The founders of Spark Creations were Eli and Beny Aviram, brothers who had a passion for creating elegant luxury jewelry items. Spark is known for their unique one-of-a-kind pieces.  Over the last 35 years, they have followed seasonal trends making high-end jewelry with exceptional diamonds and gemstones.

Here is a fabulous example of a ring made by Spark.  Crafted in 18 karat white gold, this Spark sapphire and diamond Estate engagement or fashion ring was created with approximately .96ct. apx. total weight of flawless modified round brilliant natural blue sapphires and approximately .45ct. apx. total weight of round brilliant diamonds with VS2/SI1 clarity and G/H color.  The combination of the bold blue sapphires and bright, white diamonds make this a striking ring that is sure to be noticed. Eye catching!

J35287

8.8.18

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by on August 1, 2018

Our gemologist, Graydon Gesner, studied in residence at the Gemological Institute of America in Carlsbad, California and received his Graduate Gemologist degree. He evaluates every jewelry item that goes into our inventory and has a special interest in colored stones. He is knowledgeable, vibrant, articulate, and extremely interested in every facet of our business. He is an intrical part of Gesner Estate Jewelry and is a joy to work with every day.

This is one of Graydon’s favorite rings in our current inventory. It is an extraordinarily stunning sapphire and diamond engagement or fashion ring from the Art Deco era. The shape and design of this ring is distinctively of the time period and what makes it so unusual are the vivid blue unheated sapphires which include a 1.75ct. apx. in the center with approximately .40ct. total weight of accenting sapphires. The sapphires in this ring came out of the ground with this rich blue color which is rare as less than 1% are completely natural. In addition, this ring has approximately .75ct. apx. of European cut diamonds layered on the sides of the sapphires with VS2-SI1 clarity and F-G bright white color. This total package makes up a magnificent ring that any woman would be proud to wear!

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TRAUB – ORANGE BLOSSOM

by on July 26, 2018

Traub Manufacturing Company, c.1915, located in Detroit, Michigan became very well-known for their highly sought after engagement ring and wedding band line named Orange Blossom. This exclusive brand became extremely popular because of their unique and feminine designs which were crafted in platinum, 18 karat, and 14 karat gold. The company was sold in 1990 and the United States Orange Blossom molds were sadly destroyed. 

A Canadian licensed manufacturing company, whose name is not readily available, had some of the original duplicate molds for production. In 2003, Martin Ross of Toronto purchased this Canadian Company and had, in the past, manufactured engagement rings from their original molds. The celebrated Orange Blossom engagement rings and wedding bands are highly desirable today because of their distinctive designs which are often hard to find.

This Orange Blossom engagement ring must have been a real crowd pleaser back in the early 1900’s. Die-struck and crafted in 18 karat white gold, this diamond Antique engagement ring features an approximate .35ct. European cut diamond with SI2 clarity and K color. Captivating!

 

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Popular in the 18th century, the bruting of diamonds became available in the industry. As a result, diamond cutters began shaping Old Mine Cut diamonds by following the octahedral shape of the diamond crystal. The cutter then meticulously ground two diamonds together to complete the desired shape.  After the shape was completed, a diamond polisher would polish the facets. Dimensions varied from stone to stone because of the odd shaped diamond rough and since they were completely crafted by hand, each Old Mine Cut has its own persona/personality. They have a square or rectangular shape, more like a cushion cut, whereas the European Cut diamond has a round shape.  The Old Mine Cut Diamond was the predecessor of the European Cut Diamond and the modern Round Brilliant Cut Diamonds of today. The tables on these older cut diamonds are typically smaller with higher crown angles.  Old mine cuts, like the European Cut diamonds, have open facets and a culet that is also faceted.  Looking inside the diamond with a jeweler’s loupe, you will see what looks like a tiny circle in the center of the stone and that is the “open culet”.

 

 

Here is an exceptional example of an Old Mine Cut diamond in an Art Deco mounting. This sparkling diamond weighs approximately .71ct. with VS2 clarity and G color.  Decorating this artistically designed and platinum die-struck mounting are .05ct. total weight of Single Cut diamonds with VS2-SI1 clarity and H color.  Generously pierced, engraved and milgrained, this beautiful Antique Engagement ring is a stunning example of the Roaring 20’s.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here is another example of a dazzling European Cut center diamond which weighs approximately 1.16ct. with VS1 clarity and K color.  It is set in an elegant Art Deco hand engraved platinum mounting.  It is embellished with approximately .05ct. total weight of Single Cut diamonds on the sides of the center stone.  These diamonds have VS-SI clarity and H-I color.  This gorgeous diamond Antique engagement ring is a must for those who want a classic and more traditional design.

