
    $2,395.00
    A heavy French 18K gold and diamond pendant depicting a mythological griffin. The creature has the body of a lion and the head and wings of an eagle. His open jaws clasp an old mine cut diamond. The diamond has bright (G-ish) color and is VVS2 clarity. The griffin is depicted against a background of swirling foliage. The back is engraved to match the texture of the front. The griffin has two loops on the backs of the wingtips so it can be worn as a pendant. It originally also had a removable pin stem which is no longer present. The pendant is stamped with French 18K guarantee marks and a partial goldsmith’s mark.
    • Origin: France, ca. 1890
    • Condition: excellent, sharp detail, removable brooch mechanism absent
    • Dimensions: 1-5/8” x 1-3/8”
    • Weight: 11.6 grams
    • Approximate Diamond Weight: .05 carat
    All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Victorian : Pre 1900 item #1492005
    Kensington House Antiques
    $3,450.00
    A really inventive Victorian 14K gold book chain necklace, each link in the form of a heart. The links are further enhanced with heart appliques engraved in a floral pattern. The necklace is completed with a large reeded bolt clasp that could easily hold multiple pendants or charms. Tested and guaranteed 14K.
    • Origin: America, ca. 1880
    • Condition: excellent
    • Dimensions: 18-3/4” long
    • Weight: 32.1 grams
    All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Victorian : Pre 1900 item #1491850
    Kensington House Antiques
    $3,750.00
    An elegant Victorian bangle bracelet, the front set with a triple row of 76 natural seed pearls that splay open toward the center which is set with a floret of old mine cut diamonds. The pearls have cream body color and fine luster and are perfectly matched. The diamonds are F/G color and VVS2 clarity. The center diamond is .34 ct and the others are .06 ct each. The clasp is well-concealed and it is stamped “15 Ct” and also has French import marks.
    • Origin: England, ca. 1900
    • Condition: excellent
    • Dimensions: 5/8” wide tapering to 3/16” at back; circumference 6-1/2”
    • Weight: 23.5 grams
    • Approximate Total Diamond Weight: .82 carat
    All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Victorian : Pre 1900 item #1491849
    Kensington House Antiques
    $995.00
    A nice pair of mid-Victorian earrings worked in chocolate brown lava set with pearls in 14K yellow gold. The earrings are designed as two acorns flanking an elongated amphora form surmounted by a lady’s head. The girandole arrangement (three elements suspended from a single element at the top) is relatively rare among lava earrings. Archaeological Revival lava jewelry from Pompeii was a very prized souvenir of a wealthy visitor’s Grand Tour through Italy due to the ongoing excavations there that accelerated in the late 1860s. The small pearls are natural and have excellent color and luster. Tested and guaranteed 15K gold.
    • Italy & England, ca 1870
    • Condition: excellent, no chips
    • Dimensions: 3/4” wide; 1-15/16” long
    • Weight: 5.8 grams