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Art Deco silver and carved Chinese medallions butterfly Pin Brooch

By in Pins/brooches, US/European, World |

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,...

antique Chinese silver gilt wedding Bracelet with carved pai gow tiles cricket, phoenix and dragon symbols

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Antique, late 19th or early 20th c, I believe, Chinese wedding bracelet wrought in gilded silver with three figural carved pai gow tile panels set in raised bezels. The panels are almost identical and feature symbols that are auspicious to newlyweds, namely a cricket, a dragon and a phoenix. The silver frame is beautifully worked with intricate cut-outs and repousse prunus flowers. I think the tiles are made of cow bone that has beautifully mellowed over the years thus adding to the sculpturality of the carvings and the same is the case with the gilding. Precious indeed…   Size/Weight: 7″ long (wearable); width between 1 3/4″ and 5/8″; 46.8 grams Hallmarks / Date: “CHINA SILVER”; late 19th – opening decades of 20th c. Condition: very good vintage with great patina in both the silver and the bone, quite ornate and nicely carved, with some small...

stunning 70s Rachel Gera sterling silver brutalist Necklace with polished gems

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Sublime Rachel Gera sterling silver necklace in the brutalist style associated with her, this is a 1960s-70s piece and it is adorned with uncut, polished gems. Quite impressive and masterfully made, with the stones adding flashes of color to the beautiful patina the highly textured silver has acquired. A signature Gera necklace that looks fantastic with the matching ring also available here…   Size/Weight: 17  1/8 long; central part is 6″ long (including the dangles) by 3  1/2″ wide (at the top); width of chain links between approx. 1″ and 1/4″; 135.0 grams Hallmarks / Date: maker’s signature as shown as well as “HANDMADE” and “ISRAEL 925”; 1960s-70s Condition: excellent vintage with beautifully colored stones, great patina and no flaws noted – a fantastic Rachel Gera necklace   SOLD – Thank you! Contact us about...