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Kenneth Jay Lane, 1932 – 2017

Kenneth Jay Lane took costume jewellery to a new level in the 1960s when his fake gems graced a new swath of sophisticated women, including the Duchess of Windsor. Lane was born April 22, 1932 in Detroit, Michigan, and attended … Continue reading

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Bijoux Electriques!

In 1879 Scientific American reported “…there is nothing more curious than electric jewellery.” A Parisian watchmaker who enjoyed creating mechanical birds, Gustave Trouvé also invented the Lilliputian battery that could be tucked inside a pocket or hidden within an evening … Continue reading

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Canadian Tiara that survived the Lusitania goes on the block…

In 1882, Hugh Allan, a Scottish immigrant to Montreal in the 1830s, died, leaving his business, the Allan Shipping Line, to his son Hugh Montagu Allan. ‘Montagu’ as he was known, grew the company into the largest privately owned shipping … Continue reading

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Josephine Bonaparte’s engagement ring

The diamond and sapphire engagement ring Napoleon Bonaparte gave to Joséphine will go up for auction March 24 at the Osenat auction house in Fontainebleau, France with an estimate of $20,000. The gold ring is set with teardrop-shaped gems, a … Continue reading

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Rare beads or white trash?

With up-cycling so hot, my friend Liz forwarded me a link about an especially clever transformation of trash to treasure. Jewellery maker Amelia Parker, salvages 18th and 19th century clay pipe fragments that wash up on the banks of the … Continue reading

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