rock crystal Gentiana diamondset

A white gentiana

Herbarium No. 081 Scientific Name GENTIANA Common Name Gentian Type Brooch Place Import mark for Austria-Hungary Date Before 1922 Collected by In the authentic box by Oscar Trenner Material Matted rock crystal, old mine cut & rosecut diamonds, gold, platinum topped Size 49 x 28,3 mm Total Weight 6,9 grams Condition Good Price 1280     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…

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-earclips- earrings

Hibiscus earclips

Herbarium No. 166 Scientific Name HIBISCUS SYRIACUS Common Name Hibiscus, Rose of Sharon Type Earclips, for pierced ears Place Germany. Probably made in Idar Oberstein. Date Ca. 1960 Collected by Unknown Material Rock crystal, nephrite, ruby, 585/1000 gold 14 k Size 26,47 x 16,64 mm Total Weight 8,59 grams Condition Good Price 950 EUR     * Please follow and like us:

Reverse-intaglio-Gentiana

Reverse intaglio gentiana

Herbarium Nr. 156 Scientific Name GENTIANA Common Name Gentiana Type Brooch Place Austria Date Inscription: 11. Juni 1918 Collected by Unknown Material  Reverse intaglio, enamel, 585/1000 gold 14 k Size  25,1 mm Total Weight 9,7 grams Condition Good. Price €1100     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 it. When viewed through the…

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,…

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,…

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…

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…

Cherry blossom Paltscho

Cherry Blossom

Herbarium No. 125 Scientific Name PRUNUS SERRULATA Common Name Cherry Blossom, Sakura Type Brooch Place Vienna Date 1950s – 60s Collected by Paltscho Material Rock crystal, nephrite, rubies, cultured pearls, 585/1000 gold 14 k Size 46,7 x 33,9 mm Total Weight 12,8 grams Condition Good Price 1450 EUR     The Viennese jeweller 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 for a similar brooch. For the Japanese flowers and their meanings are…

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:

three roses

Three roses in 3D

Herbarium Nr. 039 Scientific Name ROSA Common Name Rose Type Brooch Place Vienna Date Approximately 1910 Collected by Unknown hallmark: Ant 9? G? Material Rock crystal reverse intaglio, 585/1000 gold 14 k Size  38,2 x 13,4 mm Total Weight 7,16 grams Condition Good. Price 850 EUR     This brooch is marked with Viennese hallmarks. It is made in 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. The roses were painted red and the crystal mounted on an opaque background  mother of pearl….

Lush basket of petunias reverse intaglio

Lush basket of petunias

Herbarium Nr. 032 Scientific Name PETUNIA Common Name Petunia Type Brooch Place Dutch hallmark Date Approximately 1910 Collected by Unknown Material Rock crystal reverse intaglio, Natural pearls 3 mm. 585/1000 gold 14 k Size  35,9 x 20,6 mm Total Weight 9,9 grams Condition Good. Price 1650 EUR     This brooch is marked with a Dutch hallmark, used 1906-1953. The colourful brooch is made in 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…

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…

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…

A reverse intaglio poppy

Herbarium Nr. 062 Scientific Name PAPAVEROIDEAE Common Name Poppy Type Brooch Place Made in Vienna Date Around 1900-1910. Collected by Emanuel Schwartz Material Rock crystal reverse intaglio, enamel, old brilliant cut diamond, 585/1000 gold 14 k Size  34 x 27 mm Total Weight 11,5 grams Condition Good. Price 2200 EUR     Due to the sleep-inducing properties of certain types of poppies, the poppy has been the symbol of everlasting sleep since ancient times. After the Second Battle of Ypres, the flower with her blood red leaves and black heart became a symbol for the fallen soldiers. Emanuel Schwartz made…

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:

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…

Cherry

A Cherry, mon chéri?

Herbarium Nr 063 Scientific Name Fruit of a tree of the genus PRUNUS Common Name Cherry, Cherries Type Brooch Place Germany Date 1950’s – 60’s Collected by Hallmark AMU Material Cornelian, nephrite, 585/1000 gold 14 k Size 61,5 x 40,4 mm Total Weight 17,5 grams Condition Good Price 1250 EUR     * 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…

Violet

A nosegay of violets

Herbarium Nr 064 Scientific Name VIOLA Common Name Violet Type Brooch Place Germany Date 1950’s-60’s Collected by Unknown Material Amethyst, nephrite, single cut diamonds, 585/1000 gold 14 k Size 50 x 32 mm Total Weight 11,85 grams Condition Good Price 895 EUR     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

A posy of violets

Herbarium Nr 028 Scientific Name VIOLA Common Name Violet Type Brooch Place Germany Date 1950’s-60’s Collected by Unknown. The flowershaped mark Gesetzlich Geschutzt is the German equivalent of a patent. Material Amethyst, nephrite, diamond, 585/1000 gold 14 k Size 59,3 x 34 mm Total Weight 11,73 grams Condition Good Price 875 EUR     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:

1930's · Austrian · Black rose · Chalcedony · Lapidary · Nephrite · Old mine cut diamond · Onyx · Rose · Vienna

Black Rose

Herbarium Nr 014 Scientific Name ROSA Common Name Rose Type Brooch Place Vienna, Austria Date 1930’s Collected by Unknown Material Black chalcedony, nephrite, diamond, 585/1000 white gold Size 74,35 x 40,5 mm Total Weight 18 grams Condition Good Price 1750 EUR     An elegant brooch in the shape of a black rose, made in the 1930’s in Vienna, Austria. White gold was a newly used metal in those days. The naturalistic type of floral jewellery in different gemstones was an Austrian and German speciality. This black rose brooch is an example from the early period. Most flowers, fruits and nuts…