The latest in estate jewelry is comprised of an eclectic mix of jewels of both beauty and rarity, unique creations that exemplify the breadth of jewelry design over the centuries. Though it’s often nice to have a central theme or common thread, I find that a random mélange of one-of-a-kind estate pieces offer a nice break from more homogeneous mixes.
What’s more, this post is a last hurrah for blogging in my spare time since tomorrow is my last day of work at my full-time job. Come February 1st, my main focus will be on making Jewels du Jour even better! So, get excited for great things to come!
Salvador Dali Gold Angel Wings Ring
Gold angel wings ring set with three diamonds, signed “Dali” in black enamel.
Designed by S. Dali, American, ca. 1950
Available at A La Vieille Russie
Very Rare Rene Lalique Art Nouveau Les Danseuses Necklace
Consisting of tourmaline, gold and enamel, circa 1900
Available at DJL Lalique via 1stdibs
Van Cleef & Arpels Malachite Mother-of-Pearl Yellow Gold Pendant Necklace c1970s
Fabulous colorful necklace created by Van Cleef & Arpels in Paris in the 1970s. Inspired by Astrological Zodiac motifs and features a cute gold cancer sitting on a malachite disc. The chain is also made of 18k yellow gold and features malachite and mother-of-pearls marquises.
The disc is 1-7/8″ in diameter.
The chain is 30″ long.
Carries French hallmarks for 18k gold; the disc and the chain have VCA maker’s mark.
Available at Nadine Krakov Collection via 1stdibs
Cartier Paris by Jeanne Toussaint Carved Antique Coral Gem Set Turtle Brooch
Cartier Paris Carved Antique Coral Gem Set Turtle Brooch. Louis Cartier was an avid collector of antique Chinoiserie Objets. This remarkable antique coral turtle is carved as in movement carrying a lizard wrapped around its shell. It was most likely meant to be used as an ornament to be placed on a Mystery Clock. After the war, many pieces of Louis Cartier’s collection were transferred by Jeanne Toussaint to be made into fantastic jewels. This brooch is undoubtedly such a creation.
19 emeralds measuring approximately 2.65 carats and 39 circular-cut diamonds measuring approximately 1.85 carats, signed Cartier Paris and numbered 8911, circa 1950s, measuring 3 x 2 1/4 inches in length.
Available at FD Gallery via 1stdibs
Necklace in yellow and white gold set with aquamarines, diamonds and cabochon rubies, turquoise enamel pattern on the yellow gold, Signed Trabert & Hoeffer Mauboussin, New York circa 1940 Literature: Mauboussin by Marguerite de Cerval
Available at Veronique Bamps
Verdura Gold Bracelet with Pendant Watch Charm
Verdura 18k woven gold bracelet suspending a matching pendant watch charm. This is a most useful piece for pairing with bangles, cuffs or link bracelets and serves as both a fully functional time piece as well as a beautifully decorative piece of jewelry. If you like wearing a watch on the same arm as your bracelets or would like a less predictable or more subtle watch this piece provides a perfect solution. The pendant watch pivots on the bale so that is easily readable in any position. 7.75″ in length and signed Verdura.
Available at Robin Katz via 1stdibs
Cartier 3.05 Carat Round Brilliant Diamond Ring
Diamond engagement ring, centering on a round brilliant cut diamond weighing 3.05 carats, with two pear-shaped diamond shoulders weighing 0.32 total carats, mounted in platinum, numbered 76659, signed Cartier. Accompanied by a GIA certificate for the center diamond. Re-sizable.
E color, VS1 clarity
Available at Betteridge
Pair of Art Deco Aquamarine and Diamond Earrings
the kite shaped aquamarines suspend from platinum mounts set with circular cut and baguette cut diamonds and calibré-cut sapphires. In fitted case. English, circa 1925
Available at Epoque Fine Jewels
Old Mine Diamond Maltese Cross Brooch, circa 1850s
A total of approximately 20 carats of old mine diamonds set in a Maltese cross with fleur de lys accents surrounding an image of the Virgin Mary with a sapphire robe mounted on rock crystal with the Latin motto “virtue and merit”.
Available at Fred Leighton
Antique Shakudo Gold Necklace
A very fine antique shakudo necklace with twenty-five oval plaques depicting iconic Japanese imagery: Ikebana baskets, cranes, boats, floral decoration, and views of Mount Fuji, in mixed metal on 18k gold frames.
Available at Kentshire via 1stdibs
An eighteen carat yellow gold cuff bracelet, signed Paul Flato, made ca 1960.
Available at Marjan Sterk
Mid Victorian Gold Circular Drop Earrings with Fringe
A pair of mid Victorian 14K yellow gold concentric circular drop earrings, decorated with hand engraving, and finished with a fringe of navette drops. Circa 1865.
Available at Past Era via 1stdibs
An Antique English Victorian Garnet Fringe Necklace
18K yellow gold, consisting of short drops alternating with long drops set with cabochon garnets, in fitted Harvey & Gore box. Circa 1870
Available at S. J. Shrubsole
Art Deco Mogok Burma Ruby and Diamond Ring
An Art Deco Mogok Burma ruby and diamond ring, the central oval-shaped faceted ruby weighing 3.88 carats, a triangular-shaped straight-side faceted ruby to either side, weighing a total of 0.17 carats, all set within a pave-set old brilliant-cut diamond encrusted bombe mount, diamonds weighing an estimated total of 2.45 carats, all to a platinum mount with tapered D-section shank with fluted shoulders, circa 1930.
Available at Bentley & Skinner via 1stdibs
Victorian Pink Topaz Diamond Silver Gold Cross with a Snake
This is a stunning Victorian cross (English) made in silver and gold. The cross is made of pink topaz and is embellished with a silver snake wrapped around it. The snake is set with rose cut diamonds. This is an exceptional example of Victorian jewelry. This piece can be worn as a pendant or a brooch.
Available at William Noble Rare Jewels via 1stdibs
Rare 1920s Georges Fouquet Diamond Oval Link Bracelet
Diamond bracelet by Georges Fouquet, French, circa 1920. A platinum bracelet composed of six oval links joined by six curved bar shaped links including an integrated clasp, set with one hundred seventy four round old cut diamonds in millegrain bead settings with an approximate total weight of 12.20 carats, approximately 20.5cm in length and 1.5cm in width,
Available at Berganza via 1stdibs
A pair of eighteen carat yellow gold earrings, signed Aldo Cipullo, made ca 1970.
Available at Marjan Sterk