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Victorian Persian Turquoise


VICTORIAN TURQUOISE JEWELRY
The combination of yellow gold and the gem stone turquoise was a
popular one during the Victorian era. That isn’t to say it wasn’t set in
silver as well, but it does seem to me there is more of the yellow gold still
around. According to Wikipedia, the word "turquoise" came about when the
earliest of these stones was brought from Turkey into Europe around the
16th century. Turquoise was also was mined in many other countries,
including the US, with
differences in the fineness, matrix and color. More about turquoise can
be read HERE.
This is often called "Persian Turquoise", even though this
type of turquoise was mined in other places, including here in my home
state of New Mexico at the Cerrillos Mines. Persian turquoise has
a pure blue color with no matrix, as you can see in
the pieces shown below. Turquoise was a popular stone for jewelry
throughout the Victorian era and into the first third of the 20th
Century.


VICTORIAN turquoise, diamond and
15 carat yellow gold foxtail fringed oval pendant circa 1870, total length
without loop is 2-1/3", oval alone 1-1/8" by 1", total weight about .30 ounces.
The pave-set turquoise center oval with a diamond in a star is surrounded by a
beaded edge and then a twist frame. The foxtails are graduated, a nice emphasis
to the overall design. View
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VICTORIAN 18k yellow gold
and Persian turquoise knot
brooch, lovely detailed design on the front and two memorial hair compartments
on the back. The knot was a Victorian symbol for unending love. This fabulous brooch
is
2-1/4" by 2-2/3".
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VICTORIAN 18k
yellow gold and Persian turquoise pierced filigree pendant with a
genuine pearl center
and a beaded edge, round portion 1" with a 5/8"
bail, tests 18k. This is just lovely and even the bail has an etched
design on it. The seller told me that this is French, but I see no marks
that would confirm that. Wherever it was made, it is circa 1880-90. View
View #V37483




GEORGIAN Persian
turquoise and diamond dome ring set in 15 karat yellow gold, size 6-1/2 and
5/8" high by 5/8" wide. The diamond is a Mine Cut Cushion about .05 in size and
sparkles beautifully. Lovely Victorian turquoise pieces can be seen in Michael
Poynder’s book "Victorian Jewellery" on page 138. As can been seen in the
pictures, the turquoise stones have aged to slightly different colors. That is
typical of turquoise, which is a porous stone and absorbs moisture from the air
readily over the years. View
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VICTORIAN 15k yellow gold and
Persian turquoise hinged bracelet with safety chain, 6-1/2 wearable size and
from 1/3" to 3/8" wide. This is a classic design beautifully done.
View #V36269

VICTORIAN mid-Victorian
Persian turquoise heart pendant with locket back, set in silver gilt on
a 17" long 15 karat yellow gold chain (tested, no marks), hair enclosure
on the back, heart 1-7/8, loop 1/2". Lovely Victorian turquoise pieces
can be seen in Michael Poynder’s book "Victorian Jewellery" on page 138
and a locket similar to this on page 220. As can been seen in the
pictures, the turquoise stones have aged to slightly different colors.
That is typical of turquoise, which is a porous stone and absorbs
moisture from the air readily over the years.
View #V36268





VICTORIAN
10k Etruscan Revival Persian turquoise brooch with locket back and
safety chain. The locket on the back has fittings for a photograph and the applied gold wire work
makes this a favorite style, circa 1870.

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VICTORIAN
10-14k Etruscan Revival Persian turquoise gold
diamond pendant and earrings, no marks but these test as 10k for the
pendant and 14k for the earrings. On the back of the pendant is a hair
compartment. The pendant is 1-1/8" and the round portion of each earring
is 3/4" with a length from the top of the loop to the bottom of the
round at 1-1/4". These have the wonderful applied wire work that makes
this style such a favorite, circa 1870. This is a fine jewelry set and
it is in excellent condition. They come in the box as shown in the
photo.

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VICTORIAN 15 ct karat yellow
gold bar brooch with channel set Persian turquoise and real pearls, 1-5/8"
by 1/2". View #V35418



VICTORIAN gilt locket
with Irish harp and shamrock motif in seed pearls and Persian turquoise, etched
design on locket, charming baby
photo inside, 1-1/2".
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VICTORIAN girl’s Persian
turquoise ring and gold filled thimble in original fitted box. This
would have been a lovely gift for a young girl.
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VICTORIAN chalcedony
brooch encircled by a snake holding a pear, red and aqua rhinestones, 2".
The setting is textured rolled yellow gold, as though the snake wraps twice
around the center. While the snake was a popular Victorian jewelry motif, a
snake holding a pear is an unusual design. According to
the Wheaton College article
HERE,
"the pear was sometimes seen as the alternate fruit of the fall", but then
it is also seen as a symbol of the Virgin and Christ Child because of it’s
sweetness.

