Indulge in ALL THINGS EXPENSIVE

There is no sin commmitted when you imagine yourself trying on a pair of $100,000 diamond earrings. This blog is dedicated to women who indulge (or want to indulge) themselves with all things expensive-- jewellery, jewellery, and more jewellery! No sin, ladies. This is a guiltless read-- that much I promise. Ending up with an expensive purchase (astronomical proportions)? Now that's not my fault :)

Monday, May 01, 2006

ANTIQUE JEWELLERY

Welcome to Tresormakati's VERY FIRST post on ALLTHINGSEXPENSIVE.BLOGSPOT.COM

If there is the
Robb Report Magazine for men, there is allthingsexpensive.blogspot.com for women. I may never afford anything I post here, but who said it's a sin to imagine?

If you have an imaginative mind, then you will enjoy this blog, just like I enjoy writing for it. So without further ado, I present to you, all things expensive. Women can never be too educated (you know what I mean). So ENJOY, and INDULGE!!

ANTIQUE JEWELRY:

Cushion Cut diamond cluster earrings by MS Rau Antiques (New Orleans). Cushion cut diamonds (old miner) have much more character than brilliant cut stones. This particular pair of cushions totals 3.07 cts. and are surrounded by 28 smaller round diamonds which total 0.56 cts. The cushion diamonds are both I color, SI1 clarity. Price:
US$ 23,000.

Lang Antiques in San Francisco currently have this gorgeous diamond fringe necklace in their collection. Circa 1890, there are 206 total diamonds in this piece with a total of 11.30 carats, between F to I in color, and VS- SI in clarity. At
US$27,500 you will surely feel every inch a princess when you wear this. Incidentally, you can also have your local jeweller make a frame for this piece, converting it into a tiara.

Your joallerie collection cannot be complete without a ring. This brilliant cut round diamond ring, acquired by SJ Phillips, weighs 2.77 carats, and is millegrain collet- set to a surround of calibre emeralds. The ring itself has diamond- set shoulders. Approximate cost for this exceptional piece is between
UK £10,000 to £20,000.

Speaking of emeralds, a relatively inexpensive yet stunning piece by Fay Cullen comes to mind. This exquisite pair of Georgian earrings with rose-cut diamonds and emerald pebble beads are antique- style, and are set in silver- topped 18k yellow gold. They have screw-back posts for a more secure fit. Priced at
US$1,900 (Marked down from original price of US $3,250).

More "fashion" than "fine", this is also a really nice enamel necklace in rose gold
from Antique Jewelry Exchange. Circa 1920s, this necklace would look so good with a crisp white shirt. It may not be defined as "fine jewelry", but I am bowled over it because it is so casual, and yet it can be worn for a dressier event. The price is also quite reasonable at US$695.

There will be more beautiful pieces featured on this post. Your comments are greatly appreciated, so please do not hesitate to leave one! If you also have suggestions on what we should post, we would love to hear it!

7 Comments:

At 10:51 PM, Anonymous paz said...

hi mrs.T - ok, we can just go on and on about our impossible lusts! you're right, there's nothing wrong dreaming about it!

here's a local jeweler here in houston that used to create jewelry for the italian royal family. they're originally from turin, italy and has their other U.S. store in the french quarter in new orleans. everything in the store is just lovely! check it out!

 
At 9:49 AM, Anonymous Daphne said...

Okay now I can salivate over things I will never have...

 
At 9:57 PM, Blogger g.knotee said...

antique jewelry are definitely works of art i would not mind buying. it's hard to get things of good workmanship nowadays.

 
At 10:25 PM, Anonymous chris said...

love the reference to robb report :)here's to a new daily habit.

 
At 10:55 AM, Blogger MRS. T said...

g.knotee: I agree. But it is indeed a rather scary thing nowadays that plenty jewellers (turkish bazaar jewellers for one) make money off eager antique buyers by producing replica pieces that really look like the real thing. They use old techniques like oxidizing silver over gold, and getting shoddy rose cut diamonds for the "weathered" old look. I've seen this first hand in shops in the Grand Bazaar-- a jeweller tried to in fact, lure me into the "this is an antique" trap. And I know it wasn't. But nevertheless the piece was beautiful, but the rosecut diamonds were of rather bad quality.

 
At 8:45 AM, Blogger g.knotee said...

good thing you knew how to distinguish real antique jewelry from the trying-to-look-antique ones. ;)

 
At 12:39 PM, Blogger MRS. T said...

g.knotee: haha i actually don't. i just didn't trust the one who was selling me the piece. he was using all these sales tactics to make me believe. i dont think you need to do a whole lot of convincing for someone to buy an antique :D haha at least not in the way he tried with me! and besides, im too poor to buy a real nice piece HAHaha. all that salestalk for nothing :D

 

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