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Friday, 14 September 2018

SEPTEMBER is #SAPPHIRE MONTH!

When it comes to what is a "forEVAgem" ie. a gemstone that is popular in Estate, Vintage, Antique and Artisan Jewelry, sapphires win hands down! And why not? Apart from their incredible beauty and wide range of colours, sapphires are the 3rd hardest gemstone after diamonds and moissanites, making them valuable in areas other than jewelry.

Now, if you don't know this already, the most popular colour of sapphire is blue, and top quality blue sapphires fetch amazingly high dollars at auctions. Here's a tidbit from GemSelect about their prices:

"The record price for a sapphire was set in April 2007 at Christies in New York when an unnamed 22.66ct Kashmir sapphire sold for $3,064,000!"

 Wowza! Well in our ForEVAgems shop, we don't have anything quite that expensive, but here's a just added and delightful blue sapphire and diamond pendant converted from what was originally a very old ring:

Brilliant Blue Sapphire Diamond Pendant from ForEVAgems
You can read up on how ForEVAgems had this pendant custom-made for that lady who loves sapphires. What a September birthday present this would be!

Here's another stunning Purple Sapphire and Diamond Engagement ring that I've noticed folks adding to their Pinterest boards.
Purple Sapphire & Diamond Engagement Ring from ForEVAgems

This superb sapphire diamond ring comes with an AIGS certificate and shows no indication of heat treatment. Heat treatments are used to enhance the colour of gemstones, but they also make the stones more brittle over time. This popular ring, with both AIGS certificate and an appraisal over $3700 USD is priced very affordably...a lovely birthday or Christmas gift!

In the last couple of years, ForEVAgems has found it can't get enough #Padparadscha sapphires to satisfy the demand. "Pads", as they are called, are one of the rarest and most expensive sapphires around, according to GemSelect. Pads are superb orange/pink sapphire with varying degrees of light and dark. When recently doing some video on a ForEVAgems ring described as "pastel pink", we suddenly noticed how orange this gemstone actually was. It took us by surprise. Could it actually be a Padparadscha sapphire? After speaking with some jewelers, they agree. They feel sure we have a "pad", not a colour change sapphire in this vintage engagement ring. Take a look at just how much orange is showing in the video portion of our slideshow below.


If what we have there is actually a Padparadscha Sapphire, then our asking price is too low! We're going to have this beauty checked out the next time we get some appraisals done...unless you snap it up before the price goes up!

By the way, I mentioned "colour-change" sapphires above. Not familiar with those? Below is a prime example. This unheated, natural purple sapphire changes colour depending on what the light source is. In natural lighting, it is a bright, vivid purple. But in incandescent light, it mutates to an almost plum-like pink purple:

Colour Change Sapphire Diamond By-Pass ring from ForEVAgems

That's like getting two rings for the price of one! This rare colour-changing sapphire and diamond "by-pass" ring has been appraised at $5700 USD. But you can purchase it for a lot less at ForEVAgems.

Just a last word here on pink sapphires: if you have sapphire rings but would like a pendant for your birthday instead, if you don't choose the blue sapphire pendant on the top of this blog post, you might like this darling Pink Sapphire and Diamond Heart necklace shown here:

Pink Sapphire/diamond Pendant from ForEVAgems



Whatever the occasion, you can't go wrong with sapphire jewelry! Sapphires: true "forEVAgems"!




Wednesday, 5 September 2018

#STAR #SAPPHIRE: A VERY SPECIAL #GEMSTONE!

For years, we've heard ForEVAgems' customers say how much they'd love to have a #Star #Sapphire diamond ring. So we've kept an eye out for this unique gemstone, and when we came across the purple star sapphire shown in the video below, we flipped out!


We were lucky to acquire this gemstone some years back, complete with full certification of its authenticity as a star sapphire. But we didn't have a ring mount we thought was beautiful enough for it. So it sat in our safe until we found the magnificent diamond ballerina mount you can see in the video. Talk about a spectacular ring! If you'd like to know more about this glorious ring, you can read all about it HERE

So, to help you fill in the blanks about star sapphires, we again consulted GemSelect and learned that a star sapphire is a "rare variety of sapphire that exhibits a rare asterism under specific lighting", meaning you can see " a six-rayed star in the sapphire that appears to float across its surface." How unusual is that! 


