Monday, December 2, 2013

Dating Sarah Coventry Jewelry by name of the Design

Sarah Coventry Vintage Jewelry was sold by the party plan during the 1950 to 1970s.  Each piece was given a design name.  Knowing the name of the piece will allow you to date it since the designs were made for a limited number of years.

Many of the resource books will tell you the date of the piece if you know the name.  My favorite research book on Sarah Conventry jewelry is " Emmons and Sarah Coventry Jewelry Fashion Show - Deborah A. Robinson."

This is a video that I put together on YouTube which shows 13 pieces of Sarah Coventry jewelry from the middle of the last century with design name and date of manufacture.

Most Sarah Coventry jewelry designs are quite collectible today.

For a great range of Sarah Coventry jewelry, please visit Vintage Jewelry Lane. Sarah Coventry jewelry is one of the specialties of my site.

Friday, November 1, 2013

Sarah Coventry Vintage Jewelry from the 1960s and 70s

Sarah Coventry Jewelry at Vintage Jewelry Lane

Sarah Coventry jewelry is well known and very popular with collectors of vintage jewelry.   Each piece is well made and has come to be known by the name that the designers gave to it.   This piece, for instance is called "Touch of Elegance."  I think the name fits beautifully.

The jewelry was originally sold by the party plan in the 1960s and 70s.  But don't let that fool you into thinking this is not good quality jewelry. It has stood the test of time and many pieces are in the same condition as when it was made.

One of the specialties of my website is Sarah Coventry jewelry.  You can see the full range at Vintage Jewelry Lane. 

I've put together a video on my YouTube channel showcasing some of the Sarah Coventry piece from the 1960s and 70s.  The video has music.   Grab a cup of coffee and Enjoy!

Sotheby's Magnificent Jewels on the Auction Block Again

Sotheby's to Auction Magnificent Jewels in Geneva.

Sotheby's Auction house often showcases their idea of Magnificent Jewels. And from past auctions,magnificent they are.  The newest Magnificent Jewels auction is no exception.  It is full of gorgeous pieces, many dating back hundreds of years.

The Magnificent Jewels sale on 13 November features the Pink Star, one of the world's great natural treasures. This  59.60-carat  beauty is a fancy vivid pink, internally flawless diamond - the largest diamond of this color grade known - and is the most valuable diamond ever to be offered at auction.

Some well know designers in this auction are  Van Cleef and Arpels, Cartier jewelry, and Bulgari among many others.

The diamond is set to be a major highlight of the international auction calendar this year and the much-anticipated sale will comprise over 370 lots, including iconic jewels such as the "Walska Briolette Diamond" brooch, gems with important provenance, impressive diamonds and gemstones, as well as fine period creations signed by the world's most celebrated jewelers.

 You can view details of the auction and see the whole catalog online at Sotheby's.

I have put together a small slide show on my YouTube Channel that highlights my favorite pieces from the auction.  The video has music with it.  It is best seen in full screen (bottom right corner icon to show the details of the pieces.)  I hope you enjoy the show!

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Skinner Fine Silver Auction - October 5 in Boston

Skinner Fine European Silver Auction to be Held Soon

Skinner Auction House will soon featuring a large range of fine European Silver on the Auction block.  The auction will take place on October 5, 2013 in Boston and will feature some wonderful pieces dating back to the 1600s.
Skinner Fine Silver to be auctioned in Boston on Octoer 5
These are a few of my favorite pieces:

Pair of Victorian Gold-washed Sterling Silver Apostle Spoons

George V Sterling Silver Two-handled Covered Cup

This YouTube Video gives a preview of some of my other favorite lots.

To view the auction catalog, please visit Skinner Auction House.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Sotheby's Goes Green -- With Jewels and Jadeite

Sotheby's Magnificent Jewels and Jadeite

Green in the theme for the upcoming Magnificent Jewels and Jadeite at Sotheby's Auction House. The auction will take place in Hong Kong on April 8, 2013 and has some truly stunning pieces of jewelry and jadeite art.

