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  • Antique Lockets, Charms And Fobs Necklace
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    Description

    This magnificent necklace features a variety of antique treasures on a handwoven, gold-filled chain:

    • banded agate circle charm with red enamel Maltese cross and black taille d' epargne scrolls on the reverse side
    • three antique pinchbeck fobs with amethyst glass stones (most likely were wax seals which were then repurposed and set with the stones).  
    • three gold-filled lockets: antique gold-filled oval locket with paste stones, vintage gold-filled locket with etched diamond and banded design, and antique, gold-filled Bliss Brothers locket with etched floral design and paste stones
    • carnelian etched fob with image of Roman soldier in profile set in a gold-filled scrolled bezel
    • antique, gold-filled watch pin with art glass opal stone
    • round, antique gold-filled fob with etched starburst design and paste stone
    • antique gold-filled love knot brooch with turquoise glass focal stone and oak leaf design, converted into a charm

    Details and Materials

    • 21" long, can clasp shorter
    • gold-filled lobster clasp and jump rings
    • Antique gold-filled charms
    • the three lockets all open and shut securely, but are missing inside picture holders 
    • charms dangle 1 - 1 1/2" from chain

    Origin Story

    So much history behind this necklace!   Here are a few historical nuggest about some of the charms on this necklace . . . 

    Banded agate was a popular stone in the mid-nineteenth century England, influenced by Queen Victoria's trips to Scotland to visit her Balmoral estate, where agate jewelry had been made for hundreds of years.   Most of these stones were very colorful and ornate, however darker stones were also favored as a symbol of mourning.

    The fob seals in this necklace are made of pinchbeck, an alloy of copper and zinc (like brass) but mixed in proportions so that it closely resembles the appearance of gold.    It was invented in the 18th century by Christopher Pinchbeck, a London clockmaker.  The exact formula was a very closely guarded family secret and hence difficult for other jewelers to copy.  Much like today, jewelry made from high carat gold was out of the reach of most people so this more affordable alloy became very popular.  The wealthy also loved it since they could travel with credible reproductions of their valuable jewelry without worrying about loss from theft while on the road.  Pinchbeck's popularity declined in the mid-1800s, when nine karat gold (which contains 9/24 parts gold) became legal, allowing buyers to acquire gold jewelry made from a less expensive version of that precious metal. 

    Lockets are another enduring legacy of the Victorian era.  Victoria amassed a significant collection and they served as time capsules for the various stages of her life.   An excellent article describing "All the Queen's Lockets" provides more info for those of you seeking more details.  The gold-filled lockets in this necklace date from 1900 - 1940.  The oldest locket in the group is likely the vertical oval-shaped one, engraved with the maker's mark of the Bliss Brothers Company founded in 1873 in Attleboro, Massachusetts.  

    The jewelry industry in the United States launched in southern New England beginning in the 18th century. Crossing the border between Attleboro, MA and Providence, RI, craftsmen originally formed metal into silver buttons for Revolutionary War officers’ uniforms.  Attleboro was once heralded as "The Jewelry Capital of the World" due to its many jewelry manufacturers.  Rhode Island also laid claim to this title.  

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  • Antique Buttons Necklace with Vintage Hematite Beads
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    Description

    This necklace features antique cut steel buttons, c. 1900, on a vintage brass foxtail chain with handwoven chainmaille and vintage hematite glass beads.  

    Details and Materials

    • 19" long
    • buttons drop 2 1/2" from the chain
    • vintage hematite glass beads
    • antique cut steel buttons measuring 15 and 25 mm
    • vintage brass foxtail chain and lobster clasp

    Origin Story

    Cut steel jewelry gained popularity in France during the 18th century when King Louis demanded that citizens turn in their diamonds to help fund war efforts. This type of jewelry features tiny faceted and polished steel studs carved to mimic diamonds and individually riveted in place. Similar in appearance to marcasite, cut steels sparkle brilliantly when polished. Pieces can be dated by looking at the size of the cut steels, which were individually hand-riveted, and the number of facets. Older buckles feature smaller studs with as many as 15 facets. Cut steel jewelry fell out of fashion in the early 20th century when production quality declined and other trends emerged.

