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Antique Seed Pearl Jewellery

You may wonder what is different about this type of pearl. Seed pearls are natural pearls that weigh less than a quarter of a grain. The name seed pearls was acquired for no other reason than their remarkable size — less than 2 millimeters in diameter. They are not called seed pearls because of any unique culturing process or anything unusual about their formation within the oyster. They are entirely natural.

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Pearls for 30th Anniversary Gifts, Elizabeth Taylor & Le Peregrina

Probably the most famous pearl is the world is Le Peregrina. The 500-year-old pearl is pear shaped. Its previous owners included the King of Spain, Napoleon Bonaparte and Elizabeth Taylor. Richard Burton bought Le Peregrina in 1969 as a Valentine’s Day gift for Elizabeth Taylor. He bid $37,000 at auction in which the Spanish royal family were also bidding.

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Gueldy was established in 1905 by Messrs. Lelaurin & Sergent. It was situated at 370 rue du Faubourg-Saint-Honore in Paris. Monsieur Sergent was also the founder of another concern which manufactured affordable perfumes and cosmetics. This brand was known as Sergy. The business was very successful & the Gueldy brand was highly regarded. In 1925 Gueldy attained the highest accolade possible, winning the gold medal at the 1925 Paris Exhibition. Naturally this fabulous scent and its associated products were sought-after all over the world. 

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Historical Information About The Pygmalion Brand

Research carried out by powder compact specialist Juliette Edwards reveals that the Pygmalion name was owned by British company S. D. Rand Ltd., which was based in London. The name was registered 'for cosmetic boxes' by Salo David Rand in 1942. S. D. Rand Ltd was incorporated in 1949. Advertisements featuring Pygmalion products appear to cease in the mid 1950s, making it a very short-lived company. Whilst Rand applied for patents covering various well-known Pygmalion compacts, the company's focus was on designing, importing and selling compacts, rather than manufacturing them.                       1950s Pygmalion Globe Loose Powder Compact The 'Globe' is included in a Pygmalion/Rand advertisement of February 1951 which was headlined 'Latest Pygmalion...

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Stratton & Wedgwood - A Short History

                                                                                                                    The collaboration of Laughton & Sons (the owners of Stratton compacts & accessories) & Josiah Wedgwood & Sons Ltd was one that worked so well for commemorative collectibles made especially to mark royal celebrations & also when producing good quality vanities. The company was founded on 1st May by Josiah Wedgwood (12 July 1730—3 January 1795). He was the grandfather of Charles...

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