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A collection of interesting, memorable or significant estate pieces sold over the last few years. This is a sampling showing the variety and quality of jewellery that Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers is looking for. We are paying top dollar for similar items.


November 13, 2017

12.38ct. tw. fancy colour diamond brooch 28.4gr. 18kt. $12675.00 CAD. e10824

At what point does jewellery become fine art? Art is something difficult to define or describe but you know it when you see it and this is it. Hand made from 18 karat rose gold this creation is so much more than just a brooch with a ton of bling. The trio of three dimensional flower blossoms have depth and shading executed as well as anything done by a great artist or master sculptor. Close to 1000 fancy coloured champagne to chocolate brown diamonds have been expertly set showcasing the subtle colour details of spring blooms. The SI1 to I1 clarity diamonds are graduated in size from 1.3 to 1.5mm diameter to fit the unique requirements of each petal. I can’t imagine the time required to just simply sort through the piles of stones in order to pick out the right ones that are correct in hue and size. Black rhodium plating within the petal borders provides extra contrast against the sparkling diamonds. It’s too bad this piece has gone unsigned lacking even a visible trademark. Someone with the type of talent required to make a brooch like this shouldn’t be kept a secret, but I guess they prefer to remain anonymous. A brooch of this quality, size and design will instantly become the centre of attention at your next event. Measuring 5.6cm x 5.7cm it would look amazing on a dark colour dress, jacket or blouse. In close to 60 years buying and selling new and estate jewellery we have never seen a brooch like this before. While we are more than qualified to supply an appraisal of value on an item like this, we thought it would be a good idea to get a respected independent opinion of value assigned to it. Included with purchase is an October 30 2017 appraisal document from respected jewellery appraisal company Harold Weinstein Ltd. Their assessment of $19,500.00 plus tax doesn’t seem out of line considering all the components and labour involved in creating this work of art. As a one of a kind estate item in like new condition we have it priced at just $12.79 per diamond or $12675.00 CAD. Stock #e10824.


March 1, 2017

0.33ct. tw. diamond anniversary ring 3.1gr. 14kt gold $200.00 CAD. e10688

Jewellery by its very nature can be expensive, but that doesn’t mean you can’t find great value if you know where and how to purchase it. Buying a super light, 10 karat ring with terrible opaque diamonds at inflated prices truly has little value. There are plenty of stores offering such merchandise. At Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers we offer amazing value, at all price points, on our entire inventory. From our unique diamond sourcing strategies to the 1000s of estate items lining our showcases, our business model guarantees the best value no matter the price. This 14 karat anniversary ring is a perfect example. The 14 karat yellow gold ring weighs 3.19 grams and contains 10 round brilliant cut diamonds weighing 0.33 carats in total with a conservative quality grade of I2-K. While certainly not perfect clarity and colour, the diamonds sparkle admirably in the low profile channel setting. When you consider the gold content alone is worth close to $100.00 you quickly realize what type of value this ring offers when priced at just $200.00 CAD. The ring measures a finger size 6 1/4 but can be adjusted up or down as required by one of our on site goldsmiths. We have many more similar anniversary rings in stock that are not shown on our estate website pages. Come in or give us a call if you’re looking for great value in any jewellery or diamond item. Stock #10688.

SOLD


February 25, 2017

Canadian made 10 karat gold 4.75ct. moonstone ring $399.00 CAD. e10677

e9720 10 karat moonstone ring SiffariMoonstone is one of the birthstones for June, alongside pearl and Alexandrite. All three of these precious gem stones exhibit some of the most interesting and unique optical effects. Moonstones effect is called adularescence, which is inner light that appears to billow across the gems surface. The signature adularescence for moonstone is the shinning sky blue that shows so well on this translucent 4.75 carat oval cabochon. The ring itself is Canadian made by Siffari Jewellery, recently re-branded Crescendo Jewellery. They were originally founded in 1941 in North York Toronto and have been a steadfast supplier to scores of independent Canadian Jewellers for many decades. The 5.5 gram 10 karat yellow gold ring has a blend of organic and geometric motifs which work together to compliment this ethereal gemstone. The ring is newly refinished and measures a finger size 7 with plenty of room to size up or down. Estate price $406.00 CAD. Stock #e10677.e9720 Moonstone ring 10 karat yellow gold Siffari

SOLD

 


November 27, 2016

10.63 carat VS2-M GIA certified, Asscher cut diamond ring. e10208

e10208-10-63ct-vs2-m-gia-cert-asscher-cut-platinum-003First let me clarify; you are reading this correctly, it’s not a decimal point error, the centre diamond actually weighs well over 10 carats. Now in our 59th year of operation in beautiful downtown Barrie, this is the largest diamond ever to be offered for sale at Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers. For those of you who have already seen this one in person you know what a privilege it is to have it on hand, and how exciting it is for everyone here at BLJ. Our experienced and passionate staff get a little spoiled by the fantastic estate jewellery items that come in. We’re so proud to showcase some of it for you on our estate website pages. Diamonds of this size rarely trade hands anywhere, let alone in Barrie Ontario.e10208-10-63ct-vs2-m-asscher-cut-platinum-ring-003 Relatively speaking diamonds are not rare. Special diamonds of 2 or 3 carats come and go with some degree of regularity with us. They’re really exciting to display and we enjoy connecting with clients who appreciate the beauty and great value these larger estate diamonds offer. But a 10 carat diamond is in a completely different universe when it comes to rarity. Not many people or even other jewellers ever see a diamond of this size in person. Just how big is a 10 carat diamond anyway? For some comparison; a Canadian dime has a diameter of 18mm. This diamond measures 15.65mm diagonally. If this diamond was cut with its 90 degree corners intact like a square baguette, it would measure diagonally nicely over 18mm. This is a really really big diamond.e10208-10-63ct-vs2-m-gia-cert-asscher-cut-platinum-004 Asscher cut diamonds like this one have had their right angle corners truncated. This allows the securing claws to be much more discreet and subtle. Discreet and subtle aren’t words I’d use to describe this size 7 dazzler. Every time I look at it I just have to giggle, it’s a party on your finger.10-63ct-diamond-ring-katie-001 It’s hard to imagine something so beautiful is 100% natural and 3 to 4 billion years old. Our online database currently shows close to 400000 diamonds but less than 40 are of this size and quality or larger. An October 2016 Gemological Institute of American certificate is included with purchase. This report cost $1029.00 USD to obtain, but for a diamond of this importance it’s well worth it for the peace of mind that goes along with it. The full report can be seen here at GIAs website.e10208-10-63ct-vs2-m-gia-cert-6177995916    Peace of mind is paramount when making a large purchase, but much more so when considering making an investment in a large diamond like this. The diamond also comes with a June 2006 European Gemological Laboratory certificate. The EGL report states that the colour is a slightly more white JK colour.e10208-10-63ct-vs2-m-egl-certificate-june-12-20016 While an error of two and a half grades may not sound like much, according to our pricing information this optimistic opinion of colour would lead to over valuing this diamond by close to 100% as compared to the accurate GIA report of M colour. ALWAYS ALWAYS ALWAYS get a qualified and unbiased opinion on any diamond you are considering. A full money back guarantee never hurts either. The ring itself has been expertly constructed to the highest standards possible. Fully hand fabricated in platinum. Over 9 grams of the rare and exotic precious white metal were used in the construction. Two custom cut, perfectly matched, step cut trapezoid shaped shoulder diamonds flank each side of the large Assher cut. The shoulder diamonds add an estimated 1.25 carats of additional VS-GH sparkle, bringing the total diamond weight up to almost 12 carats.10-63ct-vs2-m-radiant-cut-gia-cert-003 If ever there was a case to be made for the saying “pictures just don’t do it justice” this is it. The rainbow of brilliance and dispersion coming off this remarkable diamond are incredible. For those of you who think a slightly warm M colour isn’t that great, the opinion will change the first second it’s on your finger. Wearing this diamond is guaranteed to put you in a frame of mind that few other objects can.e10208-10-63ct-vs2-m-asscher-cut-platinum-ring-006 Who knows if we’ll ever have another opportunity to showcase such a significant and important diamond ring. It’s exceptional in so many ways, not just size, beauty and rarity, it also comes with some amazing Canadian history and pedigree. We feel very honored to be able to showcase a ring of this importance. Stock number e10208.

SOLD


October 17, 2016

Trinity de Cartier rolling rings 18kt tri-colour gold $990.00 CAD. e9199

e9199 Trinity de Cartier ringIf you’re a fan of all things jewellery you’ll recognize this style of ring. Most that are seen are copies of this original Cartier design that goes back almost a century. Cartier describe their often imitated design like this (taken from the official Cartier website) “Three bands. Three colors. Pink gold, yellow gold and white gold, intertwined in a display of mystery and harmony. The visionary mind of Louis Cartier created the Trinity ring in 1924. Jean Cocteau promptly made the piece his own. Encircled in the glow of the literary world inhabited by the poet, the ring quickly earned iconic status. Three types of gold. Three symbolic colors: pink for love, yellow for fidelity and white for friendship. Trinity, a timeless design now available in a collection devoted to life’s most memorable loves. Trinity, all about you forever.” Our example is the medium width version with each section measuring 3.5mm. The European size 56 (North American size 7 1/4) ring is very comfortable, each section slides over the next. The rolling effect allows the ring to fit a finger almost a full size bigger than designed. This example weighs just over 9 grams and is in very good condition showing some light patina from gentle use. A full no charge refinishing can be done if you prefer things perfect. The Trinity de Cartier design comes in many different forms but the original style like this is still the most popular. On the Cartier website this version is priced at $1580.00 USD. Ours is estate priced at $990.00 CAD. Stock number #e9199.

SOLD


October 12, 2016

VAHAN 14kt. gold and silver diamond ring 12436D $420.00 CAD. e10421

As any Sex In The City fan can tell you New York city is a fashion mecca and their jewellery designers are just as important pushing the envelope as any major fashion house. Vahan Jewelry is no exception; driven by French designer Leon “Sacha” Der Calousdia to over adorn every piece they make. Working exclusively in sterling silver with 14 karat rose and yellow gold accented with high quality diamonds. Their collections are all statement makers and this 12.15mm wide baroque inspired ring is no exception. The 0.11 carats of round brilliant cut diamonds are more than lively enough to stand out against the heavy pattern of the 10.8 grams of lustrous silver and warm 14 karat rose gold. Style 12436D is part of Vahan’s current collection and is listed on their website for $1340.00 USD. Finger size of 6 1/2 can be adjusted up or down a size or two. Our estate price is just $420.00 CAD. Stock #e10421.

SOLD

 


September 21, 2016

0.88ct. total weight I1-G emerald cut diamond pendant $2226.00 CAD. e9604

e9604 0.78ct. I1-G emerald cut pendant Stuller setting 85656Being the largest buyer/seller of estate jewellery in the area affords us the luxury of experimenting with various jewellery designs using components from different pieces that come in. This allows us to offer incredible items for remarkable prices. This 14 karat white gold setting for instance is brand new, never worn, but ALL the diamonds are previously owned. From the twenty eight tiny 1.0mm halo frame diamonds to the centre 0.78 carat emerald cut centre diamond, all are from estate sources. Combining new with estate saves big $$$$$$. The centre 0.78 carat diamond is a very strong I1 clarity, G colour emerald cut measuring 5.6mm x 4.6mm x 3.3mm. Many would call this diamond a SI2. A white feather type inclusion located in the top right corner of the stone is parallel with the crown and pavilion facets making it a little more challenging to see. The diamond alone would be a excellent value at only $2226.00 CAD. We’re offering the complete pendant for the same price. We’ll let you decide what style and length of necklace you think looks best. Chains are available separately from around $100.00. Remember one of our favorite sayings “price is simply what you pay, VALUE is what get”. The value here simply can’t be beat. EVERYTHING on our website is priced in Canadian dollars. Stock #e9604.e9604 0.78ct. I1-G Stuller emerald cut setting 95656

SOLD

 


September 12, 2016

Antique demantoid andradite garnet/diamond brooch $2100.00. e7525

In the many decades Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers has bought and sold antique jewellery we have never had an example of this exotic variety of garnet. A green garnet is a fairly rare gem in it’s own right but when is shows dispersion (the break up of white light into the spectral colours) it becomes something exceptional. These little green gems sparkle just like a diamond with an estimated total weight of 0.50 carats. It is something that needs to be seen in person in some good light. The 12 early European cut diamonds measure over 3.0mm diameter each and weigh to a total of 1.35 carats of  good SI-FG quality. The simple circular design measures 23mm diameter and weighs 4.7 grams. Secured by a pin hinge with safety lock the piece can also be worn as a pendant by means of a hidden bail. The one of a kind brooch/pendant is estate priced at $2100.00. Stock #e7525.

SOLD


August 28, 2016

14 karat white gold diamond anniversary/wedding ring $490.00 CAD. e9553

e9553 contoured diamond anniversary ringI almost didn’t post this little diamond wedding/anniversary ring but I’m sure someone will really appreciate that they’ve finally found a ring that suits their solitaire. Many people have a hard time finding a wedding or anniversary ring the fits their solitaire without any gaps between the two rings. This is especially true with the many custom made engagement rings we’re asked to make wedding rings for. The simple gentle contoured wave in this style allows the claws and gallery on the engagement ring to fit perfectly flush. A flat edged wedding or anniversary band leaves a noticeable space that some people don’t like the look of. You can easily see the difference with a flat ring compared to the curved style.e9553.1 diamond anniversary ringe9553 diamond anniversary ring I’ve tried it on a few different solitaire styles and it’s surprising how well it works with a variety of solitaires. Big diamonds, small diamonds and even fancy shape solitaires all work great with this ring. The 14 karat white gold ring weighs 2.2 grams and contains 17 small channel set diamonds estimated to weigh 0.17 carats in total, each of SI-GH quality. A ring like this can save many hundreds of dollars compared to having a special custom made ring made. Condition is like new in a finger size 7. Our onsite goldsmiths can easily adjust it up or down as required in just a day or two if necessary. Estate priced at just $490.00 CAD. Stock #e9553.

