Category Archives: Estate buyers

Sincerely, I flatter you….

We all know the old tried and true saying…”imitation is the sincerest form of flattery”.  Today’s estate find confirms our second old adage, “the proof is in the pudding”!  As I hunt for inspiration under all kind of varying rocks, I find that I am quite obsessed with a not so new design of ring, necklace, earring…today, in particular, we discuss the bezel set ring.

Simple, clean, modern lines and an incredible playing field for mixing in quirky, classic, edgy bands of all kinds.  The low bezel set engagement ring must appeal to my love affair with mid century modern.  Boasting incredibly innovative and edgy design with such simple packaging is a breath of fresh air to the modern take on jewelry……bedazzled, covered (I would use the word “dripping” but it sounds too pretty and decadent for the catastrophe that is modern jewelry) in tiny heavily included mucky diamonds around every nook and cranny of an icky imagination lacking design.  Don’t get me wrong, I love bling….and halo’s and pave shanks have their place.  It seems though, lately, it’s more the “what I lack in style, I make up in…….bling” approach is being eaten up with a side of ranch dressing.  Even Tiffany, a pioneer in simple clean line jewelry with style and class, has added double and triple halos around a tiny chicklet center stone so beer budgets can indulge in a glass of stella artois.

THERE IS REDEMPTION!!!!!!!  THERE IS HOPE!!!  This is the exact reason I found my passion for jewelry lying among the rubble of dirty old estate pieces, just waiting for a shine!!!!

Lately, as I dig, I often find bezels to be a nice little surprise here and there and while they are called “modern” they are far from it.

They are a vintage beauty with modern appeal….no reinventing the wheel here.  However, with something so great, who says it needs reinventing?  Kudos bezel…you did it….you were gorgeous and unique then and still turning heads now!

Enjoy this gorgeous 1910’s old mine cut bezel set stone with a killer inner scalloped head and filigree on the side.

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Out with the Old and in with the…….OLDER

Today I said farewell to one of my favorite platinum and diamond baby doll engagement rings, a worthy admirer made the goodbye a joyful one!  As we say goodbye, we make room for the new pieces I have been playing hide and seek with.  From precious 50’s style hollywood floral arranged aquas to the large and in charge honeycomb ring and being bitten by yet another serpent….I fear this is only the beginning of our serpent love affair!  If you love a piece, don’t be shy!  We are here to provide pieces to oogle over, education AND a place to satisfy the addiction we have created. And while we love being the best kept secret…..we really love finding homes for each and every jewel baby!  So spread the word, Sing from the rooftops, plant the seed.  Enjoy!

Gorgeous marquise aquamarine and diamonds perfectly arranged into delicate flower- client cost 850.00

14kt yellow gold hand made serpent ring, 1.5" wide with old mine cut and ruby accent stones CLIENT PRICE 925.00

Two tone gold and diamond statement ring- CLIENT PRICE 980.00

Stunning free form 14kt yellow gold ring set with a fresh water pearl! CLIENT PRICE 765.00

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And it lived to tell the tale


Gorgeous vintage platinum setting with ornate details set with a 1.16ct european cut center stone, (J color, VS2 clarity). Available for purchase- CLIENT PRICE 5750.00

This gorgeous one of a kinder seeks her soulmate!  Not just any soul will do.  Must be gentle and kind, multi-faceted and creative.  Perfectly delicate.  For nothing less would be fitting for such a work of art!

Available for purchase!

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Ode to Marquise, a second installment!

Yes, yes it has been a while and yet worth the wait!  While searching for some ways to utilize a dear friends marquise diamond, passed down from her deceased mother, I cam across these beauties!  I have said it once and I will say it again……aint nothing wrong with leaving the pack to find your own beat, ya heard??????  I love seeing stones that are considered “undesirable” made to lust after!  The beauties below work just as they are OR flipped to go east to west to really throw a monkey wrench in what we think we know!

Be daring…and call me!  I want to share with you and nurture your want and need for something different…..and therefore, BETTER for you!  Its a beautiful season and we are grateful for what we call our “job”.  Give me a call or send me an email if you are looking and want to step outside your comfy cozy box!

