French Georgian golden snuffbox, can be used as pillbox

What happened in 1819?

In 1819, Alexandrina Victoria was born who later got crowned Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom, Thomas Jefferson founded the University of Virginia and for $5 million Spain ceded Florida to the United States. Ah, and it is the year this box was made.

When looking at the pristine condition of this beautiful box one can only imagine the care and prudence the many subsequent owners of this box must have had in its 200 year old history. Imagine 200 years! That is about eight generations! With pieces this old one realizes that one doesn't really own a piece of history rather then one is the temporarily guardian of such object.

Antiqualy yours,
The Adin team


The Griffin

French late Victorian early Art Nouveau expressive golden griffin brooch pendant

A guardian of treasures

The griffin, a strange and legendary hybrid creature, usually represented as being part eagle and part lion is normally known for guarding treasures. The griffin motif is found in sculptures of the
ancient Babylonians, Assyrians, Persians, Greek and Romans; in beast allegories of the early Christians; and in Gothic architecture of the late Middle Ages. The griffin remains common in heraldy, representing strength and vigilance.

A hybrid is a composite of two or more species of animal and/or human, and the seven most known hybrids are:

  • The centaur
    In Greek mythology and art, the centaur has the torso of a human combined with the body of a horse.

  • The cockatrice
    This creature was also known as a basilisk ("king of serpents"), and its very glance could kill; the cockatrice was composed of a dragon's tail and assorted poultry parts.

  • The giants (gigantes)
    These fierce and frightening beings were the offspring of Gaia (the Earth).

  • The griffin
    According to myth, the griffin was a creature with a lion's body attached to the head, wings, and claws of an eagle.

  • The harpy
    Harpies had female torsos melded with vulture parts; the name harpy is derived from the Greek word that means "snatcher".

  • The satyrs (faun)
    Satyrs were often the companions of Dionysos, and these creatures were depicted in myth and art with the legs of goats and bestial natures.

  • The sirens
    Women with bird-like bodies; sirens were legendary for luring sailors by singing their enchanted songs.


An Eastern fairy tale

Typical French antique jewelry naturalistic hare head on bar brooch
How are bunny and hare linked to eggs?

From the many non-religious customs in many religions that find their origin in pagan celebrations of nature the Eastern Bunny must be one of the cutest. The Anglo-Saxon Eastern Bunny and his Continental cousin the "lièvre de Pâques" (French for "Hare of Eastern") find their origin in the pagan celebration of the return of springtime. Way back in the old days (in springtime), when people would go out to forage for food on the land, they would find eggs in old hare forms and/or rabbit holes (the eggs were laid there by different bird species).

To illustrate this little fact we would have loved to show you a big Fabergé egg but we haven't had one in the last 30 years and the chance we'll have one in the coming 30 years is also rather small. Instead we used the golden pin with hare head that we do have.

Antiqualy yours,
The Adin team

Specific Dutch regional jewelry

Zeeland 4-string garnet bead necklace with filigree closure

This type of necklace reminds me of the days that my interest in antique jewelry was just burgeoning. One of the first books, if not the first book, I bought was about jewelry that was worn with the specific local Dutch costumes. Till the beginning of the 20th century, in some Dutch villages, people were recognisable by their clothes and jewelry. In the Netherlands many villages had their own costume. Only by looking at a piece of jewelry or clothing, experts can tell from which region people were, which faith they had and even their marital status.

The type of necklace here is also depicted in that book and is made in Walcheren, Zeeland (the Netherlands). The closure is in 14K two tone gold (red and yellow) and it has four strings of facetted garnet beads. The closure itself is skillfully embellished with one big and 24 smaller rose cut garnets plus six smaller garnets at the sides. Necklaces like this were worn by women of all ages as part of the "klederdracht" (local dress in its distinctive style).

Today there are nearly any people left who wear the dress of this local distinctive style. While the youngsters do not wear it at all anymore the older people do wear it occasionally. And in 2003 the last two men wearing the traditional clothing died and most probably in another 10 till 15 years no woman will be wearing it anymore either.

Antiqualy yours,
The Adin team


Alternative investments: Art, antiques, wine and anything odd?

With falls in the stock market and savings rates sitting next to zero investors are looking at areas normally thought of as a little bit wacky.

Putting cash in alternative investments such as art is not limited, however, to the Russia oligarchs buying an odd Monet or collectors stacking up old coins.

Data from the British Bankers' Association (BBA) show the UK's savings accounts were being emptied in January, with the body noting people were now looking at "alternative financial products".

What alternatives people are choosing is not clear, but it is certain people are looking further afield – at areas such as art and antiques.

Many antique collectors are collecting as much for the joy of owning a piece as its investment. With this strong interest, is it worth investing, or are judgements likely to be skewed?