SOLD


August 13, 2016

Eaton’s 14 karat yellow gold signet ring 3 grams $228.00 CAD. e10415

Normally we don’t post simple rings like this. This one is just a little more special for a couple of reasons and deserved a few words. If you appreciate the look and feel of traditional yellow gold you’ll love this one. It is made from 3.0 grams of upgraded 14 karat and is in like new condition. The flat oval signet section measures 11mm x 8mm; we’d be happy to personalize the ring with an engraved initial. The size 7 can easily be made smaller if required by one of our onsite goldsmiths. What is most interesting about the ring is the fact that it was made for and originally sold at Eaton’s department store. Eaton’s was once Canada’s largest retailer. At one point the esteemed firm employed 70,000 and commanded 60% of all department store sales in Canada. They were a store that sold high quality products for excellent no haggle prices. You could buy everything from farm equipment to high end jewellery from their very successful mail order catalogue. You could even order small prefabricated houses from them; they would ship all the required components and plans right to your building site. Many of these homes are still standing 100 years later. For more than a century Eaton’s defined the Canadian retail experience. Changing times and a changing economic environment led to the eventual bankruptcy of the iconic Canadian brand in 1999. Fond memories and the occasional consumer product are mostly all that’s left. As soon as we saw the crisp, sharp, capital E in a diamond shape trademark we knew we had a little piece of Canadiana. We only wish we could tell you more about the rings history. The style is so timeless it’s difficult to place an accurate production date on it. Estate priced at $228.00 CAD. Own a little piece of Canadian history. Stock #e10415.

SOLD


August 4, 2016

6.50ct. peridot & diamond ring 14kt. 6.8gr. $1400.00 CAD. e10625

After such a wet summer August is our last hope, and with any luck the month will take its cue from its Peridot birthstone. The best of the gem (seldom seen in birthstone jewellery) displays a green so vibrant it seems lit from within. This high quality 14.0mm x 11.5mm 6.50 carat oval Peridot rolls between deep shadowy and flashing sun bleached greens during wear. Most accurately likened to a blinding summer day seen through the veil of a big leafed maple as a breeze tosses the boughs. To set that spell binding display on fire the Peridot has been shouldered by chevrons of petite round brilliant cut diamonds in 14 karat white gold. The 6.8 gram cocktail ring measures a finger size 7 1/2 with room to adjust as needed. This specimen, besides being just about as good as they come also exhibits the classic “lily pad” inclusion that only occurs in natural peridot. The epitome of summer for the estate price of $1400.00 CAD. Stock #e10625.

SOLD


18kt. Art Deco antique diamond ring 0.20ct. 2.0gr. Eatons $490.00 CAD. e10367

Fans of the late 1800s department store dramas The Paradise and Mr. Selfridge might find it surprising to learn that Canada’s Eatons followed a similar rise to success. Timothy Eaton started on very humble ground with a small dry goods store in 1869 and grew in just 14 years to a bustling three story department store with the first electric store lights in Canada. He became bitter rivals with Robert Simpson, who’s department store Simpson’s was directly across the street. Customers took advantage of the convenient proximity of both stores, crossing back and forth to compare prices. Eatons was a pioneer of North American retailing and their catalog was a mainstay of Canadian living. The Globe wrote in 1905 “There is hardly a name in Canada, with the possible exception of the Prime Minister, so well known to the people at large as that of Mr. Timothy Eaton.” This 1920s Art Deco Eatons ring is truly a piece of Canadian history and possibly one of the best preserved Deco rings we’ve had. The 2 gram 18 karat white gold ring shows only the slightest signs of wear, with large areas of millgrain in their original condition. The delicate geometric ring top measures 18.5mm long by 9.5mm wide and holds 0.20 carat old European cut diamond of nice I1-I quality. The ring currently measures a finger size 5 with room to adjust up or down. Estate price $490.00 CAD. Stock #e10367.

SOLD


July 28, 2016

0.95ct. SI1-H diamond stud earrings 14kt. white gold $2107.00 CAD. e10085

e10085-0-95ct-tw-si1-h-diamonds-studs-14kt-003 By far, this is the best way to buy a great pair of diamond studs and save a pile of money at the same time; estate diamonds in brand new settings. When we received these diamonds they were already in stud settings. They were okay but not great. The original crown settings looked a little high, the posts couldn’t be centred in this style and the standard butterfly backs worked but weren’t very secure.e10085-0-95ct-tw-si1-h-diamonds-studs-14kt-001 Our solution was to take them apart and reset them into brand new 14 karat gold/palladium double gallery settings with heavy upgraded friction backs. This style is waaaaaay more flattering, easier to clean, lower profile and far more secure. The estate nature of the diamonds allows us to upgrade the settings and still provide much better value than anything else available. e10085-0-95ct-tw-si1-h-diamonds-studs-14kt-005The palladium/gold alloy we use costs a little more than traditional white gold but it’s much more “white” looking. We don’t need to rhodium plate them making them artificially brighter. These diamonds are very well matched 5.0mm x 3.0mm round brilliant cut diamonds both of SI1 clarity, H colour and very good cut. There are only a couple of tiny crystal inclusions that are invisible without magnification. The crystals look like tiny white ice cubes just to the right and below the claw. e10085-0-95ct-tw-si1-h-diamonds-studs-14kt-004 With a total weight of just under 1.00 carat these earrings are significant in size and are sure to get noticed. The estate price of just $2107.00 is fantastic value. Don’t just take our word for it though, shop the specifications around, we’re sure you’ll agree the value is outstanding. There is always a large inventory of loose estate diamonds if you want to do something a little bigger or smaller. We can custom make you a new/estate set in only a couple of hours. e10085-0-95ct-tw-si1-h-diamonds-studs-14kt-002 This set is estate priced at $2107.00 CAD. Stock #e10085.

SOLD


June 27, 2016

18kt. 0.35ct. VS-F antique engagement ring $1120.00 CAD. e10363

In this throw away society we at Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers are proudly pro salvage! In fact we have been for over 50 years as estate jewellery and watches have consistently been our niche. We feel history adds value and nothing could make us happier than saving a piece of jewellery that’s nearly 100 years old. This beautiful, intricate 1920s solitaire engagement ring came to us with a badly damaged center stone that couldn’t be repaired. Most would simply abandon the ring to the refinery for less than $100.00 of gold recovery and the ring would be gone forever. There’s always been a special place in our hearts for Art Deco jewellery pieces. Thanks to our long history as estate jewellery buyers we have a large stock of antique diamonds. After some hunting we found this 0.35 carat early European cut diamond that fit perfectly into the six bead setting, bonus for all that it was a very high quality VS clarity F colour. The ring itself is in great condition, showing only slight softening of the delicate filigree and hand engraving that cover its top half. The 1.9 gram 18 karat white gold ring has been adjusted to a size 8 with lots of room to size up or down. Estate price for this antique ring $1120.00 CAD. Stock #e10363.

SOLD


June 24, 2016

Art Deco diamond ring 0.31ct. tw. VS-G 14kt. 1.5gr. $1190.00 CAD. e10484

 

The seldom seen two tone Art Deco ring adds refreshing depth to the delicately detailed style. That added contrast of warm 14 karat yellow gold wrapped around cooler white gold helps to bring attention to the subtle decorations hidden all over the 1.5 gram ring. The 1930s ring is a treat for the eyes, as interesting viewed from the side as it is from head on. Not to say the 0.31 carats of VS-G old European cut diamonds aren’t head turning on their own, with that distinct fire you can only get from antique cuts. The nearly 90 year old ring currently measures a finger size 5 3/4 with some room to adjust. Estate price $1190.00 CAD. Stock #e10484.

SOLD


June 19, 2016

Antique diamond solitaire 14kt. 0.67ct. SI1-JK $1680.00 CAD. e10492

 Diamonds are forever but seldom do the rings they’re set into last more than a couple of generations. Most engagement rings are worn through thick and thin, 24/7/365. They are cherished items with incredible sentimental value that are often loved to death. Rarely does such an original condition diamond engagement ring show up in our estate department at Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers. The beautiful example of a hand engraved solitaire is among the best we’ve seen, in both condition and execution. The hand engraved floral pattern is fresh and crisp, looking like it was just completed by the artist. We say artist because hand engraving of this calibre is without question an art. It takes many years of practice to acquire the skill t0 engrave the intricate and delicate details on such a small scale. This ring appears to be completely original. We didn’t even need to polish it, just an ultrasonic cleaning and ready to go. The 14 karat yellow gold 2.2 gram ring contains an original old European cut diamond measuring 5.7mm x 3.4mm that is estimated to weigh 0.67 carats of bright SI1-JK quality. It’s too bad these antiques can’t talk because I’m sure they’d have an interesting story to tell. Perhaps the original owner  never got married, as even the gallery area is free from the wear associated with a wedding ring rubbing against the side. Possibly for several generations it was handed down, passing time in a jewellery box but never worn. Now is the time to celebrate a new engagement with that rare original antique ring in virtually new old stock condition. The current size of 6 1/2 should fit the average finger. This ring can be adjusted  up or down a couple sizes by one of our onsite goldsmiths. Estate priced at just $1680.00 CAD. Stock #e10492.

SOLD


June 18, 2016

14 karat yellow gold cultured pearl ring $840.00 CAD. e9477

e9477 14 karat yellow gold cultured pearl ringThere is so much to consider when shopping for pearls, more than most people could even imagine. The Gemological Institute of America has a really helpful article that will inform even the biggest pearl enthusiast. The 8.5mm diameter cultured pearl in this unique ring is quite pretty, with a nice luster, and a soft white body colour with pink overtones. It looks almost to be suspended between the four highly polished, solid gold shoulders when being worn. At 9.1 grams and a finger size 6 it’s a piece that you don’t need a diploma in pearl grading to appreciate. Estate price $840.00 CAD. Stock #e9477.

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SOLD


June 2, 2016

Platinum & 14kt. Art Deco diamond & jadeite earrings $1120.00 CAD. e9507

e9507.2 Art Deco diamond earrings with jadeWe seem to be getting a reputation for our Art Deco jewellery collection and personally I’m very pleased. With its geometric motifs and intricate hand engraving I never get tired of the 20s and 30s. These earrings are a perfect example of the time period with an estimated total diamond weight of 0.85 carats of high quality VS-SI-GH diamonds set in platinum. The nice twist for this set is the pop of colour that was added using natural apple green jadeite cabochons and the hinged lower section that vibrates every time the earrings move.e9507.1 Art Deco platinum jade earrings Both of these features really draw attention and will make an eye catching addition to a lucky ladies evening wear. At just a little under 2cm in total length they’re not too little and not too big. They started life believe it or not as an antique ladies watch. When we received the watch its dial and movement had been damaged beyond feasible repair. The fancy Deco lug extensions were just too pretty to take apart, so our talented goldsmiths thought they’d make a great pair of earrings and boy were they right. You’d never know they were ever anything else. Estate price $1120.00 CAD. Stock #e9507.

SOLD

 


June 1, 2016

14kt. gold Eastern Star 0.20ct. tw. diamond ring $350.00 CAD. e9620

e9620 Eastern Star diamond ring 14 karat gold 001The Order of the Eastern Star is a Freemasonic appendant body established in 1850 that is open to both men and women. The order is based on teachings from the Bible and each point of the star contains an emblem of a different heroine from the Bible: Adah, Ruth, Esther, Martha, and Electa. Each woman representing the quality of her story: fidelity, constancy, loyalty, faith, and love. This particular Eastern Star ring is embellished with an estimated 0.20 carats of really big (by single cut standards) nice quality SI-HI diamonds. The ring currently measures a finger size 6 1/4 but can easily be adjusted up or down. Freemason or not the ring is a lovely piece of symbolism and a reminder of the often overlooked contributions of women in the Bible. Estate price $350.00 CAD. Stock #e9620.

