18th Century

18th century jewelry and before is rare and precious. Often fragile, it is exceptional to find them in perfect condition. The know-how of stone cutting and metal treatment was not yet perfected and the gems are often set with hammered flats of precious metals. The diamonds are cut in rose or in points: they are cleaved by the lapidary. They have a charm but not the brilliance of brilliant cut diamonds.

We can find enamelled jewels, revolutionary jewels or jewels with a political message. Men wore on their fingers the portraits of political figures they supported, the rings could hide secret mechanisms, poison compartments. These pre-19th century jewels are the delight of collectors and historians.


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  • bague rubis italie anciennebague italienne ancienne rubis

    Georgian Italian ruby cluster ring in 14 karat gold (585). Late 18th century cluster ring with 9 table-cut rubies. Each shoulder of the ring is also set with 3 rubies. The ring is richly decorated with rinceaux and stylized leaves. Like most rings from this period, the ring head is secured with a rivet. Ring from the Mediterranean basin, probably Italy, circa 1780.

    Unreadable guarantee hallmark, 14k tested gold.

    Finger circumference: 56 EU or 7.5 US (possible sizing at the risk of missing ring decoration).

    Bezel dimensions: 14.8 mm x 15 mm

    Condition: scratches from use

    Weight : 5.4 gr

    More information : there are several examples of rings identified as Italian in the British Musuem, and although it is known that these designs were also made in Spain, there are no Spanish models referenced in museums. However, this style can be found throughout Southern Europe: Italy, Spain and Portugal, and can be explained by the presence of the Habsburgs during the 16th and 17th centuries in regions such as Sicily, Sardinia, Naples and Milan.

  • bague camée ancien bélierGold roman cameo ring

    Antique ram cameo ring in 14-karat rose gold (585) centered around an agate cameo depicting two rams side by side. One has its head turned towards the inside of the ring. Roman cameo from the 1st or 2nd century AD, 19th-century setting.

    Shell hallmark (French State hallmark for 14-karat gold)

    Adjustable ring size: 6.75 US

    Cameo dimensions: 12.5 mm x 13.4 mm

    Condition: loss on the edge of the cameo, setting with depressions.

    Weight: 3.29 gr

    *The antique box is not sold with the jewel*

  • croix reliquaire calcédoine en or

    Georgian Maltese cross chalcedony pendant in 14k gold (585). This antique reliquary cross is made of four chalcedony elements forming a cross, held together by a central gold element with delicate engraving. This central element likely originally contained a woven lock of hair beneath glass, although it is no longer present. The pendant has an intricately decorated bail. This Georgian cross t is from around 1820.

    Dimensions: 60 x 34 mm.

    Note: Similar Georgian Maltese crosses can be seen in the Victoria & Albert Museum in England.
    Condition: Missing the central protective glass, some oxidation.

    Weight: 11.26 gr

    *The antique gold chain is not sold with the jewel*
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  • georgian iberian citrine earringsantique silver foiled citrine earrings

    Antique Iberian foiled citrine earrings in 18k gold (750) and silver, set with citrines and flat diamonds. Earrings are made up of five articulated elements, each adorned with small diamonds and large citrines set in gold on a pink-red foil. They are called “Oil and Vinegar”. The pendants are fastened to the ears by clips, formed by a yellow gold screw system that grips the earlobe. Georgian foiled back citrine and diamond earrigns, circa 1780-90, Iberian Peninsula.

    Dimensions: 74 mm x 20 mm

    Condition: oxidation; inner crack in one of the citrines, the fastening system has been modified circa 1920.

    Weight : 33.24 gr

    *The antique box is not sold with the jewel*

  • bague marquise en or et argentbague marquise XVIIIe siècle

    Georgian paste marquise ring in 18 karat gold (750) and silver marquise ring. This large antique marquise-type ring features an oval head adorned with an opalescent glass plaque, onto which green paste stones have been set, forming a flower at the center of the jewel. A line of white paste stones surrounds the central plaque, they exhibits a common trick called the “black spot” which was when a hole was cut at the back of the foil behind the paste. This showed the black spot that was meant to imitate the culet on an old mine cut diamond. The ring’s band is decorated with two delicate ridges at the shoulder. Georgian period, circa 1820, France.

    Hibou and swan hallmarks (French state hallmarks for 18-karat gold).

    Finger size: 58 EU or 8.25 US (resizing possible)

    Setting dimensions: 35 x 18 mm

    Condition: The yellow gold ring is probably not from origin; antique tin soldering; usual wears on gold and stones.

