Sunday, February 17, 2013

LUCIEN PICCARD Gold Necklace Big Art Deco Lady Pendant $195

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Made in the 1980s and designer signed Lucien Piccard, this glamorous statement necklace is one of Piccard's most desirable and collectible designs.

The necklace and chain are both brilliant yellow gold plated metal. The large round bezel style medallion features and Art Deco lady in profile floating in the center. The regal gold bezel is bold and admirable craftsmanship with a diagonal serrated perimeter, a rope border, and a channel set ring of purple square or emerald cut crystals. The chain is admirable as well; bold and thick and mimicking an antique book chain design.

Large in size, the pendant is 2 5/8" wide or 65 mm. The chain is 19 " or 48 cm long and the links are 3/16" or 5 mm wide. You can get a better indication of the size of the pendant by viewing the photo of the pendant in my hand.

The entire necklace is in pristine clean like new condition with no imperfections or flaws. There is no gold wear or loss of gold. All of the purple crystals are original, present, and super sparkling. The back is signed Lucien Piccard © 123N.

Comes gift wrapped and shipped in a new luxury presentation necklace box.

Carved Pink Coral Vintage Necklace 24in Twin Rose Buds 1950s Jewelry $295

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This is not a common carved coral necklace to find.

Made in the late 1950s or early 1960s, most carved rose bud pink coral necklaces featured single carved rose buds. This necklace has large, oversized coral beads, with double rose buds carved at each end.

The pink coral is exceptional quality and as a retired marine biologist, I have seen more than my share of coral. Im a huge coral collector and malacologist. Pink coral like this isn't harvested anymore. Pink coral is circumtropical and it used to be harvested by divers at depths between 90 to 120 feet. Today, all around the world, there is no more pink coral at these depths and what is there is in a juvenile state with very thin stalks and branches. When I say thin, I mean just couple of millimeters.

This is one way to know you've got good, old, pink coral : by the thickness of the branches or the stalks. Another indication of great quality coral is by the luster, the lack of porosity or calcification, and by the uniformity of the variegated pink/white colors, and the saturation of the hues.

Also, novices who buy new coral jewelry are often completely fooled as they are really buying white coral or sea shells that has been dyed pink. Price is typically, but not always, a good indicator of quality pink coral.

Trust me when I tell you, there is a huge difference between great quality old coral and new low grade coral. Look at the photos of the necklaces above, which are for sale online and advertised as pink coral . These necklaces are not pink coral at all ! They are 100% dyed sea shells ! One necklace is advertised as pink coral, for $142, and the beads are not coral or seashell at all. They are dyed stone beads!

With the antique style decorative insert clasp, the very rare to find coral necklace is a whopping 24" or 61 cm long. The beads are graduated sizes, with the largest at the center. The are all about 7-9 mm long and range in thickness from 5-8 mm.

The entire necklace is in pristine perfect condition with no imperfections or flaws. There are no chipped or cracked coral beads.


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Thursday, February 7, 2013

KJL Lion Earrings Rhinestone Panther Door Knocker Hoops Vintage Jewelry $110

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These designer signed KJL panther rhinestone clip earrings are one of the most sought after KJL designs.

The earrings are clips and made of silver rhodium metal. All areas are paved with tightly set rhinestones in clear, black, and emerald green. The small door knocker hoops are moveable.

Medium in size, the earrings are 1 5/8" long x 3/4" wide or 34 mm x 19 mm.

This pair is in pristine clean like new condition with no imperfections or flaws. All of the rhinestones are original, present, and super sparkling. There is no silver rhodium wear or loss of silver metal. The clips are like new and in tight working order. Both earrings are signed KJL.

Comes gift wrapped and shipped in a new luxury presentation earring box.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Weiss Vintage Earrings Topaz Crystal Rhinestone Buttons 1950s Jewelry $55

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Made in the 1950s, these prominent Topaz clip earrings are designer signed Weiss.

The earrings are black japanned metal, button styles, and the black background enhances the small orange Topaz rhinestones; all prong set in circular rows. The focal crystal at the center is a large AB Orange Topaz faceted crystal the reflects brilliant hues of orange, gold, purple, and blue.

Technically, Weiss never made any jewelry. All of their jewelry was made by other top designers and these earrings were most likely made by Delizza and Elster; but they are signed Weiss.

Medium in size, the earrings are slightly larger than a US quarter or 1 " or 26 mm wide. The focal crystals at the centers are 7/16" or 12 mm wide.

The pair is in pristine clean condition with no imperfections or flaws. All of the rhinestones and crystals are original, present, and super sparkling. The focal crystals have some microscopic hints of wear, just on the table tops, hardly worth noting. There is no black enamel wear and the clips are in like new tight working order.

