Antique shopping is one of my favorite activities, especially when visiting Europe. The last time I was in France, I hopped from puce to brocante all the way from Paris to Provence. Nearly everything I encountered, from sofas to soap dishes, was influenced by the historically opulent French design aesthetic. This made browsing endless collections of eighteenth and nineteenth-century bric-a-brac…

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It really is true what they say about Paris in the spring, it’s unbelievably picturesque. Flowers are in bloom, fluffy clouds are overhead, and a sprinkling of rain feels refreshing between warm days. During my week long stay I lived like a local, took over 4,000 photos and made some incredible discoveries. I truly enjoyed every moment I spent in the…

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Citrine’s warm golden hue is the embodiment of sunshine. It’s richness is intoxicating and I can’t resist it. Luckily 18th and 19th century jewelers were also attracted to the stone. I’ve been fortunate to add a number of antique citrine pieces to my collection and they are some of my favorites. Like all gemstones, citrine is said to have properties that…

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