Hello friends, and welcome to Auction Season, Part Deux! First up, we have a gorgeous antique watch pendant in the form of a beetle (or cicada?). It’s …
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Hello, my friends! In case you missed the subject line, it’s AUCTION SEASON! And I have spent SO MUCH TIME scouring through a billion auctions in order…
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Hello, my neglected pals! The day job has kept me from you, but now I’m back with some spoooOOOooky treasures to honor the month. First up is a 17th ce…
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Apologies for the delay in getting you a newsletter — work has been hammering me to death — but as of tonight I’m on vacation and interacting with as f…
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This English 14k ring, hallmarked for 1862, actually doubles as a bracelet. The centerpiece of the ring — an ornate diamond-set star with blue enamel a…
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In 1871, when he was 30 years old, the Prince of Wales (a.k.a. Albert Edward, Bertie, and eventually King Edward VII), came down with typhoid fever whi…
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Photo by Jean-Gilles Berizzi, courtesy of the Réunion des Musées Nationaux. Hey all, deadlines have been kicking my butt, but I didn’t forget you! This…
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This Gorham octopus chatelaine is included in the “Jewelry for America” exhibit that recently opened at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art. Chatelai…
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So at first I was all NOPE, but now that I’ve looked at it a lot, I think I love it? Circa 1850, a Victorian pendant depicting Pierrot, the sad Commedi…
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This past Friday marked the 10th anniversary of the discovery of the Staffordshire Hoard, the largest hoard of Anglo-Saxon treasure ever found. Consist…
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Hi everybody! Let me present my new favorite piece of jewelry: Exquisite, tiny perfection. This glorious little brooch is less than an inch wide, and j…
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Circa 1860, a Victorian 15k “Dearest” acrostic ring set with a diamond central stone and surrounded by (clockwise from top) emerald, amethyst, ruby, em…
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