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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EDWARDIAN ERA – CIRCA 1901 – 1914

June 12, 2018

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 […]

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VICTORIAN ERA – ANTIQUE BROOCH – PENDANT

June 7, 2018

  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 […]

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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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