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10 Carat Buccellati Ring

This 10 carats of Buccellati perfection currently in the Iconic Jewels salon in Beverly Hills speaks for itself.  A stunning one-of-a-kind piece designed by one of the most respected houses in the business.

Buccellati is one of the world’s most renowned high jewelry houses, celebrated for its craftsmanship, design, and one of kind masterpieces.

The story of Buccellati began with an eighteenth-century silversmith, Contardo Buccellati, who opened an atelier for silverware and jewelry in Milan, Italy. The house was revived in 1919 by Mario Buccellati, one of his relatives, a goldsmith whose inherent passion to transform metals and precious stones into beautiful works of art has inspired a tradition carried down through four generations of the family owned business. Since 1919, a Buccellati family member has designed every piece coming out of the house, beginning with Mario who was followed by his son, Gianmaria. Gianmaria’s son, Andrea, now assumes creative direction over the brand. Alongside is his daughter, Lucrezia, the youngest generation and first female designer, who now assumes a co-design role.

With Lucrezia working side by side with Andrea, it is only natural for her to absorb the knowledge and tradition he continues as well as challenge Andrea and the family’s expert artisans with her modern interpretation and unexpected products ranging from tech accessories to bridal jewelry.

Aquamarine, a Gem of Love

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Aquamarine, a gem of many powers, has long been treasured and valued as a charm of tranquility and a totem of love.  When worn, its calming color is known to bring a feeling of relaxation and serenity.

Aquamarine is a light bluish green stone from the Beryl family, a sibling of the Emerald.  The finest Aquamarine is very clear and has very few inclusions.  The stone comes in several shades of blue, varying from a light sky blue to a slightly green sea blue.  A deeper shade of blue signifies the most valuable Aquamarine.  The majority of this Beryl is most commonly found in Brazil, where in 1910, the largest stone was recorded weighing roughly 243 pounds, and yielding over 200,000 carats once cut.  Aquamarine can also be found in Africa, the Middle East, and in various mountain peaks of the United States, Russia, and India.

Since the Greek and Roman times, the use of Aquamarine in jewelry has been connected to feelings of love and tranquility.  Jewelry made of Aquamarine was given popularly as a wedding gift in the belief that the stone absorbed love.  Sailors were also known to wear the aqua stone as protection on their journeys across the sea.  Adversely, this stone was often believed to help reconcile differences between enemies and make them friends.

Aquamarine became present in art deco jewelry pieces in the 1920’s and 30’s.  Whether set in platinum or gold, the stone stands out as a tranquil pool of calming water.  A very large, bold Aquamarine could be greatly complemented with diamond, ruby or sapphire accents.  These bold palette pieces became a very popular look of the time.

ImageAt Diamond & Estate Trust, we have the pleasure of bringing you a pair of stunning pieces featuring this Aquamarine.  Our collection includes a spectacular Aquamarine, Coral, and Diamond bracelet dating to the early 1930’s.  This piece is hand fabricated and made with a careful eye.  The complimentary color combination truly stands out and sets it apart from other Aquamarine items with a warm coral hue as a cheery contrast to the cool aqua blue.  The piece is a harmonious balance of color which can be worn seamlessly any time of day.

Our alternative Aquamarine piece is a beautiful necklace comprised of a large rectangular cut stone with multiple additional Aquamarines suspended from platinum chain, all unified with diamond accents.  The movement of the necklace is reminiscent of a waterfall cascading downwards.  This gorgeous Aquamarine can naturally complement an evening gown for a night of glamour.

The same bold pieces can also be worn with your modern day wardrobe.  Cool aqua blue can bring a calm emotion to trending black and white fashion.  Similarly, Aquamarine paired with bold colors and vintage precision can be worn casually during the day or formally for a special event.

