A deeply charming mid-to-late-nineteenth century brooch depicting an oak leaf and acorn - symbols of strength and stability. Masterfully handcrafted in patinated silver over rose and yellow gold, with mine-cut diamonds set in the leaf and rose-cut diamonds set in the acorn top. The acorn itself is a...(more)
This Art Deco style dazzler centers a vivid oval-shaped sapphire and sizzles with one hundred and forty-six bright-white modern round brilliant-cut diamonds. It's recently handcrafted in platinum and expertly pierced in an elaborate geometric fashion so popular in the Art Deco period and finished wi...(more)
A masterfully hand carved and especially refined shell cameo depicting a Classical priestess or friend and admirer of Bacchus, replete with a riotous grapevine and grape cluster hairdo, toga and, on trend for circa 1850, a double pearl strand. Mounted in an elegant gold frame with a twisted wire app...(more)
A far-from-ordinary and uniquely lovely jewel, in glorious green and gold, from San Francisco's oldest and (with the exception of yours truly) most venerable purveyor of fine jewels - Shreve & Co. A round jade cabochon, displaying a deep apple-green hue, is presented in the center of a curvaceou...(more)
This 'new moon' is almost 150 years old! 2.75 carats of old mine and rose-cut diamonds light up the sky (night and day) in this sparkling and amply proportioned (1 1/2 inch) crescent moon brooch, artfully crafted in warmly patinated silver over gold - circa 1875.
The classic late-nineteenth century Bohemian garnet snowflake brooch has been effectively updated in this bolder and golder (versus the conventional gilded metal of the originals) version incorporating modern-cut round faceted and kite-shape garnets (plus one cabochon in the center) of this amply pr...(more)
A distinguished couple - perhaps the king and queen of an exotic medieval North African kingdom - with their noble visages masterfully handcarved in onyx, are attired in full royal regalia strikingly and stunningly rendered in diamonds, rubies, emeralds and 18K yellow gold in this dramatic and amply...(more)
This very verdant and fanciful foul with flowing translucent green plumage is artfully carved in natural jade and dressed up with a trio of bright-white old mine-cut diamonds totaling 1.20 carats. This colorful and impressive 2 1/2 inch long by 1 1/8 inch high brooch is backed in silver with a white...(more)
Spring is here! An elegantly fashioned flower is in full bloom in this sinuous and sparkling diamond pin dating back to the latter-nineteenth century. Consummate Victoriana rendered in ravishing 18K rose gold. A glittering array of old mine-cut and rose-cut diamonds total 1.25 carats. 1 3/5 inch by ...(more)
A pretty pair of late-19th century pins, handcrafted in lovely rosy-yellow 9 karat gold and dreamy robin's egg blue turquoise with spider’s web matrix. One navette shape is ever so slightly larger than the other. Measure 1 5/16" by 7/16" and 1 1/4" by 3/8".
One of Mother Nature's most charming and sweetest creations, the wild alpine mountain strawberry, is colorfully celebrated in this darling brooch composed of hand-carved coral strawberries and pale green amazonite leaves, a pearl and diamond blossom, and a diamond-studded 14k white gold stem. Deligh...(more)
Here's something we've never seen before - a matched pair of double clips in jade! The sizable carvings (2 1/2 inches by 3/4 inch) exhibit variegated shades of green, each carved with multiple gourd motifs - a traditional Chinese symbol to ward off evil spirits and ill-health. The decorative backs a...(more)