Specializing in Georgian and Victorian Jewelry
About Jean Papin Antique Jewelry
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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. I have provided appraisal services to executors of wills, who needed to divide antique jewelry among family members, and for insurance purposes. 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!