Monday, June 30, 2014

A Little Platinum Eye-Candy Line-Up!

I know in the industry right now that the trend is swinging from platinum back to gold jewelry.  Some are even saying that 'the Great White Out' is over.  But, for me, I am still a tried and true platinum lover.  It's not that I don't like gold jewelry.  I do.  I like it even better when it's mixed with other metals...Especially platinum!  But I love the durability of platinum and the amazing patina that it develops.  And when it's new...Holy Cow, does it shine!

Historically, platinum jewelry experienced a surge in popularity during the World Wars.  Some of my favorite pieces are from this era and the craftsmanship is simply stunning!  I love the pierced rings and the intricacies of many of the designs.  And honestly, I love to wear these vintage and antique pieces with more modern designs.  Balance out the bold edges with a little femininity and the contrast is just so much fun!  


From Erstwhile Jewelry Co., this beauty is set in platinum & centered with 1.63 carat old European cut diamond of I/J color & SI clarity. The mounting is festooned with a dragonfly motif on the shoulders & circular cut diamonds.  I am completely envious of the bride who's fiance popped the question with this stunning ring!

I found this amazing antique Art Deco platinum & diamond watch set as a ring, circa 1920-30 on Antiques.com from Brenda Ginsberg Art & Antiques, $2,500.  I absolutely love these old ring watches & to find one in platinum....Swoon!  An amazing little ring like this will definitively be next on my Wish List!

This Art Deco marquise-cut diamond & French-cut emerald target ring in a platinum setting can be found at Elle W. Collection.  I did not used to be a fan of the marquise shape but this beauty has certainly changed my mind!

This amazing 7.5 carat checkerboard cushion cut peridot is surrounded by 2.5 carats of beautiful Holland Rose or Dutch Rose cut diamonds all set in platinum from Lake Girl Vintage on RubyLane.com & sold for $4,300.  Talk about stunning!

A luminous blue flash moonstone is orbited by a row of royal blue calibre sapphires in this original Art Deco ring, handcrafted in platinum, circa 1930 from Lang Antiques.  I have always wanted a moonstone ring & although this example is already sold, I will be on the lookout for a similar one for sure!

Three circles of platinum make this an impressive, full eternity band with a substantial width from The Three Graces on RubyLane.com. The center band is set with thirty-six (36) single cut diamonds for a total, estimated .54 carats. The white diamonds are graded I-J in color & VS in clarity. The outer circles are incised with subtle foliage designs, $2,251.  This is an amazing ring!

A beautiful .65 carat ruby totaling is accented by .10 carats of diamonds on the shank in this beautifully simple ring from Sophie Jane on RubyLane.com, $1,197.  Personally, this is one of my favorite ruby rings.  I think the color of the ruby is just some different & amazing!  Trust me, it's in my Wish List!



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