The Year of the Goat

Thursday, February 19 marks the start of the Chinese New Year. It coincides with the New Moon phase of the lunar calendar. The multi-day event will be celebrated by approximately one sixth of the world’s population. Red, the color of good fortune, is used for decorating and celebratory clothing. At night, paper lanterns are released into the moonless sky.

Tomorrow, on New Year’s Day, the Year of the Goat begins. It is said that those born under this zodiac are peaceful and helpful people, and their lucky colors are brown, red and purple.

Victorian silver watch pin with ram's head design, at Gray & Davis. 

Victorian silver watch pin with ram's head design, at Gray & Davis. 

Victorian 14k or 15k gold sealing ring with carnelian intaglio of a goat, at Gray & Davis. 

Victorian 14k or 15k gold sealing ring with carnelian intaglio of a goat, at Gray & Davis. 

To everyone celebrating, we wish you a healthy and happy New Year!

Gray & Davis Holiday Gift Guide: Last Minute Gifts for Him

We love the variety and quality of craftsmanship we find in vintage men’s accessories. If you’re still puzzling over what to get your favorite gentlemen, we present a few unique options from our collection of antique treasures.

Sterling silver match holders

A relic of yesteryear, when one had to BYOM (bring your own matches), these two fully hallmarked, English-made match holders have an engravable front just waiting for a monogram. Made in the late 19th century.

 

 

Sterling silver cigar holders

For the aficionado in your life, an antique accessory for your aged cigars. These Sterling silver double holders are fully hallmarked, English-made in the late 19th century.

 

 

Silver washed pewter jigger

We think these would make fabulous groomsmen’s gifts. A silver washed pewter jigger balances sturdily on the ears and nose of an intricately detailed fox’s head. Based on a vintage design, we can make as many as you need and engrave all the details of your special occasion. 

Gray & Davis Holiday Gift Guide: For the Bride-to-be

It’s an exciting and stressful time for this lady. To tick one item off of her To-Do list, here are some ideas for her “something old.” Or, her “something borrowed” if you can’t bear to part with it yourself (wink!)

Early 20th century diamond bangle bracelet, available at Gray & Davis.

Early 20th century diamond bangle bracelet, available at Gray & Davis.

The diamond bangle

This gold and diamond bangle is the pinnacle of Old World elegance. 14k white gold filigree work extends from a center old European cut diamond, and tiny, twinkling old cut diamonds dot the navette-shaped open work. As was the standard when this bracelet was made (c.1900), any part that touches the skin was fashioned in yellow gold.

The navette brooch

Lovely Edwardian silver wire work is exemplary of this time period. The brooch glitters with rose cut diamonds around a central, horizontal design of bezel-set old European cut diamonds.

Edwardian diamond brooch, available in our  online shop . 

Edwardian diamond brooch, available in our online shop

Edwardian paste earrings, available in our  online shop . 

Edwardian paste earrings, available in our online shop

The sparkly dangles

I can’t believe it’s not diamonds! These dancing dangle earrings are set with faceted glass “paste” stones, an antique diamond simulant. Made in the romantic Belle Époque era around the turn-of-the-century, the pastes are set in silver with 14k gold shepherd’s hooks. A beautiful addition to a bridal suite of jewels.

 

Check out all of our Gift Guides here.

Temptation Tuesday: French Diamond and Enamel Brooch

This Georgian brooch is quite the love note to its French homeland! Silver flowers and fleur de lis set with rose cut diamonds embellish exquisite royal blue guilloche enamel work. All are bordered by bright 18k yellow gold, the French standard, with tell-tale hallmarks on the clasp, to make a lovely heart.

It would look stunningly chic on the lapel of a black blazer. We’re humming la Marseillaise already.

Price available upon request.