Colored Diamond Info

MEMBER'S SECTION => Show off Your Jewels => Topic started by: oldmancoyote on March 21, 2008, 06:51:59 PM

Title: The coyote's den
Post by: oldmancoyote on March 21, 2008, 06:51:59 PM
Well, here they come. This is going to be a looooooong post, get your scrolling bars ready.

What colours do you like?

Let's start with pink, since it seems to be de rigueur on this forum of late. No diamonds (yet), but how about a nice pink sapphire?

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI/Sterle.jpg)

The ring is circa 1950 by S - note the typical gold ropework. Stone data unknown; I estimate it at slightly above 2 cts, and it's definitely a VS if not a VVS.

In natural light, the sapphire is purplish pink, not this salmony colour. I have tried to get it closer to its natural look by tinkering with software, but in the end I gave up and left it as it came out of the camera... this next picture is slightly better for colour, but still not close enough

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI/Sterle2.jpg)

when worn, it looks like this

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI/SterleHand.jpg)

On the other hand - or indeed on the same hand (pardon the pun), this padparascha's colour came out really well. The stone is 1.24 cts, very clean inside and it could do with a bit more red (and with a better wash outside - this time it got away with a quick brush and a bit of detergent), but she liked the shape of the cluster. And I liked the way it fitted her hand.

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI/PadparaschaHand.jpg)

don't you think this cluster is nice?

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI/Padparascha2.jpg)

and this IS a lotus bud's colour at dawn. Never got up that early to see them, but they assured me it looks like this.  :sultan:

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI/Padparascha.jpg)


From pink to red. This is an interesting ring by S, a Berlin-based firm (and that's Berlin, Germany, not Berlin, Iowa) - it can be dated with certainty to before 1983, because that's when they went bankrupt...  >:D Interestingly, I'm told the patent on invisible setting by V expired in 1986. Since the two ruby panels are invisibly set, I can only hope that the statute of limitations applies and V won't come after us... Actually, the ring was probably made in the mid-60s, so I'm sure they will have forgot.

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI/Schilling2.jpg)

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI/Schilling.jpg)

Again, no idea of stone data, but there's a lot of nicely matched rubies there. And the metalwork and design are just incredible.

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI/SchillingHand.jpg)


After hot red, a little cool blue. A 1960 ballerina ring by M, Paris. Yes, the sapphire is THAT colour in bright light. A little darker when the sun (or the flash) is not shining on it. I did not tinker with this one - just cropped it. Some cornflowers could learn...

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI/Mauboussin2.jpg)

The stone is - methinks - over 3.5 cts, since it's very deep. And the design is so nice...

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI/Mauboussin.jpg)

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI/MauboussinHand.jpg)


Now it's time for a little green... and no, it's not a Paraiba. It looks a bit like one, but it's not. It's still Brazilian, though (we bought it in Rio). Can't find the paperwork now, so I can't tell you how big it is, but what sold it to us was the colour. Very little black in this seawater.

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI/Tourmaline2.jpg)

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI/Tourmaline.jpg)

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI/TourmalineHand.jpg)


If that is water, this is grass. Lush grass. Again a b^%$h of a colour to get right. It's a little darker in natural light, and it looks much greener still.

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI/DecoEmerald.jpg)

A really original design from the 1930s - I just love the way they used the double baguettes to "hold" the cab emerald.

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI/DecoEmerald2.jpg)

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI/DecoEmeraldHand.jpg)


Heck, I'm running out of colours. But wait - perhaps if we mixed a few together...

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI/Tuttifrutti.jpg)

and look - there IS a pair of fancy coloured diamond, after all. I'd say fancy intense yellow - take into account it's not set on yellow gold, but on platinum. It's a small pair, but it looks good on these 1930s tuttifrutti ear clips

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI/Tuttifrutti2.jpg)

...which look great when they are worn...

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI/TuttifruttiEar.jpg)

... if one remembers to photograph them from the right angle. We re-took this photo at least 20 times; never got the lighting right again, though we got the angle better. Just imagine that the head is tilted away from you a little bit, please.

And finally, if you really mix all colours, what do you get? White, of course!

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI/Cartier.jpg)

A 1937 platinum & diamonds clip by C London. How do we know it's 1937 precisely? Actually we don't. But since it was made to be worn on a tiara, and out of 53 tiara clips made by C London in the 1930s, 35 were made in 1937 for the celebrations of the coronation of Edward VII, chances are...

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI/Cartier2.jpg)

OK, OK, I know this forum is about diamonds. I know little about this guy - from a gauge it comes up at 1.80 cts, it may be a little more since it's a transitional cut so it's a little deeper than "ideal". I like it a lot. To my untrained eye, it's clarity VS+ and colour G-H, but most of all it's alive.

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI/Cartier3.jpg)

OK - end of tour. Next time, necklaces, bracelets and watches... and a few more rings and earrings. If you like them with so few coloured diamonds.  ;)
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: Awestruck on March 21, 2008, 07:05:02 PM
Fabulous Coyote, totally fabulous.
Lynne
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: Cockneysparrow on March 21, 2008, 07:12:15 PM
Crikey - the Cartier tiara clip is sensational.  How does your DW wear it? 

I also love the Brazilian green gemstone - is it an Apatite or Tourmaline?

Your lucky wife is all I can say!  Can't wait to see the next instalment.
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: oldmancoyote on March 21, 2008, 07:23:20 PM
Hi Sparrow,

Unfortunately the rest of the tiara was lost, so no more wearing as it was meant. Besides, it's kind of awkward to wear a tiara nowadays  ;)

The clip has two prongs at the back, so it can be worn like a brooch. We have also a silk cord (bought at [notable British retailer], but with a platinum clasp ;) ) so it can be worn like a pendant, and a velvet choker band. In fact I think I'll take a couple of pictures tomorrow with natural light to show what it looks like.

A funny story about that clip is that once when DW (or rather, DF - we ain't married yet!) was wearing it at a Christmas party it was much admired by her colleagues. Towards the end of the evening, one finally gathered all her courage and asked "This is really wonderful. Where do you find such fantastic costume jewellery?" To which DF answered: "Oh, I don't know. It's something my boyfriend has found."  :angel: The other girl still thinks it's fake.  ;D

The green stone is a tourmaline.
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: Cockneysparrow on March 21, 2008, 07:43:07 PM
 ;D  I love that story! 

I think a tiara (unless you plan on getting married any time soon) has limited use so the choker is a great way to wear it.  Do I take it from the reference to John Lewis that you're a fellow Brit?

BTW I hope you don't mind me saying but the Ruby ring looks good enough to eat - do you remember when you were a kid making raspberry jelly with your Mum?  Well, that ring with the little bricks reminds me of that!  Lovely memories!

(Sorry but I don't know what "jelly" is known as is America - I'm not talking about the stuff that you put on toast though).

Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: oldmancoyote on March 21, 2008, 07:50:42 PM
Not quite a Brit. But lived in the UK half my life, so I guess I kind of qualify as an immigrant...

Plan to get married as soon as we can get a date, but we are in no hurry. This year it will be 24 years we are together.  :laugh:

Jelly is... jelly. Or jell-o. And that ring is hard. Actually, if you see them "in the flesh" the most chewable is the emerald. It really looks like a mint pastille.
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: Diamondluvr on March 21, 2008, 07:53:27 PM
Great pics and awesome collection, thanks for sharing!
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: Cockneysparrow on March 21, 2008, 07:59:45 PM
Well half your life in the UK qualifies you as an honorary Brit!

I can't wait to see your other jewellery!  Don't take too long before posting more pics please!
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: IhaveaDiamondproblem on March 21, 2008, 08:30:10 PM
Oldmancoyote, these are fabulous. Just fabulous.  I want to come and play in your den awhile.
Welcome to the forum, and you are definitely in the right place!

Did I mention these pieces are just fabulous?  Esp the tiara clip; amazing!!!  I can see that 1.8 really is alive, holy cow! What is the cut though? It looks like a RB but it must be an old cut of some sort.

That cornflower blue is slaying me, truly. And those GREENS, both of them!!!  And of course that is the exact hue of the dawn lotus (not that I've actually seen one either).

Fabulous!!!!  Did GIAgirl ask if you have a brother yet? LOL!

Thanks for sharing!!! :bigclap:
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: oldmancoyote on March 21, 2008, 08:44:30 PM
Thanks for the compliments - it's gratifying not just because you all seem to like the pieces, but it's also the first time I take photos of jewels... and I'm surprised at how well some of them came out.

The cut on the 1.8 is RB, all the facets are where they should be. However, it's cut using old proportions, so the crown is a bit higher than ideal, and the overall depth is a little too much. OTOH, if you fire a laser pointer at it, it makes the most amazing arrows pattern on the wall behind.

I could have sold two brothers on this forum already; evil thoughts about passing myself off as my own brother come to mind every now and then, given the lovely hands and jewellery seen about.

Shadows of "The importance of being Earnest", save us.  :Tempted:

 :laughing4:
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: IhaveaDiamondproblem on March 21, 2008, 09:05:34 PM

I could have sold two brothers on this forum already; evil thoughts about passing myself off as my own brother come to mind every now and then, given the lovely hands and jewellery seen about.

Shadows of "The importance of being Earnest", save us.  :Tempted:

 :laughing4:
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: GIAGirl on March 21, 2008, 11:21:03 PM
Oh my goodness...great collection.  If DF ever rides off into the sunset, let me know and I will step in and wear some of the jewels.   :-*
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: Sanchica27 on March 21, 2008, 11:40:40 PM
oh that sapphire ring had me at hello, gorgeous....and that cartier pin....what a gorgeous piece of history!
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: djm195 on March 22, 2008, 03:13:17 AM
Hi OMC (hey, I like the sound of that ;))

Awesome pics for a first round and a cool collection. I'm totally impressed. Do you mind me asking what kind of camera you are using?

Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: cherrypie on March 22, 2008, 04:30:08 AM
What a fabulous collection, and such unusual pieces!  I'm totally envious.   ;D

Carol    8)
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: oldmancoyote on March 22, 2008, 05:23:02 AM
Hi djm,

As long as OMC does not stand for Oh My Codpiece I guess it's fine  ;D

Actually, for any one interested, a great book to read - or to read to your kids if you are so inclined - is Indian Tales, by Jaime de Angulo (still in print). The name comes from there.

Hey - I warned you in my first post I was - well, let's say detail oriented, eh?  >:D

So, this is how the photos were taken:

The camera is a Panasonic DMC-FX9. Great lens, $300 or so, and it fits in one's shirt pocket; I think it has been superseded, but they still make something like it.

No tripods, three white sheets of paper folded to make a rudimentary white box, a piece of white carboard in front of the flash to make a diffuser and to avoid overexposure, a bit of tinkering with white balance BEFORE you take the photo (I only adjusted it once, and again this morning - see next post), and a willing DG/DF/DW (no, that's not a diamond grading scale) to lend a hand - literally

Et voila
 :geni:

GIAGirl: offer duly noted in my little black book...  ;)
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: oldmancoyote on March 22, 2008, 05:30:47 AM
Ladies and gentlemen, by request, here comes the C clip again. This time it's worn... and it still looks quite good, if I may say so

as a pendant...

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI/CartierPendant.jpg)

..or as a choker...

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI/CartierChoker.jpg)

Process for taking the photo involves dragging DF out of bed, getting her to wear a nice top and the item - who need make-up or even a shower when the sun is shining - taking a couple of shots and shrinking them. So, apologies for the slightly bedraggled appearance of the diamonds (she's the biggest gem in the collection, at 245,000 tcw)
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: Pinklady on March 22, 2008, 05:52:37 AM
OMG! That is simply AMAZING!!!!  :faintthud: :faintthud: :faintthud: :faintthud:
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: Awestruck on March 22, 2008, 05:53:41 AM
LOL Coyote
Your DF must have the patience of a Saint bless her ...
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: titania on March 22, 2008, 08:59:46 AM
OMG, OMC. I am speechless at the beauty of your collection.
More photos please -- at least one a day for the rest of my life.
Thank you in advance,
Titania
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: GIAGirl on March 22, 2008, 09:09:29 AM
Very, very nice.  Your DF was nice to wear a nice top!  HA!  That is a real photo shoot. 
Hey Coyote, how did they tell the difference in a dress clip or coat clip and a tiara clip?
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: GIAGirl on March 22, 2008, 09:10:30 AM
No, he does not have a brother, Folks! 
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: GracefulLion on March 22, 2008, 09:39:10 AM
Wow!  Great stuff!  I join those who are just completely drawn in by that tiara clip!  WOWOW!!
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: Sarahbelle on March 22, 2008, 10:52:42 AM
Gorgeous pieces, and I love how you've told us a little something about all of them! (I'm coveting the tourmaline like crazy!) It's also rather adorable how you refer to your love's weight in carats-- I should start doing that for me! That way, I can say "I'm not fat, I'm x carats!"
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: djm195 on March 22, 2008, 10:59:49 AM
As long as OMC does not stand for Oh My Codpiece I guess it's fine  ;D


I was thinking along the lines of OLD MINE CUT diamonds but, Oh my Codpiece works too...j/k

Thanks for the info re: the photoshoot. Are you saying you put a piece of white cardboard over the flash?

Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: joia on March 22, 2008, 12:12:45 PM
 :bigclap: :wow: :bigclap: :wow: :bigclap: :wow: :bigclap:

Now that is what I call a collection.   
BTW I have always loved tuttifrutti pieces, a good way to set all those gorgeous colours.  The Cartier piece    :th_AWA123112:
All the girls asking about brothers - what about a father?
Coyote´s girlfriend, you are a very very lucky girl.  (from what we can see a very pretty girl too).

Joia
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: Diamondsbylauren on March 22, 2008, 12:41:36 PM
AMAZING stuff!!!!

How lucky are we to be able to glimpse all these amazing pieces.
THANK YOU OMC for sharing!!!!!!
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: CaratHead on March 22, 2008, 01:15:20 PM
Beautiful pictures of beautiful items!! 

Codpiece??  How about Oh My Carats!
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: Me-Ann on March 22, 2008, 01:39:44 PM
All I can say is WOW!  Great pics!   :wow2: :omg:
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: IhaveaDiamondproblem on March 22, 2008, 03:05:22 PM
Beautiful pictures of beautiful items!! 

Codpiece??  How about Oh My Carats!

Or Ohhhhhhhh myyyyyyyy,   ...... Carats!!!!!!

Either way, I think you're defiitely well represented by OMC.  I keep coming back to admire these wonderful pieces.

So, you must have uncles.  Cousins?  <Sigh>  Knew it, you guys are few and far between. 

Every time I talk about sparklies in any form, my DB's eyes glaze over and he's just.....gone.  He is polite and doesn't interrupt or try to change the subject, but you know, he just leaves, in his mind.

He makes up for it in other ways though. (get your mind out of the gutter people.)  I mean he loves trash talking all the tabloid and political scandals with me, AND he's an American Idol freak just like me. And he's a complete and total sweetheart, and he's a rock star too. To me anyway - he's lead singer/guitar/keyboards in a band.  And cute to boot. 
Ok ok, never mind the uncle cousin search OMC, I'm keeping mine today.  ;D

Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: BigRed on March 22, 2008, 06:38:15 PM
 :faintthud: :Score-101010: :faintthud: :tongue3: :Heart: :boobban: :DropGob: Your collection is out of this world! Thanks so much for sharing it! You gave me a wonderful treat today!
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: oldmancoyote on March 22, 2008, 06:49:17 PM
Hi all. Apologies for the delayed replies, but we've gone out for the day.

Titania: I wish I could keep posting photographs like those even just for a year. Unfortunately there's far fewer pieces than 365. But a few more are coming tomorrow. And then, David is making something that will be quite interesting too...

GIAGirl: here is how...

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI/CartierBack.jpg)

If you see that little pin I highlighted, it's a clear indication that the piece was meant for mounting in a frame of some sort.

Given it's a totally symmetrical piece, it could either have been a double clip, or as a centrepiece in a necklace or tiara. Since the end of the clip is rounded, a double clip is ruled out (wouldn't fit - you'd have two rounded sides next to each other, which is not nice) and a necklace is unlikely, since it would be quite awkward (you can see that the clip doesn't really sit straight/flat when worn with the choker, which is why I've had to take the photograph from below rather than "straight on"). In addition, there's a few C tiaras from the '30s that have survived whole, and they have centre clips with similar symmetrical designs.

CH/djm/IHADP: I like all "new" OMCs (especially the Old Mine Cut one!) - but I'll stick with the canine one for "romantic" reasons, if you don't mind.  ;)

Sarahbelle: I guess another advantage is that losing 2 ct by dieting is quite a bit easier than losing 2 lbs, should one ever need to...

djm: What I did was to take a piece of cardboard cut to slightly over the width of the flash lamp, then fold it in two with an angle of about 135 degrees, and hold it in front of the flash - one side of the angle flat against the camera, the other so that light would bounce off the card in a very diffused way and not hit directly the stones.

David: this is high praise indeed. :-[ Thank you, Sir.

And to all of you: aw, shucks. :grouphugg:
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: GIAGirl on March 23, 2008, 12:28:58 AM
I love tiaras.  I seriously would wear one if it were even a little acceptible.  I wish my DB was royalty in some way...any excuse.  A tiara clip might be as close as I get.  Thank you for sharing.
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: joia on March 23, 2008, 04:21:26 AM
Guess who is going to rush round looking for white cardboard this morning.  Thanks OMC I am always getting too much shine from jewellery when I try to photograph it.  Good idea  to ask djm.....that is something that has been annoying me for ages.
That clip is gorgeous, I have a few pieces from about (1930´s that have a clip like that on the back (none of them signed Cartier unfortunately but they are French).  This clip looks fantastic as a brooch, pendant and on the velvet ribbon it is especially  gorgeous.....
I love tiaras and I see that lots of them transform into necklaces, break up into bracelets, earrings etc for the times when it is not suitable to wear a tiara.
By the way only married women are supposed to wear tiaras (some obscure etiquette) that excepts brides and royal princesses of course.....
Now there is a good excuse to get married.  Somehow a tiara seems to just give any outfit a certain touch, LOL.


Joia

Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: Mrs Mitchell on March 23, 2008, 06:03:40 AM
I love tiaras.  I seriously would wear one if it were even a little acceptible.  I wish my DB was royalty in some way...any excuse.  A tiara clip might be as close as I get.  Thank you for sharing.

Well, I felt this way too. So did my co-workers. We simply declared the occasional Works Tiara Day from time to time and just wore them. I think a dress code is a good idea at work.

Jen



Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: oldmancoyote on March 23, 2008, 06:25:45 AM
:laughing4: :rotflmao: :laughing4: :rotflmao: :laughing4: :rotflmao:
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: oldmancoyote on March 23, 2008, 07:44:48 AM
I love tiaras.  I seriously would wear one if it were even a little acceptible.  I wish my DB was royalty in some way...any excuse.  A tiara clip might be as close as I get.  Thank you for sharing.

Surely, he IS the king of your heart, is he not? Excuse enough in my world...
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: Sarahbelle on March 23, 2008, 08:53:12 AM
OMC: somehow able to make enabling sound like a romantic gesture  ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: caratper on March 23, 2008, 11:02:37 AM
Fabulous collection,OMC.  Can't wait to see more pics.  Wow...that tiara clip...how wonderful to own a piece of sparkly history!  Thanks for sharing with us!   :D
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: GIAGirl on March 23, 2008, 07:50:49 PM
I love tiaras.  I seriously would wear one if it were even a little acceptible.  I wish my DB was royalty in some way...any excuse.  A tiara clip might be as close as I get.  Thank you for sharing.

Surely, he IS the king of your heart, is he not? Excuse enough in my world...

That might be just enough to send him over the edge.  He would really think I was crazy, but it is sweet nonetheless.  He also would not buy that excuse.
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: oldmancoyote on March 23, 2008, 08:12:39 PM
Let's be brutally practical - as long as he buys the tiara...  >:D
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: oldmancoyote on March 23, 2008, 10:30:55 PM
Right - installment 2 (of 2 - I'm running out of stuff!). Get scrolling equipment at the ready, 'cos this is going to be even longer. No model photos either, since sensibly DF is sleeping, at 3.30am.

Let's start from an observation that is not going to make me popular with gem dealers: to make great jewellery, you don't need that much in terms of gem content.

As shown by these earclips by B...

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI2/BuccellatiViolets.jpg)

...or this brooch by G.

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI2/GrimaLeafBrooch.jpg)

On the other hand, even superbly textured gold, modelled by masters (and make no mistakes, those two ARE masters) can be boring without a little sparkle. So, sensibly, the masters have put in little sparklies.

Completely at the other extreme are diamond studs

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI2/DiamondStuds.jpg)

2 x 1.something cts / F+ / SI (all my own very professional grading). The interesting story behind those two is that they were set on my maternal grandma's engagement ring (circa 1935). When my DF turned 30, my mother decided to have them re-set as studs, and gifted them to her. Here they are individually

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI2/DiamondStud1.jpg) (http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI2/DiamondStud2.jpg)

I love the stones, and the story. At some point I'll have them re-set in platinum - or perhaps I'll invest in getting some jackets made (pink? yellow? blue? - what do you think, ladies?).

If you find only white boring, how about black & white? This diamonds and onyx bracelet dates from about 1925, it has about 10 ctw of old cut diamonds in colours varying from H to J - apologies for the quality of the photo, but the 500 pixel maximum really hits large pieces hard...

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI2/DiamondOnyx.jpg)

... so I took a little detail photo...

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI2/DiamondOnyx2.jpg)

The incredible thing about this bracelet is how little metal there is: total weight is about 24 grams, less than 1 oz - take away 2 grams for the diamonds and 1 for the onyx, and you are left with very little platinum (to be precise, about 1 cubic centimetre in all, for something that is 18 cm long and 2 wide). As it is apparent from this side view

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI2/DiamondOnyx3.jpg)

Then again, they seemed to make a point of using as little metal as possible in the Deco period: look at this...

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI2/DecoDiamondEarrings3.jpg)

...which really should be looked at like this...

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI2/DecoDiamondEarrings2.jpg)

... or together with its mate. Both of them first seen in a posh boutique in Paris (makers' mark so difficult to read, I'd need a microscope - and then some) circa 1935.

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI2/DecoDiamondEarrings.jpg)

They give a completely new meaning to the word "ear rings", don't you think? To appreciate them fully, though, you've got to see them worn. Next shot tomorrow morning...

This is a piece of jewellery that turns the scales at just under 10 grams. For both! From which you need to take out the stones, at about 9 ctw (just short of 2 grams). And to think that on fleaBay you get sellers trumpeting about the amount of metal in their pieces. Of course, if selling things for scrap is your most likely option, then weight counts  >:D

The other interesting point about Deco jewellery is that it changed so much in character within 10 years. look at these:

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI2/DecoDiamondPendants.jpg)

so typical of early 20's jewellery, even though they are set with older diamonds, probably recycled from a Victorian piece

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI2/DecoDiamondPendants2.jpg)

The larger stones are about 50 points, and despite the extremely sub-optimal cut they sparkle like there's no tomorrow.

Just in case you think Deco is all about white, here's some colour

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI2/CartierJade2.jpg)

a wonderful (even if I say so) C sautoir dating from circa 1920 in its original box. Before scrolling further, guess what the beads are made of...

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI2/CartierJade.jpg)

... and you probably guessed emerald. Wrong. It's jade. And for a Western piece it's pretty good quality jade.

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI2/CartierJade4.jpg)

The metalwork is extremely simple: a diamond-set clasp and a clip to shorten the sautoir, in true flapper style. Bad photo, but look at how closely set these little diamonds are. And see how much DBL pieces are similar: despite everything, some craftsmen still care about producing excellent work today.

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI2/CartierJade3.jpg)

From light and airy Deco to the somewhat heavier style of what could be late '60s V (again, blasted makers' marks are unreadable). These coral, diamond and gold earclips turn the scales at over 17 grams - each! But the angel skin coral beads have such a nice tint...

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI2/AngelSkinCoral.jpg)

... plus they can be removed, leaving a lighter "daywear" clip. Still somewhat blingy, considering the larger stone is over 50 points...

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI2/AngelSkinCoral2.jpg)

However, I'm assured they are comfortable all day long, even with the beads.

Since we are on pink - that by now you will have figured out is one of our favourite colours - take a look at this:

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI2/Topaz.jpg)

6 carats of Brazilian pink topaz, unheated (or at least I hope so!). Add 0.75 ctw of G/VS fancy cuts diamonds, a few grams of platinum, some hours of OMC's own design and a friendly jeweller, and here is the result

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI2/Topaz2.jpg)

Very wearable - and one of DF's favourites. There is something special about choosing your own stones that - no matter how good "ready made" pieces are - makes some things unique.

Not that you can't find some excellent "ready made" designs - look at this cocktail ring from the late '30s with invisibly set sapphires...

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI2/SapphireCocktail1.jpg)

... and its astounding three-dimensional shape.

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI2/SapphireCocktail2.jpg)

Despite appearances, it doesn't look big once it's worn. Or how about this bracelet/watch from G from the 1940s?

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI2/GubelinWatch.jpg)

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI2/GubelinWatch2.jpg)

Or would you prefer this platinum, diamonds and cabochon sapphires bangle from the 1950s?

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI2/SapphireBangle2.jpg)

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI2/SapphireBangle.jpg)

At the end of the day, though, if we are speaking of jewellery design, I think there is nothing to beat the 1930s. And this is why I got this - the only piece of "jewellery" that DF will never wear.

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI2/PlatinumWatch2.jpg)

A small (1 1/2" x 1" x 1/4") platinum travel clock by M, encrusted with little diamonds set in geometric patterns and a pair of half-circle cabochon sapphires

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI2/PlatinumWatch.jpg)

The ends of the case - set with sugar-loaf calibré sapphires - are spring-loaded buttons that when pressed open the two doors, letting the face out and blocking the doors open. When pressed again, the face falls down inside the case and the doors can close.

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI2/PlatinumWatch3.jpg)

Neat, or what? It's just a shame it has no alarm, or I'd use it all the time!

Still, sometimes simpler designs can work just as effectively:

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI2/Pearl.jpg)

A large (17 mm) South Seas pearl, with two very unusually cut diamonds set in platinum, accompanied by a seed pearl and "diamond box" platinum chain by T. Detail of the pendant

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI2/Pearl2.jpg)

and further detail of the double-pointed baguette (or is there another name?) and kite-cut diamonds. Both L-M in colour and VS+

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI2/Pearl3.jpg)

Finally, on the subject of design, a little test: What do you think this is, and when do you think it was made?

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI2/AspreysChalcedony1.jpg)

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI2/AspreysChalcedony2.jpg)

No points for guessing "a yellow gold ring". Score 1 point if you guessed "sapphires and blue-grey chalcedony" (one of the favourite materials of S B, one of the great jewellery designers of the 20th century - not that the piece is by her, but one extra point if you thought of her). Score 10 points if you guessed Aspreys, late 1990s (1997 to be precise). It's a complete throwback to V designs of the late 1960s. Unusual, and again - despite appearances - not bulky at all.

Now, since we started with quizzes, we may as well end with one. What is this?

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI2/MauboussinNecklace2.jpg)

Looks like a diamond brooch with a sugar loaf sapphire, set in platinum, circa 1940. When seen from the back...

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI2/MauboussinNecklace7.jpg)

...the extraordinary quality of workmanship is even more apparent. There is virtually no casting, even on the pavé parts - it's all fabricated out of platinum wires and strips, patiently measured and soldered together. These guys had loads of time (and fun) making it. There isn't a single straight line apart from the prongs.

But wait a minute, what is this?

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI2/MauboussinNecklace3.jpg)

Another one? With three large(ish) longish EC diamonds (1.1 / 0.95 / 0.95 ct, F / VS - I think)

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI2/MauboussinNecklace6.jpg)

Or do they go together side by side?

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI2/MauboussinNecklace5.jpg)

Or back-to-back?

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI2/MauboussinNecklace4.jpg)

Actually, you can do all that, and more. It's a 1940s necklace by M, with two detachable clips. About 20 ctw diamonds, here in all its glory (and $&*^!@ 500 pixels!)

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI2/MauboussinNecklace.jpg)

Is that a good finale? I hope so, 'cos the safe is empty!

Hope you enjoyed the tour. I enjoyed enormously preparing it, cleaning the pieces, photographing them, thinking about what to say and how to string together a (semi)coherent story.

David, do you need an assistant?

Now, good night!
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: Sarahbelle on March 23, 2008, 10:46:29 PM
 :DropGob: :DropGob: :DropGob: :DropGob: :DropGob: :DropGob: :DropGob: :DropGob: :DropGob: :DropGob: :DropGob: :DropGob: :DropGob: :DropGob: :DropGob: :DropGob: :DropGob: :DropGob: :DropGob: :DropGob: :DropGob:
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: IhaveaDiamondproblem on March 23, 2008, 11:03:34 PM
 :faintthud: :DropGob: :faintthud: :DropGob: :faintthud: :DropGob: :faintthud: :DropGob: :notworthy: :hail: :notworthy: :hail: :notworthy: :hail:

Beyond gobsmacked. Stunned and amazed. The pieces. The presentation.
Standing freaking ovation for you OMC...as soon as I can manage to pick myself up off the floor, that is.  I'm going to spend hours on this thread studying and researching the details.

What a gift for you to share these magnificent pieces with us.  <has died and gone to jewelry heaven>  Just incredible.  THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR SHARING THIS amazing collection - and for all the time and energy you put into a masterful artistic presentation.  Know that it is GREATLY appreciated!!!!!!!!!!!!
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: Sanchica27 on March 23, 2008, 11:11:34 PM
going through your thread has been a complete pleasure and indulgence for sure!!!  i love that most of your pieces have an amazing history!  really, a true pleasure to view, thank you for taking the time to document this awe-inspiring collection!
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: BigRed on March 23, 2008, 11:34:11 PM
 :DropGob: :boobban: :faintthud: :DropGob: :boobban: :faintthud: :DropGob: :boobban: :faintthud:  HOLY COW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! That watch and that bangle are  :th_AWA123112: :hot_stern: You have the most unique, wonderful collection I have ever laid my eyes on!   
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: jewellk on March 24, 2008, 12:02:05 AM
Holy Cow!!

I just showed DH only a portion of your amazing collection (he's a "rock" collector). I told him that if he bought ROCKS like that, that I would walk around the house wearing nothing but his rocks!!'

 :DropGob:



Seriously, you have impeccable taste and your collection is nothing les than astounding! Thank you for sharing and giving me ammunition  ;)
 >:D >:D >:D >:D

Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: jewellk on March 24, 2008, 12:32:25 AM
btw... I'm an obsessive lover of old jewelry and a new appreciator of texture and dimension in metalsmithing (having just recently taken a metalsmithing class) so I really appreciate the diversity of your collection. Thank you again for sharing!!

 :drool:
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: khrystal1968 on March 24, 2008, 12:39:18 AM
Holy diamonds, Batman! Hang on while I put my eyes back into my sockets. I bet that necklace weighs a pound! My fave are those pearl earrings with the funky diamonds. Those are awesome! Keep putting more pics up, I need more of your eye candy. I am a sucker for the antique stuff. I have a couple of old pieces of my own, I should post 'em up! :picturewhore: :wow:
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: GIAGirl on March 24, 2008, 12:50:50 AM
Good Lawd!  That necklace is to die for.   I am love the peices from the deco period.   If I were the DF, I would certianly be making you the DH PRONTO!!! 
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: joia on March 24, 2008, 03:24:28 AM
I am "gobsmacked" that is what art deco heaven is made of......  Even the beautiful piece designed by DF looks art deco...   Absolutely gorgeous, wonderful, a feast for the eyes.  The very few times that I have liked something  that is not art deco has been when I see some lovely 1950-60´s retro pieces and you have those too.  As an art deco lover I guessed the jade straight off,  fantastic collection.
Congratulations on the photography too.

Joia
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: djm195 on March 24, 2008, 06:17:14 AM
Bravo OMC!!! :bigclap:
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: caratper on March 24, 2008, 07:17:05 AM
Absolutely fantastic collection!!!!!   What a way to start my day!! :wow: :wow: :wow:
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: Awestruck on March 24, 2008, 08:39:33 AM
Exquisite Coyote  !
I can`t wait to see the DBL creation you`ve designed to live amongst these beauties.
Any chance of a hint ?  ;)
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: oldmancoyote on March 24, 2008, 10:01:46 AM
Hi All,

Again thanks. I was reading an article in today's paper explaining how much of the economic crisis is caused by lack of liquidity because suddenly mortgage backed securities have become unfashionable. Perhaps banks should have invested in Deco jewellery... but it's just as well they didn't, so it remains affordable for us!

jewellk: and he didn't take you up on it? I... will be a gentleman. And not say more.

khrystal1968: Hope you found both your eyes and the stalks were not damaged by overextension. Not quite a pound: 3 1/4 oz (94 grams). But it feels substantial! And please post :picturewhore:

joia: I'll claim at least joint honours for designing the piece. On the other hand, DF wears it with far more grace and poise than I could ever do. But we are very pleased that you think it has a Deco feeling to it.

