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About The Blue Paisley Fox

Augusten Burroughs is the #1 bestselling author of nine books including Running with Scissors, Dry and most recently, Toil & Trouble. He is also a certified professional gemologist and a lifelong collector of jewelry. In 2016, The New York Times profiled Augusten Burroughs's jewelry collection, marking the first time a man has been featured as a subject in the Jewelry section of the newspaper. Augusten is a second-generation collector of jade and has a special connection to and knowledge of this magnificent and sometimes perplexing gemstone. Augusten is thrilled and hon...Read More

The Blue Paisley Fox

Established in 20111stDibs seller since 2019

Featured Pieces

Antique Natural River Pearl Necklace GIA Certified
Located in Southbury, CT
Extraordinary and rare, this turn-of-the-century (circa 1920s) 14K yellow gold necklace is a showcase for 9 of the worlds' rarest and most desirable pearls: natural river pearls. T...
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Early 20th Century Artisan Beaded Necklaces

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Pearl, Natural Pearl, 14k Gold

GIA Certified Natural Saltwater Pearl Necklace
Located in Southbury, CT
This GIA-certified 23' necklace is composed of 211 natural, uncultured saltwater pearls. The luminous pearls range in size from 2mm near the clasp to 6.61mm in the center with the ma...
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2010s Artisan Beaded Necklaces

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Natural Pearl, Pearl, 18k Gold

Antique Jade Ring 20 Karat Gold Adjustable Band GIA Certified
Located in Southbury, CT
A fine antique ring rendered in sumptuous 20K yellow gold and featuring a 10.70mm x 8.60mm double cabochon of natural and untreated Burmese jadeite jade. The magnificent emerald-gree...
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Vintage 1920s Art Deco More Rings

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Jade, Gold

Antique Jadeite Jade Amulet Carving
Located in Southbury, CT
A fascinating, beautiful, and rare original antique carved jadeite jade pendant in rich "imperial" green. "Seal Script" along with "Small Seal Script, Lesser Seal Script" and sever...
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Antique Early 19th Century Artisan Pendant Necklaces

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Jade, 24k Gold

Imperial Jadeite Jade Necklace Certified Untreated
Located in Southbury, CT
The term, "imperial jade" is not a specific gemological term, but rather a colloquialism used to describe green jadeite jade of the finest coloring, translucency, and "life." My gran...
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2010s Artisan Beaded Necklaces

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Jade, 18k Gold

4 Carat Burma Ruby Ring Certified No-Heat
Located in Southbury, CT
An enormous four-carat vivid pinkish-red sugarloaf cabochon no-heat Burma ruby commands attention in this extraordinary platinum Mid-Century ring. A halo of approximately .80 carats ...
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Mid-20th Century Contemporary Engagement Rings

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Diamond, Ruby, Platinum

Imperial Jade Ring GIA Certified Untreated, circa 1950
Located in Southbury, CT
The brilliant, hypnotically mesmerizing rich emerald-green jadeite jade cabochon you see here represents the very top quality in jade. GIA certified to be 100% natural and untreated,...
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Vintage 1950s Art Deco Cocktail Rings

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Diamond, Jade, 18k Gold

Bracelet in Silver with Pearls Brutalist and Unisex
Located in Southbury, CT
This heavy, significant, and substantially beautiful bracelet is a one-of-a-kind creation from the Midcentury, circa 1960s. It can be worn by a man or a woman. The organic, Art Nouve...
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Vintage 1960s Modernist More Bracelets

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Pearl, Silver

Akoya Pearl Necklace Double Strand, circa 1950s
Located in Southbury, CT
As you may know, an 8mm diameter is the differentiating measurement that defines the "luxury sized" cultured Akoya pearl. This statement necklace featuring 121 luxury-sized creamy-wh...
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Mid-20th Century Modern Beaded Necklaces

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Pearl, Silver

Nephrite Jade Carved Pendant
Located in Southbury, CT
Hand-carved by a young lapidary artist on the West Coast of the United States, this unusual and beautiful oval nephrite pendant features a high-gloss polish that and displays two dif...
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2010s Artisan Pendant Necklaces

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Jade

Long Pearl and Gemstone Necklace
Located in Southbury, CT
Naturally-colored South Sea Keshi, baroque Tahitian, luminous Akoya, and Chinese freshwater pearls are strung together with glassy aquamarine and tourmaline crystals to create a luxu...
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2010s Artisan Beaded Necklaces

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Aquamarine, Pearl, Tourmaline, Silver

Diamond Bridal Tiara in Silver Handmade
Located in Southbury, CT
I commissioned this tiara from a jeweler overseas whose work I have long admired. It has been painstakingly crafted from silver and a multitude of glittering rose-cut diamonds that t...
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2010s Late Victorian More Jewelry

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Diamond, Silver

More About The Blue Paisley Fox

{Elusive: Difficult to find, catch, or achieve.} This one word perfectly captures my lifelong passion for jewelry: to search - sometimes for years - and find the impossibly rare, the one-of-a-kind, unique jewel. Some of my pieces are world-class specimens; others are of more humble origins, but everything I offer is exceptional in its own way.

I have collected jewelry since childhood. Over the last ten years I've procured fine pieces for high-end jewelry retailers. In 2016, I was the first man whose collection was ever profiled in The New York Times jewelry section. I possesses a Doctor of Letters from The Savannah College of Art and Design and I am a member of The International Gem Society.

Most people won't ever see -let alone touch and wear - jadeite jade of this exquisite quality. Translucent, evenly-colored, deeply saturated emerald-green jade masterfully carved into a leafy pendant like the one shown here is among the rarest gems on earth. Even if you have limitless resources, you can't necessarily secure a jewel such as this because first you have to find it.

The Blue Paisley Fox collection is not limited to one or two periods; the pieces span over 2,000 years and encompass many eras and styles. Some pieces are pure gold, others platinum, palladium or silver. And a couple very special pieces are even made from base metals like brass or tin. Ah, but what exceptional gems they hold.

As an author I travel regularly throughout the United States and also abroad. The first thing I do when I land in a new city, whether it's a small town in Kansas or the gold coast of Brisbane, is locate the sources for jewelry. Often this means visiting eccentric little vintage shops with boxes of unsorted jewelry. My literary career takes me to off-the-beaten-path towns where shopkeepers have rotary phones, not online stores.

The hunt: that's what I love about collecting jewelry. The moment I find something rare, magnificent, undiscovered. But I don't wear jewelry. I don't have children or friends who love gems as much as I. That's why I've opened my collection and shared it. Beauty shouldn't be locked away in a vault; it should adorn and be adored.

Every jewel I sell is thoroughly inspected and investigated. If need be, I consult with a proper authority to validate the legitimacy of a piece . Loose stones are tightened, any neglect is reversed and damage is noted and -depending upon the piece - repaired or left as is for historical integrity and character. All items are clearly and accurately described. Gemological certifications are provided when applicable.

I'm an author. And I'm a jewelry collector. I'm not a dealer with a brick and mortar store and I have no employees. Buying from me is like buying from...you. I'm successful in my career and when I make a purchase, I want to be impressed by the experience, not annoyed or disappointed. My reputation means everything to me. That's why honesty, transparency and respect are the building blocks of this business.

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