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Watch This

watchI have a friend’s wedding to go to in a few weeks and while trying to put together my outfit and jewelry, I thought of something.

My Jewelry pet peeve #652 – When women wear watches out at night, especially with something formal. I know you’re probably thinking this is petty, but this is the kind of stuff I’m tuned into. Jewelry is usually the first thing I’ll notice when it comes to what someone is wearing, I zoom in like radar! I just don’t get it, you changed your shoes, you changed your dress, change the jewelry too!

In general I don’t think watches go with formal dresses (I hate that word, but nothing else really works either, like evening dress?), anyway leave it at home. There’s no reason to wear your office Seiko, with your Valentino. If you do insist on wearing a watch out at night make it something sparkly! Or if a ton of sparkle isn’t quite your thing, a cool antique or vintage style watch with a delicate face and a black cord or satin bracelet works too!

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The only thing with antique watches is that they often do not keep time reliably, sometimes even after having them overhauled. So, if it’s a super gorgeous piece you can just wear it as a bracelet if it doesn’t work. I had a friend that collected watches and while I think all of hers worked, she didn’t always have them set correctly or even have batteries in them, so hers were always for show. When I worked at Fred Leighton we sold beautiful estate watches, diamond art deco pieces and 1940’s “tutti frutti” watches set with carved rubies, sapphires and emeralds. Those aren’t the type of timepieces that most of us can afford (me included) but there are plenty of other options out there.

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Land of Make Believe

So, this will be the first installment (of many) of my dream personal jewelry wish list.  Now, I hope this doesn’t come off the wrong way. I’m generally a fortunate person, I don’t “need” anything and I’m grateful for everything that I do have. I’m not disgruntled because I can’t shop like a trust fund baby, but it’s always fun to play make believe!

My Have to Have “Classics” Jewelry Wish list

1 – A pair of 1960’s David Webb rock crystal quartz and diamond cuff bracelets – Yes, they weigh a ton and you could probably knock yourself out with them if you aren’t careful, but my god they’re so much fun!

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2 – A giant radiant cut canary diamond ring with white trilliant cut diamond sides, need I say more? Oh, and I’m a size five in case anyone is wondering.

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3 – 18k yellow gold Cartier Tank Francaise watch – Cartier’s signature Tank timepiece debuted in 1917, and was inspired by the world’s first armored tank.

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4 – A killer 19 century old mine diamond necklace in an oxidized silver topped yellow gold setting – Because you’ll be the only bitch in the room wearing it.

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Greek Dressing

SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERAThis is a new addition to my collection. The Romanesque necklace is inspired by 19th century Greco – Roman Revival jewelry. “Victorians we’re fascinated with ancient history. For them history meant revivals. Archeological discoveries and published accounts of ancient historical events and epics prompted revivals of jewelry styles from ancient and medieval cultures.” (1) There we’re other styles of revivalist jewelry as well during the 19th century, such as Etruscan, Archaeological and  Renaissance Revival.

The centerpiece of the necklace is a vintage green glass intaglio pendant depicting a warrior in profile. This was a typical motif in Greco-Roman Revivalist jewelry, which remained a popular movement in design from the mid 19 century onward.

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The intaglio pendant is suspended from a vintage, antique gold tone chain in a swag style, accented with tiny textured, antique silver toned cross charms.

But don’t let all of this historical crap scare you off. The Romanesque necklace is an easy to wear piece with plenty of casual cool, that looks great with jeans and a T shirt!

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1. Christie Romero, Warman’s Jewelry, Identification and Price Guide (Iola, WI: Krause, 2002),55.

 

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Fool’s Gold

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I have to admit, that I’ve never been a fan of marcasite and would never imagine myself wearing it. I’ve always seen lots of it at flea markets and on rotating displays at street fairs. To me the faux vintage look always seemed like the domain of grandmothers and business women in sweater sets. Definitely, NOT something I would wear, that is until recently.

A friend of mine inherited the responsibility of cleaning out her aunt’s house. There was a ton of jewelry in it and there we’re only a handful of pieces that her aunt actually wanted. So as payment for helping her sort through all of it, she let me choose whatever I wanted.

