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Celebrate GOLD with May Is Gold Month and Me!

We are kicking off our May Is Gold Month partnership with a fun video to introduce you to what we'll be covering over the next month and get you pumped! I know I love all things karat gold, so I'm totally excited.

What I love most about May Is Gold Month and our partnership is that we both share the same ideas, goals and purposes. We're here to educate you about karat gold, talk about it, lust over it, and give you some different perspectives. Like for example, the view of the "maker" otherwise known as the designer or artisan. What do they love about gold? What draws them into using gold when creating something?

Another perspective: the wearer. That's me and you! I want to create a space where we can share our collections, show how we wear and style our gold jewelry and give you ideas for future purchases. That's why we've made it easy by creating the hashtag #showmeyourgold -- similar to #showmeyourrings and easy to remember! I'll give you a prompt every Saturday so you know what type of gold we're focusing on for the week!

So, like I said in the video...

Get ready, get excited and let's celebrate GOLD all month long with May Is Gold Month!

 

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Gem Gossip Visits Gem Jewelry Boutique in Chicago, IL 

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Bracelets: Pascale Monvoisin 9k wire bracelet, Black wrap bracelet

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the storefront of Gem Jewelry Boutique with its beautiful gold leaf

Gem Jewelry Boutique | Gem Gossip

Necklaces: Gem Token black diamond peace sign necklace, Emilie Shapiro watermelon tourmaline + pink sapphire necklace, Emilie Shapiro moonstone + sapphire necklace

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I love the vignettes that tell a story; displays that speak louder than words

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Some Ruth Tomlinson, Megan Thorne, Gem Token, Satomi Kawakita rings stacked on stacked -- shop rings

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Gold elements, mirrors and a window of sunlight; some of my favorite parts of Gem

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Earrings: Ten Thousand Things 18k gold bead dangles, moonstone & diamond stud earrings by Gem Token

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I love how every piece is displayed! Love the pieces of recycled leather to display the earrings

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Ear piercing parties are one of Gem's newest additions--because all these studs need to be worn!

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Earrings: Gabriela Artigas Asymmetrical Orbital earring, Lip studs, wwake small chain earrings

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Lips velvet pouch zipper bag on the left, Variance Objects stud earrings + ring on the right!

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"Get Lucky" Figa by Pascale Monvoisin

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"Dope" "Mama" "Boss" bracelets by Zoe Chicco (these also come in necklaces)

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Not only does Gem sell jewelry, but other lifestyle products like candles, bags, scarves, & home goods

Gem Jewelry Boutique | Gem Gossip

Necklaces: Gem Token black diamond peace sign necklaceEmilie Shapiro watermelon tourmaline + pink sapphire necklaceEmilie Shapiro moonstone + sapphire necklace

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owner of Gem, Laura Kitsos and myself

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Rings: rough ruby by Emilie Shapiro, twin tourmaline ring by Margaret Solow, watermelon tourmaline + pink sapphire ring by Emilie Shapiro ----  moonstone + sapphire ring by Emilie Shapiro, tourmalated quartz ring by Margaret Solow, opal + pink sapphire ring by Emilie Shapiro

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The interior of the store was done by Laura's husband who is a general contractor

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I love how everything stacks and coordinates perfectly together--lots of different designers shown here!

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Our last stop before heading home from our quick but amazing #JewelryRoadTrip to Chicago was Gem Jewelry Boutique, located a few minutes outside of Chicago in Oak Park.  I had to see for myself Laura's talked about and infamous curating skills--both jewelry-wise and display-wise. She is undeniably talented when it comes to putting things together, whether it is an entire store, a single display, an outfit, or a jewelry look. Gem has been open for nearly 13 years, with four different locations over the years. Most recently they moved to a new location which opened in June of 2015 and is what you're seeing in the photos above. It is Laura's most favorite location out of the four she has had, and as you can see, rightfully so! Laura says, "I wanted this location to invoke a sophisticated, calming environment yet with the slight edginess that depicts Gem’s image."

