Casually strolling along historic Greenwich Ave, the town’s eponymous main street sufficiently strung with high-end boutiques as far as the eye can see, you’ll soon stumble upon Betteridge. Arguably the best in luxury jewelry and watches since it’s establishment in 1897, Betteridge boasts not only the most beautiful baubles around but stocks its shop with the friendliest, most knowledgeable staff, a combination rarely found amongst similarly exclusive stores.
The shop charms any visitor immediately upon entry: it’s intimate and refined interior with wood-paneled walls lined with glistening glass cases filled with sparkling jewels and behind which lovely smiles await to assist any request is wondrously enchanting. Upon closer inspection, you’ll find exquisite jewelry from Van Cleef & Arpels, Seaman Schepps, Buccellati, Verdura, and Betteridge’s own collection, to name but a few, as well as a sumptuous selection of fine watches. Known in Fairfield county, and perhaps beyond, for having “the sickest display of watches” (as one of my brother’s hedge fund colleagues once remarked), Betteridge has become a beacon for Greenwich’s financial scions cum luxury watch enthusiasts. A. Lange & Sohne, Patek Philippe, Jaeger-LeCoultre, Panerai, and Rolex comprise only a small sampling of the masterful watch manufacturers whose timepieces Betteridge offers.
What’s more impressive than the fine jewelry and watch collections is Betteridge’s exceptional estate jewelry. A well-versed history buff, owner and CEO Terry Betteridge merges the family’s eye for style with his wealth of knowledge about jewelry, the combination of which results in a smartly curated collection of estate jewelry pieces. You know when you buy an estate piece from Betteridge, a rich history will always come with it. Not one to discount quality, the family-owned jeweler stocks its glass cases with only the finest estate jewelry: the number of pieces that could have easily been amongst the highest estimated lots at Sotheby’s or Christie’s is rather astounding. Maintaining such a vast amount of museum-worthy jewels requires some serious experience, and this fourth generation jeweler has certainly mastered this skill. To that end, I have selected some of Betteridge’s best estate pieces over time (or since their website’s debut) for all to enjoy.
Harry Winston Sapphire & Diamond Fringe Necklace
Sapphire and diamond fringe necklace in platinum, composed of oval-cut natural sapphires weighing 41.93 total carats and circular-cut and pear-shaped diamonds weighing 74.58 total carats, signed Harry Winston. Of royal provenance. 15″ length (38.1 cm).
This necklace is designed as a series of seven graduated oval-shaped sapphires with a part circular-cut diamond surround alternating with a pear and circular cut diamond trefoil fringe on a single line pear and circular-cut diamond riviere line.
A trademark of Harry Winston’s jewelry style is light open platinum settings that give the appearance of diamonds floating on air. This technique is seen in this magnificent sapphire fringe necklace, in which a series of perfectly matched natural sapphires are suspended from light flexible articulated lines of platinum-set colorless diamonds. This creates powerful yet distinctly feminine jewelry.
Cartier Tiger Bangle Bracelet
Tiger bangle bracelet, mounted in 18k yellow gold, pavé-set to the front with circular-cut fancy yellow diamonds, calibré black onyx-set stripes, pear-shaped emerald eyes and black onyx nose, with pivoting head, circa 1978, signed “Cartier, Paris.” Comes with certificate of authenticity (#GE2000-198), produced after Cartier’s examination of the bracelet on October 10th, 2000.
Van Cleef & Arpels Art Deco Carved Emerald & Diamond Earrings
Art Deco emerald and diamond earrings, composed of a carved, hemi-spherical emerald bead, the two emeralds weighing approximately 42.50 total carats and capped by pave-set circular-cut diamonds, suspended from a scrolling diamond-set surmount, pave-set and collet-set with circular-cut diamonds and suspending six collet-set marquise-shaped diamonds, the diamonds weighing approximately 6.00 total carats, mounted in platinum, numbered 242 CS, signed VCA for Van Cleef & Arpels.
These earrings were the property of Marjorie Merriweather Post and presented in her famous portrait at Mar-A-Lago, her Palm Beach estate.
Chaumet Art Deco Diamond & Black Enamel Sautoir
Art Deco diamond and black enamel sautoir, set with approximately 22.00 total carats of diamonds, mounted in platinum, signed Chaumet.
Cartier Vintage Natural Pearl & Diamond Bracelet
Vintage natural pearl and diamond bracelet, composed of a torsade of natural pearls strung on hand-knotted silk, attached to a an ornate diamond-set, partway bangle, mounted in platinum and set with approximately 16.00 total carats of circular-cut and baguette-cut diamonds, signed Cartier.
