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Feature Friday: September’s Sapphires

Welcome to September, readers. This month ushers in fall, football, and a new birthstone: sapphire. From the Greek word sappheiros, meaning “blue stone” sapphires are a precious gem that come in many colors. In fact, when a sapphire is deep rep, it is considered to be a ruby, which has an identical composition to that of sapphires.

Depending on the color of a sapphire, it is believed to bring the wearer full creative potential, inspiration, luck, and clarity. We think that while these are all desirable, a piece of sapphire jewelry is even likelier to bring you compliments en masse. Check out some of Raymond Lee Jewelers’ picks for September’s birth stone.

Poiray 18K Yellow Gold and Pink Sapphire Pave Ball Ring

This fun and bright pink sapphire ring is a stunning addition to any jewelry collection.

18K White Gold and Multi Colored Sapphire Line Bracelet

 This brightly-hued bracelet showcases sapphires in a variety of colorways and complements nearly every outfit.

Valente 18kt White Gold Sapphire and Diamond Ring

 Pink, green and sky blue sapphires stud this white gold ring and surround a wave of diamonds. The gradation of the stones creates one of Fall’s biggest trends, ombre, in a beautiful palette.

18kt White Gold Diamond and Sapphire Bracelet

This updated take on the classic tennis bracelet features stunning blue sapphires and diamonds accenting dual bands with funky geometric shapes. It’s the perfect combination of modern and vintage that makes this piece completely unique.

18K White Gold Diamond and Sapphire Men's ID Bracelet

Last but not least, this piece is for the September-born gents in your life. Crisp, white gold bars bracket clean lines of sapphire and diamond rows to create a luxurious and masculine work of art for his wrist.

So, September babies, what is your favorite color variation of sapphire? Are you pining for any of these pieces? If so, you’re in luck – all sapphire jewelry is 10% off for the month of September. Consider it your birthday gift from us!

Liz for Raymond Lee Jewelers, your source for pre-owned sapphire jewelry.

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Tubular Tuesdays: In The Shop

A Picture Perfect Peek at Three Tremendous Timepieces of the Raymond Lee Jewelers Inventory… Today.

The Rolex Submariner 16610

The Rolex Submariner 16610 is the classic diving watch.  It’s 904L stainless steel case is able to withstand depths up to 300 meters (1,000 feet).  With a 40mm case it is on the larger size for gents watches.  As a standard, men’s watches are usually 36-40 mm.  The Submariner remains one of Rolex’s most popular watches. Not only is this gorgeous timepiece classic, it’s also on-trend; GQ’s September cover features Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez wearing this bright, modern timepiece.

The Rolex Datejust Masterpiece 81339

This 18K white gold stunner features a Tahitian Mother of Pearl dial that lends an air of sophistication and uniqueness. Add to this the double row of diamonds encircling the face of the watch, the scratch resistant sapphire crystal, and the diamond dial, and this watch becomes a true collectors piece.

The Rolex Daytona 116589

Introduced in 1963, the Daytona collection was designed to fit the needs of racecar drivers. Whether you’re looking to perfectly measure your lap time, or you’re simply a fan of beautiful timepieces, this particular Daytona is in a league of its own. Cased in white gold, the dial is mother of pearl with diamonds, surrounded by a bezel of diamonds, and capped off with a supple black leather band.

Readers, which of these pre-owned luxury watches would you most like to own?

Liz for Raymond Lee Jewelers, South Florida’s choice for pre-owned Rolexes and luxury timepieces.

Wedding Wednesday: Colored Bridal Jewelry

If we can use one, and only one word to describe this season’s must-wear wedding jewels, it’s this: Color, with a capital C.

colorful bridal jewelry, Raymond Lee Jewelers

Brides-to-be across the globe are going gaga for precious stones in every hue of the rainbow. From Brides to The Knot, the powers-that-be in the wedding world have shouted their support for this colorfully gorgeous trend. Raymond Lee Jewelers is South Florida’s first and most trusted source for luxury pre-owned precious gems, and we’ve found a stone for every bride in love with both their groom and Roy G. Biv.

Rubies

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18K Yellow and White Gold, Ruby and Diamond Necklace

Rubies are incredibly rare precious gems prized beyond diamonds in some cultures. The most desirable rubies are called “pigeon blood” rubies which, admittedly, is pretty gross, but the color of these stones is incomparable. Brides who wear rubies down the aisle are passionate, fiery and luxe. “The ruby definitely is something to smile about for its exquisite beauty when set as jewelry, and because the ruby also stands for peace and contentment.” – admirable attributes of any marriage.

