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December 4, 2018

14kt. yellow gold Italian made Mercedes Benz key chain $490.00 CAD. e9478

E9478 Mercedes Benz Key chain

For the car enthusiast who has almost everything I present a solid 14 karat gold Mercedes Benz key ring. We seem to get more Mercedes Benz merchandise than any other automotive brand for some reason. This particular piece is one of the nicer ones, made in Italy from 6.2 grams of high polished 14 karat yellow gold and measuring 8.5cm long. The key chain attaches via gold carabiner style threaded sliding lock that adds extra security.  The logo itself measures 20mm in diameter and is decorated on the outer rim with a radial cross hatched pattern that catches the light and draws the eye in toward the iconic three pointed star logo. Estate price $490.00 CAD. Stock #e9478.


November 4, 2018

10kt. gold discs 7.54gr. total weight. $47.50 per gr. Sold separately. e10084

e10083-disc-pendants-x-3-10-karat-yellow-gold-001Name plate jewellery has been popular since the ancient Egyptians, when golden cartouche amulets were used to protect dead Pharaohs from evil spirits. We’re not sure if these three 10 karat yellow gold engravable discs carry any protective powers but they look great and are a great buy. Like new condition, scratch and scuff free. We can engrave a simple initial or a short secret message to someone special. Available separately. Estate priced at just $47.50 per gram. Stock #e10084.


November 1, 2018

14kt. white gold eye glasses 11.5gr. (without lenses) $495.00 CAD. e11702

It’s been  60 years (to the day) since my father purchased this business from the original jeweller who occupied the space at 52 Dunlop Street West from 1940 to 1958. Herbert A. Sparham left behind some optical inventory and tools in addition to jewellery plus watchmaking equipment. It was common practice in the early part of the 20th century for jewellers to also supply basic optician services too. While Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers never did any work in the optical field I bet I could still find some old glasses and parts in our basement if I looked. These solid 14 karat white gold frames with non prescription lenses are a fitting tribute to this stores history before it became Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers November 1st 1958.  They are solid 14 karat white gold and weigh 11.5 grams not including the currently fitted none prescription lenses. While we don’t know much about luxury eye ware, the construction technique of these are very similar to a fine piece of jewellery. A jewellery item made to the high standard of the frames with a similar weight could easily cost $1500.00, especially if it came from a high end designer. From the design and beautifully hand engraved details we’d estimate the pair was made sometime in the 1930s. The exact history of the pair is unknown as they came in on trade a few months ago. Their condition is basically perfect. They’ve likely been sitting undisturbed in what looks like the original velvet lined hinged case for more than half a century. The none prescription glass lenses are also in perfect scratch free condition. Whether these were a salesman’s sample or they were only occasionally used by someone as a fashion statement, we’ll never know. They’re really cool and deserve to be used by someone who appreciates luxury eye ware and high quality construction. Unlike modern glasses if something breaks on these, a skilled jeweller can always repair them. Obviously these are a one of a kind item for us and come along only every 60 years. Get them while you can because priced at $495.00 CAD they offer amazing estate value. Stock #e11702.


September 24, 2018

BIRKS 10kt. vintage cufflinks 15.9 grams $980.00 CAD. e10453

Canada’s premier luxury jewellery chain BIRKS have never been known as a brand to push the design envelope. For well over 100 years they’ve produced high quality designs that were somewhat conservative and always thoughtful. Maybe in the 1970s these funky cufflinks were just an artistic jewellery expression of the times. Looking back today I’d consider them quite progressive for a Canadian company like BIRKS even in the context of the funky 70s. The vintage look is back and these cufflinks have that unmistakable vintage flair. These large 19mm x 19mm cufflinks are ultra cool. 100% Canadian made. The fronts are constructed from a calculated 15.9 grams of 10 karat yellow gold, while the 12 karat gold filled spring loaded “T” bar backs were made by Cadman Jewellery in small town Courtland Ontario. The cufflinks are embossed with a flat textured linen surface and those 3 highly polished geometric stars. They appear to pop from the background with a perfectly flat surface that acts like a golden mirror. The contrasting finish is an excellent example what makes gold such a versatile precious metal. Excellent condition, looking like brand new with sharp crisp edges and no signs of wear and tear. If you’ve got a few French cuff shirts at home that just don’t get worn enough, turn them up a notch with these 70s vibe cufflinks. Total weight 20.3 grams. Estate price $980.00 CAD. Stock #e10453.


September 4, 2018

4.48ct. fine quality natural tanzanite $2,170.00 CAD. e11607

SOLD


August 26, 2018

14 karat yellow gold 3D box/pendant 2.00gr. $158.00 CAD. e11282

Who remembers what this shape is called? Having a hard time recalling all of those important things your middle school math teacher said you “needed to know”. This is a parallelogram and probably the only one you’ll ever encounter in 14 karat yellow gold! Weighing in at an exactly 2.00 grams the hand made pendant measures 20.7mm long, 17.15mm wide, and 10.1mm deep. The open wire-work box can be worn any way you imagine or threaded through the middle, allowing it to roll into different positions during wear. Use it as a pendant or keep as just an unusual object of modern art. The one of a kind quadrilateral is estate priced for $158.00 CAD. Stock #e11282.


July 25, 2018

150 grams of raw Yukon river gold (spot plus 5%) e8958

e8958 raw oatmeal goldIf you’re a gold bug like me here’s a once in a lifetime opportunity. 150 grams is just shy of 5 troy ounces of raw natural Yukon river gold for sale. I’m sure you’ve seen this stuff on TV shows like Gold Rush Alaska and Yukon Gold but there’s nothing like owning a bit yourself. A travelling miner came through town and offered for sale a small portion of what he had prospected from his secret location somewhere around Dawson city. 150 grams was all I could convince him to sell me. He really didn’t want to sell any but you can’t just walk into the local hardware store for supplies and pay with raw gold. After some delicate negotiations he reluctantly parted with just enough to get him the cash he needed. These are not tiny fine dust particles of gold some measure almost 1cm in length. They are big enough to use in hand made nugget jewellery. This gold resembles oat meal flakes in general dimensions. The glass bottle is a little smaller than of a roll of nickels but what in contains is about 3500 times more valuable. Raw gold like this isn’t typically 100% pure. Often there is a little silver, copper and trace amounts of other metals. River gold from the Dawson area is usually quite good. We picked a few random samples from the bottle and had them tested with a x-ray fluorescence spectrometer. This cool high tech instrument calculated the samples contained on average 94.6% gold, 3.8% silver, a bit of copper and other metals. This testing method is non destructive and gives the most accurate results besides melting the entire lot down and ruining the natural beauty. We will not separate the material into smaller amounts. It’s all 150 grams or none. If you have an interest in ancient natural gold come in and have a look at this amazing stuff. For current gold price in CDN click here. Estate priced at spot plus 5%. Stock #e8958e8957 raw oatmeal gold nuggets


June 28, 2018

18kt/plat. German made jewellery $2000.00 CAD (set only). e10217

When you hear ‘German made’ the first thing that pops into mind is efficiency and quality, and for good reason. Many German designers and goldsmiths have a dislike for white and rose gold as it is not a true form of gold, which only occurs yellow naturally. They prefer to use materials in their true forms, so it comes as no surprise that this set be made from 20 grams of top quality 18 karat yellow gold and grey white platinum. The uber modern three piece set is unlike anything we’ve showcased, allowing for a nearly endless combination of parts, creating a nearly endless variety of looks; limited only by the imagination of the wearer. The innovation of each piece is hidden in the details of closures and precision finishes, the more time you spend with the set the more you’ll marvel at the inventiveness of German engineering. The designer has used rubber cord and synthetic geometric coloured gems accents to bring colour, texture, and variety to each piece. For a finishing touch the tip of the pin bar has been flush set with sparkling round brilliant cut diamond. Estate price for the set $2000.00 CAD. Stock #e10217.


