Gem Hunt was started around six months ago by a jewelry addict (duh, and her name is Catherine) who wanted to create a fun, modern, and educational destination to learn and share about jewelry. Our first posts where a little rough but we are slowly finding a rhythm and finding our tribe (our favorite part). We cannot thank you enough for reading, responding and loving Gem Hunt as it evolves everyday and let’s not forget eating #diamondsforbreakfast with us!
To celebrate crossing the impending 20k mark on instagram, we have teamed with Verma Estate Department for one very special giveaway for our readers and fellow addicts. Because it’s us this giveaway is good…almost too good. Now because we pride ourselves in being a place to learn (it's important to cultivate your gem hunting skills) you have bear through some jewelry education brought to you by Verma Estate Department and the contest details will be at the end of this post but it will lead to some clues.
What is important to look for when buying vintage jewelry?
The first thing I look at is overall condition. Let’s take for instance; prongs. We take a look at the prongs to see if they were ever redone/retipped, the strength of the prongs, and if they are securely fastening the gemstones. Next, I take a look at each stone set in a piece to make sure none were replaced or damaged. You can tell alot about a piece by the stones that are in the setting such as age, area of manufacture, and overall quality of the item. We also look at the engraving and filigree to make sure it has not been altered, overly polished and/or redone. We really love finding hand engravings on the inner shank with special messages or dates! One of the biggest pet peeves we have is a overly polished shank, which can lead to the breaking of the ring at its weakest point! These are just a few of the main criteria, but there is so much more!
What design characteristics are signature of 1920s art deco pieces?
Well, you have the sharp symmetrical features in an almost always unique and eclectic style. We love the use of colored gem stones, such as sapphires, emeralds and rubies, but it does not stop there; Tsavorites, Garnet, Aquamarine are some of the less commonly used gemstones which when we see in the wild, we jump on immediately due to the rarity and true 1 of a kind design-work they usually are set with. We love the french cutting style of side stones and the introduction of the asscher & carre cut diamond into the more upscale Deco pieces. We see all variations of Old European cut diamonds with different cutting patterns which elicit different flashes of colors and brilliance in each stone. While there are many different characteristics which are characteristic of the deco era, we find ourselves discovering another one of a kind piece every time we go hunting for that next special vintage heirloom.
Why do you love specializing in estate jewelry?
The uniqueness of each piece, the absolutely wonderful use of colored gems, and the individual characteristics that each diamond has really is what draws us to vintage and estate pieces. As we find our way from georgian, victorian, edwardian, art deco and beyond… we are amazed at the little nuances in styles and inspiration which really speak to us. We have now over 900 authentic vintage & antique engagement rings in our collection, and we can honestly say they are all unique in their own special way.
Now to the important part the giveaway brought to you Verma Estate Department (please thank them!) and chance to add the ring featured in this post to your collection - we are going to call her Lilia!
Here are the full specs on Lilia, she is ring size 4.75 and made of Platinum weighing 3.6 grams. The Sapphire is a Princess Cut weight in at .75 carats with deep blue color and VS clarity. The side stones are old single cut cut weighing .20 carats in G color and VS clarity.
Rules of the Gem Hunt x Verma Estate Giveaway
Step 1 - go our instagram and repost a photo of this ring (Lilia)
step 3 - use the hashtag #gemhuntxvermagiveaway
Important to note the giveaway is for US residents only that are 18 years of age or older. The ring will not be re-sized.
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