Lily of the valley €775

Herbarium No. PF168.3 Scientific Name CONVALLARIA MAJALIS Common Name Lily of the valley, May lily Type Brooch Place France Date Ca. 1895-1905 Collected by Lozenge F.. Fres Material Coral ‘pelle d’angelo’. Rosecut diamonds, natural pearls, 750/1000 gold 18 ct Size 39 x 6 mm Total Weight 4,4 grams Condition Good Price €775 A pretty barbrooch with a Lily of the valley (Convallaria majalis). The lily of the valley is represented in religious lore and folklore as well as in various celebrations. Also known as the muguet or May lily, it is given on May Day to bring good luck. In…

Poppy brooch €1190

Herbarium No. PF 166.2 Scientific Name PAPAVEROIDEAE Common Name Poppy Type Brooch Place Made in Vienna Date Around 1930 Collected by Marked K|K Material 585/1000 gold 14 ct Chalcedony, Onyx, Nephrite,  2 rose-cut and 3 singlecut diamonds Size 62,8 x 23,8 mm Total Weight 8 grams Condition Good Price €1190 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. November 11th is Remembrance Day, also called…

Violet earrings €1200

Herbarium Nr PF152 Scientific Name VIOLA Common Name Violet Type Earclips Place Vienna, Austria Date 1950s-60s Collected by Hallmarked unknown maker Material Amethyst, nephrite, diamond, 585/1000 gold 14 ct Size 30,5 x 18,7 mm Total Weight 10,3 grams Condition Good Price €1200 These earrings are designed with an omega clipsystem and studs. All information, or at least a lot, about violets can be found on the website of the American Violet Society

Carnation €375

Herbarium No. 172 Scientific Name DIANTHUS caryophyllus Common Name Carnation or clove pink Type Barbrooch Place Made in Vienna, Austria Date Circa 1900 Collected by Hallmark WF Material Rock crystal, mother of pearl, 585/1000 14 ct  rosegold Size 40,3 x 10,9 mm Total Weight 2,7 grams Condition Good Price 375 EUR Native to Eurasia, carnations are cultivated for thousands of years. The Greeks and Romans used the flowers in ceremonial crowns, which might explain a name similar to ‘coronation’. Others though believe the carnation earned its name from the Latin word Caro, meaning flesh, as this was the colour of the first…

Bombe ring €4850

Herbarium No. PF225 Scientific Name PASSIFLORA Common Name Passionflower, maypops Type Bombe ring Place Probably Belgian Date 1960s Collected by Unknown Material Baguette, briljant and single cut diamonds, tot. diamond weight ca. 2.6 ct platinum Size 43 x 33,5 mm Total Weight 11,6 grams Condition Good Price €4850 The passion flower symbolizes mystical passion and religion.

Poppy ring €1200

Herbarium No. 126.1 Scientific Name PAPAVEROIDEAE Common Name Poppy Type Ring Place USA Date 1946 Marked Inscription FJC to ARW 4.12.46 Material Single cut diamonds, 585/1000 rose gold 14 ct Size 7,85 mm ringsize 48 – 8 – 15.3 – 4 Total Weight 7,6 grams Condition Good Price 1200 I don’t know about you, but I love poppy flowers, and I can’t get enough of them. Since the flower stem bleeds the second you pluck it, a real poppy quickly wilts, what might be an extra reason to admire them in jewellery. The inscription in this bold, but intricate gold…

Ivy French 1900 €1150

Herbarium No. PF 128.2 Scientific Name HEDERA Common Name Ivy Type Necklace Place Made in France Date Approximately 1890-1900 Marked Tête d’aigle 18 ct gold, Bigornes Material 750/1000 gold 18 ct Size 18 mm – 14,5 mm necklace 42 cm Weight 12,25 grams Condition Good Price 1150 EUR 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.

Forget-me-not €990

Herbarium No. PFA 141 Scientific Name MYOSOTIS Common Name Forget-me-not Type Ring Place Made in England Date Early Victorian, ca. 1850 Collected by Hallmark W.B. Material Turquoise, old mine cut diamond, 750/1000 gold Size  Floret 10,5 mm Total Weight 3,56 grams Condition Good. One turquoise discoloured Price €990