Read the whole story at: www.myfinances.co.uk


Alternative Investments

TEFAF study values global art market at £40bn

23 February 2009

THE global art market grew by 11 per cent to £40.1bn over the last year, according to the survey just published by The European Fine Art Foundation (TEFAF). The report, prepared by leading art economist Dr Clare McAndrew, is the latest in a series of major studies commissioned by TEFAF that act as a focus for the launch of their annual Maastricht fair – the world’s top such event.

Entitled Globalisation and the art market, the 182-page study focuses on emerging markets such as Russia, India and China.

The statistics it uses track the market up until the end of September and so the study does not refect the the downward shift in the market since October.

Nonetheless, its publication remains an important event because, in a global market where it is notoriously difficult to pin down hard statistics, these TEFAF studies are widely known to provide the raw data by which governments and businesses assess the international art market.

From: www.antiquestradegazette.com


Antique Jewelry – The Fitting Choice For All Occasions

Indian jewelry symbolizes the great tradition and culture of India. The exquisite designs are hand-crafted and have distinct quality that can fascinate anybody having eyes for creativity. The antique jewelry designs exemplify Indian culture and the vivid past which have constituents of love, passion, artistry and beauty – all ingrained in one. The exquisite jewelry comes in beautiful pieces of shells, precious stones, glass beads and turquoise.

Antique Jewelry makes a perfect gift for the jewelry enthusiasts as they get phenomenal designs which are evergreen in nature. The best part of the antique jewellery is that there is a wide variety available ranging from bolo ties, rings, watches, bracelets, necklaces to rings.

From: www.articlesbase.com


March Jewel of the Month!

March Jewel of the Month!

18K Victorian Old Mine Cut Diamonds & Aquamarine Engagement Ring

antique diamond engagement rings

Jewel of the Month for sale this March ...

is this remarkable ring which dates to the late Victorian era ca. 1890. This era was the known as the aesthetic period in Victorian Jewelry. Diamonds and femininity were centre stage as you can clearly see in this ring.

Comprised of 18 KT bi-color gold (yellow and white) most of this ring is comprised of rich yellow gold.

Set in white gold with precious gemstones, in keeping with the period are precious beryl and old mine cut diamonds, the diamonds of which have personality that shines like no modern diamond ring ever could.

An engagement ring is a finger ring given by a man to his fiancée as a token of marriage engagement, in the manner of the earlier betrothal ring, and indistinguishable in form or style. In recent years, antique gemstone engagement rings are rapidly gaining in popularity.

And looking at this ring, it's not hard to see why.

It contains 16 glorious old mine cut diamonds with a total estimated weight of approx. 1.00 crt. It is set with precious beryl with an estimated weight of approx. 2.75 crt

The Aquamarine is the birthstone for March.

This bewitching Jewel of the Month is described as blue-green color and referred to as the sea water stone. Green beryl is called emerald and blue beryl, aquamarine. The precious beryl in this ring truly is an astonishing color.

The color of this bewitching gem is somewhere between a dark aquamarine color and a light emerald color, we are not actually sure if this should be called an aquamarine or an emerald!

The ring is size: Size US 5½ , Size UK: K½ and Continental: 51 & 16¼ Resizing: It is our pleasure to resize the ring for you (if needed) at our expense.

Only for extreme resizing we have to charge.

Shipped first-class from Belgium.

antique diamond and aquamarine engagement ring

Price: $2830.00 US

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From: www.antique-jewelry-investor.com

Could it be a tiara?

Yes, it is a tiara

Victorian tiara in red gold with rose cut diamonds can be worn as broochVictorian tiara in red gold with rose cut diamonds can be worn as broochVictorian tiara in red gold with rose cut diamonds can be worn as brooch

Some time ago when walking through the Victoria & Albert Museum in London a little show case grabbed my attention. In it were objects from older times (not uncommon in a museum) and an invitation to the visitors to guess what the use was of those objects. Special pliers used to widen the interior of the fingers of gloves, silver handles with a metal hook at the end that were used to pull on boots or to close a corset. It made me realize that mankind invented so many decorative “useful” things, and abandoned them as easily with the change of fashion season.

Will the tiara pictured above be the next thing of beauty in this line of superfluousity? We think not. Designed and skilfully made by our ancestors who thought that a tiara was inextricably bound up with the “robe de soirée” (French for “evening gown”). The tiara is an unexpected, surprising and yet very wearable piece of jewelry. While occasions to wear one are few and far between, the tiara is still considered the figurative and literal crown to the robe de soirée, making the bearer the princess of the night.

Antiqualy yours,
The Adin team

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Antique Jewelry: A Timeless and Elegant Adornment

Antique jewelry is a timeless classic adornment which can never go out of fashion. It is the epitome of ethereal charm, delicate grace and a gentle reminder of a bygone era. It is that jewelry which has been made during and before the early 1900's.

