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All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Victorian : Pre 1900 item #926839
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$1195.00
A very fine French Belle Epoque 18K yellow gold brooch set with diamonds, blue sapphires and demantoid garnets around a central sugarloaf cabochon 3.59-carat peridot. The demantoids exhibit the desirable horsetail inclusions characteristic of Russian stones. The combination of blue sapphires and the bright grassy green of the demantoids and peridot is very pleasing. All the smaller stones are old mine cuts. Six small rose-cut diamonds are collet-set in silver. The back retains the original c-clasp and extended pinstem which is fully stamped with French "tete d'aigle" hallmarks for 18K gold and with an illegible goldsmith's mark.

Origin: France, ca. 1890. Condition: excellent, all original. Size: 2" x 19/32". Weight: 6.8 grams. Approximate Total Gemstone Weight: diamond, .15 carat; sapphire, .4 carat; demantoid, .46 carat; peridot, 3.59 carats.

All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Art Nouveau : Pre 1920 item #926806
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A gorgeous Art Nouveau festoon necklace worked in 14K yellow gold. The central floral plaque is delicately enameled in translucent iridescent shades of pink, lemon and green. Small round and baroque seed pearls accent the design. Collet-set deep purple oval cut amethysts flank either side of the blossom and a freshwater pearl drop is suspended from the bottom. A third amethyst is suspended just above the floral plaque. The trace link chain is studded with baroque pearls accenting the places where chain festoons are attached. Tested and guaranteed 14K. Unsigned, but certainly the work of Newark shop such as Larter, Krementz, Bippart, etc.

Origin: America, ca. 1910. Condition: excellent, no enamel damage. Size: Weight: 5.8 grams. Approximate Total Gemstone Weight: 1.11 cts.

All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Designer Signed : Pre 1960 item #925170
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A striking 1950s extra-large bracelet charm by Van Cleef & Arpels. The charm is a fully-functional roulette wheel studded along the edge with collet-set round cut sapphires and emeralds. Under crystal dome, a tiny ruby bead serves as the marble. The moveable handle spins the dial, causing the ruby to skip along until if falls into one of the depressions on the wheel. Instead of numbers, however, the wheel is engraved “Je t’aime” (I love you…)/”Un Peu” (…a little)/”Beacoup” (…a lot)/”Passion” (…passionately)/”A La Folie” (…crazily)/”Pas Du Tout” (…not at all). The gemstones, as would be expected, are of the finest quality. A plain roulette wheel charm, without gemstones and engraved only with numbers, appears in a 1955 VCA print advertisement. The back is marked “Van Cleef et Arpels”, “Made In France” and has the serial number “16V507”. The maker’s mark appears on the bale. This piece can be worn on a heavy bracelet, but would be even more spectacular worn as a necklace.

Origin: France, ca. 1955. Condition: excellent, all original. Size: 1-7/16” diameter. Weight: 22.7 grams. Approximate Total Gemstone Weight: sapphire, 1.0 ct; emerald, .35 ct; ruby, .1 ct.

All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Art Nouveau : Pre 1910 item #925156
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A very fine Art Nouveau enameled 14K yellow gold cattleya orchid brooch by A. J. Hedges. This quality of this piece is stunning. The enamel fades from a milky semitranslucent texture near the center of the flower to very translucent pale shades at the edges of the petals. The color shifts from a greenish-cream color to a pure pink along the very edges. The orchid is fully three dimensional, and the throat is set with a small seed pearl. The stem, enameled in mottled pink and green extends below the flower. Hedges was among the very best of the Newark enamellers, but their products are very difficult to find. Along with Whiteside & Blank, their enamel flowers tend to be larger and more complex than those of most other American makers. The back retains the original pinstem and clasp stamped with Hedges’ hallmark and “14K”.

Origin: America, ca. 1900. Condition: excellent, no enamel damage. Size: 1-1/4” x 1-1/2”. Weight: 7.6 grams.

All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Victorian : Pre 1900 item #925151
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$2,295.00
A beautiful pair of Victorian 14K yellow gold earrings, each featuring old European round cut diamonds in buttercup settings surrounding an oval mixed-cut ruby. The diamonds are separated by radiating lines of black taille d’eparge enamel. The rubies have medium-dark, moderately saturated, strongly purplish-red. Their noticeable fluorescence makes the rubies even stronger in sunlight. The stones have characteristic intact silk inclusions that indicate they have not been heat treated, and they are probably from the Mogok region of Burma. The diamonds are also of very good quality, estimated at F color, VVS clarity. The size of the earrings makes them appropriate for daytime wear, but the way they hang below the earlobe also gives them a dressy quality. Tested and guaranteed 14K.

