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The Blue Paisley Fox Jewelry & Watches

About The Blue Paisley Fox
Augusten Burroughs is the #1 bestselling author of nine books including Running with Scissors, Dry and most recently, Toil & Trouble. He is also a certified professional gemologist and a lifelong collector of jewelry. In 2016, The New York Times profiled Augusten Burroughs's jewelry collection, marking the first time a man has been featured as a subject in the Jewelry section of the newspaper. Augusten is a second-generation collector of jade and has a special connection to and knowledge of this magnificent and sometimes perplexing gemstone. Augusten is thrilled and honored to present his unique and personally curated collection exclusively here on 1stdibs. Within its first month of opening, Augusten's store, The Blue Paisley Fox, became a "Platinum" seller and broke sales records for a new jewelry store on 1stdibs.
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Antique Rosary Bloodstone and Silver European
By Unknown
Located in Southbury, CT
Hailing from the 1880s-1890s is this unusual and beautiful rosary from Europe —France, probably— created from hand-faceted bloodstone beads and silver in cherished (read: excellent) ...
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Antique Late 19th Century Beaded Necklaces

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Agate, Silver

Aesthetic Period Silver and Gold Panel Cuff Bracelet Late Victorian
By Unknown
Located in Southbury, CT
Toward the end of the Victorian era (which officially ended upon Queen Elizabeth's death in 1901), came the rise of what is now called the Aesthetic Period. The was defined —across a...
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Antique Late 19th Century Late Victorian Cuff Bracelets

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Gold, Silver

Jade Pendant Certified Untreated, circa 1940s
By Unknown
Located in Southbury, CT
Measuring 55.7mm tall by 27.35mm wide, this Retro-era multicolor natural Burmese jadeite pendant hand-carved to depict a gourd. In Chinese culture, gourds have greater significance t...
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Mid-20th Century Retro Pendant Necklaces

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Jade, 14k Gold

Ming's Multi-Color Jade Necklace, circa 1950s
For your consideration is this circa 1950s multicolor jade necklace from the venerable Hawaiian jewelry store, Ming's. Like Gump's in San Francisco, Ming's became known worldwide for...
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Mid-20th Century Contemporary Beaded Necklaces

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Jade, 14k Gold

Moonstone Poison Ring with Spectacular Twist
By Unknown
Located in Southbury, CT
A moon-colored cat's eye moonstone displaying excellent chatoyancy (the sliding of the "line" in a cat's eye gem) is the star (and co-star) of this ring of exquisite beauty and garga...
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Vintage 1960s Artisan More Rings

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Moonstone, 14k Gold

Gump's Jade Pocket Knife
You know the expression, "for the man who has everything"? Well, there's actually no such thing as a man—or a woman—who has everything. Not as long as this sleek and jewel-like jade ...
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Late 20th Century Contemporary Enamel Frames and Objects

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Jade, Steel

Jade Pendant as Seen in The New York Times and Town & Country
By Unknown
Located in Southbury, CT
The spectacular carved jade pendant you see here has not been available to purchase for decades. A bit of a recluse, I suppose you could say. Nonetheless, it is something of a celebr...
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Early 20th Century Art Deco Pendant Necklaces

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Coral, Jade, Onyx, Natural Pearl

Boulder Opal Ring circa 1940s Unisex
By Unknown
Located in Southbury, CT
Boulder opals are boulders —or cabochons— of dark brown ironstone with electrifying lighting streaks of brilliant, colorful opal. Australian boulder opals like the one you see in thi...
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Vintage 1940s Retro More Rings

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Opal, 14k Gold

Gilded Age Desk Accessory
By Unknown
Located in Southbury, CT
A desk accessory from America's gilded age featuring —naturally— gilded bronze, a kingfisher, a snail, a conch shell, and a handy candle holder. If you're like me —and I sincerely ...
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Antique 1880s Gilded Age Desk Accessories

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Bronze

Pearl and Gold Necklace with Horned Devil Amulet
By Unknown
Located in Southbury, CT
I'll see your Harry Winston 34-carat Golconda diamond necklace with Burmese Ruby and angel skin coral clasp and raise you one gold pearl station necklace with a horned devil head foc...
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Vintage 1970s Artisan Drop Necklaces

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Pearl, Gold, 14k Gold

Classic Jade Necklace of Certified Natural Nephrite Beads
This contemporary necklace of 59 10mm to 10.5mm nephrite jade beads is a contemporary classic. This is not the unappealing "spinach green" so commonly seen in mall-quality nephrite j...
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2010s Contemporary Beaded Necklaces

