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1780 THERESIA AUSTRIAN COIN PENDANT
A beautiful and popular coin, the thaler honored Queen Theresia during
her lifetime. The popularity of its beauty endured and the
government issued quantities of restrikes since then. This gold
tone coin is .833 fineness of silver and contains .7517 oz
silver. In a pendant frame, it measures 1 5/8 inches. Shown is the
reverse, click on the picture for a view of both sides. Suspended
from a 28 inch base metal chain. Vintage jewelry
in excellent condition.
1930S FILIGREE, STERLING BROOCH SET WITH MARCASITE
Genteel Jade-Green cushion cabochon, set with double prongs on the
corner identfy this as Deco Era. Nice sparkle from the all original
marcasites. Vintage costume jewelry in excellent condition, 1
1/4 inches. Marked
GOLD TOP CHATELETTE PIN
Art Nouveau style chatelette pin designed to be worn as a pin
with items such as a photo or watch hung from the
hook on the back. This one is marked "gold front", which
means that a thin layer of gold metal was laid over the top
portion while the back remains a base metal. Vintage
estate jewelry in excellent condition, 1 inch.
VINTAGE FILIGREE NECKLACE
Not exactly ruby-red and not exactly garnet in color, more
pomegranate, these rhinestones are a wonderful color with great
liveliness. Vintage costume jewelry NECKLACE, probably
circa 30s, about 17 inches long, in very good
VINTAGE FILIGREE BRACELET
Not exactly ruby-red and not exactly garnet in color, more
pomegranate, these rhinestones are a lively, wonderful
color. Vintage costume jewelry BRACELET, probably circa 1930s,
in excellent condition, 7 1/2 inches long.
CELESTIAL BEGINNINGS ~ VINTAGE BROOCH
Very old, someone loved this enough to have a hand made back fashioned
for it. The frame is a simple silver twist. It is
presumed that the original pin back was fastened to the frame but
that there was no locking mechanism and the back was fashioned to provide
a base for a nrew pinback. Antique jewelry. About 1 3/4
TOPAZ, AQUAMARINE STERLING ~ FILIGREE CLIP
A beauty ..Shield shape clip is easily worn on ribbon or chain, pocket,
coat, hat, purse, or boot. It is set with eleven half-marquise
shape, faceted topaz gemstones. There are two round light blue
Aquamarine gemstones tucked into the flower and leaf hand worked
filigree. 1 7/8 inches long, vintage estate jewelry, in excellent
condition, gold plated, circa 1930-40.
TWO HAND PAINTED, GLASS ENAMELED HAIR CLIPS, CIRCA 1920
Each is 1 1/2 inches long on base metal. The underlying metal has
an engine turn texture design and the hand painting is a pink
rose. Vintage costume jewelry in excellent
SHELL CAMEO LINK BRACELET
Ten individually carved shell cameos, profiles facing each other in
pairs, set in 800 silver frames. Each bezel is enhanced with a twisted
wire of gold. 7 1/4 inches long x 5/8 inches wide. Vintage costume jewelry
in excellent condition
FORGET-ME-NOT SWEET SENTIMENT STERLING BRACELET ~ SWEETEST WIFE
These "friendship" bracelets were popular in the 1930-40 era,
especially during the war years. Usually they were engraved
with the names of loved ones or friends and were often given by the loved
one or friends for special occasions. This one is
unusual in that all the links are from one giver and the bracelet is
engraved to read "B.B., To The Sweetest Wife in the World,
Bernard". Sterling, the reverse of each link is marked
"Forget-Me-Not Sterling Mexico", definitely war years when some of our
sterling jewelry was produced in Mexico. 6 5/8 inches long x
3/8 wide, surely with good karma and waiting for a new
HAND CARVED MADONNA SHELL CAMEO RING
PRISTINE, never worn and looking just like the day it came out of
the gift box. 14K yellow gold ring set with a beautifully
carved, haloed Madonna. Her head and gown are nicely draped and
lilies appear at the shoulders. The bezel is thick and wide.
Center measures 15/16ths (about 1 inch) x 3/4 inch. The
decoration on the ring shoulders extends a little wider than the center
before continuing around the shank. Marked 14K, ring size measures
6.5. Because of the gallery hollow underneath it fits more
like 7.5. Circa undertermined .. has the feel of 1960-70.
Estimated retail replacement about $1,000.
1940S FUR CLIPS, LARGE SPARKLERS
One pair, art deco in styling, the design is exceptional. Rhodium
plated white metal, the length is 2 3/8 inches long. A few
rhinestones have darkened but you won't mind as the overall
appearane is just stunning. Vintage costume
ANTIQUED SILVER TONE BRACELET
Wide, ornate hinged bangle BRACELET. The decorative leaves
and feathery curls are applied, cameo fashion, over an pressed
design, antiqued background. 1 inch wide and slightly oval in
shape with a hidden clasp and safety chain, the measurement across
is 2 3/8 inches, fitting the average wrist. Vintage
Costume Jewelry in excellent condition.