June 20, 2018

Harley owners group 10 karat yellow gold pendant $175.00 CAD. e8737

e8738 Harley owners group 10kt gold pendantWell over 1 million members located in over 100 countries around the world make up the Harley owners group. The membership organizes many ride related rallies that often raise money for various charities including their official cause of Muscular Dystrophy. Almost every community that has a Harley Davidson Motorcycle dealership also has a H.O.G. chapter sponsored by the dealership. I’m sure some of our customers wouldn’t mind having a little pendant like this one. It could be added to a charm bracelet or perhaps to the key ring of your favorite ride. The pendant looks like new, cast from over 2.4 grams of 10 karat gold, measuring 19.2mm x 13.5mm. The back of the pendant has a flat finish that could be engraved with your motorcycles serial number or a special message. The high quality pendant shows great detail. A Sandblasted background with polished highlights and frame provide excellent contrast. Estate price $175.00 CAD. Stock #e8737.

 

 


June 17, 2018

Platinum 2.00ct. tw.VVS-DEF diamond elephant brooch $3430.00 CAD. e8702

There’s an on going argument between our staff about small diamonds. Do they look better when they are a 17 facet single cut design or a modern 57 facet brilliant cut pattern. The brilliant cut adds more brilliance without question, but when diamonds are less than 2.0mm diameter can this be appreciated? One look at this 2.00 carat total weight 131 (single cut) diamond creation will convince you of the superior look of single cuts when it comes to small diamonds. I think the only manufacturer that is even using good quality single cut diamonds is Rolex. You can conceal many flaws and imperfections with a brilliant cut diamond but a single cut will reveal a poor cut and all inclusions. Crafted by a highly skilled but anonymous artist this cute little marching elephant weighs 6.1 grams including the VVS-DEF diamonds. The diamonds have been expertly bead set leaving almost no metal showing between the stones giving a continuous twinkle from trunk to tail. It looks great even from the back.e8702.1 elephant brooch diamond platinum Perfect condition piece showing great detail especially around the truck and tusks with delicate hand engraved features. It’s hard to exactly date this item but we would estimate it to be from the 1930s. Secured by a locking pin hinge this item is ready to be used as a great example of wearable art. Estate priced at $3430.00 CAD. Stock #e8702.e8702.1 elephant brooch diamond platinum

 

 


June 1, 2018

18kt. diamond stick pin tie tac 0.12ct. SI-HI 2.2gr. $350.00 CAD. e10939

After 60 years in the same downtown location it’s probably fair to accuse us of the occasional lapse of nostalgia. When Bill opened his store in 1958 tie tacs were still a part of a professional man’s daily wardrobe. The diamond tie tac Adam wears was worn regularly by Bill as he labored away building his business from the ground up. So it’s no leap of the imagination to understand why we are featuring this high quality 18 karat white and yellow gold diamond tie tac today. The understated accent is more than just a fashion statement, keeping the tie tidy in any situation. Our 2.2 gram example is very well made with a protective bezel around its 0.12 carat SI-H round brilliant cut diamond center. The 1.7 inch long pin is made  from sturdy 1.2mm gauge 18 karat gold wire with an ingenious locking cap for added comfort and security. The estate price for the like new pin $350.00 CAD. Stock #e10939.


May 31, 2018

10 karat gold ballet slipper 1.1gr. $49.00 CAD. e10666

If you can, you really need to visit Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers in person sometime. There is just no way we can possibly post every single estate item that comes in. There are 100s of really cool pieces that come and go without a single moment of internet fame. I thought this little ballet slipper needed to be shown. Somebody out there must have a dancer in there life that would just love this little 10 karat yellow gold slipper. It is crafted from 1.1 grams of traditional yellow gold and measures 20mm (not including the jump ring).It can be worn on any type of charm bracelet or necklace. The back side is flat and highly polished, it can be engraved with a date or name for the extra touch of sentiment. Freshly polished and looking like new. Estate priced at only $49.00 CAD. Stock #e10666.

 


May 13, 2018

Platinum & 18 karat white gold diamond cufflinks $1400.00 CAD. e7765

An interesting jewellery item for the man who has everything. Art Deco design platinum disc cufflinks. Each side contains one 0.20 carat European cut diamond of very good VS-HI quality. The circular cufflinks  measure approximately 13.5mm diameter with a pierced mill grain and hand engraved decorative border. The platinum discs are connected by a 3 link 18 karat white gold chain. The pair dates from the 1920s, weighs 10.6 grams and are estate priced at $1400.00. Stock #e7765.


February 21, 2018

10 karat yellow gold Cameo brooch/pendant $420.00 CAD. e8212

e8212 Cameo 10ktWhen I think of estate jewellery this is an item that immediately comes to mind. Hand carved shell cameos like this really showcase the art of jewellery and the skill of the craftsman in one piece. Each shell has different levels of colour that can be used to shade or highlight areas of the image. The example in this 10 karat yellow gold version is a more traditional theme of a woman’s profile. This piece was selected for today’s post not only for the quality of the carving but the quality of the bezel setting and frame. The frame itself has a nice example of hand engraving around the entire circumference. The rope work edging with mill grain detail are time consuming elements not always seen in antique jewellery. The Canadian department store Eatons sold this item originally at a time when they were known for some high end products. The brooch can also be worn as a pendant by using the hidden fold out bail. Weighing 11.3 grams in total and measuring 40.0mm x 31.5mm the cameo is estate priced at $420.00 CAD. Stock #e8212.

SOLD


January 11, 2018

Art Nouveau seed pearl & blue glass pendant/brooch 14kt. 5.7gr. $560.00 CAD. e11226

It is becoming a fairly common occurrence for items well over a century old to pass through our estate department and it’s such a treat to showcase them. Not only do we get to handle pieces that belong in museum cases but we get to explore first hand the techniques used by goldsmiths of the 1800s. Artistic masters who were creating highly technical works without half of the equipment available to modern jewellers. Pieces made in this time period don’t carry the price points of most diamond encrusted platinum Art Deco items. Often featuring brightly coloured glass as their center pieces and decorated with petite seed pearls. Considering their age they sometimes need some refurbishing but for us it is a labor of love. To give something so beautiful a second chance at life with someone who appreciates its history as much as we do is well worth the work. This medallion brooch/pendant is a radial and intricate flower, hand made from 5.7 grams of rich 14 karat yellow gold. The 27mm diameter statement pendant will make a stunning conversation piece. Estate price $560.00 CAD. Stock #e11226.

SOLD


January 8, 2018

Tiffany 18 karat gold vintage star brooch $749.00 CAD. e7461

A few simple stars. Amazing how the stylists at Tiffany’s can capture the feel of the 1980s with a three star outline brooch. If you are old enough to remember the 80s you will recognize this style as an iconic symbol of that era. This is a relatively rare brooch that I didn’t know existed until some research revealed its history. The 18 karat yellow gold brooch measures 42mm long and weighs 6.5 grams. The back has been stamped Tiffany & Co. 1986. This piece comes with that special little blue box too. Estate priced at $749.00 CAD. Stock #e7461.


