The Story of The Three Graces
Based near Austin, Texas and with an office in Houston, The Three Graces specializes in providing its clients online access to rare antique jewelry, fine period and estate jewelry and modern jewelry. In its tenth year of business established in 2002, our focus is on showcasing only fine antique, period jewelry (no reproductions) and modern jewelry clearly labeled as such. We have been so successful online that we have opted to focus our efforts only online with no physical retail shop.
Now in our eleventh year in business online, we are one of the premier retailers of antique, estate and modern jewelry on the web. Our customers tell us again and again that we have the most beautiful antique jewelry website there is as well as having the most distinctive and gorgeous collections of jewelry!
Contributed jewelry photographs and information to the highly respected author Reneé Newman's new book, Gold, Platinum, Palladium, Silver & Other Jewelry Metals.
Featured in the 2012 September Issue of Vogue Magazine and other print and online publications, we are known the world over.
We are a member in good standing with The Better Business Bureau.
We maintain another online presence on www.rubylane.com, an antique and estate jewelry and collectibles marketplace. Since 2002 we are a gold member in good standing. Rubylane carefully monitors all shops with a feedback system and will close any shop for not living up to their stringent standards.
In the Press! About.com, one of the web's premier information sites, has quoted and consulted with our owner on an article on identifying black antique jewelry and materials. See two of our pieces featured! Read about all our press coverage here!
Now in print, jewelry of The Three Graces is featured on the cover and throughout the 2009 edition of the book, "Answers to Questions About Old Jewelry" 7th Edition, by C. Jeanenne Bell. With over 30 photographs of jewelry from The Three Graces, the book is an excellent reference on Antique & Vintage jewelry.
The New York Times online T Magazine featured our jewelry photos in July of 2009. The article entitled Exquisite Paste | Who Needs Diamonds? is by Wendy Ilene Friedman.
One of our 18th century jewels now resides in the Newark Museum, the acquisition completed as of mid year 2008!
About the Owner
The owner, Lisa M. Stockhammer-Mial, is a recognized authority on antique jewelry, in particular Victorian and Georgian jewelry as well as the Art Deco and Edwardian periods. She is a frequent and current lecturer at "The Antique Jewelry & Art Conference" held each year in New York and is a member of the American Society of Jewelry Historians. She has also lectured on spotting reproduction jewelry, antique diamond cuts and the history of diamond and gemstone settings for the renown GIA (Gemological Institute of America) in October of 2011. Gemology is an area for constant reaserach and The Three Graces maintains a full gemological laboratory on site.
About the Collections
Each and every piece on our website is hand picked one by one. We do not purchase lots or large estates so only the finest in antique, vintage and estate jewelry is represented here. Our owner travels the world over to hand select and vet each and every choice. Only then our exacting standards can then be met for aesthetics and beauty, condition, workmanship and quality and authenticity.
The Three Graces - Our Inspiration
Our name is inspired by a seventeenth century enamel slide bracelet painted with a stunning image presumed to be the Three Graces. Our logo and its imagery are based upon that bracelet’s poetic scene.
In Greek mythology, the Three Graces are the personification of joy, charm and beauty in human life and, indeed in all of nature. Some versions portray them as the daughters of Zeus; in some interpretations their attributes are beauty, gentleness and friendship. They are said to love all things beautiful and to bestow talent upon mortals. Together with the Muses, they serve as the source of inspiration in poetry and the arts. The Three Graces serve as our inspiration to bring to you all things exceptional.