GIAGirl: we are getting married. As soon as the Town Hall tells us a date... (I know, it sounds like a joke, but it's not)

Awestruck: I can't tell too much, because it's a surprise - see above paragraph, but if you have been looking at CDI / DBL's sites over the last two months you have seen quite a lot of the surprise... I promise CDI membership will get fourth viewing (David + team, myself, DF, then you guys - can't get better than this, can I?)
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: titania on March 24, 2008, 12:40:45 PM
Sigh. Words fail me, except thank you, thank you. A magnificent collection - I've always wished there were a Museum of Vintage Jewelry near me. But now, you are it. The Art Deco pieces are....exquisite.
Thank you again, OMC.  Standing Ovation from
Titania
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: diamondjunkie on March 24, 2008, 12:59:23 PM
 :faintthud: :faintthud: :faintthud: :faintthud: :faintthud: :faintthud: :faintthud: :faintthud: :faintthud: :faintthud: :faintthud: :faintthud:

OMG.  I have fallen and I can't get up.  I don't want to either if it means I have to leave this thread.  HO-LEE-COW.  I am officially short of breath and green with envy.  What a collection!!!  What a lucky woman!!!  OMG!  Sorry, I gotta go back and look at the pics again!
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: diamondjunkie on March 24, 2008, 01:44:15 PM

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI/Cartier.jpg)

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI/Cartier2.jpg)


I would NEVER take this off.  NEVER! 
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: oldmancoyote on March 24, 2008, 03:05:49 PM
You may want to when you sleep. Those prongs are blipping sharp, believe me.

That is the piece that set us off on the road to addiction serious jewellery ownership.  ;D
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: WM on March 24, 2008, 04:51:54 PM
 :picturewhore: is aghast and just now able to weakly pull my self from the floor after seeing all the photos, particularly of deco jewelry. I am a married woman but if you have a brother? Holy Toledo Batman!

I cannot wait to see what you get from David to add to that collection. I tell you want, I just want to go shopping with you some time just to absorb the fun and model things so you can surprise your very lucky wife. 

I've been out most of the morning. Imagine my coming back and seeing this GALLERY!
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: Diamondluvr on March 25, 2008, 08:38:09 AM
What a fabulous collection :) 
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: caratper on March 25, 2008, 11:08:02 AM
"I tell you want, I just want to go shopping with you some time just to absorb the fun and model things so you can surprise your very lucky wife.  "

If WM is unavailable I will happily volunteer for this duty!!  ;D
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: oldmancoyote on March 25, 2008, 05:05:48 PM
OK, so far I've sold three brothers, four uncles, six cousins and a couple of fathers. Plus two "personal shoppers". Deal! (or as David would no doubt say: "Mazal v'bracha")

Thanks for the offers. You never know...  ;D
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: robin on March 25, 2008, 05:53:20 PM
Fabulous.  I love the long dangly earrings.  I can just imagine your DF wearing them with, say, a navy or black or even red velvet dress with a portrait collar.

Sigh.

Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: joia on March 26, 2008, 12:46:09 PM
I was just trying to follow OMC´s instructions - I still can´t manage but I tried to take a photo of my star sapphire and I was very surprised when the one star ended up like this.  I have never seen it do this before and I managed to get a pic.

(http://i231.photobucket.com/albums/ee200/menarue/P3270041.jpg)

Joia
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: titania on March 26, 2008, 01:38:50 PM
WOW WOW WOW!!!!!!! What a stunner! Is it blue, blue gray? It's immense and gorgeous, Joia!
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: joia on March 26, 2008, 02:28:21 PM
Bluish grey and I am not sure about how many carats but it is quite large and a high cabochon.  Ceylon sapphire I have been told.  Only one star usually though.
It doesn´t attract much attention as most people have no idea what it is, someone asked me why I had a ring made with a pebble....

Joia
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: Awestruck on March 26, 2008, 02:38:34 PM
Joia
I love the star sapphires. It`s very lovely.
Lynne
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: oldmancoyote on March 26, 2008, 03:53:49 PM
Hi Joia:

Interesting - did you have a lamp/light in the background as well as the flash? It looks like you managed to get two light sources with roughly the same intensity focused on the stone at the same time.

There is no reason why you shouldn't get 2 (or even 3) stars; the stars are due to rutile needles inside the sapphire which tend to lie in a 60 degree-angle pattern to each other. As long as the light sources are focused enough, you'll get one six-ray star pattern for each light.

Lovely colour by the way.

I'll take a picture of my picture making apparatus (!), maybe it helps
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: oldmancoyote on March 26, 2008, 04:18:51 PM
Ok, here they are, the magical instruments:

"the white box" AKA three pieces of A4 paper. What you see inside is a jeweller's loupe.

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/Photography/WhiteBox.jpg)

and "the magic cardboard" AKA a piece of business card cut to fit around the lens.

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/Photography/MagicCardboard1.jpg)
(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/Photography/MagicCardboard2.jpg)

Apologies for the very very poor photos, but I only had a mobile phone camera without flash, and I needed the other hand to hold the camera and cardboard.

Hope this helps
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: joia on March 26, 2008, 04:43:30 PM
Thanks OMC that is a great help,but  there is something you should have put on the list, and that is talent.
I know from Mrs Mitchel that David also  picks up a diamond and takes a photo and it turns out beautifully  like yours.  He used Mrs M´s camera so it wasn´t the camera.
I am going to try again tomorrow using the OMC method (I bet djm does too).
That little visiting card trick was unexpected.
Thanks again,
Joia
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: djm195 on March 26, 2008, 06:06:22 PM
I am going to try again tomorrow using the OMC method (I bet djm does too).
That little visiting card trick was unexpected.
Joia

Joia--HOW DID YOU KNOW!!! LOL!

OMC--I had to laugh when you posted the picture with your camera and flash deflector. The way I interpreted your description was to put the piece on the top of the camera  with the card coming down over the flash at a 45 degree angle. Does that make sense? Anyhow, aside from getting hand cramps holding the card and pushing the button at the same time, the picture came out as if there was no flash at all.  :1087:
I'm usually pretty good with spatial relationships but I just couldn't figure it out with the description. Now that I see the picture...well let's just say...DUH! :dontknow:

I'm going to try it again and post pics.
Thanks for the info...
djm
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: oldmancoyote on March 26, 2008, 06:24:54 PM
Sorry djm, but I had to laugh at your description above. My apologies for not being clearer; I only realised yesterday one of our mobile phones had a camera.

I'm afraid the "new" card position does not make any difference to the cramps (you just get them in the other hand), but the pictures do come out!

You may need to adjust the angle of the card depending on how much diffusion the little bit of plastic in front of the lamp manages, and how much reflection you get from walls / ceiling (I was shooting in a room with very light yellow walls and pure white ceiling, plus the "white box" helps). With some pieces (especially the "all whites") I had it almost flat against the flash.

Good luck!
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: annie1 on March 26, 2008, 10:33:00 PM
Ok, I had saved this thread for when I had enough time to really sit down and enjoy it, and I'm glad that I did!

What an amazing collection you have OMC, and I'm very glad you took all of the time and effort to share it with us. 

I'm not going to even begin to pick a favorite, but I was very taken with the pink topaz pendant.  Is that a step cut half moon on top?

Thank you again!
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: IhaveaDiamondproblem on March 27, 2008, 10:07:39 AM
OMG this is such a fantastic thread; I just keep coming back over and over again and see something else droolworthy every time. I think I am able to take in only so much at one time and there's just SO MUCH here to salivate over!  Also, terrific  photo tips, thank you OMC!

JOIA, your star sapphire ring is absolutely TDF. Seriously. And fantastic shot capturing the star patterns, LOVE IT!!!!!
You - and DMJ - MUST share the results of the new camera techniques.

Off to read through the thread yet again......
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: oldmancoyote on March 27, 2008, 11:42:07 AM
Hi Annie,

Yes, it's a step-cut half-moon. Can't remember too much about it, except total weight of the two stones (half moon + trilliant) is 0.75 ct and they are both G/VS1. Size (estimated by eye) is about 6mm diameter.
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: Trinkette on April 12, 2008, 11:20:00 AM
 :faintthud: to the 10th power.

(OK, so I was a little late getting to this thread.  I was out of town.  Geesh, I can't leave for a MINUTE! OMC:  :notworthy:)
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: Butterfly_Kisses on April 21, 2008, 04:40:29 AM
wonderful collection  :)
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: Trinkette on May 10, 2008, 01:20:59 PM
Ok, so, OMC has wed his true love.  And, he's made a PILE of sparkly purchases from DBL.  It is only a matter of time now before our sparkly show begins.  I can just feel it...

 :Whistle:
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: oldmancoyote on May 11, 2008, 07:37:09 AM
Right-o. Installment 3: new purchases owing to wedding (actually, owing to the pleasure of owning the preciousss stones; any excuse will do).

To the tone of Wagner's Bridal Chrous (http://kmdownload.com/royalty-free/Wagner%20Bridal%20Chorus.mp3) from "Lohengrin" (or Mendelssohn's Wedding March (http://www.phantorg.net/mp3/mend_wm_ss4.mp3) from "A Midsummer's Night Dream" if you prefer), OMC productions proudly proposes...

1. Any bride should wear a bit of yellow by DBL

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI3/YellowCluster1.jpg)

Sparkly yellow.

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI3/YellowCluster3.jpg)(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI3/YellowCluster2.jpg)

I just love how the different shades of yellow play out - not that we don't like them, but no green or brown here. In steady, diffused light it is very very even and intense yellow - see the first picture above, in natural light. Part of the difference that comes out under strong lighting is because some of the stones have fluorescence (the .40 ct in the centre, for example, is strong blue, but some of the smaller stones are strong orange).

Stats: 3.95 cttw of VS/SI fancy intense yellow. Stones range from 5 to 40 points, and there's 41 in all. That's assuming I counted them right. I trust David did.

When worn, it does take quite a bit of finger real estate

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI3/YellowClusterHandShot1.jpg)

Even in natural light, it ain't shy. We have had people asking us about it pretty much whenever it was worn. And as you'll see in the wedding photos, it's actually visible in a full-figure shot  :angel:

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI3/YellowClusterHandShot2.jpg)

2. A bride should be seen with a lot of yellow, and a little pink

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI3/Pink3.jpg)

0.51 cttw Fancy Light Pink Radiants, together with 1.13 ct of E/VS2 square emerald. Not quite an Asscher, but none the less a well cut stone. We should call this particular ring the pink dust trap: the photos were taken after washing in alcohol, rinsing and drying with a chamois cloth. Thank goodness it is not huge...

And the pink is pink under any and all light conditions

With flash                                                                                            and in natural light

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI3/Pink1.jpg)(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI3/Pink2.jpg)

When worn it's a very pretty, sparkly and unobtrusive piece. It made a nice surprise...

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI3/PinkHandShot.jpg)

DW was not wearing this at the wedding, but she keeps wearing it now as an ER (better 24 years late than never, huh?).

3. Something blue and something green are de rigueur, but nobody said they could not go together, like in this pair of Italian earclips from the 1980s

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI3/GiovaneEarrings1.jpg) (http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI3/GiovaneEarrings3.jpg)

which I think look even better when worn. And are very difficult to photograph. Darn emeralds keep coming out looking like jade beads.

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI3/GiovaneEarrings2.jpg)

No idea of the stats, but there's 41 RBC diamonds per earring at about 7-9 points each. The emeralds I'd say are about 2 ct each and although heavily included are a lovely grass green.

Now, strictly speaking, Mrs OMC was not wearing this blue and green, since her earrings were these:

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI3/PlatinumChandelierEarShot2.jpg)

which you already know as a 1920s platinum pair with OEC diamonds. They look even better in natural light (though they sparkle less, but I'm not going to start making movies).

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI3/PlatinumChandelierEarShot1.jpg)

however, she did wear something blue after all...

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI3/MTHNecklace1.jpg)(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI3/MTHNecklace2.jpg)

.. with a lot of white diamonds. Necklace/clips by M, T & H, circa 1945. Even though it's not exactly a light piece, it works very well.

4. No wedding is complete without something red

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI3/JLCWatch3.jpg)(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI3/JLCWatch4.jpg)

an interesting bow-tie bracelet from 1957 (UK hallmarks), with a good 4 cttw of G/H RBC diamonds, and 4.5 cttw of Burma rubies. And it has a little secret...

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI3/JLCWatch2.jpg)

a small, backwind JLC watch!

I think it's very wearable as a bracelet, too.

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI3/JLCWatch1.jpg)

(actually, Mrs OMC was not wearing this at the wedding, but a white gold JLC Reverso which went better with the rest of the outfit; we did comply with the colour rules but some of those pieces will not ever be for public display).

5. Even the groom shall wear an interesting piece of jewellery

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI3/DiamondSapphireCufflinks1.jpg)(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI3/DiamondSapphireCufflinks2.jpg)

A pair of 1950 white gold, diamond and sapphire cufflinks. Notable because the sapphires are invisibly set - with the true rail-based serti mysterieux technique - and because even the sides are set with diamonds

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI3/DiamondSapphireCufflinks3.jpg)

...erm, that's it. Now if you excuse me, I have to go see the bankruptcy advisor.
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: djm195 on May 11, 2008, 08:50:38 AM
Man. Dude, that is spectacular!! I really lke the new DBL acquistions...they fit into your collection beautifully.

I've got to say, the cuff links are so cool. Would love to see them on a crisp white shirt. Any photo's?
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: titania on May 11, 2008, 09:02:16 AM
I love the wedding gallery. Thank you for the stunning jewelry pix.
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: joia on May 11, 2008, 09:06:39 AM
I am speechless.     It doesn´t often happen but it has.
I won´t even try to comment on all those fantastic pieces ----- but  OMC the blue and green reminds me a lot of the wonderful jewellery that the Duchess of Windsor owned.
Speechless in admiration.

Joia
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: oldmancoyote on May 11, 2008, 09:24:32 AM
Thanks, Joia and titania. I wish it were a Windsor piece... then my mortgage trouble would be sorted...

djm: take a look (and thanks). Perhaps not the crispest shirt ever, but I think it gives a good idea of the looks (damn hard to do crisp while holding a camera and trying to look into it when photographing your other arm without getting your body into the light - in fact got DW to take the flash shot; holding the cardboard requires two hands on the camera!).

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI3/DiamondSapphireCufflinks4.jpg)(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI3/DiamondSapphireCufflinks5.jpg)

(edited to fix Photobucket album info)
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: Mikla on May 11, 2008, 10:51:55 AM
 :omg: That EC ring with the pink sides is to die for!  Lucky lady, your DW!

 :th_AWA123112:

Congrats on your marriage,

Mikla

Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: Trinkette on May 11, 2008, 11:16:37 AM
I'll take the bow-tie bracelet and a side of Italian earclips to go please. DANG! ;D

Really, I'm surprising myself, but I think the earclips are my very favorites.  I'd wear them often (and do pass this along, I think that they look GREAT on your DW, OMC). The bow-tie bracelet would be like a little museum piece in my jewelry box, to be visited and coveted each day. Just exquisite.

Thank you so very much for sharing... I feel like a little kid in a candy store.  More! More! More!  :1087:
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: djm195 on May 11, 2008, 11:22:18 AM
Thanks for the photo of the cuff links OMC. Man do I like those. Great scale. 
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: Trinkette on May 11, 2008, 11:25:30 AM
The cufflinks were second-then-changed-my-mind-and-moved-them-to-third on my list BTW.  What a classy look. DJM, perhaps you have a special occasion coming up and you NEED a pair yourself?   :-*
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: Trinkette on May 11, 2008, 12:03:02 PM
Quote
We should call this particular ring the pink dust trap: the photos were taken after washing in alcohol, rinsing and drying with a chamois cloth. Thank goodness it is not huge...

Hummmmmmm, perhaps, OMC, you should call her Dusty Rose?  ;)

And, who am I kidding, I'm pretending NOT to notice her, but, I LOVE this pink perfection.
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: Mrs Mitchell on May 11, 2008, 12:13:33 PM
Looks like you enjoyed yourselves!

The asscher with pinks is my favourite - a lovely ring. The pinks are a very nice colour and the ring is beautifully put together. Very nice!

Jen
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: Awestruck on May 11, 2008, 12:14:33 PM
Yep I love the asscher with pinks too.
A colourful collection OMC and I`m glad the day went well.
Lynne
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: Cockneysparrow on May 11, 2008, 02:39:46 PM
Dibs dibs dibs dibs dibs on the Emerald/Asscher with pinks!  Absolutely LOVING that!   

:david:  I need one!  Please email me .......... ! 

OMC I'm completely and utterly green with envy.  Mrs OMC is certainly one very lucky lady.  *dons balaclava and runs round to the OMC household to see if Dusty Pink is lying around waiting to be snatched*

BTW I also love the earrings ............ sigh!

I also love your cufflinks.  Very classy and I too love the invisible setting.

How many times can I say "love" in one post?   ;D

Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: oldmancoyote on May 11, 2008, 03:27:53 PM
Well, Dusty Rose or not, I felt it was worth another attempt at cleaning...

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI3/Pink4.jpg)(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI3/Pink5.jpg)

(I must say - rather immodestly - that this photo deserves higher res)
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: Pinklady on May 11, 2008, 03:40:52 PM
 :hail: :faintthud: :faintthud: :hail:  :hail: :faintthud: :faintthud: :hail:
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: IhaveaDiamondproblem on May 11, 2008, 03:44:10 PM
AAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!

Speechless OMC, seriously.
 :DropGob: :faintthud: :giveup: :1087:

Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: oldmancoyote on May 11, 2008, 03:52:12 PM
The asscher with pinks is my favourite - a lovely ring. The pinks are a very nice colour and the ring is beautifully put together. Very nice!

Oh, I forgot to say - it's by DBL too...  ;D
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: joia on May 11, 2008, 04:22:21 PM
Can I ask you a question OMC?   All women have a favourite piece of jewellery, which of all the absolutely delicious mouth watering pieces is Mrs OMC´s favourite.
And while I am at it, being impertinent, which is your favourite piece on her?

Joia
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: oldmancoyote on May 11, 2008, 05:13:27 PM
Very, very difficult questions, both.

DW, after endless dithering, has settled on the tuttifrutti earclips, with the M, T & H diamond and sugar-loaf sapphire necklace an extremely close second. I suspect that the story behind the earclips has as much to do with the preference as the pieces themselves:

We first saw the earclips in late 2000 at a dealer in London; we hemmed and hawed and... they got sold the day before we decided to buy them. The dealer - who has become a good friend - kept looking for a similar pair, without finding it; we also kept looking, but could never find any original tuttifrutti or giardinetto jewellery that was remotely affordable and that we liked. Every now and then DW would ask me if I had found any tuttifrutti in my wanderings around antique dealers and traders. Skip six years, and the original customer traded in the earclips - at a profit - about a month before DW's xxxxth birthday (xxxx is an important number). The rest is pretty obvious.

For me the choice was also difficult, if less so:

The jade necklace by C wins hands down. Especially if accompanied by the tiara clip worn as a brooch. Understatement, class and... bling if you so wish. However, I have to say that on DW pretty much anything looks stunning, because she does too. Especially when she smiles.

Which piece do YOU like best, Joia?
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: Cockneysparrow on May 11, 2008, 05:16:38 PM
Nothing more to add except  :th_AWA123112: to your new pink/white pics!  Thanks so much for adding some wonderful eye candy.

I adore your story about the tutti frutti earring clips.  I'm a great believer in fate and they were meant to be in the OMC household!

Are you getting a kick out of saying "DW" and "DH"?  I know when my gorgeous hubby and I were first married it always made us giggle!
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: oldmancoyote on May 11, 2008, 05:29:42 PM
Hm, not really. It does save me from embarrassment, in as much as I never knew how to introduce her before:

"My girlfriend" - yeah, at 40-odd and after 24 years and 2 children together?
"My partner" - in crime?
"My significant other" - you insignificant friend/relative/customer/acquaintance/insect!
"My common-law wife" - nothing common about her whatsoever...
"My companion" - what about the dog? Or are you gay?
"My wife" - yes, but not quite

Now that problem's solved.
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: WM on May 11, 2008, 05:31:13 PM
I love that yellow tumble of yellow diamonds. That ring looks great in a handshot. And the pink. Yowzaa. Holy cow that's some collection.
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: GIAGirl on May 11, 2008, 09:53:52 PM
 :green: :th_AWA123112: :th_AWA123112: :th_AWA123112: :weddingcake: :weddingcake: :weddingcake: :woohoo: :woohoo: :wow: :wow:

I am not ever sure where to begin!  OH MY GOSH!!!!!!!!!! The pinks!   The cluster is awesome as well....not to mention the cufflinks...the wedding earrings...the other earrings...the necklace... :notworthy:
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: diamondjunkie on May 12, 2008, 04:10:15 AM
 :DropGob: :DropGob: :DropGob: :DropGob: :DropGob: :DropGob: :DropGob: :DropGob: :DropGob: :DropGob: :DropGob: :DropGob: :DropGob: :DropGob: :DropGob: :DropGob:

I have absolutely nothing productive or useful to say.  My vocabulary is coming up short on words.  Did anyone else look just like these smilies?  I think I have a bruise on my chin from when it hit the table so fast.  OMC, you have made my year and terrified my DH.   ;D  I predict I will be bankrupt by summer thanks to the sparkly lust this thread has instilled........HO-LEE-COW!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: GracefulLion on May 12, 2008, 09:06:27 AM
I am with DJ!  I hesitate to post because there are just not enough words!  I especially love the 1920s earrings and the asscher/pinks combo.  Exquisite!!!  And many many (more) years of health and happiness together!!!
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: kleinkath on May 12, 2008, 10:35:04 AM
I am with everyone else...speechless.  And for those who know me that is something!  Congrats on your wedding :)
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: joia on May 12, 2008, 11:21:13 AM
Please a special mention for the cocktail watch...........
OK,  back to speechless.

Joia
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: DiaDiva on May 12, 2008, 11:37:54 AM
WOW!
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: oldmancoyote on May 12, 2008, 11:58:33 AM
 :geni:

Or something to this extent - it's the only "bowing" smilie I could find. Thank you all for the kind words re: wedding and jewels.
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: WM on May 12, 2008, 01:04:36 PM
Whew. My eyes are popping. The synapses are firing. What a show, what show. Bravo.
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: diamondjunkie on June 29, 2008, 09:37:04 AM
...and with the extraordinary participation of DD (well, her hand)...

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI4/BoucheronChrisoberylEsther.jpg)

not entirely sure if the rings qualify as highly original or just about fugly, but beauty is in the hand of the beholder, and nothing a 4 year old does can be qualified as ugly.

More on the pieces in the Coyote's den (http://coloreddiamond.info/show-off-your-jewels/the-coyotes-den/100/#bot) thread in a few minutes

 :waiting:  Killing me here OMC!
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: oldmancoyote on June 29, 2008, 10:31:32 AM
Sorry for the delay. Had to bring DD to a party - in McDonald's of all places...

Since we are on the subject of taste, the '70s are also known as the decade that taste forgot. Flared trousers, kipper ties, sideburns and platform shoes are all good representatives of '70s ...erm... style.

And so is this sapphire and diamond ring by OH, NYC, 1973

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI4/OscarHeymanDS1.jpg)

2.12 ct in 10 equal oval diamonds (F-G/VS), 3.92 ct in 16 differently-sized brilliant-cut sapphires (won't hazard a guess, but nice deep blue), set in gold and platinum in a very 3-D way

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI4/OscarHeymanDS2.jpg)

Two things make it stand out for me: the diamonds are set in platinum - not just the prongs, but under each diamond there is a small platinum oval, so that the yellow from the gold is not picked up. And - although it is a large ring by any reckoning (LxWxH 1" x 3/4 x 3/4 or 25 x 18 x 18 mm) - it sits on the hand so nicely that it looks almost flat.

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI4/OscarHeymanDS3.jpg)

Now - did I say that's a large ring? Then this is positively huge:

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI4/BoucheronChrisoberyl3.jpg)

nearly 1 oz (24 g) of textured gold, just over 3 ct of diamonds and over 5 ct of chrysoberyl (my guess - it was sold as beryl, but I suspect it's chrysoberyl: color, photochroism and a nice 3-phase inclusion conveniently located under a prong all point to chrysoberyl) by B, Paris, circa 1975. Size W x L x H 1 1/4" x 1 1/8 x 5/8 (30 x 27 x 15 mm)

The main stone is a lovely golden green under natural light, and loses some of the golden tint becoming almost grassy/olive colour under artificial lighting. And it's a bugger to photograph. This is as close as I can get to the artificial light colour, but the stone looks a little lighter and greener than this in reality.

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI4/BoucheronChrisoberyl4.jpg)

Again, apart from the size, I find the shape absolutely remarkable, with two gold chain links, the suggestion of a diamond ribbon wrapped around them, and the green stone sitting on top. Workmanship is first rate - the texture is chiselled on rather than cast, and the pave diamonds are set close enough that the gold surrounding seems white rather than yellow.

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI4/BoucheronChrisoberyl1.jpg)(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI4/BoucheronChrisoberyl2.jpg)

As I mentioned on the "Post your sparklies" thread, these are not classical "good taste", but they have gumption, and require it in wearing them.

If you want to call them fugly, you are welcome (I would not have bought them 5 years ago; tastes change). I think in another 20 years they will be called classics. In the meantime, I'll enjoy looking at them.
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: Diamondluvr on June 29, 2008, 10:49:28 AM
Those are some rings!!!

I find the pretzel ring very fun, I love unique and can really appreciate the craftmanship.
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: diamondjunkie on June 29, 2008, 10:54:21 AM
Goodness!  You constantly amaze me OMC.  As you say, these may not be classical pieces but they are no less riveting!  WOW!
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: joia on June 29, 2008, 11:37:26 AM
Speechless.................Again.

 :wow: :wow2: :wow: :wow2: :wow: :wow2: :wow: :wow2: :wow: :wow2: :wow:

Joia
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: BigRed on June 29, 2008, 06:48:25 PM
The craftmanship is undeniable. My preference is for the first one! But I do like the color of the main stone in the second one.
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: Cockneysparrow on June 30, 2008, 04:16:49 PM
Crikey OMC, can Mrs OMC lift her hand up when wearing the "pretzel" ring?  I don't think I've ever seen such a big ring! 

I'm just wondering but could the central stone be a peridot by any chance?  It's difficult to tell from a photograph but the colour doesn't seem quite right to be Chrysoberyl.  I have a Chinese Peridot that looks exactly like that but perhaps a bit brighter green (as you've described it IRL).  Have you ever tested the RI?  The gemstone is that big you could probably have it tested in the setting if you haven't already done so.
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: oldmancoyote on June 30, 2008, 05:16:43 PM
I'm actually kind of worried they might not let us fly when she's wearing it - they may decide it's a potential weapon!  ;)

I thought about peridot too, but it's slightly photochroic (more yellow to more green), and it's more lively (refractive) than peridots I can remember seeing. And I imagine I may have been unduly swayed by the seller describing it as "beryl" - which I think it's almost definitely not!

Haven't got a refractometer yet. There's a nice jewellery equipment store that I need to call on... anyone have any recommendations as to type/brand?

I guess another decisive and quicker test would be hardness, but if you're right, I'd be in trouble after scratching it with a piece of topaz...

Test results to be posted here as soon as I can get them!
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: Trinkette on June 30, 2008, 05:55:49 PM
If it is not beryl, the perhaps, tourmaline or garnet?  Goodness knows there are enough combinations and colors in each group...
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: oldmancoyote on June 30, 2008, 06:06:44 PM
I've just found a nice digital refractometer on ebay for $350, and an analogue one for $150. I'm tempted; I just love gimmicks.

Also - I think I may just send a few photos of the item to B in Paris, together with the item number, and ask them to look in their archives...
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: Trinkette on June 30, 2008, 06:13:25 PM
Quote
Also - I think I may just send a few photos of the item to B in Paris, together with the item number, and ask them to look in their archives...

Good idea... afterall, that's what those little item numbers are for.  ;) I can't wait to hear what you discover down the road.
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: annie1 on June 30, 2008, 08:26:37 PM
Also - I think I may just send a few photos of the item to B in Paris, together with the item number, and ask them to look in their archives...

But then you wouldn't have an excuse to buy a new gadget...
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: joia on July 01, 2008, 12:49:54 PM
Spoken like a true shopaholic...... (Takes one to know one).


Joia
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: oldmancoyote on July 24, 2008, 05:16:40 PM
and the winner is...

<drum roll>

... nobody yet!

The blasted mystery stone comes up consistently with an RI of 1.70-1.71 on a brand new digital thingy (see? I succumbed). That rules out beryl at 1.56-1.62, but it (in)conveniently sits in the middle between peridot (1.65-1.68) and chrysoberyl (1.74-1.78)

Having said that, the more I think about it, the more I'm getting convinced that CS is right, and it IS peridot. I could always return it to the vendor, since it was sold as "beryl"...

B have a lot to answer for - I must make the time to call them.
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: Cockneysparrow on July 24, 2008, 05:50:56 PM
and the winner is...

<drum roll>

... nobody yet!

The blasted mystery stone comes up consistently with an RI of 1.70-1.71 on a brand new digital thingy (see? I succumbed). That rules out beryl at 1.56-1.62, but it (in)conveniently sits in the middle between peridot (1.65-1.68) and chrysoberyl (1.74-1.78)

Having said that, the more I think about it, the more I'm getting convinced that CS is right, and it IS peridot. I could always return it to the vendor, since it was sold as "beryl"...

B have a lot to answer for - I must make the time to call them.

Interestingly OMC that RI also puts it in the realms of Spinel and Idocrase (which would be a very strong contender both on colour and RI).  Have you taken the gemstone out of the ring to conduct the RI?  If not, you may be getting a false reading.  If it's not loose the goldwork can get in the way and give an incorrect reading but the gemstone is so big that it may be ok as I said in my post earlier.  I'm almost 100% positive looking at the pictures that it's a Chinese Peridot but actually Idocrase isn't too far off and if it is an Idocrase I certainly wouldn't be too disappointed.  Please will you keep us posted?
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: Trinkette on July 24, 2008, 08:24:50 PM
Hummm, very interesting... but, even more frustrating, I'm afraid. Phooey! OMC, I'm terribly curious to hear the definitive answer as well...
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: oldmancoyote on July 25, 2008, 04:45:09 AM
I tested the stone in the setting. On the other hand, I also tested the refractometer with a couple of diamonds in their setting (one a 1.13 ct EC and another about 0.6 ct RB), and it was coming up with 2.41 / 2.42 against an official value of 2.417, so I think the light beam is tight enough for that size of stone. Moving the stone about, you could see that near the edges the RI reading was going down to 1.1-1.2, which was probably the setting interfering with the measurement.

I'll call B today and see what they tell me (not much, I suspect). Will keep you posted.
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: Mikla on July 25, 2008, 05:02:55 AM
Dear OMC -

That's pretty cool!  Do you mind me asking how much a good refractometer goes for?

Mikla
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: Trinkette on July 25, 2008, 08:15:55 AM
The Mystery of the Green Stone continues...
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: Cockneysparrow on July 25, 2008, 01:39:18 PM
I tested the stone in the setting. On the other hand, I also tested the refractometer with a couple of diamonds in their setting (one a 1.13 ct EC and another about 0.6 ct RB), and it was coming up with 2.41 / 2.42 against an official value of 2.417, so I think the light beam is tight enough for that size of stone. Moving the stone about, you could see that near the edges the RI reading was going down to 1.1-1.2, which was probably the setting interfering with the measurement.

I'll call B today and see what they tell me (not much, I suspect). Will keep you posted.

Hope the call goes well.  I'd love to hear what you finally discover.
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: oldmancoyote on July 25, 2008, 02:01:26 PM
Hellish day at work. Not even the time for a 5 minute call. Will try tomorrow.