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Jade, 15k Gold

Imperial Topaz Ring from Brazil
Topaz isn't rare. In fact, people have found topaz crystals as large as cars. Usually topaz is colorless or brown. Colorless topaz is irradiated and that gives us the ubiquitous Lond...
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Early 2000s Contemporary Engagement Rings

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Diamond, Topaz, 18k Gold

Rose Cut Diamond Ring Tudor Style, 1940s
By Unknown
Located in Southbury, CT
In a store that had on display a grandfather clock nearly nine-feet high and several football-sized seashells with cameos carved into their sides was this handmade ring that one migh...
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Vintage 1940s Jacobean Signet Rings

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Diamond, 18k Gold

South Sea Pearl Ring in Gold with Diamonds Unisex
This is a bespoke 18K gold ring hand-crafted for me by an Australian jeweler and featuring a pair of astonishingly beautiful silver South Sea Pearls. Men used to wear pearl jewelry....
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2010s Contemporary More Rings

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Diamond, Pearl, Gold, 18k Gold

Aquamarine Ring in Gold and Platinum with Diamonds from France, Titanic Era
By Unknown
Located in Southbury, CT
The Titanic sank in 1910. That same year, this men's ring was created in France. If you look at photographs of Titanic's interior, you can see a kinship between this great ring and t...
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Vintage 1910s Art Nouveau More Rings

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Aquamarine, 18k Gold

Rare Certified Fancy Tourmaline Men's Ring
By Unknown
Located in Southbury, CT
This vintage 1980s 14K yellow gold and diamond men's ring features quite the curiosity: the greenish-yellow and golden brown tourmaline bezel-set front and center is certified by Sto...
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Vintage 1980s Artisan More Rings

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Diamond, Tourmaline, Gold

Jade, Diamond and Quartz Pendant
This jade, diamond, and quartz pendant is a study in translucency. The 25.5mm x 17.5mm oval natural quartz cabochon at the top is semi-transparent and glows like partially melted ice...
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2010s Artisan Pendant Necklaces

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Quartz, Diamond, Jade, Silver

Victorian Style Brooch with Diamonds, Opals and Sapphires En Tremblant Fly
By Unknown
Located in Southbury, CT
This resplendent, whimsical, and oh-so-rare French Victorian style en tremblant brooch in silver-over-gold (18K) celebrates nature in the form of a charismatic fly with sapphire eyes...
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Early 2000s Late Victorian Pendant Necklaces

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Diamond, Sapphire, 15k Gold, Silver

Wedding Band Carved from Jade
By Unknown
Located in Southbury, CT
A pristine, never worn band of finely colored and translucent green makes for a most strikingly unique, beautiful, and durable wedding band. Or un-wedding band. Or stack ring. Or jus...
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Late 20th Century Artisan Wedding Rings

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Jade

Wedding Band Carved from Jade
By Unknown
Located in Southbury, CT
A pristine, never worn band of finely colored and translucent green makes for a most strikingly unique, beautiful, and durable wedding band. Or un-wedding band. Or stack ring. Or jus...
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Late 20th Century Artisan Wedding Rings

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Jade

Wedding Band Carved from Moss-on-Snow Jade
By Unknown
Located in Southbury, CT
A pristine, never worn band of finely colored and translucent green makes for a most strikingly unique, beautiful, and durable wedding band. Or un-wedding band. Or stack ring. Or jus...
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Late 20th Century Artisan Wedding Rings

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Jade

Antique Qing Dynasty Mutton Fat Ring
By Unknown
Located in Southbury, CT
"Mutton Fat" is a term used to describe white to yellowish nephrite jade that looks like the fat from a mutton. But most of the so-called "mutton-fat" jade you may see offered for sa...
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Antique Late 19th Century Artisan More Rings

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Jade, 18k Gold, Mixed Metal

Art Deco Citrine and Natural Jadeite Jade Bracelet in Silver and Gold
By Unknown
Located in Southbury, CT
This citrine and jade bracelet is a quintessential art deco jewel. In fact, if you have ever been unclear as to exactly what "Art Deco" looks like, this bracelet is a master class. ...
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Early 20th Century Art Deco Clamper Bracelets

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Citrine, Jade, Gold, 15k Gold, Silver

Rare Elmer Seidler Gold and Gemstone Ring, circa 1940s
In the early 1920s. Elmer Seidler learned the craft of goldsmithing from the renowned Bavarian jeweler, Karl Rothmüller, to whom he served as an apprentice. Rothmüller was enormously...
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Vintage 1930s Artisan More Rings

