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Necklaces & Chains

Necklaces & Chains

Necklaces & Chains

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But I must explain to you how all this mistaken idea of denouncing pleasure and praising pain was born and I will give you a complete account of the system, and expound the actual teachings of the great explorer of the truth, the master-builder of human happiness. No one rejects, dislikes, or avoids pleasure itself, because it is pleasure, but because those who do not know how to pursue pleasure rationally encounter consequences that are extremely painful. Nor again is there anyone who loves or pursues or desires to obtain pain of itself, because it is pain, but because occasionally circumstances occur in.

But I must explain to you how all this mistaken idea of denouncing pleasure and praising pain was born and I will give you a complete account of the system, and expound the actual teachings of the great explorer of the truth, the master-builder of human happiness. No one rejects, dislikes, or avoids pleasure itself, because it is pleasure, but because those who do not know how to pursue pleasure rationally encounter consequences that are extremely painful. Nor again is there anyone who loves or pursues or desires to obtain pain of itself, because it is pain, but because occasionally circumstances occur in.

1860 - 1900

More than one hundred and fifty years ago Ilya Schlounde set up in business as a jeweller in Vilna (now Vilnius), Lithuania, where he and his Russian wife, Sarah (nee Reich), had two children, Leon, born in 1864, and two years later, Bertha. Leon, a bright determined young man, moved to Moscow where he espoused the radical cause. As an active member of the Social Democratic party he became friendly with both Lenin and Rosa Luxembourg, but these activities, like those of many contemporaries, aroused the suspicion of the authorities and he was briefly detained on a political charge.

To finish his education Leon Schlounde went to Paris where he studied analytical chemistry at the Sorbonne. Here he became an intimate of Marie Curie who sometime afterwards presented him with a highly unusual keepsake of her celebrated experiments of 1902: a lead box containing a minute sample of radium. Sadly it was lost during the Second World War when his daughter’s home in London was destroyed in a bombing raid. While Leon was working on dyes in Alsace he met Juliet, daughter of department store owner Abraham Lipman, a native of Cracow and married her in 1899.

Meanwhile in England the firm of A E Skinner & Co. was founded in 1881 by Alfred Ernest Skinner, who had trained with messrs Catchpole and Williams, the well-known firm of London jewellers. In the late 1890s Alfred Skinner was summonsed to the palace to show jewellery to Queen Victoria and subsequently received his first Royal Appointment to King Edward VII . Excepting King George VI, A E Skinner & Co. continued to hold the Royal Warrant without interruption until it merged with Bentley & Co. in 1998.

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Leon Schlounde at the Sorbonne, front row, far right, circa 1885.

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But I must explain to you how all this mistaken idea of denouncing pleasure and praising pain was born and I will give you a complete account of the system, and expound the actual teachings of the great explorer of the truth, the master-builder of human happiness. No one rejects, dislikes, or avoids pleasure itself, because it is pleasure.

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Bentley & Skinner offer a comprehensive range of valuation services. They are carried out in-house by our team of registered valuers and your pieces are fully covered by our insurance whilst they are with us.

Your jewellery will be assessed and a written valuation certificate issued showing the current market valuation. We charge one percent of the value of an item for insurance valuations and one point fifty percent of the value of an item for probate valuations.

For re-valuations, only one percent of the difference between Bentley & Skinner’s last and our current valuation is charged. The minimum charge for valuing each item on the premises is £100. Outside valuations are available by prior arrangement, subject to additional visiting fee and travelling expenses.
All charges are subject to VAT.

Please click here to read more about the type of insurance valuation most appropriate for your needs.

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Should you choose to make this purchase we would be delighted to send it to you in a Bentley & Skinner handmade leather case packed in a giftwrapped Bentley & Skinner black and gold presentation box. Shortly afterwards we will send you on a complimentary valuation of this item for insurance purposes for your reference and safekeeping.

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