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Friday, January 6, 2012


1.65ct. late Art Deco diamond cocktail ring available from
Well we promised you in yesterday's blog post that we'd have some lovely new (vintage) jewelry for you in 2012 and look what's just been listed!

On the right, you're looking at a late Art-Deco diamond cocktail ring, the likes of which I've never seen. I picked it up off my partner's desk last night when I noticed it twinkling away beautifully under her desk light and went "WOW! This is gorgeous!" Of course, typically, photos never show what my eyes saw: we see with 2 lenses not just one. So my eyes could see all the glorious glitter emanating from the 1.65cts of diamonds in this ring.  There are 15 diamonds in all, and that center diamond is a 1/2ct of VS2 - Si1 clarity with F-G color. Top stuff! Set around it are the other 14 eye-clean diamonds, also of very high clarity and color. Markings on the ring lead us to believe it was made by Jestenman Bros Jewelry of Providence, Rhode Island and is approximately 70 years old. It's in fantastic shape. Just sensational. Check out more photos and information HERE 

Sapphire/diamond earrings available from
Our other new addition is for earring lovers ... that's me! I love wearing earrings and never leave home without them.  My outfits ... and my makeup ... look incomplete without earrings. Given my hair is really short, I need those earrings to give me that extra something.

And these superb diamond and sapphire earrings on the left will certainly do that for me or you. Have you got a beautiful sapphire & diamond necklace that needs some matching earrings to complete it? Maybe these are just what you need. Each of the beautiful blue sapphires in these earring is just over 1/2ct. and is surrounded by 12 VS clarity, "D" color diamonds ... that's the highest color grading for diamonds and very hard to find. The earrings are set in 18k and were recently appraised with a value close to $3000. Of course, our price is well less than half that. Specific measurements and details are provided in the LISTING HERE 

While you're over looking at those earrings, if they're not quite what you want, check out these fabulous aquamarine/diamond "teardrop" dangling earrings below. They are appraised at around the same value as the sapphire/diamond earrings and we're receptive to your reasonable offers. Try yours today!

Aquamarine/diamond dangling earrings available from 

Thursday, January 5, 2012


1.23ct diamond 18k JABEL cocktail ring available  from
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I'm kicking off our 2012 blog with some discoveries I made after someone recently wrote asking me about the very popular JABEL FLORAL Wedding Ring set (shown on the right) that we sold from our shop over two years ago. We've been lucky enough to have found and sold 2 of these sets in the past, but boy, are they hard to find! The person who wrote to me asked me to keep an eye out in case I find another set like this. 

So I began searching Google's "shopping" section and sadly, couldn't find any, neither the set nor even an individual ring. But my searching for "jabel" took me most often to eBay listings. What a shock I got there! I've always thought the best place for bargain buys in jewelry is eBay. Well that may still be true, but when it comes to designer signed, it's proving, for the most part, to be as expensive, or in some cases even more expensive than non-auction jewelry selling sites. 

There's a JABEL diamond cluster engagement ring at THIS LINK which offers one carat of diamonds and comes with an appraisal of $5000. You can "buy it now" for $3500 or take a chance on winning it with bidding starting at $2500 in 6 days time. Compare that to our 1.23ct diamond cocktail ring shown top left which has an appraised value of over $7000 and for which we asking well less than half that value. We'll also consider offers. No, it's not "cheap" but point is, our price is as good a buy as the eBay item. And when you buy from DIVINE FINDS JEWELRY, you know our descriptions are accurate and honest. 

At THIS LINK is a killer JABEL black opal and diamond ring being offered on eBay. This is truly a sensational ring, but so is the price. The seller is asking over  $10,000 but will consider offers. I'd love to have this ring, but alas, it's way out of my budget. A black opal diamond ring like that would come with a high price tag even if it wasn't a Jabel, but being a Jabel, it's an investment too. 

I found THIS eBay AD very interesting. It's for a man's Jabel wedding band with 12 diamonds, totalling around 1.20cts. It's a gorgeous ring that was appraised in 1982 for $2640. Obviously, it's worth more today. The seller is asking $3600 as a  "buy it now" but is beginning the auction at just under $3000. Again, I can't help but compare the value/price of this Jabel to ours above. The diamonds in this eBay ring are each about .10pts. Ours, priced similarly, has at least one diamond that is close to 3/4cts alone. But the eBay ring will have a heavier gold weight. An interesting comparison nonetheless. 

There are indeed some reasonably priced Jabels on eBay but if you're shopping for a Jabel, or any diamond or gemstone ring, especially designer signed, be a wise shopper: don't compare apples and oranges ie.. make sure if the eBay price seems low in comparison to a ring you've found on other sites that you are indeed comparing rings of the same or very similar quality. 

1) what is the total diamond carat weight in each ring?
2) is the diamond a solitaire? If so, what's it carat weight? A 1/4, 1/3 or 1/2ct diamond is nowhere as valuable as a larger stone.
3) If it's a cluster diamond ring, how big are the individual diamonds? Your total diamond carat weight might be large but if that total weight is a cluster of tiny diamonds, it's not as valuable as having a large central diamond surrounded by smaller stones e.g. in our Jabel cocktail ring above, the center stone alone is nearly 3/4cts. 
4) What is the quality of the diamonds? This is incredibly important! Most designer signed rings (Cartier, Van Cleef & Arpels, Jabel, Jose Hess, Bulgari etc) come with superior diamonds ie. VS - Si1 or Si2 at least. If the ad doesn't state the actual clarity and colour, ask! If the seller can't answer your query, think twice before buying. That doesn't mean it's a bad buy .. but don't overpay a poor quality diamond ring. Compare, compare! 

You should never hesitate to ask questions from any vendor and a good seller will  happily supply you with the answers. If he/she doesn't know the answer, they should care enough about you, the buyer, to find out for you. 

Back to Jabel jewelry for a moment, I wish I had more Jabels to offer our buyers. This is such a popular designer renowned for their quality and craftsmanship. The same vendor who is selling that fabulous black opal diamond ring on eBay, also has a stunning oval opal diamond Jabel pendant HERE priced at just under $5000 but open to offers. 

Like I say in the title of this blog, JABEL jewelry is popular and pricey! If you find some at a great price, grab it, but be sure you comparison shop before you commit. 

DIVINE FINDS JEWELRY wishes you all a happy shopping year in 2012. Subscribe to our blog and visit our shops soon and often.