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Jewel of the day: Coeur de Lion Cat Eye Bracelet

If you’re looking for something colourful that won’t break the bank, here’s the thing: a pretty bracelet by Coeur de Lion.

Available from The Giving Tree Gallery, it’s described as, “Rhinestone rondelles with Swarovski Crystals combined with stainless steel, polaris and fine glass cylinders on adjustable chain with lobster clasp.”

This sells for USD$115.



Jewel of the day: Maximira Coral and Diamond Rose Gold Earrings

You don’t see coral earrings as much anymore (environmental considerations notwithstanding) but they were a favoured element in jewelry throughout the last century.

This pair made in 2012, by NY-based Maximira, is described as: A vibrant pair of natural Coral earrings handcrafted in 18k Rose gold and pave set with 1.36 carats of Full Cut F/G Color VS Quality Diamonds. These earrings feature a post and nut closure and are fully flexible.

These sell for USD$5,880.

Jewel of the day: Podobena Venus Wire Ring

This ring by Podobena offers a bit of heft, but not too much so as to be unwearable. It’s available in bronze or silver; price appears to be the same for each but that may be incorrect – USD$75.

Jewel of the day: Esther Assouline Pink Sapphire & Diamond Long Necklace

This necklace by Esther Assouline is perfect for someone who likes the jewellery more delicate. Sold by ABC Home and Carpet, they note, “The golden pendant features a pink sapphire set in bezel, accented by white diamonds. Hand-etched details trace back to the origin of goldsmithing, adding depth and character to the jewelry piece. Pink sapphire is the stone of wisdom and strength of heart, resilience and spiritual healing. Handmade in France.”

This sells for USD$$6,600.

Jewel of the day: Rachel Atherly Moonstone Earrings

These moonstone earrings by Rachel Atherly are a pretty waterfall of moonstones. Offered by Ylang 23, the site notes, “These organic drop earrings from Rachel Atherley have a wonderful glow. The large graduated drop showcases bright rainbow moonstones. Handcrafted in 14-karat yellow gold. Detailed in moonstone. Measures 3 1/8-in. long. Finished with gold ear wires.”

These sell for USD$1,310.


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.

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