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Here is the long overdue blog post about the items I brought back from my trips to Tucson & Miami. Anytime I go to a jewelry show, I never know what I'm going to find so the energy is always slightly tense and adrenaline is constantly flowing. If I buy something at a show, I never know for certain if I'm going to keep it or sell it--I've realized I have to bring it home and introduce it into my collection, wear it a few times, and decide if it feels like it should be mine forever or not. I can't tell you how I determine that, I just know.
This time around in Tucson, I never knew I would find a piece of jewelry I would love and end up keeping. I was totally focused on buying gems, crystals and random minerals (see second photo) but when I stopped by the Excalibur Estate Jewelry booth at AGTA in Tucson, the ring kind of found me. It didn't help that I had been searching for a special client of mine for something just like this, but it was out of her budget. I bought it anyway. The whole rest of the trip, I treated it as though it was for my client and that I would be saying goodbye to it as soon as I got home. Every time I thought about selling it, I couldn't! I also kept looking at pictures of it (actually the exact photo in this blog post) the whole plane ride home. I had to keep it.
My next trip to Miami was only a week later, so normally I would be like "my budget is DONE" after buying something like that in Tucson. I had some good timing with my EBTH sale being launched the same day Miami started. I took my entire inventory and put it up for auction with EBTH--sort of nail-biting as every piece is sold at no reserve--so yes several pieces went for hundreds less than retail value, but I was able to justify finding and buying three amazing new pieces for my personal collection.
The three rings in the last photo above on the left are my Miami Antique Show finds. The furthest one on the left is from Shelly Storch Fine Jewelry--I found it early on in the day on my last day, I made an offer which wasn't accepted and then came back right before I left at the end of the day. This is one of those rings that you simply can't stop staring at! The turquoise and black enamel ring was found at Haig's of Rochester and I love the contrast of the turquoise with the enamel. I think it may have been a stick pin conversion--while most stick pins are tiny, this one is pretty large, which is what I like about it as well. The last purchase from the Miami Antique Show is the Art Nouveau diamond and black enamel ring from Marlene Wong Alvarado Antique & Estate Jewelry. She is a seller who has been in the business for YEARS and is based out of Corpus Christi, Texas. She told me she personally wore that ring for over 20 years, as it was in her personal collection and this was the first time she was offering it for sale. I told her I would take good care of it! It is marked Syman and I couldn't find much about this maker online. I posted a photo of the ring on a Facebook Group I'm a member of--Antique Jewelry Identification Group--and my friend Jenn believes that it is a Colorado based company from the early 1900s. If you know more about this maker, please contact me!
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Dover Jewelry has been my go-to spot for all things antique and estate jewelry since my very first purchase online EVER involving jewelry! If you don't believe me, just read the blog post I wrote about the white gold, sapphire eternity band that I bought from Dover way back in 2008. That post was the second blog post written on GemGossip.com so it is ancient! ;) The next blog post I wrote featured a diamond bypass ring that I fell in love with from Dover which gave me my original love and inspiration for my antique engagement ring. You can see the post here. It's funny how rough and dicey those first few months of blogging were, but I was just starting out...trying to find my voice.
It is evident that Dover Jewelry has been on my radar for a very long time and their excellence in the jewelry industry reaches far beyond my eight years blogging, in fact Dover Jewelry has been in bussiness for over 25 years. Their collection and inventory exceeds all expectations and is constantly growing. I had to know more about this company, so I asked five important questions--hope you enjoy the interview!
Our fascination with antique jewelry began in a small antique store, tucked away in one of Boston’s most affluent suburbs. And as reputations grow, so did ours – Dover Jewelry was the place to find that special piece, that necklace never duplicated in any of Boston’s most glamorous ballrooms or select intimate parties. Boston, the place of our roots, was good to us and we loved the city as we became increasingly more recognized and trusted amongst the “Bean Town” Elite. But, as our businesses became more and more successful, the draw of Miami’s exploding International Celebrity loomed on our horizon. No place was there more of a demand for beauty, craftsmanship and value. We could not ignore the force that drew us to the gateway of Latin America, and a center point of Fashion excellence like that of Downtown Miami. It was a decision that swept us upward and onward to international markets, exquisite finds and an ever increasing and appreciative clientele.
