22 December 2016

Last Minute Gift Ideas

It’s the last week before Christmas and for the last minute shopper we know how stressful it can be trawling along the high street from shop to shop in search for the perfect gift. Choosing the right gift can be a challenge, and the pressure to find that all important item is probably weighing on your mind.

To find something unique and of high quality that will last for years doesn't fit the criteria of most high street products. That's why we think Grays is the ideal place to go gift hunting - antique and vintage items have stood the test of time and you can be rest assured the recipient isn't likely to already own your chosen item.

We're open late until 7pm this Friday and until 4pm on Christmas Eve, so if you're heading to Oxford Street, why not go off the beaten track and make Grays your Christmas shopping destination - located just moments from Bond Street tube station. With 200 dealers spread over 2 buildings and 2 floors - and a price range to suit all budgets - we're sure you won't leave empty handed!

Make sure you don't miss the showcases in the Grays Mews. We've put together a few examples of the type of stock you'll find in the showcases, including items from our curated Christmas Gift cabinet (showcase P8) from various Grays dealers.

Showcase V28: Silver rimmed cut glass salt cellars with 2 spoons, W&H Sheffield 1902 - £125 - Available from Past & Present.

Showcase P8: 1940s yellow gold charm bracelet - £445 - Available from Spectrum.

Showcase FS6: Vintage Italian decanter - £28 - Available from Hongman Yang.

Showcase V12: Black forest bear - £68 - Available from David.

Showcase V13: Match box holder by Herend - £22 - Available from Walter Schaetzke.

Showcase V23: Czech glass vase, c1970s - £40 - Available from Phillip Varma.

Showcase V15: Fendi beaded baguette - £630 - Available from Modes & More.

Showcase C22-23: Victorian 9kt locket - £68 - Ting's Jewellery Box.

Showcase P8: Boston Bomber WWII plane model/ashtray - £485 - Available from Leon's Militaria.

Grays Christmas Opening Hours

Friday 23 December:
Late night opening until 7pm

Saturday 24 December:
11am - 4pm

Grays will be closed from 4pm , Saturday 24 December 2016, 
until 10am, Tuesday 3 January 2017.

We wish you all a very Merry Christmas and New Year!

16 December 2016

Christmas Partywear at Grays Antiques

Believe it or not, the Christmas Party season is upon us and here at Grays we have a fantastic selection of frocks, accessories and jewellery to help make you the hottest dresser at your office Christmas do.

Of course Grays has a reputation for dazzling antique jewellery, and there couldn't be a better occasion than Christmas to adorn yourself with jewels.

Vintage Modes have a great selection of vintage clothing, shoes, bags, jewellery and more, and now with two new dealers - Amanda Langham and Tanya R Vintage - there is even more to choose from.

1960s ruffle hem dress, from Amanda Langham

1970s dress, from June Victor

Sapphire and diamond heart ring, 1890, from Aurum 

Victorian necklace, from Emmy Abe 

Loris Azzaro 1980s dress, from June Victor

1970s dress with Art Nouveau inspiration, from Tanya R Vintage.

Lozenge shaped openwork brooch mounted in platinum. Russian, circa 1910, from Nigel Norman.

8 December 2016

Engagement rings at Grays

Grays is well known for its unique and beautiful selection of fine engagement rings - from 18th century rose cut diamonds, to splendid Victorian clusters, stylish Edwardian, elegant Art Deco and contemporary classic styles.

The engagement ring has been a symbol of betrothal for centuries and it was in fact the Archduke Maximilian of Austria who, in 1477, first started the tradition when he presented a diamond ring to his betrothed Mary of Burgundy.

The diamond is still the most popular stone of choice, which is no wonder considering that it is believed to represent everlasting love. The Italians have even called it, ‘pieta della reconciliazione,' meaning 'stone of reconciliation', due to its supposed ability to maintain harmony between man and wife.

If it is a diamond you are looking for, why not consider an antique ring as an ethical and eco-friendly option? The great thing about an antique ring is the backstory - imagine the great love your ring could have inspired in years gone by!

Finding a ring can be a daunting task, but at Grays you can find expert assistance and guidance from our dealers, many of whom have over 40 years' experience in the trade - that's a lot of happy couples! Grays has a reputation for assured quality and possesses one of the largest ranges of antique jewellery in the UK, with something to suit all tastes and budgets. Our guide to buying an engagement ring is a great place to start and below we have put together a selection of engagement rings that Grays has to offer.

An emerald cut diamond ring with baguette sides, set in an 18ct white gold mount. Art Deco. Offered by Alexandra Engagement Rings

A platinum, sapphire & diamond set with a fine "oval cut natural un-treated" sapphire, flanked on either side by two well matched "old round cut" diamonds. c1930. Offered by Robin Haydock

A 1.75ct old mine cushion cut diamond, set in a 18ct gold mount. English made c1840. Offered by Anthea AG Antiques Ltd

A ruby & diamond three stone ring, offered by The Antique Jewellery Company

A solitaire diamond engagement ring on a platinum setting. Art Deco. Offered by Persis Antique Jewellery

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