Small Gold and Mother of Pearl Banjo Brooch, circa 1890Regular price $ 1,800.00
Lovely miniature gold and mother of pearl banjo brooch. The headstock, turning keys, neck, rim, strings, bridge, and tailpiece are made of gold while the head of the banjo is made of mother of pearl.
Dimensions: 1.25 inches long x 0.4375 inches wide
Origin: England 1890
Gold and Mother of Pearl Banjo Brooch, circa 1890Regular price $ 2,200.00
Lovely gold and mother of pearl banjo brooch. The headstock, turning keys, neck, rim, strings, bridge, and tailpiece are made of gold while the head of the banjo is made of mother of pearl. There is 15k gold mark at the hinge of the brooch.
Dimensions: 1.5 inches long x 0.5 inches wide
Origin: England 1890
Gold Chinese Pipa Brooch, circa 1870Regular price $ 3,900.00
Exquisitely crafted miniature gold Chinese pipa brooch. Within Chinese culture, bats symbolized good fortune and prosperity. In this piece we find an intricately carved minute bat perched delicately on top of the pipa head.
Dimensions: 1.5 inches long x 0.375 inches wide
Tiger's Eye and Gold Violoncello Brooch, circa 1860Regular price $ 2,900.00
Beautifully carved tiger's eye and gold violoncello brooch. The scroll, turning pegs, pegbox, fingerboard, strings, bridge, and tailpiece of this brooch are in gold while the body of the violoncello is made from a delicately carved piece of tiger's eye. The intricate banding of the tiger's eye mimics the fine grain of a rich rosewood instrument.
Dimensions: 1.5 inches long x 0.5 inches wide
Gold Violin Brooch, circa 1875Regular price $ 3,800.00
A delicate, rare gold violin brooch.
Dimensions: 1.75 inches long x 0.5625 inches wide
Three Colour Gold and Silver Lute Brooch, circa 1885Regular price $ 5,800.00
A beautifully detailed lute brooch depicting a daily life scene of a Japanese lady. The body of the lute shows a lady holding a parasol while gracefully leaning over a balcony, gazing into her garden filled with flowering trees and sakura blossoms. On the head of the lute is the face of another woman staring coyly at the viewer.
The strings and pegs of the lute are in red gold while the body of the lute is in yellow gold. On the front of the lute is a thin silver layer that has been inlaid and carved with various different colors of gold to depict the daily life scene. A similar technique has been used on the head of the lute to depict the face of the woman. This form of carving and inlaying on a silver base strongly resembles the traditional Japanese art of shakudo work.
Dimensions: 2 inches long x 0.875 inches wide
French Enamel and Diamond Banjo Brooch, circa 1860Regular price $ 5,500.00
A beautifully detailed gold French banjo brooch with a rose diamond and silver set flower, perhaps an amaryllis, blooming from the head of the banjo through a perfectly circular hole on the right side. The head of the banjo is also decorated with red and green enamel to give the impression of an amaryllis flower. The banjo also has a French gold mark on the catch.
The amaryllis was associated with love, passion, and beauty and took its name from the nymph Amaryllis who fell in unrequited love with the shepherd Alteo.
Dimensions: 2 inches long x 0.8125 inches wide
Origin: France 1860
Gold Trumpet Brooch, circa 1900Regular price $ 1,700.00
A gold English trumpet brooch, with platinum mouthpiece and platinum ring around the bell. There is a 15K gold mark at the hinge.
Dimensions: 1.5 inches long
Origin: England 1900
Antique 18 Karat Gold, Diamond, Green Garnet and Ruby Set Salamander BroochRegular price $ 15,000.00
With a line of 21 old European Diamonds mounted in Platinum and with Gold set faceted Ruby Eyes and an abundance of Green Demantoid Garnets. The Salamander is beautifully made, with a writhing body and crawling rear legs which give it a great illusion of movement, undoubtably the best model I have seen. The Salamander has been revered for thousands of years for its ability to regrow severed limbs, something scientists are attempting to trace the gene which enables this, in order to greatly help we humans, so wearing a Salamander is more symbolic than just wearing a very pretty Jewel.
Dimensions: 2 1/4 inches long 5.5 cm
Weight: 7.1 g
Origin: English circa 1900
18 Karat Gold and Diamond Cicada Brooch by Pomellato of MilanRegular price $ 5,300.00
This super stylised Cicada is set with 15 Diamonds and 2 Yellow Diamond eyes, all mounted in 18k White Gold to thick Yellow Gold wings and the reverse has a strong pin and is signed Pomellato and stamped 750 for 18k Gold. This is a great piece of Modernist jewellery design.
