Sometimes I purchase an item with a thought towards doing something else with it. Here’s an example of that. It feels a bit wicked to even say it, but in truth I purchased this fabulous bracelet with an eye towards turning it into several pairs of earrings. In the end, though, as usual, I just didn’t have the heart to break up this original Georgian beauty!
This fabulous bracelet was hand crafted in 12 karat gold around 1820. The smooth rounded rectangular agates are slightly graduated with the largest one falling opposite the hidden clasp. The stones have a wonderful variety of colors from red and brown to black and white. The bracelet is 7.5 inches long and has a safety chain for added security, even thought the clasp closes nicely with a little snap. The bracelet weighs 14.1 grams and is set with 11 agates, it measures 14.9 mm at the widest point and sits 3.7 mm off the wrist.
Ahhh… my best laid plans often come to naught, as I admit it, I’m a sucker for a great piece of antique jewelry in it’s original condition!
Since before the Bronze age people have been using seals to make an impression (usually in wax, on paper or in clay). This Georgian seal certainly makes an impression of it's own.
The hand carved rich burnt orange colored Carnelian is carved with a Heraldic coat of arms showcasing a field of crows under a crow on a stump. Often referred to as a armorial seal, because it would likely have been used to signify the house, or name, of the user, this fantastic and large seal is set into an 18 karat gold mounting that is reposed with a floral motif. The seal measures 1 1/8 inches across and 1 1/4 inches high. It is in wonderful condition, especially considering that it was made in the Georgian era, sometime around 1820. It weighs 14.2 grams.
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$ 1,037.00 $ 1,220.00
Eating a lemon poppyseed scone with lemon curd at De Laatste Kruimel on tiny side canal in Amsterdam, she looked at her hand and reminisced at this ring. She noticed the detailed golden shoulders of it and she turned her finger ever so slightly to catch the diamond in the afternoon sunlight. She remembered when she came across it as a child in her Nana’s jewelry box and how her grandmother told her it was used to remember. She smiled at the simple elegance of the ring and when the waiter came back around she ordered a glass of Saint-Peray and said to him, “To celebrate this beautiful day.”
This antique Victorian pearl and diamond mourning ring was handcrafted in 15 karat gold around 1840. A cluster of five silky pearls surrounds a glittering rose cut diamond on this elegant enameled flower shaped ring. The ring is locket backed with a plait of very dark hair. This ring is a lovely size 7 and weighs in at 2.8 grams. This piece measures 13 north to south and 11.65 across, it sits 4.5 mm off the hand.
Feel free to make this ring a symbol of celebration in your life!
$ 2,507.50 $ 2,950.00
Her silver cross glimmered in the sunlight that poured through the stained glass windows of the cathedral. She stood up front, in the choir, exclaiming Hallelujah. Candles lit up any dark spaces the church once had, flickering shadows around the walls.
This Late Georgian Flemish Cross was handcrafted in gold and silver. All of the 29 winking white diamonds are rose cut, and foil backed, a technique used to bring out the true luster of the diamonds. The center rose cut diamond measures 5 mm in diameter. With this cross, sterling silver lies on top and it is backed in 14 karat gold. It has been professionally acid tested. It weighs 11.0 grams and measures 68.5 mm long, 43.6 mm wide and is 6.1 mm thick. This breathtaking piece was most likely made in the areas of Holland, Belgium or Austria.
Known as a Flemish Cross, this cross is not only a symbol of faith, but a sign of fashion. A diamond cross did not simply decorate the necks of the wealthy, during the 18th and 19th centuries, but gave power and style to the devout. This cross, with a rose motif, is symbolic of the Virgin Mary. Traditionally, beautiful woman in the 19th century would receive this expensive gift and wear it with a long silver chain. Today, many of these Flemish crosses are owned by the church or in private collections.
This traditional piece of jewelry boasts a modest elegance. It’s a necessity for every Christian’s jewelry box. Reaching every corner of this cross is a splendor of shiny metallics and careful detail.
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This antique Georgian garnet and pearl ring was handcrafted in England around 1830. It is a masterpiece of ornate engraving that encompasses the entire shank. The face consists of three dark red garnets and eight creamy white pearls set in 15 karat gold. The center garnet stone is 5 mm in diameter, and round cut. Each of the pearls are cabochon round cut and approximately 2 mm in diameter. This ring is a size 7.25 and weighs 1.9 grams. The ring face measures 12.3 x 17.5 x 3.0 mm and has a closed back. It is hallmarked and bears the gold purity mark, ‘15’, and ‘625’, and a maker’s mark that reads, ‘GB’.
I don’t know about you, but a Georgian ring like this is something I have a hard time giving up! At nearly 200 years old, this timeless classic has proven its quality design and historic value. It would make a fantastic addition to a jewelry box near you.
This golden chain of smooth cabochon garnets was handcrafted in 14k gold around 1820. It was made during the Georgian era, in England, and features 15 inches of deep red round cabochon cut stones, 120 carats in total. Large and small garnets are patterned around each other, ranging in size from approximately 10 mm in diameter to 7.5 mm in diameter. There are 33 closed backed garnets in this link chain necklace, including one which is a hidden clasp. It weighs 26.5 grams.
For a string of gemstones you’ll want to wear forever, this garnet necklace is perfection.
Item ID: NEA21885VA
Mourning jewelry emerged long before photography existed, as a way to commemorate a loved one. Memorial bands were made to distribute amongst close friends and family of the deceased, typically by wealthier families who could afford it. Often, the one who made the arrangements for this was the deceased, prior to their passing. They were stunning pieces, some with miniature portraits of the loved one, some with woven locks of hair. This piece features a banded agate stone in black and white, which would have been worn during the mourning period.
This Georgian antique banded agate memorial ring was handcrafted around 1810, in the United Kingdom. The 18 karat hollow gold band is repousséd with a rich floral motif that encircles the entire shank and shoulders. An oval banded black and white agate is set at the center, and measures 9.4 x 7.3 mm. the inside of the band is inscribed, “Presented by G.M. In memory of Mr. Adam Murray.” This sturdy ring weighs 7.4 grams and is a size 8.25, it cannot be resized. This ring has been carefully acid tested.
New love is fun, it’s flirty and makes your heart race, every love song that comes on the radio seems written just for you. But old love, well, I have to tell you, that’s where it’s at. When you’ve seen this one person through all of life’s scarring moments, the physical ones and the ones of the heart. When you’ve had to wonder if you might lose them, when you’ve seen the true courage and strength at the core of them, well, you might not go weak kneed when they walk in the room, but this kind of love is a fierce and deep thing that becomes part of the very soul of you and makes you wonder how you could ever live without it.
This antique Georgian silver and paste heart pendant would make an excellent gift for that kind of love, or the new kind, because it’s pretty great, too. She’s a fancy, older gal with a lot of sparkle. Set with bright pastes and topped with a floral scroll, the pendant is closed backed and was handmade around 1800; most likely in England, which is where I found it. Overall, it measures 42mm long and 18.7mm across and it weighs 5.2 grams. It bears no marks and has been carefully acid tested.
Paste, or glass gemstones with strong dispersions of light, date back to at least Ancient Roman times when they would use colored glass to imitate emeralds and lapis lazuli. In the Georgian era, jewelry made with precious stones was coveted and flaunted. However, some would keep their prized possessions at home and wear a duplicate made of equally mesmerizing paste. It shimmered like diamonds and enchanted like sapphires. Of course, pastes were also a fashion all their own. Ladies would wear pastes as part of their evening jewelry sets.
In England in 1819, the life expectancy of a man was about 42 years. At the time when this ring was made to commemorate his death, Samuel Cousens had lived to the ripe old age of 49. I always thank my lucky stars that I was born into a time of running water and hot showers, of refrigerators and comfortable beds; but I guess I might think of adding longevity to my list!
It’s getting harder and harder to find great early pieces like this one, so I just had to have it when I ran across it in a case on Portobello Road. This is ring that hasn’t been really worn, and so it’s condition is quite pristine. It is set with 8 flat cut garnets of a lovely bright red color and 16 creamy white pearls. The center features a plat of the deceased's hair under a hand cut slice of rock crystal. This ring is beautifully repousséd all the way around the band and is most certainly hollow, it would not be possible to re-size it. It is a size 10, and was either made for a large lady or a man, or possibly to be worn over a glove. The ring is inscribed on the back of the top with ‘Sam l Cousens, Ob 20 Sepr, 1819. Obt 49’. It tests as 15 karat gold. The face of this ring measures 12.4 mm north to south and 13.8 mm across and it narrows to 2.7 mm at the back of the band. This ring weighs 5.5 grams.
This completely and masterfully hand crafted ring was made in England around 1819.
He wore this cross around his neck, on a ribbon that matched his dark dress robes. He stood in front of the devoted congregation, watching as they quietly chattered before his sermon was to begin. He smiled to himself, thankful for the beautiful summer morning, and for the friends and family he saw before him. He grabbed his cross, only for a moment, and whispered a prayer to himself. He walked to his podium, and gazed at the stained-glass windows bordering the pews, he watched how the sunlight strew across the walls, like a kaleidoscope. Instead of reading his rehearsed speech, he started to sing, ‘It Is Well’. Slowly, the congregation joined him, singing a little off key, and yet, at the same time, so eloquently.
This beautiful silver and ruby cross pendant was handcrafted during the beginning of the Rococo or the Late Baroque Era, around 1720, most likely in France. There are 11 table cut, foil backed rubies decorating this drop cross, which vary in shades of red and pink. Ribbon motifs helped to define this era of jewelry design, and this pendant is no exception as silver loops and wraps itself delicately around the cross, like a ribbon wound round a present. Colored gemstones, such as the rubies in this pendant, were more widely publicized and grew in popularity during this time. The overall measurements are 61 x 32.5 mm, with a weight of 7.8 grams. And it has been acid tested.
This should be the next addition to your jewelry box. It’s a lovely early piece, filled with heart and soul!
$ 2,125.00 $ 2,500.00
The air smelled crisp as dew dotted the green grass of a springtime morning. She wore her hair up in a messy ponytail with faded jeans and a sweater. The scarf around her neck was of silk and warmth, fastened together with a brooch as beautiful as that very morning. The colors of the topaz matched the flowers starting to open with the soft sunlight. It looked natural there, with her white scarf, against her olive skin. She put her hands in her pockets, and looked out at the day, smiling at it.
This antique Georgian topaz and turquoise gold floral brooch was handcrafted in France in about 1820-25. It’s a stunning 18 karat gold piece with flowers of pink and blue topaz and leaves of robin egg blue turquoise. There are 11 pink oval topaz stones and 17 blue oval topaz stones, each measuring 3.5 x 4.2 x 2 mm and weighing a total of approximately 5.88 carats. At the center of the pink topaz flower is an old European cut diamond, measuring 3.2 x 2.2 mm and weighing approximately .18 carats. There are eight oval cabochon turquoises. This brooch pin measures 35.3 x 58.2 mm and it weighs 7.0 grams. It is marked on the C clasp with the left facing ram’s head mark (used from 1819-1938) which indicated a minimum gold fineness of 18 karat/750. It comes in an antique box in which it was purchased by me and which helps to protect it, I’m fairly certain that box and brooch are not original to each other.
I didn’t want to share this beauty with the rest of the world but the more I looked at it, the more I realized it would be a crime not to. This is a gorgeous masterpiece, I hope you enjoy it.
A note from Victoria: This piece is not in perfect condition. One of the gold leaves is broken off from the bottom, and you can see the base of this leaf just by the gold ball to the left of the central pink topaz in the first photo. I thought it was so incredibly beautiful that I was willing to forgive it this small flaw. I checked with my jeweler on repairing it, but he agreed that it is lovely as is and said that a repair may cause it to be less beautiful, not more.
Sold Out - $ 1,420.00
This fantastic antique banded agate and gold mourning ring was handcrafted around 1870. With mourning periods requiring that one dressed in only black with a bit of white, Victorians made the black and white banded agate a thing of beauty to adorn oneself in. By the mid-1800s, this trend was at its height of fashion.
One of the many associated properties of agate, is the idea that it gives one the ability to accept circumstances. It’s not coincidence that the wearer of this ring decided to put an inscription inside the band that most likely detailed the memory of a lost loved one, an inscription which is lost to time and wear. This style of stone, a favorite of its time, is known as bulls-eye agate, with its band of light gray, almost white, that borders the base of this cabochon cut stone. The stone is 10.2 x 7.2 mm and is set in 18 karat gold.
The face measures 15.6 x 9.7 x 5 mm off the finger. This ring is a size 6 and weighs 3.2 grams. It has been acid tested.
This ring would be a beautiful addition to the collection of a lover of Victorian jewelry.
His guests were gathered around him in the library, listening to his addicting stories, tales full of wonder. He told of long dry African safaris and escaping lionesses. He told of riding energetic elephants in the rain in Thailand. She was small enough to hide behind the velvet settee, so she could watch her father speak. She would survey the crowd as they gasped and ooh-ed and ahh-ed. When her father was away on his long business trips, he would write long letters to her. She would check the mail every morning, looking for the envelope with her name. It was always closed with a giant wax seal impressed by the carnelian fob he always wore, and it always had tales of adventures inside.
This antique Georgian Intaglio seal fob was handcrafted around 1830 in England. This blackamoor seal boasts a carved carnelian featuring a Coat of Arms with the Latin phrase, “VIRTUTIS AMORE”, meaning “power of love”. Overall, this piece measures 25.5 x 21.2 x 25.3 mm and it weighs 10.1 grams. It bears no marks and has been acid tested at 9 karat gold.
This fob is a fabulous conversation piece. It could be the next item in your jewelry box. It is a great size to wear on a chain around the neck, or use it the original way as a watch fob.
This ring was made in memory of a lady named Mary, born in 1734 at the beginning of the Georgian era. It was likely worn by family after her passing to remember her always with a ring, a circle of eternity. It’s a charm for the hand filled with a lingering joie de vivre. Mourning jewelry emerged long before photography existed, as a way to commemorate a loved one. It’s jewelry that is filled with elegance and love.
This antique Georgian garnet memorial ring was handcrafted in 1800. It features a large oval en cabochon cut garnet that measures 13.4 x 10 mm, set in 9 karat gold. The ring face measures 15 x 17.5 x 6 mm off the finger. The back of the ring face is inscribed, “Mary Matson Obt 11 Jan. 1800 at 66”. It has been acid tested. This ring is a size 6.75 and weighs 5.1 grams. The garnet in this ring is original to it and is over 200 years old, it has a few nicks and dings in memory of it’s long life, but it’s still beautiful.
Perfect for the collector's jewelry box and finger, a reminder to enjoy each and every day of life.
If you are, as I am, a lover of things Georgian, than this fantastic bracelet might be for you. If you are, as I am, a sucker for the absolute BEST example of a thing, than this stunning bracelet and padlock may be for you. If you are, as I am, an admirer of the heavy, silky feel that only old gold can acquire, than surely this chunk of a jewel is most likely for you. If you are, as I am, a proponent of the idea ‘go big or go home’, than this rare and finely crafted beauty should surely become part of your permanent collection.
This absolutely beautiful antique gold bracelet was hand made in Chester, England in 1823 and bears a full set of hallmarks. The padlock is unmarked and I would date it to around 1825, I don’t know how long they’ve been together but the combination is really rather stunning. The 18-karat gold link bracelet measures 7 inches in length while the stunning heart padlock measures 49 x 32.2 x 18 mm. The padlock bears a snake clasp with 360 degrees of scrolling engraving and a rose gold, heart shaped opening at the back engraved with elaborate initials. There’s a space for keepsakes inside the hollow padlock. The front of the lock showcases an oval cabochon garnet that measures 19.6 x 14.3 mm. These two pieces could be worn together or separately, the padlock is quite large and looks amazing on a sturdy gold chain.
The link chain bracelet is hallmarked with the crown for England, the gold purity mark, “18”, the mark for Chester, and it bears a maker’s mark. It also bears the date letter, “E” for 1823. The padlock and chain have both been acid tested.
I’ll admit it, I’m a bit obsessed with these padlocks and their nudge toward romanticism. If you don’t scoop this one up soon, I may just keep it for myself!
Lost in history, bound in myth. That’s what I always think when come across very old things like this fantastic carved carnelian intaglio seal. It makes me a little bit melancholy to think of what stories they could tell, stories that I will never know. Then again, you might have noticed that I’m never adverse to making up their stories for myself.
This antique Georgian gold carnelian fob was handcrafted in England around 1830. It’s an armorial seal and bears a coat of arms showing two birds over an anchor. It’s an early piece made in 9 karat gold. It measures 43.8 x 30 x 25 mm and weighs 17.1 grams. It bears no marks and has been acid tested.
This handsome bauble would work wonderfully on a chain around the neck. It could also function charmingly as a watch fob, but no pressure.
Sold Out - $ 4,887.50 $ 5,750.00
People often ask me how I know what to buy, and the truth is, I don’t. I never have a list, I have an idea, but mostly I’m just looking for amazing jewelry that is authentic, that speaks to me when I hold it in my hand. Yes, it has to be lovely, and yes it has to be masterfully crafted; but truly it’s more than that. I’m looking for things that I know instinctively have a story to tell, have a history, it’s almost like my hands feel the hands of all those who came before, I can’t help but wonder who they were and how they came to possess this particular treasure. I felt it when I opened this box and took out this glorious locket.
This Georgian diamond and crystal heart locket was fully hand crafted down to the cutting and polishing of the stones in about 1830. It is set with 1.25 carats of Old European cut diamonds which form a sparkling bow of gems above the crystal locket. The crystal is bezel set in 15 karat gold and the diamonds are set in silver. Overall this wonderful pendant measures 41.4 x 22 mm and I’ve paired it with a Victorian 15 karat gold chain because I thought that they looked nice tougher, you may purchase just the pendant if you wish. The chain is marked ’15c’ and is 18 inches long with a smooth barrel clasp, it weighs 12 grams. The pendant comes in it’s own box, I don’t know whether they started life together, the box is from R.L. Christie in Edinburgh, Scotland. This locket does not hinge, it would need to be opened by a jeweler. If you would like us to put something in it before it goes out to you, we’d be happy to. It would also be an excellent candidate to make into a shaker, we would be happy to let you choose your desired gems to go inside.
This gorgeous locket ticked all my boxes, it’s a wonderfully made piece in lovely condition with so much history and style. It truly has grace.
$ 1,598.00 $ 1,880.00
They were her sister’s earrings until she borrowed them for a wedding last summer. She conveniently forgot to give them back over the holidays; and she just happened to forget her own earrings for the New Year’s Eve party. Thank goodness her sister said she could borrow them for one more night, which might accidentally have turned into another two months. She secretly hopes her sister forgets all about them. She’d like to wear them all the time. She likes the way they glitter, how they go with all her favorite things.
These antique Georgian flat cut diamond earrings were handcrafted in England around 1830. There are 24 rose cut diamonds decorating these leaf-shaped drop earrings. They have been acid tested, the hooks are 18 karat gold while the backs are 15 karat gold. They bear no marks. Each earring measures 33 x 15.3 mm and together they weigh 5.4 grams.
Please note that while the majority of these earrings are Georgian, they may not have started life out as earrings. It seems to me that at some point they may have been made from an old Georgian piece of jewelry, so the connection points and ear wires are probably not original while the diamond parts are. It seems that this was done some time ago and the resultant earrings are extremely lovely. It may also be that they were always earrings but were re-wired at some point as the wires often did get bent and broken.
Morning, noon, and night, a pair of earrings like these need to see all hours of the day. And you have just the ears to do it!
This beautiful antique Georgian memorial garnet and gold ring is fully hallmarked for having been hand crafted in 1821. It was made in 18 karat gold and features black enamel around the edges of the band and face. The entire outside of the ring is engraved with billowing golden swirls. The garnet is smooth cut and oval shaped in the center. Behind the face of the ring there is a memorial inscription that reads, ‘Jon Smith Ob 4 April 1822 Age 51’. This ring is fully hallmarked. It bears a crown and a leopard wearing a crown, which are marks for London, England; it has the gold purity mark, ‘18’, the letter date code, ‘f’ for 1821, a face to right profile mark, and a mark that reads, ‘ETIH’. It is a size 9 and cannot be re-sized. The ring weighs 4.2 grams. There is minor enamel loss at at the back of the band. These memorial rings are filled with elegance and love.
Perfect for the collector's jewelry box and finger, a reminder to enjoy each and every day of life.
The word garnet originates from the Greek, ‘pyropes’, meaning “fiery-eyed”. It’s the perfect description for these glowing stones. Garnets have been in use since the Bronze Age, if not earlier. Prehistoric Egyptians used garnets as inlays in their jewelry and carvings that date as far back as 3100 BC. They claimed garnets were the symbol of life. The Ancient Romans fell in love with garnets during the 3rd and 4th century and often used them as signet rings. Bohemian garnets are a special shade of deep red. Bohemian garnets have been mined in the area we now call Czechoslovakia since the Middle Ages. By the 18th and 19th centuries, the popularity of garnets grew to their height. Bohemian garnets and their traditional dark red wine shade took over the jewelry market, including this very brooch.
This antique Georgian cross pendant was handcrafted around 1790, in England. It’s a beautiful early piece with 29 flat cut garnets on a closed back mount set in 9 karat gold. It has been acid tested. This pendant measures 42 x 34 mm and it weighs 5.4 grams.
For a first communion gift, or the pendant you wear at your wedding, this bohemian garnet covered cross will impress and dazzle every step of the way.
They were at a great country house for a ball held by a family friend. The evening of English country dances and Gavottes had ended and they were all thanking the host before leaving for the night. She stepped outside for fresh air, as the night had started to turn into morning. She was in a crimson petticoat over white satin, with frills of white lace at the neck, and an ivory shawl. She slipped off her long gloves to reveal a garnet and pearl ring set in gold, that shined, just right, in the first rays of morning’s light. The handsome gentleman who danced with her an hour ago came up to her and slipped her a letter with her name on the front. Before anyone else could see he kissed her cheek and went off into the dawn.
This antique Georgian garnet and pearl cluster gold ring was handcrafted in London in 1828. It’s an elegant piece made in 18 karat gold with engraved split shoulders that support a face of 10 pearls and one perfectly red garnet. The garnet is cabochon cut and rectangular, measuring 8.2 x 4 mm, set on a closed back mount. Each of the 10 pearls are round cabochon cut and measuring between 3 mm and 2.2 mm in diameter. Inside the band is an inscription, “EN August 23 1828”. This ring is a size 6 and it weighs 3.3 grams. The face measures 10.7 x 14 x 3.7 mm off the finger and band width of 3.5 mm at the back. This ring is fully hallmarked and bears the crown for England, the leopard head for London, the gold purity mark, “18” and a maker’s mark that reads, “IS”.
Georgian jewelry is not an easy thing to find, especially something in such great condition as this ring! It’s a collector’s item for sure, but it also deserves to be worn.
People always ask me where I buy my jewelry. Well, in truth there’s not only one place. Sometimes I visit small markets held in little galleries, sometimes I find myself in giant, sprawling antiques markets filled with tiny stalls, each with it’s own flavor, reflecting the personal tastes of it’s owner. Sometimes I shop in barns, in English fields on chilly mornings when the frost hasn’t yet been melted off the grass. On these days I buy hot coffee more for it’s hand warming effect than for it’s caffeine. I don’t care one bit if my toes are a little bit cold because when I find rings like this one, I instantly warm them with the little jig I dance!
This ring struck me as Georgian with it’s richly colored, smoothly polished Jasper gem and it’s deeply carved frame and shoulders. I was surprised, then, to find it dated ‘1913’, I strongly suspect it was made around 1830-40 and dated at a later time. It’s a gorgeous ring and the wonderful variegated stone measures 13 x 10.5 x 5 mm, the overall ring is 17.6 mm north to south and 14.4 mm across the face, it sits 6.3 mm off the finger. This unusual beauty is a size 7.5 and weighs in at 4.9 grams. It is marked with ‘9c’ for 9 karat gold and was surely made in England.
This is the kind of ring that I find myself personally drawn to, it feels amazing on and garners many a complimentary reaction!
She wore this brooch much like a man wears a watch. With confidence and a touch of charm. She was debonair in her gaze as she ordered a coffee, black, and patiently waited. She munched on a croissant drizzled in honey as she walked around the city, in her high heels and dark red lipstick, perfectly aware of how sleek a touch of black and gold can look.
