This lovely little French ring reminds me of a delicate flower, freshly plucked from the Spring garden. Can you tell that I'm ready for spring? Ready to get a little dirt under my nails? Of course, I'll clean them up well with the brush before I put this beauty back on my finger!
Wonderful fresh and sparkling Amethyst and Rose Cut Diamond ring. Hand crafted in 18 karat gold with a rosy hue, the stones are flanked by delicately engraved leaves crafted in gold with a touch of green. Inscribed inside the band with 'Emile á Helene 15-11-21'. It is unmarked but I've had it acid tested to verify content. Made in France around 1920. It weighs 1.8 grams and is a size 6.5, it's clearly been re-sized at least once and could be again.
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Used by the Druids as a symbol of everlasting life, Mistletoe was thought to aid in fertility. Being green year round, and bearing fruit at the time of the WInter Solstice led to the tradition of hanging Mistletoe in the home at Christmastime and replacing it the next year. Art Nouveau adopted the sensual and vigorous plant as one of it's repeated themes.
This exceedingly lovely French Art Nouveau belt buckle is French and bears French marks. It tests as 925 silver and was probably made around 1900 at the height of Art Nouveau. Made to be worn on a fabric belt it would be gorgeous on wide gross grain or satin ribbon to help you carve a waist out of that sweater dress or long shirt. Weighs 54.4 grams. A stunning and large buckle just waiting for a lovely waist to decorate!
I always want you to be happy with every aspect of your purchase on my lane. 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!
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This one would fit in well amongst the ladies of Downton Abbey. The Edwardian look, the colors of the day, the subtle opulence, all point to this being a piece made for a lady of means.
This French beauty was hand crafted in about 1900. It is set with pink and green rough, polished tourmaline gems and accented with sparkling rose cut diamonds. The star of this show is the large green tourmaline drop at the front of this stunning necklace, a drop which weighs approximately 115 carats. The other four green tourmalines spaced through the necklace weigh about 52 carats in total. The necklace is further set with three natural pink tourmalines, two rough polished gems which weigh about 18 carats and one round polished pink tourmaline bead which has an estimated weight of 3 carats. The necklace is all done in 18 karat gold and the petal design cap of the main gem is silver topped and set with 22 rose cut diamonds which add up to about .28 carats in total. This antique beauty is 28.5 inches long with a 3 inch drop at the front and weighs 51.29 grams. It has been carefully acid tested as 18 karat gold and sterling silver.
This antique beauty comes with a full appraisal done by a GIA Master Gemologist and has an insurance replacement value of $12,500, please let us know if you’d like to have a copy of this appraisal for review.
Five shields set with shimmering hearts and swirls hand crafted of twisted 18 karat gold wire lend a light and airy feel to this substantial antique French necklace.
Handmade around 1890 and hallmarked with the French eagles head mark, this fantastic necklace has a rich details that don't stop at the front but continue all the way around your neck. Perfect for nights when you want to go with an up-do! The bottom drop is just over 1 inch wide and 7/8 of an inch wide. The necklace is 18 inches long and weighs 18.6 grams.
The French were true masters of working with 18 karat gold and this necklace is no exception. It promises to be that go-to piece that you wear over and over again!
A Message From Victoria:
Please note that all items listed as silver or gold are either marked (in which case there will be a photo clearly showing the mark) or have been acid tested by me to verify their metal content. Please also note that there is a size photo showing the size of all items (ring show American ring sizes, photo grid is in inches). Thanks!
I offer layaway on all items purchased for full retail price. In general my layaway terms are 1/3 down and 1/3 in 30 days and the last 1/3 in 60 days. I am flexible so if you are interested please ask me and we can work out a payment plan that suits you. Items ship when payment is complete and items purchased on layaway are eligible for exchange only.
I always want you to be happy with anything you purchase. If you are not satisfied with your purchase for any reason simply let me know and we'll work together to get the item returned for a refund. I guarantee that my pictures and descriptions are as accurate as possible. My goal is to exceed your best expectations!