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Bohemian Tortoise Glass Vintage Earrings West Germany 1950s Jewelry $75

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Made in the 1950s, these cluster dangle clip earrings are made of old Bohemian tortoise glass.

This is not a very common type of old glass to find and the earrings took a great deal of time to make. Look at the beads and you can see each one is strung on a brass head pin, looped at both ends, and attached to the next bead by hand. There are 9 strands of round glass beads on each earring that are 6 mm and 8 mm.

These earrings are not signed but I can tell you with 100% certainty they were made in West Germany based on the style of the brass clips and the brass finding that hold the beads.

Medium in size, the earrings are not heavy to wear and are 1 3/4" or 44 mm long.

The pair is in pristine clean condition with no imperfections or flaws. All of the beads are perfect with no cracks or chips. The brass head pins have a aged patina but there is no verdigris or oxidation. The clips are like new and in proper tight working order.

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Art Nouveau Angel Pin Sterling Spanish Antique Brooch C. 1900 $145

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A masterful design of old elaborate mold work, this rare sterling silver angel pin was made somewhere between 1890 to 1920 during the Art Nouveau period. It is an old European design that was made in either Spain or Portugal.

The angel has her arm gracefully extended, pointing the way to heaven. Notice the intricate detail in the wings, her hair, the ruffled dress ,and the laurel wreath or flowers in her hand. The pin can also be worn as a pendant and it has a custom made original bail.

The design is not flat; it is made in full 3D styling. Look at the back of the brooch and you can see the old European mold work. Also notice the style of the safety clasp which dates the piece to the Art Nouveau period. In very tiny print, the word SOMAS and 925 is stamped. The word Somas could be either Spanish or Portuguese.

Medium in size, the angel is about 1 3/4" long x 13/8 " wide or 45 mm x 35 mm. The entire brooch (or pendant) is in superb clean condition with no imperfections or flaws. There are no scratches, dents, or dings. The sterling has not been cleaned and retains the orignial antique patina.

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TARA Gold Chandelier Earrings Rainbow Rhinestone Formals $129

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These spectacular regal clip earrings are designer signed Tara and they are one of the most illusive and sensational jeweled designs they ever made.

Exclusively for parties or special occasions, these fan, bow, and medallion style dangle earrings are made of pierced or beaded glistening bright yellow gold metal. There is crystal rhinestones in full rainbow of colors as well as tiny clear rhinestones all over. Look at the back of the earrings and you can see all the colored rhinestones are open gold foil backed.

Medium large in size, the earrings are not heavy to wear and are 2 1/2" long x 1 3/4" wide at the bottoms or 64 mm x 44 mm. You can get a better indication of the size by viewing the photo of the earrings in my hand.

The pair is in pristine clean like new condition with no imperfections or flaws and have never been worn. All of the rhinestones are original, present, and super sparkling. There is no gold wear or loss of gold. The clips are like new and in tight working order.

Comes gift wrapped and shipped in a new luxury presentation earring box.

Art Deco Pin RARE Blue Poured Glass Leaf Brooch 1930s Antique Jewelry $395

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This very rare gorgeous brooch was made in the 1940s and can be called a panel brooch, a picture frame brooch, or a buckle brooch.

The flowers and glass leaves are set in a an open motif and are made of Sapphire blue poured and etched glass. Bezel set clear crystal chatons and marquise crystals also embellish the design. The brooch is made of silver rhodium metal and the frame is a single row of chanel set clear rhinestone chatons.

The brooch is not signed however the quality construction is probably that of Trifari. I have seen these glass leaves used in a few Trifari brooches that were made in the late 1930s / early 1940s. I have searched relentlessly for many years to find another brooch like this one to no avail. Needless to say, these glass leaves are very rare.

Large in size, the brooch is 2 5/8" wide x 1 3/8" tall or 69 mm x 35 mm.

The entire brooch is in superb pristine clean condition with no imperfections or flaws. All of the poured glass flowers and leaves are perfect with no scratches, chips, or cracks. All of the crystals and rhinestones are original, present, and super sparkling. The edges and the back have some light scratches and wear to the silver rhodium from gentle handling. The back has the original fine working safety clasp.

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Vintage Cufflinks Blue Crystal Silver Book Design Mens Jewelry $40

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Made in the 1950-1960 era, these vintage cufflinks are what is known as a book design, made for studious well educated man.

The cufflinks are made of silver rhodium metal and while the rolled over portion is smooth polished, the interior area is satin etched. The small prong set crystal is sapphire or ocean blue.

Medium petite in size, the cufflinks are 11/16" long x 1/2" wide or 17 mm x 13 mm.

The set is in pristine clean like new condition with no imperfections or flaws and have obviously never been worn. The cufflinks are just signed Pat. Pend.

