Our client Laura has a passion for gems and fine jewelry, especially for natural Alexandrite. Her dream was to have custom wedding rings set with natural Alexandrites and Diamond. She found us thru the Mardon Blog and lives in the northern part of our state, so we’ve worked with her via email.
A client inherited this gorgeous antique Yogo Sapphire pin and asked us to appraise it.
Sapphires were known to occur in several areas of western Montana as early as 1865. For the most part, these deposits produced only moderately good sapphires. The discovery of sapphires in Yogo Creek was different. In 1895, famed gemologist G.F. Kunz, working for Tiffany’s of New York, labeled them “the finest precious gemstones ever found in the United States”.
The Yogo stones are prized for their good clarity and wonderful natural color, often called “cornflower blue”.
We were thrilled to acquire this pendant featuring an authentic
This exquisite necklace from the Edwardian period, circa 1900-1915, exhibits the fine craftsmanship we associate with antique jewelry. The piece was made by fabricating and forming raw metals into the parts of the jewel. The main body and dangles began as thin sheets of platinum. The chain and bezels were made from hand-drawn wires and tubing. Many steps and hours of effort were required to bring forth this dazzling work. This magnificent example of antique jewelry really deserves a close look!
Jewelers of the period were fine artists capable of precise life size drawings.
Just in time for Valentine’s day, Friday, February 14– fabulous new goodies we recently acquired from a large collection of fine jewelry! If you are looking for something really special for that special someone, this group of vintage jewels may offer the perfect choice– we’ll highlight just a few items from over one hundred new pieces.
The estate contained many sophisticated pieces of 18K gold from France, especially whimsical animals, leopards and tigers (after Cartier), enameled ladybug earrings, turtles, frogs and other little critters.
This spectacular pendant from the early 20th century highlights a parade of items new to our estate department. At 2 1/2 inches long, it’s just killer.
We just acquired these beautiful natural Alexandrite jewels from ABC Gems, our supplier who specializes in fine natural Alexandrites.
A client brought these three stones to our shop looking to sell them. She had purchased the stones while traveling and was under the impression the two 30 ct. greenish blue ones were aquamarines and the peachy pink stone was morganite.
At Mardon, as gemologists, we always buy gems very carefully and only when we know exactly what we are buying.