Cornelia Perquin Precious Flora Olympia

Ολύμπια, my Olympic gardening

For a full week, 20-27 June, I was gardening with my floral inspired jewellery on the  Summer Art & Antiques Fair OLYMPIA, part of House & Garden Festival. For Precious Flora the combination of antiques, design and garden trends worked well. I enjoyed the event and business was good. Thank you, precious customers! Please follow and like us:

Art & Antiques Fair OLYMPIA

The pleasure of your company is requested by Precious Flora 20-27 June: The Summer Art & Antiques Fair OLYMPIA Hosting 160 dealers, the Fair will showcase a vast array of items from antiquity to the present day. This year the show is a vital part of House & Garden Festival. Antiques, design and garden trends combined. How good is that! You can find Precious Flora on the Gallery Stand 98. Link for a free entrance ticket: 415145_OIFAAF04_Exhibitor_E-Tickets_March-1 27   Please follow and like us:

The PETWORTH PARK Antiques & Fine art Fair

See you at Petworth!

I look forward to presenting Precious Flora at this fair. 11-13 May:  The PETWORTH PARK Antiques & Fine Art Fair A stately mansion nestled in the South Downs, housing the most exquisite art collection in the care of the National Trust. Friday 11.00–20.00 | Saturday 10.30–18.00 | Sunday 10.30–17.00 Petworth Park, Petworth House, Petworth, West Sussex GU28 0QY. Link for the free Entrance Ticket   Precious Flora’s Plant Nursery , that’s promising! Please follow and like us:

1900 · Brooch · Enamel · Language of Flowers · Newark NJ USA · Pansy · Pearl

Enamelled pansy brooch

Herbarium No. 007 Scientific Name Viola × Wittrockiana hybrid Common Name Pansy Type Brooch Place Made in Newark, New Jersey, USA Date Approximately 1900 Collected by Unknown maker. Hallmarked Material Enamel, 585/1000 gold Size 26,7 x 28,75 mm Total Weight 4,47 grams Condition Good Price Sold     In the later decades of the 19th century, Newark, New Jersey, was considered to be the USA capitol of jewellery. The growing wealth of the new middle-class in America created a demand for affordable and wearable items.  The Newark group of manufacturers, which numbered 200 at its peak, was producing 90% of America’s…

Dogwood natural pearls

Dogwood of natural pearls

Herbarium No. 151 Scientific Name CORNUS Common Name Dogwood Type Brooch Place Belgium Date Ca 1900 Collected by Unknown Material 750/1000 gold 18 k, silver, rose-cut diamonds, natural pearls Size  43,5 x 28,7 mm Total Weight  7,9 grams Condition Good Price Sold     Dogwood has been beneficial in the past as a dye and as a substitute for quinine and tea made from the bark was applied to treat pain or fever for generations.  The name dogwood comes from Dagwood, as the dense hardwood from the stems was used for daggers, arrows and tool handles. Whippletree, an element of the traction of a horse-drawn cart,…

Antique anemone ring

Antique anemone ring

Herbarium No. 181 Scientific Name ANEMONE CORONARI Common Name Poppy anemone, windflower Type Ring Place Dublin, Ireland Date 1856 Collected by Unknown Material Natural seed pearls, ruby, 750/1000 gold 18 k Size   16,91 x 6,6 mm Total Weight 1,4 grams Condition Good. With period box Price Sold     This antique cluster ring is stunning, in perfect condition, but it’s a tiny size. Hallmarked 1856, Dublin, Ireland. It comes with a period box. The white flower with six petals and a red heart looks like an Anemone. Typical for this flower is that its petals close up when a rainstorm approaches, so the…

Cute as a button-Vous etes la plus belle de toutes

Cute as a button

Herbarium No. 175 Scientific Name ROSA Common Name Rose Type Button Place France or Belgium Date Ca. 1800-1820 Collected by Unknown, “.. la plus belle…” Material Miniature painting, natural seed pearls, 750/1000 gold 18 k Size 18,85 x 16,3 mm Total Weight 2,3 grams Condition Good Price  Reserved     “Vous etes la plus belle de toutes” and a little rose… What a romantic text on this delightful gold button. In The Phrase Finder, I found an interesting and relevant discussion about ‘As cute as a button.’ “As cute as a button”, means “cute, charming, attractive, almost always with the connotation of being small. How cute can a…