The jewelry has its own unique character which cannot be copied or imitated. In most cases antique jewelry is handcrafted. It has exquisite craftsmanship and a very special whimsical aura surrounding it, which sets it apart from all other jewelry, however beautiful or expensive they maybe. There is an understated classic elegance inherent in the design and styling. Though widely looked upon as being something worn by only those who are older; perceptions are gradually changing. It is now also seen as a very fashionable ornament which is quite in vogue and is worn by almost anyone, irrespective of their age group.

Just a simple piece of antique jewelry can greatly enhance your over all appearance, add to your appeal and lend a sophisticated charm to your entire persona. Being the beautiful pieces that they are, this jewelry can easily attract attention and can become the focal point of any conversation. However not every one can carry off antique jewelry, you have to have a certain inner beauty and dignity to wear it.

From: antiqueall.blogspot.com

One of the Most Celebrated Pearls

A journey through the aristocratic families of Spain, France and Britain began with a discovery in Las Perlas

Panama Star If you like a good saga look no further then the one that began in 1513 when an African slave reportedly discovered a magnificent pearl while diving off the coast the isle of Santa Margarita, one of the Las Perlas Islands in the Gulf of Panama, and in turn was granted his freedom by Don Pedro de Temez, the administer of the Spanish Colony in Panama.
It has been known by many titles for well over 500 years, such as the “Wanderer”, “Pilgrim” and the “Incomparable”, but it is most widely recognized by a very different name. See if you can guess its identity.

Imagine a natural pearl the size of a pigeon’s egg (55.95 carats to be exact) that not only is one of the most celebrated pearls in the world, but also has one of the most intriguing histories of any world-class jewel.

It began its illustrious past by being gifted by Prince Phillip II, Crown Prince of Spain, to Queen Mary I of England in 1554, also known as Mary Tudor or “Bloody Mary” who was the daughter of King Henry the VII and wore the pearl as a pendant to a brooch.

After the death of “Bloody Mary” in 1558 the treasure piece was worn by the succeeding wives of Phillip II, Queen Isabel and Queen Mariana. The famous pear-shaped white nacreous pearl continued with its line of admirers when Phillip II wore the pearl as a hat ornament to the wedding of his daughter Marie Therese to King Louis XIV of France in 1660.

Eventually the legendary pearl was returned to Spain where it remained in the crown treasury until 1808 when Spain was captured by Napoleon Bonaparte and the illustrious jewel became the property of his brother Joseph Bonaparte – newly installed to the Spanish throne.

Joseph Bonaparte ruled Spain until 1813 when an Anglo-Spanish-Portuguese force led by the Duke of Wellington of England defeated a French army commanded by Joseph Bonaparte at the Battle of Vitoria. This decisive battle enabled Wellington’s forces to gain control of three provinces of northern Spain on the Bay of Biscay bordering the Pyrenees mountain range and eventually caused the French forces to retreat back into France.

After the defeat, it is reported that Joseph Bonaparte carried the famous pearl along with many other gems within the Spanish Crown of Jewels back to France.

Then in 1815, Joseph Bonaparte took the famous Gulf of Panama pearl with him when he went into exile in the United States. He later emigrated to Genoa and then Florence Italy where he died in 1844 bequeathing the renowned jewel to his nephew Charles Louis Bonaparte.

Next in line to own the famous pearl was Lord James Hamilton, the 2nd Marques of Abercorn, who bought the gem from Charles Louis Bonaparte at a time of severe financial challenges for the former wealthy heir.

Lord Hamilton’s wife, Lady Louisa Jane Russell, wore the distinguished pearl as the focal point of an ornate necklace at many formal occasions held at Buckingham Palace.

She eventually bestowed the pearl to her son the 2nd Duke of Abercorn where it remained in the Abercorn family for nearly 100 years.

Finally it was assigned to the House of Sotheby’s in London and placed on auction in 1969 where it was purchased by a very famous British actor for his equally famous American actress wife as a Valentine’s present.

Oh, the identity of this most celebrated pearl? It’s called La Peregrina.

And the purchaser was a noted lover and collector of world-class jewelry of historical and provenance significance – a man who had such an intense obsession for his wife that he was reported to have said, “I cannot see life without Elizabeth. She is my everything – my breath, my blood, my mind and my imagination.”

Yes. The buyer was none other than Richard Burton for wife Elizabeth Taylor – who remains the owner of this incredible pearl that has literally passed through and had been admired by many of the aristocratic families of Spain, France and Britain.

And? it all began with its discovery in the Las Perlas.

Rob Kircher is an International marketing and advertising specialist, writer and filmmaker.

