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  • Total Auction Sales for Jewelry, 2017

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    2017 was quite a successful year for the big auction houses. Both Sotheby’s and Christie’s focused aggressively on fine jewelry sales…and the year-end numbers highlight how the dedicated work paid off.

    According to Forbes:

    The two auction houses combined for more than $1.1 billion in sales, with Christie’s achieving $556.7 million and Sotheby’s $551.3 million.

    Both auction houses expanded its jewelry offerings with an increased eCommerce presence and with special sales held throughout the year.

    And while Sotheby’s fell behind Christie’s in total jewelry auction sales, it did spearhead the sale of the world auction record for any gem or jewel: the CTF Pink Star. 

    The CTF Pink Star is a 59.60-carat internally flawless fancy vivid pink diamond which sold for more than $71.1 million ($1.19 million per carat) at Sotheby’s Hong Kong on April 4, 2017.

    Let’s see what surprises lie ahead for 2018!

  • A quick history of Cyber Monday

    Just when you thought Black Friday was the biggest pill you had to swallow when it comes to holiday shopping, out pops Cyber Monday to add to your consumer stress.

    The nice part? The second one is only online, from the comfort of your own home. Stay in your robe! Drink your coffee. Experience the freedom of elbows NOT in your face.

    So where did Cyber Monday come from?

    The term “Cyber Monday” was dreamt up in 2005 by a marketing team at Shop.org, a division of the National Retail Federation. The idea was to provide online retailers with a catchy hook to match the brick-and-mortar shopping frenzy fueled by mention of Black Friday savings.  [Source: HowStuffWorks]

    We’d be remiss if we didn’t share with your our sales section, ripe with great Cyber Monday deals. Check out our home page and go to the “sale” tab midpage!

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  • A Word about the Intricate Beauty of Georgian Jewelry

    A truly exquisite and utterly sparkling mid-nineteenth century jewel. The graceful undulating design is packed with three concentric rows of bright-white old mine-cut, and a few scattered rose-cut, diamonds glittering around a central antique cushion-cut diamond, all of which are set in silver supported by a yellow gold ring shank. A Georgian/early-Victorian delicacy, not for everyday wear. 1.85 carats total diamond weight. The top measures 3/4 inches across, ring size 4 3/4 (no re-sizing).

    From Lang Antiques. An exquisite mid-nineteenth century jewel. The graceful undulating design is packed with three concentric rows of bright-white old mine-cut, and a few scattered rose-cut, diamonds glittering around a central antique cushion-cut diamond, all of which are set in silver supported by a yellow gold ring shank. A Georgian/early-Victorian delicacy, not for everyday wear.

     

    The history of jewelry never ceases to amaze. Why? Because every time period had its share of beauty and majesty.

    The Georgian period is no exception.

    The Georgian period encompasses the reigns of 5 English kings (four were named George, hence the Georgian period). Georgian art refers to the English art and culture created during this time.

    And though this period refers to England obviously, jewelry design displayed influences from historical events in France, Germany and Italy as well.

    Characteristics of Georgian jewelry include, most notably, intricate metal work. Metals frequently used during the period include: silver for gemstone settings, 18k or higher yellow gold, iron, steel and pinchbeck (83% copper and 17% zinc).

    Locating jewelry from this period is very difficult. Georgian jewelers often melted down what was considered “out of date” pieces to make trendier pieces.

    You also won’t find authentic Georgian jewelry with stamps since these marks weren’t enforced until the 1900’s.

     

  • Understanding the intricacies of hand engraved jewelry

    Few of us truly understand the attention and skill required to become excellent in the craft of hand engraving. It’s an arena that requires the utmost in specialist knowledge, like understanding metals on an intimate level as well as learning to master precision tools. (And that’s on top of a solid base of calligraphic and artistic skills!)

    And it’s an old craft. Hand-engraving has been around as long as jewelry itself. Historically, it’s been used in myriad of applications; from royal seals to hunting arms, bank notes and coins…and of course, jewelry.

    When it comes to hand engraved jewelry, we all intrinsically understand the end result. A simple ring with engraved details–even initials or dates–can provide personality and sentiment that bring the piece of jewelry to an entirely different level.

    If you’re interested in a hand-engraved piece of jewelry, we’re happy to provide our exemplary skills to your personal heirloom!

     

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  • Easter Basket Jewelry – Past and Present

    Every holidays has its fair share of jewelry (though nothing quite beats Christmas when it comes to blingy kitch). We personally love Spring and the related jewelry it brings.

    With Easter this weekend, we wanted to highlight some of our personal favorite Easter basket jewelry (in case you missed our bunny-inspired jewelry yesterday!).

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    Fabergé Flower Pot Basket Brooch

     

    A Beautiful Emerald, Lapis Lazuli, Rock Crystal and Diamond "Flower Basket" Brooch

    A Beautiful Emerald, Lapis Lazuli, Rock Crystal and Diamond “Flower Basket” Brooch

    An enamel, diamond and gem-set brooch designed as a basket of polychrome enamel flowers, highlighted by calibré-cut, buff-top onyx and rubies, accentuated throughout by old European, old mine, and baguette-cut diamonds; mounted in platinum and eighteen karat gold.

    An enamel, diamond and gem-set brooch designed as a basket of polychrome enamel flowers, highlighted by calibré-cut, buff-top onyx and rubies, accentuated throughout by old European, old mine, and baguette-cut diamonds; mounted in platinum and eighteen karat gold.

     

    Mazer Fruit Salad Basket of Flowers Brooch.

    Mazer Fruit Salad Basket of Flowers Brooch.

  • Incomparably Beautiful Ancient Greek Jewelry

    As third generation jewelers, we understand firsthand the powerful history of jewelry. While we’ve been designing custom jewelry for a 100 years, obviously jewelry has been created for a little bit longer than that (like thousands of years!).

    Take ancient Greek jewelry. According to Thaleia Elikonias:

    Jewelry played a large role in ancient Greece. Pieces of jewelry were given at births or marriages and often accompanied their owners into the afterlife, as well (many early jewelry pieces have been discovered in the excavation of graves). Jewelry was used in early Greek religion as amulets, or as offerings to the gods–a practice continued into Christianity with votive offerings.

    Prepare to be amazed at the beauty and intricacy of these fine ancient pieces in the video below:

  • The Proper Jewelry with an Evening Gown or Cocktail Dress

    It’s critical that you get your jewelry choice right when dressing for an upscale event. (It is all about the outfit, after all.) One misplaced of jewelry can set your entire out outfit out of balance. Conversely, one correctly placed statement necklace can add an extra layer to an already magnificent look.

    According to the video:

    “Proper jewelry to wear with an evening dress or cocktail dress includes something that is simple with no embellishment.”

    Take a listen to designer and fashion expert Don O’Neill, known for his elegant and sophisticated eveningwear.

100 Years in Jewells Business

Today, Joseph Schubach builds upon his family's experience and continues the tradition with Joseph Schubach Jewelers, offering both intimate jewelry brokering in his Scottsdale, Arizona showroom and full-service online sales to clients from around the world, where he has maintained that personal customer connection in the virtual world.

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