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Metaphor For Love?

parrot pearl2A friend of mine, who has been a jewelry collector for years recently decided it was time to clean out her closet. Well, she found this necklace and thought maybe I could take it apart and use the pieces to make something new, because I try to incorporate vintage findings and other bits of old jewelry into my pieces whenever possible.

My jewelry collection (www.fromtheashesvintagejewels.com) is inspired by antique and vintage jewelry and I love to lend my jewelry a bit of history and make each one a unique, one of a kind jewel.

This necklace is from the 1970’s, from a company called Parrot Pearls. They we’re based in San Fransisco and we’re known for these (I think, really strange) ceramic necklaces. I didn’t know what to do with this thing, I still don’t really.

But, I pick it up everyday, and realized just this morning that it may be a metaphor for life and love. Or, I might just be really jaded! The heart is broken and the groom is missing a leg! I mean c’mon it’s hilarious!

She found the broken pieces a few days ago, but I like it better this way. A groom with a missing limb and a busted up heart! Well, on that note happy Valentines Day, and sure hope you get lucky because that’ll make at least one of us!

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Pinky Tuscadero

morganite heart

Pink diamonds. Which one of us wouldn’t want one of those? But, the real question is, who could actually afford one? A better option for most of us, especially, if you buy your own jewelry (like I always do, unfortunately) is Morganite. Morganite is a gorgeous pale, peachy, blush pink color, that is affordable and often found in large sized stones.

I’m going to try not to get too gemologisty on you, but it is part of the Beryl family of gemstones. This is really interesting (ok, maybe I just find it interesting because I’m secretly a gemology nerd), because the most well known Beryl stones are Emerald and Aquamarine,( which are green and blue) and could’nt be further from Morganite. They are often referred to as pink Emeralds or pink Beryl and have been found in Brazil, Madagascar and Namibia, among others. “The gem entered the American market in 1911 when Tiffany & Co. introduced it and named it in honor of J.P. Morgan.” (1)

The sherbety pink stones look especially yummy set into rose gold, like my ring above, because it helps to intensfy the color. I’m usually NEVER a heart person, meaning I don’t like heart shaped jewelry and stones, but I fell in love with the color (and you will too) and just had to have it. There’s no better time of the year than Valentines Day to check it out, and while you’re at it –

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Oh, and I couldn’t resist the Pinky Tuscadero reference, being a life long Happy Days fan!!

(1) www.gemsociety.org/info/gems/morganite.htm

 

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Seeing Red

loose rubiesWith Valentine’s day right around the corner (guys are you listening?), I’m inspired by everything red and frilly, and rubies are definitely on that list. Rubies are one of the most beloved gemstones in the world and are often referred to as one of “the big three” precious gemstones, which are rubies, emeralds and sapphires.

Who wouldn’t love a big honking ruby for Valentine’s day, (or any day for that matter!)? Some of the most beautiful rubies in the world have historically come from Burma, now called Myanmar. The most highly prized color of Burmese rubies is referred to as “Pigeon’s Blood”. Unfortunately, most of us can’t afford one of these jewels, so there are alternative red gems to set your heart a-flutter!

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Throughout history, may famous red stones that we’re once thought to be rubies, we’re later proven to be spinel. Probably, the most famous example is the Black Prince’s Ruby, set in the British Royal Crown Jewels. Actually, at one point in time all red gemstones we’re thought to be rubies, until advances we’re made in gemological testing. Wow! I just said gemological testing, I’m really nerding out today!! Fine, I’m actually a closet geek, guess the secret’s out!

Spinel, red especially, isn’t easy to find at retail. But, another much more common red gemstone is garnet. Often, garnet is found in stores in a brownish red variety called Almandite. However, “Pyrope garnet is the most famous of the red garnets. It’s dark, blood red color is attractive, distinct and attractive, often resembling the color of ruby.” (1)

Then, there are also things like, dyed and color coated quartz and topaz, which are super cheap and can come in any color of the rainbow.

So happy shopping, whatever the budget may be!

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1. www.gemselect.com/pyrope-garnet-info.php

 

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Keep It Simple Boys

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Jewelry, chocolate, perfume, yoga mat…YOGA MAT??? That’s right, one year I received a yoga mat for Valentines Day. That same boyfriend later gave me a pillow, salad chopping kitchen shears (yeh, think it was an “as seen on tv” thing), a computer and a heart rate monitor for other holidays. I know, you’re probably wondering why I stuck around after the yoga mat, I guess I was hopeful.

His reasoning behind all of these super romantic, oh- so- sentimental gifts was that since I was a Gemologist and worked in the jewelry business he couldn’t possibly buy me any jewelry! WHAT??? That’s insane!!! Yeh, why would you give the girl who’s crazy about jewelry, spends all day around it, eat, sleeps and dreams about it, any jewelry???

Just keep it simple boys. Don’t over think the gift giving, and don’t try to be too original. Stick to the classics, and jewelry is a classic for a reason, WE ALL LOVE IT!!!! The big jewelry companies have already done the work for you, now you just have to fork over some cash.

Diamonds studs are always a great choice, but incase you aren’t sure if she has her ears pierced, you can never go wrong with a pendant or necklace. Bracelets and rings can get tricky too if you aren’t sure about the size she wears. But,feel confident knowing that as long as it’s sparkly and comes in a velvet box you can’t screw up too bad!

Happy shopping, Valentines Day is only two weeks away!

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