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The Ten Best Rings Currently For Sale at The Three Graces

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One of my most frequently asked questions I get is, "where do you find all these amazing vintage and antique jewels?!" And my answer may surprise you, as most would envision me scouring flea markets, old attics and the like to find things like these featured above. It might be easy for me to say ONLINE and it is totally true. Websites like The Three Graces do the hard work for you, scouting out the most unique, wearable and head-turning jewels out there and we should appreciate that! I like knowing that anytime I go on TheThreeGraces.com I can find a whole new batch of sparkly, rare, vintage and antique pieces that expert Lisa Stockhammer Mial has sourced, authenticated, cleaned up and ready for its next lifetime. They also have some pretty special perks like a "no questions asked, free return policy," offer layaway, and most every ring can be sized to fit! And what is easier than simply logging on to a website and ogling over New Arrivals?!

I got to do just that when choosing my favorite top ten rings that are currently for sale at The Three Graces. A mix of pieces I would love to own, rings that remind me of some favorites from my personal collection, and some that I can't believe are still available (quick, grab them before someone else does!). Let's start from the top!

Emerald Art Deco Ring & Diamond Filigree Halo Ring

1. There's something unique about an Art Deco ring shaped like this emerald and diamond one! Not only does it elongate the finger, but it surely gets people staring. I love how delicate yet statement-making this ring is. Set in platinum with a stunning emerald, currently a size 6.5 and ready for a finger to shine on! Price: $4,950

2. At first I thought this would make such a beautiful engagement ring but then I saw the photos created by The Three Graces with my picks and I am really loving how this ring also looks as a right hand ring! I love when rings are versatile like that and this one definitely doesn't have a bad angle even if you tried. The center diamond is just over a half carat and has a gorgeous sparkle to it. Price: $3,650

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Deco Rock Crystal Ring & Large Moonstone Sapphire Cluster Ring

3. This ring is one of the best examples of rock crystal jewelry I've seen!  I love the contrast of the blue sapphires along with the frostiness of the crystal and white diamond. This ring would be a perfect anniversary or birthday gift and I can almost guarantee this will get a lot of wear--it goes with everything! It is currently a size 7 1/4 and done in 14k white gold. Price: $1,350

4. If you know my personal collection as well as you know your own, you will understand why I HAD to choose this grand moonstone and sapphire ring!  I have an almost identical one in my collection and the compliments that I get on it are nonstop. If you've been wanting to find something similar, this is it! Currently a size 5 1/2 with 2.88 carats of bright blue sapphires. Price: $4.450

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Antique Citrine Ring & Vintage Amethyst Halo Ring

5. A pop of yellow added to any outfit instantly brightens everything! That's why I love this citrine ring so much--I quickly become happy as soon as I look at it. I think this would be an ideal ring to wear in the summer and it could easily transition to fall wardrobes and colors. This art deco ring is currently a size 4 1/2 and can be resized for its new owner. Price: $1,275

6. Purple was my favorite color for most of my childhood. Anyone lucky enough to have a February birthdate can call amethyst their birthstone and this particular ring would be perfect for you. Or if you're like me and just love the color purple, then yes you deserve this ring too. Currently a size 8 1/4 and can be sized to your liking. Price: $1,350

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Bohemian Turquoise Ring & Bold Opal Cluster Ring

7. Turquoise is one of my most favorite gemstones--I can't get enough of it! When most people think of turquoise, they think of Persian turquoise and although that is most desirable and valuable, I actually like when turquoise shows veining, different patterns and depth of color. This particular ring has great natural veining and I love the design--simple yet bold! The ring is done in 8k yellow gold and currently a size 6 3/4. Price: $650

8. So we all know my obsession with opals and if I didn't have so many opal rings, THIS would be in my virtual shopping cart right now. Everything about it is amazing to me--the design (large oval cluster), the opals (a nice play-of-color that glows in the right light), and the size (big and bold). Don't miss out on this vintage one-of-a-kind, done in 10k yellow gold. Price: $2,195

