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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S. KIRK & SON

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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SPARK CREATIONS & SPARK SAPPHIRE & DIAMOND ESTATE ENGAGEMENT – FASHION RING

August 15, 2018

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 […]

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TRAUB – ORANGE BLOSSOM

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 […]

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HOW THE EUROPEAN CUT DIAMOND EVOLVED FROM THE OLD MINE CUT DIAMOND

July 25, 2018

  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 […]

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THE PORTRAIT CAMEO

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 […]

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