Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Monday, June 29, 2009
The Store is called Swarovski CRYSTALLIZED ™ Concept Store is one of only three in the world, and allows shoppers to design and customize their own jewelry necklaces, charm bracelets, earrings. The customized pieces are made to order and mailed within two weeks.
Photo credit Swarovski
The store says that you can choose from over 2000 elements, which include crystals, gems and pearls, in their Library of Light (pictured here) to create one of a kind jewelry pieces. Prices of the elements start at $5. The store also gives customers the option of shopping online.
To support the launch of it’s new store, Swarovski CRYSTALLIZED™ teamed up with Hollywood actress, Blake Lively, and not-for-profit organization charity: water, for the grand opening of the Swarovski CRYSTALLIZED™ Concept Store on June 25.
Sunday, June 28, 2009
This internationally renowned Northwest jewelry designer has been making jewelry for three decades which explores the cultural dynamics that shape contemporary social and political agendas, emphasizing the female experience in the United States.
Her jewelry is very forceful, quite unusual and commands an audience. The exhibition will be part of the Tacoma museum's Northwest Perspective being shown this summer. An accompanying exhibit will be Ornament as Art, featuring the avant-garde jewelry from the Helen Williams Druitt Collection, which will be on display from June 6 through September 13,2009.
Looks like it will be an interesting summer for those in the Tacoma, Washington area this summer. Be sure to drop by and view the collection if you are vacationing nearby. For those of you who won't be there, the Tacoma Museum has a few of Nancy Worden's jewelry pieces shown on their site.
The exhibit - Loud Bones: The Jewelry of Nancy Worden is organized by Tacoma Art Museum as part of the museum’s Northwest Perspective Series. The piece shown here is called "The Leash" and is from 2003. It is made from silver, nickel, brass, fur, pearls, glass eye and found objects.
Saturday, June 27, 2009
- Their primary color is silver
- The birthstones are the pearl and moonstone
- Lucky numbers are 8 and 3
- Best locations - near the water
- Gemstone is the emerald
- Flower is the lily or any white flower
Since the sign for Cancer is a crab, you could choose any style of jewelry which features the crab as a motif. These cute crab earrings might be just the right gift. Or how about this cute cancer stickpin featuring a crab? Both pieces are only $5.99 in my online stores. Just click the pictures for more details.
Not interested in anything quite so Zodiac inspired? Here are a few other choices based on the facts in my list above. Since silver is the color, that leads us to any silvertone jewelry. My ebay store has a huge range of it for sale.
Since one of their lucky numbers is three, how about a pretty three strand bracelet like this fabulous glass three strand bracelet by high end contemporary design Anne Klein? The colors are just perfect for summer and it's available for only $14.99.
Friday, June 26, 2009
The company was founded in 1935 in Providence, Rhode Island, under the name of Providence Jewelry Company. The owner was Abraham Lisker. Abraham was originally trained as a physician, but gave up this career to begin what would become his life's work. His brother Nathan joined the company in 1937 and the company became known as Lisker & Lisker.
The owner, Abraham, retired in 1972 and his son Gordon took over. In 1986 Lisker trademarked the name "Artifacts" which was an ethnic line with an antique finish, designed to look like historical artifacts. Another line at this time were those with a Southwestern motif such as coyotes, cacti, etc. The company closed in 2006.
Cats and dogs were popular subjects, but the company also did brooches and pins in a wide variety of other animal shapes. They also made a range of very interesting sports jewelry with bar pins and charm dangles featuring the sport.
JJ jewelry has always been widely collected by lovers of thematic motifs. Expect the pieces to raise in value with other collectors now that the company has ceased production.
Here are some photos of a few pieces to give you an idea of the whimsical quality of the JJ designs. All pieces are available in my online stores. Just click the photos for more details. Prices range from $9.99 to $14.99.
Thursday, June 25, 2009
The brooch has the harder to find four petal design and the earrings feature two petals.
Made in the mid 20th century, this design is part of a range of Scandinavian sterling silver jewelry which is much sought after and very highly collectible. It is featured in many of the resource books about jewelry from this period.
The brooch is 2 1/2 x 1 1/8" and the earrings measure 1 x 1 3/8". Fully marked on the back with the sign of the scales and the words D.A. 925s sterling Norway. There is also a W in a circle which refers to Willy Winnaess who worked for the company in the 1950s.