Dover is based in the heart of Miami’s diamond district, where our expert Jewelry staff maintains a passion for the rare and exceptional. We pride ourselves in our extensive knowledge and expertise of current market values of precious stones and metals around the globe. Growing our formidable team of over 15 employees provides the quality support and premium service our clients deserve. Our in-house Master Jeweler, GIA gemologist, videographers, selling professionals, globally procured buyers and experienced customer service team in the jewelry industry strive to provide our clients with a singular purchasing experience, 100% personal attention and satisfaction.
Dover Jewelry procures an extensive collection of unique estate items, retailing in excess of over 300 pieces per week. This rigorous turnover, allows our globally sourced team of buyers to allocate a steady selection of fresh and rare collections. From the halls of the most infamous trade shows in Miami, NY, and Las Vegas to the Grandest exhibitions in Hong Kong, Basel, France and Latin America.
Closer to home, we have the privilege of welcoming the most treasured collections from local families and celebrities who are looking for an unsurpassed level of discrete estate buying and evaluations. Those who have decided it’s time to pass their rare jewels along to someone who will love and cherish them as much as they once did.
On one memorable occasion we were asked to go to New York to meet an elderly lady who had acquired a fabulous collection of fine gems dating back to her great grandmother. As with many immigrants at that time, escaping persecution from their Russian Homeland, any valuables were immediately confiscated and yet her grandmother knew that the survival of herself and her lineage was incumbent upon these precious gems which were sewn into their jacket linings in hopes of surviving the long migration to America.
Slowly, and with the supervision of our gemology team, we have been able to guide her on the most lucrative times to liquidate her collection in order to safeguard her heirs fortune, as did her great grandmother.
This magnificent rare diamond antique brooch is handcrafted in solid 18k gold with a silver top. A fabulous composition of some 109 round old european cut diamonds approx. 7.00 cttw, G-H color, almost all VS clarity and 3 pinkish white natural pearls, approx. 5.5mm in diameter.
It is difficult to say what sets us apart – perhaps it is our extensive search for true Antique and Estate Fine Jewels which is an expertise in itself. We revel in the craftsmanship and the flawless stones that distinguish the magnificent from the ordinary. And best of all is the value in which our buyers or sellers receive for their items.
To find those original rare items - that have been the basis for mass reproduction with other jewelers, requires a vast education in gemology, antique periods and the ability to instill trust beyond reproach with our customers. Dover Jewelry maintains the integrity, and “one on one” service of a fine locally based boutique establishment, coupled with global connections to service our customers in a worldwide marketplace.
Whether you are in the market for rare jewels, or a treasured memory of something your grandmother once wore, our collection represents a walk through the history of jewelry from the lacy, floral scrolls of the Edwardian period to the geometric cuts that characterize Art Deco baubles. Loyalty to these fine vintage pieces is often passed down through generations of a family, symbolizing a way of life and it is just that kind of enduring heirloom that is proving its worth in our collection today.
One of the great joys of fine jewelry is that the very best materials are completely timeless and although old jewels have been locked away in banks and boxes, we all know tangible treasures are far more fascinating. With this in mind, we invite you to experience our glittering array of antique gems. Not only to be viewed, but more importantly to be tried on, loved and brought sparkling back to life!
This post was brought to you in collaboration with Dover Jewelry.
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This spring season has been quite the busy one on the auction forefront! With spring in the air, time to clean out your jewelry "closet" and not only sell some pieces you haven't worn in a few years, but also buy some new ones! Pieces that you've been needing and continue to wish you owned--now is the time to buy! If you've always wanted a Victorian bangle bracelet or a statement ring to wear on special occasions--an auction like Alex Cooper Auctions is the perfect place to buy. And if you're on a spring cleaning kick and decide to part with a few items from your jewelry box, Alex Cooper Auctions also will gladly consign your fine jewelry. A few simple steps on how to go about doing that can be found here. It is as easy as getting a pre-sale evaluation, consign, and wait for your item to go up at auction!
Now, if you're looking to add to your jewelry collection, like me, there is an auction coming up on April 23rd, 2015 at 3pm EST that you won't want to miss! Above are my favorites from the lineup--you can view the entire catalog online here.
Lot 4: I chose this ring solely because how incredibly huge the center diamond is--try about 10 carats of Oval! It is currently set in a gent's 14k yellow gold mounting, but can easily be changed by whomever is the lucky bidder. Excessively large diamonds can be bought at bargain prices at auction!
