IntoTemptation…..jewellery musings

Thoughts on jewelry, accessories and whatever else takes my fancy

Archive for the month “July, 2014”

Jewel of the day: Grazia Fortuna Ward Red Set

It’s a good thing I probably can’t afford this set because nowhere on the site of Grazia Fortuna Ward is there any information about price, materials, or where to buy it. Temptation averted! And I’d really like to know the details on the makeup, while we’re at it.

But the set and photo are so stunning, I offer them here for your delectation. There is a (mysterious) bracelet, and different iterations of the other pieces as well.

Grazia Fortuna Ward Red Set


Jewel of the day: Christine J. Brandt Leaf Necklace

There are a lot of wondrous designs on Christine J. Brandt’s web site, but it would have been so much nicer to have seen these larger than the tiny photos you are allowed to view.

This necklace, called simply Leaf, is made with wenge and pyromorphite. Wenge is a large, dark hardwood tree found in Central and West Africa. Of pyromorphite, Brandt notes, “is said to attract money and other objects of wealth. Can help one see the steps to take to achieve goals, giving it the nickname ‘Victory Stone.’  It also activates and stimulates one’s personal energy.”

There is no price listed; this piece can be seen on the site under necklaces.

Christine J. Brandt necklace


Jewel of the day: Olivia Collins Antique Jewelry Turquoise Bracelet

Turquoise is one of those stones that has the ability to instantly lift your mood, with its summer sky blue hue. This antique bracelet is part of a collection curated by Olivia Collins at Barneys.

It is sterling silver with gold wash (aka silver gilt), and set with turquoise stones, circa 1860 according to the site. It is on sale from $6,125 to &1,839, a substantial reduction. So… if you’ve had your eye on it, now is the time to pounce.

Olivia Collins antique turquoise bracelet

Jewel of the day: Grainne Morton Vintage Button Ring

I am smitten with vintage items, including clothing, household items, and jewellery. The idea of incoroprating a vintage component into a new setting, here with an old glass button, gives new life to discarded old items.

Sold at Twist Online, the site notes, “Quiet and demure, this Grainne Morton ring uses a vintage mother-of-pearl button to create a striking, casual ring. The round surface is etched to form a small Star of David and is encased in a bezel of oxidized sterling silver. It is centered on a twisted silver band resulting in a lovely ring with effortless, understated style.”

It sells for USD $176.

Grainne Morton vintage glass button ring


Jewel of the day: Mr. Kate Le Cadeau Ring

This ring is so literal and funny you can’t help but smile when looking at it. It’s name, French for the gift, is very witty.

Sold at Los Angeles’s Roseark under the Mr. Kate label, it has two rings (one for each of the middle two fingers), and is large and bold. It is yellow gold plated base metal. Size small fits size 4 to 6 and the large fits size 7 to 9. It sells for USD $198.

Mr. Kate Le Cadeau Bow Ring

Jewel of the day: Fredericks & Mae Worry Beads

This is a rather jumbo strand of worry beads that looks more Buddhist than Eastern Orthodox. By Fredericks & Mae, it is a collaboration with Sight Unseen.

The story of the piece’s creation:

Fredericks & Mae specialize in objects tailor-made for lazy Sunday afternoons: bocce ball sets, silk-screened kites, paper masks, and handmade archery arrows fletched with feathers sourced from bird sanctuaries or eBay. Their necklace for Sight Unseen promotes relaxation of a different sort: A horsehair tassel, held in place by a colorful threaded silk keyhole, hangs from leather cording strung with wooden worry beads the duo found during their travels in Greece. Please be advised that tassel, bead, and thread colors will vary with every order.

Materials: Horsehair, thread, wood, leather, pigment

This sells for USD $100.



Jewel of the day: Erickson Beamon Hello Sweetie Rhinestone Cuff Bracelet

Apparently I’m having a very glitzy week. For your viewing pleasure today, this dripping in Swarovski crystal rhinestone cuff by Erickson Beamon, dubbed “Hello Sweetie.”

Sweetie nearly always makes me think of AbFab and I could definitely see either Eddie or Patsy (or me!) wearing this out there in the best way cuff. It is currently on sale at Barneys NY, now USD $889 from USD $1480. Sweetie, darling! That’s nearly 40 off!

