IntoTemptation…..jewellery musings

Thoughts on jewelry, accessories and whatever else takes my fancy

Archive for the month “August, 2012”

Jewel of the day: Faberge diamond and aquamarine pendant

The delicacy of Belle Epoque jewellery is unlike almost anything else. The period saw the emergence of white metals and finely detailed metal work as platinum grew in popularity.  This piece by Faberge is described this way by Bentley & Skinner:

An important turn-of-the-century Faberge aquamarine and diamond pendant, the pendant comprising an oval faceted aquamarine, within a diamond-set border, with three diamond foliate drops, with diamond surmount and chain, Purchased by dowager Empress Maria Fedorovna of Russia 28/7/12 for 260 roubles.  Was a gift to Augusta Marie Utke Ramsing 1875-1959 who was lady-in-waiting to Princess Margrethe of Denmark, sister of Tsarina of Russia, & by descent to present owner. Circa 1895

It is available on their web site for £135,000.



Jewel of the day: Larkspur and Hawk Olivia earrings

These earrings are pretty and bold at the same time, with green foiled topaz set in oxidized silver with 14k yellow gold hooks. Designers Larkspur and Hawk wanted to echo antique jewellery techniques, and the foiled stones certainly do that. They remind me of Victorian ear bobs, worn close to the lobe. These are available at Net-A-Porter for USD $1100.

Jewel of the day: Kismet by Milka serpent ring

Delicate and powerful, this serpent ring winds its way around the wearer’s finger. Designer Milka Karaagacli, designing under the name Kismet by Milka, gave up a career in advertising to design jewellery and looks to both Eastern and Western influences for her work. Set with diamonds and ruby eyes, this piece is  available from Fragments for USD $1675.

Jewel of the day: Art of Henri Starman earrings

Designed by Art of Henri, these oxidized sterling silver earrings set with cubic zirconia have a great real vibe to them, along the lines of the work done in 22k gold and blackened silver by Yossi Harari. Ear wires are gold filled. They sell for USD$135.

Jewel of the day: Carelle rutillated quartz jumbo signature ring

Some people prefer a few dainty rings, or a stack, and some go for one statement piece. This ring by Carelle qualifies as the latter, though they also offer the former for those so inclined.

This gorgeous piece is available with other stones as well set in 18k yellow gold – green quartz, lemon quartz, rose quartz, smoky quartz, and amethyst.  This version retails for $3,585. Who needs much more expensive diamonds, really, when you can just wave a big rock?

Jewel of the day: Avindy Four Diamond Bezel Circle pendant

Avindy is a mother and daughter design duo, with lots of pretty work in metal and semi-precious stones. This pendant appears to be made in sterling silver with gold plate – but I am not sure as the site is light on details. It could be a sterling silver chain with a solid gold and diamond pendant.

No info on the size of the piece either; it sells on their site for USD $348.

Jewel of the day: Miyung Urso Red & Red necklace

I can’t tell how delicate this is from the photo but I’m fairly sure I wouldn’t go out for a night of dancing wearing this piece. Made of silk, lacquer, thread and sterling silver, this ethereal necklace is USD $3115 at Patina Gallery.

Jewel of the day: Flora Book ruffle summer neck piece

Flora Book works with what she calls textile jewellery. The artists explains, “I make my jewelry flexible. The term flexibility refers both to the physical properties of the material as well as to the concept and design. This allows the wearer to interact with the piece. In that way they can make each article their own. I try to make a hard material, silver and glass, flexible, by weaving them with nylon. I have expanded the vocabulary of my materials by adding a soft material, such as wool. I knit and felt it with silver and glass so as to create textile jewelry. The work is soft and comfortable and can move with the body. I like to think of my work as site-specific installations for the mobile human body.”

This neck piece is made with silver and glass beads.

Jewel of the day: K/ller Collection Bionic Black Quill earrings

K/ller Collection is the work of Katie Deguzman and Michael Miller. In their own words, they are inspired by, “choppers, rusted tools, chemical reactions, and androgyny. They have a passion for manipulating raw materials from metals and leather to skeletal structures, and are drawn to the intriguing oddity of shapes. They love the juxtaposition of hard and soft, the dark side clashing with the sweet, and the knowledge that you don’t always have to behave.”

These earrings use hand cast brass quill capping a black porcupine quill on brass ear wire; they are 3/3-4 inches long and sell for USD $166.

Jewel of the day: Jana Brevick Puzzle Guts Seated

Seattle-based Jana Brevick describes herself as subversive; I think her jewellery, sculpture and installations are witty and thoughtprovoking (love the basketball hoop adorned with crystals like a chandelier in her Redefining Ballerism: Upping the Ante series).

This piece is from her robot series and was designed in 1999. It is made of sterling silver, 24k gold, 18k gold, nickel silver, steel snaps, plastic & polymer clay.

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