Saturday, February 28, 2009
Friday, February 27, 2009
The website is called Diamonds for Her, but it isn't a normal site which sells diamond engagement rings. The owner of the site says that you can
- Get the exact diamond or jewelry item you want *
- Regardless of size, color, cut, clarity *
- From a local jeweler in your area *
- Without making a single phone call *
- Without negotiating once *
- Get Multiple bids *
- For 50-80% less than the advertised prices *
They say that they bridge the gap between the jewelers that need to move inventory and consumers that want to get the best price.
I can't vouch for the site, since I have never used them, but if you are looking for a diamond engagement ring, this could be a source to investigate.
Photo courtesy of Diamonds for her
Thursday, February 26, 2009
This visual image describes my set beautifully. All of the pieces feature tiny bits of fused glass and enamel in a power pink color baked onto a copper background. The necklace is 16" long tip to tip and 7/8" wide and the earrings are 1" wide and have clip backs.
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Here are today's clues:
- I was in operation from 1949-1981
- All of my designs are named
- I was sold at home parties
- All of my pieces are clearly marked
- I was founded by Charles Stuart and named for his wife
- I have a sister company named for the owner's granddaughter
Here are some pictures of a few of my designs:
For more information and the answer to today's riddle, you can go to the designer page of the resource library on my website Vintage Jewelry Lane. (answer is also shown reading backwards at the bottom of this blog post.) All three of these pieces are for sale on my main site Vintage Jewelry Lane.
ANSWER: (read it backwards): snommE nyloraC
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Those born under the sign of Pisces are said to be compassionate, devoted and imaginative. On the negative side they can be seen to be a bit oversensitive, indecisive and somewhat of an escapist.
To get a clue about what sort of Jewelry to choose for your Pisces friend let's have a look at some of these Zodiac facts:
- The primary color is Lilac or purple
- Gemstones associated with the sign are diamonds, amethyst and bloodstone
- Lucky numbers are 5 and 8
- Best locations are the seashore or coastal cities
Combining these ideas gives me lots of possibilites for choices for a jewelry gift for your Piscean friend. How about this lovely purple banded glass stone in lovely amethyst colors with a pretty filigree heart pendant? It is available in my Carolina Collections Vintage Jewelry store for only $10.75.Since Pisces loves the water, you couldn't go wrong with any seaside themed jewelry. Does she like vintage sweater guards? Look at this sweet seahorse sweater guard with creamy faux pearls and cute little seahorses on either end. It's available in my Vintage Jewelry Mall store for only $12.99 and is just adorable.
If you are looking for something a little more extravagant for your friend, consider this stunning vintage cameo brooch. It is handcarved from genuine shell cameo and is marked 800 for its silver content, so it uses her lucky number too. This exquisite shell cameo brooch is available in my Vintage Jewelry Lane store for $96.99
Check back soon for the next chapter in this series, when I will discuss jewelry ideas for your Aries friend.
One last note - my love of statement necklaces aside...displays of opulence in this economy is unsettling to say the least.
Sunday, February 22, 2009
These large tiles are then set into a solid back ground such as sandstone or black marble for a pictoral effect. The surface of the design is flush with no protruding tiles or grooves between the tiles.
Floral scenes are the most common, but any design can be used, such as butterflies, human figures, birds and architectural buildings.
The settings are generally silver or genuine gold, but plated settings and brass are also used. Most settings are open backed to show the back of the background stone used.
The popularity of Pietra dura pieces dates from the early to mid 1800s. This type of souvenir jewelry is known as "Archeological Jewelry." Mosaic jewelry of all kind became fairly widely available after the excavations of Herculaneum and Pompeii.
Pietra Dura jewelry was found in Italy - especially Florence, but was also available around the same time in England and other European areas. I've also seen some examples of it in pieces from Taxco Mexico.
This type of mosaic jewelry is highly collectible and fuels much of the tourist trade today in Italy.
mosaic jewelry, including some of the Pietra Dura pieces shown in this article.
