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Favorite Auction Highlights of 2011, Part II: From Dwarf Clocks to Diamonds

It’s always exciting to discover a beautiful object that is unknown to the collecting world. When I saw this perfectly proportioned dwarf clock on a house call in Beverly, Massachusetts, it was still running, and had been passed down in the same family for 80 years. At the moment we discussed the possibility of selling it, the clock struck twelve. The clock was made by Joshua Wilder in Hingham, Massachusetts between 1821 and 1824, and is a true miniature of a tall case clock constructed in the same manner, and with a full striking movement. This places it in a category of being the most sought-after and desirable type of dwarf clock.

Top 3 Stars at the Tucson Gem Show: Moonstones, Pearls, and Spinel

The Tucson Gem Show attracts gem dealers and jewelry professionals from all over the world, including professional gem cutters from the Idar-Oberstein region in Germany, stone dealers from India, and dealers in Chinese freshwater pearls. This year, it was 17 degrees below zero in Tucson, Arizona—the lowest temperature on record! A lot of the vendors set up in tents outdoors, and they all sat around huddling. Despite the cold, it was an excellent show, and gave me a glimpse of what’s going to be “in” for jewelry this year.

Nothing Heavier than a Diamond: My Jewelry Career

I spent six months working in a jewelry store, learning more about materials like gold, silver, and diamonds. After all of this, I went to Bob Skinner with a proposal to start a jewelry department. He asked if I was a gemologist. I said, “No, I just took this week long course and I’m smart and honest.” He said, “You have the job.” I almost fainted.

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