Poppy pin €495

Herbarium Nr. 192 Scientific Name PAPAVEROIDEAE Common Name Poppy Type Tiepin Place Made in France Date Art nouveau, 1895-1905 Marked HM flanking a turkey in lozenge, tête d’aigle Material Old single cut diamond, 750/1000 gold 18 k, platinum Size 69 x 14,5 mm Total Weight 4 grams Condition Good Price € 495 The poppy motif was used quite typically during the Art Nouveau period. Since the flower stem bleeds the second you pluck it, a poppy quickly wilt. In the Victorian Language of Flowers, this flower symbolizes extravagance. Poppies are a narcotic. They are used to make morphine and opium,…

Garrard retro floral set

Garrard Azalea €4750

Herbarium No. 194 Scientific Name RHODONDENDRON Common Name Azalea Type Clip brooch and earstuds Place London Date 1940-1945 Collected by Garrard Material Old single cut diamonds, Burma rubies, 750/1000 gold 18 ct, platinum Size Clip 40,3 x 49,5 mm Earstuds 17 x 22 mm Total Weight Clip 18 grams. Earstuds 6,7 grams Condition Good Price 4750 EUR This bold Retro gold, Birma ruby and diamond clip brooch, represents an azalea. The colourful gemstones shine in a setting of 18 ct gold, and the diamonds reflect the light, set in platinum.  During World War II, there was less excess to such…

1950's · Boutonnière · Brooch · Carnation · Christian · Enamel · Flower · Italian · James Bond · Language of Flowers · Legend · Men's jewellery · Oscar Wilde · Pink · Symbol · Virgin Mary

Carnation 1950s €3250

Herbarium No. 003 Scientific Name DIANTHUS caryophyllus Common Name Carnation or clove pink Type Brooch Place Made in Milano, Italy Date 1950s Collected by Hallmark 293 for Lina Lazzeri Material 750/1000 18 ct white gold, diamonds, realistic enamelled Size 58 x 33 mm Total Weight 23,3 grams Condition Good Price 3250 EUR     A Boutonnière is a floral decoration worn by men on their left lapel. Since the mid 18th century the traditional method was to push the flower’s calyx trough the lapel buttonhole. Although a fairly sturdy ruffled carnation will liven up any outfit, every day, usually a boutonnière…

Art nouveau lotus €525

Herbarium Nr 152 Scientific Name NELUMBO NUCIFERA Common Name Lotus, Indian lotus, sacred lotus Type Clip Place Made in Belgium Date Approximately 1900 Collected by Unknown Material 750/1000 gold 18ct Size 21 x 16,8 mm Total Weight  2,4 grams Condition Good. Price € 525 The lotus, NELUMBO NUCIFERA, is rooted in the bottom of a lake or river, while the leaves and flower float above the water surface. In ‘the language of flowers’ the lotus means the mind can only freely explore when it has a firm basis. Photo 3: Lotus Waterlily John William Waterhouse’s Hylas and the Nymphs

Bouquet Siess €1850

Herbarium No. 226 Scientific Name GIARDINETTO Common Name Bouquet Type Brooch Place Austria Date Circa 1910 Collected by Josef Siess Material  Reverse intaglio, 585/1000 gold 14 ct Size  25 mm Total Weight 8,4 grams Condition Good Price €1850     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 front, the…

antique diamond lilies spray brooches

Lilies 1850s €11500

Herbarium No. 117 Scientific Name LILIUM Common Name Lily, Lilies Type A pair of two diamond spray brooches, with detachable fitting Place Europe, probably the Netherlands Date Approximately 1850 Collected by Unknown Material Gold 18ct 750/1000 with 585/1000 pins, Silver setting, old mine cut and rose-cut diamonds, natural pearls Size 66,5 x 38,5 (P) & 68,5 x 35,2 (D) mm Total Weight 12,87 (P) & 13,67 (D) grams Condition Good Price 11500 EUR     This pair of diamond set brooches, representing lilies, belongs together. We may presume, due to their detachable fittings, they once formed part of a splendorous…

novelty earrings forget me not golden sickle

Forget-me-not €1950

Herbarium No. 033 Scientific Name MYOSOTIS Common Name Forget-me-not Type Earrings Place London Date 1855-1873. Collected by Harry Emanuel Material Enamel, 625/1000 gold 15 ct – Hooks 585/1000 gold 14 ct Size 38,7 x 15 mm Total Weight 4,79 grams Condition Good. Hooks possibly added later Price 1950 EUR       Harry Emanuel (1825-1898) from London made this exquisite pair of enamelled Victorian novelty earrings. They depict a golden sickle combined with forget-me-not flowers. Harry Emanuel was not only a jeweller but also a politician. He took over his father’s jewellery business in 1855, working there as a goldsmith until 1873. He was mainly known…

Victorian Ivy locket

Ivy Victorian €875

Herbarium No. 129 Scientific Name HEDERA HELIX Common Name Ivy Type Locket, pendant Place Probably English Date Ca. 1890 Collected by Unknown Material 625/1000 gold 15 ct Size 38,9 x  24 mm Total Weight 9,5 grams Condition Good Price 875 EUR     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. This locket contains a dried lucky clover.

