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A Diamond Ring with a Place In History

Recently a client showed us a platinum and Old European-cut Diamond ring with a possibly unique family history. Our challenge was to create a wedding band to compliment the style of a ring that is almost 100 years old.

The diamond ring originally belonged to our client’s great-great-aunt, hereafter “Mrs. L ”. At the outbreak of World War II, she was living in the Philippines with her husband, one of the founders of the Manila Stock Exchange. An illness that prevented them from being evacuated with other U.S. citizens had a frightening consequence: when the Japanese invaded​​​ the Philippines they were sent to an internment camp.

At the outset of their imprisonment, Mrs. L. realized that she and her husband would be stripped of all possessions. Fearful of losing the diamond ring that her husband had proposed with in the 1920’s, she hid the cherished ring inside the drain pipe of a building within the camp, in the hope that it would not fall into enemy hands and be lost forever.

Although in poor health, both Mrs. L. and her husband managed to survive their ordeal in the Japanese internment camp. When finally liberated in 1945, Mrs. L. retrieved her diamond ring, untouched in its astutely chosen hiding place.

Some years later, the ring passed from Mrs. L. to her sister, our client’s great-grandmother and in time, down through the generations to the present day when the much-loved ring has just become an engagement ring once again.

After almost a century of wear, this noteworthy diamond ring is in good but not robust condition. Since the need for restoration work would inevitably arise in the near future, we felt it preferable to preserve the integrity of the ring as it is now. Placing a single wedding band alongside would create friction, further wearing the sides of the ring. To prevent this, we designed a pair of wedding bands, contoured for a snug “glove fit” on either side. The antique ring nestles, perfectly aligned, between the connected bands that will fend off much of the normal wear and tear of daily use.

We wanted to ensure that the antique diamond ring and the new bands looked as if they had always belonged together. To complete the impression, the bands were hand-engraved with “bright-cut” decoration in a style appropriate to the date of the diamond ring.

We are honored to have been chosen for such a sensitive and meaningful project, and proud of the trust placed in Villarreal Fine Jewelers by the great-great-grand-niece of Mrs. L.  If the late Mrs. L. is looking down from above, we do hope that she is pleased with the finished results!

Designer- Malcolm Brown
Joseph R. Villarreal, G. G. (GIA)
Villarreal Fine Jewelers – Austin’s Custom Jeweler,  Austin, TX
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COLOR IN BRIDAL IS BACK WHERE IT BELONGS

Diamond gemstones not just for engagements anymore. Colored gemstones are making a comeback with all their magnificent color and beauty. “At Villarreal Fine Jewelers we love working with colored gemstones.”- designer Malcolm Brown.


There was a time in this great land, not too long ago, when a great behemoth of a company ruled the airwaves with a constant barrage of commercials stating that “A Diamond is Forever”. One would have been considered weird or rebellious to get engaged with anything other than a diamond. Well, things have changed here in the 21st century with a renaissance of color emerging in engagement rings. Women and men are choosing gemstones for their most important and symbolic piece of jewelry that better reflect them as individuals. It is a new age, free of any pressure or traditional bonds to choose fabulous color over the monotony of the colorless.
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Custom Designed Fancy Orangy-Brown Diamond Engagement Ring – Villarreal Fine Jewelers

Prior to the days of mass marketing’s influence on the population, colored gemstones were far more popular as a symbol of one’s love for another. In fact, sapphires were the gemstone of choice in early engagement rings, not only for their beauty, value and symbolism of love, but they were also believed to reveal any infidelity of the wearer. In the 18th and 19th century, colored gemstones were valued higher than diamonds, so it was more special for a bride to receive a rarer, more valuable colored gemstone than a more run-of-the-mill diamond. 
Today’s brides-to-be can choose from an incredible array of gemstones and hues. There are so many reasons that a person may connect with a particular type of gemstone. It could be as simple as a favorite color. It could be the origin of the gemstone. It could be a special cosmic trait that a gemstone possesses and creates a bond with the wearer. Whatever the reason, there is a universe of options available to the newly unshackled engagement ring shopper.
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Custom Designed Pear Shaped Emerald and Diamond Engagement Ring- Villarreal Fine Jewelers

There are some practical considerations that should come into the decision-making process when choosing a colored gemstone engagement ring. One of the most important factors is durability. You will wear your engagement ring for a long time, so it is imperative to select a gemstone that will stand up to the daily grind of life. Really durable gemstones include sapphires, rubies, chrysoberyl (alexandrite), topaz and spinel. Within this list, you will find every color in the rainbow to select from.  Your choices are endless and it is entirely up to the wearer as to which gemstone speaks to him or her.
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Custom Designed Round Brilliant Ruby and Diamond Engagement Ring – Villarreal Fine Jewelers

Colored gemstones are returning as the symbol of love and romance as they have been throughout history.  The few decades-long blip on the radar of mass marketed colorless stones is being replaced by a new era of freedom of choice and personal expression.  We are honored and proud to be able to play a role in so many new special moments involving our beautiful colored gemstones and award-winning jewelry designs, and look forward to many more as color returns to its rightful place in the realm of romance.