Origin: America, ca. 1890. Condition: excellent, ear wires are probably replacements. Size: 11/16” diameter. Weight: 5.8 grams. Approximate Total Gemstone Weight: diamond, .6 carat; ruby, .54 carat.

All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Art Nouveau : Pre 1910 item #925148
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A very pretty Art Nouveau honeymoon pin worked in 10K yellow gold enhanced with enamel and seed pearls. The iris blossom is beautifully decorated in translucent shades of purple and greenish-yellow enamel and is centered by a small seed pearl. The flower appears against a crescent moon studded with graduated-size seed pearls. In the Victorian language of flowers, these elements were understood to symbolize “honey” (the flower) and “moon” (the crescent), thus representing “honeymoon”. These small pins were often given by grooms to their new brides as a wedding gift. For some reason, irises are somewhat uncommon in enameled jewelry. Though unsigned, the workmanship and style of this example suggests a Newark maker. The original clasp is marked “10K”.

Origin: America, ca. 1900. Condition: excellent, no enamel damage. Size: 7/8” x 13/16”. Weight: 2.3 grams.

All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Art Nouveau : Pre 1910 item #925144
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An exceptionally fine Art Nouveau 14K yellow gold pin in the form of a pansy blossom highlighted with enamel. The enamel decoration is absolutely spectacular. Shades of translucent pink, chartreuse and maroon blend to create a very realistic, soft appearance. The flower is centered with an old European cut diamond of very fine quality, estimated at I color, VS clarity. The back retains the original pinstem, clasp and eyelet for a watch hanger. Though unsigned, the brooch was made by Whiteside & Blank, one of the finest Newark makers. Tested and guaranteed 14K.

Origin: America, ca. 1900. Condition: excellent, no enamel damage. Size: 1-1/16” x 1-1/16”. Weight: 7.6 grams. Approximate Total Diamond Weight: .20 carat.

All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Designer Signed : Pre 1940 item #908911
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$12,500.00
A stunning and extremely rare 14K yellow gold, green tourmaline and pearl bracelet signed by Everett Edward Oakes. The bracelet comprises nine comma-shaped flaring gold links, each set with either a tourmaline cabochon or a pearl. The gems are set in the notched collet-setting frequently employed by Oakes to show off a stone’s color and overall quality. The tourmalines have fine green color with moderate saturation and medium tone. The clarity is excellent for tourmalines of this type. The pearls are equally fine, with good shape and bright rose overtones. The design, with nearly a Retro feel, is a bit more modern than is often associated with Oakes, but the beadwork and notched collets are typical. The tongue of the concealed box clasp is marked “14K” and bears Oakes’ oak leaf signature.

Edward Everett Oakes (1891-1960) was perhaps the foremost Arts & Crafts jeweler in America. He was a member (and medallist) of the Boston Arts & Crafts Society, and became the first living artist to have a work acquired for the permanent collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. He trained with Frank Gardner Hale and worked for a few years with Josephine Hartwell Shaw. Oakes’ work shows a certain similarity with both Hale and Shaw. Most of his pieces are unsigned, but can often be identified based on their decorative motifs and construction techniques.

Origin: America, ca. 1930. Condition: excellent, one pearl link has been removed to shorten the bracelet to a normal length. Size: 7-5/8” long; 1/2" wide. Weight: 24.69 grams. Approximate Total Gemstone Weight: tourmaline, 8.95 cts.

All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Retro : Pre 1940 item #908901
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$725.00
A lovely and unusual Retro 14K yellow gold floral pin, the flower set with a large round moonstone cabochon surrounded by round cut rhodolite garnet petals. The bouquet is tied together with a collet-set round cut citrine. The gemstones are of very fine quality. The moonstone has excellent blue adularescence and the rhodolites have intense raspberry red coloring. Rhodolite garnets are not often seen in Retro jewels. The clasp is marked “14K”.

Origin: America, ca. 1940. Condition: excellent, all original. Size: 2-5/8” x 1-5/16”. Weight: 9.6 grams. Approximate Total Gemstone Weight: moonstone, 7.0 cts; rhodolite, 3.51 cts; citrine, .45 ct.

