Articles

David and Daniela present informative and in-depth commentaries on a wide range of topics from the jewellery and gemstone world, past and present.

Some of our articles are reserved for subscribers to the online Understanding Jewellery. To find out how to take out a subscription to the enhanced digital version of David and Daniela's reference work visit our Explore pages here

Recent

A rare emerald and diamond tiara

An impressive Garland Style pearl and diamond devant de corsage

A pair of Royal bracelets

18th century elegance revisited

A delightful Art Nouveau collier de chien

A pastiche of archaeological influences

A quintessential Imperial jewel

Survivors from the 18th century

The pivotal Paris Colonial Exhibition of 1931 and its role in jewellery design

The timeless allure of East meets West

Subscription*
An intriguing tiara

Subscription*
Diamonds from the collection of the ‘Queen of Kept Women’

A magical diamond

Subscription*
A sensational and unusual necklace of hardstone cameos

Subscription*
An impressive sapphire and diamond brooch/pendant, circa 1910

Subscription*
A glamorous transformation

Subscription*
A passion for aquamarines

Subscription*
The unique style of Daisy Fellowes

Subscription*
Byzantium revisted

Subscription*
A much travelled Imperial tiara

Subscription*
Diamonds from Royal mistresses | The Fitzherbert jewels

Subscription*
A Belle Époque tour de force

Subscription*
Now featuring in the online Understanding Jewellery: An unusual and distinctive colour combination

Subscription*
The Remarkable Roxburghe Rubies

Subscription*
Recently published in the online Understanding Jewellery : An Art Nouveau masterpiece

Retro jewels – created for the challenging 1940s and inspired by Art Deco designs

Subscription*
New to the online Understanding Jewellery : Parisian innovation – Raymond Templier’s white gold and diamond bangle

Sold – Fannière Frères’ inspirational history lesson

Brave New World: developments in design from the Post War era to the 1970s

Subscription*
Now added to the online Understanding Jewellery : An Archaeological Revival tour de force

Sold – A reminder of the splendour of the Golden Age

The Arts & Crafts Movement: exponents, ethos and evolution

The enduring appeal of the tiara | Part IV – Into the 20th century: the Garland Style, bandeaux and the return to vintage designs

Cartier’s role in the expression of the Indian influence

Empress Joséphine’s enigmatic sapphires

The enduring appeal of the tiara | Part III – The influences of Romaticism, naturalism and Imperial Russia

Art Deco’s fascination with Ancient Egypt

The enduring appeal of the tiara | Part II – Developments in design to the Napoleonic period

The enduring appeal of the tiara | Part I – Early sightings: from Mesopotamia to Republican Rome

David explores the cult of the 100 carat diamond

David and Daniela’s guide to collecting antique jewellery

Daniela describes a special Christmas tradition

David recalls the remarkable Sunrise Ruby

The journey from Art Moderne to Art Deco

Daniela shares her passion for antique and vintage jewels

David discusses the legendary Beau Sancy diamond

Subscribe Today

Gain access to the Understanding Jewellery content with an annual subscription.