Lily of the valley- earclips

Lily of the valley earclips

Herbarium No. 177 Scientific Name CONVALLARIA MAJALIS Common Name Lily of the valley, May lily Type Earclips, for pierced ears Place Austria Date Ca. 1950-1960 Collected by Maker RW, geschutzt Material Rock crystal, Brilliant cut and single cut diamonds, cultured pearls, nephrite, 585/1000 gold 14 k, 750/1000 gold 18 k Size 26 x 18 mm Total Weight 5,8 grams Condition Good Price Sold     A pretty pair of 1960’s white gold gem-set earrings in the shape of a bunch of Lily of the valley (Convallaria majalis). The leaves in these vintage earrings are nephrite; the petals are pearls featuring…

Hibiscus

Hibiscus

Herbarium Nr 124 Scientific Name HIBISCUS Common Name Hibiscus, rose mallow, China rose Type Brooch Place Probably Belgium Date Ca. 1920 Collected by Unknown. Mark on the double clip: DEPOSE Material 750/000 yellow and white gold 18 k, emerald, ruby (not tested), single cut and old mine cut diamonds. Size 28,7 x 26,2 mm Total Weight 6,5 grams Condition Good Price Sold     This refined Giardinetto brooch was sold a bit too soon. I didn’t make a sound photo for this website, but I showed it at Battersea, where it found a caring new owner. I’m sure these flowers will…

A cornucopia at Battersea

Precious Flora showed part of the collection floral jewellery 17-22 April 2018 at BATTERSEA PARK. The two photos show the cornucopia of precious floral jewellery displayed in the stand of  TIMEWISE Vintage Watches. It was pure joy to work in the laidback atmosphere at the Battersea Decorative Antiques & Textiles Fair. The cornucopia, or horn of plenty, is a symbol of abundance. This one is overflowing with precious floral jewellery. Precious Flora exhibits at art and antique shows and floral events. Link for more information about the next planned events. I am looking forward to your visit, so if you would like to receive an entrance ticket, please feel free…

Austrian flowerbasket

Austrian flowerbasket

Herbarium Nr 165 Scientific Name GIARDINETTO Common Name Flowerbasket Type Double clip brooch Place Salzburg, Austria Date 1960’s Collected by H.F Material Brilliant cut diamond, cultured pearl, carnelian, agate, lapis lazuli, garnet, amethyst, nephrite, 585/1000 gold 14 k Size 43,5 x 44,5 mm Total Weight 21,55 grams Condition Good Price Sold     * Please follow and like us:

Krementz antique bracelet Acanthus

Acanthus bracelet Krementz

Herbarium No. 134 Scientific Name ACANTHUS Common Name Acanthus leaf Type Bracelet Place Newark, New Jersey, USA Date Just after Sept 6th 1887 Collected by Krementz Material 585/1000 gold 14 k Size Length: 18,3 cm  Width: 7 mm Total Weight 11,1 grams Condition Good Price Sold     Nowadays we like products that are either new, free, or durable. At the end of the 19th century, a ‘patented product’ had the same magical kind of ring to it. In that period, Newark, New Jersey, was considered to be the USA capitol of jewellery. Here cousins George and Thomas Krementz started…

Pansy & Rose

Herbarium No. 0163 Scientific Name VIOLA  × Wittrockiana hybrid & ROSA Common Name Pansy & Rose Type Pendant Place France Date Around 1820 Collected by Unknown Material Verre Eglomisé, 750/1000 gold 18 k Size 34 x 27,54 mm Total Weight 5,3 grams Condition Good Price Sold     Please follow and like us:

Cowdray House Antique Fair

Thanks for visiting Precious Flora at the Cowdray House Antique Fair, a fine fair in a lovely house. Precious Flora exhibits occasionally at art and antique shows and at floral events. Link for more information about the next planned events. I am looking forward to your visit, so if you would like to receive an entrance ticket, please feel free to contact me at: info@preciousflora.com     Please follow and like us:

Precious Flora showcase at The Mayfair Antiques & Fine Art Fair

First quality London antiques fair of the new year

Starting the new year 2018 with a sparkle, I very much enjoyed exhibiting at The Mayfair Antiques & Fine Art Fair at the London Marriot Hotel Grosvenor Square. Thanks to all visitors and to the great team behind the fair, The Antiques Dealers Fair Limited.    Art Daily wrote about Precious Flora: First quality London antiques fair of the new year opens on 4 January “…Newcomer, Precious Flora is the brainchild of Cornelia Perquin, who has over 30 years’ expertise with antique jewellery. Based in Antwerp, where she works as a certified appraiser for museums and private collectors, Cornelia has amassed…

