vintage pieces

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We have unique experience in buying, trading and selling estate jewellery. We have hundreds of previously owned items such as: diamond rings, gold coins, bracelets, earrings, pendants etc. Call or visit our store if there is a particular item you are looking for.


April 3, 2020

14-18kt. amethyst & diamond ring 8.50ct. tw. 6.9gr. $1,750.00 CAD. e13218

We couldn’t capture it in pictures but this is the very definition of royal purple. The 8 carat oval amethyst has a velvet intensity in its moody purple depths. It’s been very well cut, flashing every shade of purple and the occasional jolt of magenta as it moves during wear. The amethysts depth is set off by a string of delicate diamonds bumping the noble ring to a head turning 20.8mm x 16.6mm. The 30 round brilliant cuts are of a bright SI1-H quality equaling a perfect 0.50 carats. The diamonds have been set in 18 karat white gold to keep up the uninterrupted brilliance. The amethyst is set in 14 yellow yellow gold as is the bulk of the ring, adding luxurious warmth. The ring currently measures a finger size 8 with room to adjust as needed. Estate price $1,750.00 CAD. Stock #e13128.


April 2, 2020

14kt. hinged bangle bracelet 7.2mm rope design 31.3gr. $2,310.00 CAD. e13213

Even the most avid bangle detractor will be won over by this heavy hitter. The ellipse shape, though rarely encountered is the best option available. Firstly, because it hugs the wrist closely it is less likely to catch or dent. It also travels less on the wrist, staying close to the hand, keeping it visible with most sleeve types. The puffy rope inspired twist measures 7.2mm in diameter making quite the statement during wear. The bangle is tightly hinged, the seam almost disappearing when closed. The catch release is a secret button leading to a tongue catch made from white gold for extra tensile strength. The catch snaps securely closed allowing for peace of mind during wear. All told the bangle weighs in at 31.3 grams in 14 karat yellow gold, showing only two mild scuffs as proof of its durability. Estate price $2,310.00 CAD. Stock #e13213.


April 1, 2020

13.7gr. tw. 21 carat hand made synthetic ruby pendant 14K $750.00 CAD. e13243

The 1970s aesthetic is summed up aptly as a study of contradictions. It was the transition decade between tree hugging hippies and tech empowered yuppies. This 44.8mm long by 24.6mm wide pendant is the epitome of the decade. Its handmade 14 karat yellow gold frame evokes ancient Egypt which was a popular motif for the time. The piece is built around an over sized 21 carat synthetic ruby in a deep blood red. The extra large bail makes the pendant suitable for any chain but if you want to be true to the era it should be worn on something extra long, draped over a flowing peasant blouse. Estate price for this vintage piece $750.00 CAD. Stock #e13243.


March 31, 2020

18kt. Michael Smiley diamond & sapphire ring 6.9gr. 0.75ct. I1-JK $2,450.00 CAD. e13206

Bar settings like this one create a unique optical effect that makes the gems they hold appear to be suspended in place by tension only. The extra long white gold bars used here exaggerate that effect but also offer protection. By extending beyond the width of the gemstones they shoulder, the bars are protecting the stones from blows that could potentially damage them. The ring itself is made from solid 18 karat yellow gold contrasting its white top. Of course this high quality ring was made by our goldsmith neighbour Michael Smiley! The trio of gems consist of a 0.75 carat round brilliant cut diamond of I1-JK quality and two deep blue natural sapphires weighing an estimated 1.10 cararts in total. The 6.9 gram ring is currently a finger size 6 with room to adjust. Estate price for the like new, handmade, one of a kind custom ring $2,450.00 CAD. Stock #e13206.


March 30, 2020

Rolex Day-Date 18108 bark finish factory diamond bezel 36mm $17,980.00 CAD. e13276

We’re quite fortunate to showcase some truly remarkable vintage watches at Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers. Sometimes they’re in amazing condition, looking practically unworn. While we love selling these time capsules to our growing collector following, I feel a little sad for the previous owner(s) who chose to only rarely wear them. While I understand some of the watches we profile are quite special, they’re still meant to be used more than just a few times per year for special occasions. Life is short and wearing a luxury watch is a feeling that should be experienced as often as possible. Sure there are times when a solid gold watch shouldn’t be worn but for 90% of the time, something like this should be used and enjoyed. Our latest vintage Rolex is a rare Day-Date 18108 bark finish with factory supplied diamond bezel. The bark texture alone makes this watch a little more interesting than a standard Day-Date. The upgraded diamond bezel adds some contrasting bling against the rough, bark textured bezel. More than just some decorative sparkle, these diamonds actually serve a purpose; they are set inline with the dial markers helping confirm the hour. That may be a bit of a stretch but sometimes people need a small excuse to justify a little sparkle in their life. Originality is an important characteristic when gauging the value of an estate watch, we’re happy to say that everything about this watch appears correct and original. Rolex of Canada seem to agree as their document from March 2019 describes the watch and its features as shown. Rolex are very quick to comment if their watches have been modified or customized with aftermarket parts. Often they will refuse to service your watch is it has been customized by an aftermarket supplier. The Champagne colour dial dial isn’t unusual but its use of small Roman numerals is somewhat rare, adding to the character of this vintage Rolex that dates from 1987. The once luminous tritium hour plots and hands no longer glow in the dark but they are perfectly matched, displaying a warm tan hue blending perfectly with the dial. To those who know, only the bark finish gives this watch away as a vintage piece. Its condition can be described as almost new. The super hard synthetic sapphire crystal is perfectly scratch and chip free. The case and bracelet show some minor scratches but nothing significant. The fine textured bark finish on bezel and bracelet display no evidence of softening. For a watch 1/3 of a century old the bracelet exhibits no stretch and almost zero sag. The long 25 link bracelet (including end pieces) is in remarkable condition. The edges are sharp and the D shaped sections do not show any flat areas from over polishing. That iconic Rolex coronet logo clasp release looks perfect too. Even with expert refinishing this area is the first place to show wear and tear due to its proximity and tendency to get knocked against hard surfaces. If you’ve always wanted the flagship Rolex Day-Date this one is different enough to be unique but not over the top in its extravagance. The watch is running great with all functions operating as designed. We’re happy to provide the new owner with a 1 year complimentary warranty (prorated for 5 years) covering all aspects of mechanical failure except those caused by abuse or moisture. Rolex no longer make the bark finish Day-Date and only offer the full diamond bezel option. When so equipped a new 36mm Rolex Day-Date retails for $54,650.00 as shown on the Rolex Canada website. Our price for this vintage Rolex classic. $17,980.00 CAD. Stock #e13276.