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Trending Brooches Past and Present

27 March 2020

The History of Brooches The evolution of the brooch is fascinating. Over many centuries it has transformed from a purely functional item into the bright, bold and beautiful statement pieces of today. The earliest known brooches ever discovered are from the Bronze Age (3000 – 1200 BC). These primitive pieces, crafted out of metal, were […]

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AQUAMARINE – MARCH BIRTHSTONE

1 March 2020

Aquamarine is the birthstone for the month of March. The seawater colour of aquamarine has given this gemstone its name. “Aquamarine” is derived from the Latin word for seawater.  A pair of aquamarine and diamond drop earrings, set with a pear-cut aquamarine, with a total weight of 1.50ct, in a decorative, round brilliant-cut diamond surround, […]

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The History of Cufflinks

17 February 2020

The history of cufflinks is intimately related to the history of the shirt. Cufflinks are the ultimate fashion accessory and the perfect gift for a man. A pair of French, Art Nouveau, brown diamond set, yellow gold floral cufflinks, circa 1890, for Maison G. Desbazeille, with French eagle head marks for 18ct gold and maker’s mark […]

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Snakes in Antique Jewellery

12 February 2020
Vintage Italian Gold Snake Bangle

How and why snakes became a recognisable motif in jewellery designs, from Bulgari to Cartier A Victorian snake bangle, set with diamonds and rubies, embellished with red guilloche enamel. Circa 1860. You may have noticed that snakes appear frequently in the jewellery world; coiled around themselves to form a bangle or bracelet; two snakes entwined […]

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AMETHYST – FEBRUARY BIRTHSTONE

1 February 2020

Amethyst is the birthstone for February. It derives from the Greek amethystos, which means “a remedy against drunkenness.” The gemstone is believed by ancient Greeks and Romans to ward off the intoxicating powers of Bacchus, also was said to keep the wearer clear-headed and quick-wittedin battle and business affairs.  A Victorian amethyst rivière necklace cross pendant, […]

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GARNET – JANUARY BIRTHSTONE

1 January 2020

Garnet, the beautiful and diverse birthstone for January, comes in many different colours. The most popular is the deep red coloured variety. Named from the Latin ‘granatum’ meaning “seed” referring to its resemblance to the pomegranate seed, this stone is deep and rich in tone.   A Holbeinesque style Victorian pendant and earrings suite, set […]

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TURQUOISE – DECEMBER BIRTHSTONE

1 December 2019

Turquoise is the birthstone of December. It is one of the first ever gemstones to be mined and has long been prized for its intense colour.  It is a widely available stone, however it is rarely found in its pure, natural form. Turquoise is perhaps the oldest stone in man’s history. It is a stone of protection, […]

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CITRINE AND TOPAZ – NOVEMBER BIRTHSTONE

1 November 2019

Citrine and Topaz are the two beautiful gemstones that represent the birthstones for November.   A French, Art Nouveau, citrine and diamond pendant, set with five, pear shaped citrines and rose-cut diamonds, with a pear shaped citrine drop, mounted in yellow gold and platinum, on a fetter link gold chain, with French marks, circa 1890 […]

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OPAL – OCTOBER BIRTHSTONE

1 October 2019

The opal has been highly valued since long before the Ancient Greek and Roman eras. There are two main types of opal: precious and common.  An opal and diamond bangle, set with three oval, cabochon cut opals, measuring 10 x 7.3mm, 15.2 x 9.3mm and 10.1 x 6.3mm, with four 5-5.5mm natural bouton pearls, surrounded […]

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ANTIQUE JEWELLERY – why buy antique and not modern?

13 September 2019

Why buy antique jewellery? What are the benefits? A 19th century micro mosaic suite, with swans and birds, with pendant and earrings, in Etruscan style bead and wire gold work, with shield like panels with doves eating grapes, and swans on water, with elongated drops each side, with flowers and centre drops, Italian, circa 1870 […]

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