LAPADA THE ASSOCIATION OF ART & ANTIQUES DEALERS member

LAPADA

Cornelia Perquin, proprietor of Precious Flora and Waardig, is a certified appraiser and broker of jewellery and silver objects. She is a member of Federatie TMV, a Dutch association of certified appraisers, brokers and auctioneers of moveable assets. Precious Flora is a member of the trade association of art & antiques dealers LAPADA. LAPADA’s membership has grown to over 550 members making it the largest association of professional art and antiques dealers in the United Kingdom. Although the majority of its membership is UK based, LAPADA also currently has 50 members in 16 other countries. Membership is only open to those…

bright Cosmos

Bright Cosmos

Herbarium Nr 76 Scientific Name COSMOS SULPHUREUS ‘Cosmic’ Common Name Cosmos Type Brooch Place Vienna, Austria Date 1950’s-60’s Collected by Ferdinand Godina Söhne Material 750/1000 Gold 18 K, dyed chalcedony, nephrite Size 53,8 x 45,5 mm Total Weight 12 grams Condition Good Price Sold     This brooch with a daisy-like flower in bright orange and another one in yellow might seem a jeweller’s fantasy. Bright instant happiness; almost to good to be true. The depicted annual is the variously coloured bright Cosmos ‘Cosmic’. The firm F. Godina’s Söhne is one of the oldest goldsmith companies in Vienna. The family-owned firm,…

Mistletoe enamel

Mistletoe

Herbarium Nr 101 Scientific Name VISCUM ALBUM Common Name Mistletoe Type Brooch Place Italy Date 1970’s Collected by Baril Meteo Material 750/1000 gold 18 k, enamel, cultured pearls Size 35,6 x 31,2 mm Total Weight 5,28 grams Condition Good Price Sold       Kissing under the mistletoe was first referred to in late 18th century England. Some claim the origins of this tradition are within Norse mythology. But, history aside, no excuse is needed to kiss a loved one under a real mistletoe, or while wearing this brooch. Source image 3: anaphylaxis.org.uk   Please follow and like us:

Ivy, a symbol of affection

Ivy, ancient symbol of affection

Herbarium No. 102 Scientific Name HEDERA HELIX Common Name Ivy Type Brooch Place The Netherlands Date Ca. 1915 – 1920 Collected by Vos & Co Haarlem Material Rose-cut diamonds, total Ca. 0,5 crt, 585/1000 gold 14 k Size 25,8 x 25,4 mm Total Weight 3,9 grams Condition Good Price Sold     The Ivy is a climbing and creeping plant that covers and binds trees, buildings, actually everything within its reach. Because of this binding aspect of the plant, it has been a perfect symbol of faith and affection since ancient times. Please follow and like us:

Carrington Beech set

Beech brooch & earrings

Herbarium Nr 120 Scientific Name FAGUS SYLVATICA Common Name European beech Type Brooch & Earrings Place London Date 1950’s-60’s Collected by Carrington & Co Material Jaspis, nephrite, 585/1000 gold 14 k, silver, pavé set with single cut diamonds Size Brooch: 67,1 x 44,6 Earrings: 25,8 x 22,1 Total Weight Brooch: 34,8 Earrings: 14,07 Condition Good, later screwfitting. Boxed Price Sold     Court jewellers Carrington & Company, founded in 1780, was first established in London’s Regent Street. With Royal Warrants from Queen Victoria, Prince Albert, Edward VII, George V, as well as Nicholas I and II and Queen Alexandra of Russia,…

Precious Flora Stand Birmingham Antiques For Everyone

Thank you Birmingham!

Thanks to everyone for visiting Precious Flora in Birmingham, at the Winter Antiques For Everyone Antiques Fair in the NEC. I will be back in spring! Precious Flora exhibits occasionally at art and antique shows and at floral events. Link for more information about the next planned events. I am looking forward to your visit, so if you would like to receive an entrance ticket, please feel free to contact me at: info@preciousflora.com     Please follow and like us:

Lucky clover stickpin

Lucky clover stickpin

Herbarium Nr 049 Scientific Name TRIFOLIUM REPENS variation Common Name Lucky clover or Four-leaf clover Type Brooch Place Austrian importmark Date Approximately 1900 Collected by Unknown Material Ruby, rosecut diamond, 585/1000 gold 14 k Size 58 x 10,7 mm Total Weight 1,27 grams Condition Good Price Sold     The reason that some white clover plants have four leaves is controlled by a gene. Other leaf traits seen here as well; like the red fleck mark and red midrib, a herringbone pattern that runs down the center of each leaflet in a bold red color. Link to a study on…

Pearl shamrock stickpin

Pearl shamrock stickpin

Herbarium Nr 057 Scientific Name TRIFOLIUM Common Name Shamrock Type Stickpin Place Unknown Date Ca 1930 Collected by Unknown Material Platinum topped 750/1000 white gold, old single cut diamonds, natural pearls 4,7 x 4 and twice 3,7 x 3 Size 70 x 9,6 mm Total Weight 2,14 grams Condition Good Price Sold     * Please follow and like us:

