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Antique & Vintage Aquamarine Jewelry - 2017-03-16

Channeling March with Antique & Vintage Aquamarine Jewelry

The name aquamarine finds its origins from the Latin for seawater. Antique and vintage aquamarine jewelry is sought after as the birthstone of March and is said to bring more happiness to a marriage – it is also the gem of the 19th wedding anniversary.

It comes from the Beryl family and according to the Gemological Institute of America, the mineral beryl gives the wearer protection against foes in battle or litigation. It’s an interesting allegory, the aquamarine is a delicate light blue and the crystal is transparent and reminds you of the whimsical sea, and not a gloomy battle field.

At Cynthia Findlay Antiques there is a wide selection of aquamarines; from antique aquamarine filigree pendants, to vintage aquamarine and diamond art deco rings, to vintage earrings, vintage bracelets and antique brooches.

The most unique pieces include this stunning platinum and 18kt necklace. It is a yellow gold necklace, featuring one oval facetted medium intense blue aquamarine, nine old European cut diamonds, and one hundred and fifteen rose cut diamonds. There are twelve creamy white cultured pearls and the platinum clasp is set with two diamonds. The four strands of cultured silvery rose pearls make up the rest of the piece which is sixteen inches in length.


This 1930’s art deco aquamarine brooch is also a superb example of the unique pieces held at Cynthia Findlay Antiques. It has a large 35.1 carat briolette cut aquamarine. It is a stunning light sky blue in colour and set in 18kt. The twenty-four single cut and four baguette cut diamonds which are 0.50 carats, and fourteen calibre cut synthetic sapphires, set off the colour and cut of the aquamarine.


The aquamarine can be cut into most shapes, but the popular fashions are emerald cuts, round and oval brilliants. It is the hardness of the gemstone and the beauty of its transparency that have made it popular with age-old sculptors, designers and artists. These Victorian earrings made of 18 karat yellow gold and a silver top have two briolette aquamarines and are accented with eight aquamarines of 3.05 carats and sixty diamonds at 0.25 carats.


Another stunning example of antique and vintage aquamarine jewelry is this pair of platinum and 14 Karat white gold wing like earrings with two heart-shaped aquamarines of 14.43 carats, surrounded by twenty four brilliant cut diamonds of 0.65 carats VS clarity.


One of the things Cynthia Findlay Antiques is known for is the wide selection of estate aquamarine rings, and this beautiful 18 karat white gold ring, circa 1940 houses a 24.1 carat aquamarine accented with twelve round brilliant, straight baguette and marquise brilliant cut diamonds of 1 carat and VS clarity.

Visit our antique and vintage aquamarine jewelry under the jewellery top category to view more unique aquamarine pieces or call into the shop for more information.

A Few Of Our Favorite Teacups and Saucer - 2017-02-08

A Winter Tea Party

'Brew me a cup for a winter's night. 

For the wind howls loud and the furies fight;

Spice it with love and stir it with care

And I'll toast our bright eyes,

My sweetheart fair' - Thomas Minna Antrim

Winter has descended and its icy grip can drive even the heartiest among us back inside to the warmth of a blanket, a fire and a steaming cup of tea.  Add to this cozy scenario a cheerful vintage cup and saucer set decorated in little flowers, or funky bright colors and suddenly winter doesn't seem so bad.  

Here are a couple of our favorite teacups and saucers to warm you up out of your winter blues:

Mid-Nineteenth-Century-French-Porcelain-Cup-and-Saucer Mid-Nineteenth-Century-Continental-Porcelain-Cup-and-Saucer Early-Twentieth-Century-K.P.M.-Porcelain-Cup-and-Saucer

Having tea for two, or a full winter tea party? Tea sets make any gathering into an event and brightens up the living or dining room.

If these images 'tea-sed' your imagination and tastebuds visit 284 King St W. where the friendly Cynthia Findlay's staff will happily help you create the perfect Winter tea party setting.

Or if you're unable to visit us in person please click here to shop our Antique & Vintage Coffee & Tea Time category where you find our lovely selection teacups and saucers.

Amethyst; the Reigning Birthstone of February - 2017-02-01

February Dawned, Cold and Bright In The Cool Amethyst Glow Of Winter Snowfall.

The stately Amethyst reigns as the birthstone of the shortest and coldest month of the year: February.  The Amethyst is a stunning purple descendant of the quartz line of gemstones and measures a 7 on the MOHs scale of hardness. Amethyst is thought to embody stability, peace and courage in it's wearer; providing strength and purpose during February's chill.

February pays tribute to St. Valentine- the patron saint of romantic love- who wore an amethyst ring carved with the image of a Cupid.  The Egyptians also used amethyst as a stone for carved intaglios, and lovers still find meaning and excitement in gifting jewelry featuring the deep purple hues of amethyst gemstones.

The amethyst is also the official gemstone for the 6th and 17th years of marriage, and makes a lovely and sentimental present for the love of your life.

Amethyst is also often called the 'sober stone'.  Greek people drank from amethyst goblets to prevent intoxication from wine.  This theory may stem from the legend of Amethyst, a young girl whom Diana turned to a pure clear stone to defend from the rage of Bacchus (God of intoxication).  When Bacchus saw what he had done he wept wine soaked tears of remorse and turned the stone of Amethyst a deep purple.  It's from this legend that Amethyst became known as a stone of patience and calm, a reminder to think through your actions.

In the Middle Ages the amethyst became the symbol of royalty because of its rich violet hues.  The most famous amethyst owned by the British crown is a set of brooches, earrings, necklace and a hair comb that was passed down by-and named after- Queen Victoria's mother, the Duchess of Kent.  The most commonly seen piece from the 'Kent amethyst' set is a brooch that the queen wears to flatter her purple outfits.

Capture the regal style with Victorian era, amethyst brooches, such as this beautiful one.

For a vast selection of February's dazzling birthstone in a rainbow of stunning amethyst shades and settings find us at 284 King St. W. In Toronto.


We look forward to your visit.