Archive for the ‘Jewelry Facts’ Category

A Tale of Three Jades

Tuesday, August 21st, 2018

Jade is unique in the world of gems because there are several different minerals that are correctly called jade. The history of jade begins as far back as the Stone Age. Jade minerals, including nephrite and jadeite, resist breakage but are soft enough to carve, so they were used to make stone tools by several […]

Antique Victorian Cameo Set

Friday, May 18th, 2018

This just in– an exciting antique necklace and matching earrings with Agate Cameos, from the Victorian era. Hardstone cameos were associated with mourning jewelry starting as early as the 16th century. Sets like this came into vogue during the reign of Queen Victoria after the death of her beloved husband Prince Albert in 1861. The […]

Marcus & Company Art Deco Ruby & Diamond Brooch

Saturday, March 17th, 2018

Just acquired: this sweet little Art Deco brooch. During the buy, we noticed a serial or stock number engraved on the back, but didn’t see a quality or maker’s mark. The piece tested to be 14K white gold,and was set with Old European cut diamonds and a fine natural star ruby, so we were happy […]

Art & Crafts Pin

Tuesday, November 21st, 2017

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Gold Buckles

Wednesday, October 25th, 2017

Our latest find in the Estate Department is this beautiful pair of gold shoe buckles. They are fabricated of 14K yellow gold. The style and method of construction suggest they were made in the early 20th century. At first, we thought they might be for suspenders or lingerie straps. That didn’t exactly make sense. Women […]

Faberge Necklace

Saturday, January 28th, 2017

We recently had the opportunity and pleasure to examine this sweet Faberge necklace from the early 20th century. The necklace is fabricated from 14 karat yellow gold and silver, set with rose cut Diamonds and a beautiful pear shaped Aquamarine. The delicate chain is handmade from platinum. Our client has a wonderful family provenance for […]

Antique Marshall’s Badge

Saturday, May 21st, 2016

This unusual estate jewelry item turned out to be are a real surprise. We purchased it along with a large group of vintage pieces– sort of an after-thought, thrown into the lot at the last minute. We don’t buy a lot of silver jewelry, but this was just funky enough to be of interest. It […]

Prince’s iPod

Saturday, April 30th, 2016

With the unfortunate passing of Prince, I’ve been watching some of the tributes and interviews with and about the Purple One. The Saturday Night Live tribute last week was a hoot, showing some of his past performances on SNL, as well as several hilarious sketches called “The Prince Show” featuring Fred Armisen as Prince and Maya Rudolf […]

Gorgeous Paraiba-type Tourmaline in Rose Gold Ring

Friday, January 8th, 2016

Our Paraiba-type Tourmaline & Diamond 14 Karat Rose & White Gold Ring is truly one-of-a-kind. The centerpiece of the design is a gorgeous oval brilliant cut Cuprian Tourmaline. It measures ~10.70 x 7.13 x 5.24 mm and weighs 2.56 carats. The gem is perfectly cut and exhibits a delicate light mint green. Cuprian Tourmalines are a rare […]

Hand Engraving– the Ultimate Jewelry Decoration

Friday, November 6th, 2015

In today’s world, some things change rapidly and some stay the same. Just in the last 20 years or so, jewelry making has changed radically. Previously we used labor intensive processes like carving wax models by hand to create our original designs and master models. We now use technological marvels like computer aided design and modeling (CAD/CAM) and […]

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