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Her hair was almost black, pulled back like Audrey’s, as she sat at a tall table in the corner of the bar. She was next to a window, waiting for him, or somebody, to join her. She ordered a gin Rickey and gazed outside at the passersby, as she played with the chain wrapped twice around her neck. It complemented the flecks in her bright green eyes and that burgundy lipstick. It was her touchstone in moments of silence, when she was deep in thought, wondering about anything and everything, kind of like right now.
This antique French gold link chain necklace was handcrafted around 1900. It measures 35 inches in length and weighs 13.5 grams. It bears the eagle’s head hallmark indicating it was made in 18 karat gold in France. Each of the longer oval links measure 6 x 1.5 mm.
A gold chain a staple piece that you can never have too many of. The style is in the length and the details of the links. Wear one wrapped around, or layered with even more.
We sat at an outdoor café in Cannes, while dining on butter cake and scotch. It was the perfect weather, mid 60’s, light breeze. I wore a simple white silk wrap dress with a chain wrapped around my neck in layers. I waved to Hirokazu Kore'eda. He waved back.
‘You know him?’
‘Seems that way.’
I took a sip, admiring the thespians and writers scrambling around the town. There was talk about having to wear heels and gowns and jewels just to be allowed in the festivities.
‘It’s a bit much, wouldn’t you say, Victoria?’
‘I would say. But I got away with it.’
This stunning gold chain was handcrafted in France around 1900. It’s an extraordinary 47 inches in length with a fairly light weight of 35.2 grams. This piece was originally a watch chain and can now be strung around the neck or wrist over and over again for that timeless layered look. Each large swirling link measures 7.2 x 14 mm. It has been acid tested at 18 karat gold. It bears the hallmark, “SGOG” and it has a French maker’s mark.
Dress up without dressing up in this gold swirl chain. It’s an antique piece that will bring a new dimension to your wardrobe. Really, it’s all you’ll need.
Chains are my arch nemesis, they are hard to find and easy to sell and I never seem to have enough of them. So, you can already guess how giddy I was when I came across this fantastic Art Nouveau long guard chain. Giddy. Truly, giddy.
Set with 7 artfully done links showing lilies of the valley, this 55 inch chain was hand crafted around 1900. The fancy links measure 16x7.6 mm and are evenly disbursed throughout the chain. This chain was made in France and is marked with the French boars head mark, the purity mark for silver. As is typical for a long guard chain (usually used to hold a watch), both ends of the chain are attached to the same jump ring, so it doesn’t open like a typical chain, the clasp is meant to hold a watch or bauble, the chain meant to be worn wrapped around the neck. This French beauty weighs 19.1 grams.
It's Sunday afternoon at the club. It's business meetings and cigars. You know your perfectly cut beige suit stands out among the pleated navy and gray pants. But, you drink the good scotch, you sit up straight, don’t fidget, stay engaged, your phone is tucked away in your purse where it belongs. You're the well-traveled one of the lot and you can tell that Todd from two tables down is intimidated by your doctorate, even though he has one too. It's just that sense you give off, that confident radiation of poise and intelligence.
Handcrafted with 18k gold, this French Long guard chain was create around 1900. It has a wonderful hand made feel, the little links are so creative and lively, with plaques that make it flash and twisted wire centers for extra sparkle (and wit, like you!). It measures 60" in length and weighs 39.2 grams. It is hallmarked with the French eagles head and has been acid tested. It’s wrapped three times around your neck today, but when you go out tonight you’ll take off this beige jacket, undo the top button on your navy button down shirt and change it up, two wraps, one short like a choker and a long length that nestles right between the ladies.
You're a force to be reckoned with. And everybody knows it.
These French long guard chains originally were worn with a pocket watch and the length made it very easy for a lady to check the time. They would be worn as a single length with the watch hanging from the hanger and usually a woman would tuck the watch into her waistband allowing the chain to loop across her chest. As such, they don't open at the end, but rather have a clasp hanging from the full, closed, loop of chain. If you'd like to wear this chain as a triple, we'll need to have our jeweler change the clasp so that the chain will have an opening, like a regular chain would have. This is easily done and we're happy to do it upon request!
Item ID: CNC11341VA-1
He asked for her hand in the early hours of the morning, before either of them had had their coffee. The sun was hardly making light out their small apartment window, that had a faraway view of the harbor. She was barely waking up, when he gently whispered her name and asked if they could do this life thing together, “Me and you? Forever?” She nodded with a smile of knowing and love, as he slipped a diamond gold ring on her finger.
