Many people categorize Victorian jet jewelry as mourning jewelry, and that is often not the case. While it is true that jet -- especially the matte variety -- was used in a number of Victorian mourning jewelry pieces, it also was considered quite trendy and fashionable for the time.
This dazzling necklace is a prime example of just how à la mode jet can be!
Comprised of hand carved wheel shaped jet beads with sparkling pyrite centers, each bead is wire wrapped and connected to the next. A larger, wire wrapped pendant dangles from the center.
Pyrite was often used as a substitute for diamonds and adored for its ability to sparkle in low light.
Wearing pyrite (aka fool's gold) is thought to be good for your physical and mental health. It is also believed to help stabilize your mood and promote positive thinking.
Jet beads are attached to a 12k gold filled chain that fastens with a spring ring.
Necklace Length: 18"
Pendant Drop: 1"
Markings: 1/20 12k GF
Condition: Good Jet and pyrite are both fragile in nature and both tend to crack and chip easily. A number of the jet pieces are chipped, cracked or have dings and all of them have surface scratches. This is very common with jet jewelry. A few of the pyrite pieces also are chipped (See photos). None of the pieces are cracked all the way through and the necklace itself is structurally sound and wearable. But we do recommend wearing it with care given the delicate nature of jet in general. Priced accordingly.
Antique Victorian Gold Filled Slide Chain with Mother of Pearl Locket
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One look at this beautiful, celestial locket and you would swear it was plucked out of the night sky!
Set with two luminescent mother of pearl cabochons, this eye-catching hinged locket practically glows when it moves. It really is quite striking.
Locket is gold plated and is attached by Albert clasp to a lovely 12k gold filled rope chain necklace with a delicate fleur de lis adjustable slide.
Such a sweet, romantic piece!
Chain Length: 30"
Locket Size: 1" x 1"
Marked: 1/20th 12k
Condition: Very Good Necklace and locket have light surface scratches and patina consistent with age and use. Some of the plating is starting to come off the locket and it looks like a new catch was soldered on at some point as it is a little messy. These flaws are only noticeable under close, magnified inspection. Does not detract. Priced accordingly.
Antique Georgian Dated 1830 14k Gold and Seed Pearl Mourning Ring
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While most people equate the rise of mourning jewelry with Queen Victoria, it actually predates the widow of Windsor by more than 200 years.
The 17th century was a time riddled with pestilence and death. Diseases ran rampant; many children were dying. Death was on the forefront of everyone's mind and was reflected in the macabre images of memento mori jewelry, a popular jewelry style of the period. Decorated with skeletons and skulls, memento mori jewelry was donned to remind the wearer that they too will die one day.
However, people's views on death and mourning began to change around 1649 following the execution of King Charles I of England. Many loyalists wanted to show their sympathy and support for the fallen king and commissioned jewelers to make pieces designed with Stuart crystal (the king was of the House of Stuart) with a portrait of the king underneath.
This began a trend among the wealthy elite to have mourning pieces commissioned to remember lost loved ones and also marked the shift from memento mori to mourning jewelry. (Though it really was Queen Victoria who popularized the trend.)
This lovely ring is dated 1830, which is right at the tail end of the Georgian period. It is crafted in rosy 14k gold with a central glass compartment surrounded by tiny seed pearls.
Inside the compartment is a tiny piece of fabric with metallic copper thread. The original owner of the piece said the ring initially had a lock of hair under the glass, but the family thought it was unsightly, so the hair was removed and replaced with the fabric swatch.
The back of the ring bears the inscription: "J.B.M. obit. 5 Meÿ 1830"
This is a wonderful collector piece for any antique jewelry lover!
Marked: There is a partial number and letter stamp on the outside of the shank, but we cannot make out what they say.
Condition: Very Good Ring and glass has light surface scratches and patina consistent with age and use. Does not detract.
Antique 1910s Sterling Silver Marcasite and Rose Quartz Bracelet
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This wonderfully romantic bracelet blends antique sparkle with just a hint of blush.
Fashioned in sterling silver, this striking piece features dazzling marcasite links between beautiful oval quartz cabochons with just the slightest hint of pale pink. Quartz pieces have a number of inclusions giving each piece some depth and character.
Bracelet fastens with a spring ring.
Length: 7 1/2" Width: 1/2" Weight: 18.05g
Condition: Very Good Bracelet has surface scratches consistent with age and wear. A few of the quartz pieces have more surface abrasions than the others. All the marcasite is present however a couple of them are cracked. None of these flaws detract. Priced accordingly.
This lovely bow and arrow brooch is crafted in 14k yellow gold with incredible fine detailing from the feathers to the string itself. Pin closes with a safety catch.
You are guaranteed to love this piece!
Width: 13/16" Height: 1 1/8" Weight: 1.72g
Marked: 14k with the Baskin Brothers "BB" hallmark
Condition: Excellent Light surface scratches consistent with age and wear. No major flaws to note.
