Shreve & Company

May 15, 2019

Although founded earlier, by 1860, Shreve & Company in San Francisco, California, was known as the best silversmith and goldsmith in the United States. They sold to Presidents, entrepreneurs, and prestigious families.  Shreve & Company developed an excellent reputation and their jewelry can be found in museums and personal private collections today.  As an example, […]

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Arts & Crafts Movement – 12mm Turquoise & Sapphire Brooch or Watch Pin – J36867

April 29, 2019

The Arts and Crafts Movement flourished between the years of 1860 – 1920. It began in Britain, c. 1860, where the artists where disillusioned with the impersonal and automated ways that the Industrial Revolution represented. It moved to the United States in the 1890’s through 1920’s where Americans were more appreciative of the use of […]

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Jabel Ring Manufacturing Company – Pearl & Diamond Vintage Fashion Ring – J37236

March 29, 2019

The Jabel Ring Manufacturing Company was founded in Newark, New Jersey in 1916 by JJ Abelson. It started as a one man operation and he was the President until his death on December 26, 1977. Mr. Abelson was trained by Jones & Woodland, also known as Krementz, as a setter.  The company expanded to Irving, […]

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February 2019 Gemologist Jewelry Pick of the Month – Art Nouveau Antique Pin – J37294

March 21, 2019

Our Graduate Gemologist, Graydon Gesner, selected this absolutely gorgeous Art Nouveau Pin of Cleopatra as his jewelry pick of the month.  He says, ” I love the fine workmanship of the enameling on her face which is so delicately and crisply finished.” Pictured here is the Art Nouveau Pin of Cleopatra’s enameled face with her […]

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Birks of Canada – .33ct. Diamond Antique Engagement Ring – J37149

February 28, 2019

Henry Birks opened his first jewelry store in Montreal, Canada in 1879. His start up fund was $3,000. He went into partnership with his three sons, William, John and Gerald and changed his store name to Birks & Sons. He aggressively continued to add locations in Toronto, Winnipeg and Vancouver, as well as purchasing other […]

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