This antique Art Nouveau diamond bypass style ring was handcrafted in France, around 1900. The design is elegant and defines the Art Nouveau period it was made in with its smooth elements and graceful flower-inspired motif. There are seven rose cut diamonds and two Old European diamonds, set in platinum over 18 karat gold. The Old European diamonds measure 3 x 2 mm. The ring face measures 14 x 8.5 x 4.6 mm. It’s a size 6.25 and weighs 3.0 grams. It bears the French eagle’s head mark, and has been acid tested.
Bypass rings are known to the French as ‘Toi et Moi’ rings, meaning, ‘You and Me’. They were most used during the 1800s, as its romantic design symbolizes two souls coming together in love. The sides of the band don’t meet in the middle, they gracefully pass one another, to express individuality and fluidity.
As far as baubles go, this one is extraordinary. It’s a nod to the vanished elegance of a time gone by, of chateaux and extravagant gardens, when beautiful people dressed for dinner and women entered the room in a flutter of silk. A time when chandeliers were lit, fires crackled, candelabras blazed, turning diamonds like these into rich luminous drops of captured sparkle against soft skin.
This beautiful antique Art Nouveau diamond gold ring was handcrafted in France around 1925. It showcases a whiplash floral motif with rose cut diamonds with two Old European cut diamonds set in silver over 18 karat gold. This ring is a size 7.25 and it weighs 5.8 grams. The ring face measures 28.5 x 12 x 3.4 mm off the finger. It bears no hallmarks and has been acid tested.
Every time I go shopping, there are a few treasured items I find that make me grin like it’s Christmas morning. This was one of those sensational pieces. It’s a stunning ring I’m not likely to see the likes of again any time soon. I had to have it! Now it’s your turn.
Peter Jackson stole it as the motif of the Elven folk, Lothlorián is steeped in it. Who can blame him? The sublimely curved arches and whiplashes of the Art Nouveau period speak to the soul in some sort of ageless way, a light and lofty quality that whispers of tranquility. The airy arch on this French beauty is overgrown by sweet pea flowers so three dimensional, you can almost smell them.
This gorgeous Art Nouveau silver slide locket was handcrafted around 1890 in France. It features a repousse flower motif on both sides with two beveled mirrors hidden inside. It’s an oval shape and weighs 35.9 grams with an overall measurement of 72 x 40.6 mm. This beautiful locket is hallmarked with the French word, “DEPOSE”, a diamond cartouche, and other French hallmarks. It has been acid tested.
Slide lockets with mirrors are a hard thing to beat, really. This one would look lovely around your neck.
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She’s standing in the corner on her cell phone with her diamonds, not caring about the men gawking at her golden wavy locks or the women giving her dirty looks. She’s scrolling through photographs from an amour in a different place, one who travels the world simply because he can. She hardly notices as the bartender hands her a complimentary drink from the handsome man at the end of the bar. She does notice the sparkle from her ring when she double clicks something. She does notice how every shade of color from the rainbow illuminates her own finger. She’s not easily distracted. But when it comes to diamonds, well, temptation always wins.
This antique French diamond and platinum eternity band was handcrafted in about 1915. It surrounds your entire finger in 31 uniquely glittering diamonds. The total carat weight measures .65 carats. The sides of this eternity ring are engraved, giving this piece even more distinctiveness. This darling band is a perfect size 7 and weighs 2.9 grams, due to its construction, this ring could not easily be re-sized. It is marked with a mask, which was used on platinum items made in Paris between 1912 and 1926.
A beautiful ring for a beautiful woman! Make it a unique engagement ring or the most memorable gift she’ll ever receive.
When certain mineral combinations are subject to extreme heat and pressure, wonderful things can happen. Rubies might have turned out as sapphires or emeralds, they have the same basic components after all. Only a tiny mineral change and the right machinations of the Earth’s crust came along to kiss the stone with enough fire to turn it this brilliant shade of bright red. It’s almost as if that intense heat has been captured in the form of this glowing and sparkling gem. A rare and stunning stone that only fire could create.
