Thursday, December 1, 2011

Christmas Jewelry - Past and Present

It's that time of the year. It seems to come around more quickly each year, doesn't it? This is the time of the year when there doesn't seem to be enough hours in a day.

Out come the decorations, and off to the store for shopping. It's also the perfect time of the year to bring out your seasonal jewelry from past years, or to shop for a new item to add to your collection.

Anyone who collects vintage jewelry probably has a few Christmas pins - particularly Christmas tree pins, which seem to attract most collectors. There is a whole collecting field in vintage jewelry devoted to it, and many books have been written as reference books for collectors.

Two of my favorite books are Christmas Jewelry by Mary Morrison, and Christmas Pins, past and present by Jill Gallina.

Many of the popular vintage jewelry designers had at least a few pins in their range of jewelry. Some of the most popular ones who put out quite a number of them are Gerry's, Tancer, Mylu, and of course Eisenberg.

The number of ways that a Christmas tree can be fashioned into a jewelry item seems to be limitless. The trend continues through today's designers with Kenneth Lane, Ron, and Christopher Radko being some notable designers of more recent Christmas tree pins.

Many of the older designs also seem to find their way into today's jewelry. Collector's often note, with either delight or disdain, depending on one's point of view, that the old pieces have been refashioned into new designs.

It is not only Christmas trees which find themselves designed into a jewelry piece, but bells, reindeer, sleighs, Santa Claus figures, snowmen, and all myriad of Christmas themes.

Here are a few designs from my stores. You can find more selections by just using the word Christmas as a search in any of my stores. I have dozens and dozens of designs to choose from in all price ranges.










Monday, October 31, 2011

40% of Selected Jewelry Styles - Shop Now for Christmas

Christmas is just around the corner. Before we know it, black Friday will be here and the Xmas shopping season will be in full force.
But you can start early in my eBay store. I've just reduced a big range of jewelry items, both vintage and new jewelry, to make room for new stock.

The savings are huge - 40% off a wide range of necklaces, earrings, sets and miscellaneous jewelry and many designer signed pieces. As a special bonus, I am also offering FREE shipping for US customers store wide. (International customers, the free shipping will apply if your order is more than $100.)

Here are a few items that are marked down, or visit my eBay store to see the whole selection.


Fabulous Rhinestone Demi Parure - Was $54.99, now $32.99

New Multi strand Necklace Earring set - Was $19.99 - On sale for $11.99


Turquoise Blue Rhinestone Pin - Was $13.99, Now $8.39



Sarah Coventry Fashion Rite Brooch - Was $12.49, Now$7.49

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

New Selection of Rhinestone Pins in my Ruby Lane Shop

This is the time of the year when the jackets and blazers come out and this makes it the perfect time for the addition of a new rhinestone pin for your collection. Nothing looks better on the lapel of a jacket than a fabulous brooch!

I've just listed a few vintage brooches in my Ruby Lane shop - The Finishing Touch Vintage Jewelry. They are all very affordably priced and have a wonderful array of all sorts of rhinestones in fabulous colors.

Here are a few to whet your appetite. You can view the whole range of rhinestone pins in my Ruby Lane shop. If you can't find one to suit you at the Finishing Touch Vintage Jewelry shope, I also have a large range of rhinestone pins in my Ruby Plaza shop Jewelry Lane too.





Monday, October 17, 2011

Hottest New Earring Trend - Basketball Wives Inspired Hoops

If you like reality TV, you are probably a fan of the VH1 Cable Network program called The Basketball Wives. The show features the lives of a group of women who have all been romantically link in some way to professional basketball players.

The designer of the original Basketball wives earrings is POParazzi. But there are now dozens of imitators (at much reduced prices) so the trend has really taken off.

I have just listed a big range of Basketball wives inspired earrings in my eBay store and also in my Ruby Lane store Jewelry Lane.

These earrings are not for the faint of heart. They are big, bold and will make quite an impression when worn. The size is at least 3" for most of the pieces I have listed. In spite of this big size, though, the earrings are not heavy when worn.

Here are a few designs. You can view more by visiting my Jewelry Lane shop.


Saturday, October 15, 2011

Royal Opera House - George Balanchine's Jewels

The Royal Opera House in London opened its current season a few weeks ago by presenting George Balanchine's famous Ballet called Jewels. It is unusual in that the ballet doesn't have a romantic theme as many do, but it is a story of three different jewels meant to signify a part of Balanchine's life.

