Monday, August 31, 2009
Whether it is a pair of long dangly earrings, a big cuff braclet of a huge statement ring, Drew obviously loves any type of jewelry that will make an impression when worn. She is a jewelry retailers delight!
Statement necklaces abound in photos of her. Here are some of the recent ones:
Here is a peek in to her jewelry box. I'm sure you will agree that Drew believes in accessorizing. Love her look or not, she is obviously and individual.
Sunday, August 30, 2009
Saturday, August 29, 2009
The artist started working with discarded textiles in 2003 when the Argentinian economic crisis was at its height. She gathered scrap fabril, thread and more in an area where the fabric manufacturers were set up. She turned their trash into her treasures and has since been recognized for her unique pieces of wearable art.
According to her website, she makes the jewelry by means of different treatments like dyeing, surrounding ,weaving, and unraveling, so that the original materials transformed into diverse textures.
Here are a few of her designs:
With our economy in such a depressed state, perhaps it is an opportunity for local jewelry designers to take a page from her book and become "green by necessity."
Friday, August 28, 2009
A maiden born when autumn leaves
Are rustling in September's breeze,
A Sapphire on her brow should bind;
To bring her joy and peace of mind.
Thursday, August 27, 2009
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
The winner of the contest will receive a trip to LA for the People's Choice Awards ceremony, and another trip to Austin, TX to visit Kendra's design studio.
Voting will take place from now until Sept. 14, at PCAVote.com will feature a custom-designed program which lets users to mix and match stones, chains and metals to create the ultimate signature necklace.
The contest ends on Sept. 21, when Scott will pick her three favorite designs and post them back on the Web site for fans to vote for their favorite. The winning necklace design will be announced on Oct. 5.
You can view a video of Kendra Scott discussing the contest and the contest rules and entry form here.
Kendra Scott's designs have been seen on couture fashion runways and is appreciated by women around the world. Her bold designs are regularly featured in popular magazines such as InStyle, the Oprah Magazine, and Town & Country. For design ideas from Kendra, visit http://www.kendrascott.com/.
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
The Museum of Arts and Design in New York City has a wonderful exhibition running at present called "GlassWear", which showcases glass in contemporary jewelry. This international exhibition opened on July 15, 2009 and will run until September 20. It has been organized jointly MAD and the Schmuckmuseum, Pforzheim, Germany, and displays over 120 appealing glass jewelry pieces by 60 of the world's leading jewelry artists.
The pieces tend to be mainly by contemporary artists, but there are also several from the 1960s. The brooch shown here is from 2005 and is from Austrian artist Helfried Kodré. It comes from a private German collection and is made of silver and mosaic glass. You can view more of his pieces here. I am fond of mosaics, so all of his pieces appeal to me. The styles are very avant garde and have a modern Art Deco look to them.
According to the museum, GlassWear conveys the potential of glass in jewelry through provocative concepts and masterful techniques featuring an eclectic mix of renowned artists and young, up-and-coming jewelers from around the world.
Some of the artists include: Linda MacNeil, Robert Ebendorf and Thomas Gentille (United States), Giampaolo Babetto and Giorgio Vigna (Italy), Otto Künzli and Karl Fritsch (Germany), Evert Nijland and Ruudt Peters (The Netherlands) as well as many other international artists. The exhibit comes with a 210 page English and German catalogue (English/German) which includes 72 color images, a bibliography and brief artists' biographies.
For more information and times of the exhibit GlassWear, as well as photos of many of the exhibits, please visit the MAD website.
Monday, August 24, 2009
One of their latest contests was held in June and was a best of gold competition. They received many entries and ended up with this stunning "Verve Bangle Bracelet" as the winner.
The design is by Shaill Jhaveri who says that he draws inspiration from his youth in India and recent travels to the Far East, and he describes his 18-karat gold pieces, including the winning cuff, as "cross cultural contemporary."
The bracelet is crafted in 18-karat yellow gold and oxidized sterling silver. I love the positive and negative spaces as well as the effects of the overlapping patterns.
You can read more about the contest and this bracelet by visiting the National Jeweler website.
Sunday, August 23, 2009
Several years ago, Cora ran into a production glitch and spent the afternoon eating pastries in Zurich. She made the aquaintance of a goldsmith who had antique molds for making candy and pastries. Ms Cheibani was very taken with the molds, and started collecting them. Since then some of her jewelry is influenced by pastry designs.
Whether whimsical or elegant, her gems sometimes look like items that could be found on a pastry cart. Of course, they look even better on your wrist or finger.
Done in precious metals and stones, her pieces are not inexpensive. Look for price tags around $5000-$10,000. Ms Sheibani has exhibited in New York, London and Switzerland, among other international countries.
Here is a good example of this style of jewelry. I can't decide whether to go make this Lindzer torte or think about wearing it on my finger. It certainly is realistic looking.