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Paint yourself in shades of blue…

Fit for a queenAnd I don’t mean seasonal depression!!!  As Christmas nears and I pull out the best gift ideas I have, I find myself digging into one bag quite frequently.  That bag comes in the richest most regal shades of blue.  While gemstones are sometimes hard to swallow, as discussed in previous post that women’s moods change like the wind, how then can you expect to be in the same color mood every day???  However, sapphire, aqua, even turquoise have more to offer than even there distant diamond cousin.  While we aren’t all in love with draping ourselves in sapphire a’la mode…..I am about to sway your thoughts of “color isnt for me”!  I liken this path I am on to the maturity of seeing colored stones, not as inferior to what we all naturally deem as the undeniable crowned jewel, the diamond.  As we go through our own mistakes, successes and growth it brings us to the table of understanding….where every thing is laid before us and we respond by taking account and altering the path to represent a more desirable feast for next time.  We quickly find the beauty in the path less traveled, the stone less obvious, the style less mass marketed, and eek out a path of options…colors…..emotion.  We aren’t all diamonds……

I find myself daily growing more and more comfortable and drenched in my own knowledge, style, and taste for the fine.  My palette grows more particular in what it will indulge in and wisdom pours in from all forms of inspiration and mentors so that it may overflow into each and every one of you.  So let us keep it short and sweet……enjoy my babies….my favorites….as I so enjoy sharing all that I have and all that I am with you.  [slideshow]

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Gone huntin’

Hello out there!!!!!!  As I wrap up my days, which seem to be much more stressful as of late, I drive myself home and fall into my “cozy chair”….. I am left with the thought “man, I have GOT to write a blog post”.  The problem, a very good problem might I add, is that I have been sooo busy I haven’t been able to obsess…much less share my obsessions!  While time is still a tickin and I seem to be chasin…….this bauble is too fantastic to let go by the wayside!  I want to sing loud and proud and share with you just another fine example of why I do what I do…its not about cold stuffy commercials promising you “a friend in the diamond business”, “an accent on value”, “jeweler to the titans” or anyone else famous for that matter.  THIS IS ALL ABOUT a love for people, and fine pieces coming together and giving me and my brother something to passionately share with friends, new clients that become friends and even total strangers!  Feast your eyes on this vintage yellow gold and platinum cuff……not so commonly seen today but a popular way of utilizing the diamond pin’s made popular in the early 1900’s but fizzling out in the 60’s.  This gorgeous statement piece elegantly draped in rose cuts, old mine cuts, and european cuts totalling in just under 1.50cts.  This piece will be in the dr’s office for a little CPR (including a bath, a polish, and some diamond replacement)….we need to breath life into this wise old piece so that she might tell her story!  I live for pieces like this!  Stay tuned for more finds……………….

Gorgeous vintage two tone bangle set with approx 1.25-1.50cts of old mine cut, rose cut and european cut diamonds. Needs a suitable home! client price-3400.00

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On the little things we cling to…our treasure will be found!

Monday morning……my mom’s most dreaded day of the week and there was a time when I shared in her sentiment.  A time when I dragged myself from the bed at 5:45 or …6:15am if I was really dragging.  Poured in the coffee then waited to come to life, well partially!  I went to an office, I worked hard and did “a job” well.  With every day I grew more restless, and with every Sunday came more anxiety for what I knew was coming next.  Part of my problem was holding on to the bad…… unaware that what you cling to will cling to you and color your path.  The other part…..I had yet to fall into my “place”, the place cut out for me to fit in perfectly and apply all of me to a specific service.

Years later, much learned, and continuously changing…Monday is full of little blessings. It seems my job, on most days, feels more like excitement and pride in not just providing a service…..rather,  being “of service” to people.  I am sitting at my desk listening to Nat King Cole spinning on the record player reading over a kind note from a recent client, thanking me and gushing over …..well, doing more than just a job.  Helping them with their dream ring and treating them like human beings.  Diamonds and gold are merely a platform for me to do the most basic of services, take joy and pleasure in being a part of your experience and offering you better….offering exactly what I would expect.  Each life that I get to touch, some more than others, always touches me in return.  Giador, the little shop that still remains a well kept secret to most,  is proudly serving and ever growing and grateful today and every day.  As I follow my every changing and evolving path, one thought will remain constant……I am, indeed, here to serve; as are you!  Many thanks to all of you reading that support, lift up, respect, and remain loyal….you are my treasure.

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European and mine cuts

Unfailing romance

Round is classic, Old cuts are classy.  At a glance, you might confuse one for the other but they are far from the same….and for this vintage gal, European cut and Old Mine Cut diamonds are top notch!

Ok, so maybe I am biased and maybe my “black and white, Audrey Hepburn” state of mind is on the verge of favortism to Vintagism.  It doesn’t go unwarranted.  I have stated before and am under no illusion that vintage is NOT for everyone, and THAT is precisely why I have my secret weapon custom designer pistol in my holster.  But, when that client comes in and I pick up the scent of organic, ornate, or straight up vintage I admit my heart gets to pumpin.  Soooo, what is all this talk about European and Mine Cut vs Round??????

