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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 : Antiques : Decorative Art : Metals : Silver : Continental : Pre 1900 item #1434148
Kensington House Antiques
$495.00
A classic second standard (800/1000 pure) silver tastevin from the Loire Valley of France. The origins of tastevins can often be identified by the tastevin’s shape. In this case, the bowl is rather shallow and completely without decoration. The handle is formed in the shape of a thin, curvy snake, but is worked without extra decoration such as scales or details to the head. This example is rather early, as is evidenced by signs of hand hammering and the small lathe mark in the middle of the bowl. The bottom is stamped with the original owner’s name, P. Roux. These classic tastevins from the Loire Valley are charming for their simplicity. Stamped with French silver marks and an unidentified maker's mark.
  • Origin: Loire Valley, France, ca. 1840
  • Condition: excellent
  • Dimensions: 2-7/8” diameter (excluding handle)
  • Weight: 29.9 grams
All Items : Antiques : Decorative Art : Metals : Silver : Continental : Pre 1920 item #1434147
Kensington House Antiques
$375.00
A very good first standard (950/1000 pure) silver small-size tastevin by the highly regarded Dijon silversmith Marc Parrod. This example retains the classic round shape with a convex bottom, but the usual "godrons" and "cupules" are replaced by repoussé grape clusters alternating with "cupules". Each grape cluster is accented with stylized vines. Parrod was particularly noted for this unique variation. The handle is in the traditional form of two snakes grasping an apple, alluding to the the Garden of Eden snake and reminding the drinker of temptation. These smaller tastevins are less common than the larger ones. Smaller tastevins from the Bordeaux region were often used for tasting Cognac, so perhaps the smaller Burgundian versions were used for some other spirit, as well as wine. The bottom and handle are stamped with first-standard silver marks and with Parrod's mark.
  • Origin: Dijon, France, ca. 1903-1944
  • Condition: excellent, no dings or monograms, sharp detail
  • Dimensions: 2-1/4” diameter (excluding handle)
  • Weight: 24.6 grams
    All Items : Antiques : Decorative Art : Metals : Silver : Continental : Pre 1920 item #1434146
    Kensington House Antiques
    $375.00
    A very good first standard (950/1000 pure) silver small-size tastevin by the highly regarded Dijon silversmith Marc Parrod. This example retains the classic round shape with a convex bottom, but the usual "godrons" and "cupules" gare replaced by repoussé grape clusters alternating with raised "perles". Each grape cluster is accented with stylized vines. Parrod was particularly noted for this unique variation. The handle is in a rather unusual shape slightly suggestive of the double snake handles sometimes found on tastevins from the Bourgogne region. These smaller tastevins are less common than the larger ones. Smaller tastevins from the Bordeaux region were often used for tasting Cognac, so perhaps the smaller Burgundian versions were used for some other spirit, as well as wine. The bottom and handle are stamped with first-standard silver marks and with Parrod's mark.
    • Origin: Dijon, France, ca. 1903-1944
    • Condition: excellent, no dings or monograms, sharp detail
    • Dimensions: 2-1/4” diameter (excluding handle)
    • Weight: 25.8 grams
    All Items : Estate Jewelry : Cufflinks and Accessories : Gold : Pre 1930 item #1431175
    Kensington House Antiques
    $1,495.00
    A fine pair of French 18K yellow gold double-sided cufflinks, the faces decorated with champleve and en plein opaque red and black enamels. The connectors are stamped with French 18K marks and an illegible master goldsmith's mark.
    • Origin: France, ca 1925
    • Condition: excellent, no enamel damage
    • Dimensions: faces, 19/32" x 13/32"
    All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Art Nouveau : Pre 1900 item #1430530
    Kensington House Antiques
    $595.00
    A lovely, and rather heavy Art Nouveau 18K gold watch pin decorated with finely cast and engraved fuchsia blossoms and leaves. Even the overall inverted teardrop shape of the pin is reminiscent of the drooping profile of a fuschia. In Victorian flower language, the fuschia represented "good taste." Pin retains the original clasp and watch hook. It could also be worn as a pendant with the addition of a couple of hidden loops to the back that could be attached to a split chain. Tested and guaranteed 18K.