Topaz

Orange Topaz and Diamond Pendant on Amazon.com

Topaz are the birthstone of the month of November and are famed for their amber hues, but they range in color from pink, yellow blue, peach, gold and even green. Like diamonds, topaz are graded by the 4 C’s, and are impossible to identify with the naked eye when compared to look-alike Citrine. Orange topaz represent constancy, loyalty, faithfulness and strength, making them an excellent choice for wedding-day jewels.

Yellow Diamonds

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Tiffany Yellow Diamonds

 Once thought to be inferior to just plain ol’ regular diamonds, the yellow diamond (or Fancy colored diamond) has quickly leveled the playing field with its crystal clear cousin. Celebs, perhaps most noticeably Mr. Gucci Mayne, have popularized fancy and intense colored yellow diamonds, leaving brides-to-be clamoring for this stunning, sunny rock. Tiffany & Co., in honor of their famous Tiffany Yellow Diamond jumped on this timeless yet trendy bandwagon with a slew of lovely yellow diamond jewelry.

Emeralds

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Vintage emerald, rose gold and diamond bracelet.

With gorgeous deep green all over the runways this season, no stone is more Fall-ready than emerald. These gorgeous stones dazzle in pure green and shine with uniqueness. Emerald green is “…the colour of beauty and of constant love. In ancient Rome, green was the colour of Venus, the goddess of beauty and love….
The magnificent green of the emerald is a colour which conveys harmony, love of Nature and elemental joie de vivre.”

Sapphires

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Diana sapphire, diamond 14 kt white gold earrings

For fast approaching September nuptials, why not wear next month’s designated birthstone? Sapphires come in a variety of colors naturally, including pink, but are famed for their gorgeous blue tones. It is believed by some that sapphires “promote joy, faith, hope and protection during long journeys.

Amethyst

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Cartier 18kt White Gold and Amethyst ring

Gorgeous amethyst stones range from lavender to royal purple in color; it is the stone associated with nobles from Catherine the Great to the ancient Egyptians. Its name is derived from the Greek word for “not drunk”; even if your jewels can’t steer your hubby’s fraternity brother groomsman away from the bar, rest assured that your guests will only be focused on your stunning purple gems. Amethyst, according to Leonardo Da Vinci, “holds the power to dissipate evil thoughts and quicken one’s intelligence.”

Brides-to-be, are you planning on donning colorful jewels for the big day? Did your fiance gift you with a colorful engagement ring? Discuss in the comments below!

Liz for Raymond Lee Jewelers, South Florida’s first choice for vintage and luxury pre-owned bridal jewelry.

New Rolex MSRP List Effective May 10, 2011

Effective May 10th, 2011: Rolex MSRP Updates

Many of you are already aware of the genuine admiration  have for the Rolex timepiece. Perhaps our post outlining the logistics of a Certified Pre-Owned Rolex Watch as a Wise Investment or the Don’t be Fooled by a Faux: A Genuine Rolex Watch Reference, warning our readers of the sure fire signs that define a fake Rolex may have tipped you off as to just how dear we hold these exquisite timepieces to our hearts.

Rolex Submariner

In the process of learning about the intricate engineering of certified chronometer movements, self-winding mechanisms, automatic time calibration and quartz movements that belong to Rolex timepieces, I have indeed become more of a devoted fan to the ultimate name in precision and luxury than I ever considered possible.

This history and evolution of the Rolex timepiece is an intriguing, award-winning and record-breaking tale of master engineering. Rolex timepieces remain the ultimate standard of quality craftsmanship, standing the test of time in every way.

The MSRP of Rolex Watch Models has been updated. The newly released prices will be effective starting today, May 10, 2011.

Please be patient with us, as we catalog the directory of all new Rolex MSRP prices at RaymondLeeJewelers.com. This blog entry will soon be updated with a direct link to a complete directory of updated Rolex Watch MSRP Listings, organized by Model Number on the Raymond Lee Jewelers Website.

For the time being, I’d like to offer you a quick overview ofthe most popular Rolex Wristwatch Models, along with their updated MSRP values.  If you should have a particular request for a Rolex MSRP that is not listed here, please email the Rolex model number you would like to see the current MSRP of to alex@webuybigdiamonds.com, and I’ll be happy to send you the requested prices as soon as possible.

Effective Today: Rolex Watch MSRP Updates

Prices and Model Information Effective May 10, 2011, Subject to change without notice.

