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All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Retro : Pre 1950 item #1465960
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$5,500.00
A chunky French tank bracelet worked in rose and yellow gold. The 1937 World’s Fair gave rise to a fashion for “tank jewelry,” so called for its perceived resemblance to the treads of armored tanks. This bracelet features angular ridges alternating with rounded elements that creates a woven visual effect. The angular segments are reeded, and the center reed of each is stippled for textural interest and is worked in bright yellow gold to contrast with the rose tint of the rest of the bracelet. The tongue of the clasp is marked with French 18K marks and an unidentified master goldsmith’s mark.
  • Origin: France, ca 1940
  • Dimensions: 13/16” x 7-1/2”
  • Weight: 56.0 grams
  • Condition: excellent, no dings
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Retro : Pre 1950 item #1456189
Kensington House Antiques
$1,795.00
A marvelous pair of Retro Moderne 18K yellow gold dress clips formed as a bouquet of diamond-studded platinum flowers, the stems tied with a ribbon set with calibre-cut rubies, all against a scrolled gold background. Buds represented by diamonds set in platinum and rubies set in gold are scattered around the flowers. The design is quite sophisticated and the stones are of very nice quality. The clips are perfectly sized—one worn alone isn’t so small that it gets lost, but the two worn together aren’t overwhelming, either. The pair can be worn on jacket lapels or on either side of a dress neckline. The backs retain the original hinged double-prong coat clip and anchor pin often seen on better French jewelry of the period. A good jeweler could convert the clips to be worn as either pierced or clip-back earrings. Tested and guaranteed 18K gold and platinum.

Origin: probably America, ca. 1940.

Condition: excellent, all original.

Size: 1-1/4” x 3/4".

Weight: 16.5 grams.

Approximate Total Gemstone Weight: diamond, .9 carat; ruby, .6 carat.

All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Retro : Pre 1950 item #1455993
Kensington House Antiques
$650.00
An elegant 14K rose and yellow gold bow brooch featuring a “knot” invisibly-set calibre-cut green tourmalines. The brooch is also accented with a pair of pearls set in white gold. The tourmalines have very fine bright coloring. The golden bow is worked in both a polished surface and a micro-beaded finish. The latter is a technically difficult texture to achieve and shows the hand of a master jeweler. The back of the pin is marked “RMU” and “585” for 14K gold. The back retains the original trombone clasp.

Origin: Europe, ca. 1940. Condition: excellent, all original. Size: 2-3/8” x 1-1/4”. Weight: 11.5 grams. Approximate Total Gemstone Weight: .76 carat.