This stunning Ruby and diamond ring was hand crafted in France in about 1880. The fabulous natural ruby shows signs of being untreated, it measures 8x5.8x3 mm and weighs approximately 1.1 carats. The ruby is surrounded by 12 chunky Old Mine Cut diamonds which are bright and lively. The diamonds are rated as F-G in color and VS1-SI2 in clarity with most being VS, they add up to 1.52 total carats, each shoulder is further set with a small mine cut diamond of .055 carats, for a total diamond weight in this ring of 1.63 carats. The ring measures 15.13 mm north to south and 11.7 mm across, it sits 4.2 mm off the finger and narrows to 1.75 mm at the back of the band.
This antique, halo style ring is marked on the outside of the band with the French hallmark of the right facing Eagles head and was further tested as 18 karat gold. It weighs 4.13 grams and is a US size 7.
This ring comes with an appraisal done by a GIA accredited Master Gemologist who is qualified to appraise antique pieces. The full replacement value is $11,470, please inquire for a copy of the appraisal.
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!
When I was a kid, I would beg and plead for my parents to take me to the movie theatre; some would say I was obsessed. I used to turn around and look at the projector, I’d gaze at the little speck of bright light that glowed like the moon against the dark. It looked like a sparkling diamond, full of time and full of history. This brooch reminds me of that speck of light, a moon with diamonds that radiates, even in twilight.
This antique diamond and pearl crescent moon brooch sparkles with light. It was handcrafted in France around 1880. It’s decorated with six Old European cut diamonds patterned among nine pearls, set in silver over 18 karat gold. Each of the larger pearls measure 3.5 mm in diameter. The diamonds weigh approximately 1.32 total carats. This beautiful pin measures 32.4 x 34 mm and it weighs 9.5 grams. It bears French marks on the pin stem and has been acid tested.
Let this crescent moon brooch light up your lapel with its glittery diamonds and shiny white pearls.
Gently cradled in it’s rich gold mounting, this wonderful Old European cut diamond has a soft cushiony shape, a lovely fat girdle and a fantastic hand cut look. This sparkly ring may well have been made to be worn during a state of mourning as it’s accented with black enamel shoulders.
I believe this ring to be French in origin, it has a a somewhat worn makers mark that shows the diamond cartouche typical of a French makers mark, it seems to have been re-sized near the marks and may have lost it’s purity mark at that time. The size 6.5 US ring was most certainly made around 1860 and tests as 18 karat gold. The diamond measures 4.2 x 3.35 x 2.75 mm and weighs approximately .25-.3 carats. The ring measures 6.7 mm north to south and 15.2 mm across and sits 3.6 mm off the finger. The ring tapers to 1.4 mm at the back of the band. The enamel is in very nice condition, but it isn’t perfect, please look closely at the images. This ring weighs 1.2 grams.
This lovely ring could be used as an engagement ring, but care should taken to protect the enamel, I wouldn’t recommend this one for all-day everyday wear, not one to be showered or exercised in!
She was in love with Art Nouveau, with the whiplash lines, the organic feel. She had purchased a property at 29 Avenue Rapp, in the 7th arrondissement in Paris. She would build an apartment building, make money and keep the 5th floor for her own use. She was meeting today with Jules Aimé Lavirotte, who designed buildings with exuberant and imaginative decoration, buildings that spoke to the artist in her soul. She wore this ring, she knew he would love it. He did.
This Art Nouveau ring would be called Edwardian if it was English; not at all an ugly name, though perhaps a bit masculine for describing this light and airy style. Luckily for this ring, it’s French, it’s get’s to go by a much better name, this ring is Belle Époque, which translates as ‘Beautiful Era’, and indeed it is. Hand crafted in 18 karat and platinum topped, it is set with 31 bright and sparkly diamonds. The three larger stones are set as flowers on rose cut diamond encrusted stems, the center stone is .5 carats, the other two are .25 and .35 carats for a total diamond weight of 1.0 carats not including the rose cuts. The ring is marked on the back of the band with the French Eagle’s head mark and the number ’11464’ (most likely and insurance mark), it also has a partial French makers mark. The ring measures 27.5 mm north to south and 20 mm across, it sits 6.5 mm off the finger. This ring is a size 7.25 US and could be resized slightly, it weighs 5.1 grams.
