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1/29/15

Collection No. 13



Greyfreth jewelry is anchored with the highest quality treasures from eras past: relics, icons, jewels, sacred reliquaries, keepsakes, mementos -- sought out from the four corners of the world and from centuries ago. There is charm and a sense of mystery to their history - tokens that were once exchanged with love, perhaps held while promises were made, prayers were whispered over and secrets kept within. These pieces of the past are paired and bejeweled with finds such as ancient stones, minerals and metals from deep within the earth and natural gems and high grade pearls from the seven seas. Using time honored traditions in metal work and jewelry making, we bring you one of a kind, heirloom quality wearable pieces of both art and history... pieces you will enjoy giving or keeping, and loving for a lifetime.




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GRÂCE | GRACE
Weathered Antique French Relic from the 1800's, Elegant Bronze Fleur de Lis and Sublime Baroque Pearls.

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This rosary-choker style, one-of-a-kind piece of jewelry is a symphony of both complementing and contrasting beauty - the epitome of rough and refined. It is a gorgeous piece of wearable art and history with an overall ancient relic feel to it and would be equally appropriate and stunningly beautiful worn dressed up with a couture gown, dressed down with a tee-shirt and pair of jeans or anything in between.

Gorgeous top grade, raw Baroque pearls make up the chain of GRÂCE. Organic in form, each pearl different from the next, exquisite and unique in their own natural composition. Bearing refined shades of creamy whites imbued with a soft, opulent iridescence, the stunning hues both complement and contrast the time-worn elements of the necklace and the rough shape of the pearls.

Because the size of the Meerschaum is daintier, we are able to make the chain a little shorter than what we usually offer;it is designed to fit closer to the neck in a true choker style. The chain is approximately 16" long and meets at a solid bronze fleur de lis connector which marries beautifully in theme and color to the French meerschaum. Suspended from the fleur de lis is additional Baroque pearl and from that, a beautifully worn 19th century French meerschaum.

Exquisitely carved with meticulous detail, this meerschaum features Madonna and Child captured in a moment exuding grace and love. Over a century old, the faces are benevolent and lovely and the details are amazing. A patina of age veils the surface while a glass dome offers protection. Both the frame and glass show beautiful signs of age. The meerschaum itself and the brass that frames it don a warm, heavy patina which took over 100 years to perfect.

From the rosary center to the bottom of the Meerschaum measures approximately 5". The meerschaum measures 2-1/4" x 1-5/8".

GRÂCE is a wearable piece of both art and history - something you will reach for again and again. The necklace is hand strung, using the finest sterling silver wire and clasp. The silver has been oxidized in keeping with the antique elements. Although newly assembled, this entire piece has a sublime, old relic feel to it.


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Collection No. 13 Item No. 05
$495




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BEAUTÉ SACRÉ | SACRED BEAUTY

Elegant 1800's French Crucifix of Sterling Silver and Mother of Pearl, Antique Silver Religious Medals from France, Dreamy Green Amethyst and 19th Century Rosary Remnants of Mother of Pearl


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BEAUTÉ SACRÉ is an elegant rosary-style necklace created from actual 19th century rosary components. These are not recast or reproduction pieces, they are the original pieces of history.

Hand wrapped with the highest grade of sterling silver wire, the chain features double rows of rosary beads carved from Mother of Pearl taken from rosaries that fell into disrepair. Petite and lovely, these antique pearl beads are over 100 years old, creamy in color with a subtle, natural iridescence and a sense of refinement. Beyond the double chains, suspend asymmetric beading in a single strand of sterling silver chain bejeweled with meticulously cut amethyst of a soft grey-green and mother of pearl beads. Adornments of bead caps in silver and paste stone spacers add just the right amount of sparkle, adding the perfect juxtaposition to the natural patina and antique essence of this necklace.

The graceful cross is made of hand carved, solid mother of pearl and at least 800 silver -- something you no longer see in the newer crosses. The cross itself measures 2-7/8 x 1-7/8". At each of the stations is a sterling cap, beautifully designed of carved silver with a fleur de lis incorporated. The details and quality are sublime.

The chain of BEAUTÉ SACRÉ is approximately 19-3/4" long and is made using sterling silver wire and clasp with a mother of pearl clasp ring. Sterling has been oxidized in keeping with the antique elements.

BEAUTÉ SACRÉ is a wearable piece of both art and history - something you will reach for again and again. BEAUTÉ SACRÉ is of heirloom quality and would be equally appropriate and stunningly beautiful worn dressed up with a couture gown, dressed down with a tee-shirt and pair of jeans or anything in between.