January 2, 2018

19kt. white gold 1920s 0.07ct. diamond bar pin $420.00 CAD. e9734

e9734 19 karat Art Deco diamond bar pin broochThe 0.07 carat I1-I quality diamond in this antique brooch would have been quite a novelty in the mid 1920s when this piece was new. Marcel Tolkowsky, a Polish engineer who came from a long line of diamond cutters invented for his PhD thesis the perfect dimensions and facet angles to maximize a diamonds sparkle and brilliance in 1919. By the mid to late 20’s his cut was replacing old mine and old European cut diamonds all over Europe and North America. This 2.5 gram Art Deco bar pin that houses his then new ground breaking diamond cut is made with  uncommon 19 karat white gold and features a hand made safety catch that was the precursor to the modern safety catch we use today. Estate price $420.00 CAD. Stock #e9734.e9734 Art Deco diamond brooch


December 22, 2017

Art Deco diamond & sapphire brooch platinum and 14kt. gold $903.00 CAD. e10133

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The 1930s saw the tail end of the Art Deco movement and the beginning of innovation in platinum. The invention of the oxyacetylene torch in 1903 with its impressive heat output, allowed jewellers to manipulate platinum in ways they’d never been able to before. Platinum being so much tougher than gold meant jewellers were able to make pieces that were unbelievably delicate and airy without compromising strength. Meaning of course that pieces could be made much larger without much additional cost, which came in handy during the Great Depression of the 1930s. Brooches like ours (measuring 59.0mm long x 20.4mm wide) became the height of fashion and were used to add form and adornment to the loose, flowing dresses of the decade. The feature of our 4.2 gram platinum and 14 karat white gold piece is a bright 0.10 carat old European cut diamond shouldered by top quality, custom cut sapphires. Estate price for this estate brooch $903.00 CAD. Stock #e10133.e10133-art-deco-platinum-14-karat-diamond-sapphire-brooch-002

 


November 21, 2017

1.03 carat natural Colombian emerald $4340.00 CAD. e9861

e9861 1.03 carat emerald cut emerald 001This 1.03 carat natural Colombian emerald packs a punch. It’s one of the nicer emeralds we’ve had through our estate department by colour intensity and clarity. It’s been graded by Harold Weinstein Ltd. as strong bluish green and moderately included in the July 5, 2016 appraisal. Strong is the key word to describe the colour of green that this emerald displays. The grade setting inclusions run parallel to the main facets. They end up blending in nicely with the pattern of the stone allowing it to face up much cleaner than you’d imagine from the photos. Weintstein gave the loose emerald an appropriate and accurate replacement value of $6200.00 CAD. Our estate price $4340.00 CAD. Stock #e9861.e9861 1.03 carat emerald cut emerald 003


November 18, 2017

1.98 carat emerald cut emerald $2800.00 CAD. e9755

e9755-natural-emeral-1-98ctMuch more rare than diamonds and only mined in a few locations in the world. There is not another gemstone that has the same soothing green colour that high quality emeralds exhibit.  This Columbian one measures 7.50mm x 6.53mm x 4.73mm and weighs just shy of 2.00 carats. On a scale of 1 to 10 I would grade this one a 6. It has really nice colour and good clarity. It does show some eye visible inclusions but virtually all emeralds do. A perfect emerald of this size can easily sell for more than $15000.00. We’ve set this emerald into one of our custom made rings have a look here to see what we’ve done. Estate priced at $2800.00. Stock #e9755.e9755 emerald and diamond ring 18 karat custom made 001

 


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.


October 28, 2017

1 oz. fine gold bar spot price plus 2% no HST. e11109

e7604 fine gold 1oz TD barIt’s been a while since the last 999.9 fine gold bar was offered. Gold has come off its highs of close to $1900.00 Canadian dollars. Now might be a good time to diversify your investments and buy a little of the precious metal. Purchasing this bar is HST exempt as the Canada Revenue Agency looks upon this as a financial transaction subject to no taxes. Our stock is always changing with various types of bars, sometimes they’re private label examples from a large bank or occasionally we get beautiful Pamp Suisse examples still in their sealed packaging.  There is something very special about pure gold, the look, the feel, and the density are easy to fall in love with. Once you’ve held some you realize what all the fuss is about. This untouched example is estate priced at spot price of gold plus 2%. No waiting and no extra shipping fees. Always contact us first for availability as we don’t always have bullion on site. These bars come and go all the time.e7604.1 TD 1oz 999.9 AU bar

SOLD

 


October 10, 2017

Rare vintage 2 ounce gold bar Engelhard RARE poured 999.0 loaf. e8969

Rare poured Engelhard 2 ounce fine gold bar. Spot price plus 20%, no bank fees, no shipping fees, no waiting. This is an HST exempt sale. Believe it or not this bar is quite collectible amongst gold bugs. They don’t come to market very often and they always sell for well above spot price. Once they are purchased they are usually squirreled away never to be seen again. There is no sales tax on a fine gold purchase like this. Gold has pulled back from almost $1900.00 a number of years ago per ounce to around $1700.00 CAD as I write this. Who knows where the price will be in the future. Everyone should own a little of the only real internationally recognized currency that has a 5000 year history of retaining value. Gold is incredibly dense, it is 19.32 times heavier than an equal volume of water. Our little bar is surprisingly compact, occupying a space of around 3.25 square centimeters. Engelhard refinery is no longer around and these poured bars are quite rare now. This bar has an actual weight of just over 2 troy ounces at 62.26 grams. Estate priced at actual gold value plus 20% and no sales tax. Stock #e8969.

SOLD

 

 


September 15, 2017

Antique Roman Centurion Dragon cameo 14kt gold $630.00 CAD. e11015

Only a master jeweller and expert carver could collaborate to create an amazing piece such as this. I’ve always admired those who can carve a beautiful object from something like stone or in this case a natural shell. Drawing a portrait or painting one for that matter is all about adding detail and making corrections as you go. Carving is all about removing material until you’re satisfied with the results. There’s no going back to cover a mistake with a carving. Dealing with a thin fragile shell of a mollusk adds to the challenge. This beautifully carved cameo is less than 1.5mm thick in spots. The details in its depiction of a Roman soldier is amazing considering the cameos dimensions of 42.0mm x 28.5mm.  The details extend to the finely crafted 14 karat yellow gold handmade frame that secures the cameo. I imagine securing the delicate shell carving in the bezel setting wasn’t something the jeweller looked forward to doing. This great example of a traditional jewellery item looks to be 100% original. We didn’t even polish it. We though the original oxidation and patina looked perfect and suited this beautiful item. This variety of jewellery is truly what wearable art is. The entire brooch weighs a substantial 16.6 grams and is secured by a folding pin clasp with safety. We don’t see them this nice very often and we’ve never seen this exact subject matter before with the image of the dragon on the soldiers helmet. This one of a kind cameo is as good as they get and is estate priced at $630.00 CAD. Stock #e11015.

SOLD

 


February 20, 2017

B.C. natural gold nuggets 49.9 grams. Spot gold price plus 25%.

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Looking for a Yosemite Sam worthy investment? These natural gold nuggets from British Columbia will get your inner prospector’s attention. The four nuggets weigh 15.99 grams(e10192), 9.16 grams(e10189), 12.16 grams(e10190), and 12.20 grams(e10190) respectively making them the largest natural nuggets to pass through our estate department. You can purchase them individually or as a group for spot price (check the current spot price here) plus 25% and applicable taxes. Available in Canadian or US dollars. They make a great gift for the hard to buy for and the gold bug in your life.e10189-e10190-e10191-e10192-bc-gold-nuggets

SOLD


January 28, 2017

Sparta 2 Deluxe by Orbita $500.00 CAD. e10640

If you have a few automatic watches you know that it can be a pain to keep them all running on time with the calendar showing the correct date. The benchmark in winding box  technology is Orbita. For over 20 years these American made watch accessories have been the choice for those who appreciate the high quality and trouble free reputation Orbita winders have earned. In the last few years lots of less expensive watch winding devices have come to market. We’ve tried some of these offshore manufactured machines and they do not compare. Orbita products run silently and the finish of the wooden cases are second to none; they’re now the only brand we will sell. They are beautifully finished with top notch hardware. As official agents for many years we have never had to exercise the warranty due to a mechanical failure. This example was purchased new from Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers a few years ago. The Sparta 2 Deluxe is still offered but is no longer available in the black polished piano finish. It is only offered in a brown burl or teak and is priced at $795.00 USD. This black example is in very good condition showing only a few shallow surface scratches. It comes complete with the original green outer box and protective foam lining. Estate Orbita winders almost never come in and I don’t expect this one to last too long. Running like new with fresh batteries included. Estate priced at $500.00 CAD. Stock #e10640.

