Recently I was invited to come and discover the story of Rutherford which is a family run business who have been creating and selling new and fine vintage jewellery in Melbourne for decades. James Rutherford (now the third generation of Rutherfords’ in the family business) told us the story of Bruce Rutherford who founded the business after his humble beginnings as a watchmaker and how he packed his family of 4 children, sold their Melbourne house and sailed to England to learn the jewellery trade at Sotheby’s.
Rutherford’s are known for their pearls and gorgeous Victorian vintage pieces like this one above from 1916.
Like a kid in a no-calorie-candy store I was invited to try on many of their stunning pieces and I certainly didn’t hold back. From ravishing rubies.
To enticing emeralds (which are quite rare as they are a more delicate stone that is more easily damaged.
As well as the more exotic gold South Sea Pearls which would be diving on someone with a warm complexion.
So many incredible sparkling jewels to feast your eyes upon. From real Art Deco pieces that would easily fit into the wardrobe of Miss Phryne Fisher to modern settings.
I have to say I fell in love with the floral design ruby and diamond ring in the collage above. Swoon..
Win a Pair of Pearl Earrings
I’m delighted to say that Rutherford want to give one of you, my dear reader’s a pair of precious pearl earrings.
The prize is a pair of 5.5-6.5mm White Freshwater Pearl Studs with 9ct yellow gold backs.
To win, write an ode to pearls in any poetic format of your choosing (from haiku to limerick, it’s your choice!).
Competition is open to Australian residents only and winner will be notified by email.
Competition closes 14 April 5pm EST.