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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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History of Antique Diamond Cuts

History of Antique Diamond Cuts

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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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The Surprising History of Engagement Rings

The Surprising History of Engagement Rings

by Joy Jones

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

by Joy Jones 1 Comment

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

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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?

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

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Peridot - Augusts Birthstone

Peridot - Augusts Birthstone

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The beautiful glowing gemstone, Peridot, is perfectly suited to represent the summer month of August as its natural color range reminds one of a freshly cut lawn on a summer day...

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Jewelry Boxes thru History

Jewelry Boxes thru History

by Joy Jones

One of my favorite periods of history is the 18th century, AKA the Georgian era.  A time of beautiful jewelry for sure, but also a time when only the ruling class in society could afford to have them...

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