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Art Deco silver and carved Chinese medallions butterfly Pin Brooch

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Big and beautifully colored Art Deco sterling silver brooch that brings together three old Chinese medallions carved in the shape of a butterfly and lotus flowers. When I first saw this piece, I thought the translucent white butterfly medallion to be quartz while the smaller, cabochon-shaped floral carvings amethyst yet all three register in the jadeite area on my, very basic admittedly, Presidium gem tester. Definitely an early 20th c. brooch as attested to by the clasp’s pin that protrudes beyond the sterling frame, this is a very airy piece, its delicate lightness enhanced by the subtle colors in the stones and the winged creature it represents…   Size/Weight: 2 5/8″ long by 1″ wide; 15.2 grams Hallmarks / Date: “STERLING”; first decades of 20th c. Condition: excellent vintage with beautiful colors in the carved medallions that are free of chips,...

Peruzzi style Italian Deco silver griffins and masks Pendant Necklace with sodalite

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For the discerning Thespians and theater-lovers out there a must-have Italian Renaissance Revival pendant necklace in silver feauturing a big sodalite cabochon and three dangling ancient comedy / tragedy masks. Very popular in the first decades of the 20th c. as mementos from one’s Grand Tour, this type of jewelry is associated with the Peruzzi and Coppini Bros but they were made by a number of Italian workshops and come in all degrees of quality. The casting in the pendant at hand has good detail with the griffins and florals easily readable to the eye; it has been carefully finished as well and set with a stone whose purple blue color is deep and rich. I have paired it with an ornate chain of the same period and style but had to add a newer spring ring clasp to it because the original was missing…   Size/Weight: pendant is just shy of 3 3/8″ long (including the...

1960s Franz Scheurle Germany silver and agate modernist Bracelet

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1960s German modernist sterling silver bracelet by Franz Scheurle featuring a thick, polished slab agate stone with the most saturated dark and chocolate browns you have seen. This is minimalism at its purest – no extra ornamentation, no fussy details. What you see is what you get and what you get is unburdened elegance! And did you notice the clever closure?   Size/Weight: 6 3/8″ inner circumference (clasped; perfect for smaller to medium wrists); stone is 1 5/8″ by 1 1/4″ and 3/8″ thick; 52.8 grams Hallmarks / Date: maker’s initials as shown as well as “925”; 1960s Condition: excellent vintage, slick and minimalist yet with substantial presence, wonderful patina and a gorgeous stone; no damage or repairs noted   Offered at $270.00 Contact us about this...

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 $750.00 Contact us about this...

studio modernist silver, bakelite and black onyx floral Pin Brooch

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Lovely modernist studio made sterling silver floral brooch in a design that combines stylization and naturalist elements while incorporating black onyx and bakelite cabochons. The colors here are magnificent – the freshness of the sage green combines with the mature amber, their richness offset by the glistening black of the onyx. I love the way the artist has crafted the leaves, bending them this way and that; and the beefy tendrils mirror the heftiness of the bezels around the cabs. Spring should be around the corner, shouldn’t it?   Size/Weight: 3 1/8″ long by 2″ tall; 36.5 grams Hallmarks / Date: not marked for maker nor hallmarked for metal content yet tested and guaranteed to be of sterling quality; the date is a bit challenging to pinpoint but I would suggest 1940s-50s Condition: excellent vintage with beautiful colors in the bakelite and patina to die...

Finn Jensen Norway silver gilt and green enamel lily pad Pin Brooch

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I love Scandinavian design and especially the amazing jewelry that came out of that part of Europe so if you combine that with my weakness for any kind of enamel work, it is understandable that I am thrilled to be presenting here a gorgeous pin by Finn Jensen of Norway. In the shape of a lily pad the pin is wrought in gilded sterling and boasts the most translucent, glistening, perfect green enamel. There is something magical about this brooch as if it has the ability to transport you in the deep, luscious forests of an old fairy tale…   Size/Weight: 2 1/8″ long by 1 1/2″ tall; 14.7 grams Hallmarks / Date: marked with Finn Jensen’s logo as well as “NORWAY STERLING” and “925S”; 1960s Condition: excellent vintage with flawless, shimmering enamel in one of the most amazing greens I have seen, a warmly mellowed gilding that is more obvious on...