Demantoid shamrock

Demantoid shamrock

Herbarium Nr 057 Scientific Name TRIFOLIUM Common Name Shamrock Type Stickpin Place Unknown Date Ca 1880 Collected by Unknown Material 750/1000 Gold 18 K, Demantoid garnets, other shades of green garnets and diamond. Size 68 x 12,6 mm Total Weight 1,8 grams Condition Good Price Sold     * Please follow and like us:

reverse intaglio gentiana

A reverse intaglio gentiana

Herbarium Nr. 111 Scientific Name GENTIANA Common Name Gentiana Type Brooch Place Made in Germany Date Around 1900 Collected by Unknown Material Rock crystal reverse intaglio, 585/1000 gold 14 k Size  22,7 x 30,9 mm Total Weight 15 grams Condition Good. Price Sold     This brooch is made using a specific technique, a so-called ‘reverse intaglio’. A reverse crystal intaglio is a cabochon cut natural crystal with an intaglio carved into the flat underside. This image is painted and mounted on an opaque background (usually mother of pearl).  Finally, the back is sealed with gold, to preserve the painted…

1950's flower arrangement basket brooch

1950’s flower arrangement

Herbarium No 137 Scientific Name Giardinetti brooch Common Name Basket filled with flowers Type Double clip brooch Place Probably Belgium Date 1950s Collected by Unknown Material Platinum, 750/000 gold 18 k, old mine cut diamonds Size 28,7 x 26,2 mm Total Weight 6,5 grams Condition Good Price Sold     Photo 1: Today’s woman book of flower arranging. Loret Swift, 1954 Photo 2: Platinum & gold flower basket brooch Photo 3: 1950’s Artificial Flowers at the Fancy Goods Department at Woolworths Please follow and like us:

Pear Blossom

Pear Blossom

Herbarium No 122 Scientific Name PYRUS Common Name Pear blossom Type Brooch Place Vienna Date 1930’s Collected by Hallmark (I?).L Material Rock crystal, natural orange zircon, cultured pearls, rose cut diamonds, 585/1000 yellow and white gold 14 k partly platinum topped. Size 46,2 x 42,2 mm Total Weight 13,8 grams Condition Good Price Sold     Pears are one of the world’s oldest cultivated fruit. Already known in China in 5,000 B.C., the Greek poet Homer mentioned the pear as a “gift of the gods”, and as we all know, every presented pear starts as a delightful blossom.   Please follow…

Georgian mourning ring

The willow and the widow

Herbarium Nr 147 Scientific Name SALIX Common Name Willow Type Mourning ring Place Unknown, European Date Georgian. Ca. 1810 Collected by Unmarked Material 750/1000 gold 18 k, sepia miniature Size 24,7 x 13,4 mm Total Weight 5,8 grams Condition Good. Price Sold     A collectable and wearable Georgian mourning ring, filled with neo-classical symbolism. The pearly beaded rim is such a typical decoration technique, more often seen on silver objects from the period 1780-1820. The navette shape of this ring resembles the shape of a tear. The willow tree is a traditional symbol of mourning. The image further depicts an…

Viennese Lily of the valley

Lily of the valley

Herbarium Nr 46 Scientific Name CONVALLARIA MAJALIS Common Name Lily of the valley Type Brooch Place Vienna, Austria Date 1960’s Collected by Irmgard Bures Material Rock crystal, nephrite, brilliant cut diamond, 585/1000 whitegold 14 k Size 86,2 x 37 mm Total Weight 19,21 grams Condition Good Price Sold     * Please follow and like us:

Viennese violets

Viennese violets

Herbarium Nr 107 Scientific Name VIOLA Common Name Violet Type Brooch Place Vienna, Austria Date 1950’s-60’s Collected by I x S Material Amethyst, nephrite, brilliant cut diamond, 585/1000 gold 14 k Size 84,2 x 51,5 mm Total Weight 34,23 grams Condition Good Price Sold     All information, or at least a lot, about violets can be found on the website of the American Violet Society Please follow and like us:

violet amethyst earrings Paltscho

Violet earclips by Paltscho

Herbarium Nr 105 Scientific Name VIOLA Common Name Violet Type Earclips Place Vienna, Austria Date 1950’s-60’s Collected by Paltscho Material Amethyst, nephrite, brilliant cut diamond, 585/1000 gold 14 k Size 33 x 19,6 mm Total Weight 10,5 grams Condition Good Price Sold     All information, or at least a lot, about violets can be found on the website of the American Violet Society Please follow and like us:

Winter Art & Antiques Fair Olympia Mellerio Dahlia Precious Flora

Thanks for six blooming days at Olympia!