Made in France in about 1910.
Somehow I always feel like Joan Wilder when I wear emeralds. Remember Joan? She was the character played by Kathleen Turner in that classic 80s movie ‘Romancing the Stone’. I feel like maybe when Joan got back from her adventures in the jungle she would have taken some of her book earnings and bought herself some emeralds. Fabulous ones, like this one; just to remind herself of Jack Colton and swinging through the jungle with her arms wrapped tightly around him.
This fantastic ring is French and definitely has that ‘ooh-la-la’ factor. In spades. It’s set with a lozenge cut emerald at its center in the most intriguing shade of deep rainforest green. The stone measures 9 x 6.7 x 3.8 mm and weighs approximately 1.25 carats. It doesn’t stop there, though, as this lively and unusually cut emerald is supported by a cast of 50 diamonds. The diamonds are a mixture of 18 rose cuts and 32 Old European cuts, some of which are Mazarin cuts. The diamond add up to about 2.25 carats total weight and are bright white and very sparkly. The face of this lovely, long ring measures 25.3 mm from north to south and 16 mm across, it sits 6.7 mm off the finger and narrows to 2.2 mm wide at the back of the band. The ring is a size 6.25 and weighs 4.7 grams.
This fantastic ring was hand crafted in France around 1880 and has a owl mark on the back of the band. It has been carefully acid tested and is fully crafted in 18 karat gold.
Item ID: RGA23332VA
This poetic antique silver slide locket was handcrafted around 1880 in France. It features an engraving which depicts the painting by renowned artist Jean-Honore Fragonard, titled “The Fountain of Love” circa 1785. At the bottom of the engraving, in honor of the artist, reads “ol’pares Fragonard”. Slide open this sentimental locket to find two beveled mirrors nestled inside. It measures 76.5 mm tall and 52 mm across; and weighs 63 grams. This wonderful piece is hallmarked and bears the French boar’s head and a maker’s mark. An enchanting locket, and perfect memento to a timeless allegory of love.
A ring like this? Well, there’s a lot to be said about a ring like this, it has the potential to be whatever your fantasies require. It may be the surprise you give – even for yourself, if you’re feeling impulsive and exceptionally stylish. It’ll go with that manicure you want, and it will look fabulous on a romantic date with the hubby. It could be your ladies’ night out ring, the one you wear when you and your friends dance until the ugly lights come on. It might be the ring to propose with, or the ring to celebrate 20 years with. It might be the perfect piece to say you love her, as she’s guaranteed to show it off even to strangers. You get to make it your own, so go ahead, make your dreams come true. I have the perfect ring for you.
This antique French gold emerald and diamond cluster ring dates to about around 1900. This beautiful ring was hand made in 18 karat gold and showcases an oval emerald surrounded by a cluster of 14 Old European diamonds. The emerald measures 9.7 x 5.4 x 3.3 mm, weighing approximately .96 carats. Each of the diamonds measure 2.3-5 mm in diameter and 2.2-3 mm in depth, weighing approximately .10 carats each and 1.4 carats in total. The ring face measures 19.4 mm north to south and 14 mm across, it sits 7 mm off the finger and narrows to 3 mm wide at the back of the band. This ring is a size 7 and it weighs 6.4 grams. It bears the French owl mark, indicating the gold purity, it has been acid tested.
If you are looking for that perfect, heirloom quality, antique diamond emerald ring, well, here it is!
ITEM ID: RGA22611VA
This antique St. Mary pendant was handcrafted in France by E. Dropsy. It features the Virgin Mary at the center with her hands crossed over her heart. This pendant was made around 1900 in 18 karat gold. This marquis-shaped piece bears the French eagle’s head mark indicating it was made in 18 karat gold and assayed in Paris. The maker’s mark reads, “E. Dropsy”, for Jean-Baptiste-Emile Dropsy, the renowned French Art Nouveau medallist. Overall, it measures 33.5 mm north to south and 15 mm across, and it weighs 2.7 grams.
Ready to be added to your arsenal of favorite accessories! This precious pendant would make a wonderful First Communion gift or an adorable stocking stuffer this holiday season.
