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Vintage Motifs: Unexpected Accents


We all know that I love vintage and antique rings--but not all are created equal. Rings with unexpected colored stone accents are sure to catch your eye.  This style became very popular during the Art Deco Era, 1920s-1930s. The pop of color interrupted the typical "white-on-white" look that was en vogue, created during the Edwardian Era. Platinum and diamonds were still used, however French or Swiss cut accent stones like Onyx, Sapphire, Ruby and Emerald were the new thing. The rings below demonstrate this vintage motif--all of which can be purchased at Adin.

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Vintage Motif: Elongated Rings


I think I've already declared my love/obsession for antique, elongated rings before. However, I'm going to say it again--and with it, some new finds I've found that have helped foster my obsession. The Art Deco diamond and sapphire ones are my favorite--I could wear six at once...really.


This platinum, diamond and sapphire ring from the 1920s is gorgeous. Exactly what I think of when describing this vintage motif. It is approximately one carat of diamonds and natural sapphires that are calibre cut. From Adin, price: $5800


Also from Adin is this little Edwardian ring featuring rubies, diamonds and pearls. It is done in platinum and 18k gold, like most Edwardian rings, and may be of Belgian origin. Price: $2100


This incredible ring from Lang Antiques features a cabochon cut sapphire surrounded by diamonds. The center sapphire is 3.40 carats with about a half carat total weight of diamonds. From the early 1900s, this ring is priced at $5950


Love this lozenge shaped Kunzite ring, thought to be from the 1940s, during which Victorian jewelry came back into vogue. The blue you see is enameling, with rose cut diamonds. From Lang Antiques, price: $3450


Such an exquisite ring from the Art Deco era, featuring a fiery Opal, seed pearls and black/green enameling. It is in such good shape--especially having all those seed pearls in tact and all original! From Lang Antiques, price $3350

Vintage Trend: Lovebirds


Photo taken by lempel_zev

Not sure where that saying "two lovebirds" came from, in reference to two people in love, but it is quite endearing. And anytime birds are cuddling rather than dive bombing people is a moment worth noting. Can't say birds are my favorite creature, but they sure make great appearances in vintage jewelry. There are so many vintage pieces that feature all sorts of breeds--eagles, lovebirds, swallows, flamingos--but my favorite are the doves. Doves are the image of everlasting love and fidelity as they mate for a lifetime. When one passes, the surviving dove will remain alone for the duration of its life; it will never seek another mate.


Such a pretty band, with the lovebirds almost camouflaged within the gold. This is a French Victorian piece from the 19th century. The band is crafted in 18k yellow gold, from The Three Graces.


These little guys are so cute, especially their little turquoise bellies. This bird necklace is from the 1950s, done in 14k yellow gold. Each lovebird has ruby eyes. Price: $1702 from Broken English.


These lovebirds are found on a brooch circa 1880, of Belgian origin. They are mainly etched, with seed pearl bodies, done in 18k yellow gold. Price: $357 from Adin.

Christmas Eve 2008

...Off to Midnight Mass, Merry Christmas!  Hope everyone's holiday is filled with warmth and good people!


Antique Virgin Mary blue enamel pendant, circa 1910. Done in 18k yellow gold from France, priced at $244. From Adin.


Diamonds and sapphires outfitted in platinum and gold, burst pendant featuring the Virgin Mary. Priced at $1200 from Doyle & Doyle.


Golden enamel pendant featuring St. Therese of Lisieux. Priced at $293 from Adin.

Obsession: Vintage Navette Rings


Navette style rings consist of any rings that are boat-shaped. This sort of style tends to elongate the finger and has a definite feminine side. Often popularized during the Victorian Era, however you can find brand new navette rings today. This shows how timeless the look is and it is here to stay! Finding vintage navette rings is fun and a collection isn't complete without a good one. Check out my favorites below!


From the Victorian Era, with a Belgian origin, this ring has diamonds with a single rose cut sapphire in the middle. A true definition of navette style ring. It is set in 18k rose gold and is priced at $1620. It can be found at Adin.

A more modern approach to the navette style ring is this one. It is still considered vintage since it is circa 1980. It is set in 18k gold with diamonds and sapphires. This one goes for $1420 at Ross-Simons.

This ring can be found on eBay right now, from seller: Ashland_Investments. The auction ends November 30, so there is still time! You can buy it now for $910 or make an offer! The ring features 29 diamonds set in 18k gold. Take a look on eBay by looking up the seller or typing in 'navette' into the search bar, and narrowing the criteria down by clicking on vintage jewelry as the category.