IntoTemptation…..jewellery musings

Thoughts on jewelry, accessories and whatever else takes my fancy

Jewel of the day: Retro Diamond Rose Gold Detachable Double Clip Bangle Bracelet

Retro pieces don’t get the love they deserve. Coming after the sleek  white gold and platinum lines Art Deco, the somewhat chunkier rose gold Retro pieces led the way to what can be rather forgettable 1950s jewellery. But Retro pieces have undeniable charm.

This 18k rose gold, diamond set bracelet has the added advantage of detachable dress clips (a personal fave of mine). It also has some of the look of late Art Deco married to the emerging 40s look.

1st Dibs seller Hartz & Co. is selling this for USD$14,800.

Jewel of the day: Seaman Schepps Amethyst and Carved Chalcedony Ring

Seaman Schepps had among its clients some rather well known names, perhaps foremost among them Wallis, The Duchess of Windsor. Among her legendary jewel collection were several pieces by this company (with a pair of their ear clips left to Princess Michael of Kent).

This ring is offered by Christies right now, through their online auction portal. The catalogue describes it as, “Property of an important private collector. Designed as a carved chalcedony ring set with an oval shaped amethyst within a yellow gold bezel

Metal: 18k yellow gold
Stones: One carved chalcedony, One rectangular shaped amethyst
Size/Dimensions: US ring size 6.5, 19.5 mm at widest point
Signature: Seaman Schepps
Marks: 750, maker’s mark
Gross Weight: 13.8 grams

This Lot ships from New York or is available for collection at Christie’s New York.”

Auction estimate is USD$1000-2000; current bid as of this writing was $1,100.

Jewel of the day: Paloma Picasso Olive Leaf Diamond Earrings

Paloma Picasso’s designs for Tiffany have certainly evolved beyond her early (and very popular ) xo pieces. These hoop earrings are part of an olive leaf inspired collection.

Diamonds weighing .57 carats are set into 18k white gold. The hoops are open, and the bottom is placed delicately just below the base of the ear lobe, rather than the more traditional closed or inside outside design.

These sell for USD$5,200.

Jewel of the day: Harmony Evening Star Necklace

Designed as a gift for an expectant mother, this is a pretty pendant that can be an out of the ordinary baby gift.

Made by Harmony, their Evening Star necklace can be customized with a different coloured ball in the locket. The company notes, “Our “Evening Star” Necklace features an attractive star design that symbolizes the beauty and light that your new baby will bring into this world. Because your life will never be brighter once your new miracle arrives; it will fill you with joy and hope for the future ahead. This necklace is abundantly plated in sterling silver and is nickle and lead free.”

This is currently on sale for USD$34.99

Jewel of the day: 1-100 Medallion Stick Earrings

These rough hewn sterling silver earrings are by 1-100, a collaboration between Graham Tabor and Miguel Villalobos. They are described as handcrafted sterling silver earrings with hanging rectangular medallion and stick pendants with a drop of approximately 1.75 inches.

These sell for USD$350.

Jewel of the day: Sabrina Dehoff Cuff Same Same But Different

Berlin-based designer Sabrina Dehoff does sleek, minimalist pieces. She describes this cuff bracelet this way: “This is a very special bracelet to us! The two half acrylic stones in khaki and pink are more than an eye-catcher. The hidden, elaborated closure is worked in to keep the design simple and clean. A cool and colorful piece two halves same same, but different! The style and all its elements are designed and developed by ©Sabrina Dehoff and in our studio in Berlin. All styles are only available in limited edition.”

The bracelet is made with gold plated brass and acrylic, and comes in one size. It sells for €309.

Jewel of the day: Bjorg Days Residue Necklace

This piece by Bjorg makes effective use of a piece of Herkimer diamond as the centrepiece of a caged pendant. The site explains, “Herkimer quartz ‘diamonds’ are the high energy seekers of the crystal world. Unusually transparent with a brilliant sparkle, they manifest pure, solid light and are powerful amplifiers of spiritual energy.

Herkimer diamonds are the most powerful of all quartz crystals. Being doubly terminated, they have the ability to not only transmit their own energies, but to receive spiritual energy and to amplify and focus it intently.

This mineral owes its name to Herkimer County, New York, USA, the principal place where it is found. Each single stone is unique and hand selected to fit perfectly each piece of BJØRG jewellery.”

The VAT-free price of this sterling silver pendant is €252.

Jewel of the day: Maria Black Wing Necklace

Danish designer Maria Black has a sleek, clean aesthetic that is perfect for the person who likes their jewellery to be unfussy. This necklace has a bit more going on than most of her designs, and uses a wing (looks like a bat wing to me) as its inspiration. Her “about” page notes, “Maria Black Jewellery is founded on the pure idea of combining aesthetics and artistry. Allowing contemporary fashion jewellery to emphasize the everyday look of modern women, and to challenge the common perception of body adornment. Patterns and shapes sculpted of precious metals define each collection. Maria Black creates each collection with an underlying expression of her passions and experiences, so every collection owns a feeling or personality and becomes a complete story. Two halves becomes one unit, triangles appear in triplicate, skinny rings and stacking makes delicate fragments, strong statements and earrings requiring only one piercing create the unexpected illusion of multiple piercings. Maria’s designs are intended to encourage individual creative freedom.”

This necklace is made with oxidized sterling silver on an adjustable chain measuring 44/47 cm. This sells for €107.

 

Jewel of the day: Lang Antiques Brown Diamond Bow Ring

As coloured diamonds go, brown stones are probably seen as less desirable than their pink, blue or green cousins. I think yellow to brown coloured diamonds have an intrinsic warmth that adds something special.

This ring, from Lang Antiques, is described as, “A sparkling white diamond bow is knotted in the center with a bright and beautiful, natural brown oval-cut diamond weighing 1.22 carats in this fun and fabulous estate jewel, hand-fabricated in platinum. The striking and scintillating ‘cognac’ colored center stone is accompanied by a GIA Diamond Grading Report stating: Natural, Fancy Dark Yellowish Brown, Even color – VS1 clarity. A dazzling and distinctive engagement or right-hand ring. Currently ring size 6.”

It sells for USD$$4,750.

Jewel of the day: Miriam Haskell Pearl and Crystal Earrings

Though I have never been a collector of vintage Miriam Haskell pieces, I have found myself entranced by their current production. Not really sure why, as it’s not that different in design other than that it tends to be a bit more readily available.

These pearl and crystal earrings are made to order and hand done, and take up to seven weeks for delivery. They are described as, “medium sized chandelier earrings – Antique silver plated filigree hand-wired with pave Swarovski crytals. Earrings drop 1.75 inches and are 1 inch at widest point.Light in weight with clip backs.”

These sell for USD$460.

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