Posts Tagged Rings
by Win Betteridge on April 10th, 2012
Last week, we launched a new section on our website devoted to the Betteridge Diamond Collection.
We have photographed each and every diamond, pairing it accurately with its GIA certificate on the site. Better yet, the diamonds are available for viewing in our stores.
Many of these diamonds offer truly exceptional value. Over the years, we have done our best to buy diamonds opportunistically, helping to ensure favorable pricing for our customers.
There is no better way to showcase a spectacular diamond than in an elegant, handcrafted setting. You can see a few of our favorite designs in our engagement ring guide.
We hope that you enjoy the newest addition to Betteridge.com, and please let us know if you have any suggestions to improve it.
by Brooke Betteridge on April 10th, 2012
A colorful cocktail ring is a warm weather wardrobe staple, and in my opinion, no one does color better than Paolo Costagli. More so than most talented artists, Paolo has a knack for combining colors that is simply breathtaking.
He is probably best known for his peridot and pink sapphire pieces, inspired by a Florentine garden near the famous Piazzale Michelangelo. No less fabulous however, are the multitudes of other fabulous pairings like the mint tourmaline & violet sapphire, as well as deep pink tourmaline & pink sapphire, stunners above. No matter your personal taste or preferred color palette, Paolo undoubtedly has a ring so perfect, you’d think it was made just for you!
by Terry Betteridge on October 28th, 2011
The 1930′s were a glorious period for the great Greenwich estates. Stone cutters, plaster workers and wood carvers put extraordinary finishing touches on grand houses; classically trained landscape architects designed wondrous gardens, then left in the hands of hereditary stewards; families hosted splendid dinner parties in wide backyard fields.
It was a time of grandeur, and within these walls, jewels of simple, but powerful beauty were worn with ease and abandon.
Below is a star sapphire of over 50 carats, beautifully set during that period. The rays of the star, glowing on fields of microscopic minerals riding the crystalline structure, extend vividly to it’s horizon.
Mimicking the geometry of this asterism, the gemstone is enhanced by triangular and kite-shaped diamond shoulders. These side stones were carved with no regard to the amount of diamond dropped away on the cutter’s floor to achieve the perfect symmetry demanded to follow the points of the central star.
My grandfather always maintained that to truly judge a jewelry craftsman’s care and ability, you have to look beneath, in this case inside, the piece; he’d have been thrilled by this ring.
Between bridging of platinum polished to mirror-like brightness (only achieved by “thrumming” leather or cotton strings through the ring’s openings for days), is the original owner’s cypher.
To cut sapphire at all- the second hardest of substances- it takes a diamond; and to fashion this perfectly entwined monogram, it took a master cutter, working a graver formed from a diamond and then skillfully wielded in the most delicate and hardest task imaginable: carving an elegant cypher.
Pop used to say that the thirties were a time when you had to have taste to have money. Although some might suggest that this no longer remains the case, this jewel from one of Greenwich’s truly “Great Estates” could make you a believer that it once was the rule.
P.S., so would seeing Old Mrs. Wilshire, who early on in my career had her chauffeur stand outside the store’s door, holding a brace of massive, dignified wolfhounds…
by Simon Teakle on October 1st, 2011
Diamond cutting is a combination of art and science that has evolved over many centuries. A cutter’s understanding of diamond’s precise physical properties combined with a finesse to bring out exceptional beauty is extremely rare. Although the understanding of how to maximize the weight from a crystal and achieve maximum brilliance is now almost faultless, to realize a gem’s potential for beauty remains a true art form.
The first brilliants, known as Mazarin’s, were introduced in the middle of the 17th century. These crudely fashioned stones were a more sophisticated creation than the Indian rose-cuts, and these in turn gave way to the cushion-cut, which was the most popular style of cutting by the middle of the 18th century. Many historic gems were refashioned at this time including the Agra and Hope diamonds.
Although modern brilliants and princess-cut diamonds have established themselves as a benchmark of technical perfection, the “Antique Cushion” has endured aesthetically as one of the most beautiful ways to cut a stone. This 10.04 carat diamond is a lovely example, the GIA grade is G-color and VS2-clarity, which makes it an extraordinarily beautiful gem, but not so perfect as to demand an exorbitant price for the size.
Mounted simply by Graff to enhance the stones elegant shape, this ring presents a wonderful opportunity to own an important stone that represents value in every way.
by Simon Teakle on November 4th, 2010
The most interesting aspect of the jewelry market is that there are layers upon layers of information one leading onto the other. There are also markets within markets that operate in different ways in different parts of the world. Colorless diamonds and colored diamonds; natural pearls and cultured pearls; as well as countless periods and styles spanning three hundred years are just part of the panoply.
The three snapshot articles above have barely scratched the surface of our world.
It is widely known that the best buyer is an educated buyer, and in response to this Terry Betteridge, Warren Lagerloef and I are regular speakers in Greenwich and around the country at private events and international fine arts fairs.
Most recently in Greenwich I gave two presentations on the importance (or not) of signed jewelry, and the range of colored gemstones apart from “the big three.” In these seminars I worked diligently to illustrate each subject with images of jewels I have handled spanning 25 years as well as wonderful hands on examples of each genre.
by Brooke Betteridge on September 27th, 2010
This month we welcome Robert Bielka’s cheerful “Fandango” collection!
An adorable diamond-studded floral disco ball pendant necklace, matching sapphire and diamond earrings, and playful diamond earrings. On the bigger, bolder, and more colorful end of the spectrum, are the garden party-ready peridot earclips, and amethyst or blue topaz dress rings.
Some say it looks like fireworks… I say it looks like a party waiting to happen!
by Simon Teakle on June 1st, 2010
In the summer of 1940, the German Luftwaffe attempted to win air superiority over southern Britain and the English Channel by destroying the Royal Air Force and the British aircraft industry. This attempt came to be known as the Battle of Britain, and the Germans saw victory over the RAF as absolutely essential if they were eventually to mount an invasion of the British Isles.
At the beginning of 1940, a South American copper and tin ore magnate arrived in London to secure a valuable contract to provide essential metals to the war effort. On this visit, he met an English girl, fell in love and an ensuing affair resulted in a swift engagement. There was now an urgent need for the best diamond in London, and on the 29th of February in Cartier on Bond Street, this 20.43ct diamond was given as the engagement ring.
Alongside this very romantic story, the ‘Blitz Diamond’ is everything an important stone should be. The pure colorless stone of extremely fine clarity (D, VS1) has been superbly cut, and for a large stone, it retains a grace and elegance that is perfectly mirrored with Cartier’s aura in the first half of the twentieth century.
by Randy Lapointe on December 1st, 2009
I am not a fan of modern, long and narrow marquise-cut diamonds. I am, however, in love with this old, chunky marquise-cut that we just acquired!
It’s a nearly perfectly colorless diamond with a charming, antique cut that makes it quite literally a glittering ball of fire.
by Warren Lagerloef on December 1st, 2009
This is a truly extraordinary ring. It’s a classic Edwardian-style cluster ring, centering on a gem-color untreated, natural Burmese ruby, set in an important diamond entourage.
Nothing has more impact, particularly during this time of year, than a stunning ruby ring.
by Donna Varbaro on December 1st, 2009
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.