Most of you who visit my Ruby Lane site probably know that Stuart Crystals are sort of the Cadillac of mourning jewelry. They are called Stuart from Charles I, the only English king ever executed, who was a Stuart. The only thing more prized that a Stuart Crystal, is one commemorating the death of Charles! Anyway, I have a few in my own collection, and decided to remove a few from Ruby Lane to keep myself, when I saw how quickly these were rising in price. I realized I could never replace any Stuart Crystal Skull or skeleton piece for my asking price. Well, I was wrong. This trip I managed to find two, in excellent condition, from an English dealer from whom I often buy. He always has the best prices for early items when he has them. He told me he had bought a few Stuart Crystals, and he had two with skulls. When he quoted me the price, I nearly had a heart attack. It was the same for both, as I had paid for one 6 or 7 years ago! I told him to hold them for me, as I had already spent a lot with him, and I would be back with the money. So, I am proud to be able to offer these two pieces for prices that were current about, maybe, 6 or 7 years ago. If you want a Stuart Crystal in your collection, this is the time to buy it. I am going to pass the bargain along to you, but I will not be able to offer any discounts. There is nothing wrong with these lovely pieces; I am simply passing my good fortune along to my customers. These pieces were meant to be worn on ribbons around the wrist or neck. They are always high carat gold (if not silver) and they are circa 1670-1700. They were not always memorial; sometimes they were sentimental with cupids or whatever. Of course, if the piece has a skull or skeleton, it is memorial. This faceted crystal lies on a tightly woven bed of of light hair, and it has the skull just above the scribe. The scribe, in silk thread, appears to be "AF." It could possibly be "AT." Use your own judgment about that. There appears to be some silk crossing the "T," which makes me think it is meant to be an "F." This piece is circa 1690. It weighs 3.71 grams, and measures 3/4 of an inch East to West, and the same North to South. Stuart Crystals will probably never be cheap again, and they will soon only be seen in museums, but here is a chance to have one with a skull at a reasonable price.
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