The storefront is a beautiful jewel in its own right (I love the gold-leaf on the windows) and when you walk through the front door, you are immediately met with the open and airiness of the space. It proves to be an ideal jewelry showroom. The gems and jewelry sparkle in the sunlight, and the dark gray walls with mirrored and gold accents make you feel like you're actually inside a jewelry box. The custom sliding cases and the large cabinet against the wall were all created specially for the space, thanks to Laura's husband Michael. Another very sentimental addition to the store--the giant antique gold mirror--which was restored and outfitted with back-lighting, was essentially a wedding present from Michael, but ended up being the perfect focal point for the store. And I can agree! I love the mirror...and I can attest to the fact that jewelry stores NEED mirrors. I think they are essential!

Laura hadn't always been on a clear path to opening a jewelry boutique from the beginning. She was actually the one designing and creating jewelry, teaching herself along the way, taking a couple metalsmithing classes and being inspired. This was back in 1995 when she lived in Portland, Oregon. Before that, it was her grandmother Lucile, who lived to be 101 years old, who infused a passion for jewelry in Laura from a very young age. Laura reminisces, "Each time I’d see her, she’d take me into her bedroom and on the bed we’d lay out all her boxes and jewelry while she told me the story behind each piece. It was heaven to me! And at the end, she’d always give me a piece. I learned how jewelry tells a story."

One fateful day, Laura strolled into Twist in Portland and had an epiphany.  In 2004 her first store opened, mainly selling her own designs and some vintage pieces.  It goes without saying that the store has evolved very much over the years, especially beginning with what is featured. About two years into having the store, Laura attended a market show in NYC and a whole new world opened up before her eyes. She became passionate about supporting and learning about other designers, especially women artisans. Laura says, "Over the years, the store has evolved in that we now carry more designers than ever and I am focusing on a finer brand.  The price point has risen over the years because I am carrying designers that are reputable, unique and are not mass producing their work.  I appreciate “hand made” jewelry and especially jewelry made by women.  I try to curate with that point of view."

Designers like Vale Jewelry, Brooke Gregson, Emilie Shapiro, Blanca Monros Gomez, Arik Kastan, Megan Thorne, wwake, and Ruth Tomlinson are favorites and staples amongst Gem's lineup. One of their newest additions, Pascale Monvoisin was an Instagram discovery for the store--which proves to designers that you can be discovered on social media! Although the mix of designers is eclectic and spans different countries and different continents, they all flow together and are able to be styled easily for a cohesive look because of Laura's eye. You may see Gem Token as one of the designers featured several times in the photos above--that is the store's own line of jewelry! Gem is also really excited about adding a few more brands to their roster, including Rusty Thought which is coming soon! 

I loved visiting Gem and if you're in the Chicago area, you are lucky to have such a great local jewelry store! Whatever your jewelry needs are or if you need a special gift, you will leave happy. I loved seeing a few customers come into the store while I was there and each person had a better day because they chose to come inside Gem. I know I sure did!

 

GemJewelryBoutique

135 North Oak Park Avenue

Oak Park, IL 60301

Phone: 708-386-8400

www.shopgemjewelry.com

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Gem Gossip Visits Gold Hatpin in Chicago, IL 

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Just as many would associate deep dish pizza with Chicago, I like to associate Gold Hatpin as the windy city staple which abundantly feeds my sparkle appetite. A literal hidden gem--the store is tucked away in the back of an antique shop--owner Diane Richardson has been in business for over 30 years. I've been visiting Diane every time I'd attend the Vegas or Miami antique shows, as she has continually set up at both, including the Baltimore show which I have yet to see (which she won't be attending this year). What is fun about her store in Oak Park is that her entire inventory is there--so you'll see way more jewelry when you visit her in Chicago than seeing her at a show!

Jewelry slowly came into Diane's life and antique jewelry became her passion overtime. Although not her main path in the beginning, she ultimately was destined for a life of learning, treasure hunting, dealing and showcasing antique jewelry, all of which her lifelong clients know her for and love her for. Piece by piece things came together--from her love of colorful fabrics from Home Economics studies, to an interest in archaeology and antiques, to a deep connection with a sentimental heirloom that had ties to the California Gold Rush, a topic she had coincidently just learned about in school at the time, everything fell into place. 

