Bluboi

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I inherited the packrat gene from my mother, but have no idea where the collecting gene came from! As an Aries, I quickly embrace new interests and then move on, soI inherited the packrat gene from my mother, but have no idea where the collecting gene came from! As an Aries, I quickly embrace new interests and then move on, so my collections cover a huge range of stuff. I love the history associated with things from the past. Antique jewelry is my passion, though for a while costume jewelry ruled my life. After writing a book on Miriam Haskell, I realized how wide and deep the world of shiny little objects is, so have embraced it with a passion! (Read more)

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Ancient Gold Earrings - Fine Jewelryin Fine Jewelry
Demented Garnets -- Part 1 - Fine Jewelryin Fine Jewelry
Demented Garnets -- Part 2 - Fine Jewelryin Fine Jewelry
Nelson Memorial Pendants (Horatio Nelson -- Part 2) - Fine Jewelryin Fine Jewelry
Gold and Enamel Nelson Mourning Ring (Horatio Nelson Part 1) - Fine Jewelryin Fine Jewelry
Rococo Flat-Cut Garnet Necklace - Fine Jewelryin Fine Jewelry
Mourning Portrait Miniature of Young Girl - Fine Jewelryin Fine Jewelry
Caroline of Brunswick Acrostic Ring - Fine Jewelryin Fine Jewelry
Art Nouveau gold stickpin -- Emile Vernier - Fine Jewelryin Fine Jewelry
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  1. Wow, Davy! Great reference -- their bull's heads aren't smooshed, but my wiring is intact. Though, frankly, how anyone could get those twisted wires into their ears is beyond me.... Thank you!
  2. thank you all! I am so lucky to own these treasures!
  3. So unusual! Beautiful carving also!
  4. Right time, right place, had available funds.... These three don't always coincide. I was astounded the seller didn't place them with a museum, but funding may not have been available. This is a ...
  5. Nope, by the time I was born, women could vote. I am a Baby Boomer....
  6. Wonderful ring -- so stylish!
  7. This is wonderful! Seems very atypical of MB pieces, though he and Fahrner worked closely together.
  8. I couldn't see the marks on the Glasgow piece. Paul, what would they have been? This MB enameling is wonderful --reminds me of the peacock eye beads. Great find! (Glad to have helped in a small w...
  9. Wonderful ring. I went through my Koch ring books and found this one ring which is similar to your configuration, though the prong setting is not the same: http://photos.imageevent.com/bluboi/misc...
  10. Hi Zowie -- good going! It is hard to confirm Suffrage provenance, so normally I will call things "in the style of" or some such language. These colors (colours) were in style during this time perio...
  11. oldandsilly, thank you for your lovely comments -- a big part of my interest in collecting is the history and details, as well as the beauty and craftsmanship.
  12. Kyra, I love the cushion cut also. I dithered for a very long time over it (probably drove the gem dealer crazy). There was another one I wanted WAY more -- a ten-carat stone in the most heavenly tr...
  13. Hi Paul -- it is Russian, as it has a beautiful horsetail. Its AGL report states Russian (Ural Mountains), but doesn't specify age. Finding "great" true green ones is hard -- often they are very yel...
  14. Thanks Racer. The Russian garnets are hard to find and the most desirable, thus are expensive (fairly close in price to Alexandrite). The mines have been closed for a long time and apparently large s...
  15. Thank you all! This ring has been on my bucket list for quite some time. I was a history major in college and jewelry of this sort is so fascinating to me! Jean you are totally correct -- the b...
  16. Watch out for electrical shocks! ;-) Thank you!
  17. Krya, I only have a couple of Vauxhall glass pieces. Here is one, front and back: http://photos.imageevent.com/bluboi/fine/large/Vauxhall%20glass%20quiver%20front.jpg http://photos.imageevent....
  18. Certainly possible to be Spanish, though the Iberian pieces usually showcased gems (since they were busy bringing them back from the "New World"), as per your reference of the ring with emerald. I su...
  19. Kyra, this cobalt blue glass was fairly popular for jewelry during the 1800s (I have seen a number of memorial rings with urns with a deep blue surround. I also have several portrait miniatures with ...
