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All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Period : Pre 1980 item #1404476
Kensington House Antiques
$1,495.00
A large heart-shaped 18K yellow and white 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 represented by a plus sign, while “moins” is represented by a minus sign set with small synthetic rubies. Alphonse Augis began designing these love medallions in 1907, and the styles have changed over the years. This example, with its white gold heart-shaped center enhanced with an engraved starburst design, is likely from the late 1970s. Medals surrounded by a gemstone border are the most difficult to find, and this is the first we’ve seen with such generously-sized diamonds alternating with the synthetic rubies of a particularly rich color. The pendant is signed “A.A.” and is fully hallmarked with the maker’s mark and the French 18K standard.
  • Origin: France, ca. 1978.
  • Dimensions: 1” x 1-1/8” (excluding bail).
  • Condition: excellent.
  • Weight: 10.4 grams.
  • Approximate Total Gemstone Weight: diamond, .50 carat; ruby, 1.67 carats.
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Period : Pre 1970 item #1404475
Kensington House Antiques
$875.00
A large 18K gold, ruby & diamond 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 represented by a plus sign set with a small rose cut diamond, while “moins” is represented by a minus sign set with small synthetic rubies. The medal is surrounded by a lacy Gothic-style gold border. Alphonse Augis began designing these love medallions in 1907, and the styles have changed over the years.
  • Origin: France, ca. 1960.
  • Dimensions: 1-3/8” diameter.
  • Weight: 5.7 grams.
  • Approximate Total Gemstone Weight: diamond, .01 carat; ruby, .04 carat.
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Victorian : Pre 1900 item #1403064
Kensington House Antiques
$5,800.00
An an amazing and extraordinarily rare Victorian brooch depicting a bulldog jumping through a golden hoop to catch his natural pearl "ball." The dog is set "en tremblant" with a spring mechanism so the slightest movement causes the dog to move and the diamonds to glitter. The rose cut and old mine cut diamonds are of unusually good quality with bright color and very good clarity. As is typical of the period, the diamonds are set in silver with gold backing in places where it rub against clothing. The ears, collar and hoop are worked in rose gold. Pins of this era sometimes had a separate stick pin element that were intended to be a sort of safety mechanism, but in this case it becomes part of the story! The reverse is stamped with French 18K marks and with "Depose" marks indicating that the design was patented. High-quality diamond pave animal brooches from the Victorian era are quite desirable, but the trembler mechanism makes this piece an extraordinary find.

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  • Circa 1870.
  • Condition: excellent, no damage to spring mechanism, all original.
  • Dimensions: dog/hoop, 1-1/2" x 1".
  • Weight: 9.8 grams.
  • Approximate Total Diamond Weight: 1.25-1.5 carats.
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Victorian : Pre 1910 item #1403055
Kensington House Antiques
$2,595.00
An elegant late Victorian or early Edwardian 14K yellow gold long chain with opal double-cabochon stations at regular intervals. The stations are carefully arranged so that the opals are alternately spaced whether the necklace is worn at full-length or doubled. The clasp can also be used to suspend a pendant. The opals are good quality with even play-of-color, mostly in the blue/green range with occasional bursts of orange/red. The clasp is marked "14K."
  • Origin: America, ca. 1900.
  • Condition: excellent; one opal has minor crazing to the back surface.
  • Length, 52-1/2" plus the pendant clasp as a single strand; 27" as a double strand; opals, 8mm diameter.
  • Weight: 16.8 grams.
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Period : Pre 1960 item #1403046
Kensington House Antiques
$325.00
This vintage Italian 18K gold and ebony blackamoor charm is distinguished by particularly nice carving. She is adorned with gold hoop earrings and a gold collar that forms the base of the charm. The bottom is stamped with 18K gold hallmarks used in Florence 1938-64.
  • Origin: Italy, ca. 1950.
  • Condition: excellent.
  • Dimensions: 1-1/16" tall (not including bail or jump ring).
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Pre 1980 item #1403045
Kensington House Antiques
$925.00
This 23-1/2" 18K yellow gold box chain is heavy enough for a large pendant or locket. Box chains are especially attractive with more contemporary designs, and unlike some other chain styles, they don't crimp or become easily tangled. In addition to the primary clasp, the chain also has a safety chain. Marked with French 18K gold hallmarks and master goldsmith's mark.
  • Origin: France.
  • Condition: excellent; one spring ring has been replaced with a gold filled spring ring.
  • Dimensions: length: 23-1/2"; width 1.5mm.
  • Weight: 11.1 grams.
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Victorian : Pre 1900 item #1403042
Kensington House Antiques
$12,500.00
Fresh from a private jewelry collection built many years ago comes this 18K yellow gold coiled snake flexible bracelet set with rubies and diamonds, presented in its original Tiffany & Co. fitted box. The snake's body is made of tightly-braided continuous lengths of gold wire. The head is engraved in a realistic pattern of scales surrounding an old European cut diamond. The eyes are set with small ruby cabochons. The creature also boasts fearsome teeth and a forked tongue. The bracelet's generous 23-1/4" length allows it to be worn tightly coiled around the wrist, stretched along the length of the forearm, or even above the elbow. Tested and guaranteed 18K.

The original box is covered in a greenish-gold velvet. Wear marks to the interior fabric shows that the bracelet is original to the box. The interior of the lid is embossed "Tiffany & Co./New York/avenue de l'Opera 36bis/Paris." This embossing dates the bracelet to a short period between the openings of the Paris location in 1878 and the London branch in 1891. This early Paris location was more of a private salon catering to American expatriates and sold pieces manufactured by Tiffany in New York and pieces made by French and other European jewelers. The bracelet is unmarked, not unusual for Tiffany items from the European stores in this era.
  • Origin: France, 1878-1891.
  • Condition: bracelet, excellent original condition; box, normal wear commensurate with age.
  • Dimensions: length, 23-1/4"; width when tightly coiled, 1-5/8".
  • Weight: 40.1 grams.
  • Approximate Total Gemstone Weight: diamond, .20 carat; ruby, .14 carat.
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.