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Designer- Malcolm Brown
Joseph R. Villarreal, G. G. (GIA)
Villarreal Fine Jewelers – Austin’s Custom Jeweler,  Austin, TX
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Large, Rare Diamonds Reveal the Inner Workings of Earth’s Mantle

A Diamond Truly Is Forever – in more ways than one. You will never look at a diamond the same way again.

Large and exceptional gem diamonds like the famous Cullinan or Lesotho Promise tend to have a set of physical characteristics that distinguish them from other kinds of diamonds (fig 1). One of the most noted characteristics is a low nitrogen concentration, such that these diamonds are predominantly type II, although not all type II diamonds necessarily belong to this family. New research published in Science reveals that these Cullinan-like gems, dubbed “CLIPPIR” diamonds, tell us something remarkable about the deep earth.

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“We were both beyond pleased…”

“My fiancé and I visited Villarreal Fine Jewelers after a friend of ours suggested them. We were trying to find someone that could design a custom wedding band that went well with my vintage engagement ring. We were both BEYOND pleased with our Custom Designer, Malcolm, every step of the way. Not only was he extremely nice and professional, but what he created for me is more than I could have ever imagined. Villarreal’s combination of AMAZING design and craftsmanship combined with their genuine kindness and honesty makes them, in our opinions, the BEST Fine Jewelers in Austin, TX!!! I will forever recommend them and Malcolm to everyone I know! Thank you, thank you, thank you Malcolm for what you designed for us, it is truly a work of art that we will treasure forever!”

-S.Talerico – Austin,TX

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“I wanted custom work done for my fiancé’s engagement ring…”

“I wanted custom work done for my fiance’s unique engagement ring but I assumed it would be too expensive. Malcolm quickly dispelled that perception and built me a design that both hit the carat weight I was looking for and fell within my budget. My lady was THRILLED with how it came out. Malcolm and Joseph design with precision, care, passion and integrity. I just ordered a custom wedding band, too, and it will be incredible, I know it. Thanks, Villarreal!”

-S.Talerico – Austin,TX

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“Villarreal could write a book on customer service.”

“I recently designed and purchased a diamond engagement ring with the help of Malcolm at Villarreal. Villarreal was recommended to me by a good friend with extensive experience in fine jewelry and collectibles. The recommendation and Villarreal made the entire experience easy and fun. As a guy with no experience shopping for jewelry, I started my search at another well-established jewelry store. Their service was good, but it was nothing compared to having your own personal jeweler. Villarreal could write a book on customer service. They educated and guided me through the mind-boggling world of diamonds. They were happy to discuss pricing, where we could save, and where we should spend the extra money. I never felt rushed, pressured, or uncomfortable during any point of the process.”

 

It is unusual that I cannot find anything to complain about. But I can’t. I would feel completely comfortable recommending Villarreal to friends or family, and am happy they were recommended too me.

Thanks Malcolm!

-F. Johnson – Austin, TX

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“Malcolm and Joseph were direct and honest about all aspects…”

“I enjoyed working with Malcolm and Joseph at Villarreal Jewelers in designing a personalized pendant. Their office is a great place to go with a concept, where they listen and after which they can take it to a beautiful finished product. Also, Malcolm and Joseph were direct and honest about all aspects of quality and cost, and this is important for an overall experience. The quality of the artisanship is extremely high.”

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“We had no idea what a fruitful and enjoyable process that would be.”

“What a pleasure it has been working with Malcolm Brown designing a ring for my wife for our 35th wedding anniversary. After some false starts it became obvious that we should include my wife in the process. We had no idea what a fruitful and enjoyable process that would be.”

 

“We started with the idea of a simple traditional diamond ring. That evolved into integrating her previous ring into a composite design. The final ring includes 8 marquise-cut diamonds creatively tucked around a beautiful new oval-cut center diamond. The marquise diamonds are meaningful relative to the age and birth order of our two granddaughters.”

“Thus the final product is far from being “just a ring” but rather a significant and meaningful heirloom that will be greatly treasured and passed down through generations. All of this was possible due to Malcolm’s vast experience, creativity and artistic talents. Everyone, from the design team, family and friends, including our insurance agent declared it the most the beautiful and unique ring they had seen. We couldn’t be more pleased with our choice of Villarreal, the design process or the final result.”

-R.Urquhart – Austin, TX

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“Joseph and Malcolm made an otherwise potentially stressful experience completely stress free …”

“I was referred to Villarreal Fine Jewelers by my brother who recently got married earlier this year and used them to custom design his engagement ring. Working with Joseph and Malcolm made an otherwise potentially stressful experience completely stress-free and actually pleasant. Malcolm was very easy to work with and was able to make suggestions without at all coming across as persuasive. In other words, the ring I got was the ring I wanted… And it is a show-stopper of a ring. Just beautiful. I’d recommend them 100% to anyone and I will for sure be going back to them for other custom designs in the future.”

-O.Okpara – Austin, TX

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“These guys are absolutely amazing!”

“I have dealt with Joseph and Malcolm for years and would trust them with all of my future purchases.”

-K.Jackson – Austin, TX

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