17th Century table cut diamonds pendant ca.1650

An exceptional example of the Portuguese bow-knot pendant in a quality we are proud of to present. The exquisite design, excellently executed by highly skilled jewellers is a true joy for the eye. This type of jewel is called a laça bow-knot. The abundantly used diamonds and heavy gold metal work can make us only wonder what high class noble lady this jewel belonged to.

Diamonds antique cross pendant Flemish Antwerp silver gold 1831-1850

Pendant cross type “Flemish” or “Antwerp” in silver on top and backed with 18K red gold, set with 16 rose cut diamonds in close setting. The rose cuts are set on foil, this is a special technique that was used to bring the lustre of the diamonds to its best quality.

This jewel is a fine example of the skill and craftsmanship of jewelers in Antwerp in the 18th and 19th century. The city was well known for centuries for its wealth which resulted in sumptuous jewels set with diamonds. The influence of religion was very present in those days, the refinement, the materials and the stones reinforced this sign of devotion. This type of cross was worn on a long silver chain and was a very expensive gift worn by pretty women in the north of Belgium in the first half of the 19th century.

The technique “silver on top and backed with 18K red gold” finds its origin centuries ago, when jewelers believed that only a silver mounting could render the true beauty of a diamond. Backing the silver jewel with a (thin) layer of gold was a practical precaution taken to avoid the silver jewelry leaving black stains on clothing or skin.

Most of these crosses are now owned by the church or in private collections.

Cross “Anversoise” ref.10343-0049

diamonds, silver, 18 carats red gold

control mark letter ‘E’

date: 1831-1850

origin: Belgium – Antwerp

height: 3.48 cm (1.37 inch)

weight: 3.50 grams

Antique Saint Esprit gold pendant strass stones oil vinegar French Provincial 1790-1800

Pendant called “Saint Esprit” or holy spirit speckled with white and green enamel and has foiled paste stones with a magical pinkish/red/gold colouring called “oil and vinegar”. Three “pendeloques” or pendent elements set with stones are articulated to the dove.

This pendant belongs to a rare collection of French Provincial gold crosses and Saint-Esprit pendants. Saint Esprit was a religious icon and worn by French wealthy peasant women throughout the eighteenth century, both a symbol of faith and a fashion statement.

You can find this rare piece of jewelry in the book “Georgian Jewellery 1714-1830” written by Ginny Redington Dawes with Olivia Collings, page 153.

According to the Bible, the dove of “Saint Esprit” or Holy Spirit descending from heaven to earth with wings spread is the symbol of love, but it is also the spirit of power. The Protestants took it as a rallying point. Mixed With religious symbolism and ancient memories, this bird was quickly assimilated to the union and a promise of fertility. It is the symbol most often represented in Normandy in the 18th century.

This pendant presents three “pendeloques” or pendants called “tears of Christ” or “gourds of pilgrims”. This type of jewel was worn by beautiful and wealthy peasant women in France before the Empire period.

As quoted “The women of lower status wear around the neck small gold cross hanging from a narrow velvet ribbon, elegant women wear a gold chain which is attached a Saint Esprit descending to the middle of the breast.”

Pendant “Saint Esprit” ref.10031-4376

18 carats yellow gold, strass stones

date: 1790-1800

origin: France – Auvergne

height 7.55 cm (2.97 inch)

Fine antique French locket flowery motifs

Fine antique French locket pendant oval shaped flowery motifs pearls gold France 1860s

Fine antique French locket

This locket is a pendant that opens to reveal a space used for storing a photograph or other small item such as a curl of hair. Lockets are usually given to loved ones on holidays such as Valentine’s Day and occasions such as Christenings, weddings and, most noticeably during the Victorian Age, funerals.

Lockets are generally worn on chains around the neck and often hold a photo of the person who gave the locket, or they could form part of a charm bracelet. They come in many shapes such as ovals, hearts and circles and are usually made of precious metals such as gold and silver befitting their status as decorative jewellery.