SOLD


December 28, 2016

1.17 carat natural Columbian emerald $3500.00 CAD. e9862

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A loose emerald can be a wonderful place to start building a unique and thoughtful piece of jewellery, and our designers would love to build it with you. Whether they’re remaking your favorite Tacori inspired design (without the cost of the Tacori name brand) or finding a way to capture the personality of your loved one in gold and diamonds they’re here to help. Let’s see what they can create with this 6.57mm long by 5.48mm wide 1.17ct natural slightly bluish green emerald cut emerald. The beautiful gem is accompanied by a July 5, 2016 Harold Weinstein Ltd. jewellery appraisal with a replacement value of $5085.00 CAD. Estate price $3500.00 CAD. Stock #e9862.e9862 1.17 carat emerald Harold Weinstein appraisal

SOLD


November 27, 2016

Montblanc Meisterstück Rollerball 7571. Never Used $550.00 CAD. e10065

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MontBlanc’s Meisterstuck line of writing instruments are an unbeatable gift for the professional that has it all. Ranging in price from $425.00 up to $4000.00. Our never used Rollerball LeGrand falls into the medium range of the line, with a suggested retail price of $630.00 USD. Model 7571 is one of the lines most universal styles made from glossy black resin and platinum coated details. The luxury pen was purchased at the very end of 2013 at a Toronto authorized MontBlanc dealer and is accompanied by it’s original box, sleeve, and paperwork. Included with purchase is a Montblanc no charge engraving voucher. Brand new, never used condition the Meisterstuck is estate priced at $550.00 CAD. Stock #e10065.e10065-montblanc-legrand-platinum-coated-legrand-rollerball-7571

SOLD


November 8, 2016

Volkswagen Bug key ring 1oz. fine silver $87.50 CAD. e10019

e10019-vw-bug-key-chain-fine-silver-1-ounce Everyone loves a Volkswagen bug. If you’re of a certain age I’m sure you have a personal memory that includes this iconic little German automobile. Most people also know a “car” guy or girl. Wouldn’t this make a great gift for somebody who is into Volkswagens? The 1 ounce fine silver 999 Degussa wafer is still untouched in sealed plastic. It is easily attached to the key ring by an ingenious clasp system that can secure the wafer by two flush set screws.e10019-vw-1952-bug-key-chain-fine-silver-1-ounce The total weight of the item is 44.7 grams or 1.43 oz. It’s an ultra rare and collectable little gift that someone will really cherish. Estate priced at $87.50 CAD. Stock #e10019.

SOLD


September 1, 2016

MontBlanc Starwalker Midnight Black ballpoint 105657 $280.00 CAD.

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The combination of sleek German engineering and modern design in MontBlanc’s Starwalker line makes the line one of their most striking and robust. The Midnight Black model from the Starwalker line is made from glossy black resin and stainless steel plated with tarnish proof, gun metal grey ruthenium. That rarer metal from the platinum group comes in very limited quantities from Russia, South America, and oddly enough Sudbury, Ontario. To top off the unique composition of model 105657, MontBlanc has tipped it with a floating version of their emblem suspended in clear crystal. Viewed from the side that iconic, softly curving emblem hints at the outline of the mountain peak it symbolizes.e10279 Montblanc Starwalker 105657 001 This luxury writing instrument is in brand new condition, accompanied by its original box and manual with warranty dated from December 2014. With a replacement price of $340.00 USD our midnight black is a steal for the estate price of $280.00 CAD. Stock #e10279.e10279 MontBlanc Starwaker Resin Pen 105657 002

SOLD


August 3, 2016

10K hand made dump truck $400.00 CAD. e6360

e6360 10kt. dump truckI’m not sure if this can be considered jewellery since you can’t really wear it but it’s really cool. This little dump truck is hand made from 6 individual pieces cast in yellow and white gold. The wheels turn and the back tips to dump a very tiny load. The truck measures  a little over 1 inch long and weighs 6.4 grams. This could make a great gift for someone in the construction business. We could easily solder on a jump ring so it could be used as a key chain etc. Estate price $400.00 CAD. Stock #e6360.e6360 dump truck

SOLD

 


July 15, 2016

14kt. white gold high quality Akoya pearl & diamond brooch $700.00 CAD.

e9726 Vintage pearl and diamond brooch 14 karat goldA brooch is the perfect place for pearls especially when they’re this nice. The hardness of pearls can range from 2.5-3 on the MOHS hardness scale meaning anything from other jewellery to a coin or knife can easily scratch the nacre off the surface. This softness means that pearl rings and bracelets are not meant for daily wear and need to be worn mindfully. These well matched, perfectly round Akoyas with their soft blush overtones and high luster will be well protected from harm perched proudly on a scarf, jacket, or blouse. The 24 pearls measure from 3.5mm to 6.8mm diameter. The brooch has some additional detailing with four millgrained 14 karat white gold leaves set with sparkling single cut diamonds. All together it weighs a sturdy 8.1 grams, measures 32.50mm in diameter and is secured by a pin hinge with safety clasp. Estate price $700.00 CAD. Stock #e9726.e9726 14 karat white gold pearl and diamond brooch

SOLD


July 1, 2016

Antique 14 karat gold amethyst brooch by Ryrie $420.00 CAD.

e8839 Ryrie antique amethyst broochThe name Ryrie may not sound familiar, but who they were acquired by likely is. In the later part of the 1800s Ryrie Bros. operated out of a small downtown Toronto store.  They flourished expanding several times into a very high end successful business. Ryrie merged in 1905 when Montreal jeweller Birks decided to open a competing store only 4 doors up from the Ryrie location on Young Street. This beautiful brooch is made from 4 grams of traditional 14 karat yellow gold. In perfect condition showing no wear of any kind. Measuring exactly 2.5 inches long the pin contains a 2.5 carat natural scissor cut amethyst. It’s a great period piece that displays excellent examples of filigree and milgrain. This little piece of hand made Canadian jewellery history is estate priced at $420.00. Stock #e8839.e8839.1 Ryrie antique brooch amethyst

SOLD

 


June 24, 2016

Antique platinum amethyst & diamond brooch 0.50ct. $770.00 CAD.

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The Edwardian jewellery movement existed in parallel with Art Nouveau at the beginning of the 20th century. Where Art Nouveau focused on nature and the female form for inspiration Edwardian jewellery looked to the 18th century aristocracy for inspiration. The movement is characterized by its use of delicate lace work, garlands, and ribbons encrusted in diamonds and edged by millgrained platinum (a brand new technique at the time). This delicate, handmade brooch is in remarkable condition considering it’s over 100 years old. The focal point of the intricate piece is a cabachon cut amethyst, a favorite gem of European royalty and typical choice of the movement. Of course the brooch is also adorned by an estimated 0.50 carats of antique rose cut, old mine cut, and old European cut diamonds. Bridging the entire evolution of the modern round brilliant cut diamond in one piece of jewellery. The largest of those diamonds hangs freely at the bottom of the brooch, adding a touch of eye catching movement. The pin and catch are made from warm yellow gold and feature an ingenious tension lock for unparalleled security. If you don’t have much use for a brooch the piece can be converted to a pendant at a small additional cost. Estate price $770.00 CAD. Stock #e9999.

SOLD


May 20, 2016

Hand made silver & agate road runner figurine 3 1/2 inches tall $150.00 CAD.

e10071-silver-road-runner-agate-figurine-mexico-001 Not the typical estate item you usually see at Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers but when this little guy was offered to us we really couldn’t say no. This 3 1/2 inch tall sterling silver and agate roadrunner is closer in likeness to the Looney Tunes’ Road Runner than it is to the actual bird. For the Hopi people of Mexico the roadrunner is a symbol of protection against evil as it’s known to regularly feast on rattle snakes. The bird often finds it’s way into Mexican art, so it comes as no surprise that this detailed, whimsical bird was hand made in Mexico. A fun gift for someone who needs a little good luck. Estate price $150.00 CAD. Stock #e10071. “Meep Meep”e10071-silver-road-runner-agate-figurine-mexico-002

SOLD


April 4, 2016

Art Deco 14 karat diamond brooch $560.00 CAD.

