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Jewelry In History

SKIER COLLECTION Thomas Richmond the Elder (British, 1771-1837), attributed. Gold ring with heart-shaped miniature surmounted by gold and diamond crown, ca. 1835.

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This ring was a romantic present from a man to his love. The French word 'pensées' means both pansies, as painted on the bezel of this ring, and 'thoughts'. In this case the pansies stand for 'pensez', meaning 'think'. The flowers and words taken together read 'Pensez à votre ami', 'think of your friend'. The lover hoped that his love would wear the ring and think of him. France, 1818-1838

A THRACIAN GOLD TORQUE AND BRACELET CIRCA 5TH CENTURY B.C. Both fashioned from a stout wire, round in section, forming an open ellipse, the flat terminals with incised geometric ornament, a gold and rock crystal pendant threaded onto the torque, perhaps a modern addition, the sides of the pendant with two rows of beaded wire framing a band of hollow hemispheres, the perforations framed by large granules Torque: 7¼ in. (18.4 cm.) wide

Medieval, around AD 1400 From France or England The Dunstable Swan Jewel is a livery badge of the highest order and quality. To wear such an item was a declaration of allegiance to a noble family or a king. It is made from opaque white enamel fused over gold, a technique known as émail en ronde bosse that developed in Paris in the second half of the fourteenth century. The chain and coronet attached to the swan's neck are also of gold.