The Ballet is a triptych. Normally the word refers to a work of art which has three panels, but it also aptly fits this production of three separate parts with different composers.

It has been called the first abstract ballet and each part could actually be performed on its own. It was originally created for the New York City Ballet. The first ballet is emeralds, followed by rubies and then diamonds. The three parts feature music by Fauré, Stravinsky. and Tchaikovsky. The costumes are just fabulous, with lots of velvet, and glass stones to imitate the gemstones.

The Royal Opera House has a fabulous video which features the costumes of the ballet and is just fascinating to watch to get a feel of the richness of the production. You can view the video at this link: Royal Opera House Jewels Costumes.

Even though the ballet has nothing to do with jewels and the dancers only wear costumes enhanced by jewels, but I am still moved by the look of the jewels and their relation to the costumes.

This YouTube video of the ballet from an earlier production gives a hint of the emotion of the production. (video has sound if you are watching at work)

Monday, September 19, 2011

Feather Jewelry Continues to Set Trends

Each season, there seems to be some new style or material in jewelry that takes off and becomes a fashion trend. For the last few seasons, it has been feathers and fur. And this fall will be no exception. Feathers are still prominent on the fashion runways, and my suppliers are offering more and more of it each time I go to see what is new.

Feather jewelry was confined to mainly earrings for the spring and summer season, but this fall, I am seeing necklaces, sets, rings, bracelets, earlaces, (another new trend which is very popular), and of course lots and lots of styles of earrings.


Here are a few styles to give you an example of what is available. You can also head on over to Jewelry Lane at Ruby Plaza, or my ebay store for really large selection which changes daily.










Friday, September 9, 2011

Christie's Auction House To Feature Elizabeth Taylor's Jewelry

Fans of Elizabeth Taylor will soon get a closer look into the private life of the famous Hollywood legend. On December 13, 2011, Christie's Auction house will be holding the first of several auctions of her jewelry, clothing and other prized possessions.

The auctions will be preceded by a world wide tour which will culminate in four consecutive days of exciting auctions. Starting this month, a selection of items from the Elizabeth Taylor collection of jewelry, fashions, memorabilia, artwork and other items will be shown in Moscow, London, Los Angeles, Dubai, Geneva, Paris and Hong Kong.

The exhibition and auctions will offer "a view of the private world of a true icon - a rare woman who was at once an international film and fashion star, loving mother, successful businesswoman, and generous humanitarian," said Marc Porter, chairman and president of Christie's auction house.

Some of the jewelry which will be included in the December auctions include a 33.19 carat diamond ring which was a gift from Richard Burton, and a BVLGARI emerald and diamond necklace, also a gift from Burton, both valued at $3,500,000.

There is also a Cartier and diamond necklace, bracelet and earrings set, which was a gift from Mike Todd, valued at $620.,000, and The Cleopatra Mirror by BVLGARI, which is estimated to bring up to $12,000, among dozens of other pieces.

Knowing how many collectors and fans will be trying to procure a piece or her history for themselves, it won't be surprising to see Elizabeth Taylor's jewelry bring much more than its estimated value.

Christie's expects to realize $30 million from the sale. It won't be surprising to see Elizabeth Taylor's jewelry bring much more than its estimated value.

Here are a few of the dazzling items to be auctioned. Christie's also has a PDF news release with details of these and many more pieces.




Jewelry photographs courtesy of Christie's Auction House.

Gemstone Imposters - The Name is the Key

Go surfing online for genuine gemstone jewelry, whether it be antique, vintage or contemporary, and you will more than likely come across a jewelry title with very descriptive words added to the gemstone which is, sadly, often an impostor.

Picture this - your best friend has just told you that she got a real steal on an American Ruby. Do you have the courage (or the knowledge) to tell her that she may have just purchased a garnet instead?

Diamonds are notorious for being described with additional words in the title, when they are actually various forms of quartz. Here are a few which are all quartz in some form:
  • German diamond
  • Herkimer diamond
  • Bohemian Diamond
And it is not just diamonds that are the culprits. Colorful gemstones being sold with descriptive words in their title are also very misleading to consumers too. Sometimes the added word will make a simple piece of glass sound more like the real deal and other times, it will be used to signify one precious or semi precious stone, when a lesser value one is actually being sold.