These Art Deco brooches were very popular almost 100 years ago and many have survived in great shape because of the way they had been worn. This example measures 68mm long and is made of 4.0 grams of 14 karat white gold newly developed during the first world war. It is beautifully decorated with a pierced filigree design in fantastic condition with a small 0.04ct. diamond bead set in the centre. Estate price $560.00. Stock #e4873.

SOLD


January 20, 2016

Platinum & 14kt. yellow gold 0.50 carat 1920s stick pin $630.00 CAD.

e9492 antique diamond stick pin platinum and yellow goldI recently saw an interesting article in a watch magazine about a new trend in men’s stick pins. Worn alone or in twos or threes diagonally across the breast pocket of suit jackets instead of, or in addition to a pocket square. I don’t know if that style will filter into Barrie but I thought it was an interesting new trend for such a traditional style of jewellery. This vintage stick pin is from the 1920s and has the diamonds to prove it. 8 old European cut diamonds in fact that were cut around 100 years ago. All the diamonds are of very bright VS-SI-GH quality totalling an estimated weight of 0.50 carats. With the brilliance only old European cuts can give, this stick pin will be a sparkling accent for someone’s scarf, lapel or perhaps, a trendy jacket pocket. Estate price $630.00 CAD. Stock #e9508.e9492 diamond stick pin platinum and 14 karat yellow gold

SOLD

 


January 8, 2016

Vintage diamond brooch 1.67carat VS-GH 8.4 grams 18 karat $5194.00 CAD.

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The late 1940s moving into the 1950s was the era of diamonds. The war was over and North America was seeing new prosperity. DeBeers debuted their new slogan “Diamonds are Forever” in 1948. Marilyn Monroe was on screens all over the world the following year singing “Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend”. For the first time people were wearing diamonds during the day; etiquette had previously dictated diamonds to be evening wear only. Floral and animal motifs were all the rage thanks to Jean Schlumberger’s playful designs for Tiffany & Co. This brooch was the height of fashion at the time and thanks to widespread prosperity it was hand made from top quality materials. 8.4 grams of 18 karat, exceptionally white gold set with an estimated 1.67 carats total weight of VS-GH round brilliant and baguette cut diamonds. The substantial centre diamond alone weighs in at 0.56 carats. To say they don’t make them like this anymore would be quite an understatement. Estate price $5194.00 CAD. Stock #e9719.e9719 18 karat white gold diamond brooch floral spray

SOLD


December 3, 2015

Art Deco platinum and 18kt. white gold diamond brooch $2100.00 CAD.

e9379 Art Deco platinum 18kt. diamond and sapphire broochAt what point does a piece of jewellery become a work of art? I suspect it’s well before this. I can’t imagine better example of incredible Art Deco design. Estate pieces like this only come around once in a while and are never repeated. The skill needed to create an item like this is just not seen anymore in this world of computer aided design, 3D printing  and simple casting. You could never get this kind of detail and personality with such sterile technology. Making something like this is more like sculpting in precious metal. Beautiful bright cut metal from an engravers tool, the tiniest milgrain border along every edge, super fine saw piercing has the geometric elements appearing to float within the design. If you simply value such an item by adding up the sum of the parts the point of this object will be lost to you. Just like you can’t value a Picasso by the amount of paint used.e9379.1 Art Deco diamond and sapphire platinum brooch A piece like this on a jacket, coat or blouse can be a most sophisticated look. All 31 of the antique European cut diamonds are original and of excellent VS-FG quality. Total estimated diamond weight 0.66 carat. As outlined above the finest craftsmanship was used to assemble this pin using over 6.5 grams of platinum on the front seamlessly soldered to an 18 karat white gold back and hardware. 20 rectangular calibre cut synthetic sapphires provide the dark blue contrast that is important to all Art Deco design. Wearable art; all jewellers should strive and be inspired to create precious items that do more than just hold a few twinkly little gems. This irreplaceable item is estate priced at $2100.00 CAD. Stock #e9379.e9379.1 Art Deco platinum 18kt. diamond and sapphire brooch

SOLD


October 17, 2015

SOLID gold 14 karat CROSS ball point & fountain pen set $1600.00 CAD.

e9407 Cross fountain pen and pen set solid 14 karat goldSolid gold writing instruments have got to be considered one of the most luxurious items around. A quick surf over to the Cross website confirms this as they are offering the same style ballpoint pen in 18 karat gold for $3150.00 USD. The fountain pen is slightly thicker and heavier so it must have been worth even more when new. Both pens are in great original condition not showing any evidence of previous refinishing, no dents, no dings, no scratches. The Fountain pen appears to have run a cartridge or two through as the nib has some dried ink residue on it that should be removed before use.e9407 Solid 14 karat gold Cross pen set They come complete with all the original packaging, instructions, lifetime warranty, ink well insert and replacement ink cartridges all in like new condition. The art of cursive writing is disappearing with every new electronic communication device our modern lifestyle seems to demand. Wouldn’t it feel good to slow down just for a few minutes and write someone a thank you letter or birthday card with one of these pens. Don’t you feel just a little more special when you receive a hand written letter? CROSS are America’s oldest manufacturer of writing instruments producing products since 1846. These pens are one of their most enduring designs called the Classic Century. The style debuted in 1940s as a fountain pen only. The ball point design followed in the 1950s. They are priced as a set for $1600.00 CAD or individually for $1000.00 each. Stock #e9407.e9407 solid 14kt. gold pen and fountain pen Cross set

SOLD


May 21, 2015

1920s 18Kt. Art Deco Stick Pin Ryrie $350.00 CAD.

Sometimes some of the simplest designs are the most beautiful. The Art Deco design period produced some of the more interesting and beautiful jewellery pieces. They have become very popular today among collectors. Craftsmen from the period used symmetry and geometric patterns quite often. This is a great example of the type of jewellery seen. This 18 karat yellow and white gold stick pin contains 5 high quality square emeralds and 4 of the smallest full cut European cut diamonds I have ever seen. The diamond shaped checker board pattern is edged by a white enamel border. Made by Ryrie brothers which later became BIRKS. Ryrie brothers had a well earned reputation of producing some of the highest quality jewellery in Canada. The pretty little stick pin measures 8.5mm x 8.5mm is estate priced at $350.00. Stock #e7526.

SOLD


April 20, 2015

Salamander brooch 14K $350.00.

Here is a cute brooch made from 14K gold weighing 4.6 grams. It is secured by a pin back with safety lock. Estate price $350.00. Stock #e6042.

