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peacechick

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Elizat, I am loving this thread! Even though I don’t wear earrings I think these earrings are so beautiful and romantic. And your photography is great. Can’t wait to see more!
 

Bluemuse

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Thank you for taking the time to share your collection and the backstory to each piece, @elizat ! Love the stories and the cluster earrings ! I would love to get to a show whenever they start up again.
It would be heaven to me to be at a venue with nothing but antique jewelry.
I have heard such wonderful things about Lenore, so it doesn’t surprise me that her pieces hold a special place for you.
 

elizat

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I was going to post these for Valentine's Day, but did not get around to it.

These earrings are the big sister to the others, with the mystery red stone, which I would say is paste likely or maybe synthetic ruby if we want to be totally accurate.

These are a mix of old and new, but the bulk is old. I am a big fan of doing conversion pieces so the bits and bobs that exist can have a use.

Sako, of Old Miner Jewelry/Cicada Jewelry worked on these with me. These earrings came to be as a result of antique French Victorian components he was able to purchase in a grouping. Probably came from a necklace or larger piece, because around that time I saw a few other vendors with similar components on offer, bit nobody had that many. The halo frames are about 1.5 ctw of old mine diamonds in each. Some are probably closer to an OEC, but majority I would say are OMC. They custom cut old mine rubies to fit in the settings and made little tiny prongs to hold them, from the components.

The original components:

Screenshot_20210216-105638.jpg

With the stones, but not set:

Screenshot_20210216-105522.jpg Screenshot_20210216-105444.jpg

As finished earrings:

PXL_20210216_145647290.jpg PXL_20210216_145637746.jpg PXL_20210216_145237501.jpg PXL_20210216_145204601.jpg PXL_20210216_145150272.jpg
 

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elizat

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@junebug17 yes! It is like a treasure hunt digging through. Most of the time, you have to sift and really dig through many trays to find things, but when you do, it's worth it.

@HollyJane thanks very much!

@peacechick thank you! I have a fondness for earrings. I probably will start putting some other things interspersed, but I do have a fondness for a good earring.

@Bluemuse thanks for stopping by and for your nice comments! Lenore really was a lovely person and a lot of vendors at shows don't want to do deal with "green" buyers, but she was always very accessible. The shows are really a lot of fun, but I definitely prefer the smaller shows over the very large ones. The Miami show is to me, overwhelming.
 

junebug17

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I was going to post these for Valentine's Day, but did not get around to it.

These earrings are the big sister to the others, with the mystery red stone, which I would say is paste likely or maybe synthetic ruby if we want to be totally accurate.

These are a mix of old and new, but the bulk is old. I am a big fan of doing conversion pieces so the bits and bobs that exist can have a use.

Sako, of Old Miner Jewelry/Cicada Jewelry worked on these with me. These earrings came to be as a result of antique French Victorian components he was able to purchase in a grouping. Probably came from a necklace or larger piece, because around that time I saw a few other vendors with similar components on offer, bit nobody had that many. The halo frames are about 1.5 ctw of old mine diamonds in each. Some are probably closer to an OEC, but majority I would say are OMC. They custom cut old mine rubies to fit in the settings and made little tiny prongs to hold them, from the components.

The original components:

Screenshot_20210216-105638.jpg

With the stones, but not set:

Screenshot_20210216-105522.jpg Screenshot_20210216-105444.jpg

As finished earrings:

PXL_20210216_145647290.jpg PXL_20210216_145637746.jpg PXL_20210216_145237501.jpg PXL_20210216_145204601.jpg PXL_20210216_145150272.jpg

Gah, I love these earrings!! Sako really did do a wonderful job. They are stunning @elizat!
 

elizat

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Oooooh boy I cannot wait for this thread to continue unfolding! Each pair is unique and full of charm...just love it. I gasped out loud at that last pair - Sako did an incredible job!

Thanks! He has done multiple things for me and I enjoy working with him. He is my go to vendor. I think he did a lovely job with these. I am very partial to them.
 

CSpan

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You know how much I adore those! Can't wait for the next installment.
 

YadaYadaYada

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Love coming back to see your new posts, you have such great taste. Admittedly I am waiting to see the rings, I’m sure they won’t disappoint!
 

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I just love all of these! Thank you for sharing the stories behind the pieces too - as someone who is new to the hunt, I'm always interested in how people find treasures.

Is your instagram person not selling anymore?

Earrings are my weakness too, so I'm glad to see these beauties!
 

elizat

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For you @YadaYadaYada , I will do a ring!

