The Blue Paisley Fox Jewelry & Watches

About The Blue Paisley Fox
The Blue Paisley Fox is owned and operated by Augusten Burroughs, D.Litt., the #1 bestselling author who is also a certified professional gemologist and jewelry collector of note. Augusten was the first male ever profiled in The New York Times jewelry section and he has written about his love for "shiny things" since his first memoir, Running with Scissors was published in 2002. Augusten is also a second-generation jade collector and has a special connection to and knowledge of this fascinating, often beguiling stone. The Blue Paisley Fox specializes in the exceedingly rare, singularly unique and one-of-a-kind. His private collection includes extraordinary pieces that are either unavailable elsewhere on the market or very challenging to locate. Augusten is honored and delighted to open his collection to other jewelry lovers and collectors exclusively here on 1stdibs.
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Pearl and Diamond Earrings Classic with a Twist
These Danish Modern earrings are sleek and elegant, as stylish today as the day they were created, if not more so. Yet they're yet unpretentious; you could wear them to the office ev...
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Mid-20th Century Modern Dangle Earrings

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Diamond, Cultured Pearl, 18k Gold

White Nephrite Necklace with Three-Dimensional Carving
A meticulously detailed dragon carved in raised relief crawls across the surface of this white nephrite plaque where it appears to be guarding a peanut. The large carved plaque (67 m...
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2010s Contemporary Beaded Necklaces

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Jade, 14k Gold

Abalone Pearl Ring, circa 1970s
You are no doubt familiar jewelry that features the spectacularly-colorful abalone shell. You've seen countless abalone shell-inlaid bracelets, carved buttons and probably coffee tab...
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Vintage 1960s Artisan Cocktail Rings

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Natural Pearl, Silver

Antique Carved Jadeite Ring in Silver
Pierced, carved and polished by hand in or around the 1920s in China, this translucent sage green jade mediation has edges of ruddy burnt-umber. The elaborate and finely-done carving...
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Vintage 1920s Art Deco Cocktail Rings

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Jade, Silver

Fine Nephrite Bead Necklace from Midcentury
Forty-five translucent nephrite jade beads measuring just over 8 mm's each comprise this classic, timelessly elegant 17" necklace. The gold-washed silver clasp with figure-eight safe...
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Mid-20th Century Modern Beaded Necklaces

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Jade, Silver

Alexandrite Cat's Eye Ring
This dense and weighty (16.91 grams) men's pinkie ring is crafted in solid 18K yellow gold and features a natural and untreated alexandrite cat's eye gem, measuring approximately 7.6...
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2010s Contemporary More Rings

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Alexandrite, 18k Gold

Mikimoto Original Strand of First Viable Cultured Pearls, circa 1920s
By Mikimoto
Located in Southbury, CT
Mikimoto Kōkichi became fascinated with pearls as a young child in Japan. He would in time invent a process for creating what became the first cultured pearl —a blister pearl— and la...
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Vintage 1920s Art Deco Beaded Necklaces

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Cultured Pearl, Silver

Alexandrite Ring with Diamonds is Rare Even Among Alexandrite Rings
Alexandrite is among the rarest colored gems on earth. This is easily explained when you consider the "ideal" coloring for this elusive gem: an emerald in the daylight, an amethyst w...
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Early 2000s Contemporary Cocktail Rings

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Alexandrite, Diamond, Platinum

Persian Turquoise Ring
A substantial handmade silver belcher setting with shoulders deeply carved in a cross-hatch pattern holds an off-round cabochon of natural, untreated Persian turquoise measuring 13.2...
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Vintage 1970s Art Deco Signet Rings

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Turquoise, Silver

Gold & Coral Cufflinks Art Deco
This spectacular pair of Art Deco era cufflinks feature six alternating panels of 18K rose and white gold, each deeply embossed with a wave texture. An 18k rose gold fastener joins t...
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Vintage 1930s Art Deco Cufflinks

