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Hanashinju, Gorgeous and Brilliant Pearls

Hanashinju, Gorgeous and Brilliant Pearls

The Story of the Art of Pearl Faceting Fascinated, utterly and completely, is how I would describe myself when I saw my first faceted pearl. This was innovation, a completely novel idea which had given pearls something of a “make-over.” Like a gemstone with so many different surfaces and planes, a faceted pearl has the ability to reflect light and create a scintillating and resplendent luminosity that is hard to ignore. The thing with faceted pearls is that you cannot…

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Wings of Light and Grace

Wings of Light and Grace

Mikimoto’s Feather Collection Recently Mikimoto added another collection to their High Jewellery repertoire. Called the Feather Collection, it is on one word, absolutely exquisite. This is not the first time Mikimoto has crafted jewellery based on the feather motif, but this is its first collection entirely dedicated to it. Feathers have been a part of our adornment for many, many years and feather jewellery is rife with symbolism. Associated with freedom, truth, hope as well as faith, it’s jewellery that…

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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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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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Gorgeous Pearl Jewelry Pieces Sell at Sotheby’s Joaillerie Paris Auction

Gorgeous Pearl Jewelry Pieces Sell at Sotheby’s Joaillerie Paris Auction

June 11th saw the Joaillerie Paris Auction take place at Sotheby’s in France. Originally scheduled for June 10th, some technical difficulties led to its postponement by a day. For me, that one day’s wait meant that my anticipation and expectation went up a decibel or two! I followed four lots from this auction, each one featuring stunning pearl jewelry pieces. These included a lovely natural pearl and diamond necklace from the 1930s (Lot 22) a pair of beautiful cultured pearl…

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Cherry Blossom Collection by Mikimoto

Cherry Blossom Collection by Mikimoto

What is it about cherry blossoms that draws us to them? Is it their slight yet sweet fragrance, or how their delicate petals change colour, from purplish to blush pink as they bud and flower and finally to white as they shed? Could it be that they signal the end of winter and the arrival of spring or that they bloom suddenly but then are gone in the blink of an eye?  Whatever the reason, we all seem to be…

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Fine Jewelry Auction at Doyle- Part Two

Fine Jewelry Auction at Doyle- Part Two

A conversation with Ann Lange Senior Vice President/Executive Director, Jewelry at Doyle Auctioneers and Appraisers Recently, I had the opportunity to speak with Ann Limer Lange, Senior Vice President/ Executive Director, Jewelry at Doyle Auctioneers & Appraisers in New York. Even though Ann was busy with the Jewelry Online Auctions at Doyle (taking place every two weeks during the lockdown instead of every two months), she very kindly agreed to talk with me on the phone. Ann joined Doyle in…

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Fine Jewelry Auction at Doyle-Part One

Fine Jewelry Auction at Doyle-Part One

Pearl Jewellery Pieces for A Novice Collector Doyle Auctioneers & Appraisers are currently having their Fine Jewelry Sale in New York. Online bidding is live and the pieces on offer are nothing short of fabulous. The auction itself will start on at 10:00 am EDT Tuesday, May 5th. However, absentee online bids can be placed right up to 8:00 am EDT on the auction day. I am fascinated by auctions and the pearl jewellery pieces that come up for sale….

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