Mikla: I paid about $350 for a four-digit digital unit (RI range 1.3 - 3); they are available on ebay or the net from Gem Lab Tools (mods - they don't sell gems, only gemmology equipment). An analogue instrument costs about one third of that, but it may be fiddly to use
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: Cockneysparrow on July 25, 2008, 02:34:37 PM
I ordered one from them a while ago and it never turned up - seller gave excuse after excuse and finally I had to take drastic action to get my money back (hope I'm allowed to say that).  Glad you got yours though.  Sounds like the seller may have ironed out his problems.
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: oldmancoyote on July 25, 2008, 02:52:14 PM
Glad to report no problems with them. Unit was shipped from Thailand one working day after payment, with a tracking number. It reached Milan in 10 days in excellent conditions.
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: Cockneysparrow on July 25, 2008, 03:00:50 PM
That's good - they've obviously sorted out their supply problems.   :)
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: Cockneysparrow on August 04, 2008, 06:13:39 PM
Any news on the gemstone OMC?
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: Mikla on August 04, 2008, 08:24:16 PM
My husband would go nuts over this kind of stuff. He's an engineer and he'd be testing all my stones and giving me the details on everything!  Perhaps I shouldn't share this with him - some stones might all of a sudden suspiciously fall out of their mountings for further scientific study!   ;D

Mikla
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: oldmancoyote on August 05, 2008, 11:21:02 AM
I spoke to a very kind lady who suggested I post them some pictures. I am now awaiting their response to that...
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: Cockneysparrow on August 05, 2008, 06:20:29 PM
I spoke to a very kind lady who suggested I post them some pictures. I am now awaiting their response to that...

Interesting to hear what they say.  Good luck. I hope you get the reply you want. x
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: Trinkette on August 11, 2008, 01:09:02 PM
 :Whistle:  (I'm not sure whether were waiting here for something or not.  But, I figure if I post my little whistling fellow, something is BOUND to happen... OMC has all sorts of goodies stashed here and there, I just know it!)
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: oldmancoyote on August 11, 2008, 02:19:28 PM
sorry to disappoint, T, but no goodies. And no goodies forthcoming from B either; just a kind acknowledgement they got the pictures and forwarded them to the appropriate department. Now, bearing in mind this is August and that is France, I suspect the appropriate department is currently tanning en masse on the Côte d'Azur.
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: Trinkette on August 11, 2008, 02:24:02 PM
Quote
Now, bearing in mind this is August and that is France, I suspect the appropriate department is currently tanning en masse on the Côte d'Azur.

Hahahaha! I'd say you're RIGHT about that one, OMC, for sure! No problem.  I'll just wait patiently because I know that SOMEDAY you will have SOMETHING to add to the den, and I'm going to be SO excited to see it... whatever "it" is! BTW, I know the bracelet is still calling you...

 :Whistle:
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: oldmancoyote on August 26, 2008, 12:14:31 PM
OK, I got a reply from B...

Quote
Dear Sir,

We thank you for your message and for your interest in B[...].

We are pleased to inform you that the model of the ring is "Concorde" made in April 1976.

The model n°51924 was bought April 2nd, 1979. It is yellow gold with 69 diamonds for 2,20 carats, however the central stone has been changed. The stone in the photograph does not appear in our original archives and the modification was not registered in our documents. We hope this information is of use to you, we remain at your disposal should you have further queries.

Right-o. So we aren't any closer to the solution. Do you think they'll tell me what was in there?  ???

Well, at least I bought an authentic... mix.
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: Trinkette on August 26, 2008, 12:38:15 PM
 :tard: Phooey.  I'm sorry OMC, all your efforts to reconcile the mystry and STILL no answers! What a disappointing non-ending!
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: Cockneysparrow on September 05, 2008, 07:34:47 PM
Oh OMC I'm sorry that they haven't given you a definitive answer.  Mind you, at least you know that it isn't the original gemstone so is unlikely to be Chrysoberyl.  Just a thought but did you buy the ring in 1979 from B?  Is it possible that it was bought from them and then traded back in after switching the central stone? 

If you did buy it from B, is it possible that as they've admitted the central stone is different to their archived photo/records, could you send them the ring for testing at their expense?

I do hope you get to the bottom of this.
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: WM on September 06, 2008, 12:10:40 AM
How bizarre. How bizarre.
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: oldmancoyote on September 06, 2008, 07:34:38 AM
Unfortunately I bought the ring (in 2008) from an antiques dealer. One of two things is likely:

a. The original stone was broken/chipped, and it was replaced by the original owner
b. The original stone was quite valuable on its own and it was sold separately (possibly still by the original owner)

I have written back to B, asking if they could let me know what the original stone was, since I'd like to restore the ring to its original status. So far, no reply. We shall see...

I haven't paid an unfair price for the piece (even accounting for a peridot instead of anything else), but this is an interesting turn of events
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: Trinkette on October 02, 2008, 05:10:43 PM
*SIGH* We could be here awhile.  :Whistle:
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: oldmancoyote on October 02, 2008, 05:21:05 PM
We could... still no reply. I will send a reminder tomorrow.
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: Trinkette on October 02, 2008, 05:27:29 PM
Perhaps they all went back to the beach...
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: oldmancoyote on October 02, 2008, 06:04:31 PM
Or they went bankrupt. It seems fashionable nowadays...
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: Trinkette on October 02, 2008, 06:11:26 PM
Oh, yes, bankruptcy is terribly du jour. ::)
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: joia on October 03, 2008, 08:09:29 AM
I sincerely hope that none of the members  of this forum are going to follow this particular  fashion.....   
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: oldmancoyote on October 11, 2008, 10:52:53 AM
Well, three pieces of good news:

1. B finally replied; they haven't gone bankrupt

2. They'd be happy to restore the ring to its original - or at least to provide me with more info on the original stone...

3. A GIA GG looked at the centre stone at a recent antiques fair (she was actually interested in the ring as such; since she owns a jewelry store, I can only hope this means it's good...). She also thinks it's a peridot, but will give it the once over with microscope, polariscope etc. if I bring it to her shop. So, guess where we may be going next Saturday?

(4. I may have found an upgrade for DW's emerald/sapphire/diamond earclips for a very very affordable price - pictures to be posted soon)
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: GIAGirl on October 11, 2008, 11:26:45 AM
Good to hear it OMC.  I cannot wait to see what you have up your sleeve. 
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: Mikla on October 11, 2008, 11:33:26 AM
That's great, OMC!  Keep us posted.

Mikla
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: joia on October 11, 2008, 04:43:01 PM
But when?  OMC when?

Joia
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: oldmancoyote on October 11, 2008, 04:47:10 PM
OK - upgrade time. Joia - I was just finishing the post as I got the "Warning - new reply message"...

Would you change these...

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI3/GiovaneEarrings1.jpg)(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI3/GiovaneEarrings3.jpg)

with these?

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI4/GiovaneE_SEarrings3.jpg)(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI4/GiovaneE_SEarrings4.jpg)

maybe not? And what if we added a few blueberries?

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI4/GiovaneE_SEarrings1.jpg)(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI4/GiovaneE_SEarrings5.jpg)

As you probably have guessed, both items are by the same maker. Probably sometimes around 1975-80 by G, Turin (Italy), a pair of Mughal-inspired morning-and-evening earclips in yellow gold, with cabochon emeralds, bead sapphires and diamonds. Size about 2" x 1 1/2" in evening mode.

The last photo gets close to the real colour of the emeralds; the coloured stones look much nicer in the flesh than in the flash, though they are nowhere on the "beautiful gem" scale - what we are looking at here is design and flair, rather than wonderful materials.

No ear shots, because birthday is next Tuesday, but what do you think?
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: Trinkette on October 11, 2008, 06:15:49 PM
Oh, goodness. Those are so cool.  Really wonderful.  But, OMC, do you have to swap one pair for another?  I realize that a gal may only wear one pair at a time, but, gracious, I'd want to have them ALL! I LOVE the morn-mode/eve-mode pair, but, still, I adore the clips...
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: Mikla on October 11, 2008, 08:01:31 PM
I have to be honest and say that the originals look so awesome on DW's ears that I can't imagine trading them for anything else.  However, if that is what you desire, I would choose the pair with the emerald cabochons (without the "blueberries").

Since you and DW seem to like pink, how about the pink sapphire dangly earrings, R2227?

(http://rockdiamond.com/sc_images/products/1128_thumbnail_image.jpg)

Mikla


Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: Trinkette on October 11, 2008, 08:49:37 PM
But, Mikla, I believe that the pair "sans blueberries" is really just part of the entire package... the blueberry  hoops come with the fixed emerald cab and diamond earrings. So, you get two earring pairs for the price of one... correct? I believe that OMC is considering the second pair precisely because they may be worn either with OR without blueberries, fixed or dangly, thereby making them a more versatile pair to own than DW's current fixed pair that gives her one style profile and blueberries day and night. Am I correct, OMC? Or, did I miss the point altogether (which is often the case, I'm afraid.  :dontknow: )?

I don't know, OMC, if I were your DW, I'd hate to give up the first pair, they look awesome on her, and I'm sure she knows it! Really, I adore both, for different reasons. If it helps, I'll take whichever pair you leave behind...  ;)

I can't wait to learn more about the B ring, OMC. FINALLY, some progress! Exciting...
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: Mikla on October 11, 2008, 08:52:01 PM
I wondered about that!  I'm more supportive of the trade up now that I know they are dual-purpose.

Mikla
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: robin on October 12, 2008, 12:52:07 AM
I think these are super cool!

If they fit your DW's personal style, my only other concern would be whether they're too heavy for everyday wear.  If not, go for it....
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: Sparkly-OCD on October 12, 2008, 01:27:15 AM
Does your DW wear "matching" jewelry?

Since her second favorite piece is that fantastic necklace with the diamonds with the single sapphire in each piece and she has that really neat diamond and sapphire ring, would she want a pair of diamond and sapphire earrings?

As far as the two choices you are considering, personally, I like the original clips better, and they look great on your DW.

However, two pairs for the price of one is always a good deal. But, only you would know if your DW would prefer the dangling blueberries.

If your DW doesn't like your choice will she say so?  Does she wear the original clips frequently, more frequently than any other pair?  I am being the devil's advocate by asking these questions, because you haven't mentioned her preferences.
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: oldmancoyote on October 12, 2008, 03:30:17 AM
Trinkette: you are entirely correct (as is also often the case). The clips can be worn with or without hoops, and that is exactly the reason for considering the exchange.

Sparkly-OCD: no, she doesn't wear matching; it's more a question of coordination and clash avoidance than true matching. Actually, now that I think about it, she can't wear "matching" at the moment, but I'm not sure she likes the idea of perfect matching anyway. She turned down a pair of 1950s sapphire and diamond earrings as a wedding gift - as close to matching the necklace as one could get withouth having them made - because she felt they were too important and she would not wear them enough (she has only worn the necklace twice in two years for the same reason).

Having said this, the number of sapphire pieces she has was at the root of my interest in the sapphire earrings, together with the fact that they are a lovely design.

As far as the trade off is concerned, the dealer is a good friend and has let me keep both pairs until the end of next week, so she can make her mind up as to which one she prefers. I know for sure that she really likes the hoops (she saw them at the dealer, and has ben sighing about them since), but she also likes and wears the clips, though not more frequently than other earrings she has.

Robin: yes, they are exactly twice the weight of the smaller ones (23.5 g vs. 11.5), but only about two-thirds as much without the hoops. Also, DW's cut her hair shorter by a couple of inches from the pictures you have seen, so it's the IN moment for earrings of all types and styles!
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: joia on October 12, 2008, 04:37:54 AM
Sorry I can´t offer any advice as I have been struck speechless again............(your posts seem to have that effect on me  ::)
Also that little sentence stuck in the middle of your post has me in a whirl.  Which one?
This one....

"She turned down a pair of 1950s sapphire and diamond earrings as a wedding gift"


Seriously though they are all so gorgeous I would hate to have to pick.  Two in one sounds too good to miss though and your DW certainly can wear jewellery, we have seen that and I would never argue with your or her taste.....

Joia

 
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: oldmancoyote on October 12, 2008, 06:44:54 AM
Joia - don't worry, she got compensation in the form of a 1950s ruby and diamond bracelet/watch which she thought more wearable...;)
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: joia on October 12, 2008, 08:02:27 AM
What a relief to hear that.... :boohoo:.... I would have lost sleep over that.

Joia
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: Trinkette on October 12, 2008, 08:06:05 AM
 :rotflmao: Good one, Joia.
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: Trinkette on October 12, 2008, 08:20:27 AM
*SIGH*

I still love both sets. If it were me, I MIGHT choose the dangly blueberry pair because they are so versatile and unusual. And, I think they are absolutely killer with the blueberry hoops in place.  I'd wear them with blueberries  probably more than without. In fact, when I REALLY think about it, I like the fruit ring enough that I don't know if I'd EVER wear them sans blueberries... so much for versatility!  ;D
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: djm195 on October 12, 2008, 09:13:35 AM
OMC,

You're probably asking the women folk their opinion and not mine, but I'll give it anyways. LOL!! Sorry, I can't resist....

Go with the hoops. Your DW has a beautiful neck and jawline. I say, flaunt your (her) assests. With DW's hair cut shorter now, those hoops will accentuate her neck and the teardrop clip will outline the gracefulness of her jawline, carrying your eye upward. The primary colored stone are perfect with her coloring.


djm
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: oldmancoyote on October 12, 2008, 09:42:14 AM
Given the amount of (benign) controversy here, I think I'll spill the blueberries now, rather than waiting until Tuesday. This way we have the whole Sunday afternoon to debate the pros and cons...
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: Awestruck on October 12, 2008, 11:54:42 AM
Oh Dear OMC
Hope this doesn`t upset you but I much prefer the first original earrings. I would honestly cry if they were mine and were take away to be upgraded. Some pieces are pieces for life and these would be one of them.
I love the second option as the simple diamond /emerald clips but not with the blueberries.
If something isn`t broken then I wouldn`t fix it, if Mrs OMC loves the first earrings then I wouldn`t buy the second. Just my opinion for what it`s worth.
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: oldmancoyote on October 12, 2008, 12:13:33 PM
Awestruck - no upset or offense taken at all. If I didn't want people's opinion, I would simply have posted the new purchase (or nothing at all). This is the first time we upgrade something, and it's good to hear what people think.

Actually, I'm really surprised by how many people like the first clips. Maybe I should put them up on eBay instead of returning them.  >:D

DW went "eeeeeeekkkkkk!!!!" and her opinion didn't change when she learned she had to "give up" the earlier clips. I nearly suffocated in the hugs and kisses.

So - two days in advance - we have a new pair of earrings.

This is what they look like on her in diffused lighting

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI4/GiovaneE_SEarringsEar2.jpg)

and this is a direct sunlight shot

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI4/GiovaneE_SEarringsEar1.jpg)
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: Trinkette on October 12, 2008, 12:41:52 PM
 :rahrah: :ura1: :rahrah:

OMC, they look extraordinary!  What a blast. DW must be ecstatic. You both made a wonderful, perfect choice. Congratulations... and Happy Early Birthday to DW!

Now, just package the old-pair-that-nobody-likes-anymore and send them to me... ;)
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: Pinklady on October 12, 2008, 12:42:14 PM
Looks GREAT on her! Love the sunlight shot.  :-*

If its not too much trouble, can we see a front shot? Would love to see both earrings on.

You are one in a million OMC!
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: GracefulLion on October 12, 2008, 12:42:45 PM
OMG!  I must admit I was not digging these so much, but WOW!  They look incredible on her!  They really are exceptional and even through just a glimpse of her face it is obvious she feels like a queen in them.  Job extremely well done OMC!
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: robin on October 12, 2008, 12:58:10 PM
Yeah, these are awesome on her!  Seeing these on your DW makes all the difference.

With her high-contrast (fair with dark hair) complexion, these earrings are dramatic and complementary (rather than overwhelming, as I suspect they would be on me  :'().
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: oldmancoyote on October 12, 2008, 01:48:04 PM
Front shot - static

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI4/GiovaneE_SEarringsEar3.jpg)

with DW shaking her head

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI4/GiovaneE_SEarringsEar4.jpg)
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: Pinklady on October 12, 2008, 01:53:25 PM
WOW - they really are great! I think she needs a dark blue velvet dress to go with those.  ;)

She is one lucky lady for sure!

Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: Trinkette on October 12, 2008, 02:02:58 PM
 :rahrah: :Bawling: :rahrah:

Love 'em! Thank you and, please, thank The Birthday Gal for taking time to snap photos and share with us.

I'll be checking my post office box next week for the unloved pair...  >:D
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: Diamondsbylauren on October 12, 2008, 03:49:54 PM
Awesome and amazing earrings OMC- Copngrats!!!


Please pass along the happiest of birthday wishes from our clan!!
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: djm195 on October 12, 2008, 04:55:33 PM
So glad you went with the hoops.

Happy Birthday Mrs. OMC!!!!

djm
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: Sparkly-OCD on October 12, 2008, 05:14:31 PM
   
:occasion16: Happy Birthday Mrs. OMC  :occasion16:


:occasion13:


 
You look fabulous in your new earrings!



 
Mr. OMC- I'll be expecting a package containing the other pair hehehe ;D
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: joia on October 12, 2008, 05:18:16 PM
Well no doubt someone is having a very very happy birthday.  They are absolutely gorgeous and she looks absolutely fabulous  in them.  
Congratulations OMC on excellent taste in both jewels and the person who looks so absolutely perfect  in them.    
OK speechless again.....   back to WOW  :green: :smileyparty: :th_AWA123112: :git: :blob1: :bigclap: :troll: :wow:
Well you all know what I mean.
A Happy Happy Birthday.

Joia

Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: Mikla on October 12, 2008, 05:20:52 PM
Wow, OMC, you were right on with this choice.  You sure know your gal!  Please pass on birthday wishes from me!

I look horrid in short hair but Mrs. OMC pulls off the haircut and the earrings perfectly!

Mikla
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: Mrs Mitchell on October 12, 2008, 05:24:59 PM
Hope she has a great birthday, OMC. She really suits her new earrings!

Jen
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: titania on October 12, 2008, 05:58:46 PM
Aaahhhh, another great OMC eye-candy thread. What beautiful jewels - I love both the original set and the new b-day gifts.
It is a pleasure to see what look to be museum-quality pieces being worn!
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: GIAGirl on October 13, 2008, 01:04:23 AM
I swore I wrote something about these being really beautiful earrings...maybe I didn't.  I love these.

What an amazing birthday present.  Happy Birthday, Mrs. OMC!!!!!!!! 
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: BigRed on October 13, 2008, 01:05:18 PM
Excellent choice!!!!!! Wish her a happy birthday from all of us!!!!
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: WM on October 13, 2008, 04:34:15 PM
They look great with her dark hair. And just the right length to peek from under there and make a bold statement.
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: oldmancoyote on October 13, 2008, 07:08:51 PM
Thank you all from Mrs (and Mr) OMC.

:grouphugg:
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: joia on October 14, 2008, 02:47:02 AM
I forgot to ask.    Where are you going to celebrate?    I have been mentally making a list of places where you can go and wear those earrings.....
I keep coming back to the Rose Ball in Monaco......you may not be able to get into the Opening of Parliament because it is frowned upon to outdo the Crown Jewels....so I will have to think again.
You could always walk the red carpet for the Oscars but all those actresses wearing their borrowed jewels suddenly bursting into tears and tearing out their hair wouldn´t be very nice to see.
Never mind, I am sure you have something planned.

 :smileyparty:

Joia
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: oldmancoyote on October 14, 2008, 05:25:12 PM
We went to a nice restaurant near our flat in Milan with a friend that we hadn't seen for a long while (the earrings got noticed), had a nice meal and enjoyed the company of the children. We are definitely getting old...
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: Diamondsbylauren on October 14, 2008, 06:03:58 PM
Sounds like a wonderful evening!

PS- you're still kids yourselves! Certainly at heart!
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: joia on October 15, 2008, 05:04:00 AM
We went to a nice restaurant near our flat in Milan with a friend that we hadn't seen for a long while (the earrings got noticed), had a nice meal and enjoyed the company of the children. We are definitely getting old...


Wow her earrings were noticed, what a surprise!   ;D    I bet they were.   Sounds like the kind of evening that I would enjoy for my birthday.......not forgetting the present, lucky lucky birthday girl.
I bet someone was proud too.  8)

Joia

Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: titania on October 15, 2008, 07:37:47 AM
Ah, Milano. Now that's a city for those earrings! I assume she had killer shoes and clothes to go with the jewels! You, too!
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: GIAGirl on October 15, 2008, 09:05:53 AM
Wow.  That was a perfect evening.  I think I would have used the earrings as an excuse to buy a new outfit!
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: oldmancoyote on November 28, 2008, 06:26:36 PM
It's not quite the weekend, but I thought I'd tell the story of how The Ring came to be. Apologies to those that have already seen much of it in the "What would you do with..." thread.

It all started with the impulse (?!?) purchase of a 0.70ct light green back in early July. Initially, I thought I'd set it in a three-stone arrangement with two D-colour Asschers...

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI5/3StoneLayout.jpg)

...but that didn't appeal. What DID appeal was the idea of a boule ring, a bit like this Deco one:

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI5/DiamondBoule.jpg)

with some "original" features added, like a bezel setting for the centre stone. Mid-July I sketched this, asking David for a rough estimate of the time and cost - with a November deadline:

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI5/Picture1.jpg)

We soon realised that my drawing skills needed to be complemented by something - ahem - slightly clearer, such as a similar ring. Fortunately, in the den there was already one with just the right shape:

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI2/AspreysChalcedony2.jpg)

The next step was to find the baguettes for the side stones, which David managed to do between a wedding and a couple of other minor events in early August  ;)

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI5/OldLayout.jpg)

That layout however had the problem of not really coming up with the neat steps that we had envisaged, and also we felt it was going to run too wide over the shape of the boule. So, out went the two middle baguettes, and we took a smaller one at the end to give a more visible step. We thought this was going to work, and the first wax was produced... at the beginning of October, little Leo's birth and a few sleepless nights plus many other diamonds having come in between.

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI5/OldWax1.jpg)(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI5/OldWax2.jpg)

Note how the wax is actually in two pieces - one with the bezels, which would be removed for the platinum casting, then re-inserted for the gold casting once the platinum cast has been removed from the investment and given a first machining and polish. This can be done because the casting temperature for platinum alloys is in the region of 1800 C, while most yellow gold alloys will be cast around 950 C, so the liquid gold will not melt the underlying platinum but instead form a very strong bond to it when it solidifies. By the way - spare a thought for the investment: it's the stuff that holds the molten metal in shape, and it has to stand liquid metal entering at 1800 C with a 20 to 40 G acceleration (which is about the same as a car travelling at 30mph hitting a concrete wall). And this stuff - at least some of it - was originally invented to hold dental castings... now those of us with cavities should chew with greater respect.

...but this still wasn't good enough for pernickety Old Man Coyote, who went stomping and crying "Ya ya henna! I want more noticeable steps!" back to the house of medicine man David, who said: "No problem, we'll re-do it!" and then added in a small voice: "It's wrong anyway. You did want only the centre stone in the gold bezel, didn't you?"

The wily Coyote, realising he had a temporary advantage, pressed it asking: "Could we perhaps do something a little unusual for the pave? I mean, something like this?"

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI5/Q2673404_LG_1.jpg)

This is a rendering of a JLC watch with a particular type of channel setting. This is unique as far as I know, since instead of being held by two metal sides, the diamonds are actually holding each other up by pressing girdle against girdle, and the mix of stone sizes makes the whole lot fit tightly in wave-shaped wide channels machined into the metal.

Of course, that's only practical on a flat surface, but nevertheless Coyote being crazy and David only slightly less crazy, they went to the setters asking if it was possible. Much to their (well, at least my) surprise the answer came back as: "Yes! That would be really interesting to do - of course it will need to be bead set, but we think it can be done". It was mid-October, and we still did not have a final choice on the centre stones. Or did we?

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI5/NewLayout.jpg)

We did! David had the brilliant (hem!) idea of using two small carre' diamonds instead of small baguettes, and only one "large" (0.18 ctw) baguette pair exploiting the bezel width to get the visual "step down" from the light green radiant.

The final wax was produced by late October - of course still in two pieces

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI5/NewWax.jpg)

The platinum was cast in early November. This is what it looked like in the rough, just marked for drilling

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI5/RoughCasting1.jpg)(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI5/RoughCasting2.jpg)

And this is after they showed it a piece of Swiss cheese to use as a role model...

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI5/DrilledCasting1.jpg)(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI5/DrilledCasting2.jpg)

Just in case anyone is wondering, there's 128 holes, all drilled individually and reamed with a special tool so that the sides are at an angle of approximately 100 degrees, to accommodate and support the pavillions of the pave' stones. And given that the stones are all different sizes, someone has had the fun of picking them and setting them into some sort of 3-D model first to make sure there aren't too many gaps. I now have strong reason to believe that curses - even heartfelt ones - are ineffectual, or else I don't understand why I'm still alive.

This was happening around mid-November, and the deadline of our anniversary was getting close. The factory stepped up the pace, and we didn't have the time to take pictures of the other steps. These were in order (I suppose - but David please correct me!):

1. Casting the gold bezel
2. Machining and polishing the metal work
3. Setting the bezel set stones
4. Raising the beads and checking for fit on the pave'
5. Setting the pave
6. Cleaning and final polishing
7. Thanking God it's over. Phew!

And the final result is...

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI5/ptdiamondring.jpg)

...erm, no, actually not. But just as the design was getting into shape, I found this ring on eBay. It goes to show that it's really difficult to invent something original. This is what the "true" ring looks like

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI5/r2631b.jpg)

more photos, including hand shots, to come tomorrow - hoping it has stopped snowing and there is enough light to take them!
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: Mikla on November 28, 2008, 06:33:24 PM
Wow, awesome story OMC!  I'm looking forward to Part Deux!

Mikla
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: Diamondsbylauren on November 28, 2008, 06:54:43 PM
 :goodpost:

I'd like to add that it ws really wonderful working with OMC- he took us places we would not have thought about going- with remarkable results.
I'm amazed with the way the factory got the random /organized affect using the different sized melee diamonds.
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: WM on November 28, 2008, 08:12:08 PM
That is so cool. OMC, you sort by differences like I do. That is a spectacular example of the wax custom made ring process. I can't wait to see the hand shots.
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: GIAGirl on November 28, 2008, 08:34:33 PM
Oh wow!!!!!  That was incredible to get the step by step process!!!!  The finished product is amazing.   Was this a suprise for Mrs. OMC? 
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: Sanchica27 on November 28, 2008, 10:07:18 PM
that was a wonderful post, thank you for showing it to us step by step, it's an opportunity that isn't come across to often i think it's awesome to see.  It certainly gave me a whole new appreciation of the skill these jewelers have! 
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: Sparkly-OCD on November 28, 2008, 11:15:41 PM
OMC,

Thanks for sharing! I always enjoy your postings.  That was an incredible project and it turned out fabulous!  Congratulations!.....yup, only engineer would attempt such a feat .... ;D
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: oldmancoyote on November 29, 2008, 03:19:27 AM
[snip] OMC, you sort by differences like I do.[snip]

Pardon my ignorance WM, but what does that mean and how did I give it away? ???

GIAGirl - it was a surprise, even for me. Especially since MIL and I got caught with our mitts in the cookie tin (or rather with our loupe on the ring) three days before "due date" ;)
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: Trinkette on November 29, 2008, 09:20:45 AM
OMC and David, what a fabulous pictorial and description. Thank you both for thinking ahead to document this fabulous project. The "documentation" really makes the piece that much more exceptional.  :wow:

It makes my head spin to think about ALL the steps and intricate detail in pulling off a piece like this. And, I love hearing about how the project evolved over time... it's not quite what it was at the start, but, rather, the result of many hours and many minds. 

OMC, I love the reference to Swiss cheese. And, I'm most curious to hear about the "3-D model" used to pre-set the diamonds... do you have more details? (Sorry, I majored in art – sculpture actually – and did a bit of bronze casting via the lost wax method we see here... I'm determined to follow this wonderful project through step-by-step).

I can't imagine keeping track of all the little diamonds – AGHHHH! Surely, OMC, you spent a few weeks looking over your shoulder!  :1224:

Also, although modern dentists have "reinvented" this casting process, and I believe that they are responsible for a new investment material – perhaps the very same one that you mention, OMC – I think that it should be mentioned that, in its most basic form, the ancient Aztecs as well as others such as African peoples, have been using this "lost wax" method to produce metal goods for centuries.

I just love this. Thank you again, OMC and David.
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: BigRed on November 29, 2008, 04:47:39 PM
I can't wait to see this bad boy from all angles! So when you get a chance, I'll take about 50 or so snap shots!  ;D
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: oldmancoyote on November 30, 2008, 02:43:08 PM
Right-o... here it is!

It's a durned difficult to capture item. To start with, the colour of the centre stone varies a lot depending on light, angle and surroundings. To continue, it's all curves, so no matter how you take the picture, there's a bit you miss. No matter which bit you get, one thing is for sure; it sparkles like it's on fire. Anyways... these four are the best of about 30 shots.

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI5/P1010616.jpg)(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI5/P1010620.jpg)
(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI5/P1010621.jpg)(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI5/P1010637.jpg)

and a couple of handshots, to give you an idea of size

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI5/P1010630.jpg)(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI5/P1010631.jpg)

Now, for a couple of other news items in the den. The B ring with the mysterious green stone has been returned to the dealer; we weren't comfortable with the stone having been changed. The dealer was reasonably happy to see it back - he allowed us full credit including shipping costs for these...

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI5/P1010604.jpg)(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI5/P1010611.jpg)

a pair of yellow gold, onyx and rose quartz earclips by Aldo Cipullo, for C, 1974. These were made in many materials and at least three shape variants between 1969 and 1975:

1. like the one shown with a smooth cabochon "bridge" with metal sides;
2. with 5 stone beads and an inner ring of metal on two gold bars;
3. with three stone pyramids on a metal ladder.

I have seen them in carnelian and lapis, rock crystal and onyx, onyx and lapis (white gold), gold and onyx, and rose quartz and onyx - and I imagine there's at least as many varieties I haven't yet seen. Please tell me if you have seen other types!

In case you are wondering, this is what they look like when they are on:

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI5/P1010623.jpg)(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI5/P1010612.jpg)(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI5/P1010625.jpg)

they actually stand out a little more than it seems given the small scale of the photos. A true modern classic.

And that's about it. No more additions or changes for the time being.
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: titania on November 30, 2008, 03:13:10 PM
oooh la la.  tres chic.  ring and earrings both.  i do love those clips.
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: BigRed on November 30, 2008, 03:15:33 PM
WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thanks for the pics! That ring came out amazing and is so unique! A true work of art!
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: Trinkette on November 30, 2008, 03:31:28 PM
OMC, I hadn't even finished scrolling down the page and I was BLINDED by the BLINGY SPARKLE of the ring! Holy COW! Now, THAT's a fistful of diamonds, for sure. I still can't get over the setting work, especially as it is all done on a curve. And, to be truthful, the green diamond shows more color than I thought that it would.

The world will most definitely see your DW coming!

Fabulous.

Sorry to hear about the green mystery stone ring. Funny you mention it; I was just thinking about the ring this weekend. Ahhh, well. But, the new ERs are lovely, and the colors look wonderful on DW. I don't remember seeing the other combinations you speak of, but, now, I'll have an eye out...
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: WM on December 03, 2008, 03:04:15 PM
You have such unique but tasteful taste. Unusual yet classic. That turned out fabulous. I love the bezel set emeralds and the way they contrast with the rounds and radiant.
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: oldmancoyote on December 03, 2008, 03:55:16 PM
Too kind, WM. It's pretty easy to do well with David's stones and the extraordinary craftsmen (or women!) he employs
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: GIAGirl on December 03, 2008, 09:29:24 PM
That is super nice.  The green is very evident.  I love the weight of it.  Super rich looking ring. 
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: WM on December 05, 2008, 04:22:26 PM
Right-o... here it is!

It's a durned difficult to capture item. To start with, the colour of the centre stone varies a lot depending on light, angle and surroundings.

Malarky! It's hard to capture because there is a snowball's worth of sparkling diamonds blinding the camera making all of us green with envy over the new bling. Christmas trees can't even compete with all that sparkle.
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: Trinkette on December 05, 2008, 10:13:43 PM
Quote
Malarky! It's hard to capture because there is a snowball's worth of sparkling diamonds blinding the camera making all of us green with envy over the new bling. Christmas trees can't even compete with all that sparkle.

David, from what I can see, even that statement is an UNDERstatement.  ::) That ring needs to be preceeded by some sort of early WARNING system before viewing. At least, viewers should have shaded eye protection ready...  :glasses9:
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: oldmancoyote on December 06, 2008, 02:22:09 AM
And when you consider that the green is green because of (natural) irradiation...

Yikes. Someone take it off my hands, quick!

Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: GIAGirl on December 06, 2008, 03:15:27 AM
And when you consider that the green is green because of (natural) irradiation...

Yikes. Someone take it off my hands, quick!