Item ID: PT1118111V
At first, you’ll reserve it for occasions that require little black dresses or nude heels. As time goes by you’ll realize that you want to wear it all the time. The gold feels cool against the skin and quickly warms to the touch the look is somehow timeless, despite its age. You’ll contemplate wearing it as you run errands. It might be too risqué for the grocery store, but I say let them judge. This not-so-casual watch chain necklace is the type of thing that starts rebellions, and you are just the type to stir the air.
This fabulous French watch chain necklace was handcrafted around 1870. It measures 20 inches in length with a four-inch drop and weighs 29.6 grams. This gorgeous piece displays a locket, a tassel, and a watch chain. It bears the French eagle’s head mark indicating it was made in 18 karat gold.
To be worn with conviction. Go ahead, captivate the world.
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!
It’s the most flattering of accessories one can drape around the neck, accentuating curves, giving glint where it should be given, like the nape of the neck and the edge of the collarbone. It’s almost risqué, how silky the rich gold hangs, so exquisitely timeless. I know you know what I mean. It’s electric, mysterious even, at least to the rest of them. They’ll ask you about it, I’m sure, wondering what lengths you had to go to. How shall you respond? With a glance that says, “A lady never tells.”
This antique gold chain was handcrafted in France around 1880. It measures a lengthy 52 inches and weighs 26.7 grams. This necklace bears the French eagle’s head mark, indicating it was made in 18 karat gold and essayed in Paris. It has a 5.0 mm bale and each link is a double link, measuring 4.6 x 9 mm.
Here is a gold chain that will solve all your accessory needs. Add a pendant, slide on a ring, layer around the wrist, don it solo – however you want to wear it, just wear it. I know you will.
I wore it on an Italian terrace framed in by a clay roof with yellow-orange walls. I held a glass of soave, fermented from the grapes I could see lining the hills around me, all the way to the horizon. The sky was turquoise, almost robin’s egg blue, and the sun was as white as the pearls on the ring I wore. I slow danced with the man I love, as the white sun turned orange and set into the Tuscan hills, turning everything around them gold. The silhouette of color matched my ring perfectly, taking my breath away.
This antique French gold ring was handcrafted around 1890. It showcases 18 robin egg blue turquoises encapsulating seven creamy white pearls on a navette-shaped ring face. It was made in 18 karat gold and has been acid tested. The ring face measures 16.3 x 8 x 4.3 mm off the finger and the band width is 1.9 mm at the back. This ring is a size 7.25 US and it weighs 2.3 grams.
Rings can mean so many things, varying with each wearer in sentimentality. What will this ring mean to you?
Item ID: RGA22845VA
This stunning antique French gold locket features finely engraved florals and elegant details that smother the entire piece in elegance and French flair. It was hand crafted in France, in about 1840 of 18 karat gold. The locket measures 35.2 mm north to south and 25.5 mm across, it opens easily and care should be taken to close it (and all lockets) at the edges, not by pinching the center. This lovely round locket weighs 5.6 grams. It is unmarked but has been carefully acid tested.
A Message From Victoria: Hi everyone! If you visit my site often, you might note that I usually have a story to tell about my pieces. Well, I’ve accumulated a backlog of items and I’m too excited to get them to you to stop and write tales. So, I’m going to go with the idea that a picture is worth a thousand words. Don’t worry though, I’ll get back to my usual descriptions soon. Watch this space!
Item ID: LTA22869VA
If you were English, you were called Georgian, after your King. If you were French, like these earrings, you were called Neoclassical, and I expect you were quite proud of it. These fabulous earrings are a sheer confection that catch the light and never let it go. Exceedingly slimming, they make any neck look swan-like. Gives you that air of mystery you always knew was lurking in there somewhere.
Done all in silver with gold wires, I wouldn't be the least bit surprised if these earrings was made to replicate the real thing. Coaches and carriages were robed quite often back then, and any thief knew the best time to strike was the night of the ball, so ladies often had elaborate copies like these made up, and left the diamonds safe at home. After all, they glitter and sparkle just like diamonds in the candlelight and no one was the wiser (most likely they were all wearing copies themselves!). Made by hand and bearing French hallmarks, these earrings are a wonderful piece of history. Each paste gem is cut to resemble an old cut diamond, many are cushion cut, then set into long dangling earrings that draw the eye with your every move (up-do's were popular back then, and with everything else covered the neck was quite the sensual beast!). The earrings measure 75.6 mm from top to bottom and 19.1 mm across at the widest point, together they weigh 16.9 grams. They are marked with the French boars head mark which was the assay mark used for silver as well as a French makers mark.