Chrysanthemum cufflinks

Chrysanthemums €380

Herbarium No. 100 Scientific Name CHRYSANTHEMUM Common Name Mum, chrysanth Type Cufflinks Place USA Date 1920s Collected by Unknown Material 585/1000 gold 14 ct, enamel Size 13,5 mm Total Weight 7,5 grams Condition Good Price 380 EUR     The name “chrysanthemum” refers to the Ancient Greek: χρυσός chrysos (gold) and ἄνθεμον anthemon (flower). Depicted on these cufflinks are indeed golden flowers; stylized chrysanthemums Most species of chrysanth or ‘mum’, the common name, originate from East Asia. The chrysanth is, according to Confucius, one of the ‘Four Gentlemen‘ (the other ‘Noble Ones’ being the plum blossom, the orchid, and bamboo), each…

Violet

Violet posy €875

Herbarium No. 028 Scientific Name VIOLA Common Name Violet Type Brooch Place Germany Date 1950s-60s Collected by Unknown. The flowershaped mark Gesetzlich Geschutzt is the German equivalent of a patent. Material Amethyst, nephrite, diamond, 585/1000 gold 14 ct 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

19th century · Bachelor's button · Cornflower · Detachable · Dutch · Language of Flowers · Old mine cut diamond · Pendant · Rosecut diamonds · Victorian

Cornflower pendant €1550

Herbarium No. 13 Scientific Name CENTAUREA cyanus Common Name Cornflower or bachelor’s button Type Pendant Place Made in the Netherlands Date Approximately 1870 Collected by Unknown maker (AR?), Dutch hallmarks Material Rose-cut diamonds, old mine cut diamond, silver and 750/1000 gold 18 ct Size 58,3 x 23,4 mm Total Weight 9,8 grams Condition Good Price 1550 EUR     The great interest in botany and gardening in the early nineteenth century was reflected in the naturalistic style of the jewels. Sparkling flowers were also worn in the hair. This 19th-century diamond set cornflower pendant has a screw-fitting at the back, showing…

1900 · 19th century · Bracelet · French · Garland · Ivy · Language of Flowers · Necklace · Victorian

Ivy French 1900 €1800

Herbarium No. 010 Scientific Name HEDERA Common Name Ivy Type Necklace/Bracelet Place Made in France Date Approximately 1890-1900 Collected by Hallmarks: maker PF, Nr 21496, Tête d’aigle 18 ct gold, Bigornes Material 750/1000 gold, natural pearls Size Bracelet 7.7 x 186 mm. Worn as a necklace the lenght is 396 Total Weight Bracelet 14,4 grams. Extra necklace links and clasp 3,6  grams Condition Good Price 1800 EUR 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…

Flower Lilac Cartier 1940's Montana Sapphire Gemstones Retro preciousflora.com

Lilac by Cartier €12800

Herbarium No. 002 Scientific Name SYRINGA vulgaris Common Name Lilac Type Clip brooch Place Made in Paris Date Approximately 1945 Collected by Signed Cartier Paris – Nr 07882 –  Bte S.G.D.G. – Tête d’aigle: essay mark 18 ct gold – Tête de rhinocéros: an after 1941 tax-mark – Bigornes. Material Blue Montana sapphires,  pink sapphires, 750/1000 gold 18 ct Size 49 x 34 mm Total Weight 17,8 grams Condition Good Price 12800 EUR Cartier is one of the most respected French designers of fine watches and jewellery in the world.  This brand was established in Paris by Louis-François Cartier in 1847….

1900 · Chain · Choker · Forget-me-not · Garland · Language of Flowers · Necklace · Rosecut diamonds · Silver · Turquoise · Victorian

Forget-me-not €620

Herbarium No. 016 Scientific Name MYOSOTIS Common Name Forget-me-not Type Necklace Place Made in England Date Around 1860/80. Collected by Unknown Material Turquoise, diamond, silver Size  Necklace 41 cm long, flowers 7.2mm Total Weight 7,9 grams Condition Good Price 620 EUR Forget-me-not-not-not … necklace, with flowers in turquoise and diamond, set in silver.