Van Cleef & Arpels 10.51 Carat Burmese Sapphire & Diamond Ring
Sapphire and diamond ring in platinum, composed of a cushion-cut, Burmese sapphire, set with 18k yellow gold prongs, surrounded by circular-cut diamonds, signed VCA for Van Cleef & Arpels. Re-sizable.
GRS-certified: NATURAL SAPPHIRE
Carat Weight: 10.51 carat
Enhancement: No indications of heating
Origin: Burma (Myanmar)
Tiffany & Co. Schlumberger “Bird on a Rock” Citrine Brooch
“Bird on a Rock” brooch, composed of a pavé diamond bird with a circular-cut ruby eye, the bird mounted in platinum and 18k yellow gold, perched on a large cushion-shaped citrine, prong-set in 18k yellow gold, signed “T & Co Schlumberger,” designed by Jean Schlumberger for Tiffany & Co. 2.25″ length.
Harry Winston Marquise Diamond Necklace with Emerald & Diamond Drop
Marquise-shaped diamond necklace with emerald and diamond cluster drop pendant, the necklace composed of a line of 102 marquise-shaped diamonds weighing approximately 33.00 total carats with one pear-shaped diamond weighing approximately 0.40 carats, suspending a emerald and diamond cluster pendant drop, centering on a pear-shaped emerald weighing approximately 5.05 carats, surrounded by a diamond fringe, composed of approximately 1.90 total carats of marquise-shaped diamonds and two pear-shaped diamonds weighing approximately 0.35 total carats, the marquise-shaped diamond necklace signed Harry Winston, the emerald and diamond pendant unsigned and attached to the necklace later.
Van Cleef & Arpels Sapphire & Diamond Chandelier Earrings
Sapphire and diamond chandelier earrings, set with four pear-shaped sapphires weighing approximately 18.15 total carats, accented by circular-cut and pear-shaped diamonds weighing approximately 17.23 total carats, mounted in 18k yellow gold, with clips and post backs, the drops detachable so that the surmounts can be worn separately, signed Van Cleef & Arpels. 2.25″ length.
Van Cleef & Arpels Colombian Emerald-Cut Emerald & Diamond Ring
Colombian, emerald-cut emerald ring in platinum with fancy-cut diamond shoulders, the emerald weighing 8.20 carats and two diamonds weighing 1.10 total carats, numbered 144.034, signed Van Cleef & Arpels. Resizable.
Van Cleef & Arpels ‘Boule de Neige’ Gem-Set Bracelet
‘Boule de Neige’ diamond, sapphire and emerald bracelet, composed of diamonds weighing approximately 15.00 total carats, sapphires weighing approximately 6.25 total carats and emeralds weighing approximately 3.75 total carats, mounted in 18k yellow gold and platinum, of French origin, circa 1965, signed Van Cleef & Arpels. 7.3″ length.
This bracelet is designed as a series of circular-cut diamond dandelion flower heads with sapphire and emerald leaf motifs within a wire twist setting.
David Webb 18k Gold & Diamond Pineapple Brooch
Pineapple brooch, set with circular-cut diamonds, mounted in 18k yellow gold and platinum. Signed “Webb” for David Webb. 3″ length.
Van Cleef & Arpels Diamond Collar Necklace with Emerald
Pavé-set white and yellow diamond collar necklace with emeralds. Circular-cut white diamonds weighing approximately 31.00 total carats, circular-cut yellow diamonds weighing approximately 21.00 total carats and 19 pear-shaped emeralds weighing approximately 7.50 total carats. Signed Van Cleef & Arpels.
Graff 10.04 Carat Cushion-Cut Diamond Engagement Ring
Cushion-cut diamond engagement ring in platinum with partway bead-set, round brilliant cut diamond shanks. Cushion-cut diamond weighing 10.04 carats. Signed Graff.
10.04 carats, G-color and VS2-clarity
Van Cleef & Arpels “Mystery-Set” Sapphire & Diamond Pavot Earrings
“Mystery-set” sapphire and diamond Pavot earrings, composed of calibre-cut sapphire flowerheads, the sapphires weighing approximately 15.00 total carats, with circular-cut diamond pistils, the diamonds weighing approximately 1.50 total carats, mounted in platinum, with clips and posts, circa late-1970’s, made in New York City, signed “VCA,” for Van Cleef & Arpels. 27mm diameter at widest point.
