Thursday, April 30, 2009
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
The emerald is considered both the modern and traditional birthstone for May. This pretty stone is also known as a birthstone for the Zodiac signs for Taurus and Cancer. Emerald is the only stone, other than the Topaz, which is listed as in all of the ancient birthstone tables. Finally, the emerald is also suggested as an anniversary gift for both the 20th and 35th anniversaries and can be used as an alternate stone for the 55th wedding anniversary.
Emeralds are mined from what are called "host rocks." They have been mined in many countries around the world, but the most notable mines are those from Columbia. The best locations of Columbian mines are in Muzo, Coscuez and Chivor. Columbian emeralds are especially fine with a very shining emerald green which has very little bluish tint.
As with all gemstones, emeralds have many metaphysical properties associated with them. They are thought to improve intellect and memory and to help with tired eyes and insomnia. Emeralds supposedly give wearers the power to see into the future and are associated with greatness in business. They act as emotional stabilizers and help to release emotional trauma and help to govern perception of other's emotions. And they are thought to be associated with the heart chakra and open the heart up to love, healing and peace.
I just love the color! It feels so tranquil and peaceful to me. This lovely poem aptly describes this birthstone:
Who first beholds the light of day
In spring’s sweet, flower month of May
And wears an Emerald all her life
Shall be a loved and a loving wife.
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Monday, April 27, 2009
Photo credit: Photobucket.com
Here is a little peek into her jewelry box for some of her recent choices:
What do you think of her choices? My favorite the the rhinestone brooch, of course!
Sunday, April 26, 2009
Here are your clues:
- Dates of operation are 1943 to approximately 1979
- Famous for ear cover earrings
- Introduced their "Diamond Look" and "Golden Look" in the 1960s and 1970s
- Located in NY
- Made jewelry for Christian Dior in the 1970s
- Used very good quality specialty stones
- Made many top end rhinestone statement necklaces
I'll be doing more of these riddles over the next weeks and months. Have fun with the series. ANSWER: (read it backwards): remarK
Saturday, April 25, 2009
The key pieces in her line include a signature "R" inlaid in 18-karat gold on the back. The collection reflects her "love for elegant designs that women will cherish for a lifetime." Pieces in the line range in price from $99 to $699 and, reflect the elegance and sophistication of Raquel.
I recently aquired a demi parure from her collection which is pictured here. It is a very striking piece, set in raised goldtone metal with alternating areas of white enamel. The set features a very large pendant necklace and matching bracelet. It has the classic Raquel hang tag as a marking. Since her line was discontinued in 2004, the pieces are not easy to find and that makes them more special and desireable.
This lovely Raquel Welch necklace and bracelet set is available from my Carolina Collections Vintage Jewelry store for $55. You can even make an offer on the set and perhaps aquire it for a little less.
Her designs are very striking and bold, and this set demonstrates that beautifully.
Friday, April 24, 2009
Queen Rania is currently visiting the US and, yesterday, she was the keynote speaker at the 8th Annual Global Philanthropy Forum Conference in Washington D.C.
It is fast becoming obvious to me that pearls seem to be Michelle's fashion accessory. I love the way she keeps to her individual style by using unusual colors and designs so that they don't appear to staid and matronly.
Thursday, April 23, 2009
The gallery is called the Wertz Gallery: Gems and Jewelry and is named in honor of Ronald W. Wertz, who is the longtime president of the Hillman Foundation. The expansion of Hillman Hall allows permanent exhibits instead of the temporary ones they used to have. There are approximately 500 gems, crystals and jewelry ietms on display. The gallery also will host special temporary and traveling exhibits from collectors around the world.
You can find out more about this permanent exhibit on the Hillman Hall website. The following YouTube video gives more information about some of the exhibits too.
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
I thought it would be fun to compare jewelry ads then and now. Surprisingly, with the abundance of online jewelry stores currently available, I had a hard time finding actual advertisements for modern jewelry to compare.
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Those born under the sign of the bull are said to be very patient and reliable. They tend to excel in business, are somewhat introverted but social and pay a great deal of attention to detail. On the negative side, they can be stubborn. over indulgent and somewhat self centered.
To get a clue about what sort of Jewelry to choose for your Taurus friend let's have a look at some of these Zodiac facts about the star sign:
- Their astrological color is green
- Gemstone is the blue sapphire and diamond
- Flower is the daisy or rose
- Symbol is the bull
- Lucky numbers are 1 and 9
- Lucky color is blue
- Best location is someplace quiet.
Diamonds may be out of the picture for your price range, but clear rhinestone jewelry might be a perfect replacement for your Taurus friend. They give the same sparkle and fire of diamonds without the hefty price tag. This pretty diamante rhinestone pin combines the look and the lucky number 9 since it has 9 perfectly set clear rhinestones in a domed setting.
This lovely pin has a riveted back construction which dates it to about the 1950s. It's available for only $17.99.Do you want to combine the favorite location (someplace quiet) and the astrological color into a gift for your Taurus friend? I've met many Tauruses who like to mediatate. This green Oriental bamboo pendant necklace may be just the gift idea.
