Finally, April is here with the promise of warmer weather ahead – hopefully. This week’s Estate Jewelry Round Up is a fun one, so I’ll just let you browse the pieces rather than read my ramblings.
Designed as a graduated series of swirling motifs, composed of yellow gold ropework, embellished with brilliant-cut diamonds, closing to form a semi-rigid bracelet, 1950s, maker’s mark for Georges Lenfant, French assay mark for 18t gold.
This romantic spinning top charm is custom designed by Steven Fox and was inspired by a similar Victorian pendant he gifted to his wife. Based on an age old game, originating in France and called “Effeuiller la Marguerite” or “he loves me/he loves me not”, this handmade 18 karat yellow gold top was designed to give the wearer more potential love outcomes than the original game of just yes or no to love. Black enameled into the sides of the top are the French words, IL M’AIME UN PEU, BEAUCOUP, PASSIONNEMENT, and PAS DU TOUT, which translates to “he/she loves me a little, a lot, passionately, or not at all”. Just spin the charm and, depending on what side it lands on, it will discern what your future love life is destined to be.
A very rare Georgian diamond, ruby, emerald and sapphire giardinetti ring. An important piece, set with an oval old mine diamond in a closed back silver cutdown setting with a weight of 0.40 carats, a horizontally set cushion shape old cut natural unenhanced ruby in a closed back yellow gold millegrain cutdown setting with an approximate weight of 0.85 carats, two cushion shape old cut natural unenhanced sapphires in closed back yellow gold cutdown settings with a combined weight of 0.35 carats, two cushion shape old cut natural emeralds with no colour enhancement in closed back yellow gold cutdown settings with a combined weight of 0.15 carats, and five cushion shape old mine diamonds with a combined weight of 0.07 carats in closed back silver cutdown settings. The total approximate diamond weight is 0.47 carats, to an elegant giardinetti cluster of an intricate scrolling openwork bouquet motif, with split shoulders and a smooth bezel engraved to depict a patterned basket, with piercing to the shoulders and a solid ridged shank. Tested yellow gold and silver, circa 1760.
18K yellow gold David Webb geometric link bracelet circa the 1980s is a sculptural, three-dimensional, very wearable link bracelet from New York’s famous designer.
This exquisite yellow gold collar necklace comes to us from French firm Mauboussin, circa 1950. Featuring gold wirework wrapped in a cursive design around a thick gold industrial-look cord, this collar places itself around the neck with striking fluidity. Such necklaces of course are extremely popular on the Paris and New York runways today, but few attain the craftsmanship and strict beauty of this Mauboussin gems.
The brooch featuring a platinum and diamond domed element (set with 36 white circular-cut diamonds weighing approximately 2.20 carats total) trailing a dramatic sweep of polished yellow gold rays like a meteor shooting across the sky, signed Van Cleef et Arpels, numbered #74025, with French assay marks for 18kt gold and platinum, French maker’s marks for Lenfant, hinged double pin clip back with safety catch, measuring approximately 1 3/8 inches high, weighing approximately 13.9 dwt or 21.6 g, ca. 1956.
A pair of French Mid 20th Century earrings with blue sapphires and diamonds by Marchak. The earrings have 30 oval blue sapphires with an approximate total weight of 6.30 carats, and 14 round-cut diamonds with an approximate total weight of .76 carats. The long ‘swirl’ sapphire and diamond shape is pulled through a gold rope textured ring with the bottom half of the swirl articulated under the ring.
Signed, Marchak Paris 23987RB with Saturn maker’s mark Barrey.
18kt green gold flexible and versatile link bracelet with each link and connector links embellished with numerous 18kt gold studs for a beautiful reptile effect that Barry Kieselstein-Cord is known for . This is a beautiful heavy and great quality everyday wearable bracelet designed in 2006.
These remarkable diamond and ruby drop earrings make a dramatic statement. Richly hued red rubies weighing approximately 3.00 total carats make a striking impact set amidst 2.70 total carats of fiery diamonds. Two cushion cut diamonds weighing a combined 2.01 carats dazzle at the center of each drop. Set in platinum, the lavish pair are completed by floral backs for added flair.
Designed as a central octagonal-shaped emerald weighing 26.56 carats, within a yellow gold surround set with baguette diamonds, to a graduated platinum necklace composed of baguette-shaped diamonds, circa 1980, signed Cartier and numbered 11439, stamped PLAT for platinum. Formerly from the collection of Catherine Deneuve. Accompanied by an SSEF certificate stating that the emerald has minor clarity enhancement. Also accompanied by a Cartier appraisal dating February 9th 1985 stating that the total diamond carat weight is 60.47carats.
A fancy link bracelet is set with alternating terminals of sapphires totaling approximately 2.85 carats and old mine diamonds totaling approximately 2 carats mounted in 14 karat yellow gold with a Cyrillic signature for Faberge. The bracelet measures 7-3/8 inches by 1/2 inch. Circa 1880s.