Our goal is to become your personal jeweler that you can go to any time you want a one-of-a-kind piece!
We only include pieces into our collection that meet our requirements. We personally select, inspect, and test each jewel. We never buy groups, lots or entire estates. For every piece of jewelry we describe its condition, materials used, dimensions, and period.
OUR PERSONALIZED SERVICE PLEDGE
We go out of our way to honor special requests. We have been known to process orders in the same day and ship them overnight. If you tell us your purchase is for a special occasion, we include a special write-up on the history and symbolism behind the piece. We will search high and low until we locate that one-of-the-kind jewel you have been looking for. Whatever the special request, talk to us and we will do our very best to honor it.
There are so many reasons to love antique jewelry; it’s hard to narrow it down to just one or two. Maybe that’s why so many people are so very passionate about it. Here are just some of the reasons we do what we do:
We at Sugar et Cie, think the luxury of an item is measured by the quality of the material, the level of workmanship, and whether or not it is unique. Antique jewelry was often made one at a time. Prior to the Industrial Revolution's impact on the jewelry industry, pieces were made in smaller quantities and by hand. This practice was continued by some of the finer jewelers into the 20th century and still today. The hand engraving and other fine details found on these pieces are becoming rare and can be prohibitively expensive to reproduce today.
Mixing antique and vintage pieces into a modern wardrobe creates a style and personality that is difficult to imitate. Some people think all antique jewelry is overdone, fussy, and old-fashioned -- like something you remember your grandmother wearing. If you are new to antique jewelry, you might be surprised to find that many rings, bracelets, necklaces, earrings, etc. have clean, geometric lines. We love to layer Victorian gold or silver link chains or stack multiple jeweled Art Deco bracelets.
IT'S GOOD FOR THE ENVIRONMENT
Owning an older piece of jewelry is essentially recycling very precious elements and in some cases preserving pieces of art. Even the one of-a-kind jewels that Sugar et Cie creates by mixing and matching pieces, or creating new ones, have a minimal carbon footprint.
THERE'S A STORY
When you pick up a Victorian bangle bracelet with an engraved message or see an engagement ring with a glittering old cut diamond, it makes you think about the story behind the jewel. Who owned it (maybe a starlet from the 20’s)? Was it given as a token of love? And where has it been hiding out all of these years?
Elizabeth Taylor, a great lover of and collector of amazing jewels said:
"In truth, we 'owners' are just the caretakers. Nobody owns beautiful paintings.
Nobody ever owns anything that is beautiful. We are only the guardians."