Saturday, February 21, 2009
There are lots of styles to choose from with many designers featured too, including Berebi, Trifari, Sarah Coventry, M. Jent and others. You will find rhinestone, thermoset, glass, and lucite earrings as well as many other materials.
Here are a few of the selections - all priced much less than $10.
You can see the whole selection on the sale page of my Carolina Collections Vintage Jewelry store at ebay. Hurry though. Sale ends March 1.
Friday, February 20, 2009
Thursday, February 19, 2009
Opals are commonly thought to be found mainly in Australia, and 85% of them are, but there are many other areas of the world where they are mined as well - The US, Ethiopia, Honduras and Brazil.
On February 26, the American Museum of Natural History will host an exhibition of 25 beautiful iridescent opals for public view, in the Museum’s Harry Frank Guggenheim Hall of Minerals. The featured opals will be from all the mining locations mentioned and will illustrate the diversity of the gems.
Opals are renowned for their colorful iridescence and they scatter light beautifully. You can read more about the display and view some of the exhibits on the Natural History Museum's website.
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
Today we will examine the types of earring backs which were used in vintage costume jewelry. The most common types of earring backs are the screw backs and clip backs, but there were also several types of pierced earring backs used as well.
EARLY PIERCED EARRINGS were of three types: a threaded stud, a fish hook style and a kidney wire. The kidney wire and fish hooks are still in used today.
In the threaded stud, the post of the earring looks similar to the thread on a hardware screw. The back of the earring twists onto the screw. This type of earring has been used since the 1890s, but it is uncommon today.
The Fish hook is also called a shepherd crook. In this type of earring, the hook is the ear wire and it is in the shape of a hook. It does not have a back. The hook just goes through the ear lobe and rests behind the ear. It is found on jewelry which dates before 1900 and is stil in use today. Earliest forms of the fish hook are permanently attached to the earring itself. Most of those used today are wired to a loop on the earring, but the attached ones can still be found - they are commonly seen on modern sterling silver jewelry.
The Kidney Wire is a thin ear wire in the shape of an upside down letter U. One side of the finding is attached to the earring and the other side goes through the ear lobe. Often the kidney wire is bent at the bottom to form a small hook which will secure the earring wire. Kidney wires have been in use since 1870 and are still commonly used.
The Lever back dates to the 1880s and is still commonly used with newer earrings. The lever back has a fish hook style of wire which has an additional small lever which flips up and folds over the wire to secure it to the ear.
NON PIERCED EARRINGS came in two types: screw back, and clip back. Both of these have several styles which were used on vintage earrings. Many are still in use today, so other design techniques will need to be examined as well to definitely date a pair of earrings.
The screw back earring slips over the earlobe and then a small screw is tightened to secure the earring to the ear lobe. The screw back earrings date from 1894 and were very popular into the mid 1950s.
The Comfort Clip Screw back and clip back combination clip dates from the 1950s. It was popular with Miriam Haskell. Napier also used the clip in many of their designs. The clip has a screw back for adjustment but is also hinged so that it easily clips over the ear lobe.
Examining the hardware used on earrings will help you to date your jewelry, so it is helpful to have a good idea of the types used.
Previous blog posts in this series:
1. Collecting Vintage Jewelry - Where do I start?
2. Collecting Vintage Jewelry - What is the condition?
3. Collecting Vintage Jewelry - Type of Stone settings.
4. Collecting Vintage Jewelry - The Creative Use of Stones.
5. Collecting Vintage Jewelry - Metal Settings
6. Collecting Vintage Jewelry - Necklace and Bracelet clasps
7. Collecting Vintage Jewelry - Pin Clasps
Check back soon for the next chapter. We will discuss a variety of dress and fur clips which were used on vintage jewelry. Be sure to visit my website Vintage Jewelry Lane. I offer a wide range of vintage earrings and designer vintage earrings with all types of earring backs.