IntoTemptation…..jewellery musings

Thoughts on jewelry, accessories and whatever else takes my fancy

Archive for the month “May, 2017”

Jewel of the day: Brilliant Earth Olive Branch Bracelet

Peace is always the right sentiment and the olive branch is a centuries old symbol. This would make a lovely gift, and can be worn in a stack with other pieces if that is your preference.

By Brilliant Earth, it is made in sterling silver and sells for USD$125.

Jewel of the day: Asymmetric Blue Topaz Aziza Earrings

It took a quick second to see the asymmetry in these earrings and I think it’s very clever. By Aziza and offered by Roseark, these are 14k white and rose gold London blue topaz stones surrounded by pave set diamonds.

These sell for USD$7,200.

Jewel of the day: Silver & Enamel Art Nouveau Silver Pendant with Plique-a-Jour Enamel

Antique plique-a-jour enamel is a rarity because it is so fragile; basically it is melted glass without the structure that backs guilloche or cloisonné enamel. In those pieces, glass is inset into a metal support or backing. The beauty of plique-a-jour is that it is like miniature stained glass.

This pendant shows the effect well. The sterling silver design seems to be of a pine cone, with a ginkgo surround. It is marked but the seller notes that the mark is illegible. This sells for USD$471 on Etsy Shop Ruby and Jules.

Jewel of the day: Andrew Grima Yellow Quartz Cuff

London society jeweller Andrew Grima’s legacy lives on today, as carried on by his family members. This vintage cuff, circa 1973, is evocative of the period, with textured 18k yellow gold housing a large (328 carat) yellow quartz stone.

The bracelet is actually being offered by the Grima firm, and can be obtained through 1st Dibs online for USD$37,152.07.

My interview with Francesca Grima can be found here; the family has a fascinating history you will want to read.

Jewel of the day: Katerina Makriyianni Trillion Ring

The fun thing about costume jewellery is that it can let you look like a million bucks without spending nearly that much. This ring by Katerina Makriyianni is a good case in point. Vendor Net-A-Porter notes, “Katerina Makriyianni’s standout pieces are inspired by Crete’s unique surroundings. This gold-plated silver ‘Trillion’ ring has an open band setting tipped with a faceted green agate doublet and ruby-red crystal. We like the three miniature green onyx stones that flicker with your every movement.”

This sells for USD$355.

Jewel of the day: Baublebar Happy Bracelet

Here’s an item that truly is cheap and cheerful – a bracelet from Baublebar spelling out the word HAPPY. They note, “Random typefaces create a playful bracelet with good vibes. For added versatility, style with a stack and a fresh mani.”

It’s made with plated metal, rhinestones and enamelled letters, and sells for USD$28. Don’t you feel more cheerful already?

Jewel of the day: Gee Woods Ruby Motion Ring

Given the sudden fad for finger spinners, here is a piece of jewellery that can calm your fidgety tendencies in a more elegant way. By London-based Gee Woods, this ring is made of 9 carat gold set with what appear to be calibre cut rubies.

It’s available for £1,275.

Jewel of the day: Olivia Wong I am, You Are Locket

The Ontario College of Art and Design University (OCADU), located in Toronto, has a fantastic jewellery program.

2017 graduate Olivia Wong created this as one of three pieces for her thesis project, titled I Am, You Are, and is in her words part of, “a series of three objects. By researching how objects are able to create social meaning, these objects create a discussion and dialogue about the issues of sexual assault. These objects carry dualities that are discovered when worn or used. These dualities include targeting/watching, manipulation and comfort/discomfort.”

You can see more of Olivia’s work on her website.

Jewel of the day: Antique Irish Heart Locket

I am a sucker for lockets, though I never put photos or mementos in mine. This would be perfect for an Irish friend, or someone who just believes in the four leaf clover/shamrock as a bringer of luck. It has an enamel monogram on the reverse, which looks like the letters BA to me, though seller Dover Jewelry seems to have misidentified this as a botanical theme.

This is 18k yellow gold with green and red enamel. It weighs 23.1 grams and measures 40 mm long (including bail) and 26 mm wide.

It sells for USD$1,750.

Jewel of the day: Gaskin Triangular Corsage Brooch

This is a really lovely example of Arts and Crafts paste jewellery, by husband and wife team Archie and Georgie Gaskin. Offered on 1st Dibs by noted jewellery seller Tadema Gallery, they explain, “This triangular corsage brooch ‘Loves Garland’ by Arthur Gaskin and his wife Georgie is a fine example of their romantic Arts and Crafts jewelry. Signed ‘G’ verso. Original fitted case. Silver, gold, opal, pink tourmaline, blister pearl and emerald paste. Provenance: From the collection of Laurence W. Hodson (1863-1933), thence by descent. To be exhibited at the forthcoming exhibition: “Jewellery. materials craft art” at the National Museum Zurich from 19.05.2017 – 22.10.2017 Exhibited ‘Arthur and Georgie Gaskin’, City Museum and Art Gallery, Birmingham 11 February – 21 March 1982. Item G40 in the exhibition catalogue and illustrated on page 86. The Fine Art Society, London 29 March – 30 April, 1982. Literature: The catalogue entry states this piece was previously exhibited at W.T Whitely ‘The Arts and Crafts’ Society Exhibition at the Grosvenor Gallery in 1912, where it was illustrated in ‘The Studio vol LVII and priced at £12 12s 0d. The original pencil drawing for this piece is in the ‘Drawing Book’ by Arthur and Georgie Gaskin (Victoria and Albert Museum ref: E 6727091969), where all the stones in the piece are labelled, showing that the missing drop was an opal which we have reinstated.”

This is selling for USD$30,243.86

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