Belle Époque Diamond Garland Ribbon Bow Pin
Belle Époque diamond garland ribbon bow pin, mounted in platinum-topped gold, circa 1900.
Kieselstein-Cord Gem-Set Snake Bangle
Gem-set, hinged, snake bangle bracelet, the bangle accented by 375 circular-cut diamonds weighing approximately 19.50 total carats, which are set in two lines that run parallel the body from head to tail, with cabochon-cut ruby eyes, mounted in satin-finished 18k yellow gold, signed Kieselstein-Cord.
Art Deco Burmese Sapphire & Diamond Ring
Art Deco, emerald-cut sapphire ring in platinum with trapeze and tapered baguette cut diamond side stones. Re-sizable.
GIA-certified: NATURAL SAPPHIRE
Measurements: 16.12 x 12.84 x 9.58 mm
Cutting Style: Step Cut
Carat Weight: 20.29 carat
Enhancement: No indications of heating
Origin: Burma (Myanmar)
Emerald Bead Necklace with Bulgari Diamond-Set Clasp
Emerald bead necklace, composed of 41 graduated emerald beads weighing approximately 860.58 total carats (AGL-certified: natural), accented by diamond-set, rondelles in platinum, and secured by diamond-set clasp, the clasp signed Bvlgari.
Harry Winston Diamond Cluster Earrings
Diamond cluster earrings, composed of twelve marquise and pear-shaped diamonds, weighing 23.89 total carats (D-E color and SI1-SI2 clarity), numbered 67522, signed “HW” for Harry Winston.
Buccellati 18k White Gold, Sapphire & Diamond Cuff Bracelet
Hinged, wide cuff bracelet in hand-finished, 18k white gold, accented by oval-shaped, cabochon-cut sapphires, circular-cut diamonds and 18k yellow gold stud details, the gemstones mounted in 18k yellow gold bezels, the cuff with an 18k yellow gold trim, numbered W2922, signed Buccellati.
Cartier Diamond Leaf Spray Brooch
Diamond leaf spray brooch, set with marquise-shaped, pear-shaped and baguette-cut diamonds, the diamonds together weighing approximately 8.00 total carats, mounted in platinum, numbered 567, signed Cartier.
Betteridge Collection Ruby & Diamond ‘Ballerina’ Ring
‘Ballerina’-style ruby and diamond ring, composed of an oval-shaped ruby framed by tapered baguette-cut diamonds, the ruby weighing 3.16 carats (GIA certified: not heated treated and from Thailand) and the diamonds weighing approximately 3.18 total carats, mounted in 18k yellow gold. Resizable to most finger sizes.
Cartier Panthére South Sea Pearl & Gem-Set Bead Necklace
Panthére South Sea pearl and gem-set bead necklace, composed of 33 South Sea cultured pearls, ranging from 11-14mm in diameter, accented by 11 pavé-set diamond and sapphire beads, mounted in platinum, hand-strung on a silk cord, with a platinum safety chain, signed Cartier. 22″ length.
Cartier Panthére Diamond & Sapphire Hoop Earrings
Panthére diamond and sapphire creole-style hoop earrings, with 408 pavé-set round brilliant-cut diamonds weighing approximately 8.83 total carats and 32 multi-shaped, buff-top sapphires weighing approximately 4.00 total carats, with clips and post backs, mounted in platinum, signed Cartier. Dimensions: 34 x 37mm.
Cartier Panthére Diamond & Sapphire Bangle
Panthére diamond and sapphire hinged bangle bracelet, the bangle designed as a panther with a swiveling head, set throughout with pavé-set round brilliant-cut diamonds and buff-top sapphires, the diamonds weighing approximately 18.58 total carats and sapphires weighing approximately 8.37 total carats, the eyes set with pear-shaped emeralds and nose with cabochon-cut black onyx, mounted in platinum, numbered 627097, signed Cartier. Interior diameter: 57mm.
Van Cleef & Arpels “Lamballe” Diamond & Pearl Drop Necklace
“Lamballe” diamond and pearl drop necklace, set with circular-cut diamonds weighing approximately 35.59 total carats and pear-shaped diamonds weighing approximately 3.59 total carats, mounted in 18k yellow gold, the necklace suspending five pear-shaped cultured pearl drops weighing approximately 85.65 total carats, numbered 142.743, signed Van Cleef & Arpels. 17″ approximate length.
The necklace was originally purchased on December 1st, 1995.