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Diamond, Ruby, Blue Sapphire, Gold

Art Deco Jadeite Jade Necklace in Soft Muted Tones Certified Untreated
By Unknown
Located in Southbury, CT
This strand of 89 hand-carved jadeite jade beads is quite rare because these jade beads are imperfect: look at that one: a soft mint-green with the tiniest patch of oxidized iron; or...
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Early 20th Century Art Deco Beaded Necklaces

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Diamond, Jade, Platinum

Rose Gold Cuff Bracelet with Rose-Cut Diamond Medalian
By Unknown
Located in Southbury, CT
If you're like me (uh, I hope not), you devour even the smallest, pettiest detail of England's royal family. How small and petty you ask? Well. When Lady Diana debuted her engagement...
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2010s Artisan Cuff Bracelets

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Diamond, 18k Gold, Rose Gold

Black Jade Saddle Ring with Malachite
By Unknown
Located in Southbury, CT
Here's a ring you don't come across every day or every other day or ever. A hand-carved natural and untreated black jadeite jade ring that is capped with a 14K yellow gold bezel feat...
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21st Century and Contemporary Artisan More Rings

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Jade, Malachite, 14k Gold

4-Carat Certified No-Heat Sapphire Engagement Ring in Platinum
By Unknown
Located in Southbury, CT
A huge and exquisite unheated royal blue sapphire from Madagascar —the land of vanilla and some of the finest gemstomes in the world— is set in a sleek, sculptural and dramatic plati...
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2010s Artist Engagement Rings

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Sapphire, Platinum

Tourmaline Ring in Gold With Diamonds Features Rare Indicolite Tourmaline
By Unknown
Located in Southbury, CT
Blue is the rarest color of tourmaline. So it gets a special name: indicolite. Indicolite tourmaline can be greenish-blue or bluish-green or Carribean blue and even cornflower blue. ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Victorian Three-Stone Rings

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Diamond, Tourmaline, 14k Gold

4.71 Carat Ceylon Sapphire Ring with Diamonds in Platinum circa 1950s Certified
By Unknown
Located in Southbury, CT
This sleek and impressive ring is the very epitome of mid-century style. The open and bright approximately 4.71-carat royal blue Ceylon sapphire has a distinctive oval cut and the pl...
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Antique Mid-19th Century Modern More Rings

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Diamond, Sapphire, Platinum

Men's 2.5 Carat Certified Colombian Emerald Ring in Gold With Diamonds
By Unknown
Located in Southbury, CT
A rare and impressive men's ring featuring a prize Colombian emerald of exceptional size and coloring. This had to have been designed by an architect. The perfection in its design i...
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Late 20th Century Art Deco Fashion Rings

Materials

Emerald, Diamond, 18k Gold, Gold

Jade and Gold Ring Certified Natural and Untreated
By Unknown
Located in Southbury, CT
A rich, succulent highly-translucent, and gemmy deep apple green jade cabochon resides within its bezel and is guarded on either side by a pair of exotic, whimsical creatures from th...
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Vintage 1970s Contemporary More Rings

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Jade, Gold, 18k Gold

Art Deco Jade Necklace with Carved Plaque, circa 1910
By Unknown
Located in Southbury, CT
This richly saturated variegated green jadeite necklace was created around 1910 from 100% natural and untreated jadeite jade from Burma. The beads were each hand-carved and polished ...
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20th Century Art Deco Beaded Necklaces

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Jade, Silver

Tiffany & Co. Ruby Cabochon Ring circa 1960s Unisex
By Tiffany & Co.
Located in Southbury, CT
This circa 1960s unisex 18K yellow gold Tiffany & Co. ring features an approximately 3.66-carat bright red ruby cabochon Ruby is called "The King of Gemstones" for a reason. A fine...
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Vintage 1960s Modern Signet Rings

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Ruby, 18k Gold

4 Carat Burma Ruby Ring Certified No-Heat
By Unknown
Located in Southbury, CT
An enormous four-carat vivid pinkish-red sugarloaf cabochon no-heat Burma ruby commands attention in this extraordinary platinum Mid-Century ring. A halo of approximately .80 carats ...
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Mid-20th Century Contemporary Engagement Rings

Materials

Diamond, Ruby, Platinum

Emerald Ring in Platinum by Tiffany & Co. Archaeological Revival, circa 1920s
By Tiffany & Co.
Located in Southbury, CT
The emerald in this ring. I can't even. It's an 8.7mm x 6.5mm x 4.9mm cabochon-cut two-carat gem from Colombia, almost certainly from their legendary Muzo mines. The color is a richl...
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Early 20th Century Egyptian Revival More Rings

