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So far Nell Schofield has created 16 blog entries.

“A little gem of a book” – Cate Blanchett

Jewels on Queen takes its name from a beautiful little book written by Anne Schofield, Australia's best-known antique jewellery expert. In the book, Anne unlocks the cabinets in her exclusive Sydney shop in Queen Street, Woollahra and reveals the favourite pieces of jewellery she has bought, sold and collected over 50 years. World-famous designers, flamboyant aristocrats and eccentric collectors all make an appearance in this very personal book as Anne shares the fascinating stories behind a stunning array of jewellery. Purchase

2019-08-19T10:43:40+10:00

Outback Opals

Greetings from Lightning Ridge where I'm getting my hands dirty sourcing gems for a colourful show of  jewels made from our national gemstone. This is the second time I've been to the annual Opal Festival which sees the remote NSW town swarm with stallholders selling their magical wares all along the dusty streets. Miners and jewellers rub shoulders as they pour over sparkling specimens from this and other outback opal fields. There's also an Opal Queen Ball where a bejewelled monarch is crowned for the year and the International Opal Jewellery Design Award which draws entrants from all around the world. We'll have more on opals soon. But [...]

2019-08-13T16:32:34+10:00

Lorrie Graham blog

On Saturday afternoon I spent a delightful couple of hours at Jewels On Queen learning the connection between gemstones and zodiac signs. This soriee will be on for another four days (see dates below). The salon takes a limited number, five in all, so book early. My session was shared with the fabulous Linda Jackson and her gorgeous friend Milena Quansa, both wore indigo, their bond and friendship obvious even in their readings. You will leave with a mantra….mine; "Through meeting my desires with courage I uncover my most authentic self”  now lives permanently on the fridge! Read more at LorrieGrahamBlog.com [...]

2019-08-13T16:35:14+10:00

Nell talks with Claudia Chan Shaw

Tune in to Arts Friday on Eastside Radio (2RES FM) this morning (10:30am - noon) when Claudia will be chatting with the fab actor/presenter/film maker Nell Schofield about her latest stylish venture Jewels on Queen. Listen on line eastsidefm.org

2019-08-13T16:40:48+10:00

Zodiac Gem Groups

Victorian amethyst ear pendants in baroque 18ct. gold setting (circa 1860) $7,500 Jeweller and astrologer Sheridan Kennedy Phd. has been exploring the connection between gemstones and zodiac signs since 1997. And tomorrow she starts her in-store series of workshops focusing on the “Goddess planet” Venus. “For me, gemstones and astrology combine perfectly to support us in the fine art of being ourselves.”, ​says Kennedy. ​“In these workshops we will look at the position of Venus at the time of each of our births to determine which gemstone enhances our Venusian self”​. Astrologically speaking, the goddess Venus invites us to recognise the [...]

2019-08-13T16:36:50+10:00

Goddess Gems

Happy Winter Solstice! From here on in the days get longer and we're planning some special events to help ease you out of hibernation with the magic of jewels. We understand the role that jewellery plays in energising people. The Ancients knew this too -  Sumerians in Mesopotamia wore jewelry embedded with specific gems to enhance various energetic qualities, as did the Egyptians and many Asian tribes. That's why we're excited to welcome Sheridan Kennedy Ph. D  to our shop. Sheridan (pictured above) is a jeweller and alchemist whose work supports people through the power of gemstones so that they can have more pleasure, [...]

2019-08-13T14:03:40+10:00

Dorothy Judge

Dorothy Judge was an Australian jeweller who trained in the Arts and Crafts style and we have an adorable collection of her work on show at Jewels on Queen. Dorothy, seen here at her workbench in her studio in Mosman Sydney, worked in silver with semi precious stones and her work is beautifully delicate and rare. The Arts and Crafts movement, begun by William Morris in Britain in the mid-1800s, set out to create items both ‘beautiful and useful’. Dorothy's aunt, London-born jeweller Rhoda Wager, came under its  spell while working as an apprentice to a firm employed by Liberty & [...]

2019-08-13T13:40:18+10:00

Jacqueline Lillie

We are thrilled to welcome Viennese jeweller Jacqueline Lillie back to our sun- soaked shores for a show running from May 30 – June 8. Jacqueline is an artist of outstanding talent and has influenced generations of young artists with her refined and articulate work. “Jewellery is both a reflection of our character and an expression of the period in which we live.” Jacqueline's work is highly sought after by museums and galleries and resonates deeply with collectors of contemporary jewels. Each hand-crafted piece has to meet certain aesthetic requirements and stand up to the rigours of our modern working [...]

2019-08-13T13:18:33+10:00

Talking Tiny

Can you imagine threading 100,000 tiny glass beads onto silk thread and individually knotting each one into a complex pattern to form a malleable piece of contemporary jewellery? Jacqueline Lillie has been practicing this meditative craft since the sixties and her intricate work remains as modern and desirable as ever. Jacqueline has flown from her home in Vienna to Sydney and will give a talk about her microscopic bead work this Thursday. We hope you can join us for this intimate gathering. Talking Tiny by Jacqueline Lillie 6pm, Thursday June 6 40 Queen St. Woollahra Jacqueline's  beaded creations are a wonder [...]

2019-08-13T16:34:33+10:00

Bewitching Bohemian Beads

Internationally renowned Viennese designer-maker Jacqueline Lillie creates stunning jewellery using microscopic antique bohemian glass beads and her unique works are in the collections of some of the world’s major museums. She has exhibited at our mothership Anne Schofield Antiques no less than five times before we are delighted to be hosting her latest show at Jewels on Queen from May 29 – June 8. Jacqueline produces a maximum of forty pieces each year making them rare jewels indeed. A finished piece takes between 100 to 200 hours to complete and contains anything from 2,000 to 10,000 beads. Her distinctive work can be found [...]

2019-08-13T13:46:38+10:00