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Antique Diamond, Pearl and Gold Locket Necklace

An English antique 18 karat gold pendant locket with pearls and diamonds. The pendant locket has 1 old mine-cut diamond with an approximate total weight of .18 carat which is surrounded by a seed pearl-set garland. The locket is suspended from an antique 18 karat chain and has a split opening with two interior compartments.

Antique Diamond, Pearl and Gold Locket Necklace

Antique Diamond, Emerald, Ruby Baroque Pearl Silver and Gold Brooch

A Victorian silver-top 18 karat gold, diamond, emerald, ruby and pearl brooch, featuring a depiction of the penultimate scene from the fable "Jack and the Beanstalk" in which Jack lures the giant by stealing the mermaid''s harp. A baroque pearl forms the tail of a sculpted 18-karat gold mermaid decorating the base of a lyre outlined with old mine-cut diamonds. The strings of the lyre are accented with emeralds, rubies, diamonds and a sapphire weighing approximately .30, .30, 1.75, and .05 carats respectively.

Antique Diamond, Emerald, Ruby Baroque Pearl Silver and Gold Brooch

Victorian English Gold and Reverse Crystal Hunting Brooch

An English Victorian 18 karat gold reverse crystal brooch. The finely painted crystal brooch represents ducks in lift-off. The yellow and red gold frame is decorated with dimensional pussy willows intertwined with ribbon. Reverse crystal intaglios are a rock crystal cabochon with an intaglio carved into the flat back and then painted realistically with oils, so that when, viewed from the top, the image has a three-dimensional effect. Finally, the back was sealed with mother-of-pearl, which preserved the painted areas. The motifs most commonly found were sporting themes -- horses, dogs, foxes and birds. The technique originated in Belgium c. 1860 and was popularized in England c. 1860''s by Thomas Cook.

Victorian English Gold and Reverse Crystal Hunting Brooch

Marcus & Co. Art Nouveau 18kt Gold Black Opal and Enamel Stick Pin

This miniature representation of Renaissance Revival within the Art Nouveau period is set with a square black opal cabochon whose indigo and brilliant green swathes of color are echoed in its glowing enamel surround, highlighted by fleur-de-lis and scrolls. It would make a superb addition to any gentleman''s stick pin collection, or a glamorous gift for a showjumping or hunting equestrian to use as a stock tie pin. 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 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 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 exceptiona ... l 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 18kt Gold Black Opal and Enamel Stick Pin

Louis Zorra Art Nouveau Diamond, Amethyst, Pearl and Plique-à-Jour Enamel Brooch

An Art Nouveau 18 karat gold and plique à jour brooch with diamond, amethysts and pearl by Louis Zorra. The brooch has an old mine-cut diamond with an approximate total weight of .65 carat, 21 round bezel-set amethysts with an approximate total weight of 1.10 carats, and a hanging, enamel-capped pearl. Similar pictured in "Imperishable Beauty Art Nouveau Jewelry", by Yvonne J. Markowitz and Elyse Zorn Karlin, "MFA Publications Museum of Fine Arts", Boston, 2008, pages 8 and 68. "Zorra was possibly born in Italy, working in Paris during the Art Nouveau period)...he moved to Paris from Asti, Italy, and exhibited at the Salon des artistes français, receiving an honorable mention in 1902." Markowitz and Karlin in Imperishable Beauty, pg. 151.

Louis Zorra Art Nouveau Diamond, Amethyst, Pearl and Plique-à-Jour Enamel Brooch

Marcus & Co. Art Nouveau 18kt Gold, Peridot, Diamond, Enamel Ring

This distinctive ring epitomizes Marcus & Co.''s liberal interpretation of Renaissance jewelry forms, fluidly merged with the Art Nouveau aesthetic of which the firm, along with Tiffany, was a leading American proponent. The flowing gold form, masterfully textured with Marcus''s unmistakable style of chasing and engraving, is enhanced with vibrant green enamel over a prepared ground that offers subtle shading and depth of color. Twinstone rings were first popularized in the late 18th century, when a young Napoleon presented Josephine with a so-called "toi et moi" engagement ring, the first of many historic jewelry gifts from the future emperor to the stylish widow he passionately loved. The ring is enhanced by two round-cut peridots totaling approximately 1.60 carats, and 30 round-cut diamonds that weigh approximately 1.20 carats. The green basse-taille enamel continues around the shank, which is enhanced at the reverse by a diamond. 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 recognizabl ... e, 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 18kt Gold, Peridot, Diamond, Enamel Ring

Dreicer & Co Art Deco Diamond and Pearl Watch

An American Art Deco platinum and white gold watch with diamonds and seed pearls by Dreicer & Co. The rectangular-faced watch has 68 single-cut diamonds with an approximate total weight of .76 carats surrounding the platinum case and accenting the bracelet strap of seed pearls measuring approximately 2 to 3 mm. Exhibited in "Roaring into the Future: New York 1915-35," at The Munson Williams Proctor Arts Institute, Utica, NY, June 17-October 9, 2017.

Dreicer & Co Art Deco Diamond and Pearl Watch

Ruser Mid-20th Century Diamond and Gold Bracelet

An American Mid-20th Century platinum, gold and diamond bracelet by Ruser. The Modernist motif bracelet has 20 unique diamond pave links that are individually hinged and further decorated with gold beading. There are 300 round-cut diamonds with an approximate total weight of 16.00 carats. William Ruser was a much sought-after Beverly Hills jeweler to the Hollywood community. His pieces were worn by numerous film stars on- and off-screen, from the 1940''s through the 1960''s. The distinctive Ruser style involved skillfully-sculpted children and pearl-winged angels, often seated on clouds of freshwater pearls and crowned with halos of tiny seed pearls, as well as less whimsical jewelry. He closed the doors to his shop in 1969, whereupon the property was bought by Van Cleef and Arpels, which remains in the same location on Rodeo Drive today.

Ruser Mid-20th Century Diamond and Gold Bracelet