SOLD


August 23, 2014

Early 1900s Tiffany sterling silver fruit knife $210.00

e8592 Tiffany fruit knife Paulding FarnhamTiffany items always are of interest with our customers looking for estate jewellery but Tiffany does more than just jewellery. When it comes to luxury items, Sterling silver flatware is also one of their specialties. The first time I saw this knife I was a little puzzled and wondered what specifically it was designed for. Most sterling silver knives have blades made from some kind of steel and most serrated blades do not have a defined cutting direction. This turn of the century Tiffany knife is entirely made of sterling silver including the blade; also the teeth in the blade are designed to cut in a pushing direction. After a little research its purpose was discovered. It’s a fruit knife. One side of the knife is designed to cut through fruit and the other moderately sharp edge is designed to slice or peal the fruit. The 52.7 gram knife was designed for Tiffany by Paulding Farnham. The award winning designer worked for the esteemed firm beginning in the late 1800s. The knife is one of his more popular patterns and depicts designs made in the Italian renaissance style.e8592.2 Tiffany fruit knife Pauling Farnham The beautiful pattern is in original condition. The knife hasn’t been polished or refinished, just cleaned.  Good original condition showing some wear associated with use and age. A small discreet engraving reads “N.Y. May 19-1913” can be seen on the side. This is a interesting item and would make a great gift for a lover of Tiffany items. Estate priced at $210.00. Stock #e8592.e8592.1 Tiffany knife

SOLD


July 29, 2014

10 karat rose gold thimble $210.00.

e8480 10 karat gold thimbleFrom the “now I’ve seen everything file” we offer a fully functional regulation size solid gold thimble. I’m not sure if this is a production piece or a hand made one of a kind creation, but the next time you have to sew a bottom on you can do it in a most stylish manner. The thimble is made from just over 5 grams of 10 karat rose gold. The soft pinkish colour is very pretty and gives this item an antique character. Think of what a great gift this would make for someone who dabbles in hand made clothing, needle crafts or tailoring. Just one example of some of the unique curiosities that come through our extensive estate department. The condition is very good only showing a few minor scratches that can easily be polished away in a few minutes if you like. Estate priced at $210.00. Stock #e8480.e8480.1 10kt gold thimble

SOLD


June 11, 2014

Antique 14 karat 0.23ct. European cut diamond brooch $770.00

e8459 antique diamond brooch 14 karatGreat example of an Art Deco filigree and enamel diamond brooch. The black enamel border contrasts very well with the thin seam of white gold laminated to a yellow gold backing. A good quality 0.23 carat VS-H European cut diamond has been bezel set in the centre of the symmetrical design. A fine Greek key pattern with mill grain and engraved highlights are a few of the artistic elements incorporated in to bow shaped brooch. The brooch measures 45mm long with a weight of 3.1 grams and is in excellent condition. A locking pin hinge clasp should secure this pin for the next few generations to enjoy. Estate priced at $770.00. Stock #e8459.e8459.1 Antique filigree diamond brooch

SOLD


March 1, 2014

Art Deco 14 karat amethyst brooch $343.00

A perfect example of filigree from the Art Deco period circa 1920. This example measures 54mm long and is made of 14 karat white gold front laminated to a yellow gold back. In the centre is bezel set one small natural amethyst. The brooch is secured by a pin hinge  with safety. Estate price $343.00. Stock #e6123.

SOLD


January 13, 2014

Black opal and diamond brooch $2580.00

This is an early Art Deco piece from around 1915. It is an exceptional example of a black opal. The cabochon cut opal weighs approximately 1.90 carat and has the best play of colour I have ever seen come through the doors at Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers. It measures 15mm x 8mm and shows broad patches of green/blue/orange and red. The colours are not uncommon but the size of the display of individual colour is exceedingly rare. The two pictures are only taken a few degrees apart and notice how some of the sections have completely change colour. If ever there was a stone that needs to be seen to be appreciated this is it. The 14 karat white gold setting also is of great quality made with very good quality filigree work around all four sides. Two small diamonds 0.03ct. each complete the package. It’s almost impossible the put a price on this item as it is certainly not replaceable. This type of jewellery usually is only seen in books or museums. Estate priced at $2580.00. Stock #e6156.e6156.1 black opal brooch

SOLD


November 21, 2013

BIRKS 18 karat diamond and sapphire bee brooch $525.00

e8342 Birks bee broochHere’s a great summertime piece of jewellery made by Canada’s leading high end jewellery chain Birks. The cute little bee measures 16.5mm long and weighs 3.4 grams. The body has been expertly decorated with 4 high quality round brilliant cut diamonds and 16 round faceted medium blue sapphires also of high quality. Two additional bezel set diamonds make up the eyes. The total gem weight is estimated to be 0.35 carats. The BIRKS logo of back to back B’s is stamped on the back of a wing. A sturdy locking pin hinge will secure the brooch to your lapel. If you wish this item could be easily modified into a pendant for use on a necklace. Perfect condition looking like it has never been used. Estate priced at $525.00. Stock #8342.e8342.1 Birks bee brooch

SOLD


July 4, 2013

10kt. gold cameo hand carved $630.00

e8482 10 karat gold three graces cameoOf all the various art forms out there sculpting and carving has got to be the most difficult. When carving it’s not about adding material to create an image, it’s about taking away everything that doesn’t look like the image. If you cut too deep or take away too much there’s no going back. A hand carved cameo brooch like this goes one step further using the various different layers of colour. The artist’s ability to use these layers to create the effect of shading and depth just adds to the complexity of this art. The Three Graces depicted is this cameo are said to represent beauty, charm and joy. It’s a popular theme that has been recreated over many centuries in paintings, statues and carvings like this. A hand made 10 karat yellow gold rope edged bezel secures the natural shell cameo measuring 56.0mm x 46.5mm. A standard locking pin hinge clasp secures the 12.8 gram brooch. Estate priced at $630.00. Stock #e8482.

SOLD


June 18, 2013

18 Karat gold Enamel Honey Bee Brooches $990.00 each

These honey bees brooches look like antiques from the Art Nouveau design period from the early 1900s. After we had a close look at them we decided they are of more modern manufacture because of the use of rhodium, white gold pin/hinge hardware and round brilliant cut diamonds. None of these items were available in the late 1800 to early 1900s. Sometimes we must practice a little jewellery forensics to determine history of the unique items we receive. The 18 karat yellow gold bees each weigh over 7 grams and have coloured transparent enamel striped sections on the body and head. Genuine ruby eyes and 6 bead set 0.01 carat diamonds complete the extra decoration. Each bee measures 24mm long and is secured by a white gold pin hinge with safety catch. These cute little bugs are very skillfully made showing great detail and very vivid colour glass enamel work. I have very little history on them except the previous owner indicated they came from Holland. Estate priced at $990.00 each. Stock #e7072. 

SOLD


April 27, 2013

14 karat gold sword $122.00

e8366 14kt gold swordWe sure do get some unusual objects at Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers. Take for instance this little gold sword. I’m not exactly sure what it was used for or why the original owner had it made. It’s just about the perfect size for a pirate Barbie or perhaps a swizzle stick for a very important cocktail. It might make a great gift for your favorite bartender. The sword measures 2.25 inches long and weighs 2.2 grams. Estate priced at $122.00. Stock #e8366.

SOLD


March 10, 2013

Art Deco 18 karat white gold diamond brooch $840.00

e8196 art deco 18kt diamond broochFor the select crowd who really appreciate fine detail Art Deco jewellery. This is perhaps the best example of the craft to come through in a while. Bar pins were extremely popular in the 1920s and many have survived over the years because they didn’t experience the constant wear a ring from the same time period did. Measuring a very wearable 53mm x 6mm and weighing 4.9 grams the brooch contains one 0.12 carat European cut diamond of VS-FG quality along with 30 tiny diamonds bezel/bead set throughout the pin. Double gallery construction give it a light, delicate look and the mill grain filigree design is comparable to the finest produced. The brooch is secured by a pin hinge with sliding tube safety catch. It’s too bad we can’t acknowledge the maker of this piece as the only identifying mark is an 18k stamp on the clasp. Pushing 100 years old but looking as good as ever this beautiful example of high quality Art Deco jewellery is estate priced at $840.00. Stock #e8196.e8196.1 Art Deco brooch 18kt with diamonds

SOLD


March 8, 2013

Service for 12 in sterling $5000.00

I can’t believe we have this item. If you have been following our estate section you know how excited I get about really nice high quality pieces. Well the bar has been set to a new level. This is a complete service for 12 (60 pieces) in sterling silver. This set was bought new in the 1970’s and only used for special occasions. It is in like new condition with a special blue velvet storage pouch for each set with a silk draw string to bow tie. This is the height of dining sophistication. You will know what I mean if you have ever had ice cream out of a sterling silver spoon. The total weight of the set is over 6.5 pounds. You could never replace this set for the estate price of $5000.00. In over 50 years of selling estate items this is the first time anything like this has been offered. Stock #e6203.

