Monday, March 29, 2010
Just today I found an interesting You Tube Video on the history of bakelite that you may be interested in viewing. It was made in Amsterdam and is called "Transatlantic Chemistry: Baekland the Inventor of Bakelite."
The video explores the fascinating life story of the Belgian American inventor Leo Henricus Arthur Baekland, his experiments and adventures at the turn of the 20th century, and especially his discovery of Bekelite, the material that conquered the world, and led to a collecting frenzy in the vintage jewelry world.
Grab a cup of coffee and enjoy!
Saturday, March 27, 2010
Taking top honors as the grand-prize winner is a multicolored gemstone and rhodolite beaded necklace from BELLARRI shown here.
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Monday, March 22, 2010
I have discussed the exhibit on my Vintage Jewelry Lane Blog, but will talk a little bit about So Young Park, since I am most fond of her work.
So Young Park has developed her unique style of working in sterling and gold through her technical virtuosity and a background in metal arts honed in both Korea and the United States.
So Young Park’s concept is that of nativity; where her work is not created but born through her diligent creativity of forming metal. According to her, human and plant life have similar growth and life characteristics. She appreciates being involved in the process to experience the power of miracles, even if it requires the endurance to give a life to her jewelry.
Her jewelry pieces express use organic plant forms and sea lives that are artistically rendered in a simplistic, geometric, and sophisticated manner.
Ms. Park has a bachelor of fine arts and craft design from the Kon-kuk University in Seoul, Korea, and masters of fine arts degree in Metal and Jewelry Design from the Rochester Institute of Technology.
You can learn more about So Young Park on her website. Here are some examples of her work:
Saturday, March 20, 2010
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
So, when I came across this fabulous pin, I just had to share it with others. It's made of heavy vintage plastic with a riveted in pin back, and the colors are such deep rich shades, to say nothing of the fabulous design.
The pin is large too - it measures a big 2 3/8" and is thick and weight to feel. It's available for $30 in my Ruby Lane Shop - The Finishing Touch Vintage Jewelry. But hurry, at this price, it won't last long. (I just listed it yesterday and already has someone place an offer on it.)
Friday, March 12, 2010
The Manufacturing Jewelers & Suppliers of America (MJSA) will present a series of free seminars during Expo New York, on March 14 to March 16, 2010, to help jewelry makers "survive and thrive" in the post-recession world. The sessions will cover many areas of marketing, business strategy and other jewelry techniques.
If you are a jewelry designer coming to New York this week, you can make the most of your trip by taking advantage of the design related events which are scheduled around the show.
The event is the largest and oldest jewelry trade show in the US and is dedicated to the design and manufacture of jewelry. The seminars at the show will be conducted by some of the jewelry industry's top presenters.
The seminars will cover topics such as "surviving the recession" to "working with alternative metals." A full shedule of events can be found here.
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
I recently found a contemporary designer who make new use of the term "green jewelry. " The designer is Margaux Lange, and she makes one of a kind jewelry from recycled Barbie and Ken doll parts.
The collection utilizes salvaged doll parts, in combination with sterling silver and pigmented resins, for a unique jewelry design.
The collection consists of necklaces, bracelets, pins, earrings and rings. Many feature parts of Barbie, and some use parts of both Barbie and Ken. Here are some examples:
Photo credit Margaux Lange
Monday, March 8, 2010
Wednesday, March 3, 2010
The first lady wore a Moschino sheath dress which had a a fabric rosette at the right shoulder. She accessorized the frock with another of her pretty brooches - this one a Garavelli flower design accented with diamonds. It was an anniversary gift from the president.
She finished off the look with a colorful pearl multi strand bracelet with dangles. What do you think of the look?
Tuesday, March 2, 2010
Often the design is very elaborate and consists of intertwined branches, leaves or flower patterns. The main characteristic is the flowing style or intertwining of the elements of the motif.
The technique originates from Baghdad in the 10th century. It was very popular in the Muslim world in both architecture and other design mediums.
The technique was used not only on jewelry, but also on jewelry boxes itself. The final result is a piece which is both romantic and feminine with a filigree appeal and look to it. The style is also very popular as etching on lockets. Cameos are also styles of jewelry which are set in Arabesque frames.
Here are some examples of arabesque patterns: