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All Items : Antiques : Decorative Art : Jewelry : Pre 1837 VR item #1426244
Moylan-Smelkinson/The Spare Room
$4,000.00
Lovely 18K Georgian pendent drop earrings of citrine, a clear, golden yellow faceted semi precious gemstone. The popularity of pendent earrings in the 1830's was spawned by the fashion for gathered hair styles and the generous décolletage of evening wear. The earrings are open backed to allow in light so they would sparkle and shimmer under candlelight, the sole method of lighting for evening activities during the Georgian era. The square cushion cut of the citrine are distinctly Georgian in st...
All Items : Antiques : Decorative Art : Jewelry : Pre 1837 VR item #1426245
Moylan-Smelkinson/The Spare Room
$6,900.00
Antique 18K neoclassical carved shell cameo necklace with ten graduated bezel-set cameos each depicting a different mythological scene. Each individually carved cameo is linked to the analogous cameo with triple swags of trace-link 18K chain. Closer inspection of the triplicate chains reveal that each chain in the set of three are different lengths so as to drape the neck in a perfect downward curve. Closer inspection also reveals each of the four inside pairs of cameos are proper mirror images,...
All Items : Antiques : Decorative Art : Jewelry : Pre 1837 VR item #1426532
Moylan-Smelkinson/The Spare Room
$9,000.00
Rare Georgian Paste necklace set in silver with a closed back. Paste jewelry is a form of leaded glass made with a now unknown formula that makes it resemble precious gemstones. The Georgians designated different jewelry for formal evening activities and leisure day time activities. This necklace, with the paste stones resembling diamonds, would have been for evening wear. With each paste gemstone mounted perfectly next to its neighbor, and no visible clasps visible in between, this necklace cre...
All Items : Antiques : Decorative Art : Jewelry : Pre 1837 VR item #1426550
Moylan-Smelkinson/The Spare Room
$910.00
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All Items : Antiques : Decorative Art : Jewelry : Russian : Pre 1837 VR item #1426563
Moylan-Smelkinson/The Spare Room
$910.00
C1815 Silesian wire brooch/pendant Silesian wire was originally made in the medieval town of Gleiwitz in Silesia, (formerly Poland) and was believed to have been made by gunsmiths and armour workers. The Silesian wire craft is very old, dating the late 1700's - early 1800's. There is little remaining of this type of jewelry. The delicate Silesian wire craft evolved from mirror frames, purses and other ornamentation where iron was used instead of precious metal. We love the texture of the wire...
All Items : Antiques : Decorative Art : Jewelry : Pre 1837 VR item #1426632
Moylan-Smelkinson/The Spare Room
$2,900.00
Circa 1810, this wonderful 18K half hoop closed back ring has a double row of brilliant-cut diamonds and a delightful diagonal crimping detail along each side of the band. This ring marries well with others or looks wonderful alone with its substantial double row of diamonds. The diagonal crimping along both sides is visible from the model photo as well as the back view photo. A great addition to your jewelry wardrobe. The ring is US size 6 3/4.
All Items : Antiques : Decorative Art : Jewelry : Pre 1837 VR item #1426684
Moylan-Smelkinson/The Spare Room
$3,900.00
With a Latin inscription translated as "Under a clear sky France suffers", this 18K Carnelian fob seal depicts an African slave in profile, carved atop a family crest, all shown above a ribbon banner reading "PURUM PATIENTIA FRANCE". Notwithstanding the word "France" in the inscription, our wax seal fob is English. The seal harkens back to the British abolitionist movement in France, during which time the British people actively sought to pressure the French to abolish slavery. This fob seal sho...
All Items : Antiques : Decorative Art : Jewelry : Pre 1837 VR item #1426717
Moylan-Smelkinson/The Spare Room
$1,150.00
Lovely early Victorian closed back 15k gold ring with a quatrefoil center design of 2 peridot stones and 2 diamonds flanked on each side by 2 smaller designs and another peridot. Peridot is an unusual gemstone not seen as often as certain other stones with an exceptionally pleasing yellow green color. The diamonds and peridot display an elegant play of color and sheen next to one another. Peridot is the birthstone for the month of August and was a uniquely Victorian gemstone. The ring is US size...
All Items : Antiques : Decorative Art : Jewelry : Pre 1837 VR item #1426822
Moylan-Smelkinson/The Spare Room
$3,940.00
Fabulous Berlin iron ring decorated with a heart surrounded by a leafy wreath and surmounted by a dog and a flying bird. The band has a floral motif. Berlin Iron jewelry was popular in the early 1800's. During the Napoleonic war German women gave their precious jewelry for the war effort and it was replaced with Berlin iron jewelry some with the inscription "Ich gab gelt für eisen", I gave gold for iron. The ring is a size 14 1/2 and measures about 11/16" wide.
