It was the first warm sunny day of spring, with flirtation in the air and a strong desire to get out and socialize setting in. Two old friends grab an outdoor table at a familiar hangout, to fully exhale the long winter and share a bottle of Rose. One of them bubbles over with words while moving her arms generously about the air. Her dear friend wears a genuine smile and listens intently, the palm of her hand at her chin and elbow on the table. She didn’t have to say anything really to equal her companion’s spirit. Her bangle was spectacular, warming on her arm in the renewing sun.
This stunning bangle has a touch of it all - a bountiful repousse floral motif, strong lines, warm textures and glowing silver. Handcrafted around 1900, this antique Victorian silver bangle is oval in shape, 24 mm wide and weighs 33.5 grams. It will fit a wrist up to 7.75 inches and is fitted with a safety chain. This fantastic bracelet bears the triple crown hallmark next to “S” for domestic silver.
Every good listener deserves a bangle this lovely and generous!
This wonderful bangle is filled with hidden meaning. Morning glory flowers were used by the Victorians as symbols of love and mourning; the Anchor symbolized Hope. Perhaps this bangle speaks to that quintessentially human desire; the hope of seeing a loved one again after death. It’s a bit sad, I suppose, but beautiful, too, just like life.
Hand crafted in Birmingham, England in 1885, this fully hallmarked bangle is embossed and engraved with beautiful detail. It would fit a wrist of up to about 7.25 inches around and the bangle is 31.7 mm wide, it weighs 37.3 grams. This piece is marked inside with the marks for Birmingham, England, the Lion for Sterling and the lower case l for 1885, it also has a makers mark.
Have you ever visited Brighton? If you get the chance, I highly recommend it. Go visit the Brighton Pavilion, a pleasure palace built by King George IV. The outside might look like a tiny Taj Mahal, but the inside is full on Chinese. Well, not real Chinese, really, but more like what the English in the 1820s thought Chinese interiors would look like. They really didn’t get it quite right, but it’s a marvel for the senses, so go anyway! And wear these earrings while you’re there, you’ll fit in just fine.
These wonderful Victorian silver earrings were hand crafted around 1880 in England. They have a nod to the Chinoiserie style that was in fashion in the late 1880s and yet they are decorated with forget-me-not flowers, showing their decidedly Victorian sentimentality. These lovelies measure 35 mm from top to bottom and 14.3 mm across and together they weigh 4 grams. They are unmarked but test as sterling silver.
Earrings like these were de rigor day-wear for the Victorian Lady, rock them alone or with a Victorian collar and locket and a bangle or two!
She came into the shop in a rush; she needed a cold bottle of good champagne to take for the hostess of a small dinner she was attending. She wore a simple linen shift in a color somewhere between violet and deep purple and big earrings along with the most fascinating long chain looped expertly and effortlessly around her neck. She chatted with her friend who owned the wonderful little shop while the lovely woman wrapped the bottle with a flourish.
“We should get together and drink one of these soon” her friend said. “We just need an occasion to celebrate.”
“Maria,” she responded, “a good bottle of champagne is its own reason!”.
This fabulous chain was hand crafted around 1890, most likely in England. It features 84 small and intricate purple enameled panels interspersed on a silver long guard chain. It most likely would originally have held a matching purple enameled watch. The chain is 61 inches long and weighs 18 grams. This wonderful piece is unmarked and tests as sterling silver.
This necklace is just like a good bottle of champagne, you don’t need a reason to celebrate it.