That Ebay Auction: It was an Amethyst Empire Comb

The stones were amethysts. Shall we compare the comb in this Empire parure on a historical jewelry site to the one that went for $458 in that E-bay auction?

The comb correctly identified.

The amethyst Empire comb that went for $458 on Ebay.


For more scholarly research, please examine

Tiara by Diana Scarisbrick

Napoleon’s Letters to Josephine, 1796-1812

Catalogue Des Bijoux Du Musee Napoleon III (1862)

2 thoughts on “That Ebay Auction: It was an Amethyst Empire Comb

  1. peggy elliott

    Barbara, why were you unable to jump in on the auctions? You buy beautiful pieces and you certainly have earned the right to a few super deals!

    Maybe it’s none of my business – I KNOW it’s none of my business! I kept thinking “I wonder which of these goodies she’ll grab and we’ll find her sharing on the blog?”

  2. BarbaraAnne Post author

    Who bids on what is private information, indeed.

    It relates to each person’s revelation-privacy balance. Making a decision on what that is and sticking to it is the individual’s responsibility. Many don’t take it. Thankfully, our members do. Their maturity allows my hair to stay in place and remain beautiful, a must for a comb collector! :-)

    Capitalism has dictated that communities and online games must have millions of members to make a profit. Individuals who reveal outside of their comfort zone, or young people who don’t understand what they are doing can harm themselves and others disastrously, and then the community dies.

    Companies like Facebook and Google run on algorithms. In a corporate war for the soul of the Net, they are tweaking their online environments to try and manipulate how we talk to each other. I feel like an object caught between the forces of gravity and electromagnetism in the universe. But I’m getting way off topic.

    (Barry’s Tea, Barbara, make tea :-)

    But what I do know is that I’ve been creating communities since 1995, and I’m still the same person. If I’m leading, members get respected first, not the administrative decisions of networks, not business plans that require accessing and selling member information. People. Emotional design. People joining together in a common mission. That’s what makes the magic.

    Ours is getting combs recognized by real life museums, publishers, dealers, etc. We do it by scholarship.

    So after this novel… ;-P I have no problem telling anyone when I purchase something myself because that’s my decision to make, and it doesn’t affect anyone else but me. As you correctly note, I usually write a blog post about it. Therefore, when I pick something, I look forward to telling everyone what I picked and why I picked it. :-)

    I trust I’m making myself perfectly obscure.


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