AND PUT IT ON MINE!
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: joia on December 10, 2008, 11:04:33 AM
I am always struck dumb for at least a day after looking at OMC´s jewels.  That ring.......silence......
more silence.......... silence again ............. no I can´t say anything yet.
I probably have missed this, but what is the pink in the earrings.....  Absolutely gorgeous on those shell like ears too.
Lucky Mrs OMC.

Joia
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: oldmancoyote on December 10, 2008, 12:17:43 PM
Rose quartz
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: Mrs Mitchell on December 10, 2008, 05:38:25 PM
Just popped in to this thread to have another look at that ring! It really does look nice on your wife's hand, OMC. Is she enjoying it?

Jen
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: oldmancoyote on December 10, 2008, 06:50:12 PM
I think so - she keeps looking at it and then showing it to me saying "look - it sparkles!" when she is wearing it (and she wears it quite often).  ;D
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: Trinkette on December 10, 2008, 09:37:11 PM
 :tard:

Quote
she keeps looking at it and then showing it to me saying "look - it sparkles!"

 :glasses9:


 ::) ANOTHER understatement.


Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: joia on December 11, 2008, 04:02:01 PM
I hae suddenly taken a liking to pink quartz, that is when it it is a part of earrings like these.   I won´t say anything about the ring, I still can´t get my mouth to get round the words needed........wow will have to do for a little while longer.

Joia
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: Foxylady on December 11, 2008, 05:54:47 PM
Hi OMC

Still lost for words on your sparkly collection. Still sigh everytime I look at them. Grats

Foxylady  :heart2:
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: ah2bqat on December 15, 2008, 09:25:53 PM
 :Score-101010:

OMG, OMC!  Where did I go wrong?  I can't say anything new, just reiterate - keep 'em coming.  The photography is wonderful... not to worry.  W all just love the dreams!
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: coati on January 06, 2009, 12:31:34 AM
hahaha!! Hallo OMC!

I'm in deco heaven!!


Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: ah2bqat on January 06, 2009, 01:01:07 AM
 :faintthud:

OMG, OMC!  I'm struck dumb.  Phong was right - It's only gaudy when it's on someone else's finger!
I'm having a bad case of  :green:  Lordy, that's a REAL sparkly and one of the most unique settings I think I've ever seen..

On a more polite note, your DW has a beautiful neck and chin line to model earrings.  And her skin tone is lovely as a foil to the rose quartz.
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: oldmancoyote on January 06, 2009, 06:47:11 AM
hahaha!! Hallo OMC!

I'm in deco heaven!!

Hi Coati, welcome! You like the den?

ah2bqat: Thank you. Mrs OMC is blushing - which suits her... ;D
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: Trinkette on January 13, 2009, 02:34:59 PM
OMC, is it time to "update" the den?  :-*
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: oldmancoyote on January 13, 2009, 03:16:43 PM
Twin turbos shipped today... should be able to post a few photos at the weekend or possibly early next week (all depends on customs clearance).
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: oldmancoyote on January 13, 2009, 04:28:05 PM
Actually, here's David's photo of the turbos...

Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: Trinkette on January 13, 2009, 04:36:41 PM
 :notworthy:  :freakout:  :notworthy:
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: Trinkette on January 13, 2009, 04:38:01 PM
 :glasses9: :drool: :glasses9:
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: Trinkette on January 13, 2009, 04:39:05 PM
 :bliss: :devildance: :bliss:
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: Trinkette on January 13, 2009, 04:40:19 PM
 :ura1: :boobban: :ura1:
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: Trinkette on January 13, 2009, 04:40:54 PM
 :rahrah: :giveup: :rahrah:
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: Trinkette on January 13, 2009, 04:41:27 PM
 :icon_thumleft: :faintthud: :icon_thumleft:
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: Trinkette on January 13, 2009, 04:42:53 PM
 :gimi: :Heart: :gimi:
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: BigRed on January 13, 2009, 04:43:21 PM
 :faintthud: :Heart: :faintthud: :Score-101010:   I think turbo charged is the under statement of the year! Holy Cow!!!!!!! Those are awesome!!!
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: Trinkette on January 13, 2009, 04:44:18 PM
Uhhh... anyway... you get the idea...   :angel:
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: Diamondsbylauren on January 13, 2009, 05:12:57 PM
they really did come out amazing!

To Mrs OMC....wear them in the best of health!
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: annie1 on January 13, 2009, 06:59:22 PM
:yahoo:
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: WM on January 13, 2009, 10:04:31 PM
Oh my gosh you're going to make everyone here hate mrs omc for getting to be the recipient of those absolutely, drop dead stunning earrings. Good Lord they drip canary yellow. Dripping. Sensational.
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: ah2bqat on January 13, 2009, 11:43:40 PM
 :hot_stern: :boobban: :boobban: :boobban: :hot_stern: :boobban:  :boobban: :boobban: :hot_stern:
Damn, OMC - we talkin' FIY?   those are beyond then limit!  EAR shot!  EARSHOT! Let's se the beautiiful and extremely lucky DW modeling these puppies
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: GIAGirl on January 14, 2009, 02:14:13 AM
Those are super nice.  WOW!!!!!!!!   
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: titania on January 14, 2009, 07:42:07 AM
Wow's the word. Just beautiful. OMC, I imagine your wife loves jewelry as much as you do???!!! It's always fun returning to the den photos.
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: GracefulLion on January 14, 2009, 10:39:05 AM
Very cool!  What are the stats on those centers??  That is a great style!
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: WM on January 14, 2009, 02:03:50 PM
Are they vivids? Or intense yellows?
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: oldmancoyote on January 14, 2009, 06:58:45 PM
0.35 ctw fancy intense yellow. From the photo, fancy VERY intense yellow. Then again, what do you expect from the man behind the turbocharging operation? He knows I drool after a couple of vivids...
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: Trinkette on January 14, 2009, 09:44:11 PM
The entire operation was brilliant. Kudos, you guys, for a turbocharge well done! Great idea, OMC.
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: robin on January 14, 2009, 09:49:58 PM
Very nice... But what happened to the ECs that were originally in the earrings??
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: Mikla on January 14, 2009, 10:03:17 PM
Excellent question, Robin!
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: Diamondsbylauren on January 15, 2009, 02:06:40 PM
Very nice... But what happened to the ECs that were originally in the earrings??

They are acutally here sitting on the desk ( if I could find the desk, that might be a good thing...but I know they're here someplace!)
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: ah2bqat on January 15, 2009, 03:01:56 PM
Messy desks I understand, but lost sparklies????   :freakout:
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: Trinkette on January 15, 2009, 03:47:51 PM
 Oh, Gramps... ::)
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: Mrs Mitchell on January 16, 2009, 06:16:22 AM
OMC, I'm sorry but I totally missed this project. Um, how? It turned out beautifully. Stunning earrings, and the yellow absolutely sings.

Fantastic.

David, have you ever done a DBTY necklace with little ECs? Would it work?

Jen
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: oldmancoyote on January 16, 2009, 07:35:33 PM
Hmmm... remember, I have two very important women in my life, and they both need earrings...

Jen - you didn't miss the project; I kept very quiet about it. Thanks for the compliments - I hope to be able to post earshots tomorrow (Saturday)
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: Mrs Mitchell on January 18, 2009, 04:50:35 AM
You could make that three, no? I mean, we've never met but I'm sure I could be important to you somehow or other. ;D

Earshots would be lovely - look forward to them!

Jen
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: oldmancoyote on January 18, 2009, 01:13:42 PM
Diamonds sparkle. Even small diamonds.

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI5/FIYBaguettesEarrings.jpg)

In fact, that's about as little as I could make them sparkle. Look at this...

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI5/FIYBaguettesEarrings3.jpg)

...and this...

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI5/FIYBaguettesEarrings4.jpg)

Of course, since these are small(ish) studs, they are fairly modest when worn, but still noticeable if the light catches them.

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI5/FIYBaguettesEarrings1.jpg)(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI5/FIYBaguettesEarrings2.jpg)
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: ah2bqat on January 18, 2009, 01:25:33 PM
Yay! :bliss:

The Divine Mrs. OMC and her glorious new studs!  Simply lovely.  Beautiful proportions and VERY noticable.  Brava!  Brava!
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: Mrs Mitchell on January 18, 2009, 01:34:19 PM
Gorgeous! I wouldn't describe them as modest, though. They scream yellow and sparkly!

They look lovely on Mrs OMC. I hope she enjoys them.

Jen
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: GIAGirl on January 18, 2009, 09:02:36 PM
Those are amazing.   I am super jealous.   
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: BigRed on January 18, 2009, 09:29:59 PM
WOW those look amazing! Thanks for sharing some pics!
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: WM on January 18, 2009, 09:30:43 PM
I'm going to pass out. Those are drop dead stunning. I, too, am green with envy. I REALLY love those.
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: Mikla on January 19, 2009, 08:31:10 AM
Wow, OMC!  You're so creative.  I love that all of your pieces have such personality.  These are spectacular!  Lovely, lovely choice.

Best,
Mikla
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: Trinkette on January 19, 2009, 08:36:30 AM
Brilliant.
Brilliant idea.
Brilliant jewels.

Mr. and Mrs. OMC, thank you for sharing the photos (I supposed they are quite brilliant as well)!

Kind of makes one want to revisit some older pieces, with "retrofit" (*SIGH* OK, OK, "turbocharge") in mind!  ;)
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: Sparkly-OCD on January 20, 2009, 12:53:28 AM
OMC, I'm sorry but I totally missed this project. Um, how? It turned out beautifully. Stunning earrings, and the yellow absolutely sings.

Fantastic.

David, have you ever done a DBTY necklace with little ECs? Would it work?

Jen

Jen,

We wheedled it out of OMC in this thread.  He tried to be cryptic, but we caught on.  ;D  And they turned out as glorious as expected!
http://coloreddiamond.info/forum-chit-chat/sold/225/
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: Mrs Mitchell on January 20, 2009, 05:03:21 PM
They are rather fabulous, aren't they!
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: oldmancoyote on January 20, 2009, 05:38:16 PM
Thanks guys & gals. And thanks David for providing wonderful stones within literally hours of asking for them.

Now, lest it be said that the Coyote family isn't doing its bit of recycling, we are reusing the two colourless ECs in studs for DD's next birthday (or whenever she will decide to have her ears pierced, if ever)  ;D
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: suzy snowflake on January 22, 2009, 08:58:20 AM
Mrs. OMC is one lucky lady, and those yellow centers really pop  :happy1:
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: Diamondluvr on January 22, 2009, 08:58:48 AM
Lovely :)
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: oldmancoyote on May 17, 2009, 12:37:21 PM
Since there have been a few requests and today was a nice day, I thought I'd take some pictures. Here are the em cuts...

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI6/P1010887.jpg)

and in a more business-like setting

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI6/P1010882.jpg)

steady, aim, fire!

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI6/P1010886.jpg)

And here is the intended recipient with her brother, having fun

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI6/P1010868.jpg)

More of the same

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI6/P1010870.jpg)

and finally... Jen, here it's another one.

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI6/P1010876.jpg)
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: Mrs Mitchell on May 17, 2009, 01:00:32 PM
THANK YOU! ;D

I do love that ring. Those pinks are delightful!

I love the EC studs too. What size are they? Your daughter will look very chic when she gets to wearing them. I wear my DBL EC studs a lot, they are a favourite of mine. Understated, elegant and just a little bit different.

Very sweet little coyote pups, too.  :)

Jen

Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: oldmancoyote on May 17, 2009, 01:23:37 PM
They are tiny tot size at 0.33 ctw. But they do sparkle! (They were the centre stones to the earrings further up in the thread)
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: ah2bqat on May 17, 2009, 02:45:08 PM
 :bliss: Glad to see the cubs in real time!  They are just absorbable.  I'm sure your daughter will enjoy those EC studs immensely when she's a bit older.  I know I would!  Wow!

And gorgeous shot of a stunning ring.  I'm going to have to start at the beginning of this thread and look through it again.  I must have missed the original shots. ???
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: Foxylady on May 17, 2009, 07:23:43 PM
OMC

I love these little rays of sunshine, all of them.

Foxylady  :heart2:
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: Diamondsbylauren on May 19, 2009, 12:05:12 AM
Since there have been a few requests and today was a nice day, I thought I'd take some pictures. Here are the em cuts...

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI6/P1010887.jpg)

and in a more business-like setting

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI6/P1010882.jpg)

steady, aim, fire!

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI6/P1010886.jpg)

And here is the intended recipient with her brother, having fun

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI6/P1010868.jpg)

More of the same

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI6/P1010870.jpg)

and finally... Jen, here it's another one.

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI6/P1010876.jpg)


Those have got to be some of the nicest photos posted here on CDi bar none!
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: WM on May 19, 2009, 12:38:43 AM
Oh, there are some great photos here. The kids are so genuinely adorable. The earrings scrumptious. I am really liking the look of small intense or vivid surrounded by white. My hearts are like that and I enjoy those earrings immensely.
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: GIAGirl on May 19, 2009, 01:19:50 AM
Your children are so cute.  They look so happy.   


Those emerald cuts are lovely.   
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: GIAGirl on May 19, 2009, 01:23:37 AM
I forgot about the pinks!!!!!!!!  Your daughter will love those earrings.  My parents gave me jewelry at a very early age.  I had my first diamond ring in the 3rd grade.  I remember coming home crying because the other children said that their parents said I was lying because no one would give a child a diamond ring.  HA!   My parents told me that I was never alllowed to take it off...no matter what.  I didn't but I had friends who left rings in bathrooms and by the pool. 
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: oldmancoyote on May 19, 2009, 05:15:24 PM
Thank you, all, for the nice words.

There's a few more things to show you that didn't make it to the den yet - a couple of recent purchases, and some mistakes I made when the world was young. If the nice weather continues...
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: ah2bqat on May 19, 2009, 05:32:29 PM
 :bliss:  I can hardly wait, OMC!  Your Family Jewels are quite something to revisit!  I had forgotten how varied and how unique your collection is.  And you say there is more?!?  Shots of the cubs in the great outdoors?  Those would be a good addition.
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: Diamondluvr on May 19, 2009, 06:38:33 PM
OMC-your cubs look like hams, they must be so much fun :)
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: oldmancoyote on May 20, 2009, 05:54:56 PM
Hams? I call DD "piglet", but I'm missing the key to the code here...  :)
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: Mikla on May 20, 2009, 06:30:14 PM
They are so adorable!  More precious than all of the diamonds on this forum.  Like two peas in a pod . . . what a handsome pair!

Mikla
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: Diamondluvr on May 26, 2009, 04:09:25 PM
Hams? I call DD "piglet", but I'm missing the key to the code here...  :)

Hams---as in Ham it up in front of the camera---acting silly and having fun :)
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: Trinkette on May 28, 2009, 09:27:43 AM
OMC, your children are gorgeous gems of sunshine. The two photos of them are a couple of my all-time favorite kid photos. Sounds corny, but, the photos have such wonderful karma about them, in terms of the children, the atmosphere and the location... thank you for bringing such a precious, cheerful moment into my dreary days! I smile each time I view the photos.

NOW... BRING ON THE NEW JEWELRY PHOTOS!  >:D
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: oldmancoyote on May 28, 2009, 04:39:38 PM
I'm taking them on Saturday, T.

And thank you for the very kind words.
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: Diamondsbylauren on May 28, 2009, 05:46:09 PM
I have to agree- the setting, and the expression on their faces is priceless. If you could bottle that, it would go for million$ an ounce!
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: BigRed on May 31, 2009, 05:01:33 PM
Those pictures are fantastic!
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: ah2bqat on May 31, 2009, 11:57:24 PM
Aren't they just!  OMC may claim it's due to his own mugging, but I dowbt that.  I'm sure he tickled their fancy and THEN pulled a face to match. 

That's  a good photographer, no matter, how self-effacing OMC may be. :bigclap: :bigclap:
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: oldmancoyote on June 01, 2009, 04:29:04 AM
The good photographer is failing dismally. I seem to be unable to take decent pictures of a few pieces. Tomorrow is a holiday here in Milan, so I'll try again...
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: Trinkette on June 01, 2009, 08:17:56 AM
That's OK, OMC, you've earned an extension with your wonderful cub photos!  ;)
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: oldmancoyote on June 02, 2009, 02:40:47 PM
Since you like them, here's one more...

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI6/P1010960.jpg)

(and in case anyone is wondering, on the other side of the camera, dad was sticking out his tongue at them :p)

Now, this particular post should be called the old, the new and the ugly. There are some pieces which were bought back in the mists of time which - I feel - are still with us because they have some meaning to the Coyote family, not because they are great or even just good pieces of jewellery. At least, that's the reason I kept giving to myself for not having photographed them until now. On Saturday, I tried taking some photos together with some new pieces, and that's when I noticed a strange coincidence:

1. All pieces (old and new) have something which is either pearly or red.
2. They are flipping difficult to take pictures of!!!

Anyway - here they go:

Damiani/Mikimoto pearl ring - the first serious piece of jewellery I bought for DW; you may even call it our promise ring (it was nearly 20 years ago!)

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI6/P1010929.jpg)

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI6/P1010927.jpg)

she still wears it quite often instead of what she considers her wedding ring

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI6/P1010957.jpg)

a few years later, I made another pearl purchase

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI6/P1010944.jpg)

an Italian 18k white gold, diamonds and pearls choker which is a total bummer to take pictures of; believe me, those diamonds are small, but they do sparkle (and there's nearly 10 ct of them). Catching them in the image is a different question.

I think it looks lovely on DW, but I'm clearly biased.

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI6/P1010951.jpg)

Now, some old reds - both related to DD instead:

Her birthstone (1.01 ct, a bit dark but lovely rich hue, earmarked for a double baguette shank like DJM's DD's sweet 16 ring; 11 years to go)

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI6/P1010889.jpg)

...and the ring I gave to DW for her birth...

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI6/P1010932.jpg)

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI6/P1010933.jpg)

which is a very sculptural little piece from the 1930s. It's now a bit battered, but it was totally unworn when I bought it. It has French control marks and a clear maker's mark (initials B M) and inventory number. The broad top surface was probably meant to be engraved with a monogram or cypher.

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI6/P1010954.jpg)

Now the new - and let's stick to red for the time being: a platinum, diamonds and red tourmaline ring again with strong "machine age" design lines - even though this one is dated 2004:

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI6/P1010926.jpg)

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI6/P1010921.jpg)

In reality, the tourmaline is very very close to the ruby's colour, and it doesn't change tone at all under artificial light. The brown is nearly invisible, though it remains a darkish stone.

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI6/P1010898.jpg)

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI6/P1010952.jpg)

And back to pearly - this is only "new" in the sense of new to the den. It's a 1960s piece (probably by Tännler, Zürich) with a huge moonstone.

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI6/P1010935.jpg)

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI6/P1010939.jpg)

the moonstone is about 80ct, and it shows tinges of yellow, pink and green in its adularescence

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI6/P1010906.jpg)

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI6/P1010938.jpg)

Again, strong design and in this case very rare stone seem to work well on DW's neck. She's been wearing this every other day since I took it home...

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI6/P1010911.jpg)

And lastly, just for a little contrast, a small deco locket from Schanfein & Tamis (enamellers of repute, based in NYC between 1915 and 1931, when they went belly up together with many others) in yellow gold, jade and multicolour enamels.

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI6/DecoLocket.jpg)

no more photos on this one, since it's currently being repaired (the jade and enamel plaque is held by two gold pins that were tin soldered in the 1920s; the tin has gone brittle and snapped when I was cleaning it. It will be laser-welded and made good for at least another 200 years!)

Now, for the ugly... you guys remember these?

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI6/P1010905.jpg)

...well, we lost one in a car park about a week ago. It was run over by a car, and this is the result:

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI6/P1010903.jpg)

It's actually worse when you look at it through a loupe; the gallery is deformed and a couple of baguettes seem cracked - with the naked eye there's relatively little damage.

This has two very important lessons for me:

1. When David says things are built to last - even if they are trade-ins - he isn't telling porkies. This thing was ground into the dirt - fortunately the surface of the car park was compacted earth rather than tarmac or stones  :'(

2. When David says he stands behind every piece he sells, he is not telling porkies either! He agreed to repair it, even though it's not a DBL piece.  :)
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: BigRed on June 02, 2009, 03:36:25 PM
OMG!!!!!!! I love all of it....especially the choker. That is amazing! Thanks so much for sharing!
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: Trinkette on June 02, 2009, 03:45:43 PM
WAH! Poor, sweet little earrings! OTOH, how lucky you are to even have a BIT to work with! I am impressed. So wonderful of David to come through once again...

Ooops, got to go, I'll finish later...
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: Mrs Mitchell on June 02, 2009, 04:19:40 PM
Oh how I love a pearl and diamond ring! My aunt's engagement ring is a Tay river pearl, with a 0.25ct icy white rb diamond on each side, set in Scottish gold. It's in my all time top 5 favourite rings. So, I'm always drawn to a good pearl ring and your promise ring is absolutely beautiful. What a lovely piece.

So sorry about the carpark incident. Must have been a heart-stopping moment. I'm glad it can be repaired, but what an awful thing to happen. On the plus side,  David will send it back looking as though it had never happened.

Jen

Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: oldmancoyote on June 02, 2009, 04:35:01 PM
The best part about the earring incident is that we didn't realise until the evening:

We'd gone to a natural park on the side of a river to have a nice walk. We parked the car, started on the path and quickly ran back pursued by swarms of mosquitoes. The plan for the day changed to "let's go see something else near here". So we did, much to the regret of the dog who enjoys the wilds and has no mosquito problems, but does not care for medieval castles with "no dogs allowed" signs.

When we got home, DW realised one of the earrings was missing, and the most likely place for the loss was our rush into the car at the river. The next day we drove back, and started re-tracking our steps. We found it after five minutes, a bit crushed and very dirty, but in one piece minus the post.
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: Mikla on June 02, 2009, 07:47:35 PM
Wow, what a story!  I lost my sapphire ring for a few days, but found it in the laundry basket afterwards.  We had gone on a trip and I had no idea where it could have gone.  I was very upset for a few days but felt such relief when it was found.  Your story definitely takes the cake!  What a stroke of luck to find the earring in the park.  I'm sure David will make the earring good as new.

Mikla
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: Trinkette on June 02, 2009, 07:49:24 PM
Well, I suppose because there is a happy ending to this story it will be one of those "can you believe it" tales destined someday to become wonderful family lore. Phew! What a sad story that COULD have been.

However, HOW ON EARTH did you find that LITTLE earring... especially a day later, outside, in a gravel lot?! Kudos to you all.

Love the Mikkimoto pearl photo, you can really see the luster. However, overall, I think my favorite is the moonstone pendant; I've never seen anything quite like it. And, I'm sure the stone is even more spectacular in person.
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: djm195 on June 02, 2009, 08:33:46 PM
OMC--you never cease to amaze me with your collection. Seriously...I love every bit of it.....

My favorite in this group (aside from the DBL earrings--LOL) is the moonstone necklace--that is UNBELIEVEABLE!!!

I want to go antiguing with you.... ;)
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: GIAGirl on June 02, 2009, 10:04:39 PM
I am not sure how she decides what to wear everyday.   The collection is very nice.  I am jealous. 
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: ah2bqat on June 02, 2009, 11:44:39 PM
I love, Love, LOVE the pic of the cubs, especially knowing Dad's tongue was also out.  They are just the most precious of the collection, OMC.  (I didn't think I'd ever admit it, but I am so glad our own young master is back with us.  I think Ryan has a new appreciation of for me, and my way of life, as well as my occaisional excesses (especially with SLURPEES!))

Even with the Moonstone and the pearls, my birthstones, depending on to whom you place the question - can't compare with the cubs.  

I love the diamond and pearl choker!  If I didn't have Tahitian pearls in a princess length from my DH, I might be sorely tempted to beg to borrow it when I get married.  What a wonderful bridal piece!  I hope DD decides to wear that at her wedding or even at her debut.  It is absolutely to die for...And the Mikimoto ring!  Huge sighs here!!  Diamonds and pearls!  My absolute favorite combination.  

I will have to beg you to work with me someday on designing a clasp for my pearls that is better than the 14k filigreed bead currently in place  - I'm sure you'd have some killer ideas.  And that could be used as an offset as well as the closure.  I never open them anyway.  They fit just fine over my head.

The architectural rings (I think I've spelled that wrong) are just killer, even though i am not a red gem person.  

I am so sorry to hear the earring was lost and run over.  I would have cried for days! What a stroke of luck to have found it again, even if it is sadly wounded!  But it doesn't surprise me that DBL stands behind the pieces they sell in the least.  I would have expected no less.

Thank you so much for sharing these unique pieces with us.   It is always such a treat to visit the Coyote's Den.
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: Mrs Mitchell on June 03, 2009, 03:28:43 AM
The carpark fiasco story reminds me of David's tale about a friend of his who lost a big yellow radiant when he was playing football in Central Park. Who here hasn't thought about going to look for it? ;D

So glad you found that earring OMC. I'd hate to think that one was lost somewhere!

Oh, and I forgot to say last night, the cubs look delightful! THey are supercute and they look like a lot of fun!

Jen
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: titania on June 03, 2009, 07:43:37 AM
It's always a total treat to see your collection, OMC. Much better than having to search around the internet finding gorgeous and unusual pieces for a visual "high."

Let's see -- today I'm in love with that incredible moonstone pendant and the exquisite pearl/diamond necklace.

As always, thanks for sharing!
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: robin on June 03, 2009, 09:44:53 AM
Oh, thanks for sharing, OMC!  I'm so sad about your DW's beautiful earring, though!  I hope David can fix it better than new!

I love the moonstone, too.
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: WM on June 03, 2009, 09:05:38 PM
I just want one day in your wife's jewelry box. And yours, OMC. What a great collection.
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: oldmancoyote on June 19, 2009, 05:43:14 PM
Hm. I was looking for the other thread where Trinkette, Jen, Mikla and a couple of others were kindly giving ideas about sapphire earrings, and I can't find it. However, look what is finding its way to us later in the summer...

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI6/DSC00033.jpg)
(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI6/DSC00034.jpg)

Photos courtesy of David - more to come once I get my mitts on them in late July!
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: Mikla on June 19, 2009, 05:46:38 PM
 :yahoo:  Now that is a pair of earrings!  I don't think I'd ever take them off.  I love, love, love the baguettes connecting the rounds and around the sapphires.  It's a beautiful match, OMC.  One of my favorites of your pieces, I'd have to say.   ::)

Mikla
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: oldmancoyote on June 19, 2009, 05:50:33 PM
A-hem. I actually think the bits connecting the rounds are (very) highly polished platinum... but I made exactly the same mistake!!!

Thank you for the kind words, Mikla.
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: Diamondsbylauren on June 19, 2009, 06:00:38 PM
Let's not forget the backs......
This is a pair of earrings that , even if the stones are facing inwards- is still mesmerizingly beautiful.
(http://diamondsbylauren.com/images/09/04/r2890c.jpg)


OMC led us down paths we'd never have thought of.
He basically prompted us to make, and assisted in designing , what really is- museum quality jewelry.


I've never been prouder of the "ROCK" stamp........
(http://diamondsbylauren.com/images/09/04/r2890r.jpg)
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: ah2bqat on June 19, 2009, 07:18:12 PM
 :notworthy: :notworthy:

What a fantasic set, OMC!  You and DBL have outdone yourselves.  Please, please promise an ear and hand shot of Mrs. OMC when they finally come home to you.  Those earrings are almost unbelievable.  Stunning.
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: WM on June 19, 2009, 09:46:12 PM
Oh myyyyyyyyy. Pick me up off the ground, those are GORGEOUS.
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: Trinkette on June 19, 2009, 10:18:53 PM
I KNEW these would be magnificent! OMC, David, you should both be proud. Such extraordinary design, craftsmanship and attention to detail.  Thanks for sharing this wonderful project.

Gosh, I REALLY need to find my flying hippo...
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: GIAGirl on June 19, 2009, 11:23:08 PM
Those are really nice!!!!!!  I cannot wait to get ear shots!!!!!!  I cannot wait to show my man your wife's moonstone necklace.  He seems to really be drawn to them.  He will love it.

I am sorry to hear about the earring!  Like everyone else, I am surprised you found it.  If I ever lost an earring, I would NEVER find it. 
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: Mrs Mitchell on June 22, 2009, 01:39:23 PM
Well! They turned out nice, didn't they?! To say the least!

Phenomenal might be the word for them. The sapphires really are gorgeous and the design is spot on, it really works. Craftsmanship is impressive, too.

I'm looking forward to seeing earshots, and a side by side shot with the ring that inspired the design.

Jen
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: oldmancoyote on June 22, 2009, 02:20:42 PM
Thank you all - I promise earshots and comparison with the ring as soon as I get hold of the earrings, which unfortunately won't be until late July/early August...
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: Trinkette on June 23, 2009, 02:24:28 PM
We can wait.  ;D
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: WM on July 13, 2009, 10:45:43 PM
I think you should have used sapphires that were a little brighter blue. (That's a joke, of course.)
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: oldmancoyote on July 14, 2009, 06:09:15 AM
Well, the problem was that the brighter ones had all these wires and batteries attached. For a pair of earrings, I thought it would have been inconvenient.
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: robin on July 19, 2009, 09:08:45 PM
WOW!  WOWWOWWOWWOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: WM on August 15, 2009, 09:49:00 PM
Well, the problem was that the brighter ones had all these wires and batteries attached. For a pair of earrings, I thought it would have been inconvenient.

Mrs. OMC would have looked like an escape surgery patient. We wouldn't want that.
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: Mrs Mitchell on August 16, 2009, 05:17:37 AM
Well? Do you have them yet? What do you think?

If you hate them, I'll take them! (Bet you don't, though.) ;D

Jen
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: oldmancoyote on August 20, 2009, 01:21:55 PM
Well, you can try, Jen, but I think DW would put up some resistance.

Sorry again for the delayed posting; we went to pick the kids up at grandma without knowing that ADSL and 3G coverage aren't quite making it there... so I'm recovering from an avalanche of email. Photos tomorrow - weather permitting (it's 36C / 97F and feeling hotter; not a great weather for doing anything except staring at a fan)
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: Mrs Mitchell on August 20, 2009, 02:57:16 PM
I can't wait to see them. The teaser pics were stunning. Does Mrs Coyote love them?

Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: ah2bqat on August 20, 2009, 03:35:27 PM
and how are the pups?  Did they have a great time with grandma.  Each grow a foot or at least an inch?
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: oldmancoyote on August 20, 2009, 06:35:00 PM
The pups look like the portraits of health. Nicely tanned, both a shade or two blonder and both spoiled rotten by grandma (bless her!). Not sure if they are taller, though for sure both of them are longer, since the shoes that fit amply a month ago are now just about long enough.

DW spent all (late) evening today looking in the mirror and trying on the earrings, and the ring. And the earrings. And the ring. And the earrings...
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: ah2bqat on August 20, 2009, 08:06:38 PM
Sounds like she really likes them!  But then, who wouldn't? ;D
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: Mikla on August 20, 2009, 08:40:05 PM
You can't go wrong with those earrings.  I'd love to see the earrings with the ring, and on Mrs. Coyote though!

Mikla
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: ah2bqat on August 20, 2009, 10:09:24 PM
Amen, la Coyotessa is a must to model both!
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: oldmancoyote on August 21, 2009, 02:28:11 PM
One never stops learning in life. Today's lesson number 1: sapphires change in colour rather considerably when exposed to a photo flash:

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI7/P1020116.jpg)

and the same without flash:

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI7/P1020118.jpg)

which I think is a remarkably good match - given that the sapphire in the ring is Ceylon, and the sapphires in the earrings are Burma.

Today's lesson number 2: even if during the day it is too hot to do anything, there is better light. So, these are some poor attempts at capturing the liveliness of the stones, but the colour of the late afternoon light is all wrong...

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI7/P1020125.jpg)
(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI7/P1020126.jpg)

but who cares, when they look like this when worn (the orange dress is accidental, but it balanced the colours nicely when the flash was on!)

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI7/P1020123.jpg)
(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI7/P1020124.jpg)

finally, for the jewellery buffs, here is what they look like from behind (and the ring by comparison). Any similarity is fully intentional. ;D The fabrication is fantastic, and there's amazing little details such as the way the straight sections are built with a slight ridge in the middle that looks very much like a diamond when hit by the light...

