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The Thrill Of The Hunt

223161935We’ve all got a little predatory nature in us. Thousands of years ago we needed that instinct to survive. Today, we might use it to snag the perfect guy, perfect job or perfect apartment. Or, if you’re like me you use your predatory instincts to make the ultimate acquisition, and then the next and the next.

As any experienced, well versed shopper/collector/jewelry fanatic knows, too much is never enough!

Waiting to pounce until just the right moment, measuring our step and biding our time, skulking around the handbag display and slithering toward the object of your desire, until you pounce. The high only lasts a few weeks or a month at best (depending on the size of my “kill”) and then I need another fix. That’s the thing, no matter how many times I’ve said this is all I want, I don’t want to buy anything else after this, there’s always something else! There is an ever evolving list of things to buy in my head!

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So, I guess part of what I’m wondering is, is it just the thrill of the hunt, the stalk, thinking about how it will be to possess the current object of your desire, knowing you can wear it whenever you want, that it’s part of your collection, the moment you swipe your card, or actually wearing your new jewel?

Sometimes for me, just knowing I have something in my jewelry box is enough, then once I have it I’m on to the next thing.

After weeks or months of planning, possibly making multiple trips to see it, imagining how it will feel to own it and what you’ll wear it with, is it just a let down?

The real question is, does a new jewel, shoe or handbag lose some of it’s sparkle after it’s yours?

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Posted by on April 29, 2013 in Jewelry

 

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Think Big!

giant pearls  Check out this giant ceramic pearl sculpture from British artist and jewelry designer Nicola Malkin – http://www.nicolamalkin.com/

In the 1980’s, there was a store on West Broadway, in Soho called Think Big!  I was so fascinated by this place and it’s giant ketchup bottles, six foot tall pencils and four foot wide tennis rackets. They sold larger than life versions of everyday items, long before Mc Donalds started super sizing. I bugged my parents for something and eventually they bought me a two foot high book of matches. In their defense, I think that was the least expensive thing in the store.

giant earring Giant jewelry as urban street art from Dutch artist Liesbet Bussche – http://www.liesbetbussche.com/urban.html

One thing they didn’t have was giant sized jewelry. Someone I use to work with told me that the older you get, the larger your jewelry gets. Now, I’m starting to understand what she was talking about. When I first started really wearing and buying jewelry for myself, two of my first purchases we’re a miniature diamond cross and a very delicate diamond line bracelet. I’m probably the same size I was then (about 16 years ago) or tinier, but the cross and the bracelet both look microscopic now! I rarely wear either piece now, and if I do I layer them with other things, like about five other bracelets!

ball studs big Another piece from Nicola Malkin http://www.nicolamalkin.com/

There are tons of things I love now, they I never would have worn back then. Why is it that the older you get your perception of size changes. Whether or not I understand the reason why, it can only mean one thing for me, in another ten years I’ll be wearing tennis ball size earrings and rings the size of crystal ashtrays!

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Posted by on April 24, 2013 in Jewelry

 

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Feeling Blue

jessica biel tiffJessica Biel in a Tiffany archives-inspired brooch in platinum, from the 2013 Blue Book Collection brooch of round and cushion-cut diamonds inspired by a design from the French Crown Jewels

The name Tiffany and Co. (www.tiffany.com) conjures up images of Audrey Hepburn in a chic black Givenchy, clutching a pastry and cup of coffee peering in the window, little blue boxes, and for me (because I worked at a jewelry store on fifth avenue a few blocks away from Tiffany) crowds of tourists gathering outside on a Saturday morning long before they open.

Gwyneth-Paltrow-In-Ralph-Lauren-Tiffany-Co-Blue-Book-Ball  Gwyneth Paltrow in a Tiffany butterfly brooch with black opals, Montana sapphires and diamonds in platinum, from the 2013 Blue Book Collection.

