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Jewel of the day: Art Nouveau Swan Brooch

The swan lends itself perfectly as a motif to the an Art Nouveau design. Offered by Trademark Antiques on Etsy, the bird’s sinuous body is rendered in enamel, with a baroque pearl. They note, “This spectacular Art Nouveau watch pin or brooch (circa 1890-1910) features a graceful swan nestled in sinewy reeds. The brooch is ornamented with iridescent pink & green enamel, a lustrous freshwater pearl, and a diamond accent. The reverse of the piece is almost as finely rendered as the front and the clasp bears the Krementz hallmark and it is also marked for 14k gold.

One of the premier jewelry manufacturing companies around the turn of the 20th century, Krementz & Co. was known for producing some exquisite gold and enamel jewelry influenced by design trends coming from Europe.

This watch pin is in excellent condition; however, there is a very small crack to the watch pin hook on the back that in no way impacts the integrity of the piece.”

This piece sells for USD$2,985.

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Jewel of the day: Faberge Diamond Tiara

Though seldom worn today, tiaras still have the power to fascinate. This one was made in the Faberge workshop in 1890. It came up for auction with Sotheby’s in 2007. They noted at that time, “A MAGNIFICENT ANTIQUE DIAMOND TIARA, BY FABERGE. Designed as a series of graduated old-cut diamond arches with knife edge collet spacers, the central pear-shaped diamond flanked by three briolette and one old-cut diamond, each with diamond collet and leaf surmount to the foliate band, on gold wire frame, mounted in silver and gold, circa 1890, 13.2 cm. wide, with Russian assay marks for gold
Maker’s mark for August Holmström on frame.”

I think magnificent is a perfect word for this jewel. The pre-auction estimate was GBP 400,000 – GBP 600,000; the price realized was GBP 1,050,400.

Jewel of the day: Art Deco Diamond and Platinum Bracelet

I love shows like Antiques Roadshow (particularly the British/BBC original) where people bring in items to be appraised by a team of experts. Several years ago, I volunteered to work at an Antiques Roadshow taping and there is a lot of dross among the diamonds. But this woman was delighted and rather stunned to discover that a bracelet passed on to her by her mother-in-law was a diamond and platinum piece worth approximately £150,000. I doubt there is anything like that hiding in my attic (or what passes for my attic) but a girl can dream.

You can read more about it here.

Jewel of the day: Erstwhile Edwardian Diamond Ring

I thought this was contemporary until I looked at the description of the seller, Erstwhile. They date it to 1910. So consider this the wrap to this Edwardian themed week.

The rather impressive looking piece is described thus: “Antique Edwardian engagement ring set with a 5.05 carat navette-shaped diamond with GIA certificate stating the diamond is J color/VVS2 clarity with 8 old European-cut diamonds and a delicate multi-pronged platinum and 18K gold mount. Circa 1910.”

This sells for USD$95,000 for that extra special person in your life or perhaps for yourself.

Jewel of the day: Isadora’s Antique Jewelry Edwardian Necklace

Another Edwardian piece, but I don’t think you can really have too many from this era. A rather unusual shield shape is set with diamonds and seed pearls. Pike Place, Seattle seller Isadora’s Antique Jewelry describes it as, “Circa 1900. This stunning platinum and 18KT gold necklace features an array of old European-cut, single-cut, and rose-cuts diamonds weighing approximately .80 carats total, accented with seed pearls and set against a black satin background. The pendant, nestled in its original box, is suspended from a platinum fancy link chain, and can also be worn as a brooch.”

This sells for USD$8,300.

Jewel of the day: Ingram Cecil Edwardian Diamond Ring

In an Etsy shop, Ingram Cecil offers a really fun array of vintage and antique jewels. This Edwardian diamond ring might have been used as an engagement ring; it could certainly still be worn that way today, or just as a pretty diamond piece.

The description notes, “Gorgeous Edwardian era antique circa 1910 old European cut diamond moi et toi ring. Each diamond is .25 carats. There are 4 tiny rosecut diamonds in the leaves. In excellent condition. The diamonds are extremely sparkly, white and no inclusions. Stamped at 585 for 14K gold. Can be resized by a jeweler.”

This is priced at USD$1,000.

 

Jewel of the day: Georgian Silver, Garnet & Paste Brooch

I really love antique paste pieces. Their workmanship rivals that of fine jewellery, which it was meant to mimic. This piece is dated at roughly 1800-1820, and meant to look like ruby and diamonds set in gold.

It is offered by the UK’s The Antique Jewellery Company, and is priced at a very reasonable £675.

Jewel of the day: Antique Victorian Snake Necklace

Although this necklace dates from 1860, it has a fresh, contemporary look to it. The Victorians loved the snake motif, as it symbolized everlasting love. This piece, offered by Jewellery Discovery, is rendered in gold (karat is not specified) accented with enamel and pearls. The photo seems to show ruby set eyes as well.

This sells for £11,700.

Jewel of the Day: Vintage Paste and Sterling Dog Brooch

This is one from my own collection; I love antique and vintage silver and paste pieces. Figurals like this one are a bit harder to come by, though I’ve also seen and acquired several lizards – very popular, for some reason.

My favourite feature is the tiny enamelled red tongue. It’s made of 935 silver and has (I think) the mark JOF; I haven’t been able to find to whom that might belong but 935 was typically German or Austrian. The pin is small but mighty and looks just like my Wheaten Terrier.

Jewel of the day: Stella Blue Sapphire and Pearl Necklace

This clever repurposing of antique and vintage bar pins had me scurrying to my own stash to see if I have anything that could be similarly converted (short answer: I do).

This piece by Stella Blue takes what appears to have been a slim Edwardian era bar pin remade into a necklace. This one is made of yellow and white gold (karat not specified) with sapphire and pearls, attached to a contemporary 18 inch chain. This sells for USD$1,98.

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