This past weekend I had a chance to catch up on my favorite antique jewelry accounts on Instagram. For antique jewelry enthusiasts and collectors, the photos featured on IG grant an inside look at pieces we might have not yet seen, the rarest of the rare authentic jewels. So, I started to make a list of my fantasy jewels—pieces from Georgian through Art Deco times. Some are pure dream styles, red carpet worthy, while others could possibly work with my lifestyle—like a beautiful buckle locket or a chunky mine cut five stone diamond ring. But there are others that I would need black tie event or some serious special occasions (one day again soon) and a much larger bank account to consider them. But every now and then, especially in times of stress and uncertainty, it’s fun to make-believe.
Here I have chosen a cross-section from the international stores and dealers, who consistently post jewels of distinctive quality and varied time periods, Sure, some might be out of our grasp or our budget but they are within our gaze when we scroll through IG on our phone.We can dream, can’t we? Or, if you can make it happen, they can become your reality.
The Dream Earrings
Metier Paris’s sublime 18th century Iberian amethyst earrings are a stunning example of the provenance and period. @metierparis
Spicer Warin’s silver topped, cut down collet set mine cut earrings have a subtle sparkle but the character of the chunky old mine cuts imbues these earrings with personality to burn. @spicer-warin
Fred Leighton’s 19th century Fred Leighton diamond pendeloque earrings are an unusual example of this style with a gemstone on the ear and a long drop, now called pendant earrings. @leightonjewels
Inez Stodel’s Swiss made Georgian earrings evoke the ornate style of repousse work highlighted with black and turquoise enamel. @inezstodel
Kentshire’s silver topped cut back collet set grape leaf earrings are long and languid and represent the chandelier styles of the Georgian period. @kentshire
The Lust-Worthy Necklaces and Pendants and Lockets
Keyamour’s rare authentic pink topaz rivierie necklace with closed back is in excellent condition for a Georgian jewel. The style a classic staple among antique jewels while the pink topaz makes it a prized piece. @keyamour
Kentshire’s Victorian buckle locket is in pristine condition—the gold is a buttery color and the diamonds accent the buckle with elegance. It’s a dream piece but one of the few in this group that is most accessible and easiest to wear. @kentshire
Moira Jewellery’s diamond necklace is the quintessential fringe necklace from the Victorian era. @moira_fine_jewellery
A snake necklace Keyamour crafted from cabochon and bombe set turquoise with rose cut diamond eyes and a heart dangling from the mouth. @keyamour
Fine Feminine Floral Necklaces and Brooches
At Fred Leighton, a garden variety of floral brooches in enamel and diamond clover surround a 19th century diamond necklace accented with different sizes an enamel colors of pansies. @leightonjewels.
At S.J. Phillips, the beauty of this botanical brooch with a variety of flowers set with diamonds en-Tremblant is a piece that could haunt your dreams. @sjphillips
Awe-Inspiring Convertible Jewels
S.J. Phillips’ set of two early 19th century multi-colored gem and diamond cluster bracelets which when put together form a chocker length necklace. It is circa 1820 and French and is in excellent condition—a rare find. @sjphillips
Wartski’s 19th century flexlible bracelet which is sensual and slinky and is beautiful finished with a cushion cut emerald and diamond center and tip. The emeralds are rich and deep.@wartski1865
Al A La Vieille Russie, the contrast of this 19th century bracelets set with magical moonstone against a gold setting with diamonds and black enamel allows the subtleties to shine and become a statement piece. @alavieillerussie
Double Take- Rings
Fingers full of 19th century rings at Fred Leighton are breathtaking from the memorial bands to the cluster rings to the emerald bowed heart ring. Wear one or wear them all. In my fantasy, I am wearing all.
The perfect ruby ring— a non heat treated Burma ruby and diamond Art Deco stunner is one of Spicer Warin’s many treasures.
At Macklowe Gallery, you can find this chunky old mine cut diamond classic five stone diamond ring but the size of the stones elevate it from a classic style to a stand out piece. @macklowegallery