Jewels of the Imagination & Drawn to Beauty Exhibit for Jean Schlumberger

Jewels of the Imagination & Drawn to Beauty Exhibit for Jean Schlumberger

This week I had the good fortune to visit and photograph two special jewelry related exhibitions here in St. Petersburg...

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Jewelers and Goldsmiths in Colonial Jamestown

Jewelers and Goldsmiths in Colonial Jamestown

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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A Lovers Eye – Romance in Miniature

A Lovers Eye – Romance in Miniature

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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Ruby - Julys Birthstone

Ruby - Julys Birthstone

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

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

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

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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Jewelry Terms:  Antique, Vintage and Estate

Jewelry Terms: Antique, Vintage and Estate

It’s easy to become confused about how the jewelry terms; Antique, Vintage or Estate are applied to jewelry pieces you may come across when shopping...

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The Surprising History of Engagement Rings

The Surprising History of Engagement Rings

What is one of the worlds most recognized symbols of love?.....

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Let’s Go! Jewelry Field Trip - V&A Museum, London

Let’s Go! Jewelry Field Trip - V&A Museum, London

On our recent trip to London, high on my list of priorities was a visit to the William and Judith Bollinger Jewelry Gallery at the Victoria & Albert Museum....

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The Hidden Language of Victorian Jewelry

The Hidden Language of Victorian Jewelry

What’s your jewelry trying to say to you?  Vintage and antique jewelry can have a special language all its own...

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What the heck is a Girandole?

What the heck is a Girandole?

A Girandole (pronounced “jeer-an-dole”) was the most popular form of an earring during the 18th century...

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