Lot 27: This appealing Art Deco diamond ring will flatter the hand of whomever wins it--a nice slightly domed silhouette set with two half carat Old European cut diamonds in platinum. Very chic!
Lot 29: I am a sucker for painted portrait rings, especially ones that are in amazing condition--which is getting harder and harder to find! Mounted in 14k yellow gold, this hand-painted piece depicts a young man and woman.
Lot 35: As a jewelry collector, I feel that everyone's collection should have an Art Deco onyx ring set with a diamond. There are so many variations out there, this one is quite captivating. I also like how versatile a ring like this is--you can wear it with almost anything and make it your go-to ring! This one is set in 10k yellow gold.
Lot 64: The geometrical, Art Deco shape of this opal and diamond pendant is awesome, plus I like the touch of the dangling diamond hanging off from the main portion of the pendant. This piece is done in 14k white gold and features lots of old cut diamonds that sparkle brilliantly.
Lot 138: Another pendant necklace that I'm loving is this all-original blue zircon filigree piece that has a touch of seed pearls around each zircon. The pearls and the flow of this necklace is very feminine and reminiscent of the era. The piece is done in 14k gold.
Lot 83: Looking for a perfect wedding day staple or a dramatic push present? These filigree diamond tennis bracelets always do the trick. Such a timeless piece sent from a bygone era. Set in platinum, this particular bracelet is set with a few Old European cut diamonds.
Lot 167: This ring reminds me of my epic "comet ring" score because of the diamonds and enamel work surrounding it. Mounted in 14k yellow gold set with a radiant cut sapphire and surrounded by diamonds, this is one of those "show-stopping" pieces everyone needs in their personal collections.
Lot 243: Such a precious and adorable piece--a large heart-shaped amethyst pin with a tiny bird perched politely and acts as a prong. This could certainly act as a token of love and become a very sentimental piece for someone. It is mounted in 14k yellow gold.
Lot 224: An incredible Etruscan flexible braided link bracelet with a lion grasping a diamond in its mouth! Such a neat piece and it reminds me of a bracelet I once lusted after and never knew what ended up happening to it! Wish I would've purchased it now...don't let that happen to you! Start bidding! :)
This post was brought to you in collaboration with Alex Cooper Auctions.
Today we take a look into the jewelry box of @LuckandLockets to see her favorite treasures and the stories behind them! I love her attitude on her collection and if you think you can't collect antique jewelry because you live either a busy life or live nowhere near an antique jewelry shop, think again! She has done most all her shopping through Instagram alone and has created quite the collection! I'm sure you'll notice all our jewelry friends represented in her collection! Enjoy!
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Collecting antique jewelry takes patience, a roving eye and a lot of time! I work full time in crazy hectic NYC and have a family, too, so there isn't a whole lot of down time to treasure hunt (trust me -- try dragging a 10 year old boy and a husband to the antiques stores while on vacation!) So, what a godsend that so many amazing antique jewelry vendors sell online, open 24/7. It wasn't so long ago that it was a novelty to buy fine antique jewelry online -- all without seeing or feeling it in person, from a seller thousands of miles away. An article I read in Vogue a few years ago opened a whole new world of antiquing possibilities to me -- it was precisely about the growing numbers of women who were investing in jewelry for themselves – buying over the internet! I was sold and have not looked back.
I search for pieces that are "niche" -- rare and unusual in some way, yet wearable in the real world (I love a tiara as much as Lady Mary, but no-can-do on NYC subways!) Georgian pieces are wonderful and romantic, because they pre-date mass production and I love the handcrafted and "imperfect." I also adore figural pieces, and anything with a message or story. The web has been a great way to source unusual pieces from home --after the work emails are done, dinner dishes washed and child is in bed! And when I found Instagram, I was hooked! In fact, I have found some of my favorite pieces through my IG feed -- from an amazing community of antique jewelry enthusiasts, who share a similar aesthetic and passion (and who happen to ferret out unique pieces from their sources).
Here are some of the rings I found through my IG feeds – representative of some of my favorite motifs and materials -- and I think many of them are definitely one of a kind!
From left to right:
Thumb: (Bottom) Georgian enameled memorial ring, inscribed 1806 … from @shopfiligree. I love the modern, austere vibe of this ring, even though it is over 200 years old. This is my go-to stacker.