Oscar Heyman Jewelry

 

 

Oscar Heyman was founded in 1912, and is known for its European-style craftsmanship and hand fabrication. In the early 1900s, a family of six brothers and three sisters emigrated from Latvia. It all started with three brothers, Nathan, Oscar and Harry, who had a desire to make jewelry using quality gemstones. The founding brothers trained in the rigorous conditions in Faberge workshops in 1906, where they learned their craft.  Did you know that Oscar Heyman’s is one of the first jewelers to fabricate in Platinum?  They were excited to use such a fine white metal, which only enhanced the beauty of white diamonds.

The brand is known for its ingenious designs and high quality gems.  The company is dedicated to a hands-on approach for stone selection and workmanship. The Oscar Heyman in house workshop consists of jewelers, setters, engravers, polishers and lapidaries. They take pride in alloying their own metals, cutting and polishing gemstones and engraving each with its own number, before leaving the studio. The Oscar Heyman is over a century old and with each generation, the brand brings its own element to the jewelry line each time.  Jewelers of today sit side by side with skilled employees from before and recreate Oscar Heyman’s signature designs. Many of the brands trademark pieces from different eras are still being created today. By preserving old school techniques, Oscar Heyman is considered one of the elite jewelers worldwide.

Movie stars, socialites and others from high society flocked to Oscar Heymans, for its originality and nature inspired designs. Sapphire jewelry was the company’s hallmark in the 1950s. In the 60s, the gems were bold. Colors were flamboyant and large diamond necklaces were in demand. A monumental creation was the infamous 67 pear-shaped diamonds with 69.42 carats, D color flawless diamond necklace, which was purchased by Richard Burton for his wife, Elizabeth Taylor. The stone was cut by Harry Winston and the necklace was designed by Oscar Heyman for Cartier in 1969. This grand piece was called the “Taylor-Burton necklace.” Even after Burton purchased the necklace, it was under stipulations that the diamond be displayed at the New York and Chicago showrooms for Cartier.  New York’s Cartier showroom had over 6000 visitors a day. After the divorce, Elizabeth Taylor auctioned off the necklace to Henry Lambert, a New York based Jeweler for $5 million. The money was used to build a hospital in Botswana. The current owner of the diamond is Robert Mouwad, the founder of GIA.

Oscar Heyman continues to make exquisite jewelry by applying techniques used for the past three generations. Every piece meets the highest standards in cut and quality of the stones. The company takes great pride in their classic designs, but isn’t afraid to mix it up with a modern touch.  By doing this, they create pieces that appeal to women of all ages.

What is Diamond & Estate Trust?

Diamond & Estate Trust was created with a simple vision, to intelligently source the most prestigious vintage jewelry and gems and deliver them to our discerning clients with an attention to value. Founder Anup Jogani has spent many years honing his trade under the tutelage of master jewelers and diamond cutters while hunting through antique shows, auctions, estates, banks, pawn shops, trusts, and private collections looking for rare hidden treasures.

Based in the jewelry district in the heart of Los Angeles, our company focuses its efforts on bringing expertly-crafted antique and modern jewels to our clients who desire fine, everlasting pieces. We concentrate on the upper echelon of the market, using our expertise to maintain the highest standards of workmanship the world has to offer. Since our company is known for extremely fine antique piece and gems, our suppliers only bring us the best of the best.

Diamond & Estate Trust can offer you such treasures as unheated Burmese rubies, Kashmir sapphires, or glowing Golconda diamonds. Timeless pieces meticulously crafted in France in the early 1920’s or mid century statement jewelry from around the world can be acquired through Anup Jogani and the knowledgeable staff at Diamond & Estate Trust.

At Diamond & Estate Trust, we buy the finest jewelry, diamonds, and gems in the world. We are interested in purchasing very well made vintage engagement rings, important diamonds and gemstones between 3 – 100+ carats in size and exquisitely made period pieces, especially with an important maker’s mark and/or a famous signature. We are the de-facto home for one of a kind treasures up to and exceeding a million dollars in value. Show us your greatest treasures and we will realize its full potential, doing so professionally and discreetly.

Diamond & Estate Trust is located in the heart of the jewelry district in downtown Los Angeles. We have a history of working with clientele throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia. We can work with you over the phone, email or chat.