“Founded by Charles Lewis Tiffany and John B. Young in New York City in 1837 as a “stationery and fancy goods emporium,” the store initially sold a wide variety of stationery items, and operated as Tiffany, Young and Ellis in Lower Manhattan. The name was shortened to Tiffany & Co. in 1853 when Charles Tiffany took control, and the firm’s emphasis on jewelry was established.” [1]

“Tiffany’s celebrated Blue Book, the jeweler’s annual publication that showcases the latest and most spectacular jewels in all their glamour and brilliance, has been arriving in customers’ mail boxes since 1845. It is the first mail order catalogue to be distributed in the U.S. The Blue Book archive forms a detailed chronology of Tiffany’s role in the evolution of American design. Early Blue Books showcase lavish diamonds, including French and Spanish crown jewels reset in exquisite Tiffany settings, which marked the first appearance of major gemstones in the U.S., and an astonishing array of jewels that won gold medals at the great world’s fairs of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. These are followed by Blue Books that feature the platinum age of diamonds in the 1920’s, Cocktail-Style jewelry in the 1940’s and 1950’s, and dazzling creations in every era since.” [2]

Sarah-Jessica-Parker-In-Vintage-Vicky-Tiel-Tiffany-Co-Blue-Book-Ball  Sarah Jessica Parker in a Tiffany necklace with a round tanzanite and diamonds in platinum, from the 2013 Blue Book Collection.

This past Friday night, Tiffany & Co. launched their 2013 Blue Book Collection and celebrated at their Blue Book Ball. Held at Rockefeller Center in New York City, it was a celebrity packed event where stars such as Sarah Jessica Parker, Gwyneth Paltrow, Carey Mulligan, Kate Hudson, Jessica Biel, Michelle Williams and Carolyn Murphy among others looked their best in what else, but Tiffany & Co. jewels!

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[1] “Tiffany & Co.” n.d., <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tiffany_%26_Co.&gt; (accessed April 21, 2013).

[2] “Tiffany & Co. For The Press n.d., < http://press.tiffany.com/ViewBackgrounder.aspx?backgrounderId=30 >(accessed April 21,2013)

 
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Posted by on April 21, 2013 in Jewelry

 

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Real Men Wear jewelry?

skullringhttp://www.badassjewelry.com/stainless-steel-mechanical-skull-ring-dbssr005.html

For years men’s jewelry was relegated to one or maybe two display cases in the furthest corner of most jewelry stores. In general you would see the same stuff wherever you went, gold chains, an ID bracelet, crosses, and a few rings, an onyx one and the mall favorite “DAD”.

Then of course there was my stint as manager of the men’s department at the store I worked at on Fifth Avenue. For a month straight I tried to organize what seemed like a million pairs of cufflinks and silver key rings, exciting stuff.

skullnroses http://www.skullnroses.net/servlet/the-17/biker-silver-bracelet-prison/Detail

Men’s jewelry has gone through a lot of changes in the past few years, and guys seem to be wearing a lot more than just a watch and a wedding band. Collections have gotten a lot more fashion forward and edgier. Sterling and stainless steel have made pieces a lot more casual and wearable. With companies like Skull n Roses, King Baby, Versani and Bad Ass Jewelry all doing some cool stuff.

kingbaby https://kingbabystudio.com/search.asp?action=browse&cat=pendants

Recently, I’ve had a few guys asking if I do a men’s collection, so I’m working on some things and I’ll keep everyone posted on when they’re finished!

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Posted by on April 16, 2013 in Jewelry

 

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Game of Jewels

got 3     got 9 Striped agate 19th century pendant http://www.morninggloryantiques.com/collectVictAgate.htm

Every time I tune into Game of Thrones, I’m struck by a few things, the sheer brutal, barbaric nature of it, the brilliant conniving manipulative characters and…the jewelry!

The show takes place in a fantasy world with no direct correlation to any one particular time in history. Instead it is more of an amalgam of elements from different periods. George R.R. Martin, author of A Song of Ice and Fire, on which Game of Thrones is based, has admitted to reading everything he can find about medieval history. However, along with Medeival influences, there are also Victorian and Gothic touches in the costumes and jewelry.

got 7  got 8 Multicolor 19th century agate bracelet http://www.morninggloryantiques.com/collectVictAgate.htm

One particular style of Victorian jewelry that seems very Game of Thrones to me is, Scottish Agate jewelry.  “Gothic and Celtic Revivals were already well under way when Queen Victoria ascended the throne. Her own romantic attachment to ancient and medieval history was certainly influential in furthering the public’s preoccupation of the past.

got 4   got 11  Scottish agate 19th brooch http://www.morninggloryantiques.com/collectVictAgate.htm

In 1848, after Queen Victoria purchased Balmoral , a castle in Scotland, everyone became enamored of Scottish motifs. Circular Scottish plaid pins, heraldic crests, dirks and claymores (knives and swords), thistles and St. Andrew’s crosses (Scottish national emblems), were all made into jewelry.” (1)  These jewels  we’re most often set with opaque stones in earth tone colors, such as red and orange jasper, bloodstone, striped agate, malachite, as well as citrine and amethyst.