The auction will present an exquisite collection of fine jewels combining great rarity and beauty.  The sale is exemplified by the Blushing Gold ring. This great treasure, recently exhibited at the Royal Kensington Palace, features a fancy vivid yellow diamond of 13.10 carats, embellished by Argyle pink diamonds. Also stupendous is an exceptional 3.04-carat heart-shaped fancy intense blue diamond.

While these pieces were beauties, my favorites were the big array of green jewelry, featuring emeralds, and jade.    Here are some highlights:

Jadeite Teapot Bamboo Ornament:

Impressive Jadeite and Diamond Necklace:

Carved Emerald Ruby and Diamond Flower Brooch by Cartier

Emerald and Diamond Ivy Necklace by Michele Della Valle
Jadeite, Garnet and Diamond Earrings Kai-Yin Lo

Jadeite, Rock Crystal, Garnet and Diamond Brooch Kai-Yin Lo
You can browse the full auction catalog here.

I'd be hard press to say which is my favorite but I think the ivy necklace gets my vote. Which is your favorite piece?

Monday, March 25, 2013

Funky Jewelry - Would you Wear This?

A Look at Funky Jewelry Styles

I love looking on the internet for oddball and funky jewelry items.  It seems there is no end to the weird and wonderful items that some creative minds come up with.

I found some delightful funky jewelry styles while I was pinning to pinterest.  Here are a few of my favorite oddballs.

 Growing Jewelry Made with real Moss.
 Branches of Death  - Ouch!
 Little people wrap earring.  Some styles are much larger and cover the whole ear .
 Hairball Jewelry - here kitty, kitty...

                                Rhinestone leg garter.  Something different for your wedding!
 Teeth jewelry set in sterling silver.
Necklace made like a breast plate.

Would you wear any of these? Which is your favorite?

Monday, March 18, 2013

Jane A. Gordon Flower Jewelry

Flower Power from Jane A. Gordon

I love gardening. It is a passion with me and I spend many hours every week tending my flower garden. Spring is almost here in NC, and my bulbs are starting to spring up everywhere. The daffodils are out and my tulips will be next.

With such an interest in gardening, it will be no surprise that I particularly love flower jewelry too.  I am always on the lookout for new flower jewelry designs.

One designer that I recently discovered is Jane A. Gordon.  She makes many different styles, but also does collections and many of these are flower themed.  One of her collections is the daisy collection.  (my birth month flower!)

From her website:  A celebration of nature in form and color, The Daisy Collection reflects nature's undeniable beauty, interpreted in the staggering variety of colors given to us by the earth. Both the petals and the interchangeable centers of the flowers are available in any stone, which can then be combined with many different necklaces. If there is a color in your imagination, it has been given to us by the earth in the form of a stone. 

The daisies are available in necklaces, earrings, rings, bracelets and enhancers. In this ultra feminine collection - more is more! The daisies can be layered in one or two colors, or a rainbow variety. The glittering romance of this flowered jewelry lends itself to the subtlety of one daisy alone, or a virtual wearable garden. They never overwhelm the wearer, but enhance her with a natural shimmering element of glamour and assist her in expressing her unique and personal style. 

Here are a few of her creations from the daisy collection:

daisy necklace

daisy bracelet

daisy earrings

daisy necklace

daisy necklace

Jane A. Gordon jewelry is available  by retail venues including Saks Fifth Avenut, Fortunoff, Cyrstal Cruises, and Royal Caribbean Cruises.   

For a great selection of flower jewelry, in the vintage era, please visit my website, Vintage Jewelry Lane.  

What do you think of the look?  Love it or leave it?

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Designer of the Week - David Andersen

David Andersen - Scandinavian Silver at its Best

David Andersen jewelry is a family operation that was founded in 1896 and has been handed down through the family ever since then.

The designs are very high quality and also very collectible, particularly among collectors of Scandinavian silver jewelry.   Designs are the work of many silversmiths but all have only the David Andersen mark on them.

David Andersen jewelry is famous for their Basse-taille leaf pins which were made in most jewelry styles - bracelets, earrings, necklaces, brooches and sets.