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Edwardian Diamond Heart Ring & "Four Corners" Sapphire, Diamond Ring

9. Never thought I'd be such a sucker for hearts, but I absolutely love them, especially the antique versions. This is an exceptional ring, dating back to the Edwardian period and set with rose cut diamonds in a silver topped setting. The band is done in 14k yellow gold and currently a size 5 1/2. If you love heart jewelry as much as I do, you won't let this one slip away! Price: $3,850

10. Ok, this ring is one that will stop you dead in your tracks and I'm so in love with it! The design is really unique--The Three Graces describes it perfectly by saying, "modernist flavor with strong design elements." The intensity of the blue sapphires is insane and it is one in a million. This ring deserves a good home that provides lots of love and care! ;) Price: $4,450

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Gem Gossip Visits The Three Graces in Austin, TX

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Known as one of my all-time favorite antique jewelry websites, The Three Graces is the ultimate destination for online antique jewelry shopping. When I got the opportunity to see their incredible inventory live and in-person rather than on my computer screen, I jumped to it and couldn't contain my excitement!  Imagine all the jewels you once drooled over virtually, now laid out in front of you in the most beautifully displayed way?!  I'm excited to bring you along with me as I got to experience this, because I know many of my loyal readers are huge fans of The Three Graces as well!

I began by sitting down with owner and founder Lisa Stockhammer-Mial, which was amazing to do outside of our usual busy run-ins at the antique shows and only having a quick moment to say hi. Her story is incredible and she brought along items from her personal collection which tell her story in jewelry form.  She even showed me her first ring she ever owned (which is awesome that she still has it today) and jokingly recollects begging her mother to buy it for her.  I think all of us jewelry collectors have a similar story.  It is where the passion for jewelry first began and is carried with us today.  She also brought along several pairs of earrings that once belonged to her mother who had a love for costume jewelry--big, bold pieces each more unique than the other. All different styles, from large chandeliers to ones you have to thread through your ear were amongst her mother's collection. These pieces were such a treat to see!

We then switched gears and began to admire the insatiable inventory.  I began with the necklaces and slowly worked my way through all the heart-stopping rings. Styling three different looks was a task I was made for--I opted for a bold diamond look, a cool casual look, and a unique and eclectic look.  This wasn't planned exactly so, it is just how it ended up being!  Funny how each look made me feel a different way!  And if you're curious, yes I did feel like a million bucks wearing the bold diamond look!  I felt very fashion forward when wearing brooches on my vest blazer, and I am becoming obsessed with vest blazers for the summer, so YES to brooches! I also couldn't keep my eyes off the fire opal ring.  It truly makes a statement!  

I had such a fun time visiting with The Three Graces--both Lisa and Jorien who is the Director of Marketing!  If you'd like to shop my three looks, simply click on the links below!

Look One:

Earrings:

Diamond Swirl stud earrings circa 1900s, Price: $4,550

Necklace:

Victorian Snake turquoise & pearl necklace circa 1870s, Price: $7,865 

Bracelet:

Victorian Snake turquoise & pearl bangle bracelets, Price: inquire

Rings:

Pearl and diamond platinum ring circa 1915, Price: $3,650

Art Deco Topaz and diamond square cocktail ring circa 1920s, Price: $8,950

Georgian Table cut diamond cluster ring circa 18th century, Price: $4,250

Art Deco diamond cocktail ring circa 1920s, Price: $9,650

Edwardian flourish diamond webbed ring circa 1900, Price: $4,875

 

Look Two:

Earrings:

Yellow sapphire and diamond cluster drop earrings circa 1920s, Price: $5,950

Necklace:

Victorian Moonstone Fringe necklace circa 1910, Price: $3,465

Rings:

Banded carved agate lion ring circa 1900, Price: $1,650

Art Deco opal and diamond halo cluster ring circa 1920s, Price: $3,750

Rose cut garnet ring set with diamonds on the side, Price: $1,875

 