SOLD


March 7, 2013

9 karat yellow and rose gold brooch $560.00

e8175 brooch 9kt citrine and garnetBrooches are becoming popular again and for good reason. Look at the great display and design you can get for $560.00. Brooches offer designers endless possibilities and combinations of materials to experiment with. This floral arrangement inspired piece was constructed from the most subtle mix of 9 karat yellow and rose gold with bright brilliant cut genuine garnet and citrine gems that cover the red to yellow end of the colour spectrum. Both yellow citrines have chips that are invisible without careful scrutiny. The centre concentration of colour is nicely contrasted by the two white pearls that almost go unnoticed. This brooch measures 5.8cm x 2.7cm and is secured by a tight pin hinge with safety clasp. Step out of your jewellery comfort zone and add splash of colour too. Estate priced at $560.00. Stock #e8175.

SOLD


March 6, 2013

Platinum & 18 Karat Diamond Bar Pin $600.00

Classic Art Deco design antique bar pin. These little brooches really showcase the jewellers art from almost 100 years ago. They exhibit great detail and lost techniques of craftsmanship. The filigree and mill grain are very time consuming and seldom seen in this kind of detail today. The top of the pin is made from platinum while the gallery and locking clasp mechanism is made of 18 karat white gold. 12 small old single cut diamonds and one old European cut diamond (0.10 carat) are set throughout the brooch and all are of good VS-SI-H quality. The pin weighs 4.2 grams and measures 6.0 cm in length. Estate priced at $600.00.

SOLD


February 1, 2013

1920s Art Deco 14 karat white gold stick pin $147.00

e7869 Art Deco stick pin I’m a sucker for these little stick pins. The Art Deco designs are fantastic examples of the craft of the skilled jeweller. This little pin only measures 17mm x 8.5mm but look at all the great details that are incorporated. Beautiful pierced filigree with mill grain decoration. The symmetrical geometric patterns really strike a cord with many jewellery collectors. This example is made of 1.5 grams of 14 karat white gold and contains one old mine cut diamond weighing approximately 0.10 carats with two square scissor cut synthetic blue sapphires. The diamond has a couple small chips along the girdle edge but are not noticeable without magnification. These little Deco stick pins are not all that uncommon but chances are you’ll never see two the same. If you like the design but are not much for brooches we could convert this into an attractive brooch for around $50.00 . Estate priced at $147.00. Stock #e7869.

SOLD


January 16, 2013

10 ounce fine gold bar spot plus 0%!!!!!

e7986 10 oz golg barThat headline is correct spot plus zero, nothing, nada. No commissions, no service fees, no shipping charge if you pick it up in person. There are no taxes on a bullion purchase like this. The Canada Revenue Agency looks upon the purchase of fine gold and silver for that matter as a financial transaction therefor not subject to any tax including the HST. The RRSP deadline has past, if you didn’t contribute to that investment vehicle how about an investment in gold? This truly is an investment. It’s a great opportunity to diversify your holdings. It’s an investment that you can touch and hold. Like all financial transactions we are unable to accept credit card payment for this item. Payment must be made in cash, debit card, bank wire or certified cheque.e7986.1 10 oz gold bar Here’s something to think about. Paper currency has no intrinsic value, it is only a promissory note guaranteed by the government that issued it. If that currency happens to be issued by the Canadian government for instance, you’re holding a tiny part of the almost 800 billion dollars of debt Canada has. The spot price of gold changes every minute. For an up to date spot price click on   http://www.kitco.com/market/cad_charts.html  We have one and only one 10 ounce gold bar in stock. This is a one item offer we are unable to repeat. Stock #7986.

SOLD

 


December 18, 2012

Sterling Silver Tiffany Disc Charm $40.00

This charm came off a Tiffany bracelet that we sold a few days ago and the purchaser did not need this particular  charm. The retail price on this charm from Tiffany’s web site is $105.00. It is made from 5.9 grams of sterling silver and measures about the size of a nickel. We would be happy to engrave a special message on this item for you. Estate priced at $40.00.

SOLD


Mont Blanc Ball Point Pen $150.00

We don’t usually get into the luxury pen market but sometimes one comes in with a watch or other piece of jewellery. I’ll admit knowing next to nothing about high end writing instruments, I haven’t done any cursive writing since high school. The previous owner was given this pen approximately 15 years ago and it sat in a desk unused that entire period. The pen has a highly polished black resin finish that is absolutely blemish free. The original box has surface scratches as it was at the back of a work desk drawer for its entire life. The pen comes with 2 refills. I think this pen retails for close to $400.00. This pen is estate priced at $150.00 THIS ITEM HAS BEEN SOLD


December 16, 2012

999.9 Fine Gold Waffer Kuwait City. 5% Over Spot.

For all the gold bugs around here is an opportunity to get a very unusual gold wafer. The 10 gram 999.9 pure bar depicts the towers in Kuwait city. This bar is HST exempt and is estate priced at spot gold price plus 5%. I have never seen a wafer like this before.

SOLD


October 14, 2012

9 karat cattail brooch $645.00

e7692 cattail brooch 9ktSome of the greatest jewellery pieces ever produced have been brooches. They are a blank canvas that doesn’t limit the creativity by adapting the design to fit a finger or the contour of a neckline. Most also have survived quite well because they don’t suffer the abuse a ring does. This is a perfect accessory for this time of year with the yellow, orange citrines and red garnets blending with the 9 karat yellow and rose gold.  Tall cattails are a familiar sight in this part of the world in the fall. The 9 karat brooch weighs 9.3 grams and measures 5.9cm in total length. The antique box we received the brooch in adds to the character of the piece. Estate priced at $645.00. Stock #e7692.e7692.1 cattail brooch box

SOLD


October 6, 2012

Tiffany Sea Urchin Diamond Brooch $2100.00

I can’t think of any other jewellery design company than Tiffany to take rather unusual subject matter like this and somehow make it cute. This 18 karat yellow gold brooch likely dates from the 1970s and is in great condition.  The brooch measures 27mm diameter and is quite heavy weighing 17 grams. A cluster if 7 high quality round brilliant cut diamonds 0.50 carats in total weight decorate the piece. Secured by a double pin locking clasp signed Tiffany and Co. Estate priced at $2100.00. Stock #7429.

SOLD


October 2, 2012

100 oz. 999.9 pure silver bar Royal Canadian Mint Spot plus 10%

I don’t like to tease our customers, but by the time you read this posting it likely will be already be sold. So strong is the demand for pure silver bars, wafers and coins, as soon I we get something like this in it is gone. Royal Canadian Mint bars almost never come in especially one of 100 ounces. This bar weighs almost 7 pounds. We are pricing this bar at the spot price plus 10%. There is no HST on this sale as Revenue Canada looks upon this sale as a financial transaction therefore not subject to the HST. Estate priced at spot silver price plus 10%.

THIS ITEM HAS BEEN SOLD


September 15, 2012

50 ounce Silver Bar 999+ Spot plus 10% no HST

First come first serve. If you have any interest in obtaining physical silver you know how hard it is to find this type of thing.  We only have this one bar offered. 50 troy ounces is the better part of 3.5lbs. This is an HST exempt sale.

