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Shell As Gemstone: Marguerite Stix Jewelry

Marguerite Stix Seashell Ring

Marguerite Stix, 1956

Born and raised in Vienna, Marguerite Stix was hugely influenced by the Weiner Werkstatte workshop composed of artisans working in all different mediums  and lead by Josef Hoffmann. Marguerite was considered his protégé and spent her early years surrounded by some of Vienna’s top artists including Klimt and Schiele. During this period her work was primarily ceramics, sculptures and watercolors. With the onset of WWII she and her family were forced to flee Vienna.… Read More

Holiday Gift Ideas: 5 Perfect Jewelry Finds at Auction

Find a unique, thoughtful gift for a person you love and experience the thrill of buying at auction! Whether you’re shopping for your wife, husband, mom, dad, or a good friend, the Skinner Fine Jewelry auction on December 10, 2013 offers a plethora of beautiful and stylish choices. Here are a few of our favorite picks.

Art Deco Platinum and Diamond Ring, Cartier (Lot 785, Estimate $80,000-$120,000)

18kt Gold and Stainless Steel ‘Daytona Cosmograph’ Wristwatch, Rolex (Lot 323, Estimate $8,000-$10,000)

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The Little-known Story of Marcus & Company Jewelry

Art Nouveau 18kt Rose Gold and Alexandrite Pendant Brooch, Marcus & Co. (Lot 586, Estimate $60,000-$80,000)

Have you ever heard of the jewelry firm Marcus & Co.? If not, you’re not alone. While Cartier and Tiffany are household names synonymous with luxury jewelry, Marcus & Co. is not. Yet this designer of fine jewelry deserves its place among the elite.

Herman Marcus came to New York from Germany in 1850 and started working as a designer at Tiffany & Co.Read More

A Guide to Jewelry Trends this Holiday Season

Who doesn’t love unwrapping a beautiful necklace or opening a tiny box to reveal a lovely ring? During the holiday season, fine jewelry seems to become that much more desirable as you search for the perfect gifts for your loved ones. Our December Fine Jewelry auction is a perennial favorite with customers, and we had the feeling that this year’s sale would be great. Still, it’s hard to know exactly what the feeling in the room will be, or which jewelry will take off until the auction begins. This time, the auction floor was packed, and we all felt excitement in the air. Customers came from all over the world to preview the sale, ready to compete aggressively for the highest quality jewelry.

Vintage Jewelry in Boston: Our Favorite Things

We see many beautiful and unusual pieces of vintage jewelry every day in the Skinner Fine Jewelry department, but some pieces simply stand out above the rest. This holiday season, each of the Skinner jewelry appraisers picked out a favorite from the many wonderful pieces that will be sold in Boston on Tuesday, December 6th.

Art Deco Jewelry Buying Guide: Cartier Bracelets, Evening Bags, and Timepieces

The Art Deco period of the 1920s and 30s was an exciting time for fashion and jewelry. Coco Chanel introduced her classic two piece suits that are still worn by fashionable women all over the world today, and famous jewelry designers such as Cartier created some of their most influential pieces of jewelry and accessories, including bracelets, handbags, and timepieces such as the “mystery clock.”

Why Buy Gold Jewelry at Auction?

With the price of gold so high, designers today are finding that they have to be exceedingly creative with their designs. They can no longer rely on selling a pair of plain gold earrings–the price to manufacture them is simply too high. Therefore, many designers are incorporating less expensive metals into their works such as silver, brass and steel, and using gold as an accent instead of the main focus. It is not as easy as it once was to buy new gold jewelry.

Stylish and Vintage Watches: It’s all about Fashion, not Time

Stylish, modern, and vintage watches are now, more than ever, a fashion statement, and certain watch styles are gaining in popularity. One trend worth noting is that women are putting away their dainty watches for oversized men’s style watches with large faces. The Balloon Bleu watch by Cartier, with sleek metal styling and solid gold incorporated into every model, is the most popular Cartier style at the moment.

Now is the Time to Sell Diamond Jewelry

At the March Fine Jewelry auction in Boston, we noticed an interesting trend. Off color diamonds of size achieved very strong prices. These were diamonds in the K-L-M range, that draw definite color when viewed face up. People used to turn their noses up at these pale yellow rocks, but now the stones are being fought over and selling at a premium.