Many marks are evident on the pieces:
  • picture logo of tongs and a hammer (late 19th century).
  • D-A 830s (early 20th century)
  • Christiana D. Andersen 830s (early 20th century)
  • D-A925S Norway Sterling with balancing scale logo (mid 20th century on)
  • David-Anderson Norway Sterling Handmade 925S
  • DA-Norway sterling
  • David-Andersen Norway Sterling
The last three markings were all used Mid 20th century until now.

Here are some examples of David Andersen designs:

For those who collect, all David Andersen pieces are good investments.  For the best investment, be sure to examine the enameling to make sure it is in good condition.  Look for older pieces with the D-A 830S markings and also look for vintage sets in their original boxes.

Vintage Jewelry Lane has a nice range of David Andersen leaf jewelry.  You can view them on this page of my website.

Do you collect Scandinavian silver?  Who are some of your favorite designers?

Monday, March 11, 2013

Skinners Fine Jewelry Auction - March 12

My Favorites from Skinners Fine Jewelry Auction

The March auction features over 500 lots and includes a fine group of antique and period jewelry as well as contemporary jewelry by Tiffany, Cartier, and David Webb. Highlight of the auction is an Edwardian enamel and carved agate desk clock made by Cartier Paris in the early 20th century, which is coming to market for the first time since its purchase.

As usual the jewelry is exquisite.  I had a lovely time looking over all of the lots and had a hard time choosing favorites.

Here are some of my personal favorites.

18kt Gold, Carved Hardstone, and Diamond Flower Brooch and Earclips

18kt Gold and Madeira Citrine Ring

Multi-strand Cultured Pearl Bracelet

18K Gold and Green Tourmaline Brooch, set with fancy cut tourmaline gemstone

14kt Gold and Smoky Quartz Bracelet

Sterling Silver Cuff, Mario Buccellati

Jugendstil Silver and Coral Pendant

Sterling Silver, Malachite, and Lapis Brooch, Kay Bojesen

Antique 18kt Gold and Hardstone Cameo Brooch

You can view the whole auction catalog on this page of the Skinner Auction site.  

Which is your favorite?

Saturday, March 9, 2013

10% off Entire Line of Vintage Jewelry During March

Would you like 10% off your Next Jewelry Purchase?

Then head on over to Jewelry Lane at Bonanza, or Vintage Jewelry Lane at Etsy. Both shops are having sales now.

My entire line of vintage and contemporary jewelry is reduced until the end of March, 2013.

The pages show the normal retail price.  To get the 10% discount, use the code etsy10off.  Code is good until March 31, 2013.    Here are some selections that are part of the sale.

 Lovely rhinestone dangle earrings with clear stones.
This season's hot color Teal.  Glass and rhinestone dangle earrings.

Purple for passion. This festoon necklaces is one of my best sellers.

 Vintage Glass Link Bracelet with safety Chain.
 Wonderful old vintage brooch with teal rhinestones.
 I love the cupped settings on this lovely vintage glass pin.
 Made in Germany.  Glass multi strand necklace.
   Pretty!  White and blue glass pendant necklace.

The top seven pieces are contemp0rary and are available in my Bonanza shop - Jewelry Lane.  The bottom five pieces are vintage and can be found in Vintage Jewelry Lane at Etsy.

Which is your favorite?

Friday, March 8, 2013

Thrifty Thursday - All Under $10 - Jewelry Bargains

Who Doesn't Like Jewelry Bargains?

Today is Thrifty Thursday.  Let's take a stroll through my shops on the lookout for jewelry items less than $10.  Grab yourself a bargain.  All items available in my Amazon shop - Jewelry Lane.

rhinestone set
Pretty Rhinestone Set. Perfect for a bride.  Just $9.99

Adorable Owl Earrings in Bright Colors - Only $7.99

Breast cancer awareness Brooch

Pretty Breast Cancer Awareness Brooch with pink Ribbon. Only $9.25

leopard pendant necklace
Rhinestone Leopard Cat pendant Necklace - Just $9.99

metal mesh bracelet
Metal Mesh Cuff Bracelet with Gathered Sections - Just 9.99

You can find all of these and many more bargains in my new Amazon Shop - Jewelry Lane.  Just click on any of the links above for more details about the items.

When you shop for jewelry, what is your primary consideration?  Style or price?  Let us know in the comments below.


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