All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Victorian : Pre 1910 item #908882
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$1995.00
A very pretty bracelet made from twelve Victorian gold slides. The slides are in a variety of styles and are set with various gemstones. From left to right: 10K with turquoise and pearls; 10K with repousse floral decoration; diamond-shaped 10K with synthetic rubies and sapphires set in a checkerboard pattern; 14K set with a rose-cut diamond in a double-sided repousse floral background; 14K set with an old mine cut diamond and enhanced with Etruscan revival bead and wirework decoration; 14K with decorative engraving and opaque black taille d’epargne enamel; large 14K shield-shaped; 14K collet-set with two very fine opals in a double-sided repousse floral background; 14K heart-shaped star-set with a pearl; 14K box-shaped with applied architectural revival decoration; 14K diamond-shaped with a star-set pearl; and 10K oval with pearls and turquoise cabochons bead-set in a star pattern. All the slides are very attractive, but the opal slide bears particular mention. The opals are of exceptionally good quality. One stone is a light-based black opal and the other is a white or crystal opal. The play of color is evenly distributed and represents the full spectrum, with a preponderance of red and blue flashes. The slides are strung on a double chain with a 14K fold-over clasp and are separated by 14K gold spacer beads. Tested and guaranteed for gold content.

Origin: America & England, ca. 1860-1900. Condition: excellent, light pinpoint dings on largest slide. Size: 7-3/4” long. Weight: 16.5 grams. Approximate Total Gemstone Weight: diamond, .03 ct; opal, .6 ct.

All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Art Nouveau : Pre 1920 item #906455
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$395.00
A pretty Art Nouveau honeymoon pin worked in 14K yellow gold enhanced with enamel and a small diamond. The violet blossom is worked in shades of purple, ivory and maroon opaque enamels. The edges of the petals are finished in a repousse gold border in the style often seen on Larter enamels. The flower is centered with a 3-pt prong-set old European cut diamond. The exposed gold surfaces have the soft, slightly matte Russian finish. In the Victorian language of flowers, these elements were understood to symbolize “honey” (the flower) and “moon” (the crescent), thus representing “honeymoon”. These small pins were often given by grooms to their new brides as a wedding gift. The original clasp is stamped with Larter’s hallmark and is marked “14K”.

Origin: America, ca. 1900. Conditino: excellent, no enamel damage. Size: 1-1/16” x 9/16”. Weight: 2.0 grams.

All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Designer Signed : Pre 1980 item #904427
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Vintage 18K yellow gold omega- and post-back earrings designed by Paloma Picasso for Tiffany & Co. The “Scribble” design (sometimes called “Graffiti” or “Squiggle”) is probably the artist’s most famous creation and became one of Tiffany’s most desirable pieces. The “Scribble” line is no longer in production and examples are getting difficult to find. The earrings were made in several sizes, these being the largest. The backs are marked by Tiffany & Co. and are signed by Paloma Picasso. The earrings have the original posts with omega backs, but could be converted to clips without damaging the signatures. The earrings are presented in their Tiffany pouch.

Origin: America, ca. 1983. Condition: excellent, all original. Size: 1-5/8” x 1-3/16”. Weight: 18.5 grams.

All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Designer Signed : Pre 1980 item #904089
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Vintage 18K yellow gold brooch designed by Paloma Picasso for Tiffany & Co. The “Scribble” design (sometimes called “Graffiti” or “Squiggle”) is probably the artist’s most famous creation and became one of Tiffany’s most desirable pieces. The pin was available in several sizes, this example being the second largest. The “Scribble” line is no longer in production and examples are getting difficult to find. The back is dated 1983, is marked by Tiffany & Co., and is signed Paloma Picasso. The pin is presented with its Tiffany pouch.

Origin: America, ca. 1983. Condition: excellent, all original. Size: 2” x 2-5/8”. Weight: 22.5 grams.

All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Designer Signed : Pre 1950 item #904085
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An elegant pair of Retro 14K yellow gold earclips by Tiffany & Co. The earrings are fashioned as a fold of pleated gold, each with a single 5-mm cultured pearl in the center. The pearls are of fine quality, with cream body color and pronounced rose overtone. The original clips are the patented adjustable style often seen on Tiffany earrings from the 1940s and 50s. The backs are marked “Tiffany & Co.” and “14K”.

Origin: America, ca. 1945. Condition: excellent, all original. Size: 1” x 11/16”. Weight: 9.1 grams.