As for colours, the most desirable, according to GemSelect, is "a vivid, intense blue" perhaps closer to the one above which is being sold by MissIrisJewelry on Etsy. Apparently, star sapphires can be found in several other colours e.g. orange, green, pink and even lavender like the one below which I also found on Etsy in a shop named DragonsBreath:


But as I searched for samples, I found it very hard to find star sapphires in colours other than a very pale blue. Those seemed to be quite common. I found one red but for the life of me, couldn't see the star in any of the photos. Then I located this one in a shop at 1stDibs:

That's more like it! Nice Victorian ring that one. But forgive me for being biased, but I still love our purple star sapphire in its brilliant diamond baguette ballerina setting best of all! Oh that glitter!

Purple Star Sapphire Diamond Cocktail Ring available from Forevagems at Ruby Lane

Well that's it for today folks. As you may notice as you check out those links, good star sapphire rings aren't inexpensive. If you find one that seems really "cheap", ask for certification to prove it's a bona fide star sapphire before you buy! 

Do you own a star sapphire ring or other piece of jewelry? Why not tell us about in the comments section of this blog. I'd love to hear from you. Thanks for reading!







Tuesday, 28 August 2018

#ART #DECO #JEWELRY: Always in style & valuable to Collectors

If there's one era of vintage jewelry that never seems to go out of style, it's Art Deco. My eyes just about pop out of my head every time I come across a ring, pendant, bracelet from the Art Deco period dating to the mid 1920's.

It was after I discovered, learned about and began collecting the jewelry and bronze works of ERTE, recognized by many as the "Father of Art Deco" that my passion for Art Deco skyrocketed. And now, as I peruse one jewelry shop after another, it's incredible to see just how well art deco jewels continue to sell despite the often high prices.

I just found this unique art deco diamond and sapphire ring being sold by TheIdolsEye at Etsy:

Art Deco Sapphire Diamond Ring from TheIdolsEye at Etsy
How's that for different? Sapphire and Diamond Art Deco rings aren't all that rare: there's plenty of them being offered by sellers on Ruby Lane and Etsy. But the one above stands apart with its triangular shield shape and pear cut diamond.

One of the sweetest art deco #Engagement rings I've seen is the one carried in our own Forevagems shop at Ruby Lane and shown below. 46 visitors to our shop have already added this darling to their carts for future consideration. It offers 0.70cts of excellent diamonds in a design reminiscent of a heart...just perfect for the bride-to-be who treasures vintage jewelry. 

ArtDeco Diamond Engagement Ring from ForEVAgems
Want an even better idea of just how our sweetheart ring glitters? Here's a short video from our YouTube page:


Over the years, we've sold some glorious art deco earrings at ForEVAgems, and those are always popular and always in style. We don't have any right now, but I found the hand-crafted pair shown below in an Etsy shop called EthicallyEnchanted, and as an earring lover,  enchanted I am!
Art Deco style 18k Earrings with South Sea Golden Pearls from Ethically Enchanted at Etsy
Now what fascinates me about these earrings above is what the seller tells us about their construction: How very clever and creative!

"These amazing earrings were made using an Art Deco Brooch. The brooch was split into two with a post soldered to one end where the golden pearl is resting."

How very clever and creative! Now, for sure, you and I can locate plenty of genuine art deco earrings made in the mid-20's, but the fact that today's artisans are continuing to create jewelry that emulates traditional art deco by using parts from vintage jewels tells us that buyers are as keen today...or maybe even more so...for the looks and beauty of that by-gone but ever alive era!


Art Deco Diamond Bracelet sold by Laurie Steig Vintage Jewelry on Ruby Lane




Friday, 24 August 2018

WHAT RED GEMSTONE IS RARER THAN #RUBY? RED #SPINEL!

Many of ForEVAgems' clients want a ruby ring but really good, non-synthetic rubies, depending on the size, can be very expensive. So what's a ruby lover with a limited budget to do? Settle for a tiny ruby or synthetic ruby? Is there an alternative?

What they might do instead is consider the gemstone, #Spinel. No, it's not a ruby but if you can find a red spinel ring, you should consider this beautiful gemstone as its deep red variety most closely resembles rubies. But here's the surprising rub: according to the website, Minerals.net

"Fine red spinel is actually rarer than ruby of equal colour". 