SOLD

 


May 20, 2016

14 karat white gold diamond & Jadeite ring $1750.00 CAD. e10068

 

e10068-jadeite-and-diamond-ring-14ktJadeite is probably the least appreciated and least understood gem in the Western world. This is mostly due to the limited and polarizing experiences we have with the gem. Most Canadians are only familiar with Nephrite jade from BC. Nepherite jade is easily found in giant specimens weighing many pounds. The inexpensive lower quality ‘jade’ is usually carved into Haida inspired tourist gifts and low price jewellery. True jade is Jadeite, the most spiritual gem for Chinese culture; Confucius wrote that jade is like virtue and its brightness represents heaven. In its most valuable form jadeite is semitransparent and a vibrant emerald green known as Imperial Jade and is one of the most expensive and rare gems in the world. There are other coveted forms of jadeite one of which is ‘moss-in-snow jade’, this 11.5mm x 8.1mm oval cabachon falls under that umbrella. The approximately 3.65 carat jadeite has been lovingly surrounded by 16 (a lucky number in China) bright SI-I-FGH quality round brilliant cut diamonds for a total weight of 0.50 carats. The 14 karat white gold ring is very well made and measures a finger size 7 with lots of room to adjust. The ring is accompanied by two appraisals; the most recent of which by was supplied by respected appraisal service Harold Weinstein Ltd. in November 2016. Harold Weinstein suggests a replacement value at $3500.00 CAD. Our estate price $1750.00 CAD. Stock #e10068.e10068-jadeite-and-diamond-earrings-14-karat-white-gold

SOLD

 


March 12, 2016

6.75ct. mystic topaz & 1.15ct. tw. diamond ring SI-GH $1750.00 CAD. e10036

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Mystic topaz is one of the most dramatic man made changes that any gem can undergo; taking natural colourless topaz and transforming it into a vibrant, peacock inspired rainbow. Although man made that rainbow colour treatment does vary from stone to stone and our 6.75 carat oval faceted mystic topaz is dominated by magenta and peacock greens. The spectacular looking stone is made even more impressive surrounded by a two-tiered halo of brilliant, high quality SI-GH round brilliant cut diamonds. As a finishing touch of optical variety both shoulders are set with three baguette cut diamonds for a total weight of 1.15 carats. The 14 karat yellow gold, 7.5 gram ring measures a finger size 7 with plenty of room to adjust. Estate price $1750.00 CAD. Stock #e10036.e10036-6-75ct-mystic-topaz-and-diamond-ring

SOLD


February 28, 2016

14kt. gold Ammolite pendant on 18 inch curb link chain 3.5gr. $280.00 CAD. e9265

e9265 Ammonite 14kt. gold pendantIt’s been a while since we’ve had an Ammonite pendant in our estate department. This rare opal like gem is found along the eastern side of the Rocky Mountains mostly in Alberta Canada. They formed from the fossilized shells of the long extinct Ammonite.  The Ammonite was a swimming shellfish similar to the modern day Nautilus. Some of these tentacle equipped creatures reached sizes of over 4 feet diameter.Ammonite fossil e9265 Although they went extinct with the dinosaurs millions of years ago they left behind some of the most colourful gems around. Available in almost all the colours of the spectrum they are most often seen in an iridescent dark green colour with orange, red and yellow highlights. Quite often they show a crocodile type pattern and our example is no different. The 10mm x 8mm tablet cut is bezel set in a simple pear shaped wire frame outline setting. Suspended from an 18 inch 14 karat curb link chain the set weighs a combined 3.5 grams. Perfect like new condition not showing a single scuff of scratch on the stone. Chain and pendant estate priced at $280.00 CAD. Stock #e9265.

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February 24, 2016

0.83ct. total weight palladium halo ring SI1-F GIA certified $2030.00 CAD.

e9946-ritani-paladium-halo-cluster-0-47ct-si1-f-gia-cert-001 For the petite lady we offer this beautiful halo diamond cluster made from ultra white palladium. We seldom see palladium jewellery but it’s becoming a popular alternative to white gold as it is less expensive and has a true white colour that doesn’t require periodic rhodium plating to maintain its colour. Palladium is close to 40% less dense than pure gold and about 44% lighter than platinum, as such the size 5 ring weighs in at just 2.4 grams. What it lacks in outright heft it more than makes up for in quality and documentation. The 26 small halo and shoulder diamonds are all of VS-H quality or better and are estimated to weigh 0.36 carats in total. The centre diamond has been GIA certified to weight 0.47 carats with a SI1 clarity, F colour, excellent cut, excellent symmetry, excellent polish and no fluorescence.e9946-gia-cert-0-47ct-si1-f Yes it’s a rare “triple X”, and this thing sparkles. If the Gemological Institute of America certificate isn’t enough, an American Gem Society “scintillation report” also Accompanies the diamond. The report explains what makes this particular diamond twinkle so much with graphical illustrations and charts.e9946-ags-scintillation-report-0-47ct-si1-f-gia-cert All this is well and good but what really counts is the sparkle in her eye when you give her this diamond ring. Its only a few years old and is in like new condition, needing just a small finger to display it on. Shop around and compare the value we can offer at Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers. This ring is estate priced at just $2030.00 CAD. We ship duty free to the USA and most international addresses. Stock #e9946.e9946-ritani-paladium-halo-cluster-0-47ct-si1-f-gia-cert-002

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February 12, 2016

£5 pound note under glass charm 9 karat gold $99.00 CAD. e9957

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One £5 pound note may seem like a rather silly thing to preserve in 9 karat yellow gold for “emergency use only” by today’s standards. What emergency could you possibly buy yourself out of with just £5 today? Run out of gas on a deserted road well £5 will buy you a whopping 3 to 4 liters of gas in the United Kingdom or roughly 30 minutes of drive time depending on your vehicle; let’s hope you’re not far from home. This particular £5 pound note is from the 1960s and at that time it had over 10 times the buying power of today. Meaning in the 1960’s this little pendant had the buying power to drive you from London England all the way to Glasgow Scotland; not a bad road trip for only £5. The little pendant/charm weighs 2.8 grams including the glass cover and currency. Estate priced at $99.00 CAD. Stock #e9957.e9957-5-pound-note-under-glass-charm-9-karat-002

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February 11, 2016

Platinum Art Deco diamond bracelet 3.28ct. total weight $9030.00 CAD.

e9901 platinum Art Deco diamond bracelet 003Items like this are one of the reasons it’s so enjoyable to be a part of this business. The opportunity to see small works of art such as this antique Art Deco diamond bracelet only come around once in a while. Wearable art like this simply isn’t seen anymore, even in high quality modern jewellery. The design is unmistakable Art Deco from the 1920s. Some fashion trends come and go, but Art Deco is always in style and in demand. The robust economy of the roaring 20s enabled the well off to be really well off. As such, generous amounts of precious platinum with lots of high quality diamond sparkle throughout the geometric patterned jewellery of the era was the norm. Our bracelet is constructed with over 20 grams of premium quality platinum set with 75 high quality (VS-SI-GH) diamonds. Expertly assembled with beautiful bright cut, hand engraved details that encircle the entire piece.e9901 Art Deco platinum diamond bracelet 001 Single cut, full cut round and three bezel set marquise shaped brilliant cut diamonds form an endless string of bling around the wrist. Even the diamond set concealed clasp seamlessly disappears in the uninterrupted pattern of two small, one large link. Each of the three large links is hinged into three sections allowing the bracelet to follow every subtle contour of your wrist. Being made from super resilient platinum has enabled the bracelet to survive close to 100 years still looking like new. Every joint and hinge is tight showing no wear. The clasp shuts with a reassuring click, a thin white gold safety chain was added sometime after the bracelet was originally manufactured for that extra level of security. Included with purchase is a 32 year old BIRKS Vancouver appraisal assigning a value of $14950.00 CAD at the time. Bracelets are one of our most popular estate categories along with anything Art Deco. If this is something you think you may enjoy please don’t wait too long. It’s just a matter of time before someone else sees it who instantly recognizes the value and opportunity. It will be some time before another comes along as nice. Estate priced at $9030.00 CAD. Stock #e9901.e9901 platinum Art Deco diamond bracelet 005

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February 10, 2016

Antique 14kt. peridot & pearl pendant with 9kt. chain $420.00 CAD. e9921

e9921 Antique peridot and seed pearl pendant 001Art Nouveau is by far the easiest era to identify in vintage jewellery. It is characterized by “the freeflowing line” or “whiplash line” meant to embody the movement of plants or women’s hair in the breeze, and the curves of the female form. It always has an organic, nature inspired motif and is often delicate and airy. The period spanned the late 1800s and the very early 1900s, this piece definitely belongs to the 1890s. Art Nouveau jewellers favored alternative gem stones like this 0.80 carat emerald cut peridot. With its summer green colour it’s the perfect gem for a style wrapped up in nature. The graduated demi seed pearls that adorn the 14 karat yellow gold pendant were another favorite of Art Nouveau jewellers and appear regularly throughout the movement. This antique piece hangs delicately from the 9 karat Italian made yellow gold 17 inch long chain that accompanies it. Another piece that’s earned its place in the Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers museum of jewellery. Estate price $420.00 CAD. Stock #e9921.e9921 Antique peridot and seed pearl pendant 002

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January 20, 2016

RARE Omega 21 jewel pocket watch 14 karat gold case $3000.00 CAD.

e8495.1 Omega 21 jewel adjusted 5 position pocket watch 14kt caseThe early 1900s was a time of great advancements in technology and the efficiencies of mass production was helping drive the North American economy. The precision assembly line process allowed Henry Ford to drop the pricing of his model T automobile from over $800.00 to well under $300.00 in the years following its introduction. The American watch industry was also a beneficiary of this process. High quality, reliable, and affordable watches were becoming important as the traditional rural lifestyle became more urbanized. Changing lifestyles plus requirements by the expanding North American railroad system allowed several American watch manufacturers to dominate the domestic market. Omega was one of the few traditional European brands efficient enough to compete with the high quality American made watches.e8495 Omega 21 jewel 5 adjustment 14kt pocket watch This very rare Omega 21 jewel pocket watch was likely sold at P.W. Ellis & Co. in Toronto who later merged with Montreal Jeweller Birks. Ellis’ 1915-1916 catalogue shows the movement on page 26 priced at $37.50. The coin edge 47.5mm 14 karat gold Regal case likely cost around $75.00 when new 100 years ago. This high precision movement has been adjusted in 5 different positions for accuracy. A double case back provides an extra level of protection from dust. At 100 years old this watch appears to have only been serviced twice. It is quite dry but running well and keeping great time. We will complete a full service if the new purchaser wishes. A classic porcelain double sunk white dial with easy to read Arabic numbers is in great condition. Overall condition is excellent showing little wear on the gold case or bow. Including Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers one year warranty the watch is estate priced at $3000.00. Stock #e8495.e8495.2 Omega 21 jewel 5 adjustment pocket watch

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January 8, 2016

10 karat diamond Claddagh ring 0.07ct. tw. $210.00 CAD.

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The Claddagh ring is an Irish tradition steeped in meaning and symbolism. Made up of three parts, the hands, the heart, and the crown meant to symbolize the three promises of a relationship, friendship, love, and loyalty. Depending on how it’s worn this 3.2 gram, 10 karat yellow gold ring can say a lot about your relationship. If your “heart is open” (you’re single) the ring is to be worn on the right hand facing away from the body. Engaged? It should be worn on the left facing out and turned in toward the body after the wedding. If your “heart is closed” the heart should again be facing toward the body but on the right hand. Our Claddagh ring’s heart is brightly rhodium enhanced and set with 0.07 carats of SI-JK single cut diamonds. The ring measures a finger size 7 with room to size up or down. Estate price $210.00 CAD. Stock #e10062.

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December 31, 2015

18 karat white gold Cartier diamond stud earrings $1550.00.

e8914 Cartier B8041400 Diamants Légers The name Cartier has few rivals when it comes to luxury jewellery. Cartier watches make regular appearances in our estate department but Cartier jewellery items are a very rare find. Basic diamond studs like this are a first. A simple thin 2.0 gram 18 karat white gold bezel setting secures each one of the beautiful round brilliant cut diamonds in place that are estimated to weigh 0.33 carats in total. The precise weight of the diamonds is a bit of a mystery because I am unable to measure the exact diameter and the back of the setting prevents me from measuring the depth. What I can say for sure is these diamonds are the best you buy. Cartier only will accept the finest colour, clarity and cut diamonds. Cartier’s website shows the exact same “Diamants Légers” pair selling for $2590.00 USD.e8914.2 Cartier diamond studs B8041400 Perfect condition showing no evidence of any wear and tear. Not a scratch or even a scuff on the original factory highly polished finish. A generous 1.0mm  thick post has been machined so the large clutch backs lock securely in place. These spring loaded clutch backs measure 7.0mm in diameter and can be pushed tight against ear so the earrings do not flop forward.e8914.3 Cartier diamond stud earrings B8041400 If you have a taste for finest quality in the world and don’t mind spending less than half of the original price to get it, this pair is for you. Estate priced at $1550.00. Stock #e8914.

