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Important Watches

April 22nd, 2014 | posted by Danielle Halikias

 

Over the years, we’ve had many people come in and ask “When are you going to start collecting watches?” We have some wonderful news! Peter Hernandez has joined us as our new Jewelry Manager and he brings with him some excellent, and well needed, watch expertise. He has acquired for us some of the finest watches in the world and we are excited about growing this line in the months and years to come.

Patek Philippe Perpetual Calendar Watch - Item Number: 30-1298

Patek Philippe Perpetual Calendar Watch
Item Number: 30-1298

The first brand is of the highest importance. They have been around since 1839 and are the oldest independent family-owned watch manufacturer in Geneva. Patek Philippe has maintained their tradition of innovation with over 80 patents.

The most extraordinary Patek Philippe watch is this Perpetual Calendar Watch. This watch achieves one of the most complicated tasks of all watch complications. It recognizes how many days are in each month and also recognizes leap years without having to be told by the owner. This stylish watch also shows the phases of the moon. It has everything in one place in one handsome package.

 

Vacheron Constantin Spur Men's Watch –Item number 30-1585

Vacheron Constantin Spur Men’s Watch
Item number 30-1585

This next watch company is one of the oldest watch manufactures in the world and it began in 1755. Jean-Marc Vacheron was born the son of a weaver and by the age of 20 he was a multi-talented watchmaker. In 1819 François Constantin sent a letter to Jacques-Barthélémy Vacheron, the grandson of the founder Jean-Marc Vacheron, which contained what was to become the brand’s motto: “Do better if possible, which is always possible”. People who have owned a Vacheron Constantin watch include Napoleon Bonaparte, Pope Pius XI, the Duke of Windsor and Harry Truman.

This rare Vacheron Constantin watch is housed in a desirable 18K yellow gold Spur-model case. The mechanism features a 17j manual wind movement which, like the dial and case, bears full Vacheron Constantin marks. A fine crocodile strap adds a stylish touch to this elegant timepiece.

To see our full collection of watches, click here. Check back often for new acquisitions in our growing line of watches.

In An Instant, I Was Whisked Away…

September 20th, 2013 | posted by Susan Lapene

Staring deeply into the rich green hue of this emerald, so crisp and clean, I was transported back in time to a visit I made to the Emerald Isle.  The incredible green countryside almost looked like an impressionist artist had come along and painted this surreal scene just for me.

It is amazing what thoughts can be provoked by beautiful gemstones, especially when surrounded by diamonds and a setting that could be deemed a work of art in itself.  The lucky wearer may even have thoughts of a time long past and, for a moment, be transported back to that time.

An extraordinary Colombian emerald smolders in this sumptuous ring

This is such a ring.  It has it all: an Art Deco style setting that is a miniature work of art and an emerald so bright and clear, it’s unbelievable.  In fact, no other emeralds bear the captivating verdant hue for which Colombian emeralds, such as this one, are especially prized.

The ring's stunning floral motif adds to its incredible charm

The ring’s stunning floral motif adds to its incredible charm

A work of exceptional beauty and artistry, the rare 4.61-carat treasure from Colombia that this magnificent ring exhibits has been certified by the American Gemological Laboratories (AGL) as being completely natural and unenhanced. This jewel is supported in its eye-catching platinum setting by emerald accents on the top and in the intricate floral-motif gallery, as well as by approximately 2.00 carats of sparkling white diamonds

Surprise someone special in your life and create a memory that will last a lifetime.

The Very Best of Art Deco

March 29th, 2013 | posted by Susan Lapene
Egyptian Art Deco Chandelier

Egyptian Art Deco Chandelier

Brooch

Art Deco Diamond and Rock Crystal Brooch

I just returned from the Art Deco World Congress 2013 held in Habana, Cuba and have been thoroughly inspired to present my very favorite Art Deco pieces to you.  I want to share a range of items that came out of this movement, because the way it transformed everything from sculpture to lighting is truly astounding.

Though the movement was an expression of the progressive and forward-thinking attitudes of the Machine Age, this eclectic style was greatly influenced by the so-called “primitive” arts of Africa and ancient Egypt.  The worldwide press coverage that the discovery of Tutankhamen’s tomb drew certainly popularized these elements.  Translating organic themes into streamlined, mathematical shapes is one of the most well-known signatures of this striking design aesthetic.  Take, for instance, this fabulous chandelier that displays a geometric Egyptian motif.

Mounted in luminous platinum and 18k gold, as well as featuring a link of the purest rock crystal, this Art Deco pin radiates the opulence associated with the movement.  Whether worn as a brooch or in place of a buckle at the waist, on a wide grosgrain ribbon as a bracelet, as a hair ornament, or glitzing up a classic black satin evening clutch this pin is as versatile an accessory now as it was during the heyday of Art Deco.

Bearing the telltale streamlined elegance of Art Deco, this Cartier clock is crafted from a plaque of exquisite jade set into a frame of enamel-accented silver. This wonderful 8-day clock would have been at home in the most stylish of offices or residences.

Cartier Art Deco Jade Clock

Cartier Art Deco Jade Clock

Art Deco Gold Box by Cartier, Paris

Art Deco Gold Box by Cartier, Paris

Also by Cartier, this gold box captures the essence of Art Deco sophistication. Crafted entirely of 18K yellow gold, this exceptional objet d’art bears a sleek geometric pattern accompanied by contrasting black champlevé enamel on all sides. The box was most likely used as a cosmetics compact and would have been an essential accessory for a well-heeled lady. Such diminutive works of art are found most often in prestigious collections throughout the world, representing a bygone “golden age” of luxury and style.

