Tag: estate jewelry

Ultimate jewelry wish list for the holidays

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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…

The peacock male: exuberance and extremes

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.

January birthstone: Garnet

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.

How to wear jewelry like a gent

“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.

How to build a great antique jewelry collection

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?

How to spot fake gems in old jewelry

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.”