Vintage Irish Connemara Jewelry

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2015-06-26 10:32:32

Vintage Irish Connemara Jewelry is jewellery constructed from a distinctive green coloured marble that originates from Ireland.

History & Description

Connemara marble is a green, streaked marble that is only found in County Galway in the west of Ireland. Connemara marble’s distinctive green colour has made it a prized material for a variety of decorative purposes, particularly jewelry. Connemara has been applied to brooches, necklaces, pendants, ear clips, rings and bracelets.

Vintage Irish Connemara jewelry is a highly desirable item among jewelry collectors.

Guide for collectors

Instances of vintage Irish Connemara jewelry sold at auction are quite unusual. Furthermore, it is even more far for individual examples to be offered. Collectors are more likely to purchase Connemara items in a group of jewelry. Prices tend to range between £200 and £400 for group lots.

Individual pieces of vintage Connemara jewelry, ranging from brooches to earrings, to necklaces to rings, are occasionally advertised on online bidding sites, such as eBay. Prices tend to be significantly cheaper than those at auction and several individual items can be purchased for under £50. For example, a vintage Art Deco Connemara marble 19” necklace, dating from the 1930s, was sold on eBay for £13.

Collectors should, however, proceed with caution with purchasing supposed antique and vintage items from eBay as their authenticity cannot always be verified.

Notable auction sales

On April 27th 1999 at Christie’s in London, an early-twentieth century Irish Connemara marble penannular brooch with the maker’s mark H.G & S., realised a price of £483.

On November 27th 2007 at Bonhams in Knowle, a collection of Irish Connemara jewelry, including a silver and marble brooch, realised a price of £252.

On May 20th 2003 at Christie’s in London, a nineteenth century, silver, Connemara marble and citrine brooch and a pair of Connemara marble cluster ear clips realised a price of £235.

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