Last year more than 35,000 people attended the Masterpiece London Fair, now in its sixth year, and somewhere in the region of £100 million worth of “art, antiques, design and jewellery were sold.” I was so excited about this year because there promised to be “museum-quality works with superb provenance from over 150 leading galleries worldwide.”

So off we went to the majestic Royal Hospital Chelsea, home to the Chelsea Pensioners or Men in Scarlet, who can be seen in their colourful jackets making their way down the Royal Hospital Road. This place, with its Christopher Wren architecture, has always been a fascination to me. Commissioned by King Charles II as a place of refuge for soldiers and sailors ‘broken by age or war’, it took 10 years to build and sits on 66 acres of land, tucked in the heart of Chelsea.

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Chopard 18 carat white gold bangle watch with a diamond bezel and black opal dial, retiled by Canadian jeweller Birks, circa 1970.

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A rare find and iconic of the 1970s, the Piaget cuff-watch with 18 carat textured gold and a mottled jade nephrite face: £43,000.
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Fashioned in the same style as Piaget, a beautiful 18 carat gold EBEL watch with lapis lazuli face: £29,000.

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BUECHE-GIROD watch set in a beautiful 18 carat yellow gold bracelet with intricate link and tiger’s eye face, circa 1970: Under £16,000.

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I am extremely happy to announce that my new jewelry book – GEMOLOGUE: Street Jewellery Styles & Styling Tips – is now on Amazon. I’m so excited. It’s the first book of its kind solely dedicated to jewellery. 

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Jewellery blogger, writer Liza Urla, the founder of GEMOLOGUE, is a London-based and NYC-educated gemologist, who has travelled to and lived in many countries. She is now one of the most influential digital jewellery tastemakers. Her jewellery influence has been acknowledged by Financial Times, Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar.

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