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All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Victorian : Pre 1900 item #1394534
Kensington House Antiques
$1,895.00
A stunning mid-19th century brooch featuring a pansy, the lower petals set with rose cut diamonds and the upper petals with buff-cut amethysts of a deep violet hue. The colorful flower is simply presented against a plain gold background. In Victorian flower language, the pansy represented the sentiment "Think of me" and jewels with pansies were often given as love tokens or going away gifts. The brooch could easily be converted to a pendant with the addition of a bail at the back. The original clasp is stamped with French 18K gold marks and with an illegible maker's mark.
  • Origin: France, ca. 1860.
  • Condition: excellent; all original.
  • Dimensions: 1-1/8" diameter.
  • Weight: 7.8 grams.
  • Approximate Total Gemstone Weight: diamond, .36 carat; amethyst, 4.5 carats.
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Art Nouveau : Pre 1910 item #1394530
Kensington House Antiques
$850.00
A gorgeous enameled pansy, worked in several shades of purple and lavender is featured in this ring converted from a Victorian earring. The enamel has a soft velvety appearance and is accented at the center with a small pearl. The pansy is set on a sturdy 14K gold split shank. Pansies are generally associated with remembrance, but in Victorian flower symbology, they also carried the sentiment, "Think of me." So whether you're in love or just feeling nostalgic, this ring is perfect!
  • Origin: America, ca. 1900.
  • Condition: converted; a miniscule fleabite to the enamel at the edge of one petal.
  • Dimensions: crown, 3/4" x 11/16".
  • Finger Size: 7.
  • Weight: 5.8 grams.
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Designer Signed : Pre 1980 item #1394529
Kensington House Antiques
$1,350.00
A classic 18K gold “Open Heart” in the large size by Tiffany & Co. Created by Elsa Peretti, this design became one of Tiffany’s most popular and identifiable pieces. This pendant is the second largest of the four sizes available. The back of the pendant is signed “Elsa Peretti “ and is fully hallmarked by Tiffany & Co. The pendant is presented with its original Tiffany 18" 18K gold chain. This piece currently retails for $2200.
  • Origin: America, ca. 2000.
  • Condition: excellent.
  • Dimensions: 1" x 1-1/16"; necklace length, 18".
  • Weight: 10.1 grams.
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Art Nouveau : Pre 1920 item #1394473
Kensington House Antiques
$295.00
A lovely, extra-large 14K gold stick pin designed as a woman's face captured in a crescent moon. The woman wears a large hat tied with ribbons. This would be wonderful converted to a pendant with the addition of a simple bail at the top. The reverse is marked "14K."
  • Origin: America, ca. 1915.
  • Condition: excellent.
  • Dimensions: head, 7/8" x 7/8"; overall length, 2-1/8".
  • Weight: 2.7 grams.
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Retro : Pre 1950 item #1393879
Kensington House Antiques
($1495 Pendant Only; $1620 w Chain)
A vintage 18K yellow gold heart-shaped pendant/charm, the border set with alternating cushion cut Burmese rubies and old mine cut diamonds. Like most Retro pieces, the large size has great presence. The rubies have fine, bright red color and VS clarity, and display all the characteristics of Burmese rubies. There are no indications of heat or other treatment. The diamonds are of similarly fine quality, graded as I color, SI clarity. The bail is marked “750” for 18K gold. The pendant is ideal for monogramming, but there is no evidence of any previous engraving.

NOTE: The pendant is shown with a 16" 14K gold chain available for an additional $125.
  • Ca. 1940.
  • Condition: excellent, all original.
  • Dimensions: 1” x 1-1/8” (excluding bail).
  • Weight: 6.1 grams.
  • Approximate Total Gemstone Weight: ruby, .6 carat; diamond, .4 carat.
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Designer Signed : Pre 1980 item #1393878
Kensington House Antiques
($1150 Pendant Only; $1275 w Chain)
A classic 18K gold “Open Heart” in the large size by Tiffany & Co. Created by Elsa Peretti, this design became one of Tiffany’s most popular and identifiable pieces. This pendant is the second largest of the four sizes available. The back of the pendant is signed “Elsa Peretti “ and is fully hallmarked by Tiffany & Co. This piece currently retails for $1925.