    • Origin: America, ca. 1890
    • Condition: excellent
    • Dimensions: 1-1/8" x 1-1/16"
    • Weight: 5.7 grams
    All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Art Nouveau : Pre 1900 item #1430512
    Kensington House Antiques
    $295.00
    An interesting 10K Victorian pin in the form of a mythological creature coiled around a flame-like pillar. The creature appears to be an Ophis, a winged serpent from Greek mythology said to guard the myrrh fields of ancient Arabia. The monster grasps a seed pearl in it's jaws. The surfaces have a semi-matte bloomed finish. Tested and guaranteed 10K.
    • Origin: America, ca. 1890
    • Condition: excellent
    • Dimensions: 1-3/8" x 1-3/16"
    • Weight: 2.6 grams
    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 : Designer Signed : Pre 1980 item #1427991
    Kensington House Antiques
    $2,695.00
    A stunning pair of 18K yellow and white gold earrings by Faraone in cooperation with Tiffany & Co. The yellow gold half-hoops are accented with white gold "stems" that burst open flowers set with marquise cut rubies. The rubies have fine slightly purplish-red color saturation. Intact inclusions indicate that the rubies are unheated. Faraone was one of the oldest jewelers in Italy, serving as court jeweler to the Royal household and to luminaries such as Maria Callas. The Settepasse family, Faraone's owners, joined forces with Tiffany in 1960 to manage Tiffany's European expansion. The companies jointly owned two boutiques in Milan and Florence. The earrings are signed by both Faraone and Tiffany, are marked for 18K gold, and have English import marks for 1990.
    • Origin: Italy, 1990
    • Condition: excellent
    • Dimensions: length, 15/16"; width, 1/2"
    • Weight: 19.5 grams
    • Approximate Total Ruby Weight: 1.0 carat
    All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Victorian : Pre 1900 item #1427736
    Kensington House Antiques
    $2,650.00
    An elegant Belle Epoque 18K yellow gold negligee pendant necklace, the old mine cut diamond drops formed as pansies. Pendant necklaces of this type, called negligees (from the French word for "careless"), were so called because of their assymetry. The subtle pansy design is achieved by combining three larger diamonds at the top of each cluster to represent larger petals, and two smaller petals at the bottoms. The knife edge bars suspending the clusters keeps the focus on the stones and create wonderful movement. The old mine cut diamonds (J/K color; SI1 clarity) have excellent fire for antique stones. The clasp and the pendant are stamped with French 18K marks.
    • Origin: France, ca 1890
    • Condition: excellent; all original
    • Dimensions: pendant length, 1-5/8"; chain length, 17-3/8"
    • Weight: 6.5 grams
    • Approximate Total Diamond Weight: 1.5 carats.
    All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Art Nouveau : Pre 1910 item #1427725
    Kensington House Antiques
    $895.00
    A lovely 14K gold pendant necklace featuring a colorfully enameled violet blossom centered with a seed pearl and suspending a freshwater pearl. The flower petals and leaves are enhanced with translucent enamels in shades of purple, green, yellow and burgundy. In Victorian flower symbology, the violet represented "modesty." The pendant is suspended from its original chain, marked 14K on the clasp. The pendant is unmarked, but tested and guaranteed 14K.
    • Origin: America, ca 1900
    • Condition: excellent; no enamel damage
    • Dimensions: pendant, 3/8" x 15/16"; chain length, 16"
    • Weight: 6.0 grams.
    All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Designer Signed : Pre 1970 item #1427695
    Kensington House Antiques
    $12,500.00
    A fabulous pair of mid-century 18K yellow gold and platinum earclips by Cartier set with brilliant round cut diamonds. The gold surfaces are cast in a rough texture that contrasts beautifully with the bright diamonds set in platinum. The diamonds, as expected of Cartier, are extremely fine quality (E color/VVS2 clarity). French jewelry became more flamboyant in the 1960s, as wartime restrictions eased. Most importantly, jewels were designed for the "modern woman" who wanted to transition her look seamlessly from day to evening. When worn, these flame-like earrings cradle the entire earlobe and rise up gently along the back side of the lobe. Each earring bears French hallmarks and is signed "Cartier."
