Tag Archives: Art Nouveau jewelry

Jeweled Creatures Great and Small

Whether it’s called zoomorphic personal ornamentation or critter glitter, animals of all kinds have been a recurring motif in jewelry history. Their natural beauty and unique traits have inspired countless pieces, from the scarab beetles of ancient Egypt to David Webb’s zebras and frogs.

The perennial fascination with animal themes is also because certain mammals, birds, reptiles and even insects are regarded as symbolic of virtues or desirable characteristics — “brave as a lion,” “wise as an owl,” “busy as a bee.”

In the ancient world, the Greeks, Persians and Romans followed the Egyptians in prizing jewelry with animal motifs.… Read More

Kashmir Sapphires, Art Nouveau, Art Deco, and Signed Jewelry Highlight Skinner’s Fine Jewelry Auctions

BOSTON, MA – Skinner, Inc. presents two Fine Jewelry auctions to close out 2016. The live auction on December 6 will feature over 450 lots, including the collection of noted jewelry expert Rita Goodman. The online auction, which is open for bidding until December 7th, features over 200 lots including many signed pieces by Tiffany & Co., Cartier, Bulgari, and Chanel. Both auctions will be available for public preview on December 4th and 5th in the Boston gallery.… Read More