Rolex Oyster Datejust

Oyster Perpetual Air King 34mm

  • 114200 – $4,950.00

– – Stainless Steel, domed bezel, 31 jewel chronometer movement, synthetic sapphire crystal, with Oyster bracelet 70190

  • 114234  – $6,000.00

– – Stainless Steel Case, 18kt white gold fluted bezel, 31 jewel chronometer movement, synthetic sapphire crystal, with Oyster bracelet 70190

  • 114234 – $7,750.00 *

– W/ 11 diamonds set on Roman dial and Oyster Bracelet 70190 *

Oyster Perpetual Date 34mm

  • 115200 – $6,100.00

— Stainless Steel, domed bezel, 31 jeweler chronometer movement, synthetic sapphire crystal, with Oyster bracelet 70200

  • 115210 – $6,150.00

— Stainless Steel, engine-turned bezel, 31 jewel chronometer movement, synthetic sapphire crystal, with Oyster bracelet 72190

  • 115234 – $7,150.00

— Stainless Steel case, 18kt white gold fluted bezel, 31 jewel chronometer movement, synthetic sapphire crystal, with Oyster bracelet 72190

115234$7,950.00 *

–W/ 5 diamonds set on Arabic dial and Oyster bracelet 72190 *

Oyster Perpetual Lady-Datejust 26mm

  • 179136 – $51,300.00

— Platinum, bezel set with 42 diamonds, 10 diamonds set on dial, 31 jewel chronometer movement, synthetic sapphire crystal, with President bracelet 83136

  • 179136 – $79,700.00 *

— W/ Mother-of-Pearl diamond dial and “President Karat” bracelet 84136 *


Oyster Perpetual GMT-Master II 40mm

  • 116710 – $7,900.00

— Stainless Steel, special 24-hour Cerachrom bezel and hand, independently adjustable 12-hour hand, 31 jewel chronometer movement, synthetic sapphire crystal, with special Oysterlock bracelet 78200

  • 116713 – $11,750.00

–Stainless Steel case, 18kt yellow gold bezel, independently adjustable 12-hour hand, 31 jewel chronometer movement, synthetic sapphire crystal, with special Oysterlock bracelet 78203

  • 116718 – $29,500.00

— 18kt yellow gold, special 24-hour Cerachrom bezel and hand, independently adjustable 12-hour hand, 31 jewel chronometer movement, synthetic sapphire crystal, with special Oysterlock bracelet 78208

Oyster Perpetual Submariners

Oyster Perpetual Submariner Date 40mm

116610 – $8,000.00

— Stainless steel, pressure-proof to 1,000 feet, special time-lapse Cerachrom bezel, 31 jewel chronometer movement, synthetic sapphire crystal, with special glidelock clasp and Oyster bracelet 97200

Oyster Perpetual Rolex Deepsea 44mm

116660 – $10,650.00 

— Stainless steel, pressure-proof to 12,800 feet, helium escape valve, special time-lapse Cerachrom bezel, 31 jewel chronometer movement, synthetic sapphire crystal, with special glidelock and fliplock clasp and extension link Oyster bracelet 98210

Oyster Perpetual Submariner Date 40mm

116618 – $31,300

— 18kt yellow gold, pressure-proof to 1,00 feet, special time-lapse Cerachrom bezel, 31 jewel chronometer movement, synthetic sapphire crystal, with special glidelock clasp and Oyster bracelet 97208

There’s a nice start for you! The complete Rolex MSRP list will be live shortly.

Here are a few more favorites to reference until then…

Daytona
116520
$11,250.00
116523
$15,950.00
116505
$34,700.00

Yachtmaster
16622
$11,200.00
11623
  $11,800.00

Datejust II
116334
$8,600.00
116333
$10,800.00

Datejust 36mm
116234
Plain Dial on Jubilee Bracelet  $7,550.00
116200
Plain Dial on Oyster Bracelet –   $6,300.00
116233
  Plain Dial on Jubilee Bracelet $10,100.00

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Hope everybody is having a tremendously terrific Tuesday, and that you got yourself those cupcakes I told you about this morning! 🙂

Alexandra at Raymond Lee Jewelers

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While intrigued by the inner workings and discogrophy of Rolex history yesterday, I stumbled upon a few Rolex-related links 
that I thought would be of great value to you! 
Enjoy!

Covers an entire range of Rolex related queries! Worth Reading for anybody interested in owning a Rolex timepiece at some point!

http://forums.timezone.com/index.php?t=tree&goto=2277&rid=5

A Blog Dedicated to the Rolex Watch by Bernhard, featuring ‘rare birds’ of the vintage Rolex world and interesting, unusual facts and notations!

http://100percent-rolex.blogspot.com/

🙂 You’re Welcome.

