Friday, January 29, 2010
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Monday, January 25, 2010
As demonstrated during the Golden Globes last week, off the shoulder dresses were a big hit and the jewelry wasn't the prominent feature, although that point could be argued when Kate showed up in $1.75 million dollars worth of Cartier jewelry.
Her look was my favorite one of the night. Kate showed up in a form fitting open back wite Emilio Pucci gown with a Cartier diamond sautoir necklace draped down the back of the opening of the gown. I've seen necklaces used like this in the past, and also long strands of pearls used this way, and I love the look. Perhaps it will set a trend for 2010, but in a less expensive way.
Hudson finished off the dazzling look with briolette diamond and baguette diamond drop earrings, a 15.65 carat emerald cut diamond ring, and a diamond cocktail ring.
Now this is what I call an amazing entrance.
Friday, January 22, 2010
An aigrette is an ornate jewelled ornament which is worn in the hair. It is often decorated with feathers or glitter. Aigrettes were very popular in the early 20th century. The word comes from the the French word "egret", a white heron prized for its beautiful plumage.
The term also refers to a spray of gemstones worn on a hat or in the hair. One famous aigrette features a 61.50 carat (12.3 g) whiskey-colored diamond, "The Eye of the Tiger", was mounted by Cartier in a breathtaking turban aigrette for the Maharajah of Nawanagar in 1934.
The following are two photos of aigrettes. The second photo is the prized Eye of the Tiger.
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
The rare personal keepsake will hit the auction block at Christie's New York on January 22. The estimate for it is US$40,000-80,000.
Monday, January 18, 2010
Friday, January 15, 2010
The traditional symbol of love is the heart, and the color red is also associated with love, so what could be a better choice for your loved one than a piece of red heart jewelry? It is the perfect choice for your other half, and also for other loved ones such as mothers, grandmothers, daughters and best friends.
Here are some choices. Perhaps one of them would be perfect for your cherished person.
The pieces are available on Vintage Jewelry Lane and Vintage Jewelry Mall. Just click the pictures to go to the items. Prices range from $8.99 to $19.99. Others styles available too!
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
But the biggest reason is that I have been knee deep in a complete renovation of my two websites Vintage Jewelry Lane and Vintage Jewelry Mall. I've had to undertake this because I am adding a full fledged shopping cart to the sites and it was actually easier to redo the two sites instead of trying to fix the coding on the sites as they are now.
Easier, but certainly not without a huge amount of time. I've been working around the clock to get all the stock transferred to the new cart as well as recoding all the pages. Any of you who have ever done a website from scratch know what an undertaking this is!
The look will be more sleek and modern and the navigation will be vastly improved. Search will now give PICTURES instead of the words it does now. (One of my biggest loves) Believe me when I say, you will be in for a treat when the sites go live in a few weeks.
So this is just a tease to get you interested. Stay tuned. I'll keep you updated as I progress. There will be a few parts of the site not quite ready when I make the move to the cart. The resource library will be getting updated after the site goes live. I may also move the blog to the site to, so that everything is all in one house. I haven't quite made that decision yet.
Saturday, January 9, 2010
In 1886 a salesman named David McConnell founded a company which he called the California Perfume Company. Initially, the company only had five lines for sale - all perfumes. David was later joined by Mrs. Persis Albee. They were both strong believers in the direct door to door method of marketing their product. P
Wednesday, January 6, 2010
How about this fabulous demi with red rhinestones? It might be just the perfect Valentine's day gift to yourself! Also available at the Finishing Touch for $35.
For the romantic person who loves flowers, this fabulous micro mosaic brooch might be just the stunner that you are looking for. Perfect to wait out the cold winter months until the flowers bloom again. It's $45 and is available at the Finishing Touch Vintage Jewelry.
Monday, January 4, 2010
To get an idea of the normal garnet color, break open a pomegranate and inspect the tiny glossy red seeds inside the fruit. After doing this, you may understand why the word garnet comes from the Latin word "granatus" which originated when garnet grains in rock were compared to the dark red seeds of the pomegranate fruit.
To the ancient gemologists, the garnet was a tiny glossy red gem, which was just bursting with fire and brilliance. Garnets are formed in nature when high temperatures and/or pressure are present. It can be any density from transparent to opaque and has a specific gravity between 3.4 and 4.3. Garnets have been used as gemstones in jewelry for thousands of years.
Even though people tend to think of a garnet as a blood red gemstone mentioned above, it actually occurs in every color except blue. The varieties are named for their color with names such as rhodolite (purplish red), hessonite (orange, cinnamon, or pinkish variety) and tsavorite (dark green) etc.
Garnets are of moderate hardness, ranging from 6.5 to 7.5 on the Mohs scale of hardness. However, garnets lack cleavage, so when they break, they fracture into sharp, irregular pieces. Their durability and hardness make them popular gemstones for jewelry.
These gemstones are mined all over the world but the largest deposits are found in the Arizona, Australia, Brazil, South Africa, Argentina, Burma, Scotland, Switzerland and Tanzania. Unfortunately, many garnets mined are not of sufficient quality to be used in fine jewelry.
The garnet is the gemstone for those born in January and is also that associated with the Zodiac sign Aquarius. It is often given as a gift for the second or 6th wedding anniversary.
For those interested in metaphysics, the garnet has a long folk lore history tied to it. It is thought to have powers that affect healing, strength, and protection. Many people wear it to relieve inflammations of the skin, and is believed to regulate the heart and blood flow and aid in curing depression.
Are you a January baby? How lucky you are to have this wonderful gemstone associated with your birth month.
Saturday, January 2, 2010
The site is called LuShae Jewelry and they have a lovely range of individually handcrafted jewelry items. The company specializes in cultured freshwater and saltwater pearls, precious and semi-precious gemstones, and precious metals in their designs. They cover most styles of jewelry but seem to focus on rings, earrings and necklaces.
I came across the site before Christmas and one of their lovely ring designs, shown in the photo here, ended under the tree for my daughter, who was just delighted with it. The design is called "Uptown Classic" and is fashioned in White Gold Rhodium with a Prong Handset Tanzanite Stone. It has an interlooping band design with clear cubic zirconias and is just lovely.
Although the company is based in Australia, the ring was delivered very quickly even though I didn't order it until December 14, so their customer service is also top notch. If you would like to view some of their other designs, please visit their Jewelry Art Design website.