Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Today's stunner is a large Georgian Black Dot Paste Stick Pin in pristine condition. At 175 years old we should all look this good! Paste is a very hard form of glass that was originally used as a substitute for diamonds by a growing middle class that couldn't quite afford them. Black Dot Paste is known as the highest quality form of the genre & has a tiny black dot painted on the very bottom underside of the stone, thought to have mimicked the open culet of early diamond cuts which often look quite dark or black. Apart from the substitution of paste for diamonds there was little difference between them. In fact, the craft required to cut paste is said to be more demanding and difficult than the art of cutting diamonds.
Friday, January 25, 2013
Here we have an extremely fine Victorian Seed Pearl Necklet in it's original leather bound case. The graduated Pearls are natural with an incredible luster. It measures 16" and we're just in the process of re-stringing it. This is a really delicate & elegant alternative to your typical string of Pearls, a beauty.
Thursday, January 24, 2013
We've gotten a bunch of new (vintage) lockets we're working on getting into the shop in time for Valentine's Day. This one is really stunning & a rare find in this condition. It's Victorian with natural Turquoise set in Gold plate Sterling. Inside are two glass faced frames for pictures of your beloved!
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
For our second installment of new antiquities we've got something really special. Dating all the way back to 1870 is an original Victorian Whitby Jet Necklace in beautiful condition. For the unfamiliar, Whitby Jet is a semi-precious stone mined in Whitby, North Yorkshire on the English coast in the mid to late 1800's. It is actually fossilized wood which when polished takes on a rich, glowingly opaque sheen. The way you know you have real Jet & not Onyx or Vulcanite is by it's weight, despite the size of this necklace it's very light. The pendant on this features beautifully set paste rhinestones. Jet has become highly collectible & this piece is particularly nice as it's on the original cord with the velvet tie intact - very wearable!
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Thursday, January 3, 2013
Happy New Year Everyone! If you're looking for a beautiful gift for a loved one with a January birthday, we have many beautiful pieces with garnet, the January birthstone. Featured is our Briolette Drop Necklace with garnet.