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Give Thanks!!!

Before the Black Friday madness and general holiday frenzy ensues, before the next month rushes past us in a flurry of holiday sales, cocktail parties and sugar cookies I wanted to thank the Universe for all of the good in my life.

I have great parents who are always there for me, a couple of furry creatures that make me laugh my ass off at the end of a long day, a handful of close friends and more love than I ever thought possible.

Over the past few years I’ve really come to appreciate the merits of living a simple life, both emotionally and materialistically, a clutter free mind and apartment!

But, with that being said I’m sitting here contemplating a midnight run to Target!

Well, Happy Thanksgiving and happy shopping!

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Posted by on November 28, 2013 in Jewelry

 

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Field Trip!

picstitchA few more pics from my trip to the museum – (clockwise from left) gold specimens, ammonite (ancient marine fossil) and a large quartz crystal formation

Just incase you been obsessively checking your phone, looking for my latest blog (which I doubt, but I would love it if you we’re!!) I apologize for posting this about 4 days late. I started a new job on monday, one where you have to show up really early, every day of the week!!! It’s been awhile since I’ve had to do that and it’ll take a bit of readjusting.

The museum of Natural History (http://www.amnh.org/) has always been my favorite in New York and since I started a new job yesterday as a diamond grader, I thought a trip to the gemology exhibit was in order over the weekend. What could be better than submerging myself neck-deep in gems, minerals and priceless jewels?

The gemology exhibit is made up of two parts – the Harry Frank Guggenheim Hall of Minerals and the Morgan Memorial Gem Hall. “Drawn from the Museum’s collection of more than 100,000 minerals and gems, specimens in this hall are organized by mineral group, including diamond, sapphire and ruby, emerald and other beryls, opal, garnet, and many others. Rare and unusual gems, synthetic gemstones, and precious metals such as gold, platinum, and silver are also on display. Several exhibit cases feature decorative objects and jewelry spanning three millennia and various cultures.” (1)

Two of the standouts from the collection are the Patricia Emerald and the Star of India, blue star sapphire.

The impressive 632 ct Patricia Emerald exhibits the vibrant bluish-green hue that is highly regarded as the best emerald color and often indicative of stones from Colombia. This large example was mined in Colombia, and has been left uncut to exhibit the natural crystal structure of emerald.

patricia emerald The Patricia Emerald http://www.amnh.org/exhibitions/permanent-exhibitions/earth-and-planetary-sciences-halls/morgan-memorial-hall-of-gems/patricia-emerald

The Star of India holds the distinction of being the largest gem  blue star sapphire in the world at 563 cts. Even more impressive is the age of the beautiful blue stone, approximately 2 billion years old! The sapphire exhibits a type of phenomenon referred to as asterism. Asterism is when a group of long, needle thin mineral inclusions intersect within a stone creating a star – like effect.

star of india The Star of India http://www.amnh.org/exhibitions/permanent-exhibitions/earth-and-planetary-sciences-halls/morgan-memorial-hall-of-gems/star-of-india

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(1) American Museum of Natural History “Permanent Exhibitions”http://www.amnh.org/exhibitions/permanent-exhibitions/earth-and-planetary-sciences-halls/morgan-memorial-hall-of-gems (accessed May 21,2013)

 
 

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Planes, Trains and Travel Jewelry

Planes, Trains and Travel Jewelry

So, as I wait for the train to make yet another trip to CT to have work done on my tattoo at Hope Gallery (check them out at http://www.hopegallerytattoo.com and Tim Harris does my work) I’m thinking about traveling and travel jewelry.

True, a trip to New Haven via Metro North doesn’t really qualify as a trip, but anytime I have to step foot into Grand Central it feels like a major journey!

The concept of travel jewelry has always seemed like a weird thing to me. The idea that women with venerable jewelry collections would feel ok about wearing fakes, oh excuse me Travel Jewelry , while traveling but they wouldn’t dare to do that at home.

Is that akin to my belief that calories consumed or money spent abroad don’t count? They some how fall into the chasm of the Atlantic when you’re flying over head or the change in time zones makes them null and void?

There are companies that just specialize in Travel Jewelry. Somehow referring to it that way, as opposed to costume makes it seems more exotic and desirable, or maybe that’s just me.

