Jewelers and Goldsmiths in Colonial Jamestown

Jewelers and Goldsmiths in Colonial Jamestown

by Joy Jones

I recently returned from a visit to Jamestown and was awed by the archeological work that continues to this day.  I was also interested to find that jewelers and goldsmiths were among the very first to arrive.

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Out of My Jewelry Box – Marie Antoinette Replica Earrings

Out of My Jewelry Box – Marie Antoinette Replica Earrings

by Joy Jones

On a summer’s night in June 1791, King Louis XVI and his Queen, Marie Antoinette fled Paris in an unsuccessful attempted to escape France....

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September means Sapphires!

September means Sapphires!

by Joy Jones

Those born in September have a truly beautiful gemstone to claim as their birthstone…the sapphire.....

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The Georgian Cross:  Love of God and Fashion

The Georgian Cross: Love of God and Fashion

by Joy Jones

One of the most iconic jewels of the eighteenth century was the cross.  Whether created in solid gold or studded with sparkling gemstones.....

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Auction Tales - The Romantic Story Behind a Medieval Brooch

Auction Tales - The Romantic Story Behind a Medieval Brooch

by Joy Jones

An extremely rare medieval brooch with links to King Richard III was recently sold...

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Top 10 Peridot Jewelry Pins

Top 10 Peridot Jewelry Pins

by Joy Jones

Those born in August are lucky to be able to claim this lovely gemstone as their birthstone...

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A Lovers Eye – Romance in Miniature

A Lovers Eye – Romance in Miniature

by Joy Jones

The “eyes have it” they say.  Often called the “window into the soul”, looking into someone’s eyes can reveal deep and hidden feelings and a gaze held between two lovers can be one of the most intimate of acts...

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What I'm Watching - The Earrings of Madame de

What I'm Watching - The Earrings of Madame de

by Joy Jones

I love a good movie about jewelry!  If you’re passionate about jewelry, period dramas and romance, The Earrings of Madame de is a must watch movie to add to your viewing list...

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Ruby - Julys Birthstone

Ruby - Julys Birthstone

by Joy Jones

If a gemstone can be defined as “romantic” then the birthstone for those born in July has romance and history in spades...

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Alexandrite - Junes Birthstone

Alexandrite - Junes Birthstone

by Joy Jones

This magical chameleon-like gemstone is one of the world’s rarest gems due to scarcity.

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History of Antique Diamond Cuts

History of Antique Diamond Cuts

by Joy Jones

Part of my fascination with antique jewels involves my amazement at the craftsmanship achieved without the use of electricity and power tools...

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Three Types of Jewelry Appraisals

Three Types of Jewelry Appraisals

by Joy Jones

Did you know that there are different types of jewelry appraisals that can be done for your valuable pieces of jewelry?......

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