A. Protecting your antique jewellery.
Even when stored, precious jewellery needs special care. Jewellery should be kept in a fabric lined jewel case or a box with compartments or dividers.
If placed in one box, each piece should be wrapped in tissue paper because a diamond can scratch and damage other diamonds.
Though most people wear a ring all a day, however there are occasions when it should be removed:
Do not wear a ring while doing rough work. Even a diamond is durable, it can also be chipped by a very hard blow.
High temperatures can ruin jewellery and care must be taken during soldering.
Organic material like pearls, corals, cameos etc. can be damaged by acids, alcohol (including perfume) and skin creams.
Diamond Jewellery should not come in contact with chlorine bleach because it can pit and discolour the mounting.
A jeweller should check the ring once a year for loose stones and wear of the mounting. He can also clean the ring professionally
B. Cleaning your antique jewellery.
Once you have selected your piece of jewellery it is necessary to take good care in order to make it last a lifetime. Although nature invests millions of years of heat and pressure to crystallise a single diamond it is still imperative to take constant care in order to keep them at their brilliant best. A clean stone not only reflects light better, but actually looks bigger than one that’s been dulled by skin oils and cosmetics. To keep their fire at its brightest set jewellery should be cleaned once a month. Use one of the following methods:
Please note that:
Foiled-back set stones should never be immersed in any liquid.
Organic materials can only be immersed in luke warm water and certainly not alcohol and acids.
In most cases (even for organic materials), you can use one of the following methods, but be on the safe side and check with your expert.
- The Detergent Bath. Prepare a small bowl of warm sudsy water with any of the mild liquid detergents used at home. Brush the pieces with a small soft brush, for instance a toothbrush, while they are in the suds, then rinse under warm running water. Pat dry with a soft lint free cloth.
- The Cold Water Soak : Soak the jewellery in a half and half solution of cold water and household ammonia for 30 minutes. Lift out and gently tap around the front and back of the mounting with a small soft brush. Swish in the solution a second time, rinse and drain on tissue paper.
- The Quick Dip Method : Buy one of the brand name liquid Jewellery cleaning kits now available in the market and follow the instructions.
Here is a fine craftsmanship antique ring in gold considered to be of the Romantic Victorian Period with a large comfortable band featuring nine rose cut diamonds set in marquise shape; the rose cuts are set on foil, this is a special technique that was used to bring the lustre of the diamonds to its best quality. The ring presents elegant floral patterns and one small golden ball on each side of the setting.
The jewel is made of silver on top and backed with 18kt red gold; this technique finds its origin centuries ago, when jewelers believed that only a silver mounting could render the true beauty of a diamond. Backing the silver jewel with a (thin) layer of gold was a practical precaution taken to avoid the silver jewelry leaving black stains on clothing or skin.
During the 1840s, while the young Queen Victoria’s influence on jewel fashions was emerging, patterns for gold-work very much revolved around the natural world. These motifs suited feminine delicacy and the purely ornamental woman. In this era of peace and prosperity, wealth was displayed in jewels and especially in a sumptuous spread of gold, rich scrolls, pierced, strap-work, or gold twigs twisted and entwined with foliage.
Victorian decorative arts refers to the style of decorative arts during the Victorian era. The Victorian era is known for its eclectic revival and interpretation of historic styles and the introduction of cross-cultural influences from the middle east and Asia in furniture, fittings, and Interior decoration. Victorian design is widely viewed as having indulged in a regrettable excess of ornament. The Arts and Crafts movement, the aesthetic movement, Anglo-Japanese style, and Art Nouveau style have their beginnings in the late Victorian era.
Antique rose cut diamonds ring Ref.11035-0021
diamonds, silver, 18kt red gold
origin: most probably Belgium
top of ring: 1.20 cm (0.47 inch) x 1.60 cm (0.63 inch)
weight: 6.50 grams
Size: US 7½
With blue jeans or long satin gown…
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Pendant cross type “Flemish” or “Antwerp” in silver on top and backed with 18K red gold, set with 16 rose cut diamonds in close setting. The rose cuts are set on foil, this is a special technique that was used to bring the lustre of the diamonds to its best quality.
This jewel is a fine example of the skill and craftsmanship of jewelers in Antwerp in the 18th and 19th century. The city was well known for centuries for its wealth which resulted in sumptuous jewels set with diamonds. The influence of religion was very present in those days, the refinement, the materials and the stones reinforced this sign of devotion. This type of cross was worn on a long silver chain and was a very expensive gift worn by pretty women in the north of Belgium in the first half of the 19th century.
The technique “silver on top and backed with 18K red gold” finds its origin centuries ago, when jewelers believed that only a silver mounting could render the true beauty of a diamond. Backing the silver jewel with a (thin) layer of gold was a practical precaution taken to avoid the silver jewelry leaving black stains on clothing or skin.
Most of these crosses are now owned by the church or in private collections.
Cross “Anversoise” ref.10343-0049
diamonds, silver, 18 carats red gold
control mark letter ‘E’
origin: Belgium – Antwerp
height: 3.48 cm (1.37 inch)
weight: 3.50 grams
Antique opal engagement ring diamonds gold 1910s
Beautiful antique engagement ring circa 1910 with an intense cabochon polished opal and 48 genuine rose cut diamonds. We do not have the weight of the diamonds which is normal in our trade when it comes to rose cuts. The precious stones are set in platinum and 18 high Carat yellow gold. Top of the ring measures 15.8 mm (0.62 inch), the ring weighs 4.50 grams.
This rare and elegant ring, Circa 1880s, is made of 14 high Carat yellow gold. The ring is set with one beautiful quality opal with 14 old brilliant cut diamonds with a total weight of 1.50 Carats. The top of the ring measures 16.4 mm (0.65 inch) x 13.3 mm (0.52 inch). The ring weighs 3.50 Grams and the finger US size is 7½. It is our pleasure to resize the ring for you at our expense. From our expertise, this ring is in excellent condition and fine quality. Delivered with its authenticity certificate.
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It doesn’t always have to be a turkey!
Ever thought of a parrot?
(Click the picture to get to this bejeweled beauty bird)
Parrots have featured in human writings, story, art, humor, religion and music for thousands of years. From the Roman poet Ovid’s “The Dead Parrot” to Monty Python’s Dead Parrot Sketch millennia later, parrots have existed in the consciousness of many cultures and have also been a source of inspiration for goldsmiths and jewelers all over the world. And although not hallmarked but just by the quality of the craftsmanship we believe this bejeweled birdie to be made by (or for) one of the better Haute Joaillerie Houses (high class jewelers) in France or Belgium.