BARGAIN BAZAAR ~ EXCELLENT SHELL CAMEO
Hand carved in shell, probably circa 1930s, the figure is a beautiful
woman with flowers in her hair and at the shoulder of her gown. She
is unusual in that she is right facing, while most shell cameos are
left facing. The frame is a rope twist above curved leaflet
scallops and is thought to be either gold filled or gold
plated. Vintage costume jewelry in excellent condition, about
1 1/8 inch.
"E" .... IS FOR ..... STERLING INITIAL BROOCH
Completely hand fabricated, the initial was cut from a solid piece and
the engraving was hand applied. Marked 925 Sterling, the maker
is unknown. Vintage costume jewelry in excellent
condition, about 2 inches.
VICTORIAN, FRENCH CUT STEEL BUCKLES
A matched pair, the steel studs are faceted to imitate gemstones in
the dim night lighting of Victorian days. They are riveted to a
pierced backing. About 2 inches by 1 3/4 inch, marked France on the
single bar across the back. Slightly curved left to right,
about the same curvature as the top of a wrist. Antique
jewelry in excellent condition.
Gold tone "ribbon" with the word Grandma under poured clear epoxy
material. Contemporary costume jewelry, marked Maximal Art", 1 1/8
inch long, in like new excellent condition.
SECRET COMPARTMENT CAMEO LOCKET
Very nicely hand carved shell cameo set in "rope" frame with four green
& pink gold leaf embellishments. The locket is gold tone, the
embellishments appear to be gold filled. The back of the cameo opens
to reveal itself as a locket; the picture is right side up when the
wearer holds it up and opens it. The photo is behind a clear
plastic and held in place with a frame, easily changed to your
own dearheart. Suspended from an 18 inch gold tone
chain. Vintage costume jewelry, circa 1920s, in excellent
FANCY LINK, SILVER TONE NECKLACE
Leaf shapes within a shield shape, the joining linkage is obscured by
device of a floret atop the link itself. Sixteen inches x 3/4
inches, thought to be English, perrhaps 1920s. A beigy substance,
like paint, has been ever so lightly applied to the florets and leaf tips,
giving depth to the design. Vintage costume jewelry in excellent
condition, barrel style closure.
SOLD! 1606..EDWARDIAN 14K AND PLATINUM FILIGREE BAR PIN
The Edwardian era, 1901-1919, saw the emergence of interest in white
metal. Often these pieces were made with a 14K yellow gold back and a
platinum front. This lovely, hand made pin of excellent design has a 0.10
carat diamond in the center, and the pin itself is 2/38 inches long.
Antique estate jewelry in excellent condition.
ORNATE OPENING LOCKET
Scrolling winds its way around the outside edge of this large 2 inch,
gold tone locket. The center portail is raised and set in a
descending framework of twist-like metal, faux, simulated pearl circlet,
and more twist-like metal. The reverse is textured gold tone.
In all, the depth of the locket is almost 3/4 inches, and it is suspended
from a 24 inch chain. Chain can be shortened, if desired, just ask
me. Having the appearance of hand painting on porcelain, the
portrait is actually transfer on a white ground. Vintage
costume jewelry in very good condition, the little prongs have
lost some plating.
BLACK ON BLACK CAMEO NECKLACE *** SET ***
The glass cameo in satiny matte finish, is applied to a
faceted, shiny-gray, hematite-color glass oval.. The PENDANT is 1
1/2 inches including the bail, on an 18 inch silvery color chain.
Originally screwback earrings with right and left facing
cameos, these have been changed to sterling silver French Hooks, and are 1
5/8 inches including the hooks. Vintage costume jewelry circa
1940-60, in very good condition.
IRIS RHINESTONES NECKLACE
The simple style of this NECKLACE is made stunning with the use of
red-blue-green stripes in the rhinestones. Note that two of the
large ones are set vertically and the center one is set horizontally,
giving even more eye interest. Vintage costume jewelry, circa
1940s, very good condition. The chain, probably originally
silver plated is a comfortable brassy color, reflecting it's
age. Length is 16 inches.
WEDGEWOOD BLUE, COSTUME CAMEO BROOCH
Lovely piece of jewelry, the cameo is a modern beauty in creamy ivory
color on Wedgewood-blue matte background. Gold tone,
the ornate, chain fringe frame with a tiny faux, simulated pearl
at the top, it is meant to imply the Victorian era. BROOCH
length is 4 inches. The cameo is cast with great detail
in glass. Vintage costume jewelry in excellent
SOLD! 1806.. EXQUISITE YESTERYEAR NECKLACE
Antiqued gold tone filigree links are set with 8 mm unfoiled
exceptional stones which have an almost electric sparkle. Below each
is a single rhinestone. Length is 15 1/4 inches. Be sure to
click on the picture for an enlargement of filigree detail.
