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Craig Evan Small will brighten up any jewelry box with colors like these, wow!

my Friday night fantasy, stacked to kill, from Michelle Fantaci Jewelry 

The 11-Row Spine ring by Carbon & Hyde is giving me a hot flash

MaeJean Vintage hanging out with three pretties from her personal collection

Jewellery Hannah twinkles with these two incredible rings, what a duo!

Kismet by Milka just created the ultimate stack with all her designs

mduenasjacobs is enjoying herself with all these jewels by Aurelie Bidermann

Uma K Jewelry is feeling festive with her nails/sweater...and of course, her rings!

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Rolex 101 with Craig Evan Small 

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Rolex--quite possibly the world's best-known wristwatch company and a favorite amongst collectors, watch-enthusiasts, vintage and estate dealers and people worldwide. Sometimes one can feel intimidated by the world of watches if you don't know much about them. That's exactly how I've felt my whole life! I decided to put an end to "ignoring" the world of Rolex watches for my lack of knowledge by sitting down with the Rolex master, Craig Evan Small. Craig buys, sells and appraises Rolex on a daily basis, not to mention has a showcase in his Beverly Hills store full of the widest variety I've seen in one place! Craig gave me a crash course on Rolex--the history of this timeless piece of jewelry often separated in a category of its own from other types of jewelry--and I took notes as he illustrated his discussion with items from his own inventory. If any of the watches above strike your fancy, be sure to get in contact with Craig for details/pricing.

To begin, I got to delve into the Craig Evan Small Rolex inventory with knowing very little, looking each watch over, grouping them into categories and photographing favorites (my selections are shown above). It was refreshing to get to "play" with the watches as an introduction and let me form my own opinions and hypotheses before learning the facts. And yes, turns out some of the watches I photographed oh so nonchalantly were worth just as much as my house payments for one year. 

I had to know, what was up with the brightly colored faces on some of these Rolex watches?! Craig explained that their popularity has grown recently, to where they are considered a fad. The vibrant colored dials first were produced in the 1960s using porcelain hard enamel and are now considered rare (as most that old have cracked). Now, these after-market colored dial Datejusts bring this vintage look back and have been causing a lot of commotion in the fashion industry and on Instagram. Other fun dial finishes include a wood dial which first debuted in the 1970s. Craig's inventory has several colored dials with various price points.

Let's talk bracelets! Because a watch isn't complete without a bracelet or strap to allow for easy wear around the wrist! Rolex has a few bracelets, each specifically made to suite different watch styles. 

  • The Oyster bracelets: available in 18k yellow, 18k yellow/steel, and stainless steel
  • The President bracelets: available in 18k gold as well as hand-finished platinum; for Day-Date, mid-size and the Lady Datejust chronometers. 
  • The Jubilee bracelets: available in 18k gold, 18k gold/steel, and stainless steel; for men's and women's

Introduced in 1945, the Datejust was the first of its kind to offer the date function on a watch. It continues to be one of Rolex's most popular models. In 1956, the Oyster Perpetual Day-Date made its debut. Available only in 18k gold or platinum, it was the first wristwatch to display the date and day of the week spelt out in full in a window on the dial. Aside from the Day-Date and Datejust, there are a slew of sports watches created just for certain areas where extreme depths and altitudes come into play. Whether you're a diver, a pilot, mountain-climber, or a globe-trotter, Rolex has designed, trail-blazed and debuted multiple watches, the first of its kind, for these areas of lifestyle. Some examples include:

  • Rolex Submariner, debuted in 1954 for diving and extreme depths
  • The Sea Dweller, has a unique feature of a helium escape valve 
  • The GMT, designed for pilots who use Greenwich Mean Time while flying, debuted in the early 50s
  • The Explorer designed specifically for those who navigate rough terrain and high altitudes, like Mt. Everest climbs

For further information and a selection of Rolex watches to purchase, check out Craig Evan Small.

 

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Craig Evan Small

731 N La Cienega Blvd

Los Angeles, CA 90069

Tel: 310-550-7895

info@craigevansmall.com

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Gem Gossip Visits Craig Evan Small in LA

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A little slice of antique jewelry heaven in Los Angeles, Craig Evan Small is one of those spots that cannot be missed. Not your average jewelry store, let alone antique jewelry store, the ambiance of this shop is truly divine. Built-in, museum-like displays feature all the glorius jewels, including the furthest back case which is the largest of them all, almost looking as if it were a fish aquarium, but filled with antique jewelry! My eyes were popping out of my head like a cartoon character as I looked and lusted! Everything from rare Georgian pieces, to diamond Victorian sentimental, lots of beautiful Art Deco, Retro pieces of the 1940s, and modern vintage and estate items were on display throughout the store. I was lucky enough to play around in their jewel box of a store, as you can see from the photos above, I had a fun day!

Craig Evan Small began early in his career, as the majority of people in the jewelry industry call jewelry their 2nd or 3rd career, Craig started out young--grading diamonds even before graduating high school at his family's jewelry business.  His passion for diamonds, watches and antique jewelry grew as he became more and more of a specialized expert in these fields. Craig first opened his namesake store under the famous Antiquarius, a jewelry mall in West Hollywood. Boasting customers from Hollywood elite and everyone in between, the jewelry mall thrived for 16 years until it sadly burned down in 2008. Craig's current location opened in October of 2008 and brought along its past customers, while adding new ones quickly. Craig also tours with PBS' Antiques Roadshow, where he just finished his 2015 tour and has been going at it since 2009. Always cool to see a familiar face on television!

I had such a wonderful first time visit to Craig Evan Small in Los Angeles, I encourage anyone to make sure they stop by! Thanks for having me Craig & Blair! Stay tuned for a special watch blog post, featuring some of the large selection of Rolex watches from Craig Evan Small.

