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All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Victorian : Pre 1900 item #564847
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$1195.00
A wonderful 18K yellow gold and Essex crystal stick pin dating from the reign of Emperor Napoleon III. The head features a reverse-carved crystal decorated with a scene of a horse and rider jumping over a stone wall in a grassy field. The coloring is very finely done in pale shades. Essex crystals—especially those with sporting themes—were very popular in England and the United States. Occasionally, they were made in France, as well. French examples can often be identified by the use of a gold background under the crystal instead of the mother-of-pearl more frequently used in the US and England. The back of the gold mounting is stamped with the “tete d’aigle” hallmark for 18K gold and also with an illegible goldsmith’s mark.

Origin: France, ca. 1870. Condition: excellent, no damage or wear to the crystal. Size: overall length, 2-15/16”; head, 11/16” diameter. Weight: 5.0 grams.

All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Designer Signed : Pre 1980 item #564837
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$4750.00
Gorgeous pair of signed Mikimoto 18K yellow gold, pearl and diamond earrings. Each earring features a cluster of five 6.0—6.5 mm pearls, topped with a golden bow and sprinkled with prong-set round brilliant-cut diamonds. The pearls have white body color with strong rosé overtones. The luster is bright and the surfaces are free of blemishes. The pearls are extra fine AAA—in other words, the absolute finest quality available anywhere in the world. The diamonds are of equally fine quality, rated at E color, VVS clarity. The backs have posts and omega clips. Each earring is marked with Mikimoto’s shell hallmark and “750” for 18K. The earrings are presented in their original Mikimoto hinged box, along with the original Mikimoto gift box.

The earrings are accompanied by an August 2006 written appraisal for $6,500 by Bailey, Banks & Biddle’s Mikimoto specialist appraiser.

Origin: Japan, ca. 1980. Condition: excellent, all original. Size: 1-3/32” x 15/16”. Weight: 16.5 grams. Approximate Total Diamond Weight: .25 carat.

All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Victorian : Pre 1920 item #564833
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$1250.00
A magnificent pair of 18K yellow gold earrings designed as ornate pierced plaques overlaid with golden forget-me-nots and suspending foxtail tassels terminating in golden balls. The backs are bottom-hinged. These earrings are from one of the finest gold suites from the late Belle Epoque that we’ve seen. All pieces are hallmarked with French “tete d’aigle” hallmarks for 18K gold and also with an unidentified maker’s mark, “LM”.

Origin: France, ca. 1910. Condition: excellent, all original. Size: 2-1/8” long. Weight: 11.0 grams.

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All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Victorian : Pre 1920 item #564832
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$3150.00
A magnificent 18K yellow gold necklace designed as a pair of foxtail chains punctuated with floral plaques suspending foxtail tassels, each terminating in a ball. The sections of chain between the plaques are swagged “en esclavage”—an especially elegant treatment reminiscent of French jewels of the First Empire. The central plaque is decorated with applied gold forget-me-nots, while those on the sides are left plain. This necklace is from one of the finest gold suites from the late Belle Epoque that we’ve seen. All pieces are hallmarked with French “tete d’aigle” hallmarks for 18K gold and also with an unidentified maker’s mark, “LM”.

Origin: France, ca. 1910. Condition: excellent, all original. Size: necklace, 16-1/2” long; central plaque, 2-3/16” long. Weight: 48.0 grams.

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All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Deco : Pre 1940 item #562295
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An absolutely stunning Art Deco cross pendant in 18K yellow gold accented with diamonds and sapphires. The body of the cross is worked in pierced yellow gold, centering a nearly 2/3-carat round old European cut diamond collet-set in platinum. The piercing lightens the appearance of the cross and creates the visual effect of rays emanating from the central diamond. Each of the four arms of the cross is bordered with caliber-cut natural blue sapphires of fine quality, and terminates in a band of round brilliant-cut diamonds bead-set in platinum. The corners of the junctions of the arms are ornamented with small diamonds collet-set in platinum and cabochon sapphires prong-set in gold. The overall design is very angular, heightening the strong Art Deco treatment of this most traditional of designs. The center diamond is estimated at G color, SI2 clarity, and the smaller diamonds are of similar quality. The sapphires have excellent color saturation and clarity. This is, without a doubt, the finest Art Deco cross we’ve seen. The cross is stamped with the French “tete d’aigle” for 18K gold and has an indistinct maker’s mark.

