Hunting in the early 1900s wasn’t just a mans game. Women were invited to attend, and they most certainly knew how to dress for the occasion. An adventurous lady of means would ride sidesaddle on her horse, while wearing red to prevent any shots from coming her way. This woman would have known that thematic accessories were also required, such as a hunting-inspired bracelet to accent her black riding hat.
This beautifully hand crafted antique Austrian bracelet features a design inspired from the love of hunting. It was made in Austria, around 1900, in silver. It has a hefty feel at 35.0 grams and 7.75 inches of length. Each hunting motif link is round and 18.8 mm in diameter. Every piece is different from the others as there are eight charms in total, consisting of a dog, a deer, a quail, a wolf, a duck, a boar, a hare, and a raptor. It is marked with the silver content mark, ‘800’ and the maker’s mark reads, ‘BAS’.
This bracelet is a wonderful quality made piece. It’s not just for hunting anymore, but it would make a fabulous gift!
Citrine is named from the French word for lemon, ‘citron’, as the color of this tart and sour fruit matches the shade of many citrines. The gem comes in an array of shades ranging from pale yellow to burnt amber. The color depends upon the amount of iron present in the stone - the more iron, the deeper the shade.
This Arts and Crafts necklace was handcrafted around 1900. It features four faceted citrine stones, totaling 4.86 carats. It was made in silver gilt and has been acid tested. The link chain necklace is 16.75 inches in length and it weighs 9.3 grams. The main feature’s overall measurements are 59.3 x 22.2 grams.
This Arts and Crafts necklace is a superb example of the art movement it belongs to. With its chain links connecting citrine teardrops to baubles of silver, and a pendant full of sinuous silver bordered in a flower motif, this piece is everything the movement wanted to be.
Renaissance Revival jewelry was en vogue during the 1800s all across Europe. Austria-Hungary established itself as a maker of quality jewelry during this time, as the pieces were not only detailed and beautiful on the front, but oftentimes equally detailed and ornate on the back. Workshops in Austria-Hungary crafted the majority of these Renaissance and Gothic Revival pieces between 1860 and 1910. Oftentimes, these pieces were made in silver and then gilded in gold. This antique turquoise ring is no exception as it was made around 1880 in Austria-Hungary, during the Victorian Era and is silver gilt.
The face of this lovely ring features an oval Renaissance Revival design with seven cabochon turquoise stones. The center turquoise is surely the star of this show as it is a beautiful robin’s egg blue color with a metallic matrix. Tiny silver gilt flowers and leaves can be found scattered gracefully around the face. It measures 14.4 x 9.0 mm. The six smaller turquoise are approximately 2.5 mm in diameter. The face is 27 x 22.1 x 9.5 mm off the finger with a bandwidth of 1.8 mm. This ring is a size 7.75 and weighs 7.0 grams. It has been acid tested.
Wear this turquoise ring with whatever your heart desires as it goes with blue jeans as easily as evening gowns! It’s a perfect example of Revival jewelry and belongs on your finger, not just in your jewelry box.
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 ring.
This antique Victorian red garnet ring was handcrafted in Birmingham, England, in 1871. It features a delicious oval garnet that has been cabochon cut, set in 15 karat gold and flanked with detailed shoulders. It’s an eye-catching ring. The garnet measures 14 x 10 mm. The ring face is 15.7 x 17.2 x 5.6 mm and the band width is 3.1 mm. This piece is fully hallmarked and bears the date letter, ‘W’, the anchor for Birmingham, the gold purity mark, ‘15’ and ‘.625’. The maker’s mark reads, ‘E L’. This ring is a size 8.25 and weighs 6.0 grams.
This truly unisex ring would be stunning on a man or a woman, not to mention it goes great with a bottle of Occhipinti Il Frappato and a chocolate truffle or two!
For centuries, coral was believed to protect the wearer, from evil, from sickness, and from pain. During the Georgian Era, coral was typically faceted and strung onto a necklace. Children of means would often wear a coral necklace, given to them from a loved one, to keep them safe. Of course, coral, especially red coral – the rarest and most expensive – was also fashionable. Jane Harley, the Countess of Oxford, wore a string of red coral around her neck. It was in vogue for the rich and the powerful. And honestly, I’m not convinced it ever went out of style!
This antique Arts and Crafts coral ring is a beautiful dark orange/red shade with three corals set in 800 silver. This ring is most likely German and was handcrafted around 1895 to 1905. It is a size 8.25 US and weighs 3.5 grams. Each of the three corals are oval and cabochon cut. The center coral is 8 x 6.4 x 2.1 mm. The ring face is 9.5 x 19.3 x 4.7 off the finger and the band width is 2.3 mm. It bears the silver purity hallmark, ‘800’.
Ward off evil and look devilishly good doing it with this lovely and versatile coral ring.