NOTE: The pendant is shown on a 16" 14K gold chain available for an additional $125.
  • Origin: America, ca. 2000.
  • Condition: excellent.
  • Dimensions: 1-1/16" x 1-1/8".
  • Weight: 8.4 grams.
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Designer Signed : Pre 1980 item #1393877
Kensington House Antiques
($1450 Pendant Only; $1575 w/ Chain)
A classic 18K gold “Open Heart” in the rare extra-large size by Tiffany & Co. Created by Elsa Peretti, this design became one of Tiffany’s most popular and identifiable pieces. This pendant is the largest of the four sizes available. The back of the pendant is signed “Elsa Peretti “ and is fully hallmarked by Tiffany & Co. This piece currently retails for $2400.

NOTE: The pendant is shown on a 16" 14K gold chain available for an additional $125.
  • Origin:: America, ca. 2000.
  • Condition: excellent.
  • Dimensions: 1-7/16" x 1-5/16".
  • Weight: 9.4 grams.
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Art Nouveau : Pre 1910 item #1393875
Kensington House Antiques
$2,395.00
A striking Art Nouveau 18K gold and pearl necklace in the form of a pendant of chestnut leaves suspended from a cluster of chestnuts. The gold surfaces are entirely hand engraved with very fine detail. The pendant is set with a natural button pearl and suspends a second pearl at the bottom. The chain is enhanced with a series of tiny pearls, as well. Chestnut trees have traditionally represented fertility, but in Victorian flower language, came more to represent “luxury and abundance.” This style of necklace, called a “draperie” was a popular form among Parisian jewelers around 1900-10. The necklace is stamped with French 18K gold marks, as well as an illegible maker’s mark.
  • Origin: France, ca. 1905.
  • Condition: excellent; sharp detail; all original.
  • Dimensions: pendant, 1-1/8” wide x 3” long from the cluster of fruit to the suspended pearl; chain length, 15-7/8”.
  • Weight: 10.9 grams.
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Pre Victorian : Pre 1837 VR item #1393709
Kensington House Antiques
$1,895.00
An extraordinarily fine pair of Georgian hardstone cameo earrings set in 15K yellow gold. The cameos, certainly of Italian origin, and possibly several hundred years older than the earrings themselves, are carved from a grayish-green stone with white and rust banding. The images depict a satyr with exaggerated pointy ears and a leering grin, and a female companion with a floral wreath in her hair. In both, the grayish-green stone forms the background, while the facial features are picked out in white, and the floral headdresses have a faint rust tint. The gold settings have cut-down collets and a gentle ogee-shaped outer frame. The cameos are relatively thin and appear to be backed with black wax or pitch to hold them securely in place. The closures are front-to-back hinges. Georgian-era cameo jewelry is quite difficult to find. Tested and guaranteed 15K.
  • Origin: England, ca. 1800.
  • Condition: very good; no damage or wear except for a small fracture at the uppermost edge of the background in the female cameo visible under magnification.
  • Dimensions: 1/2” x 5/8” long (excluding wires). Weight: 7.1 grams.
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Period : Pre 1930 item #1393707
Kensington House Antiques
$995.00
This classic U.S. Navy ring is something of an oddity—it was custom-made in France! The ring is an older style with shoulders depicing an American eagle surmounting a stars and stripes shield over the letters “USN”. The crown is set with an oval cabochon of almandine garnet surrounded by the words “United States Navy,” the words separated by stars. The garnet has an intense deep red color that contrasts handsomely with the gold. The design elements of the ring suggest an early 20th century period. The shank is stamped with French 18K gold marks and also with an unidentified French goldsmith’s mark. The ring is hand-engraved, so was likely a custom order by an American gentleman from a Parisian jeweler.
  • Origin: France, ca. 1925.
  • Condition: excellent; light wear consistent with age, but the design is clear.
  • Dimensions: 5/8” wide at crown, tapering to 1/8” at the shank.
  • Finger Size: 11-1/4.
  • Weight: 10.6 grams.
  • Approximate Total Garnet Weight: 1.65 carats.
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Period : Pre 1980 item #1393505
Kensington House Antiques
$325.00
A lovely 18K yellow and white gold, ruby and enamel love pendant (“medaille d’amour”) with a rebus spelling out Plus qu’hier, moins que demain,” (“More than yesterday, less than tomorrow.”) a line from the love poem written by Rosemonde Gérard to her husband Edmond Rostand (author of “Cyrano”) in 1889. The word “plus” is symbolized by a plus sign in white gold and the word “moins” by a minus sign set with rectangular cut synthetic rubies. The remainder of the text is highlighted in black enamel.

