Seller Story: Joseph Holland, Dallas, TX


“During the early 60s in New York, Pop artist, Peter Max helped establish my presence in the antique world. ‘The Golden Age of Antique Shows,’ the period between 1960 and 1980, was a time when I could prominently display my collection of antique furniture, and also my eclectic mix of jewelry. It was not long before my passion and discernment for distinctive and excellent jewelry designs garnered a loyal clientele that was equally — if not more–dazzling.

Prior to designing jewelry, restored historic homes in Memphis. Starting out with just two homes from the Memphis Housing Authority, I was given five years to complete structural and external renovation, but also restore and plan the reuse of the homes as part of an Urban Renewal Act. By the time I was finished, I had saved 23 homes, and one of them housed my own antique shop on the ground floor, ‘Finishing Touch.’ I traveled the world collecting antiques and pieces to fill my shop and the home while dabbling in jewelry making as a side hobby. My metalwork experimentation occupied lulls between antique shows and events during my interior design career — my early workshop was a friend’s dental lab. Casting gold dental crowns was not entirely dissimilar to making jewelry, and in hindsight foreshadowed a sting that I did in India (which soon expanded to Burma and Thailand) where I honed a particular niche–designing fantastical and exotic reinterpretations of royal tiaras from the past.–Joseph Holland, jewelry designer

Seller Story: Joseph Holland, Dallas, TX
Seller Story: Joseph Holland, Dallas, TX
Garnet,Freshwater Cultured Pearl and Silver Crucifix

Garnet,Freshwater Cultured Pearl and Silver Crucifix

Final Bid:
$175
Vintage Garnet Chandelier Earrings Mounted in Vermeil

Vintage Garnet Chandelier Earrings Mounted in Vermeil

Final Bid:
$155
Vintage Multi-Stone, Enamel and Sterling Silver Snake Arm Cuff

Vintage Multi-Stone, Enamel and Sterling Silver Snake Arm Cuff

Final Bid:
$576
One of a Kind Joseph Holland Multi Stone  Sterling Silver and Vermeil Ring

One of a Kind Joseph Holland Multi Stone Sterling Silver and Vermeil Ring

Final Bid:
$590
Vintage Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald and Vermeil Brooch

Vintage Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald and Vermeil Brooch

Final Bid:
$435
Vintage Jadeite Pendant Mounted in Gold Plated Sterling

Vintage Jadeite Pendant Mounted in Gold Plated Sterling

Final Bid:
$490
Vintage Sterling Silver ,Garnet, Emerald, Citrine and Cubic Zirconia Bracelet

Vintage Sterling Silver ,Garnet, Emerald, Citrine and Cubic Zirconia Bracelet

Final Bid:
$350
Vintage Sterling Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald Choker Fragment

Vintage Sterling Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald Choker Fragment

Final Bid:
$1,727
Vintage Amethyst and Sterling Silver Vermeil Dragonfly Brooch

Vintage Amethyst and Sterling Silver Vermeil Dragonfly Brooch

Final Bid:
$210
Vintage Amethyst Sterling Silver and Base Metal Necklace

Vintage Amethyst Sterling Silver and Base Metal Necklace

Final Bid:
$75
Vintage Amethyst, Ruby,  and Silver Drop  Earrings

Vintage Amethyst, Ruby, and Silver Drop Earrings

Final Bid:
$251
Vintage Quartz and Vermeil Choker

Vintage Quartz and Vermeil Choker

Final Bid:
$130
Vintage Freshwater Cultured Pearl, Amethyst, Topaz, Sterling Silver Bracelet

Vintage Freshwater Cultured Pearl, Amethyst, Topaz, Sterling Silver Bracelet

Final Bid:
$390
Vintage  Sterling Silver, Rose Quartz,  and Moonstone Pendant

Vintage Sterling Silver, Rose Quartz, and Moonstone Pendant

Final Bid:
$140
Dyed Freshwater Cultured Pearl Necklace with a 14K Clasp

Dyed Freshwater Cultured Pearl Necklace with a 14K Clasp

Final Bid:
$80
Vintage Freshwater Cultured Pearl, Colorless Topaz, Sterling Silver Brooch