This lovely David Andersen sterling silver leaf set is available from my Vintage Jewelry Lane store for $149.99. I also have listed several other David Andersen sterling pieces this week from the same estate purchase.
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
The owner of the site has a promotion going right now. And it's easy to enter. All you have to do is tell her, in the comments section of her blog, what supplies you want her to give you. She has the goodies already made up and the answer that most closely describes her mystery package wins it!
She even gives a hint: the prize involves BOTH yarn AND beads. This promotion is called Crafty Goodness Giveaways, so head on over and tell her what you would like her to give you for your jewelry making projects.
If you are a jewelry seller and would like to have your site featured here, please email me.
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Monday, June 22, 2009
Today's Jewelry Exhibit - Ornament as Art , Avant Garde Jewelry from the Helen Williams Drutt Collection
According to the museum, the exhibit is the first major exhibition of contemporary jewelry to fully explore its impact as a global art form. The exhibit draws from the collection of jewelry educator, gallerist and expert Helen Williams Drutt English.
Jewelry first started getting avant-garde in the 1960s, when designers such as Alexander Calder, Lucio Fontana and Salvador Dalí, far better known for their sculptures and paintings, made designs that forayed into the realm of jewelry. This exhibit is a reflection of that emerging trend.
Three distinct themes will be explored in this collection: Jewelry which tells a narrative, jewelry influenced by 20th century art movements and the interaction of jewelry and the body as a performance act.
The piece featured here is from the Ornament as Art exhibition and is by Dutch artist Gijs Bakker. It is called "Dewdrop" and is so lifelike, one can almost feel the morning dew. The neckpiece from 1982 consists of a giant photo of a red rose which is sandwiched in layers of PVC. There is a slit and hole in the middle of the flower so one can wear it around the neck. Not for everyone, but that is what avant garde is all about anyway. Should be an interesting exhibit.
The exhibition will be in tandem with another fascinating exhibit called "Loud Bones" which will feature the works of Nancy Worden. The Worden exhibit starts later but will also continue throughout the summer. I'll talk about it as it gets closer to the exhibition date.
Sunday, June 21, 2009
Saturday, June 20, 2009
1. Costume Jewelry 101 - The Basics of Starting, Building and Upgrading by Julia C. Carroll.
Friday, June 19, 2009
The Swiss police have been working with Interpol for the last two years in the investigation of a group called "The Pink Panthers." Authorities say the group could involve as many as 150 poeple. The members are mainly Serbs, Croats, Montenegrans and Bosnians who fought in the Balkans in the 1990s.
Thanks to their investigative work, Lausanne detectives have recently arrested two men believed to be part of this international network of trained jewelry thieves. This group is thought to have stolen more than $200 million worth of gems and watches from jewellers in 20 countries, including Switzerland.
The group got its name after a robbery in London in 2004, when one of the theives tried to hide a fabulous blue diamond in a container of face cream, in the manner of the classic Pink Panther movie starring Peter Sellers.
Elsewhere the thieves have been more bold. In April 2007 they smashed cars into a shopping mall in Dubai and snatched $3.4 million in diamonds in broad daylight with plenty of witnesses filming it in a Wafi City Shopping mall in Dubai. The youTube video has received over 200,000 hits on youTube. They are certainly brazen!
Thursday, June 18, 2009
Other collectors purchase pieces that just appeal to them in various ways with no thought about the actual value of the piece itself. Those that are in this category might find themselves always gravitating to thematic jewelry - such as music jewelry, or cat jewelry, or coin jewelry, or any number of other themes.
One of my online stores - Vintage Jewelry Mall, specializes in various types of thematic jewelry. We have a wide range of all types of themes whether it be patriotic jewelry, teacher jewelry, animal jewelry, cowboy and western jewelry, zodiac jewelry, religious jewelry or Christmas jewelry. There is something for all tastes and budgets.
This type of jewelry makes a very good gift idea. Does your friend have a house full of turtle pillows and t shirts and figurines? What would be a better gift idea than this pair of cute JJ signed turtle earrings shown above? The price is only $9.99 so they won't last long.
If turtles aren't your thing, then have a look at some of these other thematic jewelry pieces. Prices range from $8.99 to $14.99. You can click the pictures for more information on the piece, or browse the thematic jewelry page of my site for more ideas.