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Coral, 18k Gold

Fine Nephrite Ring Rose Gold, circa 1940s
Featuring a high-quality, translucent 15.77 mm x 11.93 mm natural and untreated nephrite jade cabochon with its gorgeous, original and unadulterated polish, this Victorian-era 14k r...
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Vintage 1940s Retro Cocktail Rings

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Jade, 14k Gold

Coral Bracelet Victorian with Serpent and Natural Pearl
Have you ever wondered why you see so many serpents in jewelry from the Victorian period? Have you noticed that when Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge wears a new dress or pai...
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Antique 1850s Victorian Beaded Bracelets

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Coral, Pearl, Silver

Arts & Crafts Ring with Diamonds and Gems
The period known as "Arts & Crafts" was brief, lasting from 1880 to 1920 but its influence has endured. It was a movement rather than merely a period; a zeitgeist that infected artis...
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Early 20th Century Arts and Crafts More Rings

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Amethyst, Diamond, Garnet, Gold Plate, Silver

Emeralds, Diamonds & Gold Statement Ring is Old Money Quality
From Connecticut estate: a swirl of bright, clean white diamonds and jungle-green Colombian emeralds, all set within a rich 18k yellow gold setting makes for a most distinctive and g...
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Vintage 1950s Modern Cocktail Rings

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Diamond, Emerald, 18k Gold

Jadeite Jade Ring of Exceedingly Rare Quality, Color and Size Certified Untreate
The phrase, "a once in a lifetime opportunity" is so trite that it glides in one ear and out the other without even registering. Which is unfortunate when a genuine Once in a Lifetim...
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Early 20th Century Art Deco More Rings

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Jade

Rose Cut Diamond Ring Tudor Style, 1940s
In a store that had on display a grandfather clock nearly nine-feet high and several football-sized seashells with cameos carved into their sides was this handmade ring that one migh...
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Vintage 1940s Jacobean Signet Rings

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Diamond, 18k Gold

Ring with Exotic Rare Collector's Gem in White Gold with Diamonds
Behold: a vivid chartreuse gemstone with more fire than a diamond that is so delicate household dust can scratch it and so rare you've probably never heard of, likely never seen and ...
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Early 2000s Contemporary Fashion Rings

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Diamond, Other, 14k Gold

Raspberry Tourmaline Ring with Diamonds in Custom White Gold Setting 1980s
The expression, "the cream always rises to the top," means it's the best stuff that stands above everything else, it's the finest things that are remembered. But that's simply not tr...
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Vintage 1980s Artisan Fashion Rings

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Diamond, Tourmaline, 14k Gold

Diamond Ring in Swanky Textured White Gold, circa 1950s
The sleek lines and hand-textured shoulders of this sharp, tailored ring make me think of a debonair 1950s movie star sitting in a red velvet banquette, having frosty cocktails with ...
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Mid-20th Century Retro More Rings

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Diamond, 14k Gold

Men's Gold Ring with Tsavorite Garnet
Tsavorite is a rare, vivid-green variety of garnet found in very few places in the world. Its lush vivid green is reminiscent of emerald but with a sharper sparkle and more fire. Tsa...
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Late 20th Century Contemporary Signet Rings

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Tsavorite, 18k Gold

Chrysoberyl Cat's Eye Ring with Diamonds in Platinum Midcentury
Chrysoberyl Cat's Eye gems are known as "a jeweler's gemstone" because many people are unfamiliar with it but jewelers know and appreciate this blazingly unique and rare stone. Chrys...
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Mid-20th Century Art Deco Fashion Rings

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Chrysoberyl, Diamond

Opal Ring from France, circa 1900
With a band that resembles a hand-forged iron gate surrounding a turn-of-the-century cottage and an ennead (group of nine) of vibrantly colored Australian crystal opals, each claw-se...
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Antique 1890s Arts and Crafts Fashion Rings

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Opal, Silver

Rare Omphacite Jade Ring
You've heard of Jadeite jade. You've heard of nephrite jade. Have you heard of Omphacite jade? Probably not. As the technology we use in gemology advances, so too does our knowledge....
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Mid-20th Century Modern More Rings

