It was an easy decision for our Graduate Gemologist, Graydon Gesner, to select his favorite jewelry pick of the month. It is this lovely Art Deco diamond and sapphire ring which is crafted in platinum. He says, ” What makes it special to me is the brilliance of the diamond and the calibrated triangular and kite shaped synthetic sapphires. It is sure to be a hit for one lucky person!”


This Art Deco diamond and sapphire ring features a brilliant 1.30 carat apx. Transitional cut diamond with fabulous quality, VVS2 clarity and K color. Additionally, the center diamond is accented with .33 carats apx. total weight of unusual shaped synthetic sapphires as described above. Synthetic sapphires were often used during the late 1800’s and early 1900’s. Also accenting the mounting are .50 carats apx. total weight of transitional cut diamonds. The total package is blindingly beautiful and sure to please!





October 2018 Gemologist Jewelry Pick of the Month

by gesner12 on November 1, 2018

This month’s Gemologist jewelry Pick of the month is this fabulous Edwardian diamond antique engagement ring. Graydon Gesner selected this ring, as his favorite, because of the intricate filigree. Every part of this ring has been affected by the jeweler, including the embossing of the shank with floral designs.


This Edwardian diamond engagement ring features approx. .50 carat European Cut diamond with VS2 clarity and G/H color; wonderful clarity and color.  Additionally, the center diamond is accented with approx. .02 carat of Single Cut diamonds with VS1/VS2 clarity and G/H color. Notice the meticulous filigree and floral designs on the front and back sides of the ring mounting. Exceptional quality and attention to detail.





Gabriel Ofiesh, based in Charlottesville, Virginia, works with a small staff of craftsmen who create and manufacture jewelry by hand.  “When I’m making a piece of jewelry, I think about rhythm and balance.  I also like unexpected details: things that move, flash, hide or surprise.  Using precious metal forms, fine gems and small diamonds, I aspire to find that surprise in each piece I make.”


This is a fabulous bold ring! It holds an impressive 10 carat Apx. cabochon shaped aquamarine.  The gem is surrounded by an 18 karat yellow gold bezel while the balance of the ring is crafted in sterling silver.  The unexpected detail of this ring is the square shank.  It is a very comfortable ring to wear and can be sized within reason.  The current ring size is 5-6.  Look for the maker’s mark in the shank “OFIESH” followed by the letter C within a circle.  A very unique ring!





 S. Kind & Son started their business in a small room on Market Street in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1872. They were known to have crafted mountings with diamonds to order. Their 1902-1903 catalogs contained diamond rings, one carat selling for $140, as well as ruby, sapphire and emerald rings, bracelets, pendants and brooches. Gents signet rings were sold in 10 karat and 14 karat gold containing a variety of gemstones, such as garnet, blood stone, jade and topaz, as examples. Ladies jewelry including enameled brooches, hat pins and sterling silver lockets and bracelets with charms were also available.

This breathtaking Art Deco (c.1920-1935) diamond Antique engagement ring, crafted in gleaming platinum, features a .53ct. apx. center European cut diamond with VS2 clarity and H bright white color.  Complimenting the center diamond are .15ct. apx. T.W. of single cut diamonds with VS2-SI1 clarity and H color. The ring has beautiful filigree and piercing!  Look for the maker’s mark inside the shank which represents true craftsmanship from S. Kind & Son!











Belais Manufacturing Co. & the Art Deco White Gold .65ct. Diamond Belais Antique Engagement Ring

September 18, 2018

Founded in 1863, David Belais of the Belais Brothers created a new formula for the alternative to platinum. Platinum was a rare and expensive metal before it ultimately became banned from use because of the war effort. The white gold formula, after years of experimentation, was submitted to the patent office in October of 1918.  […]

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September 7, 2018

S. Kirk & Son, a well-known manufacturer, first started as Silversmiths in 1815 with John Smith. As time passed, the Kirk Company began to manufacture fine jewelry between 1928-1938. Many of the records of this company have been lost from a tremendous fire so the dates are not certain.

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