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Georgie & Arthur Gaskin early 20th century silver gem-set pendant.

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Fine Jewelry Pendants120 of 229Jugendstil Silver and Enamel Pendant by Kollmar & Jourdan of Pforzheim c. 1900Sterling pendant from Argentina, From Goodwill $6.00  and the stone is?  I guess a red rock!!
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Posted 2 years ago


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Georgie & Arthur Gaskin early 20th century silver gem-set pendant.
Heart-shape chrysoprase with natural inclusion that reminds me of symbolism of a broken heart, suspended within a heart-shape surround, with colourless gem foliate sides and drop. I haven't bothered to test the colourless gems but they will be rock crystal or colourless topaz.
Unmarked but almost identical to a piece that was shown at the recent G&A Gaskin exhibition at the Court Barn Museum 2013 (that pendant was the same minus the colourless gems on this piece).
Length 5.7cms.


  1. Jewels1900 Jewels1900, 2 years ago
    Now this one is very interesting. I did see it when it was for sale but I wasn't sure but liked the heart. Is there a catalogue for the Gaskin exhibition?
  2. period_gems period_gems, 2 years ago
    Well thank you very much for not bidding, I appreciate it immensely :)

    Sadly not, there was a pamphlet but it didn't have any interesting pictures or additional information other than what already exists. I took a small picture of the pendant in the exhibition but sadly it is not available to show you at present, also I'm not sure where I stand on legal issues on that one.

    I know what you mean about the heart, but other hearts I have seen (including the one in the exhibition) have defects to the hearts and it makes it feel intentional. The mount looks slightly sharp in the picture but its fine in the flesh.
  3. Jewels1900 Jewels1900, 2 years ago
    No, I like the heart. I don't care about the blemish, as often as not, stones were picked because they were unusual or different. The openness & white stones of the pendants looked good for Gaskin, but the leaves are softer & more rounded at the tips if that makes sense. But if you've seen an example, that's the best comparison to make.

    With the photos, if you were allowed to take them, then you should be right sharing. If you took them on the sneaky, maybe not.
  4. Jewels1900 Jewels1900, 2 years ago
    PS, the stones could be pastes.
  5. period_gems period_gems, 2 years ago
    No, they go light and dark under the polariscope, they're something, just not sure which gems.
    I know what you mean about the leaves but I have seen some truly awful marked examples, I've shown this one to a couple of Gaskin fans and we tend to think this one is fine. Also, if I was going to fake Gaskin, I'd do something bigger and more impressive...
  6. Jewels1900 Jewels1900, 2 years ago
    Gaskin fans are always helpful. I could do with a couple myself! I wonder if my turquoise brooch is Gaskin or a pupil? I would benefit from some more Gaskin sightseeing. That's what I really miss over here. The opportunity to see exhibitions & collections.
  7. period_gems period_gems, 2 years ago
    turquoise brooch? I'm having trouble spotting all your Gaskin through everything else you've posted and trying not to drool over what you've just posted now!
    Yeah, I need to make more effort to go to London to see exhibitions (FYI I hope you got to see the V+A museums Pearls exhibition, there was some gorgeous jewellery including some fantastic arts and crafts and nouveau jewels)
  8. Jewels1900 Jewels1900, 2 years ago
    I only have the pendant & possibly the little brooch in this group -

    I didn't get to see the pearls exhibition. I haven't travelled for a few years as I have recently had a new boy. However, on my last trip I did get to see the jewel exhibition at Damstat. That was a bit of a cracker.
  9. period_gems period_gems, 2 years ago
    ooh yes, I saw the turquoise piece and Gaskin crossed my mind, but I was thinking more along a Liberty route for that one. I will certainly pass along the links to my friends and see what they think though.
  10. Jewels1900 Jewels1900, 2 years ago
    Hi period_gems, did you see my chat with BelleEpoque about the Liberty Sketch Book? It's at the V & A, it might be a good place to find out about your unusual & possibly JMK brooch.
  11. period_gems period_gems, 2 years ago
    I didn't. Is it accessible to general populous like what I is?
  12. Jewels1900 Jewels1900, 2 years ago
    Yes, but the general gist is that the Liberty Jewellery Sketch book is in the V&A. BelleEpouque was going to see if it was available for viewing or facsimile. You should enquire too. It looks like a treasure trove of design & you might find your (and/or my) brooch in it.
  13. period_gems period_gems, 2 years ago
    Ah yes, I believe anything is available upon request to anyone at the V&A, not that I've ever been successful in finding it. Nor do I think 'd be able to take a photograph of it, but I could look at it and record page numbers. I've emailed them, they promise a reply within 10 days....lets see.
  14. period_gems period_gems, 2 years ago
    Thank you for your enquiry.
    The National Art LIbrary has a collection of Liberty catalogues, including a photocopy of drawings for Liberty jewellery, c1899-c1925.
    You can see what we hold on the catalogue
    If you choose Advanced Keyword Search and combine Liberty (Name) with Jewellery (Title Keyword) then you will see the book I refer to (and a couple more).
    If this is what you are interested in then please register as a reader and request the book online through the catalogue
  15. period_gems period_gems, 2 years ago
    I'm not quite sure which of the results would be the correct one...
  16. Jewels1900 Jewels1900, 2 years ago
    I'd get all of then & have a browse. How exciting.
  17. Jewels1900 Jewels1900, 2 years ago
    BTW period_gems, I believe they also have Henry Wilson's design books. Worth a look.

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