estate 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.

May 22, 2018

Antique ruby & diamond ring 2.40ct. tw. 18kt. $8050.00 CAD. e11030

Excellent design and high quality are great starting points for jewellery to stand the test of time. This ring is well over 100 years old and it’s ready for more. Although it’s been around over a century it’s far from worn out. 5 of the 6 tiny antique accent diamonds have been replaced with disguised modern diamonds but otherwise we think the ring is completely original. We have some authentic antique rose cut diamonds that could be installed making it completely faithful to the original,  down to the tiniest details. The 4.3 gram 18 karat rose gold setting is still fully hallmarked inside the shank with the makers mark, karat mark, city of manufacture/assay and year of production. The highlight of the ring is of course the wonderful brilliant red natural ruby and the two high quality diamonds. The oval faceted Jell-o red ruby is estimated to weigh 1.12 carats and would conservatively rate an 7-8/10 in quality. The 2 old European cut diamonds measure an average of 5.30mm x 3.55mm and are each estimated to weigh 0.60 carats. Both diamonds are a very good VS clarity with G colour and no fluorescence. The size 5 1/2 ring has never been adjusted; it could be made a little bigger or smaller if required. A classically styled three stone antique ring with a lovely filigree gallery and beautiful precious stones; what’s not to love. Estate priced at $8050.00 CAD. Stock #e11030.

May 21, 2018

1.00ct. VS2-I very good cut GIA certified 3.9gr. 14kt solitaire $6300.00 CAD. e11312

If you’re familiar with diamond solitaires you may have seen something like this before. It’s looks an awful lot like the Tiffany’s traditional 6 prong solitaire they’ve been selling for many years. The 1.00 carat is the benchmark for size and this example is made with a very nice centre diamond of the quality you’d expect to see at a store like Tiffany. The diamond just came back (May 11 2018) from The Gemological Institute of America in New York with a certified VS2 clarity, I colour, very good cut, excellent polish, excellent symmetry and exhibiting faint fluorescence when exposed to long wave ultraviolet light. The full GIA diamond grading report can be seen online here. Tiffany no longer sell GIA certified diamonds preferring to grade their diamonds in house. It is generally accepted that Tiffany use the occasional SI1-J quality diamond for their solitaires but mostly use VS2-I or better, with excellent cut, polish and symmetry. I can’t say for sure but I would assume they would prefer no to low fluorescence. Looking at the Tiffany website reveals their version of the ring (in 18 karat yellow gold) is selling for $16,300.00 CAD. $16,300.00 would be for their standard quality virtually identical to our estate diamond ring. It’s hard to put a value on that iconic little blue box. It’s impossible for us to say what type of value the Tiffany reputation and tradition adds to the cost of a diamond ring. What we do know is you can have the same look for a cool $10,000.00 less with our 14 karat white gold example that is estate priced at just $6,300.00 CAD. The diamond is available separately for $6000.00 if you have a different style of ring in mind. This ring also has a little blue box; our little blue box also comes with our well earned reputation and tradition. Stock #e11312.

May 20, 2018

14kt. 0.20ct. TW. SI-J anniversary ring 1.6gr. $160.00 CAD. e11323

It’s hard to believe it but this ring is just $160.00. Very good condition, size 5 1/4, containing 10 small diamonds of nice SI1-J quality. The 1.6 gram, 14 karat yellow gold ring measures 3.0mm wide tapering to 1.5mm. It was made with a very low profile shank that should fit snuggly against pretty much any flat edged ring. The best part of this estate ring; we’ve only priced it for the gold and manufacturing costs. Zero cost was added for the 10 small diamonds. Their value hasn’t even been secretly baked into a higher price point. The absolute truth is small brilliant cut diamonds like these don’t cost much anyway. If priced separately these stones would sell for only around $15.00 to $20.00 each. With a lower priced ring, $150.00 represents a large percentage of the total price. At only $160.00 the value of this ring is a real standout. It would make a great little spontaneous gift or a welcome addition to an existing engagement/wedding ring set. It also makes a great travel ring, one that you don’t need to worry about when exploring unfamiliar countries. We only have the one and it’s estate priced at just $160.00 CAD. Stock #e11323.

Oris Artelier 01 623 7582 small seconds $1075.00 CAD. e11058

There’s a watch for every wrist and a watch for every occasion. Sometimes a giant, over the top, bulky sport watch can look a little out of place. The Oris Artelier is anything but a bulky sport watch, it’s a dressy traditional automatic with a very sophisticated appearance. It has a classic sort of look making it difficult to tell whether it’s brand new or a 60 year old vintage piece. Beautiful black guilloche dial with arrow head hour markers, a small subsidiary second hand and a very discreet calendar window at 6:00 o’clock distinguish it from the typical sport model. Luminous hour plots and hands are surprisingly bright once the light goes out. The heart of the watch is of course a fine quality Swiss made ETA 2895-2 27 jewel automatic movement proudly displayed through the case back window. The luxury touches continue with a combination of brightly polished and flat satin finish on the 40mm stainless steel case. A high quality crocodile grain strap with a signed push button locking deployment buckle keeps the adjustable length leather band closed with a simple fold over action. The watch is in exceptional condition looking pretty much unworn. There is even some original protective plastic covering the inside of the buckle. Have a look a the neat engine turned finish on the buckle only visible when the buckle is open. Oris didn’t need to go to the extra work doing this but we’re glad they did.Comes complete with a complimentary one year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty. Estate priced at $1075.00 CAD. Stock #e11058

Rolex 1501 Datejust 34mm $4190.00 CAD. e11320

Oyster Date 1501 with an engine turned bezel is no longer available. This fixed bezel design looks like an extension of the hour markers and blends very well with the traditional 18 karat white gold Rolex stick hands. This unique bezel makes the watch appear a little larger and definitely makes for a more sporty look. While you can still buy a 34mm case size Rolex you’re limited to only a smooth or fluted bezel. I’ve always been a fan of this style and I wore a white/Roman version for a while. This watch dates from around 1973 and comes with a folded link bracelet in remarkable condition for being 40 years old according to the VC date code on the buckle. The plastic crystal is in great shape still retaining a sharp bevel on the edge and only minor surface scuffs. We can easily polish these away in just a minute or two if you wish. The tone on tone look is classy, while the oyster bracelet and engine turned bezel give it just a little edge and some sporting nature. The dial looks to be a very high quality restoration as I’ve never seen a Rolex dial with exactly the same fine vertical brushed texture before. The silver dial blends perfectly with the satin finish on the bracelet and case. If you don’t want a big watch but like something a little sporty looking this is an excellent example of a Rolex you don’t run into every day. The oyster bracelet shows very little wear with hardly any stretch. Most of these folded link bracelets have worn out by now and were replaced by modern solid versions over the years when the watch is serviced. Originals are a little bit lighter and are more in keeping with the vintage nature of this watch. They even offer a vintage sound as the watch is worn and the links rattle around. A period correct bracelet adds significant value to a watch like this. Plastic crystal, 34mm case size, folded link oyster bracelet make for a very easy to wear watch for both men and women as it only weighs 78.6 grams in total. Working great and keeping excellent time the watch comes with our 1 year mechanical warranty. Estate priced $4190.00. Stock #e11320.