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  • Antique Button Necklace with Vintage Hematite Beads
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    Description

    This necklace features antique cut steel buttons, c. 1900, on a vintage brass foxtail chain with handwoven chainmaille and vintage hematite glass beads.  

    Details and Materials

    • 19" long
    • buttons drop 2 1/2" from the chain
    • vintage hematite glass beads
    • antique cut steel buttons measuring 15 and 25 mm
    • vintage brass foxtail chain and lobster clasp

    Origin Story

    Cut steel jewelry gained popularity in France during the 18th century when King Louis demanded that citizens turn in their diamonds to help fund war efforts. This type of jewelry features tiny faceted and polished steel studs carved to mimic diamonds and individually riveted in place. Similar in appearance to marcasite, cut steels sparkle brilliantly when polished. Pieces can be dated by looking at the size of the cut steels, which were individually hand-riveted, and the number of facets. Older buckles feature smaller studs with as many as 15 facets. Cut steel jewelry fell out of fashion in the early 20th century when production quality declined and other trends emerged.

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  • Antique Book Chain and Chrysoprase Necklace with Handwoven Gold-filled Chainmaille
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    Description

    This necklace features gold and rose gold-filled links from several antique book chain necklaces, c. 1900, chrysoprase drops and handwoven, gold-filled chainmaille.  

    Details and Materials

    • 20" long and can clasp shorter
    • gold and rose-gold filled antique book chain necklace links
    • gold-filled, bezel set chrysoprase drops
    • gold-filled jump rings and spring clasp
    • antique book chain links and chrysoprase stones drop 2" from chain

    Origin Story

    Book chain necklaces featured links shaped like the bindings of books, and were very popular during the Victorian era. This necklace style re-emerged throughout the 20th century during various Victorian revival periods, particularly through the late 1930's - 40's. It is a design that continues to evolve and inspire even in the 21st century.

    Chrysoprase is a beautiful, apple green colored gemstone variety of chalcedony. It's color is due to the presence of nickel in the mineral. Chrysoprase is listed as a birthstones for both a May and June. The word chrysoprase comes from the Greek “chrys,” meaning 'gold or yellow' and “prase,” meaning 'green'.

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  • The Big Fruit Salad Vintage Necklace I
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    This necklace features a medley of vintage glass fruit and vegetable charms, c. 1950, on a brass Bowdoin chain, c. 1980, with handwoven chainmaille.

    Details and Materials
    • necklace is 20" in length, can be clasped shorter
    • vintage brass chain, handwoven chainmaille and lobster clasp
    • vintage glass charms 
    • glass charms drop 1-2" from chain
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  • The Big Fruit Salad Vintage Necklace II
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    This necklace features a medley of vintage glass fruit and vegetable charms, c. 1950, on a brass Bowdoin chain, c. 1980, with handwoven chainmaille.

    Details and Materials
    • necklace is 20" in length, can be clasped shorter
    • vintage brass chain, handwoven chainmaille and lobster clasp
    • vintage glass charms 
    • glass charms drop 1-2" from chain
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  • Vintage  Silver Shells Necklace with Chrysoprase
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    Description

    This necklace features and assorted of vintage silver sea shells and chrysoprase drops, dangling from a chain assembled from links of vintage silver plated watch chains.

    Details and Materials

    • 21" in length, can be shortened to about 18"
    • vintage silver plated watch chain
    • sterling spring clasp and jump rings
    • vintage silver and silver plated charms
    • sterling silver bezel-set chrysoprase drops

    Origin Story

    Chrysoprase is a beautiful, apple green colored gemstone variety of chalcedony. It's color is due to the presence of nickel in the mineral. Chrysoprase is listed as a birthstones for both a May and June. The word chrysoprase comes from the Greek “chrys,” meaning 'gold or yellow' and “prase,” meaning 'green'.

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  • Athena Necklace
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    Athena Necklace

    $155.00

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    Athena Necklace

    $155.00

    Description

    This necklace features a vintage watch fob coin with an image of the Greek goddess Athena.  The fob dangles from an antique watch chain and connects in the front with two antique watch clips.  Vintage faceted atlas glass beads, c. 1940, provide a subtle touch of bling.  The necklace can be worn with the clip attached to one of the larger jump rings, or to each other.

