Sunday, February 28, 2010

Temple University Jewelry Gallery

I was writing about the Miami Univeristy Art Museum exhibit called Adornment and Excess: Jewelry in the 21st Century for my blog at Vintage Jewelry Lane and found an interesting Jewelry Gallery at Temple University when I was doing research on the exhibit.

Temple University is located in Philadelphia and has a large school of art which also includes jewelry design.

The university Art School gallery is a fabulous place to grab a cup of coffee and have a look at some of the latest ides in jewelry design. Here are a few of my favorites from their student's thesis exhibits:

Photos courtesy of Temple University Art School Gallery

Friday, February 26, 2010

This Week's Vintage Bling - Translucent Blue and Milk Glass Brooch

I love milk glass. It is so romantic and feminine. Normally, the jewelry that contains milk glass beads or stones is plain white, so it was lovely to come across this stunner with translucent blue stones as well.

The brooch is set in silvertone metal and has a slightly layered and curved design. There are alternating rows of pure white milk glass and translucent blue glass in prong settings as well as lovely aurora borealis rhinestone accents. The bottom center of the brooch features a single tear shaped large milk glass stone.

The size is 1 3/4 x 1 5/8". It is available from my Ruby Lane shop - Finishing Touch Vintage Jewelry for only $36. Hurry - it won't last long at this price!

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Necklaces Still a Hit with Vera Wang Pre-Fall Runway

Vera Wang is well known for her taylored designs with an emphasis on day dresses and skinny pants. Her runway designs for spring 2010 featured huge statement necklaces, so I wondered what she'd be projecting for next fall.

The jewelry shown with her pre fall preview collection wasn't as prominent as that for this spring, but big necklaces were still in view. The main difference is that, instead of pieces that covered the whole front of the oufits, the necklaces featured this time were mainly long and layered chain designs like the one featured here.

Also, al la Michelle Obama style, brooches were also a hit on the runway for Wang.

The color of choice in Wang's fall preview? Black. and lots of it.

What do you think of the look?

Monday, February 22, 2010

New Cameos Just Listed At Vintage Jewelry Lane

Readers of my blog know that I have a real fondness for cameo jewelry, especially hand carved shell cameos.

I've recently listed many new designs on both Vintage Jewelry Lane and Vintage Jewelry Mall. The designs range from stick pins to brooches to pendant neckaces and feature both left facing (harder to find) and right facing cameo designs.

Here are a few of the newest ones. Prices range from $46 to $76.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Lady Gaga Gives New Meaning to the Term Pearl Jewelry

I love pearl jewelry as much as the next person, but perhaps not as much as Lady Gaga does. The recording artist is well known for her often over the top displays of fashion styles.

She recently appeared at a recent AmFar aids benefit in Cannes, with hundreds of pearls glued to her face and legs. A pearl hat, multi strand pearl necklace, a pearl encrusted bikini, and white jacket covered in pearls finished off the look.

She told that she wanted to be special when they asked here about her her out-there look.

She made an impression, that's for sure. What do you think of the look readers? Think it will set a new trend?

Friday, February 12, 2010

Holistic Healing - The Power of Gemstones

I have written several articles on the various gemstones for my research library at Vintage Jewelry lane. Most of these articles mention the healing power of gemstones.

If you have an interest in metaphysics, you may find these gemstone articles of interest.

The following is an overview of some of the supposed metaphysical qualities of some popular gemstones.

  • AMETHYSTS: help for headaches, pancreatic ailments, and backache.
  • EMERALDS: improve intellect and memory and to help with tired eyes and insomnia.
  • GARNETS: relieves inflammations of the skin, and is believed to regulate the heart and blood flow and aid in curing depression.
  • PERIDOT: strengthens breathing, promotes prosperity, growth, and openness.
  • SAPPHIRES: effective for health problems relating to hearing problems, cancer and burns
  • TURQUOISE: promotes mental clarity and to enhance trust, kindness and understanding of others.
What is your favorite gemstone? Does it have mystical qualities too?

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Vintage Jewelry Find - Art Glass and Rhinestone Demi Parure

This week's vintage jewelry find is a gorgeous art glass and green rhinestone demi parure. It is to die for!

The set consists of a brooch and matching pair of clip back earrings. The stones in this demi are so special. They are marquis shaped and have a lot of texture to them with both pale green and dark green veining. The design is finished off with prong set medium green rhinestones.

There are no markings on the pieces, but they have all the ear marks of an unsigned Beau Jewels set with the layered design, fancy stones and filigree settings.

This lovely green art glass demi parure is available at Vintage Jewelry Lane for $89.99.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Vintage Buttons Undergo a Make Over

Jewelry designs can use all sorts of materials to remake into vintage reproduction pieces. Although the jewelry itself isn't vintage, often the materials will be.

Photo courtesy of

One such idea that I have recently discovered is the use of vintage buttons to make bracelets, earrings, brooches and bracelets. The design shown here features hand painted glass vintage buttons remade into a pair of pierced earrings.

The buttons are at least 50 to 100 years old and read more...

Sunday, February 7, 2010

The Top 25 Most Expensive Gifts Ever

Got a few hundred thousand dollars or a cool million or more to spare? I can help you spend it if you do. My daughter, Jess, sent me a website link last night that was fun, and gave me a chance to drool and laugh at the same time. (as well as having a few eye rolls!)

Kaboodle has a neat slide show of the top 25 most expensive gifts ever. The prices range from a mere $980 for a 24 K gold remote control to an astounding $6,000,000 for a custom home theater.

The choices are not only expensive, but also unique. For instance - how about a Stiletteo heel bathtub for $17,000? Or for the pampered child who has everything, there is a customized cupcake car - only $25,000.

And for that person that you just can't seem to find just the right gift, you might find that a Swarovski diamond encrusted toilet for $75,000 would make the perfect gift. And the list goes on.

These Harry Winston Men by Thom Browne Diamond Cufflinks seem relatively inexpensive in comparision to the other choices at a mere $33,000.

You can see the whole list of the top 25 most expensive gifts here. Whether your tastes run from expensive perfumes to diamond encrusted chess sets, there is sure to be something for everyone's tastes, if not for their budgets. Enjoy the show of extravagence!

Friday, February 5, 2010

The Arts and Crafts Movement - Nature inspired Jewelry

The Arts and Crafts movement occurred during the years 1890 to 1920 in the United States, but the movement itself started quite a bit earlier in England. William Morris is credited with being the founder of the movement in the UK. The movement spread to other countries in Great Britain, including Scotland and Ireland, and then on to Europe and Scandinavian countries before reaching the United States late in the1890s.

Before this time period, women wore form fitting corsets and stays which resulted in very tight clothing which was snug at the waist and neckline. The clothing designers during the Arts and Crafts period chose soft, very flowing clothing designs,and the jewelry styles of this time went well with this type of clothing.

Photo courtesy Tadema Gallery, UK

There is no one "look" for the jewelry of this time period, but basically a great deal of the jewelry was inspired by nature and organic forms. Leaves, flowers, fish and birds were common motifs.

Many of the designs of this period were made by large manufacturing firms such as Liberty and Co. The design shown here is by Arts and Crafts designer John Paul Cooper, 1869-1933. The brooch is set in gold with with black blister pearls, moonstone, amethyst, chrysoprase bowenite and ruby.

The Tadema Gallery in the UK has an interesting slide show with photos of various pieces of Arts and Crafts jewelry styles.

Be sure to visit our blog at Vintage Jewelry Lane. We have details of an interview with Arts and Crafts jewelry collector Elyse Karlin in a recent blog post there.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

The Websites are Live! 20% off Opening Specials

This past week has been one that I don't want to repeat anytime soon. We transferred the two websites to the new server on Saturday and have had one problem after another since then.

At one point, I thought we might have to start over again (four MONTHS of work), but it appears that the permissions for the server were the problem. Once they reset them, the sites loaded and everything appears to be running smoothly.

As a special promotion, I am offering readers of my blog a special coupon code. The code is grandopen1500 and will give you a discount of 20%. You can use it for one shopping cart purchase (single or multiple items, but it is set to one use per customer) until the end of February, 2010.

You can find the sites here:

Have fun shopping! If you notice any technical issues on the site, please use the contact form there to let me know so that I can fix them. There are sometimes a few problems when a site is moved to a new server.

The vintage jewelry research library is also redone and is found on the new site. I also have a blog that is part of the site. I'll be blogging here too, but not as often as I did in the past. I'll be blogging daily on the new site, so please check the vintage jewelry blog there and add me to your book marks.


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