A Talk with Zita Jansen, Goldsmith, The Netherlands

“My way of working is like a rippling stream”.

Zita Jansen (1969) went to the craftsmen school “Vakschool Schoonhoven” by the age of 17. After graduating from goldsmithing she studied at the Academy of Art in Utrecht, training: 3D Design. One year later she got the opportunity to start a jewellery& goldsmith workshop with a friend and enjoyed that for 14 years. Since 3
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“At the Russian Court”, Palace and Protocol in the 19th Century, Hermitage Amsterdam

Exhibition open until 13 January 2010.

Portrait of Tsarina Alexandra Feodorovna, by Nikolai Bodarevski 1907

This spectacular exhibition with impressive pieces of jewellery next to the most beautiful gowns, “daily life” garments, photos, paintings and objects gives an extraordinary impression of the 19th century Russian Court protocol. Which was about “splendour & pageantry”… it was a real joy for my
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European Royal & Aristocracy Jewels

Since my youth it is known to me that the European monarchies have exquisite collections of jewels, but putting them together in this article makes it clear that it’s really dazzling! All those beautiful tiara’s, necklaces, brooches, earrings, rings, regalia etc. made of precious metal and set with sparkling diamonds, sapphires, rubies, emeralds etc. etc. This was by far my most glamorous
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Costume Jewellery, trendy again…

I’m surfing over the net on a daily base, looking for “Jewellery of the World of Today”. So how can I better start my weblog about jewellery in times of economic crisis then with the costume jewellery of The First Lady of the USA! Take a look at, www.mrs-o.org. Where you can view many photos
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Margriet Sopers

Margriet Sopers, FGA

Having a diploma in jewellery, FGA and a propaedeutic of the Academy of Art followed-up by interesting years as a jewellery expert at Sotheby's & Gemeentelijke Krediet Bank, as well as being a member for years of the Society of Jewellery Historians, I am glad to share with you today's world of jewellery.

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