Hello and welcome to our July edition of The Hancocks Journal.
This month we’re highlighting the best of July’s birthstone, the Ruby, with a fabulous pair of vintage earrings set with the most beautiful Burmese stones. We’re also celebrating exceptional craftsmanship with our new sapphire and diamond lattice ring, launching our new engagement rings and shining our maker spotlight on a London-based jeweller of bold and brilliant jewels.
VAN CLEEF & ARPELS
Burma Ruby Earrings
Ruby is the birthstone for July and what better way to celebrate than with these stunning 1970s Van Cleef & Arpels clip earrings. Set with eight certified Burmese ruby oval cabochons the earrings are designed as an overlapping quadruple cluster and they’re quite the statement. Rubies mined in Burma have long been held as the absolute ideal in terms of colour for a ruby, they are an exceptionally beautiful rich deep red without much secondary colour such as brown or pink which are often seen in rubies from other localities.
Diamond Tiara/ Necklace
This stunning antique diamond tiara c.1880s converts to a magnificent bib style necklace and is set with an estimated 32cts of old-cut diamonds. Designed as a relatively short compact fringe it almost gives the impression of a bandeau style tiara, removed from the frame and joined to the diamond set back chain, the tiara transforms into a wonderful statement necklace. The back chain is fully set with rose cut diamonds and can also be worn as a bracelet, cleverly it features a small removable section to make it longer or shorter as desired.
Hot Off The Bench
This month we launched The Bezel Collection, our new diamond engagement ring collection in yellow gold. Our Director Guy explains: “With this collection we wanted to keep the focus on the beautiful antique and vintage diamonds we use rather than embellishing these stones with too many other gems or elaborate settings.
The beauty of a bezel style setting is its elegance and simplicity and whilst the look is clean, crisp and contemporary the history of this style can be traced back thousands of years. Also known as a rubover setting, bezel settings suit all sizes and shapes of diamonds for example, we have used it on rounded shapes such as old mine cuts and old European cuts as well as straight and pointed shapes such as emerald-cuts and pear shapes.”
From Poland to England and London’s East End to the West End, for almost 100 years four generations of the Kutchinsky family created all manner of bold, beautiful and vibrant jewels that remain coveted and collectible today.