Kathleen Lynagh Jewelry Design

designing jewelry & re-creative jewelry for the costume & film industry

Mountain Star Ruby Collection

This Spring an extraordinary collection of Star rubies will go under the hammer–Guernsey‘s auction house in New York City will host this event.

Smoky Mountain Two Star ruby
The 86.56 carat Smoky Mountain Two Star ruby is unusual in that stars are visible on both the front and the back of the gemstone.

I find the star rubies to be exotic and romantic. Reminiscent of the gems worn by Hollywood stars in the 30’s and 40’s.

Carole Lombard wearing 152 carat Star sapphire brooch
Carole Lombard wearing her Star Sapphire brooch, hand colored black and white print

Star rubies are the rarest variety of ruby. Stars are more commonly seen in blue sapphires, the luminous star pattern displayed when the gem is cut in a cabochon shape and viewed under certain lights is the result of an optical phenomenon known as asterism. It is inclusions of tiny, needle-like fibres of rutile in the gem that create the distinctive star effect, with six evenly proportioned rays being the most desirable.

What makes this collection truly amazing for me is that it was found in Appalachia North Carolina. Usually they are found in far off places like SriLanka or Burma. This Mountain Star Ruby collection is home gown and 100% Appalachia.

Four Star rubies
Entire collection of Star rubies weighing a total of 342 carats.




“The Crown”

The Crown” is Netflix latest big budget (rumored to cost $100 million dollar) binge-able series which chronicles a British monarch’s life with six 10-episode seasons — the first starting in 1947 with a 21-year-old, just-married Elizabeth (Claire Foy). The decade following covers the beginning of her reign, the early years of her marriage to Prince Philip (Matt Smith) and relationship with her younger sister Margaret (Vanessa Kirby), who wants to marry a divorced man. (Keep in mind, Elizabeth’s father became King after his brother, Edward, abdicated to marry American divorcée Wallis Simpson.)

Crown Season 1
Crown Season 1

Michele Clapton, the costume designer for the series, said that she was attracted to the project’s complicated layers: “It was something that I was really interested in doing because of the story I had to tell, the public and private life.” In the series there were 350 principal costumes and about 7000 extras’ costumes all beautifully detailed.

Here is a video showing highlights the in the film.

My interest of course was all the jewelry and the crowns.

However one small detail caught my eye, the Queen is often shown wearing a three strand pearl necklace. After viewing a close up image of said necklace I could see the pearls were not knotted. Something only a jewelry designer would notice, a very small detail. But pearls should always be knotted, the knots provide the spacing between the pearls to prevent them from touching, which can damage them.

I throughly enjoyed the series and plan to catch Season 2.



Queen Elizabeth wearing her signature real pearl triple strand necklace.
Inspired by “The Crown” I added to my line my own royal collection. Shown above is our unstrung triple strand necklace of large white freshwater pearls – They can be ordered at Kathleen Lynagh Designs 2016
Shown above for a more delicate look – Small White 5.5 mm freshwater pearls by Kathleen Lynagh Designs 2016

V&A – Jewelry on Exhibit

Two Nerdy History Girls is a blog that I really enjoy reading.

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The Re-Creative Victorian Pendant from the Movie “Gaslight” at Disney

The first project with Larry McQueen, the owner of The Collection of Motion Picture Costume Design was to recreate a pendant from the movie “Gaslight”. Continue reading “The Re-Creative Victorian Pendant from the Movie “Gaslight” at Disney”

What is your birthstone?

A recent trend in engagement ring design is to use your birthstone as the center piece. Continue reading “What is your birthstone?”

The Smart Tattoo

The latest in temporary body art uses gold leaf and technology to communicate and adorn our bodies.

