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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.

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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.

Jewel of the day: Gaskin Triangular Corsage Brooch

This is a really lovely example of Arts and Crafts paste jewellery, by husband and wife team Archie and Georgie Gaskin. Offered on 1st Dibs by noted jewellery seller Tadema Gallery, they explain, “This triangular corsage brooch ‘Loves Garland’ by Arthur Gaskin and his wife Georgie is a fine example of their romantic Arts and Crafts jewelry. Signed ‘G’ verso. Original fitted case. Silver, gold, opal, pink tourmaline, blister pearl and emerald paste. Provenance: From the collection of Laurence W. Hodson (1863-1933), thence by descent. To be exhibited at the forthcoming exhibition: “Jewellery. materials craft art” at the National Museum Zurich from 19.05.2017 – 22.10.2017 Exhibited ‘Arthur and Georgie Gaskin’, City Museum and Art Gallery, Birmingham 11 February – 21 March 1982. Item G40 in the exhibition catalogue and illustrated on page 86. The Fine Art Society, London 29 March – 30 April, 1982. Literature: The catalogue entry states this piece was previously exhibited at W.T Whitely ‘The Arts and Crafts’ Society Exhibition at the Grosvenor Gallery in 1912, where it was illustrated in ‘The Studio vol LVII and priced at £12 12s 0d. The original pencil drawing for this piece is in the ‘Drawing Book’ by Arthur and Georgie Gaskin (Victoria and Albert Museum ref: E 6727091969), where all the stones in the piece are labelled, showing that the missing drop was an opal which we have reinstated.”

This is selling for USD$30,243.86

Jewel of the day: Tod Pardon Pendastu Brooch

Tod Pardon works in sterling silver and mixed materials. His pieces are quite large and described also by vendors as sculpture, which they certainly are.

This brooch is being offered by New York’s Aaron Faber gallery. They describe it this way: “Tod Pardon’s ‘Pendastu’ brooch/sculpture is 6-5/8″ tall, a mixed media composition in sterling silver and 14K gold, inlaid with bone, pearl, pigmented green and yellow glass, wood, a glass eye, and a headress of green glass and gold beads.”

This sells for USD$2,400.

Jewel of the day: Bijoux Heart Leaf + Wheat Sheaf Brooch

Bijoux Heart is a British brand that has looked to the past for inspiration but given their costume jewelry pieces a modern feel. Their work reminds me a lot of Miriam Haskell, with burnished gold findings, tiny seed pearls and an artful use of crystals.

This brooch is described as, “Large poured glass handmade leaves with branches of Swarovski handmade wheat sheaf crystal in a beautiful bouquet design, large Baroque pearl sits at the base of five large Swarovski baguette crystals which forms a high dome from the base, subtle shades of jonquil and clear crystal with finer details of sea pearls & crystal pave marquis cut stones “truly spectacular construction and scale” measures approx. 170cm in length and approx. 90cm in width. on a weighted filigree base and large pin, plated in 24ct gold.”

This sells for £790.

Jewel of the day: French Art Nouveau Diamond Opal and Ruby Brooch

Platinum was the favoured metal of the Edwardian and Art Nouveau periods because it lent itself especially well to delicate designs like this one.

This pretty pin is being offered by Etsy seller Best Old Jewelry. They have this to say about it: ‘Platinum on 18k gold, diamonds, opal and rubies. Made in France circa 1890-1910.  Measurements: approx. 2 3/4 inches long; weighs 10.5 grams.  Exquisite Art Nouveau design – long, narrow, waving bands of diamonds, intertwining with whiplash twists and turns. The diamonds are set in platinum. The central section of the brooch represents a flower in bud with calyx and sepals all set in diamonds. The bud itself consists of a beautiful opal – navette in shape with wonderful translucent light, strong blue tones (not adequately reflected in the ‘photos) and good fire. The opal is offset by 5 Colette-set rubies that serve to emphasize, brighten and add to the strong colorful element. Workmanship is of the highest order as is every aspect of this beautiful brooch.  The brooch comes with a period fitted box which might/not be original to the piece. It is marked inside with the name of ARTAULT & DUCLEROIR JOAILLIERS ORFEVRES MOULINS and the monogram B.A on the lid.  The piece is hallmarked both on the side of the brooch and on the pin.  Condition: good with negligible wear commensurate with age.”

This sells for USD$7,250.

Jewel of the day: Bling Jewelry Present Time Pin

Christmas jewellery used to be a big thing – pins mostly, in winter and Christmas motifs. You can still find them and they are still fun to see and to wear. Bling Jewelry has a range of designs and this little Christmas tree would be the perfect thing for today. It’s 2 x 1 inch and a plated metal set with festive crystals. This sells for a sale price of USD$17.99.

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Jewel of the day: Vintage Gold and Diamond Holly Brooch

Even though holly is most closely associated with Christmas, this pretty 1960s brooch would look good on a lapel (or skirt, or hat) year round. Offered by Ruby Lane seller Josephine’s Fine Jewelry with a Past, the seller notes, “The details are exquisitely crafted with a textured Florentine finish on the leaves which are neatly edged with shiny polished gold. The seven 1.5 mm single cut diamonds sparkle down the white gold veins with added beaded details.

This is not a small brooch, measuring at 2 1/4″ by 1 1/4″ and it weighs 14.9 grams or 9.5 pennyweights. It is marked 750 and 88A, which I believe is Italian in origin.”

This sells for USD$895.

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