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December 19, 2015

Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch 3570.50.00 like new $4000.00 CAD. e9471

e9471 Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch 3570.50.00Besides the Rolex Submariner and Daytona, Omega’s Speedmaster Moonwatch is just about the most asked for estate watch. When they occasionally come around they usually don’t last long. Having one turn up in new old stock condition almost never happens. The model hasn’t really changed much since it was introduced in the late 1950s as a sporty hand wind chronograph with tachymetre bezel scale for measuring units per hour. It’s a classic with a proven record of reliability. All Speedmaster Moonwatches have seen significant increases in value over the past few years. In the early 1960s NASA needed a chronograph wristwatch that was suitable for its upcoming manned space flight program. They purchased several high quality chronographs off the shelf from several local Houston jewellers. Then they proceeded to subject them to rigorous testing until they eventually failed NASA’s requirements (including the Rolex Daytona). The only watch that passed testing was the Omega Speedmaster. For all 6  moon landings, 88 shuttle flights, 110 missions there was only one watch that was “flight qualified by NASA for all manned space missions”. Our example really is in perfect condition. The hesalite crystal remains scratch and scuff free along with the case and bracelet. The warranty card has been dated April 2014 by a Canadian authorized agent. Comes complete with inner/outer boxes, instruction booklet and plastic hanging price tag. Even the protective plastic crystal sticker and packing tissue is in the box. This watch came to us from a long time collector customer who was looking to consolidate his assortment of watches. I only recall seeing him wear the watch once or twice. Model 3570.50.00 has recently been replaced by 311.30.42.30.01.005. The only recognizable difference between the two is some rather extravagant packaging with a nylon/nato strap, collector medallion, loupe, tool to change the straps plus a big price increase to $5250.00 USD. Our perfect condition example is estate priced at $4000.00 CAD. Balance of the factory two year warranty plus a 1 year extended Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty complete this package. Stock #e9471.e9471.1 Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch 3570.50.00

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0.58ct. SI1-GH excellent cut diamond studs 14kt white gold $1155.00 CAD.

e9108 0.58ct. tw diamond studsOur customers know a great opportunity when it presents itself. Our estate diamond/new setting program has been a runaway success and for good reason. It offers better value than anything anyone else can produce using new diamonds. Many times estate jewellery comes in that’s not suitable for resale; it might be worn out or maybe damaged. When this is the case and we match up a couple nice diamonds and make a great pair of new/estate studs. Since the estate diamonds cost less than a new pair, we’re able to upgrade the settings to a heavy gauge double gallery style with super heavy duty large two piece friction backs and still offer a better value than anyone else.e9108.1 0.58ct. tw diamond studsThis 0.58 carat pair for instance contains two fantastic well matched SI1-GH diamonds each with an excellent cut. Even better is the fact both diamonds have tiny feather type inclusions that were completely covered up by the prongs making them look like VVS quality. A finished weight of 1.25 grams may not sound like a lot but it is about twice what most diamond earrings of this size would weigh because of the upgraded heavier settings and backs. Buy them now and think about it later, you can’t go wrong this this pair. Have a look around at what others can offer then come see us. Each diamond measures an average of 4.25mm diameter. If we don’t have size you’re looking for, we can likely have a set made up the same day from our large selection of loose estate diamonds. This set is estate priced at $1155.00 CAD. Stock #e9108.

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November 2, 2015

13ct. antique aquamarine & diamond pendant 18kt. gold $2520.00 CAD. e9596

e9596 antique aquamarine and diamond pendant hand made 18 karatDiamonds make the jewellery business go around and without them this industry wouldn’t be the same, but coloured stones available in larger sizes can make quite a unique statement. This is one of the largest natural aquamarines we’ve ever had at an estimated 13 plus carats, it measures a whopping 14.50mm x 14.65mm x 9.80mm. The square antique cushion cut stone appears to date from the 1800s and sits in a handmade 18 karat yellow gold double gallery setting. A white gold hinged bail contains one very old mine cut pear shaped diamond estimated to weigh 0.17 carat of VS-J quality. The pendant weighs 6.9 grams in total. Modern aquamarine is almost always heat treated to intensify the pale blue and remove naturally occurring green and sometimes yellow components of the colour. It’s very hard to find an aquamarine today that hasn’t undergone some type of heat treatment. That’s what makes antique example so interesting to me. It still has that subtle very slightly greenish blue colour that is almost impossible to find these days.e9596.1 antique aquamarine pendant The antique shape, the patina in the form of very minor nicks and tiny scratches are compelling evidence of its antiquity. Expand your horizons and try something like this. You’ll never see another quite the same. We’ll leave chain selection up to you, but I think a black leather cord type necklace makes a beautiful simple contrasting statement mixing ultra modern with classic antique. Estate priced at $2520.00 CAD. Stock #e9596.e9596 antique aquamarine pendant

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October 16, 2015

Glashutte Senator Navigator Chronograph 39-34-17-17-04 $6900.00 CAD.

e9299.3 Glashutte Senator Navigator Chronograph 39-34-17-17-04Not exactly a house hold name in Canada but this luxury brand has been around for over 150 years. If you’re looking for a rugged high end chronograph and don’t want one of the typical “flashy” brands, consider this Glashutte. If you appreciate amazing little details that to the casual observer go unnoticed take a closer look at this one. 44mm of pure function. Large black dial with white luminous hands and markers offering excellent visibility in all lighting conditions.e9299.2 Glashutte Senator Navigator Chronograph 39-34-17-17-04 Powering the Senator Navigator is an over engineered 51 jewel manufactured in house movement known as the calibre 39. The beautifully finished chronograph movement is topped off with a rotor rim made from 22 karat gold. Not only does the gold rim look pretty is serves a practical function. A heavy mass on the outside allows the rotor itself to be smaller and more efficient. The movement is visible through the display case back.e9299 Glashutte Senator Navigator Chronograph 39-34-17-17-04 Model 39-34-17-17-04 was purchased in New York City in 2010. At that time it came with a retail price of $8600.00 USD. It comes complete with all packaging, instructions, warranty card and even a wooden loupe so you can examine the fine details. A new 20mm black leather Hirsch strap was just fitted replacing the original dark brown strap. A one year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty completes the package. Estate priced at $6900.00 CAD. Stock #e9299.e9299.1 Glashutte Senator Navigator CHronograph 39-34-17-17-04

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September 29, 2015

1.16ct. blue diamond I1 clarity (permanent treated colour) $2970.00 CAD. e8993

e8993 1.16ct. I1 treated blueRoses are red and diamonds are blue. Well at least the occasional one is. A naturally occurring blue diamond is one of natures rarest creations. One with a dark natural blue colour as intense as this would cost around 1 million dollars. That’s assuming you could even find one. Human ingenuity has figured out techniques to permanently alter the way an otherwise less than spactacular diamond appears. This diamond originally was likely a brownish yellow colour that wouldn’t impress many. Exposure to various forms if radiation causes a change in the way diamonds absorb and reflect light. Vibrant shades of yellow, orange, blue, pink and green are available in stones treated this way. The newly created colours are stable and permanent and offer an inexpensive way to express a unique style. Coloured diamonds offer superior luster, hardness and durability compared to even the toughest coloured stones. At the same time they still possess the sparkle and dispersion that is unique to a diamond. This one weighs in at 1.16 carats and measures 6.75mm x 4.08mm. The I1 clarity is a result of multiple tiny black crystal inclusions that I think actually help this diamond look a bit darker than it would otherwise. It would be a great starting point for a gents ring for the man who doesn’t want a ring that he needs wear cautiously. Or possibly it could be the centre stone in a contemporary design halo engagement ring. It’s the least expensive way to get a nice sized diamond and I can guarantee you won’t see one on everyone. Estate priced at $2970.00 CAD. Stock #e8993.

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August 27, 2015

1.02 carat I1-H emerald cut diamond pendant $4500.00 CAD.

e9018 1.02ct. I1-H emerald cut diamond pendantBeing the largest buyer/seller of estate jewellery in the area affords us the luxury of experimenting with various jewellery designs using components from the different pieces that come in. Doing this allows us the ability to offer incredible items for remarkable prices. This setting for instance is brand new, never worn, but ALL the diamonds are previously owned. Twenty eight 1.0mm single cuts to the centre 1.02 carat emerald cut centre diamond, all are from estate sources. Combining new with estate saves big $$$$$$. The centre diamond is a very strong I1 clarity, H colour emerald cut measuring 6.9mm x 4.5mm x 3.6mm. I would think many would call this diamond a SI2. A white feather type inclusion located in the top right corner of the stone and is parallel with the crown/pavilion facets making it difficult to see.e9018 1.02ct. I1-H emerald cut diamond pendant The diamond alone would be a great value for only $4500.00 CAD. We’re offering the complete pendant with brand new Italian cable link 16 inch white gold chain for the same price. Remember one of our favorite sayings “price is simply what you pay, VALUE is what get”. The value here simple can’t be beat. EVERYTHING on our website is priced in Canadian dollars. Stock #e9018.

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August 20, 2015

4.20ct. blue zircon and diamond pendant custom made $2100.00 CAD.

e8730 blue zircon and diamond pendantThe name zircon for many people means an inexpensive diamond substitute. Historically speaking colourless zircon was used in good quality lower priced jewellery because it has optical properties that make it sparkle like a diamond. Zircon is usually colourless by occasionally nice examples of blue turn up in our estate department. Nice quality blue zircon of this size can sell for $300.00 to $400.00 per carat. This excellent 4.20 carat antique example is set in a brand new custom made 14 karat white gold pendant setting. We do mostly custom rings at Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers but for a softer stone like zircon we thought a pendant made more sense. Half a carat in single cut diamonds of VS-GH quality frame the centre and highlight the decorative gallery with more than enough sparkle. The handmade one of a kind pendant weighs 5.5 grams and measures approximately 15mm x 15mm (not including the large bail). The pendant is estate priced without chain at $2100.00. Stock #e8730.e8730.1 blue zircon and diamond pendant

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July 12, 2015

9.3mm black Tahitian cultured pearl studs $630.00 CAD. e9260

e9260 black tahitian pearls south seaPerfectly matched black pearls almost never appear in our estate department. Earrings are probably the most looked at and purchased estate item. I don’t expect that this pair will last too long. They are quite large measuring an average of 9.3mm diameter. This pair is not artificially enhanced or dyed. The deep dark grey black luster comes by its colour naturally from the black lipped pinctada margaritifera oyster. This species is responsible for almost all of the coveted darker shades of pearls. In addition to the grey black body colour, various overtones of green, pinkish purple, violet and other hues are often seen. This pair show a fantastic spectrum of hues that stay in the same position as the pearl is moved. It’s an mysterious phenomena that can’t be seen with just a still picture. The larger size and weight of these earrings makes them more prone to droop forward. We have fitted an oversized pair of 14 karat white gold friction backs that not only keep them from flopping, but also provide a much stronger and safer fit.e9260.1 black Tahitian pearls south seaVery high quality, perfectly round, excellent condition and virtually blemish free make for a very attractive pair of pearl earrings. This pair WILL NOT LAST FOR LONG. Estate priced at $630.00. Stock #e9260.

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June 9, 2015

3.26 carat I1-K heart shaped brilliant cut diamond $21500.00 CAD.

e8911 3.26ct. heart shaped diamond I1-KOur in store diamond database is currently showing well over 300000 diamonds from all over the world. There are less than 100 this size or bigger heart shaped diamonds that are also GIA certified making this example quite rare and unusual. We always have a couple heart shaped diamonds in the store up to the 1.00 carat size but never one this big. Just back from the GIA graded as an I1 clarity with a K colour. I was hoping for a SI2-J but thought a I1-K was a possibility. The fancy shape controls the K colour nicely and the mostly scattered inclusions are very difficult to see without magnification. Measuring 9.82mm x 10.79mm this diamond makes a really big footprint. Just looking at it you would think it’s at least 4.00 carats in weight. A Gemological Institute of America report can be seen here. This showstopper diamond is currently set in an 10 gram 18 karat white gold ring containing marquise and baguette cut diamonds (3 showing minor chips) adding 1.50 carats of high quality VS-H diamond weight. Setting available separately for $2500.00.e8911.1 3.26ct heart shaped diamond ring GIA certified A Gem review report (January 2009) suggests a replacement value of over $46000.000 is appropriate. This value seems a little optimistic in our opinion. As an estate item the diamond alone is available for $21500.00. Stock #e8911.e8911.2 3.26ct. heart shaped diamond ring

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May 5, 2015

Custom made 2.89 carat andalusite & diamond pendant $1470.00 CAD.

e9305 andalucite and diamond pendantAnda… what? Don’t worry, even experienced jewellers have likely never heard of this rare gem let alone had the pleasure of seeing one. Mostly found in Brazil this scarce gem displays an interesting phenomenon known as pleochroism. This feature is the ability to display several colours at the same time. It’s easily seen on the diagonally opposite corners. From yellowish green to reddish brown the colour rolls around the stone as it moves. We custom made the simple 14 karat white gold pendant with light claws and frame to highlight the pleochroic effect. The custom cut estate stone was purchased from an avid gem collector who traded us for something else that caught his eye. Weighing 2.89 carats the custom cut South American gem has enough size that it doesn’t need a halo of small diamonds. Just a couple of nice VS-GH princess cut diamonds (0.25ct. total weight) prong set with a hidden bail that can fit a light chain through. We’ve decided to price the pendant without a chain so you can customize the length and style of necklace to suit your taste. One of a kind and not replaceable, estate priced at $1470.00 CAD. Stock #e9305.

