Gray & Davis Holiday Gift Guide: Jewelry Box Staples

Two blocks away from the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree, and right around the corner from all of the decorated shop windows on Fifth Avenue, 47th Street in December feels like it’s right in the middle of all the celebration.

If you find yourself in the neighborhood soaking in the holiday splendor, come visit our booth and take a peek at some antique treasures. We've picked out five kinds of pieces that no antique collector's jewelry box should be without.

The Statement Ring

Arts and Crafts Carnelian and Enamel Ring, available in our online shop.

Arts and Crafts Carnelian and Enamel Ring, available in our online shop.

This ring shows its age in all the best ways. A large, table cut red carnelian, one of the oldest stones used in jewelry making, is surrounded by a halo of tri-colored enamel work. The enamel continues down the sides of the ring, as well. This Arts & Crafts era piece sits broad and low, catching the eye without weighing you down. A great old gem for a modern gal.

 

 

The Three Stone Ring

A classic style that never goes out of fashion, these two rings have very different looks with the same core design. This Victorian gypsy-set ring is a set horizontally; a simple line of diamonds in 18k yellow gold. This Edwardian ring has stones running vertically on the finger, with a delicate halo of rose cut diamonds in platinum and a thin band of 18k yellow gold.

Victorian Three Diamond Gypsy Ring, available in our online shop.

Victorian Three Diamond Gypsy Ring, available in our online shop.

Edwardian Triple Diamond Ring in Platinum and 18K Gold, available in our online shop.

Edwardian Triple Diamond Ring in Platinum and 18K Gold, available in our online shop.

The Paste Earrings

Small Georgian paste dangle earrings, at Gray & Davis

Small Georgian paste dangle earrings, at Gray & Davis

Antique jewelry with diamond simulants was crafted with the same care as pieces made with the actual gemstone. These charming dangle earrings are set with “paste” stones, glass made and faceted to sparkle almost as brilliantly as its diamond counterpart in candlelight. With a simple silver collet setting, these earrings are great for daily wear.

 

 

The Gold Chain

Victorian 14K Gold Long Chain, available in our online shop.

Victorian 14K Gold Long Chain, available in our online shop.

One great long chain is the gateway to so many looks. With handmade, antique chains, the fine detail work makes these pieces suitable for wearing as is, or with a plethora of pendant options. This 14k chain has alternating flat and round links. At 68” inches long, it is perfect for doubling or even tripling up, and a large 14k gold swivel is just waiting for your favorite pendant.

 

 

The Hallmarked Ring

Learning when an antique piece was made takes study and practice. However, some jewels easily reveal the past through their hallmarks. Several countries used letters or symbols to denote when a piece was assayed. With a little bit of research, we learned that this pretty gold and diamond ring was made in 1882. It was assayed in Chester, and thus was most likely made in central England. The hallmarks even reveal the metal the piece was fashioned in; this ring is 15k gold.

Victorian 15K Gold and Five Diamond Ring. available in our online shop.

Victorian 15K Gold and Five Diamond Ring. available in our online shop.

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