Hey, There’s a Ruby in that Watch! The Intelligence of Natural Gemstones

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The Intelligence of Natural Gemstones

Jewel bearings were introduced in 1702 by Nicolas Fatio (or Facio) de Duillier  to reduce the friction in watches. The two-part mechanism breakthrough in timepiece engineering includes a bearing, in which a metal spindle turns in a jewel lined pivot hole. The advantages of jewel bearings include high accuracy, small size and weight,low static friction and highly consistent dynamic friction.

When the use of jewel bearings was first patented in 1702, only the most elite quality watchmakers used sapphire, ruby, or diamond jewel pivots. The majority of watchmakers would use  garnet, quartz, or even glass jewels to create their jewel bearings, due to the high cost of natural ruby and sapphire gemstones.

Jewel bearings for watches were ground from tiny pieces of natural gemstones from their introduction in 1702 until the early 20th Century. In the early 1900’s, a process to create synthetic rubies was discovered by Parisian Professor, Abraham-Louis Breguet . This process was invented in order to eliminate the high cost of natural gemstones by creating synthetic sapphires to be utilized in watch crystals. Nearly all modern-day watches use this synthetic ruby (or sapphire) in their watch jewel bearings.

Read on to discover the precise and persistent role in which the Ruby has played throughout the evolution of  timepiece mechanics, and the inherently possessed intelligence and engineering abilities of natural gemstones…

18K Yellow Gold, Diamond and Ruby ring in a crested wave design

Size 6.5, can be sized

Diamonds are approximately 1.20ctw
Diamonds are VS/SI in clarity H/I in color
Rubies 27 Cabochons Graduating in Size from 1.5mm-3mm

There is one constant element that you will find in each and every mechanical timepiece, from the earliest models to today’s modern designs. A complex integration of finely balanced moving parts are the fundamental foreground for all mechanical watches. This complex composition of mechanics involves the vital presence of a plain bearing. A watch bearing is a relationship, if you will, between pivot pieces and the torus shaped holes in which they are turned into.

Pivot pieces turn into torus shaped holes, which are drilled into two brass plates that are separated by pillars. The lower situated brass plate of the two was once drilled with small holes in order to allow the opposite end of the pivot to turn. Small amounts of oil were used to lubricate the pivots within the torus shaped holes. Through the progression of time, an accumulation of debris and dust from daily use would slowly form within the small holes.

A mixture of oils and debris would form into an abrasive material, acting asa sandpaper of sorts, slowly wearing away the soft brass of the plates, and eventually even the hard steel pivots. The once torus shaped pivot holes would morph into oval shapes as a result of this material accruing, directly causing erratic watch function and eventual failure.

Frustrated with this difficult and seemingly unavoidable eventuality, Watchmakers began to search for a material that was harder than brass, and which could withstand the constant movement of the pivots. The winning material was found in the natural Ruby gemstone, the second hardest natural material on record in the world. Fatio de Duillier made his mark on the historical evolution of timepieces when he developed and patented a method of perforating jewels for use in clocks in the early 1700’s.

With the goal in mind to optimize the capture of solar energy, Fatio suggested using a tracking mechanism which was capable of pivoting around the Sun. A well-known Swiss mathematician,  Nicolas Fatio de Duillier was the first to discover the ruby’s potential as a jewel bearing. Fatio was previously known for his close friendship and collaborations with Isaac Newton, his extraordinary work on the zodiacal light problem, and for originating the “push” or “shadow” theory of gravitation.

Natural Ruby (naturally occurring ruby crystal)

In collaboration with Pierre and Jacob Debaufre, Fatio de Duillier patented the use of  jewels as wheel bearings in mechanical clocks in 1702. This would mark the beginning of many advancements in the development of timepiece precision that would utilize the knowledge of planetary alignment and universal positioning as a guide to advanced timepiece engineering.

In 1902, Parisian Professor Auguste Victor Louis Verneuil created the first synthetic gemstone. A synthetic ruby. Verneuil perfected a flame-fusion method of producing crystals of ruby and other corundums within a short time period. This method became more industrialized over time; the basic components of rubies, alumina, undergoes purification, heating, fusion and crystallization, which results in a pear-shaped piece of artificial ruby.