Vintage 1960s Coro Sterling Modernist Bracelet with Amethyst Scarabs
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A sacred symbol of existence, development, growth, renewal and life and death, the scarab beetle has been regarded as a treasured accessory for centuries.
Scarab amulets were used for their magical rejuvenating properties by both the living and the dead. They also were worn for protection from the dangers of this life and the next.
This wonderful bracelet is crafted in sterling silver and features three natural, unpolished amethyst scarabs juxtaposed with modernist square links. It is a very different take on the traditional scarab bracelet of the time. The scarab beads are hand carved on the top and bottom.
Bracelet fastens with an oversized spring ring.
Length: 7 3/4" Width: 3/4"
Marked: Coro Sterling
Condition: Very Good Silver has light surface scratches consistent with age and wear. Does not detract. Priced accordingly.
Antique Victorian 14k Cameo Brooch/Pendant of Greek God Eros and Goddess Nike
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Victory and desire, the symbolism and mythology behind this brooch will almost make you blush!
Originating in Alexandria, Egypt in 300 BC, cameos have been used throughout the years as status symbols, charms of desire, and teaching tools. They were coveted, collected and popularized by the likes of Napoleon, Queen Victoria and Pope Paul II. One look at this ring and it's easy to see why cameos garner so much adoration.
Handcrafted by skilled artisans in the highly sought after sardonyx shell, this miniature work of art features a white, marble-like carving of Eros, the Greek god of desire (more commonly known by his Roman name, Cupid) passing his flame of love to Nike, the goddess on victory, who is perched upon a beautiful chariot.
Shell is set in 14k gold. Since the shell is naturally forming, it is irregular in shape. The setting has been created around the odd-shaped shell and therefore is not a flat.
This wonderful brooch fastens with a safety catch, which was added later as a replacement to the original C clasp. It also has an attached fold-down bail, which allows the wearer to add it to a chain and wear as a necklace.
Width: 1.5" Height: 1.5" Weight: 8.49g
Condition: Very Good As mentioned above, the original C clasp has been replaced with an early safety catch. In the photos, the tip of the pin is bent at a right angle. This has since been fixed. However, the entire pin itself is not straight, but it does not affect the way the piece is worn. Piece shows overall normal signs of light wear. Flaws do not detract. Priced accordingly.
Although agate jewelry has been produced in Scotland for centuries, it was Queen Victoria's adoration for all things Scotland, that thrust this distinctive jewelry into the spotlight.
Following the purchase of Balmoral Castle in Scotland, Queen Victoria -- the consummate trend setter -- made Scottish dress and jewelry fashionable among the masses. It remained popular until the Queen's death in 1901.
This gorgeous necklace makes it easy to see why Scottish agate was so cherished. Hand carved into a shape of a heart -- a popular motif in Victorian times -- this striking pendant serves as a reminder of the thought and craftsmanship that went into selecting the perfect piece of stone. Just look at those immaculate vertical lines!
Pendant is mounted with rolled gold hardware, which has been polished and shined since these photos so it better matches the gold tone chain.
Pendant Width: 5/8" Pendant Height: 7/8"
Chain Length: 18"
Condition: Excellent Pendant hardware and chain have a light patina consistent with age. No major flaws to note.
Antique 1900s Art Nouveau Repoussé Gibson Girl and 3-D Tulip Brooch
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Take the beauty of the Art Nouveau era with you wherever you go with this gorgeous repoussé brooch.
Fashioned in a silver plated brass, this unusual brooch features a beautiful repoussé Gibson Girl with her trademark contemporary bouffant and waterfall of curls. She is framed by raised flowers to her right and a sizeable 3-dimensional tulip stem to her left.
Brooch fastens with a C catch.
Height: 1 1/8"
Condition: Good The silver plating is starting to come off and the brass is showing through. Priced accordingly.
Antique 1900s Emile Dropsy Silver Gilt French Art Nouveau Lady's Portrait Repoussé Brooch
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This gorgeous brooch is a testament to the artistry and craftsmanship of the Art Nouveau period.
Handcrafted by master French medal maker and engraver Emile Dropsy for the well-known high end jewelry house Maison Savard, this striking brooch features a raised portrait of a lady holding a flower in exquisite detail. Unusual to similar pieces of the era, the back of this brooch also is beautifully decorated with leaves and scroll work -- a true sign of quality.
While Dropsy was relatively unknown in his time, his jewelry gained popularity in the late 19th/early 20th century, so much so that many replicas of his work have been created and sold.
This piece is signed on the front by the artist and the clasp is hallmarked Savard, which guarantees this brooch is authentic.
Weight: 2.56 g
Marked: E. Dropsy, Savard
Condition: Good This brooch has light surface scratches and a lovely vintage patina. There is a tiny hole in the side near the clasp. This may have been created in production as I have seen holes in similar Dropsy pieces. The main issue with this piece is the pin back as it has started to rust. It is still wearable with care. Dropsy pieces are highly collectable. In perfect shape, this brooch would be $200+ Priced accordingly.
