“Glory to God in the Highest; on Earth, peace and good will towards men” - Luke 2:14 and the First Transatlantic Telegraph Message, sent August 16th, 1858.
We were at dinner with friends in London and we were talking about the most unusual pieces that we’ve ever had. For me, it was a fob, made from a slice of the first functioning Transatlantic Telegraph Cable, laid in 1858. The fob was cased in silver with a little gold ship on the ocean laying cable. I was lamenting to my friends that I’d never see its like again. The next day I went to an antiques show at the Royal Horticultural Hall and was browsing about. I looked into the case of man I’ve known for many years as we chatted and low and behold I spotting this fob, only the second one I’ve seen in over 20 years. My friend didn’t know what it was, and told me that he’d had it for quite awhile, that it had been in a box of things he’d bought at auction and that this was the first time he’d put it out for sale. Kismet, defined.
This wonderful fob contains a gold cased slice of the first Transatlantic telegraph cable, made from copper and steel wire and cased in gutta-percha, a natural type of latex. The case around the cable is beautifully hand embossed and crafted of 18 karat gold. The pendant measures 32 mm north to south and 21 mm across and weighs 6.3 grams. It is unmarked but has been carefully acid tested to verify the gold content.
Hand crafted in England in about 1858, this fantastic pendant is a little piece of history that’s sure to be a conversation starter!
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Old cut diamonds can be dangerous. The more of them you see, the more of them you desire to own. Whereas modern brilliant cut diamonds can be nice and sparkly, old European cuts like these are more like individual works of art. Stones like these were hand cut by craftsmen who spent decades learning their craft. These cutters used no computers, no lasers, they used their eyes, their experience and their hands, often cutting with tools they had made themselves. The result is a diamond with a uniqueness of character that simply cannot be found in todays modern cut stones. This ring showcases five old European cut diamonds with large cut facets that cause it to flash with slow and stunning sparks of colorful fire.
This beautifully hand crafted 5 stone diamond ring is set with a stunning array of sparkling gems. The five larger stones are all old European cut diamonds, the center weighs approximately .75 carats and the close sides are about .45 carats each, the outside two are approximately .2 carats each. In between each larger diamond are rose cut diamonds to give the ring the look of a solid line of sparkling diamond. The diamond weight on this ring totals approximately 2.1 carats. This ring measures 5.7 mm north to south and 20 mm across, it sits 4.4 mm off the finger. This ring is a size 4.75 and weighs 3.1 grams. The ring is made of 18 karat gold and bears no hallmarks, it has been acid tested to verify the gold content.
This gorgeous ring was most likely made in England around 1890.
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A man in cufflinks is a man who has gone the extra mile. A man who believes in the value of a well cut suit, a man who wears a vintage Cartier watch because he wants to, not because he needs it to tell him the time.
Sterling silver cufflinks with a mod look. These handmade hight style links were made in London in 1973 and are fully hallmarked with the city code, letter date, '935' for sterling and the makers mark JSH (or JSW?). I didn't have them polished, but I could, they have some light tarnishing around the insides, let me know if you'd like them to look like new and I'll have them shined up. They weigh 17.6 grams.
Very well turned out, just like you.
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I always keep an extra eye out for lovely silver and marcasite jewelry. There was a fantastic surge of these pieces made in the 1920s, and while they are still being made today, the ones made in the 20s have a hand crafted quality and feel that the newer ones are lacking. Here is the perfect example of a fantastic piece from the 20s, with screaming Art Deco style.
Completely handcrafted in silver and 9 karat gold, this beautiful ring features a cabochon cut half sphere of garnet and two wonderfully cut squares of black onyx surrounded by sparkling marcasite gems. The face of the ring measures 17.5 mm across and 25 mm north to south, it is 1.5 mm wide at the back of the band. This ring is just shy of a size 8 US and could be re-sized to suit. It weighs 5.2 grams.
This is a truly lovely example of hand crafted early marcasite jewelry, symbolic of the burgeoning middle class of the early decades of the 20th Century.
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Are you nervous? Don’t be, just relax and pour the champagne. She’ll say yes, you know she will. You’ve known it in deep in you soul since the moment you laid eyes on her. Honestly, you could propose with a piece of string or the wire from the bubbly and she’d still say ‘yes’, but don’t do that, instead try a ring like this one… made to dazzle and then deliver!
This fantastic ring is hand crafted in a nice weighty platinum. It is set with three gorgeous and sparkling Old European cut diamonds, the center stone weighs approximately .9 carats (measures 6.1x6.1x 3.5 mm) and the sides are about . 35 carats each (4.5x4.5x2.7 mm), the ring is beautifully decorated all around the mounting and the mount is set with an additional 16 small single cut diamonds which add up to about .2 carats; so the total weight on this ring adds up to about 1.8 carats of sparkling gems. The stones are on average: VS1-Si1 and G-H in color. This ring measures 6.7 mm north to south and 15 mm across the top, it sits 5.3 mm off the finger and is a size 7.25, it could be re-sized somewhat to suit. This ring is unmarked and acid tests as platinum, it weighs 3.8 grams.