    Weight: 9.44 gr

    *The antique box is not sold with the jewel*

  • iron silesian bracelet

    Georgian Silesian iron bracelet. Woven wire bracelet, decorated with a large flower, the heart centered on a faceted nail. A circular spiral pendant hangs from the flower. Antique bracelet, circa 1798/1800, Silesia, (region extending over parts of Poland, Germany and the Czech Republic)

    Dimensions: 7 cm (including pendant) x 22 cm

    Condition: slight oxidation

    Weight : 16.59 gr

  • georgian gold swivel ringbague ancienne pivotante pensée

    Georgian portrait swivel ring in 18 karat (750) yellow gold. Antique ring with pivoting bezel, decorated with pansies and a portrait of a young woman. The miniatures are painted on mother-of-pearl and circled in black and gold. Swivel sentiment ring from the late 18th century, France.

    Marked with a cock’s head facing left, open beak, between 1798 and 1809.

    Finger size: 60.5 EU or 9.25 (can be cut to size on request at the risk of losing the hallmark).

    Note: the pivoting bezel works.
    Condition: scratches, small piece of glass inside the ring.

    Weight : 1,14 gr

    *The antique case is not sold with the jewel*.

  • Mother of pearl reliquary pendantAntique miniature reliquary locket pendant

    Antique reliquary locket pendant in 18k rose gold (750). On one side, the pendant is decorated with a miniature on paper depicting Saint Jerome praying before a cross, with a skull in the foreground. The miniature is protected by a beveled oval glass. The reverse features a chased oval mother-of-pearl plate adorned with a carnelian cabochon on red foil, set in the center of the composition. It forms the heart of Christ, in a radiating motif engraved in the mother-of-pearl. The medallion is decorated with fine chasing on the edge, which opens secretly by unscrewing the ring-like upper part. Antique medallion, probably French, dating from the late 18th century.

    Owl hallmark (later add).

    Dimensions: 43 mm x 25 mm

    Condition: vellum miniature in poor condition, possibly restored or removed. Scratches from use.

    Weight : 12.49 gr

    *The antique box and the chain are not sold with the jewel*
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  • bague marquise en or 18k

    An important 18th century marquise-type souvenir ring centred with the initials JO for John Olding.

  • bague portrait diamantantique georgian portrait diamond ring

    Georgian diamond portrait ring in rose gold 18 karats and silver 800 thousandth. Antique ring composed of a hexagonal bezel enclosing a lady’s portrait. The miniature portrait is painted on ivory, it is highlighted by a surround of thirty rose-cut diamonds in a silver setting. The basket is beautifully crafted, decorated with scrolls in cartouches corresponding to the hexagonal shape of the jewel. This ring is a transformable piece of jewellery. The bezel can be removed by means of a pin located at the basket.

    It is likely that the portrait, once removed from the ring, could be worn as a brooch or pendant by fitting it to another suitable structure.

    This ring dates from the late 18th century.

    Swan and owl hallmarks (later adds)

    Finger size: 51 EU or 5.5 US (sizing possible)

    Bezel size : 16 mm x 14 mm

    Estimated diamond weight : 0,15 carat

    Condition : fine scratches, some oxidation

    Weight : 6.50 gr

    *The antique box is not sold with the jewel*

  • georgian paste gold ringyeallow paster ring from the georgian period

    Georgian paste ring in rose gold 14 karats, decorated with a foiled paste glass. The paste stone is set with eight small claws on a curved bottom. The ring is delicately chiseled, the shoulders are decorated with leaves. Antique ring dating from the early 19th century, circa 1820, Gorgian period.

    Tested with 14 karat gold

    Finger size : 53,5 EU or 6,5 US (can be resized)

    Condition : scratches from use, scratches on the glass and oxidations. No hallmark (exempt because less than 3 gr)

    Weight : 1.73 gr

    *The antique box is not sold with the jewel*

  • georgian-diamond-foiled-stud-earringsclou-oreille-diamant-or-argent

    Georgian foiled diamond stud earrings in yellow 18 karat gold and silver. Pair of stud earrings set with a rose cut foiled diamond. The paillon is a yellow coloured metal sheet giving a special luminous effect to the diamond. The diamond is set with 6 silver claws. Pair of antique earrings, from the end of the 18th century.

    Unreadable hallmarks, the chips have been tested with 18k gold and silver (assay undetermined)

    Diameter: 7 mm

    Note: butterfly clasp with screw, for pierced ears
    Condition: Oxidations; the pearls are less coloured, this is due to their age.

    Weight : 2,57 gr

    *The antique box is not sold with the jewel*