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Cameos are commonly carved from shell and rarely in harder materials as it takes a true master carver to get the detail when carving into harder material and here is an exquisite pair of antique sardonyx and enamel cameo earrings dating from the 1860's. Sardonyx is a naturally layered material from the quartz family that is layered with white and a soft pink background that when carved allows the carver to show these colours to their best light. And the quality of carving for each of these earrings is nothing short of spectacular. The detail in each is captivating from their faces to the detail in the hair and there is no doubt that this was carved by a master carver. Then the design of the earrings is so lovely with the 18ct gold setting and highlighted with white enamel and blue enamel. The colours of the enamel really accentuate these earrings so well, and from the bottom to the top of the shepherd hooks, this distance measures 41.6mm by 15.2mm wide at the centre. These really are an exquisite pair of antique cameo earrings that take attention to detail to a whole new level. Stock# ES7128 Circa: 1860 $Sold.
Jewellery from the Art Deco period of the 1920's to the 1940's was so stylish and elegant as can be seen here in this Art Deco diamond bracelet that wraps around the wrist perfectly and is destined to be continually admired and appreciated for its elegance and beauty. Hand made in 18ct yellow gold and platinum, the was the side diamonds lead up to the one in the centre shows the elegance of jewellery of this era. And then the way the centre diamond just seems to float thanks to the beautiful way it is bezel set into and then held on to the outer rim really shows the detail and craftsmanship that went into hand making this bracelet. The centre European cut diamond measures 0.25 carats and then there are four sections each set with five Swiss cut diamonds that total 0.30 carats. Measuring 19cm from end to end, and fitted with a secure clasp and safety chain, this is such an exquisite Art Deco diamond bracelet that can and should be worn every time you step out of the home. Stock# T362 Circa: 1920 $Sold.
Albert or fob watch chains that they are also know as, were originally designed for a gentleman to hold a pocket watch at one end and the key to wind it at the other with the tee bar connected to the waistcoat. Years later when men stopped using pocket watches and started to wear wrist watches, women years later started to wear these around their neck where they are quite often seen today and here we have a very lovely and equally as rare 15ct gold antique Albert chain. 15ct gold was only used for a bit over 70 years until 1931 and this one has such a beautiful warm rose colour to it that looks so beautiful whether worn around the neck or attached to a pocket watch and the design itself is equally as beautiful. Quite often these are seen as half Alberts that only have one half of the chain, or they are double but simply too short to wear around the neck, but this one is a wonderful 51cm in length allowing it to sit perfectly around the neck. The design of the likes are just so beautiful and have such a tactile feel to it when you hold it in your hand let alone around your neck and feels so comfortable to wear all the time. This antique Albert chain has such a stunning design and combined with the rose gold all comes together so perfectly. Stock# ES7094 Circa: 1890 $Sold
Here is a very stylish antique enamel Vesta case by Joseph Hayes Taylor that was made in Birmingham 1893 and is so charming with the rower on the front. Originally designed as a way to keep matches dry, the matches made in the Victorian era to the early 1900's were able to be lit by striking them against a course surface, and that is why the base of the Vesta cases have that ribbed section to draw the match across. This one was made in sterling silver and measures 47mm across by 57mm and are now often seen attached to a necklace or chain to wear around the neck and they make a wonderful and unique talking point. With the added charm of the enamel scene on the front, this antique Vesta case will always be such a wonderful talking point. Stock# T511 Hallmarked: Birmingham 1893 Maker: Joseph Hayes Taylor $Sold
Here is such an elegant antique aquamarine necklace made in the 1880's that has such a regal look and feel to it and shows how much detail went into making jewellery all those years ago. Made in 12ct gold, this necklace originates from Germany and has the beautiful Etruscan work typical of this era and often found in European jewellery. The delicate detail is just captivating, and then combined with being set with 11 aquamarines, really takes this necklace to a whole new level of sophistication and beauty. Set with eleven aquamarines that are perfectly match in colour and clarity, the aquamarines have that wonderful pure blue colour that is so prizes and looks magic on the neckline. Laid out from end to end, the necklace itself measures 40cm in length and from where the gold floral designs are at each end across to the other end one, this distance measures 11cm and finally from the top of the centre piece to the lowest aquamarine, this measures 6cm in length and the proportions of this design make it stand out so elegantly on the neck. This is truly a magnificent antique necklace and a true testament to the fine quality that was being produced during this time combined with equally fine aquamarines. Stock# ES7130cc Circa: 1880 $Sold.
Demantoid garnets are one of the rarest gemstones in the world and come in a fantastic green colour and here they are set into this magnificent Art Nouveau demantoid garnet and pearl necklace that dates from the late 1800's. Art Nouveau jewellery from this period is easily characterised by often having an asymmetrical flowing design that can be seen here in this necklace. Set with five demantoid garnets and twenty one pearls in the main section, there is also a cluster of five more pearls surrounding one more at the top where the chain is connected. Made in 15ct gold, the colour of the gold has that wonderful antique colour to it and matches so well with the overall appearance and style of the necklace. Laid out from end to end, the chain which itself is of a lovely unique design, measures 41cm and from the top cluster of pearls to the bottom of the pendant, this section measures 5cm making this the perfect length and proportions to wear all the time and is destined to be commented and admired. There is nothing quite like genuine Art Nouveau jewellery, and this demantoid garnet and pearl necklace is no exception. Stock# ES7131cc Circa: 1895 $Sold.
