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Gesner Estate Jewelry - Antique Vintage Engagement Rings

Gesner Estate Jewelry - Florida and Tampa Bay's Largest collection of Antique/Vintage and Estate Platinum Engagement Rings, specializing in Late Victorian, Edwardian, Art Nouveau, Art Deco and Retro time periods

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Gesner Estate Jewelry provides the finest jewelry at the lowest price possible. We specialize in antique & vintage gold and platinum jewelry from the turn of the 20th century to the late 1930s; however, our inventory of newer pieces in gold and platinum is also unsurpassed. We maintain an inventory of several thousand unique items. Every piece is in wonderful condition and uncommon in design. We do not sell reproduction jewelry or lab-created gems unless it has been very clearly stated in the item's description.

We are a family-owned firm that has been in business since 1972. We are among the leaders in antique and estate jewelry. We welcome the opportunity to speak with you personally about ourselves and what we do. Please feel free to call us anytime at (727) 586-6000 or email us at gesner@gesner.com

We offer certified appraisal services from our G.I.A. graduate. Graydon Gesner has his Graduate Gemology Degree, Accredited Jewelry Professional Degree, and the G.I.A. Pearl Grading Lab Degree. These studies were accomplished at the Gemological Institute of America (G.I.A.), located at the Carlsbad, California campus which is the world's foremost authority on diamonds, colored stones, and pearls. He was an on-campus student and excelled in all phases of his studies. Out of 11 G.I.A. campus locations worldwide, Carlsbad, California is the G.I.A. World Headquarters that brings students from all over the world. Please call the Tampa store at (813) 282-1008, or email Graydon at graydongems@gmail.com to schedule your appointment to have your jewelry professionally appraised. Graydon's website can be seen as atwww.gesnerappraisalservices.com.

We offer unsurpassed restoration services for those customers who have problem pieces or need a simple sizing. We employ the finest European and South American Master Jewelers and can address any situation. Our highly trained sales staff has many years of experience and we take great pride in providing our customers with the best possible service and shopping experience. Take a look at what some of our customers are saying about us.

Gesner Estate Jewelry offers the finest jewelry repair and watches repair in Tampa and Largo, Florida. Our Master Jeweler is available for all jewelry repair. Not only does he repair and refurbish jewelry, he can create a unique handmade piece of jewelry!

Our watchmaker is also available for all watch repair of your watches to include luxury brands such as Rolex, Tag Heuer, Breitling, Audemars Piguet, etc. as well as antique watches.

For those people living in the Pinellas County area who cannot, or do not wish to travel to our Tampa store, we invite you to view and discuss, with a staff member, our entire inventory as shown on our website. We have a private room for this purpose and we are happy to bring from Tampa, anything that you would like to see. There is no fee for this service, and no one needs to feel obligated in any way. We simply offer this service as a convenience for the customer who has difficulty in making the trip to our store in Tampa. Please call us at (727) 586-6000 to schedule an appointment.

Gesner Estate Jewelry - Antique, Vintage & Estate Jewelry

Gesner Estate Jewelry - Florida and Tampa Bay's Largest collection of Antique/Vintage and Estate Platinum Engagement Rings, specializing in Late Victorian, Edwardian, Art Nouveau, Art Deco and Retro time periods.
Contact us at Tampa - 813-282-1008
Largo - 727-586-6000

Check out our website : www.gesner.com

Diamond Estate Engagement Ring White Gold .15CT

A classic Estate diamond engagement ring that features a .15ct. apx. baguette cut diamond with VVS1 clarity and F color. Two tapered baguettes on either side of the center diamond weigh .25ct. apx. T.W. with VVS-VS clarity and G-H color. A traditional ring which will always be in fashion and is located in our Tampa store with a retail price of $1,995.

Primary Stone(s): Diamond Weight: .15ct. apx. Color: F Clarity: VVS1 Cut: Baguette Secondary Stone(s) Diamond Weight: .25ct. apx. T.W. Color: G-H Clarity: VVS-VS Cut: Baguette (tapered) Metal: 14K White Gold Age: 5-10 years Period: Estate Condition: Excellent Size: 6 - easily resized at our expense

Contact us @Tampa - 813-282-1008 Largo - 727-586-6000
Check out our website : www.gesner.com

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History of Estate Jewelry

History of Estate Jewelry

Estate jewelry is defined in this way: jewelry which has been previously owned. It could refer to a true antique (over 50 years old) or to a recently purchased item.