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(1) Christie Romero, Warman’s Jewelry, Identification and Price Guide (Iola: Krause, 2002), 47

 
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Posted by on April 15, 2013 in Jewelry

 

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Hi, My Name Is

carrie-400x400 Sarah Jessica Parker wearing the iconic Patricia Field “Carrie” necklace on Sex and The City

For your very own custom Patricia Field nameplate necklace click here http://www.patriciafield.com/customcarrienameplatenecklaces.aspx

As I was going through some old photos, simultaneously amazed and horrified at all of my 80’s fabulousness I was inspired for a flashback Friday blog about nameplates necklaces. Yeh, I know it’s Saturday, so I’m a little late.

If you grew up in New York in the 1980’s you know exactly what I’m talking about and you might still have one hidden in the back of your jewelry box. Long before Sex and The City was even a column in the NY Observer and Patricia Field designed the iconic “Carrie” nameplate for Sarah Jessica Parker’s character, we we’re rockin’ these in Brooklyn. But, we we’re so a head of the trend, we we’re just plain tacky.

christina nameplate  If you must wear a nameplate necklace this site has a huge selection – http://www.etsy.com/listing/111823166/3d-nameplate-necklace-name-jewelry?ref=market

Some of them had diamonds, a swirl underneath, diamond cutting or maybe even a tricolor flower or two if you we’re really lucky. Back in the day, (the day being mid 80’s in Canarsie, Brooklyn) owning a nameplate was almost a rite of passage, it was taken seriously. We didn’t buy them at street fairs like Carrie Bradshaw did, they we’re “good” jewelry, and no well dressed girl was complete without one. Well, a nameplate necklace, frosty pink lipstick, big hair, slouch socks and a scrunchy. Ahh, the 80’s

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Posted by on April 13, 2013 in Jewelry

 

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Georgian Treasures

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As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, I’m a slightly obsessed jewelry fanatic and collector. I have a huge collection of jewelry, and although the majority of it is not made up of rare, antique, one of a kind, super valuable, signed or difficult to find pieces, they are all treasures to me.

The most interesting jewels I have are the estate pieces I’ve collected. One in particular actually is a treasure. A pair of Late Georgian period Spanish Emerald earrings. The Georgian period stretched from 1714 to approximately 1837, during the reigns of George I, II, III and IV, in Great Britain.

My earrings date from the late 18th century, around 1780. The earrings are set with square, table cut emeralds, in a yellow gold (probably 15 kt), ornate, scroll pattern openwork setting.  The back of the setting is closed, and the stones are probably foil backed. Foil backing was a popular jewelry setting technique of the period, where a sheet of a colored foil lined the setting to enhance the color of gemstones.

emerald earrs

The earrings are a pendeloque style, which was a popular look during the Georgian period. They are basically a pear shape drop suspended from a bow shaped center with a cluster top at the ear.

“The Pendeloque grew out of the 18th century trend of the girandole, in which three drops suspended from a bow, while a Pendeloque is just one drop. The Spanish and Portuguese colonization of South America in the 16th century lead to an explosion of gold and fine gems on the European market, with emeralds from the famous Muzo mines in Columbia, topaz and other precious gems from Brazil.” (1)

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I had the original ear hook removed and replaced with a post, for easier wear. However, it’s generally never a good idea to alter antique jewelry, because it is more valuable in it’s original form.

Well, after this discussion about my earrings I can’t wait to wear them out, it’s been awhile! Sometimes, half the fun is just knowing you have something in your jewelry box, not necessarily wearing it. Spoken like a true jewelry hoarding collector freakshow!!!

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(1) Metier Paris <http://www.rubylane.com/item/403702-JY_ear_spem1/Spanish-Pendeloque-Emerald-Earrings-C&gt; (accessed April 10, 2013)

 
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Posted by on April 10, 2013 in Jewelry

 

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