ERIE BASIN ANTIQUES
1880s Victorian Renaissance Revival Slide Bracelet, 14K Gold
(in the online shop)
Late 19th Century Victorian Tooth Earrings, Gold Filled, 14K Wires, $375
1920s 0.30ct European Cut Brown Diamond Cluster Ring
~0.40ctw European Cut White Diamonds, Platinum, 18K Yellow (sold)
1890s Victorian Turkey Earrings, Rose Gold Plated Brass, Red Paste, Converted 14K Wires, $350
These turkey earrings would have been the absolute cheapest sort of Victorian jewelry produced, and maybe even in slightly bad taste. I love them though. The nice thing about costume jewelry is that it’s sometimes more daring in design, and not afraid of being funny. I can’t really imagine any Victorian era jewelers making ruby-embellished solid gold turkey earrings. But without the investment of expensive materials, a pair of Turkey earrings was born. When I bought them, they weren’t really wearable, so we replaced the wires with 14K gold, and gave them a fresh rose gold plating.
19th Century Cut Steel Earrings, Converted 14K Wires (sold)
1920-30s Art Deco Chain Link Bracelet, Sterling Silver (sold)
We’ve had several bracelets of this construction over the years. They look impressively heavy when worn, but are ingeniously constructed out of flat panels that fold onto themselves to form a little cube. A good traveling bracelet.
1840-50s Early Victorian Mine Cut Diamond and Pink Tourmaline Ring
18K Yellow Gold and Silver (sold)
Georgian era rings are typically foil-backed, meaning they’re not well suited to getting wet. This ring is built just like a late-Georgian ring, except that the stones are open-backed, so everyday wear is much less problematic. Into the middle of the 19th century, stone cutting improved greatly, and it no longer became necessary to put something reflective behind stones to lend brilliance.
1900-10s Sunburst European Cut Diamond Locket, 14K (sold)
19th Century Chain Necklace, Sterling Silver and 14K Chains (sold)
It’s been at least a couple years since we’ve put one of these together— a pair of 19th century chains that on their own are too short to wear as a necklace. These are two especially nice chains, that were buried in a box deep in the safe.