The Belle Ã‰poque era coincided with the late Victorian period of the 1890's through the Edwardian period of the early 1900's, and like the Art Nouveau period, stopped at the outbreak of World War One in 1914, and here is a truly decadent Belle Ã‰poque aquamarine and diamond festoon necklace that is certainly a showstopper. A festoon necklace is one where there is more than one chain or strand and this one has been exquisitely hand made in 18ct gold and platinum to the highest standard achievable. The quality of craftsmanship is equally matched by the quality of the aquamarines, diamonds and natural pearls and it is incredible to think that this was so beautifully hand made over 100 years ago and is not only is in superb condition but will still impress and delight all who see it. Set with five aquamarines that are all perfectly matched in colour, they all have such a perfect blue colour and total an impressive 16.80 carats. The way that are interlinked by the elegant platinum chain adds so much more character to the necklace. And the chain section itself is even set with natural pearls that add that extra style and sophistication to an already incredible piece of jewellery. There are a total of 18 natural pearls that are set work so well with the pure white of the platinum and then to highlight the entire necklace, there are 17 rose cut diamonds and one European cut diamond with a total diamond weight of 0.39 carats. These diamonds sparkle so elegantly and combined with the aquamarines, pearls and design of the necklace itself, truly make this such an incredible necklace. With the chain measuring 44cm, this will allow the aquamarine, diamond and pearl section to sit perfectly on the neckline and this is truly one of those special pieces where you will get the dress to match the necklace, rather than the other way around. This exquisite necklace was made during a period of wonderful indulgence and sophistication and will certainly get the attention that it rightly deserves. Stock# ES7132cc Circa: 1910 $Sold.
Here is a very elegant Tahitian black pearl necklace that day or night will always stand out for the beautiful natural lustre and shine that they have, and the elegance that they portray. From end to end the strand measures 39cm in length and there are a total of 40 natural black Tahitian pearls measuring 9.5mm to 11mm and all have that wonderful glow to them that makes the black Tahitian pearls so popular. Day or night, this strand of black pearls will always be loved, cherished and admired. Stock# NS316cc $Sold
Perfect for day or night, it is incredible to think that this antique silver buckle bangle made in 1885 is over 130 years old and still looks so beautiful and is in wonderful condition as well. Made in sterling silver in Birmingham in the Victorian period when this style of bangle was popular, it measures and impressive 25.7mm wide and is designed with a buckle motif. Not only does it have a wonderful buckle design, but it has been exquisitely hand engraved which would have taken hours upon hours to do and as you can see, is far superior to engraving by machine which is often the case today. The engraving feels so wonderful to touch and really makes it stand out so beautifully on the wrist. Being hinged also allows it to sit nice and close to the wrist making it very practical and comfortable to wear day or night. This is such a beautiful antique silver buckle bangle that will always be loved and admired. Stock# ES6505 Hallmarked: Birmingham 1885 $Sold.
Here is an exquisitely hand carved antique cameo swivel brooch, that on one side shows the cameo and can easily swivel around to show the photo locket side. Dating from the 1880's, the mount itself is just so beautiful in design and is made even more special by being expertly hand engraved. The time needed to hand engrave this alone would have been immense and it is made in 9ct rose gold which compliments the cameo itself so well with that wonderful warm rose colour of gold. Then there is the hand carved cameo which so easily stands out as one that has been expertly hand carved by a master carver. The detail in the hair alone is captivating let alone the entire cameo and is a real testament to the carver of this cameo. And then to make this cameo brooch even more special, there is a locket compartment on the back which itself can swivel around to face the front. Such a simple yet wonderful way to choose which way to show, the entire mount measures 46.3mm across by 55.6mm and will sit so elegantly on any outfit and is sure to be admired and appreciated. A wonderful example of an antique cameo brooch. Stock# R949 Circa: 1880 $Sold.
Here is a truly magnificent antique emerald and diamond brooch and pendant that is not only spectacular to admire as a pendant but easily convertible to a brooch. Dating from the 1860's, this incredible piece was exquisitely hand made in 15ct gold and silver. Silver was used as it was known that gold would reflect the colour into the diamonds and white gold was not yet invented when this piece was made and platinum, although already discovered, was not yet used in jewellery making. Set with 110 diamonds and that gorgeous emerald in the centre that really has such a fantastic colour to it, the combination and style of this antique pendant/brooch will make sure that it will always be admired. The diamonds are all mine cut diamonds which were on of the first style of cutting diamonds and they have a total weight of 2.95 carats which certainly makes it sparkle day or night no matter in which way it is worn. The emerald is from Colombia which still to this day produces the best emeralds in the world, and this emerald has such a fabulous colour and measures 0.85 carats. From left to right it measures 37.6mm by 41.2mm and turning it over shows how well made and designed it was. When it is worn as a brooch, it sits perfectly on any outfit and when you wish to wear this as a pendant, the brooch fitting is easily removed by unscrewing the brooch fitting allowing it to sit perfectly flat against the chest. So ingeniously and well made, this antique emerald and diamond pendant is just as amazing as a brooch and no matter in which form it is worn, it will certainly be admired and commented on. Stock# R415 Circa: 1870 $Sold.