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Archive for the month “October, 2016”

Jewel of the day: The Harry Winston Pumpkin Diamond

Why have a variety of squash today when you could have this nearly 6 carat orange diamond by Harry Winston? Known as the Pumpkin Diamond, it was set into a ring for Halle Berry to wear to the Oscars in 2002 (when she won her Best Actress Academy Award).

The stone was purchased by Winston for $1.3 million. No doubt it would sell for much more today, given that it is the world’s largest known fancy vivid orange diamond.

No word if Berry was the buyer when it was rumoured to have been sold three years after her historic win, but someone is probably extra to have this to celebrate with today.



Jewel of the day: Kubes Jewelers Estate Diamond Spider Pin

Yes, Halloween is tomorrow, but it’s never really too early to break out the arachnids. We had our own live version living on our front porch for about a week (before the flinging delivery of the morning paper destroyed the web) – it was a pretty magnificent thing to behold at about three feet by three feet.

If you want something more modest but equally spooktacular, this vintage diamond and gold pin will do the trick. Crafted of 18kt. yellow and white gold it bears a total weight of 1.27ct. white and brown diamonds and sells for USD$1,975 from Fort Worth, Texas’s Kubes Jewelers.


As for the real thing … boo!


Jewel of the day: Vintage Cartier Coral, Diamond and Onyx Ring

At first glance, viewed straight on, this looks like a typical Art Deco piece, but it’s actually from the 1970s. 1973, to be exact. By Cartier, and offered by Walter James of New York, it features 1.25 carats of diamonds set in platinum, accented with coral and onyx. It is currently a size 5.25.

This sells for USD$17,500.


Jewel of the day: Sweetie’s Memorable Gemz Antique Emerald and Diamond Bracelet

This lovely antique bracelet on offer from Ruby Lane‘s Sweetie’s Memorable Gemz is evocative of Hungarian and Czech pieces from the turn of the last century.

The seller explains, “The bracelet is not marked 14 Kt. but it has been acid tested by two different jewelers who confirmed it is 14 kt. gold.  Purchased over 50 years ago from a European jeweler that carries exclusively antique, estate and noble jewels. Handmade in the very early 1900’s by a European goldsmith whose skill at creating this hand pierced, not machine pierced, bracelet is evident in the creation of both an oval inner pierced gold layer and domed pierced outside gold layer. It is a work of art and one of a kind.  The bangle bracelet has a pin hinge on side (not spring) and tongue with press down clasp that closes with a loud click, also a safety chain measuring 2-1/2″ long with spring ring that opens if necessary. The bracelet opening is 2-1/4″ wide allowing plenty of room to fit a hand through.  Total weight 42.6 grams.  Inside measurement across from hinge to clasp is 2-1/4″.  Top to bottom inside measurement 1-7/8″ high.  Inside circumference measures approximately 6-1/4″.  Width at center front 18mm with 11mm dome profile.  Tapers down to 9mm wide with a 6mm dome profile at center back.

As a point of reference, my wrist measures 7-1/2″ and the bracelet is approximately 1/2″ too tight. It should fit a small to medium wrist, but not a large size wrist.

There are a total 11 emerald cut emeralds, bezel set deep green with inclusions. They are not the color green of Colombian emeralds, nor are they pale color emeralds. With a magnifying glass I can see three of the emeralds, on the sides have a small chip in the corner. Overall that does not detract from the magnificence of this European handmade bracelet that was worn and greatly enjoyed for over 50 years.

The measurements of the 10 emeralds (5 on each side) are approximately 4mm, the center emerald is approximately 6mm. There are more than 90 round European cut white diamonds bezel and prong set measuring approximately 2mm-3mm with a bright sparkle.

The beauty of this antique bracelet is the highly detailed pierced design with scroll like leaves decorated and highlighted in black enamel.

Gold and gemstone jewelry will not be mailed outside the U.S.”

This sells for USD$2,375.


