Victorian Jeweled Snake Brooch

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Diamond and green garnet slithering snake brooch, set in platinum and gold, and with a ruby-set head.

American, ca. 1900
Length: 2-1/4 inches

$19,500
Special price: $15,800

This item is available for purchase in the ALVR shop.

American Victorian Jeweled Snake Brooch, head
American Victorian Jeweled Snake Brooch, back

ALVR Highlights Arts & Crafts Jeweler in ASJH Newsletter

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Dorrie Nossiter necklace and earrings with ASJH newsletter

An Arts and Crafts necklace and earrings from ALVR’s collection illustrates the cover story in the latest issue of the American Society of Jewelry Historians (ASJH) newsletter. The article is an important contribution to jewelry scholarship, highlighting the life and work of English jeweler Dorrie Nossiter, whose biography seemed long lost to history.

Her signature style is as admired and recognizable today as in her own time, when she enjoyed an industrious career from the 1930s through the ’50s. Her technique features clusters of gemstones, often in monochromatic color schemes, reminiscent of the layered dots in a pointillist painting. ALVR’s multigem suite comprising a necklace and earrings is a quintessential representation of her style, featuring monochromatic gemstones with gilded silver leaves and scrolls.

While the jewels speak for themselves, the lady behind them has remained somewhat of a mystery. Almost nothing biographical has been published on her, and primary sources are limited. Nonetheless, once these fragments are pieced together, a story emerges of how a talented young artist from Birmingham grew up to become a revered jewelry designer. Contact ASJH for the full story.

Antique Gold Automobile Pendant Earrings

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Pair of unusual 15k gold automobile pendant earrings.

English, ca. 1900.
Car width: 3/4 in.

Antique Multi-gem Clover Brooch

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Antique three-leaf clover brooch, with citrine, garnet, and sapphire leaves, set with diamonds in silver and gold.

English, ca. 1890
Width: 7/8 in.

$7,000
Special price: $6,200

Antique Diamond Engagement Ring

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Antique brilliant-cut diamond ring with baguette and tear drop diamond shoulders, set in platinum.

American, ca. 1915.
(center stone approx. 1.5 cts)

$19,000

Victorian Peridot and Diamond Pendant

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Victorian pendant with radiant-cut peridot accented with four old mine diamonds, suspending a fancy-cut peridot drop, set in silver and gold.

English, ca. 1880.
Length: 1 1/2 inches

$7,800
Special price: $6,900

This item is available for purchase in the ALVR shop.

other view, Victorian Peridot and Diamond Pendant

Victorian Peridot and Diamond Pendant Earrings

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Victorian peridot drop pendant earrings, the radiant-cut tops encircled by eight collet-set old mine diamonds, set in silver and gold.

English, ca. 1880.
Length: 1 1/2 inches

$12,500
Special price: $11,000

This item is available for purchase in the ALVR shop.