Origin: France, ca. 1925. Condition: excellent, all original. Size: 2” x 1-9/16” (excluding bale). Weight: 11.5 grams. Approximate Total Gemstone Weight: diamond, 2.5 carats; sapphire, 3.6 carats.

All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Pre Victorian : Pre 1800 item #562293
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A marvelous Georgian cross pendant worked entirely in seed pearls and centering an oval cut citrine in a 9K gold push-up setting. Seed pearl jewelry became popular during the last quarter of the 18th century and remained in fashion for about fifty years. The forms were cut from pieces of mother-of-pearl then drilled with tiny holes. Strands of horsehair, bleached to become white and translucent, were used to sew hundreds of tiny natural seed pearls to the form. The center citrine adds a bit a sparkle to what would otherwise be a very chaste piece. Some of the pearls in this piece are quite large for seed pearl jewelry. Although pearls are associated with purity, crosses are difficult to find in seed pearl jewelry. The 14K gold bale is recent.

Origin: England, ca. 1775. Condition: excellent, some glue reinforcement of the horsehair in places on the back. Size: 2” x 1-3/8”.

All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Art Nouveau : Pre 1920 item #562286
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A wonderfully naughty Art Nouveau 18K yellow gold ring depicting a couple engaged in mutual oral stimulation. Victorian and Edwardian erotic jewelry is extremely rare, having been made only for the daring few who were willing to wear such things in public. Like other pieces of erotica, the designer was charged with making the object look as innocent as possible, only revealing its true nature upon very careful and prolonged inspection. Upon first examination, this ring appears to be a typical sinuous floral Art Nouveau design. Looking closely however, the design reveals a man and woman amorously entwined. Even the back of the shank is decorated with a pair of somewhat cleverly concealed penises. The ring is marked with French hallmarks for 18K gold.

Origin: France, ca. 1910. Condition: excellent, very little wear. Size: 1/2" wide. Finger Size: 8-3/4. Weight: 7.5 grams.

All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Period : Pre 1960 item #562258
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$450.00
An attractive 1950s 18K yellow gold brooch prong-set with round brilliant-cut chrysoprase. The stones are brighter green than usual—nearly an emerald color—and could easily be mistaken for emeralds except for their translucent quality. The gold setting is reminiscent of a cactus. The gold surfaces are nicely textured. The back retains the original pinstem and trombone clasp with French 18K gold hallmarks.

Origin: France, ca. 1955. Condition: excellent, all original. Size: 1-3/4” x 13/16”. Weight: 7.0 grams. Approximate Total Gemstone Weight: .2 carat.

All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Period : Pre 1960 item #560292
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$1295.00
A delightful and heavy early 1950s 18K yellow gold brooch in the form of a stylized bird. The body is made from a oval cabochon turquoise, while the head and wing feathers are strongly textured in an artichoke-like pattern. A cabochon sapphire surrounded by small single-cut diamonds set in white gold represents the eye. The tailfeathers are represented in white gold set with diamonds. The bird roosts on a branch accented with a flower comprising a turquoise center and diamond petals. Novelty pins featuring stylized animals were made popular by the French jewelers—especially Cartier and Van Cleef & Arpel—before spreading to America. The pin is very nicely crafted and the gemstones are of high quality. The pinstem is marked “14K”, but the brooch itself tests and is guaranteed 18K gold.

Origin: America, ca. 1955. Condition: excellent, all original. Size: 1-5/8” x 1-1/4”. Weight: 18.5 grams. Approximate Total Gemstone Weight: diamond, .75 carat; sapphire, .13 carat; turquoise, 9.10 carats.

