The human obsession with things that sparkle and gleam speaks to a deep awe of the beauty that the earth can produce. Each of the remarkable pieces of jewelry presented by the Leland Little Auctions Jewelry Department - a monumental ring with the rarest of sapphires from Kashmir, the impeccable craftsmanship of a Rolex or Breitling, or a piece by one of the world’s most sought-after jewelers like Cartier or David Webb - demonstrates the partnership of sheer human ingenuity with eons of the geologic process.
Jewelry & Textiles Director
A lifelong history and literature enthusiast, Nancy Blount was drawn to jewelry and textiles because of how she could see those topics represented in material culture. Nancy grew up doing needlework with her mother, and then as a literacy tutor discovered that historically, needlework samplers had been young girls’ earliest literacy tools. Similarly, Nancy has always loved jewelry that tells a story, whether it be pieces worn for good luck, or inspired by the European Grand Tour, or with the exoticism of Egyptian Revival. A hands-on expert herself, Nancy appreciates the nuanced evidence of the maker that are always present in handmade pieces, both in textiles and jewelry.
These days heroes wear scrubs, face shields, masks, id badges, and, in the case of teachers soldiering on with remote school, perhaps the odd pair of pajama pants. We're not judging.
'80s style is having a serious second moment in the sun - we love it when the kids finally realize how cool we were back in the day.
Goldsmith Ilias LaLaounis's legacy is built on one defining principle: that every piece of jewelry tells a story.
So much art of all kinds has been inspired by the beauty of the female form. With the abundance of fine jewelry and fine art in The Signature Fall Auction at our disposal, we give the artists' muses the decoration they deserve.
The cocktail ring, in all its opulent glory, has been one of the signature designs of the Buccellati jewelry house ever since Mario Buccellati was making them to adorn the hands of Milan's most fashionable women after the First World War.
In 2004, astronomers at Harvard discovered that the white dwarf star previously known only as V886 Centauri or BPM 37093 was actually a diamond. A really, really big diamond. The biggest in the universe, perhaps.