Want to go elegant? Sweep up that hair, put on these beauties and go. Magic.
Early paste is a beautiful thing to behold. Made to mimic diamonds by candlelight, it was so popular when it first came into being that the jewelry wasn’t that much less expensive than it’s diamond cousins.
This piece of paste jewelry is particularly beguiling. Hand crafted in France in about 1820, this early cross drips with sparkly goodness. The pendant measures 67.8 mm from top to bottom and 32.7 mm across, it is closed backed and marked with the French boar’s head mark for silver as well as a French makers mark. This gorgeous pendant weighs 11 grams.
The hand cut, black dot pastes glitter and sparkle, so much like the real thing that most viewers will be completely fooled. I’ll never tell, and neither should you!
ITEM ID: CSA23476VA
This fantastic gold cross is just the right combination of devotion and beauty. Handcrafted in France around 1910. The captivating pierced design of fleur-de-lis and hearts runs symmetrically through the entire cross; and it measures 47 mm from top to bottom, 25 mm across and weighs 2.2 grams. This piece bears the French eagle’s head mark indicating it was made in 18 karat gold and assayed in Paris. It also bears an unknown maker’s mark.
Centering this wonderful French plaque pendant are the twin symbols of Louis XVI, the flaming torch and a quiver or arrows. The torch is an ancient symbol for life, truth and regenerative power while the quiver of arrows signified Louis willingness to use force in the pursuit of justice; the two are bound together in Lilies, the flower of France and an olive branch, the symbol of peace. Surrounding this lovely piece is a Neoclassical frame with a bow on top.
This French necklace dates to about 1880, and is set with ‘plique-a-jour’ enamel because when you hold it up to the light it shines through with the ‘light of day’. This beautiful enamel fades from dark blue to white and back again on a pendant which measures 39.7 mm north to south and 33.6 mm across at the widest point and is 19 inches in length. This unmarked necklace has been acid tested as silver and weighs 10.5 grams.
Feeling French today? Pull out this remarkable necklace and find a good table at a an outdoor cafe. Drink a nice red and don’t forget to eat dessert.
Sitting in the glassed-in sunroom of an English Garden flat is really the best place to buy your jewelry. Nothing does as right by jewels as sunlight. I was sitting at a round glass dining table in such a room, in such a flat, on such a sunny day when the lovely lady who was showing me her wears carefully unwrapped this stunningly beautiful pendant. I immediately held it up in my hand to get the full effect of the ‘light of day’, plaque á jour enamel. Gorgeous.
This fantastic pendant was hand crafted in 18 karat gold and features a praying Virgin Mary at the center, she is surrounded by blue plique windows and clusters of red plaque flowers. The plique does have a little few areas of damage, as they so often do, most notably there is a small bit of enamel missing at the very top and there is a very tiny hole at the bottom right, I was happy to forgive it because overall it’s a very special piece. The top bale is marked with the French eagle’s head mark and a French makers mark. The pendant measures 30.4 mm north to south and 18.6 mm across, it weighs 2 grams.
Just a note, the dark portion of enamel at the bottom of the pendant in the first couple of photos is from the poster tack that we use in shooting our pictures, there’s no damage or discoloration in this area.
When you need a symbol of courage, a traveling companion, or a reminder of your beauty and wit, put this on your wrist. When you have to be a super heroine, let this move freely up and down your arm. When you must stay composed, find serenity in the delicate sound of the chain clinking against smooth metal. When you crave to feel alive and free, put this on with a red dress and dance in the light of the moon. You might own it, but this bangle’s got you, girl.
Handcrafted around 1890, this antique Victorian silver bangle has undeniable personality. It has been caressed into a lovely floral scroll motif. With its subtle shine and symmetry, this rich bangle is perfectly shaped and will glide along a wrist up to 8 inches. This fantastic bracelet is fitted with a safety chain, weighs 27.2 grams and is 22.6 mm wide. It bears the French boar head mark, verifying its silver fineness and was assayed in Paris. It also bears a maker’s mark.
