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Hans Hansen Denmark silver and onyx modernist Ring

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Architectural in a dramatic yet also minimalist way, this Hans Hansen sterling silver ring does not come up very often. Set on a cylindrical post its tambour-shaped face holds a polished round black onyx disk within it. The transition from sterling to stone is seamless, the surfaces of the two materials “married” to each other in the most perfect way, while the tambour’s sides are reflected in the simple wide shank. Wearable art indeed…   Size / Weight: sz 6.5 US (can be easily re-sized); face is 3/4″ in diameter; 1/2″ rise; 17.8 grams Hallmarks / Date: maker’s signature as shown as well as “925S” and “DENMARK”; 1960s-70s Condition:excellent vintage with impressive presence, great patina and no damage or repairs noted Inv.#14599 Offered at $350.00 Contact us about this...

Peruzzi style Italian Deco 800 silver griffin Pendant Necklace

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Attached to an ornate chain with fluted beads, floral and della Robbia “swaddled baby” links this early 20th c. Italian silver pendant features a mighty griffin held among flowering vines in a round frame. Renaissance Revival jewelry of this type were very popular with European and American visitors to Italy returned home with them as mementos of their Grand Tour. Though our example is not signed for maker, it is very well made, with good detail in the pendant’s casting that allows the mythical creature to emerge from its surroundings and a great sampling of the genre’s best link motifs forming the long chain…   Size/Weight: pendant is just shy of 1 1/2″ in diameter and adds a 1 3/4″ drop to the chain; chain itself is 25 3/4″ long (please note that there is no clasp – the chain is continuous but long enough to allow you to slip...

Hans Hansen Denmark silver modernist Ring

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Slick, absolutely minimalist, wrought in sterling silver this vintage “mirrored” ring bears the signature of Hans Hansen, one of Denmark’s most inspired modernist jewelry designers. There is nothing excessive here – the ring’s towering geometry rises above the finger in two triangular flat-topped pyramids facing each other. The glistening sterling surfaces make the void between the two more dramatic – a dark chasm within which the gaze is lost or a shady valley that invites exploration depending on the way the light hits it…   Size / Weight: currently sz 6.25 US (can be re-sized by a jeweler without fear of losing the hallmarks); face is 15/16″ E-W and 1/2″ N-S; 5/16″ rise; 11.3 grams Hallmarks / Date: fully signed with maker’s signature as shown as well as “DENMARK ” and “925S”; 1960s-70s...

Flli Coppini Italian 800 silver cross Pendant Necklace ~ Renaissance Revival

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One of the two most famous and sought after names in the field of early 20th c. Italian Renaissance Revival jewelry, the Coppini Bros were based in Florence and have been active in jewelry making since 1740. The hallmarks and quality of the casting in this cross pendant necklace date it, I believe, in the opening decades of the 20 c., a time during which Coppini creations were favored by American travelers as mementos of their Grand Tour. Generous in size, with its original chain comprised of stylized floral links, the pendant necklace seems to have been gilded initially – traces of the gold plating are just registering to the naked eye (under the studio lights and through the macro lens they become more obvious). Yet I prefer the set as it is today, with the ghost of mellowed gilding bestowing upon the 800 silver a glow that bespeaks its long, no doubt rich, life…  ...

antique Victorian Scottish silver Pin Pendant with cairngorm and agates

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I love antique Scottish “pebble” jewelry for their beautifully etched silverwork, the beauty and variety of the stone inlay, the saturated color of their cairngorm gems but most importantly, for their fiercely proud regional identity. Very often unsigned, the Victorian era pieces also serve as an early example of “celebrity influenced” consumption. It is widely known that Queen Victoria fell in love with Scotland and the specific kind of jewelry whose popularity skyrocketed because of her patronage. In the antique combination pin/pendant at hand saturated yellow and orange, misty blue and mossy green agates surround the huge cairngorm sitting proudly in its raised crown setting. What a symphony of color and craftsmanship…   Size / Weight: 1 1/2″ in diameter; 9.2 grams Hallmarks / Date: not signed for maker nor hallmarked for metal quality yet...