The regional jewelry gather the jewels of the regions of France, emblematic of a time when the traditional costumes were matched with the corresponding jewels. Savoyard creoles, poissardes, Norman crosses, crosses of the Puy en Velay, esclavage necklaces, Bressans enamels, Perpignan garnets, Poitou rings, Yvetot necklaces, Holy Spirits, Saint Lot crosses, jeannette crosses, all of these jewels tell the story of France through their manufacture and their evolution.
Large Perpignan garnet navette ring in 18 karat (750) rose gold. Large marquise ring with a navette-cut garnet framed by twelve round Perpignan-cut garnets. The main garnet is mounted on a structure attached by clasps/rings to the head of the ring. The garnets are mounted on pearls and set in a closed setting. They have a lovely, intense raspberry-pink-red colour, typical of Perpignan jewellery, with a palette of nuances that is revealed in the sunlight. The ring is soberly decorated on the shoulders. The gold structure is finely decorated with triangular V-shaped figures on the edges, and the bezel backs are domed. Regional marquise ring from the late 19th century, France.
Eagle head hallmark and illegible goldsmith’s hallmark.
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.
Cluster ring Perpignan garnets in 18k rose gold. Antique ring centred on a round garnet surrounded by six round rose-cut garnets set in pearls. The main garnet is mounted on a structure attached by clasps/rings to the head of the ring. The ring is soberly decorated with a gadroon on each shoulder. The gold structure is finely decorated with triangular V-shaped figures on the edges, and the back of the bezels is domed. These stones are known as “perpignan” or “rose” cut and are faceted on the top but flat on the underside. These garnets have a beautiful raspberry, pink-red and slightly purplish colour. These colours are typical of Perpignan jewellery, with a palette of shades that is revealed in the sunlight.Regional jewellery from the middle of 19th century, France.
Eagle head hallmark, goldsmith’s hallmark illegible.
Finger size: 59 EU or 8.75 US (can be changed)
Ring head size: 12 x 12 mm
Condition: scratches from use, wears on the main stone, a prong missing
Weight: 2.7 g
More information : The paillon is an ancient technique that consists of placing a sheet of metal under the stone, at the bottom of the bezel, to accentuate its brilliance. The cut and method of manufacture of this Catalan jewellery dates back to the 18th century.
Antique provençal diamond ring in 18 karat (750 thousandths) pink gold and silver.Antique regional ring from Provence, set with five rose-cut diamonds on a silver and gold setting.The ring is decorated with fine leaves at shoulder level.Antique ring, mid-19th century, France.
French long necklace with enamel clasp and 14 karat (585) and 18 karat (750) rose gold. The 14 karat gold clasp is rectangular with two facets. The facets are decorated with enamels and motifs: one centred on a shield framed by two laurel leaves, the corners enamelled blue; the other decorated with a frieze of triangles enamelled blue, the corners enamelled white. The 18 karat gold sautoir chain is made of jaseron mesh. French regional jewellery from the mid-19th century, Normandy region.
Shell head hallmarks on the clasp, chain tested 18 karats.
Dimensions of clasp: 8 mm x 12 mm
Length of necklace: 70 cm
Alsace Lorraine antique ring in gilted silver, from Metz, France. Antique wedding ring, with a flat rectangular violet glass in a closed setting, surrounded by a set of round red and green paste glass in a closed setting. The ring is decorated with stripes, some with dot motifs. Antique regional ring from the mid-19th century, Alsace Lorraine, France.
Hallmark 12 and hallmark V
Finger size: 65 EU or 11 US (can be changed,but risk of losing the old hallmarks).
Bezel size: 25 x 16 mm
Condition: scratches, oxidation, knocks, old setting
Bracelet with Perpignan garnets in 18-karat rose gold (750). A very beautiful bracelet adorned with sixteen round-cut garnets. The garnets are cut in the so-called “Perpignan cut,” which is a rose cut with a flat back. The garnets in the bracelet display a lovely raspberry-red color, characteristic of Perpignan garnets. They are mounted on thin gold foils (paillons) and set in a closed setting. The setting is delicately decorated with V-shaped triangular figures on the edges, and the gem settings have a domed bottom. The bracelet’s clasp is a box-clasp with a safety chain. This regional bracelet dates back to the early 19th century and originates from the Southeast of France.
The hallmarks for quality assurance and the goldsmith hallmark are illegible.
Length : 19 cm
Width : 8.6 mm
Condition : it shows some minor dents and scratches.
Antique ring with Perpignan garnets in 18-karat rose gold (750 thousandths). The marquise-shaped ring features a center navette-cut garnet surrounded by ten round-cut Perpignan garnets. The main garnet is mounted on a structure fixed by attachments/rings at the head of the ring. The Perpignan garnets are mounted on thin gold foils (paillons) and set in a closed setting. They typically exhibit a rare raspberry, pink-red color, typical of Perpignan jewelry, with a range of nuances that reveal themselves in sunlight. The ring’s shank is decorated with openwork flowers on the shoulders.
These faceted stones on top but flat underneath are referred to as “Perpignan cut” or “rose cut.” The gold structure is finely decorated with V-shaped triangular figures on the edges, and the gem settings have a domed bottom. This regional marquise ring dates back to the early 19th century in France.
It bears the following hallmarks: a horse head hallmark (1838-1919), an owl hallmark, and an illegible goldsmith hallmark. The ring’s finger size is 58 EU or 8.25 US (resizable at the risk of losing the hallmarks’ readability). The dimensions of the ring’s head are 21.8 mm x 11 cm. It shows signs of wear scratches.
Weight: 3.32 gr
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French Reunion island gold pendant in 18 karat yellow gold (750). This pendant features a map of Reunion Island, with Saint Louis and Saint Pierre. The map is flown over by a sphaeton bird, iconic white bird of the island. Second-hand pendant, circa 1990.
Georgian Saint Esprit pendant from the Puy en Velay in 18 karat (750) rose gold. This regional pendant consists of an oval gold leaf embossed with a small cross, a flower and laurel leaves on a blue enamelled background. This element holds – with four figaro chains a Saint Esprit pendant representing a stylised bird carrying three gourds (or tears). The Saint Esprit pendant is no longer enamelled; it must have been decorated with blue enamel. It is set in the centre with a yellow stone, probably a yellow topaz or glass on a paillon, which is now very scratched. This early regional Saint Esprit pendant dates from the early 19th century, circa 1810, Auvergne, France.
Marked with a fleur-de-lys (1819-1838), a bulldog’s head and the PERET hallmark.
Dimensions: 11 cm x 4.6 cm
Condition: lack of enamel in the lower part, gem very dull due to its age, scratches and dents.
Georgian rows of gold necklace. Rare French regional necklace in yellow gold 18 karats. It is made of ten belcher (or rolo) chains. The clasp is the main decorative element of the jewel. It is enamelled blue and white with triangular and circular decoration. The reverse side of the clasp bears the initials “P…”. This necklace is worn as a choker. Late 18th – early 19th century necklace, Auvergne, France.
Hallmarked with rooster head turned to the right (Paris, 1798-1809), Goldsmith’s hallmark
Total length of the necklace at the shortest: 31 cm – Height when worn. 15/16 cm
Clasp size: 3.4 cm x 2 cm
Condition: a few tiny cracks in the enamel.