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.


Nancy Blount

Nancy Blount

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.