Dimensions: 1 3/4 inches long x 1 inch wide
Stylish Lapis Lazuli and 18 Karat Gold Snail Brooch by Hermes, ParisRegular price $ 7,500.00
Hermes have used a fine and luminous piece of Lapis Lazuli to create the Snail's Shell and combined with skilfully restrained Gold work for the body, they created the best possible combination of materials to make a desirable and wearable Snail Brooch. The double prong on the bottom of the body permits this brooch to be worn on the sleeve, lapel or shoulder. Signed on the base Hermes Paris and with French Gold marks on the prongs.
Dimensions: 4cm long x 2cm high
Imposing Gold Flower Brooch from the Affluent 1960s, by Hermes of ParisRegular price $ 8,800.00
A Twin Hearts Brooch of astonishing qualityRegular price $ 5,800.00
Comprising a Woman's Warm Coral Heart and a Man's Resolute Lapis Lazuli Heart, both pierced by the twin arrows of the little God of Love, Cupid, each arrowhead set with 5 Diamonds in Platinum. The yellow Gold reverse stamped with the Eagles Head and Alsatians Head, being the French marks for 18k Gold and Platinum and the atelier mark is on the reverse of the Lapis Heart.
Dimensions: 5 cm wide x 2cm high (2 x 3/4 ins)
Country of origin: France circa 1930
Antique Crown of the Doge of Venice BroochRegular price $ 15,000.00
The Doge was deposed by Napoleon in 1790 and never returned.Since the 1830's, Venetian jewellers have been making their interpretations of the Crown for the Grand Tour visitors. This Ruby rich version is spectacular, set with 9 Diamonds, 3 Emeralds and 2 Rubies in the Crown and countless Rubies in the upper part, all in 18k Gold and the reverse with fine honey comb setting and a safety lock on the catch. There is a fitting at the top that might have held a pendant attachment. Original Venetian fitted case.
Dimensions: 1 3/16 inches wide x 9/16 inches high
Italian circa 1870
Tiffany & Co. Emerald Eyed Gold Cat BroochRegular price $ 3,700.00
Sitting calmly and resembling Bestat, the much adored Cat Goddess of ancient Egypt and wearing a Rose Diamond collar and with her tail curled in a charming way. On one side, only visible with a loup, are the English import marks T & Co 750 and in the body recess is the Tiffany & Co 1989 mark. When not being worn, this little Cat can stand in a cabinet or on a shelf as a charming statuette.
Dimensions: 6/8 inch high x 5/8 inch wide
Weight: 8g American
Ruby Diamond Topaz 18 Karat Gold Ribbon Brooch, circa 1950Regular price $ 5,900.00
With a large rectangular Blue Topaz, a surround of 17 Rubies and 3 Diamonds and huge curling Gold Ribbons, this is a blockbuster of a Brooch that will startle the most seasoned jewellery blogger into a reflective silence. Two strong double pins on the reverse and the yellow metal is unmarked 18k Gold.
This Brooch ain't for wearing on a summer frock.
Dimensions: 3 3/16 inches wide x 2 14/16 inches high
circa 1950's Price: $5900
Rectangular Gold, Amethyst and Citrine BroochRegular price $ 1,800.00
Comprising 5 flat topped Amethysts and 5 flat topped Citrines, all with faceted backs, giving the Brooch a kind of coloured window effect which I have not seen before. The unmarked Gold frame tests for 18k and the piece is in good condition, the design allowing the Brooch to be worn in the vertical or horizontal position to good effect. Dimensions: 2 1/16 inch wide x 8/16 inch high
English circa 1960's
Rare Carved Moonstone and Rose Diamond Cupid BroochRegular price $ 14,000.00
The melting charm of this piece cannot be measured in ordinary jewellery terms. 4 little winged boys, Cupids, Putti, Amorini or whatever term you wish to use, cascade down from a small pair of whispering heads to to the largest smiling head, all with pairs of Gold Wings each with a central Rose Diamond. There is a French Gold mark for 18K on the catch and the reverse of the brooch is well constructed. There is a small unnoticed little chip on the right hand side cheek of the largest head. An utterly charming piece.
Dimensions: 4.5 cm long x 2 cm wide
Origin: French circa 1880
Dramatic Antique Gold and Scarab Mounted BroochRegular price $ 8,500.00
The 8 Scarabs, some of which are ancient, are arranged in three graduating rows and measure in length from 2.5cm to 1.5cm. Two have readable hieroglyphics and the other 6 have Scarab carapace reverses and the 6 Gold columns resemble the Temple Pillars of Karnak in the Upper Nile This brooch is a fine example of a Grand Tour acquisition.
Dimensions: 9cm wide x 9cm long Weight: 70g
Egyptian: circa 1840