Large Pre-Ban Ivory and Onyx Les Bernard Clip Earrings

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  • Source: eBay
  • Sold Date: Dec 08, 2008
  • Channel: Auction House

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Large Pre-Ban Ivory and Onyx Les Bernard Clip Earrings

INTRODUCTION: I've been buying and selling vintage jewelry (both fine and costume) for over 25 years. After closing our brick and mortar shop in 2001, I've been slowly organizing my inventory and am making a concerted effort to list at least a few pieces each week. It can be difficult to buy jewelry on the internet because you can't hold the piece in your hand, so I include sections in every listing describing size and condition as well posting clear pictures. I also list total shipping costs for domestic customers in the 48 contiguous states so that t are no surprises after you buy.

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DESCRIPTION: I recently met a woman who inherited her mother's incredible jewelry collection amassed from the early 1950s through the 1990s. T are very few ordinary pieces, as this lady favored high quality, large scale, bold jewelry.

We are just beginning to go through the collection, and I'll be listing many pieces over the coming months. Today I'm listing 5 ivory pieces from the 1960s.

This is a pair of nice, high quality clip earrings. The carved "swoop" design features a black onyx cabochon stone, and t is beautiful graining and crosshatching. The metal is goldtone (silver with a gold wash). The incised mark on the back reads: LES BERNARD SILVER I am listing a matching pin today. The color is a rich ivory - some patina but not yet yellowed as happens to ivory after many, many years. The amount of patina is the reason I do not think these earrings are older than the 1980s. The original owner had such an enormous quantity of jewelry that it is doubtful whether many of the individual pieces were worn more than a handful of times. I see no signs that this item was worn much, if at all. In accordance with ebay rules, these ivory earrings are available to customers within the U.S. only.

SIZE: Each earring measures about 1" by 2 1/4". The weight is 19.7 grams.

CONDITION: This item is in excellent condition - no damage or wear.

SHIPPING CHARGE FOR THIS ITEM: The total after-auction charges (shipping by the least expensive method, handling, insurance , and tracking/delivery confirmation ) to addresses in the contiguous 48 states will be $ 3.95. Shipping to Alaska or Hawaii will be the same rate UNLESS you prefer priority mail, which is more expensive, particularly for heavy items.

SHIPPING DISCOUNT: If you purchase more than one item, please wait for me to send you an eBay invoice as I offer a generous discount for multiple items âe" in most cases, more than the one automatically figured by eBay and Paypal.

SHIPPING NOTES: To save you money, I use the least expensive shipping method.

For U.S. destinations: ~First class for packages under 13 ounces ~Parcel post for 13 ounces to about 3 1/2 pounds (depending on zip code) ~FEDEX for heavier items USPS rates for international mail have increased considerably, particularly for packages weighing more tha...