The French Court setting designs.

James came through the door with a big grin on his face.

“How was your day Mel?”

“Good. I had Jocelyn over for coffee this morning. I told her about our wedding plans for 1789.” Melanie laughed. “How was yours?”

“Great. I got the design settings back from the jeweller for the French Court piece. They look fantastic, we can have a look after dinner and decide which to choose.”


Finishing dinner, James opened a bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon-Merlot from the wine rack. Not surprisingly they had acquired a taste for wines from the Bordeaux region of France over recent weeks.

James turned on the laptop and inserted the chip the jeweller had loaded with the CAD images of the settings.

As they browsed over the 4 designs suggested. One in particular seemed to stand out above the others.

The oblong piece seemed enhanced but not overshadowed by one setting. It was versatile in design so that Melanie could wear it for formal events and if she wished, also for everyday wear.

Click the image above to view the other side of Melanie’s treasured piece from the French Court.

The piece would be nestled in a frame of 24K gold, in keeping with the gold inlay on the mother of pearl. On the upper right hand side and the bottom left, there would be two, 1 point round cut diamonds, set into the edges of the frame. In the formal setting design, there would be a single row of pearls attached to the top corners of the piece. As these could easily be detached, the design also allowed the piece to be worn vertically suspended from a simple gold chain for everyday use.

“How long will it take to set James?” asked Melanie

“A few weeks to a month, I guess. He said he will start on it as soon as we give him our decision and drop the piece off to him. I’ll call into his studio tomorrow lunchtime if you like?”

“I don’t know what I’ll do without it! What if our journey into history is affected?” asked Melanie with a concerned tone.

“I don’t know Mel. I guess we’ll find out.” said James with a frown.

It was.

As quickly as their portal to the past had opened, the door closed without a key.

Transported into history

1 - It was a night to remember forever!

2 - Moving within elite circles.

3 - Melanie was transported to ‘Un jour à Versailles’

4 - James will never believe this!

5 - James called back, but Melanie was away in France!

6 - “Happy anniversary my love - See you tonight”

7 - They woke in each other’s arms

8 - “Would you marry me 230 years ago James?”

The portal and door are closed!

Ching Dynasty Collection

We are the custodians of some of the most exquisite examples of hand carved artistry from 200 years ago, here as just a few for you to look at: