She barely felt it when he slipped it on her finger. She was too mesmerized by his eyes, their bright blue hue sparkled with mischief as his finger drew circles on the inside of her palm. They were at the theatre, but neither of them had their eyes on the stage, they were preoccupied by each other, finally alone in the dark, able to touch for the first time. ‘I love you’, he mouthed it, and held her hand up as his eyes drifted to the ring newly alighted on her finger. She felt it now and looked down in surprise. The heart shone in the lights from the stage, it was the same color as his eyes.
This wonderful turquoise and pearl ring was hand crafted in Birmingham, England in 1960 of 9 karat gold. It is set with a smooth cut of turquoise in the shape of a heart, this lovely stone is likely Persian and shows no matrix on its face. The turquoise is surrounded by 12 creamy white pearls and the ring is hallmarked with English marks. The face of this ring measures 14.4 mm north to south and 14.2 mm across, it sits 7.5 mm off the finger. This ring is a 6.25 US and weighs 3.8 grams.
Set with three cabochon blue turquoise gems the color of a warm cloudless day and two bright orange corals the color of a sunset sky, with diamonds scattered throughout like sparkling stars on a soft summer night; this ring is summer personified.
Handcrafted in the Victorian era, around 1880-90, this 18 karat gold ring is stunning in it’s unusual combination of stones. The ring measures 6.2 mm north to south and 18 mm across, it sits 4 mm off the finger. This ring is a size 7.25 and would be difficult to resize by more than a size or two, it weighs 2.9 grams. The ring is unmarked but has been carefully acid tested to verify the metal content. This ring has been reshanked at some point in it's life, it's well done but noticeable upon close inspection.
An English ring as sunny and warm as a summer day in Cornwall by the Sea!
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It looks like it may have originated on the Isle of Skye, or been crafted by a skilled jeweler in Dublin, but this wonderful bangle with it’s Celtic motifs was actually made in Russia. I suppose I shouldn’t be too shocked, after all the Russians were masters when it came to enamel and this richly enameled bangle has a rich, vibrant color.
Handcrafted between 1898-1908, this silver beauty would fit a wrist of up to 6.75 inches around. The wonderful shape flares to 27.4 mm north to south at the top of the bangle and narrows down to 9.9 mm at the back. This piece is hallmarked on the tongue of the clasp with the Russian Kokoshnic mark and the Assay master’s initials, ‘VB’. This beautiful bangle is done in sterling silver and weighs 24.7 grams. The glowing enamel and superb engraving make for a stunning beauty and it has a bit of safety chain for added security. It does have one small ding to the reverse.
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There are only a few dealers that I buy from who have such exquisite taste and such amazing collections of jewelry that I actually want to be them. My friend Char is one such dealer, her selection of jewels is so tasty that I have to make sure to have a napkin just in case I end up drooling all over her cases! Lol, not really, but really.
These absolutely fantastic Art Nouveau Earrings were hers. Now they’re mine. They could be yours. They consist of two large swoops of carved amber dangling on 9 karat gold wires under matching beaded amber tops. The ambers are carved as mirror images, indicating that these were made as original earrings and not made up from some parts of a necklace or bracelet, as is so often the case.
These beauties measure 64.4 mm from top to bottom and 16 mm across at the widest point, they are 10.4 mm deep and weigh 5.8 grams together. The amber beads are 10 mm high and 7.5 mm wide and the wonderfully carved bottom drops are 16 mm high. The wires have been carefully acid tested as 9 karat gold.
Hand carved and handcrafted in England around 1890, these Art Nouveau earrings will bring your antique jewelry game up to a whole new level!
The Arts and Crafts movement was born out of a rejection of the industrial revolution. Artist felt that the mechanization of creating daily objects detracted from the enjoyment of daily life as a whole. Furniture, household items, even jewelry, once made completely by hand, were now being machined, assembly lined, destroying the unique nature of hand crafted goods. Much of the jewelry done in the Arts and Crafts style was done in silver, using gems that were inexpensive and easily sourced, but some of the firms of this era, working in this style, used gold, and I’m always a little extra thrilled when I come across these beautiful representations of the craft.
This fabulous ring was made by the firm of Murrle, Bennett & Company, an Anglo-German firm started by Ernst Murrle and J.B. 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 ring was most likely made around 1900. It is completely hand crafted, of course, in 18 karat gold, and is set with a bright blue cabochon of turquoise which measures 7.7 x 6.9 x 3.3 mm. The overall face of this ring measures 14.4 mm north to south and 17 mm across, it sits 5.1 mm off the finger and narrows to 1.6 mm at the back of the band. This size 9 ring is marked inside the band with ‘18ct’ and ‘M.B.C’.