All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Retro : Pre 1950 item #557901
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$1850.00
Stunning late Retro leaf brooch in 14K yellow gold with platinum accents, set with diamonds and blue sapphires. The curving leaf form is lightened by the use of wire construction, a technique seen especially in French jewels just after World War II. The lower edge of the wire leaf is set with a graduated row of cushion- and old European-cut diamonds, while the upper border is accented with a row of sapphires. Two additional diamonds are set at one side of the brooch near the smaller solid gold leaves. The diamonds are all prong set in platinum. Counterclockwise from the diamond at the top of the brooch, the three larger stones are estimated at: .350 carat, I, VS1; .348 carat, I, VS1; and .450 carat, K, VS2. This is an especially elegant example of a mid-century jewelry style that can sometimes appear a bit clunky. Marked 14K.

Origin: America, ca. 1948. Condition: excellent, all original. Size: 1-11/16" x 1-1/8". Weight: 7.5 grams. Approximate Total Gemstone Weight: sapphire, .5 carat; diamond, 2.01 carats.

All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Victorian : Pre 1920 item #557877
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$3600.00
An extraordinary piece of sporting jewelry—a brooch featuring an enameled fox’s head superimposed over various implements of the hunt. The brooch itself is in the shape of a horseshoe, each hole set with an old mine-cut diamond. A riding crop and a whip are superimposed over the horseshoe. The crowning touch, however, is the fabulous fox’s head completely covered in some of the best Newark enameling we’ve seen. The lifelike colors and are just stunning. The eyes are set with small rubies which contribute to the ferocious look established by the jagged gold teeth. Exposed areas of gold have a slight matte bloom more typically seen in French Art Nouveau jewels. This brooch is prominently pictured in “Masterpieces of American Jewelry”, which was published to accompany the 2005 exibition of American jewels at New York’s Museum of American Folk Art. The brooch is unsigned, but is definitely by Alling Bros.

Origin: America, ca. 1910. Condition: excellent, all original, no enamel damage. Size: 15/16” x 1-5/16”. Weight: 6.5 grams. Approximate Total Gemstone Weight: diamond, .1 carat; ruby, .05 carat.

All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Art Nouveau : Pre 1900 item #557871
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$2395.00
Outstanding pair of early Art Nouveau 18K yellow gold earrings set with aquamarines. The surmounts, each set with three aquamarine beads, support double chains suspending shields set with oval aquamarines, in turn fringed with chain drops terminating in balls. The shields have foliate decoration that just begin to show the Art Nouveau sensibility. The chain elements are textured in the style more often associated with Etruscan Revival pieces. The aquamarines are of very fine quality with superb color and clarity. The earrings have lots of movement. They are long, yet are light enough to be worn comfortably. The earrings have been converted to screwbacks, but could easily revert to wires or even posts. Tested and guaranteed 18K gold.

Origin: America, ca. 1890. Condition: excellent. Size: 2-7/16” long. Weight: 15.0 grams. Approximate Total Gemstone Weight: 12.35 carats.

All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Art Nouveau : Pre 1910 item #557619
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$1250.00
A stunning Art Nouveau 14K yellow gold brooch in the form of swirling foliage, highlighted with gorgeous iridescent translucent enamels in shades of blue, green and cream. The enamel is highlighted by two tiny seed pearls, and the center features a collet-set old European cut aquamarine. The gemstone has beautiful color that coordinates exceptionally well with the enamel. The back of the pin retains the original pinstem and c-clasp marked with Krementz’ hallmark.

Origin: America, ca. 1900. Condition: very good, there is a 1/16” and a 1/8” nick in the enamel below the aquamarine, but because of the coloring of the enamel it is very difficult to see except under very close inspection. Size: 1-1/2” x 9/16”. Weight: 3.25 grams. Approximate Total Gemstone Weight: .7 carat.

