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All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Victorian : Pre 1910 item #1402841
Kensington House Antiques
$595.00
A lovely Victorian pendant/pin in a snowflake pattern. The 14K yellow mounting is set with seed pearls and sapphires around the central old mine cut diamond. The design is very elegant and delicate. The back retains the original pinstem/clasp and pendant loop. Marked 14K.

NOTE: The pendant is shown with an optional 16" 14K chain.
  • Origin: America, ca. 1900.
  • Condition: one pearl deficient; all original.
  • Dimensions: 1" diameter.
  • Weight: 3.2 grams.
  • Approximate Total Gemstone Weight: sapphire, .18 carat; diamond, .03 carat.
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Art Nouveau : Pre 1920 item #1402839
Kensington House Antiques
$775.00
A delightful Art Nouveau daisy pendant/pin, the petals formed from long Mississippi river pearls arranged around a textured gold disc studded with an old mine cut diamond. The pearls have very attractive lustre and the diamond has nice color and clarity (J/VS2). The back retains the original pendant hook and pinstem/clasp. Tested and guaranteed 14K.

NOTE: The pendant is shown with an optional 16" 14K chain.
  • Origin: America, ca. 1900.
  • Dimensions: 1" diameter.
  • Weight: 4.9 grams.
  • Approximate Total Diamond Weight: .10 carat.
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Period : Pre 1960 item #1402834
Kensington House Antiques
$995.00
A very nice vintage French 18K gold curb link chain. The weight is sufficient to support a rather heavy locket or pendant. Stamped with French 18K gold hallmarks and an illegible master goldsmith's mark.
  • Origin: France.
  • Length: 22 3/4"; width 2.5mm.
  • Weight: 10.6 grams.
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Pre Victorian : Pre 1837 VR item #1402829
Kensington House Antiques
$4,500.00
An extraordinary late Georgian 18K gold ring set with a carnelian carved into the leering face of a satyr classically portrayed with a goatee, a snub nose and pointed ears. The carved gemstone was likely already several centuries old when it was set into this ring. The expert carving is only eclipsed by the extraordinary artistry of the goldsmith. The bold shank is entirely covered in flower and foliage appliques expertly worked in rose, green and yellow gold. The carved stone is set in a bezel with matching decoration. The shank is stamped with an unidentified master goldsmith’s mark. Tested and guaranteed 18K gold.

Satyrs were companions of the god Dionysus/Bacchus. They had the ears, tails and other very specific parts of horses along with grotesquely comical human faces. They were noted for a great enjoyment of wine, women and general carousing.

The ring was purchased from the family descendants of the French artist Carle Vernet (1758-1836). Vernet was something of a dandy right up to his death at the age of 78, and according to family tradition, the ring belonged to him. Vernet was a leading equestrian painter at Napoleon’s court as was awarded the Legion of Honor by the Emperor for his depictions of great French victories. He was likewise favored by Louis XVIII during the Bourbon Restoration. During the Directory period, he was famed for his humorous watercolor caricatures depictions of the ridiculous fashions worn by Paris’ high society.
  • Origin: France, ca. 1810 (carnelian considerably older).
  • Finger Size: 6 1/2.
  • Dimensions: carnelian crown, 13/16” x 11/16”; shank tapers from 1/2" at the edge of the crown to 3/8” at the back.
  • Weight: 10.8 grams.
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Deco : Pre 1930 item #1402500
Kensington House Antiques
$3,595.00
A fine 10x19mm navettte-shaped opal set in an Art Deco 14K yellow gold setting enhanced with bright champleve enamels in shades of dark and light green, red, and black. The opal has a very nice "pinfire" pattern with an unusually generous amount of red/orange play of color. The pattern is evenly dispersed, with color throughout the stone. Unlike some of the other opal patterns, pinfire has the distinction of showing pattern when viewed from any direction. Even the bottom of the stone visible through the mounting has nice color and pattern. The colors of the stone are nicely accented with the enamels on the mounting. The shank is engraved in a floral pattern and is accented at the shoulders with floral appliques worked in white gold. The interior of the shank is marked "14K" and has an unidentified maker's mark.
  • Origin: America, ca. 1920.
  • Dimensions: crown, 7/8" x 1/2".
  • Finger Size: 6.
  • Weight: 5.0 grams.
  • Condition: excellent; no enamel damage; no crazing, scratching or pitting to opal.
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Designer Signed : Pre 1980 item #1402498
Kensington House Antiques
$795.00
A colorful pair of 18K gold and gemstone earrings from the “Rainbow Collection” by H Stern. Created 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, several shades of citrine, peridot, and blue topaz. Each earring is marked “750” for 18K and bears Stern’s "S" and star hallmarks.
  • Origin: Brazil, ca 1985.
  • Dimensions: 7/32” wide; 11/16" long.
  • Weight: 3.7 grams.
  • Approximate Total Gemstone Weight: 1.7 carats.
  • Condition: excellent; all original.
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Designer Signed : Pre 1980 item #1402497
Kensington House Antiques
$850.00
A colorful 18K gold and gemstone ring from the “Rainbow Collection” by H Stern. Created 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 garnet, amethyst, citrine, peridot, and blue topaz. The interior of the shank is marked “750” for 18K and bears Stern’s hallmark. One side of the shank is engraved with a star centering a small diamond, also a Stern branding.
  • Origin: Brazil, ca 1985.
  • Dimensions: 7/32" wide at front, tapering to 5/32” at the back.
  • Finger Size: 7 1/2.
  • Weight: 4.7 grams
  • Approximate Total Gemstone Weight:2.14 carats.
  • Condition: excellent; all original.
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Pre 1980 item #1402485
Kensington House Antiques
$1,850.00
A heavy vintage 18K yellow gold chain in the elegant "Russian Braid" style. The chain is quite substantial and can be worn alone or with a heavy pendant. Stamped with French 18K guarantee marks.
  • Origin: France, ca. 1970.
  • Condition: excellent.
  • Dimensions: 24-3/4" long.
  • Weight: 18.7 grams.
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Designer Signed : Pre 1940 item #1402477
Kensington House Antiques
$725.00
An unusual vintage 14K gold equestrian keychain by Tiffany & Co. The chain has a fob on either end, one in the form of a horseshoe and the other in the form of a fully three-dimensions horse head. The head is nicely detailed and sparkles with a pair of bright ruby eyes. The rubies, though small, have very fine bright color. The back of the horseshoe is marked "Tiffany & Co. 14K."