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WJA Maker’s Project 2016

The Women’s Jewelry Association Maker’s Project, is a fundraiser for  Continue reading “WJA Maker’s Project 2016”

Diamonds Galore

Colored Diamonds are Forever

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Paris Moodboards — Terry Dresbach

Creating Moodboards are essential in the creative design process. Whether you are designing jewelry or gorgeous costumes… Continue reading “Paris Moodboards — Terry Dresbach”

TEFAF Maastricht 

Beautiful showcase for beautiful jewelry. Hemmerle at TEFAF Maastricht.  Continue reading “TEFAF Maastricht “

My Journey to Tucson

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Duality in Color


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Lydia Courteille – Amazing Artist

lydia_courteille_rainbow_warrior_earringsLydia Courteille’s jewellery collection tells the tale of a Native American legend, thru the use of vibrant gemstones and amazing metalwork. She is one of my a favorite designers, bold and adventurous, two characteristics that I admire. Continue reading “Lydia Courteille – Amazing Artist”

A Love Story and the Lost Bracelet

With custom jewelry design one never really knows when work will come to the studio.  Continue reading “A Love Story and the Lost Bracelet”

Van Cleef & Arpels: Les Ateliers in Paris

Inspiration comes to us in many ways. Continue reading “Van Cleef & Arpels: Les Ateliers in Paris”

Finding Inspiration

Inspiration : something that makes someone want to do something or that gives someone an idea about what to do or create : a force or influence that inspires someone : a person, place, experience, etc., that makes someone want to do or create something

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Bonhams of London, sent the jewelry world a buzz with its historic selling price of $1,464,662 (including premium) for the Hope Spinel


Hope Spinel – Amazing Color

This rare beautiful spinel gemstone, was offered for sale for the first time in over 98 years. Bonhams London Fine Jewellery Sale Continue reading “Hope Spinel – Amazing Color”

Moonstone: a Favorite Gemstone

Shown above: Carved Moonstone from the National Gem Collection Continue reading “Moonstone: a Favorite Gemstone”

Catching up on the Italian Gardens…

Bulgari’s High Jewelry Collection Interprets Italian Gardens

Just reading the headline from Forbes Magazine brought back fond memories from living in Italy. Anthony deMarco, the author described the latest collection from Bulgari’s new jewelry line. Great article and perfect for inspiring good design.

The “Hidden Treasures” earrings, inspired by the geometric designs of sculpted evergreens, consist of two fancy cut Zambian emeralds for each jewel. The four stones together weigh 143.1 carats. They were extracted from a single 400-carat rough stone.
The “Hidden Treasures” earrings, inspired by the geometric designs of sculpted evergreens, consist of two fancy cut Zambian emeralds for each jewel. The four stones together weigh 143.1 carats. They were extracted from a single 400-carat rough stone.

Continue reading “Catching up on the Italian Gardens…”

Martins Collection – by Rare Pink

When I was a little girl, I always had my nose pressed to the fine jewelry display case, studying the eye candy. Continue reading “Martins Collection – by Rare Pink”

Empress Eugénie’s Natural Pearls

A pair of rare natural pearls believed to have been owned by Empress Eugenie of France sold for a world record auction price of more than $3.3 million.
A pair of rare natural pearls believed to have been owned by Empress Eugenie of France sold for a world record auction price of more than $3.3 million.

In April 2014 these rare beauties were auctioned by Doyle New York and sold for a record breaking 3.3 plus million dollars, where are they now?

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Pearls are Making a Comeback in a Big Way

Today’s pearls…an interesting little article that I recently read from the Forbes Magazine. It made me think about pearls and people I know that like to wear them, tell me, do you like to wear pearls? I know that these ladies like them.

Tiffany diamondand pearl rings
Tiffany Diamond and Pearl Rings

“The Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, wears elegant pearl drop earrings; America’s First Lady Michelle Obama sports a double-strand pearl necklace; and Sarah Jessica Parker regularly accessorizes her outfits with pearls. “

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Satine’s Necklace from Moulin Rouge

Nicole Kidman wearing Satine
Nicole Kidman wearing Satine in the movie Moulin Rouge

When I first started designing re-creative jewelry… Continue reading “Satine’s Necklace from Moulin Rouge”

Faux Jewels – Roman Pearls in Fashion

Since pearls are the birthstone for June, I am sharing this post from Two Nerdy History Girls, one of my favorite blogs today to find wonderful and creative stories.