Van Cleef & Arpels “Lamballe” Diamond & Pearl Drop Earrings
“Lamballe” diamond and pearl drop earrings, set with circular-cut diamonds weighing approximately 5.92 total carats and pear-shaped diamonds weighing approximately 0.98 total carats, mounted in 18k yellow gold, suspending two pear-shaped cultured pearl drops weighing approximately 40.33 total carats, with clips and post backs, numbered 143.251, signed Van Cleef & Arpels. 2″ length.
Van Cleef & Arpels 18k Gold, Enamel & Diamond Bulldog Pin
“The Toff” bulldog pin, designed as a whimsical, British bulldog, analogous to Winston Churchill, with white enameled wingtip collar and black enameled bow tie, circular-cut ruby eyes and gold chained, circular-cut diamond monocle, mounted in 18k yellow gold, with double pin stem in 18k yellow gold at back, numbered 77.551, signed Van Cleef & Arpels. 35mm length and 28mm width at widest point.
The great Parisian jewelers all stepped back from classically opulent jewelry making to occasionally design something artistic and amusing, while still maintaining unsurpassed quality in material and design.
This jewel of a British bulldog is a representational tour de force. With enameled wingtip collar and chained diamond monocle, not only is all England invoked, but Winston Churchill in particular. Tenacity and single-minded purpose dressed as a gentleman.
Mauboussin Ruby & Diamond Bracelet
Ruby and diamond bracelet in 18k yellow gold and platinum. The largest ruby weighs approximately 3.34 carats, the two larger rubies weigh approximately 6.62 carats, the remaining calibre-cut rubies weigh approximately 4.86 carats and the circular-cut diamonds weigh approximately 30.40 carats. Manufactured circa 1970 and likely of Parisian origin. Diameter: 6.35cm (2.5″). Signed Mauboussin.
The bracelet is composed of three oval shaped rubies set on the diagonal within circular-cut diamond bomber diagonal bands with calibre-cut ruby details.
M. Gérard Emerald & Diamond Collar Necklace
Emerald and diamond collar necklace mounted in 18k yellow gold. Oval cabochon-cut emeralds weighing approximately 80.00 total carats and circular-cut diamonds weighing approximately 38.00 total carats. Manufactured circa 1978 and of French origin. Signed M. Gérard. Length: 15″.
This necklace is designed as a series of fifteen oval cabochon-cut emerald and circular-cut diamond clusters with diamond scroll motif intersections.
Monsieur Louis Gérard was formally an executive at Van Cleef & Arpels and founded his own company with the assistance of Comtesse de Ribes in 1968. Within a decade he became one of the largest jewelers in Paris, London and Monte Carlo with a reputation for fine jewelry manufactured to the highest possible standard. In 1985, he sold the company to a group of American investors and continued to run the firm until his retirement in 1988.
Harry Winston 5.24 Carat Emerald-Cut Diamond Engagement Ring
Emerald-cut diamond engagement ring in platinum with tapered baguette-cut diamond side stones. Center stone weighing 5.24 carats with two side stones weighing 0.46 total carats. Signed Harry Winston.
5.24 carats, D color, VS1 clarity
Buccellati Ruby & Diamond Grape Cluster Earrings
Ruby and diamond grape cluster earrings, composed of a cluster of ruby beads, with a diamond-set leaf motif surmount, mounted in 18k yellow and white gold, with clip and post backs, numbered W2537, signed Buccellati. 20mm length and 20mm width.
Cartier Art Deco Diamond Panel Link Bracelet
Art Deco diamond panel link bracelet, composed of rose-cut and circular-cut diamonds weighing approximately 40.00 total carats, centering on a diamond weighing approximately 3.55 carats, the subsequent largest diamonds weighing approximately 2.76, 1.85, 1.65, 1.38 and 1.34 carats, respectively, mounted in platinum, circa 1928, signed Cartier Paris.
David Webb Gem-Set & Enamel Cruciform Brooch
Gem-set and green enamel cruciform brooch, centering on a cabochon-cut emerald, accented by circular-cut sapphires and diamonds, mounted in 18k yellow gold, signed “Webb” for David Webb.
Cartier Pear-Shaped Diamond Necklace
Magnificent diamond necklace, composed of 233 pear-shaped diamonds weighing approximately 97.00 total carats, mounted in platinum, signed Cartier.
Van Cleef & Arpels Sapphire & Diamond Cluster Ring
Sapphire and diamond cluster ring, centering on a cushion-cut sapphire weighing 7.02 carats, prong-set in 18k yellow gold, surrounded by a smaller and then a larger row of circular-cut diamonds, mounted in platinum, signed VCA for Van Cleef & Arpels. Re-sizable.
