How to speak Vintage Jewelry and Diamond Jargon
As we have said many times, we love the New York Times fashion section. #Jim Windlof had a wonderful article in last months fashion section which described how to speak fashion week. I thought it would be fun if we educated our readers on how to speak the diamond and antique jewelry language. Enjoy!
Once a deal for a diamond, or antique engagement ring , has been consummated between two diamond dealers or jewelry dealers, they shake hands and say "mazal." No contract, just a handshake. It's been that way for decades, and will never change! This stunning art deco engagement ring features a glittering .50 carat european cut diamond!
For anyone who doesn't know this (doesnt everyone), this refers to a diamonds weight. 100 points = 1.00 carat. This antique engagement ring features a conflict free .85 carat european cut diamond residing in a 1930's platinum setting.
Muzo was one of the finest emerald mines in Columbia (that has been closed for years). It produced the finest emerald gemstones. This lovely emerald engagement ring features a 1.60 ct Muzo Columbian emerald flanked by two trillions cut diamonds residing in a 1970's platinum setting. Our collection of emeralds are always ethical and conflict free.
Pigeon blood refers to the color of the most coveted ruby from the Burma mine. The finest gemstone engagement rings are from the Burma mine. Burma rubies mined from the mid centuries were non heated. Unfortunately today most are treated. This stunning vintage ruby ring features a lovely conflict free Burma ruby!
For all of the old timers in the jewelry industry, "penny weight" refers to the weight of precious metal. Today's generation uses grams.
This is what dealers used to call the whitest of white diamonds.These diamonds were called "Golconda white" from the African mine of the same name. A phrase used in the 60's and 70's, yet rarely used today.