THIS ITEM HAS BEEN SOLD


September 4, 2012

8.25 carat grey opal and diamond platinum brooch $5530.00

e7695 8.25ct opal broochJust when you think you’ve seen it all something like this shows up. An absolutely one of a kind grey opal and diamond platinum Art Deco brooch. Not only is this one of the biggest opals seen here measuring 22.2mm x 13.2mm x 5.0mm weighing an estimated 8.25 carats. It’s also one of the best with a fantastic play of colour across pretty much the entire stone including the back. The play of colour exhibits virtually every colour including the most hard to find and valuable pinkish red. The platinum brooch weighs 5.8 grams and also contains 20 high quality European cut diamonds totalling 0.50 carat in weight. Opals are extremely difficult to photograph. In person the opal shows much more colour than my pictures could ever hope to. Likely made sometime in the 1920s this is yet another great example of beautiful Art Deco Design. Estate priced at $5530.00. Stock #e7695.e7695.1 8.25ct opal brooch

SOLD


August 10, 2012

1.08 Carat Natural High quality Emerald $1600.00

Very nice colour genuine Emerald likely from Columbia. The gem measures 6.50mm x 5.85mm x 4.30mm and is very well cut in the traditional step cut design. This stone came sealed in a plastic display and is probably around 40 years old. I only removed it to confirm it’s weight and make sure it was genuine; as there are many advanced synthetic emeralds in the world that are very difficult to distinguish from their natural counterpart. The emerald has never been mounted in any  piece of jewellery. It is scratch free in perfect condition. Let us make a ring, pendant or any other piece of jewellery for you using this lovely stone. Not many nice rich colour good clarity emeralds are available for this price anymore. Estate priced at $1600.00      THIS ITEM HAS BEEN SOLD


August 3, 2012

5.48 carat natural green sapphire $5000.00

e7566.1 green sapphire 5.48 ct.The oddities and unusual items just keep on coming in. At first glance you may think this is a peridot the birthstone for August or perhaps a green quartz. After examining the chiclet sized green gem its true identity of corundum commonly  refer to as sapphire was revealed. Most sapphires come in various shades of blue but they can also come in many other colours. Green is a rather rare colour for sapphire and to find one over 5 carats with a rectangular step cut is very rare. Almost no pricing information is available for larger exotic coloured sapphires like this as they trade hands so infrequently. Measuring 9.68mm  x 8.59mm x 6.65mm and weighing just under 5.50 carats. This one is the largest and best quality specimen we have ever had. It would make a great pendant with a few diamonds surrounding it or an interesting alternative to a diamond for an engagement ring. The superior hardness and durability of sapphire make the stone an excellent choice for a ring. Estate priced at $5000.00. Stock #e7566.e7566 5.48ct. green sapphire

SOLD


July 28, 2012

Natural 0.53ct. Alexandrite with great colour change $990.00

Believe it or not this is this same stone. The only difference is the first photo was taken under incandescent 50 watt spot light giving the purple colour. The second picture was taken under my fluorescent  desk light. Alexandrite is perhaps the most rare of all precious gems. It is exponentially more rare than diamonds, rubies, sapphires, emeralds or any of the other popular gems. This example looks Brazilian with it’s purple to greenish blue colour change. The colour change in this specimen is about the best I have seen. The oval cut measures 6.80mm x 5.30mm x 2.10mm. The clarity and cut of this gem are not the best around but it’s fantastic colour change makes up for any shortfall. Estate priced at $990.00. Stock #e7485

SOLD


May 14, 2012

Mont Blanc Ball Point Pen $235.00

It seems many watch guys are also pen guys so every once in a while we get a nice pen on trade. The Mont Blanc ball point pen appears unused. The black resin barrel and cap are scuff and scratch free. Not even a blemish on the gold clip. Complete with original inner/outter box and service guide booklet. The pen retails for around $400.00, this like new example of estate priced for $235.00. Stock #e7304. 

SOLD


April 17, 2012

2.00ct. Plus Total Weight Platinum Brooch $7500.00

Wonderful design platinum brooch from the 1940s. Pieces like this usually don’t survive the generations that have followed the original owners. Most have been taken apart to make engagement rings for baby boomers. This one was expertly hand crafted in over 10 grams of platinum and set with a 1.18 carat round European cut diamond of very good VS2-H quality. The pin was further enhanced with 34 round single, Swiss and brilliant cut small diamonds all of excellent VVS-FG quality equalling approximately 1.00 carats in weight. The brooch is secured by a locking pin hinge with safety catch. Estate priced at $7500.00. The centre diamond is available alone for $5750.00.

SOLD


February 7, 2012

Platinum & 18 Karat Art Deco Brooch $3500.00

.                Is this art or jewellery? Maybe it can be both. One of the best examples of Art Deco design that we have seen in a while. The piece is made with a platinum front laminated to an 18 karat yellow gold back. The centre bezel set mine cut diamonds weigh a combined 0.95 carats of I1-GH quality. Bead set throughout the hand cut filigree design are 42 rose cut diamonds. A few of the rose cut diamonds have been replaced with white rose cut sapphires. The 12 thin rectangular calibre cut blue sapphires are all synthetic, two have been replaced and are not original. Using synthetic sapphires was common practice with this type of piece. The maker of this wonderful piece of jewellery will remain a mystery as it has not been hall marked or signed. The brooch measures 53mm x 28mm, weighs 9.1 grams and is secured by a pin hinge with safety. Estate priced at $3500.00.

SOLD


December 18, 2011

Antique Platinum/Diamond Pin $1050.00

I admit this one has me stumped. How can I price a piece of art? This brooch from the late 1800s was made by someone who had great talent in the art of filigree design. The pierced sections of this brooch are crisp, sharp and executed with amazing symmetry and balance. The problem is I don’t know who made it, what retailer sold it or any other information about it. I can tell you it contains 21 small rose and European cut diamonds weighing approximately 0.25 carats in total. It weighs 4.0 grams and is secured by a locking hinge back. Perfect condition showing no signs of use. We have not polished it or restored it in any way. This one certainly can not be replaced. We have it estate priced at $1050.00

THIS ITEM HAS BEEN SOLD


December 2, 2011

antique crescent moon diamond brooch $1350.00

After well over 100 years this piece looks as good as ever. Such a simple shape but it’s hard not to admire the design. The 17 old mine cut diamonds are graduated in size and are all of very nice quality VS-GH. The diamonds total approximately 1.00 carat. The hand made 14 karat yellow gold setting weighs 3.1 grams and is in like new condition. Estate priced at $1350.00

THIS ITEM HAS BEEN SOLD


November 30, 2011

1 kilogram 999 silver ingot

One 999 silver ingot 1000 grams. This bar weighs over 32 ounces. It is from Degussa refinery in Germany. Since this is a 99.9% pure silver bar there is no HST on it’s purchase. It is estate priced at spot plus 15%.

THIS ITEM HAS BEEN SOLD


November 12, 2011

100 ounce silver bar 999+

All I can say is WOW. 100 oz bars of fine silver don’t come in often. This thing is about the size of a stick of butter but weighs the best part of 7 pounds. Silver is almost impossible to find in bigger size bars and I don’t expect to have this one long. The bar is stamped JOHNSON MATTHEY 999+.  This is an HST exempt sale as the Canada revenue agency considers this a financial transaction and therefor not taxed. Estate priced at spot plus 15%.

THIS ITEM HAS BEEN SOLD


November 2, 2011

NEW Cartier diabolo roller ball pen never used $250.00

This is the first pen we have ever offered as an estate piece in the 53 years we have been in business. How could I say no when I was offered a brand new Cartier Diabolo roller ball pen. This item is complete with inner/outer boxes, warranty cards, instructions, refill etc. The pen is still sealed in it’s plastic sleeve. These pens retail at $345.00. This one is offered at $250.00.

THIS ITEM HAS BEEN SOLD


May 26, 2011

1 oz. gold bar 999.9

This is what it is all about. Pure gold from Credit Suisse. 1 oz. of 99.99% gold. Comes with assay certificate from Zurich Switzerland. It is offered for sale a 3% above spot gold price and is HST exempt. The 14 karat frame weighs approximately 2.8 grams and is available also for $100.00 extra.

THIS ITEM HAS BEEN SOLD


April 11, 2011

Late 1800’s Pendant/Brooch $1000.00

This was a popular item 120 years ago for the well dressed crowd. This combination brooch/pendant/pearl enhancer is made from 14 karat yellow gold (9.3 grams) and contains 80 small seed pearls and one old European cut diamond 0.20ct. SI-HI. It measures 41mm diameter. Estate sale priced at $1000.00.

SOLD