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Collection No. 13 Item No. 04
$695




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NOTRE DAME DE LOURDES | OUR LADY OF LOURDES

Weathered Antique French Meerschaum from the 1800's with Ornate Framing, Beautifully cut Vintage Glass Crystals and Large, Hand Carved Antique French Wooden Rosary Beads from a French Monastery


The piece is so named for the origin of the rosary beads and in honor of the stunning antique Meerschaum with a benevolent, hand-carved image of Our Holy Mother. Carved with amazing skill, both the beads and the reliquary show incredible detail and are rich with the patina of age.

NOTRE DAME DE LOURDES features a long strand of large, antique rosary beads from the turn of the 20th century. The monastic beads, once part of the belt of a Nun, are hand-carved from boxwood and have a rich hue that has been tempered and warmed by time. They both complement and contrast nicely with the patina of the Meerschaum, the ornate frame and the luxurious crystal beads. Adding additional interest and texture, vintage bead caps and connecting rings have been used between each of the antique beads.

The necklace chain is approximately 33-1/2" long with a drop of 4" that includes the connector bead and the Meerschaum. The meerschaum itself is 3-1/8" x 1-7/8". The necklace is clasped with a scalloped ring of brass. The necklace does not open, is light weight and is worn and removed by slipping it easily over your head.

NOTRE DAME DE LOURDES is a wearable piece of both art and history - something you will reach for again and again. NOTRE DAME DE LOURDES is of heirloom quality and would be equally appropriate and stunningly beautiful worn dressed up with a couture gown, dressed down with a tee-shirt and pair of jeans or anything in between.

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Collection No. 13 Item No. 3
$595




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GEORGIAN GREY

Late 1700's - Early 1800's Georgian Cross of Silver with Remnants of Gold, Hand Carved Foil Back Paste Stones, French Connector, Vintage Bezel Framed Crystal and Beautiful Freshwater Pearls of a Stunning Silvery Grey.

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GEORGIAN GREY is an elegant rosary-style necklace featuring beautiful components including a rare antique Georgian cross. This is not a recast or reproduction, it is an original piece of art and history that is over 200 years old.

Hand wrapped with the highest grade of sterling silver wire, the chain of GEORGIAN GREY features over 4-feet of top-grade freshwater pearls that are the most beautiful silvery grey in color, refined in nature, and imbued with a soft, subtle iridescence. The pearl chain is made to be versatile, perfect for layering and was designed to be able to be worn in many ways, including triple wrapped with the clasp situated in the back. The combinations of high-low, single, double, triple wrap are endless.

Serving as the connector of GEORGIAN GREY is a religious medal style component that was taken from a large Nun's Rosary which we acquired from France years ago which had fallen into disuse. A graceful depiction of Mary under a halo of stars is featured in the front while Jesus is featured on the other side.

Suspended from the French connector is an additional pearl and below it hangs the exquisite circa late 1700's - early 1800's cross. The cross is Georgian in style (1760 - 1830) and is either French or possibly Belgian. Made of sterling silver, the cross was originally gold washed. The gold wash has a high gold content, most likely 18k and remnants of the gold are still prevalent on the back side. On that same side, there is a small welding between the center and the 4th virole. This could be a repair or was an original enforcement of the piece. It is one of the beautiful mysteries that comes with a treasure over 2 centuries old. The cross itself measures 2" x 1.5". Front and back pictures are included below so you can explore the details.

The necklace is embellished with 3-sets of silver bezel framed crystal, cut to refract ambient light which complements the foil backed paste stones set within each of the 5-viroles and within the 4 branches of the cross. Foil setting was a popular technique used during the Georgian Era. It enhanced the lustre and cut of the stone, whether it be diamond, glass or crystal, bringing it into its best possible light.

After 200+ years, the foil behind the stones has begun to degrade, which actually makes the cross all the more beautiful - it creates an ethereal element and is reminiscent of the reflection seen in verre églomisé pieces or within mercury glass... both of which we find beautiful in the extreme.

The chain of GEORGIAN GREY is approximately 54" long and is constructed using sterling silver wire and clasp. Sterling has been oxidized in keeping with the antique elements. The drop, including the cross adds 3-7/8" in additional length. A small antique sterling religious medal graces the clasp, adding a sacred element and more interest at the neck when you wear the necklace double wrapped.

