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Verdura Polka Dot Rings: Mod Rings for Fashionistas

by on December 1st, 2009

Verdura Polka Dot Rings, from $6,500

Reminiscent of 1960’s mod fashion, the Verdura Polka Dot Rings are playful and eye-catching.

Extraordinarily crafted in a wide variety of colors, these rings are not to be missed.

One-of-a-Kind 13.35ct, D-Color Golconda Diamond

by on November 1st, 2009

13.36ct Golconda Emerald-Cut Diamond Ring, D-color and VVS1-clarity, $1,100,000.

Every so often we uncover something truly extraordinary like this- a perfect storm of quality, rarity and value, all in one spectacular diamond.

I have been a diamond buyer for much of my professional life, and I have seen- maybe- one or two diamonds that have such a unique pedigree. Wow!

Finding the Perfect Present

by on November 1st, 2009

Raymond C. Yard Art Deco Star Ruby & Diamond Ring, $29,500

I walked into the Greenwich store a few years ago, and a woman grabbed my arm, saying “Terry, you guys made my day. My husband is absolutely impossible to shop for and you had the perfect gift.”

She had found a beat up green box on one of our counters that contained a treasury ink stand, a rare and wonderful piece of English silver meant to hold everything on your desk. I had put it out on the counter, because I wanted someone to open it and to have that same sense of discovery that I had when I first found it.

Now, a treasury ink stand may not be for everybody, but it was the right gift for her husband, a gift that paid dividends every time he sat down in his office. Let us know if we can help you find that perfect present for your loved one.

It’s All Music

by on September 1st, 2009

Betteridge 3.01 Carat Cushion-Cut Diamond Engagement Ring, $59,500

A gifted Jesuit once told me that in order to understand the Bible, I should realize that it’s all music and no noise.

This expression has always resonated with me, because growing up at Betteridge, I found music in my father’s devotion to craft- to try in every stone set, each blow of the hammer and stroke of the file to do better than before.

Any poorly shaped prong or stray file mark left on a ring shank becomes noise: a grating sound drowning out the melody. When all the elements fit just right, seamlessly joining part to part, I find a beautiful harmony.

I try to instill this same devotion to craft that I grew up with in my workshops. It’s quite a challenge, but just trying hard makes the shop hum…

The ‘King of Gems’

by on May 1st, 2009

Art Deco oval-cut ruby and diamond bypass ring (3.55ct / 3.17ct), $180,000

Historically, Burma has been the source of the world’s finest rubies. Burmese rubies have quite literally set the standard by which all other fine gemstones are judged.

Large, fine, natural Burmese rubies are still considered to be ‘The King of Gems’ and are certainly amongst the scarcest. They have been prized by the world’s most important gem collectors for centuries.

What makes this ring particularly rare is its quality, combined with the fact that the stones are a perfectly matched pair. Matching color is especially difficult, and even with gems cut from the same piece of rough crystal, the characteristics often diverge.

Set in a simple, yet elegant, twin ring, the stones sit side by side to amplify how well matched they are. In contrast, gems that are not particularly well matched are often set in earrings to mask their differences.

This is a great example of understated elegance with the emphasis on beauty and quality.