In 1907, the Lyonnais jewelry Alphonse Augis created a love token based on the poem. This example has the starburst textured background paired with a bright-cut border in a style from the 1970s. It is signed “A.A.” The medium size is perfect for either a neck chain or a charm bracelet. The pendant is fully stamped with French 18K gold marks and with Augis’ maker’s mark.
  • Origin: France, 1975.
  • Condition: excellent; sharp detail.
  • Dimensions: 13/16” diameter (excluding bail and jump ring).
  • Weight: 2.6 grams.
  • Approximate Total Ruby Weight: .04 carat.
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Period : Pre 1940 item #1393504
Kensington House Antiques
$245.00
A lovely 18K yellow gold, diamond and ruby love pendant (“medaille d’amour”) with a rebus spelling out Plus qu’hier, moins que demain,” (“More than yesterday, less than tomorrow.”) a line from the love poem written by Rosemonde Gérard to her husband Edmond Rostand (author of “Cyrano”) in 1889. The word “plus” is symbolized by a plus sign set with a five rose cut diamonds and the word “moins” by a minus sign set with rectangular cut synthetic rubies.

In 1907, the Lyonnais jewelry Alphonse Augis created a love token based on the poem. This example is in the original style with a “crêpe de chine” textured background and floral wreath border. The use of a rose cut diamond, the A. Augis signature and the patent mark indicates that this is an earlier example. The small size is particularly nice for wear as a pendant from a delicate chain. The pendant is fully stamped with French 18K gold marks.
  • Origin: France, 1930.
  • Condition: excellent; sharp detail.
  • Dimensions: 9/16” diameter (excluding bail and jump ring).
  • Weight: 2.0 grams.
  • Approximate Total Gemstone Weight: diamond, .01 carat; ruby, .03 carat.
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Period : Pre 1940 item #1393503
Kensington House Antiques
$330.00
A lovely 18K yellow gold, diamond and ruby love pendant (“medaille d’amour”) with a rebus spelling out Plus qu’hier, moins que demain,” (“More than yesterday, less than tomorrow.”) a line from the love poem written by Rosemonde Gérard to her husband Edmond Rostand (author of “Cyrano”) in 1889. The word “plus” is symbolized by a plus sign set with a rose cut diamond and the word “moins” by a minus sign set with rectangular cut synthetic rubies.

In 1907, the Lyonnais jewelry Alphonse Augis created a love token based on the poem. This example, signed A.A., is in the original style with a “crêpe de chine” textured background and floral wreath border. The use of a rose cut diamond, the Augis signature and the patent mark indicates that this is an earlier example. The small size is perfect for either a delicate chain or to wear as a charm on a bracelet. The pendant is fully stamped with French 18K gold marks and with Augis’ maker’s mark.
  • Origin: France, 1930.
  • Condition: excellent; sharp detail.
  • Dimensions: 5/8” diameter (excluding bail and jump ring).
  • Weight: 2.8 grams.
  • Approximate Total Gemstone Weight: diamond, .01 carat; ruby, .03 carat.
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Period : Pre 1960 item #1393467
Kensington House Antiques
$325.00
A lovely 18K yellow gold, diamond and ruby love pendant (“medaille d’amour”) with a rebus spelling out Plus qu’hier, moins que demain,” (“More than yesterday, less than tomorrow.”) a line from the love poem written by Rosemonde Gérard to her husband Edmond Rostand (author of “Cyrano”) in 1889. The word “plus” is symbolized by a plus sign set with a rose cut diamond and the word “moins” by a minus sign set with rectangular cut synthetic rubies.