A BIG THANK YOU for six blooming days at Olympia London. I would like to give a big, warm thank you to everyone for visiting Precious Flora during the Winter Art & Antiques Fair Olympia. The fair was a success and I was very proud to show you my thematic collection of floral vintage and antique jewellery. “No spoken word can approach to the delicacy of sentiment to be inferred from a timeously offered flower” (Pratt & Miller, The language of flowers, ca. 1890), so this flower is for you; a Dahlia by Mellerio. In the Victorian language of flowers the dahlia expresses dignity and…

ring with roses

Ring with roses

Herbarium No. 036 Scientific Name ROSA Common Name Rose Type Ring Place England Date Approximately 1880 Collected by Unknown Material 625/1000 gold 15 k, garnet Size 19,7 x 6,8 mm. Ringsize L Total Weight 2,07 grams Condition Good Price Sold     The rose is probably the most popular and prominent flower in Western cultures.   Please follow and like us:

early enamelled Rose earrings

Early enamelled rose earrings

Herbarium No. 037 Scientific Name ROSA Common Name Rose Type Earrings Place Mechelen, Belgium Date Ca. 1830 Collected by Jean Van Hoomissen Material Enamel, 750/1000 gold 18 k Size 27,6 x 6,2 mm Total Weight 1,94 grams Condition Good Price  Sold     The rose is probably the most popular and prominent flower in Western cultures.   Please follow and like us:

sweet violet

A blue sweet violet

Herbarium Nr 028 Scientific Name VIOLA ODORATA Common Name Sweet violet, wood violet Type Brooch Place Austrian importmark Date 1922-1925 Collected by Unknown. As the Austrian mark is an importmark, it might be German lapidary from Idar Oberstein. Material Dyed chalcedony, nephrite, old mine cut diamonds, platinum and 585/1000 gold 14 k Size 61,8 x 20 mm Total Weight 9,8 grams Condition Good Price Sold     The sweet violet is an edible flower of ancient legend, with even medicinal properties. References to violets and the desirable nature of the fragrance go back to classical sources such as Pliny. The typical scent of…

golden clover

Gold lucky clover

Herbarium Nr 090 Scientific Name TRIFOLIUM REPENS variation Common Name Lucky clover or Four-leaf clover Type Brooch Place Made in Belgium Date Approximately 1900 Collected by Unknown Material 750/1000 gold 18 k, natural pearl, metal pin Size 20,8 x 23,5 mm Total Weight 2,69 grams Condition Good Price Sold     * Please follow and like us:

Gentian 300

Lapis lazuli gentian

Herbarium Nr 081 Scientific Name GENTIANA Common Name Gentian Type Brooch Place Importmark for Austria-Hungary Date Before 1922 Collected by Unknown hallmark, overstruck. O.Q? Material Lapis lazuli, nephrite, brilliant cut diamond, single cut diamonds, 585/1000 whitegold 14 k, platinum topped Size 58,3 x 18,2 mm Total Weight 9,65 grams Condition Good Price Sold     An elegant brooch in the shape of a gentian, a flower normally to be found in alpine habitats in temperate regions. The genus name is a tribute to Gentius, an Illyrian king who may have been the discoverer of the tonic properties of gentians. The large, trumpet-shaped flowers are most often of an…

Honeysuckle berry

A coral honeysuckle berry

Herbarium No 048 Scientific Name Fruit of a LONICERA Common Name Honeysuckle berry Type Brooch Place Vienna, Austria Date 1950’s – 60’s Collected by Irmgard Bures Material Coral, nephrite, 585/1000 gold 14 k Size 32,7 x 28 mm Total Weight 6,7 grams Condition Good. Price Sold     This brooch features small, bright red berries, clustered along the plant stem. As these berries are made from precious coral, one could call this brooch a “coral honeysuckle”, but that’s actually a different, trumpet honeysuckle variety. The depicted species is a shrub native to Austria, where the brooch was made, mid 20th century,…

rosehip

A cornelian cherry, made out of coral

Herbarium Nr 050 Scientific Name Fruit of a CORNUS MAS Common Name Cornelian cherry Type Brooch Place Vienna, Austria Date 1950’s – 60’s Collected by Unknown Material Coral, nephrite, 585/1000 gold 14 k Size 57 x 53 mm Total Weight 19,9 grams Condition Good. Price Sold     Cornus mas (Cornelian cherry, European cornel, Cornel cherry or Cornelian cherry dogwood) is a species of flowering plant in the dogwood family Cornaceae. That common name Cornelian cherry.. Hmmm, for a jeweller that sounds like a jewel already.  The fruit looks more like an olive then a cherry to me, but indeed this fruit has a color similar to cornelian. Cornelian or carnelian…

