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J.Grahl, Archives from the pre-digital age


#1

Old and Blue…
Here are a couple of blues , quite different is source and design,
The first, an Aquamarine from the Santa Maria mine, deeper blue
than you’ll see commercially,
The second is a unheated Ceylon Sapphire. The tonal qualities are very different.
The pieces are scanned from pre digital film photos. I’m going into our older archives to post pieces that, otherwise , couldn’t be seen. These are circa 1980 (ish). I’ll do a few a week.
The resolution is certainly not as good as the equipment I have today, Hope you don’t mind.
Hand fabricated, platinum and 18K yellow ., Diamond accents.
Enjoy,
Jim


#2

beautiful pieces…one day…‘sigh’


#3

The bands keep on going…
(just how many of these things can a guy do???)
Well, it turns out to be a lot.
This is another from the photo archives, Prior to 1980, Hand fabricated 18K yellow gold, platinum, matched baguette diamonds and rounds. Scanned photograph, sorry for the resolution.
Enjoy,
Jim


#4

Another one from the archives … A scanned photo, circa 1980 ish…
18K, hand fabricated, approximately 1.25 ct diamond, wheat chain.
We had a Byzantine period, it probably lasted a bit longer than necessary, but… that’s how I learn.
This is a bit like a locket, the back had a full rounded form as well.
Enjoy,
Jim


#5

One of the lost eggs, ( Actually, lost photos, we knew were it was, just not accessible)
An 18K , wax carved framework (Beth Eyler-Wong who has worked with me since 1978), she carved the carousel animals among hundreds of other projects.
The core is a gem Rubilite, about 60+, carats,Pala material. I didn’t understand backlighting so it’s not very apparent.
Scanned photo,
circa 1979.


#6

Here is a unique one…
A friend brought in a “match (or) Smuggler’s case” these were common in the late 1700’s.
The coin has been cut in half and a silver case made to hold (something…).
I took the hinged lid and added a hand fabricated rose gold case to hold a very nice Audemars Piquet watch movement. Had 2 sapphire crystals made to seal it , added the markers to the underside of the “Face” crystal, and made a rose gold and silver chain. The photos (scanned) show the progression of the watch emerging fron the case. Circa 1980.
Enjoy,
Jim