Auction News:  Marie Antoinette's Jewels

Auction News: Marie Antoinette's Jewels

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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