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.