Here are some common gemstone impostors. There are dozens more if you do your homework:
  • Oriental Emerald (green sapphire)
  • Australian Jade (treated quartz)
  • Roman pearls (glass beads)
  • Ceylon Opal (moonstone)
  • German Lapis (dyed Jasper)
All of the above may be the item that is just what you have been searching for, albeit not the real deal, and in that case, go ahead and purchase it. But do your homework first to help you understand what you are really buying, lest you purchase a Spanish emerald, only to discover later that it is a piece of colored glass.

A quick search on Google of the name of the advertised gemstone with its descriptive add on will usually tell you what you may really be buying. And use common sense. If it is a deal too good to be true, it may very well be a fake. Synthetic stones are usually moderately priced simply because they are not as rare as real gemstones.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Love Tokens - Lockets - Timeless Treasures in a small Design

As many women have discovered, a locket is a wonderful place to keep a tiny memento of a loved one all wrapped up in a pretty jewelry design.

There are so many styles and shapes now. Gone are the days of only wearing a heart shape around your neck with a picture of your child. Let your imagination go wild. Today's styles are all shapes and sizes, sometimes even shaped like animals or hand painted with pretty floral motifs. I even have one that opens up to the shape of a shamrock for good luck!

If a memento isn't what you would like to place in your locket, then a perfume locket may be just the thing for you. These pretty designs hold a solid perfume block so that you can add scent on the go. I have one in my Ruby Lane shop in a ring design instead of a necklace.

Here are a few designs from my Ruby Plaza Shop - Jewelry Lane. I am partial to flowers, so I love the hand painted ones. Which are your favorites?











Monday, June 27, 2011

Body Chains - Not just for Belly Dancers!

If you are a typical woman, you probably have a variety of chain necklaces in your jewelry wardrobe. Most of us might several different styles. They seem to add just the touch of pizazz to any neckline. Add a pendant to the look and you have a lovely accent to your outfit.

A hot new trend this season seems to be taking chain necklaces and pendants to a whole new level with the introduction of a piece of jewelry called a body chain. They have recently been spotted on a host of Hollywood starlets and this has given the jewelry makers the impetus to add them to their contemporary jewelry lines.

What is a body chain? It's is a combination of chains which combine the look of a pendant necklace with what might simply be described as a light version of chain mail! When I first started seeing them, the look reminded me a bit of the sorts of styles women used to wear when they were belly dancing. But you don't need to be in a harem to enjoy this popular new look.

The pendant part of the necklace is usually joined with vertical rows of chains and then the chains are joined at the hip or waist area with a long single chain. The whole thing drapes over a shirt, blouse or slim fitting top. With the summer season here, another popular look for them is to wear the chain over the top of a bikini for a sexy, hot look.

What do you think of the look? Yay or nay? The look is so sexy and alluring, I am guessing the guys will definitely vote yay!

The style shown here is one that I have recently added to my Jewelry Lane shop at Ruby Plaza. Priced at just $22, it's can be affordable new addition to your trendy jewelry wardrobe.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Hot New Fashion Trend - Earlaces - Rihanna Style

One of the hottest new trends in jewelry is a combination of earrings and necklaces called an earlace. The style has become very popular after R& B star Rihanna was seen wearing a pair recently. I can't keep them in my stores.

What is an earlace? Simply put it is a pair of earrings which is normally joined by a series of chains. Ever since the style became popular all sorts of embellishments have been added to the chains - rhinestones, glass beads, and most recently feathers, another fashion trend this season. I also have some with peace logo motifs and flowers in filigree settings which join the chains to the earrings.

Who knows whether this fashion trend will last, but right now, they are selling well, and I keep relisting them.

What do you think? Is an earlace the style for you?

Here are a few examples of some of the styles that I have just added. For more designs, head on over to Jewelry Lane at Ruby Plaza or my ebay Store Carolina Collections Jewelry.







Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Angelina Jolie to Launch a New Jewelry Line

Those of you who love to keep up with the latest in contemporary jewelry fashions may be interested to know that Angelina Jolie has launched a new line of jewelry called Style of Jolie.

Ms Jolie has been involved in the design process since she wanted to create some beautiful art around jewels with the mission of helping children.

YouTube has an interesting video of the collection that you can find here:

Sotheby's Puts an Emerald Tiara on the Auction Block in Geneva

I love to browse the offerings at Sotheby's Auction house. Of course, I can't afford anything...the prices are too rich for my blood, but I can still dream.