Erickson Beamon Hello Sweetie Cuf

Erickson Beamon Hello Sweetie Cuff2

Jewel of the day: Karen Sugarman Lover’s Eye Georgian Locket

Karen Sugarman is a very talented interior designer who has added talented jewellery designer to her resume. Here, she uses an antique locket mixed with new elements to create a piece evocative of the lover’s eye jewellery of the Georgian and early Victorian periods.

Sugarman explains,I have been collecting antique silver lockets and mourning lockets for quite some time for their unique beauty and charming history. Because so many of them originated in Europe during the 1800’s, they are not as abundantly found here in the US. Additionally, I have recently been very enamored by what is commonly know as “Lover’s Eye” or miniature eye portraits. My fascination began when I found a slide bracelet that integrated several of the “Lover’s Eyes” into the design. As much as I loved the bracelet, the cost was truly astronomical and I passed on the opportunity to be the new owner. Antique “Lover’s Eye” lockets are quite expensive, ranging in the thousands of dollars for one. The history of how these came to be fashionable is not only very interesting, but endearing. Here is a link to my blog where the history of the “Lover’s Eye” is detailed –

Rather serendipitously, I came across a very talented artist who was willing to collaborate with me on incorporating new “Lover’s Eye” paintings into some of my antique lockets. The Emelie Necklace is the result of that collaboration. As you can see, the beautiful eye is painted in a style to resemble the antiquity of its antique counterparts. The stunning locket in oxidized silver, with a paste stone encrusted bow, is the perfect frame to showcase the very talented beauty of the eye art. However, there is a very unique surprise on the other side – a diminutive Fleur de Lis charm in 24k gold vermeil, floating in a sea of sparkling CZ’s. From the back side, you can also see the artist’s signature and date. Delicate shaded blue sapphires have been hand-linked and juxtaposed with blush pink rose quartz marquise accents flanking Moorish influenced pave connectors to enhance the antique beauty of the locket. As most of these lockets are a combination of silver and gold, that combination also extends to the hand linked chain to allow the owners to wear it with either preference. 25 inches long / 1.6975 inches drop / 1.05 inches diameter.”

This piece sells for USD $1350.

Karen Sugarman Lover's Eye necklace

Jewel of the day: Vintage Jester Pin

I have had this pin for so long, I no longer recall where I found it, but my best guess would be Ebay. It is only marked sterling on the reverse – no maker’s mark. It is solid silver with a now fading gold wash, set with clear and ruby rhinestones. I love the sense of movement and well, fun, this little guy exudes. Even his hands and feet (dare I say jazz hands??) have a sense of motion. He makes me smile just to look at him. My guess is that this is American and was made in the 1940s, when silver was used a lot as base metals were commandeered for the war effort.

Pieces like this, beautifully crafted, well designed, but “nameless,” engender a lot of discussion in the vintage costume jewellery collecting world. Signed pieces, that is, the ones with a maker’s name on the reverse, only became the norm in costume jewellery design into the 1960s and later (and sometimes, not even then.) Some marked earlier, and even those didn’t always sign (paper tags and branded boxes were also used in lieu of applied plates or engraved names.) While many companies often (but not always) “signed” their work, there are many unsung heroes like this one that tend to sell for less simply because they can’t be attributed to a maker, even a very common one whose work wouldn’t normally command a high price.

So if any costume jewellery aficionados are reading this and would like to take a crack at assigning a maker, please weigh in. Not because I think it will make this fellow worth more – he’s already worth a ton to me in sentimental value. But if anyone has seen a similar piece with a maker’s mark, I’d love to know. Are there others out there? I have always thought it seemed closest to Mazer or Jomaz’s work … but what are your thoughts?

Jester pin


Jewel of the day: Carolyn A’Hearn Big Diamond Ring

I’ve seen several punny iterations on the “big diamond” – pieces that use the diamond form/shape in different materials. This sterling silver ring by Carolyn A’Hearn will let you indulge your presumably ironic interest in bling without the big bucks that would involve.

This piece is USD $60; it is available in 10k yellow gold for USD $350 and in 14k yellow gold for USD $545. Each is handmade in Brooklyn, NY, so factor that in to shipping time.

Carolyn A'Hearn Big Diamond Ring

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