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April 15, 2015

4.18 carat VS2-J very good cut $50000.00 CAD.

e8524.2 4.18ct VS2-JOnce in a while a very important diamond comes in. A diamond that takes your breath away. It’s not just big it has the qualities that even make people not interested in diamonds say “WOW that’s beautiful, now I get it”. To find a 2 or 3 carat diamond in most stores is a rare event. When you do see a significant size diamond it’s usually very poor clarity, very brown or yellow and poorly cut. Not this one. With measurements of 9.92mm – 10.01mm x 6.44mm, a table percentage of 66 and a medium to thick girdle it should be squarely in the very good cut range. When compared to our GIA master diamonds the colour appeared to be a J. Any diamond accurately graded at SI1 or better should have no visible inclusions and I feel this one is better with a VS2 clarity call. As an added bonus it exhibits no fluorescence. This diamond has never been certified by GIA or AGS but we would submit it for certification if you wish. The very good cut could easily be improved to excellent with a minor re-cut. The diameter would not change at all, just the depth would be thinned out slightly resulting a more typical 63 percentage. The only dilemma with re-cutting this diamond is I don’t think the resulting weight would be over 4.00 carats. It would be close but not quite and there is quite a psychological advantage to keeping the weight at 4.18 carat. I’ll let you decide it’s destiny. Estate priced at $50,000.00 CDN. Stock #e8524. Currently set in a 14 karat yellow and white gold solitaire.e8524.1 4.18ct VS2-J solitaire

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March 25, 2015

Toronto Coat of Arms 14kt. gold BIRKS cuff links $500.00 CAD. e8525

e8525 Toronto Coat of Arms BIRKS cufflinksI wasn’t sure what I had when these cufflinks came in. I knew they were a high quality pair of cuff links made by BIRKS, but the crest on the front was a mystery. The scroll banner at the bottom reads INDUSTRY INTELLIGENCE INTEGRITY. A quick Google search revealed the mystery as the city of Toronto Coat of Arms. The history of the cufflinks unfortunately is going to remain a mystery. One can only guess they were a presentation gift for a much respected civic official in Toronto’s boom years. To replace an item like this today at BIRKS would cost well over $1000.00. Constructed from over 10.6 grams of 14 karat yellow gold each cufflink measures just shy of 1.5cm x 1.5cm and are secured by spring loaded “T” backs. I’m sure we have a few website visitors who live and work in Canada’s largest city. What a tribute to the city it would be to wear this piece of jewellery to an official municipal function. If anyone knows Toronto’s new mayor John Tory maybe you could do us a favor and email them a link to this posting. They are in lightly worn but excellent overall condition. Estate priced at $500.00 CAD. Stock #e8525.e8525.1 Toronto Coat of Arms cuff links

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March 20, 2015

Cat’s eye chrysoberyl & blue sapphire set 6.00ct. tw. $2520.00 CAD. e8710

e8710 Cat's eye chrysoberyl and sapphire ring bracelet necklaceCat’s eye chrysoberyl is definitely one of the more exotic mineral specimens to come through our estate department. This phenomenal gem is one of the very rare true Cat’s eye stones. The name comes from the chatoyancy that literally looks like the eye of a cat. When the stones are tilted the cat eye effect rolls across the domed surface.e8710.1 cat's eye chrysoberyl and sapphire ring 17 of the greenish yellow cabochon cut chrysoberyls are set throughout the ring, bracelet and matching pendant totalling an estimated 3.00 carats. Hand made from 12 karat rose gold around the turn of the 20th century. The three pieces weigh a combined 20 grams in total. 59 high quality medium tone blue sapphires weigh an estimated 3.00 carats and provide an interesting contrasting attracive colour. It would be extremely difficult to reproduce these hand made items as finding matching high quality gems could prove almost impossible. When we received the set it was lacking a chain for the pendant. Included for no extra charge is a 1.1 gram 10 karat rose gold Italian made 18 inch necklace. Sold only as a 3 piece set only for the estate price of $2520.00. Stock #e8710.e8710.2 antique cat's eye chrysoberyl sapphire bracelet

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January 30, 2015

Movado Datron HS360 (Zenith El Primero movement) $2350.00

e8612 Movado Datron HS 360 El PrimeroMovado company like many Swiss watch manufacturers was established in the late 1800s producing high quality watches in the town of La Chaux-de-faunds Switzerland the birthplace of many high quality watch brands. Also like many other Swiss brands, mergers and alliances formed over the years. In the late 1960s Movado collaborated with renowned watch maker Zenith to produce one of the worlds first automatic winding chronographs called the El Primero. Not only was this new movement one of the first automatic chronographs, it also was quite thin at 6.5mm including calendar mechanism. The biggest advantage the new movement had was a super fast 36000 per hour frequency. This new high speed mechanism enabled the chronograph 1/10 accuracy when measuring elapsed times. The 50 hour power reserve was longer than anything else produced at the time. Even today 45 years after its introduction there is not a series produced watch with a faster beat than the El Primero.e8612.2 Movado Datron HS 360 El Primero When Rolex decided to change movements in their Daytona from the hand wind 17 jewel Valjoux movement, the  31 jewel El Primero was chosen. Although Rolex “detuned” the frequency to only 28800 in keeping with the rest of their models. Our El Primero equipped watch is the very rare “Panda” silver/black dial.e8612.3 Movado Datron HS 360 El Primero Movado Datron HS360 is quite a rare watch seldom encountered in this condition. The original dial is in perfect condition showing no stains or discolouration of any kind. The watch is running great keeping very good time. An original signed crown controls rapid date change and time changes.e8612.1 Movado Datron HS 360 El Primero The case appears to have been lightly polished but still shows some of the original circular brushed finish. A generic black leather strap is fitted with a steel buckle. Including a 1 year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty the watch is estate priced at $2350.00. Stock #e8612.

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November 1, 2014

1.35ct. total weight SI2-H custom made engagement ring $6755.00 CAD.

e8284.1 1.35ct tw SI2-H eng ringReuse, recycle, improve and reset. No one does it better than Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers. It’s what we love doing more than anything else. When you’ve been in business as long as we have you learn a little about being efficient. Every component in this ring has been “upcycled”. The diamonds all had former lives in other rings that were traded in, the gold too has been recycled and refined. What we end up with is a new never worn ring made from estate components. With that approach comes incredible value. A 1.04 carat SI2-H good to very good cut (graded to GIA standards) diamond measuring 6.50mm – 6.60mm x 3.92mm sparkles in the centre. Two emerald cut diamonds weigh a combined 0.31 carats of VS-SI-I quality are set on each shoulder, no common baguette cuts here. The three diamonds are perched on a traditional flat shank 2.25mm wide with a finished weight of 3.5 grams. With all this information we hope you shop around and see what kind of value a ring like this represents. Estate priced at $6755.00. If you have another project in mind for this diamond it is available separately for $5700.00. Stock #e8284.e8284.2 1.35ct. tw eng ring

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October 31, 2014

Antique platinum morganite/diamond pendant $2590.00 CAD. e8463

This rare and exotic slightly purplish pink mineral is a variety of beryl called morganite. It was first discovered in the early 20th century not too long before this pendant was made. The most familiar type of beryl is emerald. When pure beryl is exposed to trace amount of manganese beautiful pink stones like these can result. The name morganite comes from, you guessed it wealthy American financier J. P. Morgan. Items like this are truly one of a kind. The classic example of fine Art Deco design measures 52mm long and contains 13 small European and single cut diamonds weighing 0.25 carats of total. The two morganites are estimated to weigh 1.45 carats and 1.75 carats each. A thin platinum seam is soldered on a 14 karat yellow gold frame making up the pendant that is suspended from the original 17 inch thin platinum cable link chain. Total weight 6.3 grams. An expert opinion was consulted before this item was offered for sale from noted Toronto appraisal service Harold Weinstein Ltd. They confirmed our thoughts on the rare pinkish purple gems identity and value. The September 2014 Weinstein appraisal is available for viewing and is included with the pendant.e8463 appraisal morganite pendant Pricing a value on an item like this is a very difficult thing to do as the talent and materials of this quality are difficult to find not to mention the value associated with the antique nature. This irreplaceable item is estate priced at $2590.00. Stock #e8463.e8463 morganite diamond pendant 

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October 24, 2014

2.31ct. total weight SI2-I GIA certified diamond pendant $15330.00. e8863

e8863 GIA certified 2.01ct pear shaped diamond pendantYou’ve got a nice diamond engagement ring and maybe a nice pair of stud earrings but there is nothing more attractive than a large diamond pendant. A pear shaped drop style is an especially flattering look on a lady. Arriving recently with a Gem Review Inc. certificate of appraisal proclaiming a SI1 clarity with an exception colour of F and an equally impressive retail value of $45,560.00 plus tax. WOW if you want to spend that kind of money you should see what we can do. Seeing the diamond in person I knew it wasn’t an F colour and the SI1 clarity grade seemed a little optimistic too. We sent the diamond off to the Gemological Institute of America for an unbiased review of the quality characteristics. The March 2015 GIA grading document can be seen here. A SI2-I was determined by GIA to be the appropriate grade. This is one great looking SI2, no inclusions can be seen without magnification and the “I” colour appears a bit better due to slight fluorescence. I mention this every time a significant diamond such as this is being considered. Please compare “like” certificates. Every appraisal/certification service use GIA’s internationally accepted grading language but many do not grade to the same high standards making it impossible to honestly compare diamonds. If you have some time look at this video by Martin Rapaport. Mr. Rapaport produces a wholesale diamond price list widely followed in the industry. This guy knows his stuff.e8863 pear shaped 2.01ct SI2-I GIA certified diamond The 18 karat halo style pendant contains 37 high quality VS-GH round brilliant cut diamonds bead set throughout. Even the large hinged bail has been set with twinkling diamonds. Light thin chain or heavy rope style, the pendant’s large bail makes chain selection easy. GIA report and the slightly conflicting Gem Review appraisal are included for the estate price of $15330.00. Centre diamond is available separately for $14300.00. Stock #e8863.

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October 21, 2014

4.95 carat I1-JK diamond studs $19500.00

4.95ct tw studsSomeone has taken a page from our play book. A very savvy customer came in the other day looking for a gift, but wanted something really special. Something that you don’t see every day but could be enjoyed every day. Looking through some of our inventory they saw a nice 2.47 carat loose diamond of bright I1-J quality. Looking a bit more they saw a 2.48 carat of similar I1-K quality that was set in a ring. “Wouldn’t that make a killer pair of stud earrings”.  Two days later we had them assembled into the largest pair of diamond stud earrings we ever have made. The diamonds each measure an average of 8.71mm x 5.24mm and look incredible. If this idea of remounting old to new sounds interesting come on in and see what we can do for you. An older new to you diamond is just a nice as one cut yesterday, maybe even nicer considering the money you will save. The brand new 14 karat white gold settings only cost a couple of hundred dollars including installation. Now that’s great value.4.95ct tw I1-JK

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September 25, 2014

***RARE*** Omega Marine Standard CK3635 $3000.00

e8291.2 omega marine standard ck3635This watch could be considered the Grandfather of all Seamasters. Omega Marine Standard CK3635 dates from the early 1940s. It was factory warrantied waterproof to a depth of 2 atmospheres despite the fact it had a rectangular case and non threaded crown. The Rolex Oyster case had several international patents that made it impossible for other manufactures to sell a watch with a threaded case back or crown. This watch is held together with two mechanical spring clamps that pressed gaskets tight against the crystal and case back.e8291.3 Omega Marine Standard CK3635 The crystal itself is made from synthetic sapphire a first of its kind for use in a watch. These features would have made this watch quite expensive for the time. Estimates of close to $150.00 have been reported, a princely sum that would equal close to $2000.00 in todays  dollars. The desirable hand wind 15 jewel calibre T17 movement is running well. This robust little movement is renowned for reliability and accuracy with an extra long power reserve of 60 hours.  This was longer than any other Omega watch until early in the 21 century.e8291.4 Omega Mariner Standard CK3635 T17 movement With a rectangular stepped case size of 38mm tip to tip X 23mm the watch has a great vintage Art Deco look. The watch has been fitted with a brand new dark brown Hirsh strap. Including a one year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty the watch is estate priced at $3000.00. Stock #e8291. e8291.8 Omega Marine Standard CK3635

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September 23, 2014

Custom made 2.64 ct. fuchsia sapphire & diamond ring $6790.00. e8379

e8379 Fuschia sapphire and diamond ringEveryone knows sapphire is blue, right? Well most of the time anyway. Occasionally the mineral corundum is exposed to various trace amounts of exotic elements like chromium, iron, vanadium etc. causing the mineral to turn many different beautiful colours. The most common colouring agents are iron and titanium making sapphires various shades of blue. Very rarely vanadium and chromium come together in various ratios to produce some of the most amazing shades of violet, pink and even fuchsia. This ring looks much more pink than these images show.e8379.3 Fushia sapphire ring In over 25 years as a professional gemologist I have never seen one like this. The 2.64 carat sapphire has been cut in a cushion shape measuring 7.9mm x 7.1mm. The 14 karat white gold setting weighs over 8 grams and was custom made by high quality custom trade jeweller Almer Jewellery in Toronto. The setting is only a few years old and in excellent condition. The popular halo design contains 112 round brilliant cut diamonds bead set in the gallery and down shoulders weighing a combined 1.00 carat all of excellent VS-FG quality.e8379.2 Fuchsia sapphire ring The size 6.5 can be adjusted up or down to fit as required. Included with purchase is a Gemtech appraisal dated December 2010. This one a kind custom made ring is estate priced at $6790.00. Stock number #e8379.e8379 appraisal fuchsia sapphire ring

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July 12, 2014

1.50ct. tw. antique reproduction diamond ring $3360.00 CAD. e8398

e8398.1 1.50ct tw antique replica ringThe diamonds are period correct for the look of the setting making a very convincing authentic look, but the setting is brand new. Modeled after the original 18 karat yellow gold version loved for many generations until there was almost nothing left. We contemplated making the repairs but realized the time had come to recycle the original and start fresh. Keeping true to the original made brand new, ready for the next 100 years or so. The 5 old European cut diamonds from the late 1800s are complimented by 8 tiny round diamonds bead set in the claw tops. All the diamonds are of a minimum SI clarity with a nice H to I colour and weigh a combined 1.50 carats.e8398 1.50ct tw ring Measuring a finger size 6 with a finished weight of 4.3 grams in 14 karat gold. This brand new antique recreation can be enjoyed by anyone who prefers the popular look of white gold without worrying about damaging an original antique. The spirit of the original setting has been preserved with the original antique estate diamonds in the new ring. Estate priced at $3360.00 including complimentary sizing if needed. Stock #e8398.e8398.2 worn out antique ring