Keys are added by holding the chain against one side of the horseshoe and slipping on the key. When the chain is no longer being held next to the horseshoe, the key stays securely between the two fobs.
  • Origin: America, ca. 1925.
  • Condition: excellent; a small pinpoint ding underneat the bottom of the horse's neck.
  • Dimensions: overall length, 4-5/8"; horse head, 3/4" x 15/16".
  • Weight: 5.1 grams.
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Victorian : Pre 1900 item #1402161
Kensington House Antiques
$495.00
A lovely pair of French Victorian 18K gold earrings set with sapphires and rose cut diamonds. Each earring features a prong-set blue sapphire surrounded by a cluster of ten rose cut diamonds, bead-set in an engraved background. The backs are finished with a hand-pierced gallery. The sapphires and diamonds have particularly good color and clarity for the period. This style of earrings was popular in the 1850's when popular hairstyles that covered the ears rendered large earrings irrelevant. Smaller earrings, "dormeuses" ("sleepers") were worn to keep the piercings open while awaiting the inevitable return of grander styles. Stamped with French 18K marks.
  • Origin: France, ca. 1855.
  • Condition: very good, all original, a minor repair to one earwire.
  • Dimensions: 3/8" x 9/16" (from top of earwire).
  • Weight: 2.4 grams.
  • Approximate Total Gemstone Weight: sapphire, .38 carat; diamond, .10 carat.
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Victorian : Pre 1900 item #1402080
Kensington House Antiques
$4,100.00
A fine Victorian 18K yellow gold fancy link long chain necklace. The 47” chain has ornate scrolling plaques separated by smaller simple links. The fancy links are further highlighted with rope-twist and beaded decoration. The generous length allows the chain to be worn doubled or tripled. Necklaces of this style are distinctly French and were popular from the Second Empire through the beginning of the 20th century. This example is stamped with French 18K gold hallmarks.
  • Origin: France, ca. 1880.
  • Condition: excellent; original clasp replaced with a more secure lobster claw clasp.
  • Length: 47”.
  • Weight: 34.3 grams.
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Victorian : Pre 1900 item #1402079
Kensington House Antiques
$4,150.00
A fine Victorian 18K yellow gold fancy link long chain necklace. The 45” chain has ornate scrolling plaques separated by smaller simple links. The fancy links are further highlighted with beaded decoration. The generous length allows the chain to be worn doubled or tripled. In fact, the chain has an ingenious clasp that holds the necklace at just the right staggered length (21” and 25”)when doubled. The chain can be worn doubled, or at full length by releasing one of the clasps. Necklaces of this style are distinctly French and were popular from the Second Empire through the beginning of the 20th century. This example is stamped with French 18K gold hallmarks and an illegible master goldsmith’s mark.
  • Origin: France, ca. 1880.
  • Condition: excellent; all original.
  • Length: 45”.
  • Weight: 34.6 grams.
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Edwardian : Pre 1930 item #1402077
Kensington House Antiques
$1,495.00
A delightful vintage 14K yellow gold bracelet by Tiffany & Co. featuring three reverse-carved Essex crystals. The center crystal depicts a horse and rider jumping a fence and is flanked by a matching pair of crystals depicting hounds. The crystals are separated by links in the shape of horseshoes overlaid with bits. Sporting bracelets set with Essex crystals are uncommon and examples by major makers such as Tiffany are nearly impossible to find. The back is marked "Tiffany & Co./14K/Pat. Sept. 1924".
  • Origin: America, 1924.
  • Condition: very good overall, the crystals have minor water discoloration.
  • Dimensions 7-5/8" long, 11/16" wide.
  • Weight: 18.3 grams.
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Pre Victorian : Pre 1837 VR item #1401871
Kensington House Antiques
$475.00
A nice Georgian locket in the form of a Maltese cross with a central rock crystal locket compartment. The arms of the cross are made from faceted carnelian plaques mounted in gold around the central compartment. The compartment was intended to hold the woven hair or perhaps a miniature portrait of a loved one. The Cross of the Knights Hospitallers of St. John was created in 1126 based on designs from the Crusades. The eight points of the arms represented truth, faith, repentance, humility, justice, mercy, sincerity and endurance. During the latter Georgian era, romantic notions of history caused the Maltese cross to become a very popular fashion accessory. Tested and guaranteed 12K.
  • Origin: England, ca. 1800.
  • Condition: excellent; no damage to gold mountings or carnelian; the cross retains its original fluted gold bail; a small (1/32”) flake to one corner of a rock crystal cover.
  • Dimensions: 1-7/16” x 1-7/16” (excluding bail).
  • Weight: 9.0 grams.
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Victorian : Pre 1900 item #1401398
Kensington House Antiques
$1,895.00
A beautiful Second Empire 18K yellow gold locket, the front decorated with an enamel portrait of a society lady in a brightly-colored formal dress. Her ornate hairdo is studded with an ostrich plume, blue forget-me-nots, lace and small rose-cut diamonds. Interestingly, she wears a locket in the portrait, as well as a gold bracelet and a shoulder brooch. The portrait is enclosed in a frame of opaque black enamel that accents the punch-work decoration around the image. The original bail is similarly decorated. The interior retains the original frames, glass covers and French blue silk linings. The back is simply engraved with a shield reserve (never monogrammed). Stamped with French hallmarks.
  • Origin: France, ca. 1860.
  • Condition: no enamel damage; three dings on the reverse.
  • Dimensions: 1-1/4' x 2-1/8" (including bail).
  • Weight: 20.3 grams.
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Victorian : Pre 1900 item #1401318
Kensington House Antiques
$3,850.00
This exquisite French Victorian pendant/brooch features a fine onyx cameo depicting a fairy-winged woodland nymph, her translucent gown pulled aside to expose her breasts, dancing and tossing boughs of flowers. The cameo is surrounded by an ornate shield-shaped border of rose-cut diamonds and a single natural pearl set in silver over 18K gold. The diamonds are of very good quality with excellent brilliance and clarity. The bale can be detached for wear as a brooch, or the pinstem and clasp can be removed for wear as a pendant. There was once also a removable drop element—probably a pear-shaped pearl at the bottom. The jewel is stamped with French gold and silver marks and an illegible master goldsmith's mark.

