Specializing in Georgian and Victorian Jewelry
Victorian Etruscan Revival 14k Turquoise Knot Brooch with Tassel, Unique!
SALE HUGE Victorian Turquoise Heart Locket Gold on Silver!
$850 USD SALE
Small and Bright Antique18k Rose Diamond and ruby Ring
Stunning Victorian 14k Gold, Onyx and Pearl Necklace with Drops, Large!
SALE Victorian Gold and Enamel Fringe Earrings with pearls, 16K
$695 USD SALE
SALE Antique Austro-Hungarian Renaissance Revival Locket Pendant, Turquoise...
$350 USD SALE
SALE Large Solid Gold Victorian Watch Chain Necklace, 37.6 grams!
$1,200 USD SALE
Gold Filled Victorian Dangling Chandelier Earrings, Red Paste Garnets!
About Jean Papin Antique Jewelry
Our Service PledgeI guarantee the authenticity of my items. I usually ship within 48 hours of receiving payment.
Your purchase will be sent in beautiful new box, perfect for gift giving and secure storage.
About UsHello, I am Jean Papin. I have been a passionate collector of antique jewelry for over twenty years, and have been selling fine antique jewelry for over 13 years. I graduated with a Bachelors in Fine Art with a major in Jewelry Design in 1989 from The College at New Paltz, in New Paltz, New York. There I learned soldering, casting and hand fabrication of jewelry as well as enamelling. The emphasis was on designing fresh, original "Avant-garde" pieces. While I enjoyed creating this new jewelry, my fascination with antique jewelry never left me. I have come to recognize the unparalleled craftsmanship of the old jewelry. The attention to detail employed in Georgian and Victorian jewelry is rarely seen today. So instead of producing and marketing new jewelry, I am using the experience gained at school to recognize good design and construction methods in antique jewelry, to spot reproductions, and to treasure hunt! I have been a volunteer jewelry appraiser for the Ulster County Historical Society Appraisal day. Of course, if a person has a piece with large diamonds or rare stones, they should seek out a gemologist. But Georgian and Victorian Jewelry should not be judged by intrinsic value alone. A well done piece of hairwork memorial jewelry or a miniature on ivory is worth far more than its materials.
I am constantly reading reference books as well as price guides. In my opinion, antique jewelry is still currently greatly undervalued. Many of my customers have remarked that the jewelry they have purchased from me is even more lovely in person. If you see a beautifully made piece, buy it! "Fashion" jewelry is fashionable today, but antique jewelry will be treasured for generations to come!