Pebble jewelry, like this brooch, was made in Scotland for hundreds of years before Queen Victoria made them a sizzling hot trend. They were a beautiful way to express one’s sense of self, they were also functional for securing garments. With the help of railways in the British Isles and the fact that Victoria and Albert often visited their new castle at Balmoral, tourism grew, and many visited the Highlands for its beauty and its connection with the Queen. Travelers made their way to Scotland and they brought back pebble jewelry, made with distinctive native stones and decorated with engraved designs.
This antique Scottish agate buckle brooch was handcrafted around 1890. It features an array of colored agate set in silver in the shape of a garter or buckle. It measures 53 x 60 x 13 mm and weigh 45.3 grams. There are no marks and it has been acid tested.
To the Victorians, the buckle represented eternity. A buckle wraps around itself and secures itself tightly in place. It’s strong, sturdy, and never-ending. Sometimes, a buckle, such as the one featured on this ring, is also a garter, representative of the most prestigious order in England, The Order of the Garter. It was established by King Edward III in 1348, and still holds strong today. It’s an order of chivalry, and of honor.
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Item ID: BHA20225VA
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.
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!
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!