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A Conversation with Jewellery Designer Christopher Walling

A Conversation with Jewellery Designer Christopher Walling

Jeweller Par Excellence and a Trail Blazer in so many ways It is rare to come across a fine jewellery designer whose design repertoire is as panoramic as that of Christopher Walling. From very modern, contemporary and edgy pieces all the way to jewellery designs evoking the romance of bygone times, Christopher’s fine jewellery pieces are breathtaking in every sense of the word. His influence on modern jewellery is undeniable. Described by Sotheby’s as “undoubtedly one of the most exciting…

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A Converation with Jewellery Designer Hiroko Uchida at LENA International

A Converation with Jewellery Designer Hiroko Uchida at LENA International

The words that come to mind when you see Hiroko Uchida’s exquisite jewellery creations are: Edgy, Stylish and Exciting! Hiroko, Owner and Jewellery Designer at LENA International in Tokyo, has had a long and very illustrious career. Her design roots are in fashion which she has melded very elegantly into her jewellery designs. Introducing beautiful, organic baroque pearls in fine jewellery, when only perfectly round pearls were the accepted standard, Hiroko is a trail blazer and has led the way…

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A Conversation with Michael Hajjar at Belpearl Auctions

A Conversation with Michael Hajjar at Belpearl Auctions

Belpearl Auctions is the world’s leading auction in gold, black and white South Sea pearls. Each and every pearl presented for sale at Belpearl Auctions is from traceable origin producers across the Pacific. In fact, Belpearl Auctions provides an integrated platform for South Sea pearl producers to auction their harvests directly to the world marketplace. Today, Belpearl Auctions has in excess of twelve auction partners spread across four countries and conducts private auctions events in Hong Kong on a quarterly…

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A Conversation with Peggy Grosz at Assael

A Conversation with Peggy Grosz at Assael

Last week I had the opportunity to interview Peggy Grosz, Senior Vice President at Assael . Peggy has worked in the jewellery industry for over thirty years and very few people come close to the extensive and in depth knowledge she has about the jewellery industry in America and about fine and high jewellery, precious gemstones and especially pearls. Just a day before I was scheduled to interview her, Peggy had an Instagram Live talk with award winning jewellery insider…

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A Conversation about the National Antique & Arts Dealers Association Of America, with Peter L. Schaffer at A La Vieille Russie

A Conversation about the National Antique & Arts Dealers Association Of America, with Peter L. Schaffer at A La Vieille Russie

Since its founding in Kiev in 1851, A La Vieille Russie (ALVR) has been a family enterprise. Today, under the direction of brothers Paul and Peter L. Schaffer and Paul’s son, Dr. Mark Schaffer, A La Vieille continues its tradition of dealing in fine art and antiques at their present location, 745 Fifth Avenue, New York. Peter L. Schaffer has spent over thirty-five years working at A La Vieille Russie and is a former member of the board of directors…

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A Conversation with Carlos Grobler, Bespoke Jeweler with an interest in antique jewelry and the craftsmanship of a bygone era.

A Conversation with Carlos Grobler, Bespoke Jeweler with an interest in antique jewelry and the craftsmanship of a bygone era.

While I am always astonished by the genius of jewelry creation, sometimes I come across a style or a design aesthetic which leaves me impressed and curious in equal parts. This is what happened when I learnt about bespoke jeweler and owner at Aurelio Fine Metal Studio, Carlos Grobler, who is based in Ottawa. With everyone being in pandemic lockdown these days, I felt this was the right time to get in touch with Carlos and ask him for an…

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An interview with Carole Gordon, Head of the Jewellery Department at Bonhams Knightsbridge

An interview with Carole Gordon, Head of the Jewellery Department at Bonhams Knightsbridge

The Knightsbridge Jewels Online auction is currently live at Bonhams International Auction House, featuring beautiful jewelry pieces from Cartier, Graff, Tiffany & Co. and Bulgari to name a few. Located in London’s fashionable Knightsbridge area, right across from Harrods, Bonhams Knightsbridge saleroom holds nine jewelry auctions every year, making it the UK leader in mid-market jewelry sales. Carole Gordon is the Head of the Jewellery Department at Bonham Knightsbridge. Carole previously worked at the British Gemmological Association (Gem-A) as a…

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A conversation with Anne, Founder and Jewelry Designer at Anne Baker Collection

A conversation with Anne, Founder and Jewelry Designer at Anne Baker Collection

On the blog today we meet Anne Baker, founder and jewelry designer at New York City based Anne Baker Collection. Anne started her jewelry in 2019 and describes it as a modern fine jewelry narrative in pearls. Anne uses only the finest pearls in her jewelry pieces and every piece is handmade in New York City by master craftsmen. Her jewelry designs are very feminine but also have an edginess to them. There is something very romantic and also practical…

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