inJune 22, 2012 - 2:15pm
Visit: Divine Finds
inMay 17, 2012 - 5:42pm
There are some treated gems widely available in contemporary jewelry, identified as “Mystic” gems. These stones have an appearance somewhat similar to the Aurora Borealis coated stones developed in the 1950s.
While most Aurora Borealis treatments were done on glass beads after Swarovski developed the process, the new “Mystic” treatments are often done on genuine stone, with colorless Topaz being one of the first marketed varieties.
inApril 11, 2012 - 12:02pm
Quartz occurs in a rainbow of colors. Pale beige, tan, and brown shades of Quartz may be called Smoky Quartz, or Smokey Quartz. A very dark variety of the material, from the Cairngorm Mountains in Scotland may be referred to as Cairngorm.
inApril 11, 2012 - 11:43am
A few weeks ago, we commented on the importance of true hallmarks on jewelry items. In addition to assay related hallmarks, and often in the absence of true hallmarks, any other identifying marks placed on an item by a manufacturer may be helpful in identifying and dating an item.
inApril 6, 2012 - 4:19pm
Diamonds, in addition to being the traditional birthstone for April, are the most coveted gems in the world. While there are colored gemstones that are rarer, and ones that are just as costly as fine Diamonds, no gem is perceived as being as desirable as a Diamond.
Gemstones are judged and valued based on three traditional criteria: beauty, rarity, and durability.
inMarch 8, 2012 - 5:59pm
There are many descriptive words which sellers use to identify the way that rhinestones are set in vintage jewelry. Prong settings, dog tooth settings, channel settings all come to mind. But one which is sometimes used that you may not know the meaning of is the word pavé.
inMarch 6, 2012 - 2:04pm
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inMarch 2, 2012 - 12:18pm
Visit: Wear Me Out Vintage Jewels
inFebruary 29, 2012 - 5:48am
Native American jewelry is full of symbols and choosing well can make a gift special and incredibly meaningful. From Navajo expert silversmithing to Zuni intricate stone inlay, fetishes and petit point to Hopi stark sterling overlay to Apache or Cherokee bead work and more each piece is crafted with beauty and meaning. Squash blossoms are the symbol of courtship and love—a great Valentine or Wedding gift and the gift my husband gave me for our Anniversary. A lizard is symbolic of lovers coming together—a very romantic gift indeed. An arrowhead is the symbol for adventure, what an exciting thought when given as a gift to your significant other.
Feathers represent healing and the eagle is the carrier of prayers to heaven, items with these would be especially appropriate as a get well wish. A spiral shows the flight of the eagle—getting higher and stronger—a caring, thoughtful way to encourage someone going through a tough time.
inFebruary 29, 2012 - 5:24am
My love affair began innocently enough. An interesting brooch caught my eye at an estate sale—a lady’s head and shoulders topped with a large brim hat and holding flower blooms. It was both modern and retro in appearance, substantial and well-made, and the use of mixed materials--sterling silver, brass and copper--made for a lovely color combination.
I’d never seen anything like it so I researched the hallmark, simply ‘Far Fetched’ with a heart and a copyright symbol and found their website. I contacted Customer Service to inquire about my new-found treasure and received a friendly reply informing me that this brooch is a retired piece from 2001. It is handmade, was designed in California and made in Taxco, Mexico by artisans working in a cottage industry setting. Their jewelry is fair trade. And there were also earrings that matched. I was hooked.