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 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.