Ivy clings, it grows along walls, over stones, up trees, and inches toward the sky, forming a unity with its sturdy base. Jewelry with an ivy motif was given as a representation of fidelity, friendship and eternity during the 1800s. In Britain, ivy was called, “lovestone”, named for the way it clung to stone walls.
These antique French ivy leaf gold earrings were handcrafted around 1890 in 18 karat gold. Each drop earring features a round creamy white pearl at the top with a long drop link chain that leads to an ivy leaf shaped drop dotted with another round pearl. A rose cut diamond can be found at the very top of each earring, adding glimmer to an elegant pair of earrings. Each earring measures 42 x 11 mm and together they weigh 2.1 grams. They bear the eagle head hallmark, indicating they are made in 18 karat gold and they were essayed in Paris.
These earrings have a back to front closure which works just as it sounds. The earring goes through the ear from behind and clips in the front. They are extremely comfortable to wear, but it can take a little time getting used to putting them on. The key is to wiggle the earring instead of trying to just push it through. Don't be surprised if you get hooked on this style of closure once you get used to it!
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Anyone who knows just a little bit about Suffragette jewelry will tell you that there is a lot of debate as to wether or not it even existed outside of a few rare examples. I'm not here to argue the point, if you'd like I'd be happy to send you many links supporting both sides. The truth of it, as far as I can tell, is that 'The Women's Social and Political Union' in England was a group of courageous and strong women who stood up as one and demanded to be counted. The colors of the flags they waved and the buttons they wore were purple to symbolize the instinctual need in all of us for freedom and dignity, white to symbolize purity, and green, symbolic of hope and the color of Spring and new life.
Of course any large social and political movement has an inevitable effect on fashion and so these colors did become quite fashionable at the time and many an Edwardian lady could be found decked out in the somewhat odd combination of green, white and purple. It follows, then, that Edwardian jewelry began to be made in these colors as well. Whether this lovely pendant was made to symbolize the Suffrage Movement or simply made in the colors of the time we will never know, is it the chicken or the egg? Was it subversive? Probably not. More likely it had to do with an outward expression of comradery, of hope and the longing for a brighter future, something many of us can relate to today.
The pendant is lovingly handcrafted in 15 karat gold and set with gem quality dark purple amethysts, bright sparkling, clean white diamonds and flashing demantoid (green) garnets. Made by the famed Murrle Bennet and Company, an Anglo-German firm started by Ernst Murrle and JB Bennett, which produced pieces for retail by the store 'Liberty and Co.', famous London Arts and Crafts dealers. The company was in existence from 1886-1914, this pendant was most likely made around 1908-1910. It is marked on the back with the Murrle Bennett and Co mark and with a 15kt stamp indicating the purity of the gold.
This pendant has a very feminine look and feel and great detailing, including a hinged lower half just to give it that extra bit of movement and insures that it lays completely smoothly on the chest. This is not it's original chain, but I bought it this way, so I'm selling it this way. I think they look really nice together, the chain on it's own is gorgeous, it is French, done in 18 karat gold, it is marked with the French eagles head on the bale. I believe the pearls are natural, the chain is 18" long.
Both pieces are in excellent condition. The Murrle Bennett mark was struck a bit funny and is very difficult to see without a loupe and the piece in your hand, I purchased it from a very reputable dealer in London and have looked at the mark quite closely, I am certain that it is the MB&Co mark with the large C, but I do apologize for not being able to provide a better photo, in person it is much easier to see. Please don't hesitate to contact me with any questions you might have about this rare and important piece of jewelry.
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This lovely oval faceted tourmaline ring was made in England c. 1920. The tourmaline measures 14mm long x 11mm wide x 7.3mm deep and weighs approx. 7.06 carats. Made of 14k gold, it weighs 5.9 grams and is a US size 7.5.
I offer a 3-5 payment layaway on most items purchased for full retail price, please inquire if you are interested in setting up a layaway. Items ship when payment is complete and items purchased or payments made on layaway are eligible for store credit only.
I always want you to be happy with every aspect of your purchase. If you are not completely satisfied for any reason simply let me know and we'll work together to get the item returned for a full refund. I guarantee that my pictures and descriptions are as accurate as possible. My goal is to exceed your best expectations!
ITEM ID: RGA23927VA