From: www.laestrella.com.pa

An Easy Guideline To Buying Historical Jewellery

Historical jewelry is one thing that never goes out of vogue. Being really valuable items of jewelry and collectibles, they are a dream of every woman who wishes to don it at least once in her life time. The basic reason behind such enchantment with historical jewelry is owing to the fact that the jewelry that was designed in the bygone era was very fascinating and stylish. It featured dome of the most exquisite designs and patterns making it look really exclusive on the wearer.

Read the whole story at: www.book5.org


How the Bolshevik Revolutionaries Looted Russia

From Lubov Krassin, Leonid Krasin His Life And Work london Skeffington And Son, 1929
Leonid Krasin, commissioner of foreign trade, was one of the officials who helped legitimize the tsar's bullion.��

How the Bolshevik Revolutionaries Looted Russia

In the years before the Revolution, the Bolsheviks would fund their activities by holding up banks and stealing gold.
In the years before the Revolution, the Bolsheviks would fund their activities by holding up banks and stealing gold. As Sean McMeekin demonstrates in his new book, after seizing power in November 1917 these leopards didn't change their spots.

"History's Greatest Heist" is a comprehensive guide to the Bolshevik's appropriation of state and private assets, their subsequent laundering by Swedish bankers and use as security to fund purchases of arms to enforce their will on a starving population. Academic in its depth and execution and cinematic in its scope, McMeekin's work takes us through the first four years of Bolshevik rule, describing how a band of revolutionaries managed to establish rule over all of Russia.

The story begins in pre-Revolutionary Russia, portrayed by McMeekin as a burgeoning capitalist state, industrializing and modernizing at a fast pace. That may well have been the case, but he brushes over more uncomfortable elements of political suppression and massive economic inequality. (Sound familiar?)

Read the rest of this article at: www.moscowtimes.ru

Egyptian Jewelry - the Amazing Gold Work in Egyptian Jewelry

People love to wear antique jewelry in 18k pure yellow gold. Egyptian jewelry is of particular importance in this category as it is mostly made of solid gold and silver. These ancient jewelry articles include pendants, rings, earrings, and bracelets. The beauty and allure of these articles is sometimes enhanced by using lovely gemstones in various colors. Egyptian gold work comprises of filigree and engraved letters and symbols. Other shapes are also carved beautifully and expertly. These shapes include the Scarab, King Tut's mask, stone eye of Horus, Akhenaten Ankh, Lotus Flower, and the Pyramid. Sterling silver jewelry can also be found in this category which is equally beautiful and attractive.

In ancient Egypt, soldering and welding were commonly employed to fuse different metals together. The gold work included techniques such as engraving and incised work. In addition to these, chased work was also used to create wonderful jewelry articles. Incised carving is normally used on wood to produce intricate works of art. Reverse hammering is used in repousse to decorate different metals including gold. Repousse is a French word and this technique is commonly seen in ancient Egyptian pendants and rings. Embossing and chasing are also used to create beautiful jewelry articles of the ancient style.

Read more at: clothingjewelrypro.com

Buyer Beware? How About Buyer Aware?

Gold prices continued to trade sideways near $990 overnight, as little in the way of fresh news was digested by the trade. Aside from yesterday slump in the Dow, which spilled over into losses in the Nikkei as well, players had little to choose from as a motivator to load up on more bullion. The gold ETF is reflecting the same wait-and-see attitude with a stall at the 1,029 tonne level for the third session. While the current range ($975 to $1005) is not extraordinarily wide, the metal has shown the ability to run the entire course during a single trading session - if news flows warrant. The market's bias -for the moment- is towards lower levels, and such tests should actually be welcomed, lest the speculative setup for a harder fall resulting from nonstop/non-backed and filled gains seems more appetizing.

From: www.resourceinvestor.com

Loose Diamonds and their Precious Value

Loose diamonds have a history that spans centuries in its wake. Some of the most impressive and historical diamonds are now part of the British crown and some sit in museums. Some of the diamonds acquired have the most glorious stories and even omen attached to them and it is interesting how large they are. Some of them have even given birth to a lot of atrocities like the famous Blood Diamonds of Africa. But there are more appeasing anecdotes woven around some historical diamonds as well.

The most famous of all loose diamonds perhaps is undoubtedly the Koh-I-Noor which in English means “Mountain of light” with a history that dates as far back as the 1304. With a hefty 186 carats and its beautiful oval cut, this true to its name Koh-I-Noor is a wondrous gem that is known to decorate the throne of the Mogul Emperor Shah Jehan and since Queen Victoria’s rule has stayed with the British Crown.

Another impressive example is the Cullinan weighing about a couple of pounds! This was then cut into nine major loose diamonds and some smaller ones that number close to a hundred. The largest among these was the shiny Star of Africa weighing more than 530 carats and having 74 facets, making this the world’s largest cut diamond. Then there is the imperious Excelsior with around 995 carats. There are many historic gem stones that have disappeared over time, unknown as to where they went and simple unaccounted for. But whatever remains can still give you a pretty impressive picture of what the loose diamonds hold in terms of variety, royal value and elegance.

