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Maria Cristina De Bourbon, Queen of Spain by Vincente Lopez Portana, 1830

The Shopping Post! Who among us does not like to scroll through oodles and oodles of photographs depicting things we cannot? Just as I thought. Last week while surfing the internet, I happened upon a pinrest account from Stonefinder whose pin boards can only be described as “jewel porn.” It covers the gamut of every era and society; the Victorian board has a jaw-dropping 3,852 pins!! Good heavens!!! Most images and descriptions of items are culled directly from Sothbey’s Auction House, but there really is an array of sources present. The vast majority of the ones I am highlighting have already been purchased, but it is fun to dream we could all dip into our bottomless bank vault and purchase a bauble or two.

Curvaceous designed intricate turn of the 20th century ring of 10k yellow gold brings along a bounty from the water’s depths. A trio of clear opals sometimes referred to as water or jelly opals flash with an interplay of blue and green engage in a vivacious dance. The opals are set in a vertical profile with an oval shaped cabochon flanked on top and bottom with a smaller round cabochon. Interspersed in a gold surround six (6) natural seed pearls dot the surface … Date: Circa 1900.

A pair of Victorian amethyst and repousse gold scroll motif earrings, each drop comprising a hexagonal-shaped faceted amethyst to the top, a kite shaped faceted amethyst to the centre with three graduated amethyst drops beneath weighing a total of approximately 25 carats, all rubover-set in ornate yellow gold mount with shepherd hook fittings, gross weight 13.8 grams, circa 1870.

An enamel and diamond bracelet, circa 1880 gross weight approximately: 83.9 grams; mounted in eighteen karat gold; length: 7in.

Victorian Diamond, Silver-Topped Gold Necklace, French The necklace features mine, European and rose-cut diamonds weighing a total of approximately 5.90 carats, set in silver-topped 18k gold, stationed on a sterling silver chain, having French hallmarks.


Antique Cameo and 18K Gold Brooch, circa 1870  Centering an oval shell cameo depicting the allegory of day and night, height 2 3/4 ins, width 2 1/2 ins, with box stamped Shortt, Hill & Duncan Limited, Diamond Marchants, Victoria, B.C.

A late Victorian fob watch and long chain  The fob watch with gilt dial and black Roman numerals, to cylinder escape movement, in elaborately engraved case, stamped ’14k’, the long chain of fancy knot links, to swivel clasp, watch case diameter 3.5cm, chain length 140cm.

An antique diamond, eighteen karat gold and horn hair comb, circa 1890  the four-prong comb surmounted by a delicate openwork arch of old European-cut diamonds; estimated total diamond weight: 4.00 carats; length: 3 3/4in.S