When you get dressed and open that jewelry box looking for the final touch, what’s the one piece you find yourself wishing for? We’ve looked at what $400 and under can buy in contemporary handmade. Today we’re going to look…
Trying to decide which shows or fairs to attend this year? Here is a calendar of the most reputable industry showcases on this side of the Atlantic.
Planning your big purchases – or just want to feast your eyes on the catalogs? Here’s a list of this year’s most important jewelry and watch auctions from New York to Hong Kong.
A look back on the days when men were peacocks, with jeweled monocles and lace cuffs, Mason’s aprons and – more recently – bondage suits designed by Vivienne Westwood. Even George Washington wore a necklace.
Legend has it garnets worn by the January-born will bring constancy, fidelity, and true friendship. They were long believed to cure hemorrhaging and excessive anger, and frequently mistaken for rubies and emeralds. A look at this incredibly versatile gemstone.
“I’m duding up my shirtfront, putting in the shirt studs, polishing my nails…”
Fred Astaire was steppin’ out. Proper accessories were required. Today, Johnny Depp continues his legacy, while other Hollywood style icons follow Cary Grant’s lead.
Should you build a collection by theme or period? Is it better to buy through auctions or dealers? Where can you go to try on one-of-a-kind masterpieces – like jewelry by Lalique – without spending a dime?
Learn what to look for in terms of color and cut, but don’t expect to tell a synthetic from a real stone – and forget trying to identify something based on a digital photo. “If something looks too good to be true,” Christie Romero warns, “it probably is.”
Jewelry historian and Antiques Road Show regular Christie Romero shares her tips for buying estate jewelry – and avoiding rip-offs.