So, admittedly I do have a pretty big weakness for these fantastic Arts & Crafts and Art Nouveau silver and enamel pieces, but this one really got me in the feels. Something about the shape, that organic, tree of life feel to it, and the color, that bright mediterranean sea in the sunshine look to it, just had me trembling a bit. Did I mention the perfect weight and velvety feel of it? No? Did I mention how it’s the perfect piece to dress up a tee shirt and jeans or wear with a cocktail dress? No? Did I tell you how many compliments it will garner? How many conversations it will start? No? Hmmm… must’ve forgotten to mention that.
This fantastic Art Nouveau necklace was hand crafted in silver in about 1900, most likely in Germany. It is accented with blue enamel and has a matching drop. The hand crafted chain measures 18 inches and the drop is 48.2 mm from north to south and 28.1 mm across. The pendant is marked ‘800’ to the reverse and weighs 6.3 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 was very common for Arts & Crafts artists working around the turn of the (last) century to use gems that were inexpensive, many of them were ‘starving artists’ and so they often worked in silver and lesser stones, or even no stones at all. No wonder, then, that these artists gravitated towards ceramics in all forms. Many potteries were formed in England at the end of the 1890s including Ruskin, one of the most famous. These beautiful earrings look to be set with turquoise, but are in fact set with beautiful pieces of Ruskin ceramic.
Hand crafted in about 1900, these beautiful earrings features lush panels of ceramic set in sterling silver. The ceramic pieces measure 17.7 x 13 mm and the overall earrings are 36 mm from top to bottom and 18.8 mm across, together they weigh 5.7 grams. These earrings are unmarked but have been acid tested to verify metal content.
These stylish earrings are as artistic now as when they were made well over one hundred years ago, they are sure to garner lots of compliments!
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.
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.