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Met Costume Institute Gala

SJP copy Sarah Jessica Parker wearing a Philip Treacy (www.philiptreacy.co.uk/) mohawk headpiece and Fred Leighton (www.fredleighton.com) jewels

Every May the Glitterati converge on the Metropolitan Museum of Art to benefit and celebrate the museum’s Costume Institute. The Who’s Who of fashion, entertainment and design all stalk the red carpet. Designers attend with their muses, dressing them in elaborate and sometimes over the top, trend setting creations.

It’s got to be one of the hottest tickets of the year in New York, and all of the fun and festivities took place this past Monday night. Can you believe my invite got lost in the mail again??

Everyone from Sarah Jessica Parker, Maggie Gyllenhaal,”Girls” star Lena Dunham, Beyonce, Sienna Miller, Nicki Minaj and many other stars and starlets alike all gathered to turn the 5th avenue shrine to art into a mecca for fashion and all that is fabulous.

Every year the gala focuses around a different theme and this year it is, PUNK: Chaos to Couture and it will be on exhibit from May 9th – August 14, 2013 (http://www.metmuseum.org/)

Stars went all out to pay homage to punk style, but one of the standouts was Sarah Jessica Parker. SJP wore a jeweled Mohawk headpiece by the London milliner Philip Treacy (http://www.philiptreacy.co.uk/) and a suite of 19th century diamond jewelry from the eponymous upper eastside estate jeweler Fred Leighton (www.fredleighton.com).

Costume Institute Gala for the 'PUNK: Chaos to Couture' exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 6, 2013 in New York City. SJP in the fabulous Philip Treacy scene stealing jeweled mohawk headpiece!

I’ve been out of commission for the past few days. My pup Julio passed away earlier in the week and  that’s why this blog is so late. He was a great little guy and I’m going to miss him everyday.

julio

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Porcelain Complexion

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As a kid I was a huge fan of Little House on the Prairie. Now, of course I loved Laura Ingalls and the idea of roughing it on the Prairie and all that, but come on who didn’t secretly want to be Nelly Olsen?

When I saw these floral painted beads they reminded me of the porcelain hurricane lamps that the Olsen’s had! I coupled the painted porcelain looking beads with carved wooden skulls and iridescent pink glass beads in an oxidized setting, for a vintage look.

Beautiful hand painted porcelain was popular in decorative arts as well as jewelry in the mid 19th to early 20th century. Everything from porcelain door knobs and pitchers for the home to personal adornments such as brooches are still sought after by collectors.

porcelian pendant Vintage painted porcelain pendant

“Way back in the late 1800s through about 1915, porcelain painting was a great fad for ladies throughout the nation. Thousands of American women purchased inexpensive materials and turned them into unique works of art, including jewelry and buttons. One reason jewelry of this nature is still plentiful may be the plain oval and round shapes and rather generic floral painting that oftentimes covers them.

They don’t have a really distinctive Victorian look, with the exception of pieces sporting ornate gold work along the outer edges or an occasional portrait piece featuring an Art Nouveau styled beauty. Those portrait pieces are generally priced higher than the floral pieces when in good condition.”(1)

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Stop by to say hi this Sunday April 7th, I’ll be at Artists and Fleas (www.artistsandfleas.com) in Williamsburg, Brooklyn with the whole collection!!!

And while you’re there check out Eight of Swords Tattoo (www.eightofswords.com) also in Williamsburg, to see their exclusive collection of my Good n’ Evil Protection Pendants

(1)Pamela Wiggins, “Painted Porcelain Jewelry and Buttons, A Book on a Fad Dating Back To the Late 1800’s” n.d. , <http://antiques.about.com/od/victorianandedwardian/fr/Painted-Jewelry-And-Buttons.htm&gt; (accessed April 3,2013).

 
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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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