10:13 AM PST, 2/16/2008I have received several questions about the vintage Noritake Lady Plate I recently sold for $698. This is a most unusual plate! Back-stamped "M", which indicates "Morimura Bros." who are the forerunners of Noritake Co. The "M" is encircled by a laurel wreath. Above the wreath-encircled "M" is the word "Noritake". Below is stamped "Made in Japan". Similar highly collectible plates are pictured in Joan van Patten's, The Collector's Encyclopedia of Noritake, and in David Spain's Collecting Noritake A to Z. The backstamp is the green M surrounded by a wreath, Noritake, Made in Japan, Handpainted, which dates it to 1918. This plate is a spectacular example. This luster plate measures 7 3/4". Unique design of a lady dressed in her finery with a bouquet of flowers. Beautiful for displaying. Vibrant lovely colors. Morgans Bounty was fortunate to discover this funky retro treasure. The noritake plate was acquired by a private bidder from Hawaii.
7:41 PM PST, 2/13/2008NEW! Ray Tracey Signed Beautiful Lapis Cross GOLD Earrings The incredible symbolism of this Ray Tracey Design is set off with the gorgeous depth of blue color in the lapis! Finding Ray Tracey set in 14K Gold is difficult enough, but these earrings are exceptional! These are NEW ~ Never Worn ~ I was saving them for a special occasion which never happened! Each earring clearly bears the Ray Tracey signature mark and 14K. The earring wire is also gold. Each dimensional cross measures 1.25" x .75" and will hang from your ear approximately 2". The cross is a gold base layer with a top design where the lapis is set providing a full 1/8' of thickness. These earrings are MOST impressive!!!! While they are bold and do make a wonderful statement, at 20 grams (pair) they are not so heavy that they are uncomfortable to wear. You will absolutely love these spectacular examples of Ray Tracey art. A fabulous gift for yourself or someone important to you! I have several pieces of Ray Tracey jewelry that I am listing, please be sure to check them out and stop by Morgans Bounty again soon! ABOUT RAY TRACEY Artist and Navajo actor Ray Tracey is internationally known and respected as one of the worlds finest contemporary Native American Jewelers. Born and raised on the Navajo reservation in Arizona, Ray began making jewelry at the age of nine. He has been professionally making jewelry since 1977. He became famous for his contemporary look that revolutionized Navajo inlay jewelry, which he produced from his studio in Gallup New Mexico. Ray's items are of the highest quality and very sought after.