I was going to try to make it everything grouped together, but I can break it up. :)

This ring actually has one of my first "larger" antique diamonds in it. Before that, I had rings that were usually a cluster style with smaller stones or stones that did not really need a certificate because of the size. This stone is 1.4, K color, with a GIA certificate. The stone definitely has what I would call a pinwheel pattern in the center. GIA actually calls it an old mine brilliant on the certificate, but some people would just call it a cushion. It has a pretty small table as well.

Not to get too far off the beaten path, but something I think is very interesting is that you can tell a lot about a stone as far as when it was cut and where, by the patterns.

Interesting book:


For me, I don't need a flower petal pattern that many seem to prefer. I like those too, but I have a fondness for pinwheel patterns, maltese crosses, and generally, I like less than perfect stones. The modern newly cut optical light OEC stones are not really my flavor. My cut of choice is pretty much always on old mine or an early cushion.

It is in an Edwardian mounting, with French cut sapphires, and scrolling filigree that looks to me to be a leaf or ivy pattern. It has tab prongs that have patterning on them north and south and east and west It has two little rounded claw style prongs. All in, it's a really charming setting. This is the third setting that this stone has lived in and I think it's the one that suits it best.

PXL_20210217_160334058.jpg PXL_20210217_160334058.jpg PXL_20210217_161452154.jpg PXL_20210217_160403580.jpg PXL_20210217_160350261.jpg PXL_20210217_161309542.jpg
 
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elizat

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@CSpan Yes, thanks! Hard not to like those, I think.

@123ducklings thank you- really nice of you to say! I have culled down much of what I used to have, but I think I have curated it everything being keepers at this point.

@lovetodream she passed away. Here is a nice article about her.


@ItsMainelyYou that made me laugh! It is kind of like that, I guess. Mini story time!
 

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I was going to post these for Valentine's Day, but did not get around to it.

These earrings are the big sister to the others, with the mystery red stone, which I would say is paste likely or maybe synthetic ruby if we want to be totally accurate.

These are a mix of old and new, but the bulk is old. I am a big fan of doing conversion pieces so the bits and bobs that exist can have a use.

Sako, of Old Miner Jewelry/Cicada Jewelry worked on these with me. These earrings came to be as a result of antique French Victorian components he was able to purchase in a grouping. Probably came from a necklace or larger piece, because around that time I saw a few other vendors with similar components on offer, bit nobody had that many. The halo frames are about 1.5 ctw of old mine diamonds in each. Some are probably closer to an OEC, but majority I would say are OMC. They custom cut old mine rubies to fit in the settings and made little tiny prongs to hold them, from the components.

The original components:

Screenshot_20210216-105638.jpg

With the stones, but not set:

Screenshot_20210216-105522.jpg Screenshot_20210216-105444.jpg

As finished earrings:

PXL_20210216_145647290.jpg PXL_20210216_145637746.jpg PXL_20210216_145237501.jpg PXL_20210216_145204601.jpg PXL_20210216_145150272.jpg
 

Papillion

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OMG, those are gorgeous! What stones did you use for the centers? Beautiful workmanship.
 

Rfisher

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the Edwardian ring :love:
The look and construction of that gorgeous filigree
:swoon:
that maltese cross /OMC is dreamy!
 

YadaYadaYada

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Thank you for doing a ring, it is so beautiful especially with the sapphires cascading down each side. LOVE!
 

Tigerlilyrosepetal

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For you @YadaYadaYada , I will do a ring!

I was going to try to make it everything grouped together, but I can break it up. :)

This ring actually has one of my first "larger" antique diamonds in it. Before that, I had rings that were usually a cluster style with smaller stones or stones that did not really need a certificate because of the size. This stone is 1.4, K color, with a GIA certificate. The stone definitely has what I would call a pinwheel pattern in the center. GIA actually calls it an old mine brilliant on the certificate, but some people would just call it a cushion. It has a pretty small table as well.

Not to get too far off the beaten path, but something I think is very interesting is that you can tell a lot about a stone as far as when it was cut and where, by the patterns.

Interesting book:


For me, I don't need a flower petal pattern that many seem to prefer. I like those too, but I have a fondness for pinwheel patterns, maltese crosses, and generally, I like less than perfect stones. The modern newly cut optical light OEC stones are not really my flavor. My cut of choice is pretty much always on old mine or an early cushion.

It is in an Edwardian mounting, with French cut sapphires, and scrolling filigree that looks to me to be a leaf or ivy pattern. It has tab prongs that have patterning on them north and south and east and west It has two little rounded claw style prongs. All in, it's a really charming setting. This is the third setting that this stone has lived in and I think it's the one that suits it best.