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI7/P1020130.jpg)
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: Mikla on August 21, 2009, 04:50:55 PM
WOW!  WOW!  WOW!  I'm gonna have to catch my breath before I can intelligently comment.  WOW!  WOW!  WOW!  I think these are, bar none, the most beautiful set of earrings and a ring I've ever seen.  FANTASTIC!  GORGEOUS!  AWESOME!
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: ah2bqat on August 21, 2009, 05:14:23 PM
 :hail: :notworthy: :hail: :notworthy: :Score-101010: :Score-101010: :hail: :notworthy: :hail: :notworthy:  :wav:  :hail: :notworthy: :hail: :notworthy:

Those are truly heirloom-worthy gems, but not so beautiful as the wearer.
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: annie1 on August 21, 2009, 05:32:11 PM
What an absolutely stunning set, OMC!  I can see why you and Mrs. Coyote wanted to go pick them up in person.  ;)  I love how the backs match so well.  Beautiful, just beautiful.
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: Pinklady on August 21, 2009, 05:37:03 PM
Amazing set! I love love love your pictures! Thank you for sharing!  :Thanx: :Flowers2:
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: oldmancoyote on August 21, 2009, 05:42:38 PM
Those are truly heirloom-worthy gems, but not so beautiful as the wearer.

That's why there is one wearer, but many pieces of jewelry...

Thank you, Mikla, Jean, Annie and Pinklady.
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: GIAGirl on August 21, 2009, 08:54:22 PM
OMG!!!  Those turned out beautifully. 
I would make you take me out somewhere nice so I could show them off...hint...hint.
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: djm195 on August 24, 2009, 08:19:18 AM
What a great set! They look awesome OMC--nice work.
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: Mrs Mitchell on August 24, 2009, 11:05:40 AM
OMG! I missed these photos. They are stunning earrings.

They look very good with the ring, a nice set. I would have gone stud if I was doing the project and I can see now that's I'd have been wrong. The drops work very well and echo the elegance of the ring beautifully. You did a fantastic job of designing these and the workmanship is outstanding.

Love 'em!

Jen
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: oldmancoyote on August 24, 2009, 11:59:21 AM
Thank you, Jen, DJM and GIAGirl. DW wore them at the weekend - they do look very nice and sparkly.
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: Diamondluvr on August 24, 2009, 04:49:56 PM
Those are a lovely addition to your DW beautiful collection!
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: WM on August 25, 2009, 01:10:21 PM
I'm going to pass out. Those are gorgeous. Such a rich blue. And repeated thrice, no less.
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: Trinkette on October 06, 2009, 05:11:22 PM
 :hail:
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: oldmancoyote on January 17, 2010, 08:19:42 AM
Well, since we have been talking of colour and Christmas and all that, I thought you might like to see what father (not Christmas - PinkLady, Trinkette and I have decided I'm better as a Babe Christmas, after all) gave the cubs this year

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI8/P1000049.jpg)

a parcel of mixed colours CZ. Below with the aid of a little flash (today was a fairly grey day)

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI8/P1000039.jpg)

here the selection that DD picked

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI8/P1000043b.jpg)

and that of DS

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI8/P1000043a.jpg)

just a little fun, and all this for $23.06 (plus P&P, plus VAT, but it still was under $50). They have great fun trading and "finding gems" - especially since they have watched Snow White and the 7 Dwarfs.

Sorry for the poor quality photos; I took them in a hurry, and it's not easy to get the camera to focus on a relatively broad field with low lighting.
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: saqsay1 on January 17, 2010, 11:10:45 AM
where can i find a coyote like you??? *sigh*
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: Mrs Mitchell on January 17, 2010, 11:43:31 AM
What a fun gift! Nice, vibrant colours, too. I'd have a lot of fun playing in that parcel.

I may borrow the idea when Amelia is a few years older. She's showing an interest in all things sparkly already.
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: Mikla on January 17, 2010, 12:27:11 PM
I may borrow the idea when Amelia is a few years older. She's showing an interest in all things sparkly already.

I wonder who she got that from, Miz M?   ;D
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: ah2bqat on January 17, 2010, 03:02:22 PM
You beat me to it saqsay!  I was going to ask if OMC would consider adopting me.  What a great fun gift for not so small ones!  Best I got was a ginormous set of pop-it beads  in a myriad of colors when 6.  Loved that set for years! ;D
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: annie1 on January 17, 2010, 07:02:28 PM
How much fun is that?  I think my favorite may just be that red pear your DS picked out.  ;)
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: oldmancoyote on April 26, 2010, 07:07:17 PM
Once upon a time, there was a land where the flowers and plants had strange properties. Roses had the odd leaf here and there,

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI8/P1000164.jpg)

and in the centre of calla lilies one could find some unusual buds.

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI8/P1000155.jpg)

Actually, I just went to the flower market and found some lovely flowers for DW, and I thought: why not use them as props? Unfortunately, they didn't last long enough to take pictures of all the new pieces, but still, some nice shots came out:

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI8/P1000161.jpg)

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI8/P1000132.jpg)

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI8/P1000144.jpg)

So, what are we seeing?

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI8/P1000168.jpg)

The leaf is a 1950s concoction in 14k gold, carved and etched rock crystal and diamonds. Interestingly, about half-way through the stem the diamonds go from full-cut brilliant to single cuts. It's marked with a famous name, and it has the quality of make associated with it, but the mark itself is doubly struck and not well defined - so I'm not 100% positive this came in a blue box originally.

In the centre of the calla lily is an early 1960s ring - definitely American, and possibly by Oscar Heyman, but unmarked. It's a lovely flower/ballerina shape, with topaz marquises all around - note how tightly fitted they are - and a nice size (~0.65 ct.) centre diamond.

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI8/P1000112.jpg)(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI8/P1000115.jpg)

The centre stone is very lively, and I wish I had greater skills (and better, more stable lighting) to show you the details of the cut: instead of being the typical modern H&A cut, it shows a flower-like design in the centre that I associate with an older fashion of cut. In these photos, one can also appreciate the small platinum settings for all the diamonds, but in reality, when worn, the effect of the halo is to make the centre look like one huge diamond (9mm; about the size of a 3.00 ct rock!).

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI8/P1000113a.jpg)(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI8/P1000114.jpg)

From 1960s to contemporary - but without losing anything in quality and delicacy - is the latest re-set of the diamonds that once were in my grandmother's engagement ring:

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI8/P1000150.jpg)(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI8/P1000153.jpg)

the diamonds can still be worn as studs, or together with a pair of slightly bluish green, medium-dark tsavorite pears, weighing 3.87 ctw. The platinum work is of incredible quality (and it is available through DBL). An image shot with the last light of the setting sun: amazing how the roses picked up the colour

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI8/P1000135.jpg)

...and last in this series, but not least, it's bringing us back to what I think is truly the Golden Age of jewellery: the 1920-1930 period. A pair of platinum, diamonds and natural pearls clips by R. Yard, circa 1930:

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI8/P1000127.jpg)(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI8/P1000125.jpg)

They would originally have had a fitting to wear them as a brooch, back to back as shown in the top photo, but are very wearable without the fitting as lapel clips on a symmetrically-tailored dress or jacket, or one above the other - all fashions seen in images from the period. Incidentally, it's interesting how the style of the jewel is something that one would identify with a slightly earlier period (early 1920s), but Yard opened shop in 1922, did not make clips until 1927, and was stylistically very conservative, so early 1930s is the most likely date for them. Like all early Yard pieces, they show an amazing attention to detail and exceptional quality of stones (in this case the pearls).

Moving forward a few years from the 1930s, and on to the late 1940s / early 1950s, one can still find examples of great design, but in yellow gold and with a much greater use of coloured stones. Since DW lost her yellow diamond earring a while ago, I have been finding lots of interesting pieces in all tones of yellow (but no earrings yet...), such as this bracelet/watch with citrines and diamonds:

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI8/P1000121.jpg)

The watch face - which is tiny, let me assure you: it's a problem setting the hands correctly on the Blancpain movement - is hidden under the central panel with diamonds, and bears the name of Laykin & Cie, an American jeweller famous in the 1940s and 1950s for supplying jewels and accoutrements to many Hollywood actresses - probably most famously of all to Lana Turner in "Imitation of Life" (1959), setting a record for the day of over $1 million for the film wardrobe and jewellery.

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI8/P1000119.jpg)

This is not - as far as I know - a piece worn by Lana Turner, but the workmanship on it is outstanding. Look at what happens if one puts the bracelet "facing up":

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI8/P1000122.jpg)

not the tiniest give in any of the links, after 50+ years of use. I wish my spine were in such condition...

The bracelet looks lovely together with the topaz ring...

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI8/P1000156.jpg)

... and equally at home with this late 1930s clip/brooch, also with citrines:

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI8/P1000181.jpg)

This American jewel is - in my view - one of the best pieces of Deco design I have: it has it all - strong, geometrical forms; stylised representation of the sun rising (or setting) in two-colour gold; invisibly set citrines on a rounded crest, surrounded by single-cut diamond bands set in platinum. It is bold, it is refined, it shouts happiness - and at about 2 in diameter it is not exactly shy. It also looks very good worn as a pendant. Can you tell I like it?

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI8/P1000184.jpg)(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI8/P1000182.jpg)

The 1930s were a great period for jewellery, but they missed out on a couple of tricks. One of them, since we are on the subject of yellow/orange stones, was that they had to "make do" with citrines. Mandarin spessartite was first found in Namibia in 1991, and in Nigeria in 1993. It lacks citrine's ready availability, which allows all sorts of calibré cuts, but it replaces it with much greater liveliness (it has a refractive index higher than sapphire!) and rarity - especially in large sizes. I think - given the colour and clarity - this is a Nigerian stone, which makes it relatively more common than Namibia, but at nearly 10 ct and totally eye-clean it's an exceptional find. Which no doubt is why Boucheron chose it for this ring, surrounded by other spessartites around the flower and down most of the shank.

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI8/P1000200.jpg)
(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI8/P1000202.jpg)
(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI8/P1000201.jpg)

The colour is really difficult to capture; in the photos it comes up with a slightly "burnt" tint which is not at all apparent in reality, where it's pure orange. Again - it's not a shrinking violet, but it's so much fun (and no one who doesn't know gems will think it's anything but a piece of costume jewellery. He he.)

Even garnet, however, is not a match to the true king of stones: diamond. And when the diamond is orangy-yellow, what one gets is this:

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI8/P1000178.jpg)

in a classical DBL interpretation of a style first launched by Yard in the 1930s (though Yard would have used tapered baguettes on the shoulders, instead of half-moons). Actually, I think Yard himself would have been proud of this ring - it has so many of his hallmarks: exceptional quality of the main stone (even if I say so), clean lines and superb attention to detail. Here it is, winking at you, Raymond!

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI8/P1000177.jpg)

The profile is typical DBL - low on the finger, and flowing through to the shank. You can just make out the small claw tips on this side view.

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI8/P1000180.jpg)

In case anyone thinks I am out of turn by comparing DBL to Yard, I'll just mention that a recent book on Yard had a foreword by David Rockefeller - clearly mentioning Yard as "the family jeweller and a friend" - which is exactly how I think of DBL and David (though unfortunately my availability of cash leaves something to that of Mr Rockefeller).

Since we are on the subject of Yard - here is another piece by him. Mid 1920s, but in the style of a few years earlier, reflecting Yard's clientèle's conservative tastes.

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI8/P1000175.jpg)

It's a rather small brooch, with a 1.23 ct Burma ruby in the middle of an expanse of polished platinum. Baguette diamonds and step-cut rubies at the ends of the platinum, flanked by oval scroll terminals with single cut diamonds and cabochon rubies at the extremities. Again a delicate Deco piece which stands out for design, quality of stones and workmanship. The platinum makes it change appearance rather starkly depending on where the light strikes it (let's not forget that platinum has RI almost as high as a diamond!)

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI8/P1000174.jpg)(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI8/P1000173.jpg)

And since we are on the subject of design, how about this? A pair of earclips (the term is well advised: they can be worn on the ear, or as small clips on the edge of a lapel or dress) by none other than Emile Puiforcat, circa 1935.

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI8/P1000196.jpg)
(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI8/P1000197.jpg)

These are again quintessential late Deco pieces, in white and yellow gold scrolls, with a small arrow-shaped strip set with single-cut diamonds. The workmanship is amazing, to the point that these are the only earclips without posts that DW finds comfortable all day long. Puiforcat is much better known for its silver pieces, particularly cutlery and tea services, and it was acquired in 1991 by the same holding company that owns Hermès and for a while owned Lalique. One more detail of the design: the three layers are not soldered together, but held by screws. Getting the laminas to stay together this close is not easy!

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI8/P1000198.jpg)

Should you feel a little bored by famous names and all this Art Deco malarkey, here is something that is not Deco, is not by a famous house, and yet still manages to be special - in fact, I suspect it's a take on Van Cleef's clématite earrings, just better (in my view, at least! VCA's pieces are cruder, and about 5 times as expensive, although they had the idea first).

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI8/P1000193.jpg)
(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI8/P1000191.jpg)

a pair of American carved carnelian, gold and diamond earrings from the 1970s. The carving is excellent, and the carnelian is a delicate reddish pink which looks really lovely when worn.

What? I hear you saying you do like Deco pieces? OK, OK, so here's another one.

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI8/P1000189.jpg)

A clip (but possibly designed to be worn as a pendant as well) by Mellerio (dits Meller), the oldest extant jewellery house in the world (est. 1613). Early 1930s, but using much older stones. These are truly OMCs! And do they fire!

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI8/P1000186.jpg)
(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI8/P1000185.jpg)

The four central stones in this Maya-inspired piece are about 1.something each, with an open culet and very high crown. And all the other stones are the same. Here is a side view, showing the space for inserting a cord or chain to use the clip as a pendant, and the height of some of the crowns. By the way - although many of the stones are "down" to a K colour or so, face up they seem incredibly white

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI8/P1000187.jpg)

This is a piece that I had to "sell" to DW. She kept saying "but I already have a white (diamond) clip". Yes, you do - in fact you have three - but this one looks different. Proof:

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI8/P1000194.jpg)
(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI8/P1000195.jpg)

Although the description of all three items could read the same (pearls excepted) on paper, they couldn't look more different (bearing in mind they are mainly diamonds on platinum, and they were all made within 10 years of each other). The designers did an excellent job in all three cases in building an individual item with its own look and feel. And the photo shows only a minimal part of that: when they move around, they look even more different.

Of course, with colour, one has more things to play with. Tone, saturation and hue all play a much greater part - so here's a final shot with all the recent yellow pieces (well, nearly - the watch is being cleaned) to show the differences in design and colour that are possible:

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI8/P1000205.jpg)

And two more with flowers - just enhanced by diamonds - to show that in the end Nature can produce something just as lovely and varied:

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI8/P1000159.jpg)

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI8/P1000154.jpg)
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: djm195 on April 26, 2010, 07:13:40 PM
WOW!!!!! I am speechless. What gorgeous pictures and...pieces.

What are you talking about you wish you had greater skills.?!?!?!....Those pictures should be published.

Awesome OMC! 
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: oldmancoyote on April 26, 2010, 07:17:59 PM
Thank you, Sir.

My apologies to all of you for subjecting you to a full year of acquisitions in one post, but there's so much in common with so many of these pieces that I felt they had to stay together.
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: annie1 on April 26, 2010, 07:28:13 PM
What an amazing year of acquisitions, OMC!  Some of the photos are absolutely spectacular.  I love the leaf and the tsavorite pears with your grandmother's diamonds.

Thank you for sharing!
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: djm195 on April 26, 2010, 07:40:14 PM
My three favorites...and not in any particular order.
The 1960s Oscar Heyman ring.
The DBL ring (and I'm not just saying this ... it goes beautifully with the rest of your collection).
The Tsavorite pear earrings.
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: saqsay1 on April 26, 2010, 07:56:31 PM
 :DropGob: :DropGob: :DropGob: :DropGob: :DropGob: :DropGob: :DropGob: :faintthud:
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: Foxylady on April 26, 2010, 08:11:36 PM
Oh OMC your new pieces are to die for, I love the leaf that is so delicate and pretty, I also love the Tsavorite pears and of course the DBL creation, where on earth do you find such beautiful pieces, I'd love to go shopping with you.

Foxylady  :heart2:
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: Diamondsbylauren on April 26, 2010, 09:05:08 PM
Wow! Amazing collection.
I haven't heard the name Oscar Heyman for quite some time.....

wow
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: SaoriViola on April 26, 2010, 09:19:03 PM
i'm totally blown away OMC, i love deco and i could totally get lost looking into your newest clip, or any of those clips really!  i'm with Trink, where do you go?! and when can i go with you?  :)
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: Mrs Mitchell on April 27, 2010, 04:33:07 AM
I'm just about to run out of the door, but OH MY!

Those tsavorite earrings in particular are just spectacular. What a wonderful thing to do with heirloom diamonds.
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: oldmancoyote on April 27, 2010, 05:29:32 AM
Thank you all - I'm glad you like the pictures.

SV and Foxylady: you are most welcome to join whenever I'm in the US (or indeed if you are in Europe).
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: Trinkette on April 27, 2010, 08:03:53 AM
Ahhhhhhhh, NOW I understand why you wrote earlier in the week that your mind was in the jewelry box!

The OH ring is stunning (FIRST DIBS, folks!!!). *SIGH* The calla lily photo is to die for.

And – be still my heart – the tsavorite earrings are simply exquisite.  I would like to adopt the person who crafted the earrings. Simply sublime work. None better. Congratulations on a wonderful project, both in terms of design AND execution. Inspiring.

The little orangy yellow ring came out marvelously and looks spectacular with the suite of orangy pieces. Having seen the diamond pre-set, it does not disappoint. Looks like a million bucks. Congratulations.

And, the watch, the Yard pearl and diamond clips (I love DW's "Clip Collection" – you are a good salesman), the carnelian ear clips, the T?-leaf pin, the ginormous spess ring (I remember this... it is all that you thought it would be?)... EVERYTHING... so spectacular.

I am GREEN with envy (that means I get FIRST DIBS on the tsav ERs, too).  ;)

Thank you so very much for sharing. It is an enviable collection to say the least.

I tried, however, there are no words to do this collection justice:  :notworthy:
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: Trinkette on April 27, 2010, 08:38:24 AM
 :david: The DBL-work is sensational.  :-*
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: GracefulLion on April 27, 2010, 12:08:08 PM
OK, all are amazing!  But I am especially in love with the tsavorites as well!  Did you sneak in there that those were done by DBL??  Fabulous!
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: titania on April 27, 2010, 12:42:52 PM
Thank you for another look into the Den -- the art deco beauties are....beautiful? Words don't do justice. I so love the ruby/platinum brooch, amongst everything else....
I'm assuming DW (and yourself) have a wardrobe to match! Much as it's fun, I imagine, to wear these stunning pieces with jeans, I'm imagining you at La Scala first nights, etc...
Sigh...again thank you for the gallery stroll.
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: oldmancoyote on April 27, 2010, 03:25:10 PM
GL: The tsav earrings have an interesting story. I bought the stones quite a while ago, and I was looking for ideas about how to set them. At the same time, I never was totally happy with the studs set in partly yellow gold. A friend introduced me to this platinum smith who - incidentally - works about 100 ft from David's office; we went through his design book and adapted one of his designs slightly, re-using the studs for the top stones in the new pieces and making them detachable.


Titania: DW has a half decent wardrobe (and I have to say that Milan is a pretty good place to acquire one), although she enjoys looking at the jewels as much as she does wearing them. I'm classically boring.
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: djm195 on April 27, 2010, 07:04:52 PM
...and I have to say that Milan is a pretty good place to acquire one.

You think?  LOL!
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: saqsay1 on April 27, 2010, 10:18:39 PM
OMC- i am going to china in june, have you been there? any tips on gemstones or anything else to look for?
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: oldmancoyote on April 28, 2010, 04:36:33 AM
I've never been to China, unfortunately. My advice on gemstones - in China or anywhere else - is to either know your stuff (and know it really well) or to rely on trusted sources only. Ideally both. You may pay a slight or not so slight premium, but at least you know what you are getting.

"There are more scams in Heaven and Earth (and under it), Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy"
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: titania on April 28, 2010, 06:49:11 AM
I spent a day ogling shoe stores in Milan. Each one looks like a gallery. Every shop in Milan looks like a gallery, actually.
Of course, the 2 days we had there, we couldn't get in to see The Last Supper (never pre-ordered tickets), La Scala was closed for renovations, and so was the Duomo.  But there was plenty to admire in the shops.
Not that I bought anything....except for some Shakespeare books in Italian in a very quaint, charming bookstore.
sorry for the threadjack -- but Italy can do that to you....
love the fabulous Deco diamond-citrine brooch, OMC. It is completely extraordinary; a magnificent piece.
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: jewellk on April 28, 2010, 07:53:54 AM
Wow! Thanks so much for sharing your photos. Your pieces are, as always, amazing! I especially love the Mayan-inspired OMC clip! What an amazing find! I can't believe you had to "sell" DW on it!! I have a similar problem "selling" my OMC diamond desires to DH!  :)
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: joia on April 28, 2010, 10:04:21 AM


"There are more scams in Heaven and Earth (and under it), Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy"

No doubt about that, some people were travelling on the same ship as my mother, they had a small town jewellery store and in Ceylon they bought a very nice lot of rubies and were boasting that their voyage had been paid for.
Well a bag full of red glass doesn´t pay for much that is for sure.  They swore that when the seller put the stones in the bag they were rubies, but......sleight of  hand....when the rubies came out they were just plain glass.
A veritable David Copperfield for sure.
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: oldmancoyote on April 28, 2010, 11:25:42 AM
Wow! Thanks so much for sharing your photos. Your pieces are, as always, amazing! I especially love the Mayan-inspired OMC clip! What an amazing find! I can't believe you had to "sell" DW on it!! I have a similar problem "selling" my OMC diamond desires to DH!  :)

To be honest, once I managed to get DW to see it, it sold itself. But she did not want to see it at all, at first.

(And, you are most welcome - it's fun to take them; I only wish I had more time to do so!)

Joia: more like the Artful Dodger... remaining with a Dickensian theme.

(Yes, yes, I know who David Copperfield is - even without having a TV)
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: ah2bqat on April 29, 2010, 09:30:18 PM
 :didimiss:

Jeez, late to the party AGAIN!  I am just blown away, OMC.  What a marvelous year for you and deco, and you and modern, and you and the 50's, 60's, and 70's!    :hot_stern:

I'm just about speechless, so I think I"ll just go back and look at them all again.  :bliss:

Oh, the things you find and the things you have had made!  :notworthy: :notworthy:
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: WM on April 30, 2010, 12:40:47 PM
I'm in awe. Such a stunning collection. I missed making a comment for all of last week. I have visited just to drink in the eye candy. Magnificent. Really.
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: DiamondsAreForever on October 04, 2010, 08:26:56 PM
Right-o... here it is!

It's a durned difficult to capture item. To start with, the colour of the centre stone varies a lot depending on light, angle and surroundings. To continue, it's all curves, so no matter how you take the picture, there's a bit you miss. No matter which bit you get, one thing is for sure; it sparkles like it's on fire. Anyways... these four are the best of about 30 shots.

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI5/P1010616.jpg)(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI5/P1010620.jpg)
(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI5/P1010621.jpg)(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI5/P1010637.jpg)

and a couple of handshots, to give you an idea of size

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI5/P1010630.jpg)(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI5/P1010631.jpg)

Now, for a couple of other news items in the den. The B ring with the mysterious green stone has been returned to the dealer; we weren't comfortable with the stone having been changed. The dealer was reasonably happy to see it back - he allowed us full credit including shipping costs for these...

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI5/P1010604.jpg)(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI5/P1010611.jpg)

a pair of yellow gold, onyx and rose quartz earclips by Aldo Cipullo, for C, 1974. These were made in many materials and at least three shape variants between 1969 and 1975:

1. like the one shown with a smooth cabochon "bridge" with metal sides;
2. with 5 stone beads and an inner ring of metal on two gold bars;
3. with three stone pyramids on a metal ladder.

I have seen them in carnelian and lapis, rock crystal and onyx, onyx and lapis (white gold), gold and onyx, and rose quartz and onyx - and I imagine there's at least as many varieties I haven't yet seen. Please tell me if you have seen other types!

In case you are wondering, this is what they look like when they are on:

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI5/P1010623.jpg)(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI5/P1010612.jpg)(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI5/P1010625.jpg)

they actually stand out a little more than it seems given the small scale of the photos. A true modern classic.

And that's about it. No more additions or changes for the time being.


Although this is an older thread, I just found it and WoW!  What an absolutely stunning ring.  The other pieces are beautiful as well
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: oldmancoyote on October 21, 2010, 04:03:35 PM
Not quite jewels - but I thought some of you may be interested in seeing where we have moved to:

View from the dining room/terrace looking North/North-East
(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/Photography/Bits/P1000354.jpg)

View from the sitting room/terrace looking straight East

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/Photography/Bits/P1000353.jpg)

View from the bedrooms (more or less) looking East/South-East- with a fair amount of light going the wrong way; I took the pictures around 5 pm local time, and the sun was such that I could not take pictures straight South or West. The big building is the local chocolate factory (no, really!).

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/Photography/Bits/P1000355.jpg)

If tomorrow morning is as nice as today, I'll take a couple of the missing pics.

Some interesting jewelry coming up as well.

Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: ah2bqat on October 21, 2010, 04:32:10 PM
Heck of a view you've got, OMC.  I love the contrast between the snow on the mountains and the ultimate green of the valley with no fall colors yet in sight.

Do the winds blow the fumes of the chocolate factory to or from your location?  Also looks like you're several stories up.  What do the cubs think about living so high? 

What's youre elevation there?  I'm still trying to adjust to 5000ft from sea level; and even after 6 weeks am having some trouble with shortness of breath.  Do you and the Mrs. have similar issues?
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: oldmancoyote on October 21, 2010, 04:49:48 PM
No fumes. At least, no fumes in the month we've been here. Even getting in the factory's courtyard, there is absolutely no smell (good or bad). In the store, however, it's another matter...

There's a very wide parapet running along the whole perimeter of the terrace (you can see it in the photos), and I don't think the kids even realise they are high up when they are playing. They know, and I've taken them on my shoulders to show them that it's pretty high off the ground (it would be a high 4th floor in the US, high 3rd in Europe - anyway, well over 30 ft to fall from), so they know to  be careful and not to climb the railing, but it doesn't seem to bother them.

Elevation is way lower than you: we are at about 1500 ft; the highest peak around is just over 6000, it's the one to the right in the clouds in the second picture. However, we are also 47 degrees North, as opposed to Lake Tahoe around 39° N (Quebec City is 46°50' N), so it's starting to get cool...
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: ah2bqat on October 21, 2010, 05:39:20 PM
Thank goodnes there aren't any fumes!  If I had to smell chocolate 24/7, I'd probably need a strait jacket for everyday wear or look like a Yeti by Christmas.  ;D

It's wonderful that the cubs enjoy playing on the terrace rather requiring grass, but then kids seem to adapt to whatever circumstances we give them, thank goodness.

My, you are quite north!  I never really consider the earth's tilt in thinking about locations, but truly, this is a bit of a surprise.  Our trees are turning, as our nights get into the 30's; but our valley is in the desert, so the days are still in the 70's.  We don't have much snow on the west side of the Sierras.  Yet.  It snowed the First of October on some of the peaks, but that's all covered in dirt or melted by now.

Are you enjoying the scenery as much as we are?  I've never had a mountain view before, and find the changes fascinating every single day.
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: DiamondsAreForever on October 21, 2010, 05:45:11 PM
OMC, I could admire that scenery all day long, everyday.  Very nice.
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: oldmancoyote on October 21, 2010, 05:57:23 PM
OMC, I could admire that scenery all day long, everyday.  Very nice.

I do too - at least when I'm home and it's nice weather... I haven't had a mountain scenery from my windows for over 20 years (I grew up pretty close to the mountains), and it's great to have one again. Not to mention the walks and the dogs having fun in the forest.
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: saqsay1 on October 21, 2010, 06:26:55 PM
OMG OMC! what a beautiful place! I love switzerland. It is truly one of the most beautiful places in the world.
More pics please......
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: Diamondsbylauren on October 21, 2010, 07:15:53 PM
Amazing omc!

I guess the mountains stay snow covered year round?
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: oldmancoyote on October 21, 2010, 07:55:33 PM
Not the ones in the pics. The ones to the South, where there's several peaks above 10,000 ft do. At the moment it's a clear night, so I hope tomorrow is going to be nice as well
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: annie1 on October 21, 2010, 08:35:23 PM
Gorgeous, OMC!  It looks like a wonderful place to live.

Oh, and I can't wait to see the jewelry.   ;)
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: sherylsbuys on October 21, 2010, 08:46:06 PM
Snow capped mountains and chocolate - what could be more perfect!  What city in Switzerland are you in?  I have some very good friends that work in Geneva.
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: oldmancoyote on October 21, 2010, 08:49:10 PM
We are pretty much bang in the middle of Switzerland - about 200 miles from Geneva (which is about as far as one can get still staying in Switzerland...)
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: clgwli on October 21, 2010, 10:18:57 PM
*sigh* such memories of such a beautiful place!!!!  I admit I am a wee bit jealous of your view.

Pity I hate to fly more than a few hours or I'd be back in a heartbeat!  ;D
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: oldmancoyote on October 22, 2010, 06:09:38 AM
Here's the view towards South/South East - straight from our bedroom's window. I'd need a skylight filter - not an easy thing to find for a pocket camera. The snow is permanent on these peaks, although of course it shrinks back quite a bit during the summer. The views towards straight South and West are less interesting; there is a lake South, but it's not visible from the house, and there is a low mountain West, but there are no windows that side of the house!

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/Photography/Bits/P1000356.jpg)

closer view of the higher peaks. The little village visible on the hill under the highest peak is actually on the other side of the lake, and to get there takes about an hour's drive including a 6 mile tunnel... but it's less than 5 miles as the crow flies. Lucky crows.

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/Photography/Bits/P1000358.jpg)
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: Trinkette on October 22, 2010, 07:16:22 AM
Lucky crows, indeed.  :laugh:
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: GIAGirl on October 24, 2010, 05:09:54 PM
That is beautimus!   
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: Diamondsbylauren on October 24, 2010, 09:30:10 PM
What an amazing place omc...I'd love to visit!
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: clgwli on October 25, 2010, 07:42:43 AM
We spent a short summer living in Germany while my dad was working there.  I so remember the long walks up the hill with the zig zagging roads that would go on for miles for you to really go less than a half a mile for a bird to fly.  My dad had said that those who drive it from top to bottom just put the car in neutral and coasted down.   So much fun as a kid!

I am envious of your view.  Mine is just of campus and downtown which is no where near as beautiful for sure!
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: Mikla on October 25, 2010, 05:15:32 PM
Since I live in one of the flattest places in the US - Florida - these mountain scenes are amazing to me!  I'm not on the water, either so my view is a man-made lake in the backyard.  I can't imagine waking up in the morning and seeing snow-capped peaks.  Wonderful!!

Mikla
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: oldmancoyote on October 25, 2010, 05:57:11 PM
What an amazing place omc...I'd love to visit!

Whaddayawaitingfor? You are welcome at any time (and so is anyone else from CDI!)
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: saqsay1 on October 26, 2010, 05:50:21 AM
Don't tempt me (to come for a visit).... I may just show up some day on your doorstep  ;D
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: Mrs Mitchell on October 26, 2010, 04:33:34 PM
It looks so beautiful!
I know it's always a pain to move, and your life in Italy sounded wonderful, but this looks like a fantastic place. Hope you'll be very happy there, and that Mrs OMC and the cubs are enjoying it too.
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: oldmancoyote on October 26, 2010, 05:56:30 PM
Thanks Jen (and everybody else). Now if anybody wants to go skiing, there's two places you can choose!

Cubs are very much enjoying, at the moment. Still no snow in the lowlands, though, and no walking to school in that...
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: Mrs Mitchell on October 27, 2010, 01:51:51 PM
I'm so bad at skiing it's almost funny, but I'm great at the apres ski aspects.

Ah2bqat is cool with that - hope it's the same deal in Switzerland... ;D
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: oldmancoyote on October 27, 2010, 03:32:22 PM
I think Mrs OMC is your long lost sister - or you are hers... (one more reason to come over and visit).

In terms of window shopping, I'll just add three words: Gubelin. Lucerne. 10 miles.
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: ah2bqat on October 27, 2010, 04:45:45 PM
I hate to threadjack, OMC, but I must counter bid with 3 more words.


One hundred wineries.  30 miles.  Got tiaras.

I beg pardon.  How could I resist?   :rotflmao:

It sounds divine, truly.
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: oldmancoyote on October 27, 2010, 05:03:54 PM
I won't spoil it by pointing out that it's 6 words, then... (and I'll allow both of us the benefit of not counting numbers) ;D
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: GIAGirl on October 27, 2010, 10:35:19 PM
OK...I will be there in about 24 hours.  HAHAHAA!!! 
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: ah2bqat on October 27, 2010, 11:07:49 PM
Let's synchronise our watches, then!  C'mon.
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: oldmancoyote on October 28, 2010, 12:53:31 AM
Erm - which "there"? You are welcome "here" anytime, but you may need the address... ;)
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: Mrs Mitchell on October 28, 2010, 07:57:44 AM
I think Mrs OMC is your long lost sister - or you are hers... (one more reason to come over and visit).