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VICTORIAN Persian turquoise,
seed pearl and 9 carat yellow gold gate bracelet, marked with a hallmark and
"9ct" on the catch, with safety chain, 6-7/8" wearable length and about 5/16" at
the widest, total weigh approx .43 of an ounce.
View #V36869


VICTORIAN
9ct yellow gold, pearl and Persian turquoise earrings, 1-1/3"
including loops. The drops are set like a little forget-me-not flowers which
symbolize remembrance.

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#V37970

VICTORIAN English 15
carat yellow gold gate bracelet with safety chain, 6-7/8" wearable length and
about 5/16" wide, weight approx .51 ounces, marked "15" on the clasp. This has a
lovely weight and feel and is a delight to wear, a nice classic piece of
jewelry. View #V36870




VICTORIAN 9 carat yellow gold,
turquoise and pearl bracelet marked on the catch "9c", 6-3/4" with the clover
1", safety chain. View
#V36314


VICTORIAN gold tone pendant
and earrings with Persian turquoise centers, black enamel stars and foxtails
circa 1870, pendant 3-1/4" by 1" wide, pierced earrings total length 2" by
5/8". Similar foxtail pieces can be seen in Michael Poynder’s book
"Victorian Jewellery" on page 175.
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VICTORIAN
18k Old European cut diamond and Persian turquoise ring with four snakes shank, size
8-3/4 and 7/8" along the finger. The diamonds are approximately 1/4 ct
total weight, shank is 10k rose gold and the top is 18k yellow gold and has
been sized at some point. There is a tiny stable crack at the base of the
gallery.
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VICTORIAN 9 carat,
chalcedony and Persian turquoise brooch with forget-me-nots, circa 1880,
1-3/4" by 1-1/2". View
#V33025
VICTORIAN karat yellow gold and
Persian turquoise ring, the turquoise is set in silver which is mounted to
the gold, circa 1880, size 8, front 5/8".
View #V33048
VICTORIAN
14k yellow gold brooch with
chalcedony ( a kind of white quartz) and small turquoise cabochons brooch with
forget-me-not motif in an aqua enameled setting, 2". Circa 1840-50.
Seen in "Warman’s Jewelry, 3rd Ed, page 41. It also was
featured in Southeastern Antiquing &
Collecting Magazine
, August 2003.
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#V14952




VICTORIAN 9ct turquoise and seed
pearls ring, heart-shaped with links band design, size 7-1/4.
View #G33103

Group of Victorian turquoise jewelry set in yellow gold.

VICTORIAN
gold filled puffy heart charm with three turquoises in a tiny flower shaped
etched design, 3/4" by 3/4".
View #V39871




VICTORIAN 15k Persian turquoise ring
with half pearl center, size 5-3/4 and 1/3" along the finger, tests as 15 karat
yellow gold. The front is set like a little forget-me-not flower which
symbolizes remembrance. View
View #V37391

VICTORIAN 15 ct karat yellow
gold ring with channel set Persian turquoise and real pearls, faint
illegible trace of initials inside, size 6 and 5/8" along the finger.
View #G35419

VICTORIAN 15k Persian
turquoise ring with diamond center, front half of the shank beautifully
engraved, tiny hair locket with beveled glass cover on the back, size 7 and 1/3"
along the finger, tests as 15 karat yellow gold. The front is set like a little
forget-me-not flower which symbolizes remembrance.
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VICTORIAN
Persian turquoise and diamond ring in a 15 karat yellow
gold setting, size 6 and 1/4" along the finger. It has a .10 ct old mine cut
diamond in a bloomed gold finished setting, circa 1880s. One each side there is a dainty etched designs
and around the little turquoises are pierced holes. The front is set
like a little forget-me-not flowers which symbolizes remembrance.

