This is a stunning rare amber color Weiss signed rhinestone jewelry set. Albert Weiss, a native New Yorker, started his company in 1942, on Fifth Avenue in N.Y., after having worked for Coro and Marvella Jewelry.
Mr. Weiss worked primarily in clear and colored rhinestones and was very well known for his creations of butterflies, bugs and flowers. Costume jewelry is collected and worn by millions of ladies around the world.
Mexico Silver at its Best!!
This beautiful 1930’s artist made Mexico Taxco signed large bracelet 2 ½” wide is a fine piece of art masterfully made. The history of silver in Taxco is a fascinating combination of legend and fact. Located in the hills between Acapulco and about 100 miles Southwest of Mexico City, Taxco in the state of Guerrero is one of the oldest mining sites located in the Americas. It has retained its natural charm with its colonial ambiance, red-tiled roofs, cobble-stoned, narrow winding streets and the towering, impressive 240 year old Santa Prisca Catheral. It’s natural wealth of silver attracted early Conquistadors. In the late 1920’s the highway from Mexico City finally reached Taxco and in 1926, William Spratling, a U.S. citizen and associate architecture professor from Tulane University arrived in Taxco to study Mexico and its culture. In1929 he moved to Mexico and was welcomed into the influential artistic circles of Mexico. In 1931 U.S. Ambassador Dwight Morrow commented to Mr. Spratling that Taxco had been the site of silver mines for centuries, but unfortunately had never been considered a location where jewelry and objects of silver were designed and made. This seemingly insignificant comment changed the course of Taxco’s artistic and economic history.
This beautiful hand crafted 1940’s sterling turquoise Native American made Navajo Indian made 26” necklace. Most jewelry made was masterfully made and skills past down through generations. One of the most important forms of Navajo and Southwestern Native American jewelry, is the Squash Blossom Necklace. Most are made of a string of plain round silver beads, interspersed with more stylized “squash blossoms”, and feature a pendant, or “naja”, hung from the center of the strand. The squash blossom beads are copied from the buttons which held together the pants worn by the Spanish, and later, Mexican caballeros. These buttons represent – and are modeled after – pomegranates
These are wonderful 1930’s bakelite bracelets. Bakelite is probably the most collectible — and valuable — plastic in existence today. Bakelite was discovered in 1909 by a New York chemist, Belgian-born Dr. Leo Hendrik Baekeland, the son of a shoemaker. In the 1920s, production began on bakelite jewelry ; the colorful pieces were attractive and affordable to those affected by the Great Depression. They could be produced in various colors, but the most common were yellow, butterscotch, red, green and brown.
Art Nouveau Period
1900 early sterling silver brown opal money clip. The art nouveau style is one of my favorite periods and designs next to art deco. The money clip is a fashion accessory for a male wearer. There is not much history to the money clip due to currency was mostly coin during the times, there is evidence dating back during China’s Han Dynasty in 118 BCE, original lightweight bank notes were made of leather.
Estate custom made large solid 750 18kt gold ring, has 12 fine diamonds , weighs 9.2 grams and sz 8.5 ring. It is 1/2″ wide. There are designer hallmarks inside ring. 18-karat gold is 18 parts gold to 6 parts alloys, or 75 percent gold. The 750 marking is a European marking for 18k.