An English Edwardian 15 karat gold pendant/brooch with diamond and seed pearls. The pendant/brooch has a bezel-set old mine-cut diamond with an approximate weight of 1.25 carats, and prong-set natural seed pearls. The heart-shape pendant/brooch has a fold-down bale and pendant watch fitting. "The heart-shaped jewel...emblem(s) of sacred and profane love..." Geoffrey C. Munn. Discussed in "The Triumph of Love Jewelry 1530-1930", by Geoffrey C. Munn, Thames and Hudson, London, 1993.
A Victorian 15 karat gold brooch with moonstones, diamonds and rubies. The coupled heart-shaped moonstones are each framed by a bright ring of alternating round-cut diamonds and rubies, and topped with a flowing diamond and ruby ribbon tied in a bow. The brooch''s 23 old mine-cut diamonds have an approximate total weight of .70 carat, and the 25 old European-cut rubies have an approximate total weight of 1.07 carats.
An American Art Nouveau enamel, 14 karat bloomed gold and diamond pendant locket. The figure on the heart-shaped pendant locket wears an old European-cut diamond ''earring'' with an approximate weight of .04 carat. The uniquely-shaped pendant locket has double-sided compartments.
An 18 karat gold necklace with peridot and diamonds by Henry Dunay. The necklace has brushed gold curb links centering one heart-shaped peridot with an approximate total weight of 15.60 carats, 6 round brilliant-cut diamonds and 4 marquise-cut diamonds with an approximate total weight of 2.00 carats. All are framed by bombé panels, supporting a concave spade-shaped bombé link, pavé-set with round diamonds approximately 3.00 carats.
An American mid-20th century 18 karat Retro gold brooch and earrings suite with rubies, diamonds and turquoise by John Rubel. The brooch is an openwork bloom comprised of large gold loops studded with accenting rubies that expertly play with the negative space. Three raised clusters of turquoise and ruby, each centering on a diamond, make up the center of the bloom, while matching clusters make up the earrings. The brooch has 88 round-cut rubies with an approximate total weight of 5.85 carats, 3 round-cut diamonds with an approximate total weight of .95 carat, and 69 cabochon turquoise. The earrings have 10 round rubies that have the approximate total weight of 1.60 carats and 5 round diamonds with the approximate total weight of .60 carat. With original box. The Retro jewelry period took place directly before and during World War II. As a reaction to the dire world conflict, jewelry became bolder, brighter, and more light-hearted. Unlike the Art Deco style, Retro jewelry has soft curves and feminine motifs, set off against the severe silhouettes of women''s war-time wardrobes. Gold regained popularity, as platinum was essential to the war effort and scarcely available for commercial use. Different colors of gold, such as yellow, rose, and green, were used in striking combinations. Popular gemstones including non-traditional stones, such as turquoise, were suddenly in vogu
e, and were used widely, as they are beautifully employed in this suite. Patriotic themes were also popular, and blue stones and rubies were often paired together with diamonds and open work to convey a message of patriotism. Three-dimensional sculptural ribbons, bows, and folds made out of metal were common, as they conveyed a sense of victory and celebration that all were hoping for.
An American modern safety pin brooch in 14 and 18 karat bi-color gold with diamonds, rubies and emeralds. The 14 karat bi-color gold safety pin, suspending fourteen 18 karat gold gem-set and diamond hearts, has 36 round brilliant-cut diamonds, with an approximate total weight of 2.16 carats, as well as 9 round-cut emeralds with the approximate total weight of .48 carat and 9 round-cut rubies with the approximate total weight of .71 carat. This whimsical brooch with its freely dangling line of gemmy hearts represents a charming tradition of wearing safety pins to symbolize love, protection and unity.
An Antique 15 karat gold, diamond and gem-set acrostic sweetheart bracelet, composed of seven double hearts set with pear-shaped rose-cut diamonds, approximate total weight 1.42 carats, paired with diamond, emerald, amethyst, ruby, sapphire and topaz spelling "DEAREST," approximate total weight 2.76 carats, framed by old European and old mine-cut diamonds, approximate total weight 1.03 carats, within graduating heart-shaped links, mounted in silver-topped gold. With fitted box.Note: A form of sentimental jewelry inspired by the long-lasting romance between Queen Victoria and her husband Royal Consort Prince Albert, "Acrostic" jewelry remains beloved of collectors and gift-givers alike.
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