Sunday Brunch: Georgian

August 9, 2020
Dear friends,

This week we are exploring the jewelry of the Georgian era. There is some debate about when the Georgian era technically ends, with some placing its end at 1830 and others at the end of William IV's reign in 1837. Everyone pretty much agrees, though, that the era is defined by the reigns of King George I, II, II and IV, beginning in 1714 and extending for more than 100 years. Jewelry from this period was all meticulously hand-crafted from start to finish, with every component of every piece hand done by the artisan. Because of this every piece of Georgian jewelry is one-of-a-kind, and made with a level of intention, labor, and artistry that is very very rare today.

1700s breakfast options don't seem particularly appetizing, so for our brunch today I suggest keeping the breakfast 21st century, and leave the 18th century styling to the jewelry.

 This Week: The Georgian Era (1714-1837)

Rare 15k Gold Late Georgian Fob Chain

This very special fob chain from the mid-1800s features a Georgian serpent clasp and swivel clasp- two very desirable features in a single closure! Each link of the chain is handmade in true Georgian fashion, showing the touch of the artist that made it in its perfect imperfection. Please inquire for price or more information.

Late Georgian 10k Gold and Amethyst Suite of Necklace and Earrings

This incredible set is done in 10k gold and includes approx 75cts of amethyst. It is in exquisite condition and is a very special find for us, the likes of which we have not seen in our shop before. Please inquire for further details.

Georgian Marcasite Ring in Silver with Low Karat Gold Accents $675

c. 1790 9k Gold, Silver Topped Pendant with Rose Cut Diamonds on 14k Gold Chain, Inquire for Price

Late Georgian 10k Gold and Rose Cut Diamond Earrings $950

c. 1835 Sterling Silver Brooch with Coral, Paste and Biwa Pearl Dangle $565
c. 1800 Poison Ring with 10k Gold Top, 14k Gold Shank, Pearls, Turquoise and Rose Cut Diamond Center $725
Fun Fact: This is a poison ring, which means there is a small compartment that opens up in the back. They were originally used either to poison your enemies or to poison yourself if you were captured by enemies. Of course we don't recommend either of those practices.

Late Georgian 14k Gold and Silver Ring with Mixed Cut Diamonds and Garnet Center $1,850

Late Georgian Silver Filigree Brooch $525
Late Georgian Two Tone 15k Gold Carnelian Intaglio Ring $1,895
Fun Fact: "Seal" or "signet" rings were used to used to sign documents or seal envelopes to prevent fabrication or falsification of documents. They functioned as the signature of the wearer and were often destroyed when their owner passed away.

Georgian Forged Steel Seal Fobs, $495 each; Russian Silver Fob with Star Motif $350

Rare c. 1820 Bow Necklace with Old Mine Cut Paste in Sterling Silver, Inquire for Price

c. 1750 Silver and Paste Pendant $925

Late Georgian Sterling Silver Watch Key Pendant with Yellow Banded Agate $325
All items in our Sunday Brunch collections are available for purchase!
If you are interested in any of these rare beauties, just email us for details on how to buy.

If you are interested in learning more about Georgian jewelry, my current favorite book on the subject is
"Georgian Jewellery" by Ginny Redington Dawes and Olivia Collings. The internet is great but in my opinion nothing beats a book for familiarizing yourself with the world of antique jewelry! You know you are learning from a knowledgeable, reputable source and the illustrations can't be beat.

Have a fantastic Sunday and we looking forward to being back in your inbox next week!

Stylishly yours,

Lara and the team