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#V37697

VICTORIAN Persian turquoise and seed pearl ring set in 9 carat yellow
gold, stones are prong set with a leaf on each side of the center. This
is hallmarked for Birmingham, England, 9 carat gold and while I cannot
make out the date letter, these are generally circa 1880’s. It is a size
8-1/2 and is about 3/8" along the finger. The front is set like a
little forget-me-not flowers which symbolizes remembrance. View View
#V37983

VICTORIAN turquoise and seed
pearls ring, crescent with three stones, size 6-1/4.
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VICTORIAN
sentimental forget-me-not brooch with Persian turquoise and
ornate frame, 2-1/4". View
#V25995



VICTORIAN
Austrian Hungarian cherub locket with garnet and turquoise
marquis and cabochons set into gilt silver metal with etched designs.
The wonderful detailed cupid or cherub is colorfully hand painted and
fired onto a porcelain oval. Inside, the locket has plastic covers for
two photos, The locket is 1-1/2" by 1-1/3". There are two tiny hallmarks
on the top loop of the locket but I cannot make out what they
are meant to stand for. I believe one mark is the 1867-1922
mark for sterling silver, and the other mark could be a city mark. My
guess would be that this lovely locket is circa 1890. You can see the
Austro-Hungarian hallmarks on the wonderful reference site at

http://www.925-1000.com/Faustria_02.html
"Hallmarking in
Austro-Hungary" www.925-1000.com.

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#V37874

VICTORIAN gold filled engraved love knot brooch with aqua
cabochon, 1-1/2".
View #V28784




VICTORIAN 14k yellow
gold snake bracelet with Persian turquoise head and garnet eyes, snake
1-1/2" by 3/4", total 7".
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VICTORIAN 9 carat yellow gold
and Persian turquoise dangle earrings with lovely applied leaves , wire work and
beads design, total length 2-1/8".
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VICTORIAN carnelian, gold, turquoise snake earrings, total length 2". These
came to me in an earring box marked "Herbert Dinsdale, 98 Stricklandgate,
Kendal", but I do not know if this was the original box.
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VICTORIAN karat yellow gold and
Persian turquoise ring, the turquoise is set in silver which is mounted to
the gold, circa 1880, size 8, front 5/8".
Only very slight
signs of wear commensurate with age and use and the disparity in
turquoise colors is natural and perfectly normal.
View #V33048

VICTORIAN 18k yellow gold
snake ring with turquoise head and ruby eyes, size 7-1/2, weight .25
ounces, about 1/3" wide at front. Note the detailed scales and
well-crafted face.
View #V34051

VICTORIAN 15 ct karat yellow gold
ring with channel set Persian turquoise and real pearls, faint illegible trace
of initials inside, circa 1880, size 6 and 5/8" along the finger. A very
similar ring can be seen in V. Davies "Rings 1800-1910" on page 53.
View #G35419





VICTORIAN
18k Old European cut diamond and Persian turquoise ring with four snakes shank, size
8-3/4 and 7/8" along the finger. The diamonds are approximately 1/4 ct
total weight, shank is 10k rose gold and the top is 18k yellow gold and has been
sized at some point. There is a tiny stable crack at the base of the gallery.
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GEORGIAN Persian turquoise
and diamond dome ring set in 15 karat yellow gold, size 6-1/2 and 5/8" high by
5/8" wide. The diamond is a Mine Cut Cushion about .05 in size and sparkles
beautifully. Lovely Victorian turquoise pieces can be seen in Michael Poynder’s
book "Victorian Jewellery" on page 138 and in

the book "Georgian Jewellery 1714-1830" by Dawes
and Collins on pages 45.
As can been seen in the pictures, the
turquoise stones have aged to slightly different colors. That is typical of
turquoise, which is a porous stone and absorbs moisture from the air readily
over the years. View
View #V36261

EDWARDIAN 9 ct gold, Persian
turquoise and seed pearl ring, hallmarked 9 375 for 9 carat yellow gold
and maker RJ, circa 1910, size 7-1/4. View
View #Q36922




VICTORIAN 9ct turquoise and seed
pearls ring, heart-shaped with links band design, size 7-1/4.
View #G33103

VICTORIAN girl’s
Persian turquoise ring and gold filled thimble in original fitted box. This
would have bee a lovely gift for a young girl.
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#V32850

VICTORIAN turquoise and seed
pearls ring, crescent with three stones, size 6-1/4.
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VICTORIAN 15k Persian turquoise ring
with half pearl center, size 5-3/4 and 1/3" along the finger, tests as 15 karat
yellow gold. The front is set like a little forget-me-not flower which
symbolizes remembrance. View
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VICTORIAN 15k shield shaped
ring with seed pearls and a diamond center with black enameling, doubly
hallmarked for the maker "HA" date 1821 ?, size 6 and 7/16" along the
finger, tests as 15 karat yellow gold.
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VICTORIAN 15k Persian
turquoise ring with diamond center, front half of the shank beautifully
engraved, tiny hair locket with beveled glass cover on the back, size 7 and 1/3"
along the finger, tests as 15 karat yellow gold. The front is set like a little
forget-me-not flower which symbolizes remembrance.
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Both #V37390



VICTORIAN
Persian turquoise and diamond ring in a 15 karat yellow
gold setting, size 6 and 1/4" along the finger. It has a .10 ct old mine cut
diamond in a bloomed gold finished setting, circa 1880s. One each side there is a dainty etched designs
and around the little turquoises are pierced holes. The front is set
like a little forget-me-not flowers which symbolizes remembrance.