In terms of window shopping, I'll just add three words: Gubelin. Lucerne. 10 miles.

I'm on my way - just email me with the directions and the actual address, I'll check my emails at the airport. ;D
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: saqsay1 on October 28, 2010, 08:51:10 AM
I hate to threadjack, OMC, but I must counter bid with 3 more words.


One hundred wineries.  30 miles.  Got tiaras.



Wineries....... tiaras....... I am packing now!!  ;D
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: shiba on October 28, 2010, 10:03:21 PM
Do you think my husband might find it strange when I tell him we are going to visit a man (and his wife) that I met on the internet? ;D ;D

He did take it quite well when we went to see D.  Only a couple concerned looks.
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: clgwli on October 28, 2010, 10:16:52 PM
Do you think my husband might find it strange when I tell him we are going to visit a man (and his wife) that I met on the internet? ;D ;D

He did take it quite well when we went to see D.  Only a couple concerned looks.
My sister had the same questions with me meeting people from the internet.  I think sometimes after a while you learn to trust that these people are real people and can do it without issues.

My dearest friend who died a few weeks back was someone I met on a forum.  Didn't even cross our minds that it was "bad" for us to meet when we did and how we did.  I was lucky to find such a great lady!

So tell your husband a friend is a friend no matter how you meet  ;D
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: oldmancoyote on October 29, 2010, 03:41:24 AM
Just you wait until you tell your husband that you are going to visit a family of coyotes that live in Switzerland next to a chocolate factory. THEN you'll get worried looks.
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: Trinkette on October 29, 2010, 07:32:11 AM
Coyote and The Chocolate Factory...  :troll:
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: ah2bqat on October 29, 2010, 10:17:20 AM
Just you wait until you tell your husband that you are going to visit a family of coyotes that live in Switzerland next to a chocolate factory. THEN you'll get worried looks.

Oh, how I wish I could!  Even so, my DSS would want to pack his rifle.  Around here the coyote is not considered a friend and is fair game to shoot on sight.  On the other hand, we COULD leave him at home with his Mom.  >:D
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: oldmancoyote on October 29, 2010, 01:42:23 PM
He's welcome to come around and try to shoot me - as long as he accepts being shot back at; and I'm on the 4th floor. Do you know that every home in Switzerland must have a nuclear bunker? I can lock him in there if he misbehaves too much.
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: Mrs Mitchell on October 29, 2010, 01:50:05 PM
Really? Many homes in certain parts of Glasgow have nuclear launch pads...

(Kidding, but only because they'd be stolen and sold for scrap.) ;D

Jen
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: ah2bqat on October 29, 2010, 03:15:56 PM
He's welcome to come around and try to shoot me - as long as he accepts being shot back at; and I'm on the 4th floor. Do you know that every home in Switzerland must have a nuclear bunker? I can lock him in there if he misbehaves too much.

He'd probably enjoy the game, OMC, and before you know it would be on the roof shooting down at you!  That kid has been a paintball manouvers fanatic for as long as I've known him.  Now he and his Dad go to the range at least once a month and test out at least 3-5 weapons each time.  I think they have found the handgun they want ::), above and beyond hunting rifles.  And if you win and shoot him first, well, that'll save a huge pile of money on his college tuition. ...hmmmm wonder if I can load his weapons with blanks.... >:D  I could see that 2ct pink in the pink halo as a RHR, couldn't you?  I did tell you we play for keeps around here, right?
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: saqsay1 on November 01, 2010, 05:59:56 AM
which 2ct pink Ah2?
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: ah2bqat on November 01, 2010, 09:56:45 AM
Pink Halo Diamond Ring: 2.03ct Brown-Pink Radiant exquisite Color GIA Pink Diamond Halo R3262
http://rockdiamond.com/index.php/categories/fancy-colored-diamond-rings

A girl's gotta be able to dream, right?
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: saqsay1 on November 06, 2010, 07:18:34 AM
 :hail: :hail: :hail: OH! that one.............  ;D
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: shiba on November 06, 2010, 12:34:39 PM


Some interesting jewelry coming up as well.



Hey now, somehow we have been distracted by chocolate, guns and strange men.  We missed this little teaser.
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: oldmancoyote on November 06, 2010, 03:45:05 PM
Yes, I've been a bit remiss. If tomorrow I can get some decent light, photos are coming.
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: ah2bqat on November 07, 2010, 12:45:50 AM
I'm keeping my finger crossed, OMC.  I've been waiting patiently, knowing that when you finally have the shots you want, they will be well worth the wait, but still....!  What was it that D did for you that sparked this last trip with the family to NYC?  You've gotten my curiousity all stirred up!
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: oldmancoyote on November 07, 2010, 02:35:30 AM
Actually, the last trip was really a vacation - the vivid yellows, oranges and browns (not to mention the reds) I went to see were the leaves in Southern Canada and the North-Eastern US. Nevertheless, I have managed to pick up a few things...

The next projects with David involve a large rubellite and a pair of either yellow pears or marquises or rounds - we are just waiting for the right stones to turn up. The other things that I have in mind are still too ill-formed to talk about, and the stones I'm thinking of may go before I have the funds.
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: ah2bqat on November 07, 2010, 11:54:11 AM
You timed your visit very well and I hope you were well rewarded.  Did you stop in for any local lobsters while touring? 

What did the cubs think of the Americas?  I'm sure that Canadians and Americans both presented some cultural anomalies they noted.  Did you take them to see Niagra Falls or the Bay of Fundy while here?  Altho, the bay is quite distand from the mountainous regions with the best leaves, the rip tide is simply amazing.  Truly a natural wonder.
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: oldmancoyote on November 07, 2010, 03:09:52 PM
Niagara Falls, but not Fundy Bay. It was enough of a problem to cover ~200 miles per day when we were moving, and moving more often than every 3 days was also a problem. Don't travel with a 3 year old if you want to move.

Other than that, it was great - I think we got peak foliage pretty much everywhere, and apart from one day and a half it was always sun shining and blue skies. Not too many pics, because we always forgot the camera somewhere else...

In general the attitude of Americans and Canadians to small children is a lot better than in the UK; I don't think they particularly noticed differences, apart from the fact that nobody walks anywhere (which they remarked upon a couple of times).
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: ah2bqat on November 08, 2010, 12:18:05 AM
Oh, WOW!  I thought your youngest was headed to 5 or already there.  International travel at 3 is sort of rough.  You and Mrs. Coyote are truly adventuresome.  I'm glad to hear our tolerance of little ones is good.  I'd hate to think we wouldn't appreciate our greatest national treasure.

I guess I was raised a little differently tham most Americans.  I always prefer to live within a few miles of shops so I can bike or walk wherever I need to go most days.  I do know that in some parts of Canada - like Newfoundland and Labrador, cars aren't that common.  But those are relatively poor fishing communities for the most part.  Things are looking up, however.  Even tho the cod is still fished out pretty much, now there is oil drilling off the coast which is helping keep those communities alive.  I guess those were too far away from the foliage areas tho.  Just as well, probably.  Their desolate beauty requires a more mature appreciation.

So what was the trip highlight for each youngster?  Not the culture, obviously, so what then?    What weird, funny, silly thing really struck their fancy or funny bones?

Did they get to meet Leo and Ariel?
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: oldmancoyote on November 08, 2010, 01:16:25 AM
Yes, they met Leo and Ariel - of course Leo was more fun (at 2, you can play with him, although my daughter also found Ariel fascinating). The highlight of the trip (for them) was no doubt Toronto Zoo. Or perhaps the playing ground in Smugglers Notch (VT) - they really liked it there, even though Esther got a swing seat on her face and lost a tooth.
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: annie1 on November 08, 2010, 09:18:20 AM
Esther got a swing seat on her face and lost a tooth.

Never a dull moment.  I'm glad the cubs enjoyed the trip!

I love the name Esther, BTW.
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: DiamondsAreForever on November 08, 2010, 10:15:19 AM
Oh, poor thing!  Hopefully, it was a baby tooth.
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: ah2bqat on November 08, 2010, 11:20:58 AM
Bless her heart!  That must have been a little traumatic.  Even so, sounds like a good time was had by all.  I know if the kids are happy, then Mom generally is, too.

Wish you could have made it further west.  We just got our second snow of the season, and Heavenly is about to open.  Of course, our leaves are nothing compared to back east and already off the trees; but our ski runs are generally better.
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: clgwli on November 08, 2010, 11:52:07 AM
Poor thing, I hope it wasn't too bad for her.  I've been lucky so far in that my son has only chipped a tooth.  Fortunately it won't need to be taken care of at all.  We'll just wait for it to fall out in about 5 years.

Your trip sounds lovely and having an almost 3 year old myself, I have to give you props for doing such travel with a young one.  We've only made it as far as the East Coast or Florida here in the US.  We're about to do a trip out east in a few weeks.  First long road trip since he was a baby as we prefer to fly ;)
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: oldmancoyote on November 08, 2010, 11:58:23 AM
Actually the tooth fell out a few days after the bump (which caught her on the lip/gum and broke the root) - at the time I was hoping it would wobble for a few days and then get back into shape, but alas it was not the case. Fortunately it's a baby tooth and the dentist said not to worry - the other one underneath is in good condition and seems to be growing straight.

West Coast next time... I've never been further West than Denver, either!
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: oldmancoyote on January 08, 2011, 12:25:17 PM
OK, only about two and a half months late, but today was finally a nice day, I got one item in the post yesterday and I took a few photos of the newest arrivals. I have struggled with this post for a while: first of all, I have had to take every photo at least 10 times, and I'm still not happy with some of them. Secondly, I am still trying to find a story or theme to tie the post together. For example, one such story could begin with: "Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue"...

Something old: what about a 1910-1920 jabot pin in platinum, jade, single cut diamonds and calibré onyx

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI9/P1000450.jpg)

A jabot is - strictly speaking - "a clothing accessory worn around the neck", fashion born around 1650 as a male accessory of lace or cambric. In the 19th century it became a lady's garment, softer in look and larger than the gentleman's version, and was usually held in place with a brooch (the jabot pin) or sewn onto a neckband.

Quite why the jabot pin remained popular with ladies in the early 1900s once the fashion for jabots passed, I don't know, but beautiful it is. It can be worn as a brooch or as a hat pin, with only the two jade leaves showing and seemingly suspended into thin air. Apart from being (probably) the oldest of the pieces in this post, it is also made out of older jewels. The jade leaves were recycled from a necklace or a pair of earrings - hence the piercing - and are probably early 19th century; the pin was made in the US or Germany and then imported into France some time after 1912 (it has French import marks dating from after 1912, but no maker's mark or foreign hallmarks).

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI9/P1000469.jpg)

Something new: this is a pair of earrings made in 2010 - but to a 1920s design. Still onyx and diamonds, this time with white 18k gold

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI9/P1000385.jpg)

these were made to celebrate the 85th anniversary of an Italian jewellery company in a limited edition of 85 pieces, and the collection includes a pendant in the same design

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI9/P1000426.jpg)

While these are undoubtedly modern jewellery, as evidenced (in a decent photo) by the fact that the stones at the top of the earrings and pendant are princess cuts, not rounds as they would have been in a true period piece, they are nevertheless made to a high standard - for example, the pendant's clasp is a lobster claw clasp which incorporates a little diamond on the lever

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI9/P1000388.jpg)

Back to the 1920s (or just a little later, but not much) for something borrowed. A triangular clip in platinum, jade, diamonds and lapis. The jade may again be older, given the carving style

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI9/P1000413.jpg)

and it's a lovely vivid, translucent green - here's a photo in sunlight playing havoc with the autofocus, but showing the colour really well - including some yellow flecks that are not really visible with the eye

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI9/P1000422.jpg)

"borrowed"? erm, yes. From a Mrs. R.H. Morse, Chicago... who presumably bought the piece just before the great Depression (also note the maker's number of 95556)

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI9/P1000468.jpg)

Unfortunately someone - possibly Mrs Morse, though I doubt it: given the quality of the engraving, she probably cared about the jewel - removed the clip at some point and fitted a rather ugly pin to the front. The clip was restored, but alas not the maker's mark on it. Given the design, quality of execution and style and type of numbering, the piece is probably by Cartier or Lacloche, but neither maker has complete archives, and of course the number 95556 is missing from both records. :angry5:

Something blue - in many ways. A 1970s twin bombé ring in 18k yellow and white gold, lapis and diamonds by Van Cleef & Arpels

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI9/P1000471.jpg)(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI9/P1000470.jpg)

A classic VC&A design from what I think is probably the most "blue" of VC&A's periods: 1950-1970s, the same time when they were busy making jewels for the Aga Khan, various Middle-Eastern potentates and numerous European royals, not to mention Elizabeth Taylor, Audrey Hepburn and Brigitte Bardot. Incidentally, VC&A uses a proprietary alloy for white gold which is extremely white without any need for rhodium plating. Shame they don't tell people what it is.

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI9/P1000430.jpg)

And here the story ends, since I could not find a silver sixpence (though God knows DW has enough shoes to hide it in). But there's more jewels. So, how to continue?

"...something for clgwli" perhaps.

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI9/P1000423.jpg)

this picture is not a pair of iguanas fighting each other, or the eyes of a very angry Japanese cartoon baddie, but a pair of huggies. Nothing special about them, 18k white gold and diamonds made in Italy, 2009, but they are smart huggies. Why? Because...

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI9/P1000472.jpg)

the shape and the way they are hinged not only allows the huggie to sit close to the ear even though it's a broader radius circle than a traditional circular or semi-circular hoop (and thus being "straighter" shows the diamonds better), but also allows the insertion of drops of any material and colour - such as these two (angel skin coral and celadon jade)

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI9/P1000400.jpg)

I think it's a very simple yet clever piece of design - and DW wears them all the time. Now, since I have introduced three pieces of jade - can you tell I like the stuff? - here is a little comparison photo with the three next to each other.

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI9/P1000452.jpg)

Amazing how different in colour jade can be and yet remain absolutely beautiful and fascinating. Since we are speaking of colours, what about this traffic light?

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI9/P1000448.jpg)

Three (pairs of) earrings in three vivid colours. If only traffic lights were made with this stuff... Let's go with green - a pair of UK platinum, diamond baguettes and emeralds earclips, circa 1935

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI9/P1000446.jpg)

which go remarkably well with DW's cabochon emerald ring from the same period

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI/DecoEmerald2.jpg)

Careful with amber - or topaz, in this case. With carré cut diamonds set in platinum and gold, and with an unusual provenance - they bear a hallmark from Graz, in Austria and are from about the same period as the emerald earclips, although they reveal a much more "machine age" approach to design than the previous piece

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI9/P1000428.jpg)
(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI9/P1000403.jpg)

And stop with red. Ruby red, of course. From Burma (you should see these things under a UV light - they light up like LEDs; I tried to take a picture, but the UV stylus LED is not bright enough!), in platinum (or white gold? who knows? there's a 14k mark but I think it refers to the clip only, and the feeling is heavy for gold) with round and marquise brilliants, signed Yard. A typical late 1950s/early 1960s free-form cluster design.

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI9/P1000410.jpg)

and under direct sunlight

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI9/P1000415.jpg)

Now, from red back to yellow. In fact to a treatise on yellow. From Fancy Intense Yellow to Fancy Deep Orangy Yellow

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI9/P1000458.jpg)

and from FDoY to FDYO (Fancy Deep Yellow Orange)

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI9/P1000473.jpg)

and finally from FYDO to what GIA would probably call Vivid Orange, but the rest of us call Mandarin (garnet)

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI9/P1000478.jpg)

Spot the unpublished intruder? Yes, it's this little chap

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI9/P1000481.jpg)

A 0.92 ct Fancy Deep Yellow Orange diamond, in a DBL split shank setting with a platinum wire shank and very white and sparkly mêlée

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI9/P1000466.jpg)(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI9/P1000464.jpg)(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI9/P1000438.jpg)

Which coincidentally is almost the same colour as another piece - a pair of citrine and diamond clips from the 1930s

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI9/P1000443.jpg)

not the best perspective for the ring, but don't you love the light passing through the stones?

The clips were possibly made by Garrard when they were the Queen's Jewellers - they came in a fitted Garrard's box, but like many British pieces of that period have no maker's mark. Made in platinum and yellow gold with the clip/prong insert in white gold - platinum is useless as a spring. They can be worn with a white gold fitting as a brooch

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI9/P1000485.jpg)

or as two stand-alone clips

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI9/P1000442.jpg)

I particularly like the little detail of the Greek key in black enamel at the top of each clip. While it's very simple, it lifts the clips from "a.n. other citrine clip" to something special. And when one finds a piece like this just before Christmas, one often feels there is no choice but to buy it (OK, well, that's my story, and I'm sticking to it - and the clips).

Now, all this is for DW to wear. But this time, I also got something for myself.

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI9/P1000390.jpg)

a late 1930s Audemars Piguet pocket watch. How do I know it's late 1930s? Well, first of all, it's got a Swiss platinum mark with a chamois head, which was introduced in August 1935

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI9/P10003902.jpg)

Secondly, I found a very similar watch - minus the diamonds, but same movement, and close serial number - which has an inscription dated 1937. This is a later watch, so it probably came out of Geneva in 1938, just before war time restrictions prohibited the use of platinum in jewellery and reserved it for making explosives. Diameter 42 mm

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI9/P1000393.jpg)

and quite thin side-on, still with a quarter dollar coin for comparison

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI9/P1000395.jpg)

Here with a French (? control mark from somewhere, but illegible) double length chain in platinum and pink gold. Interesting how the notion of alternating colours has been ported to the clip, swivel and T-bar. Every one of them is made with the two metals.

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI9/P1000389.jpg)

And, as my colleagues at Warner Bros were fond of saying, "That's all, folks!"

Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: clgwli on January 08, 2011, 01:22:27 PM
Wow, what a collection!!  I did wonder where that stunning orange halo ring had gone to.  Glad it found a great home :)

I do like those huggies your wife has as well.  I finally decided on just regular hoops with diamonds.  David found a nice diameter with a nice width for my ear.  They are bigger than huggies, but still slightly smaller than a quarter so nice enough for all day long wear.  I'll be sure to post pics once I get them!

My favorite I think is the jade jabot.  I love jade and I think those are fantastic looking pieces of it.  Though I really like the citrine clips as well.

And that watch with the chain is beautiful too!

If you ever need someone to leave jewelry with, I'll give you my number ;)
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: Mrs Mitchell on January 08, 2011, 05:23:58 PM
Ok, the DBL split-shank is outstanding! I love the colour of that stone, so rich and warm. I wouldn't say no to a pair of these ruby and diamond cluster earrings, either. Stunning!
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: saqsay1 on January 09, 2011, 04:47:29 AM
WOW...........just WOW! I am not sure what I like best. Although I can say I am a sucker for cabochons so that emerald cabochon and baguette diamond earrings are calling my name. Beautiful! I also love those citrice art deo style earrings with the Greek key design on top. They would look fab with the Cartier citrine tiara bandeau. and tthose burmese rubies....  :love1: Where do you find these pieces OMC? They are all so beautiful. You have exquisite taste. I need to run back over to the dibs threads and refresh may dibs on you  ;D  :Flowers2:
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: GracefulLion on January 09, 2011, 10:14:14 AM
Oh my!!!!Why do I feel like I just ate an extremely rich dessert after viewing all of these incredible pieces!  I had wondered who grabbed that gorgeous split shank (hand shots PLEASE!) :gimi:, and that jabot pin may be one of my favorite pieces ever.  Simple and exquisite! 
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: DiamondsAreForever on January 09, 2011, 11:18:31 AM
Mrs. OMC is one lucky lady.
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: DiamondsAreForever on January 09, 2011, 11:25:31 AM
I am in love with those burmese ruby and diamond earrings.  I also fancy watches and love the one you selected for yourself.  There's no reason men can't enjoy diamonds as well.

The watch reminded me of a man's wedding band I was contemplating for DF.  It looks like a plain band from top view. When looking at it from the side, however, there are small diamonds that go all the way around on both sides.  He doesn't like bling though.  Darn. 

Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: SaoriViola on January 09, 2011, 08:22:39 PM
ugh, can i be your second wife OMC?  i'm a decent cook, and i wear jewelry great!  :D :D :D
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: GIAGirl on January 10, 2011, 12:24:39 PM
ugh, can i be your second wife OMC?  i'm a decent cook, and i wear jewelry great!  :D :D :D

I am up for thirds. 
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: oldmancoyote on January 10, 2011, 12:40:46 PM
Thank you all. Ladies, form an orderly queue, please ;D

Anything that anyone would like to see hand/neck/ear shots of? GL's request for R3568 duly noted - just awaiting another nice day!
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: Trinkette on January 10, 2011, 01:59:26 PM
Oh, it is all sooooooo lovely. I've had the honor to see pics of some of the newer pieces before they were posted here... OMC, they are ALL stunning and I love the way you've grouped the collection pieces by color.

Anything ruby and Raymond Yard is at the TOP of my dream list. *SIGH* You've done marvelously well, OMC.

And, unless one has worn or carried a slender watch, especially a coveted AP, I don't know if one can truly appreciate the beauty, feel, and wonderful appeal of such a thing. As it turns out, I've been researching collectible watches over the past months and I know your new timepiece is very special, OMC.

Your collection continues to delight, inspire... and bring tears to my eyes!  :notworthy:
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: Mrs Mitchell on January 10, 2011, 04:24:56 PM
Thank you all. Ladies, form an orderly queue, please ;D

Anything that anyone would like to see hand/neck/ear shots of? GL's request for R3568 duly noted - just awaiting another nice day!

I'm just going to second GL's request. I would love to see more of that ring.
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: Diamondluvr on January 11, 2011, 10:18:58 AM
Lovely new additions!!!
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: saqsay1 on January 11, 2011, 10:26:07 AM
ugh, can i be your second wife OMC?  i'm a decent cook, and i wear jewelry great!  :D :D :D
Get in line sister. I called first and second dibs on OMC!  ;) ;D
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: SaoriViola on January 11, 2011, 08:42:31 PM
haha, i'm ok with thirds or fourths, just as long as the jewelry rotates!
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: annie1 on January 11, 2011, 11:46:38 PM
Fantastic additions to the den, OMC!  I always love when you do updates.  I'm glad you found the watch for yourself.

If your DW is taking requests, I'll put in for a shot of the baguette and emerald earrings.  Beautiful.
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: oldmancoyote on January 12, 2011, 05:00:58 AM
On its way in the first sunny day - probably this weekend, if the weather forecast can be trusted that far ahead.

Thanks all for the kind words. And the marriage proposals. It's good to know that should DW leave, the cubs will have another mum in no time ;)
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: Trinkette on January 12, 2011, 08:27:53 AM
 ::) CDI women aren't known for their subtlety, eh?
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: oldmancoyote on January 12, 2011, 09:42:02 AM
Unsubtle is one thing - indirect another...

******************* THREADJACK ALERT *******************

Trinkette - did you get my email? Only worried that it may have ended up in some sort of junk mail bin, that's all. No need to respond other than to confirm receipt

******************* END THREADJACK ********************
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: Trinkette on January 12, 2011, 10:26:45 AM

*****************THREADJACK ALERT RESPONSE**************************

A recent email? No, OMC, I did not, and I can't find it in the junk mail either. :dontknow:

*****************END THREADJACK ALERT RESPONSE**********************
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: oldmancoyote on January 12, 2011, 11:16:54 AM
OK - tried again at a different address (and from a different address). Let's see if it goes through this time!
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: Trinkette on January 12, 2011, 01:14:48 PM
All better now.  :angel:
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: oldmancoyote on January 15, 2011, 03:07:47 PM
OK, it was a nice - if cool - day, and so I took some photos of DW wearing the FDYO ring. Although it's a lively stone, it's really difficult to catch the liveliness. It's more like smouldering coals when someone blows on them than a firework.

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI9/P1000488.jpg)

and finally one that shows the colour like it is - at least on my monitor

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI9/P1000486.jpg)

And here are two images of the emerald cab/baguette earclips. DW says they are the most comfortable ever - and she needs no post on them. She's only ever said that of another pair...

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI9/P1000490.jpg)

and a worse view of DW, but a better view of the earrings

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI9/P1000491.jpg)
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: Mrs Mitchell on January 15, 2011, 03:34:14 PM
It looks exceptionally fine on her hand. I WANT ONE! :'(

Such a beautiful ring, it's perfect on her finger.
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: clgwli on January 15, 2011, 04:20:04 PM
Oh my goodness that looks stunning on her hand!  Those ear clips are beautiful too!
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: ah2bqat on January 15, 2011, 04:23:57 PM
I'm so glad that ring went to Mrs. OMC!  That's a stunning stone.  ...and those cab ems look good enough to eat!  What's the history on them?
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: oldmancoyote on January 16, 2011, 05:05:18 AM
Um, not too much of a history. About 1935, French, carrying the usual French illegible maker's marks, and assay marks for gold (clip) and platinum (rest of the metal). I had gone to a dealer/friend to see another pair of earrings, and he said "I just got these, I haven't even photographed them yet", to which I replied "there's no need to photograph them, because they are sold". The other earrings are still there...
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: DiamondsAreForever on January 16, 2011, 06:28:34 AM
I love the color of the diamond in sunlight.  The eye is drawn to it.
Those ear clips are stunning (sigh).
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: saqsay1 on January 16, 2011, 11:11:35 AM
My Gosh those cab emerald earrings are to die for............ more photos please. and your inside scoop on were to fing these things. I am in the market for a diamond tiara if you know of any.  ;D
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: oldmancoyote on January 16, 2011, 12:10:09 PM
Tiaras are not easy to find. Despite a 70+ page thread, actually not that many were made, compared to other types of jewellery, and they are almost not worn anymore, so most dealers wouldn't touch them because they would be stuck with them. The most likely targets are slightly old-fashioned dealers (S J Phillips, Bentley & Skinner), more likely in London or Geneva than in NYC, but one never knows. Auctions for important jewels are another possibility, though it's likely that any pieces there would be important, thus difficult to wear and expensive.

If I find any in my peregrinations I'll let you know! The only way is to keep looking; it took me 10 years to find a pair of tutti frutti earrings...
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: saqsay1 on January 16, 2011, 02:07:14 PM
Well, I read somewhere that Cartier made 2000 tiaras and Chaumet 1500 , but now that I look, I can't confirm this. as i stated in a previous post, i have tried to find out info from ------- and such about how many tiaras they made and all I got was a stuffy.... we don't discuss our clients purchases... whatever that means. Anyway, if you see anything interesting please email me. As you are in europe, you may have info that I don't have access to.  :-*
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: oldmancoyote on January 16, 2011, 02:11:09 PM
Not that many, when you think of the thousands of rings and earrings made every year by each house, some in multiple copies...
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: saqsay1 on January 16, 2011, 02:23:30 PM
i know. I am waiting patiently for the right one to come along..... i'll email you . I have something to discuss, if your interested.
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: oldmancoyote on January 17, 2011, 09:09:55 AM
Did you email? The address is in my forum profile (my username at live dot com)
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: oldmancoyote on July 13, 2011, 04:17:18 PM
It took me a while to get my paws on the rubellite ring, and to get the right light, but here it is now...

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI10/P1000720.jpg)(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI10/P1000730.jpg)

The ring is rather well balanced - though the shank bottom is 6 mm wide, the stone is just over 10 and the whole ring is nearly 18 mm at its widest. Yet it was possible to seat it "as on a finger" and take these photos without any problem.

Now, for those that wonder why is rubellite called "rubellite" - here is a little test:

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI10/P1000732.jpg)

image in natural light; no retouching or editing other than cropping; the other two pieces contain fine colour Burma rubies... unfortunately, the effect is a little spoiled under incandescent light where the tourmaline shows a little brown/black shade. Still, I think it's a rather impressive show.

Hang on a second - pieces? The other ring goes back quite a while, but what's that bangle?

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI10/P1000706.jpg)

The bangle is an interesting piece: mid 1930s, it bears French control marks and the Poinçon de Maître of a workshop that was working almost exclusively for Lacloche Frères in just the right period. I also got hold of the Lacloche paperwork showing the corresponding earrings (made in 1937), but - due to incomplete records at Lacloche - cannot trace the bangle. Another nice thing is that the bangle actually separates and the diamond and ruby clip can be used on its own... to mess the autofocus of my camera.

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI10/P1000703.jpg)
(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI10/P1000705.jpg)

It's an incredibly sculptural piece, and for something that is 75 years old it's remarkably easy to wear. Remaining in the same period, but going to the opposite chromatic extreme, what about this?

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI10/P1000708.jpg)

A small clip (but it could be used - and it has been used - as a pendant) by Cartier, London. Remarkable for its use of square cuts and baguettes, though the largest diamond is a 0.85 ct (est.) OEC. I wish I could capture the velvety quality of the emeralds; they are remarkably well matched and incredibly gemmy - although one is slightly chipped. But I think I can forgive that at its age.

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI10/P1000744.jpg)

Back of the clip, showing the typical Cartier London construction with a steel spring. Which is a danger to the public's fingers, but it eases one's mind about using the clip as a pendant: once in those jaws, the cord will not be released without a blood sacrifice.

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI10/P1000709.jpg)

Since we are talking about backs of Art Deco pieces, here is another one:

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI10/P1000728.jpg)

and here is its front:

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI10/P1000725.jpg)

Carved onyx and old full cut diamonds brooch set in platinum by somebody with a lot of patience. Probably by Raymond Templier, circa 1925 - there are documented pieces by Templier, created for the 1925 Arts Décoratifs exhibition, showing very similar design. Perhaps you are tired of Art Deco, though, so it's now time for something older. How about "Etruscan" older?

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI10/P1000737.jpg)

A pair of 22 kt coffer-style earrings that came straight out of a tomb workshop in Italy. The chap who makes them is an expert in archeometallurgy, and uses the same techniques that would have been used 2700 years ago, including filigree, granulation, hand-drawing of wires and lamination by hammering. He even creates his own alloy, using original ancient recipes. Each one of these granules has been picked up and soldered to the underlying hemisphere by hand, using the "blown flame" technique.

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI10/P1000733.jpg)

and these filigree wires have been drawn by hand, filed to give the impression of twisting, then coiled into shape and soldered to the plate, which was then bent to form the cylinder. The pierced covers, decorated in a similar fashion, were then brazed to the sides of the cylinder

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI10/P1000735.jpg)
(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI10/P1000736.jpg)

The overall size of the coffer is 15 mm wide and 15 mm in diameter, yet despite the use of heavy 22 kt gold the weight is less than 7 grams each. Why do I say "less than 7 grams", rather than giving you a precise weight? Well, that's because of another recent find in a similar (but ancient) coffer earring: the earring was filled with wool, and the wool, as well as giving some visual contrast since it could be dyed in different colours, could be used to hold scent or perfume. The earrings are 7 grams including the wool; we haven't tried using it for perfume-holding yet, but we will try.

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI10/P1000734.jpg)

DW just loves them. And they look really really nice on her. Not unlike this necklace, from the same master:

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI10/P1000738.jpg)
(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI10/P1000740.jpg)

22 kt gold, granulated gold dust, filigree and quartz beads. Should you feel this is way too modern to be an Etruscan piece, I have to disappoint you. The original is in the Etruscan museum in Cortona, and dates back to the VII century BC; it is nearly identical, except that it has six gold beads rather than three plus four with gold caps. The incredible things is the quality of the quartz beads on the original - they are so spherical that, had they not been found in the burial together with the gold parts, they could easily be mistaken for modern ones. Unfortunately, photography was not allowed in the museum, and I cannot find an image of the original online.

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI10/P1000739.jpg)

The only thing that will stand a comparison with the yellow of 22 kt gold is a yellow diamond - so here is one:

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI10/P1000710.jpg)
(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI10/P1000747.jpg)
(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI10/P1000745.jpg)

In its way, as much a classic as anything else in this thread. As soon as the sun returns (at the moment it's bucketing down with rain), I will ask DW to pose for some hand shots. In the meantime, let me share with you a couple of other rings that made it home with it:

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI10/P1000743.jpg)

A classic 1960s ballerina - by Oscar Heyman for Cartier (bears both numbers, and came with a copy of the original 1965 Cartier invoice). The centre emerald is 2.03 carat, and apart from a large feather nearly perpendicular to the table is totally clean. Incredible colour - which comes out more washed out in the photos.