    Details and Materials

    • Necklace is 18 - 18 1/2", depending on how it is clasped
    • Antique gold-filled watch clips
    • Vintage watch fob
    • Antique gold-filled curb chain
    • Vintage satin glass beads

    Origin Story

    Athena is the Greek goddess of war, wisdom and "handicraft." The vintage coin fob features an image of Athena based on the lost Athena Parthenos sculpture, which depicted her post-battle and of course victorious. The sculpture was said to show Athena wearing a helmet with a Sphinx in the middle and two griffins on each side. The fob coin shows a griffin in profile sitting atop her helmet. Griffins are mythological creatures with the lower body of a lion and the upper body and head of an eagle; they were frequently used to embellish Victorian jewelry as a symbol of bravery and vigilance.

    While the original sculpture of Athena is long gone, you can visit an impressive replica in the United States at the reproduction of the Parthenon in Nashville, Tennessee (we've visited this before, highly recommend!).

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  • Victorian Revival Necklace
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    Description

    This necklace features a tasseled Victorian Revival pendant, c. 1940, on a brass foxtail chain with crystal beads for added sparkle, taille d' epargne black enameling, and handwoven chainmaille accents.

    Details and Materials

    • necklace is 21-23" in length
    • brass foxtail chain, jump rings and lobster clasp
    • pendant is 2" long (to end of tassels) and 1 1/2" wide

    Origin Story

    Victorian revival jewelry enjoyed heightened popularity during and after World War II.  The very simple design of this focal pendant, though larger in scale than jewelry of its predecessor era, is very Victorian.  Rhinestones and other colored glass stones that had been manufactured by countries ravaged by the war, such as Germany, Austria and Czecholslovakia, were no longer available.  Jewelry designs incorporated alternative materials - such as brass and bakelite - to replace gold and rhodium, which were used in wartime manufacturing.  Seed pearls, semi-precious colored stones and plastics manufactured in the U.S., largely Rhode Island, replaced rhinestones from Eastern Europe and faux pearls from Japan. 

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  • Fruits and Veggies Vintage Necklace
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    Description

    This necklace features a medley of vintage glass fruit and vegetable charms, c. 1950, on a brass Bowdoin chain, c. 1980, with handwoven chainmaille.

    Details and Materials
    • necklace is 19" in length, can be clasped shorter
    • vintage brass chain, handwoven chainmaille and lobster clasp
    • vintage glass charms 
    • glass charms drop 1-2" from chain
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  • Strawberry Lemonade Vintage Glass Fruit Necklace
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    Description

    This necklace features vintage glass lemon charms, c. 1950, on a brass Bowdoin chain, c. 1980, with handwoven chainmaille.

    Details and Materials

    • necklace is 20" in length, can be clasped shorter
    • vintage brass chain, handwoven chainmaille and lobster clasp
    • beaded fruit charms drop 1-2" from chain
    • vintage glass fruit charms and beads
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  • Antique Swallow Locket
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    Description

    This necklace features an antique, square diamond-shaped locket engraved with a jewel encrusted image of a swallow in flight.  The eye of the swallow is a red paste stone and the body has several tiny clear paste and turquoise stones. The locket drops from a chain assembled from two different antique, gold-filled watch chains. It clasps in the front with a large antique spring ring connected to an watch clip, allowing you to add other charms if desired or to switch out the locket.

    The locket is in good working condition and shuts securely.

    Details and Materials

    • necklace is 20" in length
    • locket is 20 x 20 mm
    • antique gold-filled watch chains, spring ring and watch clips

    Origin Story

    Swallow birds were frequently used in antique jewelry designs, particularly during the Victorian era.  Legends say swallows led ships home as they neared land and helped guide their way home.  Swallows are also associated with faithfulness, as they mate for life.

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  • Vintage Glass Leaf Charm Necklace
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    Description

    This necklace features vintage glass leaf charms on a handmade brass chain with trombone links.