(Top) Art Nouveau “Night and Day” signet ring . . . from @eriebasin. The gold on this ring has that wonderful, soft, velvety texture that only comes with age. The surprise to this ring? Each shoulder is carved with a distinct Art Nouveau "maiden" -- one has her eyes closed in sleep (Night) and the other is wide-eyed (Day). I am not engraving this one -- it just seems perfect and pristine the way it is.
First Finger: (Bottom) Mid-Victorian green-eyed snake ring in rare 16k . . . from @theedencollective. Every antique ring collection needs at least one snake. I picked this one for its detail and dimensional quality -- its head is rearing up, and a tiny tongue is just visible in its parted mouth. A little creepy, in a good way.
(Top) Late Georgian-era French ring set with fat, juicy foiled garnets . . . from @theoneilovenyc. The color of these stones is incredible, and the foil has remained intact all these years. One of my all time favorites.
Middle Finger: (Bottom) Art Nouveau-era ring set with the most incredible turquoise scarab . . . from @duvenay. No other way to put this, but I LOOOVE this ring for its bold scale, handmade setting and of course that soft, dreamy turquoise. This stone came from the Porterfield Turquoise Mines in New Mexico, owned at the time by the family of @duvenay. I feel honored to wear this cherished piece.
(Top) Victorian hard stone cameo of Mary Queen of Scots (a favorite of mine) ornately framed . . . again from @duvenay. This ring is a little crazytown, right up my alley -- probably an old conversion. It's chunky, but feminine because, well, it's a cameo!
Ring Finger: (Bottom) OK, it's not easy to pick a single favorite, but this could be IT. Victorian elephant carnelian intaglio ring . . . from @Circa1700. The intaglio is the star -- incredible skilled detailed carving in a perfect minimal setting. The British hallmarks are all there, but a little bit of a mystery as to the year...long story, but it hardly matters, as I am never giving this one up!
(Top) Victorian-era French pave turquoise initial ring . . . another from @theedencollective. All I can say is thank goodness I did not change my name when I got married, just so I could get this ring. Some things are meant to be.
Pinky: Georgian flat cut garnet eternity band ...from @lisajshuler. I have searched more antiques booths than I care to count for this ring, and yet I found it on IG. I eyed this baby long enough to gestate a real live human one (at least it felt like it) and cursed the Georgian ladies for their tiny fingers . . . until I sized my pinky and realized I could make this Georgian mine.
Not to be completely ring-centric, here is a group of some of my favorite pendants recently sourced online.
Clockwise from the top:
Top: Massive English Victorian rock crystal orb, with a jeweled snake coiled around it. Mesmerizing and mystical. (See detailed photo).
Right: French Belle Epoque onyx locket, set with a dragon -- or is it a basilisk? Either way, I love this guardian mama.
Bottom: Art Nouveau Austro-Hungarian Plique-a-Jour locket. I am loco for enamel and lockets -- and bonus that the lady is wearing jewelry.
Left: Victorian coral figa (in fact, an entire coral arm). This piece is so ridiculously over the top it had my name all over it. A figa ARM clutching a bunch of lucky coral horns? AND wearing a turquoise gold bracelet AND an Etruscan style turquoise embellished "cap sleeve"??!! Crazy in the best way. My uber lucky charm.
Center: Victorian Scottish seal, with a carved citrine. I have a deep fondness for this one. The top is deeply carved with flora and fauna, depicting a game of "Hare and Hounds", a precursor to Paper Chase. The seal itself is a wonderful citrine intaglio of a coat of arms, with a one word, yet powerful motto "Essayez” ("Try"). I wear this when I need a reminder to go for it!
If you've heard the news, Gem Gossip is hosting giveaways all month long in February! We're excited to give back to all our amazing followers, readers and loyal fans! Each Monday, a new GIVEAWAY will be posted...just follow the instructions on how to enter (each may be different) and we will be selecting a winner every Friday! There will be FOUR amazing pieces of jewelry up for grabs and I made sure each one is unique and different from one another!
Antique square synthetic sapphire and diamond stacking band, circa 1920s
How to Enter-------> 1. Follow @arrowandanchorantiques on Instagram
2. Find the giveaway photo I posted on my Instagram account and comment in the comment section.
>> GOOD LUCK!!