This is an heirloom quality piece that can be worn in endless ways. It can and should be worn with anything from jeans to formal attire and everything in between.


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Collection No. 13 Item No. 02
$950

--SOLD--

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À TOI, POUR TOUJOURS | FOREVER YOURS
Late 1700's to Early 1800's Danish Marriage Box of Gold Washed Sterling Silver, Baroque Pearls and Whiskey Quartz

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This is a beautiful necklace with deep sentimental meaning. A gorgeous mix of large, substantial top grade freshwater baroque pearls makes up the chain of À TOI-POUR TOUJOURS. The pearls boast rich, sultry hues of chocolate brown, dark grey with highlights of iridescent blue and deep aubergine along with the classic creamy white. Embellishing the pearls are faceted tear drops of whiskey quartz. The mix is poetic and lovely.

Suspended from the chain of pearls is a romantic, beautiful and substantial antique heart box adorned with a filigreed crown. This box is circa 1775 to 1850 and is sublime in its beauty. A floral pattern is hand carved over the entirety of the solid silver surface while a scalloped design is present along the opening. Both bring a strong element of sweetness and romance. The piece is solid silver and is hallmarked. Originally gold washed, the gilt has been worn from most of the outer surface, but remnants remain along the top lid, the scallop trimming and the crown – it boasts a gorgeous patina. The gold on the inside of the box has been preserved.

This piece is known as a marriage box and this one is likely Danish in origin. The Danes called these marriage boxes "hovedvandsaegs" and they are gifts that a male suitor would offer to his intended. The box would contain smelling salts or oils to revive the senses of the betrothed at the time of proposal of marriage. The boxes were typically engraved with the initials of the couple and were passed down from generation to generation, sometimes adding many couples initials through time. This piece is one of those very boxes! I see the imprints of initials but cannot make them out.

This particular box is 800 or better silver. The gold is of a high content. Once upon a time, this box was likely on a base. At some point, someone removed it, leaving a small hole in the bottom when they did. This has been left as is because it is part of the marriage box’s history, but if you would like, I can patch the hole with a little solder. Let me know in a note at the time of purchase if you would like me to do so. This box is weighty, very romantic and really beautiful – really one of the nicest I have seen. It is just so lovely and sentimental.

À TOI-POUR TOUJOURS is approximately 37.5" in length. The heart box is approximately 2.75" x 1.75”, adding additional length. À TOI-POUR TOUJOURS can be worn long or double-wrapped. Only sterling silver wire and clasp were used in the construction. Silver has been oxidized in keeping with the antique theme.


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Collection No. 13 Item No. 01
$695

--SOLD--

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PLIEN DE GRACE | Full of Grace

1800's French Sacred Heart of Solid Sterling Silver, Fiery Pyrope Garnet with Twisted Sterling Rings and Antique Silver Lourdes Medal from France.

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Deceivingly simple, this beautiful piece of wearable art and history is resplendent in understated elegance and both fiery and sacred beauty.

A single strand of Pyrope Garnet is anchored at the clasp by two large, faceted pieces of the fiery, deep red gemstone. The name Pyrope comes from the Greek word pyrōpos, which literally meaning fiery-eyed and is a befitting description of the garnet's rich inner beauty. Hand wrapped with the finest grade of silver wire, the same gemstone in smaller, organically shaped pieces alternate between rings of twisted sterling as they cascade in a rhapsody of texture and tone to a 19th century sacred heart ex voto.

The antique reliquary of PLIEN DE GRACE dates back to the late 1800's and was found in France. Beautifully hand engraved with the letter "M", for "Marie" along with a cross framed in sinuous foliage, the ex voto is lovely and is in excellent condition. This sacred reliquary is a beautiful and rare find, as it is not silver washed nor silver plated brass, but is solid silver and is marked as such. At well over 100 years old, the piece opens and shuts securely, so your prayers, keepsakes or sacred objects may be safely kept within.

A small French Lourdes medal of silver adorns the clasp, adding another element of sacred beauty.

The semi-precious stone of the necklace and the silver of the reliquary are a beautiful combination and a gorgeous interplay of rough and refined. The deep red natural stone against the smooth, cool silver is stunning.

PLIEN DE GRACE is constructed using top grade sterling silver wire and clasp. Approximate length is 26.75". The Sacred Heart is approximately 2.75" x 1-3/8" adding additional length.Silver has been oxidized in keeping with the antique elements.


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Collection No. 12 Item No. 02
$550

--SOLD--

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