Rhoma Young Auctioning Shreve & Co Adam Sterling

For Immediate Release                                                 Please contact: Christine Skinner (415) 419 5012 x 105



Once In A Generation Large Collection of Shreve & Co. Adam Sterling

To Hit the Auction Block


March 4, 2019 San Rafael, California - One of the finest collections of Shreve & Co. Adam sterling silver in a generation will be offered at Fine Estate Auction on March 24th, 2019. 

This is an unusual and stunning personal collection of the neoclassical and elegant Adam silver pattern introduced in the early 1900s by iconic San Francisco based silver designer and manufacturer Shreve silver. The pattern wonderfully reflects the superb Georgian neoclassical elegance of the architecture of brothers James and Robert Adams.  This collection began almost two decades ago and is being offered for the first time. 

Compiled by antique dealer Rhoma Young, with the guidance and partnership of Michael Weller, owner of Argentum, the renowned San Francisco silver retailer, the collection has grown to well over 200 pieces.  In addition to complete sets of flatware, the collection includes a large amount of hollowware including rare serving pieces, tea and coffee services, vases, candelabrum, baskets, ramekins, plates and other custom ordered items. “Silver has a warm beauty, a certain light quality … and the craftsmanship – it’s just sublime” said Young, “and the Adam pattern beautifully melds the traditional with contemporary design.”

Fine Estates is honored that Rhoma Young has entrusted them to showcase and sell her fine collection.  “It’s not only an amazing group of silver but also a culmination of Rhoma’s passion and knowledge as well as a nod to her deep friendship with Michael Weller” said Christine Skinner, Auction Director at Fine Estates. Rhoma plans to donate a portion of the proceeds to the Cancer Society in remembrance of Mr. Weller.  

The Shreve Adam collection will be offered at auction live and online on Sunday, March 24. The public preview will be open from 12pm-5pm on February 22 and 23 and morning of the sale at 10am.. In addition, a wide selection of unique property including jewelry, fine art, silver, decorative arts, collectibles, and Asian works of art will be offered.


Founded in 1996, Fine Estate, Inc. is a premier West Coast personal property sales company.  Located in Marin County, they feature both a consignment gallery and an auction gallery to tailor to the needs of their consignors and buyers.  


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Tanzanite was discoveredby Maasai herders who were tending to the Merelani Hills around Arusha, Tanzania. These herders came across blue crystals and notified a prospector who then registered the area with the government to begin mining. The name Tanzanite was coined by Tiffany and Company who became the primary distributor of the gem and wanted to showcase the rare geographical source of this stone.

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The perfect colors for a late fall birthday are the found in the November birthstones of citrine and topaz.


Topaz is the more common gemstone associated with November and comes in a variety of yellow hues. The name topaz comes from the Greek name for St. John's Island located in the Red Sea, Topazios. This is because yellow gems were mined on this island, however they were likely not topaz.

Topaz picks up its bright yellow color from impurities, as with most gems. In pure form, topaz is colorless but can take on a variety of colors dependent on certain impurities.

A large chunk of the topaz in the world comes from Brazil, and it's also produced in Australia, Russia, Sri Lanka, India, Pakistan, Nigeria, Mexico, Germany, and the United States. Although topaz has been used in many forms for thousands of years, the term was widely used for any light-yellow gem and hence most references to topaz in history could be other gems.