inSeptember 13, 2011 - 2:47pm
When you spot a piece of jewelry that sends you rubber-necking to get a better look, you might already be calculating which of life’s frivolous follies such as food and or utility bills you will forgo to own it. It is highly unlikely you are thinking about what’s driving this strong current of temporary madness.
inSeptember 13, 2011 - 2:11pm
inAugust 31, 2011 - 5:15pm
What the daughter does, the mother did. ~Jewish Proverb
“Oh my goodness, I have been looking for a charm just like this and I am so glad I found it!” or “My grandmother had a brooch just like this, it reminds me of her!” or “I have wanted a bracelet like my mother had and never thought I would find it!” Nostalgic collectibles of sentimentality! I love when a customer finds something in my shop they have been searching for, a piece that speaks to her heart. As A Ruby Lane shop owner, I sincerely appreciate receiving customer feedback and the ability to bring joy to customers makes me smile!
Sometimes I wonder about the future of the fascinating keepsakes that fill my shop. Will the younger generation embrace the amazing characteristics and quality of a Victorian era locket or bracelet, a flapper era compact purse, or a twinkling 1940’s charm bracelet filled with puffy hearts? In my opinion, the jewelry of today pales in comparison to stunning vintage jewelry. My daughter, growing up with her vintage jewelry fanatic mother appreciates older jewelry. She constantly “borrows” gems from my vast vintage necklace and earring collection. However, she does not share my zeal for the plethora of trinkets and objects d’art that decorate my home.
inAugust 31, 2011 - 1:43pm
I am a long time collector ~ Quite honestly I started as a Young child. Ever met a 6 year old that got the biggest thrill of going to garage sales? Or better yet... HAVING THEM! I Enjoyed chatting with the browsing customers, seeing other kids eyes light up at 'new treasures' (my old toys!) and even making a few bucks! The excitement never left as I grew... then once I had my driver's license the world was my oyster! Well, the immediate world, as I explored antique shops local to my home. I've collected jewelry, tea cups, figurine's, dolls, furniture...you name it - I've collected it!
However, in the last decade I have really found my passion... CAMEOS and PORTRAIT MINIATURES! Something about the art of them - to admire a cameo and know the tremendous work and skill that went into each and every carving. Some are commissioned pieces of personal portraits.. others are scenes from Mythological tales... or perhaps carvings of a Religious nature. I found I appreciate all levels of quality. It's why I pride myself on offering pieces to suit all collector's taste's and budgets in my own shop. Every created cameo is a wearable work of art that someone will covet owning and passing along to future generations.
inAugust 22, 2011 - 8:53pm
If you absolutely loved the display of bling in the People Magazine’s spread on Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton’s wedding, then you have already experienced the art of gifted jewelry designer, Karen Lindner. Magazines like Martha Stewart Weddings, Brides, In Style, and Upscale have featured her bold and dazzling designs, and her unique pieces graced the runways of New York International Bridal Market in April in Anne Barge’s runway shows and Priscilla of Boston’s stationery displays. What you may not know is that Karen Lindner uses vintage pieces to create her one-of-a-kind bridal treasures.
Her website puts it this way: “Within each collection there is a sense of tangible treasure – of holding and touching and wearing something very special that has just been rediscovered – and that has just begun to tell the stories of its past to a new generation. Each piece is hand designed and one-of-a-kind, and celebrates finding and appreciating the lost stories in all of our lives. In an era of mass-produced living, I find embracing treasures that have lasted decades – and in some instances, centuries – to be a much more rewarding way to embellish my world.”
inAugust 18, 2011 - 11:07pm
When I started collecting costume jewelery ten years ago when my children were young it was for the challenge of identifying the items and the corresponding prices. I knew zip about jewelry let alone costume jewelry as a male construction worker those things were alien. Well, things change and I had no idea of the future event to unfold. My collection grew and I placed the jewelry items in an old store three shelf oak display case. When the lights were on it made a spectacular display. I added to the display my 2003 Fathers Day gift- a Bergere demi parure purchased by my wife.
inAugust 15, 2011 - 6:09pm
“She tossed her head back slightly, the light revealed her elegant features, and caught upon the chrysoprase chandelier earrings making them glow an eerie mysterious green.”*
inAugust 12, 2011 - 2:15pm
Who can resist the look of long dangle pierced earrings and a cluster of chains at the neckline. In the past the way to achieve this look was to wear two pieces of jewelry. But this has changed!
inAugust 10, 2011 - 3:14pm
I was at an estate sale one Saturday morning and saw a tray of vintage costume jewelry, which is my favorite thing to look at. I spotted a necklace with transparent beads that had a luminescent rainbow color quality about them. I was suddenly reminded of my daughter when she was young and playing with our cat. She would blow bubbles from a little plastic bottle and the cat would jump at them and pop them.
inAugust 9, 2011 - 3:42pm
I came upon a beautiful pendant at a garage sale and put it in my pile of jewelry. One day I was looking through my costume jewelery and happened to see this pendant. I thought it looked better than most of my cheaper pieces that I sell at the flea market for a couple of dollars. I also noticed the piece had a name on the back which read Nolan Miller. I researched his name and was surprised to find that he had been designing jewelry for many years. He had designed jewelry for shows like Dynasty and the Colby's. He has also won many designer awards. He won a Emmy in 1983 for best designer.