SJP Golden Globes

Every once in a while, a girl has to indulge herself.
— Carrie Bradshaw, Sex and the City
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We adore Sarah Jessica Parker because she taught us not only about shoes but also the importance of friendship, true love and yes fashion.  She is a….wait no, let’s re-phrase- she is the style icon of this century and we were totally flattered when she wore a Gray & Davis piece to the Golden Globes. 

Retro diamond ring glittering with old mine cut diamonds in platinum and 18k yellow gold. These diamonds likely lived in a brooch before they were re-imagined as part of this incredible ring. The four center diamonds in a north-south arrangement are 0.57ct, H/VS2; 1.04ct, J/VS2; 0.72ct, J/SI2; and 0.56ct, I/SI1. The additional 26 old mine cut diamonds have an approximate carat weight of 3.52ctw, bringing the total carat weight of this spectacular ring to 6.41ctw. All stones are set in platinum. This stunning ring was made c.1940.

The Karowe Diamond: Second-largest diamond found to date

The second-largest diamond ever mined was recently discovered at Lucara Diamond Corps.' Karowe Mine in Botswana. It weighs 1,111 carats, or approximately half a pound (!).

 Lucara Diamond Corp.'s 1,111 carat rough diamond, found in the Karowe Mine in Botswana.

Lucara Diamond Corp.'s 1,111 carat rough diamond, found in the Karowe Mine in Botswana.

While this is quite a respectable carat weight, it's still only a fraction of the size of the current world's-largest-diamond champion, the Cullinan diamond, which was unearthed in 1905 and weighed a whopping 3,106 carats before being broken apart and made into a whole bunch of the British crown jewels. 

 A very happy man holding the Cullinan rough c. 1905.

A very happy man holding the Cullinan rough c. 1905.

It will be exciting to see what Lucara decides to do with their new fabulous find, which is expected to fetch between $40 and $60 million dollars. 

Brooches Are Back?

Our favorite new freebie paper, Trending NY, just jumped on the “brooches are back” bandwagon. 

Will this trend finally come true?? We certainly hope so. So many wonderful brooches, pins and dress clips exist in the vintage market, just waiting to become the finishing touch on everything from a winter jacket to a wedding dress.

Brooches were incredibly popular during the Art Deco era, and Sotheby’s New York has some stunning pieces at this month’s Important Jewels sale. This impressive Cartier jewel has definitely caught our eye:

 Platinum, diamond, rock crystal and onyx brooch.  Cartier, France. Estimate $20,000 - $30,000. 

Platinum, diamond, rock crystal and onyx brooch.  Cartier, France. Estimate $20,000 - $30,000. 

Of course, we have a few great Art Deco examples in our own collection as well:

Crafted in elegant geometric patterns in glittering gems and precious metals, our Deco brooches are anything but old-fashioned. What a fun new (old) trend!

Gray & Davis on Vogue.com

The summer is flying by - so quickly, in fact, that we're just getting around to sharing this neat Vogue.com engagement roundup that was published in June! So pleased that our turquoise and diamond cluster ring was included in the "heirloom" category. Thanks, Vogue!

 Vintage cluster ring in Persian turquoise, diamond and 14k yellow gold. Currently available in the  G&D online shop !

Vintage cluster ring in Persian turquoise, diamond and 14k yellow gold. Currently available in the G&D online shop!