Wednesday, December 25, 2013

A Jeweled Christmas!

Happy Christmas!  Can't believe that it's already December 25th!  Only a few more days and I'll be trying to remember to date everything with "2014."  Hard to believe!

But, in the meantime, to celebrate the holiday....I thought "what better way to celebrate Christmas than with something sparkly in the yuletide Christmas colors of red and green!"

So, please enjoy the amazing rubies, emeralds, spinels and garnets below from our friends at The Three Graces!

(Pssssst!  Just in case you're still looking for a little something sparkly for your New Year's Eve celebrations, all of these stunning baubles are for sale on their website: http://www.georgianjewelry.com/!)

This pair of platinum cluster earrings is bold with color & bountiful with a series of diamonds & rubies. From a diamond set surmount a cluster flower form pendant is suspended. Centered within a mille grained platinum bezel is an old European cut diamond surrounded by twelve (12) channel set luscious pink red rubies also bordered with mille grained platinum work. A scalloped perimeter of sixteen (16) brilliant cut diamonds completes the overall symmetry of the modern classic earrings. Each earring has eighteen (18) diamonds in all with a total estimated diamond weight of .35 carats (G-I color range; SI1-I clarity). Lever back ear fitting are platinum with 18k yellow gold backs.  © Photos courtesy of The Three Graces


A most evocative emerald with an exceptionally vivid deep green hue creates a hypnotic setting for this platinum ring. An oval natural emerald cabochon of approximately 2.75 carats presents with fine saturation & color & wondrous contrast against a mount of mille grain accented platinum. At each side a bow motif dotted with single cut diamonds wraps around the emerald in a passionate embrace of precious metal.  Curved shoulders studded with additional single cut diamonds part only to segue into a reeded band highlighted with mille grain detail. In all, eighteen (18) single cut diamonds with an estimated total weight of .18 carats give brilliance & prismatic color in harmony with the emerald cabochon. Two (2) small fancy cut natural emeralds contribute a dash of color to each side.  © Photos courtesy of The Three Graces


Some individuals even prefer the red spinel to the ruby because of its depth of color & fiery internal shimmer. The superb spinel featured in this ring of 18k white gold has an actual weight of 16.52 carats. The stone has been beautifully cut into an oval & faceted to enhance the brilliance & luster of a gem with exceptionally fine clarity.  The simple mount allows an unobstructed view of the gemstone. For a touch of prismatic color the sides of the shank are adorned with ten (10) brilliant cut diamonds with a total estimated diamond weight of .60 carats.  © Photos courtesy of The Three Graces


The line bracelet was developed during the Art Deco period with links of precious metal & gems encircling the wrists of Hollywood stars & general store shop girls alike. Twenty (20) rectangular cut rubies with a total estimated weight of 8.00 carats. With a very fine coloration of pigeon red, a series of five (5) of these natural born beauties boldly contrast with twenty (20) brilliant cut diamonds of an estimated 2.88 carats (I-J color; VS clarity) all in platinum.  A tongue & groove clasp of yellow gold & a safety catch ensure security for a smashing period bracelet, circa 1935.  © Photos courtesy of The Three Graces


Round & round we go, an orb of 18k yellow gold substantial in weight with an equator of fifty-two (52) diamonds (mostly single cuts & a few brilliant cuts) of an estimated .52 carats places the spotlight upon a cabochon ruby, circa mid- to later 20th century.  © Photos courtesy of The Three Graces


Delicate & fine, this platinum pendant, circa 1935, features what appears to be an old Mughal carved emerald from the 19th century or earlier.  The drop shaped gem is an estimated 6 carats & is topped with a platinum cap with scalloped edge & transitional cut diamond bale.  The body of the platinum pendant is a mastery of gem & metal work with a transitional cut diamond clad in a platinum bezel suspending a triangular cut diamond.  At each corner of the base is a series of four (4) single cut diamonds (eight diamonds in all) attached to a platinum semicircle channel set with ten (10) natural rubies with a baguette diamond at each terminal & centering the curve. The estimated diamond weight for the pendant is .45 carats.  © Photos courtesy of The Three Graces

The classic mid-18th century English ring can be so spectacular in its simplicity. Small in proportion, the petite 20k yellow gold ring has a single flat cut almandine garnet as the focal point. The stone is foiled and set closed back with the typical basket weave or sun ray design. A flat shank completes the wondrous Georgian ring, circa 1750-1770.  © Photos courtesy of The Three Graces


Teardrops of natural emeralds languidly drape from golden caps of acorns, leaves & vines rendered in textured 14k yellow gold.  The caps are each embellished with six (6) brilliant cut diamonds for a total diamond weight of .12 carats an earring.  Each of the superb emeralds is roughly estimated to be 7 carats.  This is a conservative estimate as the actual length of the emeralds is concealed by the cap.  These emeralds are of the finest hue & saturation of color, circa 1965.  © Photos courtesy of The Three Graces


Bohemian garnet cluster ring. Constructed in escalating layers of pyrope garnets, each tier alternates larger & smaller garnets up to the pinnacle. Its apex is a royal carpet of faceted garnets garnets all set into rose gold over silver.  Formerly a brooch now in its second incarnation, the shank & under section are all 14k yellow gold, circa 1880 (shank is modern).  © Photos courtesy of The Three Graces


Almandine garnets have a special appeal. The rich deep red color has touches of purple which gives it a hue of an aged claret wine. The gem is just perfect for an impressive pendant necklace, circa 1950. The garnet has been cleaved into a round shape of an estimated 12.9 carats & faceted for maximum brilliance & luster then claw set in a mount of 14k white gold over 14k yellow gold. An elongated “bale” of yellow gold is embellished with nine (9) transitional cut diamonds with an estimated total weight of .26 carats.  © Photos courtesy of The Three Graces




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