All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Retro : Pre 1940 item #889483
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$1295.00
A fine Retro comet brooch worked in 14K yellow gold and set with diamonds and blue sapphires. The comet's head and a portion of the tail are saw-pierced, a treatment that considerably lightens a design that would otherwise be too massive. The center of the brooch is set with a marquise-shaped plaque worked in white gold and bead-set with round brilliant- and single-cut diamonds. The plaque is surrounded by a cluster of prong-set round brilliant-cut sapphires. The diamonds are estimated at J color, SI clarity. The sapphires have a slightly violetish-blue color, with strong saturation, moderate tone, and very good brilliance. Comet jewelry has been popular for hundreds of years, and usually become fashionable whenever a particularly notable comet passes close to Earth. The back is marked "14K" and has an unknown maker's mark.

Origin: America, ca. 1940. Condition: excellent, all original. Size: 2-5/16" x 1-7/8". Weight: 18.9 grams. Approximate Total Gemstone Weight: diamond, .6 carat; sapphire, 2.0 carats.

All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Victorian : Pre 1900 item #883431
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A delightful Victorian reverse carved crystal pendant set in 12K yellow gold. The pendant depicts a Yorkshire terrier (Yorkie). He’s beautifully and deeply carved and painted in shades of brown and cream. The texture of his fur comes across very nicely in the design. The dog wears a blue ribbon around his neck and displays quite a lot of character with a bit of tongue sticking out to one side and one drooping ear. The crystal is backed in gold rather than the mother of pearl that typically appears in later crystals. The pendant is bordered with a double ropetwist border. Tested and guaranteed 12K gold.

Origin: England, ca. 1870. Condition: excellent, all original, no moisture damage. Size: 1-1/4” x 7/8” excluding bail.

All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Period : Pre 1980 item #873311
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$2795.00
An exquisite pair of 18K yellow gold earrings featuring large mabe pearls, diamonds and sapphires by Spark, a New York jewelry house particularly noted for the fine quality of its gemstones. The square earrings have slightly arcing sides channel-set with brilliant round-cut diamonds, punctuated at the corners with square-cut blue sapphires. The earrings are centered with 13.8mm mabe pearls. The pearls are of spectacularly fine quality, easily on a par with Mikimoto. The surfaces are free of blemishes, are very lustrous, and have cream coloring with strong rose overtones. The diamonds are equally fine, estimated at E/F color and VVS clarity. The backs retain the original omega clips, but the posts have been removed for wear as clips. Posts can easily be added. The backs are marked “18K” and “SPARK”.

Origin: America, ca. 1980. Condition: excellent. Size: 13/16” diameter. Weight: 21.6 gr. Approximate Total Gemstone Weight: diamond, 2.0 carats; sapphire, 1.6 carats.

All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Designer Signed : Pre 1900 item #858358
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An extraordinarily fine antique 18K yellow gold ring by Tiffany & Co. set with a mixed cushion cut Burmese blue sapphire surrounded by old mine cut diamonds. All the gems are of the finest quality. The sapphire has been certified by the American Gemological Laboratories (see the following paragraph). The diamonds, ranging in size from approximately .22 carat to .29 carat each, are estimated at G/H color and SI to VVS2 clarity. The sapphire is set in a prong setting, while the diamonds are set in a shared-prong setting that creates a filigree appearance around the back of the crown. The shoulders of the shank are lightly decorated with beaded engraving.

Nearly all sapphires marketed in the last 150 years have been heated to improve the color. This is considered a standard practice. Other treatments, such as filling in fractures, altering the color family, etc., though considered bad practice, are nonetheless quite common. Fine Burmese stones from the Mogok region that have not been treated in any way are exceedingly rare and only show up in upscale jewels from makers such as Tiffany and Cartier. This particular stone, with its bright coloring and beautiful cut, is nothing short of stunning.

The AGL Brief (dated April 2008) indicates that the sapphire is natural; displays specific properties and characteristics associated with stones from Burma; measures 7.39 x 6.69 x 5.82 mm; weighs 2.49 carats; is cut in mixed cushion, has blue color, and shows no heat or additional treatments. The brief further indicates that unheated sapphires are scarce. The original brief will accompany the ring.

Origin: America, ca. 1890. Condition: excellent, all original, interior of shank has a period monogram. Finger Size: 4-1/4 (The ring can be sized up and we would recommend that the work be performed by Tiffany). Weight: 6.0 grams. Gemstone Weight: diamond (estimated by measurement), 2.25 carats; sapphire (by actual weight), 2.49 carats.