Read the whole interesting story at: www.abcarticledirectory.com

Iraq reopens restored Baghdad museum, 6 years after mass looting

BAGHDAD - Iraq's restored National Museum reopened Monday with a red-carpet gala in the heart of Baghdad nearly six years after looters carried away priceless antiquities as American troops largely stood by in the chaos of the city's fall to U.S. forces.

The ransacking of the museum became a symbol for critics of Washington's post-invasion strategy and its inability to maintain order as Saddam Hussein's police and military unravelled.

But Iraq's prime minister, Nouri al-Maliki, chose to look ahead. He called the reopening another milestone in Baghdad's slow return to stability after years of bloodshed.

"It was a dark age that Iraq passed through," the prime minister said at a dedication ceremony after walking down a red carpet into the museum. "This spot of civilization has had its share of destruction."

The museum - which holds artifacts from the Stone Age through the Babylonian, Assyrian and Islamic periods - will be open to the public starting Tuesday but only for organized tours at first, officials said.

Read the rest at: www.brandonsun.com

Diamonds jewelry

Why Historical Jewelry?

What can historical jewelry tell us about the past? This huge topic embraces both different cultures and different historical ?poques dating from prehistory to the start of the 20th century.

From finds from prehistoric graves and caves dating back 25.000 years we know that people since the dawn of time has used ornament made of bone, amber and shells to decorate themselves. But it is from the civilizations like the Sumerian's and Egyptian 7.000 years ago that we learn to connect jewelry with culture. This is because of words and symbols, inscribed in stones, written on papyrus or engravings on precious stones.

Read the whole interesting article at: idndiamondsjewelryua.blogspot.com

Antique jewelry – the representatives of the past artistic excellence

Only a few elites can afford to be embellished by a royal antique jewelry, but where’s the harm in dreaming to be ornamented by those enamoring pieces of art. No wonder, history connotes to their beauty in the form and refers to several songs and poems written over them. Add to it the fact that the price of an antique jewelry never depreciates with time; but on the contrary, serve as an asset.

Not just the current cost of a piece of antique jewelry matters, rather it serves as souvenirs of the time elapsed. A piece of jewelry is said to be antique only if it is as old as 70 years. Antique collection can be widely seen at some antique auctions or displays at the jewelry shop. These antique jewelries make us remember, for at least once, that they belonged to the historic times and were adorn by the royal people of those times.

Read the whole interesting story at: www.free-articles-zone.com

Ancient Icelandic ornaments Icelandic jewelry

There were many highly talented gold and silver smiths among the Nordic settlers who came to Iceland some 1100 years ago. Women in those days dressed expensively for special occasions and adorned themselves with jewelry made out of gold, silver or brass. The goldsmith's art and skills have been preserved in Iceland through the age's. Jewelry and crafts have been discovered at various archaeological sites all over the country. The National Museum of Iceland displays many of these artifacts, dating from the time of Iceland's settlement up to the middle ages.

The jewelry are made from sterling silver. Several different pieces of replica jewelry are available. These pieces are true masterpieces.

From: www.randburg.com

Dollars & Sense

Tips for selling gold

Feb. 24, 2009

With gold prices hitting $1,000 an ounce last week, more people are thinking of selling. Here are some tips:

  • Before selling, get an estimate. Certified appraisers can be found through the National Association of Jewelry Appraisers and the American Society of Appraisers.
  • Selling for scrap means that the final price will not reflect the craftsmanship, antique value or aesthetics of the jewelry.
  • The price is based on a troy ounce of 24-karat gold, the pure form of the metal. Divide the karat of your jewelry by 24 for the percentage purity. For example, 18k is 75% pure.
  • The karat stamp on jewelry should be used as a gauge, but can be inaccurate. For example, 12k gold is often mismarked at 14k.
  • Old jewelry can be sold at consignment shops or online. Jewelry stores tend to offer better prices than pawnshops and most mail-in operations.

From: www.jsonline.com


When you're in sales, you try to keep your own costs down so you can make a little money, right? So you try to follow the rule: "buy low, sell high" but far too often the reverse happens i.e. you buy high and sell low or sell for what you paid. At least that seems to happen to me more than I care to tell you.

But recently, I decided that some of the gorgeous pieces I have must be worth way more than I'm asking for them. So I took a bunch of items to my appraiser. If someone had had a camera on me when I began reading those appraisals, they would have gotten a shot of me with eyes bulging in shock. There I was looking at an appraisal for the pretty little 14k gold diamond/ruby necklace I last talked about in this blog

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Vintage Jewelry

As kids or even as adults, we may be fascinated to look and try on our grandmother’s or great grandmother’s jewelries that have been carefully stored and handed down to our mothers and to us. For all we know these vintage jewelries may be worth something so don’t just throw them out just because they look old and out of style. Besides, you have to admit that the fashion of yesterday is slowly coming back again and people are always looking for trinkets that are old and antique. They do look great and unique.