All Items : Antiques : Decorative Art : Jewelry : Pre 1837 VR item #1426854
Moylan-Smelkinson/The Spare Room
$2,750.00
This amethyst ring is a striking example of gold-work decoration that became popular in the second decade of the 19th century. A type of filigree work known as "cannetile" and named for the gold embroideries of the Napoleonic years, cannetile work made the most of a small amount of gold and required highly skilled goldsmiths. The amethyst stone is particularly eye-catching. The combination of the cannetile work next to the amethyst makes this an extraordinary ring. The ring is a US size 6.
All Items : Antiques : Decorative Art : Jewelry : Pre 1837 VR item #1426862
Moylan-Smelkinson/The Spare Room
$3,800.00
This wonderful lava ring was sold in Naples to travelers on the Grand Tour as souvenir jewelry in the 1820’s to 40's after the discovery of the ruins of Pompeii and Herculaneum in the 18th century. Made by Pompeian stone cutters, each of the seven round heads of the ring is distinctly carved and is of a different hue as well as a different mythological figure and comes from a different organic material sourced from Vesuvius. The cameos represent the days of the week, The grey cameo represents ...
All Items : Antiques : Decorative Art : Jewelry : Pre 1837 VR item #1426899
Moylan-Smelkinson/The Spare Room
$7,800.00
Lovely drop rose cut diamond earrings in the pendeloque or pear shape. The pendeloque earring shape is a pear-shaped design used for diamonds and was a popular shape for both 17th and 18th-century French earrings. The earrings are day/night, meaning the tops and bottoms can be separated and the tops worn for conservative day time wear, and top and bottom together for special occasion wear. These lovely earrings, which glittered so beautifully in candlelight, are as beautiful today as they were ...
All Items : Antiques : Decorative Art : Jewelry : Pre 1837 VR item #1426900
Moylan-Smelkinson/The Spare Room
$4,500.00
Swiss enameled jewelry was sold as souvenirs to the tourist trade in the 19th century. The base metal was painted in a neutral color and a detailed scene would be painted overtop. The painted scene would be re-fired and reglazed with a clear finish. Our "Night of Sky" brooch is 18K gold with black and gold enamel detailing and a delightful cherub gazing down from a starry "Night of Sky". The reverse side of the brooch holds a lock each of brunette and blond hair. Was likely a mourning piece f...
All Items : Antiques : Decorative Art : Jewelry : Pre 1837 VR item #1427157
Moylan-Smelkinson/The Spare Room
$3,890.00
Lovely paste cluster necklace set in silver and backed in 15k gold. Paste jewelry refers to jewelry made from a type of leaded glass invented in the late 1600's and was used to simulate precious gemstones. Paste achieved its greatest prominence in the 18th century, when several discoveries, including that of English flint glass as well as improvements in candlelight, the perfect illumination for paste jewelry, helped usher in antique paste jewelry. Jewelry artisans carved leaded glass into "gems...
All Items : Antiques : Decorative Art : Jewelry : Pre 1837 VR item #1427159
Moylan-Smelkinson/The Spare Room
$5,100.00
This romantic amethyst 18k necklace has a smooth and sultry snake chain that feels as good as it looks. The glittering large five amethysts fall symmetrically about the chain and always fall perfectly on the neck, with the central largest amethyst positioned exactly at the center. The clasp is hidden in the chain and remarkably easy to attach as it slides right in and holds firmly and securely. The necklace can easily be clasped by the wearer. Amethysts were very popular in Georgian times becaus...
All Items : Antiques : Decorative Art : Jewelry : Pre 1837 VR item #1427163
Moylan-Smelkinson/The Spare Room
$7,200.00
Antique 19th century Berlin Iron necklace with a Berlin Iron heart and cross. Berlin Iron jewelry is highly prized for its intricate work and rarity. During the Napoleonic Wars wealthy Germans gave their precious jewels for the war effort and substituted them with iron jewelry. Some of the pieces were inscribed, "Gold gab ich fur Eisen"; meaning "I gave gold for iron". Today these pieces are as desirable as in the early 1800's. The chain measures 22"long and the drop with the cross measures 6 1/...
All Items : Antiques : Decorative Art : Jewelry : Pre 1837 VR item #1427221
Moylan-Smelkinson/The Spare Room
$1,550.00
Our Berlin iron gothic revival earrings were made in the early part of the nineteenth century and are a wonderful example of historic jewelry. Berlin Iron was first made between 1806-1812, around the time of the Napoleonic Wars, when wealthy Germans were asked to surrender their gold and precious gems for the war effort, in exchange for the delicate and beautifully crafted Berlin iron jewelry. Some of the larger pieces even bore the inscription "Gold gab Ich fur eisen"- "Gold I gave for iron"...
All Items : Antiques : Decorative Art : Jewelry : Pre 1837 VR item #1427229
Moylan-Smelkinson/The Spare Room
$5,750.00
Lovely drop rose cut diamond earrings in the pendeloque or pear shape. The pendeloque earring shape is a pear-shaped design used for diamonds and was a popular shape for both 17th and 18th-century French earrings. The earrings are day/night, meaning the tops and bottoms can be separated and the tops worn for conservative day time wear, and top and bottom together for special occasion wear. These lovely earrings, which glittered so beautifully in candlelight, are as beautiful today as they were i...