If you’ve browsed much jewelry online, you’ve already heard of Oakgem – the 30 year veteran jewelry store, based in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, is well known for their eclectic collection of fine estate and designer jewelry. If you’ve spent any time at all browsing jewelry on 1stdibs or even on Pinterest, you’ve probably found your way to an Oakgem piece.
They’re also known for their selection of flatware and United States coins, but we’re not going to talk about those categories here today (although I really do think rare coins are cool).
My very favorite thing about Oakgem is the incredible variety you can find there. It’s not just that they have a lot of different kinds of pieces, but they have a lot of different kinds of pieces that are all remarkable. My Oakgem wishlist has pieces that span hundreds of years, all noteworthy. That’s hard to find.
To give you an idea of the kinds of pieces I’m talking about, I’m going to walk through my personal Oakgem wishlist. Well – an abbreviated version thereof. My full list of pieces from Oakgem I’d like to own is terrifyingly long.
I thought we’d start with a quartet of rings, because that’s always a good place to start! These are all estate and all absurdly fabulous.
Top left is rock crystal with onyx and diamonds; top right is a fan-shaped design by Georland France in turquoise, onyx, and diamonds; bottom right is a 1960’s gold, diamond, and turquoise cluster; and bottom left is a 1960’s Cartier piece with ruby and turquoise in gold.
This 1980’s David Webb azurite set is a bit chunkier that what I usually go for, but I swoon for the big, beautiful pieces of that magical blue-green stone.
And if I ever did get the funds together to achieve my jewelry bucket list item of a David Webb azurite piece, Oakgem would be a great place to do it – their flawless reputation means you can rest easy that any signed pieces they offer have been properly authenticated.
These gorgeous antique day-to-night earrings are convertible: the larger, lower parts detach and the upper elements can be worn as a more subtle pair of earrings. They’re rose-cut diamonds in silver over gold, and – most interestingly – the designers is Tiffany & Co.. It’s unusual to see a piece like this from the great T & Co.
This necklace is just so weird and so fabulous. It’s from the 1960’s, made in Italy, and features blue sodalite in yellow gold. It’s fun and flamboyant and I adore it.
This glamorous retro brooch features amethyst, tourmaline, pearls, and diamonds in gold. I love how it takes the iconic starburst brooch shape and adds visual interest by making the elements that reach outward geometric.
These colorful earrings have a lot in common with many of my favorite Victorian earrings, but they’re larger in scale – which makes sense, seeing as how they date to the funky 1970’s. Lapis, pearls, and turquoise in gold.
I’m assuming that the reasons behind my love for this antique silver-topped gold and opal ring are obvious: it’s ridiculously beautiful. That iridescent opal, the rich contrast of the silver’s patina with the embellished yellow gold shoulders…where do I sign?
I love the sleek lines of this Georg Jensen bypass cuff bracelet. It’s 18k yellow gold with pearls.
This necklace. What can I even say? It’s just so pretty.
This piece is antique, and features a mix of natural Burmese rubies, sapphires, diamonds, and a few synthetic sapphires and rubies in gold. It’s simply beautiful.There’s nothing like a classic Victorian cuff bracelet. I love the texture on this one! It’s such a simple piece, but so interesting.
Here’s another David Webb piece. This ring is a great example of my favorite Webb designs: it’s bulbous and sort of weird but somehow there’s something perfect about its proportions that makes it incredibly satisfying to look at.
Two great little Victorian brooches (1/2)! These pieces have so much personality. I love brooches for cooler weather – I’m definitely going to try to work more pieces like this into my own collection.
What do you think of my Oakgem wishlist, darlings? Which piece is your favorite?
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