This large antique brooch is a treasure of museum quality. It dates to circa 1860 and features a carved onyx portrait cameo of the historical Greek youth, Antinous. Antinous lived a short but colorful life in the second century. It is well known that he was the favorite of Hadrian the Emperor. After his untimely death at the age of nineteen, Hadrian built many temples in his honor. He was looked upon as a hero and in this portrait cameo he is depicted as the mythical god, Dionysus. The detail and artistic merit of the carving is extraordinary. The cameo itself has been set into an exquisite Etruscan Revival frame of eighteen-karat gold, made also in the nineteenth century. Look carefully and you will see the masterful use of a technique known as granulation. Tiny spheres of gold have been fused to the substratum by the artist to express the sensitive design of this brooch, the perfect carriage for a wonderful cameo.
2 3/16 x 1 15/16 inches
The Belle Epoque Period (1890-1915) of French jewelry design flourished simultaneously with the Arts and Crafts Movement and also with the jewelry styles created during the reign of King Edward of England, commonly referred to as the Edwardian Period. This fully hallmarked feminine bracelet is an excellent example of a French Belle Epoque jewel and incorporates several elements found typically in fine jewels of the Period such as the use of platinum found here for the fine, diamond-set, openwork design. Faceted black onyx as used in the borders of the centerpiece of this bracelet is also seen in both Edwardian jewels and yes, even Art Deco jewels. Many Belle Epoque jewels pre-curse the Deco Period with the suggestive use of geometric openwork. The natural pearls used so effectively here to finish this bracelet are also frequently seen in Edwardian Era bracelets and necklaces. The stamped trademark used on this piece shows a three-pointed Goldsmith chisel with the initials G.F. The well-documented French jewelry firm of George Fouquet reportedly used this trademark from 1897 t0 1965. Reference: www.vienslechercher.com/poin%C3%A7ons-argent-ma%C3%AEtres-orf%C3%A8vres/
Dating to the first Quarter of the 19th century, this precious Georgian ring of silver, gold and diamonds, features a natural color pink topaz weighing 3.79 carats. I know the exact weight since we needed to lift this stone from the mount for polishing and minor restoration. The stone is foil-backed but the color has not been enhanced. Elegant, antique and original.
Worthy of any museum's collection, this rare bangle is an example of the masterful work done by the 19th century South Asian goldsmiths. The applied wire work and the red staining of the gold are quintessential elements found in early Indonesian jewels. A metallic bead contained within the bangle rolls around as the wearer strolls, making a delightful sound, thus alerting others of her arrival.
"Not a Polki" means NOT a "polki", which traditionally means an uncut diamond. Amazingly brilliant for a diamond that is likely cut shallow, this stone underscores the meaning of ADAMANTINE luster!
This diamond weighs approx. 2 carats and shines in the darkness as it reflects the slightest trace of light in a room. The top of the diamond is cut as a large table with crown facets and the stone is beautifully, scallop bezeled with a fleur-de-lys gallery, all in 22K gold. The gold has a lovely patina (oxidation.....yes, gold oxidizes) and the ring is suitable for all occasions!
By his garments ye shall know him.... A jewel at the heart, a jewel at the center of his head and a crown! A symbol of strength, certainty and self affinity in this sardonyx cameo portrait of a 15th-16th century prince or King.
Approx. 22.85mm in diameter
Undecipherable signature on the polished back of the cameo: Possibly Tharamo?
The turn of the century platinum and 18K yellow gold ring features a bright yellow Zircon weighing approx. 5.20 carats. Not to be confused with cubic zirconium, this natural stone is particularly rare due to its near pure yellow hue. 21 old mine cut diamonds grace this ring and weigh altogether approx. 2 carats.
The finest Afghan Lapis has been cushion cut and faceted to show off its other worldly quality - A blue that is reminiscent of the finest Kashmir sapphires. Set in gold, a cephalopod is engraved on either side as if underscoring the power of this gem.
Midcentury Mexican Modern - a vintage Taxco silver brooch circa 1950. Signed 3M within the Taxco Silver circle. 3M has been loosely attributed to Miguel Melendez who apprenticed with William Spratling's Taller de las Delicias in the 1940's and then went to work for Los Castillo before going out on his own. 1 1/2"
The high karat Precolumbian gold breast plate from Veraguas, W. Panama dates to the 15th c. and is of hammered native gold. The animal depicted is most likely the Panamanian crocodile or Largarto Aguja.
13.06 grams 22 karat+ gold
2 11/16" diameter
Provenance: Dale Flores Collection
International concert pianist, Buenaventura Gálvez de Reyes, known as La Gálvez, is my great grandmother. She is mentioned in Dr. Jose Rizal's late 19th century novel, Noli Me Tángere; long considered as their nation's literary masterpiece by the Filipino people. This brooch was hers, given to her by my Great Grandfather, José Reyes who founded the first inter-island shipping company in the Philippines.
Note the devotional red staining to the gold by the South East Asian goldsmith.
“The baroque splendor of the very rare tinik (thorn) or pinya (pineapple) cross is a Portuguese synthesis of the Javanese style of the late Majapahit period.” Ramon N. Villegas from his book KAYAMANAN – The Philippine Jewelry Tradition
Inspired by the archeological discoveries at Ninevah in 1842, jewelry design of the period reflected the public fascination for the exotic images of ancient Assyria such as this depiction of a deified King Arshubanipal. The verso reveals a glass compartment, typical of Victorian brooches, into which, a sentimental locket of hair could be inserted and worn close to the heart.
FRENCH ART NOUVEAU, 18K gold, natural pearl and natural, vivid pink sapphire and diamond necklace by
Henry Spaulding, an American from Chicago, was employed by Tiffany and was sent to Paris to direct Tiffany operations in there, where he managed to forge friendships with the upper crust and develop Tiffany's popularity amongst the royalty of Europe. After some time he came back to Chicago to open a store in his name. Spaulding and Company was considered as one of the top stores in the US. He then opened a shop next to Tiffany and Co. in Paris, where this wonderfully feminine piece of artistic history was made. Spaulding was also on the committee for the Statue of Liberty.
A Belle Epoque silver, diamond and 18K gold necklace fully signed by Mellerio dits Meller Paris circa 1890. This wonderfully feminine necklace transforms into two bracelets with ease.
“A large and well established family originating from Lombardy and resident in France since the time of King Francois I. Documented as goldsmiths from 1613." *
Emperor Napolean III was a constant customer from 1853 and Queen Isabella of Spain was also a customer. French nobility and aristocrats from throughout the Continent were regular customers of this Maison of renown; with salons in Paris, Biarritz, Baden-Baden and Madrid.
This 18K yellow, rose, white and green gold English pocketwatch is set with emeralds, diamonds and rubies. Dated to 1832 the watch was sold by the firm of Howell and James. The legendary gem specialist Edwin Streeter first worked as a salesman at the age of 19 at Howell and James.