Auction News:  Marie Antoinette's Jewels

Auction News: Marie Antoinette's Jewels

by Joy Jones

An extraordinary piece of jewelry, once owned by Marie Antoinette and unseen in public for over 200 years is about to be auctioned by Sotheby's in November...

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Historic Reproduction Earrings - Madame Jeantaud

Historic Reproduction Earrings - Madame Jeantaud

by Joy Jones

I have a fondness for collecting reproduction jewelry created from history, in particular historic paintings...

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The Gold Bridge - Ponte Vecchio, Florence, Italy

The Gold Bridge - Ponte Vecchio, Florence, Italy

by Joy Jones

As jewelry and history are my work and passion, we made sure to schedule time to visit Ponte Vecchio...

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The Queen's Sparkle - Jewels of the British Royal Crown

The Queen's Sparkle - Jewels of the British Royal Crown

by Joy Jones

The crown jewels of Britain are known as one of the most extraordinary and valuable diamond and gem collections in the world today...

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Russian Crown Jewels - A Rare Catalog of Treasures

Russian Crown Jewels - A Rare Catalog of Treasures

by Joy Jones

In April of 1918, members of the deposed Russian Imperial Romanov family were in the hands of revolutionaries...

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Auction Tales - Catherine the Great and her Diamond Bow Necklace

Auction Tales - Catherine the Great and her Diamond Bow Necklace

by Joy Jones

In November 2016 a stunning and historic diamond necklace was scheduled for auction in Geneva, Switzerland...

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Style Guide:  4 Ways to Wear Antique Slide Chains

Style Guide: 4 Ways to Wear Antique Slide Chains

by Joy Jones

During the Victorian era it was popular for the well-dressed lady to accessorize herself with a long chain...

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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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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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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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