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April 15, 2014

18 karat Breitling chronomat (like new) K13352 $9000.00

e8432 Breitling Chronomat K13352It’s too bad nobody had the pleasure of using this watch for the last 14 years. It looks like it was stored in the box since it was made around the year 2000. A Breitling watch is a special thing made to be used and enjoyed for a lifetime. Life is too short to save this type of thing for high days and holidays. Especially a solid 18 karat yellow gold example like this. The luxury look and feel of 18 karat gold is unlike anything else available. The rich yellow gold colour of the case is very striking with the contrasting black two tone dial and black crocodile strap. The slight blue tint of the non reflective crystal coating adds an additional element of colour. This is perhaps the most handsome Breitling watch to pass through these doors in some time. Although the Chronomat model K 13352 is a luxury offering, it still possesses all the features that have made Breitling watches a top choice among professional pilots and sportsmen for decades. Features like a threaded crown with threaded case back insure water resistance to 300 feet. A curved optically perfect sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating, luminous hands and markers make interpreting the time a quick glance task.e8432.1 Breitling Chronomat K 13352 The chronometer rated modified Valjoux 7750 movement is running well with chronograph and calendar functions working as designed. A 60 minute one way bezel allows additional timing capabilities and a tachymetre scale track around the outside of the dial can prove useful for measuring units per hour. Everything about this watch looks like new, not even a scratch of the original 18 karat yellow gold signed buckle. Original box, instructions, warranty card and chronometer certificate come included for the estate price of $9000.00. Stock #e8432.e8432.2 Breitling Chronomat K 13352

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July 25, 2013

Chopard Mille Miglia GT XL PowerControl 158457-3002 $6250.00

8253  Chopard Mille Miglia GT XL power control xl 158457-3002If you’re into anything racing particularly the automotive variety this is a great watch to consider. Made by luxury jeweller/watchmaker Chopard this watch is from their Mille Miglia collection. Named after the famous Italian 1000 mile automobile race held during the mid 1900s. The race was a wild open road event in which literally millions of spectators lined the road to watch the competitors speed by at an average speed of almost 100 miles per hour. 56 people lost their lives in this event from 1927 to 1957. Nine spectators were killed in a single crash in 1957 that led to banning the race. The open road race lives on today only in grainy vintage footage. A tribute parade takes place every year over several days open to pre 1957 cars that participated in the original 1000 miglia.e8258.2 Chopard Mille Miglia  Gran Turismo XL model 158457-3002 measures 44mm diameter and has one of the most legible dials available. A beautiful silver/white face with a unique “fuel gauge” display shows the power reserve remaining in the chronometer grade automatic movement. Luminous hands/hour markers and a large magnified date display add to the functionality. A threaded display back and crown ensure water resistance to 330 feet. Comes complete with original box, instructions, chronometer certificate and even a functional air pressure tire gauge.e8258.3 Chopard tire pressure gauge The watch is in excellent condition and was only worn occasionally by the previous collector owner who traded it in because he felt it was a little large for his smaller arm. This watch is a current offering from Chopard and has a list price of $8780.00 USD. Including a one year warranty the watch is estate priced at $6250.00 CDN. Stock #e8258.

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June 15, 2013

1920s Art Deco Platinum Diamond & Emerald Watch $5000.00

Don’t think of this as a watch but a piece of jewellery that also tells time. This is much more like an antique diamond and emerald bracelet than a watch. The beautiful hand engraved case contains top quality natural emeralds and diamonds along with an attached diamond set bracelet. There are 212 diamonds set in this piece weighing over 2.00 carats of VS-SI-FG quality. There is over 25 grams of platinum alone in this watch. The timepiece is a high quality Swiss made Robert Cart movement marked 11332, serviced recently and running well. The watch and bracelet measure 7.25 inches long and should fit most ladies wrists. This watch comes with a one year warranty and estate priced at $5000.00.

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May 14, 2013

2.25ct. total weight custom Simon G ring set $15015.00. e8360

e8360 1.60ct VVS1-E emerald cut Simon G ring MR1842-ASimon G ring MR1842-A has been one of the most successful models for us since we introduced the Southern California designer to the Barrie market several years ago. It’s usually made to hold a round centre stone. Occasionally it is requested with a princess cut, radiant cut or even a cushion shaped brilliant cut diamond. Only once it was made to hold an emerald cut diamond in the centre and this is it. WOW what an incredible diamond, 1.60 carats, VVS1 clarity and E colour. These characteristics make it extremely rare representing less than 0.0005% of the over 300,000 diamonds that are available on our in store data base. A smaller sampling of around 70,000 diamonds complete with pricing in Canadian dollars can be seen on line here. If you want to see what infinity looks like come in a gaze into this exceptional emerald cut diamond. The step cut design appears to be bottomless. Simon G 3 piece ring set MR1842-A is made from 18 karat white gold and contains 128 expertly bead set round brilliant cut diamonds set throughout the setting of minimum VS clarity with FG colour.e8360.1 Simon G MR1842-A This set is less than 2 years old and is in perfect condition measuring a finger size 5.5. The rare nature of the centre diamond makes this set almost impossible to duplicate. With dimensions of 8.57mm x 6.20mm x 3.58mm the centre diamond makes for quite the show on your finger. If you like diamonds and want to see what a basically flawless diamond looks like you need to come in and see this ring. The three piece set is estate priced at $15015.00. Stock #e8360.e8360.2 Simon G MR1842-A

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April 5, 2013

Heuer Carrera Chronograph 2447N $6000.00

The word iconic is used far too often to describe some of the most mundane items. This is one of the most respected and important chronographs ever designed. The Heuer Carrera was named after the Carrera Panamericana boarder to boarder sports car racing event held in Mexico on open roads in the 1950s. It was reported to be the most dangerous race in the world and was only held for 5 years. Heuer model number 2447N dates from the late 1960s and has it’s original very rare black dial. The Valjoux 72 hand wind movement was just serviced for the reported first time in over forty years by Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers. When this watch came in for service the owner could tell how excited I was to see such a rare watch but he had no interest is selling it at that point. A few months later he had a change of heart. So now is your chance to own a classic. Measuring 36mm diameter and fitted with a brand new Hirsch strap it’s ready to go complete with warranty. If you doubt the capabilities of this watch consider the fact that Rolex from the same period used the same Valjoux movement in their Daytona chronograph until the 1980s. You can still buy a Tag Heuer Carrera chronograph today almost 50 years since their introduction in 1964. Now that’s iconic. Estate priced at $6000.00. Stock #e7280. 

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March 21, 2013

Emerald & Diamond Ring $13900.00 CAD. d15902

This emerald ring started off as a much loved but worn out dinner ring. The emerald was chipped and scratched. The yellow gold setting had worn thin and the claws were virtually gone. The ring was practically loved to death. The stones were removed, the original gold setting recycled. The emerald was repaired and polished to new condition. This is the result. Perhaps the nicest example of a Columbian emerald Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers has ever offered. Not the most expensive and not the biggest, but the best quality. The pure green excellent clarity emerald weighs 1.50 carats, two triangular trillion cut diamonds on the shoulders weigh 0.34 carats each along with 20 round diamonds bead set on shank all of great quality. The antique art deco inspired custom made ring is a one of a kind. The 5.0 gram 14 karat white gold setting has been made to the highest standard. Beautiful examples of hand engraving and mill grain on galleries and shank edges complete this antique look. Stock #d15902.

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March 20, 2013

1940s Canadian Military Pocket Watch Hamilton $2000.00 CAD. e7248

We don’t see too many pocket watches around here but when this one turned up we had to have it. Besides being an incredible piece of mechanical art this is one of the finest American made watches ever produced. The watch is called a deck watch because it was allowed to be taken out on the ship’s deck for use with a sextant for celestial navigation. A very accurate timepiece was required to figure out your global position. The watch is a 22 jewel calibre 3992B adjusted in six positions and for temperature. The case is made from 80% pure silver and is dent free showing only original patina. Information I can find shows only around 200 of these watches exist making it probably the most rare watch we have ever had. Even the original wooden box is included complete with it’s shock protected inner casing. This is a very very rare piece of military and watch making history. Amazing original condition working great and no prior service marks of any kind. Estate price including our 1 year in house warranty at $2000.00. Stock #e7248

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February 20, 2013

Cartier Pasha GMT Automatic $3300.00

Nice sized watch that could be worn by a man or a woman given its reasonable size of 35.5mm case diameter. This is a good one; one owner, lightly worn, complete with inner/outer box and all warranty instructions booklets. The watch was originally purchased at Chateau  d’Ivoire in August 2004. All original packaging is in perfect condition. The GMT model is an upgrade over the regular Pasha and is able to display a second time zone in a 24 hour format with its extra hour hand. The case and bracelet have been refinished and polished and show only minor blemishes. The full complement of adjusting links are present allowing the watch to be sized up to 8 inches in length. Currently be treated to a full technical revision. This watch is estate priced at $3300.00 including one year warranty.

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February 13, 2013

18 karat Omega chronograph pocket watch circa 1920 $3000.00

e8101 Omega pocket watch chronograph 18ktBill Le Boeuf Jewellers were Omega agents for almost 50 years during that time thousands of Omega watches came through our store for sale or service. This is the first solid 18 karat gold Omega chronograph pocket watch that we have ever had to offer. We just had our master watchmaker perform a full technical revision on this marvelous piece bringing it back to life after sitting idle for around 30 years. The watch is in fantastic condition, the only minor detail is approximately one third of the gold cap on winding crown has come off. This is only cosmetic in nature. It can be turned to the back going unnoticed. In addition to the regular time keeping function this watch comes with a single button action 30 minute chronograph. The long blued steel second register and a small 12 o:clock minute register can measure elapsed times with 1/5 of a second accuracy . The solid 18 karat yellow gold case is dent free showing only minor wear despite being almost 100 years old. The inner dust cover proudly displays the lovely Art Nouveau logo Omega used during the 1800s and early part of the 1900s.e8101.2 Omega 18kt gold pocket watch chronograph This is a rare and collectable watch from one of best Swiss manufactures. Including our 1 year warranty the watch is estate priced at $3000.00. Stock #e8101.e8101.1 Omega 18kt pocket watch chronograph

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February 12, 2013

Cartier Ballon Bleu W69009Z3 $7500.00

e8157 Cartier Ballon Bleu W69009Z3When I think of Cartier I think of a more refined gentleman’s watch rather than the big bulky sports models that are so popular with the other luxury brands. This watch nicely bridges the two looks. At 42mm diameter it’s a pretty big watch and the highly polished stainless steel with 18 karat yellow gold give it a do anything look. This is what Cartier themselves say about this watch. “Reference number W69009Z3, is valued $10,000.00 USD. This large model timepiece is crafted with a steel case and a fluted 18KT yellow gold crown. The crown is expertly adorned with a blue synthetic spinel cabochon.e8157.1 Cartier Ballon Bleu W69009Z3 A sapphire crystal envelopes the silvered opaline dial, which contrasts perfectly with the black Roman numerals and sword-shaped blued-steel hands. An 18KT yellow gold and steel metal bracelet is attached to the case. The case houses a mechanical movement with automatic winding, Cartier caliber 049 and is water resistant to 30 meters/100 feet. This creation measures 42.1 millimeters in diameter, and is 13 millimeters in thick”. That pretty much sums it up. It looks like new showing little to no signs of wear. Comes with it’s original box and Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers 1 year warranty. Estate priced at $7500.00. Stock #e8157.e8157.2 Cartier Ballon Bleu W69009Z3

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January 30, 2013

Pocket Watch for the Blind $300.00

Here’s something you don’t see everyday, In fact I have never seen one before. A pocket watch for the blind. The watch has no crystal protecting the hands or dial. Your sense of touch moving over the raised hour markers and the large thick hands allow the user to interpret the  time of day. The timepiece is actually a high quality hand wind movement with adjustments made in four different  positions by the Tavannes/Cyma company (TACY). The Canadian made EMPRESS gold plated hunting case is also a little unusual as it hinges on the right side for a left handed person. The movement is running great and keeping time. This one of a kind watch dates from the 20s or 30s. Estate priced at $300.00  

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January 27, 2013

Heuer Monaco Steve McQueen chronograph $6499.00

Very rare and ultra cool Heuer. This is the “Steve McQueen” Monaco  chronograph circa 1976. It has been freshly serviced and is fitted with a new old stock steel bracelet that sets it off perfectly. Okay, the purists out there will recognize that this is a model 1533 and not the true McQueen model 1133. The case is exactly the same, in fact it is marked 1133 but the movement is a calibre 15 and not the calibre 11 with the 12 hours chronograph register at 9:00. The calibre 15 made due with a single 30 minute register plus a constant second hand at the 9:00 position. With our in house warranty it is estate priced at $6499.00. Some say that the 1533 is even more rare than the 1133.