Come gift wrapped and shipped in a new luxury presentation cufflink box as pictured.

Vintage Cufflinks DANTE Elegant Etched Silver Mens Jewelry $55

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Made in the 1950-1960 era, these elegant vintage cufflinks are designer signed Dante. The inset square faces of the cufflinks are sterling silver with diamond etched geometric bevels on the corners and a diagonal satin etched stripe across the middle. The rest of the cufflinks are made of thick silver rhodium metal.

Medium in size, the cufflinks are 3/4" or 19 mm wide. The set is in pristine clean like new condition with no imperfections or flaws and have obviously never been worn. Both cufflinks are signed Dante. The cufflinks are not signed sterling but the faces test positive for sterling.

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Vintage Retro Cufflinks Silver Nugget w Hematite 1950s Jewelry $55

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Made in the 1950-1960 era, these vintage cufflinks are an uncommon silver rhodium nugget circular design, with the circle bent forward, creating a concave orbital look. At the center are square cut Hematite gemstones.

Medium petite in size, the cufflinks are 3/4" or 20 mm.

The set is in pristine clean like new condition and have obviously never been worn. There is no silver metal loss or silver wear. The Hematite gems are perfect as well and the cufflinks are not signed.


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Vintage Copper Cufflinks Red White Enamels 1950s Mens Jewelry $40

Vintage Copper Cufflinks Red White Enamels 1950s Mens Jewelry

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Made in the 1950s, these vintage copper enamel cufflinks are unique isosceles trapezoids. The background enamel is bright red with white and deep green flecking on top. The colors are actually very unusual and they were not originally made as Christmas cufflinks. The colors just really stood out in the 1950s and dressed up black or white shirts.

Medium in size, the cufflinks are 7/8" or 23 mm wide.

Both cufflinks are in pristine clean condition with no imperfections or flaws. The enamels are perfect with no chips, cracks, or crazing. The copper stems and backs have an aged patina and moderate wear. The cufflinks are not signed.

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

Vintage Cufflinks Retro Atomic Silver Black Spiral Orbs 1950s Jewelry $55

Vintage Cufflinks Retro Atomic Silver Black Spiral Orbs 1950s Jewelry

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Made in the 1950s Atomic era, these unusual vintage cufflinks are silver rhodium metal spiral orbs with black glass orbs inside. This design is very Retro Modern and uncommon to find.

Medium petite in size, the cufflinks are 3/4" or 18 mm wide.

The set is in pristine clean condition with no imperfections or flaws. There is no silver metal wear or loss of silver metal and the cufflinks are not signed.

Comes gift wrapped and shipped in new luxury presentation cufflink box as pictured.


 

Vintage Gold Cufflinks Hematite w Tie Clasp SHIELDS Mens Jewelry $60

Vintage Gold Cufflinks Hematite w Tie Clasp SHIELDS Mens Jewelry

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Made in the 1960's, this vintage cufflink and tie clasp set is designer signed Shields.

The set is made of bright and polished gold plated metal with oval faceted Hematite gems. The cufflinks are an open work "floating" design with rope style swags around the perimeter.

Medium in size, the cufflinks are 1" or 25 mm long. The tie clasp is 1 5/8" or 40 mm long. The oval Hematite gems are 10 mm long.

The entire set is in pristine clean like new condition with no imperfections or flaws and has obviously never been worn. There is no loss of gold or gold wear and the Hematite gems are perfect with no scratches or chips. All pieces are signed Dante.

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

FOSTER Vintage Cufflinks Gold Atomic Orbs 1950s Mens Jewelry $60

FOSTER Vintage Cufflinks Gold Atomic Orbs 1950s Mens Jewelry

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Made in the 1950s, these atomic age retro cufflinks are designer signed Foster.

Foster was a very famous cufflink maker and they made many exemplary designs. They never became as famous as the likes of Swank, Anson, or Hickok, but they were well know to those who purchased cufflinks in the 1950-1960 era.

These orb or spiral cufflinks are made of thick gold plate or rolled gold with a mirror finish. The gold is a light yellow shade. The domed black cabs at the center are acrylic.

I don't think any cufflink collectors can tell you a thing about Foster, but I can tell you a little. There is not much information available. I know they applied for a patent with logo in 1952 under the name Foster Metal Products Inc. They hailed from Attleboro, MA and I believe they were in business since 1937. Their patent expired in 1994.

Medium petite in size, the cufflinks are 7/8" or 23 mm wide.

The pair is in excellent clean condition with no imperfections or flaws. There is no gold wear or loss of gold and no scratches, scuffs, or dings. There are some very micropic hints of gentle handling or fine swirls from polishing. Both cufflinks are signed Foster.

Comes gift wrapped and shipped in a new luxury presentation cufflink box.