Friday, August 15, 2014

Lauren Bacall, ever charming.

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Friday, July 11, 2014

Glorious garnets.  Queen Victoria contrasted hers with a green gown.  Our hessonite garnet festoon, pictured below, is begging to be worn to a ball.  Or a cotillion.  Maybe a masquerade.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

It is a very rare occasion indeed, in the world of antique jewelry, that we have a photo of the original owner of a Victorian necklace.  This distinction is usually limited to the realm of royalty and celebrity.  But here she is, a lady in white, of certain means and discernment, wearing a fancy taille d’epargne double tassel cable necklace.  Let’s imagine that she is posing with her sister on the occasion of her debut.  So lovely

Friday, June 20, 2014

Art nouveau flowers for a fine summer day.  At top is our glorious tulip enamel brooch set with a ribbon of diamonds.  Love how the book cover echoes the form.

The Cloister and the Hearth, A Tale of the Middle Ages, by Charles Reade (1894)

Sunday, May 11, 2014
Lucky us, look what Alana found!  It’s a hand painted portrait by Black Starr and Frost, the oldest jewellery house in America.  Black Starr & Frost was founded in Georgia in 1801 (as Marquand & Paulding in Savannah). They were one of the few American retailers who displayed at the 1851 Great Exhibition in London at the Crystal Palace.  The portrait is signed “de Verber Morgan 1902.”

Lucky us, look what Alana found!  It’s a hand painted portrait by Black Starr and Frost, the oldest jewellery house in America.  Black Starr & Frost was founded in Georgia in 1801 (as Marquand & Paulding in Savannah). They were one of the few American retailers who displayed at the 1851 Great Exhibition in London at the Crystal Palace.  The portrait is signed “de Verber Morgan 1902.”

Friday, April 25, 2014
Talk to the hand, or rather let the hand talk to you.  These stunning Victorian circa 1880 “Day & Night” earrings are full of meaning.  The literal Victorian interpretation is ‘soul mate’.  The butterfly symbolizes the soul, and the hands symbolize sweet heart/loved one.
Or the ancient interpretation is more apotropaic.  Figa, Mano Fico, or even fig hand are all names for these little luck charms in the shape of a clenched hand.  Figa charms, which are an ancient amulet of Roman origin, bring good luck to the wearer and offer protection to ward off evil.  Be safe, wear figas.  

Talk to the hand, or rather let the hand talk to you.  These stunning Victorian circa 1880 “Day & Night” earrings are full of meaning.  The literal Victorian interpretation is ‘soul mate’.  The butterfly symbolizes the soul, and the hands symbolize sweet heart/loved one.

Or the ancient interpretation is more apotropaic.  Figa, Mano Fico, or even fig hand are all names for these little luck charms in the shape of a clenched hand.  Figa charms, which are an ancient amulet of Roman origin, bring good luck to the wearer and offer protection to ward off evil.  Be safe, wear figas.  

Friday, April 18, 2014
First Joseph Asscher created the square emerald cut with a three-step crown, seven-step pavilion and dramatic corners, forever known as the Asscher cut.  Then he cut the Excelsior Diamond, and then the Cullinan Diamond.  What a remarkable career in diamonds.

 

First Joseph Asscher created the square emerald cut with a three-step crown, seven-step pavilion and dramatic corners, forever known as the Asscher cut.  Then he cut the Excelsior Diamond, and then the Cullinan Diamond.  What a remarkable career in diamonds.

 

Friday, April 11, 2014

In the Victorian language of flowers this pietra dura bouquet of daffodils and forget-me-knots symbolizes “chivalrous true love.”  Let’s imagine this is a gift Mr. Darcy would have given.   

salamandra75:

1906, Edwardian Fashion

salamandra75:

1906, Edwardian Fashion