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Happy Mother's Day - 2017-05-11

Mother. Mom. Mammy. Ahm. Majke. Ma. Matre. Mutter. Maman. Mommy.

Regardless of how you address 'Mother', every translation means Love. This Mother's Day give the mom in your life a gift that she'll truly love,

something as individual and rare as she is. We've made it easy for you with the mothers day guide. 

Our favourite suggestions:

Sterling hand mirrors. Lovely on top of a dressing table, a sentimental reminder of her own mother or as a reflection of her inner and outer beauty.

Sterling and crystal containers. Perfect for her vanity table or bathroom these containers can be filled with jewellery, makeup or scent essentials. 

As an added bonus why not pick up a piece that's already monogrammed with an 'M' for 'Mom'.

Jewellery.  One can never have enough jewellery.  We've picked out a few favorites that are unique and stunning, but won't break the bank.

Your mom will love these eternity bands.

Compacts.  Purse sized daily reminders that her family loves her.

Sterling tea strainers.  Who doesn't enjoy the idea of tea and cookies with mom or grandma? Make tea time into a fancy party with a beautifully

engraved vintage tea strainer. View full tea sets here.

For all the Mothers, Grandmothers, Stepmothers, Aunts and Motherly figures in our lives: Happy Mother's Day. Thank you for your love and support. 

We appreciate you today and always.

Gatsby, Revived – Art Deco Rings - 2017-04-09

What's Shopping For Art Deco Rings Like?

Shopping for Art Deco Rings is like dipping a finger into The Roaring Twenties or

even into the works of F. Scott Fitzgerald. These Art Deco rings are unique and

the epitome of luxury jewellery - they feature geometric designs with fine details.

The beautiful aesthetic of this art movement is fueled by a demand for glamour;

if there is joie de vivre, there must be Art Deco. Art Deco jewelry represents a hunger

for fashion, style and life. In more recent years it has gained popularity in the celebrity

world of engagements, both Pippa Middleton and Scarlett Johansson wear Art Deco

rings as a symbol of their found love.


These Five Art Deco Rigns Are Just Some of The Glamorous Styles

1. Art Deco Ring Brilliant Cut Diamond


“True love is like this ring; it is rare, beautiful and will last forever”

This stunning Art Deco ring is a platinum mill grain with 1 round brilliant

cut diamond, est. 3.37 ct. (clarity: VS1 & colour: J); 2 baguette cut

diamonds, est. 0.16ct. (Clarity: VVS & colour: E-F) and 22 old mine cut

diamonds, est. 0.45ct. (clarity:VS-I1 & colour: F-G)


2. Art Deco Ring Emerald Cut Diamond.


“Large is intimate”

A gorgeous Art Deco ring is a custom vintage ring is made of

platinum, featuring 1 bezel-set emerald cut diamond, est. 1.83

ct (clarity VVS1 – colour E-F); 2 bezel-set square cut diamonds,

est. 0.55ct (clarity VVS – colour F-G) and 56 bead-set round

brilliant cut diamonds, est. 0.75 ct.(Clarity VS-SI1 – colour G-H)


3. Art Deco Opal Diamond Sapphire Ring.


“To be simultaneously enchanted and repelled by inexhaustible

variety” A unique Art Deco ring with 1 oval cabochon deep intense

indigo blue opal, approximately 3.37ct; 14 old European cut diamonds

estimated 0.44ct ( clarity: VS-SI & G-H colour) and 4 straight baguette

synthetic deep blue sapphire, est 0.36ct.


4. Art Deco Diamond and Emerald Ring


“To win over the object of your affection”

This luxurious Art Deco ring in a platinum mill grain is available to be viewed 

in stores upon appointment. This art deco ring features 1 old square modified

brilliant cut diamond, est. 1.56ct (clarity:SI1 & H colour); 4 baguette cut 

and 6 square baguette cut diamonds, est. 0.36ct (clarity: VVS-VS & G-H

colour) and 16 square mixed cut medium dark green emeralds, est. 0.65ct.


5. Art Deco 4.02ct Ring


“A masterpiece”

This very sought after art deco ring is a platinum mill grain,

engraved and filigree ring that houses an incredible old

European cut diamond est. 4.02ct (clarity: SI1 & J colour).

This ring is available to be seen by appointment.

To see more Art Deco Rings please click here.

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.