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January 19, 2013

1.16 carat total weight mine cut diamond ring $2995.00

e8163 mine cut diamond ringAt Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers we receive hundreds of estate rings every year. When possible we make necessary repairs, refinish to like new condition then offer them for sale to people who appreciate the style and value these vintage rings offer. Sometimes after generations of wear and tear there is just not enough left to repair so it makes more sense to recycle the remaining gold and create something new using the original gems. After all, diamonds are forever. This ring is the product of just such an exercise. The 3 mine cut diamonds in the one of a kind ring likely date from the early 1800s. The centre diamond weighs 0.65 carats and is of SI1 clarity with a G colour. High grade diamonds of G or better colour grade are unusual for the time as the main source for diamonds back then was South Africa which produced mostly slightly tinted colours. The square mine cut shoulder diamonds weigh a combined 0.51 carats of SI1 clarity with an I colour. The one off design ring was made from 3 grams of 14 karat white gold with some antique inspired details keeping with the spirit of the 200 hundred year old diamonds. The ring measures a finger size 6.5 and is ready for the next generation of use. Estate priced at $2995.00. Stock #8163.e8163.1 mine cut diamond ring

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January 14, 2013

Ulysse Nardin Maxi Marine Chronometer 263-33 $5300.00

A serious watch for the exotic watch aficionado. Ulysee Nardin is a brand that very few people will recognize but as soon as they see it they will know this is something special. The Maxi Marine Chronometer model 263-33 is a pretty big watch measuring 43mm diameter and 13.5mm thick. Water resistant to over 1000 feet and equipped with a threaded crown, screwed  down case back, anti reflective sapphire crystal, one way ratcheting bezel, heavy stainless steel bracelet with diver extension and locking buckle. The automatic chronometer grade movement comes with a calendar feature and power reserve dial (located at 12:00). The watch is in like new condition showing no signs of wear and tear. The replacement value of this model is $8600.00. Comes with inner, outer box, all of its original paper work and instructions. This watch dates from 2008. Estate priced at $5300.00 including 1 year warranty. Stock #e6707.

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January 11, 2013

Antique platinum, diamond & cubic zirconia ring $1680.00

e7980 plat cz/dia deco ringNo question about it. A beautiful ring is a beautiful ring even if a couple of the components are not original or even genuine. This is a great example of an Art Deco design ring from the 1920s. The unmistakable geometric symmetry are hallmarks of the Deco design period. The ring contains 4 rather large high quality bezel set baguette cut diamonds weighing 0.64 carat all of VS-GH clarity and colour. The two large round brilliant cut stones are cubic zirconia. Cubic zirconia are inexpensive diamond simulates that are very convincing to look at. It takes a very sharp eye to distinguish them from natural diamonds. They each measure 7.5mm diameter and cost around $10.00. Two diamonds of good quality and similar size could easily cost $10000.00 each.  The ring is very tiny measuring a size 3.5 suitable for a small pinky finger. The 3.4 gram platinum setting could be sized bigger as required. Estate priced at $1680.00. Stock #7980.e7980.1 art deco dia/cz plat ring

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January 2, 2013

7.68 carat VVS2-L diamond ring

7.68ct VVS2-L rbcdPerhaps only once or twice in a career does the average jeweller even see a diamond of this size. Talk about rare. From our diamond data base of some 340000 plus diamonds only around 50 are of this size and quality or better. Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers is very fortunate to have an opportunity to offer this almost one of a kind diamond. It’s big, really big. The shoulder baguette cut diamonds are partially eclipsed by the diameter of the centre diamond. The diamond grades VVS2 with a L colour. It faces up with a slightly warm colour as the grade would suggest but flashes and twinkles like only something of this size can. The clarity is a VVS2 which is just shy of flawless. Only one tiny microscopic white pin point inclusion is keeping it from a flawless clarity grade. Measuring 13.0mm x 7.5mm the diamond has been graded with a good cut. This diamond has a 57.6 % depth, most modern excellent cut diamonds have a depth of around 62-63%. The small difference in depth makes this diamond look more like an 8.50 carat. It’s a breath taking example likely never to be offered again. Currently mounted in an 18 karat yellow gold setting with 4 tapered baguette cut diamonds of 0.10 carats each VS-GH. 7.68ct VVS2-M rbcd ring

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December 15, 2012

Girard Perregaux Sea Hawk II 4990 $3200.00

e7817 Girard Perregaux Sea Hawk II 4990All though the name Girard Perregaux may not be familiar with many, among watch collectors and connoisseurs it is recognised as one of the more important manufactures. With a history that goes back over 2 centuries Girard Perregaux remains today one of the few companies to produce and develop their own movements in house rather than buying basic ETA, Valjoux, Lemania calibres and sticking their name and logo on. The GP website has a great page that outlines the brands history http://www.girard-perregaux.com/heritage-histoire/heritage/a-travers-le-temps-en.aspx The Sea Hawk II is perhaps their most sporty creation to date featuring a large case of 43mm. This is a comfortable watch despite the big case, the 4:00 crown position does not dig into the wrist and is protected by the smooth sculpted case. The regular sport watch features are all here. Water resistant to 1000 feet, sapphire crystal, threaded crown, screwed on case back, luminous hands, calendar, one way bezel indexed for 60 minutes. One slightly unusual feature is the power reserve indicator located at 6:00. With a quick glance the gauge displays how many hours of  run time has been stored in the mainspring. The in house 26 jewel calibre 330c is running as designed and keeping great time. This watch comes with is original box and Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers 1 year warranty. When new this watch had a retail price of around $8000.00. Estate priced at $3200.00. Stock #e7817.e7817.1 Girard Perregaux Sea Hawk II 4990

SOLD


December 1, 2012

Antique 4.83ct. Total Weight Diamond Ring $29000.00

I am having a hard time deciding what to say about this ring. Maybe the silence in my head says it all.  It’s overwhelming. All I can do is stare at it hypnotized by the brilliance of these amazing 100 year old diamonds. Any diamond of one carat is significant but how about three side by side each averaging well over 1.50 carats in the same ring. The three European cut diamonds are all very well matched of a strong SI2 clarity with the centre diamond of GH colour and the side diamonds of IJ colour. Bead set along the top of the shoulders for some added detail are  6 small diamonds weighing 0.08 carats in total. The hand made platinum setting is in very good condition and weighs approximately 5 grams. This style of diamond has not been cut for over 80 years and was replaced to the modern round brilliant cut. Estate priced at $29000.00.

SOLD


November 15, 2012

1959 Rolex perpetual chronometer 14Kt. $6450.00

It took Rolex around 50 years to manufacture 1 million watches. Today the company makes over a million watches per year. That alone makes this 1957 model uncommon. The case and original oyster bracelet are solid 14 karat yellow gold. The white dial looks to have been refinished some time ago and is in good condition. The 25 jewel automatic winding movement was just serviced, is chronometer rated and is working well. Total weight of the watch is over 66 grams. Estate price including warranty is $6450.00. Stock #e3312.

SOLD

 

 


September 20, 2012

Omega Seamaster 1st. Year 1948 $800.00

Omega turned 100 years old in 1948. The Omega Seamaster was originally designed to commemorate this milestone but the design was determined too large and cumbersome as Omega had an elegant dress model in mind. The design proved useful though as Omega’s product designer at the time requested a water resistant watch powered by a self winding movement to compete with the very successful Rolex Oyster. The Seamaster was born. This model 2577  measures a little over 34mm diameter and is equipped with the 17 jewel calibre 351 bumper movement. The  watch has just undergone a full technical revision including refinished dial, stem, Omega crown, mainspring, crystal and case gaskets. Estate priced including one year warranty $800.00. Stock #e6886.

SOLD


August 29, 2012

Giant 8.50 carat green tourmaline $2940.00

e2374 green tourmalineRare and exotic green tourmalines are seldom seen which is a shame because few gems come in the rainbow of colours that this Brazilian mineral comes in. This particular specimen is well over 8.00 carats and exhibits one of the more coveted shades of deep “bottle” green. The stone measures approximately 14.5mm x 12.0mm x 6.4mm and has been set in a custom made 18 karat white gold four prong simple setting showcasing the clean lines of the step cut tourmaline. 3 small 0.02 carat single cut diamonds finish the pendant. A new 18 inch 14 karat rolo style Italian made chain comes included. This is perhaps the largest example of an inclusion free tourmaline that has come through Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers in over half a century. Estate priced at $2940.00. Stock #e2374.e2374.1 green tourmaline

SOLD


August 10, 2012

Glashutte Evolution Diver 39-42-44-04-14 $6100.00

Talk about rare and exotic. There is a first for everything and this is the first Glashutte ever to be offered by Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers. Not quite a house hold name in Canada but this luxury brand has been around for over 150 years. If you’re looking for a rugged high end chronometer but do not want the typical “flashy” brands. If you appreciate amazing little details that to the casual observer go unnoticed take a closer look at this one. The Glashutte measures 42mm diameter, 2mm larger than a Rolex Submariner. An amazingly comfortable bracelet and clasp with a discreet glide lock easily adjust for length without removing a link. The extra large date display visible at all angles is very handy. A curved sapphire display back reveals the extremely intricate 44 jewel in house chronometer grade movement with pierced weight rotor outlined in 22 karat yellow gold. Model number 39-42-44-04-14 has a retail price of around $10,000.00. This model was purchased in 2009  at a Toronto authorized agent and is in excellent condition complete with all original packaging, instructions, warranty card, plastic tags etc. Even a Glashutte wooden eye loupe is included so you can admire the fine detail of the watch in extra close up detail. Estate priced at $6100.00 including our 1 year warranty. Stock #e7356

SOLD


August 5, 2012

Zenith Agate Case Pocket Watch $950.00

This would be a very difficult item to manufacture today with modern cutting tools, but I can’t imagine how hard it would be to make 80 years ago. The entire 50mm diameter case has been made from one piece of agate. This very hard stone similar to onyx or jasper is very tough and can be polished to a very glossy finish. The Zenith watch company produces some of the worlds best mechanical movements that have been used in many of the finest brands including Rolex. The serial number 2559034 dates this watch to the 1930s. This watch is in like new condition showing no scratches on the gem stone case or crystal. The basic Arabic black font on white dial is classic. The blued steel hands are shiny and perfect. This is an item we didn’t even know existed and are not likely to encounter another. Estate priced including our one year warranty at $950.00. Stock #e7395.

SOLD


August 2, 2012

3.51 carat I1-F Gem Scan certified $25500.00

1.00 carat diamonds are great but it seems these days everyone has one. A 2.00 carat stone will set you apart from the crowd, but how about this one? At over 3.5 carats it has an amazing “WOW” factor. She measures 9.72mm x 9.67mm x 6.02mm and is graded by Gem Scan as an I1 with a F colour and Ideal cut. Gem Scan provides a service to the trade mostly out of convenience and speed. They are local, fast and inexpensive. No need to send valuable diamonds across international boarders to have them graded. However I find their grading standards a little inconsistent and sometimes slightly optimistic in my opinion. This diamond graded against our Gemological Institute of American (GIA) master diamonds would grade I1-H quality with a very good cut and no florescence. If the purchaser wishes we will send this diamond to GIA for complete certification and we will guarantee an I1-H quality with a very good cut grade at no extra charge. The inclusions in this diamond are scattered mostly white feathers and crystals that a barely visible to the unaided eye. This combination of size and quality is very hard to find. Our data base of over one hundred thousand loose diamonds www.billleboeufjewellers.com/discover-a-diamond/ has almost non like this one. It’s a lot of money but still represents excellent value at the estate price of $25500.00

THIS ITEM HAS BEEN SOLD


14 Karat Solid Gold Doxa $600.00

Where can you find a high quality automatic Swiss made solid gold watch for only $600.00? The Doxa brand has been around for well over 100 years. It has always been a niche brand that developed some interesting watches and clocks used in aircraft and high end automobiles in the earlier part of the 20th century. These high end time keepers had to keep excellent time in some very harsh conditions. Exposed to dramatic temperature changes, vibrations and high gravitational forces. These clocks would work for over a week before needing wound. This example dates from the 1960s and contains an automatic movement cased in a 14 karat rose gold case measuring 34.5mm diameter. A new crystal and chocolate brown Hirsch leather strap have just been fitted. The movement was freshly treated to a full technical revision in April of 2013. Estate priced including one year warranty $600.00. Stock #e7303.

SOLD


June 4, 2012

1791 Guinea Coin Great Britain 22kt. $800.00

How often do you come across a gold coin that is well over 200 years old? We see lots of gold Sovereigns come through 50 to 100 years old that are very common. We typically just recycle them for their gold content but this coin is a little more special. It’s 221 years old and has just got to be just a little bit rare. The gold content in it alone is more than $400.00 at today’s gold price. This coin weighs 8.27 grams and is made from 22 karat gold. Estate priced at $800.00

SOLD


May 28, 2012

Chopard 1000 Miglia Chronometer $4000.00

Not exactly a household name Chopard watches are among the finest on the market and one of the very few truly independent watch manufacturing companies around any more. This watch is named after the famous Italian car race “The 1000 Miglia” that was run from the 1920s until the 1950s. You couldn’t ask for a more basic and functional design than this. Very large luminous markers, hands and a big date display. The watch also comes with an anti reflective sapphire crystal. The model 15-8955 usually comes with a rubber strap but this one comes with the much more durable steel bracelet. Bought is February 2012 this one is in like new condition and comes with everything as new delivered from the factory including a cool tire pressure gauge. This model has a retail price of over $6000.00. Estate priced including balance of factory $4000.00

THIS ITEM HAS BEEN SOLD


May 25, 2012

Antique 1.10ct.TW Diamond Cluster $2795.00

Rings like this do not come along very often but when they do sometimes they don’t make it to the sales floor. Our staff and even a family member came close to purchasing this one. Dating from around 1915 displaying classic early art deco features of geometric design and balance. The ring contains 17 round diamonds. The  European cut in the center weighs approximately 0.59 carat of very good VS-H quality. The 16 other diamonds weigh approximately 0.51 carats and are also of good quality. The filigree platinum setting weighs 3.3 grams and is in great shape considering it’s close to 100 years old. Estate priced at $2795.00

THIS ITEM HAS BEEN SOLD


April 18, 2012

10.00 Carat Star Sapphire and Diamond Ring $3625.00

I used to think opals were the most difficult piece of jewellery to photograph, but this star sapphire was way harder. After about 50 shots this is the best I could do. So I will have to describe it. The 10.00 carat oval cabochon cut star sapphire has a very pale blue colour, a perfectly a centred 6 pointed star that rolls across the stone as the ring is moved. The platinum setting weighs approximately 7 grams. Surrounding the sapphire are 10 baguette and round brilliant cut diamonds totalling 0.25 carats all of VVS-FG quality. The ring was made by Birks jewellers likely in the 1940s. Estate priced at $3625.00. I apologize the quality of the photograph. Please come in to see this remarkable sapphire.