The Gold Hatpin stands out to me as a shop you cannot miss for several reasons. One is its treasure hunting vibe--what I mean by this is it has a very large amount of inventory, which you could look at for hours, leave for lunch, and then come back again and still see "new" things you missed the first time around. Another reason, and one of the most important--Diane's amazing prices. If this shop were in LA or NYC everything would be at least double the price. I like buying from shop owners that are fair and reasonable, two things which Diane gets gold stars for. Other qualities include trustworthiness, sweetness & kindness, and always fun to talk to!  I also am continually stunned by the variety of jewelry that Gold Hatpin has--from rare Georgian pieces, to sentimental Victorian items, sparkly Art Deco engagement rings, a large assortment of wedding bands, unique mid-century jewels, and even some modern pieces. I tell people, no matter what era of jewelry you're into or if you're hunting for something very specific, chances are, if you visit Diane at her store or at a show you won't leave empty-handed!

Speaking of not leaving empty-handed, I found a very unique turquoise ring while on my visit to Gold Hatpin that had to come home with me!  It's in a few of the photos above--I couldn't resist the unusual coloring of the turquoise (it has a yellow-blue color) and also a long engraving on the inside, behind the stone not on the shank. The engraving reads, "Cherished Memories 17 Aug 1918 Eddie to Cal"  Can't leave something that special behind!  I also had serious contemplations with A LOT of the jewelry I featured above--so if you're feeling the same way, feel free to call Diane to ask about a piece at 708-445-0610 or go to www.goldhatpin.com (you can send one of the photos from above of any of the things you're interested in).

Some of my favorite pieces from Diane's current inventory include the carved lapis necklace and earrings set from the 1940s (the necklace clasp is also a piece of carved lapis), and the onyx and rock crystal chandelier style earrings made in Italy and done in 18k white gold. I could have played with just the rings for hours and hours. Like the coral and onyx bypass ring is such a cool piece and it sure is photogenic! The lapis ring selection was plentiful--a gemstone that I seem to gravitate toward and really love. I also wear a lot of black and onyx is one gemstone I can't seem to get enough of--when I saw that geometric shaped, calibre-cut onyx ring I immediately knew it was something special! That ring belongs in an eclectic collection, for sure! The serpent necklace, the amethyst Erté ring, the diamond navette rings...my wish list goes on and on. 

Next time you are in the Chicago area, make certain you set aside some time to visit Gold Hatpin. You won't be disappointed!

GoldHatPin

Downtown Oak Park

125 N Marion Street

Oak Park, IL 60301

www.goldhatpin.com

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Gem Gossip Visits Leslie Hindman Auctioneers in Chicago, IL

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Victorian Earrings: Lot 30, Moonstone Necklace: Lot 17

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Bird brooch: Lot 36, Insect brooch: Lot 43

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Amethyst dangle earrings: Lot 11

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Cartier cigar band: Lot 214, snake ring: Lot 24, emerald ring: Lot 49

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Opal ring: Lot 264, Elongated diamond ring: Lot 515, sapphire ring: Lot 69

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Georgian emerald bracelet: Lot 4

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Peridot necklace (comes with matching earrings): Lot 27

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Opal ring: Lot 264, Morganite ring: Lot 61

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Turquoise and enamel brooch: Lot 33A, blue enamel and diamond brooch: Lot 54, Georgian pearl brooch: Lot 31

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Blue topaz collar necklace: Lot 247

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Aquamarine ring: Lot 48, Moonstone ring: Lot 260, Emerald & diamond ring: Lot 57 ---- Glass scarab ring: Lot 8, Amethyst ring: Lot 683, Fire opal ring: Lot 5

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Blue enamel (made to look like lapis) and diamond brooch: Lot 54

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Georgian emerald bracelet: Lot 4, Gothic Revival bracelet: Lot 9, Emerald & diamond ring: Lot 49

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Peridot necklace and matching earrings suite: Lot 27

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Emerald & diamond ring: Lot 12, Emerald & diamond dome lattice ring: Lot 482A, oval opal ring: Lot 42

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Oval opal ring: Lot 42, Emerald & diamond dome lattice ring: Lot 482AEmerald & diamond ring: Lot 12 ----- Sapphire ring: Lot Lot 69, Elongated diamond ring: Lot 515Opal ring: Lot 264,

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Moonstone Y-Necklace: Lot 17

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Cartier cigar band: Lot 214

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Gothic Revival bracelet: Lot 9