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Jade, 14k Gold

Zircon Ring of 7 Carat, circa 1940s
A favorite among collectors but still unknown to most people, zircon is a natural gemstone that can nearly match the diamonds for fire. Zircon is famous for its fire. And this circ...
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Vintage 1940s Victorian More Rings

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Zircon, 14k Gold

Jade Necklace with Highly Unique Multi-Coloring from Midcentury
I'm a gemologist and a second-generation jade collector; I've seen many multi-color jade necklaces but never one quite like this. Comprised of 91 hand-carved round beads of green, li...
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Vintage 1970s Modern Beaded Necklaces

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Jade, 14k Gold

Baroque Style Carnelian Ring in Silver, English, circa 1896
Created in London, England in 1896, this Carnelian ring features elaborately carved and pierced shoulders with a fanciful Baroque motif depicting roses, rosebuds, and leaves. The ro...
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Antique 1890s Baroque Revival Signet Rings

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Carnelian, Silver

Jade Necklace with Sapphire, Diamond and 18 Karat Gold Clasp Certified Untreated
This refreshing, bright minty green jadeite jade necklace from the Art Deco era is just sixteen inches in length and features an elegant clasp of 18K white gold centered with a gemmy...
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Antique 1830s Art Deco Beaded Necklaces

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Diamond, Jade, Blue Sapphire, 18k Gold, Platinum

Garnet Halo Ring Early Art Deco
In the late 1890s, a mineralogist named William Earl Hidden discovered a new kind of red garnet in Macon County, North Carolina. This curious and rather dazzling stone was brighter t...
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Vintage 1920s Art Deco Cluster Rings

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Garnet, Diamond, 15k Gold

Ruby Ring Certified No-Heat Burma Rubies English Circa 1999
The English have been crafting beautiful five stone ruby rings in gold since the beginning of time, or just about. But not for men. Sure, men could wear some of these rings but they ...
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1990s Contemporary Band Rings

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Ruby, 18k Gold

Men's Tanzanite Ring Is Dashing Not Flashy
Here's the thing: Tanzanite rings for men typically feature huge stones and lots of diamonds. I felt there should be a more *discreet* men's tanzanite ring so I designed one and had ...
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2010s Contemporary More Rings

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Tanzanite, 14k Gold

Angel Skin Precious Coral Necklace
This is an exceedingly fine-quality opera-length necklace of large( 6 mm) certified natural and untreated angel skin precious coral beads that were hand-carved and polished to create...
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Vintage 1950s Contemporary Beaded Necklaces

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Coral, Silver

Retro Golden Citrine Cocktail Ring
A 21.5-carat emerald-cut citrine with no visible inclusions and plenty of flash and sparkle resides comfortably within its boxy, Retro 14K light-rose gold mounting. Instead of slidin...
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Mid-20th Century Retro Cocktail Rings

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Citrine, 14k Gold

Diamond & Opal Brooch or Pendant with Sapphires Victorian Unisex
"I heard a fly buzz when I died; The stillness round my form Was like the stillness in the air Between the heaves of storm" -Emily Dickinson This resplendent, whimsical and oh-so-ra...
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Antique 1880s Late Victorian Pendant Necklaces

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Diamond, Sapphire, 15k Gold, Silver

Jade Earrings Circa 1920 Glassy & Sublime Certified Untreated: Rare
Behold: a sizable and nearly perfectly matched pair of extraordinary certified natural, untreated Burmese jadeite jade cabochons. The stones are original to their simple handmade sil...
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Early 20th Century Art Deco More Earrings

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Jade, Silver

Victorian Australian Contraluz Opal Pin with Diamonds in Gold and Platinum
I'm a writer —allegedly— and here I sit unable to think of how to begin describing this Victorian opal pin. It should be simple: Victorian. Opal. Pin. Victorian, yes: the superb craf...
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Antique 1850s Early Victorian Brooches

