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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.


February 26, 2020

0.75ct. tw. I1-LM diamond tennis bracelet 11.7gr. $910.00 CAD. e13135

Yellow gold has been pushed off for white gold and rose gold lately but the true form of gold has some hidden bonuses that most consumers aren’t aware of. On top of being luxurious and rich in tone yellow gold has the ability to affect the diamonds it carries. Set a warmer hue diamond into white gold and the contrast will make the diamond show its colour more obviously. By the same rule if you set a warmer diamond into metal that is more yellow than the diamond itself the diamond will appear more white by contrast. That affect is showcased in the twisting garlands of petite round single cut diamonds that wrap around this tennis bracelet. The I1-LM diamonds appear as white as the rhodium that surrounds them until you really scrutinize them. The bracelet itself has been designed to look more like a bangle with the link connections disguised beneath a repeating pattern that flows from one link to the next. The effect is a continuous woven pattern made of 11.7 grams of 10 karat yellow gold and 114 hand set diamonds. The bracelet is secured by a hidden white gold plunger clasp with an additional safety lock. Estate price $910.00 CAD. Stock #e13135.


February 25, 2020

2019 Tudor Heritage Black Bay “Blue” 41mm 79230B $3,570.00 CAD. e13083

“Box and papers”; if ever there was a phrase that watch collectors love to hear, that would be it. Never polished and all original may be a close 2nd. One owner, Toronto purchased and still under factory warranty round out the desirable characteristics that this watch can boast. Over the past few years Tudor have been re-establishing themselves with the introduction of successful designs from past decades. The Heritage Black Bay is their most popular. The vintage look was inspired by the Tudor Submariners from the 1950s. A flat black dial, silver text and the “snow flake” hour/second hand are familiar details to those who remember the original watches. This a serious diver watch with sporting features like synthetic sapphire crystal, threaded crown/case back, luminous hands/markers, locking buckle and water tight to 200 meters. The in house MT5602 manufactured 25 jewel automatic Swiss made movement is keeping excellent time. This proprietary chronometer rated mechanism comes standard with an extended 70 hour power reserve. Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers will provide a one year extended warranty when the factory warranty expires in August 2021. Inner/ outer box, instructions, endorsed warranty card, cardboard product/serial number tag, Tudor shopping bag and 100 page Tudor catalogue. Model 79230N has a current suggested retail price of $4,330.00. This pre-owned watch is in like new condition, it shows no evidence of use. Priced at $3,570.00 CAD. Stock #e13083.


Tiffany & Co. vintage cake stand & Audubon serving set sterling silver $800.00 & $320.00 e12234 e12233

The origin of the wedding cake dates all the way back to Ancient Rome. It has seen many transitions over the centuries but the history of the wedding cake as we know it comes from the 1600s bride’s pie. Sugar was a sparse luxury so the pie was usually of the savory meat variety with rings hidden inside. A superstition arose that the women who received a piece of pie with a ring would be the next to marry. That tradition was eventually swapped for the throwing of the bouquet. The wedding cake evolved into a multi-tiered dessert thanks to Royal weddings and new sources of white sugar. The symbolism of the cake itself also evolved from an omen of fertility to one of good luck and a long union. The current popularity of cupcakes and dessert bars have almost replaced the standard tiered wedding cake. Most couples still hold to tradition with a small, personalized cake to cut and share between themselves. I doubt Tiffany’s silversmiths had this coming trend in mind when they made this solid sterling silver cake stand in the 1940s. At 9 1/2 inches diameter the raised platter is on-point for wedding cupcakes or a personal couples cake. It’s all timeless elegance with an Art Deco inspired pierced trim and pedestal base. The tray weighs a solid 543 grams making it a stable base to use with the matching Tiffany & Co. Audubon sterling silver serving set! The handles of both the knife and server are artfully chased with reeds and flowers on their backs and a pair of playful love bird parrots on their fronts. They come in their original blue pouches, black case, and outer Tiffany & Co. box and both are currently available on Tiffany’s website for $265 and $260 respectively. All three pieces of this unique wedding cake set have room for some personalized engraving. Keep it small and you can start a family tradition to be passed down and added to for generations! The serving set is estate priced for $320.00 CAD and the tray for $800.00 CAD. Stock numbers E12233 and E12234. It would have been a sad thing to photograph a cake set without any cake! We would like to thank Cakes By Design for their  impromptu custom Tiffany blue cupcakes! Cakes By Design are a fantastic Downtown Barrie business just around the corner at 89 Toronto Street. If you’re looking for a unique, custom made, delicious dessert to mark your big day give them a call. The platter and serving set are available separately or together for the estate price of $1,120.00 CAD. Stock numbers e12233 & e12234.


February 24, 2020

22 karat gold bangle bracelet 19.2 grams, 5.7mm wide $1,460.00 CAD. e12389

Had to put on our linguist hat for this one as the hallmarks are not English and there was no numerical carat stamp. We were sure it was 22 karat from our gold tests and the heft and colour of the bangle. That points automatically to the Middle East, Asia, and some areas in Africa. After some careful alphabet comparison we found the markings to be modern Arabic. Considering there are 25 countries that list Arabic as their official language that really didn’t help us pin point a country of origin. But we can be sure it came from somewhere in the Middle East or the Northern part of Africa. Most Eastern cultures don’t even recognize a piece of jewellery as being gold if it is below 18 karat or 75% purity. To North American and most Western cultures the warm 22 karat looks more like costume jewellery, especially because they don’t skimp on the manufacturing. This 5.7mm wide bangle weighs in at 19.2 grams yielding a gold content value alone of $1257.46 (pure gold priced at $2222.00 CAD per ounce). We’ve only allotted $202.54 for the cost of the beautiful craftsmanship that went into the bangle. Estate price $1,280.00 CAD. Stock #e12389.


14kt. 20 inch curb link necklace 21.6 grams $1,260.00 CAD. e12313

The price of gold is over $2,200.00 per ounce Canadian at the moment. Chains like this are getting very costly to manufacture and even more expensive to purchase brand new. Gold is so durable it doesn’t make any difference that this necklace has been previously enjoyed. If kept clean a high quality well made chain will last many decades. Solid construction goes a long way as does the high quality 14 karat gold content. The higher gold content is far more resistant to corrosion and chemical attack. It also has a richer colour and is more dense than 10 karat. A brand new chain like this would be considered well bought at around $2,100.00. As a perfect condition, like new trade in, we have it priced below its wholesale cost at only $1,260.00 CAD. Stock #e12313.

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