The old Mine Cut dates back to the early 18th century and each stone was as original as the hands of the cutter.  Without the convenience of modern day precision cutting machines, these stones were left to the hand that cut them and each one in turn had a distinct look, no one the same.  These beauties are known for their irregular perimeter often cushion or squarish, an open culet (the diamonds point) and smaller table.  They are lovingly called rolly polly and by the modern standard might be considered a lesser stone…though estate jewelry junkies know the truth and that each stone is a delightful representation of the perfect imperfection of a stone, much like the hand it sits on.  Each detail working together to create a stunning and romantic center to the intricate band that frames it.  These stones often carry a bit more color and appear less dizzying in the facet arrangement rather carrying more warmth, and in my opinion, more romance to the stone.  They are perfect for the client that cares to have a “piece” rather than a “center stone”, each having their rightful place with their respective dreamer.  As cutting advanced and diamond saws became both more popular and more readily available, stones evolved into a more round calibrated cut, more sparkle, and more facets.  This era birthed the transition cut called European cut, maintaining the cut culet feature while transitioning to a much larger table and less depth giving them the appearance of being much larger than their true carat weight might suggest.  i have an equal fascination and love for these little precious’.  There is an unspoken elegance and understated richness to these stones even when the rules we are so fond of don’t fit, THE FOUR C’s.

Can I just go off for a minute and explain that while that is a great starting point and leveling of the playing field…it is by no means the end all be all and I teach my clients that their needs require a different rule book.  For example, European cut stones tend to hold their color in their body (bottom 1/3) and face up (table) sparkling white.  Allowing you to dip much lower on the modern color scale without batting an eye, and I am a color snob.  This is where I teach the most important rule….LET THE DIAMOND DO THE TALKING!!!  For it has happened, several times, that a client used the four c’s to request his stones and I respectfully gave him options in his set parameters then asked him to trust me and threw in a curve ball…..the stone that didn’t exactly meet what he presumed to be top choice and most acceptable by modern rulings, undoubtedly out shines it’s self proclaimed superior.  Seeing is believing and trusting outside yourself sometimes brings home the gold, pun intended!

Dealing in these pretty little babies often requires a smidgen of luck.  Ya see, in finding the perfect modern round brilliant, I simply assess need, budget, want, then pull from thousands of perfectly calibrated stones for your choosing, varying in color, cut, and clarity allowing for budget.  Estate requires perfect timing and lately, seems to happen more than you might think.  It also allows us to sometimes do extraordinary things on a tighter budget or even just because YOU DONT HAVE TO BREAK THE BANK TO GET SOMETHING INCREDIBLE.  Yep, I said it, and my job is to sell things.  What is the moral of this story?????  I love old cuts and though you aren’t familiar, and though they don’t fit in a box…….you might love them too 😉  Please enjoy my goodies below, most are in house and looking for a suitable throne/finger to take her rightful place; some are merely obsessions!


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You Look So Good In Love….


The day was momentous.  And while the true blue baptists might turn up their nose to the notion of getting married anywhere but God’s house… God had touched every part of that Saturday and He wept with joy and kissed the head of the bride and groom.  I saw Him more than once at our makeshift church house at the top of the hill on county line road.
The day centered around the old oak tree at the corner of the pasture where the pecan and fruit orchard begins.  The numbers 10-01-2011 carved in.  Our love for trees was put in us first by a fear… The fear of what my father would do if we broke a branch off of one of his beloved trees… Or hit the trunk with a baseball bat… The usual destructive kid behaviors .  Our dad loved his trees and as we grew up, that fear became a love for the beautiful buddlings dad so caringly planted and nurtured.   “So that tree stood tall at the center of it all and what a sight it did see.”

The guests poured in around 4:15, walking through the pasture and carefully watching not to step in the little gifts left behind by the cattle in attendance.  They stopped at the gift table and dropped a card in the vintage birdcage or laid a gift in the old trunk beside the vanity where photos and family delicates gently lain.  The traditional guest book replaced by a camera, and chalkboards to write your message to the bride ‘n groom.   As the guests walked through the front yard, riddled with tables and simple organic decorations, how could  they have known that just a handful of minutes before we’d all: brothers sisters, moms and dads, aunts and uncles, cousins and friends, been scurrying like squirrels preparing for their arrival.    They made their way down the curved gravel road, usually leading you to Rick and Donna’s Dream house on the hill, that lead to a peaceful corner of the pasture.  Greeted by two galvanized tubs atop old tree stumps and filled to the brim with burlap bags full of popcorn (details later) and the secrets to the little special details as well as the words to the “daniel and tosha” song.  Vintage Ball jars containing a single white hydrangea directed your eyes to the front of the make-shift red dirt and pasture aisle where 2 old wooden church pews mirrored one another, thoughtfully reserved for the family.  The beautiful spray of white roses and greens nestled in as a gorgeous accent to the back of the pews, arranged by the lovely Katherine Gomez with the help of Aunt Shirley (this was far from the only detail touched by their hands…their creative fingertips left their prints everywhere).


