All That Glitters Is Not Gold
Our Service PledgeI will respond to all orders and messages within 24 hours. All items in my shop are authentic as described.
About UsI have been collecting antique and vintage jewelry for many years. First in England then and in France. My shop logo shows a photograph taken in 1956 of my French partner's antique dealer/brocanteur grandfather and grandmother (M. &. Mme. Petit of Amiens) with the pony and mule drawn carts they used to transport their wares, hence the French roots go back some years.
I worked for Sotheby's auctioneers in Billingshurst, for Stephen Somerville of the Antiques Road Show and for Halcyon Days (assistant for 18th century enamels) and later became an independent jewelry dealer. I have a BA/MA from Oxford University and an MA from the Courtauld Institute in History of Art, with the 18thC as my specialist era. I have given "talks" for the Open University, the University of Surrey, the Workers' Educational Association and Adult Education.
I have eclectic tastes and am drawn to quality and beauty in many different periods and styles of jewelry (and the occasional jewelry related objet de vertu). Since moving to France I have learnt more about French jewelry and also jewelry from the French Colonies in the Americas, the West Indies, North Africa and Indochina. I am fascinated by Berber Tuareg adornments.
My favourite piece which I have sold to date is an 18th century French cut steel tiara which would have dated to before the French Revolution in 1789.
I am attracted to pieces which have a history and I am interested in the role each piece of jewelry has played in the lives of previous owners, be it a tiara, a christening medallion, an engagement ring, a mourning locket or something special to wear everyday.
I LOVE my jewelery and discover all I can about each piece. Everything I sell has initially sparked my interest and appreciation and I hope it will yours!
Because Gemsjolie is making it's debut on Ruby Lane I am initially limiting myself to the smallest shop size with a maximum of 80 items. This means that once purchases have been safely received and I am sure that my buyer is entirely happy I remove them from my shop (other than just occasionally when I am so attached to an item that I cannot bear to say goodbye and it remains on display, marked as sold, for a little longer) - I will however always remove sold items at the buyer's request. This ensures that there is always space for me to add new things as I am out hunting non-stop for new treasures
I am collecting a selection of encouraging messages I have received from buyers and potential buyers, see below. I have left names off for privacy but hope their comments will encourage you to buy with confidence. Please also see Trust Pilot reviews above.
This is a stunning old rosary! ....it is quite beautiful. Thank you for sharing it with the world!
My ring arrived... so fast... and I LOVE it so much!!!ðŸ˜€ðŸ˜ Thank you!!!!!
I received the rosary today, and it is just lovely. I have left you a five star review.
I received the acorn and bracelet a couple of days ago, they are both lovely, thank you so much.
I have received the courier today and i am very happy with the purchase. the necklace it very beautiful and loved the packaging also.
Hello! I received the parcel, I liked everything, thank you very much