Southern or live oak was widely used in early American shipbuilding. Because of the trees' short height and low-hanging branches, lumber from live oak was specifically used to make curved structural members of the hull, such as knee braces. In such cuts of lumber, the line of the grain would fall perpendicularly to lines of stress, creating structures of exceptional strength.
BREATHTAKING EDWARDIAN PLATINUM RING WITH ASSCHER CUT CENTER DIAMOND AND FRENCH CUT SAPPHIRES
CENTER STONE:1.51 CARATS, I COLOR, VS 1 CLARITY
SAPPHIRES: .40 TOTAL CARATS
DIAMONDS: .45 TOTAL CARATS
ADSR700 Born into the multi-generational family of diamond experts and jewelers, Joseph Asscher invented the unique step cut with truncated corners that bears his name. Patented in 1902, it is the first signature cut to be registered. A year later, brother Abraham cleaved the largest diamond ever found, the Excelsior. In 1905, Edward VII sought Joseph's expertise to cleave the Cullinan into three parts to be used in the Crown Jewels. The family and company's fortune took a devastating turn when the Nazis entered their headquarters in Amsterdam during World War II. They seized all the company's inventory of diamonds and shipped all of the family and nearly all of the polishers to concentration camps. Only ten family members and fifteen of the five hundred polishers survived by the end of the war. In 1946, Joop and Louis Asscher declined an invitation to start a company in New York and remained in Amsterdam. The company thrives today as the Royal Asscher Diamond Company.
The sapphire, along with ruby, is a member of the corundum family and comes in a variety of colors including violet, green, yellow, orange, pink and purple. This precious gemstone has been cherished for centuries as the stone of wisdom and integrity. The Greeks wore sapphires for wisdom and understanding at Delphi; Buddhists believed they brought devotion and spiritual enlightenment; and royalty sought their powers of protections and insight. Sapphires remain a popular choice in engagement rings for their symbolism of loyalty, honesty, devotion and deep spirituality.
This design, crafted from tools used by a nineteenth century Charleston silversmith, is inspired by the wrought iron double gate railing original to the gateway of First Scots Presbyterian Church in Charleston, SC. The congregation was established in 1731, and the current sanctuary was completed in 1814.
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Pendant/broach 2 5/8" length, 1 7/8" width,
Earrings, each 2" length, 3/4" width
1.02 troy ounce total weight (32 grams total weight)
This stunning cruciform design three-piece set, comprised of a pendant and earpendants en suite, speaks to the connoisseur of beautiful jewelry. The gold is unmarked but tested 18kt. This set has interchangeable components as the cruciform pendant doubles as a brooch and the ear pendants have detachable drops. The demi-parure form dates to the mid-fifteen hundreds and is generally composed of a necklace or brooch and earrings. This matchless European set comes in the original leather presentation case.
Garnet – linked, with the ruby, to the sun, the garnet increases vitality. It decreases inflammation, depression, anemia, and gallstones, while restoring the balance of blood circulation and fluids in the body. It represents courage and strength. The Bible records Noah’s Ark as having a garnet lantern.
Pearl – linked to the moon, the pearl increases vitality, healing, and longevity, decreases bleeding, pain and gallstones, while restoring the balance of fluids in the body. The pearl represents purity, innocence, faith, honesty and spiritual transformation. In India, pearls protect against evil.
Cannetille Work - motifs include three-dimensional beehives, scrolls, tendrils, rosettes and coils.
Both Carl Faberge and George Paulding Farnham, famed designer for Tiffany and Co., made jewelry featuring garnets.