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An interesting study of subtle variety often found in popular jewellery motifs, as each retailer struggles against the competition to find some way to make their version stand out. The more desirable between the two is more a matter of tastes really, as both have merits over the other. The larger pair consist of a four section knot measuring an impressive 14.5mm wide. They boast a weight of 5 grams and are manufactured from top quality 18 karat yellow gold. They are surprisingly sturdy considering they are still of hollow construction. They’ve been equipped with crisply springing hinged backs to seat them just below the ear lobe during wear. To accompany their robust nature these love knots are estate priced at $490.00 CAD. Their competition is of a totally different strain, understated at a comparatively petite 8mm wide. The three piece knot consists of a lighter 1.6 grams of 10 karat yellow gold. This pair however have been gifted with very secure french backs that need to be pinched to release their strong bite. The estate price on this pair is an appropriately less, just $91.00 CAD. Both make a sweet statement in their own right. Stock numbers e10526 and e10527.
The cross is the most recognized symbol of Christianity. This interpretation is just about as basic as possible. The only subtle design detail is the polished 45 degree bevel along every edge. The polished edges contrast nicely against the brushed finish flat surface. The 10 karat yellow gold pendant measures 41mm x 28mm (not including the jump ring bail). Comes with a 3.0mm black rubber 18 inch long cord necklace with sterling silver lobster clasp. The pendant alone weighs 4.65 grams and is in like new condition showing no wear in the connecting ring and oval bail. Estate priced at $228.00 CAD. Stock #e10685.
A well made engagement ring is nothing without a deserving diamond to crown it and none are more deserving than a GIA certified center. The Gemological Institute of America is the golden standard for diamond grading and a report issued by them is your assurance of getting an accurate, independent unbiased 3rd party opinion. A GIA certified diamond above an SI2 clarity grade can be confidently purchased site unseen from anywhere in the world. This particular cushion cut is an eye clean VS2 clarity and near colourless H with very good polish, excellent symmetry and no fluorescence. The 5.50mm x 5.28mm x 3.69mm slightly rectangular cushion shape weighs 0.91 carat. The full GIA certificate can be seen online here.The ring that houses it is custom made of excellent quality. Made from 3.8 grams of robust 14 karat white gold and 0.595 carats of very well cut VS-SI-GH round brilliants. Those additional diamonds make for a perfect total estimated weight of 1.50 carats and wrap gracefully around the halo top, sides and over half way down each shoulder. As an extra treat for the wearer the solidly built undergallery is graced by two top quality cornflower blue sapphires. The well made, carefully designed engagement ring currently measures a petite finger size 5 with some room to size up. Estate price $4200.00 CAD. Stock #e10524.
Big sporty gents models are what gets all the attention around here from most people. There are however some people who appreciate the beauty in the dressier examples of the watchmaker’s art. Frederique Constant is a Swiss manufacturer who creates some very attractive top quality watches for a lot less than you’d expect. The Carrree is an elegant design that looks like it could have been made 70 years ago. It features an easy to read silver dial with a most intricate pyramid pattern in the dial centre with a smooth outer track of slim text Roman numerals. It would be hard to find a better example of dial finishes than this one. Jet black Breguet style hands re-enforce the classic look. What you wouldn’t see 70 years ago is a watch equipped with a curved synthetic sapphire crystal and an automatic winding movement that has been shock protected. The quality of the stainless steel case is far superior to anything produced back then too. Modern materials and manufacturing techniques allow far better water resistance levels too. Despite its rectangular case and the dressy nature of this watch it is still water resistant to 100 feet. The display window on the case back reveals the nicely finished 25 jewel ETA calibre 2824-2. This Swiss movement first saw service over 25 years ago and has proven itself in far more expensive models than a Frederique Constant. When properly tuned this workhorse movement can keep pace with far more exotic, highly evolved chronometer grade creations. The centre sweep second hand and calendar add some thoughtful utility to the formal look. Overall condition of the watch is next to perfect. The gold plated case shows hardly a scuff. The original leather strap looks to have been worn just a handful of times. Comes complete with the original box, endorsed warranty card, instructions and of course our Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers one year warranty. Estate priced at $900.00 CAD. Stock #e10629.
Another do everything and anything watch. Perfect for your next black tie event. The glossy black dial and polished steel bezel will look right at home with your tux. Wanna go for a swim; no problem. The screwdown crown and caseback ensure water resistance to 500 feet. I dont know about you but my ears start to hurt at the deep end of a swimming pool. How about as a day to day functional time keeper. Luminous hands/markers along with a broad arrow minute hand make the time interpretation very easy. The ultra high precision Swiss quartz movement should keep accurate time within a few seconds per month. Calendar display and a very cool jumping hour time zone feature allows rapid hour and date changes without affecting minutes or seconds. Lacking a thick rotating bezel makes the watch appear larger than the 39mm case size suggests. A curved sapphire crystal, heavy duty solid link brushed finish bracelet with integrated locking buckle complete the casual look. The watch is in excellent condition complete with original box and warranty cards endorsed by authorized agent John Bull from the Bahamas. Even the original plastic price tag ($1900.00 USD in 2009) comes with the watch. Including a Bill LeBoeuf Jewellers one year warranty. The watch is Estate priced at $1500.00. Stock e8298.