Victorian Hair Jewelry from Gray & Davis at the Morbid Anatomy Museum

We are pleased to announce that Gray & Davis is partnering with the Morbid Anatomy Museum to present for sale a selection of Victorian hairwork jewelry from our vault.

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The pieces, all dating from the mid-nineteenth century, are available exclusively at the museum’s gift shop in Brooklyn.  Founded earlier this year, the Morbid Anatomy museum explores the intersections of death, beauty and that which falls between the cracks. Their current exhibition, The Art of Mourning, is on view through January 5th. We highly recommend it as an afternoon excursion on a cold winter’s day. 

Photo by Joanna Ebenstein.

Gray & Davis Holiday Gift Guide: For the Bride-to-be

It’s an exciting and stressful time for this lady. To tick one item off of her To-Do list, here are some ideas for her “something old.” Or, her “something borrowed” if you can’t bear to part with it yourself (wink!)

Early 20th century diamond bangle bracelet, available at Gray & Davis.

Early 20th century diamond bangle bracelet, available at Gray & Davis.

The diamond bangle

This gold and diamond bangle is the pinnacle of Old World elegance. 14k white gold filigree work extends from a center old European cut diamond, and tiny, twinkling old cut diamonds dot the navette-shaped open work. As was the standard when this bracelet was made (c.1900), any part that touches the skin was fashioned in yellow gold.

The navette brooch

Lovely Edwardian silver wire work is exemplary of this time period. The brooch glitters with rose cut diamonds around a central, horizontal design of bezel-set old European cut diamonds.

Edwardian diamond brooch, available in our  online shop . 

Edwardian diamond brooch, available in our online shop

Edwardian paste earrings, available in our  online shop . 

Edwardian paste earrings, available in our online shop

The sparkly dangles

I can’t believe it’s not diamonds! These dancing dangle earrings are set with faceted glass “paste” stones, an antique diamond simulant. Made in the romantic Belle Époque era around the turn-of-the-century, the pastes are set in silver with 14k gold shepherd’s hooks. A beautiful addition to a bridal suite of jewels.

 

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