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The Romance of Antique Engagement Rings

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By Anthony DeMarco Even some of history’s greatest warriors had a soft spot when it came to love. Take Napoleon Bonaparte for example. At the age of 26, the man who would be Emperor of France was still working his way up the ranks of the French army. At the same time he was in […]

Private Eyes: Lover’s Eye Jewelry

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By Beth Bernstein In the whirlwind around Valentine’s day, tokens of affection in jewelry can be found in advertisements, magazines features and on all forms of social media. But, as the saying goes “love is in the eye of the beholder” particularly when it comes to one of the most rare forms of romantic period […]

A New Mourning | A Closer Look at Mourning Jewelry

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“It’s the romance of memory,” says Lenore Dailey, an antique dealer specializing in Georgian and Victorian jewels, when asked why once-neglected mourning, memorial, and memento mori jewelry is fetching high prices at auction and attracting a whole new generation of passionate collectors. At Sotheby’s on January 16, 2016, two mourning jewels containing George Washington’s hair […]

Recreating the Past: The Boom in Conversion Jewelry

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Conversion jewelry began with a simple goal: to give new life to antique and vintage jewelry that wasn’t being worn in its original form. Victorian stick pins; small Victorian, Edwardian, and Retro brooches; tie tacks; and jeweled and cut steel buttons were the first pieces which were re-worked into wearable and chic rings and necklaces […]

The Top 4 Jewelry Trends of the 70’s

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The feminist movement. Make love, not war. Disco nights. The seventies were a time of social upheaval and strong style statements. And the iconic 70’s Jewelry pieces that define 70’s jewelry trends of the era are just as bold: The Love Bracelet by Cartier, the Bone Cuff and open heart by Elsa Peretti for Tiffany, […]