This antique Georgian brooch was handcrafted around the 1820s in 9 karat gold. This simple yet chic rectangular brooch features 10 flat cut black paste set in gold. This brooch pin weighs 2.3 grams and measures 22.4 x 19.0 mm. It has been professionally acid tested.
At nearly two centuries old this piece has proven timeless with its fashion, add a little Georgian to your outfit.
Greyhounds are an ancient breed that originated in Egypt around 9,000 years ago. They were bred for hunting large game, using their sight and not their scent. The name comes from the German, “greishund” which means, “old dog”. In 1014 AD, English Law stated that killing a greyhound was punishable by death.
This antique Georgian carnelian gold fob was handcrafted in England around 1820. This detailed seal showcases gold on a winding top set with a beveled flat-cut carnelian with a greyhound intaglio. The graceful greyhound is racing with all four legs off the ground and there is a small chip in his back due to love and wear. It measures 20.4 x 14 x 14 mm and it weighs 5.0 grams. This piece bears no marks but has been acid tested at 15 karat gold. This wonderful fob seal is a token of man’s best friend.
Queen Victoria was known for owning her own greyhounds back in the day.
It’s called a wheat sheaf if it’s sitting in a field, a freshly cut bundle of wheat grass drying in the sun. If it’s painted on a shield or embroidered on a doublet or carved into an intaglio seal, then it’s called a Garb. The garb has been used in heraldry for hundreds and hundreds of years. It was originally used by the Earl of Chester and has been identified with that family and it’s offshoots for centuries. It was symbolic of plenty.
This Fob is an excellent smaller size and would make for a great pendant or addition to a bracelet. It is set with a beveled slice of orange carnelian which is carved with a single, lovely sheaf of wheat. The stone is collet set into 9 karat gold, it measures 15 mm x 10 mm across the face and is is 22 mm long. The fob weighs 2.8 grams.
This wonderful intaglio seal dates to about 1820 and was made in England.
Memento Mori is Latin for, ‘Remember that you have to die’. I swear it’s not as morbid as it sounds. It’s different from traditional mourning jewelry in the sense that it’s not mourning at all. It’s accepting the idea that death will come. It allows the wearer to be reminded of his or her own mortality and the afterlife.
Memento Mori jewelry was most popular during the 1600s and the first half of the 1700s. By the mid-1700s the trend began to die off (pun intended).
This Georgian heart shaped Memento Mori pendant was handcrafted in England, around 1730. It holds 38 faceted paste stones that border a motif, set behind clear crystal. Behind the glass is a gold foil wheat sheaf, symbolizing everlasting life. The wheat sheaf is in front of a woven lock of hair, typical in Memento Mori jewelry. This piece weighs 1.8 grams and measures 28 x 13 x 5 mm.
The wheat sheaf symbol is based in Christianity from when Jesus Christ broke bread and gave it to his disciples during the Last Supper. In terms of Memento Mori pieces, it can also be considered part of the divine harvest which would eventually be reaped. This expresses the ending of life and the resurrection of the soul.
This type of jewelry was not meant for grief or lamentation. Simply, it acknowledged that death was inevitable. I love finding early pieces like these. It clearly meant a lot to the wearer as it’s swimming in symbolism and culture.
Opals have been used in jewelry as far back as 4000 BC, in Kenya. The ancient Romans regarded the opal as the most powerful gemstone, as a single stone could hold every color of every jewel. It’s hard to argue their logic, every time I’ve worn this ring I’ve felt unstoppable. They called it ‘opalus’, meaning ‘precious stone’. Arabic legends say that opals came down from the heavens with the lightening, falling to earth. I’ve never witnessed this event up close, but who am I to deny such a beautiful and beguiling tale?