Look Three:

Earrings:

Art Deco Paste silver long dangle earrings, Price: $1,250

Necklace: 

Victorian slide chain with hand clasp circa 1880, Price: $2,950

Cascade of golden circles long modern necklace in 18k yellow gold, Price: $6,750

Brooches:

Diamond and pastel enamel flower brooch circa 1890, Price: $5,450

Moonstone petal flower brooch with diamonds circa 1900, Price: $2,975

Rings:

Diamond foliate plique a jour enamel ring circa mid 20th century, Price: $1,850

Green plique a jour enamel ring circa 1900, Price: $2,275

Fiery orange Fire Opal and diamond ring, Price: $5,650

Blue moonstone Art Nouveau ring circa 1910, Price: $945

Edwardian diamond solitaire ring circa 1900, Price: $1,950

 

 

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The Three Graces Launches New Look, New Website!

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As long as I can remember, The Three Graces was my online fantasy world of jewels.  Established in 2002, owner Lisa Stockhammer-Mial has always been someone I highly admired based on the fact that she loves antique jewelry and has single-handedly made this passion her life.  And oh what a life it has been!  Continuously working hard to bring her clients the best of the best in terms of antique jewelry, Lisa scours the US and Europe for new finds.  Just as I have been loyally coming back to her website since day one, I can connect with her passion and see it come out in the pages online at TheThreeGraces.com.  What I’ve always enjoyed about my online experience with their website is how chock-full of education it is regarding jewelry. In the very beginning of my jewelry career, The Three Graces’ website taught me so much—at that point in my life, I could hardly afford groceries for the week, so although I wasn’t planning on purchasing anything, I always came back for the learning experience and eye candy.  Years later, it is the sincerity of a passion that has kept me as a fan and now a client.  It is what every solid business should set out to accomplish and I experienced it first-hand.

Improving and revinventing is an aspect for so many businesses and brands, and is a lot harder than most would think.  The stars have to align, timing is everything and decisions have to be made.  Change, especially if you’ve been doing something a certain way for many years, is often very difficult.  The Three Graces decided to make some changes—several, actually—and have clearly nailed it with their “makeover.”  Some of these changes include a new logo (which went from an image of The Three Graces taken from a 7th century enamel slide bracelet to a more modern golden, circular image of the letters T & G) a complete redesign of their website (several new features for even easier transactions), and lots of new lifestyle images that feature the jewelry worn as well as editorial style photos. 

The Three Graces has added some features to their newly unveiled website that I love—like “New Markdowns” section. Although not new, but equally ingenious, the “What’s Selling” section where customers can request to put a specific item on hold.  If you happen to see the ring of your dreams on hold, don’t get down immediately—it may still become available!  Of course, the “New Arrivals” section is my favorite and checked on often—The Three Graces updates this section a few times per day!  Their “Jewelry Archive” features over 100 pages of past sold items that any jewelry enthusiast would love to pore over.  Sometimes a picture, no matter how many angles are shown, cannot do a piece of jewelry justice—so The Three Graces has added videos to several listings where you can view the sparkle in action!  

The newly launched website and new look only enhances The Three Graces experience. The impeccable customer service and expertise remains priority.  I’m excited to see what else is to come in the future for this company and so glad that I’ve become a lifelong customer, where it first began with stumbling upon the website.  

