Tuesday, September 9, 2014

All of the senses

This weekend I went to see St. Vincent at the Denver Botanic Gardens. The show was amazing, Annie Clark is so, so talented.

...and adorable. She was wearing a funky sequined top that inspired this post. 

I've been noticing more and more jewels featuring body parts. Normally something I'd find a bit tacky, but here are some fine jewelry pieces that I love from two very talented designers.

Holly Dyment's designs stand out. There is nothing similar to her jewelry in the industry right now - at least nothing I've seen. She uses bright colors and fun imagery.   

Holly, who got her start as an interior decorator, is known for her use of color. She is a female designer designing for women.

Her bold, yet whimsical designs are inspired by the geometric patterns stenciled onto walls in India, a country she visits frequently.

This ring, named Brown-eyed Girl, is available for pre-order on Moda Operandi. I love the teardrop detail, it reminds me of lovers' eyes.
And, as I've mentioned in most of my recent posts, the talented Gabriella Kiss - I am slightly obsessed. She creates realistic, miniature sculptures with so much detail.




I have to also share this amazing collaboration by Peter Schmidt of Atelier Zobel & Todd Reed titled 'Rouge." The lip portion is made from coral - the base is sterling silver, 18ky gold and white brilliant diamonds. 

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Antique Jewelry Wish List: Lovers' Eyes

Lovers' Eyes are rare, expensive and something I will probably never own, but I've had relationships on my mind, so I wanted to post about these miniature works of art.

These tiny paintings first became popular in the 1700s when George IV of England fell in love with a commoner - she gave him a locket with a miniature painting of her eye. She remained anonymous, yet they were able to maintain eye contact. It was a sweet gesture and the idea caught on for about 30 years.

While the trend started as a gift from secret admirers, it became something family members had made to remember loved ones and keep them close to their heart.

This book is a good alternative to saving up for a piece - Also, the Philadelphia Art Museum has a large collection, so I will be visiting next time I'm in town. 

And a short mix I've titled "Lover's Eyes."
01. Mama's Boys - The Gaslight Anthem
02. Skeleton Key - Margot & the Nuclear So & So's
03. Long Knives - Rainer Maria
04. Covet - Basement
05. Young and Free - Sucre
06. Paper Bag - Fiona Apple
07. Mass Pike - The Get Up Kids
08. Science vs. Romance - Rilo Kiley
09. All Of My Everythings - The Promise Ring
10. Left & Leaving - The Weakerthans


Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Snake Jewelry: Old & New

Snake motifs in jewelry have been popular for hundreds of thousands of years. The snake has various meanings in different cultures, but I believe it is most known as a symbol of everlasting love. In the Victorian era Prince Albert gave Queen Victoria a snake ring - this was the very first documented engagement ring - the snake had an emerald set in its head.
The snake has gone in and out of popularity over the years, but has remained a constant. It seems that it is back in the spotlight! Over the past couple years I've seen a surge in snake inspired jewels.
Here are some antique favorites of mine...





And some modern designs:

First, Gabriella Kiss, who creates snakes that curve in a romantic, yet realistic way.


(image via Quadrum Gallery)
An Erica Weiner ring which is very much inspired by antique intertwined snake rings.

I had to include this Bvlgari snake inspired watch - although forever out of my price range, I covet it! I love the design.

Perhaps my favorite snake inspired jewels of the moment - these by Good Girl Jewelry. They each have a crystal in their mouth and the design feels so unique.

A little Pamela Love snake ring with ruby eyes. Yes. 
This snake cuff is by Kathy Rose, owner of Roseark - these look amazing stacked up your wrist.

Like this...
And last but not least, this statement snake ring by Suzannah Wainhouse.


Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Stay Gold Giveaway

I've slowly been converting my collection of stick pins into charms, pendants and rings. I have two of these little seed pearl crescent moons, so I wanted to give one away to a lovely reader. The charm is made from a Victorian stick pin and is 9k gold with seed pearl details. Add a chain and you've got a dainty necklace!

Enter below & thank you so much for reading! xo

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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Antique Jewelry Wish List: Gimmal Ring

Gimmal rings have two or three hoops that fit together to form one complete ring. They were popular in the 16th & 17th centuries and often used as engagement rings. The engaged couple would each wear one hoop and then rejoin them to use as a wedding ring. The witness would hold the third piece of the ring until marriage.

I love this concept. Single solitaire engagement rings these days seem to have no real meaning - what does a single white stone say? Not too much. These rings were personal and had so much meaning. Two people joining together, intertwining their lives.


On the inside names and the date were engraved, or a message.

 Clasped hands were common and the third symbol was typically a heart - very similar to a Claddagh ring which is a traditional Irish ring meaning love & loyalty.

"My whole heart for my whole life"
"My beginning and my end"
"Remember the past, and that there is a future."

I want to bring this concept back - it's like a locket with a secret, meaningful message inside, but no one else knows that it is anything more than a simple band. One day perhaps I will design my own, but for now, I hope to just see one of these stunning antique rings in person.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Best Jewels of the 2014 Emmys

The best part of award shows for me is the jewelry - the dresses are nice and all, but it's the jewelry that's most exciting. And the actual show is always a bit dull - congrats to the winners from Breaking Bad, but overall it seemed like safe choices by the Academy. It definitely catches my attention when someone takes a risk and layers on beautiful gold jewels.
The most stunning jewels of the night were worn by the beautiful Christina Hendricks. She piled on gold jewels by Neil Lane.


This bracelet was my favorite piece of the look - also really loved the earrings. While there was a clear trend of red dresses, Christina was the only lady in red who was dripping in gold jewels.

Also, I am not a fan of "ear climbers." The bolder the better for a red carpet event, in my opinion. What were your favorite moments of the evening (fashion or otherwise)?

Monday, August 25, 2014

Designer love: Ted Muehling

First, I must share this really great short film about Gabriella Kiss. It made me love her much more.

Gabriella's mentor is Ted Muehling who is an incredibly well-respected designer and metalsmith in the jewelry world.

His designs are minimal, nature-inspired and impeccable, similar to Gabrialla's, but he has a style all his own. One that has never been described as less than perfection and his aesthetic is said to be more refined than any other jewelry designer out there.

Ted began designing and creating in 1975 - he creates one-of-a-kind pieces as well as multiples with the help of his very small staff in his NYC studio.


The above three pieces are some of my favorites because of how beautiful the gold is - smooth and simple, yet so interesting in shape. The ring curves and contours in such a pretty way - I hope to get a chance to try it on some day.


And these hoops have made it to my wish list. I love them so. The simple gold wire hoop without an exposed clasp and the intricate beading detail.

Both Gabriella Kiss and Ted Muehling have stolen my heart - I love these designs so!

See more designs from Ted Muehling here and definitely check out the short film.