Nostalgia. Sentiment plays a large part in jewelry selection. People are searching more and more for reminders of past, more stable times. Just as the whole mood of nostalgia continues strong, older jewelry reminds them of those times. Design. Individual craftsmen left their tell-tale mark of quality with an outstanding sense of shape and form. There were no machines stamping out pieces by the thousands, only individual artisans practicing their chosen profession of fabricating beautiful jewelry one piece at a time.

Design. Individual craftsmen left their tell-tale mark of quality with an outstanding sense of shape and form. There were no machines stamping out pieces by the thousands, only individual artisans practicing their chosen profession of fabricating beautiful jewelry one piece at a time.

Mid and late Victorian Period: 1850 – 1890
With the reign of Queen Victoria, Great Britain and France became a major jewelry center. The Industrial Revolution was creating a growing middle class that used jewelry to flaunt its new- found wealth. And with mechanization came the ability to mine precious metals and gemstones as well as to mass produce jewelry.

The romantic image of the young queen and her beloved consort, Prince Albert, influenced styles of her early and mid-reign. Seed pearls, shell cameos, strands of pearls and small colored stones such as garnets, amethysts and topaz were fashionable. With Albert’s death in 1861, jewelry changed drastically as Victoria adopted heavy and somber jewelry to express her grief. Typical materials were jet, black onyx, tortoise shell and hair (usually horse hair), often set into heavy gold work.

Edwardian Period: 1901-1914

Victoria was succeeded by her son Edward VII whose reign celebrated a joyous return to elegance. Jewelry complimented the laces, silks and feathers worn by Edwardian ladies. Diamonds were in profusion, either alone or with colored stones. Pearls were also very popular.

Because of the metal strength of platinum -replacing gold in vogue – Edwardian jewelry was an engineering marvel. Delicate filigree work could now be fashioned to resemble fine lace, and hinges allowed movement in the pieces.

Art Nouveau: 1890-1915

By the late 19th Century, Victorian sobriety and dignity were challenged by a strong counter-culture movement in all the decorative arts. Art Nouveau burst upon Europe and America alike with its romantic, light-hearted glory -the antithesis not only of its staid predecessor but also a reaction against the imitative, often crude, pieces which were the result of the Industrial Revolution.

Slim, ethereal figures appeared in art and jewelry as well. An Art Nouveau trademark is the head of a girl with a dreamy expression and swirling hair. Dragonflies, with their long delicate wings, and peacocks with their iridescent colors and stylized floral themes, were other expressions of the influences of nature.
While established jewelers continued to use diamonds and pearls in the new, dainty styles, French jeweler Rene Lalique extended his innovative look to ivory, horn, carved glass and enamel. Gemstones like opals and moonstones were often used. One American whose delicate designs and exquisite enameling left a strong impression on the Art Nouveau period was Louis Comfort Tiffany.

Art Deco: 1920 – 1935
The soft tones of Art Nouveau gave way to a brasher, more sophisticated look. Flappers were in -and so was Art Deco! Born in France, Art Deco erupted in the United States.

Streamlined enameled pieces, often in bold colors, enhanced the angular looking clothing and design. Color combinations in gemstones were equally bold and bright. Rubies were set next to emeralds in massive brooches; coral and lapis lazuli or jade were frequently used together.

Retro Period: 1935 – 1949

Luxury production halted in Europe because all platinum and most gold and silver were needed to fund World War II. During this period American jewelry came into its own. Influenced by Hollywood stars, pieces were flamboyant. Huge stones in oversized pieces emerged, often mounted in rose, green and/or yellow gold depending on the makeup of the alloy. After the United States entered the war, what jewelry produced was less romantic but still outsized. This trend continued until after the war when styles again softened.

Individual craftsmanship was not yet on the wane, however. One distinct trend to emerge after World War II was the use of gold. Gold had previously been used in mountings to stress the beauty of other elements of a jewelry piece- now it was being used as the sole element of fine jewelry. Many gold brooches available today, such as simple circle pins or more elaborate animals or flowers, can be traced to the trends of the 1950s.

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Art Deco Engagement Rings - Info to Know before you Buy

Art Deco Engagement Rings - Info to Know before you Buy

Gesner Estate Jewelry provides the finest jewelry at the lowest price possible. We specialize in antique & vintage gold and platinum jewelry from the turn of the 20th century to the late 1930's; however, our inventory of newer pieces in gold and platinum are also unsurpassed. We maintain an inventory of several thousand unique items. Every piece is in wonderful condition and uncommon in design. We do not sell reproduction jewelry or lab-created gems unless it has been very clearly stated in the item's description.