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI10/P1000716.jpg)(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI10/P1000717.jpg)

And finally, since we have been through most of the other primary colours, here is some blue:

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI10/P1000714.jpg)

Again made by the Heyman Brothers in the late 1950s, this time most likely for J.E. Caldwell of Philadelphia. This design was also produced with rubies and all in diamonds, but not - as far as I know - in emeralds. A great 3D design, with the loveliest deep blue sapphire baguettes; they almost look like tanzanites.

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI10/P1000712.jpg)(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI10/P1000713.jpg)

Can you imagine the face of DW when I came home with this in one go?

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI10/P1000750.jpg)
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: Mrs Mitchell on July 13, 2011, 04:35:16 PM
Well. That was quite the shopping spree! I'm in awe.

Have to say though, the DBL ring is an absolute masterpiece (well both of them are, but my heart belongs to the yellow).

It is exceptional, and the diamonds surrounding the centre stone are PERFECTION! Oh, and what about that colour? It's exquisite.

Is this something you and David designed together? I'm always impressed with your creations, but this one is taking it to the next level. One of the finest designs I've seen in a long time!
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: clgwli on July 13, 2011, 04:47:39 PM
You have me really wishing I had larger hands/fingers because I'd love to wear those rings.  Every single one of them.

I bet the DBL yellow flower ring would look fantastic on my hand that I wear the 22K bangles on. 

Those 22K earrings have me drooling too.  Such fantastic work done on them.
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: oldmancoyote on July 13, 2011, 04:53:05 PM
Hi Jen - the design is all David and Simon's. I just saw it and thought "does the overdraft stretch far enough?". When a design is right, it does that.

We are still working on the vivid yellow-Orange earrings, since the first design didn't quite work out, so they are being Übercharged... I have only seen a sketch, but they will come up not unlike the ring - except not quite as symmetrical.

Clgwli - you are welcome to borrow them. Perhaps the rubellite and R3857 really are large, but the other two aren't all that big for a middle finger.
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: DiamondsAreForever on July 13, 2011, 05:27:00 PM
OMC - Great photos of very exquisite jewelry, but you forgot the most important thing  -  handshots!
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: lovecolor on July 13, 2011, 06:20:40 PM
OMC...all I can say is OMG!!!  And of course... :bigclap: 
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: clgwli on July 13, 2011, 06:40:00 PM
Oh good point.  I never wear rings on my middle finger, but that could do.  I just had my fingers sized again this weekend and it seems my right hand is a 4 but I prefer 4.5 for comfort and my left is a 5 but needs 5.25 or so for wider bands.  That hand I don't like to go up in size since it wasn't damaged the way my left had was.  My middle finger is about a size bigger.

I could also rub my finger a lot getting it to swell so more would fit better ;)

Really I am in love with the pieces.  I hope some day to own a fraction of the gorgeous things you do!  That emerald has stolen my heart as has that onyx pendant of sorts.  That one is beautifully done.
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: dovesgate on July 13, 2011, 09:04:05 PM
It is always a pleasure to visit the coyote den. So, so beautiful.
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: Sanchica27 on July 13, 2011, 09:18:52 PM
amazing as always!
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: clgwli on July 13, 2011, 09:46:30 PM
Oops I said pendant when I meant brooch for the onyx.  My mistake.  I was so busy drooling over it that I couldn't type right I guess ;)
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: oldmancoyote on July 14, 2011, 04:19:10 AM
OMC - Great photos of very exquisite jewelry, but you forgot the most important thing  -  handshots!

I haven't forgotten. It's been pouring down since Tuesday night, and I need some sunlight to entice DW out of the house... not to mention to entice some sparkle out of the stones!
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: saqsay1 on July 14, 2011, 07:56:10 AM
*sigh* I am so in love With you with your beautiful jewels. I would quite expect the lovely Mrs. Coyote to have a treasure chest, quite like the ones pirates use to bury their gold in. Love the Etrusian gold pieces and especially the beads. I also adore the new emerald ballerina (I have one too and adore it.)
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: Diamondluvr on July 14, 2011, 01:26:13 PM
Fabulous new additions to your collection!
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: Diamondsbylauren on July 14, 2011, 01:39:59 PM
WOW!~!!!
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: DiamondsAreForever on July 14, 2011, 02:14:17 PM
OMC - Great photos of very exquisite jewelry, but you forgot the most important thing  -  handshots!

I haven't forgotten. It's been pouring down since Tuesday night, and I need some sunlight to entice DW out of the house... not to mention to entice some sparkle out of the stones!

Tell her she needs the sun light to metabolize Vitamin D.  Tell her she looks...pale and needs some sun.  Tell her something to get her out of the house!!!!! haha.  Just kidding.  Looking forward to hand shots, though. 
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: Reninga on July 14, 2011, 04:15:20 PM
Your collection is incredible!!!
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: Debangel on July 14, 2011, 06:17:00 PM
OMC - Great photos of very exquisite jewelry, but you forgot the most important thing  -  handshots!

I haven't forgotten. It's been pouring down since Tuesday night, and I need some sunlight to entice DW out of the house... not to mention to entice some sparkle out of the stones!

Tell her she needs the sun light to metabolize Vitamin D.  Tell her she looks...pale and needs some sun.  Tell her something to get her out of the house!!!!! haha.  Just kidding.  Looking forward to hand shots, though. 

ROFL yes!  OMC, does she like chocolate?  Maybe some truffles and a box and a stick and some string, and WHAMMO!  All the hand shots we want :)
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: ah2bqat on July 14, 2011, 09:28:59 PM
What an incredible set of new additions, and that DBL yellow and white flower can definitely hold its own with those other rings of pedigree.  Great job, David!

I imagine Mrs. OMC must have been either near catatonic or frenzied, by the time all the new goodies were revealed to her.  i know i would have been.  :17: 

(If my DH even brought even one such thing home, I'd probably be near catatonic simply from the shock of such a momentous occaission!)
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: oldmancoyote on July 15, 2011, 12:13:02 PM
Some hand/neck/ear/wrist shots in random order (i.e. the ones I liked most). More on request!

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI10/P1000751.jpg)
(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI10/P1000758.jpg)
(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI10/P1000763.jpg)
(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI10/P1000761.jpg)
(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI10/P1000772.jpg)
(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI10/P1000776.jpg)
(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI10/P1000775.jpg)
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: ah2bqat on July 15, 2011, 12:43:07 PM
 :faintthud:



just  :faintthud:

and a beautiful smile, to boot!
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: oldmancoyote on July 15, 2011, 12:48:40 PM
This is better - as far as the smile goes.

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI10/P1000754.jpg)
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: clgwli on July 15, 2011, 02:46:09 PM
Gosh those earrings are even more beautiful on!

I also still love the emeralds (both pieces) and the onyx brooch as well.

That yellow flower diamond ring - sigh so pretty!

She's a lucky lady to have all of those.  Thanks so much for posting the photos!
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: saqsay1 on July 15, 2011, 02:56:47 PM
More please! Can we ever get enough? I don't think so...........

 :green:
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: DiamondsAreForever on July 15, 2011, 03:04:13 PM
Oh, so FABULOUS, Mrs. OMC.  You're one lady that's dressed to the nines!
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: titania on July 15, 2011, 05:57:01 PM
As always, bowled over by the Den.  I love the intricacy of the French pieces. All the gallery is a feast for the eyes, merci beaucoup!
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: ah2bqat on July 15, 2011, 11:09:01 PM
I'm just gonna DIE if I can't come to NYC and meet La Bella Coyote!  She puts all these jewels in the shade, and that is a hard thing to believe!
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: Reninga on July 16, 2011, 09:08:18 AM
Mr OMC.. with everything you have shown us here.. have we ever seen her wedding set?
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: oldmancoyote on July 16, 2011, 12:36:27 PM
There is no "wedding set" as such. It's a primarily US habit, and given the way the wedding came about it wasn't really appropriate anyway.

DW wears a platinum etoile ring (blue box original) - which she rarely removes - as her wedding ring. However, she got that ring in 2001 when I returned from NYC without having found the Asscher cut diamond I wanted. This was a full 7 years before we got married; not to be left behind on the recycling stakes, I used as a wedding ring her late grandmother's wedding ring (it had to be enlarged in her later years because of arthritis), which is a plain 18 kt YG band.

Prior to the wedding,  Mrs OMC got a couple of garden stones and a bunch of flowers. That was it. The flowers:

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI3/P1000779.jpg)

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI3/P1000781.jpg)

and the garden stones:

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI3/P1000784.jpg)

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI3/P1000786.jpg)

Or for those that like to see the jewels in a slightly more "normal" fashion:

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI3/P1000790.jpg)

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI3/P1000788.jpg)

Details on the first few pages of this thread (http://coloreddiamond.info/show-off-your-jewels/the-coyotes-den/msg76814/#msg76814) - however today was a nice day, there are some nice flowers in the garden (and a lot of bees), so I felt the new photos were appropriate. Hope you like them!
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: dovesgate on July 16, 2011, 02:43:06 PM
OMC, are those white diamonds mixed in with the yellow or is that flourescence making them pop white in the flower setting?
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: lovecolor on July 16, 2011, 03:12:59 PM
OMC...I love your flowers and rocks of all colors!  Please thank Mrs. OMC for all the lovely pictures.  She makes a wonderful model...her smile makes me smile too!    8)   
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: oldmancoyote on July 16, 2011, 03:43:34 PM
OMC, are those white diamonds mixed in with the yellow or is that flourescence making them pop white in the flower setting?

They are different degrees of FY (FY to almost FVY) + some blue and some yellow/orange fluorescence intensifying/weakening the colours. In artificial (halogen) light like the photo below, the ring looks very very yellow and relatively even - bearing in mind it's magnified about 20 times. In natural light, the differences come out and are visible with the naked eye.

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI3/P1000799.jpg)
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: saqsay1 on July 16, 2011, 09:05:25 PM
Pank Asschers?  :notworthy: :notworthy: :notworthy: :notworthy: :notworthy:
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: oldmancoyote on July 17, 2011, 04:12:58 AM
Hum. Yes, I wish. The two sides are radiants, and paradoxically they cost more than the centre.

To this day, I am regretting not buying a certain DBL ring that contained two FIP Asschers, but my search in 2001 was for a "normal" D-Z stone. However, it was before the Asscher cut became fashionable again, and what was available then was mostly old stones (good!) in colours that I don't particularly love (J-M).
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: saqsay1 on July 17, 2011, 05:57:47 AM
Well, all I can say is you done good  ;). What woman wouldn't want pink side stones and I to, am a huge fan of step cuts, whether they are asscher or emerald cut.  Mrs Omc is a lucky, lucky lady!
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: clgwli on July 17, 2011, 07:28:24 AM
Oooh that asscher is beautiful and looks fantastic with the radiants next to it.

I have a soft spot for step cuts as well.  Some day I wil own at least one somehow!
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: sherylsbuys on July 21, 2011, 07:46:14 PM
OMC - I love your garden flowers and stones!!!.  I've been doing a lot of landscaping lately, and haven't found flowers or stones as beautiful.  The yellow flower ring, the emerald jewelry and the sapphire ring are my favorites.  Thanks for sharing your wonderful pics. 

So, are you going to share with us how Mrs. OMC found out that the flower ring was sold to Mr. OMC and not another DBL customer?  It does look wonderful on her finger.   :4:
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: oldmancoyote on July 22, 2011, 02:04:40 AM
Well, I came back from a US trip looking like some sort of jewellery salesman. Since I had 4 rings of different colours, all I had to do was to ask DW to pick a colour, any colour... and keep adding rings to her hand. It was fun.

Side note: with R3857 I have finally kept a promise I made to DW in 1996. We were at Tiffany on Michigan Avenue in Chicago, and she was sighing (and drooling) over a 1.something Lucida with side trilliants. I promised her I would buy that ring if and when I made it to partner. When I did, we had just bought a house that needed lots of TLC to restore, and the ring purchase fell by the wayside. Another seven years later, and I finally kept my promise (she agreed). I can't avoid thinking that even with compound interest and all that, she's still come out on top.
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: lovecolor on July 22, 2011, 08:31:05 AM
I can't avoid thinking that Mrs. OMC "came out on top" the day she met Mr. OMC !  I love it when a man loves jewelry as much as women do !   OMC, you rock!    8)
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: sherylsbuys on July 23, 2011, 11:14:05 AM
Well, I came back from a US trip looking like some sort of jewellery salesman. Since I had 4 rings of different colours, all I had to do was to ask DW to pick a colour, any colour... and keep adding rings to her hand. It was fun.

Side note: with R3857 I have finally kept a promise I made to DW in 1996. We were at Tiffany on Michigan Avenue in Chicago, and she was sighing (and drooling) over a 1.something Lucida with side trilliants. I promised her I would buy that ring if and when I made it to partner. When I did, we had just bought a house that needed lots of TLC to restore, and the ring purchase fell by the wayside. Another seven years later, and I finally kept my promise (she agreed). I can't avoid thinking that even with compound interest and all that, she's still come out on top.

OMC- Yes, DW did get an amazing return on your promise!  I do have a 1.5 carat solitaire Lucida ring with 2 matching Lucida anniversary rings that I would be willing to do an even trade if she would rather have the Lucida ring.  LOL....LOL....LOL   I can't wait to see what the Mrs is wearing in NYC, of course, I will only be looking at her hands and ears!
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: Flamboyant on August 04, 2011, 06:12:20 PM
Coyote, I just spent the past hour looking through this thread and I am about DEAD from the bling. GORGEOUS, GORGEOUS, GORGEOUS! Also, your wife is very chic and beautiful  :)
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: saqsay1 on August 04, 2011, 06:39:39 PM
I hear that Flamboyant! OMC is a King among men for his lavish spending and how he spoils his woman..... If only other men would be that way *sigh*

By the way, Welcome to the forum!
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: oldmancoyote on August 05, 2011, 02:03:52 AM
Thank you, Flamboyant, also from DW. Too kind. And of course welcome to CDI!
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: oldmancoyote on December 18, 2011, 09:09:29 AM
Well, time to update the den. Not much to declare. First of all, an overdue lot - not least because I was waiting to hear back from various experts whether it was genuine. A pair of Cartier onyx, diamond and sapphire cufflinks. Which are genuine, but a 1990 remake from a 1920s model. Still, they are pretty, wearable night and day, and I paid an honest price for what they are.

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI11/P1000830.jpg)(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI11/P1000831.jpg)

And now, for something completely different.

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI11/P1000921.jpg)

What's Maureen O'Hara (anyone remember Esmeralda in The Hunchback of Notre Dame or the female protagonist of many films with John Wayne) doing here?

Well, the answer is this:

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI11/P1000919.jpg)

A page from a Sotheby's catalogue of important jewels, for sale in New York, October 17, 2007. Where these were sold:

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI11/P1000899.jpg)
(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI11/P1000908.jpg)

a pair of diamond and sapphire earclips, set in platinum, probably American (unfortunately no marks), circa 1950. Note the articulated pendant, and the interesting setting of the sapphire pendants. And, even more interestingly, the pendants detach, leaving a pair of "day" earclips (though being diamond, the denomination "day" is probably inappropriate for those sticklers that don't wear diamond before 5 o'clock in the afternoon).

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI11/P1000926.jpg)

Not quite Liz Taylor, but as far as Hollywood stars jewellery that's about as good as I'm going to get.

And since they haven't forgotten how to make jewellery in the USA, here is another pair from 2011:

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI11/P1000905.jpg)

this you will recognise as the pair of DBL über-earrings with a pair of Fancy Vivid Yellow(ish)-Orange pears in the centre. The manufacturing and finish on these leaves nothing to desire when compared to the best of 50 or even 100 years ago. Just look at those backs (and forgive the photographer for not managing to keep everything into focus with a pocket camera).

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI11/P1000924.jpg)

Finally, since we are talking of stars, cinema and fashion, let's go back to Paris in the 1930s. Here Suzanne Belperron was about 20 years ahead of the then prevailing fashion for symmetrical, highly stylised shapes, and was producing pieces with an organic, rounded look that in some respect was looking back at the Art Nouveau years, but in another sense was anticipating the 1950's and early 1960 (just look at the sapphire earclips above - which particularly in their top part are typical of the "curvy '50s") with design such as this:

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI11/P1000913.jpg)

and for comparison, with another piece of 1950s jewellery, a diamond and sapphire bangle

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI11/P1000917.jpg)

and a typical late 1920s Art Deco bracelet in diamonds and onyx - much more essential and rectilinear

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI11/P1000918.jpg)

To me, the Belperron chalcedony, diamonds and platinum design is much closer to the 1950's piece, but it uses elements typical of the early part of Belperron's career, in the late 1920's/early '30s.

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI11/P1000910.jpg)
(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI11/P1000912.jpg)

For anyone interested, the three OMC/OEC stones are I-J in colour, at least VS in clarity and about 1 carat for the sides and 1.50 for the centre.

One note on diamond colour: for some reason, today, despite the good light outside (it's been snowing, and now is broken clouds), the slightly yellow tint of the grey chamois pad which I use for supporting the pieces comes up in the diamonds. The DBL whites are completely colourless (F?), as are the Maureen O'Hara diamonds, while the Belperron piece shows some colour in the larger stones, but nothing as yellow as it comes out in the photos. And I have tried a couple of times to fix the white balance, to no avail. It's in the reflected light, not in the camera. Sorry.

Finally, a picture of all three new pieces together, to show that jewellery from the 1930's, 1950's and 2010's can happily live together.

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI11/P1000916.jpg)

Earshots and wrist-shots coming later. Mrs OMC has taken the kids to a friend's house, and may come back while there is still enough light to take them!
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: firegypsy on December 18, 2011, 09:48:52 AM
Excuse me while I pick my jaw up off the floor.  Holy cow.

(I adore Maureen O'Hara!  She was one of the prettiest women ever.  I just loved her.  Sigh......)
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: lovecolor on December 18, 2011, 10:50:57 AM
                :love10:                     Thanks OMC, those jewelry pieces are fantastic...and so much fun to look at!   :notworthy:     
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: oldmancoyote on December 18, 2011, 11:18:51 AM
Excuse me while I pick my jaw up off the floor.  Holy cow.

(I adore Maureen O'Hara!  She was one of the prettiest women ever.  I just loved her.  Sigh......)

If I find a jaw, will return. Ms. O'Hara is still well and hale, though over 90 nowadays.
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: ah2bqat on December 18, 2011, 12:17:38 PM
Lord love a duck!

OMC, why am I not surprised that you could score Ms. O'Hara's divine sapphire and diamond earrings?  I can hardly wait to see them grace Mrs. C's ears!  Likewise, for the uber set orange diamond earrings.  They will look phenomenal her, given her coloring! The remake is gorgeous!

My favorite is the chalecdony bracelet, I must admit.  Ranks right up there with the cabochon set emerald and sapphire earrings in reply #155 (pg 7 on my little notebook).  I adore the juxtaposition of such a showstopper of a clasp with the semi-precious beads, which are beautiful in their own right, and no doubt very comfortable to wear in their fluidity.
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: Trinkette on December 18, 2011, 12:17:54 PM
OMC, you are my hero.
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: Sanchica27 on December 18, 2011, 12:21:32 PM
Just amazing!
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Post by: DiamondsAreForever on December 18, 2011, 12:30:41 PM
Oh, My.
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Post by: clgwli on December 18, 2011, 01:05:24 PM
OMC, you are my hero.
I totally agree!  Love the new additions!
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Post by: dovesgate on December 18, 2011, 01:13:14 PM
So lovely!
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Post by: sherylsbuys on December 18, 2011, 01:34:21 PM
WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!   MY HEAD IS SPINNING!!!!!!!!!!   And even though sapphire blue is my absolute favorite color - the DBL EARRINGS ARE MY FAVORITE!!!!!!!!  You did really good for the Mrs. on those.  And they look stunning on her.  I will let you play in my jewelry safe if you will let me play in the Coyote's Den.....offer good for LIFE!!!!!!!!
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Post by: firegypsy on December 18, 2011, 02:32:46 PM
Being new here, and never having seen this thread I had to go back to the beginning.  I will officially tell you now, OMC that you have won the internet.

Your collection rivals any that I've ever seen, anywhere.  Thank you so much for sharing it and not charging admission!
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Post by: sherylsbuys on December 18, 2011, 02:53:25 PM
 :bigclap:
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Post by: oldmancoyote on December 18, 2011, 03:34:25 PM
Sheryl - deal. (Mind you, the opportunity to play with jewellery with other jewellery enthusiasts is too good to pass!)
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Post by: dovesgate on December 18, 2011, 10:10:03 PM
I will officially tell you now, OMC that you have won the internet.

This. Absolutely.

I love coming into the Den to see such wonderful gems and getting to read the history of them.

It is also nice to know that real people love and collect these gems instead of some nameless, faceless billionaire who collects baubles to put in a safe for portfolio worth or a celebrity who has them on loan for a big occasion. Or someone like Kim Kardashian purchasing a few of Liz Taylor's pieces.  ::)

Now that I see this collection, I sometimes wonder if the jewelry worn by strangers is natural gemstones or not. When we went to Washington this summer, there were two women travelling together, one of whom wore a wonderful bracelet that just sparkled and shined in fantastic chunky flashes. It wasn't the same sort of flash as costume jewelry (which, having two little girls who love to play dress up with their rhinestones, I am familiar with) and I was dying to ask what sort of cut was in the bracelet but alas, I didn't. I didn't want to call that sort of attention to them.
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Post by: Mrs Mitchell on December 19, 2011, 03:56:09 AM
Wow. The Uber earrings are just incredible, and they are holding their own next to the important jewels catalogue! I love the sapphire and diamond earrings too. How wonderful to have that little bit of history!
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Post by: oldmancoyote on December 19, 2011, 05:18:21 AM
[snip]
Now that I see this collection, I sometimes wonder if the jewelry worn by strangers is natural gemstones or not. [snip]

One of our favourite/funniest memories goes back to a Christmas party of the company DW was working for at the time. She was wearing the Cartier diamond clip, and a couple of her colleagues asked her: "This is fantastic costume jewellery; where did you get it?" to which she replied: "Oh, I don't know; it's something that my [then] boyfriend bought a while ago - nice, isn't it?". I wasn't there to continue spinning the tale, but I hope I would have. We think they are still believing that it was costume.  >:D
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Post by: DiamondsAreForever on December 19, 2011, 06:34:06 AM
[snip]
Now that I see this collection, I sometimes wonder if the jewelry worn by strangers is natural gemstones or not. [snip]

One of our favourite/funniest memories goes back to a Christmas party of the company DW was working for at the time. She was wearing the Cartier diamond clip, and a couple of her colleagues asked her: "This is fantastic costume jewellery; where did you get it?" to which she replied: "Oh, I don't know; it's something that my [then] boyfriend bought a while ago - nice, isn't it?". I wasn't there to continue spinning the tale, but I hope I would have. We think they are still believing that it was costume.  >:D

I find it amazing what comes out of people's mouths.  If I didn't know if an item was real or fake, or if I just plain liked it, the only thing that would have come out of my mouth was "What a lovely pin".  THEN, if I was friendly enough with the person, I might ask where they purchased it, which may give me a clue as to whether it was real or fake.
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Post by: oldmancoyote on December 19, 2011, 09:55:22 AM
Some context shots - apologies for the lighting, but it's been snowing all day, and it's still going on...

Lady with an Earring (with apologies to Leonardo and the Ermine)

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI11/P1000943.jpg)

and the rest in orange:

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI11/P1000945.jpg)

Girl with a sapphire earring (with apologies to Vermeer and the Pearl):

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI11/P1000949.jpg)

and more blue:

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI11/P1000946.jpg)

and grey:

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI11/P1000950.jpg)
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Post by: lovecolor on December 19, 2011, 10:19:06 AM
 :Score-101010: :Score-101010: :Score-101010:   Mrs. OMC, you are so very kind to indulge us with your beautiful presence and "presents"!  You rock too!  :git:   and      thank you!      :hello:  (if I had to pick...I would say that my favorite are the orange floral earrings...but that's because I am addicted to beautiful flowers...btw, they look lovely on you!)
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Post by: Mrs Mitchell on December 19, 2011, 01:20:37 PM
Oh, these earrings are exceptional! Both pairs! Mrs Coyote looks wonderful with both colours, although they are very different. She really does wear them well.

I do love these uber earrings. I love them, I love them. Can I give the a cyber-lick, so that if you ever decide to pass them on, no one else will want them?  ;D
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Post by: oldmancoyote on December 19, 2011, 01:49:22 PM
You can consider them cyber-licked - but I'm not sure that will act as a deterrent (speaking as an owner of 2 large dogs and knowing what we end up wearing if not eating...)
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Post by: clgwli on December 19, 2011, 01:57:01 PM
Cyber licked?  Love it ;D  Reminds me of a silly commercial that showed a guy licking the door handle of his car to make sure no one would take it.

She does wear them well.  I do wish that I could wear earrings like that.  They are truly fabulous and look fantastic on her!
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Post by: Mrs Mitchell on December 19, 2011, 02:02:25 PM
I'd like to cyber-lick a few other pieces in the collection, actually.  ;D It's such a gross and horrible concept, especially when applied to delicate micropave. Sorry about that! ;D
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Post by: firegypsy on December 19, 2011, 02:12:25 PM
wow, you weren't kidding!  as gorgeous as the jewels are, the mrs. takes the cake.  she outshines them all.

both pairs of earrings are to die for.  I'm in heaven.
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Post by: ah2bqat on December 19, 2011, 02:31:39 PM
Brava, Mrs. C!  :bigclap: 

Thank you for modelling your new jewels for our delectation.  You give our dreams the feel of reality with your generosity.   
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Post by: DiamondsAreForever on December 19, 2011, 03:04:48 PM
What lovely additions to your collection.  ...and the Mrs. has lovely brown eyes.
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Post by: djm195 on December 19, 2011, 03:45:55 PM
WOW!  Your collection gets more and more stunning...

I have to ask OMC, how do you keep all these jewels stored/displayed when they aren't being worn? (My apologies if this was addressed in another thread and I missed it).

If it were me, I would give them a room solely dedicated to displaying each piece under glass with pin lights...kinda like the crown jewels.  After all, these are museum quality pieces.
Hey, now that I think about it...I bet you could even charge admission. Although...it would have to be like a petting zoo....especially with the DBL folk....HA! They'd be first in line, no doubt...

Okay me too..but that's besides the point.  ;D But since it as my idea...I want head of the line privileges.  Deal?
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Post by: Mrs Mitchell on December 19, 2011, 04:28:33 PM
ROFL @ DJM's petting zoo!
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Post by: lovecolor on December 19, 2011, 04:34:41 PM
I'd love to pet the diamonds and other jewels!  Can I get an admissions ticket through DBL or will I have to go through stub-hub?   ;D
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Post by: Debangel on December 19, 2011, 04:49:39 PM
Gorgeous!  And the jewelry ain't bad, neither ;)  (Seriously..does anyone else think Mrs. C. bears more than a passing resemblance to the delicate Snow White?  Come to think of it, weren't the 7 dwarves gem miners?  Hmmm...)
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Post by: oldmancoyote on December 19, 2011, 05:22:20 PM
Quite a while ago, DD was convinced that they were "sevendwarves", plural of "sevendwarf"... And I can assure you that while I may bear a passing resemblance to Doc, I am in no way similar to Prince Charming. 'Nuff said.

DW says thank you for the compliments.

DJM: they are normally kept in jeweller trays in the safe. Not on display - Switzerland is a very safe country, but there are limits. We do take them out when there are people that like to play, but petting them is not something that I thought of. You have lifetime free entry and unlimited petting privileges (when not worn).
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Post by: djm195 on December 19, 2011, 05:28:24 PM
You have lifetime free entry and unlimited petting privileges (when not worn).

HA!!!!!!!!!!!! 
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Post by: firegypsy on December 19, 2011, 07:11:36 PM
Does she go to the grocery store in her jewels?  I must know.  If I owned them I'd be wearing them for every occasion I could dream up.  Heading to the market, taking out trash, and so on and so forth.  Then again I used to dress up to go in character all the time, so this would just be the next logical evolution.  What can I say?  It made life interesting and I had good friends that indulged me!
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Post by: oldmancoyote on December 19, 2011, 07:23:27 PM
Not very often. Maybe a nice pair of earrings (the flowers or the sapphire ones sans sapphires) or a ring if she's got to go somewhere after shopping. When we go out together - unless it's for walking the dogs - then it's another matter, but again it's not more than two pieces. Not that I mind, but it would be definitely strange for Switzerland - there seems to be a competition as to who makes the most AND is the least conspicuous; quite the opposite from the US, I'd say.
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Post by: Diamondsbylauren on December 19, 2011, 08:01:44 PM
Totally not fair to that lovely jewelry- Ms C outshines anything...


Great shots- amazing stuff OMC!!!
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Post by: saqsay1 on December 20, 2011, 08:05:38 AM
I love those pieces. Especially Maureen O'haras sapphires. *sigh* Mrs OMC is the luckiest lady ever!
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Post by: dovesgate on December 20, 2011, 11:41:29 AM
there seems to be a competition as to who makes the most AND is the least conspicuous; quite the opposite from the US, I'd say.

No flashy "celebu-tards" in Switzerland? Can we ship you some of ours?

There are a few very wealthy people in this town but you would never guess it by the way they look. As I get older I find that I appreciate more and more how one cannot judge by appearances. Just like Mama always told me!
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Post by: oldmancoyote on December 20, 2011, 07:04:09 PM
You can try shipping, but Swiss custom officials are a fery prezise lot. Vitout proper papervork, nopody enters.
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Post by: clgwli on December 21, 2011, 02:30:39 PM
there seems to be a competition as to who makes the most AND is the least conspicuous; quite the opposite from the US, I'd say.

No flashy "celebu-tards" in Switzerland? Can we ship you some of ours?

There are a few very wealthy people in this town but you would never guess it by the way they look. As I get older I find that I appreciate more and more how one cannot judge by appearances. Just like Mama always told me!
We have a lot of people like that.  In general we find that the "old money" people locally aren't as flashy as those who have less and are of "new money".  Gosh that sounds bad, but the whole point is you can't judge here by the way people dress or even sometimes what they drive. Then again with one plant being in our state many buy one specific brand for that reason alone.  Anyway you would have zero clue who has a ton of money and who doesn't based on how people look when they pick up their kids from school.  In fact many of the more wealthy care less about showy brands than others.  They want to streatch that money which is how they became and stayed wealthy in the first place.

Obviously this isn't true of everywhere.  Many want to flaunt the money whether they have it or not.

Btw, I think Mrs OMC looks beautiful and she wears the jewelry well. 
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Post by: firegypsy on December 21, 2011, 05:12:45 PM
I can't get those uber earrings out of my thoughts.  I told dh I have a new item on my bucket list.  I WILL have a pair in this lifetime.  Now, I'm not saying they'll be colored diamond centers, but I will have a pair of my very own.  Perhaps for my 50th anniversary!  That's only 40 years away.  David will still be making them, right?  RIGHT?!
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Post by: oldmancoyote on April 06, 2013, 07:46:55 AM
This has been quiet for over a year... so I thought it was time to give a little update.

First update: we like Harry Potter.

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI12/P1010201_zpsdb27a000.jpg)

Second update: the den on the forum has been quiet. The "real" den has a new guest:

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI12/P1010178_zps9121306e.jpg)

Third update: well, of course there are some small new additions to the jewellery too:

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI12/P1010202_zpsb3f50b87.jpg)

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI12/P1010203_zps151bc28a.jpg)

Little quiz:

There are three (or four) pieces with jade. One with onyx. Two with emeralds and two with sapphires. Two only have diamonds as gemstones (though in reality they are three pieces). But one piece does not belong to any of the categories above... and has a special "ingredient". What's the piece, and what is the material?
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Post by: djm195 on April 06, 2013, 08:33:52 AM
Wow OMC, the kiddos have really grown up. Nice smiles. Beautiful gems...(and the jewels aren't bad either  ;) ).

Okay, I'm going to give it a shot. Is it the ring? I'm thinking moonstone.
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Post by: oldmancoyote on April 06, 2013, 08:49:23 AM
Nope, it's not the ring. They are star sapphires, though they can look like moonstones - or blue chalcedony, which is the real reason I bought the ring: it goes really well with this

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI11/P1000913.jpg)
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: djm195 on April 06, 2013, 09:01:19 AM
Do I get a second chance?  >:D

j/k
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Post by: oldmancoyote on April 06, 2013, 09:07:09 AM
Of course you do. Which one is the piece, you can work out just by logic. The material... well, there's a clue in the post too, but it's not an easy one to find.
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Post by: djm195 on April 06, 2013, 09:10:16 AM
Ummmm...porcupine quill? Is that a pin?
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Post by: saqsay1 on April 06, 2013, 09:13:04 AM
Is it bone or horn on the circle thingy with the point ( What the heck is that piece)?
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Post by: oldmancoyote on April 06, 2013, 09:36:43 AM
And the winner is...

