It was for her, from him. The sweet roses, the scrolling stems, the delicate size and textures; they were all for her wrist, and the caress of her tender fingertips. The subtle shimmer was to catch her eyes and make her lips smile. And it did, for a long time, it most certainly did.
This antique Victorian silver bangle was handcrafted in or around 1881 as indicated by the inscription. Light and lovely, this sentimental bracelet is 26.5 mm wide and weighs 34.4 grams. It is very comfortable to wear, fitting a wrist up to 7 inches. There are no marks, except the inscription, and it has been acid tested. On the smooth interior at the pulse of the wrist it reads, “May from G.L.H. May 5th 1881”.
May it bring its next owner enduring happiness!
In a world where things weren’t cast out in assembly lines, where things were hand crafted by artists, masters at their craft, in that world you made things versatile, you made things to last. This fantastic collar is from that world, the world of built-to-last, the world of versatility and fashion and knowing not just what to where, but how to wear it, and when.
This fantastic Victorian collar is steam-punk chic in it’s stunning good looks. It can be worn so many ways, engraved side out, smooth side out, with the V in the front or back, with or without a locket or bauble of some sort. The soft, wide sterling silver chain is edged in medallions which are engraved on one side with a scrolling leafy pattern and smooth and shiny on the other. The clasp of this 17 inch long collar is hidden in the front, behind a plaque engraved with ivy leaves (Victorian sentiment for ‘I cling to thee’), this clasp has a bale for hanging. The full width of this collar is 23.5 mm, it weighs 65 grams. This beautiful collar was made in England around 1880, it bears no hallmarks but tests as sterling.
If you are looking for a stunning foundation to your jewelry wardrobe, this statement-necklace cannot be beat. Wear it from blue-jeans to ballgowns!
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Those Victorians were such sentimental creatures, Ivy for ‘I cling to thee’, Lily of the Valley for ‘Return of Happiness’ and maybe the best of all, the Forget-me-not flower for ’True love, faithfulness and Remembrance’.
This fabulous locket has all the right stuff. First of all, it’s the perfect size, not too big, not too small, but that elusive medium size. Set onto the front of the locket is a scrolling golden flower set with 8 turquoise gems, the settings are done in gold (I couldn’t test it, but it’s probably 9 karat). The locket contains two places to hold photos behind glass. This locket is unmarked but was most certainly made in England around 1870, in sterling silver (tested, not marked). The measurements of this locket are 42.8 mm north to south, 26.4 mm across and 7.1 mm thick, and weighs 12.6 grams.
Made up of tiny rods of glass called tessera, micro-mosaics are just tiny forms of an art which has existed for millennia. The earliest examples date back to the second half of the 3rd century BC and were done with bits of stone, shells and ivory. Here’s a wonderful example that you can wear around on your finger. A bright little butterfly who will stay with you all day.
This ring dates to Victorian times, probably about 1870 and is beautifully colored. The ring is hand crafted in silver with gold washed accents, the face measures 15.9 mm north to south and 15.6 mm across, it sits 7.5 mm off the finger and narrows to 2.1 mm at the back of the band. The ring is a size 6.75 US and weighs 4.2 grams.
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This fantastically detailed brooch was likely given as an award for an archery competition. I found it in London while strolling the markets of Portobello Road on a Saturday morning. I had been shopping all week and had a bit of jewelry fatigue (I know, it doesn’t seem like a real thing, but after looking at many hundreds of pieces, you get a bit jaded!). I was drinking a latte and munching on a pain au raisin from the fabulous Gail’s Bakery and waiting for something to just jump out at me; and along came this brooch, it does not disappoint!
This wonderful piece was hand crafted in England and assayed on April 24th, 1865 according to the kite mark right on the front. It’s done in sterling silver and measures 49.6x47.5 mm. It is gorgeously engraved and has the letters G.R. & Co. hidden amongst the engraving at the top of the quiver, I don’t know wether this is a makers mark or perhaps the winner of a competition? This brooch weighs 9.9 grams.