Trembling rambler spraybrooch

Trembling rambler spraybrooch

Herbarium Nr 060 Scientific Name ROSA MULTIFLORA Common Name Rambler rose Type Diamond flowerspray trembler brooch or Corsage ornament Place The Netherlands Date Approximately 1880 Collected by Unknown Material Old mine cut and rose cut diamonds, 585/1000 gold 14 k, silver setting Size 99 x 60 mm Total Weight 44,6 grams Condition Good. One flower trembling. Curved pin changed for a straight pin. Price Sold     * Please follow and like us:

daisy chain

A daisy chain

Herbarium Nr 077 Scientific Name BELLIS PERENNIS Common Name Daisy, Marguarite Type Necklace Place Made in France Date Approximately 1890 Collected by Unknown Material  750/1000 gold 18 k, natural pearls Size 420 x 12-14,8 mm Total Weight 10,49 grams Condition Good Price  Sold     *In the language of flowers, the daisy symbolizes loyal love, purity, faith, simplicity and innocence. The two Dutch girls on the third picture made themselves a daisy chain, if you’ve never made one, this is the link to their You Tube tutorial. Please follow and like us:

enamelled pansy David-Andersen

Enameled pansy David-Andersen

Herbarium Nr 106 Scientific Name Viola tricolor var. hortensis Common Name Pansy Type Brooch Place Made in Norway Date 1970’s Collected by David-Andersen Material Silver gilt, enamel Size 35,1 x 43,3 mm Total Weight  10,5 grams Condition Good. Price Sold     In the language of flowers, flowers were often used for secret messages to potential romantic partners.  The pansy flower was used to express amorous thoughts like “You are always on my mind” or “I am thinking of you”. Pansy, the name of the pretty flower, indeed comes from the French word pensée; a noun derived from penser, “to think or…

Art nouveau pansy locket opened

Art nouveau Pansy locket

Herbarium Nr 080 Scientific Name Viola Common Name Pansy Type Locket, Pendant Place Made in France Date Approximately 1900 Collected by Sasportas Material Silver Size 33,3 x 25,9 mm Total Weight  4,9 grams Condition Good. Price Sold     A romantic silver pendant in the shape of a pansy, with a heart shaped petal that can be taken out. This petal functions as a locket, to which for example a small picture can be entrusted. Said element has been engraved with the text: ‘Ma pensée t’accompagne, J’y enferme mon coeur’ (My thoughts are with you, I have encased my heart…

Ginkgo leaf by Angela Cummings for Tiffany

Ginkgo leaf by Angela Cummings

Herbarium Nr 099 Scientific Name GINKGO BILOBA Common Name Ginkgo leaf Type Brooch Place New York Date 1980’s Collected by Angela Cummings for Tiffany & Co Material Brilliant cut diamond, 750/1000 gold 18 k Size 36,5 x 18,3 mm Total Weight 4,19 grams Condition Good Price Sold     Sleek design of a Ginkgo leaf in 18 karat gold, signed CUMMINGS by Angela Cummings for Tiffany, NY. Not only the creator of this particular jewel found it to be a beautiful plant, Evolution also appreciated its design, as fossils closely related to the Ginkgo have been unearthed, dating as far back…

Enameled pansies A.J. Hedges & Co

Enameled pansies

Herbarium Nr 070 Scientific Name Viola × Wittrockiana hybrid Common Name Pansy Type Brooch and earrings Place Made in Newark, New Jersey, USA Date Approximately 1900 Collected by A.J. Hedges & Co Material Enamel, 585/1000 gold 14 k, old single cut diamonds, natural pearl Size Brooch 31,6 x 30 mm. Earrings 20,5 x 12,9 mm Total Weight  10,10 grams & 4,05 grams Condition Good. Hooks altered Price Sold     “You are always on my mind”,  immortalized by a poetic set of polychrome enameled golden pansy flowers. Such a sweet message spoken through the language of flowers. In Victorian England, flowers were often…

Basket with Chrysanthemums

Basket with chrysanthemums

Herbarium Nr 88 Scientific Name CHRYSANTHEMUM Common Name Mum or chrysanth Type Basket brooch Place Germany Date 1960’s Collected by K.P Material Carnelian, nephrite, single cut diamonds 585/1000 14 k Size 37,7 x 28,8 mm Total Weight 8,7 grams Condition Good Price Sold     *The 3rd picture is a detail of Flora by Sir Edward Burne Jones and William Morris. Flora seems to be a bit sad, after losing her basket.. The 1960’s gold flower basket brooch with Chrysanthemums was added- an attempt to cheer her up. Please follow and like us:

Harvest basket charm

Harvest basket

Herbarium No. 109 Scientific Name (fruit/flowers, not identified) Common Name Harvest or flower basket filled with white flowers or fruit Type Charm, pendant Place France Date Late 19th century Collected by Maker unknown Material 750/1000 gold 18 k natural pearls, seedpearls Size 24 x 15,3 mm Total Weight 1,5 grams Condition Good, 3 pearls have cracks Price Sold     * Please follow and like us:

lady in a bath

Lady in a bath

Herbarium Nr. 085 Scientific Name LAMPROCAPNOS SPECTABILIS Common Name Bleeding heart, or lady-in-a bath Type Demi parure, Set of a brooch and earrings Place Newark, New Jersey, USA Date Ca. 1900 Collected by Krementz & Co Material Enamel, 585/1000 gold 14k, natural pearls Size 28,2 x 12  + 54,8 x 24,6 mm Total Weight 5,2 + 4,84 grams Condition Good Price Sold     At the end of the 19th century, Newark, New Jersey, was considered to be the USA capitol of jewellery. Here, cousins George and Thomas Krementz started Krementz & Co, one of the biggest companies selling gold…

Sakura Cherry Blossom by Paltscho

Sakura, Cherry Blossom

Herbarium Nr 041 Scientific Name PRUNUS SERRULATA Common Name Cherry Blossom, Sakura Type Brooch Place Vienna Date 1950’s – 60’s Collected by Paltscho Material Rock crystal, rose quartz, nephrite, brilliant cut diamonds, 585/1000 gold 14 k Size 46,7 x 33,9 mm Total Weight 11,8 grams Condition Good Price Sold     Paltscho became famous far beyond the borders of Austria for their carved lapidary jewellery, in particular, high-quality flower brooches made of rock crystal, rose quartz, amethyst and agate. Link for more information about Paltscho. Link to a similar jewel. For the Japanese flowers and their meanings are interwoven in their way…

Earrings Flowerbasket

Earrings with a flowerbasket

Herbarium No 067 Scientific Name (flowers not identified) Common Name Flowerbasket Type Earrings Place Belgium (French occupation) Date 1798- 1809 Collected by Unknown Material 750/1000 gold 18 k enamel Size 83 x 22,6 mm Total Weight 7,5 grams Condition Good Price Sold     * Please follow and like us:

Fuchsia

Slender Fuchsia

Herbarium Nr 031 Scientific Name ONAGRACEAE Common Name Fuchsia Type Brooch. Detachable fitting Place The Netherlands Date Approximately 1850( mark before 1865) Collected by Unknown Material Rose cut diamonds, Amsterdam cut, 750/1000 gold 18 k, silver setting Size 43,3 x 59,2 mm Total Weight 14,08 grams Condition Good Price Sold     The fuchsia  symbolizes abundance and intoxicating beauty, but also assurance and confiding love. These flowers are commonly given on romantic or otherwise significant occasions to represent trust. The dangling stamens further complement the slender pendulous shape of this decorative diamond set brooch. Please follow and like us:

Sunflower brooch

Sunflower

Herbarium Nr 055 Scientific Name HELIANTHUS Common Name Sunflower Type Brooch Place Vienna, Austria Date 1950’s Collected by I x S Material 585/1000 gold 14 k Dyed Chalcedony, briljant cut diamonds Size 55,3 x 39,2 mm Total Weight 12,9 grams Condition Good Price Sold     A striking brooch in the shape of a sunflower, made in the 1950’s in Vienna, Austria. The naturalistic type of floral jewellery in different gemstones was an Austrian and German speciality, very much in demand in the 1950’s and 60’s. The lapidarist or gemcutter sculpted for this brooch a bright sunflower from matte dyed…

Ivy ring

Ivy Ring

Herbarium Nr 054 Scientific Name HEDERA HELIX Common Name Ivy Type Ring Place Birmingham, England Date 1892 Collected by Albert Sydenham Material 750/1000 gold 18 k Size 18,9 x 8,4 mm Total Weight 5,48 grams Condition Good Price Sold     Ivy is a climbing and creeping plant that covers and binds trees, buildings, actually everything within its reach. Because of this binding aspect of the plant, it has been a perfect symbol of faith and affection since ancient times. Please follow and like us:

Ivy Witch's Heart

Ivy Witch’s Heart

Herbarium Nr 053 Scientific Name HEDERA HELIX Common Name Ivy Type Brooch in the shape of a Witch’s Heart Place Probably England Date Approximately 1880 Collected by Unknown Material Enamel, 625/1000 gold 15 k, metal pin, old mine cut diamond Size 25 x 24,6 mm Total Weight 4,55 grams Condition Good.  A tiny chip of the enamel glaze is missing Price Sold     In the asymmetric “Witch’s Heart”, the heart points to one side. This romantic symbol means “you enchanted me”, “you cast a spell on me” or maybe even “I put a spell on you”. Ivy is a climbing and creeping…

1900 · 19th century · Blue flower · Blue-eyed Grass · Bracelet · Enamel · Forget-me-not · Krementz · Newark NJ USA · Patent · Victorian

Blue-eyed Grass bracelet

Herbarium Nr. 066 Scientific Name SISYRINCHIUM Common Name Blue-eyed Grass Type Bracelet Place Newark, New Jersey, USA Date Just after Sept 6th 1887 Collected by Krementz Material Enamel, 585/1000 gold Size Length: 18,3 cm  Width: 7 mm Total Weight 12,17 grams Condition Good Price Sold     Nowadays we like products that are either new, free, or durable. At the end of the 19th century, a ‘patented product’ had the same magical kind of ring to it. In that period of time, Newark, New Jersey, was considered to be the USA capitol of jewellery. Here cousins George and Thomas Krementz…

1850 · 19th century · Boxed · Dutch · Earrings · Flemish · Gold · Rosecut diamonds · Silver · The Netherlands · Tulip · Tulipmania

Tulip earrings

Herbarium Nr 020 Scientific Name TULIPA Common Name Tulip Type Earrings Place Made in The Netherlands Date Approximately 1850 Collected by Unknown Material Silver, gold, rosecut diamonds Size 30 x 14,4 mm Total Weight 6,35 grams Condition Hooks are a later adjustment Price Sold     Link to an excellent article on the Rijksmuseum website, about the 17th century’s fascination and speculation, called Tulipmania. Please follow and like us:

1910 · 1920's · Austria-Hungary · Brooch · Maple seed · Old European cut diamond · Old mine cut diamond · Samara

Maple seed

Herbarium Nr 009 Scientific Name ACERACEA Common Name Maple seed Type Brooch Place Made in Austria-Hungary Date 1910-1920 Collected by Hallmarked U.C. Material Old European cut diamond, 0.2 ct 585/1000 gold Size 15,9 x 42,5 mm Total Weight 3,6 grams Condition Good Price Sold     * Please follow and like us:

1950's · Brooch · Germany · Leaf · Maple leaf · Rock crystal · Rosecut diamonds · White gold

Maple leaf

Herbarium Nr 008 Scientific Name ACERACEA Common Name Maple leaf Type Brooch Place Made in Germany. Presumably in Idar Oberstein Date 1950’s Collected by Unknown maker Material Rock crystal and rosecut diamonds, 585/1000 whitegold Size 42,8 x 50 mm Total Weight 11,1 grams Condition Good Price Sold     * Please follow and like us:

1950's · Brilliant cut diamonds · Brooch · Camellia · Flower · Italian · Retro

Camellia

Herbarium Nr 004 Scientific Name CAMELLIA japonica Common Name CAMELLIA Type Brooch Place Made in Genoa, Italy Date 1950’s Collected by Attributed Antoniazzi Chiappe Material 750/1000 gold, the diamondset flower in whitegold Size 53,8 x  42,2 mm Total Weight 20,1 grams Condition Good Price Sold     La Dame aux Camélias, commonly known in English as Camille, is a 19th century novel and play written by Alexandre Dumas fils. With the 1853 opera La Traviata Giuseppe Verdi put the story to music. The female star in the novel/play had the flowery name Marguerite. In the opera this courtesan was renamed Violetta….

19th century · Bracelet · Enamel · Forget-me-not · Hearts · Language of Flowers · Love · Victorian

Forget-me-nots and hearts

Herbarium Nr. 018 Scientific Name MYOSOTIS Common Name Forget-me-not Type Bracelet Place Unknown Date Around 1880-1900. Collected by Unknown, marked OS 750 Material Enamel, Ruby, 750/1000 gold Size Lenght bracelet 17,5 cm. Width 7,9 mm Total Weight 3,65 grams Condition Good Price Sold     Please follow and like us:

Forget-me-not ring

Herbarium No. 017 Scientific Name MYOSOTIS Common Name Forget-me-not Type Ring Place Made in England Date Around 1820 Collected by Unknown Material Turquoise, diamond, 750/1000 gold Size  Flower 9 mm, ring size 51/11/16.2/5= Total Weight 1,4 grams Condition Good. Price Sold     Georgian Please follow and like us: