• Mesh: The art of the chain

    Mesh: The art of the chain

    Marine chain, forçat chain, tubogaz chain, polonaise chain, do any of these names ring a bell? If you're passionate about jewelry, especially antique jewelry from the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries, or art nouveau, art deco, retro or vintage jewelry, these names will surely ring a bell. In this article, Les Pierres de Julie takes a look at an age-old jewelry tradition, its main...
  • Art Nouveau: Metamorphosis of a Jewel

    Art Nouveau: Metamorphosis of a Jewel

    The Art Nouveau movement emerged in England around 1860, as a direct result of the Arts & Crafts movement which, in the wake of the industrial revolution and the automation of work, advocated as a return to craftsmanship and to the creation of beautiful, utilitarian and aesthetic objects. It was an international movement freely inspired by nature, women, flora, symbolism, the marine world and...
  • Jean Vendome, reviving French jewelry

    Jean Vendome, reviving French jewelry

    Born as Ohan Tuhdarian in Lyon in 1930, Jean Vendome revived the French jewelry of the 1960s-70s. He is renowned for his innovative jewelry, which combines tradition and modernity to create unique, modern and daring designs. He began his jewelry apprenticeship with his uncle at the age of 13. Jean Vendome in his workshop, copyright Jean Vendome Archive   In 1945, he won his...
  • Colored Diamonds : a world of colors

    Colored Diamonds : a world of colors

    A diamond is a gem that pertains to the cubic system, it’s mainly composed of carbon and has a hardness of 10 on the Mohs scale (that’s the highest grade) which means that a diamond can only be scratched by another diamond. For most of you, "diamond" refers to a white or colorless stone. That being said, did you know colored diamonds called "fancy...
  • The mysterious Heidi Horten and her fabulous jewelry collection

    The mysterious Heidi Horten and her fabulous jewelry collection

    Background 700 lots belonging to Heidi Horten, the Austrian billionaire who died in June 2022, will be auctioned off on May the 10th and the 12th in Geneva. Online auctions will take place from May the 3rd to May the 15th and another sale will be held in November. Although the Duchess of Windsor's collection in 1987 fetched $59 million and Elizabeth Taylor's legendary...
  • Charles III and the British crowns

    Charles III and the British crowns

    Secrets and history of the Tower of London Jewels   Charles the IIIrd will be the oldest monarch to be crowned this Saturday, May 6, 2023 at noon (French time). He inherited this role on September the 8th, 2022, the day Queen Elizabeth the IInd, his mother, died. She had been crowned on June the 2nd, 1953. It's been 70 years since British people...
  • Kutchinsky, the jeweler who wanted to challenge Fabergé

    Kutchinsky, the jeweler who wanted to challenge Fabergé

    Kutchinsky is a house of jewelers who have marked England in the mid-twentieth century. Originally from Poland, the Kutchinsky’s family arrived in London in 1893. They had already gained experience in the service of the court of Louis of Bavaria. They opened their first jewelry workshop in the East End that same year. In 1930, the Kutchinsky company evolved with the arrival of the...
  • How to take care of your jewelry?

    How to take care of your jewelry?

    The jewels you can find in our showcases are mostly made of 18-carat gold and gemstones. Some, especially the oldest ones, may be made of platinum and others of silver and gold. Each material has its specificities, some oxidize, others have a patina. To preserve and maintain the brilliance of your jewelry, Pierres de Julie offers you a small maintenance guide.   Facts to...
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