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#V37697

VICTORIAN
9k rose cut diamonds and Persian turquoise ring with
elongated shape, size 5-3/4 and runs 1" along the finger and it 1/4" at the
widest. There are 22 rose cut diamonds of about .15tw.
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#V39813


VICTORIAN
Persian turquoise and seed pearl ring set in 9 carat
yellow gold, stones are prong set with a leaf on each side of the
center. This is hallmarked for Birmingham, England, 9 carat gold and
while I cannot make out the date letter, these are generally circa
1880’s. It is a size 8-1/2 and is about 3/8" along the finger. The front
is set like a little forget-me-not flowers which symbolize remembrance.

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#V37983





VICTORIAN turquoise pendant with a tiny
diamond in the center of the flower shape, half pearls and a gilt setting, 1-1/8"
pendant with a 18-1/2" gold filled chain and a loop that has a 1/2" opening,
just lovely. Like many of these antique turquoises, some of these are
irregular and some are apple-shaped, with a dimple on one side.
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VICTORIAN English
antique 18k, turquoise, diamond double row ring, hallmarked for Birmingham,
England, 1897 size 6-1/2 or English size M, 1/4" wide at the front. It is
rare to see such complete and legible hallmarks. Approximately .2 carats
total weight in 7 rose cut diamonds, which are good ones, VS-SI and near
colorless This ring also stacks well with others, if you enjoy that look.
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VICTORIAN antique Etruscan Revival 15k and turquoise pendant with a center star set diamond
and a fringe of fox tails at the bottom, 1-5/8" by 3/4" wide on a 16" 14k yellow gold
chain that is early 20th century. The pendant is a half-dome, so it has a
good presence, and the bottom fringe just ads to the elegance.
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VICTORIAN 10k and turquoise and pearl spider web motif pin, tests 9-10
karat yellow gold, 1". The graduated little pearls create movement in
this piece, and the turquoises are in the shape of a forget-me-not for
remembrance.
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#V39843

VICTORIAN hand painted portrait with turquoise, signed portrait pendant 2-1/8"
by 1-5/8". The artist’s signature is looks like the initials "LD" or "SD".
Looking under magnification, you can see such lovely brushstrokes, creating
the translucent bodice and the blue and white flower garland in her hair
with green
leaves.
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#V39740



VICTORIAN
10k Persian turquoise, garnet and seed pearls ring in a rose gold
setting, size 6-1/2 and 1/2" wide as it lays on the finger, and it
weighs .06 ozs. It’s a lovely
design and has decoration on each shoulder as well. This will come in
a brand new square ring box in this same style, but the one that is shown is
for display only.
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#G39760


VICTORIAN 15k Persian turquoise ring with a scroll on each side of the row
of stones, each having an etched design, size 7-1/2. It does test 15 karat gold and is in otherwise very good
vintage condition, and it weighs .06 ozs. This will come in a brand new square ring box
in this same style, but the one that is shown is for display only.
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#V39789

VICTORIAN 15k Persian turquoise ring with the forget-me-not flower shape in
the middle and a pearl on each side, size 8 and 5/16" wide at the
front. It has had the back of the band professionally
replaced at some time in the past, but the maker’s marks remain and say "WJG" and "15" for 15 karat gold.
The forget-me-not symbolized eternal love or friendship.
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#V39790





VICTORIAN Persian turquoise ring with tiny seed pearls
set around a cushion-shaped turquoise, beautifully decorated sides, not
marked, size 6 and runs about 1/2" along the finger, and it weighs .07
ozs.
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#V39815


VICTORIAN
Persian turquoise ring with a yin-yang
design accented with two seed pearls, one illegible stamped mark, tests as
karat gold, size 6-7/8 and runs just shy of 1/2" along the finger.

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#V39816

VICTORIAN Persian turquoise ring with two turquoise half-cabochons
offset with two pearls, marked "14k" inside the band, size 5.

