ERIE BASIN ANTIQUES
Sept. 18 - 20
c1910 Art Nouveau Diamond Crossover Ring, 0.52ctw European Cut and Rose Cut Diamonds, Platinum, 14K, $1750
1920s Art Deco Lapis Lazuli Ring, 14K Yellow Gold, $1350
Look how amazing this mounting is. Every ring gallery should be built like this. Also, it’s one of the nicest pieces of lapis I’ve ever seen in a ring.
1930s Art Deco 0.38ct European Cut Diamond Engagement Ring (in the online shop)
Art Deco Bracelets:
1930s Pink and White Crystal Bracelet, Sterling Silver, $165
1920s Napier Art Deco Blue Stone Bracelet, Gilt Metal, $225
1930s Art Deco Rhodonite Bracelet, Sterling Silver, $350
1945 Late Deco 0.45ct Diamond Engagement Ring (in the online shop)
1910-20s Art Deco Triangular Amethyst and Pearl Pendant Necklace, 14K Gold, $1995
One of the coolest pendants I’ve seen in a long time. The words “Aztec Spaceship” came to mind when I found it. Art Deco designers often borrowed geometric non-Western motifs, and i think the maker of this pendant must have been looking to Pre-Columbian design.
It would have been very avant-garde for the 1920s, yet I’m inclined to think it might be even older. The way the pearl tassels are assembled is more typical of Arts & Crafts jewelry. And the surface of the gold was “bloomed.” Blooming was a technique used in the mid to late 19th century to treat the surface of gold jewelry. The gold was submerged in an acid strong enough to burn off the alloy metals from the surface of the piece, leaving only gold and giving the surface a matte finish. It was rarely done after the 1890s. So I think this was either made by a jeweler who worked through the Victorian era and into the 1920s, or made by a jeweler at the turn of the century. Not that twenty years makes much difference in the grand scheme of things, but I love the idea that it might be a very very early example of Art Deco design.