All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Victorian : Pre 1900 item #555158
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$1750.00
A fantastic late Victorian watch pin featuring a mythological griffin. This is, by far, the best griffin brooch we’ve ever seen. The entire surface is hand-chased to create realistic feathery, furry and scaly textures. The beast is cast very three-dimensionally for added detail. The top of his unfurled wing is accented with rose-cut diamonds set in silver and he stands on foliage likewise set with diamonds. He grasps a 4.0mm pearl in his jaws. The back retains the original watch hanger, pinstem and trombone clasp. The back is marked for 18K.

Origin: Europe, possibly France, ca. 1890. Condition: mint. Size: 1-1/4” diameter. Weight: 17.5 grams. Approximate Total Gemstone Weight: .1 carat.

All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Retro : Pre 1950 item #555149
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$695.00
A very fine Retro Moderne brooch in the form of a three-leaf clover, each leaf fashioned from an heart-shaped aquamarine, and centered with a pearl. The aquamarines are simply framed in gold collet settings with halo wirework accented with beading. The stones, 1.33 carats on either side and 1.87 carats at the top, have stunning pure blue coloring without a hint of gray. The 5.5mm pearl has an ivory body color with rosé overtones, and a very nice, lustrous surface. The back of the brooch retains the original pinstem and safety clasp, and is marked “14K”.

Origin: America, ca. 1940. Condition: Excellent, all original. Size: 15/16” x 1-7/32”. Weight: 4.0 grams. Approximate Total Gemstone Weight: 4.53 carats.

All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Victorian : Pre 1900 item #544754
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$1,295.00
A phenomenal Victorian 18K yellow gold brooch in the Etruscan Revival taste. The brooch features a large azurite-malachite cabochon weighing more than 60 carats. The natural fissures, and blue and green color mottling is striking, especially against the richness of the gold. The setting is one of the best Etruscan frames we’ve seen, befitting a minerological specimen that would have been considered extravagantly exotic (probably originating in Afghanistan). The stone is set in a collet surrounded with a border of beaded rosettes flanked on either side with delicate twisted wire. The frame is decorated at compass points with shell motifs outlined with twisted wirework. Cyma scrolls and graduated beading fill the space between the shells. The surface of the gold has the slightly matte bloomed finish that lends the appearance of antiquity to the better Etruscan pieces. The back of the brooch retains the original c-clasp and extended pinstem. Tested and guaranteed 18K gold.

Origin: America or England, ca. 1860. Condition: excellent, the border has two of the tiny rosettes and a tiny portion of one cyma scroll missing, but these are noticeable only upon very close inspection. Size: 2” x 1-11/16”. Weight: 19.75 grams.

All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Retro : Pre 1950 item #544752
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A superb pair of 18K gold earrings from the Retro period. Each earring is shaped as a pair of golden flowers, the centers collet-set with old European-cut diamonds. They are also designed so that they could be worn as dress clips on either side of the neckline. The flower stems are gathered with double ribbons set with square-cut rubies. The diamonds have very nice color, probably in the G-H range, and good clarity estimated at SI2. The rubies have intense color that contrasts beautifully with the gold. The backs retain the original earclips with small hollowed out areas that can accommodate a small piece of cork, rubber or wax to cushion the clip. Tested and guaranteed 18K.

Origin: America, ca. 1940. Condition: excellent, all original. Size: 3/4" x 3/4". Weight: 10.0 grams. Approximate Total Gemstone Weight: diamond, .4 carat; ruby, .22 carat.

All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Retro : Pre 1950 item #542465
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An elegant Retro Moderne 14K yellow gold brooch in a stylized bow form, the center set with a large emerald-cut citrine of medium honey color, and the loops sprinkled with round brilliant-cut rubies. Some Retro pieces can be overly heavy, but this pin has a pleasant lightness despite its large size. The gemstones are of fine quality. Tested and guaranteed 14K gold.

Origin: America, ca. 1940. Condition: excellent, all original. Size: 3” x 1”. Weight: 15.5 grams. Approximate Total Gemstone Weight: ruby, .5 carat; citrine, 10.4 carats.