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
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
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
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
Elegant Long Oval Art Deco Brooch in Diamond, Emerald and PlatinumRegular price $ 5,500.00
This slender looking Brooch can be worn either vertically in which it resembles a casually tied scarf, or horizontally as an interesting design. Made using many Diamonds and 19 fancy cut Emeralds, the frame is in tested unmarked Platinum and is the most graceful jewel on my site.
Dimensions: 1 3/4 ins long x 3/4 ins wide (4.6cm x 2cm)
English: circa 1920
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
Antique Gold and Gem Set Beetle BroochRegular price $ 4,800.00
Realistically modelled with a Tigers Eye abdomen with a central line of Rose Diamonds to a Silver set Rose Diamond set thorax. The head has Cabochon Ruby eyes and Rose Diamond set feelers. The underside is also well modelled, with Gold body ridges and 6 intact legs. At the hinge of the clasp is an Eagles Head mark, the French mark for 18k Gold.
Dimensions: 1 5/16 inches long x 9/16 inches wide Weight: 9.5g
French: circa 1880
Antique Georgian Butterfly in Flight BroochRegular price $ 5,900.00
Mounted with 37 Rose Diamonds, 7 Rubies, 5 Sapphires and 4 Emeralds all in unmarked 18k Gold, the reverse with the original removable pin fitting enabling the Butterfly to be worn on a long double prong hair comb, usually of carved Tortoiseshell, but that is not available but I'd love to meet a woman who wears a Butterfly Jewel in her hair. How gorgeous.
Dimensions: 9/16 inch wide x 15/16 inch high
English: circa 1820
Sweetest Victorian Rose Diamond Chick Brooch ‘I Have Ever Seen’Regular price $ 4,400.00
Gold beak, little Gold tongue,Cabochon Ruby eye, one little Gold foot in raised posture, many Rose Diamonds Silver set on Gold and a French Gold mark on the catch. An endearing little jewel. Condition: Good
Dimensions: 14/16 inch wide x 10/16 inch high
French: circa 1870
Antique Gold Dragon BroochRegular price $ 3,800.00
Well detailed and with a striding posture, the Welsh Dragon is further enhanced with a Cabochon Ruby eye. Made of unmarked 18k Gold, the Brooch is quite large and dramatic.
Dimensions: 2 inches wide x 1 3/16 inches
Weight: 14.3g Origin:
English circa 1900
Elegant Art Deco Parisienne Jewel of the 1920sRegular price $ 7,700.00
Pave set with Diamonds and calibre cut Black Onyx in an all Platinum mount with a Platinum security chain. The design represents a Horseshoe Nail, a very lucky symbol in France and other parts of Europe as is the Horseshoe itself. The maker,Jean Despres, also made jewellery for Cartier and this Jabot Pin looks to be of their high standard.
Stamped at the head of the pin is an Alsations Head mark which is the French Governments guarantee for Platinum and the makers mark JD.
Dimensions: 3 10/16 long x 11/16 width at the head
French: circa 1925
Demantoid Garnet Diamond Platinum Gold Spider BroochRegular price $ 4,900.00
Demantoid Garnet Diamond Platinum Gold Spider Brooch, with ten Demantiod Garnets mounted in yellow Gold and the abdomen pave set with Diamonds mounted in Platinum and with black enamel eyes. There are a further sixteen Diamonds mounted in the legs and this spider is a very well modeled and a naturalistic representation and makes good use of the brilliant grass green Demantiod Garnets which are amongst the world's rarest gemstones.