We are a family owned firm that has been in business since 1972. We are among the leaders in antique and estate jewelry. We welcome the opportunity to speak with you personally about ourselves and what we do. Please feel free to call us anytime at (727) 586-6000 or email us at gesner@gesner.com

We offer certified appraisal services from our G.I.A. graduate. Graydon Gesner has his Graduate Gemology Degree, Accredited Jewelry Professional Degree, and the G.I.A. Pearl Grading Lab Degree. These studies were accomplished at the Gemological Institute of America (G.I.A.), located at the Carlsbad, California campus which is the world's foremost authority on diamonds, colored stones, and pearls. He was an on campus student and excelled in all phases of his studies. Out of 11 G.I.A. campus locations worldwide, Carlsbad, California is the G.I.A. World Headquarters that brings students from all over the world. Please call the Tampa store at (813) 282-1008, or email Graydon at graydongems@gmail.com to schedule your appointment to have your jewelry professionally appraised. Graydon's website can be seen at www.gesnerappraisalservices.com.

Art Deco Engagement Rings

The soft tones of Art Nouveau gave way to a brasher, more sophisticated look. Flappers were in -and so was Art Deco! Born in France, Art Deco erupted in the United States.

Streamlined enameled pieces, often in bold colors, enhanced the angular looking clothing and design. Color combinations in gemstones were equally bold and bright. Rubies were set next to emeralds in massive brooches; coral and lapis lazuli or jade were frequently used together.

Art Deco 1.25ct. Diamond, 1.00ct. Ruby & Platinum Antique Engagement Fashion Ring

“Pure Art Deco” are the words from our Graduate Gemologist, Graydon Gesner, when describing this fabulous Ruby and Diamond Art Deco Engagement or Fashion ring. ” I love the calibrated rubies, the large European cut diamond and the geometric design”, he says.

This captivating Art Deco ring, crafted in platinum, features a center 1.25 carat apx. Old European cut diamond with SI1 clarity and J color. It is surrounded, in a diamond shape, with apx. 1.00 carat apx. total weight of Antique Square Cut Natural Red Rubies. It is further decorated with 1.50 carat apx. total weight of Single and European Cut diamonds. In addition, the gallery is pierced & milgrained and is an impressive and sparkling example of the Roaring 20’s!

Art Deco .73ct. Diamond Antique Engagement Ring Platinum

Wow! What a beauty. This month’s Gemologist Jewelry Pick of the Month is this captivating Antique Diamond Engagement Ring with ” a flowing curved tiered design very indicative of the Art Deco Era”.

This Antique Diamond Engagement Ring features .73ct Apx. European Cut Diamond with fantastic quality, VVS2 clarity and H color. A bright, white, scintillating diamond with a very, very slightly included diamond. You would need an educated eye and a jeweler’s loupe or microscope to see any inclusion. In addition, there are .50ct Apx. T.W. of Single and Transitional Cut Diamonds with VS2-SI1 clarity and G-H color. It is crafted in platinum, the king of metals, as you know. Your very best jewelry is made in platinum or 18 karat gold. You can find this blindingly beautiful Antique Art Deco Diamond Engagement Ring in our Tampa store with a retail price of $7,795.

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The History of Birthstones

The History of Birthstones

The History of birthstones is believed to have gone back to the book of Exodus with the Breastplate of Aaron. It was a garment with twelve gemstones sewn into it that represented the twelve tribes of Israel. The gemstones were set in three rows of three gemstones. At that time the gemstones were “sardius, topaz and carbuncle; emerald, sapphire and diamond; ligure, agate and amethyst; beryl, onyx and jasper.

The connection between the Breastplate of Aaron and the twelve stones of the zodiac were written about by Favius Josephus (1st century A.D) and St. Jerome (5th century A.D.). It was believed that wearing the gemstone of your zodiac would bring good luck to the wearer and that the stone had special powers.

Scholars from the 18th century in Poland came up with the modern ideas of a birthstone for each month. The most well-known list of monthly birthstones came into being in 1912 by the National Association of Jewelers in the United States.

Since 1912, the monthly birthstones have remained the same until 2002 when tanzanite was added as the birthstone for December. December also has three birthstones designated for this month.

The current list of monthly gemstones is as follows:

January Garnet (dark red)

February Amethyst (purple)

March Aquamarine (pastel blue)

April Diamond

May Emerald (green)

June Pearl or Alexandrite (the color changing stone)

July Ruby (red)

August Peridot (light green)

September Sapphire (blue)

October Opal or pink tourmaline

November Citrine (yellow orange), yellow topaz

December Blue zircon, blue topaz, turquoise or tanzanite (bluish purple)