Since we may not be experts when it comes to dating vintage jewelry that may have been handed down to us, it is important that we do some research about it. The first thing that you could do would be to look for some designer marks or maker’s mark. Though not all vintage jewelry always have this mark and it doesn’t follow that without a designer’s mark your vintage jewelry has no value. You could locate this at the clasp or at the back of the piece.

You could also ask the person who handed it down to you like your grandmother or mother especially if they are still alive to have an idea of its history and when it was probably made. They are most likely the ones to know how old this piece of jewelry is. If it has stones on it, examine them if they are real or fancy. It would be better though to have it really examined by a jeweler especially if you are not that knowledgeable when it comes to these matters.

Read the whole article at: www.fashionstyleguide.com

Penny Proddow, 65, Jewelry Writer, Historian

-- JCK-Jewelers Circular Keystone, 3/3/2009 8:14:00 AM

Penny Proddow, passed away peacefully at her home in New York, Feb. 28, following a short illness. She was 65. Her professional worlds included teaching at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, curating at R. Esmerian, Inc., and co-writing a monthly column for In Style magazine.

Educated at Bryn Mawr College as a classical archaeologist, Proddow wrote a series of children's books in the 1970s, bringing to life the world of Greek myths for a young audience: these writings would become the basis of her lecture series "Pause for Pegasus" given at the educational department at the Met in recent years.

Applying her knowledge of ancient art, Penny became a jewelry researcher and historian; her pioneer efforts assisted in organizing landmark jewelry exhibitions and co-writing articles and five books.

“Proddow was known by friends and associates for her gutsy creativity, her acute observation enhanced by historical and literary knowledge, and her laughter.

A private burial will be held in Nantucket.

From: www.jckonline.com

Renowned designers reinterpret coral jewelry

New York--Last year, the non-profit organization SeaWeb brought coral conservation to the attention of jewelry retailers and consumers, urging that coral--among the most important living organisms in the sea--is simply "Too Precious to Wear," as explained in the campaign's name.

This year, SeaWeb has asked an assemblage of renowned designers spanning the industries of fashion, jewelry and architecture to help raise awareness of the threats corals face and to illustrate alternatives to coral jewelry.

Designers including Hannah Garrison of AZU, Frank Gehry, Kimberly McDonald, Melissa Joy Manning, Jennifer Meyer, Monique Pean, Paloma Picasso, Jean Schlumberger and Vena Cava's Sophie Buhai and Lisa Mayock have all been asked to create or donate a single piece of wearable art that evokes the feel of the ocean without harming living animals.

Together, the pieces make up a one-of-a-kind collection that SeaWeb has titled "Coral Reinterpreted."

The designs made their debut during New York Fashion Week at the "Into the Woods" show of design house Untitled 11:11. The following week, on Feb. 26, the pieces were placed on Internet auction site CharityBuzz.com, where they will remain until April 30, with proceeds to benefit increased protection of precious corals.

According to SeaWeb, corals supply shelter and food for 25 percent of all marine animals and provide services such as fishing, tourism and coastal protection that are estimated to be worth $375 billion annually. Recent scientific studies, however, estimate that 20 percent of the world's coral reefs have been lost, and 24 percent more could be lost within out lifetimes if human impacts are not reduced.

For more information on the campaign and to see the Coral Reinterpreted designs, visit the Too Precious To Wear Web site, TooPreciousToWear.org.

From: www.nationaljewelernetwork.com

Renowned designers reinterpret coral jewelry

New York--Last year, the non-profit organization SeaWeb brought coral conservation to the attention of jewelry retailers and consumers, urging that coral--among the most important living organisms in the sea--is simply "Too Precious to Wear," as explained in the campaign's name.

This year, SeaWeb has asked an assemblage of renowned designers spanning the industries of fashion, jewelry and architecture to help raise awareness of the threats corals face and to illustrate alternatives to coral jewelry.

Designers including Hannah Garrison of AZU, Frank Gehry, Kimberly McDonald, Melissa Joy Manning, Jennifer Meyer, Monique Pean, Paloma Picasso, Jean Schlumberger and Vena Cava's Sophie Buhai and Lisa Mayock have all been asked to create or donate a single piece of wearable art that evokes the feel of the ocean without harming living animals.

Together, the pieces make up a one-of-a-kind collection that SeaWeb has titled "Coral Reinterpreted."

The designs made their debut during New York Fashion Week at the "Into the Woods" show of design house Untitled 11:11. The following week, on Feb. 26, the pieces were placed on Internet auction site CharityBuzz.com, where they will remain until April 30, with proceeds to benefit increased protection of precious corals.