Jewel of the day: BaubleBar Cosmic Drops Earrings

Bring on the shine and glitter as we edge ever closer to the holidays. These crescent moon and star earrings by BaubleBar let you shine in a tasteful way, with black and clear crystals set in gold tone metal. They are 1.85″ long by 0.95″ wide, weighing 0.2 oz. (which BaubleBar describes as “substantial weight”).

These sell for USD$38, leaving you plenty of money for present shopping.


Jewel of the day: Tiffany Soleste Rubellite Ring

Tiffany’s Soleste collection was originally limited to yellow diamonds but they have expanded to include other stones. Here, a semi-precious rubellite. The rubellite is a type of tourmaline, and its hues range from red to shocking pink. Here, Tiffany has added a double diamond halo (total carat weight of .45) in a platinum setting to the 1.5 carat rubellite centre stone.

This sells for USD$9,200.


Jewel of the day: Bunny Paige Heartbreaker Statement Necklace

It’s no secret I like my rhinestones showy, and this huge heart studded with crystals delivers. By Etsy seller Bunny Paige, it’s rightly called a statement piece.

Owner Lauren Tatum explains, “This necklace has been archived Swarovski has discontinued the Xilion Rose crystals that I use in this necklace. Hundreds of spikes. Hundreds of Swarovski crystals. This is the ultimate statement piece! This necklace features an extra large, 5″ wide hand-poured resin heart surrounded by hundreds of individually placed spikes and color-shifting Swarovski crystals. Choose between a choker-style 16″ chain or an extra long 30″ chain. I cast each heart out of jeweler’s grade resin before applying every spike and crystal by hand. This process takes a lot of love and time so please allow 5-10 business days before your necklace is shipped.”

This one-of-a-kind piece sells for USD$425, but the site offers smaller similar pieces in a range of colours.


Jewel of the day: Art Deco Star Sapphire Ring

I could probably start every blog post by saying I am a fan of this or that, or love a particular style, but Art Deco really floats my boat.

This ring has softer lines than some in this style, probably because of the cabochon star sapphire that has price of place in this platinum ring. The stone is 9.65ct accented with  diamonds (1.57tcw) and is circa 1930. It sells for USD$7,000 from Facere Jewelry Art Gallery.


Jewel of the day: Line + Hue Capriccio Bracelet

There’s not much I can say about this piece, because the vendor, Roseark, doesn’t actually tell you much about it. It has a funky 70s vibe to me, when shades of brown and orange and avocado were king. Under details, they give you a concise (terse?) description: 14k Rose Gold Capriccio Agate and Diamond bracelet. Having said that, the designer’s own website is equally uninformative.

The piece sells for USD$14,760 for the 70s nostalgic (price excepting) among you.


Jewel of the day: Matt Bezak Octopus Pendant

Matt Bezak does really cool work in glass; if you like Lalique pieces, you will be intrigued by these. Here, a pendant with a sterling silver bail and a piece of hand crafted glass in the stylized shape of an octopus.

Vendor Giving Tree Gallery notes, “Skillfully hand crafted using the lost wax technique, this fine leaded crystal glass pendant features dynamic irridescent coloring that changes color with every angle. The pendant is set in a heavy gauge of sterling silver and signed by the artist.”

It sells for USD$550.

A little bit more about the designer: Matt Bezak describes his glass animalia, botanical and wave jewelry pendants as, “an artistic expression.” Inspired by ideals held steadfast in Art Nouveau style, his work focuses on the harmony of natural forms and their structure. Emphasis is placed on the importance of the overall function and integrity of each item and the attention to every detail is nothing short of perfection. To create these beautifully detailed works of art, Matt utilizes an ancient technique called, “Lost Wax Glass Casting.” This process of casting glass consists of several steps that must be rigidly adhered to for success. With no room for error, the delicate process requires attention from the beginning wax stage to final etching. Bezak’s vision combines a sense of drama with a classic look that the viewer can personally connect with.


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