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Here I am...confessing my sins...

Recently I took some old unwanted jewelry (mostly from the '70s) to an estate dealer in San Francisco. I was so proud of myself! I thought I was going to get out of there having received a check rather than having written one! (That would have been a 'first' for me LOL)

Soooo, we're finishing up our business and he starts to pull out a tray of rings. I protest: "No! I don't need or want any more rings!" (Sorta like an alcoholic being handed a tray of martinis...
)

Mid-protest, I spot this: A flame-red spinel, mounted in its original delicate Deco mounting.

I instantly caved. Spinel is a gemstone that's been missing in my collection and that I've been coveting. To find a nice one in an antique was too much for me. I'm a sick woman.

Here are pics: They're not the greatest..but you can get an idea. The stone does have some extinction, but is brilliant (especially in indoor light). Color: Fire Engine Red with slight orange undertone. Carat weight: I don't remember!!!
(I'll know when the appraisal comes in the mail...)

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Having no idea what your ring size is, I am going to guesstimate the stone''s weight to be about 1.2ct or so on the Spinel, depending on how deeply cut it is..?

But usually a stone of that color wouldn''t be very deep.

It''s beautiful! I LOVE the setting...any pictures from the side? I am in LOVE with antique pieces... mostly Art Deco... What a find! Mind my asking about what you were squeezed for on this lovely? (approx?)
 

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....handshot. (It really is brighter, and "redder" in real life)


Thanks for looking!


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pricescope

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Congrats Widget! That''s The Color! Personally i don''t mind extinction in a brilliant stone at all.
How are the facets junctions doing, do you see any wear and tear?
 

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congrates!!!
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The 1st step in beating an addiction is admitting you have a problem.....
the 2nd step is, to FedEx me that ring!!!!



Totally gorgeous, and I would say a good trade for old jewelry!!! It''s a beautiful color and looks like a gorgeous setting too!
 

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Wow Widget, that is GORGEOUS!
 

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Thanks, Nicrez! The price? I''ll never tell....suffice it to say I did end up writing a check, but not a big one this time. I did the math before I bought it, and remember thinking it was a pretty good price for a nice spinel this size. (OK...I think it was three carats, or something..)


Author: Pricescope
How are the facets junctions doing, do you see any wear and tear?
Zero wear and tear! They repolished the stone before they offered it for sale...

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mrssalvo

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that is just beautiful widget, the stone an setting are right up my ally..yay for your great find..
 

Kaleigh

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What a yummy yummy ring!! I LOVE IT!!!!!
 

Mokey

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Oh Widget, that ring is gorgeous. I don''t think anyone would blame you for taking it home. I love that setting, just stunning!
 

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Wow, it is just stunning, Widget! What an amazing find. I''m glad it ended up with you and will be well taken care of. Congratulations!
 

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It's STUNNING. Will you please bring it to the next GTG so that I can ogle it in person? I have been coveting deep red spinels for a while now and yours is freaking gorgeous in that fabulous setting.
 

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Gorgeous, I love the setting as well! The stone looks very beautiful!
 

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HI:

OK I am officially moving in with Widget!

What a stunner!!! App. age of ring? Any story behind it?

cheers--Sharon
 

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WOW, what a beautiful ring and great find!


It was destiny that put it in your path, and you can''t fight destiny, right?


What a wonderful addition to your "collection"
 

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Widget,

The ring is beautiful. Congratulations on adding this spectacular stone to your collection.


Cachette
 

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THANK YOU SO MUCH, everybody! You're all so nice....and forgiving!




What a stunner!!! App. age of ring? Any story behind it?

cheers--Sharon
Well, he assured me it is the original stone (repolished) in it's original platinum mounting. Age? Probably '20s-'30s.

The only 'story' I know is that it was offered for sale over Christmas by a well-known, high-end SF jewelry store (hint: first three letters: Shr) for way more than I paid for it. That's sort of fun...

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It is....gorgeous! The mounting, the color of the stone....it''s easy to see why you caved. It''s just beautiful. Don''t beat yourself up, enjoy it! You''ve got a great eye!
 

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What a BEAUTY!!!


 

Fly Girl

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Beautiful ring! I have been looking for red spinel, and that one is truly a winner!

Congrats!
 

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That''s another incredible piece for your collection Widget. Love it
I for one am very glad you didn''t leave your checkbook at home!
 

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Oh Widget, it''s gorgeous!!!!!!!! I love the color of the spinel and the setting is fantastic. What a fantastic find!! No wonder you couldn''t pass it up. You have the best eye for jewelry [and collection] ever!
 

Miranda

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Well, I''m super glad you caved!!! Thanks for the eye candy!!! That piece is perfection! I
the setting!
 

curlyq_hw

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Widget,

I''m in the bay area and am desperate for recommendations on estate dealers/jewelers. Would you mind sharing where you purchased that gorgeous ring?
 

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Date: 2/22/2007 6:26:39 PM
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Widget,

I''m in the bay area and am desperate for recommendations on estate dealers/jewelers. Would you mind sharing where you purchased that gorgeous ring?
Sure!


Farber&Tenenbaum, 210 Post St (next door to Shreve''s)

They''re on the 10th floor in an old office building, no appt necessary.

Don''t be intimidated by the doorman, you don''t have to sign in or anything...

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