Estate Jewelry

Journey Through This Week’s Estate Jewelry Finds

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This week in estate jewelry, let’s take a journey of some fantastic jewels I’ve gleaned from dealers around the web.  This curated selection spans several jewelry periods and includes some truly special pieces by Cartier.

So, in the spirit of Geico’s “Happier than” series of commercials:  How happy does estate jewelry make me today?  Happier than a camel on Wednesday.  Happy Hump Day everyone!

First, we’ll start with this incredible Art Deco diamond gryphon bracelet from Pat Saling that I’ve seen many times and am absolutely in love with.

Art Deco Diamond Gryphon Bracelet

Art Deco Diamond Gryphon Bracelet – Photo courtesy of Pat Saling

Highly Important Rare Art Deco Diamond Bracelet by Gustav Manz and retailed by the old New York firm T. Kirkpatrick & Co.

 

Next on our journey is another fellow Art Deco stunner from FD Gallery, a pair of Art Deco platinum, emerald and diamond ear pendants by Cartier, circa 1928.

A Pair of Art Deco Platinum, Emerald and Diamond Ear Pendants, by Cartier, circa 1929. Available at FD Gallery.

A Pair of Art Deco Platinum, Emerald and Diamond Ear Pendants, by Cartier, circa 1929. Available at FD Gallery.

 

Keeping in line with the Art Deco era, Steven Fox Jewelry has recently added a wonderful Art Deco diamond ring by René Boivin, circa 1930, but attributed to Suzanne Belperron during her time designing for Maison Boivin.

Rene Boivin Art Deco Diamond Ring - Photo courtesy of Steven Fox Jewelry

Rene Boivin Art Deco Diamond Ring – Photo courtesy of Steven Fox Jewelry

 

Continuing our journey with Boivin, the following brooch from Nadine Krakov Collection is more in tune with the naturalistic motifs favored by Maison Boivin.  The exquisite flower brooch of diamond and ruby boasts a spray of stamens en tremblant, adding sparkling movement to an already exciting piece.

RENE BOIVIN Diamond Ruby & Yellow Gold Tremblant Brooch Pin - Photo courtesy of Nadine Krakov

RENE BOIVIN Diamond Ruby & Yellow Gold Tremblant Brooch Pin – Photo courtesy of Nadine Krakov

 

Enough flora and on to fauna!  The following Cartier alligator ring from Yafa prefers to adorn your fingers rather than chomp on them as some might expect from such a realistic rendition of the ferocious reptile.

CARTIER Diamond & Emerald Alligator Ring - Photo courtesy of Yafa

CARTIER Diamond & Emerald Alligator Ring – Photo courtesy of Yafa

 

Safely continuing on through Cartier’s wild kingdom, we come across a pair of the Maison’s feisty felines in a chic Panther bangle from Betteridge.

Cartier 18k Gold & Gem-Set Panther Bangle - Photo courtesy of Betteridge

Cartier 18k Gold & Gem-Set Panther Bangle – Photo courtesy of Betteridge

 

Finally wrapping up our jungle excursion, the last animal jewel is a beautiful antique black opal and diamond scarab ring, circa 19th century, from FD Gallery.

An Antique Black Opal and Diamond Scarab Ring, circa 19th Century. Available at FD

An Antique Black Opal and Diamond Scarab Ring, circa 19th Century. Available at FD

 

Jumping ahead to 1940 at FD Gallery and an elegant pair of diamond and gold clip brooches by Sterlé deliciously dazzles from its case.

A Pair of Diamond and Gold Clip Brooches, Designed as Stylized Wings, by Sterle, circa 1945. Available at FD Gallery.

A Pair of Diamond and Gold Clip Brooches, Designed as Stylized Wings, by Sterle, circa 1945. Available at FD Gallery.

 

And last but not least, a pair of vintage black onyx and diamond earrings by Van Cleef & Arpels from Beladora recalls the glamour of Studio 54 of the late 1970s.  I doubt these babies ever had to wait in line.

Van Cleef & Arpels Black Onyx and Diamond Earrings in 18K - Photo courtesy of Beladora

Van Cleef & Arpels Black Onyx and Diamond Earrings in 18K – Photo courtesy of Beladora

 

And that’s all for today’s estate jewelry journey!  Until next time…

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3 Comments

  • Reply
    nancy revy
    June 26, 2013 at 3:51 pm

    We LOVE our VCA black onyx and diamond earrings, thank you for posting them.

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      Natalie
      June 26, 2013 at 3:52 pm

      My pleasure!! I saw them today and just HAD to feature them!!

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    Kathleen Marino
    June 27, 2013 at 4:08 pm

    Oh my gosh, I am in love with the Cartier alligator ring!

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