There’s something about vintage jewelry that makes girls swoon. We spend our lives searching for our person and then we spend what seems like 30 seconds looking for the piece of jewelry that will be a permanent attachment signifying our love?
Somehow it seems like that commitment should be more thought out. No? I met this lovely ring in the midst of my own engagement ring quest, and what a quest it was. Meeting this ring was similar to that love at first sight experience so many people talk about. I truly almost passed out. I was at a jewelry show in Las Vegas meeting a group of colleagues for dinner. While waiting for drinks in a noisy (and dark) bar a girlfriend was trying it on, “Holy shit, Liz look at this!” as she waves it gallantly in front of my eyes. The funny thing about this ring is that I’ve never been pegged to fall for a pear shaped diamond. When you are responsible for inventorying an entire store with vintage jewelry it takes a lot to impress you. I love European cut diamonds due to their age and romantic history of being cut by candle light with a foot pedal but this stone was clearly different. It glowed and flashed, and whispered…..”I am yours….”
It was then passed to me for the try on portion of our meeting. It fit. As I sat there staring deep into the facets and perfect color the story came. The story is the icing on the cake of this beloved ring. “It’s a 3.02 Golconda IIa (type 2 a) D, VS1….. (wait for it)…. in a Tiffany & Co. Mount.” Cue little girl squeals. Eeeeeeeek! Now let me break this down for you in non-jeweler speak. The ring is a vintage Tiffany & Co ring circa early turn of the 19th century. The diamond is one of the most rare diamonds one could ever hope to find. A Golconda type IIa diamonds are the most valued and purest type of diamonds. These represent only 3% of the worlds diamonds. Some of the most famous diamonds are Golconda type IIa, including the Hope Diamond.
It was a thrilling find! The process for purchasing it was and even more interesting experience. Needless to say I ended up with a different engagement ring that I love even more. It’s amazing how if you have found the right person they will find the right ring.
That’s where we come in! We are the little boutique downtown that hopefully all your friends have told you about. We are Pretty In Patina and we specialize in vintage jewelry like this Tiffany & Co, D, VS1 Golconda Type IIa that is available for purchase. Now, I realize not everyone can budget for a Golconda but we can help you find a beautiful piece of sparkle that is right for you. New or old, expensive or affordable we love it all equally because it brings a smile to your face. Pretty customers often leave our store repeating “ this was SO much FUN!”. I love jewelry, but I also know that most girls only have so many fingers that they need jewelry for so we carry pre-loved designer handbags (Louis Vuitton, Hermes, Chanel), 6 lines of new professional/casual clothing, and fun fashion jewelry.
Keep an eye out for us right here sharing our stories about unique jewelry. If you’d like us to evaluate your mysterious jewelry piece shoot us a message at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call or text Pretty In Patina at 402-990-4472
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