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.
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.
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.
In an Etsy shop, Ingram Cecil offers a really fun array of vintage and antique jewels. This Edwardian diamond ring might have been used as an engagement ring; it could certainly still be worn that way today, or just as a pretty diamond piece.
The description notes, “Gorgeous Edwardian era antique circa 1910 old European cut diamond moi et toi ring. Each diamond is .25 carats. There are 4 tiny rosecut diamonds in the leaves. In excellent condition. The diamonds are extremely sparkly, white and no inclusions. Stamped at 585 for 14K gold. Can be resized by a jeweler.”
This is priced at USD$1,000.
Based in New York, Satomi Kawakita offers delicate, thoughtful work. This ring features a keshi pearl collet set in gold. The site notes of this one off piece, “Unique, individual yet elegant. Absolute one and only, not to be worn by any other. Keshi, from the Japanese word “Poppy Seed,” are truly remarkable pearls known for their unique and raw elegance. Made of 100% solid nacre, the Keshi Pearl has an exceptionally remarkable color range and lustrous shine that will remain unchanged through time. With each magnificent natural shape as unique as a fingerprint, the Keshi Pearl is truly the gem for a one-of-a-kind woman. Specs: 6.030 ct. Tahitian Keshi Pearl (13.10mm x 9.99mm) ; 11mm x 14.4mm (top), 2.7-2.8mm (width), 1.2mm (thickness), 8.8mm (height of setting); 18K yellow gold textured band.”
This sells for USD$2,045.
Candace Covelli‘s latest designs take their inspiration from medicine – pills and capsules. This ring was literally cast from a tablet mold, complete with half-tablet scoring in the centre. The top half is pave set with 0.125 ct sapphires; the ring is 14k yellow gold.
This sells for USD$650.
There is something about all black – mysterious, edgy, sexy. This ring by Australian designer Luca Jouel is made in ruthenium plated palladium set with black diamonds.
The site notes, “This dark and dramatic dress ring is pave’ set with 282 mixed size black diamonds in an ornate lotus flower motif. Round brilliant cut diamonds: 2.05ct total black, heat treated, 234 x 0.005ct; 8 x 0.01ct, 40 x 0.02ct. Band: slightly rounded, dimensions 10.35 x 1.0mm.”
This sells for AUD$6,645.
The words “diamond cloud” sound mighty tempting, and this ring by LA-based Logan Holowell is a pretty temptation indeed. Holowell’s “about” page notes, “Raised on the Outer Banks of North Carolina, Logan grew up surrounded by wilderness and the magic of nature. Many childhood nights included stargazing and admiring the moon, captivated by the comfort of the cosmos. Most of her younger years were spent outdoors hiking, fishing, and boating – living simply and free. Logan went on to study Fine Art and Psychology. Human nature and interaction has always piqued her curiosity in knowing that every person has a story to tell. Learning about different civilizations across history, specifically Native American and Egyptian cultures, created a fascination with heirlooms and creating one of a kind pieces to pass down. She designs and constructs each handmade piece in downtown Los Angeles, with an organic and asymmetrical aesthetic, special and perfect in its own right, like human nature. Nature and spiritual symbolism were the foundation of Logan’s upbringing, which is shown throughout her fine jewelry collection laden with totem animals, constellations, precious stones and metals, and sacred numerology. “There are no straight lines and confined boundaries in nature. Each imperfection is what makes it beautiful,” says Hollowell. Logan designs with intention. Each piece is made with the love and magic that she came to know through nature and the universe. Logan’s mission is to empower and inspire others to live as their best selves while letting go of fear and breaking boundaries of societal expectations and constraints.”
Made of 14k gold set with .30 carats of bezeled diamonds, it would be a nice addition to your collection. This sells for USD$1,265.
Shaesby’s work has morphed over time from tiny delicate gold pieces to more substantial sculptural work. Case in point: this pyramid ring made of gold and sterling silver. It reminds me a bit of Japanese mokume gane gold work.
The site notes, “This pyramid ring with a 22k yellow gold inlay and oxidized sterling silver pyramid and a 14k yellow gold base
ring is 5/8″ wide and 1/2″ tall. Our jewelry is designed and made one piece at a time in our Austin, Texas studio. Each style is specially handcrafted for you. At Shaesby, we work with sterling silver, 14k and 18k yellow, white and rose gold, and platinum upon request. all materials are responsibly and ethically sourced.”
This sells for USD$2,475.