Gray & Davis Holiday Gift Guide: For the New Mom

Victorian 14k gold bracelet pair, available in our  online shop .

Victorian 14k gold bracelet pair, available in our online shop.

The bracelet pair

According to these bangles, first comes love, then comes a full nest. This pair of bracelets would be a perfect gift for a momma bird-to-be. The hollow 14k gold is lightweight and easy to wear, a lovely heirloom for the next generation.

 

 

Vintage 14k gold heart pendant, available in our  online shop . 

Vintage 14k gold heart pendant, available in our online shop

The heart lock pendant

A vintage heart for your sweetheart, this 14k gold heart lock clasp swings from a custom modern 14k gold chain. 

 

 

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Gray & Davis Holiday Gift Guide: For the Gold Obsessed

King Midas has nothing on this group. The good news? Antique gold jewelry comes in a beautiful array of rosy pinks, rich yellows and even subtle greens that are no longer produced today. 

Victorian three diamond gypsy ring, in our  online shop .

Victorian three diamond gypsy ring, in our online shop.

The gypsy ring

Three bright diamonds are set low in this delightful little 18k yellow gold ring. This ring was made in London in the late 19th century, but it’s still sturdy enough for every-day wear over a century later. A perfect piece for someone who wants a touch of diamondy sparkle swimming in a sea of gold.

 

The Rose Bangle 

A true piece of Victorian alchemist’s art. A delicately textured golden flower and green gold leaves grow from a rose-tinted branch. The tiny garden rests atop a slender bangle in 18k yellow.

Victorian 18k yellow gold bangle bracelet, available at Gray & Davis. 

Victorian 18k yellow gold bangle bracelet, available at Gray & Davis. 

Vintage 14k gold locket, in our  online shop .

Vintage 14k gold locket, in our online shop.

The ruby locket

Velvety, 14k bloomed gold is the backdrop of this turn of the century piece. A half-carat stripe of blood-red rubies add contrast, but the gold is the standout here. All it needs is a great gold chain!

 

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Something Old, Something New(er)

A fun fact about fine jewelry is that when melted down into a lump, the raw materials still have significant value. Precious gems are pried from settings that have gone out of fashion, the metal scrapped and the jewels re-set in something more current. Of course, sometimes jewelry is sent to the scrapper out of necessity rather than choice. Even Louis XIV was forced to melt down the solid silver furniture in Versailles’ Hall of Mirrors to fund more pragmatic endeavors.

Precious metals can be re-melted and refined indefinitely. It’s possible that the gold in your brand new wedding band got its start as a goblet in 12th century France and you’d never know! Diamonds, however, can sometimes provide clues that they once belonged to an older piece.

Which is where this fabulous thing come in:

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Retro cocktail ring in 18k & platinum. 6.4cts of old mine cut diamonds - available at our 47th st. Shop. 
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This giant cocktail ring is pure 1930s glam. It’s bold, it’s modern, and was surely a prized possession of the machine-age lady who had it made.

But a close look at the impressive diamond cluster reveals more to this ring’s story. Steep crown angles, small tables, wonky facets and mismatched colors - these stones were clearly mined and cut decades before this ring was put together.  It looks like Ms. Machine inherited a big old Victorian brooch from her favorite great aunt. She felt an emotional connection to the piece, but not a stylistic one. The diamonds were salvaged, a brooch became a ring, the cycle continues.

Say YES to Wednesday: Vintage Yellow Gold & Diamond Cluster Ring

Romantic vintage cluster ring for those of you thinking of a special holiday proposal. 14k yellow gold sets off a sparkly 0.67ct old European cut center diamond with sparkly halo surround. 

14k yellow & white gold, 0.67ct, I color/SI1 clarity old European cut center diamond w/single cut surround. C. Early 20th century. 

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Available at our 47th Street shop!

Would you say yes?