Gray & Davis Holiday Gift Guide: For the History Buff

For those who know that half the fun of wearing antique jewelry is telling stories about it!

The dirk pin

This pin would look just as much at home on a lapel of your tweed jacket as it would on the Victorian tourist that picked it up as a Scottish souvenir. Pretty tartan patterned enamel is studded with two yellow glass “paste” stones and crowned with a pale yellow citrine at the hilt. Extra points if you can name the clan it was meant to represent.

Victorian sterling silver pin with citrine, enamel and yellow pasts. Available at Gray & Davis.

Victorian sterling silver pin with citrine, enamel and yellow pasts. Available at Gray & Davis.

Georgian Stuart Crystal earrings in silver, 14k gold, made c.1820. Available at Gray & Davis.

Georgian Stuart Crystal earrings in silver, 14k gold, made c.1820. Available at Gray & Davis.

The Stuart crystal earrings 

Clear rock crystal is set atop a gold-wire monogram backed in pink foil in these Georgian earrings. Stuart crystal jewelry was first worn in secret support of King Charles I after his execution in 1659. The style caught on, and soon “Stuart” crystals were made in memorium for all sorts of individuals (we’re not sure whose initials are written in this specific pair).

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November Birthdays: Charming citrine and tempting topaz

November birthdays are celebrated with topaz and citrine. The warm yellow-orange color palate is perfectly seasonal, and we find it well-compliments yellow gold settings.

Topaz has a tricky history. The range of color found in nature – from clear, to pale blues and pinks, to bright orange – meant that it was sometimes confused for other similarly colored gemstones. In fact, we now know that the gemstone mined on the Greek island of Topazius, for which Topaz is named, was actually chrysolite. 

Georgian yellow topaz and 14k gold link bracelet, at Gray & Davis.

Georgian yellow topaz and 14k gold link bracelet, at Gray & Davis.

Citrine and topaz were also confused for each other hundreds of years ago. Now, with modern gemology tools, it’s easy for us to determine which is which in our antique pieces. 

Victorian 14k gold and citrine ring with a carved intaglio, available in our  online shop .

Victorian 14k gold and citrine ring with a carved intaglio, available in our online shop.

Victorian 15k gold and mixed cut citrine ring, at Gray & Davis.

Victorian 15k gold and mixed cut citrine ring, at Gray & Davis.

Help us warmly celebrate our friends with November birthdays with this warm-hued gemstone! 

Father's Day Favorites

We were surprised to learn that Father’s Day only became official in the United States in the 1970s. However, its origins go back to the beginning of the 20th century; the first Father’s Day was declared in Washington state in 1910. We look forward to celebrating Dads this weekend with a little something special. If you’re looking for an alternative to tools or ties, here are some gift ideas inspired by yesteryear. 

Platinum and 14K gold cufflinks with sapphire and diamonds, at Gray & Davis

Platinum and 14K gold cufflinks with sapphire and diamonds, at Gray & Davis

Victorian silver dirk pin with citrine, yellow paste and enamel, at Gray & Davis

Victorian silver dirk pin with citrine, yellow paste and enamel, at Gray & Davis

18K gold French signet ring and 10K rosy gold signet ring, at Gray & Davis

18K gold French signet ring and 10K rosy gold signet ring, at Gray & Davis

So, tell us how you are celebrating the men in your life!

References:

http://www.history.com/topics/holidays/fathers-day