Fine Jewelry
Estate jewelry is becoming increasingly popular, and no wonder. The prices are frequently much, much better than what you would pay for brand new jewelry at retail costs. And you're assured of a unique, lovely piece of jewelry you won't see on anyone else's hand. The techniques used in creating some pieces of estate jewelry are no longer being used, and the craftsmanship is almost always surpassingly excellent. The beauty of the settings and design of older jewelry is also amazing- as a collector and appreciator of estate jewelry myself, I find 99% of today's designs aesthetically jarring in comparison with a fine older piece.

In the following listings, besides listing the information provided by the dealer who owns the item, I (as an employee of the mall with no expertise in jewelry but with a passion for it) took the liberty of using a 10X loupe on them and listing any information I felt would be helpful. Keep in mind I am *not* a jeweler or appraiser, I'm just trying to provide a little more information as best I can. Also, I should add that I have amazing close up vision, better than 20/20 as it were, so when I say that I can see a flaw in a stone just eyeballing it, most other people have worse vision close up than I do.

Star Center Antique Mall
Size 7 gold ring c. 1860, silver over the gold around the stones. Old European cut and rose cut diamonds. Total carat weight of 1.25. Clarity looks pretty good on center stone, with one tiny chip near table visible through loupe. Appraises at $3200, priced at $3200. Space 163.

Champagne colored diamond set in 14K white gold filigree. 1960s Edwardian Revival style. 0.68 carat center stone, noticeable haze of carbon spots visible through loupe in one area, I1 clarity. Appraises $1295, priced at $895. Space 167.

Detail of above ring.

Detail of above ring.

Beautiful early 1920s platinum pierced ring. Millgraine work all over setting 0.22 total carat weight, average clarity VS & GH color. 3mm center stone. Size 7. 2.4 grams platinum, 12 diamond chips bead set. Appraised at $825, priced at $795. Space 167.

Detail of above ring.

18K Edwardian white gold filigree ring c.1915. Center stone replaced sometime within the last decade: it's a 0.15 carat irradiated teal blue diamond. Inclusions visible through loupe, stone still sparkly though. Size 6.5. $345. Space 167.

Detail of above ring.

Detail of above ring.

Platinum setting with 0.58 carat VS1 irradiated canary colored diamond, 0.10 carats of baguette side diamonds. Size 6. Matching wedding band included. Appraises for $2200, priced at $2150. Space 167.

Platinum wedding set with square head, 0.68 center diamond. It's c.1940, late Art Deco. SI2. Through loupe only flaw visible (to me, a layperson) was a small feather right at the edge of the table. F color. Two side diamonds, .06 carats. Size 6.5. Appraised at $3345, priced at $2195. Space 167/175.

18K white gold filigree ring with 0.87 carat diamond, VS2 clarity. I couldn't make out any inclusions through a 10X loupe. Color is J-K, visibly warmer. Size 6.5. Cut looks very good but not ideal under loupe. Appraisal is for $7900, price is $4500. Space 83/175.

Detail of above ring.

Detail of above ring.

Amazing, a natural dusty rose pink colored diamond. A full 1 carat, too. Not appraised but probably an I1, I2 as inclusions are easily visible to my eye. Luckily the stone isn't totally dead, it actually sparkles pretty well for an I clarity. Set in 14K white gold with a ton of pave set white diamonds as accent. Two larger diamonds flank center stone, they look to be maybe 1/3 carat together. Set in the popular halo style. Size 7. Priced at $4500. Space 178/175.

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White gold ring with irradiated GREEN center diamond, looks like maybe a 1/3 to 1/4 carat to my inexpert eye. Color is so dark it's hard to tell if any inclusions are present. Square halo setting. Lots of pave set white diamonds. Millgraine work all over ring. Split shank. My guess is that this ring is a more contemporary one, probably in the last 20 years. Size 7. $695. Space 178.

Amazing Padparadschah orange sapphire, 1.5 carat. Set in 18K white gold. Pave diamonds in shank. One small black inclusion in stone, I can see it without a loupe. My guess is that this ring is a more contemporary one, probably in the last 20 years. $1995. Space 178.

Detail of above ring.

Detail of above ring.

Dark garnet colored red diamond ring set in 18K white and yellow gold. Diamond is 0.78 carat. Size 6.75. Clarity looks decent through loupe, stone is so dark hard to say for sure. My guess is that this ring is a more contemporary one, probably in the last 20 years. $895. Space 178.

Hand engraved platinum band set with 0.68 carats of baguette cut diamonds. Clarity seems OK but stones are very dirty and it's hard to say for sure. Beautiful millgraine work all round ring. Size 6.5. Space 163.

Detail of above ring.

Natural alexandrite! 99% of alexandrite stones one sees are synthetic, the process has been in existence for almost 100 years- so this is a rarity. When I took the picture the stone appeared perfectly green in the viewfinder, but it photographed blue. Set in 14K white gold. Size 7. 0.32 carat. My guess is that this ring is a more contemporary one, probably in the last 20 years. $895. Space 178.


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