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Friday, October 10, 2008


When you buy and sell designer vintage jewelry, you see a lot of gorgeous necklaces, bracelets, brooches and sets. I used to think no-one came close to Canadian vintage designer, Gustave Sherman, until I came across this grande parure by Kramer. I truly don't think I've seen a more beautiful set.

The set shown in the composite photo above consists of matching necklace, earrings, brooch and bracelet and all pieces are original to the set i.e. this hasn't been pieced together bit by bit, which is quite common when one is trying to match up a bracelet with a necklace that's been separated long ago. That's not the case here: this one has come my way via a lady who has been collecting designer vintage jewelry for years. She has an exquisite collection valued at over $150,000 which includes pieces by DeLizza & Elster (Juliana), Schreiner, Weiss, Haskell, Kramer and more. All of her jewelry has been lovingly cared for and is in excellent condition. Imagine my pleasure at being able to secure this "book piece" grande parure. Yes, this actual set has been featured in at least 2 books on costume jewelry.

Now you'll notice looking at composite above that the colors shown for the same pieces are blue/green in one picture and mauve in another. That's because this divine set is done in those faux-alexandrite stones that I'm so crazy about. I'm actually accumulating a nice little collection of those but such pieces are hard to find. When I find them, I pounce on them LOL!

I urge you to click on the photo above or THIS LINK to go over to my RUBY LANE SHOP and see more photos of this masterpiece of vintage design and beauty. It took my breath away when I first saw the real thing and no photos can ever do it justice. So if you like what you see in the pictures, you'll be blown away by the real thing if you should purchase this set. I have it listed for $795, but you might like to know that there's another vendor at Ruby Lane who is selling just the necklace from a nearly identical set for $500!! Just search "faux alexandrite" at Ruby Lane and you'll find it.

For my Canadian readers, have a great Thanksgiving this weekend. I'll be out and about but emails is checked regularly if you have any questions about this piece or any other jewelry in our SHOP AT RUBY LANE or on our sites at SHERMAN JEWELLERY SHOWCASE and VINTAGE JEWELRY SHOWCASE, where we've just uploaded a wonderful assortment of rings and gold gemstone necklaces and bracelets.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008


This week my ship came in ... or should I say my shipment came in and I have so much new (old) designer vintage jewelry to tell you about that I don't know which to start with! I'm in love with all of them. Man, these designers from the 40's and 50's knew what they were doing when it comes to design and quality. Just look at that gorgeous soft yellow and amber bracelet/earring demi on the left. That's a "Juliana" from DeLizza and Elster. Glorious large open-backed stones that glitter with clarity in a chunky but lovely over-the top design. I've just listed it tonight in OUR SHOP AT RUBY LANE It can be yours for $145 including insured shipping in Canada & to the US.

Then there's one of my treasured Schiaparelli demis. I've had the one below for nearly a year

now and it's exquisite. But I've decided to let it go. YOu see, I love buying this jewelry, looking at it, admiring it and telling you about it, but I don't wear it. And since that shipment has come in and needs to be paid for, not to mention that I need to make room for the new stuff, I have to let some items go. So I wanted to tell you that right now I've sent the Schiaparelli set above to auction at eBay. I've got it listed as a "BUY IT NOW" or "BEST OFFER" and I am receptive to offers. So why not go take a look and make me an offer. This is a bona-fide, authentic and signed Schiaparelli. Take advantage of me: click the photo above to slip over and make an offer!

Last but far from least, I want to tell you about the gorgeous Hollycraft set shown below:

Wow do I love this one! It's available now from OUR SHOP AT RUBY LANE and I really want you to go take a look at this beauty because it's very special. Hollycraft is distinctive. You can recognize it almost immediately with its ornate but tasteful designs, its lovely use of multi-colored stones often a mix of pastel shades all in one piece, and its unusual locking clasp, all of which you can see in the photo above. But this Hollycraft shown here has one other feature to make it special: See that center stone in the pendant and earrings in the photo above? Can you spot the difference from the one above?

Look at that center stone in both photos. In one photo that center stone is mauve; in the second one, it's blue/green! That, dear reader, is a faux-alexandrite stone! And what we have here then is a very special Hollycraft demi made in and stamped 1950. Click either photo or THIS LINK to go over, see more pictures and read some more about this Hollycraft set.

Well I'm afraid it's bedtime for me. Hope you've enjoyed reading this post. Sure wish more of you would leave some comments but hey, we're all busy right? Cheers! Over and out!