Georgina Rowell, Coupelle Vieille France

Jewelery with Soul for Intuitive Collectors

Member since 2018

All That Glitters Is Not Gold


About Gemsjolie

Our Service Pledge
I will respond to all orders and messages within 24 hours. All items in my shop are authentic as described.
About Us
I 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.

Jan 2018
This is a stunning old rosary! is quite beautiful. Thank you for sharing it with the world!

Feb 2018
My ring arrived... so fast... and I LOVE it so much!!!😀😠Thank you!!!!!

Feb 2018
I received the rosary today, and it is just lovely. I have left you a five star review.

Feb 2018
I received the acorn and bracelet a couple of days ago, they are both lovely, thank you so much.

March 2018
I have received the courier today and i am very happy with the purchase. the necklace it very beautiful and loved the packaging also.

March 2018
Hello! I received the parcel, I liked everything, thank you very much