Kathleen Lynagh Jewelry Design

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

V&A – Jewelry on Exhibit


Two Nerdy History Girls is a blog that I really enjoy reading. Below is an excerpt from one of their posts that I recently read and I particularly like due to the fact that the V&A is one the best museums in all of London.

Loretta, from Two Nerdy History Girls reported  about a jewelry reward the Prince Regent gave to two Cotes sisters that he’d entrusted with keeping his daughter, the Princess Charlotte, from running amok. The Prince Regent was very generous in his gift of gorgeous peridot suite of jewelry, only the earrings are shown below.


The video below, spotlights this peridot suite as well as revealing the letter’s contents. In a few cryptic words, the writer conjures quite a scene—at least in this writer’s mind. I also enjoyed seeing the collection suspended in a dark room with highlighted areas creating the illusion of floating jewelry. Surely an exhibit worth seeing.


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

Our first project with Larry McQueen, the owner of The Collection of Motion Picture Costume Design was to recreate a pendant from the movie “Gaslight”.

Shown here is the pendant & the restored gown worn by Ingrid Bergman in “Gaslight”. On display at Disney Studios in Florida.
Photo By Larry McQueen
Close-up detail photo by Larry McQueen

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 – if you missed this event check this out

This year I virtually attended the event when I received Jewels of Jour blog post Treasures from Tefaf Maastricht. Here are a few of my favorites from the event.

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My Journey to Tucson

I consider myself very lucky. Continue reading “My Journey to Tucson”

Duality in Color

WHAT IS THE PANTONE COLOR OF THE YEAR?   At the beginning of each year I take a good look at the colors selected by Pantone (a company noted for standardizing the use of color in printing) and ponder how it may affect my jewelry designs for the new season.

Pantone colors for 2016                 Kathleen Lynagh Designs

This year, two of the colors selected took me by surprise. Designing with soft subtle shades has never been my forte. Continue reading “Duality in Color”

Rarely do I see work like Lydia Courteille’s

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 “Rarely do I see work like Lydia Courteille’s”

My Studio

A simple place where we work everyday, creating jewelry, developing designs for clients and loving life.

KathleenLynaghDesigns 2015

Living in Southern California is wonderful, almost constant sunshine and warm weather so we can work with the windows wide open, such a please place to work..

But what I want to share with you is another studio. This is a video virtual tour of the Van Cleef & Arpels‘ studio in Paris. Not to be missed. Continue reading “My Studio”

Custom Jewelry Design – A Love Story and a Bracelet

I never really know how work will come to the studio. One would think that I do, but it doesn’t work that way. Sometimes it’s by word of mouth, or thru my website or past clients that bring me new design projects. Whichever they may be, I am grateful for the design challenges that come my way.

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Van Cleef & Arpels: Les Ateliers worth seeing next time in Paris

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

Where do we find 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

: a good idea

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


What an Amazing Color, the Hope Spinel

On September 24, at Bonhams London Fine Jewellery Sale, this rare beautiful spinel gemstone, will be offered for sale for the first time in 98 years. I love jewels from the past.

Hope SPinel
This gorgeous 50.13-carat octagonal step-cut spinel, call the the Hope Spinal, it is expected to fetch $240,000 – $310,000.

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Moonstone: a Favorite Gemstone

Shown above: Carved Moonstone from the National Gem Collection

Moonstones are beautiful gems from the Earth.  During the summer while researching gemstones for a custom design project, I came across some interesting gemstone facts from AGTA, the American Gem Trade Association.

Shown here is a checker board cut moonstone cabochon, set into a sterling silver frame ring. A one of a kind design by Kathleen Lynagh Designs to highlight the gemstone's fine qualities.
Shown here is a checker board cut moonstone cabochon, set into a sterling silver frame ring. A one of a kind design by Kathleen Lynagh Designs to highlight the gemstone’s fine qualities.

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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…”

The Martins Collection introduced 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. When I read about Rare Pink and The Martins Collection, I felt like that same kid in the candy store all over again.

Thank you Gem Gossip for bringing them to my attention.

The Martins Collection
Love the shape of the drops.

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The Gem of the Month, 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

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 I could find little information on the internet about this type of jewelry design process. Recently, I came upon a few images on Pinterest of Satine’s Necklace from Moulin Rouge, an incredible necklace created by Canturi. I fell in love with the necklace and his story.

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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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The Hair Results are IN… 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) on Thursday, 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. Records were broken throughout the evening, culminating with ‘The Sunrise Ruby’, an exceptional and immeasurably rare 25.59-carat Burmese stone, selling for over $30 Million a world auction record for a ruby.

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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.

My client wanted to make a sterling silver cuff with “love” handwritten in sterling silver wire on the top of the cuff. It was to be a gift for his bride to be.

Client's Design

We exchanged a few emails back and forth via CustomMade. CustomMade is a site that I use to connect with customers that are looking for special projects to be made just for them. It’s a great site. I have been working with them for little over a year now.

So, we started the design with his drawing and then I developed a drawing and sent it to him for approval.

My drawing for client approval

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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. Catch these wonderful images from Cherly Kremkow’s blog, Lydia Courteille’s Scarlet Empress. Be sure to see the rich and beautiful red gemstones in Courteille’s work show here.



Catherine the Great is the inspiration for a dramatic new red on red collection by Lydia Courteille.Catherine the Great was a woman of discerning taste and strong appetites. One of the things she craved was lavish jewelry. After she took power from her husband in a coup, she was crowned Empress. 

For me, the gem that Catherine the Great is most associated with is red spinel. In addition to the spinel on her crown, she often wore red spinel and diamond jewels with red gowns.  

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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”

Why Jewelry is Important

A family “jewel” bequeathed to a daughter. A single large pearl with meaning. I was commissioned to make a ring. I was touched by the a daughter wanting to remember her mother. A single pearl from her mother’s earring, was turned into a new family heirloom.

Meaningful jewelry. The name of this ring is the Slim Pearl Ring, it is made from sterling silver, and handcrafted in my studio. An orginal design from our classics collection, and avaiable to order on our site, www.Kathleen


The top ring was the inspiration for the design. It has a 6mm cultural pearl. My client’s pearl was 9mm round. The pearl is shown in the wax carving. Shown in the next few pictures…

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