This antique pearl and opal gold ring was handcrafted in England around 1830, during the late Georgian or Regency era. A pear-shaped bezel-set precious opal sits at the center of 17 round, half cut pearls, set in 15 karat gold with a closed back mount. The fiery white opal radiates colors of orange, pink, yellow, green, and blue. It measures 9.3 x 7.3 mm. Each of the pearls measure 2 mm in diameter. It’s an elegant piece with decorative shoulders that split into four sections, meeting just more than halfway down the shank. The ring face measures 18.4 x 15.6 x 6.3 mm off the finger and the band width is 5.3 mm at the back. There are no hallmarks and it has been acid tested. Inside the ring, behind the face, are a set of inscribed initials, “J. R”. This beguiling ring is a size 7.75 and weighs 5.7 grams.
“Precious opals” are known for their diffraction of light, called ‘play of color’, in which rainbow colors shine from inside the stone like a kaleidoscope of firelight. The play-of-color in precious opals is caused by the diffraction of light that bounces between the silica spheres that are stacked like microscopic marbles in a box.
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Crafting paste dates back to Ancient Roman times when makers wanted to imitate emeralds and lapis lazuli. It was in the Georgian Era though, the era in which this brilliant pendant was made, that paste’s popularity soared. Georges Frederic Strass was the brainchild behind high-quality paste. It was such an intriguing and valuable product, it was worn at court in both England and France, and could easily be mistaken for the real thing, as it glittered brilliantly in candle light. The finest jewelry establishments carried paste, certifying it as fashionable and beautiful.
This Georgian-era silver paste pendant was handcrafted in England around 1780. It showcases a drop bow and flower basket motif smothered in round faceted pastes, each hand cut to resemble a cushion cut diamond. This pendant measures 63 x 34 mm and weighs 10.8 grams. It bears no marks and has been acid tested.
The likes of Marie Antoinette, Queen Elizabeth I, Madame du Barry, and King Charles III and IV were known for donning paste. The making of paste was artwork in its own right, and this pendant proves it.
Cut steel was made to mimic diamonds when worn by candlelight. Early cut steel seen from the back reveals that each bead on the front was cut and polished (usually from used horse shoe nails) and riveted to a single plate of metal. This early cut steel cross dates to the Georgian Era, circa 1790-1810, and was most likely made in Birmingham, England. It measures 1.43" wide. x 3.36" high and weighs 17.5 grams.
This impressively large cross looks fabulous on and could be worn with a silver or gold chain or even a simple cord.
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It might have been on a Sunday morning, when you sat on the front porch together sipping lemon tea. It was years ago now, when he asked for your hand with this ring. You remember the clouds, they were a fluffy milky white and one looked like a pirate ship. You joked about sailing away on the salty ocean to an island with fruit trees and birds of paradise. He’d cook and you’d surf and he’d sing as you’d played the guitar that you had to build with palm fronds and cotton threads. You never did say farewell to land for the sea but looking out over that porch after thirty years, two kids, too many hamsters, five dogs, and a million memories, you hold no regrets in your hands.
This Georgian gold split ring was handcrafted around 1830. Its purpose is to hold a fob on a chain, as it works like a modern day key chain. Of course, it would also work as a unique ring filled with history and style! The rich carving gives it a wonderfully ornate feel. It was made in 18 karat gold and it has been professionally acid tested. If worn as a ring, it is a wonderful size 8.75. It weighs 4.2 grams and measures 23 x 23 x 2.5 mm.
This versatile piece would be perfect for the multi-tasker who just happens to adore gold jewelry!
I’ve always had a soft spot for the Georgians and their way of styling life. It was an era with many phases including the usage of paste. Paste, or glass, was introduced as an alternative to expensive gemstones around 1780, which gave way to brightly colored jewelry sets and a new sense of personal style. Good luck charms were no exception to the Georgians, and horseshoes were worn to provide luck and to protect against evil. Personally, I always keep a lucky horseshoe over my door!
This antique silver paste horseshoe buckle was handcrafted in France around 1820. It’s a bright and sparkling piece that weighs 35.1 grams and measures 59 x 55 mm. It bears the French boar’s head hallmark and has a maker’s mark. This buckle has been acid tested.
Wearers of jewelry also donned pieces that symbolized their hobbies. The wearer of this bauble could easily have been an equestrian rider or an avid hunter. What would I wear if I was to wear my hobby as an accessory? Well, this buckle of course! It expresses my flair for the glittery things in life, my love of horses, and my obsession with all things Georgian.