On May 17, 2011 Sotheby's will have an auction of Magnificent Jewels in Geneva. The highlight of the auction is the magnificent Emerald Tiara featured here. The piece is the most valuable emerald and diamond tiara to have appeared at auction in over 30 years.

For more information on this fabulous piece, the chairman of Sotheby's has prepared an online video which can be accessed on this page of the Sotheby's site. (be prepared - the video has some music playing.) The video is very informative and worth the time to view it. It discusses the history of the jewels in the crown and other aspects of the piece and previous owner.

To view other listings in the auction, please visit their online e catalogue to get a glimpse of more magnificent jewels.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Religious Jewelry is Always a popular choice

Wearing religious jewelry has always been a way for the faithful to proudly display their faith in a elegant way. But gone are the days of the only choice being a rosary or a small beaded bracelet.

Current fashion trends have changed all that and now the range of jewelry with a religious theme is vast and includes bracelets, pins, pendants, rings, earrings and the ever popular cross necklace.

I have just received a large range of religious jewelry styles and am listing them in my online stores. The designs are lovely, with many having rhinestone and turquoise gemstone accents.

Here are a few examples to give you an idea of the range. Prices start at about $6.99 and range to approximately $30. Some designs are limited in quantity, so hurry in for best choice.









You can view the whole range at my shop at Ruby Plaza - Jewelry Lane, or my Vintage Jewelry Mall Shop.

Saturday, April 9, 2011

It's Sale time at Carolina Collections - Cameos!!

Each week in my ebay store - Carolina Collections Vintage Jewelry, I offer a few items which I have placed on sale. This week is no exception. And this sale is close to my heart, as readers of my blog will realize. I've marked down a nice range of cameo costume jewelry. Here are a few pieces to whet your appetite. You can view the whole range of cameo jewelry which is reduced on the mark down page of my shop. Hurry, though...the sale ends in just a few days.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Sotheby's March 17 London Sale Results

Sotheby's auction house recently had a fabulous sale of jewelry in London. The sale was held on March 17 and the pieces were just wonderful. Among the listings were some delicate cannetille work jewels from the early 19th Century incorporating pink topaz; several Archaeological revival jewels from the mid 19th Century including an attractive bangle by Phillips of Cockspur Street.

One particular highlight was a very versatile late 19th Century jewel that can be worn as a corsage ornament, a tiara and also as a necklace, as well as converting to pendants, brooches and jewelled hair decorations.

Many jewels from the famous jewelry houses of Bulgari, Boucheron, Van Cleef & Arpels appeared in the sale. And from Cartier, a collection of beautiful hand-colored jewelry designs from the 40s and 50s was featured.

Here are some of my favorites:




For all of the results, you can see the list on this page of the Sotheby's website. The auction house is also currently taking consignments for their next sale of fine jewelry which will take place on July 13 in London.

Monday, March 7, 2011

Red Rhinestone Vintage Jewelry is a Hot Seller

Anyone who has dabbled in selling vintage jewelry will agree that red is one of the colors that always gets the most watchers and bids. It is so rich and regal, makes a perfect Valentine's day or Christmas present and can be worn anytime and still looks perfectly in fashion.

I have been lucky enough to acquire a fabulous full parure, pictured here, by vintage designer Judy Lee. Judy Lee was a signature used by Blanch-ette, Inc. and was founded in 1949 by Blanch and Aldo Viano in Chicago, IL, and was sold through home parties. It is rare for a set of this condition with all pieces intact to be offered together.

The set consists of a brooch, pair of clip back earrings and matching cuff bracelet with an open back. All of the pieces are set in gold tone metal.

The bracelet has a cut out design with a 1" band, and a front section with red glass rhinestones in dog tooth and prong settings. The earrings have a design which matches one half of the bracelet setting. The brooch features three of the clusters in a modified triangular shape. it also has a bale on the back, so that you can hang it from a chain if desired. (no chain is included.)

For more details and additional pictures, please visit my Ruby Lane Shop - The Finishing Touch Vintage Jewelry. The set is affordably priced at $135 and will not last long.

Monday, February 28, 2011

Michelle Obama Makes a Statement with her Earrings

Statement necklaces have been all the rage for the past year or so. Now, it appears that earrings may join them as a trend.

Michelle Obama wore a pair of large dangling enamel flower earrings last night for the White House Governor's Ball Dinner. It will be interesting to see if more designs follow.

Photo credit: Saul Loeb/AFP/ Getty Images

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