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Estate Jewelry
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By definition, estate jewelry is jewelry that has been "pre-owned".  It may be relatively new (in your jewelry box), 50's years old, or more than 100 years old, making it an antique.  And, what is so great about this, is that the pieces often reflect the fashion period of the time ... like Art Deco or Retro.  The pieces have a definite design history to them, and may also contain some rare and no longer available gems.   The most sought after is jewelry from major design houses, such as Tiffany, Cartier, and Van Cleef & Arpels, and major designers, such as Oscar Heyman and Georg Jensen. 

We offer a variety of pieces from the mid-1800's to present day.  We selected pieces based on their uniqueness, history, designer, and quality of the work.  Most came from the auction houses such as Christie's, Sotheby's, and Skinner's.  Our estate jewelry starts with mid-century Victorian to present day designers.  We have pieces by Oscar Heyman, Cartier, Van Cleef & Arpels, Tiffany, Georg Jensen, Stephen Webster, & Paolo Castogli, as well as other fine one-of-a-kind pieces, some with unique provenances (such as a Doris Duke brooch). 

Estate Jewelry Timeline*

  • Georgian:        1714 – 1830
  • Victorian:        1837 – 1900
  • Art Nouveau:  1890 – 1915
  • Edwardian:     1901 – 1910
  • Art & Crafts:  1900 – 1914
  • Art Deco:         1920 – 1935
  • Retro:               1935 – 1950 

* Per Bohnams & Butterfields

Belle Epoch Pendant

Below are photos of the Belle Epoch pendant/brooch discussed in the July 2015 newletter.  The metal is prodominently silver and backed with gold, which prevents the tarnish from the silver to get on one's clothes.  This was a common method of manufacturing back then.  The bail on the pendant can be removed when it is to be worn as a brooch.  Platinum did not come in to acceptance until the early 1900s.  The sapphire is roughly 5.5 carats and measures 11mm by 9mm.  

DIAMOND AND SAPPHIRE PENDANT/BROOCH
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Silver metalwork.

BACK OF PENDNAT. MADE OF GOLD.
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GRACE Wearing the pendant.
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FREDERICK, GRACE's husband
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GRACE wearing the PENDANT
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DAVID standing behind, and little AGNES in front.

Earrings

Here are two pairs of earrings of very different styles. 

The first is a pair of Wedgwood Blue Jasper earrings with pearl tassels.  Gold earposts.  Modern.

The second pair are amethyst and diamond earclips from the Retro period.

WEDGWOOD JASPER & PEARL POST EARRINGS
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Gold.

RETRO AMETHYST & DIAMOND EARCLIPS
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18KYG. 16.5 Cts. Amethyst; 0.32 Cts diamonds. SOLD.

 
 
 
 
 
Bracelets

First, we have a pair of Bakelite bracelets, very popular (durable) material for jewelry in the 1930's and 40's.  This set of two bakelite bangles is cut back in black with marbled red and creamed spinach overlay.  They are a rare pair and are in excellent condition.

The second bracelet is a late Victorian era 14K gold "Hinged" Buckle bracelet, inlaid with turquoise.  Really a lovely piece.  In excellent condition and could be work today.  Internal circumference is 5 7/8" oval.  With safetly catch.

BAKELITE BANGLES
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Price: $450

LATE 1800's Victorian bracelet of gold & turquoise
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14KYG Hinged Buckle. Price: $1800.

Necklaces

These two necklaces are quite the contrast.  One from the "Arts & Craft" period and one from the "Retro" period.  Each one is a good example of the period and are in very good wearing condition.

The necklace on the left is of the "Arts & Craft" period.  The focal point is a hand-carved black onyx intaglio (carved into the stone) of a classical man centered on tapering silver plaques, with applied floral and foliate accents.  Completed with a 17" paper clip chain.  Feels like silk against the skin.  The necklace on the right is Circa 1945.  Its scalloped edged necklace components, with a large emerald cut cognac citrine, accented with rubies, are common features of Retro jewelry.  The 25 carat citrine pendant is detachable.  Approximately 3 carats of rubies.  Made of 14K yellow gold.

ARTS & CRAFTS SILVER NECKLACE
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Price: $995

RETRO RUBY & CITRINE NECKLACE
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Price: $8,250

 

Rings

Here we have a ring from the "Art Deco" period and a one from the "Retro" period. 

The first ring is Art Deco, diamonds mounted in platinum.  Total diamond weight is 0.67 carats.    While the photo does not do it justice, the diamonds do indeed have a lot of sparkle to them.  The other ring is the quintessential example of a ring from the Retro period ... a flourished design made with diamonds, rubies, and mounted in rose gold.

DIAMOND & PLATINUM RING
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Price: $2,750

RETRO RUBY & DIAMOND RING
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14K ROSE GOLD; Sales Price: $2500.

Brooches

Originally designed to fasten clothes, brooches have come and gone in popularity.  Each era had its designs, though. 

The two brooches pictured here are by well-known designers.  The first is a whimsical "puppet" brooch by Van Cleef & Arpels, Circa 1947.  This "Retro" brooch has ribbon limbs, with a moving gemstone tassle dangling from its hat.  Made of 18K yellow gold with two large emerald cabochons for the body, it is accented with 18 sapphires and rubies.  The second set of brooches is by the early 20th century Danish designer Georg Jensen.  Both silver brooches exhibit his leaf and berry motifs.  One is accented with a Baltic amber cabochon.  Amber is naturally opaque from that region.

PUPPET BROOCH
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Price: $3,500

GEORG JENSEN SILVER BROOCHES
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Price: $495 each

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