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#V39817

VICTORIAN Persian turquoise ring in an eye shape with tiny seed pearls all
around, engraved with initials "E. J. P." and hallmarked "H&S" for the
maker, and "10k". It has been sized in the past and is now a size 8-1/4.

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#V39818







VICTORIAN
antique 10k Etruscan Revival Persian turquoise and diamond
pendant with a memorial hair compartment on the back. The pendant is 1-1/8"
and it has the wonderful applied wire work that makes this style such a
favorite, circa 1870. It is in excellent condition. Lightly hand
etched number "S6.25.4" along the rim on the back, but we are not sure what
meaning that has, if any. This is in very good condition with light
scratching only on the reverse side of the setting, as would be expected on a
piece of this age.

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#V39865


VICTORIAN
9 carat and turquoise ring with a yin-yang
design accented with two seed pearls. There is one illegible stamped mark
inside the band, but this tests as
9 karat gold, size 6-7/8 and runs just shy of 1/2" along the finger.

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#V39816



VICTORIAN
14k Etruscan Revival Persian turquoise and diamond
earrings. The round portion of each earring
is 3/4" with a length from the top of the loop to the bottom of the round at
1-1/4". These have the wonderful applied wire work that makes this style
such a favorite, circa 1870. This is a fine set of antique earrings and it is in
excellent condition.

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#V38295

VICTORIAN 9ct
turquoise ring with a faceted ruby red center, size 7-1/4+. This has a two
part split shank on each side with a rose and texture area, so special!.
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VICTORIAN
9 ct Persian turquoise ring with 6 turquoises
surrounding a single tiny pearl, decorated shoulders, hallmarked "FW 9 375"
with the anchor mark and the date letter "Z". It is a size 8-1/2
and has been professionally resized at some point in the past, and it weighs
.06 ozs.

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#V39819

VICTORIAN Persian turquoise ring in a sideways eye shape
with three turquoises surrounded by pearls, marked inside the band "9 14",
size 7+and 1/2" along the finger.

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#V39820

VICTORIAN Persian turquoise ring with diamonds opals on each side,
hallmarked "__Bros,9 375, an anchor and the date letter "Z". Size 7-1/4+. View
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#V39821

VICTORIAN Persian turquoise ring with 3 turquoises, two opals,
size 6-3/4 and 1/4" wide at the front.
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#V39822





RING 10k
yellow gold and Persian turquoise child’s ring. #G29419

VICTORIAN 18 karat, Persian turquoise ring with a diamond center and 7
turquoises, forget-me-not shaped, marked inside the band "750" for 18
karat
gold, size 4-1/8 and 5/16" wide on the top.
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#V39814


14 KARAT
Victorian baby ring with star set Persian turquoise
and seed pearls, circa 1890, size 2-3/4. #G23828


PERSIAN turquoise half-dome
round pin set in gilt 800 sterling, marked on the back "800 FB", 1".
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MEXICAN
Victorian 12k yellow gold and turquoise birds motif necklace and earrings,
Mexican made. Similar pieces can be seen in Davis & Pack "Mexican Jewelry" page 137.
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VICTORIAN
12k and turquoise bird-motif pierced earrings, 3/4" w/dangle.
These are called "French" and "Mexican" in two different jewelry books,
so did both countries make them?
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VICTORIAN 14 karat yellow
and rose gold,
turquoise bird pendant and earrings, pendant total length 1-1/2", earrings
1-1/2". The tiny stones may be glass… they are too small to test
accurately. Though I would never have dreamed this was Mexican Victorian,
similar pieces can be seen in Davis & Pack "Mexican Jewelry" on page 137.
View #V33563






VICTORIAN
1860s gold tone pencil with Persian turquoise stones, gold
filled with a chipped amethyst top, 2-1/4" long.

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#V38876

VICTORIAN 9ct yellow gold cased propelling pencil with turquoises, loop
for a chain, 2", tests 14k.
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VICTORIAN
9ct yellow gold cased propelling pencil with turquoises, with carved flower, 1-5/8".
View #V39805

VICTORIAN 9ct yellow gold cased propelling pencil with turquoises, 1-7/8".
View #V39806





VICTORIAN
sterling hand pin and clip with tiny Persian turquoise
stones, 925/100 mark on back, 1-1/2".

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#V29842


STERLING
three birds pin with aqua tiny cabs, 1-5/8".

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#Q26213


SILVER
brooch with a turquoise cabochon, marked on the back "800
silver" for 800/1000 sterling, 1-1/2" by 7/8′. This is a mid-century
modern piece circa 1950.

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#N37961