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Jewel of the day: Blue Nile Petite Ruby and Diamond Huggie Earrings

These pretty, sparkly earrings by Blue Nile truly do hug the ear lobe, but the rubies give enough colour that they don’t simply fade away due to their smaller size.

A half-inch in diameter, you can also opt for blue or pink sapphires or emeralds set in 14k white gold, and the price makes it easier to buy more than one: USD$495. So if you bought your mother an appliance for Mother’s Day today, (whomp, whomp, whomp) unless she asked for that, they ship expedited if amends need to be made.

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.

Jewel of the day: Ziva Jewels Emerald Necklace

This pretty necklace by Ziva Jewels showcases an emerald cut emerald surrounded by diamonds.

It features a 3/4 carat emerald cut emerald (6 x 4 mm) and 0.20 carat diamonds (G/SI1 quality) set in 14k white gold. The necklace measures 1/2″ across and sells for USD$3,495. The design is also available in ruby for $3,069 and sapphire for $2,850.

Ziva Emerald Necklace

 

Jewel of the day: Dover Jewelry Vintage French Diamond and Ruby Bypass Ring

I really like the bypass, double stone ring; I think it’s charming and can accommodate larger stones without overwhelming the hand. This example, from Dover Jewelry, is set with a diamond and ruby; Dover describes it this way: This classically distinct engagement ring with an EGL certified round brilliant diamond and a vis-a-vis juxtaposed round faceted ruby (a design referred to in France with the romantic term ‘toi et moi’ is of French provenance, crafted in a combination of 18K yellow and white gold and weighs 6.2 grams. The EGL certified diamond measures 7.56 x 7.47 x 4.76 mm, weighs 1.66 cts and is graded H color and VS1 clarity. The round-faceted ruby weighs 2.00ct. Sensually curved shoulders rendered in white and yellow gold merge into a sleek and sizable shank. The ring bears inside the shank the French Hallmark and Mark of Assay and the ring is in pristine condition.”

Its sells for USD$16,999.

Vintage French Diamond Ruby Bypass Ring

 

Jewel of the day: Earthly Adornments’ Carved Aquamarine and Ruby Bead Necklace

This lovely piece from Earthly Adornments is made of vintage carved aquamarine beads spaced with ruby beads, and closed with a 14k yellow gold clasp.

The site notes, “This necklace features 41.5 carats of fancy natural hand carved aquamarine beads, 31 beads in all , slightly graduated, ranging in size from 18x10x6mm to 14x8x6mm. Natural 4mm Mysore ruby beads in groups of two provide spacers in between the aquamarine. All of these beads were imported from India in the 1970’s and are very fine. The aquamarines are a pale sea blue. Aquamarine, so called for its sea blue color is often treated with radiation to increase and intensify the color to a more intense synthetic blue. These beads have not been treated and retain their water blue color. Each bead is hand carved and therefore slightly different in size and shape from its neighbor. 14k gold pearl clasp. 27 inches long.”

It sells for USD$990.

Earthly Adornments Aquamarine and Ruby Necklace

Jewel of the day: Smith & Harris Ruby and Sapphire Engagement Ring

I have a fascination for the marquise/eye shape in jewellery and I love how the mount of this ring flows so beautifully from the shank, and how lovely the stones look.

It is a custom piece by London jewellers Smith & Harris, aka Dennis Smith and Gareth Harris. You can read more about them here. In addition to jewellery, they also do large and small metal works.

Smith + Harris engagement ring

Jewel of the day: The Hollywood Collection Marlene Dietrich Inspired Ring

The Hollywood Collection has been around for a fairly long time now, and initially began by offering reproductions of jewellery worn by celebs (mostly in the golden age of Hollywood) in cubic zirconia and sterling silver.

This ring is noted as being part of their Marlene Dietrich collection, though I don’t see any attribution to one of her films or to her personal life. Dietrich had a fabulous collection of fine jewellery she wore to premieres, red carpets and just because. Trashy starlets of today, take note.

Regardless, this ring is quite pretty and wearable. It features a 3 carat oval simulated ruby surrounded by round cubic zirconia stones, set in rhodium plated sterling silver. It sells for USD $75.

Marlene Dietrich ruby inspired ring

Jewel of the day: Donna Distefano Betty Pendant

Donna Distefano, a New York-based jeweller, has some interesting raves on her web site (one, attributed to Aerosmith’s Joe Perry, says rock and roll jewelry at its finest). It’s pretty, though I’m not sure it says rock chick to me.

This pendant is made of 18k yellow gold set with .294 tcw rubies, and sells for USD $1700. You can read more about her here.

Donna Disrefano Betty Pendant

Jewel of the day: Ashley Pittman Kundi Multi-Stone Light Horn Cuff Bracelet

Horn is a really interesting jewellery material – it’s light, malleable, and lends itself to a lot of designs. Case in point: this bracelet by Ashley Pittman, set with emerald, sapphire, pink tourmaline, amethyst, turquoise, and ruby in brass bezels. This collection uses natural horn carved by a women’s cooperative, fair-trade semi-precious gemstones, bronze and other materials indigenous to East Africa.

It’s available from Bergdorf Goodman and also comes in dark horn and different widths. This one sells for USD $1,350.

Ashley Pittman Multi Stone Horn Cuff

 

 

Jewel of the day: Lulu Frost Dearest Earring

Maybe it’s because I am apparently very stodgy by wearing a matched pair of earrings, but I find the new trend of selling single earrings for hefty prices to be something of a cash grab. I do appreciate that many people either have only one ear pierced, or like to mix and match what they have …. but paying big bucks for a single earring doesn’t sit well with me.

Here, Lulu Frost works a very old theme, that of Victorian acrostic jewellery, where the first letter of stone spelled out a secret message. “Dearest” was popular – diamond, emerald, amethyst, ruby, emerald, sapphire and topaz or turquoise. (To keep things more contemporary, Frost also offers pieces with stones that spell out cool and hot.) I didn’t realize Frost worked in gold, but this is 18k yellow gold set with precious and semi-precious stones.

It’s a six week made to order piece, and sells for USD $1,375.

Lulu Frost Dearest Earring

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