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Jewel of the day: Masriera of Spain Enamel and Diamond Ring

This ring from Etsy seller Estate Jewelry Mama is indeed a rare and wonderful find. By Barcelona jeweller Masriera, the seller describes it as, “Enamel floral, diamond ring in 18k yellow gold – Masriera of Spain. The total weight of this ring is 4.7 dwt. Size 4.25. 22 – 2.0mm diamonds, 4 – 1.5mm diamonds. Estimated total diamond weight of .75 carats. All diamonds are ideal round brilliant cut, F-G color, VVS1-VS1 clarity. The top of ring measures 25.3×12.3mm/ 1.0 x.48 inches. I did minor enamel restoration on two of the side leaves and a small area on one of the flower petals. This exceptional item is stamped, ‘Masriera 3677-C’. Exceptional like new condition. Masriera, Barcelona Jewelers since 1839, using extensive creative process with designing and crafting their very finest of quality products. This unique item is no longer in production at Masriera and a very hard fine. I’ve only seen one other for sale and it was sold a few years ago when this item was still in production. This ring has been professionally cleaned and is ready for immediate wear.”

This sells for USD$3,000.

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Jewel of the day: Sofia Kaman Victoria Mandala Necklace

With a bevy of different inspirations rooted in the past, this necklace by Sofia Kaman is eminently wearable in the present. The site notes, ”

A beautifully patterned piece, this 18K gold, enamel, and diamond pendant has a lovely inspiration story as well. We started with the notion of a Mandala. The meaning of mandala comes from Sanskrit word “circle.” Having a concentric structure, Mandalas offer balancing visual elements, symbolizing unity and harmony.

We designed a Victorian styled mandala as a part of the Language of Flowers collection incorporating the motif of a compass. Compasses were given as gifts carrying the message of always being able to find your way home. The fusing of the mandala and compass signifies the reminder to follow your inner compass on the journey of life.

This pendant features a blank reverse side should you want to engrave a special message, initial or date on this noteworthy piece. Available in your choice of black, white, navy or blush enamel. Mandala hangs from a dainty cable chain necklace, finished with a lobster clasp. 18”

This sells for USD$2,175.

Jewel of the day: Kat Cole Structure Ring

Kat Cole is a Dallas, Texas based jeweller. Her artist statement notes, ”

I find meaning through the observance and intimate awareness of the places I inhabit. With each geographic change, I have become more attuned to the natural and man-made attributes that make a location unique.  I look to the built environment of the city where I live for the formal qualities of my work: materials, forms, color and surface quality. The steel and concrete structures that surround us are evidence of human inhabitants- past and present.   Monumental structures are interpreted into the intimate scale of jewelry and are completed when worn on the landscape of the body.

Kat Cole is a studio artist in Dallas, TX.  Cole received her MFA at East Carolina University and BFA from Virginia Commonwealth University and was a Visiting Professor in Metals/Jewelry at Western Michigan University.  She has been a presenter at Yuma Symposium and Craft Boston, she teaches workshops nationally and has exhibited internationally, including Schmuck 2014 and 2015 in Munich, Germany.  Kat Cole’s work has been published in Lark Books’ 500 Enameled Objects, Schiffer Publishing’s Art Jewelry Today 3, Metalsmith Magazine, Ornament, American Craft and Art Jewelry Magazine. Her work is in private and public collections including The Museum of Arts and Design in New York City and Houston Museum of Fine Art.”

This ring is available from Seattle’s Facere Jewelry Art. They explain that it is made of, “steel, enamel, and sterling silver. Top measures approximately 1 x 3/4 x 1/2″. Size 6 (May be sized to fit).” It sells for USD$242.

Jewel of the day: Nicolette Absil Elongated Chrysanthemum Drop Earrings

These made-to-order earrings by Nicolette Absil feature her delicate enamel work. About the designer: “My work focuses on process and using enameling, the ancient art of fusing glass to metal, in a more contemporary manner. Nature serving as my inspiration, I illustrate serene and delicate imagery that I fuse into enamel and then set the work into hand fabricated settings. Recently, I have been working with multiples and repeating forms, as well as exploring the life cycles of flowers, capturing different stages of their existence.”

Chrysanthemum petals make for an effective design motif on the small surface of earrings. These are made with sterling silver, copper, vitreous enamel, graphite, 24k gold, and sell for USD$180.

