Antique Jewelry

This black enamel, gold and seed pearl mourning brooch is classic for the early Victorian period; seed pearls symbolize tears. The white on black cameo set in gold and decorated by inset black enamel (taille d’epargne) is early to mid-Victorian and may be worn as a mourning piece or simply as a piece of jewelry with only decorative significance. The sharp contrast of black and white in cameos and black enamel on gold were strongly favored during the early to mid-Victorian era.

Identifying hairwork and mourning jewelry

By Dr. Anthony Cavo & Nancy Schuring The popularity of hairwork (jewelry and art made of human hair) reached its pinnacle during the Victorian era. The incorporation of human hair in jewelry began during the Middle Ages and achieved extensive popularity during the Georgian era, but the Victorians embraced the concept...

Ladies platinum and diamond Art Deco wristwatch.

Take time to discover luxury watches

Now is as good a time as any to discuss watches available on online marketplace Ruby Lane. If you think about it, luxury watches are precision-made technical instruments, they’re fashion accessories, and they’re an investment. With more than 2,000 fine and vintage watches to choose from on Ruby Lane, and prices...

This tested 18kt / 22kt gold and red coral hair comb, measuring 3 1/4 by 3 inches, sold for $900 through Austin Auction Gallery. Photo courtesy Austin Auction Gallery

10 Interesting facts about hair combs

1 Examples of primitive combs have been found among the discoveries of archeological digs in all corners of the world, with the earliest reportedly dating back 5,000 years. 2 A Sea Holly hair comb, circa 1900, made of horn, silver, gold, glass, and signed by Rene Lalique, measuring 3 3/4 inches wide by...

Mid-19th century gold in quartz aesthetic native gold specimen from northern Sierra Nevada in California, featuring a leaf gold in quartz matrix with pyrite crystals (est. $3,600-$5,400).

Americana auction offers more than 2,000 lots

Holabird Western Americana’s 3-day Americana auction, Aug. 24-26 RENO, Nev. – Holabird Western Americana Collections’ upcoming Americana auction, planned for Aug. 24-26, marks the start of a summer-fall-winter season brimming with a number of major collections. The August event will be held online and in Holabird’s gallery at 3555 Airway Drive...