A Belle Époque ruby and diamond plaque ring, set with a transition-cut diamond in the centre, weighing an estimated 0.70ct, surrounded by eight, half moon rubies, forming a flower, with surrounding grain set rose-cut diamonds and calibré-cut rubies, with three rose-cut diamonds set in each shoulder, in millegrain edged platinum settings, with a carved gallery, mounted in gold, with a French eagle head mark for 18ct gold, circa 1905. Just arrived on our website @moira_fine_jewellery #moirafinejewellery
An Art Deco diamond set lorgnette, on a pearl and platinum double long chain, with cut corner rectangle lenses, in engraved and millegrain edged surrounds, with a handle set with a kite-shape diamond, surrounded by eight-cut and round brilliant-cut diamonds and a tulip shaped bail, set with rose-cut diamonds, the chain has clamped fetter links, alternating with natural pearls, the bridge is stamped irid. plat. with a D maker's mark for Durand & Co., circa 1930.
Durand & Co., 72 E. Kinney St. Newark NJ, c.1915: 49-51 Franklin St. Newark NJ, circa 1896, 1915 and 1934. The D trademark was a horseshoe, with a nail.
From AJU Lang Antiques
"One of Newark's earliest jewellers was James Madison Durand, whose great-grandfather worked in gold and silver in 'Jefferson Village,' or Maplewood, as early as 1756. The young Durand is particularly interesting because of the route he took to become a businessman, starting as an apprentice, then working at the jewellery bench in an already established firm. Finally, he established his own business. A fledgling businessman in the 1830s, Durand, by the time of his death in 1895, had become one of America's leading jewellery manufacturers. His success was attributed by one of his contemporaries as 'plodding work, careful attention to details, vigilant and constant attention to the business, and a superior skill in design and workmanship.' Durand and Co. was located at 49 Franklin St., with salesrooms in New York City at 9 Maiden Lane. Eventually, Durand and Co. employed 125 men".
From knowingnewark.npl.org Durand & Co., circa 1930 DM .@moirafinejewellery #moirafinejewellery
An antique sapphire and diamond crescent brooch, set with thirteen, oval and round faceted sapphires, graduating in size, alternating with eight, pairs of old-cut diamonds, terminating with two single old-cut diamonds at each end, estimated total diamond weight 1.00ct, in crown claw settings on the outer side and a knife edge setting and flat side on the inner side, mounted in 14ct gold. With pin and "trombone" safety clasp, and a screw fitting at the back. In Victorian symbolism the crescent or new moon symbolised a new relationship. Hopeful it will "wax" into matrimony, circa 1895.@moirafinejewellery #moirafinejewellery
A Georgian pink topaz and pearl cannetille suite, comprising a necklace, with a pear-cut and a round-cut, foil backed pink topaz drop, surrounded by gold wire-work and beading decoration, set with three pearls, suspended from three foil backed pink topaz and pearl clusters, all in closed back settings, with a tongue and box clasp at the front, connecting a yellow gold twist necklace, made up of multiple gold links, each with a beaded design over the whole link, together with a pair of similar designed earrings, with oval-cut , foil backed, pink topaz studs, with gold wire-work and beaded surround, with a post and butterfly fitting, with a removable foil backed pink topaz and gold drop, circa 1810 new arrival A bit of Georgian glamour ... .@moirafinejewellery #moirafinejewellery
An antique diamond crescent brooch, set with approximately 6.00ct of old-cut diamonds, in a three row design, with graduating larger diamonds, in openwork arches in the centre row, grain set diamonds in the inner row, the outer row is formed of triangles, set with old-cut diamonds, some with surrounding rose-cut diamonds, tapering to rose-cut diamonds, mounted in silver-upon-gold, on a gold pierced gallery, circa 1890.@moirafinejewellery #moirafinejewellery
An antique ruby and diamond crescent brooch, set with nine, oval faceted rubies, graduating in size, alternating with eight, pairs of old-cut diamonds, terminating with a single old-cut diamond at each end, in crown claw settings on the outer side and a knife edge setting and flat side on the inner side, mounted in gold. With pin and 'C' catch fitting, and a pendant loop. In Victorian symbolism the crescent or new moon symbolised a new relationship. Hopeful it will "wax" into matrimony, circa 1895.@moirafinejewellery #moirafinejewellery
A Victorian diamond star brooch-cum-pendant, with twelve points, set with old-cut and rose-cut diamonds, in grain settings, with an old-cut diamond, in the centre, in a raised, star shaped setting, with the longer points superimposed on the shorter points, estimated total diamond weight 2.10ct, mounted in silver-upon-gold, with a removable brooch fitting and a pendant shepherd's hook, on the back, circa 1880. £5000 new arrival @moira_fine_jewellery #moirafinejewellery
A pair of modern aquamarine and diamond drop earrings, with a well matched pair of faceted drop shaped aquamarines, each weighing approximately 8.00ct, in four claw settings, with diamond set wires, mounted in 18ct white gold, circa 2010.@moirafinejewellery #moirafinejewellery