All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Retro : Pre 1950 item #1454591
Kensington House Antiques
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A lovely antique 14K yellow gold floral wide band depicting twining branches of roses, each set with a ruby at the center of the petals. The flowers are separated by round brilliant cut diamonds. The band is finished with scalloped edges. The diamonds range from SI1 to I1 with G color. As is typical of the wartime period, the gold has generous weight and the rubies are synthetic. The interior is stamped with “14K” and with an unidentified American maker’s mark.
  • Origin: America, ca 1945
  • Condition: very good, typical surface wear to rubies
  • Finger Size: 6
  • Dimensions: 3/8” wide
  • Weight: 6.2 grams
  • Approximate Total Gemstone Weight: ruby, .5 carat; diamond, .18 carat
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Retro : Pre 1940 item #1434149
Kensington House Antiques
$1,395.00
A fine Retro brooch worked in 14K yellow gold and set with diamonds and blue sapphires. The brooch is shaped as a stylized bow when worn vertically or a comet when worn sideways. The gold surfaces are pierced to lighten the overall effect. The center is set with a cluster of round brilliant and single-cut diamonds (J/SI1) surrounded by blue sapphires of slightly violetish-blue color and excellent clarity. The back is marked 14K and also has a mark for an unidentified maker.
  • Origin: America, ca. 1940
  • Condition: excellent, all original
  • Dimensions: 2-5/16" x 1-7/8"
  • Weight: 18.8 grams
  • Approximate Total Gemstone Weight: diamond, .6 carat; sapphire, 2.0 carats
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Retro : Pre 1950 item #1430503
Kensington House Antiques
$550.00
An elegant pair of Retro 18K yellow gold earrings shaped as bows. Each of the dangling ribbons suspends an old European cut diamond. The diamonds are graded J color and I1 clarity. These earrings would look just as good with jeans as they would a cocktail dress. Tested and guaranteed 18K.
  • Circa 1940
  • Condition: excellent
  • Dimensions: 1" x 9/16"
  • Weight: 7.0 grams
  • Approximate Total Diamond Weight: .4 carat
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Retro : Pre 1950 item #1427403
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A wonderful, generously-sized Retro period 14K yellow gold charm or pendant depicting a spaniel. The dog is finely detailed and is offset with sparkling blue sapphire eyes. Ruser, the foremost Beverly Hills jeweler of his time, was a favorite of Loretta Young and Joan Crawford. His famous line of poodle jewels were inspired by Crawford's poodles. Other breeds of dogs are exceedingly rare. The back is marked "14K" and is signed "Ruser."
  • Origin: America, ca. 1945
  • Condition: excellent; all original
  • Dimensions: 1-1/4" wide; 1-3/4" long (excluding bail); 1/2" deep
  • Weight: 19.9 grams
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Retro : Pre 1950 item #1413044
Kensington House Antiques
$1,850.00
A fine Retro leaf brooch worked in 14K yellow gold and platinum set with diamonds and sapphires. The curved leaf is lightened by the use of wire construction, a technique often seen in French jewelry of the period. The lower edge of the wire leaf is enhanced with antique cushion and old European cut diamonds, and the upper edge with a row of blue sapphires. Two larger old European diamonds are nestled among the solid leaves to one side. The three largest diamonds range from .55 to .30 carat. All are SI1 clarity I-J color. The sapphires have bright pure blue color and eye-clean clarity. The design is versatile and the pin can be worn horizontally with the wire leaf to the left or vertically with the wire leaf at the bottom.