According to SeaWeb, corals supply shelter and food for 25 percent of all marine animals and provide services such as fishing, tourism and coastal protection that are estimated to be worth $375 billion annually. Recent scientific studies, however, estimate that 20 percent of the world's coral reefs have been lost, and 24 percent more could be lost within out lifetimes if human impacts are not reduced.

For more information on the campaign and to see the Coral Reinterpreted designs, visit the Too Precious To Wear Web site, TooPreciousToWear.org.

The Worth of Jewellery Gifts

One of the best ideas among the gift selections out there is to give jewellery gifts. They exude elegance and high worth regardless if it is a necklace, a pair of earrings, a bracelet, or a ring. Jewellery’s worth is dependent on whether it was made with gold, white gold, platinum, and whether it has diamonds or other gems. But the absolute value of the jewellery is the amount of love the giver has towards the other. A cheap simple ring can translate into invaluableness if it signifies a marriage proposal. An old and classic necklace can be regarded as a cherished gift.

From: www.dressedinstyle.com

Tips of Buying Gold 50 Pesos Mexico Coin

With the recent financial meltdowns and declining US currency, smart Americans are looking for better ways to protect their hard-earned dollars. Buying gold has long been proven the safest method for asset protection during economic crisis over the past centuries. Gold coins, especially gold coins with small markups such as Gold 50 Pesos Mexico Coin and South African gold Krugerrands, are favorites of seasoned gold bullion investors to combat inflation and offset risk.

First minted in 1921, Mexican Gold 50 Pesos are among one of the most beautiful designs of any gold coins. The coin features a winged angel with the legendary mountains in the background. The reverse side features an eagle with a snake in its beak. With sizing more than 20 percent larger than the popular American Gold Eagles, the coin contains 1.2057oz of pure gold, making it a great vehicle for holding gold than the popular US $20 gold coin.

So how to buy cheap Gold 50 Pesos now?

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Natural Pearls with Provenance

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This natural pearl necklace and pendant, once owned by the Duchess of Windsor, sold for $4.1 million.

A spectacular suite of natural pearls sold for $4.82 million at Sotheby’s Magnificent Jewels auction in New York on December 4, 2007. The necklace, pendant, and ear clips, offered in three lots, had a combined high estimate of $3.1 million.

“The market is hungry for fabulous pieces from private collections, be they great designer jewels or great stones,” says Lisa Hubbard, Sotheby’s chairman, North and South America, international jewelry division. “They attracted incredible interest during the worldwide traveling exhibition and we were thrilled to have the opportunity to bring such iconic pieces, so steeped in history, romance, and style, to the market.”

Fine natural pearls, limited in supply, have been doing well at auction recently, with the notable exception of Marie Antoinette’s pearls which failed to sell at Christie’s in December. But the high sales price for this suite at auction had much to do with provenance as rarity. This suite was offered for sale by Calvin and Kelly Klein, modern fashion royalty. And they had style provenance from an even more impeccable source: the Duchess of Windsor.

Read the whole story at: www.modernjeweler.com

Relics of the Black Death era put on show in UK

LONDON - Medieval silver vessels, historic coins and glittering jewelry believed to have been hidden by Jews who feared persecution as the Black Death raged through 14th Century Europe have gone on display in London.

Curators said the artifacts — which include the three earliest known examples of Jewish wedding rings — were likely buried as minorities across Europe were attacked when disease and panic swept the continent.

London's Wallace Collection museum said many of the pieces on show are ornate betrothal gifts, including a double cup used in wedding ceremonies, and a perfume bottle stopper thought to be at least 650 years old.

The museum said that one haul of artifacts was discovered in the Jewish quarter of Colmar, France, in 1863 and a second in Erfurt, Germany — close to the remains of the town's 11th Century synagogue — in 1998.

Valuables were buried by European Jews as other communities sought to blame them and other minorities for the deadly pandemic, which is estimated to have reduced the world's population by between 75 and 100 million.

Members of Erfurt's Jewish community were murdered or driven out during a pogrom that began in 1349.

A grooming set that contains an ear cleaner and would once have held other pampering tools, delicate brooches and dress fasteners also features in the exhibition, the gallery said.
Around 3,000 coins and a gold wedding ring that bears the Hebrew inscription Mazel Tov — good fortune — show scarcely seen examples of Medieval metalwork.

The collection, which was previously shown in Paris in 2007, will be put on permanent display at Erfurt's former synagogue later this year. It will be shown in London until May 10.

From: www.euronews24.org

Hong Kong Show Focuses on Special Zones

The Hong Kong International Jewelry Show 2009, to be held March 4-8, will be divided into a number of specialized theme exhibitor zones that will make it easy for buyers to locate specialist and niche items, says the Hong Kong Trade Development Council, organizers of the trade fair.