GIA-certified: NATURAL SAPPHIRE
Carat Weight: 7.02 carat
Enhancement: No indications of heating
Origin: Sri Lanka
Belle Époque Demantoid Garnet & Diamond Pendant
Belle Époque demantoid garnet and diamond pendant necklace, designed as a series of scroll and garland motifs set with two large circular-cut demantoid garnets and matching drop (the demantoid garnets weighing approximately 1.83, 1.71 and 1.70 carats, respectively), on 17″ fine link chain, with ten seed pearl stations, mounted in platinum, circa 1910. Pendant dimensions: 2.5″ x 1.75″.
Geometric Diamond Drop Earrings
Geometric drop earrings, depicting an Asian-motif, centering on two emerald-cut diamonds, weighing 2.12 and 2.18 carats, respectively, both diamonds GIA-certified G-color and VVS2-clarity, mounted in platinum.
Red Spinel, Yellow Diamond & Green Tsavorite Ring
Red spinel, vivid canary yellow diamond and green tsavorite garnet ring, mounted in 18k yellow gold, composed of a pear-shaped red spinel within a pear-shaped vivid canary yellow diamond surround and a circular-cut green tsavorite garnet trim. The red spinel weighing approximately 6.27 carats, the 15 vivid canary yellow diamonds weighing approximately 2.20 total carats and the 16 green tsavorite garnets weighing approximately 2.54 total carats. The ring is 23mm x 18mm at its widest point. The spinel itself is 15mm x 9mm at its widest point. Size 6 (re-sizable).
Verdura Gem-Set ‘Icon’ Charm Bracelet
Limited edition ‘Icon’ charm bracelet, composed of a rope twist link bracelet in 18k yellow gold, attached to six enamel and gem-set charms, numbered 54/100, signed Verdura.
Marquise-Cut Diamond Floret Necklace
Marquise-cut diamond floret collar necklace, designed as a graduated openwork band, composed of two rows of marquise-cut diamond florets, set with approximately 56.60 total carats of marquise-cut diamonds and 8.93 total carats of circular-cut diamonds (approximately 65.43 total carats of diamonds altogether), mounted in platinum. 14.5″ length.
Van Cleef & Arpels ‘Ballet Precieux’ Diamond Band Ring
‘Ballet Precieux’ diamond band ring in 18k white gold, the band designed as a coronet with central modified-cut, 0.42 carat yellow diamond, size 6, signed “Van Cleef & Arpels # ML5713.”
Comes with Van Cleef & Arpels’ High Jewelry Collection Certificate of Authenticity, design rendering dated 14 January 2009 and the ring’s original box.
Harry Winston Diamond “Waterfall” Earrings
Diamond “Waterfall” earrings, set with approximately 14.75 total carats of diamonds, mounted in platinum, signed Harry Winston.
Van Cleef & Arpels Sapphire & Diamond Panel Bracelet
Sapphire and diamond three-panel, openwork bracelet, mounted in platinum, 7 7/8″ length, 1 1/16″ wide, numbered 47252 and 26059, signed “VCA PARIS” for Van Cleef & Arpels.
Harry Winston 6.45 Carat Oval-Cut Diamond Engagement Ring
Oval-cut diamond engagement ring in platinum with trillion-cut, diamond-set shoulders, signed Harry Winston.
GIA-certified: OVAL BRILLIANT
Measurements: 15.44 x 10.02 x 6.46 mm
Carat Weight: 6.45 carat
Clarity Grade: VS2
Fluorescence: Very Strong Blue
French Art Deco Diamond Chandelier Earrings
Art Deco diamond chandelier earrings, set with approximately 13.50 total carats of circular-cut diamonds (I-J color, VS1-I1 clarity), the lowest pair of larger circular-cut diamonds weighing approximately 2.35 carats apiece, the top pair of circular-cut diamonds weighing approximately 1.75 carats apiece, and the next largest pair of circular-cut diamonds weighing 1.15 carats apiece, mounted in platinum, numbered 022398, with French hallmarks, circa 1930.
Buccellati 18k Gold & Diamond Leaf Cuff Bracelet
Hinged, wide leaf-motif cuff bracelet in hand-finished, 18k yellow gold, accented by circular-cut diamond-set ‘stems’ in 18k white gold, with an 18k white gold ‘branch’ trim, signed Buccellati.
All photos and descriptions courtesy of Betteridge