IntoTemptation…..jewellery musings

Thoughts on jewelry, accessories and whatever else takes my fancy

Archive for the month “December, 2009”

Jewel of the day: Faberge bangle bracelet

Faberge is perhaps best known as a supplier to the Russian imperial family – amazing jewelry, semi-precious animals, picture frames, snuff boxes and of course, the well known Easter eggs that were a traditional annual family gift.

Came across this bracelet on the Sotheby’s site. It’s described as a “hinged bangle applied with floral and foliate motifs set with variously shaped gemstones including opals, emeralds, sapphires, pearls, rubies, turquoise, highlighted at intervals with rose-cut diamonds, to a matt gold ground, inner circumference 160mm, 56 Zolotnik mark, St Petersburg, work masters mark AH.”

Original auction estimate was 10,000-15,000 GBP; it sold for 16,875 GBP March 19, 2009. Photo is from Sotheby’s.


Jewel of the day: Hermes Sac Mallette

Strictly speaking, not a jewel, but an incredibly luxe way to transport them. These handcrafted bags used to be de rigeur for wealthy ladies on the go. The top half functions like a purse and the bottom snaps open to reveal a velvet lined tray for carrying precious baubles. This one is made of fine box calf with gold plated fittings and a lock and key for the top and bottom sections. I believe it dates from the late 1950s. It is still possible to find them in excellent condition at auctions and through high end vintage dealers. They were also made by other manufacturers as train cases, or jewel cases.

I can just picture the original owner in a chic fitted suit and matching gloves and hat, hurrying to catch a train or plane somewhere, with her most important jewels in tow.

Jewel of the day: Inspiration or plagiarism?

I read that Alicia Keys has collaborated with a jewellery designer on a new line, called The Barber’s Daughters. Opened up on the splash page to see this necklace and thought …. hmmmm. Pretty. But it immediately reminded me of very similar work by Jeanine Payer, who also uses sterling silver, hand engraving of poems and semi-precious stones.

Clicked on the description of this necklace to find that Alicia and company had also copied an oft used verse by Rumi that appears on a lot of Jeanine Payer’s jewellery. Suddenly, I’m not liking the Barber’s Daughters at all. Surely they could have come up with their own way of making these designs unique instead of stealing both the words and the look of an established, successful competitor.

You can argue that there is a lot of “inspired by” in fashion and that many designers engrave their pieces similarly, but to me, this is outright theft of an idea and a distinctive design look. Too bad. The Barber’s Daughters piece is shown below. For Jeanine Payer’s work, click on a link on the right. What do you think?

Jewel of the day: Jill Platner crescent bracelet

I love how sculptural this piece is and the use of mixed media of sterling silver and cord (Goretex, according to the web site). This is by artist Jill Platner and is available at Barneys New York for $2100.  See more of her jewellery at

Jewel of the day: Double diamond ring

If I ever win the lottery, I’d like to have this (is that so wrong)? I frequently “window shop” the goodies at Dover Jewelry and this ring has long caught my eye. They describe it as , “this platinum Art Deco bypass ring features two stunning Asscher cut diamonds graded H color/ VS clarity weighing an estimated 2.25ct each, 5.50ct total. Either shoulder is channel set with five diamond baguettes graded G color/ VS clarity weighing an estimated 0.50ct total.”

And it’s even my size – ring finger, that is. At $32,000, my bank balance? Not so much. But if it fits your bank balance, it’s available at

Jewel of the day: Pretty Woman red rhinestone set by Thorin & Co.

If you want to make a statement this holiday season, this is the necklace and earrings that will do it. Swarovski crystal set in gunmetal, and designed by Thorin & Co. I will be adding this and other Thorin pieces to my web site,,  in the next few days. They are part of a very limited collection and I only have one set of each. What better gift for the Julia Roberts-esque lady in your life?

Fab find: JadeTribe bags

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