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Obituary: Moira Cohen (1940-2020)

25 January 2021

How to describe Moira? It is difficult to convey the intense enthusiasm and passion for her business and the world of antique jewellery that was the essence of Moira. Her capacity for hard work, her energy and discipline were the cornerstone of founding and building her business. Having established her original shop on New Bond […]

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June Birthstones: Pearls and Moonstones in Fine Jewellery

8 June 2020
Peridot and Pearl Ring in Gold - Pearls and Moonstones June Birthstones - Moira Fine Jewellery

Those born in June have three radiant birthstones: alexandrite, pearls and moonstones. All three are somewhat linked by their relationships with light: alexandrite changes colour when viewed in different lighting conditions, pearls have their characteristic lustre and moonstones boast an almost mystical shimmer that bounces across cut stones. All three gems have an important place […]

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The Story of Antique Drop Earrings

4 May 2020
Moira Fine Jewellery - Antique Drop Earrings with Pearl and Diamond Circa 1880 - Victorian Era

Earrings have been worn for thousands of years, not simply for adornment but to bestow meaning, status, and power. Antique drop earrings from the 17th to the 20th centuries are some of the most universally beloved, thanks in part to their sparkling diamonds, coloured gemstones and feminine forms. Here, we delve into the history of […]

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The History of Antique Star and Crescent Jewellery

13 April 2020
Antique Diamond Star Tiara, Silver Upon Gold, Circa 1850 - Antique Star Jewellery Victorian Era - Moira Fine Jewellery

Jewellery designers have long looked to the night sky for inspiration. Stars and crescents have been popular motifs since the 17th century with women of the Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian eras adding diamond starbursts and crescent jewels to their collections. Here, we delve into the sparkling history of antique star jewellery and crescent moon jewellery. […]

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Trending Brooches Past and Present

27 March 2020
Victorian Diamond Star Brooch

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. In fact, the trending brooches of each era offer a wonderful glimpse into the fashions and lives of previous generations. The earliest known […]

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March Birthstone: The Mystical Properties of Aquamarine

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 - Snakes in Antique Jewellery Blog - Moira Fine Jewellery

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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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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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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