Not all precious stones are created equal.
Jeremy Morris travels far and wide in search of nature’s rarest, purest jewels for our high jewellery creations.
David Morris meticulously sources its prized stones from the most revered mines, whether it be an extremely rare sapphire from the remote hills of Kashmir, the famed deep-green emeralds of Colombia, or the perfect, glittering clarity of a white diamond. Only when we have unearthed a truly exceptional treasure does it voyage to our London atelier, where it is impeccably cut and polished to reveal its pure beauty before being set into the high jewellery it has inspired.
This is a wonderful 14 white gold ballerina ring. The ring features a ballerina design and is centered by a gorgeous emerald cut emerald that weighs approximately 1.50ct. The emerald reveals vivid green color and brilliance. This center stone is accentuated by sparkling round and baguette cut diamonds that weighs approximately 2.20ct. The color of the diamonds is H with VS clarity. The top of this ring measures 20mm by 18mm by 15mm.
These are a few of the many pieces of gorgeous sapphire and diamond estate jewelry that can be found online, or by actually going to an estate sale. Great prices can be found on sapphire jewelry at estate sales and auctions. Many times you can find stunning designs that are one of kind, and will never be created again. These gorgeous rings have been someone’s treasure for a long time, and many are considered antiques or vintage jewelry. Now you can be the owner of such treasures with a little time and effort in seeking them out. The enjoyment one gets from hunting for such gorgeous treasures can be as much or more fun as wearing these exquisite pieces of jewelry. Estate jewelry can be a rare find, and seeking these treasures will leave you with a satisfaction rarely achieved by many individuals.
This is a absolutely stunning estate ring that was made from platinum in the Art Deco style. The age is unknown. The ring is set with 1 European cut diamond of J (or better) color, VVS clarity that weighs approx. .95 ct. I can not find a single inclusions with my jeweler’s loupe. The diamond measures 6.75 mm with the bezel setting and it is 4.53 mm deep. The ring is additionally set with 52 single cut diamonds of H-I-J color, SI clarity that weigh approx. .40 ctw. These diamonds range in size from .005 -to .03 ct. The ring is detailed with 38 natural blue sapphires that weigh approx. 1.20 ctw. These sapphires are cabochon cuts in various fancy shapes and of the finest quality. The head of the ring measures 9/16” square and it sits almost 3/8” high. The ring size is a 7.75 and the total weight is 5.7 grams.
This is a Gorgeous and original antique ring that was made in the Art Deco style during the 1930s. It is handmade from Platium. The ring is set with 1 round old mine cut diamond (center) of L color, VVS1 clarity that weighs approx. 1.25 ct. The color is in the faint yellow color range and I can not find a single inclusions when using my 10x jeweler’s loupe. It has a tiny tiny nick on the table facet that can not be seen with the naked eye. This diamond measures 7.6 mm with the bezel setting and it is 3.45 mm deep.
The center diamond is framed with 22 natural blue sapphires that weigh approx. .50 ctw. These sapphires are near square shaped and channel set with a darker blue color. The ring is detailed with 36 rose cut diamonds that weigh approx. .38 ctw. These diamonds are white and clear and they have a spread of .01 ct to .04 ct.
This is an original antique cocktail ring that was made in the Art Deco style during the 1930s. It is handmade from Platinum and originates from France. It has the Mker’s mark ‘LIF’ and a worn ‘PARIS’ stamp. The ring is centrally set with 1 Old European Cut Diamond of G color, SI1 clarity that weighs approx. 1.0 carat. This diamonds has one pinpoint inclusions in the center, but you have to know it is there to find it. Otherwise, this diamond is completely clear and would have a VVS grade. I can not grasp it to get a precise measurement, but it is very close to 6.45 mm in diameter by 4 mm deep.
The ring is also set with 46 roundish old mine cut diamonds of F-G-H color, SI to I clarity that weigh approx. 1.26 ctw. The total diamond weight is approx. 2.26 ctw. The ring is detailed with 40 natural blue sapphires that weigh approx. 1.30 ctw. These sapphires are French cut and channel set of the finest quality.
This is an estate cocktail/engagement ring that was made in the Art Deco Style from Platinum. The mounting is post 1950 and the center diamond is an original antique. The ring is centrally bezel-set with 1 European Cut Diamond of J color, I2 clarity that weighs approx. 1.15 ctw. This diamond measures approx. 6.7 mm in diameter and it is 4.27 mm deep. In my opinion, this is the ideal I2 clarity stone. The frame and shoulders of the ring are set with 41 brilliant cut diamonds of G – H color, SI clarity that weigh approx. .82 ctw. The total diamonds weight is approx. 1.97 ctw.
The ring is detailed with a natural blue sapphire halo that is set channel set with 20 sapphires. There are an additional 4 sapphires set in the shoulders. The sapphires are fancy shaped and French cut weighing approx. 1.20 ctw.
This is a fabulous cocktail ring that was made in the Art Deco style from Platinum. The age is unknown. The ring is centrally bezel-set with 1 marquise cut diamonds of J color, VS or better clarity that weighs .63 ct. and the weight is engraved in the shank. It measures close to 9 x 5.2 x 2.38 mm and I can not find any inclusions with a 10x jeweler’s loupe. The ring is also set with 12 roundish old mine cut diamonds of H color, SI clarity that weigh approx. .38 ctw. The total diamond weight is approx. 1.01 ctw. The ring is detailed with 34 natural blue sapphires that weigh approx. 2.0 ctw. These sapphires are fancy shaped French cuts that are channel set and of the finest quality. The marquise shaped head of the ring measure 1” north to south by 7/16” at the widest point. The total weight is 5.8 grams and the ring size is a 7. The lower gallery is finely detailed.
