The Art of Hand Engraving

Engraving is a technique as old as the hills. Tiny slivers of metal are cut away from the surface of a piece of jewelry to create a texture, pattern or images. This seemingly simple process can transform a piece from boring to extraordinary. The tools used are simple and have changed little over the centuries, but it takes years of practice and dedication to master them. 

Today truly expert hand-engravers are few and far between, and we count ourselves fortunate to have an old-school engraving artist in our arsenal of craftsmen. 

Say YES to Wednesday Classic Sapphire Cluster

Classic beauty is simple enough to remain relevant and interesting enough to hold our attention. Our Late- Victorian cluster ring features a brilliant and luminous faceted blue sapphire delicately prong set and surrounded by a halo of old mine cut diamonds.  Sapphire is approximately 1.18 carats and the diamonds total .60 carats. As if this weren’t enough, two old mine cut diamonds are set into a shield design on either shoulder. Rich 18K yellow gold shank with a ‘knife edge’ that has been soften with more than a century of wear.  C.1880-1900 Would you say YES?!

From the Gray & Davis Archives

Below are a few of the fabulous jewels of Gray & Davis past. We’re glad these pieces went to good homes, but that doesn’t mean we can’t reminisce!

From top to bottom:

A selection of antique gemstone rings and bracelets. 

A Victorian demi-parure in original fitted case.

A fun Edwardian "flip" ring in rubies, diamonds and sapphires. 

Nineteenth-century archaeological revival earrings in gold and banded agate. 

Black on Black

When an occasion arises where one must appear mysterious & intriguing (and we all have these moments), there's nothing quite like the elegant blackness of jet and onyx jewels to get the point across:

Antique onyx intaglio set in yellow gold ring, featuring a miniature scene of Poseidon. 

Antique onyx intaglio set in yellow gold ring, featuring a miniature scene of Poseidon. 

Extra-long Victorian drop earrings of carved jet with saw-tooth gold caps.

Extra-long Victorian drop earrings of carved jet with saw-tooth gold caps.

Art Deco earrings of polished onyx with platinum & diamond embellishment.

Art Deco earrings of polished onyx with platinum & diamond embellishment.

Victorian collar of carved jet beads. 

Victorian collar of carved jet beads. 

234 West 13th Street

We are so thrilled to be all set up at our forever-home: 234 West 13th Street. 

The new Gray & Davis boutique occupies the spacious ground floor of a lovely old Victorian brick apartment building c. 1890. 

Before the current building was erected, the land was occupied by a stable. It was sold for development along with 7 two-story brick buildings along the same block for $25,000 back in 1882.

Over the years the apartments were occupied by working-class New Yorkers: dressmakers, masons, clerks, grocers, machinists and their families have all called 234 W. 13th their home. 

The ground floor, where Gray & Davis is today, was originally the business place of a marble importer. By 1909 the space was occupied by A. Berni, who sold "Organs for Carnivals, Merry-go-Rounds, Skating Rinks and Moving Picture Theaters."

In 1919, it was a grocery store, and in the 1930s a Ford dealership. Most recently, 234 W. 13th was a vitamin shop.

We are very excited to be the next chapter in the life of a great old New York building.