She is also the author of the book "Copper Mold Jewellery." The book has recipes for cooking and pictures of her pieces modeled after the finish product.
Saturday, August 22, 2009
Friday, August 21, 2009
The earrings are set in goldtone metal and have a layered design with prong set aurora borealis rhinestones which rise to a large single aurora borelais center chaton which is surrounded by smaller AB stones.
So pretty and fantastic condition of the AB rhinestones. The size is 3/4 x 1". They are in gently used very fine condition.
For details and more pictures, you can view these Juliana Style rhinestone earrings in my Finishing Touch Vintage Jewelry store. The price is $30.
Thursday, August 20, 2009
The early design mark in 1949 was EmJ, and the later one after 1955 was Emmons. Here are some examples of the markings:
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Zodiac Logo courtesy of zodiac-signs-astrology.com/
Those born under the sign of the Virgo are said to be shy and modest. They are methodical, and analyze every aspect before making a decision. They are practical in matters concerning money. On the negative side, it is thought that they can be too analytical and too perfectionist. They tend to worry too much, even about trivial matters. This is the sun sign that likes all their ducks in a row!
Here is a short poem that typifies the Virgo personality:
Who criticizes all she sees;
Yes, e'en would analyze a sneeze?
Who hugs and loves her own disease?
Thinking about buying jewelry for your Virgo friend and don't know where to start? Let's examine some of these zodiac facts for a bit of inspiration.
- Their primary color is blue, particularly navy blue
- Their birthstone is sapphire, jasper. carnelian, moss agate, or jade
- Their lucky numbers are four and eight
- They love all brightly colored small flowers, particularly those that are blue or yellow
This pretty set of interchangable flower pins by contemporary designer Joan Rivers would appeal to the small flower lover in her and the color blue as well.
This pretty necklace by Sarah Coventry is called Park Avenue and features a navy blue curved front to it, which is the lucky color for Virgos.
What would your Virgo friend like for a gift?
Monday, August 17, 2009
Sunday, August 16, 2009
Often, I will suggest just wiping a piece with a Sunshine cloth. But if you have tried this with a chain necklace, you will know that these can be very hard items from which to remove the tarnish because of the small links involved in the making of the chain.
I found a YouTube video which deals with just this situation. The maker of the video gives a step by step demo of how to go about it.
Basically, the cleaning involves baking soda and boiling water in a metal pan. Sterling dips use the same process, but this gets the job done without the harmful chemicals and baking soda is much cheaper to use than the store bought dips.
Most large pieces of sterling silver can be easily cleaned with a polishing cloth, but sometimes, a large ornate piece will have tarnish in the grooves (flower jewelry is especially hard to clean) and this techique would work in this case too. Please note that this techique is good for pieces without stones. (Immersion in water can loosen stones or damage foil to rhinestone pieces.)
Here is the video:
Saturday, August 15, 2009
Friday, August 14, 2009
Thursday, August 13, 2009
One of the female empyolees was taken out of the premises at gunpoint. She was later released unharmed. Warning shots were fired as the men fled the scene. The theives were brazen - they were unmasked and caught on video camera.
The items stolen were with encrusted with almost 1,500 individual diamonds, so the likely intent of the theives was to remove the stones from mountings and disperse them through several hands.
Previous to this, Britain’s biggest diamond jewellery robbery is believed to be a £23 million raid, which also took place at Graff's, in 2003, by the Pink Panther gang of robbers, featured in a previous blog of mine. How unlucky to be the holder of this dubious record twice!
The UK Guardian has a photo spread of much of the jewelry stolen in the 2009 Graff jewelry heist as well as the video which shows the robbers entering the store.
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Her pieces have been featured in more than forty international venues, including Bergdorf Goodman, Neiman Marcus, and Barneys. They have also been showcased in exhibitions in museums that include New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Carole is the author of the book called "Fabulous Fakes," which gives you details of one hundred years of the most amazing pieces of costume jewelry ever produced, in brilliant and beautiful color. It tells their story, starting with mass-produced Victorian jewelry, moving through the wonderfully sophisticated lines of art deco geometrics, and ending with 1990s designer and artisanal jewelry.
The Collector's Weekly recently interviewed Ms. Tannenbaum, and the discussion is very interesting and filled with rich details of some noted high designers such as Coco Chanel, Schreiner, and Coppola e Toppo. She also discusses bakelite vintage jewelry, and talks about her collecting tastes and how she amassed the vintage jewelry collection that sheshe owns.
The Carole Tannenbaum interview is very comprehensive and you can view the whole transcript of it on the Collector's Weekly site. It's quite extensive and well worth the read.
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Monday, August 10, 2009
Sunday, August 9, 2009
Here are some to choose from. Prices range from $11.99 for the cute fairy cuff style to $95.99 for the bakelite style. Just click the pictures for more details.