vintage pieces


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.

November 27, 2020

Grand Seiko Spring Drive Ltd. Ed. #319/700 SBGY003G (brand new) $11,650.00 CAD. e13769

Despite the immense variety of watches available, the vast majority can be classified into three categories: either manual wind, automatic, or quartz. Manual wind watches are the oldest technology dated back to the first pocket watches. With manual wind watches, every day or so you must physically wind the mainspring to store the required energy to power the mechanism. Automatic watches run on mechanical energy generated by the movement of the wearer’s wrist which winds the mainspring then slowly and predictably releases power to the hands. Automatic watches never need a battery— only the occasional service. The exceptionally well-tuned, high end, fully adjusted, automatic watch can keep time accurate time to +/- a few seconds per day. Quartz watches instead rely on a quartz crystal to keep time, which vibrates when an electric current is passed through it. In most quartz watches, the crystal will vibrate exactly 32,768 times per second, which the watch can use to keep time to an accuracy of better than +/- 1 second a day. The downside of quartz watches is that they need a battery to power the crystal and move the hands. The Grand Seiko “Spring Drive” movement takes the best aspects of a traditional manual wind watch with the accuracy of the finest quartz movement but without the need for a battery, capacitor, or any other electric storage system. Seiko’s “Tri-Synchro Regulator” technology is like nothing else. Like a manual watch, its power comes entirely by power stored in the mainspring that is very slowly released. However, instead of powering a traditional balance wheel through a series of wheels and gears to the hands; mechanical energy is used to power a tiny generator producing a continuous electric current. This current first powers a quartz crystal, keeping time much more precisely than any mechanical balance wheel oscillating over 4000 times slower ever could. The watch then compares the frequency of the quartz crystal with that of the spring drive glide wheel and uses the remaining current to apply a frictionless electromagnetic brake on the wheel to regulate its speed. The brake keeps the wheel perpetually spinning at a precise rate as determined by the quartz crystal. No battery to replace, no rechargeable capacitor to fail as with every other quartz watch including solar-powered watches. You get the best of both worlds: the accuracy of quartz watches with the convenience/reliability of old fashions hand wind. There truly is no other watch in the world that even comes close to this level of ingenuity. Our newest estate watch comes from a Canadian authorized Grand Seiko agent purchased in June 2020. The watch is absolutely perfect in every way. It has never been used, there isn’t a scratch or even the slightest scuff to be found. In fact, the watch still has its protective plastic stickers on the deployment buckle and case-back. This watch is one of only 700 released in stainless steel to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Seiko Spring Drive technology. Unless you were sharp out of the gate and pre-ordered one of these, they were likely sold out before you ever knew they existed. These watches carry a CAD MSRP of $10,300.00. On the secondary market, used versions are selling for significantly more than the original price and more than our brand new, never used example. It comes complete with everything originally supplied right down to the plastic hang tag/price tag and balance of the 3-year warranty. We are thrilled to showcase only our 2nd Seiko Spring Drive for Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers at the estate price of $11,650.00 CAD. Stock #e13769.

SAURO Rotante Octangonal diamond ring, sz. 9, 9.6gr. 0.16ct. tw. VS-G $1,600.00 CAD. e13705

Within this industry it is rather unusual to come across a retailer that sells nothing but men’s jewellery. Men have been consistently pigeonholed into a small number of universally “acceptable” jewellery items. With only nich groups extending outside of those normal parameters. Over the last 5 years standards have drastically changed for men. Inspired by the expanding fashion choices, grooming options (how many different ways can one wear a beard?), and general increase in awareness about image, men have found themselves inside a fashion industry that is paying attention to what they want for once. As we find ourselves within the Downtown’s Barber Borough I think we can attest to the booming industry that’s revolving around this newly important male image. So it is no surprise that there should be a burgeoning industry of retail jewellery stores for men. Sauro is just such a store. The high end Italian based retailer is a mainstay in Toronto, offering a range of bold and luxury designs to suite any man’s tastes. This ring from their Rotante Octagonal collection is a fantastic introduction to the brand. Solidly constructed from top quality 18 karat white gold the ring is actually constructed of four rings. Three have been built into an open frame allowing the fourth to spin independently, a subtle and grown up solution to those awful fidget spinners. That spinning ring features the brand’s name deeply engraved between flush set diamonds. Each front and back facing corner of the main ring likewise features a diamond, for a total weight of 0.16 carats of top quality VS-G round brilliant cuts. The ring weighs in at a heft 9.6 grams despite its relatively narrow 4.7mm width. It measures a finger size 9 and is estate priced for $1,600.00 CAD. Stock #e13705.

November 26, 2020

Three 22 karat gold stacking rings, size 7 1/2, 4.2 grams $420.00 CAD. e13757

Bangles for your finger? This trio of matching 22 karat gold stacking rings are Indian bangles in miniature! They even tinkle against each other like their larger counterparts. Even their heavy pattern looks like some of the bangles we’ve had through our estate department. The trio are all a finger size 7 1/2 with some room to adjust, and they weigh in at 4.2 grams. By today’s gold price as of writing this post (November 9th, 2020), these Barbie sized bangles contain $298.65 of pure refinable gold. Our estate price for the set only $420.00 CAD. Stock #e13757.

Platinum wedding ring 2.6mm wide, size 6 1/4, 4.85gr. $340.00 CAD. e13739

We love the durability, the density, the purity, the rarity, and the soft white colour that platinum offers. What makes this rare metal so long lasting, also makes it waaaaaaay more difficult to refinish than traditional yellow, white or rose gold. This 2.6mm wide American made ring was carefully worn for just a month or so. It is in fantastic condition, it didn’t even need polishing when it was traded in to us. It really doesn’t require a freshening up, but we’d be happy to do so while you wait should you choose to. Refinishing platinum takes more time, requires specialized tools and techniques to restore an original mirror finish. The size 6 1/4 ring can be custom fit to virtually any finger size. At 4.85 grams this ring offers excellent value for the estate price of just $340.00 CAD. Stock #e13739.



November 25, 2020

10mm blue topaz & diamond ring 4.8gr. 10kt. white gold $360.00 CAD. e13635

Blue topaz is actually divided into three different categories of blue: sky, swiss, and London blue. This ring is of the lighter sky blue family and it’s been specially cut to show maximum brilliance. The cut ensures that even standing still, the 10mm topaz lights up with a kaleidoscope of icy blues. That light show has been set off with brightly rhodium enhanced 10 karat white gold and petite round brilliant cut diamonds. The ring features a six prong setting, something normally reserved for diamond engagement rings. Here it adds a touch of elegance on top of the inherent extra security of six prongs instead of four. Currently, the 4.8 gram ring measures a finger size 6 3/4 with some room to adjust. Estate price $360.00 CAD. Stock #e13635.