Nymphs protected the natural environment in the specific areas where they lived such as rivers, woodlands, lakes, mountains and meadows. They often hung around with fun-loving full-fledged immortals such as Dionysos and Artemis. The beauty and allure of Greek nymphs was such that they could seduce Gods and mortals at will, often becoming mothers to great heroes such as Achilles. They were said to cause "nympholepsy" that incapacitated men with passionate frenzies, especially around noontime.
  • Origin: France, ca. 1860.
  • Condition: excellent; all original; pearl drop element lacking.
  • Dimensions: 1-9/16" x 1-15/16" (2-9/16" with bail).
  • Weight: 23.4 grams.
  • Approximate Total Diamond Weight: 2.03 carats.
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Victorian : Pre 1900 item #1400651
Kensington House Antiques
$450.00
A pretty late Victorian 10K gold locket, the front decorated with a colorful champleve and painted enamel image of a thistle blossom. In Victorian flower language, the thistle represented the sentiment "meddling is unwelcome." One can imagine a rebellious young woman using it to hide the image of a suitor of whom her parents don't quite approve! And of course, the thistle is the emblem of Scotland. The cover opens by pressing on the bail, a mechanism we've never seen before. The interior is stamped 10Ct.
  • Origin: probably England, ca. 1890.
  • Dimensions: 13/16" (20 mm) diameter.
  • Condition: a small area of missing enamel at the tip of one leaf and a tiny flake at the corner of the thistle blossom (neither are immediately noticeable); a few dimples on the back.
  • Weight: 4.1 grams.
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Period : Pre 1960 item #1400291
Kensington House Antiques
$1,295.00
A fine 18K yellow gold Venetian Etruscan fob bracelet charm or pendant set with five oval amethysts and four pearls in a crown shape. The gold surfaces are enhanced with twisted wire, rosettes and beading. The amethysts have very attractive medium violet coloring with excellent clarity. The bail is stamped with Italian 18K gold hallmarks.
  • Origin: Italy, ca. 1960.
  • Condition: excellent.
  • Dimensions: 1-1/8" x 1" x 1-1/4" (excluding bail).
  • Weight: 17.8 grams.
  • Approximate Total Gemstone Weight: 14.55 carats.