Ummmm...porcupine quill? Is that a pin?

Absolutely right, DJM. It is a crested porcupine quill used as a part of a fibula-shape brooch. It's not from a hedgehog (which was the clue), but it looks similar to a hedgehog quill, though it's much larger.

Actually, the brooch is an interesting piece overall from a materials point of view: the metal is a 12k alloy of gold and silver called "electrum", which was much used in antiquity but is now almost unknown. The porcupine quill has an electrum wire inside, to reinforce it; the same wire is coiled inside the body to make the spring and goes out as the pin on the other side. One side of the body is decorated with black enamel and bone, and the other side (not visible in the photos) has white enamel and ebony.

The piece got an "Italian Jewel Design Award" in 2011, which is in a sense interesting, considering it's a design that is 2000 if not 3000 years old - though I doubt anyone has ever used a porcupine quill before.
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Post by: saqsay1 on April 06, 2013, 09:45:02 AM
Ummmm...porcupine quill? Is that a pin?

 :1237387oyy519k20r: :tantrum2: :violent1: :crybaby2:
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Post by: clgwli on April 06, 2013, 04:26:14 PM
Wow that is a cool collection!  I guess what was "not like the others" but not what it was when I saw it earlier today.  I just had a kid bumping me a bunch so I couldn't type well (now I'm hiding upstairs LOL)

I love those sapphires on that ring though.  the "matching" bracelet (is it?) is even more beautiful.

I never tire of seeing your collection :)
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Post by: oldmancoyote on April 06, 2013, 05:51:29 PM
Yep. It's a bracelet by Suzanne Belperron, circa 1938.

Will post more detailed photos tomorrow, if there is a bit of light. Today was dreary; it felt like November!
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Post by: clgwli on April 06, 2013, 08:07:31 PM
I cannot wait to see more.  I really love the way the sapphires look even in these photos (ring and bracelet).  I hope your weather is better tomorrow though.  We were supposed to feel spring today, but the clouds remained and it took until late afternoon to finally warm up.  I'm ready for sunny spring!
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Post by: ah2bqat on April 07, 2013, 09:11:58 PM
OMC - That chalcedony bracelet still rocks my world.  It would even without that spectacular clasp.  The cubs take the cake, tho.   You certainly have a good looking family.  ...and some wonderful new additions to the collection.

Can you tell us a bit about the case with the bezel set mixed gems and diamond  clasps(?) please?  It seems a a bit extreme for a card case, but killer as a cigarette case, if of a comparable size.  I'd use it for Sobranie Cocktail cigs at a party in a heartbeat, especially if there was a cool holder and it was 1964.  Garp!  I've just had  a retro flashback of my mom.  (where's that Bill the Cat smiley when you need one?!?)
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Post by: oldmancoyote on April 09, 2013, 04:28:19 PM
It's not a cigarette case, actually. It's a beauty compact. Dug out of a single piece of onyx, it has a little mirror, a lipstick holder and a powder compartment - which still has some perfume of the powder it once contained.

Will post more photos at the weekend, if we can get some sunshine or at least a bright day. It was miserable and November-like last weekend.
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Post by: oldmancoyote on September 15, 2013, 10:06:20 AM
Well, a week or twenty-three later... here's some more photos, plus a few things that have joined in the meantime. So it's a rather long post; please bear with me.

The objects fall into three more-or-less homogeneous groupings: pieces from my favourite Art Deco period, and two modern groups which are the product of some of my favourite craftspeople/designers. Plus - I have  just noticed - one oddity.

Any pre-reading bets as to what the oddity is? (It is part of the group photos above, and it's not the porcupine quill pin).

Let's give precedence to the older ladies (or gentlemen), and let's begin with this:

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI12/IMG_0533_zpsd308187b.jpg)

a platinum and diamonds bracelet by Maison René Boivin, original design dated 1920. Probably the first version of their noted Écailles collection. Another view, this time using a bit more sunlight and leaving the bracelet extended out:

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI12/IMG_0534_zps87c8932e.jpg)

And a detailed view of why this is known as "scales" - the combination of bright cutting, millegrain and the curved semi-irregular shapes, plus of course the magic of OMBs all contribute to the final effect. It really looks like a set of very bright fish scales when worn.

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI12/IMG_0536_zpsd9911fbb.jpg)

From one master to another - here is a Cartier (London) small diamonds, jade and coral clip, mounted in yellow gold and platinum, still from the early 1920s:

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI12/IMG_0599_zps86d76932.jpg)

and an attempt - not too successful - at capturing the translucency of the jade

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI12/IMG_0601_zpsbc1c4be9.jpg)

A detail photo showing two interesting things: the first one is the vicious steel spring characteristic of Cartier London's works (even without the signature your fingers will know when they meet one of these...). The other is the level of detail to which Cartier finished its pieces: the edge of the small jade plate is rounded to match the jade hemicylinder, rather than leaving a small air gap (or even more cheaply, skip the other jade piece(s), since they are not in view, and close the fitting with a metal plate).

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI12/IMG_0600_zpsaa7da07a.jpg)

Always from the 1920s, but probably a little later, given the use of fantasy (fancy) cut diamonds is this pair of jade and diamonds platinum ear pendants. Very flapper-ish, and you definitely need to have a rather short hair cut (or gather up) to show them to their best effect

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI12/IMG_0539_zps19e71125.jpg)

The settings seem asymmetrical, but they are not - I have left one straight and put the other one on a curve to show the amount of articulation (and thus glitter and "movement") built into even a simple piece. A closer view of one earring revealing the use of half moons as well as baguettes and rounds:

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI12/IMG_0538_zps877d70ea.jpg)

And a detail of the sophisticated setting of the jade - no glue or other cheapskate methods: the drop is drilled, a pin passed through and a platinum collet reinforces the lot as well as hiding the pin articulation. Also note the full galleried work (look at the shadows), even on a small piece such as these settings. Ah, for the days when workmanship was cheap... ;)

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI12/IMG_0542_zps6fc3894e.jpg)

Last piece from the 1920s, something for Mr Coyote - not that I would use a beauty compact (or minaudiére, if you speak Van Cleef), but nowadays there is no more use for this kind of things in ladies purses. So a lovely object to admire and touch it remains, but it no longer holds powder and lipstick (though a faint trace of the scent remains).

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI12/IMG_0551_zps560836ef.jpg)

An interesting small box (about 3.5 x 2 inches) of black onyx, engraved on the cover with flowers and leaves in a Japonesque manner, with small cabochon rubies, sapphires and emeralds set in the centre of the flowers. Platinum hinges and latch decorated with rose-cut diamonds. Signed Strauss, Allard & Meyer, who specialised in making boxes like this one for the "big names" of French jewellery of the period (Lacloche Fréres, Cartier, Van Cleef & Arpels, Mauboussin, Marchak, ...)

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI12/IMG_0556_zps3d373895.jpg)

Interior all fitted in gold (including the mirror - notice the circular scratch left by the lid of the powder compartment):

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI12/IMG_0552_zpsfde9c688.jpg)

Side view showing the thickness of the two pieces of onyx from which the box was carved. If you look carefully, you can actually see some trace of veining in lighter grey

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI12/IMG_0554_zps2a2743a0.jpg)

Now decidedly into 1930s territory, a small pair of sapphire and diamond platinum clip, French. They have a very clear maker's mark (G B, a two-handled vase or amphora between the two letters), but I have no idea who made them. Whoever it was, he/she/they knew how to work platinum - look at the bezel setting on the sapphire scrolls.

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI12/IMG_0550_zpsed24a6f9.jpg)

And the two together with their original fitting for use as a single brooch:

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI12/IMG_0544_zpsefeb2a89.jpg)

The sapphire batons are a little too dark, but they work beautifully with the diamond batons and rounds to create a wonderful contrast. Like all double clips, it's very versatile: wear one or two, on the same or opposite sides, or wear them together. And they are small enough (about 1 inch/3 cm length each) for "everyday" wear.

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI12/IMG_0546_zps0d4cc7e4.jpg)

One more piece from the mid 1930 - abandoned the rectilinear fashion from the 1920s, here is a stylised pair of diamond drapes in a circular opening contoured by emeralds. Curves everywhere, but still a fundamentally geometric appearance to the piece. Here in its pendant or brooch aspect:

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI12/IMG_0558_zpsa74f0ce6.jpg)

and here separated as a pair of largish clips (about 2 inches/5 cm long):

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI12/IMG_0568_zps08a70dd7.jpg)

or perhaps you'd prefer to wear them the other way:

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI12/IMG_0567_zpsce52f201.jpg)

This piece is extraordinarily well manufactured, even compared to the 1930s' very high standards. It is not signed or marked - quite common for American pieces of the period - but it is possibly the work of Oscar Heyman, given some of the details. For example: note the shaped decorative tabs to lift the clip backs; several signed/authenticated Heyman pieces have the same "lion's mane" shape. Also notice the honeycomb work for the pavé surface of the drapes.

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI12/IMG_0565_zpsf2443a94.jpg)

A detail view of the undercut channel for the brooch fitting

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI12/IMG_0566_zps7a1e07dd.jpg)

And the small fitting together with the two clips - note the holes for the securing pins on the fitting. Once closed down, the object feels as solid as if it had been soldered together

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI12/IMG_0571_zps1667be00.jpg)

One last technical detail - and apologies for boring you, but I really do think this piece is a totally exceptional tour de force in Deco jewellery making. The gallery work of the two drapes... revealing that the whole pavéd surface is curved!

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI12/IMG_0573_zps2a1db786.jpg)

Back in France things kept moving, and the late 1930s saw the transition to somewhat softer forms, of which this boule gold ring with star sapphires and diamonds is a good example. It is signed, but alas the mark is unreadable thanks to the French custom of putting the maker's mark on the outside of the bottom of the shank, thus very exposed to bangs, bumps and resizing work.

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI12/IMG_0602_zpsa5792c7a.jpg)

It's a very nice three-dimensional object, and though it may look bulky it's actually very graceful when worn:

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI12/IMG_0605_zps28663fa7.jpg)

particularly if one can wear it with a near-matching bracelet... by none other than Madame Suzanne Belperron. Given the similarity in style (though the bracelet is chalcedony and platinum), I can't help wondering if the two go back to the same designer, or if someone saw one piece and was "inspired"... the Belperron bracelet design is datable to the early 1930s.

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI12/IMG_0608_zpsbdeb3a35.jpg)
(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI12/IMG_0607_zps1897a3f8.jpg)

Quite a striking match, isn't it?

Final Deco piece, design dated 1937, is a pair of Groseiller (gooseberry) earrings in pearls and diamonds, mounted in white gold and platinum, (fittingly) from Maison René Boivin:

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI12/IMG_0595_zps4b42a557.jpg)

on black:

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI12/IMG_0592_zpsd1d3b39e.jpg)

and in full light (with a little help from Mr. Flash):

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI12/IMG_0594_zps08aadf35.jpg)

This was my gift to Mrs Coyote for our 25th (or 29th, depending) anniversary together. The 25th (29th) anniversary will be on 25 November, but you try to keep a piece of jewellery off Mrs Coyote's hands for 6 months...

OK, here comes the oddity. It's a late 1950s necklace by Pierre Sterlé in gold wire, platinum and diamonds

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI12/IMG_0609_zpsb521e429.jpg)

Detail of the tassel and diamond decoration where you can see that, in characteristic Sterlé fashion, drops and navettes are still set with rounds (as they would have been in 1920), and not with pears and marquises as they would be in other 1950s pieces

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI12/IMG_0610_zpsb688264b.jpg)

The tassel detaches and is usable as a clip on its own:

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI12/IMG_0612_zps02addd28.jpg)

leaving behind a simpler collier which is still perfectly wearable on its own even on a high neck sweater (believe me, it looks a lot better on!)

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI12/IMG_0614_zpse153636d.jpg)

Back to the future, another small collection of objects from an exceptional family of artists of goldsmiths and jewellers. The Coyote family met them three years ago in Montepulciano: a family of two parents and a daughter who produce astoundingly beautiful pieces using ancient techniques from Etruscan, Greek, Roman and Byzantine times. They make everything the way it would have been done 2000 (or more) years ago - produce their own alloys, use bronze points to drill and carve stones, garnet powder to polish them and make most of their own findings and fittings. Here's an example of Alessandro's work (the father of the family): a 22kt gold necklace with jade beads from the Val di Susa (an Alpine valley near my birthplace in Italy - I could not let this one go!):

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI12/IMG_0581_zpsfde66f1d.jpg)

and a detail photo showing some interesting techniques: granulation (each sphere is attached individually using a special solution of copper salts that is then heated to generate a very localised soldering spot on the bottom of the sphere), wire decoration and cloisonné enamelling inside the wires (the greenish tinge). Bear in mind that the jade has been cut, drilled and polished completely by hand, using manufacturing methods available in Roman times, which means no steel... only bronze (and garnet/emery powder).

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI12/IMG_0577_zps547dab0a.jpg)

now a detail of the chain work:

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI12/IMG_0578_zps72b25016.jpg)

each ring in the chain has been formed from wire, soldered and then bent into place. Four rings intersecting in different orientation make a step, and the feeling of this chain is quite unlike any modern machine-made chains. Note the even finer granulation on the terminals.

Manuela, Alessandro's wife, makes more sculptural pieces that join modern design to ancient techniques - here is her porcupine quill fibula brooch that I described above, front and back

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI12/IMG_0575_zps58186b23.jpg)
(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI12/IMG_0576_zps6eff2636.jpg)

Chiara, Manuela and Alessandro's 22 year-old daughter, has joined the family firm about a year ago, after finishing university. As you probably can tell she is rather talented... here is a demi-parure in carnelian, garnet and jade, set in 22 kt gold. The necklace:

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI12/IMG_0583_zpse521d7d0.jpg)

and the earrings:

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI12/IMG_0586_zps0d515b1a.jpg)

Notice the chatoyancy of the carnelians in the earrings? No, it's not a rare mineral species; the metal foil at the back of the stone has been finished with a brush giving this interesting optical effect. Apparently the technique was used often in Hellenistic times.

Details of the centre medallion from the necklace and a closer shot of the earrings. Again, wire work and granulation - note the different types of wires (smooth, textured and twisted square):

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI12/IMG_0582_zpscf332acf.jpg)
(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI12/IMG_0584_zpsaf1c41a6.jpg)

One more piece from Alessandro - this time in late Roman/Byzantine style opus interrasile, but containing two very non-Byzantine Australian opals from a now-exhausted seam in Coober Pedy:

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI12/IMG_0559_zpsd34c6386.jpg)
(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI12/IMG_0563_zps7c45e0dc.jpg)

Detail of the opus interrasile - note how starting from holes pierced into the foil the rest of the design is chiselled away. No saw is used.

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI12/IMG_0562_zpsfb8221d0.jpg)

And the opal cabs (about 5 carats each, and nicely translucent) aren't bad either! :)

Third lot... showing how modern jewellery doesn't always hark back to the past, and techniques are being invented or reused to good effect to create new looks and designs. This time from Germany, a pair of burnished silver earrings with 24k "splatter" gold and diamond decoration:

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI12/IMG_0596_zpsb5fb0777.jpg)

very simple but highly effective, and a unique look (that, interestingly enough, Alessandro liked a lot, even though it's totally off "his" path!)

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI12/IMG_0598_zps1f3b1b14.jpg)

Another piece by the same Atelier, this time in 22 kt gold, cast in sand and then finished, with a Tahitian pearl and a few diamonds. It can be used as a clasp or pendant for any necklace (the fittings are of the push-and-twist variety)

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI12/IMG_0615_zps3e89caef.jpg)

or on its own from a simple chain, such as this steel wire one, showing how even less "noble" materials have their place today - the texture is almost like silk. Every other steel wire has been gold plated to give a bit of contrast; the maker experimented with pure gold wires, but they didn't work as well, because the gold is so much heavier than steel that after a while wearing it all the gold wires bunched at the bottom of the bundle, losing the contrast effect.

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI12/IMG_0619_zps66cec119.jpg)

Very Space Age for a 2012 design!

OK - that's it. I thought the other posts were long, but this one has beaten every record. I hope you still have enjoyed it despite its extreme lenght. Please post any request for hand/neck/ear/lapel shots or any further details!
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: Trinkette on September 15, 2013, 07:43:49 PM
Bravo.  :notworthy: Thank you for sharing the wonderful photos and your comments. As always, a delight!
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: clgwli on September 15, 2013, 08:37:13 PM
I love this collection.  If you remember I have a weakness for 22K gold.  Those carnelian earrings are simply to die for!!!  Though I love everything else the family did as well.  The beauty compact also spoke to me.  I'd love to see that one in person.

The sapphire clips are lovely as well and that last necklace - that one is very cool yet quite chic.

Once again I am thrilled to see your collection and a bit jealous too ;)
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: ah2bqat on September 16, 2013, 01:27:08 AM
What wonderful additions!  I'm almost speechless.  ...but I did want to thank you for the shots of the chalcedony and sapphire pieces.   And the clips!  The modern/ancient pieces.   The compact.  Shutting up now, and rereading.  Again.
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: cherrypie on September 16, 2013, 02:07:41 AM
Love the little compact.

Carol   8)
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: oldmancoyote on September 16, 2013, 02:25:25 AM
Merci beaucoup, Mesdames.

If you ever are in Switzerland, you are all invited to play in the den.

BTW - I fixed a couple of images that were the wrong way up or distorted (photobucket seems to have a caching problem sometimes...).
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: lovecolor on September 16, 2013, 07:46:38 AM
AMAZING...SPECTACULAR...GENEROUS....just a few mere words to describe your post!  And I very much enjoyed the history and details of these pieces OMC.       :notworthy:
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: ah2bqat on September 16, 2013, 11:06:01 AM
I'm with you, LC.  The provenance of each piece is fascinating.  The background on the great jewellers and ataliers, construction identifiers  like the Oscar Heyman platinum honeycomb for the pave on the emerald clips, or the viciousness of a Cartier clip - where else would we be exposed to this information? 

Just knowing those carnelian earrings are modern, not ancient, and all hand done, amazes me.  Having dabbled in metalworking slightly, the intricacy and near  perfection of those and Chiara's pendant blow me away. (Dad's granulated and enameled beads, too!) Copper salts, huh? Way cool.

erm... what I'm trying to say(*gush*) is that I, too, love the history lessons.  I can't afford to indulge in museum quality art of any sort, and you share your pieces in such a personal and empathic manner.  I have learned so much from you, OMC, and it has enriched my daily life.  (Not unlike Mr. Koontz and his Chinese collection from my childhood   - and THAT ended up in a rather large dragon tattoo some thirty years later.)
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: oldmancoyote on September 16, 2013, 11:24:31 AM
Way too kind, both of you!

Ah2bqat: actually, the honeycomb is a relatively widespread technique of French origin. The OH (possible) giveaway is the shape of the tabs to lift the clip backs. Uncommon to have tabs to start with, but even less common is this shape that - to me - looks like a horoscope's Leo sign (or a lion's mane - which is probably the same idea...). I have only seen it another two times, and both were on Heyman pieces from the 1920-30s.

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI12/db4b1b6c-5341-48e5-a4e1-c1007231fd50_zps5d3fd452.jpg)
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: ah2bqat on September 16, 2013, 11:40:45 AM
Thanks for the clarification on the honeycomb and the tabs, OMC.  I wasn't able to identify the tabs on the original photo, and this one highlights them perfectly. (probably because I've coffeed up and am fully  conscious now the races are over)
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: ah2bqat on September 16, 2013, 12:10:09 PM
oh, I do have a request, or two, OMC. 

Could you please ask Mrs. Coyote to pose for a hand/wrist shot wearing the Belperron chalcedony bracelet with the star sapphire ring?  I love the shots of the ring strung on the bracelet, but their beauty needs to be set against the warmth of skin, and Mrs. C is such a good model for them.

and maybe one (by eom December or so - as a nod to your anniversary date) of Mrs. C in her Groseiller pearl earrings and her favorite necklace to wear with them?  I remember my mom having  costume earrings in a similar style - they were my favorite pair to borrow when we played dress-up. (that was back in the 50's, to keep things in perspective)
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: oldmancoyote on September 16, 2013, 12:17:21 PM
Friday or Saturday... it's pouring down with rain at the moment, and it will continue to do so until Thursday.
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: ah2bqat on September 16, 2013, 02:57:52 PM
whenever it's convenient, OMC. The anticipation can only enhance the enjoyment.
...and thank you!   :cat:
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: djm195 on September 16, 2013, 06:44:57 PM
I love the entire collection but I am partial to the 1920 designs...especially the fish scale bracelet...I love that one.   The only problem I have is that you introduced this piece by giving precedence to the elders in this group...REALLY?   :violent1:  

I love anything 20's.  
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: clgwli on September 16, 2013, 07:11:52 PM
I keep coming back to look at the 22k gold work.  It's exactly what I am drawn to.  I think we need to offer things like this somehow...... ;)

How large are the earrings by the way?  Just curious to picture it all.

And that fish scale bracelet.  *sigh*  I really am a bit jealous.
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: oldmancoyote on September 17, 2013, 03:18:21 AM
The carnelian earrings are about 1 inch diameter; the medallion is about 1.5 inch - I'll take more precise measurements when I get back home.
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: oldmancoyote on September 17, 2013, 03:20:28 AM
I love the entire collection but I am partial to the 1920 designs...especially the fish scale bracelet...I love that one.   The only problem I have is that you introduced this piece by giving precedence to the elders in this group...REALLY?   :violent1:  

I love anything 20's.  

Well, it is the oldest (documented) piece... it's possible that the Cartier clip is of the same age, but unlikely - Cartier started using coral and jade (or coral and onyx) in that way around 1923-25.

The group I was referring to is the jewels, not the readers. Who are all young, beautiful and a bit nutty (or completely batty) about diamonds.
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: djm195 on September 17, 2013, 07:00:27 AM


The group I was referring to is the jewels, not the readers.



HA!!!!

Oops...I'm sorry.    :1087:
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: lovecolor on September 17, 2013, 07:19:21 AM
The group I was referring to is the jewels, not the readers.

that's so funny...just like djm, I thought you were refering to the readers...so I waited...you know, age before beauty kind of thing...  :snicker: 
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: oldmancoyote on September 17, 2013, 07:43:39 AM
 :th_smileyxmaslights:

I'm really sorry - I thought that by listing the pieces in chronological order it would have been clear that the "ladies and gentlemen" was tongue in cheek...

 :th_3D_emoticon_S490:

FWIW, I think Deco jewellery is ageless - it suits young, glamorous people as well as those of a more... mature disposition. As long as it's worn with class and sobriety.
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: clgwli on September 17, 2013, 07:59:15 AM
:th_smileyxmaslights:

I'm really sorry - I thought that by listing the pieces in chronological order it would have been clear that the "ladies and gentlemen" was tongue in cheek...

 :th_3D_emoticon_S490:

FWIW, I think Deco jewellery is ageless - it suits young, glamorous people as well as those of a more... mature disposition. As long as it's worn with class and sobriety.

Huh that might leave some of us out  ;D

Just kidding of course

Thanks for the earring size - they are substantial but still beautiful.  I don't have very big earlobes but I'd love to sport something like that!
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: oldmancoyote on September 17, 2013, 09:02:29 AM
OK - so I was completely wrong... on pretty much every single measurement I gave

Carnelian earrings: 16.4 mm
Carnelian necklace: 22.3 mm (at least the proportion of 1.5:1 is about right)
Opal earrings: 23.7 x 19.1 mm

Sapphire clips: 24 mm x 25 mm (yep - wider than taller, although the width is maximum on the small cab sapphires)
Emerald clips: 42 mm height x 22 mm width
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: Trinkette on September 17, 2013, 11:10:39 AM
Gosh, Man, get it right!  ::)
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: oldmancoyote on September 17, 2013, 11:44:52 AM
Yes, yes, I know. I also got another one wrong.  :(

The compact/minaudiére: 69 mm x 42.
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: Trinkette on September 17, 2013, 11:53:18 AM
 ::)
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: Diamondluvr on September 18, 2013, 09:47:56 AM
What fabulous additions to the Den!  Congrats on all the beautiful finds!!!
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: clgwli on September 18, 2013, 08:33:46 PM
OK - so I was completely wrong... on pretty much every single measurement I gave

Carnelian earrings: 16.4 mm
Carnelian necklace: 22.3 mm (at least the proportion of 1.5:1 is about right)
Opal earrings: 23.7 x 19.1 mm

Sapphire clips: 24 mm x 25 mm (yep - wider than taller, although the width is maximum on the small cab sapphires)
Emerald clips: 42 mm height x 22 mm width

Yes it took me this long to get my calipers out to measure out - and that just made the earrings even more desirable to me.  I really wish they were larger so I wouldn't want ones like it more ;)
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: oldmancoyote on September 19, 2013, 08:09:25 AM
Thank you, DL.
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: Trinkette on September 19, 2013, 08:56:55 AM
OMC, long after our conversation "way back then" I'm still smitten with the Cartier clip. I'm so glad you got it!
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: oldmancoyote on September 19, 2013, 09:51:40 AM
Thanks, T. It's one of the simplest and strongest designs ever.

I'm very happy I got it, not least because I know it would be a cause of regret if I hadn't. There are a few pieces like that...
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: GIAGirl on December 04, 2013, 01:06:55 AM
Your family is gorgeous!!!





Ps: I might be in love with you. Lol
Just kidding. If my husband was this intersted in jewelry it would be dangerous! 

You have a great eye and pick really interesting high quality items.
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: oldmancoyote on December 04, 2013, 04:45:19 PM
Thank you GIAGirl.

I know I owe people some photos... please bear with me. I have a new camera now.
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: Diamondluvr on December 10, 2013, 08:35:28 AM
OMC-I just keep coming back and to ogle your gorgeous collection!  So many fabulous pieces, like a museum collection :)
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: saqsay1 on December 10, 2013, 09:46:34 AM
OMC-I just keep coming back and to ogle your gorgeous collection!  So many fabulous pieces, like a museum collection :)

I was just going to say the same thing. Most of these pieces look like they came from a museum. What a collection.  :green:
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: oldmancoyote on December 10, 2013, 05:28:17 PM
Koo tind.

Now, you see what you've done? Now you've foncused me lotatty.

Another couple of jewels...

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/EmanuelSquarePic_zps3cdf57fc.jpg)(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/EstherSquarePic_zpsdaf3e7b9.jpg)
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: DiamondsAreForever on December 10, 2013, 07:25:15 PM
Beautiful children you have there, OMC!  They've certainly grown a bit.
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: clgwli on December 10, 2013, 08:09:18 PM
Oh wow, I cannot believe how beautiful and big they have gotten!  Definitely a prized treasure!
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: djm195 on December 11, 2013, 06:20:52 AM
Plant potatoes, get potatoes I always say. They're as good lookin' as their Momma and Papa. Precious family OMC...hallowed ground.

I love it.

djm
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: lovecolor on December 11, 2013, 08:01:32 AM
OMC, seeing your beautiful children always puts a smile on my face!  thank you for showing your prized jewels once again!   :heart2:   
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: Trinkette on December 11, 2013, 08:24:00 AM
Precious jewels, every bit as stunning as their parents. Fun to see mini versions of mom and dad. And, how quickly they grow!  :bunny7:
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: sherylsbuys on December 17, 2013, 05:54:24 PM
They are a couple of GEMS!
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: oldmancoyote on December 29, 2013, 12:45:54 PM
Precious jewels, every bit as stunning as their parents. Fun to see mini versions of mom and dad. And, how quickly they grow!  :bunny7:

If only... but thank you! (and thank you Sheryl, LC, DAF, DJM, DL, Saqsay)

So, here's a couple of highly overdue hand/wrist/ear shots, but first, Vermeer, thank you for the idea: here's a smaller pearl, but more beautiful girl (who is starting to develop definite ideas about what she wants for Christmas... and it ain't toys or sweets, oh no, Sir!)

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI12/DSCF0526flip_zps80fabadb.jpg)

Detail of the other ear...

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI12/DSCF0516earcrop_zps79284cec.jpg)

Another girl with a pearl earring - or rather many pearls. The René Boivin 1937 pair described above.

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI12/DSCF0542_zps7c055f2c.jpg)

different angle

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI12/DSCF0545_zpsffd6bbf6.jpg)

and the same girl wearing a couple of 1930s pieces that might just about come from the same place... both definitely come from France. It's interesting how the change of camera is revealing that the sapphires are actually bluer than the chalcedony beads. It's practically invisible to the eye, unless in full sun.

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI12/DSCF0548_zps53628651.jpg)

All three (or four) together, this time with a smile

(http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk18/davidelevi/CDI12/DSCF0554_zps7b71b3a3.jpg)

Over the next few days I'll exploit the Holidays break by retaking photos of some of the "older" pieces - I've never been happy with some of the images, and the new camera, more practice (and improved PhotoBucket + forum) could result in nicer photos. If there is anything in particular you want to see - or know more about - post here!

In the meantime, Happy New Year to all CDIers!
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: saqsay1 on December 29, 2013, 01:17:58 PM
What beautiful Ladies!
Of course your daughter is going to want some new jewels. She must get her love of jewelry from you and Mrs Coyote.. Just be greatful, that she is still young,and can be distracted with toys and candy for now.  ;D
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: oldmancoyote on December 29, 2013, 01:37:20 PM
Can't be distracted anymore, I'm afraid. The earrings were a specific request...  ;D
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: Diamondsbylauren on December 30, 2013, 11:39:16 AM
Wow!
Not fair OMC- posting such beauty dulls the jewelry:)
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: clgwli on December 30, 2013, 12:58:01 PM
While the jewelry is  beautiful - your family is even more so :)
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: Trinkette on December 30, 2013, 06:59:37 PM
Beauties with pearl earrings.
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: ah2bqat on January 02, 2014, 12:03:26 PM
+1 DJM. 

The cubs are definitely the most valuable and beautiful of all the Coyotes' treasures.  Also the most fun, I'm guessing.

Still, many thanks for the pix of Mrs. Coyote wearing my favorite piece (the chalcedony bracelet) with the new sapphire ring.  They do complement each other, and the Mrs, beautifully.
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: oldmancoyote on July 12, 2017, 10:16:24 AM
Well... this came in my inbox yesterday:

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Some features on your account will be disabled.
Photobucket <info@pbdeals.com>

Yesterday, 6:25 AM
WE NOTICED THAT YOU HAVE BEEN USING
PHOTOBUCKET FOR 3RD PARTY HOSTING*

PLEASE UPGRADE TO A PLUS 500 PLAN.

Our Terms of Service does not allow 3rd party hosting with your current account level.

*What is 3rd Party Hosting?
Photobucket defines 3rd party hosting as the action of embedding an image or photo onto another website. For example, using the <img> tag to embed or display a JPEG image from your Photobucket account on another website such as a forum, Etsy, eBay auction listings, a blog, etc. is definitively 3rd party hosting.

This means pretty much all images in this thread (and more - since I imagine I am not the only Photobucket user receiving this type of notice) will go very soon.

I used to be a Photobucket fan - but this type of attitude means that as soon as the photos are offline I will cancel my account and spread the "good news" as far, wide and loud as I can.
Title: Re: The coyote's den
Post by: clgwli on July 18, 2017, 01:43:36 PM
Well... this came in my inbox yesterday:

Quote
Some features on your account will be disabled.
Photobucket <info@pbdeals.com>

Yesterday, 6:25 AM
WE NOTICED THAT YOU HAVE BEEN USING
PHOTOBUCKET FOR 3RD PARTY HOSTING*

PLEASE UPGRADE TO A PLUS 500 PLAN.

Our Terms of Service does not allow 3rd party hosting with your current account level.

*What is 3rd Party Hosting?
Photobucket defines 3rd party hosting as the action of embedding an image or photo onto another website. For example, using the <img> tag to embed or display a JPEG image from your Photobucket account on another website such as a forum, Etsy, eBay auction listings, a blog, etc. is definitively 3rd party hosting.

This means pretty much all images in this thread (and more - since I imagine I am not the only Photobucket user receiving this type of notice) will go very soon.

I used to be a Photobucket fan - but this type of attitude means that as soon as the photos are offline I will cancel my account and spread the "good news" as far, wide and loud as I can.
Yeah it's been bad everywhere I am a casual poster lately. I used to use photobucket a lot.  Then they started making more ads and the site was crashing so I went elsewhere. 

I've slowly gone through some of my posts on other forums changing things but really I might just delete my whole photobucket account after I transfer them to my google pictures.