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I couldn't tell you how much I was looking forward to meeting the jewelry team behind the Fine Jewelry Department at Leslie Hindman Auctioneers in Chicago, IL. I've been in touch with the infamous windy-city based auction house since finding them online a few years ago.  It started off with me registering to bid online at a few of their highlighted jewelry auctions, then I started to feature some of my favorite picks right here on Gem Gossip...then last year I consigned a ring of mine for Leslie Hindman to sell at auction.  I was so pleased with how the whole experience panned out, from beginning to end, that I yet again consigned another ring from my personal collection.  And what a treat it was to visit in person! Looking through auction catalogs is probably one of my most favorite activities, and to have that experience come to life is a dream come true. 

Just as Leslie Hindman Auctioneers seeks out the finest in art, furniture, decorative arts and jewelry, their loyal clients have been bidding with the auction house for years, and have a distinct eye for the best too!  Imagine my excitement as I entered the building to find a live auction going on right in front of my eyes--can you believe I've never actually been to an auction in real time (besides the car auctions with my dad, but those are outside and umm, unrefined to say the least)?! I received the grand tour and timing was great because all the furniture, fine art and decorative pieces that were currently selling in the auction room were neatly displayed between two large, sun-filled rooms. It looked like walking through an interior decorator's portfolio. I spotted some gold mirrors and portrait paintings that I couldn't stop staring at, but headed toward the jewelry department to get down to business.

Leslie Hindman's Fine Jewelry & Timepieces department consists of Alex Eblen, graduate gemologist and director, James Wallace, graduate gemologist and timepieces specialist, two account specialists Madeline Schroeder & Katie Meyer, another graduate gemologist Meredith Derman, and finally, a cataloguer and jewelry specialist Jamie Henderson. Everyone had set up my favorite jewels in a large spread, front and center of the jewelry department, waiting for their time to shine. This experience for me, is comparable to visiting a dog adoption center--these pieces of jewelry were once loved, worn, and for whatever reason need to find new homes. Just like a dogs, I can't help but want to take everything home with me! Instead of "cute and cuddly," the jewels are so gorgeous and jaw-dropping. 

Speaking of the jewelry I got to see, everything will be auctioned off on Sunday, April 23rd, 2017 starting at noon CST with the second round starting the following day at 10am, and ultimately complete when the last lot is sold. This auction features 1,238 lots of some of the best pieces of fine jewelry, loose gemstones and timepieces. I've gone through and picked my favorites, which are seen here in these photos--a neat glimpse into seeing what the jewelry looks like on! I know every cataloguer in the game does the utmost to fully describe each item, including measurements of how wide and long pieces are, but it's the buyers that can often overlook those details.  I've been guilty of this myself--the garnet comet ring I bought at auction surprised me so much when I received it in the mail. It was WAY bigger than what I had thought it would be, even though the millimeter size of the stone was given. It ended up being a good surprise--and I hope these photos help put into perspective what each piece would look like on and how they could potentially fit into your collection!

Here's all the important links you need to know if you plan on bidding at this sale.

Date: Day One April 23, 2017 NOON CST, Day Two April 24, 2017 10am CST

Link to online catalog

Link to register to bid online 

Have questions? email someone from the jewelry department directly at jewelrycr@lesliehindman.com 


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1338 W Lake St.

Chicago, IL 60607

www.lesliehindman.com

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Just in Time for Easter: Fabergé Eggs from A La Vieille Russie

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Miniature white enamel egg set with a red enamel coin of Elizabeth I and four cushion-cut sapphires. By Fabergé, ca. 1895.

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Miniature egg with white enamel stripes and set with a turquoise. By Fabergé , workmaster A. Hollming, ca. 1900.

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A jouré yellow and green gold egg, punctuated with rose diamonds around the center. By Fabergé , workmaster A. Hollming, ca. 1900.

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A two-color gold-mounted egg-form aventurine quartz hand seal on brilliant translucent green enamel base. By Faberge, St. Petersburg, ca. 1900.

