Sunday, February 28, 2010
Temple University is located in Philadelphia and has a large school of art which also includes jewelry design.
The university Art School gallery is a fabulous place to grab a cup of coffee and have a look at some of the latest ides in jewelry design. Here are a few of my favorites from their student's thesis exhibits:
Friday, February 26, 2010
The brooch is set in silvertone metal and has a slightly layered and curved design. There are alternating rows of pure white milk glass and translucent blue glass in prong settings as well as lovely aurora borealis rhinestone accents. The bottom center of the brooch features a single tear shaped large milk glass stone.
The size is 1 3/4 x 1 5/8". It is available from my Ruby Lane shop - Finishing Touch Vintage Jewelry for only $36. Hurry - it won't last long at this price!
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
The jewelry shown with her pre fall preview collection wasn't as prominent as that for this spring, but big necklaces were still in view. The main difference is that, instead of pieces that covered the whole front of the oufits, the necklaces featured this time were mainly long and layered chain designs like the one featured here.
Also, al la Michelle Obama style, brooches were also a hit on the runway for Wang.The color of choice in Wang's fall preview? Black. and lots of it.
What do you think of the look?
Monday, February 22, 2010
I've recently listed many new designs on both Vintage Jewelry Lane and Vintage Jewelry Mall. The designs range from stick pins to brooches to pendant neckaces and feature both left facing (harder to find) and right facing cameo designs.
Here are a few of the newest ones. Prices range from $46 to $76.
Thursday, February 18, 2010
She told UsMagazine.com that she wanted to be special when they asked here about her her out-there look.
She made an impression, that's for sure. What do you think of the look readers? Think it will set a new trend?
Friday, February 12, 2010
If you have an interest in metaphysics, you may find these gemstone articles of interest.
The following is an overview of some of the supposed metaphysical qualities of some popular gemstones.
- AMETHYSTS: help for headaches, pancreatic ailments, and backache.
- EMERALDS: improve intellect and memory and to help with tired eyes and insomnia.
- GARNETS: relieves inflammations of the skin, and is believed to regulate the heart and blood flow and aid in curing depression.
- PERIDOT: strengthens breathing, promotes prosperity, growth, and openness.
- SAPPHIRES: effective for health problems relating to hearing problems, cancer and burns
- TURQUOISE: promotes mental clarity and to enhance trust, kindness and understanding of others.
Thursday, February 11, 2010
Tuesday, February 9, 2010
One such idea that I have recently discovered is the use of vintage buttons to make bracelets, earrings, brooches and bracelets. The design shown here features hand painted glass vintage buttons remade into a pair of pierced earrings.
The buttons are at least 50 to 100 years old and read more...
Sunday, February 7, 2010
And for that person that you just can't seem to find just the right gift, you might find that a Swarovski diamond encrusted toilet for $75,000 would make the perfect gift. And the list goes on.
Friday, February 5, 2010
Before this time period, women wore form fitting corsets and stays which resulted in very tight clothing which was snug at the waist and neckline. The clothing designers during the Arts and Crafts period chose soft, very flowing clothing designs,and the jewelry styles of this time went well with this type of clothing.
Many of the designs of this period were made by large manufacturing firms such as Liberty and Co. The design shown here is by Arts and Crafts designer John Paul Cooper, 1869-1933. The brooch is set in gold with with black blister pearls, moonstone, amethyst, chrysoprase bowenite and ruby.
The Tadema Gallery in the UK has an interesting slide show with photos of various pieces of Arts and Crafts jewelry styles.
Be sure to visit our blog at Vintage Jewelry Lane. We have details of an interview with Arts and Crafts jewelry collector Elyse Karlin in a recent blog post there.
Wednesday, February 3, 2010
At one point, I thought we might have to start over again (four MONTHS of work), but it appears that the permissions for the server were the problem. Once they reset them, the sites loaded and everything appears to be running smoothly.
As a special promotion, I am offering readers of my blog a special coupon code. The code is grandopen1500 and will give you a discount of 20%. You can use it for one shopping cart purchase (single or multiple items, but it is set to one use per customer) until the end of February, 2010.
You can find the sites here:
- Vintage Jewelry Lane - medium to high end jewelry - designer emphasis
- Vintage Jewelry Mall - low to medium end jewelry - thematic emphasis
Have fun shopping! If you notice any technical issues on the site, please use the contact form there to let me know so that I can fix them. There are sometimes a few problems when a site is moved to a new server.
The vintage jewelry research library is also redone and is found on the new site. I also have a blog that is part of the site. I'll be blogging here too, but not as often as I did in the past. I'll be blogging daily on the new site, so please check the vintage jewelry blog there and add me to your book marks.