favorites from my personal collection

21st November, 2014

In clockwise order:

1. As soon as I saw this one, I didn’t bother taking it off, sometimes it’s not clear if I’m going to keep something but if it comes home with me, that’s usually a pretty good sign

* Victorian **mourning ring made with black jet and an old mine cut diamond in the center.

2. These two sweet rings I always wear stacked together, I found them at the same time and they so perfectly matched I couldn’t resist.

Victorian gold ruby ring and Victorian sapphire ring both made in 14K yellow gold.

3. This was handed down to me by Jared’s mother, Susan, a very special gift..

***Edwardian ring made in platinum with a marquise ruby in the center and an outer scalloped design with sweet half moon cut rubies.

4. My engagement ring, which Jared found in his grandfather’s collection. FYI Jared’s grandfather is an antique jeweler as well.

Edwardian diamond engagement ring made in platinum with all bezel set diamonds, the center diamond is a cushion cut diamond orbited by old european cut diamonds.

5. My wedding band which is from our own line of wedding bands part of the By Erstwhile collection, yet to launch!

By Erstwhile wedding band set with old mine cut diamonds.

* The Victorian Era spanned Queen Victoria’s rule of England from 1837 until 1901.

** Mourning jewelry has been around since at least the 16th century, but it is widely associated with the Victorian Era, when mass production made it affordable. The trend reached its high point after the death of Prince Albert in 1861, when Queen Victoria, as well as members of her court, wore black clothing and matching mourning jewelry for decades.

*** Edwardian jewelry (1900-1915) is named after the period of King Edward VII reign. King Edward VII came to power after his mother, Queen Victoria’s death, in 1901. Known for being feminine and delicate with elements like filigree, bows, wreaths, and garland motifs which characterized the “Belle Epoque” style, which lasted 5 years past King Edward’s death

victorian art of diatom arrangement

20th November, 2014

Diatoms are microscopic algae which happen to come in many varieties of sizes and shapes.

Because they’re not seen by the naked eye the artist must find and arrange them under a microscope!

This art form dates back to the early 1800s and reached it’s peak of popularity in the late 19th century.


Diatom arrangements are a perfect example of that Victorian desire to display nature in rational ways.

Organizing and categorizing the natural world was very popular at the time.


These incredible patterns were sold along with other miniature curiosities, including microscopic photographs, to wealthy amateur naturalists who would exhibit them at social gatherings as an amusement.


let’s play dress up

11th November, 2014


In Good Company With Harry & Christie

27th October, 2014

Vogue Paris made a list of their favorite fine jewelry Instagram accounts, including us among Harry Winston & Christie’s Jewelry!

Check out our Instagram account @erstwhilejewelry


vintage jewelry and engagement ring eras

10th October, 2014

4 of a kind

6th October, 2014

Can you pick one?

2.14 Carat Vintage Art Deo Diamond Engagement Ring SOLD

1.78 Carat Vintage Tiffany & Co. Engagement Ring $31,000

2.02 Carat Vintage Art Deco Engagement Ring $35,000

2.04 Carat Vintage Tiffany & Co. Diamond Engagement Ring $40,0000

Are You Ready For This?

5th October, 2014

Wedding bands By Erstwhile coming soon!

This is a sneak preview of one of our wedding bands from our new collection!

Sign up to our mailing list to find out when we launch!

Stunning Edwardian Cluster Find!

2nd October, 2014

This beautiful Edwardian Diamond Cluster Engagement Ring

…was made during the early 1900s when these lovely Edwardian era woman still roamed the streets!

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22nd August, 2014

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Protect Your Bling

9th July, 2014

Our beautifully bezel set diamond vintage engagement ring.. perfection.

Can be found in our shop here.

One advantage of the bezel setting as compared to the prong settings is that the diamond is better protected from accidental rubbing or blows, and is less likely to allow the diamond to scratch. The bezel setting is also more secure, so the diamond is less likely to be dislodged by the wearer’s activity. Example of a bezel setting:

More about bezel settings here…