    • Origin: France, 1960s
    • Condition: excellent
    • Dimensions: 5/8" x 1-1/4"
    • Weight: 12.3 grams
    • Approximate Total Diamond Weight: 1.5 carats
    All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Designer Signed : Pre 1980 item #1427690
    Kensington House Antiques
    $2,795.00
    An elegant pair of 18K gold earrings featuring large cultured mabe pearls surrounded by borders of brilliant round cut diamonds (E/F color; VVS2 clarity) and square cut blue sapphires of similar fine quality. The pearls have fine creamy body color with rose overtones and a high luster. Jewels by Spark were retailed by Neiman Marcus and other luxury purveyors. The original posts were removed for wear only with the omega clips, but could easily be replaced. The backs are marked "18" and are signed "Spark."
    • Origin: America, ca 1980
    • Condition: excellent
    • Dimensions: 13/16" x 13/16"
    • Weight: 21.6 grams
    • Approximate Total Gemstone Weight: diamond, 1.6 carats; sapphire, 2.0 carats
    All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Art Nouveau : Pre 1900 item #1427677
    Kensington House Antiques
    $1,950.00
    A very fine 18K gold watch pin depicting a mythological griffin grasping a pearl in its mouth. The back-swept wings are bordered with rose cut diamonds set in silver. The detailing for the feathers and scales is superb, and even the reverse is realistically engraved. The design is deeply three-dimensional. Mythological subjects were particularly popular in at the beginning of the Art Nouveau period. The reverse is stamped with an 18K hallmark. The back also retains the original watch hook, clasp and pinstem. A bail could easily be added for wear as a pendant.
    • Origin: Europe, ca 1880
    • Condition: excellent; all original
    • Dimensions: 1-1/4" diameter
    • Weight: 17.5 grams
    All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Art Nouveau : Pre 1910 item #1427656
    Kensington House Antiques
    $1,495.00
    An unusually large Art Nouveau enameled violet pin /pendant worked in opaque white and purple shades over 18K gold. The petals are arranged around an old mine cut diamond (I/J; SI1). In Victorian flower symbology, purple violets conveyed the sentiment "modesty" and white violets conveyed "innocence." Perhaps the colors chosen for this piece were intended to represent a mix of meanings. The back retains the original pinstem and clasp, as well as a bail so the flower can be worn as a pendant. Tested and guaranteed 18K.
    • Origin: probably European, possibly American, ca 1900
    • Condition: excellent; the peta on the lower right has a tiny enamel nick visible only under 10X magnification
    • Dimensions: 1-1/8" x 1-5/16"
    • Weight: 8.7 grams
    • Approximate Diamond Weight: .25 carat
    All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Art Nouveau : Pre 1910 item #1427650
    Kensington House Antiques
    $450.00
    An elegant Art Nouveau 14K gold enameled honeymoon pin featuring a diamond-set blossom enameled in delicate shades of iridescent translucent rose, yellow and white enamel set against a gold crescent moon. Delicate floral pins of this sort were popular gifts for new brides. In Victorian symbology, flowers could represent honey and crescents, the moon. Thus, honey + moon = honeymoon. The back is marked "14K" and has an unidentified maker's mark.
    • Origin: America, ca 1900
    • Condition: excellent; no enamel damage; all original
    • Dimensions: 1-1/16" x 5/8"
    • Weight: 3.0 grams
    All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Designer Signed : Pre 1950 item #1427642
    Kensington House Antiques
    $1,295.00
    A delightful Retro period 14K gold charm or pendant depicting "Thursday's Child" by William Ruser. The charm is finely detailed. According to the poem, Thursday's Child has "far to go" so Ruser depicted the naked child walking along a natural freshwater pearl carrying a traveling sack of belongings. The use of freshwater pearl is a classic Ruser touch. The child's eyes are set with blue sapphires. The back is signed and is marked "14K."

    Ruser, the formost Beverly Hills jewelry of his time, was a favorite of Loretta Young and Joan Crawford. He is best know for his depictions of dogs (particularly poodles) and waif-like children in various poses.
    • Origin: America, ca. 1945
    • Condition: excellent; all original
    • Dimensions: 1-5/16" x 1-5/8" (excluding bail)
    • Weight: 15.8 grams
    All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Retro : Pre 1950 item #1427403
    Kensington House Antiques
    $1,695.00
    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