Vintage Freshwater Cultured Pearl, Colorless Topaz, Sterling Silver Brooch

Final Bid:
$75
Dyed Freshwater Cultured Pearl Necklace with Sterling Silver Clasp

Dyed Freshwater Cultured Pearl Necklace with Sterling Silver Clasp

Final Bid:
$165
Vintage Garnet Freshwater Pearl and Vermeil  Floral Brooch

Vintage Garnet Freshwater Pearl and Vermeil Floral Brooch

Final Bid:
$165
Vintage 14K Gold and Shell Cameo Brooch

Vintage 14K Gold and Shell Cameo Brooch

Final Bid:
$135
Ruby, Garnet and Sterling Silver Vermeil Chandelier Earrings

Ruby, Garnet and Sterling Silver Vermeil Chandelier Earrings

Final Bid:
$228
Quartz, Freshwater Cultured Pearl and Silver Earrings

Quartz, Freshwater Cultured Pearl and Silver Earrings

Final Bid:
$65
Vintage Silver Coin Medallion Bracelet

Vintage Silver Coin Medallion Bracelet

Final Bid:
$140
Vintage Iolite, Ruby, and Sterling Silver Pendant-Brooch

Vintage Iolite, Ruby, and Sterling Silver Pendant-Brooch

Final Bid:
$365
One of a Kind Joseph Holland Ruby,Quartz and Sterling Jewelry Set

One of a Kind Joseph Holland Ruby,Quartz and Sterling Jewelry Set

Final Bid:
$1,567
Vintage Lapis Lazuli and Vermeil Pill Box

Vintage Lapis Lazuli and Vermeil Pill Box

Final Bid:
$110
Indian Style Costume Chandelier Earrings

Indian Style Costume Chandelier Earrings

Final Bid:
$100
Vintage Blue and White Enamel Lima Aeronautico Medallion

Vintage Blue and White Enamel Lima Aeronautico Medallion

Final Bid:
$120
18K and Sterling Blue Enamel Women's Watch with Lapis Bee Pendant

18K and Sterling Blue Enamel Women's Watch with Lapis Bee Pendant

Final Bid:
$356
Vintage Black Onyx, Cultured Pearl, Enamel and Vermeil Necklace

Vintage Black Onyx, Cultured Pearl, Enamel and Vermeil Necklace

Final Bid:
$320
Vintage Sterling Silver and Black Onyx Intaglio Ring

Vintage Sterling Silver and Black Onyx Intaglio Ring

Final Bid:
$120
Vintage Cultured Pearl Necklace

Vintage Cultured Pearl Necklace

Final Bid:
$240
Antique Black Onyx Hard Stone Cameo in Vermeil with Pearl Border

Antique Black Onyx Hard Stone Cameo in Vermeil with Pearl Border

Final Bid:
$126
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Seller Story: Joseph Holland, Dallas, TX

How did your time in India influence your designs?

The antiques of the region and signatures of different eras were incorporated into my creations, and my trips to India and Asia broadened the scope of the work. I discovered artisans that were implementing craftsmanship and engraving techniques that were long lost in America. I set up my silver factory in India where I manufactured sterling goblets in the antique Baltimore repousse style.

As a collector, what pieces do you gravitate toward?

I’ve picked up such exotic pieces as one of the Maharaja of Jaipur’s dowry trays, a necklace from one of the one hundred horses and one hundred elephants in her dowry. Whatever I find, it must be unforgettable–antique scrolls, snuff bottles and jade carvings from China, 19th-century Hungarian renaissance-style jewelry, the list goes on.

How do you keep your designs out of the realm of what could be considered “costume”?

I don’t ignore fads. Fads can be an opportunity to push the look, but with a penchant for the over-the-top and outrageous, I’ve always implemented the use of precious metals and genuine stones with the intention that if it’s worth doing, it’s worth doing big enough to make a statement.