During the month of May, we are looking at Strawberries, not only as food but also as inspiration in design and today we are looking at the little red fruit and how it’s inspired some amazing looking jewelry. Not only are the berries themselves inspiring but so are the leaves of the Strawberry plant, in the 19th century Strawberry leaves inspired design for diamond tiaras worn by royalty throughout Europe. Queen Victoria’s husband, Prince Albert, designed a Strawberry leaf tiara as part of a large gift of jewelry for Princess Alice, he and Victoria’s third child, as she was preparing to marry a German prince. Unfortunately, Prince Albert died before he was able to present his daughter with her gifts, but Queen Victoria gave it to her making sure she knew it was designed by her father. Strawberries have also inspired some gorgeous brooches over the centuries as well as earrings and bracelets. Join me for a look at just a few pieces I found, I would love to see some modern interpretations of Strawberries in jewelry, Enjoy!!! (above image via)
May 9, 2016
April 22, 2016
One last post concerning Queen Elizabeth and her 90th birthday, in the flower world English roses, are world famous and perhaps none as much as Queen Elizabeth roses. Queen Elizabeth roses are a cross between two different roses and were created in 1954 to mark the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in June of 1953. The rose has a beautiful pink color and it’s stems and bushes can grow anywhere from 6 to 10 feet in height. Roses have long been associated with royalty, especially in England after the War of the Roses between the House of York (White Rose) and the House of Lancaster (Red Rose). Today roses are still associated with the House of Windsor and Her Majesty, whether it’s in the jewelry she wears or the shade of pink of her dress and coat. I thought today we would take a look at Queen Elizabeth roses as well as the woman herself and how the image of the rose is used in royal life. Enjoy!!! (above image via)
April 19, 2016
If diamonds are a girl’s best friend then you can add sapphires, emeralds, rubies, and pearls to that for Queen Elizabeth. It’s hard not to picture the British Monarch and not think of her wearing a tiara and dripping in diamonds, so I thought today we would take a look at the jewelry Queen Elizabeth wears both on a daily basis and for special occasions such as state dinners and official ceremonies. Queen Elizabeth has two of her grandmothers, Queen Mary and Queen Victoria, to thank for much of the jewelry in the royal vaults today. Queen Victoria was gifted many jewels during her 64-year reign, including the Koh-I-Noor diamond, the Albert Brooch, and the famous Bow Brooches. Queen Mary was famous for repurposing jewelry, she would take old tiaras and have the stones in them reset as necklaces, earrings, and bracelets. Queen Mary is also known for not letting a good deal get by her, she purchased a great many jewels from deposed European Royals who had lost their thrones following World War I and needed money more than jewelry to survive. If you’re interested in knowing a lot more about the jewels of the British royals there are a couple of blogs you can visit, two of my favorites are The Court Jeweller and From Her Majesty’s Jewel Vault. So, take a look at the beautiful jewels of Queen Elizabeth and prepare to be dazzled. Enjoy!!! (Image via)
March 1, 2016
Last week over a couple of evenings I had a chance to watch two documentaries I’ve been wanting to see, Dior and I and Iris. Dior and I is a look at the House of Dior during the time that Belgian designer Raf Simons was brought on board as lead designer in 2012, following Simons and showing what it took to put on his first fashion show with only 8 weeks to do it. The film Iris follows “geriatric starlet” Iris Apfel on her quest for more accessories, her day to day life in NYC and we witness the love story between her and her husband of 68 years Carl Apfel.
February 24, 2016
During her career Elizabeth Taylor was considered the Queen of Hollywood and the world of motion pictures, during her life she had 7 different husbands and 8 marriages (Richard Burton twice) and several beautiful homes, but the one she settled in and lived in up until the end of her life in 2011 was located at 700 Nimes Road in the Holmby Hills neighborhood of Los Angeles.
February 2, 2016
Don’t we all love a great souvenir, something to remind us of a wonderful trip to a beautiful place and who hasn’t fallen in love with a city whether you’ve only visited for the first time or several times? Artist Ola Shekhtman has combined her love of travel and talent for jewelry making. Ola grew up in Siberia but always longed to see the world, eventually, she found herself exploring places like Paris and San Francisco and today lives in North Carolina, she began selling her designs in 2015 with her first design being Paris, today Paris and several other cities are available to buy on her Etsy page. I really think these are so cool and beautiful and could easily become a treasure for years to come. Let’s take a look at some of her other cityscape rings as well as other jewelry she’s created, Enjoy!!! (pictured above is Washington, D.C.)
December 2, 2015
A fun thing that happens this time of year is the Signals catalog showing up in the mail. I’ve been getting the Signals catalog for years and during that time I’ve ordered a few things from them, like the Star Fleet Academy sweats and sweatshirt I ordered for Michael about 18 years ago. They always have fun, off the wall novelty type items as well as great recordings of hard to find music, fun sweatshirts, and aprons as well as holiday decorations and kitchen items, and sometimes one of those items ends up being the perfect fun gift for someone you know, I mean no kitchen is complete without an electric Smore maker. I thought today we would take a look at some of the items that stood out to me, check out Signals online when you have a chance and peruse their online catalog, it’s a lot of fun, Enjoy!!!
November 20, 2015
Topaz is the birthstone for November and when I started doing a little digging I found out that more specifically it’s Orange Topaz. Pure Topaz is colorless and transparent, but there are many different colors which are caused by impurities in the stones. I thought today we would take a look at jewelry for all the November babies and since orange is a color so associated with Autumn it worked out perfectly. Join us for this little trip down the Topaz road and exploring the world of Orange, Enjoy!!!
September 10, 2015
As we gear up for NY Fashion Week to begin I want to look at something I’ve noticed over the last several years as far as a trend in jewelry and decided to learn more about it, it’s the Alhambra jewelry, you know the one where pieces are made using the Quatrefoil or Clover shape.
Alhambra jewelry was first started by Van Cleef & Arpels in the 1960’s and over the years its popularity has ebbed and flowed as all trends do, but today the Alhambra trend is red hot, so red hot that it’s being “knocked off” left and right. Today you can find the clover shapes made of mother of pearl, turquoise, and several other stones. They come surrounded in diamonds and suspended on beautiful chains as necklaces, earrings and bracelets. Join me as we take a look at this beautiful design in jewelry which we also see in home decor and fashion as well. Enjoy!!!
August 19, 2015
Today we are remembering and celebrating the First Lady of Fashion the world over, Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel, on what is the 132nd anniversary of her birth.
To be honest, I hesitated before doing a profile of Coco Chanel because there has been so much written about her, but decided to go ahead. Chanel is one of my favorite figures from design history, with her rags to riches story and the many conquests she had along the way in both love and business. Gabriel Chanel was born in Samur, France on August 19, 1883, her mother died of bronchitis when Coco was 11, at the time her father was a traveling salesman, unable to take care of his children he sent his two sons out to work as farm laborers and his three daughters to live in the religious convent of the Congregation of the Sacred Heart of Mary. In this convent the nuns taught Coco a new skill, sewing, that would change her life