“Roman Pearls”: Faux Jewels for the 18th c. Lady

cropped Eliza Shrewsbury

Pearls are one jewel that never seems to go out of fashion, with the earliest mentions found 4,000 years ago in China. Pearls were worn as jewelry in ancient Rome, and Cleopatra was said to be particularly partial to them.

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Mozart’s Hair is Worth More than Beethoven’s!

Image: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's hair
A lock of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s hair, contained in a 19th-century gilt locket is posed for photographs at the Sotheby’s auction house in London.Matt Dunham / AP


A lock of Mozart’s hair sold for 35,000 pounds ($53,400) one Thursday in 2015, while strands of Beethoven’s hair went for 8,124 pounds ($12,400), Sotheby’s auction house said. The buyers and sellers weren’t identified. The lock of Mozart’s hair (shown above) was in a 19th century gilt locket that also contains a handwritten note explaining the provenance of the strands.

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Lock of Mozart’s hair going under the hammer at Sotheby’s

Magnificent Gems from Sotheby’s

Ruby and Diamond Ring
Ruby and Diamond Ring

Sotheby’s Magnificent Jewels and Noble Jewels auction in Geneva achieved sales of US$ 160.9 million, the highest ever total for a Jewelry auction. Continue reading “Magnificent Gems from Sotheby’s”

Anne Boleyn’s Earrings from the TV series, The Tudors

Anne Boleyn’s Earings from Series, The Tudors:

Anne Boleyn

I was asked to re-create Anne’s earrings using this image from the show The Tudors. Needless to say I was delighted. What fun, to make something with pearls and gold…

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Fringe is Still In

Just in time for the holidays. Fringe will always be in…what is there not to like in a bit of sparkle and movement.

If you see something you like, the jewelry designer’s name is in the caption.

CASATO earrings

Chain, gem and pearl tassels…

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Stone Bracelet – Oldest Ever Found in the World

A Jeweler Made This Bracelet—40,000 Years Ago

Reposted from The Siberian Times By Logan Sachon, Social Media Journalist
Posted on May 8, 2015

A surprisingly modern-looking stone bracelet discovered in a cave in Siberia appears to have been constructed with the help of a drill-like tool, leading researchers to believe that early humans and their ancestors were much more deft at craftsmanship than previously thought.

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Re-creative Jewelry Project… for Anne Boleyn

Our next Re-creative Jewelry Project
Ann Bolyn

Love is in the Air

It’s Springtime and love is in the air. The next story I have to share is about expressing love through jewelry. Continue reading “Love is in the Air”

Did you say RING?

At breakfast this morning, I was sipping my coffee and reading my journal on current finance and jewelry trends, just like every morning, when I came upon this diamond. I have seen some beautiful emerald cut diamonds in my time, but never have I seen a RING like this one.

100-carat-on-hand-700This rare 100-carat diamond will probably sell for more than $25 million at Sotheby’s New York on April 21, 2015.

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Lydia Courteille’s Scarlet Empress

I do love the color red. And I have never seen such amazing red used in today’s jewelry. Continue reading “Lydia Courteille’s Scarlet Empress”

Ring Proves Link Between Vikings and Islamic World – JCK

Being a good jewelry historian takes time and research. There are always improvements and changes in the current technology that we use to discover the past of a particular piece of jewelry. It’s a hunt for the truth. One may never find it, but the journey is challenging and fun for me. In this article from JCK, you will find the latest in Viking jewelry connections. KLH

This ring was found in a Viking-era woman’s grave has proved to be a rare link between ninth-century Scandinavians and the Islamic world.
The silver ring features a violet stone, long thought to be  Continue reading “Ring Proves Link Between Vikings and Islamic World – JCK”

The Jewelry of Downton Abbey

I am sharing this because I know some of you are fans of Downton Abbey and The Young Victoria (a project I had the fortunate opportunity to work on). This is reblogged from GIA, Carlsbad, CA , a wonderful resource for jewelry information. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I did. This is the type of work I love to do. KLH


Downton Abbey is one of the most popular shows on television, and its authentic costumes and jewelry are part of its charm.  Continue reading “The Jewelry of Downton Abbey”

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