So, by the end of next year, after I get 2 more pieces from VCA, I reckon I will have built up a capsule collection that I can wear on a regular basis. There are some amazing pieces in there that I absolutely adore and some pieces that I will wear casually everyday, to maximise my CPW. On the whole, I am quite satiated. I may sell some items, however, that seem a bit superfluous and/or those I am not absolutely in love with.
I'm now focusing on buying more things that appeal to the more sensible side of me, ie. RE and other "regular" investments.
However, the jewellery addict in me is telling me that I "need" (translate to "want" really, lol) something Ooooooommmph in my collection.....So, I'm now STARTING to THINK of a one-of-kind piece, something that would hopefully increase in value over time..something from a high end brand name like VCA, Cartier, Graff or HW, preferably something heritage. I only want one such piece. I envisage buying it in 4 or 5 years' time. It'll come faster than one would think. I've been collecting VCA since 2016 and diamonds since way before that... how time flies~!~
Criteria for this major piece:
- high end
- period piece
- can be any gold, but would prefer WG or Pt
- diamonds: maybe not one big diamond...would prefer a coloured stone with diamonds as accents, or I could consider a suite of diamond pieces
- or a very deep forest green Columbian emerald of no or minor oil;
- or a nice darker red ruby (but not blood red - I don't like brownish red on my skin)
- can consider blue sapphire but I have a lot of blues, so would prefer green or red
- I like "regular" pieces and floral themes. I am not keen on animals on me (though I love them on others).
- it should be a ring, but I'm flexible on this...could be a set (like earrings+necklace or earrings+bracelet etc).
My budget is around USD50k-100k. But I would prefer to spend less than more, obviously. My budget is not set in stone. I'll have to see how I do financially at the time.
Oh, very very important: I am not prepared to buy brand new. I'd love the challenge of searching for it on the secondhand market (though of course I am aware of the risk of being defrauded, and will take steps to mitigate this).
Would anyone like to help me plan? Pictures and/or links would be helpful. I'm gathering thoughts and ideas atm...researching for possibilities, if you like.
Phoenix, I’m not sure how helpful this is to you because I’m not sure if these pieces are even on sale, but I think the Emeraude en Majesté collection by VCA has pieces that are in line with what you’re looking for! I remember seeing pictures on Pinterest and getting utterly obsessed with this collection. It is beyond fabulous, beyond art. There are two rings in the collection that are just beyond words (WG and plat, diamond accents and emerald) though one is more in line with what you wanted - floral motifs, diamond accents, Colombian emerald. I’ve attached a link to a write up about the collection. If you do manage to get your hands on one of these rings please please please post pics on here so that I can drool for the rest of my life
It took Van Cleef and Arpels more than 5 decades to gather over 1400 carats of emerald in order to create a high jewelry collection dedicated to the precious stone. Emeraude en Majesté comes to light early July of 2016 during the Parisian Couture Week.