ALVR in the News: Celebrating Royal Faberge Exhibition Preview



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ALVR’s Ear Candy in the News


Our special exhibition Ear Candy: 250 Years of Style has been making the headlines. See the latest coverage below:

Town & Country article by Contributing Jewelry & Watches Editor Jill Newman.
Town & Country article screenshot about ALVR's Ear Candy exhibition

JCK Magazine article by Amy Elliott

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Jewelry Connoisseur by Rapoport article by Sonia Esther Soltani

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The Adventurine article by Marion Fasel

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Forbes article by Beth Bernstein

The Adventurine Interviews ALVR’s Peter Schaffer


“While I know it is easy to get swept up in the negativity and fear, I also know that this too shall pass. I come from a longline of optimists who have lived through some of the most difficult times in history,” says ALVR’s Peter Schaffer, recently interviewed about our history, present, and future. Read more on The Adventurine.

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ALVR at Maastricht/TEFAF reported by Blouin Art Info


New-York based art and antique gallery A La Vieille Russie (ALVR) is preparing to exhibit a cross-section of its inventory at the world-renowned European Fine Art Fair (TEFAF) in the Netherlands.

Among the works to be shown will be is a selection of unique pieces by Fabergé including a 19th century presentation charger, a range of jewelry created for the Romanov family, and a collection of miniature hardstone carvings of animals and insects crafted from semi-precious stones.

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Art Deco Henri Picq Onyx and Diamond Earrings


Art Deco onyx and diamond pendant earrings, designed with a cabochon onyx post suspending a row of eight brilliant cut diamonds, terminating in an onyx ring with a brilliant cut diamond dangling in the center.

Henri Picq founded his workshop in the late 19th century. In 1900 he began producing fine platinum jewelry for Cartier, becoming one of their top suppliers into the 1930s and 1940s. He was a master of Art Deco, which these earrings demonstrate.

By Henri Picq, Paris, ca. 1929. With original invoice.
Length: 2 in.

side view, Art Deco Henri Picq Onyx and Diamond Earrings

Victorian Alexandrite and Diamond Ring


Victorian three stone ring set with an oval alexandrite and two old European cut diamonds, set in a carved gold mount.

Alexandrite is a rare, color-changing form of chrysoberyl. Depending on the light source, the stone changes color, ranging from green to red. Discovered in the emerald mines of Russia’s Ural Mountains in 1830, the stone was named after the young Alexander II, as it was discovered on the future czar’s twelfth birthday. The stone’s colors coincidentally matched the colors of the Russian Imperial Guard, and so it became the national stone of Imperial Russia. Natural alexandrite is quite rare. Primarily found in Russia, deposits were also later found in Sri Lanka and Brazil.

English, ca. 1890.


red color, Victorian Alexandrite and Diamond Ringside view, Victorian Alexandrite and Diamond Ringback view, Victorian Alexandrite and Diamond Ringmount detail, Victorian Alexandrite and Diamond Ring

Summer Style Selections


We’ve put together a selection of jewels to complement summer ensembles: sun-kissed gold, gemstones in shades of blue, yellow, and green, with bejeweled flowers, fish, and other critters.

Victorian Coach Cover Earrings


Victorian European cut diamond drop earrings with gold and black enamel spherical “coach covers.” Also known as “opera covers,” the covers concealed the valuable diamonds while traveling, such as a night out at the opera.

Retailed by the London firm Hunt & Roskell, formerly Storr & Mortimer, with original box.
Circa 1880.


The firm Hunt & Roskell dates back to the early 19th century, when Paul Storr established his firm Storr & Co. in 1819. Within a few years he partnered first with John Mortimer, followed soon after by John Samuel Hunt. When Storr retired in 1838, the firm was renamed Mortimer & Hunt. Upon Mortimer’s retirement in 1843, the firm became Hunt & Roskell. At this time the firm comprised John Samuel Hunt and his son John Hunt, Robert Roskell Jn. (son of the Liverpool watchmaker Robert Roskell), and Charles Frederick Hancock. The firm increasingly gained recognition over the years, making jewelry for Queen Victoria and exhibiting in the 1851 London Great Exhibition and many others, including New York in 1851 and Paris in 1867.

diamond drop earrings that go with the Victorian gold and enamel coach coversbox view, Victorian Coach Cover Earrings

ALVR Interview in Jewelry Connoisseur by Rapaport


Jewelry Connoisseur by Rapaport interviewed A La Vieille Russie’s Mark Schaffer about the enduring popularity of floral jewelry.

Screenshot of online Jewelry Connoisseur article interviewing Mark Schaffer

Vintage 1960s Gucci Gold and Coral Chain Necklace


18k gold chain necklace set with carved red coral panels.

Gucci, ca. 1960.
Length: 32 1/ 2 in.


This item is available for purchase in the ALVR shop.

other view, 1960s Gold and Coral Chain Necklace by Guccidetail view, 1960s Gold and Coral Chain Necklace by Gucci

Antique 18k Box Link Gold Chain Necklace


18k gold chain necklace, each link consisting of two engraved circular elements forming a box link.

English, ca, 1900.
Length: 36 ½ in.


This item is available for purchase in the ALVR shop.

detail view, Antique 18k Box Link Gold Chain Necklaceclasp detail, Antique 18k Box Link Gold Chain Necklace