Island Vintage Jewelry: Lead Soldiered Jewelry

Like a lot of sellers on Ruby Lane, I am always on the look out for beautiful antique and vintage jewelry to offer in my shop. Most of the time, I make great purchases but recently I learned a very valuable lesson from my local goldsmith.

SuzansTreasures: Connemara Marble Jewelry

It’s so much fun to feature seasonal and holiday related jewelry in my shop, SuzansTreasures. In March, I often list Irish and Celtic jewelry (as well as anything green). I’ve recently added several Irish brooches with Connemara marble, and received this question from a customer:

“Please enlighten me. What is Connemara marble and why is it exclusive to Celtic jewelry?”

ADIN: Snake Jewelry

From all low reptiles the serpent has clearly made the highest profile career.

A lot can be said about serpents (or snakes). They have been worshiped since the Dark Ages and are a powerful religious symbol with many different meanings, like death and resurrection, while they have also been associated with healing and rivergods and also denote fertility, wisdom and the ability to cure. In jewelry serpents are depicted both for decorative as symbolic reasons.

B. Bold Jewelry for Boomer Girls: Recession Fashion

During the depression, expensive fashion was no longer within reach for many people. In a very real sense, with our failing economy, we are facing the same circumstances today. What does this mean for the fashion industry, and does this mean that consumers need to sacrifice their sense of style?

Synergy Jewelry: First Lady Obama and Brooches

Not since Jacqueline Kennedy has there been this much buzz about fashion in the White House. First Lady Michelle Obama is sleek, stylish, and sophisticated; she carries her model-like stature with elegance. She is accomplished, well educated, as well as beautiful – a role model for all women. It has been enjoyable to see Mrs. Obama’s distinctive personal and creative style along the campaign trail.

The Love Nest: Victorian Crescent Moon Pins

Victorian "Honeymoon" pins are characterized by a crescent moon shape with accompanying floral decoration. The Victorian period spanned from the 1830's to just after 1890. The pins were sometimes enhanced with gemstones such as diamonds, garnets, rubies, seedpearls, turquoise, emerald, or amethyst, (those being the most popular and widely used in Victorian jewelry). The earlier pieces dating prior to 1900 often used colored glass paste stones, and sometimes colorful enamels.

St. Patricks Day

St. Patrick’s Day and spring always coincide closely, and have some common traits. Ireland, land of St. Patrick’s missionary work, is also known as the Emerald Isle, famed for its verdant greenery. And Green is the color of Spring.

THE JEWELRY DIVA: Bogoff Jewelry - The Great Pretender

Do you remember the song “The Great Pretender”? Well, that song title is apropos for Henry Bogoff! Henry’s years of experience in the European fine jewelry firms, using precious metals (gold, platinum and silver) and the highest quality gemstones (diamonds, rubies, emeralds and sapphires) set the stage for him to make the finest costume jewelry that so closely resembled the real thing.

Worn to Perfection: A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words

Les Creations, Malupa Paris Pins are still a mystery to me and yet, if the old saying is true and a picture is worth a thousand words, we really don’t require full disclosure to enjoy these wonderful miniature works of art.

Flotsam & Jetsam: Photographic Jewelry

Even as a young girl, I was enamored by the complexity of faces. From the pictures I drew to the images I collaged, countenances played a vital part in my compositions. So, I guess it's no surprise that as an adult one of my favorite collectible genres is early photographic jewelry. Like many of my pieces, I stumbled upon two small photograph pins by happenstance. And, it was truly love at first site.

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