In the early 1800s, a tomb was uncovered outside of Rome. It held mysterious gold jewelry of delicate design, with gold beads and twisted wires. These were tombs of an old Etruscan civilization. At the same time, Pompeii was being excavated, a city conquered by the Etruscans long before the Romans took over. These events caused a shift in jewelry design, called the Etruscan Revival, which took place beginning around 1860. A jeweler named Fortunato Pio Castellani claimed to have the knowledge on how to accurately craft jewelry in the careful delicate and detailed way the Etruscans once had. He created replicas of jewels found in these various excavation sites and he did a beautiful job. The techniques of crafting matte and shiny surfaces came back into style, the ways of crafting depth and relief were managed with corded wire. Castellani’s ideas flowed through Europe, all the way to England. Granulation, perfected by the ancient Etruscans, and wondered at due to its complexity and beauty, was now back and taking over all of Europe. An example of this can be seen in this very pair of earrings with its careful placing of metal balls onto their surface.
These antique Etruscan Revival drop earrings each feature one round cabochon cut turquoise gem with a dark teal color and metallic matrix. They were hand crafted in England, during the Victorian Era, around 1870. They were made in 9 karat gold and are marked, ‘9ct’. Each turquoise measures 9.4 mm in diameter and 6.25 mm in depth. The Etruscan Revival style is evident with the usage of turquoise as well as the granulation details on the turquoises’ settings. These are an exquisite pair of earrings, inspired by centuries of art and culture.
This antique Dutch swan snuffbox was handcrafted around 1880. It was made in sterling silver and is shaped like a graceful swan. It opens from the bottom and reveals a cavernous space that someone in the Victorian age would have used to store snuff. This scented, powdered tobacco, was usually scented with roses, lavender, cloves, or jasmine and was used by dipping or inhaling.
This piece is fully hallmarked and bears the lion passant, meaning English Sterling Silver, the lion face, for London, the letter ‘F’, which is a Dutch mark for 1840, and a sword mark which is a Dutch hallmark dated between 1814 and 1905. It also bears the mark, ‘P’. This piece was imported into England and marked, ‘LL’ for Lewis & Lewis, London 1890. It measures 41 mm tall x 26 mm wide x 44.5 mm long and weighs 17.3g.
Item ID: BX1116224V
$ 3,840.00 $ 4,800.00
For me it began with the box. I spotted it closed inside a dealers case one Sunday morning at the Horticultural Hall show in London. At first, because it was closed, I thought she was just selling the box, but upon inquiry she smiled and pulled it out of the case. She handed it to me and explained that she had just purchased it and hadn't had time to get it out. When I opened the box I was immediately smitten. Inside was this stunning bangle, perfect and original.
The style and workmanship of this bangle and it's box are simply top-notch. The bangle features an array of 17 perfectly color matched rosy pink pearls set in a very Classical design with 2 side pearls set into eight pointed stars. The balance and feel of this bangle are just perfection. The box is just the icing on this cake, done in rich royal blue velvet and silk and marked with the name of the retailer 'Goldsmith's Alliance Limited. Cornhill, London. It is completely hand made in leather with gold embossing and was clearly made to fit this bangle, which has benefited by being kept in excellent condition.
It is Mid-Victorian and was made around 1870. It is most certainly English although it bears no marks. It tests as 18 karat gold and weighs 26.5 grams out of the box. It is on the smaller side and would fit a wrist up to 7 inches around, but no more. Is a fantastic bangle which shows the highest quality of workmanship. A truly important piece of jewelry worthy of the most discerning collector!
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This wonderful Victorian ring is fully hallmarked and was made in Birmingham, England in 1863. Held by two hands that taper into a narrow band, the traditional pansy motif is picked out in bezel set pearls with a collet set rose cut diamond at it center. In excellent condition, this lovely ring weighs 2.0 grams, bears the English hallmark for 15k gold and currently is a US size 7. It could be sized up or down several sizes but care should be taken to preserve the original hallmarks.
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This lovely Victorian six stone pearl and rose-cut diamond ring was hand crafted in what was undoubtably the jewelry center of England, if not all of Europe: Birmingham. Known throughout the world as the 'City of a Thousand Trades', Birmingham's history dates back half a million years, as signs of human settlement date back to the Stone Age. But Birmingham's true growth and prosperity are owed to its metalworking industries of all kinds. Birmingham's prominence as a city bloomed under Queen Victoria, with the introduction of the railway, it became linked to Manchester and Liverpool and soon London. It was known for its small workshops and high level of skill and craftsmanship, and jewelry flowed out of Victorian Birmingham to the rest of the world. A world which, at that time, was dominated by the full power of the British empire, the largest empire in history.
This ring was made in Birmingham in the year 1900, at the height of Britain's glory. The stones are set into an 15 karat yellow gold mounting. The largest pearl is 3.3 mm across, graduating to the smallest which is 2.8 mm across. There are 4 diamonds between the pearls to give added sparkle. It has a full set of hallmarks as well as the maker's mark is 'TBR'.
The ring is currently a size 7.5, but could be resized by an experienced jeweler, it weighs 3.3 grams.