AMETHYST COLOR, WIRE-WORK NECKLACE
Faceted round beads and oval beads alternate in this wire-work style
NECKLACE. The pendant is suspended below a single bead and a
matching baguette rhinestone. Vintage costume jewelry circa
1930-40, in excellent condition. The chain portion of the necklace
is 23 inches and the pendant section is an additional 2
COLORFUL FLOWER GARDEN CART
Lovely, old pot metal BROOCH from the 1920-30s. Three and a half
inches, the cart is covered with clear rhinestones, the leaves have a bit
of metallic green on them, the color stones are unfoiled and show a tiny
bit of wear, as might be expected. Vintage costume jewelry in very
good condition, with a locking C clasp.
CRYSTAL DROP EARRINGS ~ CONVERSION TO PIERCED POSSIBLE
Love these large, flattish crystal drops, faceted on the edge and with
3 facets on the face and on the reverse. The crystals are
almost an inch long and are on rhinestone set screw back EARRINGS.
Easy conversion, with loss of the rhinestone, to Sterling french
hooks is free, just make a request on the order form. Vintage
costume jewelry in excellent condition.
VICTORIAN CIRCA 1880 BAR PIN
Taille D' 'Epargne opaque black enamel tracery in a beautiful
design on textured gold tone metal. Antique estate
jewelry, 2 1/4 inches, in excellent condition.
AMBER, BRASS AND GLASS, ARTS AND CRAFTS NECKLACE
The natural (guaranteed) amber beads have been hand cut in
this old necklace. Not polished, they are lightly grooved from
the cutting technique. The orange beads are glass and the others are
brass with impressed design. The centerpiece features a cluster of
orange fruit and two leaves on filigree .. note the interesting
design on the reverse. About twenty inches long. The original
clasp has been replaced with a simple, easy to fasten design, so the metal
does not match the beads. Vintage costume jewelry in very good
REVERSE CARVED PENDANT
Beautifully carved and intricately colored in fine
detail. Contemporary jewelry made of resin, in imitation of carved
amber. The back is almost as beautiful as the front and in Sparklz
view the effect surpasses carved amber. 2 5/8 inches long
including the bail, on a 25 inch sterling chain.
FROSTED AND FILIGREE BROOCH
The "old gold" plated filigree frame is a single flat piece with the
addition of rounded sections, giving the impression of an undulating
frame. Flat back clear rhinestones are set between the raised
sections. A large filigree floret centers the frosted
oval. It looks like a circa 1930s brooch and has a simple
C-clasp however the large size 2 5/8 inch wide and the flat back
stones may put it at a much later date. Vintage costume jewelry in
UNUSUAL SHELL CAMEO PENDANT NECKLACE
Handcarved in layered shell, the figural style indicates it is probably
circa 1920s. The Gold Filled frame is unusual and gives the piece a
gentle importance. The pendant, including bail, measures 2
inches and is suspended from a 19 inch gold filled chain. Very nice
piece will last many more years. Vintage costume jewelry in
REDUCED!! VICTORIAN BIRD BROOCH, 14K YELLOW GOLD
Hand made brooch features three colors of karat gold, much of it
textured "diamond cut". The flowers, leaves, seashell & bird are
individually made and mounted on an open framework. Set with
tiny turquoise cabachons and three perhaps natural or perhaps
cultured baroque pearls. The bird is usually silver and in this case
appears to be silver with a partial gold wash. Sparklz can't
find the reference she used when she had a pair of earrings like this
brooch, but the recollection is that this is traditional "Jewelry of the
People" made in a remote Mexican village and has been made for generations
in exactly the same way, so it is difficult to actually date. The
clasp is a curlique c-style, which would indicate that
this probably dates to the first third of the 1900s.
Further research may elicit more information. Sparklz is
looking through her library for the original information. In the
meantime apparently similar pieces can be seen in David & Pack
"Mexican Jewelry". The dangles hang correctly, they just look askew
as the picture was made on a scanner. In excellent condition,
except for a missing floret near the bird's beak. Antique estate
jewelry, the BROOCH is about 2 3/4 inches. Estimated
replacement value $2200-$3500.
INTRICATE VICTORIAN BRACELET
Hinged, bangle bracelet with ornate fluted areas, and flowers.
The design is applied on top of the basic 5/8 inch wide, textured bangle
and is 1 5/8 inches wide at the center. Gold plated brass,
probably circa 1900-1930, in very good condition. Slightly oval in
shape, it measures 2 1/2 inches across and will fit an average
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