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Peruzzi style Italian silver Medieval Revival figural Pendant Necklace

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Early 20th c. Italian silver pendant necklace in a figural Medieval Revival design, this is a piece made in the style associated with the Peruzzi and Coppini Bros yet bears no maker’s signature. Usually drawing inspiration from Baroque or Renaissance art, this type of Italian jewelry was very popular with young ladies on their Grand Tour and brought back either as mementos of travel adventures or as gifts for the less fortunate ones who did not get to go. In this case, however, the scene is Medieval in its subject matter showing a knight and lady on horseback. In my eyes, they look as if they are eloping yet it’s probably my romantic streak that has taken over. Last but not least, I would like to draw attention to the wonderful dangles and the exceptionally well-cast links of the chain; there are several designs combined here in graduated sizes – even the hook of the...

slick Niels Erik From Danish silver cascading circles Collar Necklace

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Fantastic late 1960s – 1970s, I believe based on style, modernist sterling silver and ribbon long cascading circles collar necklace signed by Niels Erik From of Denmark. Scandinavian jewelry is one of my favorite genres – I love the slick, innovative design, the bold minimalism and the “honesty” of materials used so I am always on the look out for good examples. The collar necklace at hand is a stunning creation with its four sets of tangent circles cascading down the collar bone, hanging off an ax-form station at the top. The sterling component is presently accompanied by two lengths of cream-colored ribbon that tie at the back of the neck yet those can easily be changed for black velvet or whatever it is you like. Very unusual and quite a rare necklace by From to come upon – and from what I understand, this type of collar necklace is really really...

long Peruzzi Italian Renaissance Revival silver Chain Necklace with carnelian beads

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Made in the opening decades of the 20th c. this Italian Renaissance Revival exuberant chain necklace is made of silver and adorned with filigree and carnelian beads. Though unsigned its quality leads me to believe that it was most probably made by the Peruzzi Bros. Peruzzi jewelry are always marked yet not when it comes to their long chains whether they were sold alone or accompanying pendants. What attracts me about this piece is not only its luxurious length but also the beautiful filigree work in the silver beads and the ornate caps that hold the carnelians in place. Graduated in size the stones themselves look like candy, their semi-translucence showing interesting inclusions and delicate color variation…   Size/Weight: 42 1/8″ long; 73.9 grams Hallmarks / Date: not signed for maker (see above for attribution) nor hallmarked for metal quality yet tested and guaranteed...

Ivar Holth / Ottar Hval Norway 830 silver solje Brooch and Earrings set

By in Brooches, Rings/earrings, US/European |

Based in Oslo, Norway, Ivar Holth and Ottar Hval created jewelry in both the classic Scandinavian enamel-over-silver genre but also pieces based on traditional designs, like the solje brooch and dangle earrings assembled set at hand. Wrought in 830 silver with the concave round and teardrop dangles having a vermeil finish the demi is delicate and eye-catching at the same time and has an endearing “ethnic” appeal. In Norwegian culture “solje” (sun) jewelry was believed to protect its wearer from evil, especially during transitional periods and was thus considered appropriate for newborns and brides. Though made by different makers this brooch and earrings came to me from a single owner and I thought they should continue their life together…   Size/Weight: brooch is 3 1/8″ tall by 2 1/8″ wide; earrings are 15/16″ long by 3/4″ wide;...

vintage 1960s Kalevala Koru silver Halikko Earrings

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Old Kalevala Koru sterling silver earrings in the company’s “Halikko” design which is based on a 12th c filigree bead necklace found buried in an earthenware jug in southwestern Finland. Though the specific design is still in production today with its necklace being Kalevala’s most expensive, made-to-order only piece, their older examples have a quality that remains unsurpassed. Dating in 1967, the earrings at hand have deep swirls that have been enhanced by the patina of time and are a quite difficult pair to come upon…   Size/Weight: 3/4″ in diameter; 9.8 grams (for the set) Hallmarks / Date: fully signed with Kalevala’s “kk” logo, 925S as well as the date code for 1967 Condition: excellent vintage with intense “ethnic” flair, good patina and no damage or repairs noted   Offered at $120.00 Contact us about this...

Victorian Austro-Hungarian silver gilt hinged Bangle Bracelet ~ black enamel and seed pearls

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Antique Austro-Hungarian .800 silver gilt hinged bangle bracelet with black enamel and a vermeil floral applique studded with little seed pearls this piece is from the latter part of the Victorian era and signed by Markowitsch and Scheid of Vienna. I could hardly exaggerate the bracelet’s elegance – everything seems to be in perfect proportion; the serious look of its glistening dark enamel offset by both the warm glow of the vermeil and the lily of the valley spray on its front wing. The decoration is completed with discrete engraved designs around the hinge and the clasp. One of the classiest examples of the genre I have seen lately this is a bracelet which, in my opinion, defies the whims of time and fashion quite successfully…   Size/Weight: 6 7/8″ inner circumference (clasped) by 7/8″ wide; 51.7 grams Hallmarks / Date: letter mark for Vienna as well...