Check out the newly launched website, TheThreeGraces.com

 

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The Original Miami Beach Antique Show 2015

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Since my first trip back in 2012 until now, the world of antique jewelry has evolved so much and so have my tastes, along with the goals of each trip.  Last year was the only year I did not attend, so I was even more excited to go since my Miami hiatus was finally starting to get to me!  This was the first time we decided to stand in the infamous long line before opening day, as we felt like two bargain hunters on the eve of Black Friday. If I could guess, I think this year boasted record-breaking numbers in terms of attendance. As most every year, the Original Miami Beach Antique Show stretched across Halls C & D, as well as a bonus room with even more sparkly things in the "Flamingo Room."  If you have never been, it truly is hard to fathom how large of a show this is...what may help would be to glance at this Floor Map of the show. It is quite easy to get caught up in the rows upon rows of antiques and get this glazed look usually only seen on teenage boys playing video games all day. We hit the first day hard by standing in line for 45 minutes pre-show opening time and leaving around 7! It may be an understatement to say that we were tired! Looking back though, I think it is the best way to do it and to take advantage of this once a year show. Also as I look back, I am craving those personal pan pizzas that they sell at their consession stands so badly--those are some good pizzas! Our nightly routine consisted of eating dinner and looking at all the jewelry we bought and then sleep!  Day two went about the same as day one, with looking in the morning with fresh eyes only to realize you should have left the day before way earlier to avoid the zombie-buying episodes. Once you pass five hours of being at the show nonstop, you start buying things you normally wouldn't buy or skip booths that shouldn't be skipped. It's ok, it happens to the best of us.  

Some highlights of the trip were meeting OakGem, one half of MetierSF, the women of Rago Auction house roaming the aisles of the show, also meeting The Three Graces, and a few random people that passed me by and were like, "Hey you're that Gem Gossip girl!"  Enjoyed seeing old friends like Craig Evan Small, Jacob's Antique & Estate Jewelry, my friends at Excalibur Jewelry, Jewels du Jour, and meeting up with Sunny S. Bond. Of course, I always miss out on connecting with people that I've been meaning to, but you can always reach out via email!  

Jewelry highlights of the trip, I tried getting pictures of things that really stood out to me, shown above. I loved Sue Brown's eclectic taste and it was awesome seeing her inventory in person rather than the smaller selection online. One ring that I fell in love with online was the three colored sapphire ring pictured above--set with the most luscious yellow, pink and blue sapphires.  Such a cool design too!  DK Bressler had some incredible pieces as well--things that deserved to be photographed for an exhibit or basically my dream jewels all in one place! Every ring I tried on there was tiny and could fit my little fingers by the way...so I was like, is this real life?

Every year I try to bring home one ring for my personal collection, which has been tradition (except for my first trip ever, I left empty-handed--which looking back, is just as devastating today as it was back then). This year I brought home an early 1900s star sapphire ring set with single cut diamonds and black enamel from OakGem. It fits right in with my other elongated, geometric rings which have been my ultimate favorites from my collection.  Thanks OakGem!

As always, the trip was too short with not enough sunshine...and as per usual, the bathing suit was an unnecessary suitcase addition.  Can't wait until next year!! 

Obsession: Gold Lockets #LoveGold

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Here’s a little secret for you--you can file this under things you may not know about Gem Gossip: lockets were my first collection and eBay obsession.  Of course I was still in high school, so every locket I found on eBay was costume jewelry, but I did have one 14k yellow gold locket that had “Danielle” engraved on the outside, which was a birthday gift from my parents when I turned 12.  Since then, I lost interest in lockets...until recently!  An auction score from Fellows landed me with a yellow gold etched locket, but not an ordinary locket which hangs from a chain--this is an unusual locket ring.  I’ve been wearing it nonstop lately, although I have yet to place any mini-photos into the locket.  

My newfound love for lockets has led me to search out some amazing yellow gold lockets, each available and ready for a new lifestory.  

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Lockets:

18k yellow gold masked woman enameled portrait locket, from Lang Antiques, Price: $2250

15k yellow gold Victorian turquoise and diamond flower locket, from Metier SF, Price: $2400

15k yellow gold archaeological Revival Victorian locket, from The Three Graces, Price: $1575

14k yellow gold black enamel and pearl locket, from Metier SF, Price: $950

14k yellow gold with rendering of a female circa 1910, from The Three Graces, Price: $2650

14k yellow gold Etruscan Revival locket with hand granulation and bloomed finish, from Metier SF, Price: $2100

 


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