I imagine Wonder Woman would wear this piece of jewelry on her day off.
Don’t be surprised if hailing a taxi seems a little easier, or if holding a stemmed glass feels a bit more luxurious. It’s the little things that get noticed when wearing something this glamorous. Oh, would you look at that, there’s a table open at The Ivy. Coincidence? I think not.
This antique ruby and diamond ring was handcrafted in 18 karat gold. It’s a French bypass or ‘toi et moi’, ring, made around 1900. It consists of three pink rubies and four rose cut diamonds. The round faceted rubies weigh a total of approximately .28 carats. The ring face measures 7.9 x 11.3 x 3.7 mm off the finger and the band width is 1.4 mm at the back. This piece bears a partial French mark and has been acid tested. It’s a size 9.25 and weighs 2.1 grams.
Bypass rings are a sentimental concept, the band never comes together in the front, representing individuality and partnership. It’s a symbol of love and fluidity.
Item ID: RGA22614VA
This French ring is so charming that you might want to call it ‘Charmante’! This seven stone ring is set with three cushion cut bright red rubies which weigh .2 carats total and four rose cut diamonds. The stones are set in platinum and the back and shank of the ring are done in 18 karat yellow gold. This hand crafted ring measures 5.8 mm north to south and 17 mm across, it sits 1.8 mm off the finger and narrows to 2 mm at the back of the band. Made around 1910, this ring has the French eagles head mark and a makers mark on the back of the band. A size 7 and weighs 1.7 grams.
A Message From Victoria: Hi everyone! If you visit my site often, you might note that I usually have a story to tell about my pieces. Well, I’ve accumulated a backlog of items and I’m too excited to get them to you to stop and write tales. So, I’m going to go with the idea that a picture is worth a thousand words. Don’t worry though, I’ll get back to my usual descriptions soon. Watch this space!
I was an imaginative child and was always enamored with animals of myth, the unicorn, the dragon, the cycles and minotaur. I greedily devoured books and movies like the Chronicles of Narnia and the Lord of the Rings; the Neverending Story was one of my favorites along with the Dark Crystal and Labyrinth. So, I guess it’s not unusual that I would find myself drawn to jeweled representations of these beasts as a grownup!
This fantastic brooch depicts what is probably an Amphiptere, a type of winged serpent which is often seen in European heraldry; the Amphiptere is a beast with wings but no legs and the body of snake, usually covered in feathers. It could also be a Wyvern, but as it’s leg-less I’m thinking it’s likely an Amphiptere. The beast has a creamy white pearl clutched in its jaws. This wonderful piece measures 19.8 mm north to south and is 61.5 mm long, it weighs 8.5 grams. The brooch is marked on the pin stem and clasp, which is typical for French pieces, it bears the eagles head purity mark for 18 karat gold as well as a French makers mark.
This beautifully detailed brooch is finished front and back, it could easily be converted to a necklace upon request.
This antique French silver cross pendant echoes two centuries of devotion and regard for sacred things. This fine reliquary cross unscrews at the base and opens vertically towards the heavens. A relic in its own right, this sentimental piece measures 60.5 mm from top to bottom, 32.4 mm across with a depth of 6.5 mm. It weighs 10.4 grams. The cross bears the French boar head mark indicating its silver fineness and was assayed in Paris.
This early piece was hand crafted in France around 1810.
When in France, I’m always on the lookout for fabulous French slide lockets, I love them all, from the plain to the elaborate, they tend to be large and they just command such presence when worn. I found this one to be particularly beguiling, the details on it are so realistic it looks like you could reach out and pluck the flowers, maybe tuck one in your hair.
Hand crafted in France, probably right at the beginning of the Art Nouveau period, this wonderful locket has a velvet-like bloomed finish and slides open to reveal a mirror on one side and a frame on the other. Right now it contains a wonderful photograph of a baby, but you could put in it whatever you like. This large locket is decorated the same front and back and measures 75.4 mm north to south and 46.3 mm across, it’s 10 mm thick. This French pendant is marked with the Boar’s Head and a makers mark, it weighs 32.4 grams.