The styling of it fits right into the meditation mood and the color is perfect. It's also available on Lane for $17.99. It's a big piece measuring 3 3/4" long and has a lovely Oriental inscription on it.
Be sure to check back next month when I will talk about jewelry for the star sign Gemini. Check out my Vintage Jewelry Mall and Carolina Collections Vintage Jewelry for a full range of Zodiac jewelry.
Monday, April 20, 2009
Many of the vintage jewelry designers made teacher brooches, earrings and necklaces. This cute teacher pin by Danecraft features apple, school bus and student charm dangles hanging below a schoolhouse and the words #1 Teacher. It is available at my Mall store for only $13.99.
Vintage Jewelry Mall and Carolina Collections Vintage Jewelry both have a wide range of thematic jewelry. Be sure to visit both sites for more selections from the teacher jewelry range for your child's teacher.
Sunday, April 19, 2009
Saturday, April 18, 2009
Friday, April 17, 2009
SOFA is the International Expositions of Sculpture Objects and Functional Arts, and has several exhibitions every year in New York, Santa Fe, and Chicago. The New York Exhibit is the first of three this year.
An overwhelming number of the examples epitomize not only the extraordinary artistry of material-based artworks but also recession proof values in today’s art market. There are some wonderful galleries, but I was especially interested in the jewelry of course.
Photos courtesy of SOFA New York 2009
The SOFA site has a full list of exhibitors on this page. Have fun looking over the fantastic pieces. Which designer is your favorite?
Thursday, April 16, 2009
Other colors are easy to find in vintage jewelry, since enamels are often used in flower jewelry, but there aren't too many blue flowers, so most blue jewelry tends to be beaded or rhinestone. And meridian blue is one of the favorite coatings for aurora borealis rhinestones, so blue jewelry can be quite plentiful to find.
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Here are some general storing tips:
Scratching. Be careful that your jewelry is stored so that the pieces don't rub against each other. If not, you will end up with general scratching, or even loss of stones which will devalue the piece. Leave room between the pieces and, if they are especially treasured, a soft pouch or cloth around them might be considered.
Temperature changes. Guard against any big increases or decreases in temperature. These can affect the glue and also cause stones to fall out.
Moisture This is vintage jewelry's biggest enemy. It can be the breeding ground for Verdigris damage or rust damage, and pitting of metals. Also, rhinestone jewelry is at risk of losing the foil backing of the rhinestones and loss of their luster if moisture comes in contact with them. Make sure that the jewelry is completely dry after any cleaning is done before putting them away.
Household jobs. It is important to remove jewelry when doing household cleaning and other jobs, and particularly when doing any heavier cleaning or yard work or gardening.
Containers. Not all containers are equal when it comes to storing jewelry. Oak cabinets give off fumes that can damage jewelry, so an oak jewelry box may not be the best bet. Many jewelry pieces come in small boxes, designed to store the piece. Even these can cause damage, in time, because they probably contain sulphur, which can damage the metal in gold and silver jewelry, so they should be used for short term storage. Other good choices are metal or plastic containers and zip lock bags. (Zip locks are especially good for rhinestone jewelry...if a stone gets dislodged...it stays in the bag!)
General storing tips. Try to remember to keep the jewelry items separate from each other. Be sure to store beaded jewelry flat, especially if it is strung on silk, because silk stretches over time. Finally, keep jewelry away from sunlight, heat vents, and hot car interiors.
With a bit of common sense and a few easy rules, it will be easy to keep your collection looking great for years to come. Check back soon, when I will be giving some quick tips on cleaning your vintage jewelry.
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Another find is this pretty apple green bakelite dress clip. I love the translucency of this clip and the pretty flecks of yellow spashed through the bakelite. It has a nice dome and curves down to a point. This pretty clip is available for $45.99.
Monday, April 13, 2009
Photo credit Madame Tussauds.The first lady has been modeled into an incredibly lifelike figure which is dressed in a red, sleeveless similar to the the purple dress she wore the night her husband received the Democratic presidential nomination. Her accessories are her signature double strand pearl necklace and she wears simple black heels.
The wax figure was made by studio artists at Merlin Studios in London, England. The artisans began by watching many hours of video and looking at thousands of pictures to capture the spirit of Michelle.
Here are a couple of photos of the work in progress. It seems to have been a very painstaking project.
Photos credit Huffington Post
The wax likeness of Mrs. Obama will join the figure of President Barack Obama, which was unveiled earlier in February at Madame Tussauds Washington D.C. Visitors can learn more about Mrs. Obama in the attraction’s new Presidential gallery, which features biographies of all the First Ladies.
Sunday, April 12, 2009
Saturday, April 11, 2009
Birds are a popular motif in figurals and nothing heralds spring quite as much as a hummingbird does. With its long beak and pretty colors, these lovely birds hover in mid air as they feed and are the only bird able to fly backwards!
The pretty hummingbird above seems to be doing just that. In vivid blue and green enamel with clear diamante rhinestones, it seems to change purpose. Wear it upright for the back ward flying pose, and shift it just slightly to the lest and it looks as though it is feeding. It's available as the feature piece from Vintage Jewelry Lane for only $49.99.