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.
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.
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.
“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.)
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.
Lydia 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”→
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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.
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.
“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. “
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. http://twonerdyhistorygirls.blogspot.com
“Roman Pearls”: Faux Jewels for the 18th c. Lady
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.
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.
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.
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.
This rare 100-carat diamond will probably sell for more than $25 million at Sotheby’s New York on April 21, 2015.
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
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