IntoTemptation…..jewellery musings

Thoughts on jewelry, accessories and whatever else takes my fancy

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Jewel of the day: Alan Anderson Crystal Sautoir Necklace

Toronto-based Alan Anderson designs contemporary crystal jewelry with vintage inspiration and flair, often using vintage components. His pieces are hand assembled. This sautoir can be worn as is or the chain can double around the neck to provide a choker feature. Described as 1930s inspired, this sells for USD$2,900.



Jewel of the day: Faberge Diamond Tiara

Though seldom worn today, tiaras still have the power to fascinate. This one was made in the Faberge workshop in 1890. It came up for auction with Sotheby’s in 2007. They noted at that time, “A MAGNIFICENT ANTIQUE DIAMOND TIARA, BY FABERGE. Designed as a series of graduated old-cut diamond arches with knife edge collet spacers, the central pear-shaped diamond flanked by three briolette and one old-cut diamond, each with diamond collet and leaf surmount to the foliate band, on gold wire frame, mounted in silver and gold, circa 1890, 13.2 cm. wide, with Russian assay marks for gold
Maker’s mark for August Holmström on frame.”

I think magnificent is a perfect word for this jewel. The pre-auction estimate was GBP 400,000 – GBP 600,000; the price realized was GBP 1,050,400.

Jewel of the day: Art Deco 2.60 Carat Burmese Ruby Diamond Gold Platinum Engagement Ring

There’s nothing like a statement ring and this one really does makes quite a statement. Offered by Chicago-based Romanov Russia, they describe this gem as, “Circa 1925 An Art Deco platinum (top) and white gold (shank) vintage engagement ring features a very fine natural non-heated Burma (Myanmar) ruby surrounded by old mine cut diamonds. The ring comes with AGL gemstone report for the ruby. One oval mixed cut natural ruby 2.60 ct, 8.42 x 6.79 x 4.86 mm Estimated total diamond weight 2.10 ct Ruby and diamond top measures 15 x 12 mm Ring size 6.25 (17 mm) sizable.”

This sells for USD$87,000.

Jewel of the day: Art Deco Diamond and Platinum Bracelet

I love shows like Antiques Roadshow (particularly the British/BBC original) where people bring in items to be appraised by a team of experts. Several years ago, I volunteered to work at an Antiques Roadshow taping and there is a lot of dross among the diamonds. But this woman was delighted and rather stunned to discover that a bracelet passed on to her by her mother-in-law was a diamond and platinum piece worth approximately £150,000. I doubt there is anything like that hiding in my attic (or what passes for my attic) but a girl can dream.

You can read more about it here.

Jewel of the day: Erstwhile Edwardian Diamond Ring

I thought this was contemporary until I looked at the description of the seller, Erstwhile. They date it to 1910. So consider this the wrap to this Edwardian themed week.

The rather impressive looking piece is described thus: “Antique Edwardian engagement ring set with a 5.05 carat navette-shaped diamond with GIA certificate stating the diamond is J color/VVS2 clarity with 8 old European-cut diamonds and a delicate multi-pronged platinum and 18K gold mount. Circa 1910.”

This sells for USD$95,000 for that extra special person in your life or perhaps for yourself.

Jewel of the day: Van Cleef & Arpels Diamond Chalcedony Sapphire Gardenia Brooch and Earrings

If you are a fan of the Duchess of Windsor, then you may already be in love with blue chalcedony, Van Cleef & Arpels or both. This set is very reminiscent of her style.

A suite consisting of a brooch and earrings, these gardenias are composed of diamonds, chalcedony, and sapphires and diamond set in platinum. Available from New York-based Yafa Fine Jewels, they will set you back USD$95,000 but as the Duchess would tell you, true style is priceless.

Jewel of the Day: Jacob & Co x Kanye West Madonna and Child Pendant

This item is available at Paris’s Colette, which shocked the fashion world a few weeks ago by announcing that they are closing later this year. But the store and site are going strong for now, and you can find the Jacob & Co./Kanye West collaboration there.

They describe this piece as, “Madonna and Child” Medallion Necklace, 18K yellow gold, large size. colette welcomes the collaboration between Jacob Arabov and Kanye West. The 18K gold collection draws from 14th century Florentine art such as Donatello’s base-relief portraits, and evoke a certain classical romance.”

This is selling for $16,839.68$14,033.07 less French VAT.

Jewel of the day: Joana Salazar Fernanda Diamond and Tourmaline Earrings

And now for something really blingy. These Fernanda earrings by Joana Salazar are a diamond feast set with paraiba tourmalines. The 18k white gold setting holds 6.5 carats of oval tourmalines, and 5.84 carats of white diamonds.

This sells for £79,960.

Jewel of the day: Vega Maddox Jadeite, Amethyst and Enamel Earrings

Vega Maddox was based in LA in the 60s and 70s, and did ornate, over the top jewellery. I’m fortunate to have one of her necklaces and a pair of earrings. Those are bit too heavy for me to actually wear comfortably but I just love looking at them.

These earrings are very much in the Maddox style. Available from Earthly Adornments, they are “sterling silver vermeil with enamel, amethyst and jadeite. 2-3/4 x 1-1/2 inches. The jadeite and amethyst stones are bezel-set and surrounded the enamel. The earrings have 14k gold posts. Each earring weighs 14.3 grams.”

These were a custom made commissioned piece by the former owner. Maddox’s jewelry is hard to find and in demand, and these are one of a kind. They sell for USD$550.

Jewel of the day: Diamond and Ruby Platinum Necklace Tiara

Tiaras were often mounted on frames so that they could be disassembled and worn as a necklace or clips for less formal occasions. This piece is for sale on Etsy by seller My Vintage Diamond Ring. The shop owner notes, “Diamond Tiara/Collar (51carats), Antique- Ruby, natural pearl tiara and collar in Platinum~A piece of history from another era! It looks equally good as a Tiara or Collar. It is in the Art Nouveau style of the day, 1900 to 1910. Perhaps you have an appointment with the Queen and don’t know what to wear? Perhaps you live in Dallas and go to big charity events-this will blow the other women out of their frosted tips! The tiara sports a 4.08ct European Cut J-K color and SI1 to 2 clarity. There are two European cut pear shapes weighing .75ct apiece, 1.50cts as a pair. All together, including the 4.08ct and the 1.50cts pear shapes, the diamond total is a whopping 50.91cts. There are 84 Natural Pearls, see GIA Report. The Tiara weighs 238 grams of Platinum or 8.41 oz. The very front of the Tiara measures 3 1/2 inches, the sides measure 2 1/4 inches. It comes with a gold frame to sit upon which is not pictured. ”

This sells for USD$110,000.

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