“A beautifully pierced and uniquely shaped engagement or fashion ring” are the words used by our Graduate Gemologist, Graydon Gesner, to describe this one of a kind Edwardian ring with a design that is very indicative of that time period.

Elegantly crafted in platinum, this Edwardian Diamond Antique Engagement or Fashion Ring features two Diamonds. The larger Circular Brilliant cut diamond is apx. .40ct. and has I1 clarity (100% eye clean) and E color.  The second European cut diamond has I1 clarity (100% eye clean) and I color.  Accenting the openly pierced mounting are .25ct. Apx. T.W. of European Cut Diamonds with VS1-VS2 clarity and G-H color.  This elaborate hand-finished engagement or fashion ring was die-struck which gives every detail of this work of art with the crisp and clean lines.  This beautiful Edwardian ring is located in our Tampa store with a retail price of $5,695.



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Our Graduate Gemologist, Graydon Gesner, loves this one-of-a-kind Edwardian Antique diamond engagement ring that offers an alternative to the popular white diamond engagement ring.  “With it’s cognac or champagne color, it makes a wonderful contrast with the white platinum scrollwork, filigree and engraving”, he says.

This Antique diamond engagement ring features a .80 carat Apx. European Cut diamond, cognac or champagne with I1 clarity (100% eye clean).  There are an additional .06 carat total weight of Single Cut diamonds (VS-SI clarity and H-I color) in the meticulously crafted filigree.  You can find this highly unusual ring in our Tampa store with a retail price of $4,195.



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Shreve & Company

by gesner12 on May 15, 2019

Although founded earlier, by 1860, Shreve & Company in San Francisco, California, was known as the best silversmith and goldsmith in the United States. They sold to Presidents, entrepreneurs, and prestigious families.  Shreve & Company developed an excellent reputation and their jewelry can be found in museums and personal private collections today.  As an example, the city of San Francisco gifted Teddy Roosevelt with a 10 inch solid gold Teddy Bear created by Shreve & Company.

By 1906, the jewelry firm moved to the corner of Post and Grant. Within a month, the 1906 earthquake destroyed the city. The Shreve & Company building was left standing alone.  It had been built with “reinforced concrete construction”.  As you can imagine, the interior of the building collapsed and was rebuilt. Still operational today in both San Francisco and Palo Alto, California, they are known for their timepieces, fashion jewelry such as bracelets, earrings, necklaces, rings and bridal jewelry, many with name brands.

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The Arts and Crafts Movement flourished between the years of 1860 – 1920. It began in Britain, c. 1860, where the artists where disillusioned with the impersonal and automated ways that the Industrial Revolution represented. It moved to the United States in the 1890’s through 1920’s where Americans were more appreciative of the use of machinery. Known for the high quality materials, classic craftsmanship, simple forms and often romantic ideas, this movement was represented in jewelry, architecture, painting and sculpture.

Here is a lovely presentation of the Arts & Crafts Movement. This 12 millimeter greenish blue cabochon turquoise brooch or watch pin is accented with .20 carats apx. total weight of lab created sapphires, consistent with the time period, and three-two millimeter seed pearls. It is crafted in a feminine flowing design of 14 karat yellow gold. This hard to find Arts & Crafts turquoise brooch or watch pin can be found in our Tampa store with a retail price of $2,995.



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The Jabel Ring Manufacturing Company was founded in Newark, New Jersey in 1916 by JJ Abelson. It started as a one man operation and he was the President until his death on December 26, 1977. Mr. Abelson was trained by Jones & Woodland, also known as Krementz, as a setter.  The company expanded to Irving, New Jersey under the management of his daughter, June Abelson Herman and her son, Skip Herman. They are still in operation today know for their pendants, earrings, bridal jewelry, rings and bracelets.

The attached photo is a fabulous example of the craftsmanship of Jabel with this Jabel Vintage Ring which features a bypass design with two blemish free pearls measuring 8.5-8.6mm, as well as .50 carat total weight of round brilliant diamonds with VS1-VS2 clarity and F-G color.  It is a blazingly beautiful and striking fashion ring!



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February 2019 Gemologist Jewelry Pick of the Month – Art Nouveau Antique Pin – J37294

March 21, 2019

Our Graduate Gemologist, Graydon Gesner, selected this absolutely gorgeous Art Nouveau Pin of Cleopatra as his jewelry pick of the month.  He says, ” I love the fine workmanship of the enameling on her face which is so delicately and crisply finished.” Pictured here is the Art Nouveau Pin of Cleopatra’s enameled face with her […]

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Birks of Canada – .33ct. Diamond Antique Engagement Ring – J37149

February 28, 2019

Henry Birks opened his first jewelry store in Montreal, Canada in 1879. His start up fund was $3,000. He went into partnership with his three sons, William, John and Gerald and changed his store name to Birks & Sons. He aggressively continued to add locations in Toronto, Winnipeg and Vancouver, as well as purchasing other […]

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