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Saturday, July 28, 2012


Did you know that daisies are believed to be more than 4000 years old? Of course, I don't know how anyone knows that, but the longer I live, the more I realize how little I know LOL.

But what I do know is that diamond daisy rings have been one of the most popular items in our DIVINE FINDS JEWELRY SHOP at RUBY LANE.  There's just something about the design that grabs our visitors the instant we list one in our shops. It will end up on several wish lists and rarely lasts long enough for someone to think about buying it because someone else smartly scoops it up.

Perhaps it's the design as shown in this photo of one of our past diamond daisy rings (sold some time back):

Perhaps it's the love affair we humans have with circles ie. the circle of life, and daisy rings always are circular with a larger diamond surrounded by a circle of smaller diamonds. Or perhaps it's the symbolism  of daisies ie. daisies symbolize romance, patience, innocence and eternal love.

Whatever the reason for the popularity and desirability of daisy rings, imagine our excitement at coming across, not a ring this time but a truly rare DIAMOND DAISY NECKLACE AND DANGLING EARRING SET at one of those high end auctions we frequent. This beauty just took our breath away!

This Edwardian period set which dates to probably around 1910 is in incredible condition and the diamonds are out of this world high quality gorgeous and sparkling. The glorious "dangling" necklace contains about 1.30cts of VS - Si1/2 clarity. The dangling earrings each have about 0.63cts, for a total of 1.26cts. Do the math: that's over 2 1/2 cts of fantastic diamonds to adorn your neck and ears. If you have a ring that matches this, what a parure! What a collector's set!

Please click on the link above to learn more about this utterly brilliant set and see more photos. Add it to your Christmas wish list. I doubt that even the lady who has everything has a set like this!


Okay! I've had enough and have to post this.

Every time I add a post on here about the beautiful jewels we carry in our shop at DIVINE FINDS JEWELRY, lately, the only comments I get are from others who sell everything from necklace decals on strings to cheap rhinestone machine made pieces from Asia or whatever ... and I'm sick of it.

This jewelry blog is MY blog. It is NOT for those of you who see posting a comment on my post just to provide a link to your own shop or site. What you're doing is SPAMMING my blog, and I'm sorry, but I won't tolerate it. You are wasting your time posting a comment if the purpose of the comment is only to elicit business for yourself. Some of you are really easy to spot ie. your language is almost incoherent. You are obviously using a translator program. Give it up! All such spamming comments are deleted, so you are wasting your time and mine.

I do welcome comments, even links from knowledgeable vendors of antique and/or vintage fine and costume jewelry ... if it adds information about a piece I have written about. The more I learn about our own items the better we serve our clients. But if your comment is only left to direct my readers to your site, then please don't bother. Write your own blog!


Thursday, July 26, 2012

The Timeless Beauty of Antique Jewelry

On our living room coffee table we have books ... books about jewelry: Cartier, Van Cleef & Arpels, Georgian, Victorian Jewelry, Designer Costume Jewelry ... and when we need a refresh, a reminder as to why we spend so much time hunting down rare pieces, all we need to do is sit and browse the magnificent photos in these books. The designer pieces always blow us away with their incredible beauty of design and their use of diamonds and gemstones. But when my daughter recently invested in a book on Georgian jewelry, well the photos just took my breath away. 

When you look at a photo like this one of Mary Edwards back in the 1700's, you can't help but think how heavy her clothing must have been. How did they survive in summers such as we are having right now in Canada? Then topping off her outfit is that heavy, but glorious necklace. It's all so ornate compared to the simplicity of today's machine cut, cheap mall jewelry that I think of as "throw-away" i.e. wear it once and if it doesn't fall apart, it invariably ends up in your next garage sale where you sell it, if you're lucky, for 20 cents or less. 

Not so something like Mary Edwards' Georgian necklace. What would it be worth today? What condition would it be in if you could even find it or something like it? And if you could find it, could you afford it!

Our books leave us drooling and dreaming. What would it have been like to wear such jewelry? Would your neck ache from the weight of the jewels. If you've never invested in books like these, do. They are fascinating reading, and in our case, they keep us inspired, looking for more, hoping we'll stumble across a rare piece that we can afford. And sometimes, we find some beauties, like this superb GEORGIAN ROSE CUT DIAMOND BROOCH

How I wish you could see what we saw when we had the good fortune to come across this one at a high-end estate sale! No matter how good our photos are, they have still failed to capture the stunning glitter from the 99 rose-cut diamonds that make up this floral bouquet. Those diamonds range in size from pencil-tips to 2.40mm and our closest guess on total diamond carat weight is around 2 to 2.5cts. It may be more, but no-one would want to risk removing the diamonds to assess their depth which cannot be seen as the back is closed.

Weighing 16.98 grams, the brooch, which could be worn as a pendant with a bit of imagination, measures 55mm X 44mm. Here's another view: 

That could be YOUR hand holding it! Just visit DIVINE FINDS at RUBY LANE to read up more on this one and see more photos. And while you're there, check out some of our other recent additions. Each and every one of them is truly "a divine find"!