One gorgeous oval genuine Colombian Emerald weighing a total of approximately 1.10 carats, and six tapered baguette genuine Diamonds weighing a total of approximately 0.33 carats in an 18kt yellow gold Amoro heart prong design.
Brand, Seller, or Collection Name Amoro
Metal stamp 18k
Metal Yellow gold
Material Yellow Gold
Gem Type Emerald, Diamond
Minimum total gem weight 1.10 carats
Total metal weight 6.06 Grams
Ring size 6.5
Sizing lower range 5
Sizing upper range 8
Number of stones 8
Stone Weight 1.10 carats, 0.33 carats, 0.01 carats
Model number 17042K
Gorgeous Estate 6.65 Cwt Natural Blue Sapphire and Diamond Ring in 14K Solid White Gold. This gorgeous ring is stamped 14K and can be sized to any size. The total weight of this gorgeous ring is 5.0 grams. Total natural diamond weight is 1.15 carat. Excellent VS2-SI1 clarity / D-E color. Total Natural Sapphire Weight is 5.80ctw (Measures: 6.00×4.00mm). The Face Measures 6.00mm
The name Van Cleef & Arpels is synonymous with gorgeous and exquisite jewelry. Van Cleef & Arpels has been creating wondrous jewelry creations since 1896. Van Cleef & Arpels’ jewelry has been known for its fluid lines, graceful curves, color, and a sense of movement. They met at the end of the Nineteenth Century, Alfred Van Cleef, a precious stone-cutters’ son, and the young woman, Estelle Arpels, her father a leading precious raw gems merchant. It was Paris, 1895, a marriage between two deep loves, joining together two families and creating a business family that even now, after one hundred and eighteen years, shines resilient as the diamonds they’ve designed. Van Cleef & Arpels is associated with quality and an elite style that has adorned the likes of Jacqueline Kennedy, Catherine Deneuve, Audrey Hepburn, and other timeless beauties.
Mystery Set refers to the unique technique associated with Van Cleef & Arpels ever since the Maison patented this dazzling invention in 1933. It consists of setting stones in such a way that no prongs are visible. The level of expertise required makes Mystery Set the exclusive realm of a very small number of master jewelers.
The technique is so intricate that producing a single brooch takes no less than 300 hours work. Each faceted stone is delicately inserted onto thin gold rails less than two-tenths of a millimeter thick. Once complete, the gems appear to be entirely free-standing. Because of the complexity of the process, Mystery Set pieces are extremely rare: the Maison produces no more than a few of them each year.
These are a few of the gorgeous nature jewelry pieces that Van Cleef & Arpels have created over the last century.
Van Cleef & Arpels creates jewelry by seizing moment, images, and emotions. Throughout history, the Maison has told enchanting stories through the apperarance of movement in jewelry. Creating these pieces calls for incredible dedication and patience. This allows for an impression of natural and seamless beauty.
Van Cleef & Arpels Gorgeous Engagement rings are sure to ensure that you will hear yes from the love of your life.
With its twin buckle motif, Tête-à-tête – meaning “”face-to-face”” in English – symbolizes a romantic moment between two lovers. In a platinum pavé setting, Tête-à-tête’s centre stone is available in either 0.50ct or 1.00ct. All stones range from Flawless to VVS and are of exceptional whiteness.
Ever since its creation in 1906, Van Cleef & Arpels is closely tied to the most beautiful love stories. Creativity and know-how are combined through exceptional pieces that pay tribute to the expression of feelings.
Today, the Maison is once again reaching out to those in love, with a unique range of solitaire rings offering an alternative to diamonds. Van Cleef & Arpels’ “Bridal” collection is adorned with colored gems: blue and pink sapphires, rubies and emeralds.
Mark Schneider is a fashion forward designer who brings contemporary style to traditional engagement ring designs. His designs have won numerous awards, and one of his pieces is on permanent display in the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History. Each piece is meticulously hand crafted using very high quality materials. Mark is a third-generation jeweler, and his love for jewelry and colored stones began in grade school with a coveted gemstone collection. He went on to earn his Bachelor of Science degree from California State University Long Beach, where he studied art and jewelry design. While in college, he enjoyed working with clay and metal, transferring that love to jewelry design. He feels fortunate to have the opportunity and ability to create jewelry with the finest rare gemstones available.
His clients are individuals who not only recognize the value of jewelry, but also appreciate the desirability of collecting his work. Many of Mark’s clients are returning clients, who are often looking for the next custom art piece to add to their Mark Schneider collection. He is the jeweler’s jeweler, having designed many custom pieces for jewelers and their spouses. Mark is intimately involved with every part of the process, from conception of his award winning pieces to the final touches that make his jewelry unique and distinguishable. It’s this commitment to quality that encourages museums and people from all over the country to contact Mark for custom design.
Mark is one of the few living designers to have a piece of jewelry on permanent display in the Smithsonian Institution Gem and Mineral Hall. He is also one of the most recognized American designers of our time. From his bold color pieces to his unique bridal designs, Mark Schneider pushes the conventional ideas of jewelry design and constantly strives to challenge himself. His distinct perspective on jewelry making has earned him some of the most coveted awards and honors within the industry.
It was not until 2001 that Mark noticed a lack of originality in one jewelry field in particular – engagement rings. He saw an industry often unimaginative and steeped in tradition. Mark decided to go against the grain and create something unique by designing a fresh and contemporary line of engagement rings. Just like his award winning colored gemstone jewelry designs, his engagement rings are clean and flowing, with nods towards architecture, furniture design, and nature. When designing, Mark places much importance on form and function, how the design looks from all angles, and how it looks on the hand. They are made to outlast the test of time, to be handed down through the generations, and each ring is truly a work of art for each bride to proudly wear.