a chip of cleopatras needle

A Chip of Cleopatra’s Needle

A pair of granite dress studs in February’s Fine Jewellery auction carry a story that spans more than three millennia. Engraved to the reverse of their surround with ‘A Chip…

major nichols bicycles

Major Nichols Bicycles

Major Nichols Major Nichols was born in his father’s bicycle shop on the 17th September 1914 in West Bromwich so it is no surprise that he became a popular name…

vera montalban

Vera Montalban

Vera Montalban  Born in Malaga, Spain in 1948 he developed a love of colour and from the age of five, he began to display his artistic talent initially painting in…

jane derings miniature by nicholas dixon

Jane Dering’s Miniature by Nicholas Dixon

Jane Dering Jane Dering, was the daughter of Sir Edward Dering and Mary Harvey. The 2nd Baronet of Surrenden, Kent was one of King Charles II’s commissioners to the Treasury….

bernard instone

Bernard Instone

Bernard Instone (1891-1987) is one of the jewels of Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter. Born and educated in Birmingham, Instone became a renowned designer of contemporary jewellery in the 1920s and a…

lea stein the queen of colour

Léa Stein: The Queen of Colour

Léa Stein was an artist and accessories maker who revolutionised the world of plastic jewellery. Her compressed plastic brooches depicting brightly coloured animals and faces are instantly recognisable. As a…

wwii luftwaffe watch discovered after 75 years

WWII Luftwaffe Watch Discovered After 75 years

A couple of months ago, a family in Coventry were sorting through their late father’s possessions. They came across a drawer with assorted items in it including a medal, a…

talk to me about self winding watches

Talk to me about self-winding watches…

Kes Crockett | Watch Department One of the great things about the watch world is its variety. There’s something for everyone. Tiny watches on leather straps, watches that live in…

bangles worn at cannes up for auction this week

Bangles Worn at Cannes Up for Auction This Week

Three separate cuff bangles commissioned for the 2013 Cannes Film Festival are going under the hammer in Birmingham this week. An Eddie Borgo cuff bangle, worn by model Izabel Goulart,…

spitfire pilots caterpillar club brooch up for auction

Spitfire Pilot’s Caterpillar Club Brooch Up for Auction

A Spitfire pilot’s Caterpillar Club brooch is going under the hammer in our upcoming jewellery auction. The 9ct gold red enamel brooch – awarded to Sgt. W. H. T. Farmer…