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Opal, 18k Gold, Platinum

William Spratling Silver and Brass Cuff Bracelet Predates All His Iconic Work
By William Spratling
Located in Southbury, CT
In 1921 the young American architect William Spratling moved from his home state of Alabama to New Orleans for a professorship at Tulane University. He found an apartment in the then...
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Vintage 1940s Artisan Cuff Bracelets

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Silver, Brass

Jade Hololith Victorian Pendant Certified Untreated
What a classic jade pendant. A certified natural and untreated Burmese jadeite jade hololith (a ring made from one piece of stone) is adorned with a handmade 18K rose gold bail that ...
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Early 20th Century Late Victorian Pendant Necklaces

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Jade, 18k Gold

Georgian Pearl and Cut Steel Pendant Necklace Unisex
Men don't wear pearls. But kings wore pearls. Kings wore ropes of pearls draped like garlands on a Christmas tree. Look at Hans Holbein's iconic portrait of Henry VIII and you will s...
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Antique 1790s Georgian Chain Necklaces

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Natural Pearl, Cut Steel

Cufflinks in Gold with Jade Circa 1940s - 1950s
This pair of suave and timelessly elegant cufflinks feature pair of bright green, well-matched disks carved —really, etched— in a stylishly abstract floral motif. The pair of certifi...
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Vintage 1940s Modern Cufflinks

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Jade, 14k Gold

Yellow Jade Ring with Emeralds Certified Untreated
Evenly-toned, fine-grained and highly translucent orangy-yellow jade like this is among the rarest stones on earth. Green jadeite may get all (well, most) of the glory but yellow jad...
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Mid-20th Century Modern More Rings

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Emerald, Jade, 14k Gold

European Georgian Rubellite and Diamond Ring Fit for a Duchess
The artistry of this ring is miraculous: the delicate foliate design that so cunningly holds the old, table-cut diamonds; the voluptuous profile; the way the thin 14K greenish gold b...
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Antique 1790s Georgian Three-Stone Rings

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Rubelite

Jade Cufflinks From Falconer Jewellers Hong Kong Circa 1950s Certified Untreated
Originally opened in 1855, Falconer Jewellers has become an iconic Hong Kong landmark, situated within the extraordinarily posh and sumptuous Peninsula Hong Kong hotel. Over its many...
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Antique Mid-19th Century Modern Cufflinks

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Jade, 14k Gold

Madera Citrine Earrings Victorian Revival
Each of these wickedly cool midcentury Victorian Revival earrings is crafted in solid 14k gold with a high-karat gold wash. Five square-cut Madera citrines the color of sunburned gol...
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Vintage 1960s Victorian Drop Earrings

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Citrine, 14k Gold

Japanese Art Deco Jade Ring Certified Untreated
I entered a wormhole not long ago when I became obsessed with all things Japanese Art Deco. That's how I discovered this ring (in the most unlikely place, but that's a whole other st...
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Vintage 1930s Art Deco Engagement Rings

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Jade, 14k Gold

Emerald Ring in 18 Karat Gold with Diamonds in Architectural Setting
This had to have been designed by an architect. The perfection in its design is startling. First and foremost, this ring is constructed around an emerald of significant size and qual...
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Late 20th Century Art Deco Fashion Rings

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Emerald, Diamond, 18k Gold, Gold

Men’s Diamond Ring Victorian Three Carats
This Victorian 3-carat diamond ring was created for a man around 1890. Much of the jewelry created during this era was ornate, featuring deeply carved and pierced metal, with filigre...
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Antique Late 18th Century Victorian Three-Stone Rings

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Diamond, 14k Gold

Turquoise Bead Necklace, circa 1900
This 18" Victorian turquoise bead necklace was made right around the turn of the century from magnificent un-processed and unique turquoise beads. The colors range from pale robin's ...
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Antique Early 1900s Late Victorian Beaded Necklaces

