Archive | September, 2010

Story of a gem; Discovery, disappointment and the joy of learning

Dear Reader,I live to find things, and frequently my hunches are proven correct, many times there is no way to fully prove a piece, and then sometimes I am just wrong. This story is a case of being wrong on my initial hopes, but surprisingly, I am very happy as I have learned a great deal and still own yet another precious piece of history. The story starts with a visit to a friend on 47th St. in NYC, in the jewelry district. My friend is a dealer in antique jewelry and frequently he has pieces with engraved gems. This day he showed me a beautiful engraved imperial Roman portrait in chalcedony, set in a Georgian gold ring. The assumption he made was that the gem was also 18th Century, but when I looked at it I thought it might be ancient, and bought it. (see below) Intaglio of a Roman Emperor, carved in blue chalcedony, set in a gold ring.The gem measures 2.25 cm long. The gem seen in transmitted light from the back. […]

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