Tag Archives: jewelry

Fashion Forward

Two hundred years ago the English poet and playwright Colley Cibber commented “One had as good be out of the world as out of fashion.” That’s a little extreme, but being fashionable is a feel-good thing.

Jewelry is fashion. Like all fashions it expresses the time and place in which it was made. Jewelry can also be fun, fabulous, fanciful, fascinating: you get the picture. And unlike many other expressions of fashion, fine jewelry doesn’t wear out or lose its intrinsic value.… Read More

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

Elizabeth Turner on LCTV Community Conversations

Community Conversations with Elizabeth Turner from LCTV on Vimeo.

Regional Director for Northern New England, Elizabeth Y. Turner was the guest for a recent broadcast on LCTV. Watch Beth’s conversation with Community Conversations host Marva Nesbit. They discuss Maine tourmalines, Kashmir sapphires, natural pearls, fabulous Maine jewelry finds sold at auction at Skinner, and for Women’s History month, Maine jewelry designer/maker Madeline Burrage.… Read More

Great Finds: Jewelry | Online Event March 22

ONLINE EVENT | MONDAY, MARCH 22 AT 5PM

Join us for a casual, free-flowing conversation with Skinner jewelry experts Gloria Lieberman and John Colasacco — get their inside view. The discussion will touch on the jewelry auction highlights of the 2010s, and delve into the fascinating stories behind them. They will also share their perspectives on design and style, and how they would incorporate similar looks into their differing senses of fashion.… Read More

Pandemic Pastimes: Binge-watching Favorite Shows

Like many of you right now, I’ve spent the last few months retreating into comforts—comfort food, comfort clothes, and comfort TV. And nothing is more comforting than re-watching your favorites, the shows and movies you’ve seen hundreds of times and can recite line by line. After watching the much anticipated season 4 of The Crown (whether you liked this season or not, Gillian Anderson was INCREDIBLE), I found myself going back to seasons 1 and 2 again.  

The Queen’s jewelry reproductions were amazingly accurate, something I found lacking in seasons 3 and 4.… Read More

Jewelry from Exceptional New England Estates | 2.4 Million Dollar Jewelry Auctions at Skinner

Dreicer & Co. Diamond Sautoir Necklace, c. 1910s, sold for $75,000 and Dreicer & Co. Diamond Pendant Drop, c. 1910s, sold for $100,000

Jewelry from three distinguished New England estates lead the way at Skinner’s Important and Fine Jewelry auctions. From the estate of Mary Weld Pingree, founder of The Pingree School and once described as “Boston’s richest girl,” was a remarkable diamond sautoir by Driecer & Co.… Read More

Important Jewelry | Video Gallery

The June 23 Important Jewelry auction features over 175 lots of antique, period, and contemporary jewelry. Highlights include jewelry from the estate of Mary Weld Pingree, an antique Kashmir sapphire ring, Colombian emeralds, and several pieces of impressive diamond jewelry from a private collection. Enjoy a selection of video highlights or browse the auction.

Private in-person previews will be available on June 21 & 22.Read More

Virtual First Tuesday | May 5

Join us for First Tuesday online!

Tuesday, May 5 | 1:30PM – 4PM

Find out the value of your objects from your home!

While we cannot invite you to join us in our Marlborough Galleries on May 5, we are here to help. All of our Skinner specialists from all departments will be on hand from 1:30PM 4PM to evaluate items via email. Contact us with your auction evaluation requests at evaluations@skinnerinc.com and we will answer them in as “real time” as we can.Read More

First Tuesday | March 3 | Marlborough

Join us for First Tuesday in Marlborough

Tuesday, March 3 | 1:30PM – 4PM

Specialists Robin S.R. Starr, Jonathan Dowling, Kaitlin Shinnick & Stuart Slavid will be on hand to evaluate items and accept consignments for upcoming auctions.

Robin S.R. Starr – Director of American & European Works of Art, will be on-hand to evaluate paintings, prints, sculpture, and photography for upcoming auctions. She is looking forward to seeing examples by listed, sought-after artists, as well as iconic works of fine art photography from the 19th through 21st centuries, with market interest over $1000.… Read More

First Tuesday | February 4 | Marlborough

Join us for First Tuesday in Marlborough

Tuesday, February 4 | 1:30PM – 4PM

Specialists Robin S.R. Starr, Jonathan Dowling, Kaitlin Shinnick & Suhyung Kim will be on hand to evaluate items and accept consignments for upcoming auctions.

Robin S.R. Starr – Director of American & European Works of Art, will be on-hand to evaluate paintings, prints, sculpture, and photography for upcoming auctions. She is looking forward to seeing examples by listed, sought-after artists, as well as iconic works of fine art photography from the 19th through 21st centuries, with market interest over $1000.… Read More

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