At 5:00 the filler music stopped (including the accidental bear skin condom commercial, thanks to Pandora ;-), “How long do you wanna be loved” escorted the parents and grandparents down the aisle and into their pew, “is forever enough, is forever enough”.  The bridesmaids could have skipped down the aisle to “If I was a flower growing wild and free, all I’d want is you to be my sweet honey bee”.  Around the corner the mule drawn carriage, lead by Glenn and Thurman Sturgell, jingled and jangled and made its way to deliver a bride to her groom in waiting!  My dad and I were waiting, helped her down straightened the dress and jewelry and with  a quick hug, off I go.  The music faded as I took my place beside that old oak tree, and The Righteous Brothers quickly closed the gap and pushed Tosh and dad into motion.  The very song that ended in a promise to meet at this very place, welcomed a Tosha that had never been more beautiful…practically floating toward us.  Daniel, the groom, put up a good fight against the emotion….it never completely won as he choked it back.  “Waited all my life for you to be, standing there right next to me……..My chest is full of butterflies,  but baby they’re the I love you kind”.  It was short and sweet and ended with the bride and groom riding away on their wagon.

The guests made their way to meats and cheeses, homemade ice cream and fixins, with the Brooks’ legendary cherry, blackberry, and peach cobblers!  

Tosh and Daniel made their entrance, cut into Aunt Shirley’s famous chocolate mousse cake and through each and every warm greeting NOW as husband and wife.  Guests left behind pictures with their messages written on chalk boards and a shower of gifts as the night ended early with a popcorn farewell to the bride and groom and a cloud of dust as they drove away.

The blessings and light of the day were just within reach of a dear friend and her family  mourning the loss of her grandmother.  Anothers’ father was in his last stages of Lou Gehrig’s disease and was fighting just to breathe his last breaths only to give up the fight one week from the day later.  Through babies being born and lives being joined… God gave the hurt and the joy, life and death and we felt it all.

As the sun went down on County Line Road, you never would have known all the dropped balls and frantic last minute fixes that led to the perfection that was.  God is Good, All the time.  

All the images captured were done in true fashion and with the creative hand of John Harris,  If you are in the market and in the TX vicinity…….do yourself a favor and book him!

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Pleasant words are as an honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and health to the bones.

About 3 weeks ago Nashville was hosting a large, private jewelry show and fortunate for me…the man behind the scenes, Mike Bulos, my jeweler was able to attend.  While sitting and talking with him and looking over all of his new and old designs, trays and trays of beautiful sparkly things elegantly and perfectly constructed top to bottom and underneath, I was faced with a flaw of mine as my jeweler bragged to his wife and others about how great a designer I was.  It seems there are a good few of us out there that are more comfortable with insults than compliments….you know us well.  In conversation someone says “you look great” or “wow, you are a really talented designer” and without missing a beat that same compliment is batted back and knocked out of the park never to be acknowledged much less able to land right in our own soil.  I tell myself, they don’t mean it or I just get plain embarrassed, whatever the case….THIS IS UGLIER than simply saying thank you and allowing that little seed to take root and grow.

When I first plunged into the fancy world of jewels and precious metals I saw myself as “just surviving”, learning everything I could from my mentor and business partner Kendall Moore.  Watching him handle clients with his glowing suave southern caress and knowing exactly what to say and most importantly how to LISTEN to each and every client.  I learned by digging into every detail job by job and client by client.  I never faked it, I simply baby stepped my way to where I am today.  The most important part of my job is to listen, and really hear what my clients say and turn that into what they want…often times when what they want is still a secret to even them!  I take each and every detail and roll it into one perfect representation, a love baby of all their wants and likes! Sometimes manifesting itself in an altered custom piece or something from scratch and SOMETIMES seeking out that perfect little baby-doll of an estate piece.  It is a very special part of my job and I often brush off how important this has been for the growth of Giador Fine Jewelry.  I realized, in that conversation with a highly respected colleague and best jeweler I have ever know, that just because I don’t sit at my desk with a sketch pad and pencil that doesn’t make me any less a designer.  So the next time someone calls me a designer, or simply compliments one of my God given talents….I will reach out and grab it and put it safely in my pocket and hold onto it and cherish it on days when I don’t feel it and cant remember it……its like reaching into your freshly washed jeans half way through the day and finding a 5 dollar bill. Thank you dear family,friends, clients, peers for speaking to my soul and giving health to my bones

Pleasant words are as an honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and health to the bones.

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