Even the fine arts were impacted by the new ideals of Art Deco. “Friends Forever” by Demetre Haralamb Chiparus is a charming figure of a young girl and her two borzoi, or Russian wolfhound companions, comprised of patinated, cold-painted bronze and intricately carved ivory, a combination known as chryselephantine. The combination of ivory and bronze was pioneered in Belgium at the turn of the 20th century. Sculptors of the Art Deco period embraced this technique, re-interpreting the classical style to create figures of subtle beauty. Chiparus was a champion and master of this technique and he is credited with both perfecting and giving this form its Art Deco flavor.

 

Friends Forever Bronze and Ivory by Chiparus

Friends Forever Bronze and Ivory by Chiparus

All of these pieces express the various wondrous qualities of Art Deco.  My time in Cuba certainly reinvigorated my love of Art Deco, and I hope this selection has piqued your curiosity. Which item interests you the most?

A Jewel of Perfection: The Rare Golconda Diamond

February 11th, 2013 | posted by Bill Rau
This amazing 8.03 Golconda Diamond is Internally Flawless and cut in a luxurious marquise shape

This amazing 8.03 Golconda Diamond is Internally Flawless and cut in a luxurious marquise shape

There once was a time when India was the only place in the world where diamonds could be found. Beginning more than 2,000 years ago, in the current state of Hyderabad, diamonds were first excavated in the heavily fortified kingdom of Golconda. It is from these mines that the most famous diamonds, including the Hope and Koh-I-Noor, originated. Today, the exceptionally rare handful of jewels determined to be Golcondas are the most coveted diamonds in the world.

But why? What makes Golconda diamonds so special that they command a premium of 50% or more than that of a D-color diamond from any other locale? It all has to do with color. More accurately, their value lies in their amazing lack of color.

Golconda diamonds are graded as Type IIa, which means that the stone is totally void of nitrogen. Nitrogen is the element that gives diamonds a yellowish tinge. Without it, the stone is able to transmit UV and visible light that other diamonds block, making Golcondas so incredibly pure and transparent that they actually appear to be two to three shades whiter than any other D-color diamonds.

This Internally Flawless, pear-shaped Golconda Diamond weighs 3.02 carats.

This Internally Flawless, pear-shaped Golconda Diamond weighs 3.02 carats.

Today, it is estimated that fewer than 2% of all the diamonds mined throughout the world can be graded as Golcondas. They are so rare, in fact, that most jewelers and gemologists can go their entire careers without even seeing one in person.

In India, Golconda diamonds were enveloped in magic and mysticism. The gems were believed to embody the powers of the gods, granting the owner limitless wealth, prosperity and power, so much so that only kings and high priests were allowed to possess them. Though we know that a Golconda diamond won’t grant your every desire, there is no denying their breathtaking beauty.  Elusive, exotic and captivating in every way, there’s no question why Golcondas are accurately referred to as the ultimate diamond.

Visit our online gallery to view our selection of Goldonda Diamonds and other diamond rarities, including incredible Colored Diamonds.

Treasures of the Sea: Amazing South Sea Pearls

December 21st, 2012 | posted by Bill Rau

South Sea Pearl Earrings

Baroque South Sea pearls are the perfect blend of classical elegance and modern flair. These dynamic jewels command considerable attention on the market..

Deep in the warm waters of the Indian and Pacific Oceans, between the northern coast of Australia and the southern coast of China in an area commonly referred to as the “South Seas,” one of nature’s most outstanding treasures is being created.

It takes a minimum of two years for the large Pinctada maxima oyster to create a single South Sea pearl. Each begins its life as a tiny bead of mother-of-pearl carefully implanted into the mollusk. It is these implants that serve as the pearl’s nucleus, accepting layer upon layer of the oyster’s unmistakably vibrant nacre (the shimmering mother-of-pearl substance of which pearls are made), ultimately giving birth to the most desirable pearls in the world. These dazzling gems of the ocean are renowned not only for their tremendous size, but their breathtaking luster; characteristics that set the South Sea pearl above all others.

Measuring between 9mm and 18mm, South Sea pearls owe their great size and brilliance to several factors. The favorably temperate waters of the South Seas speed the mollusk’s metabolism and increase the amount of nacre it is able to produce. The thick layering of this particular nacre is famed for its peerless glow, which appears to radiate from within the jewel, adding to the pearls rarity and desirability. The grand size of the Pinctada maxima itself, measuring upwards of a foot in diameter, allows the gem to develop unhindered in a spacious environment. Also, the waters of the South Seas are incredibly clean and rich in plankton, the oyster’s primary food. Truly, the more content the oyster, the more impeccable the pearls!

South Sea pearls come in a rainbow of colors. This opulent necklace showcases pearls of the highly sought-after gold hue.

This Golden South Sea Pearl Necklace boasts 31 magnificent jewels of the highly coveted gold hue. Ranging in size from 12mm-15mm, each of these brilliant pearls is exceptional in it’s own right, but combine them in one necklace, and you have reached a level of brilliance that took many years to achieve. When you consider that a single pearl of this size can take nearly a decade to form, combined with the fact that one must search thousands upon thousands of mollusks to maybe find a beautifully round, symmetrical gem, the true rarity of these precious treasures of the sea takes your breath away.

Click here to view and learn more about M.S. Rau Antiques’ selection of South Sea pearls

 

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