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Jewel of the day: Anine Bing Emerald and Diamond Earrings

For the emerald lover, these are a perfect alternative to diamond stud earrings. By Anine Bing, these are 14k rose gold with a centre set emerald and diamond halo. I’m not sure why they provide measurements instead of weight for the stones but the site notes, “Emerald: Width 1.57in, Height 1.57in; diamonds: width 0.03in.”

These sell for USD$1,499.

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Jewel of the day: Aesa Jewelry Chain Star Earrings

These have a cool vibe that’s a cross between rich hippie and boho meets Goth. By Aesa, they describe these earrings this way: One-of-a-kind emerald, 14k gold and oxidized sterling silver hanging chain stud earrings. Measuring approximately 1.25″, these earrings, which feature emeralds that are set upside down, are chic and unique.”

They sell for USD$845.

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Jewel of the day: Arik Kastan Emerald and Diamond Compass Ring

This ring by Arik Kastan has an old world vintage feel to it. About the designer:

Arik Kastan places rose gold at the heart of a collection of timeless modern designs inspired by the great historical eras of jewelry. While honoring the art of Victorian-era masters, Arik Kastan’s jewelry design sensibility reflects a modern vision of effortless beauty and style.Staying true to antique craftsmanship and tradition, each piece is carefully hand made. Indeed, our namesake honed his craft over a lifetime, having begun his career as an apprentice goldsmith at the age of fourteen. To this day, Arik Kastan’s workshop continues with the traditions of fine jewelry making passed from generation to generation. Arik Kastan’s jewelry is available in our unique blends of 14k rose or yellow gold and is paired with carefully selected precious and semi-precious stones.Recently launched in the US, the Arik Kastan line has caught the attention of top jewelry designers, stylists, and their celebrity clientele.

Made with rose cut diamonds and emeralds in a rectangular/shield shape, the stones are set in 14k yellow gold. It sells for USD$2,046.

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Jewel of the day: Eleuteri NYC Emerald and Diamond Earrings

If your motto is go big or go home, and you have the bank account to match, welcome to your latest acquisition. These stunning earrings are described by vendor Eleuteri NYC as, “Important earrings with 200 cts of mogul emerald beads (Colombia), embellished withold mine cut diamonds (30 its).”

Just let the size of those stones sink in for a second – I wish there was a photo showing them being worn, for proportion.

There is no price listed but I am sure Eleuteri would be happy to sell these to you upon request.

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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.

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Jewel of the day: Beads of Paradise NYC Emerald Strand Necklace

As if NY didn’t pose enough challenges to my wallet and the strength of my financial will power (already shaky), next time I’m in Manhattan Beads of Paradise NYC will be a must-visit.

They have a range of beads and jewellery, from Asia and Africa, and there is a lot by which to be tempted. This emerald strand closes with a gold plated clasp (kind of a clanger for me given the price and the piece – a solid gold clasp would have been a nice touch) and sells for USD$3,000.

The site tells you everything you always wanted to know about emeralds and a bit more: Emerald is the modern and traditional birthstone for May. Emerald is the only stone besides topaz that is listed in all of the ancient birthstone tables. Emerald is the most precious stone in the beryl group. The name emerald comes from the Greek “smaragdos” via the Old French “esmeralde”, and really just means ‘green gemstone.’ Emerald’s precious green color is caused by trace amounts of chromium and vanadium. Emeralds are considered one of the four precious stones; the sapphire, the emerald, the ruby and the diamond. Emeralds are found in many countries, but Columbia and Brazil are the major producers; Columbia is recognized as the source for the finest stones. They are also found in Pakistan, Russia, Australia, South Africa, India, Norway, and the United States. Incas and Aztecs of South America, where the best emeralds are still found today, regarded the emerald as a holy gemstone. However, probably the oldest known finds were once made near the Red Sea in Egypt. These gemstone mines, already exploited by Egyptian pharaohs between 3000 and 1500 B.C. and later referred to as ‘Cleopatra’s Mines’, had already been exhausted by the time the mines were rediscovered in the early 19th century.  Written many centuries ago, the Vedas, the holy scriptures of India, say the emerald enhances the well-being, and are supposed to aid in fertility and abundance.  Commonly today, they are closely associated with love and gifts of love.

Beads of Paradise Emerald Strand

Jewel of the day: Judy Geib Maze Pendant

There is something about emeralds that tends to lend them really well to pieces with some heft. This pendant/necklace by Judy Geib uses the stones to good effect.

Geib has worked with 6.20 ct square-shaped Colombian emeralds, and 12.4 ct baguette Colombian emeralds, set in satin-finished 22k yellow gold, polished 18k yellow gold, and oxidized sterling silver. The pendant hangs on a 17 inch chain and has a drop of about 1.5 inches.

Because some statement pieces require big bank statements, this will set you back USD$57,080 at Barneys.

Judy Geib Maze Pendant

Jewel of the day: Amrit Jewelry Emerald Love Bangle

The Cartier Love bracelet is popular – maybe too much so. If you like the shape and idea of that bracelet, but not its ubiquity, this might be for you. By Amrit Jewelry, it features 10 baguette-cut emeralds in the centre totaling 2.7 carats. Set in 14-karat yellow gold it has a push clasp accented with a  diamond. The designer notes, “Eleven represents Mastership in ancient yogic traditions. The inside of the bangle bracelet is engraved with a quote by Spirit Teacher John Roger “If it’s done in love, it will work.”

This sells for USD$11,880.

Amrit Emerald Bangle

Jewel of the day: Brilliant Earth Maxie Ring

This ring offered by Brilliant Earth is a reproduction Art Deco style piece. The diamond size details are a bit sketchy; the company notes,This Art Deco reproduction ring features a scintillating round diamond center in a platinum setting. Forty-eight French cut emeralds contrast with twelve faceted onyx accents for a truly dramatic look (approx. 1.87 total carat weight).”

Given the USD$21,840 price, I would expect that the centre diamond has some impressive size/specs to go along with the price tag. Worth contacting them to suss out the details if you are interested.

Brilliant Earth Maxie Ring

 

Jewel of the day: Brooke Gregson Emerald Earrings

Sold on French site Baby Buddha, these earrings by Brooke Gregson are listed as 1.01 carats of emeralds set in 18k yellow gold. These are made by hand in London. England and stone colour will vary, as each is unique, so says the site. Gregson’s designs are intriguing; you can see more on her site here.

These sell for €945.

Brooke Gregson Emerald Earrings

 

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