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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 : 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 : 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 : Victorian : Pre 1900 item #1400278
Kensington House Antiques
$675.00
An elegant pair of Victorian 14K yellow gold earrings set with Mediterranean coral. The engraved mountings are set with coral bars and an applied vine motif. The drops can be removed from the surmounts for a more restrained appearance for daytime wear. Tested and guaranteed 14K gold.
  • Origin: America, ca 1860.
  • Condition: excellent; all original.
  • Dimensions: 1-5/8" from top of wire.
  • Weight: 5.5 grams.
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Victorian : Pre 1900 item #1398408
Kensington House Antiques
$795.00
A superb pair of Victorian 12K gold articulated earrings set with Whitby jet. The long triangular elements are suspended from inverted double teardrop-shaped surmounts, and support cone-shaped jet drops. The cutting of the jet has a very angular, almost modernist appearance. The earrings hang from new 14K shepherd's hooks and have wonderful movement. The settings are tested and guaranteed 12K.
  • Origin: England, ca 1860.
  • Condition: excellent.
  • Dimensions: 2-3/16" long from top of the earwire.
  • Weight: 3.5 grams.
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Victorian : Pre 1900 item #1396359
Kensington House Antiques
$6,250.00
An imposing 18K yellow gold hinged bangle bracelet set with sapphires and diamonds. A row of alternating old mine cut diamonds and cushion cut sapphires stretches across the top of the bracelet, flanked on either side by a row of rose cut diamonds set in silver. The sapphires, each of about .75 carat, are of outstanding quality, with vibrant pure blue coloring, eye-clean clarity, and a velvety appearance. The diamonds, each of about .6 carat, are graded as G/SI1. The bangle is double-hinged so it's very easy to get on. The clasp is stamped with French 18K gold marks.
  • Origin: France, ca. 1850.
  • Condition: excellent; a few very small dings on the back side but no major dents or scrapes.
  • Dimensions: 5/8" wide; 6-1/2" interior circumference.
  • Weight: 34.8 grams.
  • Approximate Total Gemstone Weight: sapphire, 3.08 carats; diamond, 2.78 carats.
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Victorian : Pre 1900 item #1396344
Kensington House Antiques
$1,275.00
A fine French Victorian 18K gold and shaded enamel pin featuring an image of Raphael's "Madonna della Seggiola". The enamel scene of Mary, Jesus and John the Baptist is beautifully executed with great attention to detail. The gold background is stippled for added texture and a little sparkle. The reverse retains the original pinstem and clasp, both marked with French 18K stamps. There is also a partially visible maker's mark. This piece could easily be converted to a pendant with the addition of a bail at the top.
  • Origin: France, ca. 1860
  • Condition: excellent; no enamel damage
  • Dimensions: 1-1/8" diameter
  • Weight: 4.75 grams
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 : 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.
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Victorian : Pre 1920 item #1393110
Kensington House Antiques
$1,495.00
A spectacular example of Austro-Hungarian Renaissance Revival jewelry from the period 1876-1918, this necklace features a central pendant drop in the form of a leaping stag suspended by pearl-enhanced chains from a neckchain of sapphire- and ruby-set plaques. The necklace is enameled throughout in shades of opaque white and black, and translucent green, red and purple. The stag is decorated with realistic shaded brown and gold enamels. The stag is set with a sapphire- and ruby-encrusted saddle. The neckchain has alternating wing-shaped plaques set with rubies and decorated green and white enamels, and buckle-shaped plaques set with oval sapphires enhanced with red and white enamels. The backs of the pendant and chain are also enameled. Exposed areas of silver are lightly engraved.
  • Origin: Austria-Hungary (likely Vienna), ca. 1880.
  • Condition: excellent; all original; only the faintest of wear to enamels on the high points of the stag (visible under magnification).
  • Dimensions: necklace length, 15-1/2"; pendant, 1-1/2" wide x 2-1/2" long (including the pearl chains).
  • Weight: 29.8 grams.
  • Approximate Total Gemstone Weight: sapphire, 3.03 carats; ruby, 1.58 carats.
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Victorian : Pre 1910 item #1393089
Kensington House Antiques
$375.00
A beautifully-carved hardstone cameo depicting Libertas, the Roman goddess of liberty. She can be identified from the shape of the diadem she wears in her hair. The image is quite similar to American "Morgan" silver dollars from the late 19th century. The color contrast of the stone is quite remarkable. The carnelian cameo is set into an intricate gold setting in the Etruscan Revival taste. The back has both a brooch fitting and a hidden bail for wear as a pendant. The back is stamped "14K" and also has the maker's mark for Perley Bros.

NOTE: The piece is shown with a 16" 14K gold chain that is available for an additional $125.
  • Origin: America, ca. 1900.
  • Condition: excellent; no cameo damage.
  • Dimensions: 1-11/16" x 1-3/16".
  • Weight: 6.8 grams. Fabulous late Victorian hardstone cameo brooch. The carnelian cameo represents "Liberty" and is very similar to the Liberty head that appeared on "Morgan" silver dollars and quarters of the period. The 14K mounting is floridly decorated with millegraining, applied beads and rosettes, and rope twist borders. The reverse retains its original pinstem and modified c-clasp. The reverse is marked 14K and is signed for the maker, Perley Bros. of New York. Origin: America, 1870s. Condition: excellent. Size: 1-11/16" x 1-1/4".
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Victorian : Pre 1910 item #1393086
Kensington House Antiques
$895.00
A handsome Victorian gentleman's ring in a substantial 14K gold setting. The ring features a masculine brown smoky quartz with flashes of goldish-orange brilliance. The setting is enhanced with ornate strapwork against a stippled background. The setting holds the stone well above the finger and the overall look is very weighty. The interior of the shank is stamped "14k."
  • Origin: America, ca. 1900.
  • Condition: excellent; sharp detail.
  • Finger Size: 10-1/4.
  • Dimensions: 3/4" wide at crown, tapering to 3/16" wide at back of shank.
  • Weight: 13.8 grams.
  • Approximate Total Gemstone Weight: 9.44 carats.
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Victorian : Pre 1900 item #1390748
Kensington House Antiques
$995.00
An elegant pair of Victorian 18K yellow gold tassel earrings, the tops enhanced with applied green and rose gold flowers surrounding collet-set rubies. The foxtail chains terminate in small balls. The earrings have a lot of movement when being worn, and the small rubies add a subtle shot of color. Each is stamped with French 18K gold marks.
  • France, ca. 1860.
  • Condition: excellent; converted to earrings with the addition of 18K wires.
  • Dimensions: 1-3/8" long from tops of wires.
  • Weight: 7.2 grams.
  • Approximate Total Ruby Weight: .10 carat.
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Victorian : Pre 1900 item #1390641
Kensington House Antiques
$550.00
A handsome pair of double-sided cufflinks, the faces set with with oval brilliant-cut amethysts set in simple 10K yellow gold collets. The amethysts have nicely saturated, even color that would look particularly good with a white or light blue cuff. The faces are fairly large, so they are connected with a removable s-link for ease in putting them through a buttonhole. Tested and guaranteed 10K.
  • Origin: probably America, ca. 1870.
  • Condition: excellent; all original.
  • Dimensions: larger faces, 11/16" x 1/2"; smaller faces, 19/32" x 7/16".
  • Weight: 11.0 grams.
  • Approximate Total Amethyst Weight: 29.8 carats