The use of such a range of antique diamond cuts in a piece of this era suggests that the pin was custom-made using diamonds (and possibly the gold) from one of the client's older jewels. This was a common practice during the shortages of World War II. The pinstem is stamped "14K."
  • Origin: America, ca 1948
  • Condition: excellent
  • Dimensions: 1-23/32" x 1-1/8"
  • Approximate Total Gemstone Weight: diamond, 1.66 carats; sapphire, .46 carat.
  • Weight: 7.5 grams
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Retro : Pre 1940 item #1411641
Kensington House Antiques
$350.00
A pretty pair of 14K yellow gold earrings in a stylized floral design, each centered with a round opal cabochon. The stones have white body color and a “pinfire” pattern of play-of-color. The shape of the gold setting creates an interesting reflecting pattern with the opals. Tested and guaranteed 14K.
  • Origin: America, ca 1930
  • Condition: excellent, converted from screwbacks
  • Dimensions: 1-1/16” long from top of wire; 5/8” wide
  • Approximate Total Opal Weight: 1.2 carats
  • Weight: 4.9 grams
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Retro : Pre 1940 item #1406927
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An outstanding Retro 18K gold mesh buckle bracelet generously set with diamonds and rubies. The bracelet is constructed with alternating bands of rose and yellow gold, creating a subtle striped pattern. The buckle is topped with platinum and is set with old European cut diamonds around the frame and calibre-cut synthetic rubies (typical of the period) on the prong. The tip of the bracelet strap is channel-set with synthetic rubies. The diamonds are H/I color and VS1 clarity. The mesh has a series of six small "belt holes" that allow the bracelet to be sized appropriately in 1/4-inch increments anywhere from 6 to 7 1/4 inches. The buckle is further secured with a safety catch. Tested and guaranteed 18K and platinum.
  • ORIGIN America, ca. 1935
  • DIMENSIONS: overall length, 8 3/4"; strap width, 7/8"; buckle width, 1 5/16"
  • WEIGHT 80.3 grams.
  • APPROXIMATE TOTAL GEMSTONE WEIGHT: diamond, 1.18 carats; ruby, 2.16 carats
  • CONDITION excellent
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Retro : Pre 1940 item #1406369
Kensington House Antiques
$1,095.00
A substantial Retro 18K rose gold bow pin set with diamonds and natural rubies. The center knot features an old mine cut diamond flanked by small rose-cut diamonds set in white gold that extend out across the loops of the bow. Two rows of natural rubies accent the design. The rubies have fine red coloring without the hint of purple often seen. Tested and guaranteed 18K.
  • Circa 1940.
  • Dimensions: 2 3/8" x 1 1/2".
  • Weight: 17.5 grams.
  • Approximate Total Gemstone Weight: diamond, .30 carat; ruby, 1.09 carats.
  • Condition: excellent, all original.
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 : Retro : Pre 1940 item #1390570
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An imposing, yet very wearable Retro ring featuring a large, deeply colored honey-gold rectangular step-cut citrine flanked by lines of calibre-cut synthetic rubies (typical of the period) between lines of bead-set old European and single-cut diamonds. The color contrast of the stones is quite striking and the size is imposing without being overdone. Tested and guaranteed 14K gold and platinum.
  • Origin: America, ca. 1935.
  • Condition: excellent; all original.
  • Dimensions: crown, 5/8" x 7/8".
  • Finger Size: 7-1/2.
  • Weight: 9.4 grams.
  • Approximate Total Gemstone Weight: citrine, 13.12 carats; diamond, .25 carat.
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Retro : Pre 1940 item #1389588
Kensington House Antiques
$325.00
A lovely pair of 10K yellow gold drop earrings decorated with a golden bows centered with round brilliant cut blue zircons. The gems have deep coloring and show nicely in a small size. These Retro earrings were originally screwbacks and have been converted for pierced ears. The earrings have nice movement and could be worn with either casual or cocktail attire. Tested and guaranteed 14K.
  • America, circa 1935.
  • Excellent condition.
  • 9/16" wide; 1-1/4" long from top of wire.
  • Weight: 3.0 grams.
  • Approximate Total Zircon Weight: 1.28 carats.
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Retro : Pre 1940 item #1386027
Kensington House Antiques
$675.00
A large stylized hibiscus centers this Retro 14K rose and yellow gold pendant necklace. The blossom is set at the center with a round amethyst and is flanked on either side by a pair of small rubies (typical of the period). The bold shape and color contrast make this brooch-to-necklace a most attractive and wearable piece of jewelry. The reverse is stamped 14K and has the maker’s mark for A. J. Hedges.
  • Origin: America, ca 1935.
  • Condition: excellent.
  • Dimensions: pendant, 1-7/8 x 1-1/8”; necklace length, 19-3/4”.
  • Weight: 10.9 grams.
  • Approximate Total Gemstone Weight: amethyst, 1.0 carat; ruby, .25 carat.
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Retro : Pre 1940 item #1385239
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A noble poodle stands encircled in a ring of gold in this Art Deco period French 18K gold charm or pendant. The dog’s stylized design echoes the ribbed and twisted rope motifs along the edges. The pendant retains the original matching jump ring. Stamped with French 18K gold marks.
  • Origin: France, ca. 1935.
  • Condition: excellent.
  • Dimensions: 13/16” wide; 1 1/8” height (including jump ring).
  • Weight: 4.8 grams.
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Retro : Pre 1940 item #1384458
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An attractive pair of Retro 14K yellow gold dangle earrings fashioned as circles of gold balls centering round brilliant cut amethysts. The amethysts have rich deep coloring and excellent clarity. The earrings were originally screwbacks and have been converted to wires. The new look is much more wearable and provides tons of sparkly movement!
  • Origin: America, ca. 1935.
  • Dimensions: 3/4" wide; 1 3/8" long from top of wires.
  • Weight: 5.9 grams.
  • Approximate Total Gemstone Weight: amethyst, 1.76 carats.
  • Condition: Very good; a couple of small dings on the back sides.
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Retro : Pre 1940 item #1382086
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A classic Retro buckle ring worked in 18K yellow gold buckle ring with a platinum loop set with single-cut diamonds and the end tip set with caliber-cut rubies. Unlike in many Retro pieces, the rubies are natural. The ring has four holes that allow it to be adjusted from size 5 1/2 to 9 1/2.
    Circa 1935.
  • Dimensions: belt, 3/8” wide; platinum loop, 19/32” wide.
  • Finger Size: adjustable from 5 1/2 to 9 1/2.
  • Weight: 8.0 grams.
  • Approximate Total Gemstone Weight: ruby, .25 carat; diamond, .12 carat.
  • Condition: excellent; fully functional; closes securely.