Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Reyne Haines Interview on Ladies Vintage Wristwatches

I love the interviews that Collector's Weekly conducts. They are done with a wide variety of collector's of vintage items, including jewelry and are always well written and very interesting.

The latest one which deals with jewelry is an interview with Reyne Haines, a specialist in Art Nouveay glass and Tiffany who has also written a book called "Vintage Wristwatches".

The interview discusses the inspiration for her book, as well as both men's and ladies wristwatch collecting. Reyne also touches on the early wearers of wristwatches and how the designs have changed over the years. Of particular interest was the discussion of designers of ladies wristwatches and the use of jewels in the designs themselves.

You can read the whole interview on this page of the Collector's Weekly website. Reyne's new book is available at Amazon.com or leading book retailers nationwide.

Photo credit: Collector's Weekly

Monday, May 24, 2010

Michelle Obama Dazzles at the Recent White House State Dinner

The first lady, Michelle Obama, was a vision on May 19th, 2010 at the second state dinner at the White House. The first lady wore a lovely one shouldered royal blue gown designed by Peter Sorenen. Her accessories set the look off perfectly.

The blue gown was made with 3 different layers of fabric - chiffon, lame chiffon, and silk. The shoes she wore were Jimmy Choo's "Jasper" rhinestone sandals, and the earrings were blue sapphire and diamond earrings by Sutra Jewels. The final touch was a dazzling rhinestone belt.

What do you think of the look?

Photo credit: Getty Images

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Hoot Hoot - New Line of Owl Jewelry Just in!

Owl jewelry is one of the most popular forms of figural jewelry on the market today. It's colorful, cute and highly collectible.

I've just gotten in a new line of owl themed pendants at my Vintage Jewelry Mall website and my Jewelry Lane store at Ruby Plaza.

Here are a few designs. You can see more at the links above.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Fall Fashion Forecast for Accessories

Style.com has their preview of the hottest looks for fall 2010. This autumn will be a season of both traditional looks as well as big, bold and ornate looks, with skins, fur and layers.

These are a few examples of their predictions for jewelry lines. What say you? Yay or Nay?

Style has a preview of handbags, shoes and boots (my daughter went nuts!) as well. You can view the preview on this page of the website.
All photos courtesy Style.com

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Jewelry and Fashion on Display at the Met

The Metropolital Museum of Art in New York is currently running an exhibit of woman's fashion and vintage jewelry. The exhibit will run through August 15, 2010.

Fashion and jewelry from the time period 1890 to 1940 will be featured and the exhibition reveals how the American woman initiated style revolutions that mirrored her social, political, and sexual emancipation. "Gibson Girls," "Bohemians," and "Screen Sirens," among others, helped lay the foundation for today's American woman.

Of particular interest to me is the fabulous vintage jewelry that is exhibited as adornment for the fashions that the exhibit is featuring.

For those of you who cannot attend, here is a YouTube video with highlights of the exhibit. Warning: The video contains sound.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Todays' Vintage Bling - Green Grapes in Rhinestones

Spring is definitely here, so my find of the day is this pretty nature inspired vintage brooch made of pearls and green glass rhinestones in the shape of a bunch of grapes.

The brooch is set in textured goldtone metal and has a very pretty combination of tiny white imitation pearls, small green chatons and larger marquis green rhinestones. Pretty variety of green colors compliment the shiny goldtone finish well.

The size is 2 1/2 x 2 7/8". it has a built in clasp common on better made jewelry of this period. It's available from my Vintage Jewelry Lane shop for only $21.99.

Saturday, May 8, 2010

New Line of Millefiori Sterling Silver Jewelry in my Stores

I am delighted to announce that I have added a new like of genuine Murano Millefiori glass and sterling silver to my Jewelry Lane store at Ruby Plaza and my Vintage Jewelry Lane website store.

The cabochons in the new line of jewelry are made from genuine Murano millefiori glass made in the island of Murano. The designer is Alan K and the designs are all hand made. Many of the finishes on the jewelry are also rhodium plated which gives the pieces a lustrous appearance.

Millefiori is a type of Murano glass that has been incorporated with various layers of colors to create beautiful flower-like patterns. The word literally means "a thousand flowers." Millefiori is the name of the cylindrical, long glass rods which contain a specific pattern along its entire length, so that when cut into slices from one end, the particular pattern will be revealed. This style of glass has been around since the Middle Ages and more recently, have been produced for fine jewelry items.

Prices range from $27 to $165. Here are some examples of the pieces.

Monday, May 3, 2010

First Lady Michelle Obama on the Cover of USA Weekend

The first lady, Michelle Obama, gained another magazine cover shot on the recent issue of USA Weekend.

Ms. Obama has had a recent run of magazine covers in the last month. This issue showed her again in pearls, which is a trademark look for the first lady.

As well as the cover shot of Mrs. Obama, there is an interview focused on her parenting approach. You can read more about her ideas on the subject on this page of the USA Weekend website.

The cover shot shows her in another Jason Wu design with magenta silk faille and loads of pleats at the waist and hips. The single strand of pearls and simple pearl earrings accessorizes the dress nicely

Photo credit: Kwaku Alston, Stockland Martel -USA Weekend


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