The Allure of Estate Jewelry

By Karen Parr Moody


Fine estate jewelry possesses an allure not found in modern-day baubles. Not only is it beautiful, it retains a layer of history, making for an irresistible statement about the wearer’s interests. From intricate Edwardian wedding bands to the unmitigated sparkle of diamond-encrusted bling from the 1950s, estate jewelry combines yesteryear’s artistry and the historic styles that underscored their times.


Lysbeth Antiques and Estate Jewelry, offers a trove of estate jewelry finds in showcase S-506 located in the original GasLamp. The rings, in particular, will quicken the pulse.

This ruby ring is a stunner with a shape that looks vaguely like a turban worn by some glamorous Maharaja. A size 7, the ring’s 14-karat gold setting flaunts a center ruby in a square emerald cut. It is beautifully highlighted by a series of round-cut, pavé diamonds enclosed in a sequential leaf pattern.
Aside from the gorgeous setting, any good ruby, like this one, is rapturously gorgeous in that distinctive red hue with just a whisper of pink. It’s a flirtatious color. And if you want to flirt back, you can purchase this beauty for a mere $300.


The cocktail ring hearkens back to the New Women of the Jazz Age who would sip exotic cocktails while adorning a finger – or two – with oversized gemstone rings, the symbol of excess. A fabulous example of the cocktail ring is found in this gorgeous blue topaz ring set in 18-karat white gold with .55 total carat weight in diamonds, size 7.

This fancy-cut gemstone, with all of its sparkling facets, underscores its vintage look, which is perfect for customers who seek a showstopping cocktail ring. The outline is decorated with delicate milgrain and pavé -set diamonds, offering a dramatic feel. This ring is being offered for $1,495 at the original GasLamp showcase S506.


The world’s most famous blue sapphire is the 12-carat oval Ceylon sapphire set in the engagement ring of Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, which was inherited from Diana, Princess of Wales. This fact has revived the popularity of the stone, leading jewelers to create replicas of the ring.

At Lysbeth Antiques and Estate Jewelry, this gorgeous estate ring features an oval-cut sapphire like Princess Diana’s (just not quite as big). It is mounted in a 14-karat gold setting that was created in a rope gold pattern accented with round- and marquee-cut diamonds.

Listed as one of the four precious gemstones, along with diamonds, rubies and emeralds, a sapphire is a beguiling gemstone with which to adorn oneself. This ring is a size 6 ¾ and costs $700.


This vintage butterfly ring features seven genuine Australian opals placed in a 10-karat yellow gold, size 6 setting ($195). Among the colorful opal cabochons are three rounds on each side of the band and a larger oval in the center. The metalwork consists of decorative points of gold that hold the butterfly in a raised openwork panel. The shards of colorful light reflected in the opals are in shades of blue, yellow, green, purple, orange and red. The butterfly is slightly tilted, by design, which makes it more interesting.


This stunning size 5.5 cocktail ring at Lysbeth Antiques and Estate Jewelry will instantly draw attention to the daintiest of hands. The center features a natural carnelian stone cut into an oval cabochon shape. Set in 14-karat gold, the stone is highlighted with round, brilliant-cut genuine diamonds; it is priced at $435.

Carnelians make an unforgettable impression due to their deep color. These semi-precious gemstones are actually the mineral chalcedony and the color, a rich shade of reddish-brown, is called carnelian. And it’s a smashing color to grace a cocktail ring.


Your hands communicate so much of your personality in their movements alone. By wearing estate rings, even more is communicated about your interests and taste. And at Lysbeth Antiques and Estate Jewelry, it’s easy to find something especially for you.