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Emerald, 18k Gold, Platinum

Edwardian No-Heat Burma Ruby and Diamond Ring
By Unknown
Located in Southbury, CT
This spectacular Edwardian no-heat Burma ruby and diamond ring is —I'm gonna say it even though I know I shouldn't; even though it's tacky— straight out of Downton Abbey. In fact, I ...
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Early 20th Century Edwardian Cocktail Rings

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Diamond, Ruby, 18k Gold, Platinum

Antique Jade Necklace —reserved for client
By Unknown
Located in Southbury, CT
Antique beads freshly restrung
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Vintage 1930s Beaded Necklaces

Materials

Jade

Paloma Picasso for Tiffany & Co. Exotic Wood and Hammered Gold Bead Necklace
By Paloma Picasso for Tiffany & Co.
Located in Southbury, CT
When Paloma Picasso is good, she is so very, very good. Apples and trees and apples falling out of trees and all that, I suppose. Genius, like madness, is a streak that runs in famil...
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Late 20th Century Contemporary Beaded Necklaces

Materials

Gold, 18k Gold

Jade Ring with Colombian Emeralds GIA Certified
By Unknown
Located in Southbury, CT
A yellow jade ring with Colombian emeralds is not a ring you see every day. But what an excellent and handsome combination it is. Evenly-toned, finely-grained and highly translucent...
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Mid-20th Century Modern More Rings

Materials

Emerald, Jade, 14k Gold

Victorian Old Mine Diamond Bypass Ring with a Twist or Rather a Bend
By Unknown
Located in Southbury, CT
At first glance, this appears to be a lovely but familiar diamond bypass ring. A pair of bright white (E/F) eye-clean old mine cut diamonds collet-set into silver: classic, simple, b...
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Antique Late 19th Century Victorian Wedding Rings

Materials

Diamond, 22k Gold, Silver

Sapphire and Diamond Ring GIA Certified No-Heat Edwardian Era
By Unknown
Located in Southbury, CT
A line of one cushion and two octagonal mixed-cut GIA-certified no-heat sapphires totaling approximately 2.26 carats stand out in vivid, royal-blue relief against a surround sixteen ...
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Early 20th Century Edwardian Three-Stone Rings

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Diamond, Sapphire, 18k Gold

Jade Necklace Spring Green GIA Certified Natural and Untreated Art Deco
By Unknown
Located in Southbury, CT
I have here a stunning, vivid and fresh spring green 18" jade necklace composed of 58 GIA certified natural and untreated Burmese jadeite jade beads that graduate in size from 3.79mm...
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Vintage 1930s Art Deco Beaded Necklaces

Materials

Jade, Silver

Antique Russian Old-Mine Diamond Ring with Enameled Hand Carved Shoulders
This awe-inspiring antique Russian men's diamond ring is a masterpiece of Imperial Russian goldsmithing. The first thing you notice about this ring when you hold it in your hand —asi...
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Antique Mid-19th Century Victorian More Rings

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Diamond, 14k Gold, Silver, Enamel

Victorian Cross of Old Mine Diamonds is Spectacular Treasure
By Unknown
Located in Southbury, CT
I had been searching for a truly magnificent cross for several years. When I was on a book tour, I would stop into all the little vintage shops all over America and see if I could hu...
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Antique 1840s Early Victorian Necklace Enhancers

Materials

Diamond, 15k Gold, Silver

Kashmir Sapphire and Diamond Ring with Three Certifications for a Man or a Woman
By Unknown
Located in Southbury, CT
This is an exceedingly rare unisex ring from the mid-1880s to early 1900s that has been crafted in high-karat gold —over 22K— and set with a bright and intense oval mixed-cut 2-carat...
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Antique Late 19th Century Victorian Solitaire Rings

Materials

Diamond, Sapphire, 22k Gold

Cat's Eye Chrysoberyl Rare Acid Green 11.5 Carat and 22 Karat Gold
By Unknown
Located in Southbury, CT
Here's one for the collector or the connoisseur of rare gems: A large acid green chrysoberyl cat's eye displaying a sharp vertical "eye" and excellent Chatoyancy, set into a very thi...
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Early 2000s Contemporary More Rings

Materials

Chrysoberyl, 22k Gold

Jade Necklace circa 1930s Variegated Green Certified Untreated
By Unknown
Located in Southbury, CT
This 24" necklace is composed of 94 graduated jadeite jade beads in variegated green. This variegated green coloring was very popular in beaded jade necklaces from the 1930s. Instead...
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Vintage 1930s Art Deco Beaded Necklaces

