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Marcus & Co. Early-20th Century Diamond, Natural Pearl, Platinum and Gold Ring

An American Early 20th Century platinum and 18 karat gold ring with diamonds and natural pearl by Marcus & Co. The ring has 3 old mine-cut diamonds with an approximate weight of 1.25, 1.35 and 1.05 carats, L/M color, SI clarity respectively, and 10 old European-cut diamonds with an approximate total weight of .10 carat. The center of this ring is a natural pearl measuring 7.91 x 7.86 mm. Gemological Institute of America Certificate stating natural saltwater pearl #2155277139. The multi-generational New York firm of Marcus & Co was founded by an ambitious young German immigrant who had trained at a prominent Dresden court jeweler. In 1892, after working with Charles Lewis Tiffany, Hermann Marcus and his sons William and George together set up a business that soon became a glittering New York society institution renowned not only for its superb diamonds, colored stones and pearls, but also its instantly recognizable, original design style. The firm produced great jewels in the Art Nouveau and Arts & Crafts sensibility, with George, the artist/designer, drawing inspiration from sources as diverse and exotic as the contemporary French masters, the Moghuls and Maharajahs, the garland style of the Ancien Regime, and the genius of Renaissance goldsmiths. George''s distinctive, confident hand was always discernible in Marcus creations. Working as a team with George, his brother Wil ... liam was a gem and pearl connoisseur who travelled the world hunting fine gem material, including purchasing the entire production of never-before-seen black opal in Lightning Ridge Australia in 1908. Marcus exhibited at the 1900 Exposition Universelle in Paris, and their work won prizes at the prestigious Society of Arts & Crafts of Boston. Plique-a-jour enamel was an art in which Marcus & Co. excelled, creating jewels with unprecedented three-dimensional depth in this medium. The firm and family were well-known for their charitable activities and promotion of young jewelers such as Raymond Yard.

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Marcus & Co. Early-20th Century Diamond, Natural Pearl, Platinum and Gold Ring

Sterlé Paris Mid-20th Century Diamond, Natural Pearl and Gold Ring

A French Mid-20th Century 18 karat white gold ring with diamonds and natural pearl by Pierre Sterlé. The ring has 90 round diamonds with an approximate total weight of 2.00 carats, and a natural pearl measuring 8.35 mm carats. The ring is designed as a dimensional swirl culminating with the natural pearl.

Sterlé Paris Mid-20th Century Diamond, Natural Pearl and Gold Ring

Edwardian Diamond, Seed Pearl and Gold Heart Pendant/Brooch

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.

Edwardian Diamond, Seed Pearl and Gold Heart Pendant/Brooch

Marcus & Co. Art Nouveau Pearl, Diamond and Emerald Brooch

In this lavish brooch, Marcus & Co. offers a Mughal-style jewel interpreted through the lens of American masters of the Art Nouveau. Open to inspiration from great global art, Marcus created this intriguing ornament expressing Mughal sensibility and form, over-spilling with lustrous natural pearls and an emerald drop, gems the empire had eagerly imported from the Arabian Gulf and Colombia. The distinctive, highly-textured Marcus gold work, with its miniature scrolls, incised circles and tiny graduated beads, serves to enhance the fluid lines and organic presence. Wearable on a simple black ribbon or cord, the jewel is a statement of global vision and artistic virtuosity. The pendant-brooch is set with 10 semi-spherical pearls, 15 Old European-cut diamonds with an approximate total weight of 1.25 carats , suspending an emerald bead. Gemological Institute of America certificate #2171449596 states the pearls are natural saltwater button pearls. The multi-generational New York firm of Marcus & Co was founded by an ambitious young German immigrant who had trained with a prominent court jeweler in Dresden. In 1892, after working with Charles Lewis Tiffany, Hermann Marcus and his sons William and George together set up a business that soon became a glittering New York society institution renowned not only for its superb diamonds, colored stones and pearls, but also its instantly r ... ecognizable, original design style. The firm produced great jewels in the Art Nouveau and Arts & Crafts sensibility, with George, the artist/designer, drawing inspiration from sources as diverse as the contemporary French masters, the Moghuls and Maharajahs, the garland style of the Ancien Regime, and the genius of Renaissance goldsmiths. George''s distinctive, confident hand was always discernible in Marcus creations. Working as a team with George, William was a gem and pearl connoisseur who travelled the world hunting for exceptional gem material, including purchasing the entire production of never-before-seen black opal from Lightning Ridge Australia in 1908. Marcus exhibited at the 1900 Exposition Universelle in Paris, and their work won prizes from the prestigious Society of Arts & Crafts of Boston. Plique-à-jour enamel was an art in which the firm excelled. Displaying a mastery equal to that of the French artists, they created jewels with unprecedented three-dimensional depth in this medium. The firm and family were well-known for their charitable activities and promotion of young jewelers such as Raymond Yard. The firm''s jewelry is a focus of the collection of the American Wing at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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Marcus & Co. Art Nouveau Pearl, Diamond and Emerald Brooch

Georges Fouquet French Art Nouveau Opal, Pearl, Gold and Plique-à-Jour Enamel Pendant Necklace

A French Art Nouveau gold and plique-à-jour enamel pendant with opals, freshwater and natural pearls by Georges Fouquet. The pendant has 11 opals, 13 freshwater pearls and one natural saltwater pearl. The pendant is designed in a flowing foliate motif with plique-à-jour enamel leaves floating over translucent opals and decorated with clusters of pearls. With signed G. Fouquet box. Exhibited at the Poster House, New York exhibition, "Alphonse Mucha: Art Nouveau / Nouvelle Femme," June 20-October 6, 2019.

Georges Fouquet French Art Nouveau Opal, Pearl, Gold and Plique-à-Jour Enamel Pendant Necklace

Natural Pearl and Diamond Ring

An Edwardian platinum ring with diamonds and pearl. The ring has 30 single-cut diamonds, continuously set, with an approximate total weight of .30 carats, and a natural saltwater pearl measuring 8.80 mm. GIA Report #2165959361 stating "natural saltwater no treatment" pearl.

Natural Pearl and Diamond Ring

Art Deco Diamond and Natural Pearl Lavalier Necklace

A platinum Art Deco lavalier necklace with diamonds and pearls. The lavalier pendant and tapered plaques have 117 round old European-cut diamonds with an approximate total weight of 3.00 carats and 2 natural saltwater pearls which hang from the diamond set plaques designed in a classic Art Deco motif. The natural white pearl measures 10.1 x 9.4 mm and the dark gray natural pearl measures 8.8 x 8.6 mm. The necklace has 376 seed pearls connected with a platinum chain weave. Gemological Institute of America report #6173345278.

Art Deco Diamond and Natural Pearl Lavalier Necklace

Pearl and Amethyst Diamond Accented Earrings

A pair of Art Deco platinum earrings with diamonds, amethysts and natural pearl tassels. The natural pearl tassel earrings are topped with 4 amethyst beads and 112 Old European-cut diamond-studded roundels that have the approximate total of 1.64 carats. The rich color of the amethyst is offset beautifully in this piece by the luster of the natural pearls, as the architectural heads of the earrings are complemented by the movement of the lower tassels.

Pearl and Amethyst Diamond Accented Earrings