 

 

 

 

 

J34194 – Example of the Old Mine Cut Diamond

J35378 – Example of the European Cut Diamond

 

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THE PORTRAIT CAMEO

by on July 24, 2018

Ancient and Renaissance cameos were made with banded hardstone such as onyx, agate or sardonyx. They were also made out of shell, coral, lava or glass. In fact, during the Egyptian era, glass cameos were worn by those who could not afford the hand carved cameos.

 

Shell cameos were made as early as the Roman era and more commonly in the Renaissance period, 15th and 16th century. They were carved into the shell of a mussel or cowry mollusk.  In the 18th century, conch shells were used; however, the color faded over time.

 

The raised relief of the portrait would be carved into shell or hardstone that had at least two layers of color. The portrait was carved out of the top layer, leaving the balance of the contrasting color of the shell or stone showing.

More recently, an actual photograph was used as an example of the subject matter to be created for the hand carved cameo.  It is something that is rarely done today because it requires not only artistry but years of experience carving into cameo material.

Currently, cameos are constructed in an entirely different way.  Ultrasonic machines produce multiple copies of the cameo by pressing a previously hand crafted master die onto the agate cameo surface.  A film of ultra-fine diamonds vibrate in a vertical motion over the surface to complete the process.

When looking for a portrait cameo, look for the details – the finest features of a woman’s face, wisps of hair or a ribbon in her curly locks.

J35343 –  Edwardian Cameo

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The Edwardian Era covered the reign of King Edward VII, son of Queen Elizabeth, in the United Kingdom of Great Britain. This period was a change from traditionalism to growth, wealth, the fine arts and fashionable style of dress. Beautifully well-attired men and women were known to have attended parties where socializing was considered a part of high society.

Fine jewelry was worn by the king and his style became the customary style of the country. The oxyacetylene torch was created in the early 1900’s to allow Master Jewelers to work in platinum that required high temperatures to create their works of art. Delicate is the word to describe all jewelry from this era. Motifs of garlands, ribbons, lace and bow knots, to name a few, could be found in rings, bracelets, necklaces and brooches. Diamonds decorated the workmanship of lighter lacy platinum jewelry. Milgrain, a line of platinum dots, enhanced the Edwardian jewelry, giving it a delicate finished touch. Platinum bar pins, magnificently pierced and adorned with diamonds, were also in vogue. Although diamond studs were common at the beginning of the era, it gave way to dangle earrings with fine piercing, milgrain and diamonds, with motifs, as described above. It was an era when jewelers took all the time they needed to create their fantastical pieces of wearable art.

 

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Jewelry changed during her reign and went from heavy and cumbersome designs, almost masculine, when she was younger to very somber jewelry after the death of Prince Albert. A lighter style jewelry took over later on. Popular stones were agate, amber, emerald, garnet, seed pearls and turquoise, to name a few. The engagement ring given to Queen Victoria was an emerald set in a serpent head.

Starting in approximately the 1860’s, hair jewelry, to commemorate a loved one or a family member who had passed on, was worn. After Prince Albert’s death, mourning jewelry was frequently worn. It would have been made of jet, black onyx and gold.

Common motifs were themes such as hands, love knots, vines and leaves. Colored stones were worn in the evening and transparent stones during the day. Large brooches with matching bracelets, pendants with enamel and seed pearls, cameos with coral, shell and lava stone were customary. By the end of the Victorian Era, nicer stones were being used such as rose cut or old mine cut diamonds, ruby and zircon set in gold. The Victorian Era was known for the very distinctive style as dictated by the jewelry worn by the Queen.

Here is an Antique brooch or pendant crafted in 14 karat yellow gold with leaf work in the center covered in seed pearls. It is surrounded by green enamel and another line of seed pearls. Although the chain is modern, the pendant is distinctively late Victorian.

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6.7.18

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WHY BUY ANTIQUE JEWELRY?

June 6, 2018

You ask, “Why Buy Antique Jewelry?” Uniqueness is the simple answer. When purchasing antique jewelry which is 50 years old or older, you are acquiring something from another time; something that may be rare and something that is definitely different from what you see in most jewelry stores. Consider perusing an Estate & Antique Jewelry […]

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THE VALUE OF A NATURAL PEARL & EDWARDIAN ANTIQUE PEARL RING

May 30, 2018

A large natural pearl is considered the oldest and most valuable gemstone. When found, a single perfectly round natural pearl would be sold as a collector’s item because of its scarcity and considerable value. The larger the pearl, the more it is worth. In 1520 B.C., a portion of a rare natural pearl was found […]

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