Lanciani (www.lanciani.com) is one such company, and I’ve passed their shops on Madison and Lexington avenues many times, peered into the window and wondered who really buys that stuff? Is it just too difficult to be seperated from your sparkly baubles while you bake on the beach for a week, so much so that you have to run out and buy a copy?

Well, now on second thought it might be and people don’t travel in the same style the way they use to, so if this helps, why not!

By the way if this post looks weird it’s because I’m using the mobile site on my phone, so my fingers are crossed and I’m hoping for the best!

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What Came First?

chick and egg   The age old question – “what came first, the chicken or the egg?” has been puzzling us for years, and it also raises another question – What comes first, the jewelry or the outfit?

When getting dressed the other day, I wondered, do you plan the jewelry around the outfit or the other way around? Well, like any good jewelry fanatic knows that answer is simple – it’s the jewels!
I could go out without a stitch of clothing (not that I would) and still feel completely “done” if I’m properly accessorized and bejeweled. Or, to be more exact, I could be wearing a head to toe, hot off the runway designer look and without any jewelry I’d feel naked and completely “off”!

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I always feel that the simpler and more neutral the clothing, the better backdrop it creates to showcase your treasures! And what better personal statement can you make, then with your jewelry. Often jewelry is chosen for a symbolic meaning, or what it represents to us, so it can tell the world even more about us then the clothes we wear.

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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.

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Horse Play

gucci wg bracelet  Gucci white gold and diamond horsebit bracelet

http://www.gucci.com/us/styles/305808J85409066?gclid=CLCk3IvtgrcCFQqi4AodkjUAYg#305808J85409066

So the Kentucky Derby was this past weekend. Ok, be honest,  who dressed up in a big hat and sipped on mint juleps? I love a good hat, but never like how they look on me. If you did go to a Derby party send me some photos!

Well, all the horsey chit chat over the weekend got me thinking about horse themed jewelry. The first thing that comes to mind is horse bit themed pieces. So many designers have used this motif over the years, in everything from textiles, handbag handles, silverware, shoes and of course jewelry!

gucci horse bracelet An updated horse bit style from Gucci

http://www.gucci.com/us/styles/298122I46008277

Gucci is one design house that really made that look their own.

On the opposite end of the spectrum is horseshoe men’s rings, yeah I went there. Whether they’re on the pinky or a different finger they’re pretty bad. That being said my Dad had one when I was a kid. Basically the same one in this photo, so I couldn’t resist!

horsehoe ring  Yeah baby!! Old school yellow gold and diamond horseshoe ring

http://www.findingking.com/p-57608-14k-gold-horse-head-diamond-horseshoe-mens-ring-size-10.aspx

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Posted by on May 6, 2013 in Jewelry

 

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May Day!

350px-Mop_cameohttp://www.langantiques.com/university/index.php/Mother-of-Pearl

Happy May first! In many countries May Day is a celebration of spring and of course it also kicks off the birthday month for all of the Emerald May babies. Since I already wrote about emeralds I thought I’d write about Mother-of-Pearl, which seems appropriate with Mother’s Day right around the corner!

“Mother-of-pearl is a nacreous, lustrous, iridescent lining of the shell of a mollusk that can be carved and cut for jewelry and other decorative purposes. It is composed of calcium carbonate bound by conchiolin which together forms nacre. Mother-of-pearl is carved into various motifs to be used in jewelry. Slabs of mother-of-pearl decorate cuff links, shirt studs, buttons, watch faces and are used as inlay in various decorative objects.” (1)

cameo  http://www.rubylane.com/item/223860-661a/Enchanting-Antique-Mother-Pearl-Cameo

Mother of pearl can be dyed any color, but is most often naturally seen in white, pink and black. The iridescent stone lends itself to delicate, feminine carved jewelry and is perfect for cameos. The delicate sheen and luster looks wonderful against the skin and enhances any complexion.

You find a lot of fantastic mother of pearl in vintage religious jewelry, such as crucifix’s and religious medals. I’m so excited when I can find some of these vintage treasures to incorporate into my collection.

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(1) Antique Jewelry University, “Mother-of-Pearl,” n.d., <http://www.langantiques.com/university/index.php/Mother-of-Pearl&gt; (accessed May 1, 2013)

 
 

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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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