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Estate Jewelry

Laykin et Cie believes that vintage and estate jewels are the soul of the jeweled art form. Each piece embodying the cherished memories and dreams of it's former owners. Some passed down through the generations, some more recent. Each with it's own story to tell. Since the early 1960's Laykin et Cie has curated a collection of estate jewels which span the artistic expressions of virtually every thematic epoch of the last two centuries including Georgian, Victorian, Edwardian, Belle Epoque, Art Nouveau, Cubist, Craftsman, Art Deco, Art Moderne, Streamline, Mid Century, Post Modern, Hollywood Regency and Expressionist. For decades the firm delighted the public with exhibitions throughout the United States of it's storied estate jewelry collection which included pieces from the great families and personalities of the Nation. Jeweled collections of Hollywood Celebrities, captains of industry, royalty and even U.S Presidents. Today the Laykin Estate Collection emphasizes pieces which were designed, produced or sold by Laykin et Cie while also featuring collections which have been acquired from current and former Laykin clients.
  • Antique Double Anchor Pin
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    Circa 1880's this fine representation of nautical inspired jewelry from the Victorian era has gorgeous balance and execution. Hand made in silver and yellow gold, the pin features natural pearls, full cut diamonds and beautiful Burmese rubies.
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  • Laykin Vintage Bangle Watch 1937
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    Vintage Laykin et Cie diamond bangle watch circa 1937. Produced in the Los Angeles Laykin atelier this lovely original was among dozens of creative bangle designs produced by the firm during the 1930's and 1940's. The vision for these bangle watches was "dramatic timing". The result was treasured mechanical timepieces that provided stunning accents to the tailored outfits of the time.
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  • Edwardian Diamond and Aquamarine Neckace in a fitted box from the author of the term
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    A graceful Edwardian necklace wrought of platinum, diamonds and aquamarine in a fitted box and produced by William James Lewis Abbot FGS FRAJ of St. Leonards-on-Sea, England. This one-of-a-kind necklace is in it's own fitted leather, silk and felt box and features as it's center piece a beautiful natural aquamarine in faceted pear shape which is of perfect natural color.  Mr. Lewis was a jeweler and a geologist in the late 1800's and early 1900's.  By the time of his death he was broke and without resources, but during his younger years he allowed his fine work as a jeweler to finance his work in archeology which led him to touch scandal in what was known as the "Piltdown Inquest" which centered on the subject of early man on the British Isles. Lewis' eye however for fine stones was well recognized, he maintained an important world class collection which after his death was divided between prominent collectors and museums where many samples remain to this day. He is credited with coining the term "Gemmology"

     

    William James Lewis Abbott

    From NATURE, The International Journal of Science (August 26th 1933)

    THE death is reported of William James Lewis Abbott, the well-known archologist, at the age of eighty years, at St. Leonards-on-Sea. He was by calling a jeweller, and early in his career took up the scientific study of gem-stones, a subject on which he instituted classes and became a lecturer at the Polytechnic. Extending his studies to geology, his interests centred particularly on the more recent deposits of the south coast of England. It was inevitable at that time that he should be attracted to the investigation of the earliest evidence of man's handiwork, and the associated animal remains, in these deposits. As one of the pioneers in the study of man's first efforts in the shaping of stone implements, Abbott's views were those of a practical man and based upon his experience and study of the character of the material in which he himself had worked. He maintained that a scientific knowledge of the nature of stone was an essential preliminary to argument based upon technical considerations of form. Throughout his life a lover of a specialised terminology, he coined for this study the name litho-clasiology, as he had christened his earlier researches ‘gemmology’.

     

     

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  • Platinum, Emerald and Diamond Bracelet
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    Platinum, Emerald and Diamond Bracelet
    Set with five emerald-cut emeralds weighing approximately 18.60 carats, spaced by five smaller emerald-cut emeralds, further accented by round and square-cut diamonds weighing approximately 19.70 carats, unsigned, length 7 inches; with an extra link composed of one small emerald and six diamonds; circa 1959. Sold - no longer available
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  • Rose Gold 1940's retro ladies watch with rubies and diamonds
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    Lucien Picard produced this lovely example of an early 1940's retro watch set in stunning rose gold with rubies and diamonds. This watch has a mechanical movement and like all Laykin et Cie estate watches carries an 18 month mechanical warranty.
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  • Ruby, Citrine, Rose Gold Brooch
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    Calibre Burmese rubies set off this stunning Laykin et Cie brooch from the 1930's which also features three beautiful emerald cut citrine topaz stones. This brooch is emblematic of the period and illustrates the whimsical and free flowing design spirit of the time. Imagined in the Laykin et Cie design studio atop the flagship salon on Sunset Blvd this rose gold creation was crafted with a variety of stones and colors and can now once again can be ordered as part of the 2017 Laykin collection.
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  • Victorian sapphire and diamond necklace in a fitted box Circa 1880
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    An exquisite Victorian blue sapphire and diamond necklace in a fitted box circa 1880 and produced by The Diamond Merchants Jewellers CO. of 138 New Bond Street, London.  This perfect condition piece has stood the test of time and is as feminine and lovely today as it was when it was produced at the height of the British Empire while Sir William Gladstone was Prime Minister and Queen Victoria ruled the throne. The lovely old mine cut diamond at the bottom of this necklaces suspension system is nearly 4 carats and the oval sapphire which serves as it's focal point is most likely of Cashmere origin and has a perfectly distributed blue.
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  • Laykin Diamond Company 1920's Fillegree Brooch
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    This classic brooch featuring a Greek key design in a lovely representation of late Edwardian design was produced by the pre-curser to Laykin et Cie, the Laykin Diamond Company in the 1920's in Los Angeles.  Wrought of Platinum and Diamonds it creates a dramatic statement when adorning a lovely structured dress on the shoulder or base of the breast.  These Edwardian pins can also fasten scarves, cashmere shawls or even adorn the hair.  Total weight 8.5 cts of diamonds.
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  • Vintage yellow gold and ruby watch circa 1940's
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    A beautiful example of a French 1940's yellow gold watch with calibre rubies retailed by Laykin et Cie.  Laykin's was an early importer of fine European watches and introduced a variety of luxury brands to the West Coast of the United States. This watch has mechanical Delmar movement and an original curved crystal.
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