Wow! So doesn't that mean it'll be even more expensive? Not really...because its rarity prevents jewelry makers from "pushing it", meaning you might find a red spinel ring for 30% less than you'd pay for a similar ruby ring.

Below is an absolutely gorgeous purplish pink/red Spinel and diamond ring we acquired at a Dupuis Estate Auction some years ago. I was so excited when I won it! Even though its colour wasn't deep ruby red, it was spinel...and given spinel's rarity, that was good enough for me:

Superb Designer Signed Pink/Red/Purple Spinel & Diamond Dinner Ring available from  http://www.forevagems.com 

But you see, that's the interesting thing about spinel: it also comes in other colours. One of the loveliest rings we ever sold was a deep blue spinel, similar to this 1940's Blue Spinel ring I found in ONERS shop on ETSY:

1940's Blue Spinel 14k gold ring from Oners on Etsy

Or how about this Purple Spinel and Diamond Ring from GemsTreasuresofGrace on ETSY:

Purple Spinel & Diamond 18k Ring from ETSY
On the other hand, if you're not afraid of spiders,  here's a delightful Boho ring featuring blue spinel that I found in the ErieCanalCollectors Shop at ETSY:

Boho Spinel Spider Ring from ErieCanalCollectors at Etsy
On a parting note, you might be interested in this story I found on Minerals.net where you can see many variations on Spinel gemstones in both finished and raw state. Back in the 1400's, a deep red spinel gemstone, believed at the time to be a ruby, was set in this crown shown below. This became known as "The Black Princes' Ruby". Just goes to show how closely a really good red spinel resembles the more often desired red ruby!

This photo of Black Princes' Ruby Crown as shown  at Mineral.net






Thursday, 16 August 2018

#ETSY ENCHANTMENT: Affordable Handmaid #Wedding #Jewelry

Since this ForEVAgems Blog is maintained by someone who loves Estate, Vintage, Antique and Artisan jewelry and who is affiliated with shops on both Ruby Lane and Etsy, it's little wonder that much of my online time is spent searching for and discovering beautiful jewelry. But I have to be honest: until I opened EVAHeirlooms at Etsy and began interacting with other sellers there, I truly had no idea what an amazing website Etsy is.

But what really intrigues me about Etsy now, as someone who will be the mother of a bride in May 2019, and is desperate to find earrings I can afford, won't lose on the big day, and which I won't have trouble putting on (arthritic stiff fingers are a nuisance when it comes to earrings) I'm thrilled by what I'm finding on Etsy that solves all three of those problems!

Beautiful handmade earrings from EldorTinaJewelry at Etsy

Just look at those gorgeous earrings handmade by EldorTinaJewelry above. Aren't they exquisite! They feature blue and pink opals, along with swarovski crystals. What's interesting for me about these is they are such a complement to the colour scheme my daughter has decided for her wedding and for her bridesmaids' dresses. Browsing EldorTina Jewelry's full collection is enchanting. What beautiful designs.

Since my own dress is navy blue, I went looking for blue earrings. I found these below at FashionLilla:


Unfortunately, though that glorious turquoise colour is mesmerizing, it won't really work with my dress, but for someone on a budget, if that's the colour you need, the price sure is right. These are only $15.22. How affordable is that? 

My browsing for earrings found me looking at other wedding related jewelry items, like rings and hair ornaments. This engagement ring below, handmade by ArtMasters at Etsy, blew me away with its fascinating and utterly unique design:

Pink Sapphire & Vine Engagement Ring from Art Masters Jewelry on Etsy
If ever a shop name was well suited to what it sells, ArtMasters is it!

As for wedding hair ornaments etc, ETSY is positively teeming with offerings. Of course, at 72, I stick to very short hair that I can wash and wear, but for those brides and bridesmaids with beautiful long hair, the range of handmade ornamentation available from Etsy sellers is amazing. How pretty is this one from RinaNovaDesign on Etsy

Hair Ornaments from RinaNova Design on Etsy
Oh to be young and have gorgeous long hair so I can wear ornamentation like that in it. Sigh...

Well, that's enough for today, except to remind anyone following this blog that starting tomorrow, at 11am EST, ForEVAgems at Ruby Lane is holding a 50% off #RedTag #Sale on its superb fine gold diamond and gemstone jewelry. 20 items have been included in this sale which lasts only for 72 hours. 

