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Jewel of the day: Egyptian Revival Brooch

Egyptian themes had two distinct periods in jewellery: from 1820 to 1850 and the revival period with the  discovery of King Tutankhamen’s tomb in 1922. There were scatterings of interest between the two periods, as evidenced by this circa 1880 brooch. Though the enamel looks more to me like it may have a bit of influence from the mosaics of the Grand Tours so popular at the time, and the Etruscan work made famous by Castellani and Guiliano. Regardless, it’s a very pretty little piece regardless of period or attribution.

It’s made available by Maryland’s Acanthus Antiques, who note, “A fine large 14K gold Victorian period Egyptian revival brooch. The piece has sky and cobalt blue enamel decoration. The back has a hook which could have held a watch or a tassel. The brooch tests 14K but has no marks. Condition is excellent. Circa: 1880. Dimensions: Width: 3 1/4″, Height: 9/16″, Weight: 13.5 grams.”

This is selling for USD$950.



Jewel of the Day: David Morris Gold Schnauzer Brooch

Figural brooches were the thing for so many decades until they largely fell out of favour in the 1970s (like so many other more traditional types of jewellery).

This brooch, by David Morris, is an exception to that rule, having been made in 1992. It is rendered in 18k yellow gold with diamond accents, a ruby eye and an onyx nose.

It sells for GBP2,200.

Jewel of the day: Marks and Spencer Enamel Poppy Brooch

Today is Remembrance Day, and in may Commonwealth countries, a poppy is worn to commemorate the lives lost to wars.

Marks and Spencer has a Poppy Collection, from which this brooch comes. They explain, “Join M&S in supporting The Royal British Legion Remembrance commemoration with this enamel brooch from the Poppy Collection®. All profits, £4.50 from the retail selling price will be paid to The Royal British Legion Trading Limited which gives its taxable profits to The Royal British Legion (Charity No. 219279) and Poppyscotland (Scottish Charity No. SC014096). The donation will be given to either charity depending on where the product was purchased. For more information visit”

This sells for £15.

Jewel of the day: John Landrum Bryant Staghorn Coral Brooch

Although the 1st Dibs listing for this piece says it was made in 2015, it has a fun 60s look to it. For one thing, brooches aren’t that common anymore and for another, when you see them they typically aren’t figurals like this one. Made by John Landrum Bryant, the listing notes, “18k. White and Yellow Gold. 203 Matching Rubies (2.80ct.). Diamonds, Rubies. This Unique Piece invokes thoughts of our priceless heritage of Coral Formations and all the Sea Life they support. Created, Designed and Fabricated under the Direct Supervision of Prince John Landrum Bryant of Galleum, Manhattan. Dimensions: 7.2 x 3.0 cm.”

It’s currently on sale for 50% off at USD$6,750.

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.

Jewel of the day: Yafa Ruby, Diamond and Emerald Art Deco Jardiniere Brooch

This is the kind of piece that makes me question why my family didn’t invent something that made us fabulously wealthy. Because if they had, I am sure my jewelry box would have been overflowing with pieces like this Art Deco jardiniere pin offered by Yafa. There isn’t much information about it on their site, other than the stone content and setting (platinum), and that you should call for the price. Think kindly of my uninventive family when you do.

Jewel of the day: Ruskin Brooch

I am fortunate to a signed one of these Arts and Crafts pretties, made by the Ruskin Pottery in England and dating to the beginning of the 1900s.

This example is offered by Etsy seller Agatha Hamster, and they explain, “It features a lightly hammered silver mount, the corners of which are curled up, with leaves and berries at each corner and set with a pottery ‘enamel’. The Pottery centerpiece is a gorgeous blue and green swirl of colour, with slight crazing in the surface glaze. The early date and appearance of the pottery glaze suggests it is a Ruskin Pottery plaque, however as the back of the plaque (which should be stamped Ruskin if original) is sealed behind the silver mount I cannot confirm this.

John Ruskin was one of the founding fathers of the Arts and Crafts movement in Britain in the mid 1800s. When the Ruskin Pottery was founded in 1898 the owner, Edward Richard Taylor, named it after Ruskin in recognition of his philosophy. The pottery began making the small cabochons or ‘enamels’ in the early 1900s and they became very popular, being used for simple home made jewellery, as well as for more expensive pieces by high end silversmiths, including work for Liberty of London. Other potteries did make similar plaques in the 1920s and 30s but When the the Ruskin Pottery closed in 1935 the secret behind the specific glazes was destroyed so the work could not be replicated.

This example is in lovely condition, with no damage to the mount or the pottery plaque, and a good overall patination and oxidation which I have not removed. The hammer marks are most visible on the back of the brooch, where the number 240 has also been hand engraved in the past, possibly as a catalogue style number. No hallmarks but tests as sterling silver and the tube hinge and C clasp on the back are in good working order. Size: 33mm x 27mm. ”

The seller is UK-based; this is priced at £123.

Jewel of the day: Retro Jewels Vintage Enamel Brooch

When I first saw this, I thought it might be a dress clip, but it’s a brooch. Even better, as pins are more versatile. Made in the 1930s, it’s cold painted enamel set with tiny rhinestones. Seller Retro Jewels explains, ”

Presenting a beautiful, unsigned vintage rhodium-plated ‘shoe button’ brooch! Unlike most such pins, which are set with only one color ‘shoe button’ cabochon, this gorgeous whimsy is set with glass cabs of purple, pink, blue, green, and yellow! The semi-translucent stones practically glow from within, shadows shifting as you hold the piece to the light. Excellent condition – only the tiniest of enamel loss, plus one missing small rhinestone.

It is likely that this beauty was made in the late 1930s in imitation of the Trifari ‘shoe button’ brooches that were so popular. Frankly, I think this one is much more beautiful!”

This is available for a very modest USD$98.

Jewel of the day: Moira Fine Jewellery Moghul Poppy Flower Head Brooch

This antique piece is a great use of enamel and gems. From Moira Fine Jewellery in the UK, it is plique a jour enamel, with a carved centre emerald set with a tiny diamond set design. For price and further details, contact the seller.

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.

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