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”. Continue reading “Re-Creative Victorian Pendant from the Movie “Gaslight” at Disney”
A recent trend in engagement ring design is to use your birthstone as the center piece. Continue reading “Birthday Gem Stones”
The latest in temporary body art uses gold leaf and technology to communicate and adorn our bodies.
Colored Diamonds are Forever
WHAT IS THE PANTONE COLOR OF THE YEAR?
With custom jewelry design one never really knows when work will come to the studio. Continue reading “A Love Story and the Lost Bracelet”
Inspiration comes to us in many ways. Continue reading “Van Cleef & Arpels: Les Ateliers in Paris”
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
Shown above: Carved Moonstone from the National Gem Collection Continue reading “Moonstone: a Favorite Gemstone”
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.
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”
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?
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.
LONDON — Music lovers have the chance to own a strand of history.
Auctioneer Sotheby’s is selling a lock of hair from the head of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, resting in a gilt locket.
Taking composers’ hair as keepsakes was common in the 18th and 19th centuries.
After Mozart died in 1791, aged 35, his widow gave the hair to the mother of German composer Karl Anschutz. It was acquired by the late British composer Arthur Sommervell and is being sold by his family.
The hair is up for auction Thursday with an estimated price of 10,000 pounds to 12,000 pounds ($15,400 to $18,450).
The sale also includes a lock of Ludwig van Beethoven’s hair and an invitation to his 1827 funeral, together valued at 2,000 pounds to 3,000 pounds ($3,100 to $4,600).
Sotheby’s Magnificent Jewels and Noble Jewels auction in Geneva achieved sales of US$ 160.9 million, the highest ever total for a Jewelry auction. Continue reading “Magnificent Gems from Sotheby’s”
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.
Chain, gem and pearl tassels…
Stone Bracelet – Oldest Ever Found in the World
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.
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”
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.
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”
Being a good jewelry historian takes time and research. Continue reading “Ring Proves Links Between Vikings and the Islamic World”
A family “jewel” is bequeathed to a daughter. Continue reading “Why Jewelry is Important”
When the colors were first posted on-line from Pantone, I thought how am I going to use these colors in my gemstone and silver designs. Will they look good in metal? Little did I realize the answer would be easy. These gemstones are beautiful and I already have several gems in stock. I am thrilled to be working with these new colors. Enjoy the details. I know I am ready to start working on new ideas. KLH