Legendary Fabergé eggs--eggs so popular, that almost everyone knows what you're talking about when you mention their name. For me, these were my first obsession above all other types of jewelry. I remember going to my local public library and wanting to check out a book on making crafts out of egg cartons--I saw the recommendation on Reading Rainbow!  Instead, I found my way to a book on Fabergé eggs and was infatuated. In fact, for the first time in my life, I loved the book so much I never returned it. I didn't care it was wrong because this book lit up my life!  My second run in with Fabergé eggs happened when I was in high school. I became obsessed with watching Joan Rivers on QVC and admired her love of Fabergé eggs. Back then, she had created her own jewelry line with bundles of three eggs per chain of her own miniature versions of "Fabergé eggs." I ordered my first trio of eggs and was hooked.  I can't remember how many I collected over the next few years, but after graduating college, I was able to pay for my trip to study abroad from selling my Joan Rivers Egg Collection. It was quite a few. I honestly wish I still had those eggs, but I wouldn't trade my overseas experience for anything!

It is no myth that Fabergé eggs are enchanting, often mysterious, and full of intrigue.  If you were married to a Russian tsar, the ideal Easter gift would be a Fabergé egg designed by none other than Carl Fabergé himself. The first ever Fabergé egg was made in 1885 and presented to Alexander III. Since then, it varies as to how many are apparently out there, but some sources say 65 Imperial eggs were made, some say 50, some say 52, but it is known that only 43 have survived--there is a really comprehensive table that describes each, citing where the egg is now. A few are cited as "Lost" and it is with lots of hope that they will be recovered someday. 

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Circular aquamarine and diamond Imperial Presentation brooch with an Imperial crown decoration. By Fabergé, workmaster A. Hollming, St. Petersburg, ca. 1913.

Natural pearl and diamond floral brooch with blue enamel border. By Fabergé, Moscow, 1896-1908.

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Diamond and green garnet necklace mounted in platinum. By Fabergé, ca. 1900.

Natural pearl ruby and diamond necklace set in platinum and gold. By Fabergé, ca.1900.

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Fabergé gold-mounted lozenge-form brooch, set with diamonds and red enamel wreath over white guilloché enamel ground. By Fabergé, St. Petersburg, ca 1890.

Lozenge brooch with a central cabochon moonstone, set with rose diamonds, and white enamel. By Fabergé, workmaster A. Hollming, St. Petersburg, ca. 1900.

Fabergé eggs created for the general public, not just zsars, continued being the company's most popular pieces. In the year 1900, the House of Fabergé was completed which literally was a large building which centralized all the operations--bringing together workshops, artisans, a design department, even Carl Fabergé's own place of residence, in one large building.  Throughout the turn-of-the-century, Fabergé turned out elaborate pieces of jewelry, decorative drinking cups and bowls, items for writing, miniature hardstone animals, a wide variety of photo frames (as Kodak launched its first camera), and much, much more. He employed hundreds of craftsmen under conditions that were very superior, with great pay. As success continued, expansion happened, until the first World War broke out in 1914. The House of Fabergé lost a lot of workers to the draft, precious metals were haulted to use, so the items that were produced during this time were created from materials like copper, nephrite, brass, and silver.  Carl Fabergé ultimately fled Russia and died in 1920.

Many of the pieces of jewlery and decorative arts which Fabergé created during its height of success are highly collectible. A La Vieille Russie, a shop in NYC, has specialized in Fabergé since opening in 1961. You'll be amazed by these authentic, one-of-a-kind Fabergé items, including some eggs that ALVR currently has in their inventory.  If you haven't read the blog post featuring my visit to ALVR, you must!  Here is the link.

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White enamel and two-color gold hanging bellpush. Contained in original fitted hollywood box. By Fabergé, St. Petersburg, workmaster H. Wigström, ca. 1915.

Carved two-color jasper miniature egg in the form of a Kingfisher with diamond eyes. By Fabergé, Moscow, ca. 1900.

Gold-mounted brilliant pink guilloché enamel egg-form pendant locket, the opening set with rose diamonds. By Fabergé, workmaster M. Perchin. St. Petersburg, ca. 1895.

Anyway, I thought the quick history on Fabergé paired with some pieces that are available would make my readers very happy on Easter!  Hope you enjoyed!

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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fabergé_egg

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts app called Fabergé at VMFA

 

This sponsored blog post was brought to you in collaboration with A La Vieille Russie.

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