I’m pleased to be sharing some very special pieces with you this evening, currently available at Grays Antiques.
Grays Antiques is spread over two levels and two buildings, and has a collection of fine antiques, jewellery and vintage fashion. This is the real deal, with over two hundred dealers selling a huge range of items; anything from artefacts, paintings and vintage toys, through to engagement rings, vintage handbags and perfume bottles. Based in the West End of London, Grays is a tourist attraction in its own right, thanks to the river running through the basement! This hidden tributary runs to the River Thames, and was discovered by Bennie Gray when he first took on the building in 1977.
I don’t profess to be an antiques expert; in fact, I have a very limited knowledge indeed, although I can certainly appreciate the workmanship and history behind these pieces. They would certainly be classed as being in the ‘luxury’ price bracket but with some of the rings dating back to as early as 1839, they are genuine classics.
Diamond and Natural Pearl Ring – Edwardian – 1901-1914 – £1,500
This cluster ring is from the Edwardian Period and features high quality diamond and natural pearl in a lovely formation.
Opal Diamond Heart Shape Ring – Victorian – 1839-1901 – £1,275
This is an original Victorian Heart Ring with a shaped opal and small rose-cut diamonds. All features of the ring are original and the gold shank is 18ct. The colouring of the opal is beautiful and compliments the diamonds perfectly.
Emerald & Diamond Rectangular Art Deco Ring – Art Deco – 1920-1935 – £3,300
I adore emeralds, and this example still retains its strong colour. The stone originates from Columbia and is mounted in platinum. This is my favourite in the set; it feels vintage yet contemporary.
3 Stone Victorian Engagement Ring – Victorian – £6,950
This ring features three diamonds set in gold, then engraved on silver. You’d be sure to impress if you popped the question with this one!
Emerald Cut ‘Crossover’ Diamond Ring – 1920’s – £14,500
This unique and show stopping ring is one of the most expensive from the set, but arguably the most unique. With an 1.11ct & 1.04ct emerald crossover with diamonds, this ring could be passed down through the generations – a true investment piece.
Edwardian Engagement Ring – Edwardian – £4,950
This elegant engagement ring includes a set diamond as the focal point, nestled between diamond shoulders.
Edwardian Diamond Ring – Edwardian – 1910 – £POA
This diamond ring features a central trio of diamonds, with a secondary border of stones.
Ruby and Diamond Engagement Ring – 1910 – £POA
This vibrant design includes an exquisite ruby with diamonds in a marquise shape. The stones are mounted in platinum, and set on a yellow gold shank. Good luck finding a wedding ring that sits alongside this one!
Diamond & Sapphire Target Engagement Ring – 1930’s – £3,450
A 0.67 carat old cut diamond is surrounded by set sapphires, and three small diamonds on each shoulder. This ring is just lovely, and sapphire is a personal favourite of mine too.
All of the pieces are available at Grays Antiques, whom you can contact for a viewing.
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