Joe’s Special Box – Volume 44

Joden Girl

Baubles, Bling, and A Collector’s Things

Although winter has barely begun, I am already anxiously awaiting signs of Spring.  This lovely Essex Crystal brooch with a bright blue and yellow hummingbird is like a ray of sunshine on this dreary day.  These unique and unusual pieces were crafted from 1860-1920.  The artist would begin with perfectly half-round or cabochon piece of rock crystal and then painstakingly carve an intricate design deep into the heart of the stone from the back side.  Next, the subject or scene was hand-painted to bring every tiny detail to life…  each feather of the bird and each  leaf of the fern.  Finally, a glossy piece of mother-of-pearl was applied  – this created a three dimensional effect.  Encased in a 9 karat rosy gold bezel, it’s a whimsical miniature masterpiece.  Priced at $6300, this is a treasure that will continue to delight for generations yet to come.  

“You can go to a museum and look or come to us and touch.”

Written by Carrie Martin

Photos by Shelly Isacco

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