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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.


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.


Jewel of the day: Buckley London Poppy Brooch

In the British Commonwealth, today is Remembrance Day, marked by the wearing of a red poppy and solemn ceremonies to remember war dead.

This crystal pave brooch by Buckley London has a good cause attached to it – all proceeds go to support the Royal British Legion. The company notes, “This beautiful, British-designed Buckley London crystal poppy brooch is a fantastic way to add a touch of sparkle to any outfit whilst proudly supporting The Royal British Legion. Plated with a gold tone and hand crafted with over 100 ruby and jet crystals, this stunning brooch, which measures 36mm x 21mm is the perfect addition this Remembrance Day. Each poppy is presented in an elegant box.

With new designs introduced each year, Buckley London are the official designer of The Royal British Legion Poppy Colllection which has become a signature part of the Buckley London jewellery range. Buckley London donate all profits from the sale of The Poppy Collection to the Legion and Poppy Scotland. All net profits (a minimum of £5) of every product sold will be paid to Royal British Legion Trading Limited (Company no. 4783730 registered in England and Wales) which gives its taxable profits to The Royal British Legion (Charity no. 219279).In the British Commonwealth, today is Remembrance Day, marked by the wearing of a red poppy and solemn ceremonies to remember war dead.”

This design sells for £15.00 and there are others in the range.


Jewel of the day: Kubes Jewelers Estate Diamond Spider Pin

Yes, Halloween is tomorrow, but it’s never really too early to break out the arachnids. We had our own live version living on our front porch for about a week (before the flinging delivery of the morning paper destroyed the web) – it was a pretty magnificent thing to behold at about three feet by three feet.

If you want something more modest but equally spooktacular, this vintage diamond and gold pin will do the trick. Crafted of 18kt. yellow and white gold it bears a total weight of 1.27ct. white and brown diamonds and sells for USD$1,975 from Fort Worth, Texas’s Kubes Jewelers.


As for the real thing … boo!


Jewel of the day: Enamel and Rhinestone Maple Leaf Brooch

Happy first day of fall. (I’m trying and failing to be happy about it – give me summer all year round!) When I was a kid, there was one huge maple tree on our street whose leaves went bright scarlet red at the beginning of August every year. Yeah, show off! It was a really spectacular display. In its honour, here is a costume replica to mark the fall equinox.

It sells from UCanada for $9.99 (currency not indicated).


Jewel of the day: Antique Victorian Turquoise and Diamond Brooch

Love me some pins, and I especially like how this Victorian exemplar looks so contemporary. Sold by Eragem, they note, “This circa 1900’s diamond brooch pin pendant features a centered old European cut diamond with a halo of bezel set diamond accents all set into platinum and accented with milgrain edging. The floral motif brooch also features 12 pear cabochon cut lab created pieces of turquoise bezel set into 18k yellow gold. The piece can suspend from a bail to be worn as a pendant and has a pin back with locking clasp to be worn as a brooch. This piece is crafted of solid 18k yellow gold and is in good antique condition. One of the turquoise gems is cracked and chipped but this is very hard to see from arms length.”

I will confess to being a bit confused that the stones are described as lab created, given the stated age of the piece.

This can be yours for USD$3499.


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