Cartier Double C earrings with alternating ribs of yellow and white gold. Each C is embellished with pave diamonds.
Backs are posts and clips. Measurements are 1 1/8" in length and 9/16" in width at the diamond top.
Surely, these Modernist sterling silver earrings are the largest I've seen. They measure 2" in diameter. Fortunately, they are light weight enough to be very comfortable to wear.
The center circle is slightly domed. Clip backs can easily be changed to posts. Signed ZINA.
Sporty and unusual earrings by Boris Le Beau who sold jewelry from his shop on Madison Avenue for 40 years. A central yellow sapphire has pear shaped emeralds above and below. All are set in 18 karat gold on ebony.
Omega backs. Measure 1.13" long and .75" wide. Made circa 1970's; excellent condition.
This ornamented squares bracelet by silver master William Spratling is not often seen.
Alternating squares and rectangles have a wrapped circular design around them.
Measurements are 3/4" wide and 6 13/16" wearable length so it fits a small/ medium wrist. Made in the 1940's.
This unusually large turquoise Native American bracelet is surrounded by handsome silver detail. It may have been made for ceremonial use.The triangular turquoise stone measures 2 1/2" tall and 1 3/4" at its widest. There is matrix throughout the stone. In one area, it is filled with resin as there was obviously an indentation. That would not be unusual with a stone as large as this. Made circa 1950's;excellent condition.
Massive Native American cuff bracelet with two triangular turquoise stones. There is beautiful silver work with considerable detail around the stones. The bracelet makes a fabulous fashion statement for either a man or woman. It measures 3 1/8" tall and 3" at its widest. The inner diameter of the cuff is 2 1/2" with a 1 5/8" opening (which can be adjusted).
There is a small chip in the smaller of the two stones. It can probably be polished out but I have had nothing done to it.
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Navajo bracelet with 15 beautifully colored, natural turquoise stones. The center medallion is 1 3/4" tall. Inner diameter is 2 1/4" with an opening of 1 1/4" (adjustable). Last thumbnail photo shows that the wrist cuff has been (poorly) re-soldered to the center medallion. It was not beautifully done but it is certainly secure. It does not show on the front of the bracelet. Made no later than 1950's.
Bold and unusual silver earrings of large circles within which are cut out circles. They are topped with amethysts, the size of which looks as though they are from the cut out circle. The setting and type of amethyst as well as the overall design of the earring are reminiscent of the work of William Spratling.The earrings are certainly artist made but not signed other than sterling. The circles measure 1 3/8" in diameter. The earrings are 1 3/4" in length including the amethyst. Backs are hinged... Click for details
This Thumbprint bracelet may be by silver master Antonio Pineda. It is a variation of his traditional all silver Thumb bprint bracelet. I have not seen one like this in which the silver links alternate with onyx.
The ambiguity has to do with the mark. The circular mark under the clasp looks as though it is one that often accompanies Antonio's crown but I cannot say with 100% certainty.The tall push clasp with a wide circle is certainly one used by Antonio.
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This unusual wood and silver box by Emilia Castillo is one of her early pieces, done when she signed her work with both Mimi and Los Castillo.
It measures 8 1/2" wide x 6 1/2" deep and 2 1/8" tall including the bracket feet. A bird on a branch surrounded by heart shaped leaves is painted in pure silver on ceramic. The box is richly colored ebony.
It is in excellent condition; made circa 1990.
Stella Rubin has been buying and selling antiques, specializing in American quilts, since 1976. She has sold to most of the major museums in the United States, including: The Metropolitan Museum of Art; The Smithsonian Institution; Colonial Williamsburg; The DAR; the International Quilt Study Center and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
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