Finding Antique Jewelry in New York City

Shopping for antique jewelry in a new city can be intimating, especially when the particular city has dozens of potential destinations to find an unusual heirloom. I had the pleasure of visiting New York City last weekend, and I spent most of my time going to various antique and fine jewelry boutiques as well as…


Antique Jewelry Auction on June 12th at Fellows Auctions

Fellows Auctions has some amazing antique jewelry hitting the auction block in June, so be sure to mark your calendars!  I just spent the better part of an hour drooling over their auction catalog and making notes for my next purchase.  Four pieces that stuck out to me the most were a consecutive set of…

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7 Informative Antique Jewelry Articles

I am so excited to announce that I have been chosen as the new Jewelry Expert for About.com!  Every month I will be contributing articles to their site all about fine jewelry, so be sure to bookmark the page to keep up with all the useful jewelry information to come. So far I’ve covered a…


8 Beautiful Blue Sapphires at Fellows Auctions on May 15th

Fellows Auctions has a heaping handful of beautiful natural blue sapphire rings hitting the auction block this week for their May 15th Antique and Modern Fine Jewelry Auction.  Their origins vary and so do their treatments, making some much more expensive than others.  My absolute favorite is the first listed below, which is a natural…


Fellows Auctions: Antique Diamond Tiara Highlight

With the April 17th Antique Jewelry Auction at Fellows less than a week away, I decided to highlight one of the pieces I think is going to sell well above its auction estimate.  This antique platinum and diamond tiara has all the makings of a being a very special and prized heirloom.  It is blingy,…


A La Vieille Russie: Top Antique Jewelry Picks for Spring

A La Vieille Russie is an elegantly awesome antique jewelry store that was founded in 1851 in Kiev and is now located on Fifth Avenue in NYC.  I have always wanted to visit their showroom, but until then their flawless high quality photographs on their website are enough to satisfy even the most critical antique jewelry lover….

Art Deco Engagement Rings

Diamond Cuts FAQ: What is an Old European Cut Diamond?

There are so many different diamond cuts on the market today with one of my all time favorites being an Old European Cut from the romantic years of 19th and early 20th centuries.  The easiest way I help customers understand Old European Cut diamonds is by letting them compare the heirloom diamond to a modern…


Affordable Antique Jewelry Auction Highlights from Fellows

Buying antique jewelry at auction can be extremely intimidating and also extremely exciting.  Jewelry auctions allow the current bidders to set the fair market value of pieces at that given time.  Sometimes that value is high, sometimes it is low, and this all depends on the dynamic of the auction.  It is easy to get…


Historic Natural Fancy Yellowish Green Diamond meets JAR

Who wouldn’t love an antique diamond engagement ring?  How about one with Royal provenance and an updated mounting from world renowned designer JAR? This gorgeous limey colored diamond weighing approximately 2.49cts is hitting the Christie’s auction block on April 16th for the second time since 1998. It has been set by JAR in a platinum mount surrounded…


Royal Jewels: Portugal

The quote “reach for the stars” comes to mind when I admire these two Royal Jewels of Portugal, or when I admire any diamond encrusted star for that matter.  The necklace is entitled Necklace of the Stars (Colar das Estrelas) and was commissioned in 1865 by Queen Cosort Maria Pia of Savoy, wife of  King Luís I of Portugal….


My Top Ten Pins – March / Aquamarine Jewelry

Oh, Aquamarine… such a soothing gemstone that helps us welcome spring and celebrate all those March babies.  Here are my top ten Aquamarine heirlooms that I pinned over the month of March.  For the complete Aquamarine Pinterest board, visit here. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.


Jewelry Heirlooms from René Jules Lalique, Part I

Here are some of my favorite pieces of Lalique jewelry from French designer René Jules Lalique, born April 6th, 1860 and died May 5th, 1945 in Paris.  Click through the photographs to view their original and verified sources (there is a lot floating around the internet that claims to be Lalique but is not).

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