SOLD

 


April 4, 2012

3.50ct. Total Weight Diamond Ring $10000.00

.             It’s been a week or so since my last post so I thought I would show you something nice. This classic 3 stone trinity design ring dates from the later 1800s and contains 3 mine cut diamonds. The shoulder diamonds each weigh approximately 0.95 carats with the larger centre mine cut coming in at around 1.60 carats. That’s a total of 3.50 carats in diamonds! The quality is SI with approximately a K colour. These diamonds almost certainly came from South Africa as this was the primary source of diamonds over 100 years ago. This type of diamond is known as a “Cape” colour in reference to the typical colour range found from the Cape area in South Africa. The antique platinum setting is approximately a size seven but can be made smaller if required. This beautiful piece of jewellery history is estate priced at $10000.00

THIS ITEM HAS BEEN SOLD

 


March 22, 2012

18 Karat Antique Cameo $1400.00

One of the most intricately hand carved cameos I have ever seen. The detail is amazing. This is a large brooch/pendant measuring 58.5mm x 48.3mm and weighs 22.0 grams. I do not know much about the unusual subject matter depicted, perhaps it stems from an aspect of Greek mythology. The 18 karat yellow gold frame is equally well made with great attention to fine detail. This piece likely dates from the latter 1800s. Estate priced at $1400.00. Stock #e6607.

SOLD


March 7, 2012

3.85ct. VS1-LM Emerald cut $22400.00

.           It’s pretty safe to say you will have the only one of these on your block. We just had this setting custom made to showcase this large emerald cut diamond. The 14 karat white gold setting weighs 7.9 grams and contains 6 channel set princess cut diamonds of good quality SI1-HI weighing 0.77 carats in total. The centre emerald cut weighs 3.85 carats and measures 9.50mm x 7.50mm x 5.60mm of excellent VS1 clarity and LM colour with moderate blue fluorescence. A full description of the centre diamond can be found on the estate diamond section of website. See December 24th 2011 post. The ring is offered at $22400.00

DIAMOND HAS BEEN SOLD. RING STILL AVAILABLE.


February 17, 2012

1970 Rolex Red Submariner 1680 $5000.00.

The classics keep coming in. The Rolex Submariner has to be considered the grand father of all modern sport watches. I have no idea what sport watches of today would look like if Rolex had never introduced the Submariner. This one in particular is somewhat special because of one little feature on the dial. The word SUBMARINER was written in red making this one of the famous “RED SUBS”. The watch has even patina on the hands and dial markers. The folded link bracelet number 9315/280 appears to be original and has a date stamp of  1970. The original non trip lock crown is also fitted and requires 1 full turn to open. Model 1680 is also an in demand model because it was the first submariner to feature a date. The date ring is still the original black on silver combination. Serial number 2500XXX places the date of manufacture around 1970. The only obvious flaw I know of with this watch is the little pearl dot on the bezel insert is missing, this is a common issue and replacements are available. Comes with our 1 year warranty at the estate price of $5000.00. Stock #e6574.

SOLD


February 7, 2012

18 Karat Sapphire and Diamond Ring $3490.00

.              When it comes to evaluating coloured stones there is one thing to keep in mind, colour. Colour is everything and this sapphire has it. The 1.12 carat (7.5mm x 4.8mm) blue sapphire is one of the best we have ever seen. It has the most vivid shade of blue with non of that inky dark colour that is so common today. A nice quality diamond is uncommon but an exceptional coloured stone is far more rare. The deco inspired design looks like the ring was made in the 1920’s but we feel this ring is only a few years old. Surrounding the sapphire are 10 baguettes cut diamonds and 8 round brilliant cut diamonds all of very good quality VS-F. The 18 karat white gold ring weighs 4.2 grams and is also made to a very high standard with a filigree gallery and under-mount. This ring needs to be seen in person. Estate priced at $3490.00

THIS ITEM HAS BEEN SOLD


January 18, 2012

1960s Omega Dynamic $600.00.

This watch is just dripping with 1960s cool factor. James Bond has been wearing Omega watches for almost 20 years. I think this could be considered the Austin Powers version. The automatic watch measures 41mm diameter and still has it’s original bracelet and an Omega embossed crystal. The watch is showing some wear and tear but is in overall nice condition and working well. Imagine this watch with your bell bottom pants and tie dyed shirt to complete the package. Estate priced including our 1 year warranty $600.00. Stock #e6544.

SOLD


December 24, 2011

3.85 Carat Emerald Cut Diamond $20000.00

Imagine this one at your next dinner party.  Weighing in at 3.85 carats this is not your average cute little diamond. This is the biggest emerald cut diamond I have seen in a while. The stone measures 9.50mm x 7.50mm x 5.60mm. With emerald cuts clarity is extremely important due the step cut design of the facets. Even a VS2 or SI1 clarity can sometimes reveal small inclusions visible to the naked eye. This diamond is a solid VS1 clarity so it’s absolutely eye clean. Now for the colour call, it was graded against our GIA master L diamond and determined to be very similar. Yes it does have a slight yellow tint but it looks fantastic. Did I mention it weighs almost 4.00 carats. One of the interesting things about this diamond is it’s moderate fluorescence. It glows a slightly blue colour when exposed to ultraviolet light. Since there is a strong component of UV in regular old daylight and in typical office lighting the diamond actually looks more white than it’s colour grade suggests due to the complimentary colour of the blue fluorescence. It’s very difficult to determine pricing on such a diamond with the  rare combination of qualities that this stone exhibits. I think it would be virtually impossible to replace this one with something similar. A search of our data base www.billleboeufjewellers.com/discover-a-diamond/ suggests this diamond’s replacement value is approaching something around $30000.00. This one is estate priced at $20000.00. One more thing; did I mention it’s almost 4.00 carats.

THIS ITEM HAS BEEN SOLD

 


December 7, 2011

Cartier Roadster chronograph $6000.00

One owner, huge box with extra black leather strap, warranty card, instruction booklet and extra links all in untouched condition. This 2004 model W62006X6 large size 47mm x 42mm was only worn occasionally and is in very good condition. The replacement value of this full size chronograph is over $10000.00. This one is estate priced at $6000.00 including a 1 year warranty. The sapphire crystal is without a scratch and the stainless steel case is polished to a mirror finish. The unique barrel shaped case is unlike almost anything out there. This is the full size model and wears very large due to the case shape.

THIS ITEM HAS BEEN SOLD


November 8, 2011

18 karat hand made antique cameo $1400.00

.             Items like this really define the term “estate jewellery”. This hand made hand carved cameo dates from the late 1800s and is of the finest quality I have seen. It sits in it’s original velvet box. The jewellers name is still just visible on the inside lid and reads MURRAY   GLASGOW. This is a rather large piece at 48mm x 41mm. It can be worn as a brooch or a pendant, the small safety chain can be removed when worn on a necklace. The shell cameo has amazing detail not often seen in today’s cameos. The artist has signed the back of the cameo, the name appears to be Johnny Scori. The subject depicted on the cameo is perfectly suited to the design of the frame with the interlocking Greek key pattern and several layers of rope edging. The piece weighs 15 grams in total and is most certainly a one of a kind item. Estate priced at $1400.00. Stock #e5940.

THIS ITEM HAS BEEN SOLD


October 7, 2011

Art Deco Antique Platinum Diamond Ring $2625.00

Examples of classic Art Deco design don’t come much prettier than this. The 4.2 gram platinum setting contains one  bezel set 0.63 carat I1-F old European cut diamond surrounded by 32 small bead set diamonds totalling an additional 0.67 carats. All the small diamonds are of excellent quality although a few have been chipped. After all this ring has been worn for almost a century and a few chipped diamonds are to be expected. We should all hope to be this attractive after 100 years. The gallery of the setting has been decorated with delicate filigree wire work set with a few small diamonds. The “kite” shaped synthetic sapphires are showing a few chips and scratches along edges. The ring measures a size 8 which is a little unusual for a ring this old as most we see are smaller. This beautiful piece is estate priced at $2624.00. Stock #e7140. 

SOLD


August 10, 2011

Omega Seamaster 300 1960s $1500.00 CAD.

This is only the second time we have had one of these offered to us. This watch is the inspiration for the flag ship of the current Omega Seamaster line the Planet Ocean. If you compare the two side by side the similarities are unmistakable. This watch has been freshly serviced and comes with a one year warranty. Due to the age of this watch we are unable to warranty it’s water resistance however. The bracelet attached is non original but is quite complimentary. The estate price for this very collectible Omega is $1500.00

THIS ITEM HAS BEEN SOLD

 


July 29, 2011

Natural orangy yellow diamond ring 0.97ct. $12500.00

You just never know what may show up in our estate section. When this ring came in it had certification from the well known Toronto lab Harold Weinstein Ltd. I was confident in their report but I wanted to make double sure this was a natural unenhanced diamond so I sent it to New York to the GIA to get an origin of colour report. The GIA report #5121011306 confirmed stone to be a natural fancy intense orangey yellow with even colour distribution can be viewed at www.gia.edu (verify a report). Natural round yellow diamonds are quite rare, but a natural round orangey yellow diamond is exceedingly rare. This diamond is not replaceable. The 18K white gold setting also contains 14 small round diamonds 0.40 carats in total. The estate price for the ring is $13500.00. The loose diamond can be seen in our estate diamond section priced at $12500.00 alone.

DIAMOND SOLD.  SETTING AVAILABLE $1000.00


July 15, 2011

2.98 carat SI2-E solitaire 18 karat gold.

You can hardly see the mark where the Titanic bumped into this one.  The picture is not out of proportion, the diamond is that big. Measuring 13.06mm x 8.45mm x 4.78mm and weighing 2.98 carats. The diamond has graded at SI2-E according to our GIA standards. The setting is a simple 18 karat white gold solitaire design weighing 5.5 grams. Stock #e6312.

SOLD

 

 

 

 


June 24, 2011

1960 Omega Seamaster chronograph $2650.00

This is another time I have say to myself “don’t fall in love with your inventory, you have bills to pay”. This beautiful Omega Seamaster chronograph dates from the late 50s early 60s. The case measures 35mm diameter and is gold cap on stainless steel. All the functions work well and it keeps good time. The silver dial is in great condition and has likely been refinished. It has a great retro look with thin pointed hands and “casket” shaped hour markers that are polished with a knife edge peaked centre. The manual wind movement is the 17 jewel calibre 321 made famous by the 1960s Omega Speedmaster Professional, selected by NASA as standard issue for all manned space missions. This is a great piece of history and these are rarely offered. The watch comes complete with our one year in house warranty. Estate priced at $2650.00

THIS ITEM HAS BEEN SOLD


May 17, 2011

27.36 carat natural aquamarine fine quality

Once again our customers bring in the unbelievable. Large natural aquamarines are not that uncommon but to find a very large 27.36 carat stone is unheard of. This aquamarine is as good as I have ever seen regardless of size. The emerald cut style has also been done to a very high standard. The stone measures 21.33mm x 16.20mm x 10.50mm. We will never likely see another aquamarine of this quality again. I can’t see this kind of gem selling for anything less than $350.00 to $400.00 per carat at a wholesale level.

THIS ITEM HAS BEEN SOLD


March 21, 2011

Patek Phillipe 18K gold $6000.00

This is something for someone who wants the finest in understated quality. If you are reading this post you already know what you are looking at. This watch does not have it’s original strap or signed buckle but it does have its’ original bill of sale from 1962. It is a model #2454 with 18 jewel hand wind movement in good running condition. We have intentionally left the watch in it’s original condition which is quite good. Estate priced with warranty at $6000.00

THIS ITEM HAS BEEN SOLD


March 20, 2011

0.97ct. Natural Orangy/Yellow Diamond $12500.00

Rare hardly describes this diamond. We had it certified at GIA in New York report #5121011306 as fancy intense orangy yellow natural colour.  The full certificate can be viewed at www.gia.edu (verify a report).The colour grade alone is very rare but you almost never see round fancy yellow, they are usually square. The clarity grade is I1 but looks like a SI. This one is most certainly not replaceable. The diamond comes with several appraisals and the GIA report. It is estate priced at $12500.00

THIS ITEM HAS BEEN SOLD


Swarovski Dragon Ltd Ed. 127/300 $16500.00

.               This is for the serious collector. You likely didn’t even know this figurine existed since it appeared in no Swarovski catalogues. The limited edition Jinlong-The Golden Dragon. You had to put your name into a draw to even have the opportunity to purchase this piece along with being a member of the Swarovski collectors society. It measures over half a meter in length and is hand set with 63100 Swarovski coloured crystals. It takes the crystal artisans 355 hours to complete this masterpiece which is presented on a cloud shaped marble base. It has only been taken out of its lockable presentation box once for this photo. It comes complete with the certificates, a pair of white gloves  and 2 keys for the box. There are only 300 of these in the entire world perhaps only a couple in Canada. The original price of the figurine was $20000.00 if you could find one. Number 127 of 300 is offered for $16500.00

THIS ITEM HAS BEEN SOLD