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Jewel of the day: Miriam Haskell Pearl and Crystal Earrings

Though I have never been a collector of vintage Miriam Haskell pieces, I have found myself entranced by their current production. Not really sure why, as it’s not that different in design other than that it tends to be a bit more readily available.

These pearl and crystal earrings are made to order and hand done, and take up to seven weeks for delivery. They are described as, “medium sized chandelier earrings – Antique silver plated filigree hand-wired with pave Swarovski crytals. Earrings drop 1.75 inches and are 1 inch at widest point.Light in weight with clip backs.”

These sell for USD$460.

Jewel of the day: Vintage wedding band

Today would have been my parents’ 65th wedding anniversary. Though they didn’t live to see that, they did make it to their 34th.

My mother’s 1951 wedding band was white gold with orange blossoms, their centres set with small diamonds. This slender band is vintage and from Leigh Jay Nacht in NY; it appears to be white gold and is set with seven diamonds. It was lovingly worn, softening the etching to a memory around the band. It sells for USD$375.

Vintage wedding band

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: Vintage Enamel Blue Flower Brooch

Diamonds may be a girl’s best friend, but there’s something to be said for having a bit of cash in the bank too. So you don’t have thousands for diamonds or pearls, but you’re craving a little something new?

Behold this vintage enamelled flower brooch, ready to be pinned to the lapel of your spring coat. Best of all, it’s a scant USD$20 from Etsy seller RhinestoneByrd.

Vintage Enamel Flower Brooch



Jewel of the day: Jean Claude Darveau Vintage Modernist Necklace and Earrings

From Etsy seller Retrovinta comes this set by Quebec designer Jean Claude Darveau. The seller describes it this way: “1970s Canadian designer artisan Jean Claude Darveau modernist necklace and earrings demi parure. The hand crafted abstract statement necklace and earrings are made of white metal with silver plated finish. They are adorned with melamine elements. The closure system clasp is stamped with the patent number : 3984900 dating the necklace around 1975. The earrings have stems for pierced ears and one of them has been resoldered.”

This set sells for CDN$220.35.

Jean Claude Darveau set

Jewel of the day: The Pearl Antiques Vintage Sapphire and Diamond Ring

This is an elegant older design, showcasing three rose cut diamonds estimated to weigh approximately one carat, accented by calibre cut sapphires and round cut diamonds. It is set in 18k white gold and the ring is a size 5.5.

It is offered by The Pearl Antiques, based in Las Vegas and available online from Ruby Lane, and sells for USD$2,385.

The Pearl Antiques Sapphire and Diamond Ring

Jewel of the day: Pippin Vintage Victorian Slide Bracelet

Slides were a decorative piece used to secure a watch on a women’s watch chain. When wrist watches were introduced, women reused the often valuable slides as bracelet components – see, everyone old really is new again. Victorian slide bracelets are very collectible, and this is a really nice example from NYC’s Pippin Vintage.

They note, “The slides themselves all date to around 1900 and are of varying gold content. Most are 14 karat, two are 18 karat and two are 10 karat. The stones are an assortment of tiny turquoise beads, natural seed pearls, diamonds, garnets and paste. The bracelet itself was likely assembled in the 1930s when slide chains fell out of fashion. This would have been a contemporary way of repurposing the highly detailed and collectible slides.”

This sell for USD$2,250.

Pippin Vintage Victorian slide bracelet

Jewel of the day: Lang Antiques Morganite and Diamond Ring

So if yesterday’s pink diamond ring whetted your appetite but your bank account is sadly lacking, not to worry. This very pretty morganite and diamond ring, offered by Lang Antiques, could be just the thing you need if you are thinking pink.

They note that the ring is, “crafted in platinum over 18K gold early last century, glistens day and night with a light pastel pink, faceted cushion-cut Morganite. The enchanting gemstone fills a double halo of antique cushion-cut diamonds on the inside, and glittering rose-cut diamonds on the outside (and continuing down the ring shank). A fabulous, feminine and impressive vintage bauble measuring just shy of 1 inch long by 3/4 inch wide. Currently ring size 6 1/2.”

And it can be yours for USD$5,750.

Lang Antiques Morganite and Diamond Ring

Jewel of the day: Roberta and David Williamson Pal Brooch

Roberta and David Williamson are an Ohio based jewelry team who work with images, found objects and vintage findings in their pieces. The way they combine these elements leads to sometimes startling and sly pieces, as opposed to teetering into twee, which can easily happen.

This pin, available from Facere Jewelry Art Gallery, is made of sterling silver, copper, mother of pearl, an antique print, and a reverse painted vintage dog. It sells for USD$1,021.

Roberta and David Williamson Pal Brooch


Jewel of the day: Dirty Librarian Chains Book Locket Bracelet

This quirky and cute bracelet is a rescue, made with vintage components by Dirty Librarian Chains. (More about that name in a second.)

The site explains, “Book locket charm bracelet with a pearl and mini chain tassel. The 1960’s book locket make a perfect compartment for sweet notes, magic or anything else you can fit in there. Bracelet closes with a silver toggle clasp.

Major components for this piece are vintage pieces that were rescued from shuttered jewelry factories in the North East United States.

All vintage components are carefully hand selected and cleaned before they are transformed into Dirty Librarian Chains.

Bracelets are packaged in a special DLC jewelry box and are secured onto a printed book card. Sheets of vintage dictionary pages protect the jewelry during transit. An authenticity card is also included. All DLC jewelry is made by hand in our Brooklyn studio and usually ships within 2-3 business days. Length: 7.5 inches.”

Oh, and about the name? “What’s in a name?  Dirty Librarian Chains got your attention?  Designer Susan Domelsmith was originally nicknamed the “Dirty Librarian” because of her look – cat eye glasses, a bun and vintage blouses.  The librarian theme fits well with the vintage aesthetic of the collection, and several lookbook shoots have been staged within the grand libraries of NYC.  Domelsmith supports libraries and literacy locally and throughout the US through her charitable work raising funds for libraries as well as by working with Literacy for Incarcerated Teens.  DLC displays and packaging are also tailored to the theme by repurposing vintage encyclopedias.”

This piece sells for USD $100.

Dirty Librarian Chains Book Locket Bracelet

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