Antique jewelry: Rings, necklaces, bracelets & more

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Antique jewelry - sunburst-ornaments of seed pearls c1830s - Via Smithsonian

Necklace of gold, cut sapphires and diamonds, pearls (1890s)

Via Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

1890s necklace with gold sapphires diamonds pearls


Antique gold bracelet (c1875)

Antique bracelet from c1875 - Via Smithsonian


Earrings, bracelets, lorgnettes (1922)

From vintage catalog: Earrings are still very much the vogue, and on this page, we are showing eight of the newer creations. While they are all moderately priced, each has that distinctive smartness that assures its appreciation.

The Bracelet is also “in”, and it is very convenient to have it so for it makes a charming personal gift, constantly in use, and just as constantly a pleasant reminder of its donor.

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Baby jewelry and lace pins (1922)

Perhaps the most important reason why gifts of jewelry are the most appropriate for the little folks is because of their lasting qualities — for the older they grow the more they are treasured.

Almost every girl or woman has a very real affection for pearl jewelry. For any gift occasion when something inexpensive is sought, you will hardly find anything more acceptable than these pearl-set Lace Pins. Baby rings cannot be supplied in sizes larger than 4.

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Aquamarines and cameos (1922)

Aquamarine being of a delicate shade of blue, is so named because of its resemblance in color to the sunlit sea. Set with lustrous pearls, it forms jewelry that, while of exceptional beauty, is still moderate in price.

The Cameo never grows old-fashioned. Its delicate pink loveliness gives it a perennial vogue. The pieces we show on this page are of exceptionally high-grade shell, expertly cut in tasteful and attractive designs.

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Fine sapphires (1922)

The rich blue of the sapphire — September’s birthstone — has made it one of the most popular of colored stones. It is particularly lovely when mounted with pearls — with which it combines so effectively.

Among the charming gifts on this page, lavalliere C417504 (top of page, in the middle) is especially pleasing. The mount is of 18-kt. white gold, set with a fine sapphire and one whole pearl. It is a dainty gift at a modest cost.

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Amethyst jewelry (1922)

From Brazil, Uruguay and India come these delicately violet-purple stones that adorn some of our most charming jewelry. Like so many other colored stones the amethyst combined with pearls produces a most pleasing effect.

February claims the amethyst as its birthstone, but whether her birth-month be February or not, milady will treasure the gift of a dainty piece of amethyst jewelry. Bar Pin, C418501 (top of page, in the middle) is especially attractive.

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Peridot jewelry (1922)

The Peridot is a rich, olive-tinted stone that is capable of taking a very high polish. Although beautiful in itself, when set with pearls its brilliancy shows to still greater advantage. Because it harmonizes with any costume or coloring and is suitable for any age it has grown deservedly popular.

An especially dainty gift is the necklace, 419502 (top of page, in the middle). It is made up of three fine peridots combined with pearls in an attractive setting is 14-kt. gold.

Besides being a personal gift for which a ready and lasting welcome is assured, it is also an exceptionally good value at its surprisingly modest price.

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Pearl jewelry in 14-kt. gold (1922)

Pearls were among the earliest jewels known to man and, as far back as we have records, history relates how their lustrous beauty has been desired and prized. The majority of articles on this page are pearl-set. Any one of them makes a charming personal gift.

The dainty little maple leaf lace pin of tinted gold D420503 (top of page, in the middle) is an inexpensive gift that has always proved popular. It is a reproduction of Canada’s National Emblem in all its beautiful autumn coloring and is sure to appeal to friends and acquaintances abroad.

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Pendants, necklets, etc. (1922)

Assembled here are twenty-two suggestions for ladies — specially selected to aid the troubled male. There are pendants, necklets, lavalieres — dainty personal gifts that a woman loves and treasures.

The Add-a-Pearl necklet is a charming gift for a young girl. It can be started with any number of pearls from one up and these can be added to from time to time, as occasion presents itself, until the string is complete.

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Onyx jewelry in 14-kt gold settings (1922)

Lovers of onyx and their numbers are legion will find many new and unusual conceptions on this page. These combinations of onyx with
diamonds or pearls are just as charming as they are individual.

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Necklets of Delecta Pearls (1922)

The finer grades of Delecta Pearls are only rivaled by the genuine Oriental gems. Each of the lovely gift necklets shown here comes in an appropriately rich case, ready for presentation.

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Exclusive creations from our Craftshops (1922)

A really wonderful piece of craftsmanship is this Watch Bracelet. The full-jeweled movement — unbelievably tiny, yet very accurate — is contained in a rectangular platinum case richly set with diamonds. Throughout this watch combines the best of jewelers’ and watchmaker’s arts.

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Diamond engagement rings (1922)

The Diamond today is the outward and visible symbol of Romance. Behind almost every stone there is some story concerning the lives of two people. Because of what it symbolizes, it is of prime importance that the diamond be perfect. The only way to be sure of perfection is to buy from a house of long-established reputation.

No matter what the price you pay for one of our engagement rings you get the same quality of diamond — the finest. The size of the stone is the only factor in the price.

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Jewels! Which to wear and when to wear them (1914)

by Idah McGlone Gibson – The Day Book (Chicago, Ill.) December 31, 1914

A girl and every woman should be very particular when choosing jewelry. Nothing that a woman wears makes or mars her beauty more than the little gew-gaws she hangs about her neck, the jewels she puts in her ears, or the bracelets and rings with which she decorates her arms and hands.

These facts were brought home to me most forcibly when I saw Miss Irene Hough, America’s most beautiful telephone girl, wearing jet earrings. Miss Hough has ordinarily a face of the Madonna type.

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However, when she appeared wearing long ear drops of jet, although she had not changed the dressing of her hair or in any other way, she looked like a vivacious gypsy. Earrings nearly always make one look older, so women, unless they would try for the grand dame effect, should be very careful when they wear them.

Once when Ethel Barrymore was playing the mother of a grown daughter, one of the ways in which she added to her age was by wearing long, gold and jet earrings. If your eyes are light and rather lacking in expression, don’t wear diamond earrings even if you can afford them.

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If you have the deep coloring that comes at middle age, don’t wear coral earrings and, above all, do not wear those little, dark, pink coral beads in a pink ear. They look like warts. If you are sure you have a “peaches and cream” complexion, wear pearl earrings.

A girl with a gypsy cast of features and dark complexion looks well in gold hoop earrings.

Pearl beads are becoming to most any throat that is not wrinkled and old, and a thin, gold chain with a pretty locket or another ornament on it is always good taste.

Many bracelets and rings are vulgar. One or two good rings are sufficient to wear at one time. Bracelets, with the exception of the bracelet watch, are now out of style. However, with the harking back to the mid-Victorian styles, we are sure to soon resume wearing bracelets.

Personally, I am much more in favor of wearing bracelets than earrings, for, while the bracelet is a remembrance of the time when women were slaves and wore bands about their arms, with the names of their masters thereon, the earring is of still older and more barbarous origin. It comes from the time when we wore rings in our nose and lips, as well as our ears!

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