IntoTemptation…..jewellery musings

Thoughts on jewelry, accessories and whatever else takes my fancy

Jewel of the day: JAR Gold and Diamond Ring

Coming up for auction on October 17 at Sotheby’s is this bauble by famed jeweller JAR. His exhibited pieces are generally a tour de force of stone setting in extravagant designs. This rather more prosaic piece is also lovely and wearable. The catalogue notes, “Set with an emerald-cut diamond, the shank set with single-cut diamonds on both sides, gross weight approximately 14 dwts, size 8½, signed JAR paris; circa 1996. With signed box.”

Auction estimate is USD$10,000-15,000 but I suspect it will go much higher.


Jewel of the day: Caroline Neron Bracelet Moderniste

This is one of those costume jewellery pieces that looks like it cost more than it did.

By Caroline Neron, it’s plated metal with a nicely designed clasp. It’s accented with Swarvoski crystals all along the bracelet.

This sells for USD$95.

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: Ruskin Brooch

I am fortunate to a signed one of these Arts and Crafts pretties, made by the Ruskin Pottery in England and dating to the beginning of the 1900s.

This example is offered by Etsy seller Agatha Hamster, and they explain, “It features a lightly hammered silver mount, the corners of which are curled up, with leaves and berries at each corner and set with a pottery ‘enamel’. The Pottery centerpiece is a gorgeous blue and green swirl of colour, with slight crazing in the surface glaze. The early date and appearance of the pottery glaze suggests it is a Ruskin Pottery plaque, however as the back of the plaque (which should be stamped Ruskin if original) is sealed behind the silver mount I cannot confirm this.

John Ruskin was one of the founding fathers of the Arts and Crafts movement in Britain in the mid 1800s. When the Ruskin Pottery was founded in 1898 the owner, Edward Richard Taylor, named it after Ruskin in recognition of his philosophy. The pottery began making the small cabochons or ‘enamels’ in the early 1900s and they became very popular, being used for simple home made jewellery, as well as for more expensive pieces by high end silversmiths, including work for Liberty of London. Other potteries did make similar plaques in the 1920s and 30s but When the the Ruskin Pottery closed in 1935 the secret behind the specific glazes was destroyed so the work could not be replicated.

This example is in lovely condition, with no damage to the mount or the pottery plaque, and a good overall patination and oxidation which I have not removed. The hammer marks are most visible on the back of the brooch, where the number 240 has also been hand engraved in the past, possibly as a catalogue style number. No hallmarks but tests as sterling silver and the tube hinge and C clasp on the back are in good working order. Size: 33mm x 27mm. ”

The seller is UK-based; this is priced at £123.

Jewel of the day: Mattia Cielo Diamond Rose Gold Flexible Cuff Bracelet

This intriguing piece by Mattia Cielo is offered by estate jewellers 66 Mint. Looking a bit like a (very expensive) child’s toy, they describe it as: an 18k rose gold flexible cuff bracelet designed with disk shape links pavé-set with 16.07 carats of G VS round brilliant diamonds. This bracelet has a circumference of 6.5 inches, tapered width of 13.7-6.0 mm, and diamond pavé-set cone shape tips. Total weight is 82.8 grams.”

This sells for USD$26,850.

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: Haati Chai Aurora Anklet

Maybe it’s because I live in a climate where it feels cold nearly half the year, anklets aren’t terribly practical for me. But they always hint at warmer days to come, with less restrictive footwear and clothing.

This anklet by Haati Chai is called the Aurora; alas, there are actually no other details as to metals or stones. (Yes, still one of my pet peeves when it comes to jewelry sites – pretty pictures but no information to help a buyer make an informed decision.

Should you want to take a flyer on it, it sells for USD$225.

Jewel of the day: Sarah Gunn Skin Textured Earrings

The sleek modernist look of these pierced earrings would dress up any outfit, or go just as well with something casual. By British designer Sarah Gunn, her site notes, “The raw, organic textures on these semicircle studs are designed to coordinate with the ‘Skin’ collection. Handmade from etched brass and plated with 18 carat gold, they have a dramatic slice of black vegetable-tanned leather which runs through the centre. The studs are lightweight and ideal for everyday wear. Ear posts and scrolls are gold plated sterling silver. DIMENSIONS: Approximately 23mm long x 2.5mm wide
Please note these earrings are hand made to order and may take up to 2 weeks for delivery. If you need your order sooner just get in touch and we’ll do our best to help.”

These are priced at £130.

Jewel of the day: Satomi Kawakita B0101 Bracelet

This pretty honeycomb design sterling silver bracelet is by Satomi Kawakita. Her ‘about’ page notes, “Satomi Kawakita is a New York City-based jewelry designer and professional diamond setter. She was born and raised in Japan.  While growing up, she was strongly influenced by her dress-maker mother, who made most of Satomi’s clothes when she was a little girl. Satomi was fascinated not only by designing, but also by actually creating things herself. This passion led her to Saga Art College in Kyoto, Japan, where she studied wood, metal, clay and textile design/creation.
While in college, she encountered glass-blowing, and after graduating, she worked for the glass artist Takeshi Tsujino for a couple of years. After the glass studio closed down, she taught herself how to make jewelry with glass beads, and she started her own jewelry business and sold her pieces nationwide.

In 2002, she moved to Boston to fulfill her longtime dream to study abroad. After she completed an English language program, she moved to New York City to study jewelry making at Studio Jewelers. She started working as a diamond setter under the master setter Richard Scandaglia as soon as she graduated from school.

In 2008, she launched her own jewelry line, “Satomi Kawakita Jewelry.” Her work combines an unusual organic sense of beauty with impeccable craftsmanship, resulting in jewelry true to her style and vision. She appreciates and finds a mystique and unlimited beauty in natural gems, minerals and metals, and she always aspires to turn these materials into wearable jewelry using her own unique approach.”

This piece was on sale at the time of writing; it was USD$369 from USD$619. Only one was available.



Jewel of the day: Retro Jewels Vintage Enamel Brooch

When I first saw this, I thought it might be a dress clip, but it’s a brooch. Even better, as pins are more versatile. Made in the 1930s, it’s cold painted enamel set with tiny rhinestones. Seller Retro Jewels explains, ”

Presenting a beautiful, unsigned vintage rhodium-plated ‘shoe button’ brooch! Unlike most such pins, which are set with only one color ‘shoe button’ cabochon, this gorgeous whimsy is set with glass cabs of purple, pink, blue, green, and yellow! The semi-translucent stones practically glow from within, shadows shifting as you hold the piece to the light. Excellent condition – only the tiniest of enamel loss, plus one missing small rhinestone.

It is likely that this beauty was made in the late 1930s in imitation of the Trifari ‘shoe button’ brooches that were so popular. Frankly, I think this one is much more beautiful!”

This is available for a very modest USD$98.

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