This pear-shaped ruby is then sliced into small pieces and these pieces are shipped off to watchmakers. The watchmakers then destroy 90% of the synthetic ruby to turn into a usable part for a watch.  The high cost of certain modern-day mechanical watches are not due to the high price of natural rubies, as the wristwatches of the 18th and 19th Century. However, the labor intensive process of putting the synthetic rubies into the watch bearings is costly due to the time and labor invested to their proper placement in the jewel bearing.

The use of jewels in timepieces remains strong and steadfast in the world of watches, as they serve two valuable purposes. The first is the reduced friction within the bearings. This directly increases the accuracy and precision of the timepiece. Jewel surfaces within watch bearings reduces variations in movement, increasing the life and maintained integrity of the bearings.

Chopard Your Hour H Watch 13/6965 with Rubies

Authentic Chopard Your Hour 13/6965 18K White Gold and Ruby Watch

Brand New with Papers

18K White Gold Case

Pave Set with 100 Rubies=1.00ct

So,today let’s give a silent thanks in recognition of the Ruby and Sapphire Gemstones… The intelligent natural gemstones you never knew were in your watch!

Feature Friday: Authentic Jaeger Le Coultre Master Tourbillion 165.24.20

The photographs of this brand new Master Tourbillion Men’s 18k Rose Gold Wristwatch by Jaeger Le Coultre truly do speak for themselves.

The details and accents of this intricately designed luxury timepiece include a Scratch Resistant Sapphire Crystal, Brown Crocodile Leather Bracelet and 18k Rose Gold Case, Hour Markers and Hand Indicators. The Jaeger Le Coultre luxury watch has never been worn and remains in original packaging, with a still-sealed Booklet, Papers, Loupe and Original Box.

(This extraordinary watch is of great interest to collectors!)

Jaeger Le Coultre

Jaeger Le Coultre

Impeccably Designed

With Automatic Tourbillion Movement, Date Around Dial , Smooth 18k Rose Gold Bezel and Water Resistance of 50 m (165 feet), this brand new incredible timepiece by Jaeger Le Coultre is a rare and wonderful find!

A brand new luxury watch of this caliber doesn’t surface very often, and sadly enough will not be with us for long. With an original retail price of $60,950, this 2007 Master Tourbillion Men’s Wristwatch is being offered to you at an incredible price of $47,995 on our eBay Store, with a 1 Year Warranty

Bid now to build upon your collection of Jaeger Le Coultre, or start one with this brand new Master Tourbillion extraordinary timepiece.

Daniel Craig Sports the New Omega DeVille- Florida Gold Store

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Omega DeVille at Raymond Lee Jewelers

Since 2006 Daniel Craig has become synonymous with the Omega brand of watches ever since he donned a tux and a  Omega watch in the James Bond movie, Casino Royale. There was much controversy over the decision to choose blond-haired Craig for the traditionally black-haired bond; what caused little controversy was the watch on Craigs wrist. This new bond needed a watch that was both masculine and elegant, the Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean model 2900.50.91 was chosen. The Planet Ocean has a diameter of 45.5 mm and was on a sporty black rubber band with a black dial. This was the first time an Omega watch was shown in a Bond film with a black dial, all other Omegas had a blue dial. Later in the film Bond is shown wearing a Coaxial version of Omega Seamaster Professional with a blue dial model 222.80.00. In Quantum of Solace, James Bond only wears a Seamaster Planet Ocean 600 M  model 2201.50.00 with  Coaxial technology, black dial and a stainless steel strap.

Today Daniel Craig is one of Omega’s biggest watch ambassadors and is often seeing wearing some amazing timepieces from their collection. Lately he has been spotted wearing an Omega DeVille Hour Vision Blue. This is a special version of the DeVille which was created in support of ORBIS International and its fight against preventable blindness.

The beautiful wristwatch features a sleek steel case with a leather strap and a stunning metallic blue dial with a sun-brushed design. The stainless steel case is considerably more slim than Omega’s large watches such as the Seamaster, measuring 41 mm. The watch has Omega’s most celebrated movement, the Co-Axial caliber 8500 which is viewable through the sapphire crystal on the caseback. The model number for this new edition is 431.33.41.21.03.001.

ORBIS is an organization which delivers eye care to some of the world’s most remote and developing regions; founded in 1982 ORBIS has helped over 12 million people receive medical care. Omega has agreed to donate one million dollars from its sale of this special edition.

Raymond Lee Jewelers’ showroom has many Omega watches for sale at incredible prices. If you are not looking for a wristwatch we are also Florida Gold Store, we buy and sell gold at competitive rates.

-Carlos at Raymond Lee Jewelers

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