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The Jewellery Historian

The Jewellery Historian

A look back at the history of jewellery - the designers, the makers and those lucky owners of ShinyPrettyThings in years gone by.

Amethyst – the February birthstone

Amethyst – the February birthstone

The rich violet tones of the amethyst have been treasured since the earliest days, with beads dating from 2500BC being discovered on Cretan islands. Amethyst is the purple variety of quartz, coloured by iron, and may be seen in pleasing shades ranging from a subtle tint of mauve through to an intense, almost reddish-purple.

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The Enduring Allure of Gold

The Enduring Allure of Gold

 
So often when we look at a piece of jewellery, we are so dazzled by diamonds and overwhelmed by colourful gemstones that we neglect to consider the material holding all of these precious stones in place.
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Bracelet, Cartier New York, 1925, platinum, diamonds, emeralds, rubies & onyx

Asia Imagined

 
 

‘Asia Imagined’ presents a dual vision of Asia reflected through the collections of Alfred Baur (1865-1942) and Cartier (1847-current day).  It reads as a love song to the East by the West (as represented by Cartier).

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