Rings 14.07.2014
Mourning Ring for "Lois Boyes 24 July 1820, age 47"

Connecting And Collecting In An 1820 Ring

Collecting is an art in itself. Discovering facts about a jewel helps one find out more about the life of…

Brooches 09.12.2013
William Busby Mourning Brooch

William Busby D.D. Mourning Brooch c.1820

‘In Memory Of’ is such a simple statement, one which represents such a vast number of jewels. Being a statement…

Rings 14.12.2011

Mourning Ring, c1820 with Pearls

This piece from around 1820 shows the same prominent hair memento as the previous pieces, but is much larger in…

Brooches 05.09.2011
Blue Pearl Brooch

Revisiting a Pearl and Blue Glass/Enamel Brooch: How Trade Opened Up New Possibilities in the 18th Century

There are so many ways with which to understand a jewel and place it in its context. Let’s look again…

Rings 17.06.2011
Gibbs / 8 Feb, 1820, Age 69 Mourning Ring Pair Original Box

Grand Tour 2011: Treasure from Abroad (Part 3)

Here’s a wonderful pair of rings in their original box that I liberated from Alfies Antique Market (13-25 Church Street,…

Art 17.11.2010
Blue Pearl Brooch

Pearl and Blue Glass/Enamel Brooch: How Trade Opened Up New Possibilities in the 18th Century

I’ve often made mention that one of the most prolific periods for jewellery experimentation in design came about during the…

Collecting 28.09.2010
Garnet Ring, c.1830

Hunting for Treasure in Sydney, 2010

As mentioned last week, I spent an all-too-brief weekend in Sydney, where I got to meet a lot of lovely…

Rings 02.07.2010

Spotlight On: c.1800 Twist Ring

One of my favourite periods of jewellery is the Neoclassical transition into the 19th century. The Regency period (1811-20) tends…

Brooches 04.05.2010

Spotlight On: Pearl and Paste Brooch

As the 19th Century approached, styles altered greatly, with the size of the previous pieces growing smaller and the importance…