Some of the pieces featured:

Georgian faceted sapphire ring mounted with a fleur de lis, Price: $4,500

J. E. Caldwell opal ring bezel set in platinum with diamonds, Price: $7,500

Victorian cabochon emerald and diamond three stone ring, Price: $7,500

Large emerald cabochon ring with diamond in dome style setting, Price: $16,500

Tiffany & Co. fancy yellow diamond navette ring, Price: $26,000

Emerald and diamond elongated ring with calibre cut stones in platinum, Price: $27,000

Large malachite lion head pendant necklace, Price: $6,500

Oscar Heyman sapphire and star sapphire bracelet, Price: $48,000

 

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731 N La Cienega Blvd

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Tel: 310-550-7895

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Jewels at my Doorstep: Craig Evan Small Engagement Rings

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At Gem Gossip, we are kicking off the month of August with this special feature! This entire month, the best engagement rings will be featured, with the hashtag #30daysofEngagementRings and we will be searching out the best of the best out there right now!  Our go-to favorite spot for antique engagement rings in LA is  Craig Evan Small, located on North La Cienega Blvd, with hundreds and hundreds of stunning options. I handpicked five of my favorites, each with something special about each one--so whether you like classic styles or something more uncoventional, I've got you covered!

The experience of opening up a package with five different engagement rings was pretty intense.  For once I had to put my own engagement ring aside and wonder what it would be like to start over and imagine myself with different options.  Wearing them on my ring finger was also an interesting experience, espcially after wearing the same one for over 2.5 years. Each one felt memorable on my finger for different reasons and I truly believe any of these five options would make an extraordinary engagement ring that will be treasured for years to come! For the photoshoot, we played with a few different flower combinations and two dresses, keeping a Pacific Northwest, outdoors vibe.  This aesthetic is definitely beautiful in so many ways and although I've never visited that part of the country, it has me wanting to badly.  

The allure of a vintage or antique engagement ring is one that can be best explained by those who own one. These rings are extremely well-made, often times made solely by hand, even the diamonds are usually cut by hand (if it is an all-original piece). We showcase one antique engagement ring from the Victorian Era, which can be easily spotted even by a novice collector.  The yellow gold setting mixed with the chunky Old Mine cut diamonds are an easy giveaway.  The cluster style makes it so unique--no other engaged woman is going to have this ring!  I like that.  

We also have one engagement ring featured that is from the Edwardian Era--a time that spanned from the turn-of-the-century until the late 1910s.  This time period is characterized by ultra feminine styles, lots of diamonds and intricate metal work.  Platinum was a newly discovered metal and was beginning to be used in the designs of this time, at first only topped on yellow gold and then at the very end of the era solely on its own. The domed shape of this ring draws many woman to this style--it is easy to wear and fits comfortably.

The milgrain details and filigree style is characteristic of the Art Deco period, which spans from 1920-1935. These sought-after rings were a flapper girl's dream, set with Old Mine cut or Old European cut diamonds. Toward the end of this time period, geometric styles and adding colored gemstones to the all-white look mixed it up a bit and was very popular. Calibre cut rubies, sapphires and emeralds were a favorite and there is a great example of this with the sapphire detail in one of the five in this shoot! The other two styles seen in the photoshoot are from the Art Deco Era, including a geometric boxy style which looks as though the center diamond should be square, but it is a round Old European cut diamond.  The other is a very classic, almost solitaire Old European cut diamond, which is flanked by a few diamonds on the side.

Rings featured:

18k yellow gold Victorian clover/cluster ring set with three Old Mine cut diamonds, totaling approx. 3.00 carats, size 6.25, Price: $11,000

Platinum Edwardian domed ring featuring a 1.23 ct Old European cut diamond, totaling approx. 1.76 ctw, size 4.75, Price $11,750

Platinum/14k yellow gold 1.25 ct center Old Mine cut diamond flanked by three diamonds on each side, size 5.75, Price: $10,200

Platinum Art Deco boxy-look ring set with 0.86 ct center surrounded by diamonds, Price: SOLD

>> Similar style: Art Deco engagement ring with 1.53 ct center surrounded by diamonds Price: $15,000 

Platinum Art Deco ring featuring 1.40 ct center diamond with calibre cut sapphire accents, size 6, Price: $13,500

 

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Craig Evan Small

731 N La Cienega Blvd

Los Angeles, CA 90069

Tel: 310-550-7895

info@craigevansmall.com

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Favorite Instagrams: Early Spring 2015

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levi_higgs is mesmerized by this star sapphire ring by Verdura Jewelry he spotted at the Sothebys preview

elizapagejewelry getting ready for their Ila and I trunk show, looking gorgeous

georgjensen smushed pansies and gold jewelry make for a perfect photo

jeanjeanvintage taking a moment to enjoy these beauties before listing them in her Etsy shop

idazzle is dazzled by this piece of jewelry by Barbara Heinrich, so magical

anninavogel has a new project, taking vintage Hermes silk scarves and placing them in antique lockets

lovegoldlive posts this image from The Native Fox featuring a tailored suit jacket and gold jewelry

lfrankjewelry sporting the cutest look with big bead necklaces, rings and a casual ponytail 

townandcountrymagjewelry has a serious crush on this Tiffany & Co. from their holiday luncheon 

craigevansmall has the most amazing creatures in a sorts of gems and shapes

roseark is surrounded by love with these mantas, the more the merrier

n_mendelvich captures this sketch, the beginning of a very beautiful opal ring

xiaowangjewelry is taken by this open living/working space mixed with antique, vintage finds

theoneilovenyc is charmed by Susan Siegel conversion necklaces, perfect for layering