 

Jewel of the day: Edie Charles Cameo Ring

Signet rings are a de rigeur quiet status symbol for people who have family crests. These enamel cameo rings are cute play on this, by designer Edie Charles, a graduate of Central Saint Martins school in London. In an interview with Elle magazine, she noted, “I would describe my designs as a fusion of minimal tribal and Art Deco. Very geometric with a focus on mixed materials. My current designs feature dark wood with silver and brightly colored resin. Despite the mix of materials, the work has a precious and luxurious feel. I would class my designs as wearable statement pieces. It’s important to me that my designs have unisex potential.”

You can see more of her work on her website; contact her for pricing and availability.

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Jewel of the day: Jack Kelege Gold, Diamond and Enamel Earrings

jack-kelege-earringsI am guessing the red in these earrings is enamel, but the site’s description doesn’t say… nonetheless, they are quite pretty. By Jack Kelege, these are 18k white gold (also available in platinum) set with .52 ctw of princess cut diamonds, and 0.45 ctw of brilliant cuts. Price is available upon request.

 

 

Jewel of the day: Art Nouveau Enamel Pendant

The look of this pendant reminds me of Austrian and German makers of the (Art Nouveau) period, who did quite a few similar looking pieces, and were adept at enamel work. But there appear to be no markings on the silver frame. It is offered by Earthly Adornments, a fun treasure trove of jewellery, beads and plain fun stuff. They note, “Antique Art Nouveau stunning guilloche enamel scalloped pendant with sterling silver chain. The scalloped round enamel has been newly set in a prong set sterling silver backing. There are a few very tiny nicks to the enamel visible under a loupe, otherwise excellent antique condition. Pendant is 1-3/16 inches in diameter. Vintage sterling 15-1/4 inch chain and clasp.”

It sells for USD$150.

art-nouveau-enamel-pendant

Jewel of the day: Vintage Enamel Bird Brooch

1st Dibs seller De Maria says this is an eagle, but I’m not so certain. Regardless, I love the enamel feathers and fierce head butt of this lovely avian brooch. It’s scented with black dotted white enamel, and the eye is set with a faceted ruby. The seller notes, “Marked on the back “TA76″ The clasp is a pin with a security clip. Origin Italy, circa 1970/80.”

This is selling for USD$3301.55.

Vintage bird brooch

Jewel of the day: Kat Cole Vacant Necklace

Kat Cole is a metalsmith who works in jewelry and sculpture. Her artist statement:

I find meaning through the observance and intimate awareness of the places I inhabit. With each geographic change, I have become more attuned to the natural and man-made attributes that make a location unique.  I look to the built environment of the city where I live for the formal qualities of my work: materials, forms, color and surface quality. The steel and concrete structures that surround us are evidence of human inhabitants- past and present.   Monumental structures are interpreted into the intimate scale of jewelry and are completed when worn on the landscape of the body.

Kat Cole is a studio artist in Dallas, TX.  Cole received her MFA at East Carolina University and BFA from Virginia Commonwealth University and was a Visiting Professor in Metals/Jewelry at Western Michigan University.  She has been a presenter at Yuma Symposium and Craft Boston, she teaches workshops nationally and has exhibited internationally, including Schmuck 2014 and 2015 in Munich, Germany.  Kat Cole’s work has been published in Lark Books’ 500 Enameled Objects, Schiffer Publishing’s Art Jewelry Today 3, Metalsmith Magazine, Ornament, American Craft and Art Jewelry Magazine. Her work is in private and public collections including The Museum of Arts and Design in New York City and Houston Museum of Fine Art.

This piece, called the Vacant Necklace, is steel and enamel and is available online at Mora Collection; it sells for USD$1,800.

Vacant Necklace

Jewel of the day: Vintage Enamel Blue Flower Brooch

Diamonds may be a girl’s best friend, but there’s something to be said for having a bit of cash in the bank too. So you don’t have thousands for diamonds or pearls, but you’re craving a little something new?

Behold this vintage enamelled flower brooch, ready to be pinned to the lapel of your spring coat. Best of all, it’s a scant USD$20 from Etsy seller RhinestoneByrd.

Vintage Enamel Flower Brooch

 

 

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