Ernst Paltscho Angel Skin Coral, Chrysophrase, Enamel & Diamond Flower Brooch, circa 1920Regular price $ 12,000.00
Stunning floral brooch by the Viennese master jeweler Ernst Paltscho. Two pieces of angel skin coral are meticulously carved as flower petals, which swing as the wearer moves. Within the petal sits a gold and enamel stamen peaking out. The stem of the flowers is composed of silver-set rose diamonds attached to a black enamel branch. The leaf of the brooch is made of carved chrysophrase inset with a brilliant cut diamond. The back of the brooch is signed with the name of the designer (E. Paltscho) and the city of origin (Vienna), there are several gold marks stamped onto the back of the brooch. The brooch comes in a fitted case, which it neatly slips into.
Dimensions: 1.5 inches long x 1.5 inches wide
Origin: Austrian 1920
Aquamarine and Gold Cross, circa 1880Regular price $ 5,500.00
Lovely cross pendant comprising of one long aquamarine baguette and two smaller aquamarine baguettes supported by a gold frame with circular details. The piece comes with a fitted case that the cross easily slips into.
The birthstone of March, clear blue coloring of aquamarine has linked it with the calm, soothing tranquility of the ocean.
Dimensions: 2.25 inches long x 1.75 inches wide
Origin: English 1880s
Buccellati Pearl, Gold, & Emerald Stylized Flower Brooch, circa 1970Regular price $ 5,300.00
Ornate stylized flower brooch by the Italian jewelry designer Buccellati. Three natural baroque pearls encircle gold stamen to form petals. The sepal of the flower is composed of emeralds set in gold and the stem and leaves are made of gold. The back of the brooch is signed with the name Buccellati.
Dimensions: 2.5 inches long
Origin: Italy 1970s
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
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
Say it with Flowers...Regular price $ 5,500.00
An Art Deco Basket of Flowers Brooch mounted with 7 Carved Gem Flowers, 5 with Diamond centres and bordered with Carved Nephrite Leaves, contained in a White Gold Platinum topped Basket set with Rose Diamonds and Black Onyx demi-lunes, all in fine milligrain settings. The reverse of the Brooch is attractively pierced in a curling naturalistic way and the pin is stamped with a B and 750 for !8k Gold.
Dimensions: 1 4/8 inch wide x 1 2/8 inch high
Style: European: circa 1925
Dramatic Gold, Diamond & Enamel Necklace, 1960'sRegular price $ 33,000.00
This dramatic Necklace has ten Enamel Circles set with Diamonds and a further five Diamonds adjoining the Gold Crescents.
It is made of 18K gold and is stamped on the reverse 750(for 18kt) 167(a stock number?) and GB makers mark.
It comprises three parts, a Torque with the first Enamel & Diamond cluster, then a large gold oval which suspends the larger cluster in the design. It was made during the early Beatle years and was the kind of necklace that Jane Birkin would have worn in her years in Chelsea and now belongs around the neck of another rising star.
The size is the Torque plus the measurement of the top enamel circle to the bottom circle: 7 inches
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
Unusual 18 Karat Gold and Diamond Bangle by Puig Doria of BarcelonaRegular price $ 5,400.00
Made in the 1970's in thick 18k Gold, the hands are modelled in the Cubist manner, with angles and planes and without curves, rather like a Soviet era poster. The upper hand holds a Diamond between thumb and index finger and the other hand, virtually unseen except from the reverse, clasps the upper hand in pleasure for the gift of a Diamond, so I would call this an Engagement Bangle and why not?
A plate in the reverse reads PUIG DORIA 750.
Diametre: 5.5 cm 2 1/4 ins
Weight: 36.5g Diamond: 40 points
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
Sapphire Intaglio RingRegular price $ 6,800.00
The octagonal Cornflower Blue Sapphire engraved with a Latin motto in a scroll which reads Aut Face Tace which may translate loosely as Observe And Stay Silent and above the motto is a cauldron on a ground line, engraved with three Stars and emerging from the bowl are a pair of feathered Wings. The Sapphire is more Blue than the photo, which gives the stone a slightly mauve hue. The unmarked Gold tests for 18k and is in good, little used condition. This is the perfect Precious Gem Pinky Ring that I have had in quite a while.
Dimensions of Sapphire: 1.2cm hight x 1cm wide
Weight: 6.6g Finger size: USA 7 1/4 UK O1/2 CN 16
English :circa 1920
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
Unique 18th Century Bloodstone Intaglio RingRegular price $ 5,400.00
The Bloodstone matrix engraved in Gothic script with the name MAWLEY. Mawley Hall is one of the finest privately owned stately homes in England, built by Sir Edward Blount in c 1760 and this Ring would have been commissioned by him as a celebration for the completion of his mansion. The amazing Baroque gallery and shank are generously decorated with wild roses and the Ring is in fine condition having probably spent the last 250 years in a bank vault.
Dimensions of top: 2 cm long x 1.7cm wide
Finger size: USA 4 3/4
UK J CN 8
An Antique Pearl, Gold and Enamel Duck PendantRegular price $ 5,300.00
The body made from a large Natural Baroque Pearl and with Enamelled neck and head, Gold beak and Ruby eyes, with skilfully engraved Gold feet in the paddling mode. The Gold suspension bale has French 18k marks and the Duck is identical on either side so if it turned on a chain whilst being worn, no problem. The nicest Duck Jewel I have seen in a long time.
Dimensions: 1 2/16 ins wide x 10/16 ins high
French circa 1900 Price: $5300
Rare Natural Mauve Colored Pearl Diamond RingRegular price $ 9,500.00
Apparently this is one of the rarest Pearls in the World which I did not know when I bought it, having never seen or owned one before. The Pearls of this unusual colour are found only in the Lions Paw Scallop (Mano de Leon) in the coastal waters of Baja California, Mexico. This little beauty has been set in an unmarked White Gold mount with 4 stone Diamond shoulders and as far as I can judge, was created in the 1930's. Condition: Good
Finger size: US 3 1/4 UK G CN5
American: circa 1930's
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