All That Glitters Is Not Gold
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About UsI have been collecting antique and vintage jewelry for many years. First in England then and in France. My shop photograph was taken in 1956 and is of my French partner's 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 have worked for Sotheby's auctioneers, 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.
I am inspired by quality and beauty in different periods and styles of jewelry and the occasional jewelry related objet de vertu. Living in France I have learnt more about French jewelry and jewelry from the French Colonies in the Americas, the West Indies, North Africa and Indochina. I am fascinated by Berber Tuareg adornments. This has let to a deeper interest in ethnic jewelry worldwide.
My two favourite French pieces which I have sold to date are an 18th century cut steel tiara which would have dated to before the Revolution and an inscribed gimmel wedding ring of The Colas de Francs family who were chief advisors to successive Dukes of Orleans, pretenders to the French throne.
I am attracted to pieces which have a tangible history and I am interested in the role each piece of jewelry has played in the lives of previous owners. Individual pieces have been selected for their intrinsic value, as worthy of saving for the future, hence you will find unique, sometimes quirky, items in my shop which are reasonably priced. If you are hunting for something in particular please let me know as I may possibly have it in stock or be able to find it for you.
Collecting jewelry is my passion. Each and every piece included here has lit a spark for me and I hope you will find something which will do the same for you!