‘One can never be overdressed or overeducated’ – Oscar Wilde.
A phrase any jewelry-obsessed woman knows all too well, and with a pendant like this the compliments don’t hurt either. She played with the silver necklace wrapped around her neck while waiting for her friends to arrive. She looked good, she knew it, too, which made her feel good, making her look even better. Overdressing, it’s a win-win – especially when a pendant like this is involved.
This antique Arts and Crafts enamel and silver pendant was handcrafted in 1909 by famed silversmith James Fenton. Dark blue enamel makes up the center of this drop pendant with lighter blue decorating the edges and dark blue making up the drop. The chain measures 20 inches in length while the pendant measures 48 x 25.8 mm. Overall, this piece weighs 14.3 grams. It has been fully hallmarked with the anchor for Birmingham, the lion passant for English sterling silver, the date letter, “k” for 1909, and the mark for James Fenton, “J.F”. To wear or not to wear is never the question with a piece by James Fenton. To wear today or to wear tonight, is more like it.
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When I was a kid, I spent hours at my moms vanity playing with her jewelry. My Dad had an eye for design and he didn’t skimp on buying her beautiful art jewelry all through the 60s and 70s as I was growing up. She loved pieces just like this one, chunky jewels that were hand made by artists and set with brightly colored gems; hand crafted things with strong, bold lines.
This fantastic ring was made in Poland around 1960. It is set with a rich orange Amber gem in a bezel mount at its center. The smooth, oval amber measures 15.7 x 8 mm, the ring overall measures 28 mm north to south and 25.8 mm across, it sits 19.3 mm off the finger and it narrows at the back of the band to 4.1 mm wide; it is a size 8.5. This ring is marked on the back of the band with the Polish assay mark for 800 silver and with a makers mark that I think is W.A., I could not come up with who this maker is.
This fun and funky ring is so dynamic, it’s a joy to wear!
This antique silver Murrle, Bennett & Co. brooch was handcrafted in England around 1900. This beautiful brooch pin is done in bright and colorful enamel and is set with mother of pearl at the center. The wings are in shades of blue and light green, and the body is in shades of green with touches of blue. It measures 40 x 42.4 mm and weighs 7.8 grams. It bears the maker’s mark, “MB&Co” for Murrle, Bennett & Co. It also bears the silver fineness mark, “950”.
Looks like days at the lake, laying out with a good book, only interrupted by the quiet hum of one of these diving and twisting gentle creatures.
This fabulous antique ring was handcrafted during the Arts & Crafts movement, around 1910. At the center is an oval cabochon blue-violet chalcedony, measuring 12.2 x 9 x 4.9 mm. It sits between shoulders featuring a flower and leaf motif with two of the leaves being made in gold, giving this piece that something extra I know you’ll love. The ring face measures 16.2 mm north to south, 14 mm across, and 8 mm off the finger. The band width narrows to 2.4 mm at the back. It bears no marks and has been acid tested; it was made in silver. This antique ring is a size 6.25 and weighs 3.9 grams.
What do you get when you combine chalcedony, Arts & Crafts, and a dash of nature? A creative bauble that results in something beautiful you’ll never want to take off.
Kate Eadie (1880-1945) was an English jeweler, known for her enamel work and manuscript illuminator skills. Her style was very Arts & Crafts, as you can see with this beautiful amethyst cross. Born in Harborne, she spent most of her life in Birmingham. She trained at the Birmingham School of Art, perfecting her craft and likely learning under the Gaskins. She met her husband in school and modeled for the pre-Raphaelite painter, Sidney Meteyard. She was also an associate of the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists.
This Arts & Crafts pendant was handcrafted around 1910 in England by the renowned Kate Eadie. It showcases a stunning array of six amethysts set in silver on a foliate cross motif. Each of the amethysts measure 7.3 x 7 x 4.7 mm and together they weigh approximately 20.7 carats. Overall, this cross measures 53.7 x 25.8 mm and it weighs 6.1 grams.
I knew it, you’ve been looking for the perfect cross. You came to the right place. Purple amethysts, scattered leaves, touches of silver - looks like you found the one.