Lockets usually hold only one or two photographs, but some specially made lockets can hold up to eight. Some lockets have been fashioned as ‘spinner’ lockets, where the bail that attaches to the necklace chain is attached but not fixed to the locket itself which is free to spin, this was a common style in the Victorian Age.

French provincial gold Saint Esprit pendant, Circa 1800

 

French provincial gold Saint Esprit pendant, Circa 1800

French provincial gold Saint Esprit pendant, Circa 1800

This pendant belongs to a rare collection of French provincial gold crosses and Saint-Esprit jewelry.

Saint Esprit was a religious icon and worn by French peasant women throughout the eighteenth century, both a symbol of faith and a fashion statement.

You can find this rare piece of jewelry in the book “Georgian Jewellery 1714-1830” written by Ginny Redington Dawes with Olivia Collings, page 153.

It is speckled with enamelling and has foiled paste stones with a magical pinkish/red/gold colouring called “oil and vinegar”, 18 high Carat yellow gold.

Circa 1790-1800, the jewel is in pristine condition. It can be worn upon the neck or upon the décolleté.

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Antique Flowery Round Pendant : Genuine Rose Diamonds & Morning Dew

 

Gorgeous Antique Flowery Round Pendant : Genuine Rose Diamonds &  Morning Dew

Gorgeous Antique Flowery Round Pendant : Genuine Rose Diamonds & Morning Dew

 

Gorgeous antique round pendant covered with diamonds with delicate floral and curly motifs. A diamonds flower holds in its center a natural red ruby showcased by genuine diamonds in motion. Sensation of coolness emanates from this piece of jewelry : in the background, a stylized spider web is covered with diamonds and gives the effect of a morning dew and drops of water.

We see one old mine brilliant cut diamond with an estimated weight of .10 Carats and 57 rose cut diamonds. We do not have the weight of the diamonds which is normal in our trade when it comes to rose cuts. From our expert, this pendant was made around 1870s with silver on top and backed with 18 high Carat rose gold. This is a typical Victorian jewelry.

Although it carries a typical French control mark representing an owl, we cannot be sure it is actually French as the owl was also used for items in finished condition that were brought to be examined by the French Assay office (the eagle’s head was used for items brought in unfinished).

The diameter measures 27.5 mm (1.08 inch) and weighs 8.90 grams. From our expertise, the antique condition is excellent which means we cannot see any trace of wear even when looking very close.

Delivered with its authenticity certificate.

… un matin de printemps …

It was a moonlit night…

Once upon a moonlit night
Two hearts blended
Love surrendered
With embracing arms
Remember

(borrowed from a song by Frank Sinatra)

In Antiquity, as well as in the Middle Ages people believed that the cosmos is reflected in gemstones. Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Hindu and Buddhist traditions mingled with Pagan legends led to the association of certain precious stones with different days, months, astrological signs, Tribes of Israel and Apostles but also with healing powers for social, physiological, metaphysical and even medical conditions. 

The moonstone is assigned to the planets Neptune and Venus. The combination of moonstone with Venus is interesting as still today it’s considered to be a woman’s stone. The moonstone is the birthstone or month stone for June. Moonstone should protect travellers, especially from danger by sea, reconciles lovers, brings good fortune, inner growth and strength. (Not that we necessarily promote or believe such claims, but we think they make for interesting conversation.)

In semi-precious stones there are gems and gems but this cabochon cut moonstone is the gem of gems. This top quality fine blue moonstone shows an incredible “three-dimensional” depth of color, which one will see clearly only when playfully tilting the stone and moving it. Transparant with a violet hue when playing with it in the light. Blue moonstones in fine qualities are becoming increasingly short in supply and push up the prices accordingly and to find one in this size is even more rare. Executed in platinum with six old mine brilliant cut diamonds in line pointing towards the moonstone, this jewel is an example how frugal and yet beautiful Art Deco can be.