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Skinner December 4th Important Jewelry Auction features Colored Gemstones and Historical Jewelry

BOSTON, MA – November 26, 2018 – Skinner presents its final Important Jewelry Auction of 2018 on December 4th in Boston. The auction will feature over 300 lots of diamonds, colored stones, and antique and period jewelry.

The Edith Weber Jewelry Collection

We are excited to offer the collection of Edith Weber Antique Jewelry. Founded in 1960 by Edith Weber, the firm quickly became one of the leading antique jewelry dealers in the United States.… Read More

The Rare Beauty of Demantoid Garnets

Some of the most beautiful gems in the world came from the Ural Mountains of Russia in the 1800s. Emeralds, sapphires, topaz, alexandrite, malachite, and amethysts of unmatched quality were mined under the Czar’s direction. Many made their way to the palaces and imperial jeweler Carl Fabergé, others were sent to the best jewelers in Europe and the United States. In 1868, the Russian miners discovered the most distinctive, and in my opinion the most beautiful, stones in the Urals:  demantoid garnets.… Read More

Sapphires and Rubies Lead Skinner Fine Jewelry Auction

When it comes to colored stones, geography is often as important as gemology. While it is their gemological properties that ultimately make them so coveted, collectors have long sought out colored stones based upon their place of origin.

For sapphires, the scarcest and most rare stones come from Southeast Asia. To trace their origin, first we must travel high in the Himalayan Mountains, in very inhospitable terrain, to a deposit of sapphires discovered in the late 19th century.… Read More