In the piles and piles of jewelry her aunt had accumulated over 30 plus years, I found a fantastic vintage marcasite necklace. I didn’t think I would ever wear it, but I couldn’t resist having it! Most marcasite jewelry you see is usually intricate, antique style designs set with faceted pyrite stones. Pyrite is an opaque stone with a brassy yellow color and a metallic sheen. During the California gold rush, a lot of miners mistaken thought they found gold, when it was actually pyrite. This is why the stone is often referred to as fool’s gold.

So, I’ve found myself wearing it a lot. I’ve been layering it up with long beaded chains and it actually looks really cool and rock n’ roll. Of course you have to wear it with the right thing too.  Think black tank, skull t shirt, nothing serious or we’re back to miss sweater set.

Next time you’re rummaging around a flea market or your grandmother’s jewelry box, keep your eyes peeled for a cool marcasite piece.

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Ship Ahoy

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Woo hoo!! The website is officially up & running as of today!!!!   Take a peek – www.fromtheashesvintagejewels.com

I built it myself. That’s right, rolled up my sleeves, put on the ol’ tool belt, hooked up my caffeine iv. Didn’t know I had it in me. Sure, I used an “easy” do – it – yourself website builder, but I’m a tech reject. Nothing is easy, and if you’ve ever attempted to use one of those things, you know what I mean. I’m a paper and pen kind of girl, I’ll take a notebook over the computer any day!!

So far, there are three categories – Bracelets, Necklaces and Earrings. I’m working on some rings and I’ll be adding new pieces weekly. I can also do custom pieces, and customize a lot of the pieces that are already on the website. So, drop me a line if you have any questions or ideas –  Angela info@fromtheashesvintagejewels.com .

The pieces I create are heavily influenced by the jewelry of the Georgian, Victorian, Edwardian and Art Nouveau periods, along with a rock n’ roll edge and tongue in cheek sensibility. Also inspired by the religious art and architecture of Europe I’ve experienced on my travels, I appreciate the beauty of religious icons.

I try to interpret my many influences in a casual, wearable way, to easily integrate my pieces with your unique style. The one of a kind jewels I create incorporate bits and pieces of vintage jewelry and findings. I believe in taking broken, discarded things from the ashes and giving them a new life. Reuse, recycle, repurpose.

From the Ashes Vintage Jewels Creating Modern Heirlooms With Edge – Antique and Vintage Inspired One of a Kind Creations

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Bad Gift On Board

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“Push” presents, God how I hate that term. It just conjures up a horrendous series of images in my head. How about the old standby – baby gift, that still works.

Anyway, I have a friend who’s expecting her third child. Her husband recently called asking my opinion on the push baby gift he planned to give her. A locket. Really, for the third time? Who needs three floral engraved lockets, and why does every guy think once a woman gets knocked up she suddenly losses all sense of who she is and morphs into some kind of mindless mommy drone who thinks yellow gold heart shaped lockets are the absolute height of fashion?

If he still insists on giving her yet another locket, I suggested something a hell of a lot more interesting, like the piece below. Now that is pretty freaking fantastic. An antique, 19c. Victorian gold locket with fringe and seed pearls. You can still stick a pic of the kid inside, but it’s got a bit of rock n’ roll edge and none of the other mommies will have the same one!

FringeNecklace When I worked at a high end estate jeweler on Madison ave, I was constantly and usually pretty successfully pushing the Dads- to- be in a more diamondy direction than a gold locket. Because I know, if another human being came out of me, all Alien style, I’d need a diamond about the size of an old school crystal doorknob.

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Have You Had Your Iron Today?

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For a number of years I worked at a super high profile, red carpet, estate jeweler to the stars, in NYC. The pieces that passed through my hands would boggle the mind of any jewelery maniac, the type of things most people only get to see at museum. As a result, I learned about the different periods and characteristics of jewelry design, which influences a lot of what I do.

I recently designed a pair of earrings (Wisdom antique goldtone filigree chandeliers -pic above) inspired by the Berlin Iron jewelry of the early 19th century (**WARNING –  SHAMELESS PROMOTION TIME**)  & you can check them out on my Etsy store – http://fromtheashesjewels.etsy.com !!!!

Developed in Germany around 1806, Berlin Iron jewelry was made of sand cast iron lacquered in black. The designs were often very lacy, open and lightweight, featuring floral motifs. The pieces were rarely ever set with stones, instead focusing on the beauty of the delicate metal work. Berlin Iron jewelry was often worn during periods of mourning.

 

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