Exhibitor zones include:

The Antique & Vintage Renaissance, which taps into the appeal of retro fashion and accessories by presenting historic jewelry and watches, including those from top brand names and examples of design movements.

Read more at: www.jckonline.com


A Brief Introduction to The History of Jewellery

Of all the ancient civilizations perhaps it was the Egyptians who really put gold on the map, so to speak. The land of the pharaohs’ produced a breathtaking array of bracelets, pendants, necklaces, rings and head ornaments.

In what was possibly the most famous of all excavations of ancient Egyptian society, the discovery of the tomb of Tutankhamun by Howard Carter in 1922, the full extent all gold artefacts made by the Egyptians was plain to see.

The Greeks took gold and were really the first people to start adding other rare gems and stones to make more ornamental jewellery. In the Third B.C. the Greeks were making multicoloured jewellery using emeralds, amethysts, garnets and pearls. Taking influences from all across both the Middle East and Asia Greek jewellery was certainly to be treasured.

The Romans were the one ancient civilization who took gold up to the next level and all so sponsored to use gold for coins. For their coins, the Romans used 18 and 24 carat gold. Again, the Greeks, the Romans were also using additional precious stones such as sapphires from Sri Lanka and Indian diamond crystals.

Gold and silver jewellery and indeed other forms continued to be designed and made in an ad-hoc manner that it really took until the 16th Century when jewellery started to be manufactured in any serious regular manner. It was not until 1700’s that large amounts of fake jewellery began to emerge.

It was the French jeweller, Jaquin of Paris who first patented a method of making fake pearls. He coated blown glass hollow balls with varnish mixed with iridescent ground fish scales! The hollow glass balls were filled with wax to give them more substance and also to strengthen them.

It was this technique and procedure that made address the main producer of fake pearls for 200 years or so.

Read more at: www.msokorea.com

Totally native: Annual show of ancient and contemporary tribal art marks 25 years in Marin

Going to the Art of the Americas show at the Marin Civic Center will be like entering a museum, director Kim Martindale said: the walls will be hung with art, display tables will show treasures from North, Central and South America.

The Art of the Americas show will celebrate its 25th anniversary in Marin on Feb. 21 and 22 with ancient and contemporary tribal art - from pottery to bead work, weavings to wood carvings.

"Most people don't realize the diversity of Indian art," said Martindale, whose headquarters is in Venice, Calif.

On both days, representatives from the Marin Museum of the American Indian in Novato will demonstrate basket-weaving and corn-grinding.

Collectors, artists and academics from all over the world will take part, according to Martindale, who has been a collector since his childhood in Saskatchewan. About 160 dealers will show their wares.

"From age 8, I began collecting shards of pottery, bottles, feathers," he said. "It's been a lifelong interest."

He had his first show in Santa Fe when he was 15, branched out to San Francisco at age 21, opened in Marin when he was 22.

He is 47 now.

Dealers at the show will include Sandy Horn of Mill Valley, who will show museum-quality baskets, weavings and pottery. The show, she said, is "the best. All the best dealers in the whole country will be there."

Horn's interest in native American art sprang from her upbringing in California's Central Valley. "I grew up with the beautiful baskets.

The Marin show will display pre-Columbian, Spanish colonial and American Indian art, both contemporary and antique. Most of the collections will emphasize North and Central America; "there is much less material from South America at this time," Martindale said.

Mexico will be represented by a range of Mayan masks and furniture.

Native American art will cover the gamut: wood carvings from British Columbia, Washington and Oregon, basketry from California, pottery from the American Southwest. Plains Indians will be represented by beadwork and leather. Some southern and eastern tribes will show fabrics and weavings.

Most of the art will be "historic," meaning that it originated before 1950, said Martindale. Collectors will fly in from England, Japan and the East coast to view the show. "This is a rare opportunity to see materials usually seen only in museums," he said.

Some items - rare blankets, pottery, baskets - will be offered for sale at more than $1 million; a few pieces - small baskets, jewelry - will be on sale for as little as $25.

Several modern-day artists will be on hand including Maria Martinez from New Mexico, and 2Bears Indian Jewelry and Fine Pueblo Pottery, offering Zuni fetishist carvings.

At 10 a.m. Feb. 21, a panel of collectors and dealers will discuss the art of collecting and market changes in the past 25 years.

A lecture at 10 a.m. Feb. 22 by art historian Aldona Jonaitis will discuss "Totem Poles and Tourism: The Creation of a Northwest Coast Icon," which is also the title of her book.

Martindale speaks proudly of the show. "It's been there for 25 years. We look forward to 25 more."


What: Art of the Americas show
Where: Exhibition Hall, Marin Civic Center, San Rafael
When: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Feb. 21; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 22
Tickets: $10, includes catalog
Information: www.marinshow.com, Beth Ashley can be reached at bashley@marinij.com

From: www.marinij.com


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