  20. I agree with Sammy. Definitely Roger Jean-Pierre -- the hook is also his typical style. Usually his pieces were sold with a paper tag. Here is another green one: http://photos.imageevent.com/b...
  21. I honestly don't know, Paul. Your lovely cameo clearly has a much wider and more defined band. I am wondering if mine might have been a common framing technique used in France, as you can see it app...
  22. Antique earrings are always best-sellers, as so often one is lost. Good for you in getting these lovely earrings for a great deal. Your wife is correct!
  23. Lovely pieces loaded with traditional symbolism. The lyre is unusual--great finds Paul. The snake eating its tail is referred to as an ouroboros, a Greek word meaning 'tail devourer,' and is one...
  24. Such beautiful earrings! What a lovely birthday gift for a lovely woman!
  25. Additional sadness, as their only child, Princess Charlotte, died after a tortuous two-day, 50-hour labor giving birth to a still-born son on November 5, 1817. Given that medicine was so primitive a...
  26. This is lovely, Paul! The numerals on the face are works of art in their own right. Thanks for the detailed history -- we tend to see Movements as finite times with a start and end date, yet this is...
  27. Thank you, everyone! So many great collections and interesting information being shared! I have a few other pieces connected to the royals, in a variety of items. Maybe an acrostic Caroline of Bruns...
  28. Thanks everyone! I am not usually a collector of Art Nouveau, but this piece snagged me!
  29. Absolutely lovely and so different than what I assume when seeing Native American jewelry. What a great find!
  30. A friend of mine has this huge duffle bag of oops -- we call it the body bag.... I have finally reached the point where I can forget about what I paid for the "educational experience" and let a frien...
  31. I have a huge box of "oops" stuff. It is the way I learn....
  32. Hi Katherine. My seller is on vacation but she will check with her source and get back to me. I will update when I hear from her.
  33. Thanks for the post, Kyra. I agree with what everyone has said regarding a civil discussion. No one knows it all, especially on old stuff, and there is often new information that can update the info...
  34. What fun to see all of these together! LOVE the opal pendant -- I do have a soft spot of opals! The color combination of the Jessie King is great and it is always useful to see references to other c...
  35. I was given this attribution when I purchased this piece. I will check back with the seller for more information.
  36. Hello Katherine -- here is a good write-up by the University of Dayton: http://campus.udayton.edu/mary/stellamaris.html And from Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Our_Lady,_Star_of_the...
  37. Hello Racer. Thanks for your comments and question. I turned to my best reference work on rings, the two-volume set "Rings: The Alice and Louis Koch Collection" by Anna Beatriz Chadour. In going thr...
  38. What a wonderful wife! You are so lucky to have actual shops to go to -- my area has almost nothing.
  39. No link that I know of. The auction houses make a bundle of $$ selling these items. There are catalog companies which sell them too. I looked through it to see if I could find anything similar to y...
  40. OK, went back and looked at the marks on my Carlo pieces. Both are C.G in a cartouche, though the "period" is actually more of a "dot" raised centrally, not in-line like a period. Here is what my So...
  41. Here is a decent write-up on Giuliano (which also says there is a dispute on whether he worked in the Castellani Frith shop location, though I have a box marked for Giuliano with the Frith address). ...
  42. Hi James, I am assuming it has the CG stamp? Based on my understanding, Giuliano didn't produce jewelry under his name until he was in the UK. I have no idea on the stamp. Perhaps one of the exper...
  43. Lovely tiles, Paul! Yes, I have some of those same regrets on some jewelry I sold because I had to....
  44. Every now and then, I wonder what is the cost of that "assistance" ....
  45. Paul, I wish I could figure out who the bearded man is.... As you say, though, a very common look... Beautiful cameo, might be a Saulini. I have another cameo of a gentleman, also might be Saulini....
  46. You are very welcome! The agates on these pendants are wonderful -- unusual colors and banding, deep cabochons.
  47. Oh duh! Sometimes it helps to read the title rather than just look at the pictures! ;-)
  48. So interesting, Jan! What is the cameo made out of?
  49. Come on over! Happy to have a better photo! ;-) Thanks everyone for your comments and loves!
  50. Such beautiful pieces, Paul. The post about the Hoffmann vase was so interesting. Hoffmann was quite a Renaissance man!
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