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1910s Edwardian Diamond Cluster Dinner Ring, Approx. 2.20ctw European Cut Diamonds, Platinum, 14K Yellow Gold, $3950

1910s Edwardian Diamond Cluster Dinner Ring, Approx. 2.20ctw European Cut Diamonds, Platinum, 14K Yellow Gold, $3950

Thursday, April 24th 2014 3:38pm
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1890s Victorian Long Chain with Butterfly Slide and Filigree Yellow and Rose Gold Chain Links, 10K Gold, Pearls, Rubies, Paste, $2650
This thing’s massive. If you hadn’t noticed, these are frequently uttered words at Erie Basin lately. I still appreciate dainty jewelry, but the things I like best lately are oversized and scaled up. We’ve had dozens of little Victorian slide chains over the years, but never one so sturdy looking. The butterfly has a 1.25 inch wingspan and the chain links are about a quarter inch wide. It’s 54 inches long— good for doubling or a tall lady.

1890s Victorian Long Chain with Butterfly Slide and Filigree Yellow and Rose Gold Chain Links, 10K Gold, Pearls, Rubies, Paste, $2650

This thing’s massive.
If you hadn’t noticed, these are frequently uttered words at Erie Basin lately. I still appreciate dainty jewelry, but the things I like best lately are oversized and scaled up. We’ve had dozens of little Victorian slide chains over the years, but never one so sturdy looking. The butterfly has a 1.25 inch wingspan and the chain links are about a quarter inch wide. It’s 54 inches long— good for doubling or a tall lady.

Thursday, April 24th 2014 12:08pm
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1924 Three Diamond Ring, 18K Yellow Gold, $13,5001.52ct Old Mine Cut Diamond (I/SI2)0.82ctw European Cut Diamond Sides (G-H VS2-SI1)
The most impressive diamond gypsy ring ever.  Gypsy rings were most popular from around 1890 to 1910, and are usually on a much much smaller scale. They get their name from the setting technique used, in which metal is burnished around the stone. But I actually have never known why this method is called gypsy setting.
This one’s a hefty piece of jewelry. It measures over 8mm wide at the face. The inside is engraved H. Cape to V. Cape 1924.

1924 Three Diamond Ring, 18K Yellow Gold, $13,500
1.52ct Old Mine Cut Diamond (I/SI2)
0.82ctw European Cut Diamond Sides (G-H VS2-SI1)

The most impressive diamond gypsy ring ever.  Gypsy rings were most popular from around 1890 to 1910, and are usually on a much much smaller scale. They get their name from the setting technique used, in which metal is burnished around the stone. But I actually have never known why this method is called gypsy setting.

This one’s a hefty piece of jewelry. It measures over 8mm wide at the face. The inside is engraved H. Cape to V. Cape 1924.

Wednesday, April 23rd 2014 5:52pm

18th Century Georgian Paste Button Brooch (in the online shop)

18th Century Georgian Paste Button Brooch (in the online shop)

Monday, April 21st 2014 5:11pm

1920s Art Deco Diamond and Platinum Filigree Eternity Band (in the online shop)
One of the most interesting eternity bands I’ve ever come across. 

1920s Art Deco Diamond and Platinum Filigree Eternity Band (in the online shop)

One of the most interesting eternity bands I’ve ever come across. 

Sunday, April 20th 2014 1:00pm

1920-30s Chinese Art Deco Carnelian and Silver Bracelet (sold)

1920-30s Chinese Art Deco Carnelian and Silver Bracelet (sold)

Saturday, April 19th 2014 12:19pm

19th Century Victorian Diamond and Sapphire Pansy Ring (in the online shop)

19th Century Victorian Diamond and Sapphire Pansy Ring (in the online shop)

Friday, April 18th 2014 8:00pm

Early 1900s Fraternal Pendant with Pharaoh and Star (in the online shop)

Early 1900s Fraternal Pendant with Pharaoh and Star (in the online shop)

Friday, April 18th 2014 6:09pm

1930s Art Deco Opal Ring (in the online shop later today)

1930s Art Deco Opal Ring (in the online shop later today)

Friday, April 18th 2014 3:52pm

1940-50s 1.13ct Emerald Cut Diamond (E-F / VS2) Ring, Diamond Baguette Sides, Platinum, $9500

1940-50s 1.13ct Emerald Cut Diamond (E-F / VS2) Ring, Diamond Baguette Sides, Platinum, $9500

Friday, April 18th 2014 12:26pm