Recently I acquired this lavaliere necklace for resale and when writing the description, I realized I don’t really know much about lavaliere necklaces and pendants. So I did a quick internet search and found out a few things. For those of you that aren’t familiar with this type of jewelry here’s a quick primer. […]
The Algerian Love Knot necklace worn by Vesper Lynd is an original designed specifically for the movie Casino Royale. Commissioned from Sophie Harley, the necklace consists of four interlinking metallic rings that have been flattened and decorated with an intricate Arabic design. The design is intriguing and mysterious, and compliments Vesper Lynd’s seductive beauty. The […]
Marcasite gemstones used in jewelry is made from iron pyrite, which is sometimes called “fools gold”. Pyrite has a cubic crystal structure with a metallic luster. The shape of the raw stone makes it easy to cut and make into jewelry. The stones are opaque and when inlaid into a piece of jewelry they add […]
Antonio Pineda was a Taxco Mexico native who began an apprenticeship at Taller de Las Delicias, run by William Spratling when he was just 14 years old. After eight years of learning silversmith arts he opened his own shop and began creating his own original designs. Pineda created jewelry from the 1930s until the 1970s […]
Silver Masters of Mexico, Hector Aguilar and the Taller Borda The Silver Masters of Mexico book features Mexican jewelry designers and artists including Hector Aguilar, Valentin Vidaurreta, Los Castillio, Antonio Pineda, William Spratling, and more. Features almost 500 color photos of Mexican Silver Jewelry designs. Like many of the notable Taxco Mexico silver artisans, Hector […]
Happy Mothers Day to my mom and all mothers everywhere. I hope you have an especially charming day.
Cocktail rings are made to capture attention with their big bold center stones. They bring focus to your hands and nowadays are worn with day and evening wear. How did cocktail rings become fashionable?
Using jewelry pins is a great way to accent your wardrobe and define your style. And vintage pins are both easy to find and fun to shop for. Whether you prefer fine jewelry or fun funky fashion there are tons of pretty vintage pins, or brooches, that will be sure to get you compliments where ever you go. Keep reading for 10 and creative ways to wear your vintage finds in ways you may not have thought of.
A while back I wrote about record prices that were fetched at auction for pink diamonds. Well the diamond color of the day now is daffodil yellow. Tuesday a 110.03 carat yellow diamond, known as the Sun-Drop Diamond sold for $10.9 million, not including taxes and auction fees.
Kate Middleton watchers have been oogling a new sparkly trinket she’s been sporting on her right wrist recently. It’s a gold charm bracelet given to Kate by her new step-mother-in-law Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall. Rumors say it was a wedding gift, and it seems to represent a growing bond between the two Duchesses.
Elizabeth Taylor loved many things, of course men and jewelry, and she had some extraordinary and beautiful charm bracelets. She had a glamorous charmed life and I love reading and looking at the pictures in my copy of her book “Elizabeth Taylor: My Love Affair With Jewelry”. It’s got some of the prettiest jewelry pictures I’ve ever seen and is a fascinating and humorous peek into the life of one of the worlds most famous movie stars.
Late last year I read a few news reports online about really expensive pink diamonds and it got me interested. I never knew there was such a thing but now they seem to be selling everywhere. Seems to me like a perfect gift for Valentine’s Day so I thought I’d share. The story that get me started was “The Graff Pink”.