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late Art Deco European 800 silver and pearls foliate Bracelet

By in Bracelets, US/European |

Pearls are among my favorite jewelry components and the ones in this fabulous late Art Deco silver bracelet are wonderful little spheres of glistening white. There is something magical about pearls, the way they are created, and their absolute elegance. Here they are set in sculptural foliate links, as if somebody just threw a handful of them in the garden and just left them there among the leaves. Though it is hallmarked, I have not been able to identify the maker of the bracelet – the marks are just too tiny. It is, however, a European piece since it is made of 800 silver – could be German, could be early Scandinavian. Does it matter, though?   Size/Weight: 8 1/2″ long (wearable) by 1 1/4″ wide; 56.2 grams Hallmarks / Date: tiny hallmarks for metal quality (800) and maker; 1930s-40s Condition: excellent vintage with warmly glowing patina that reflects and...

heavy Art Deco silver interwoven links Chain Necklace

By in Necklaces, US/European |

Heavy and very well made this sterling silver chain necklace is comprised of thick, interwoven links and was made in the early part of the 20th c.. Difficult to come by any more chains like this are perfect to combine with chunky Victorian watch fobs yet they are substantial enough to hold their own even when you wear them alone. I don’t know what attracts me more – the wonderfully warm patina it has developed over its long life or the generous weight and imposing presence. Irresistible…   Size/Weight: 16 7/8″ long (wearable) by 5/16″ wide; 59.2 grams Hallmarks / Date: not signed for maker nor hallmarked for metal quality yet tested and guaranteed to be sterling silver; 1910s-30s Condition: excellent vintage with the most silky patina ever, a pleasure to wear, with no damage or repairs noted and strong presence     Offered at $265.00 Contact us about this...

antique Austro-Hungarian silver gilt putti Pin Brooch with garnets and pearls

By in Pins/brooches, US/European |

A beautiful survivor of a by-gone era known for its magnificent jewelry, this Austro-Hungarian silver gilt brooch features cast little putti holding pearl disks in their hands against an open-work, layered background. The brooch is in fact one half of what used to be a two-part belt buckle. Its pair lost who knows when and how, it was converted into a pin so we can still enjoy it. Adorned with garnets and possibly some black enamel that shows signs of its long life, the brooch is generous in size and adorable…   Size/Weight: 2 1/6″ square; 34.4 grams Hallmarks / Date: not marked for maker nor hallmarked for metal content (at least not this part of the original belt buckle) yet tested and guaranteed to be silver of at least .800 purity which was the standard for Austro-Hungarian jewelry of the period; late 19th – early 20th c. Condition: very good vintage with no...

massive brutalist silver Bracelet with old Chinese carved carnelian medallion

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Massive does not always rhyme with gorgeous but in the case of the spectacular bracelet I am presenting here the two are absolutely synomymous! I have never seen a similar piece and I don’t know where to start describing it! What I find fascinating is the way cultures and ages and techniques are called upon and combined in a hybrid “transnational” beauty. The style is obviously brutalist and a product of the “West”; the carved carnelian medallion is older than the ’60s/’70s when brutalism flourished – I would say ca 1900, if not older – and Chinese. And then the clasp, a classic pin closure from the first decades of the 20th c. used to secure in place a bracelet that is so evidently modernist. Oh, how I love my job…   Size/Weight: 7 1/8″ inner circumference (clasped); width between 1 1/2″ at center front and...

early Deco Georg Jensen sterling silver Bracelet des. no 3

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An early Deco example of Georg Jensen’s design #3 bracelet, this piece was made in the late 1920s-early 1930s as indicated by the combination of hallmarks that it bears. Executed in all-silver, its floral and foliate links have the sculptural quality that Jensen jewelry is known and collected for, accentuated by the wonderful patina that developed over the bracelet’s long life…   Size/Weight: 7  3/4″ long (wearable) by 5/8″ wide; 30.2 grams Hallmarks / Date: fully signed as shown with a combination of hallmarks that date in the late 1920s-early 1930s period Condition: very good vintage with no unsightly damage nor any repairs, just a minor impression on the topmost beads of two links – hardly noticeable to the naked eye and not offensive at all.   Offered at $950.00 Contact us about this...

vintage Southwestern sterling silver Cuff Bracelet with cat’s eye agate stones

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I recently came across a pair of vintage studio-made sterling silver cuff bracelets  one of which I am presenting to you here. Undoubtedly hand-wrought, each cuff is made of thick sterling sheet with carefully cut out designs and applied silver bands on the upper and lower perimeter as well as right across the bracelet’s mid-height point. Six big, glistening cat’s eye agate (I believe) oval cabochons set in bezels complete the cuff’s ornamentation. Wide, incredibly well made, unsigned to my astonishment yet stunning – buy one of them at the price listed below or, if you love pairs, let me know and we can discuss it…   Size/Weight: 6  7/8″ inner circumference (including the 7/8″ gap; can be re-adjusted slightly but I would have a jeweler do it to prevent damage); 2  1/4″ wide; 100.7 grams Hallmarks / Date: not signed for maker nor...