Monday, February 27, 2012

Vintage Cufflinks Admirable Hematite w Tie Clasp 1960s Mens Jewelry $95

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As a vintage cufflink collector, I have seen thousands of pair of vintage cufflinks and 90% of the designs I pass by. They have to be a certain style and in superb condition to be of interest to me. Here on my website you will find one of the most unique and largest collections of vintage cufflinks for sale online. (If you are not in the mens vintage cufflink category, click on Mens Jewelry to your left).

Made in the 1950-1960 era, this admirable cufflink and tie clasp set is made of large polished Hematite cabs. While Hematite jewelry was very popular in the 1950s and 1960s, Hematite cufflinks and tie clasps are rather uncommon to find.

The gemstones are real Hematite as opposed to man-made simulated Hematite, called Hemalike, that is used in new jewelry. There was a time about 40 years ago that hematite became very expensive and hence, man made Hemalike evolved.

The large oval and domed hematite cabs are large, or 1 1/16" long x 3/4" wide or 27 mm x 20 mm. the cabs are set in quality polished gold plated ribbon style frames. Look at the backs and you can see the unique flower like findings. The cufflinks are not signed, with the exception of the words that read Pat. Pend.

It is obvious this set has never been worn as the cabs are in 100% pristine perfect condition with no imperfections or flaws. There are no scratches or dings and the cabs are perfectly polished. There is no gold wear or loss of gold anywhere.

Comes shipped in a new luxury cufflink presentation box as pictured.

Kuntani Japanese Porcelain Vintage Ginger Jar Gold w Chrysanthemums $ 75

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In my living room, dining room, and master bedroom, I have large glass showcases with collections of antique and vintage wares I have owned for several decades. Some of the showcases are wall to wall and today, at my age, it is time to part with some of these cherished items. I only mention the showcases because this it where all of my collectibles have been stored, protected from sunlight, dust, and dirt. Everything has never been touched except for cleaning and all items are perfectly clean.

I could look at this Japanese ginger jar a hundred times a day because every time I glance at it, it makes me happy. The combination of rich floral colors on the gold background are extremely satisfying. I don't know how long I've had this ginger jar but I believe I acquired it sometime in the 1960s. It is marked with a Kutani mark that I have researched. I cannot date the piece but the Kutani mark is Kutani Bunho-Bunpo.

Another aspect I like about this jar is the size. It is short and squatty and easy to pick up with one hand. The lid and bottom area of the jar are sienna brown with Japanese geometric art work in gold. The vase measures about 5" tall x 4 1/2" wide or 12.7 cm x 11.4 cm.

Both jar and lid are in pristine like new condition with no imperfections or factory flaws. There is no gold or enamel wear and the colors are vibrant and bright. There are no chips, cracks, or repairs. The vase has never been used for anything inside.

PLEASE NOTE : PRIORITY SHIPPING IS REQUIRED AT CHECKOUT FOR THIS ITEM.

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Vintage Cufflinks Swank Opalescent Stripe Glass 1970s Mens Jewelry $ 85

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As a vintage cufflink collector, I have seen thousands of pair of vintage cufflinks and 90% of the designs I pass by. They have to be certain styles and in superb condition to be of interest to me. Here on my website you will find one of the most unique and largest collections of vintage cufflinks for sale online. (If you are not in the mens vintage cufflink category, click on Mens Jewelry to your left).

One year, and for one year only in the early 1970s, Swank acquired some phenomenal striped and faceted large blown glass cabs from the Bohemia region. This supply of this glass was very limited and I have only seen this cufflink design in 2 different colors.

The glass cabs are long elongated ovals with three rows of triangle facets around the perimeter. The glass is opalescent white-pink-grey with black curved interior canes. Each cab is set in a silver rhodium setting with 6 prongs.

The cufflinks are large at 1 3/8" long x 5/8" tall or 33 mm x 17 mm. Both cufflinks are signed Swank. The pair is in superb condition with no signs of wear or imperfections. They are microscopically clean and only the silver rhodium on the back of the cabs show some microscopic signs of gentle handling. The glass cabs are perfect with no chips, cracks, or scratches. Under high magnification, one of the glass cabs has a tiny scratch hardly worth noting.

Comes shipped in a new cufflink presentation box as pictured.

Juliana Pin Delizza Elster Pink Grey Crystal Brooch Vintage Jewelry $225

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It is no secret among vintage jewelry collectors that Delizza and Elster was perhaps the most dominating force in superb quality designer jewelry ever in the US. I cant go into the whole history of D&E Jewelry here, but I will tell you that their design department and their preferred status with stone exporters in Europe was a huge part of their success.

This brooch exemplifies the Crème de le Crème of Juliana jewelry. This impressive design is one that is rarely found today. I have not contacted Frank Delizza about this piece but from reading his book I have been able to decipher that this brooch was most likely made in 1955 or a few years later.

This is one of D&E’s earliest colored designs, when they switched from clear crystal jewelry to colored pieces. Not only is this brooch large, but all of the stones are large as well.

This daring combination of hot pink and smokey grey crystals and stones is also set in Japanned metal, which is also something not commonly found on D&E pieces. Also, the use of table top cut German stones (the navettes) indicates the production date this brooch.

Made in the 1950s by Delizza and Elster, this super spectacular large Juliana brooch is one of the oldest and most uncommon D& E designs. Behold the incredible combination of hot pink and smokey grey crystals laced with dazzling clear rhinestone chatons. This leaf design is mostly large marquise crystals, fanned out in an elongated shape with two big hot pink faceted ovals perched at top center. Look at the back of the brooch and you can see the open work settings and the typical D&E quality construction.

Large in size, the brooch is 2 3/4“ long x 1 1/2“ wide or 70 mm x 38 mm. The navettes are about 13-14 mm long. The entire brooch is in superb condition with no imperfections or flaws.

It is very important to note that the black enamel is in like new high gloss condition with no wear. Most old Jappaned D&E brooches were worn often and were loved to death, resulting in extreme enamel wear. All of the crystals and rhinestones are original, present, and in superb sparkling condition with no facet wear. All stones are prong set. The back of the brooch has the original fine working safety clasp and the brooch is not signed, as is customary with D&E.

Antique Gold Locket 12kt GF Diamond Etched Large Antique Pendant $235

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This beautiful antique gold locket is a very special piece. It was made during the Edwardian era and it is special because it is loaded with gorgeous intricate detail on the face.

The engraved flower and ribbon design is deeply beveled and this process was accomplished with a diamond tip engraving tool. The locket is also rather large in size and will accommodate large photos.

The locket jump ring is signed 12kt GF. The locket is 1 3/8" tall x 1 1/8" wide or 35 mm x 27 mm. The inside has the original clear plastic photo protectors and places for two photos. The necklace has the original gold filled antique chain that is 24" or 61 cm long.

The interior of the locket looks like new. The face is in excellent clean and polished condition with no gold wear or loss of gold. The back of the locket has microscopic light signs of very gentle wear commensurate with age.

Comes shipped in a new silk lined luxury presentation necklace box.