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Tuesday, January 6, 2009

JABEL JEWELRY: WHAT MAKES IT SO SPECIAL & SO DESIRABLE?

My first encounter with a Jabel ring was a lucky find. I had never heard of Jabel. I purchased the gorgeous ring on the right because I like art deco design and this one was stunning. It also had superb diamonds, VS quality and G - H clarity. I knew I'd found an excellent diamond ring for those reasons. But I didn't know it was a Jabel. It was my daughter who spotted the name, wearing a little thin in the 18k gold band. She made me jump when she said "My God mom ... it's a Jabel!" I was like, "so?" Being the connosieur of diamonds and gemstone rings that she is, she quickly informed me that I had acquired one of the very best rings made in America and that she wanted to steal it from me LOL. "Not a chance!" said I as I rushed to research "Jabel".

I won't go into all the details about Jabel, but I will direct you to the JABEL WEBSITE. There you will learn that Jabel, an American company, makes no compromises on quality or workmanship. Each piece of jewelry ... and they make rings, bracelets, necklaces ... is hand- assembled, set, finished and polished with as many as 50 separate steps to complete a piece of jewelry. Little wonder that Jabel jewelry costs more and retains its value, even when it's second and third hand. It's not easy to locate and buy an inexpensive piece of Jabel jewelry. So expect to pay more for it when you do.

That first lucky encounter for me has got me always on the lookout for vintage Jabel pieces and I've been lucky to find a few. And I must say that when I list them in my Ruby Lane Shop, they're not there for long. My first two rings, the one above, and the delightfully vintage yellow and rose gold bow ring below, sold within hours of listing them!

Just look at those photos! How beautiful are those designs! And let me tell you: the quality of the diamonds in both those rings is outstanding!

I have managed to acquire 3 more Jabel rings and all will be listed in the next while in OUR SHOP AT RUBY LANE. Amongst those scheduled for listing are a one-carat eternity band and a 1/4ct. solitaire, both set in 18k. You'll need to subscribe to our SHOP AT RUBY LANE if you want to stay on top of new additions as they come in. All you have to do is register at Ruby Lane and then use the "Subscribe" link in the left-hand menu on our home page.

But we do have the JABEL WEDDING SET below listed in our shop right now and it's a beauty!


Set in tri-color 14k gold, this Jabel wedding set is for those who want a wedding duo that will set them apart from the rest. The gorgeous engagement ring features a .33 ct solitaire of VS2 clarity and H color. And just look at that design: it's the pink, green and yellow foliate design ... RARE!
You can read all the details about this unique JABEL WEDDING SET by clicking THIS LINK or the photo above. At only $795 USD, this is a steal. Most second-hand Jabel rings go for twice that!

Is there a wedding in your future, maybe in 2009? Buying this wedding set is more than just acquiring a lovely set of rings: purchasing this wedding ring set is an investment in one of the very best names in jewelry making today: JABEL.

Monday, January 5, 2009

AQUAMARINE: A VERY POPULAR GEMSTONE!

Well here we are the beginning of another year and let me start by wishing all my readers a wonderful 2009.

I've been a bit slow with this blog over the past few weeks, but that's only because I've been busy, not just with the festive season's activities, but also with buying up a whole pile of wonderful additions to our designer vintage jewelry for our SHOP AT RUBY LANE and SHERMAN JEWELLERY SHOWCASE.

I've also been setting up photo albums of vintage jewelry in my ESTATE JEWELRY SHOWCASE at IMAGE EVENT and long story short, I'm finally ready to blog again. So I'm back and welcome you back too.

In today's post, I want to talk about the lovely gemstone, aquamarine. I never realized how popular this stone was until I listed a couple of aquamarine rings in OUR RUBY LANE SHOP. One, a gorgeous blue, has been sold already. We still have the larger stoned soft green ring shown on the right, which is a stunning art deco piece dating back at least 70 years or so, and set in 14k and yours for only $150 USD.

In getting ready for this blog, I decided to do a little research on aquamarine and discovered some interesting bits about its cultural and mythical usage. In the middle ages it was believed that aquamarine could overcome the effects of poison while ancient sailors believed it would guarantee a safe voyage and often slept with some aquamarine stones under their pillow to ensure a good night's sleep.

The name of this stone, aquamarine, means "water of the sea" and it's most appropriate to the lovely color we find in aquamarine stones, sometimes very blue, other times a soft green like the one in the ring above. It's a lovely clear stone and as I've discovered, often sells for a very high dollar, especially if the stone is large.

So that brings me to the gorgeous aquamarine bracelet and ring set shown at the top of this blog. This is one of our new additions at RUBY LANE. Please click that link to see more views. Both the bracelet and the ring are set in Sterling silver and in fabulous vintage condition. The 8" bracelet weighs 32 grams and has 48 crystal clear aquamarine stones. The aquamarine stone in the matching ring is 1/2" long by 3/8" wide, a lovely large stone. And just look at that "sea water" color: pale blue/green. What a stunning set!

If you, or someone you know is having a birthday in March, aquamarine is March's birthstone. On the other hand, maybe you have a 19th wedding anniversary coming up in 2009? Well then, consider that lovely bracelet/ring set as a gift for your loved one: Aquamarine is the gemstone for your 19th anniversary. You can buy that set now from our SHOP AT RUBY LANE for $395.