Materials

Jade, Silver

Chrysoberyl Cat's Eye Ring with Ideal "Milk and Honey" Coloring 12.5 Carat
By Unknown
Located in Southbury, CT
Chrysoberyl is one of the rarest and most valuable gemstones on the planet yet most people have never even heard of it. The Chrysoberyl Cat's Eye was popular in the Victorian period ...
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Vintage 1980s Contemporary More Rings

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Chrysoberyl, 18k Gold

Men's Gold Ring with 7-Carat Natural Zircon, circa 1940s
By Unknown
Located in Southbury, CT
A favorite among collectors but still unknown to most people, zircon is a natural gemstone that can nearly match the diamonds for fire. Zircon is famous for its fire. And this circ...
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Vintage 1940s Victorian More Rings

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Zircon, 14k Gold

Chrysoberyl Cat's Eye and Diamond Ring in Platinum Midcentury
By Unknown
Located in Southbury, CT
Chrysoberyl Cat's Eye gems are known as "a jeweler's gemstone" because many people are unfamiliar with it but jewelers know and appreciate this blazingly unique and rare stone. Chrys...
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Mid-20th Century Art Deco Fashion Rings

Materials

Chrysoberyl, Diamond

Tiffany & Co. Men's Jadeite Jade Ring GIA Certified
By Tiffany & Co.
Located in Southbury, CT
A stunning ring if ever there was one. And there is one.; bare witness to something so rare you have most likely never encountered one in your life: a Tiffany & Co. men's ring featur...
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Late 20th Century Contemporary More Rings

Materials

Jade, 14k Gold

Jade Necklace Hand Carved Chain from One Piece of Stone, circa 1935
By Unknown
Located in Southbury, CT
Nephrite jade has been woven into the weft and weave of Chinese culture for thousands of years. 2,000 years ago, when the Han Dynasty princess Dou Wan died, she was buried in a suit ...
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Vintage 1930s Art Deco Chain Necklaces

Materials

Jade, Silver

Lavender Jade Necklace by Ming's of Hawaii
Look what I have for you: a ravishing, sumptuous and gloriously rare necklace composed of the most striking lavender jade beads —76 of them— you or I have likely ever seen. Measuring...
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Mid-20th Century Modern Beaded Necklaces

Materials

Jade, 14k Gold

Men's Ruby and Diamond Ring GIA Certified as "Pigeon Blood Red"
By Unknown
Located in Southbury, CT
They are three words that are decidedly unappealing when combined, yet these three words represent the name for what is the finest color a ruby can possess. "Pigeon blood red" is a p...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary More Rings

Materials

Diamond, Ruby, 14k Gold

Men's Diamond Ring 1 Carat circa 1950s Sleek and Sophisticated
By Unknown
Located in Southbury, CT
The sleek lines and hand-engraved crosshatch shoulders of this sharp, tailored ring make me think of a debonair 1950s movie star sitting in a red velvet banquette and sipping frosty ...
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Mid-20th Century Retro More Rings

Materials

Diamond, 14k Gold

Men's Emerald Ring with Diamonds in Platinum Exceedingly Rare and Fine Color
By Unknown
Located in Southbury, CT
Emerald doesn't come any finer than what you see here in this vintage men's ring. This dense platinum hand-fabricated ring from the mid-1990s features a one-carat emerald-cut emerald...
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1990s Contemporary Solitaire Rings

Materials

Emerald, Diamond, Platinum

Jade Necklace with Rare Chatoyancy Certified Untreated
These jade beads are indescribably luminous. As a second-generation collector of jade, I have been around the stone my entire life and yet when I saw these beads I was in awe, for th...
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2010s Contemporary Beaded Necklaces

Materials

Jade, 18k Gold

Jade Necklace with Diamond Clasp
By Unknown
Located in Southbury, CT
This very fine jade necklace has been certified by global jade authority, Mason Kay, to be natural and untreated jadeite jade. But anyone who really *knows* jade would need no certif...
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Vintage 1960s Contemporary Beaded Necklaces

Materials

Diamond, Jade, 18k Gold

Gump's Lavender Jade Earrings
By Gump's San Francisco
Located in Southbury, CT
A pair of highly translucent double cabochons of luminous lavender jade are wrapped two swirls of gleaming 14K yellow gold in this late Mid-Century (circa 1970s) jadeite jade clip-on...
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Vintage 1970s Contemporary Clip-on Earrings

Materials

Jade, 14k Gold

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