PXL_20210217_160334058.jpg PXL_20210217_160334058.jpg PXL_20210217_161452154.jpg PXL_20210217_160403580.jpg PXL_20210217_160350261.jpg PXL_20210217_161309542.jpg
I love this ring❤️
 

Bluemuse

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Love your beautiful Edwardian ring, @elizat ! That stone is really special and so pretty. It looks to be slightly elongated, unless it’s an optical illusion. Love the setting too! I am also a big fan of OMC’s and transitional cut stones. Loving each one of your gems!
 

elizat

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Love your beautiful Edwardian ring, @elizat ! That stone is really special and so pretty. It looks to be slightly elongated, unless it’s an optical illusion. Love the setting too! I am also a big fan of OMC’s and transitional cut stones. Loving each one of your gems!

Good eye! It is slightly elongated. I was lucky to find the setting and have it work with an existing stone I had. It had a little spa prong work and what not, but it was an excellent find!
 

elizat

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The photos you take are mesmerizing, @elizat! Love the descriptions and history of the pieces. This is like visiting an antique store with knowledgeable staff! :bigsmile: I love this thread.

Thank you for the comment on the photos! I used to take crap photos. Terrible photos. I have a Pixel phone and I think it does an awesome job. One day, I do think it would be fun to set up a little side business for jewelry but I'd want to hoard it all!
 

Begonia

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I was going to post these for Valentine's Day, but did not get around to it.

These earrings are the big sister to the others, with the mystery red stone, which I would say is paste likely or maybe synthetic ruby if we want to be totally accurate.

These are a mix of old and new, but the bulk is old. I am a big fan of doing conversion pieces so the bits and bobs that exist can have a use.

Sako, of Old Miner Jewelry/Cicada Jewelry worked on these with me. These earrings came to be as a result of antique French Victorian components he was able to purchase in a grouping. Probably came from a necklace or larger piece, because around that time I saw a few other vendors with similar components on offer, bit nobody had that many. The halo frames are about 1.5 ctw of old mine diamonds in each. Some are probably closer to an OEC, but majority I would say are OMC. They custom cut old mine rubies to fit in the settings and made little tiny prongs to hold them, from the components.

The original components:

Screenshot_20210216-105638.jpg

With the stones, but not set:

Screenshot_20210216-105522.jpg Screenshot_20210216-105444.jpg

As finished earrings:

PXL_20210216_145647290.jpg PXL_20210216_145637746.jpg PXL_20210216_145237501.jpg PXL_20210216_145204601.jpg PXL_20210216_145150272.jpg

Whoa Nelly!! Those are a whole lotta lovely!!
 

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Thank you for the comment on the photos! I used to take crap photos. Terrible photos. I have a Pixel phone and I think it does an awesome job. One day, I do think it would be fun to set up a little side business for jewelry but I'd want to hoard it all!

:lol: I too, would want to keep them all... "My preciouses..."

You have a wicked-good eye for finding and rehabbing these old beauties, so you could likely do well with a little side dealio for sparklies. Except for that urge to keep 'em all.
 

Roselina

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For you @YadaYadaYada , I will do a ring!

I was going to try to make it everything grouped together, but I can break it up. :)

This ring actually has one of my first "larger" antique diamonds in it. Before that, I had rings that were usually a cluster style with smaller stones or stones that did not really need a certificate because of the size. This stone is 1.4, K color, with a GIA certificate. The stone definitely has what I would call a pinwheel pattern in the center. GIA actually calls it an old mine brilliant on the certificate, but some people would just call it a cushion. It has a pretty small table as well.

Not to get too far off the beaten path, but something I think is very interesting is that you can tell a lot about a stone as far as when it was cut and where, by the patterns.

Interesting book:


For me, I don't need a flower petal pattern that many seem to prefer. I like those too, but I have a fondness for pinwheel patterns, maltese crosses, and generally, I like less than perfect stones. The modern newly cut optical light OEC stones are not really my flavor. My cut of choice is pretty much always on old mine or an early cushion.

It is in an Edwardian mounting, with French cut sapphires, and scrolling filigree that looks to me to be a leaf or ivy pattern. It has tab prongs that have patterning on them north and south and east and west It has two little rounded claw style prongs. All in, it's a really charming setting. This is the third setting that this stone has lived in and I think it's the one that suits it best.

PXL_20210217_160334058.jpg PXL_20210217_160334058.jpg PXL_20210217_161452154.jpg PXL_20210217_160403580.jpg PXL_20210217_160350261.jpg PXL_20210217_161309542.jpg

Uh oh ! I might have just fallen in love...
 

AMRose

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generally, I like less than perfect stones. The modern newly cut optical light OEC stones are not really my flavor.
Same! I've learned I have a soft spot for imperfect stones or pieces. Maybe it's that they have more character or story to them or something. But nice to hear someone else say something similar :)
 
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