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Turquoise, 9k Gold

Certified Untreated Multi-Color Jade Necklace Midcentury
I can't put this necklace down. I keep picking it up and holding it in front of the window so that it's backlit and it makes my heart beat faster. And I struggle to describe it becau...
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Vintage 1960s Modern Beaded Necklaces

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Jade, 14k Gold

Hessonite Garnet Bracelet in Heavy Silver Unisex
This chunky, bright and shiny silver bracelet looks like a super high-end motorcycle chain that happens to be studded with 153 square-cut hessonite garnets totaling approximately 25 ...
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Vintage 1980s Modern Link Bracelets

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Garnet, Silver

Morganite Gemstone Pendant in Gold 14 Carats
This is 14.5 carats of deep, faceted oval violet-pink Morganite. Do we all know the story of Morganite? In case we don't, here goes: Morganite is the same mineral as emerald and aqua...
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Mid-20th Century Modern Pendant Necklaces

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Morganite, 14k Gold

Unisex Brooch with Coral, Sapphires & Diamonds
I was afraid to hold this. I was afraid to touch it. The woman removed it from the display case where it was tucked in the very back where the light did not quite reach and placed it...
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Vintage 1910s Art Nouveau Brooches

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Coral, Diamond, Blue Sapphire, 18k Gold

Arts & Crafts Necklace of Carved Turquoise and Pearls
This delicate and handsomely carved turquoise and pearl necklace dates to the Arts & Crafts period and was purchased in England where it most likely originates, though it bears no ha...
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Antique 1890s Arts and Crafts Pendant Necklaces

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Pearl, Turquoise, Silver

Australian Opal Ring with Diamonds in 18 Karat White Gold Art Deco
Black opals get all the attention. The finest black opals in the world come from the town of Lightning Ridge in New South Wales, Australia, The name of the mine that the blackest of...
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Vintage 1930s Art Deco Fashion Rings

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Diamond, Opal, 18k Gold

Art Deco Collar Necklace in Silver is Dramatic Statement Piece
This is one for the record books. When I saw this necklace I made a bee-line for it. Only after I bought it, unwrapped it and laid it out did I realize it had been on display upside ...
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Vintage 1930s Art Deco Choker Necklaces

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Silver

Modernist Nephrite Jade Ring in Silver
The spitting-image of the top portion of Philip Johnson's "AT&T Building" at 550 Madison Avenue in New York City, this superb jade ring predates the iconic tower by twenty years. Gri...
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Vintage 1960s Modernist Signet Rings

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Jade, Silver

Turquoise and Pearl Ring in Yellow Gold with Diamonds
Many wonderful jewels have come from Hong Kong and this ring is no exception. This large and impressive ring features a mirror-finish turquoise stone in robin's egg blue. From the ba...
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1990s Contemporary Fashion Rings

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Diamond, Cultured Pearl, Turquoise, 14k Gold

Amethyst Bead Necklace Arts & Crafts Era
Entirely hand-fabricated during the Arts and Crafts era (circa 1910) probably in England, this beautiful and sensuous amethyst bead necklace is a jewel in every sense of the word. Ea...
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Antique 1810s Arts and Crafts Beaded Necklaces

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Amethyst, Silver

Art Deco Silver Collar Necklace
When I first saw this entirely unique and extravagant bib necklace on display it was positioned upside down. That is to say, the backside of the piece was on display. I bought it ins...
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Vintage 1930s Art Deco More Necklaces

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Silver

Pinchbeck Gold Chain from Victorian England
"Pinchbeck" is the term used to describe the gold-like (but not gold) metal invented by 18th-century clockmaker-slash-Mad Scientist, Christopher Pinchbeck, who invented an alloy that...
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Antique 1830s Victorian Link Necklaces

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Pinchbeck

Victorian Cut Steel Cufflinks Are the Unicorns of Cufflinks
In the mid-18th century, when King Louis XV of France suggested to his subjects that they might enjoy the honor of giving to him all of their finest jewelry, the French gentry was le...
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Antique 1860s Victorian Cufflinks

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Cut Steel