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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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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

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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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

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

by Joy Jones

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?

by Joy Jones

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

by Joy Jones

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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