Antique 1900s Art Nouveau Heart Shaped Repoussé Lady's Portrait Brooch
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We always say, "If this jewelry could talk...." Well, this one can!
This beautiful heart-shaped brooch tells the story of a secret courtship and romance in repoussé. Fashioned in a silver colored metal and layered with a top coat of sterling silver, this striking piece features the raised profile of a gorgeous Edwardian lady coming out of the center of a pansy.
In the Victorian era, the pansy flower was used to communicate affection between two lovers who were secretly courting (since any outward display of love or passion was frowned upon in those times).
This sweet brooch would make a lovely gift for your secret or not-so-secret love.
Brooch fastens with a C clasp.
Width: 1 1/16" Height: 1 1/16"
Marked: Sterling Top
Condition: Very Good The heart is slightly misshaped and bent on the right bottom edge. (See last photo) Looking at it straight on you would not notice the bend and it lays correctly when worn. It also looks like a little bit of the detail has worn off on the edge of the right side. There is so much detail on this brooch it is hardly noticeable. Priced accordingly.
Vintage Henryk Winograd .999 Silver Repoussé Bacchante Cameo Necklace
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This beautiful raised relief cameo is an breathtaking example of the highly skilled art of repoussé -- and is made by the master himself!
Until his death in 2008, artist and jewelry designer Henryk Winograd was regarded as one of the world's greatest masters of traditional silversmithing and America's leading practitioner of the art of repoussé.
Repoussé is a metalworking technique in which malleable metal is shaped by hammering from the reverse side to create a raised, 3-dimensional design on the front. Definition and details are then added to the front through embossing and chasing.
Masterfully crafted in 99.9% pure silver -- Winograd's preferred metal of choice -- this sizeable piece features a high relief of a beautiful bacchante with a wreath of grapes and leaves adorning her wavy locks.
Pendant is signed with the Winograd hallmark HW999 and comes with a sterling silver chain.
The perfect gift for any art or wine lover!
Pendant Length: 2" Width: 1 3/8" Height: 5/8" Weight: 37.8g
Chain Length: 15"
Condition: Very Good There are a few dings and small dents on the back of the piece. There also are a few small dings and dents along the outside edge of the pendant, which don't visually distract from the piece. They are more noticeable by touch. Flaws do not detract. Priced accordingly.
This knockout necklace was designed to turn heads!
Clearly paying homage to the great Joseff of Hollywood, this stunning piece has 6 slinky chains on each side culminating in a colorful glass cabochon studded centerpiece.
The piece de resistance is the undulating, fringed crescent moon studded with jewel tone cabochons. The pendant has a nice weight to it, guaranteeing that it will always hang nicely.
Necklace fastens with a tongue and groove clasp.
Length: 17" Drop: 6.25"
Condition: Very Good Shows light signs of wear. Metal has a light patina in places. Some of the glass cabochons have light surface scratches. One of the chains has a slight bend to it where it connects to the finding. None of these flaws detract. Priced accordingly.
Vintage 1950s 14k White Gold Cultured Pearl and Diamond Ring
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Diamonds may be a girl's best friend, but pearls are her chic, sophisticated sister! Put them together and you've got a winning combination!
Fashioned in 14k white gold, this striking ring features two beautiful opalescent cultured pearls intersected by a band of three petite diamonds and milgrain detailing.
A great gift or heirloom piece.
Length: 3/8" Width: 5/8" Height: 1/4"
Total Weight: 10g
Condition: Very Good Shank has light surface scratches, which is normal with vintage jewelry. Does not detract.
Victorian 14k Gold "P" Signet Ring
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Paul? Peter? Petunia? Polina? If your name begins with P, then this is the ring for you!
Fashioned in 14k yellow gold, this great unisex ring features and oval shield with a 3-dimensional white gold letter P. Shank tapers on the sides for a sleek, classic look.
This ring is so smooth and polished it easily slides on and is very comfortable to wear.
Length: 5/8" Width: 3/8"
Condition: Very Good Ring has light surface scratches, which is common with antique jewelry. Shank is ever so slightly misshaped. Does not affect fit. Flaws do not detract. Priced accordingly.
Vintage 1970s Dante Museum Masterpiece Nude Nymph Risque Cufflinks
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These naughty little cufflinks may garner a blush or two!
Fashioned in a caramel brown and ivory incolay stones, these oversize cufflinks feature a beautiful nude nymph cameo set in a shiny antiqued gold brass base with toggle backs.
Dante Museum Masterpiece cufflinks are highly sought after. A perfect gift for collector or a supporter of the fine arts.
Length: 1.25" Width: 1" Height: 0.75"
Condition: Very Good Light signs of wear. No flaws to note.