The Restoration of an Edwardian Lavaliere


A lavalier is the type of pendant popularized in the late 17th century by the Dutchess de la Valliere, a mistress of King Louis the XIV of France. The name was eventually shortened to “lavalier(e)”. The lavalier is distinguished from other types of pendants by a center drop  (usually a stone) which is directly attached to the chain  without a bail or removable connection device. [Read more...]

The Restoration of an 18th Century Sterling Silver Ladle



Punch was extremely popular in England in The 18th century.

The word punch comes to us from from Hindi panch (meaning five) and the drink was originally made with five ingredients: alcohol, sugar, lemon, water, and tea or spices.The drink was brought to England from India by sailors and employees of the British East India Company in the early seventeenth century. From there it was introduced into other European countries.

Punch was extremely popular in the 18th Century

Fig l. A group of Gentlemen quietly enjoying the companionship of friends around the “Festive Bowl” of Punch.

Punch was in consumed in large quantity from  individual cups  served  communally from a large bowl and dished out with a long handled ladle as seen in the illustration by the English artist Hogarth. [Read more...]

What is a Claddagh ring?

First designed in the 17th century by Richard Joyce, a master goldsmith in the village of Claddagh, Ireland, the Claddagh ring is distinctively two hands clasping a heart with a crown. The crown represents Loyalty, the hands Friendship, the heart Love. These rings have become a large part of Irish heritage and tradition. They are part of a larger group of distinctive rings, called Fede, or faith, rings that are always two clasped hands. Fede rings have been seen since Roman times. [Read more...]

What is a Punu Mask?

Who are the Punu People?

The Punu reside on the left bank of the Upper Ngoume River (Gabon) and belong to the group of tribes known as Shira which were originally part of the Luango kingdom of Angola. The Punu migrated northwards during the 18TH century and settled in the area where they continue to inhabit to this day. They live in independent villages divided into clans and families, and social cohesion is ensured by a society known as moukouji. Its primary role is to regulate community life with regards to social and judicial matters, and mainly it applies itself to the neutralization of evil forces. To this end, officiates of moukouji utilize a cult kit that includes statuettes, human relics and masks. [Read more...]

Restoring Antique Jewelry

When fine old jewelry needs restoration, your goal should be to preserve all the work that is good and repair or restore what is missing or broken so it blends seamlessly with the original.

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Kevin Glenn Crane’s  bench in 2004

Jewelry is worn and exposed to such extreme physical stress and abuse that it’s amazing any ancient pieces still exist.

If not destroyed by the wear and tear of day-to-day use and the ravages of time and the elements, jewelry can fall victim to the shifting whims of fashion.

But when you do acquire a fine old piece that needs restoration, weigh the merits carefully.  The piece has lasted this long; the choices you make will determine how it fares in the future.

Determine your goal for the piece and deliberate which course of action you will take to meet that goal.  Each piece presents a series of questions.  To find the answers, you need to understand a few things first.  Here’s a guide. [Read more...]

Make the Gift Unique


“A gift is something of one’s self that is extended to another with the hope that it will embody the feelings of the giver.”

Make the gift unique with an inscription, a custom design or find an antique.


From time immemorial the resilient and enduring qualities of gold – its purity and beauty – have naturally symbolized untarnished true love.  The fiery colors of precious gems are a perfect metaphor for passion.

Betrothal, marriage and anniversaries are often marked by such gifts of jewelry.  This exchange is a long standing tradition and nearly everyone receives a gift of jewelry in their lifetime.

Aside from being central to these celebrations of love, jewelry plays a variety of roles.  It defines social status, it works as a talisman and amulet and embodies powerful magic.  Time invests these tokens with a deeper meaning and they come to represent the relationship itself.  As the relationship grows and changes over years these mementos connect recipients to celebrations.

Jewelry has captured the imagination of famous authors throughout history from William Shakespeare to Arthur Conan Doyle.  And what child hasn’t dreamed of pirate treasure?  And yet even with all of the fascination for jewelry, many encounter great difficulty selecting a gift. [Read more...]