Stella Rubin Antique Quilts and Decorative Arts: JewelryStella Rubin Antique Quilts and Decorative Arts: Jewelry

Jewelry (271)

Matilda Poulat (Matl) silver and Jewel Cross
This impressive Cross by Matilde Poulat (who designed under the name Matl) is unusually large and heavy. It is 3 inches long and 2 1/2 inches wide. It weighs 55 grams. The silver is adorned with amethyst; turquoise and coral as is typical of Matl's work. The cross has two loops on the top from which to hang it. It would look equally good on a silver chain or fabric cord or ribbon. The hallmark dates it to the 1950's; condition is excellent.
Frank Gehry for Tiffany Silver Torque Bangle Bracelet
This Torque bangle bracelet by Frank Gehry for Tiffany scales his architectural genius down to the size of jewelry. The bracelet is the ultimate in silver chic.The inner diameter is 2 5/16" fitting a small/ medium size hand. It weighs a rather extraordinary 167 grams. The bracelet is 2 1/2" outer diameter and 1 3/4" tall. It is sold with the original Tiffany pouch.
Paloma Picasso Sterling and Hematite Earrings
Bold and striking silver earrings with hematite by Pablo Picasso's youngest daughter, Paloma. They are signed Paloma Picasso and dated 1985. The earrings measure 1 inch in length and 3/4 inch in width. Clip backs can be converted to posts; excellent condition. Light spots are reflections - not dings.
Huge Native American Turquoise Ring: Circa 1950
This Native American (most likely Navajo) ring is the largest I have seen. It measures 2 3/16" tall and 1 5/8" wide. It is interesting to note that because of its large size, the maker had to solder two pieces of silver together to create the backing. It is set with round and pear shaped natural turquoise stones. The ring is size 7 1/2 but can easily be sized up or down. Made circa 1950; found in Arizona.
Hopi Shadowbox Cuff Bracelet with Turquoise
This Hopi silver bracelet with natural turquoise is wonderfully three dimensional. The four irregularly shaped turquoise stones are set below the surface to create a shadowbox. The surface on which the stones are set is oxidized with the black giving the appearance of additional depth. The bracelet is stamped with an abstract design of circles and continuous curved lines on the top and bottom. It weighs a very substantial 123 grams. The inner diameter is 2 1/8" across with an opening of 1". The... Click for details
Navajo Turquoise Rings; Circa 1940's
Handmade Navajo silver and natural turquoise dating to the late 1940's. The cluster ring on the left measures 15/16" in diameter. It is size 8 3/4. $295 The large triangular ring on the right measures 1 3/8" wide x 1 1/2" tall. It is size 8 1/2. Both rings can be sized up or down. Arizona origin.$275
Set of Eight Navajo Silver Teaspoons: Circa 1930
Beautiful set of handmade Navajo silver teaspoons with fine stamped designs on the handles and bowls of the spoons. They measure 8 7/16" long; excellent condition. Made circa 1930's.
Woven Sterling Silver Round Box
Nicely handmade woven box of sterling silver. It measures 7/8" tall and 1 5/8" in diameter. The box is marked 925 for sterling and has additional numbers that I do not recognize. It has a good hinge and secure clasp. Excellent condition. Probably made circa 1960.
Antonio Pineda Sterling Silver Tray and Cups: Circa 1960
Antonio Pineda is best known for his masterfully designed silver jewelry. He did little in the way of hollowware making this set quite rare as well as beautiful. It consists of a sterling tray measuring 8" x 12" and 5 cups that are 3" tall. All have a bamboo design trim. The tray weighs 18.25 ounces and each cup is 110 grams.
Antonio Pineda Sterling Silver Circles Bracelet: Circa 1960
Silver master Antonio Pineda is best known for his architectural designs. This wonderful Circles bracelet is in keeping with his fine work. The circles are 3/4"tall. The sturdy clasp is invisibly integrated into the design. Only the safety chain indicates where the clasp is. It is in very good condition. The bracelet is made of 970 silver, higher quality than the 925 standard. It is approximately 7 7/8" in length but difficult to measure precisely because of the safety chain.
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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.

She is the author of Miller's "Treasure or Not: How to Compare and Value American Quilts". In addition to quilts and other textiles, Stella has a secondary specialty in fine design gold and silver jewelry.

During her decades in the antiques business, she has participated in most of America's most prestigious antiques shows including: The Philadelphia Antique Show: The Delaware Antique Show; The Museum of American Folk Art Antique Show and the New Hampshire Antique Show.

Stella is glad to work with you whether you're selecting an individual piece or forming a collection. She represents a wide range of quilts, from the finest to the funkiest. We welcome you to her gallery in Maryland as well as to this website,

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