Thursday, July 30, 2009
The Ruby is also considered to be the stone of the Zodiac sign of Capricorn, and is often given as a gift for the 40th anniversary.
The history of Ruby mining dates back more than 2,500 years. Rubies are found throughout the world and have been mined in most areas, but Burma is generally considered the area for obtaining the most valuable and highest quality rubies with the deepest red color. The most important deposits are found in Myanmar, which is near Mogok in Burma. Although many rubies are mined, only 1% of them is of gem quality.
As with other gemstones, rubies have metaphysical attributes thought to be connected with them. Two magical elements are associated with red rubies: fire and blood, and they imply warmth and life for mankind. The ruby is also considered by many to be the gemstone which signifies everlasting love. Ancient legends state that one should not make faces at a ruby in a museum since this will make it grow dull. And ancient rulers even thought that a ruby would darken when it sensed danger, only to return to its natural color when the danger had passed.
For healing purposes, rubies are said to be a general health protection and a help for backache and toenail problems.
The color is so rich and regal. What a lovely stone to have attached to your birthday! This lovely Georgian poem aptly describes this birthstone:
The gleaming Ruby should adorn,
All those who in July are born,
For thus they’ll be exempt and free,
From lover’s doubts and anxiety.
Monday, July 27, 2009
Sunday, July 26, 2009
Christmas jewelry was made by most of the well known vintage designers and contemporary jewelry designers bring out new lines every year. There is a wide variety of choices available, but the most popular style seems to be brooches or pins with various Christmas motifs.
Saturday, July 25, 2009
- Dates of Operation - 1886 to the present day
- Design Techinques - no real specific techniques but made great use of floral designs
- Lots of use of marcasites for accents
- Owned Tiffany and Co in the early 1980s
- Many notable designers such as Kenneth Lane, Coreen Simpson and Louis Ferraud
- Changed the name of the company in 1939 to the name we know today
- Added jewelry to their product lines in 1971
- Believed in the door to door direct marketing approach for selling
Friday, July 24, 2009
The use of coins to make jewelry goes quite a way back in history. It was very popular between the latter part of the 19th century and WWII to decorate or etch coins with floral motifs or initials. This type of jewelry became known as Sweetheart Jewelry, because sailors and soldiers would often brings these items back to their wives or girlfriends.
Other coins would simply be used as they were and made into earrings, necklaces, bracelets or cuff links. I've even seen some coins which started out whole, but ended up being cut into completely different designs such as animals, ships or the like. In this style, all that is left of the coin might just be a small part of the design.
Coin jewelry can feature coins from any country. Two countries which seems to be featured a great deal are Great Britain and the USA, with many real coins and tons of replica coins finding their way into a fashion statement. Napoleon and Julius Caesar are also often seen as figures portrayed.
Sarah Coventry had several designs of coin jewelry, but many other designers also made this style, including Freirich, Nelly Rosenstein and Ciner.
Here are a few examples.
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Daniel repaid his debt as soon as he could and was rewarded for his honesty with a position at the Speier jewelry company. He worked there for 10 years and learned the business from the ground up.
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
- Their primary color is yellow or gold
- Their birthstone is the ruby
- Their lucky numbers are 5 and 9
- Their gemstones are black onyx and peridot
- One of their flowers is a sunflower
- Their symbol is the Lion
Tying in the gemstone black onyx is an easy one. Here are a few onyx jewelry items to consider.
Would you like to purchase something in their favorite color? How about any of these yellow jewelry items?
Have fun treating your Leo friend. All pieces shown are available in my online stores. Just click the photos to go to the item pages for more details. Prices range from $10.50 to $28.99.
Thursday, July 16, 2009
Abalone shell is found along coastal waters throughout the world. Due to environmental concerns, it is now illegal to harvest it in many areas, because of the dwindling numbers of abalone.
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Nevertheless, the pin is extraordinary and has many of the Juliana design techniques and the stores are definitely on the unusual style, for sure.
The brooch is a layered style in a goldtone riveted back setting. The bottom layer consists of five pale green flowered art glass cabochons in bezel settings which are surrounded by a scalloped edging with medium green prong set rhinestones. I've never seen stones quite like these.
The next layer has five offset fruit salad glass marquis cabochons and more green rhinestones, and the center rises to a single dark green prong set chaton. The combination is so lovely and intricate.
This pin is my"vintage jewelry find of the week" and is available at my Ruby Lane Store - The Finishing Touch Vintage Jewelry. The price is $89 and you can even make me a reasonable offer if you would like to try and snag it for less.
Monday, July 13, 2009
I have listed several of these collections in my ebay store Carolina Collections Vintage Jewelry and will have many more that I'll be listing during the summer months.
I've grouped the items into different "types" of jewelry. Some are sorted by style of jewelry (Southwestern, copper, Thematic, etc) and some are sorted by price range (mainly costume, designer and rhinestone, high end, etc.)
Here are some that I listed last night, followed by a few overview photos. You can click the photos to go to the listing page. Many of these collections work out to $2-$4 for each piece of jewelry, and you can even make me an offer if one of the collections appeals to you but you would like to purchase it for a little less than I am asking. I'll consider reasonable offers on them.
- All New Rhinestone Jewelry (unsold dealer stock - never worn - shown in the picture above)
- All Flower Jewelry
- All Butterfly and Bug Jewelry
- All Copper Jewelry
- All Southwest Jewelry with some genuine turquoise
- All Christmas Jewelry (Think Christmas in July)
- All Thematic Brooches (three different collections)
- Plus several large collections of mixed vintage and costume jewelry in varying price ranges