For those brides-to-be still searching for a non-artisan engagement ring, be sure to check out our sale. This Pastel Pink diamond engagement ring below is to die for ... and it's 50% off its regular price during the 72-hour #RedTag #sale and comes with an appraisal of over $11,000 CAD. If this is closer to what you have in mind, hurry over to ForEVAgems first thing tomorrow and make it yours at an incredible price. 

Pastel Pink Sapphire and Diamond Engagement Ring from ForEVAgems at Ruby Lane.






Tuesday, 14 August 2018

#REDTAG #SALE at ForEVAgems on #RubyLane begins AUGUST 17, 2018

Do you love sales? Who doesn't right? If there's one thing I've learned over the past decade, when it comes to buying/selling high end #fine #Vintage or #Antique Jewelry, given how expensive it can be and especially if you're a collector, folks just love saving 25-50%. And why not?

The online shopping mall known as Ruby Lane holds #RedTag #Sales several times a year and encourages vendors with shops there to participate. So ForEVAgems is participating in the upcoming Red Tag Sale which starts this Friday, August 17th and lasts for 72 hours. Here's a screen shot of some of the gorgeous vintage items ForEVAgems is offering at 50% off:


This screen shot shows the current price of the item, but that "RED TAG" is letting you know that very item can be yours, come August 17th, for 50% off that original price. Wow! 

ForEVAgems has 20 items listed at 50% off in this upcoming RedTag Sale. Here's a second screen shot of what's up for grabs:


Now those screen shots aren't all that wonderful, so I suggest you click this link to slip over to ForEVAgems RED TAG SALE items so you can take a really close look at each item, read the descriptions, study the appraisals where one is included, and if you just love it and the 50% off price suits your budget, add it to your wish list and get over to ForEVAgems as soon as you can on Friday. 

I hate to say it, but you know how it goes: "Snooze and you lose!"


Monday, 13 August 2018

Jewelry, like art, speaks to each of us in different ways. #Pearls

When I decided to re-enter the fascinating world of Estate, Vintage and Antique jewelry, one of my first stops was an online Dupuis auction. It was on that stop that I found the exquisite gray baroque  pearl ring below:


Talk about love at first site! This antique ring with its 14k gold leafy setting was so different. I just had to buy it. Well I didn't have it long. Almost as soon as it was listed on #Forevagems, it was sold. But what it did for me was rekindle my appreciation of pearl jewels. 

I even started a board called PEARLESSENCE dedicated to pearls on Pinterest. Check it out when you have time. There's some incredible pearl jewelry on there, including this Coral Black Pearl beauty created by Arosha on ETSY:

Coral Black Pearl Ring by Arosha on ETSY
Isn't Arosha's work superb? And the colour of that black pearl...well it's breathtaking!

At an online auction run by HERITAGE AUCTIONS, I discovered and bid on this outstanding Pearl & Diamond Spray ring shown below.  I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw this one for the first time. Then I couldn't believe my eyes when within a week, a diamond had fallen out and had to be replaced! Just after that was done, a prong holding said diamond fell out altogether! Oh the woes of buying vintage jewelry! 



Of course, I had to get it repaired and was most fortunate to discover a jewelry repair service offered by Rudix Jewellery in Hamilton. His jeweler did a fantastic job, and just this past week, the lady who purchased this ring from me, left me this lovely feedback on her beautiful pearl diamond ring: 

"This is the most amazing ring. It is like wearing the universe on your finger. The pearl is the sun and all the diamonds are the planets. I love this ring!"

Needless to say, her comment made my day! But it also showed how jewelry, like art, speaks to each of us in different ways. 

Just today, one of Forevagems' pearl loving clients in Australia received this absolutely adorable Victorian Cultured Pearl Daisy Ring below. We know she will love it because as good as our photos are, no camera lens with only one eye, as it were, can quite capture what we see with two eyes! The glitter in the diamonds in that daisy ring is unreal!

Victorian Cultured Pearl Daisy Ring recently sold by Forevagems
Well, that's it for today's post, except to give you advance notice that starting Friday, August 17th, Ruby Lane is holding a 50% off RED TAG SALE for 72 hours. These are sales you don't want to miss. And of course, ForEVAgems is participating. You can already preview ForEVAgems RED TAG SALE items now. Looking forward to having you browse our selection. Ciao for now!











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