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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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Hear say…..What they say…Who’s they?

Well, while I talk alot…I tend to steer far from self promotion.  I tell it straight and confidently but will not give you a business card unless you ask, or send mass emails, or even throw money into the wind for advertisement only to get lost among the sharks in my little pond.

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From the top of the mountain

“I cannot find the words to say not only to thank you for the care you took in the design of my ring, but how absolutely magnificent that it is.  It is the prettiest, most romantic piece of jewelry I have ever laid my eyes on.

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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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He lovingly calls her Maggie…….

Do you ever find yourself seeing the “emotion” in the pieces we so carefully and lovingly adorn ourselves with?  Do you ever wonder why we do it?  Well, as discussed in a past blog of fury on how people conduct themselves in business, my personal and private person…the very soul of who I am is imprinted on Giador Fine Jewelry.  So it’s only fitting that we focus so intently on NOT THE DOLLAR, NOT THE SIZE, the special lady or man that is the muse and motivation for the gift we are giving.  You can tell alot about me simply by my haircut, or my blue suede shoes….EVEN the color of lipstick I choose AND especially, my ring!  Knowing that..I watch, listen, and learn then create.

Her name is Maggie, and I haven’t met her yet.  Although, I have seen the heart of the man that adores her.  He came as a referral, as the majority of my clients for the last 6 years have.  He sat across from me and gushed about how special and cool his Maggie was, the school teacher with style.  We poured over intricate and different designs and he grew more and more excited.  I left him with a few favorite options to chew over.  A few days and emails later, he said “I love the swirly one, I think I am ready to do this.  I am. I am. I am.”.  Today, he came in and I could see the look of mostly excitement and partial anxiety. I showed him the ring, which I describe as a magical forest of whimsical princesses.  Elated, he says over and over again how his Maggie will love it.  I agreed.  As we finished and I gave him the goods, he asked…so sweetly “can I hug you?”.  We hugged, he left…I smiled….and 4 minutes later received an email….”I cant get the smile off my face”.  Someday, soon…I will meet the muse that inspired the ring that represents the love the boy feels for the whimsical kindergarten teacher.  Just a good day on the job.  The END.

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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….

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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, www.johnharrisphtography.net.  If you are in the market and in the TX vicinity…….do yourself a favor and book him!

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What can you do but love me?

The baby doll… set in platinum with one .89ct emerald cut H-I color and VS1 clarity, hugged by two straight cut baguettes.  The perfect example of true style unchanging!

Unfailing romance…..This beauty is from the early 1900's and while it doesn't have the glitz, it has all the glam! Set in 18kt white gold, after years and years of natural age and oxidation of the once sparkly white metal, the ring now takes on a warm golden hue with obvious soul. Set with a 2ct old European cut stone, this ring is not for the ordinary or faint of spirit……its a dark horse! The hand crafted setting implements beautiful lines and shows off with delicate multiple prongs almost creating the octagonal head and one single stone……nothing more is needed.

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