    Details and Materials

    • 25" in length, can be clasped shorter
    • brass jump rings, trombone links and lobster clasp
    • vintage glass leaf charms
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  • Converted Brooch Necklace with Handwoven Brass Chainmaille
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    Description

    This statement necklace features a converted brooch, c. 1940, made of brass with amber rhinestones and a stacked floral design. The chain is handmade from 15 mm brass chainmaille rosettes.

    Details and Materials

    • necklace is 20" long, can be clasped shorter
    • focal pendant is 1 1/4" wide, 2 1/2" long
    • brass chainmaille and lobster clasp
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  • Vintage Tasseled Shoe Buckle Necklace
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    Description

    This necklace features a vintage, rhinestone studded shoe buckle with two tassels, c. 1930.  The buckle drops from a handmade necklace assembled from segments of a vintage watch chain and sterling silver jump rings.

    Details and Materials

    • 22" in length, can be shorted
    • oxidized sterling silver lobster clasp and jump rings
    • vintage shoe buckle
    • vintage watch chain links
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  • Vintage Fruit Salad Necklace
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    Description

    This necklace features 11 vintage glass fruit charms, c. 1950, on  a brass handmade chain.

    Details and Materials
    • necklace is 21" in length, can be clasped shorter
    • vintage brass chain and lobster clasp
    • vintage glass fruit charms
    • charms drop 1-2" from chain
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  • Strawberry Banana Vintage Fruit Necklace
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    This necklace features vintage glass banana and strawberry charms, c. 1950, on  a brass handmade chain.

    Details and Materials
    • necklace is 23" in length, can be clasped shorter
    • vintage brass chain and lobster clasp
    • beaded fruit charms drop 1-2" from chain
    • vintage glass fruit charms
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  • Antique Butterfly Necklace with Handwoven Gold-filled Chainmaille
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    This necklace features links from a silver-toned antique belt, circa late 19th to early 20th century, and handwoven, gold-filled chainmaille. Each of the seven links is in the shape of a butterfly, with faux cut steel gilded accents, and measures 1 1/4" x 1 1/8."

    Details and Materials

    • 18" long
    • each butterfly is 1 1/4" x 1 1/8"
    • silver-toned metal
    • sterling silver lobster clasp
    • gold-filled jump rings

    Origin Story

    Cut steel jewelry gained popularity in France during the 18th century when King Louis demanded that citizens turn in their diamonds to help fund war efforts. This type of jewelry features tiny faceted and polished steel studs carved to mimic diamonds and individually riveted in place. Similar in appearance to marcasite, cut steels sparkle brilliantly when polished. Pieces can be dated by looking at the size of the cut steels, which were individually hand-riveted, and the number of facets. Older buckles feature smaller studs with as many as 15 facets. Cut steel jewelry fell out of fashion in the early 20th century when production quality declined and other trends emerged.

    The cut steels in this piece are "faux," meaning they are stamped rather than riveted. This dates the components in this necklace to between the late 19th to early 20th century.

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  • Antique Etched Oval Locket
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    This necklace features an antique, rosy gold-filled locket, c. 1910, on a chain made of handwoven, gold-filled chainmaille and antique book chain segments.  The etched floral design of the locket's front includes clear and red paste stones. The reverse side is etched with a cursive monogram.  The locket shuts securely and the back side is very slightly dented - considering it is over 100 years old the locket is in great condition!

    Details and Materials

    • 14k gold filled jump chainmaille jump rings
    • antique gold filled necklace links
    • gold-filled spring ring clasp
    • locket hangs from an antique pocket watch swivel clip and can be removed
    • necklace is 30" in length, can be shortened to 24"
    • locket drops 3" from center jump ring

    Origin Story

    The inside of this locket is marked H&H with an etched star, indicating it was made by Hamilton & Hamilton Jr. of Providence Rhode Island, a jewelry manufacturer that opened in 1883 and closed its doors in 1922.  The antique pocket watch clip is marked H&SB with an etched star, indicating it was made by the W.S. Blackinton & Company.  This company was started by two brothers in 1865 and was originally a manufacturer of gold jewelry in Meriden, CT. 

