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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.


January 19, 2021

0.50ct. tw. I1-J Canadian made diamond anniversary ring 4.4gr. 14kt. $840.00 CAD. e13901

This ring set was made by Libman & Co. Toronto, while no longer in business their jewellery still turns up on the secondary market from time to time. They were an excellent manufacturer with quality products that were well priced and well made in Canada. Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers was proud to showcase Libman jewellery for many decades. In 2012 they were purchased by a large Canadian jewellery manufacturing group, a few years later that group went bankrupt bringing an end to the Libman & Co. legacy. I suspect pressure from less expensive foreign labour and imports proved to be a formidable challenge. Do you have an anniversary coming up? Well made from 4.4 grams of 14 karat yellow gold the ring contains a total estimated diamond weight of 0.50 carat. The bright and lively I1-IJ round brilliant cut diamonds are secured in a heavy channel setting made to last. Currently, the ring measures a size 6.5. Our onsite goldsmiths are able to make it larger in just a day or so. It is in excellent like-new condition and represents fantastic value for the estate price of $840.00 CAD. Stock #e13901


January 18, 2021

0.50ct. I1-G Canadian Ice diamond solitaire 2.9gr. 14kt. white gold. $1,330.00 CAD. e13890

In the event you’re feeling some winter cabin fever, be grateful you’re not from this Canadian diamond’s home. The average winter temperature in the Northwest Territories is -40 C, even their summers rarely rise above +25 C! Fitting though that such icy gemstones should be found in that epic environment. This 0.50 carat round brilliant cut Canadian Ice brand diamond is an offering from Ben Moss Jewellers. The diamond is a nice I1-G and faces up larger than you’d expect thanks to the ring’s tapered shoulders. That classic 14 karat white gold solitaire hides some delicate scrollwork in its under -gallery, providing graceful accents only the wearer will know about. The 2.9 gram engagement ring is accompanied by all of its original paperwork and “Mountie red” boxes. Estate price $1,330.00 CAD. Stock #e13890


January 17, 2021

14kt. gents wedding ring, 8mm wide, sz. 11 1/2, 12.5gr., white gold $1,120.00 CAD. e13694

The concern we hear from men when shopping for a wedding ring is durability. They work with their hands, their hobbies are very hands-on, and they want something that will keep up with their lifestyle. So they research the hardest bands available and come in asking for titanium, cobalt, tungsten, or steel. These are all very hard and inexpensive options compared to precious metals but they come with some drawbacks. The first of which is that they can’t be sized. People’s finger sizes can change over the years. Now that alone isn’t a big issue as you could reorder an alternative metal a number of times before you’ve paid for its counterpart in gold or platinum. Another problem is that some of the super hard options like tungsten and ceramic are so hard that they have no flex at all, meaning that if they are strained too much or hit against something of similar hardiness they can break in half. More flexible metals like titanium and steel become a problem if you get into a situation where the finger swells and the ring needs to be cut off. This happens more often than you’d imagine, we cut off rings from fingers several times per month. The cutting tools we have are for cutting through gold, platinum, and silver. They can cut through steel and titanium but it takes a really long time, not a pleasant experience if you have a swollen finger. Sometimes only bolt cutters can remove a thick stainless steel or titanium ring unless hospitals have something we aren’t aware of. The final reason men are inclined to the harder metals is their resistance to scratching. But that hardness that resists scratching also resists refinishing, meaning that when they do get scratched it is that much harder to get rid of those scratches. The Mohs hardness of steel is 5-6.5, titanium is 6, but 14 karat white gold isn’t so far behind those metals as it rates from 3-4. Add to that, the ability to refinish, alter the size, cut off in an emergency, and the scales start tipping in favor of gold. The key with a durable white gold ring is the thickness and this example measures a sturdy 2mm thick by 8mm wide. It weighs in at a substantial 12.4 grams in 14 karat white gold and currently measures a finger size 11 1/2. Estate price $1,120.00 CAD. Stock #e13694.


January 16, 2021

10 karat gold cubic zirconian “inner/outer” hoop earrings 4.3gr. 23mm $315.00 CAD. e13903

Visual perspective can be a deceptive thing. Looking at these images, you would think the earrings are very similar in size to the dime we’ve shown for scale. The actual measurement of the dime is just over 18mm while the earrings are 23mm in diameter, making them only 1mm smaller than a Canadian quarter. Placing the dime in front makes the earrings look much smaller than they are in person. We don’t showcase much Cubic Zirconia, as often these convincing diamond look-a-likes appear in low-quality jewellery.  These earrings may only be 10 karat gold but they are very well made, weighing a significant 4.3 grams. The hinges are sturdy and tight. The ear wires lock into the catch with a secure, satisfying click. With full coverage of sparkling CZs on the outside curve and the inner curve, these hoops give an expensive look for a small price. If these stones were nice quality SI-HI diamonds the 32 would weigh 1.60 carats and add close to $2,000.00 to the cost. No one will ever suspect these aren’t the real thing and your secret is safe with us. Estate priced at $315.00 CAD. Stock #e13903.


January 15, 2021

1930s lady’s 9 karat gold, 15 jewel Rolex $1,700.00 CAD. e13883

Although Rolex has been around since 1905 there are dozens of Swiss watch manufactures that are much older, many dating back to the 1700s. Pocket watches were the watch of choice for 100s of years as early technology limited the size to larger devices more suited to be worn inside clothing. This also protected the delicate, non-shock protected movements from impacts and moisture. When the first world war broke out, pilots required watches that could easily be used while trying to control their flying machines. Wire lugs were soldered onto pocket watches and leather straps were fitted to create early wristwatches. Fashions of the day persisted and most wristwatches were worn by women as wearing anything but a proper pocket watch was considered rather feminine. It wasn’t until the 1940s that men really started to embrace the wristwatch. This petite lady’s Rolex dates from the 1930s and measures a diminutive 13.3mm x 22.8mm. It would have been manufactured specifically for the export commonwealth market as the case and bracelet are manufactured from 9 karat gold. The silky rope bracelet is not made by Rolex but is a period-correct addition that was made in England. The clever buckle is adjustable in length to 6 different positions and is also equipped with a safety chain. The delciate watch accommodates a wrist size of up to 6 1/2 inches. Ticking happily away inside the case is a hand-wind 15 jewel signed Rolex movement that is running well and keeping time. The original parchment dial with Arabic hour markers is showing some oxidation and patina appropriate for a watch made close to 90 years ago. Blued steel hands contrast nicely with the off white dial and are a tradition carried over from pocket watch design. The case, bracelet, and glass crystal weight a combined 11.1 grams (no movement). We are happy to provide the next owner with a complimentary 1-year warranty. Estate priced at $1,700.00 CAD. Stock #e13883.