Three Treasures for February

Three Treasures for February

Art Deco Amethyst 8 k Gold Drop Earrings

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Here are some hallmarked 8 karat yellow gold and amethyst drop earrings. They are very feminine, magical, utterly stylish and catch the light beautifully.  Late Art Deco, probably 1925-1940.

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Amethyst is February’s birthstone so these would make a great gift for yourself or someone else who has a birthday this month!


Art Deco 14k Amber Gold Earrings

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Here are some gorgeous Art Deco 14 karat gold and amber earrings. They are simply beautiful and full of character in a very ‘Art Deco’ drop shape. The amber is remarkably clear and lacking in inclusions which is generally thought to be the most sought after type.

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Victorian Coral 14 k Seed Pearl Earrings

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Here are some classic, petite, 14 k rose gold (not hallmarked) and natural salmon coral and seed pearl button drop front fastening earrings. Personally, I am addicted to this gorgeous style of earring and these are a fine and lovely example.

Please note: These are tiny earrings and would suit someone who loves petite earrings. They would also look lovely on a child or teenager.

Era: Probably mid to late 1800s.

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Coral Jewelry in Artwork 1619 -1939

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Louis Édouard Rioult – Portrait Of A Lady Wearing Coral Jewellery

Antique, untreated coral is one of the most loved of materials in antique jewelry.  It is considered to be one of the ‘organic gemstones’ (the other two being amber and jet and pearls). Women who first own a piece of old coral jewelry soon become addicted to it and tend to become collectors.  There is something truly sumptuous and almost edible about antique, untreated coral.  It has long been worn as a talisman and later for its pure beauty; it was considered by the Victorians to promote good health and vitality, and you can really believe that it does once you experience wearing it.

One of the wonderful things about coral is that it tends to adapt over time to the woman who is wearing it and will subtly change color in a very organic way.  Many women have reported a feeling of ‘rightness’ about their particular piece of coral jewelry, as though the piece is actually part of them. Coral ranges from white, to ‘Angel Skin’, to ‘Salmon’, to ‘Oxblood’ and every nuance in between.

Since ancient Rome, coral has been considered to be protective for children and in the Georgian and Victorian era children were often given carved coral rattles. Children were also given coral earrings, bracelets and necklaces to wear. There are many works of art from Regency, Victorian and the early 20th century that show coral being worn by both women and children.  Looking at old works of art can be a truly wonderful way of understanding antique jewelry. I really got quite carried away finding these beautiful images on the Internet and had to make myself stop! (If I haven’t put the artists name it’s because I don’t know; if you do know please do send me a message or make a comment so I can add it).  I would like to share some of these truly lovely art works with coral jewelry here:
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Robert Lefevre.
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School of Andrea Appiani, Elisa Bonaparte
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Regency children, John Hoppner, 1796.  Girl on left is wearing a coral necklace.
Generally, girls only wore very simple jewelry until about ages 15 or 16.
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Young Regency woman in coral necklace
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 Lady in coral earrings, oil painting circa 1820, currently for sale here
Nicolaas Rubens Wearing a Coral Necklace, Peter Paul Rubens, c. 1619
Jane Elizabeth, Countess of Oxford, by John Hoppner 1797
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Portrait Miniature
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The Manolo March Collection From Son Galcerán, Mallorca
28 – 29 October 2009
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Lady Maria Hamilton, Thomas Lawrence, 1802
Little boy with dog and coral necklace (it is unclear if dogs were sometimes given coral collars or if the child is giving the dog his own necklace) – Martin Drolling.
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Portrait of a German Princess, 1828, François-Joseph Kinson

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Nude with coral necklace, 1910, Auguste Macke, Sprengel Museum Hanover

Portrait of a Lady with a Coral Necklace, Charles Webster Hawthorne, 1872-1930
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‘Coral Earrings’ by Frederick Carl Frieseke (1874-1939)