In 1907, the Lyonnais jewelry Alphonse Augis created a love token based on the poem. This example maintains the “crêpe de chine” textured background, but pairs it with the simple beveled border used in the 1950s. The use of a rose cut diamond and the A-Augis signature suggest the earlier part of that period. The medium size is perfect for either a neck chain or a charm bracelet. The pendant is fully stamped with French 18K gold marks and with Augis’ maker’s mark.
  • Origin: France, 1950.
  • Condition: excellent; sharp detail.
  • Dimensions: 3/4” diameter (excluding bail and jump ring).
  • Weight: 3.1 grams.
  • Approximate Total Gemstone Weight: diamond, .01 carat; ruby, .05 carat.
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Period : Pre 1950 item #1393466
Kensington House Antiques
$775.00
A lovely 18K yellow gold, diamond and ruby love pendant (“medaille d’amour”) with a rebus spelling out Plus qu’hier, moins que demain,” (“More than yesterday, less than tomorrow.”) a line from the love poem written by Rosemonde Gérard to her husband Edmond Rostand (author of “Cyrano”) in 1889. The word “plus” is symbolized by a plus sign set with a five rose cut diamonds and the word “moins” by a minus sign set with rectangular cut synthetic rubies.

In 1907, the Lyonnais jewelry Alphonse Augis created a love token based on the poem. This example is in the original style with a “crêpe de chine” textured background and floral wreath border. The use of a rose cut diamond, the A. Augis signature and the patent mark indicates that this is an earlier example. The medium-large size is perfect for either a substantial chain or to wear as a bracelet charm. The pendant is fully stamped with French 18K gold marks.
  • Origin: France, 1930.
  • Condition: excellent; sharp detail.
  • Dimensions: 7/8” diameter (excluding bail and jump ring).
  • Weight: 6.5 grams.
  • Approximate Total Gemstone Weight: diamond, .05 carat; ruby, .07 carat.
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Art Nouveau : Pre 1910 item #1393400
Kensington House Antiques
$1,895.00
This fabulous snarling tiger is glowing with lifelike translucent enamels in multiple shades of gold, orange, brown and black. The nostrils and tongue are accented with deep red enamel. Each eye is set with an old European cut diamond and the fangs grasp a third diamond. The stones are good quality, graded at I color, SI1 clarity. The pendant is deeply three-dimensional with superb detailing. The back is also stamped with Alling & Co.’s mark. Alling was manufacturer for leading retailers such as Tiffany & Co., Bailey, Banks Biddle and C.D. Peacock.

The back is ornately engraved “EBP From the Armour Boys/Sioux City, IA/June 1907.” Our research suggests that the “Armour Boys” were the owners of the meatpacking company Armour, and that “EBP” was Elizabeth Ann Brasker Plankinton, daughter of their partner in the company. One of Armour’s largest factories opened in Sioux City in 1907.

NOTE: The pendant is shown with a 16" 14K gold chain that is available for an additional $125.
  • Origin: America, 1907.
  • Condition: very, very good; some minor losses to enamel at high points (nose tip, ear tips, edges of fur) that do not detract from the overall appearance; all original.
  • Dimensions: 1 3/32” wide x 1 1/8” tall (excluding bail and jump ring).
  • Weight: 11.5 grams.
  • Approximate Total Diamond Weight: .15 carat.
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Period : Pre 1970 item #1393399
Kensington House Antiques
$4,500.00
A very fine cat’s eye chrysoberyl stars in this classic man’s ring. The stone has good translucency and pronounced chatoyancy (the cat’s eye effect) that creates the very desirable “milk and honey” color contrast. The interior of the shank is stamped “10K.”
  • Origin: America, ca. 1960.
  • Dimensions: cabochon, 13.7 x 11.4 mm; 5/8” wide at crown, tapering to 1/8” at the back of the shank.
  • Finger Size: 12-1/4.
  • Approximate Gemstone Weight: 5.8 carats.
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Victorian : Pre 1900 item #1393396
Kensington House Antiques
$1,695.00
A very rare Victorian 15K rose gold brooch in the form of the Princes of Wales’ feathers set with Scottish jasper and bloodstone. The feathers are joined with a crown and a banner with the Prince’s motto “Ich Dien.” The gold surfaces are ornately engraved. The back bears a registry mark, dating the brooch to 1891, the 50th anniversary of Queen Victoria’s eldest son's investiture as Prince of Wales. Due to his mother’s extraordinarily long life, he was the first prince to mark a half-century in that position. Upon his succession, he ruled as Edward VII. Scottish agate jewelry was rarely set in gold, and this is one of the finest examples we’ve seen. The back is stamped with the registry (patent) number. Tested and guaranteed 15K.
  • Origin: England, 1891.
  • Condition: excellent; no stone damage or wear to gold; all original.
  • Dimensions: 1-1/4” x 1-5/16”.
  • Weight: 6.2 grams.