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  • Fobs & Charms Necklace
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    This necklace features nine different antique charms and fobs on 14K gold-filled, handwoven chainmaille.  The charms include a mother of pearl horse head fob, a banded agate drop, a floating goldstone pendant, a gold-filled Elks charm, and antique red coral and rolled gold brooch conversions.

    Details and Materials

    • necklace is 18" in length, but can be clasped shorter
    • charms drop from 1 - 1 1/2" from the chain
    • 14K gold-filled jump rings
    • gold-filled lobster claps
    • rolled gold charms and fobs
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  • Vintage Carnelian Necklace with Handwoven Chainmaille and Lucite Links
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    This statement necklace features a translucent vintage carnelian circle pendant, c. 1970, suspended from a chain made of handwoven brass chainmaille and vintage, faceted amber lucite links.

    Details and Materials

    • pendant measures 2 1/4" across (interior circle measures 1")
    • necklace is 24" in length, can be shortened to 20"
    • brass lobster closure
    • brass chainmaille
    • vintage lucite links
    • vintage carnelian pendant
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  • Vintage Locket with Yellow and Rose Gold Flowers
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    Description

    This necklace features a vintage locket, circa 1940, in 14k rolled yellow and rose gold with ornate hand engraving that is almost chinoiserie in style. The hinge is tight and the locket closes securely. The interior the locket contains 2 frames and 2 plastics. 

    The chain is hand-assembled from several vintage watch chains and the locket drops from a vintage pocket watch clip.  This clip adds versatility to this piece as you can detach the locket and add a different pendant for a new look.

    Details and Materials

    • locket is 1 3/8" in diameter
    • necklace is 32" long but can be clasped shorter
    • locket drops an additional 2 1/4" from the base of the necklace
    • oxidized sterling silver lobster clasp
    • vintage silver and gold-toned watch chain components
    • oxidized silver-filled jump rings

    Origin Story

    Lockets gained popularity during the Victorian era after Queen Victoria wore a mourning locket with a photo inside of her beloved husband Albert every day, setting a fashion trend. Prior to his passing, her husband had gifted her with a charm bracelet with eight lockets, each containing a lock of hair from each of their children.

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  • Heart Fob Necklace
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    Heart Fob Necklace

    $325.00

    Description

    This necklace features a vintage pinchbeck watch fob, c. 1900, with a heart-shaped design in rose gold that is engraved JJB on one side and is plain on the other.  It dangles from a handmade chain of oxidized silver and gold-filled Byzantine chainmaille links.  The fob is 1 1/4" tall with a leafy textured design and with a gold-plated heart on both sides. 

    Details and Materials

    • fob is 35 mm at its longest, 25 mm at its widest
    • necklace is 20" long, but can be clasped shorter
    • sterling lobster clasp
    • antique yellow and rose gold-filled fob
    • gold-filled jump rings
    • oxidized sterling jump rings 

    Origin Story

    Developed around the 1770s, alongside the invention of pocket watches, fobs were worn by both men and women, attached at the waist or to a belt. Their popularity continued throughout the 19th century but gradually became more associated with male attire. Some watch chains held multiple decorative fobs where they dangled similarly to a ladies charm bracelet when draped on a vest.

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  • Antique Pin Striped Locket
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    This necklace features an antique locket with paste stones and center royal blue sapphire on a handwoven chain made from oxidized silver-filled and rose gold-filled jump rings. The locket has an etched pinstripe design in the background, a warm rosy gold patina and the engraved initials RK inscribed on the reverse side.

    The locket's interior has its frame and picture protector intact.  It opens from the side and snaps easily and securely shut.  

    Details

    • locket is 1 1/4" in diameter and drops 2 1/2" from the base of the necklace
    • necklace is 24" in length
    • rose gold-filled toggle closure
    • locket is attached to an antique spring ring clasp, so you can change out pendants 

    Origin Story

    Lockets gained popularity during the Victorian era after Queen Victoria wore a mourning locket with a photo inside of her beloved husband Albert every day, setting a fashion trend. Prior to his passing, her husband had gifted her with a charm bracelet with eight lockets, each containing a lock of hair from each of their children. 

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