Have you ever just sat for a while and watched the dragonflies on a lazy summer afternoon? I promise it’s not a waste of time, the way they move, backwards and forwards, up and down, tiny helicopters of nature. The way the sun glints off their iridescent wings, the bright colors of their long, slender bodies; there isn’t much about them that I don’t enjoy. So, I’m always a little bit extra delighted when I happen across a jewel with a dragonfly motif.
I pass on a lot of Morpho butterfly wing jewelry in the markets and fairs of England, much of it is water damaged from time, or not very old or finely crafted; but every once in a while a truly special example falls into my hands and I simply must have it. Here is just such and example. One of superior craftsmanship and very high quality.
Hand crafted in sterling silver in England around 1920, this brooch is set with fantastically bright blue Morpho butterfly wing pressed under smooth carved rock crystal. The color is luminous and shimmering with hints of turquoise. The brooch is quite large and measures 80.7 mm across and 62 mm high. It is marked ’SILVER’. The condition of the wings is quite good and care should be taken to prevent the brooch from getting very wet as water will destroy the delicate color of the wing. The brooch weighs 18.2 grams.
Why not take this impressive beauty along for a ride?
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A man in cufflinks is a man who has gone the extra mile. A man who believes in the value of a well cut suit, a man who wears a vintage Cartier watch because he wants to, not because he needs it to tell him the time.
Sterling silver cufflinks with a mod look. These handmade hight style links were made in London in 1973 and are fully hallmarked with the city code, letter date, '935' for sterling and the makers mark JSH (or JSW?). I didn't have them polished, but I could, they have some light tarnishing around the insides, let me know if you'd like them to look like new and I'll have them shined up. They weigh 17.6 grams.
Very well turned out, just like you.
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Please note that all items listed as silver or gold are either marked (in which case there will be a photo clearly showing the mark) or have been acid tested by me to verify their metal content. Please also note that there is a size photo showing the size of all items (ring show American ring sizes, photo grid is in inches). Thanks!
I offer layaway on all items purchased for full retail price. In general my layaway terms are 1/3 down and 1/3 in 30 days and the last 1/3 in 60 days. I am flexible so if you are interested please ask me and we can work out a payment plan that suits you. Items ship when payment is complete and items purchased on layaway are eligible for exchange only.
I always want you to be happy with anything you purchase. If you are not satisfied with your purchase for any reason simply let me know and we'll work together to get the item returned for a refund. I guarantee that my pictures and descriptions are as accurate as possible. My goal is to exceed your best expectations!
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I simply could not resist the amazing style of this phenomenal 1960s bracelet! To be honest, I didn't even really try. It is just so beautifully made that I at first mistook it for a much earlier piece. Each plaque is handcrafted and shows a great degree of skill and an eye for style that brings to mind the designs of the cosmos. Each is set with a glowing round cabochon opal and two bright fuchsia rubies, like little ringed planets circling in their own orbits.
The panels are handcrafted of glowing yellow 9 karat gold in a fabulous sort of undulating shape, and each has fantastic details, including a full back frame to hold the bracelet up off of the wrist for an optimal play of light when it's worn. Each plaque is marked with a '9' and '375' for 9 karat gold and it also bears hallmarks indicating that it was made in London in 1969. It weighs 26.8 grams and measures 8 inches long. The plaques are 17 mm long each and 17.7 mm wide and it sits 6.5 mm off the wrist. Each of the 10 opals are 0.14 carat each for a total weight of 1.4 carats. The 20 rubies add up to about .40 carats total.
This is the kind of fantastic vintage jewel that can be worn so easily, that it can go from Barbecue to Black Tie!!
I always want you to be happy with every aspect of your purchase from my shop. If you are not completely satisfied for any reason simply let me know and we'll work together to get the item returned for a full refund. I guarantee that my pictures and descriptions are as accurate as possible. My goal is to exceed your best expectations!
The 1950's was a glamourous decade, people dressed. I mean really dressed. Swing skirts, wiggle dresses, stilettos and kitten heels abounded. The word 'Cocktails' didn't refer to a drink, it referred to an event, a lifestyle even. My Great Aunt was the perfect 50's lady, no matter where they were at 5 o'clock, she and my Great Uncle would 'fix' a drink, even it meant pulling over at the closest restaurant or Supper Club. She was always stylish, hair perfectly coiffed, pants or skirts perfectly pressed, crisp even on the most wilting of Florida days. As I young girl I spent hours ogling her jewelry. She had a full set of jewels for every outfit, and she would have just adored this pink gemmy masterpiece!
A bright and vibrant pink tourmaline is the star of this Retro era ring. Set in a platinum mount and accented on either side with three .065 carat transitional cut round diamonds, this rich gem has some serious star power. This oval cut stone measures 14.65 mm north to south, 11.7 mm across and is 7 mm deep for an approximate carat weight of 7.53. This ring has no marks and shows some signs of previous re-sizing. It is currently a size 6.75 and could be easily re-sized to suit a new wearer. I purchased this ring in Amsterdam and suspect that it is European in origin and dates to about 1950. It is unmarked but has been acid tested to verify content. It weighs 3.6 grams.
We had a party to celebrate her new status a citizen of the United States. We hung streamers and banners in red, white and blue and gave her a sash to wear in the same colors. She beamed, her eyes dancing with light, her sweet face graced with pride.
She had the soul of a writer and a more varied and interesting life than most can even imagine. She spoke four languages, fluently. She was born in Russia but lived parts of her life in various parts of the United States, lectured and wrote at Princeton, she lived in the UK, too, visited Switzerland, India and more. She married a famous architect and lived with him for a time. He bought her jewels. This was one of them. She was my friend and I was honored to know her, she was kind and funny and wicked smart.
This fabulously hand crafted bracelet was made in the mid-late 1960’s. It’s so beautifully made that I thought for sure it must be by some famous designer, but it bears no marks and my research turned up only some vague ideas. It is a gloriously heavy length of 80.82 grams of 18 karat gold artfully wrapped around 35 bright blue sapphires of varying sizes which add up to 11.34 carats total weight. It is additionally set with 45 high luster pearls, white with silvery overtones, these being 2.5 and 6 mm each. The bracelet is 6.5 inches long with a delightfully hidden clasp, it measures 21 mm wide and 8 mm deep.
This bracelet comes with a full independent appraisal, the appraised value is $15,000 USD.