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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: 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: 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.

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