IntoTemptation…..jewellery musings

Thoughts on jewelry, accessories and whatever else takes my fancy

Archive for the month “October, 2017”

Jewel of the day: Tiger Lily Emporium Spider Web Earrings

Happy Halloween! These earrings would get you right into a spooktastic mood. Offered by Tiger Lily Emporium on Ruby Lane, they are vintage base metal accented with crystals. These sell for USD$25 so you can have them in your costume inventory for 2018.


Jewel of the day: Art Nouveau Swan Brooch

The swan lends itself perfectly as a motif to the an Art Nouveau design. Offered by Trademark Antiques on Etsy, the bird’s sinuous body is rendered in enamel, with a baroque pearl. They note, “This spectacular Art Nouveau watch pin or brooch (circa 1890-1910) features a graceful swan nestled in sinewy reeds. The brooch is ornamented with iridescent pink & green enamel, a lustrous freshwater pearl, and a diamond accent. The reverse of the piece is almost as finely rendered as the front and the clasp bears the Krementz hallmark and it is also marked for 14k gold.

One of the premier jewelry manufacturing companies around the turn of the 20th century, Krementz & Co. was known for producing some exquisite gold and enamel jewelry influenced by design trends coming from Europe.

This watch pin is in excellent condition; however, there is a very small crack to the watch pin hook on the back that in no way impacts the integrity of the piece.”

This piece sells for USD$2,985.

Jewel of the day: Stargaze Jewelry Crescent Earrings

These earrings by Stargaze have an easy Southwest vibe to them. They’re available in gold or silver metal, and can give your outfit a bit of edgy cowgirl chic for USD$24.99.

Jewel of the day: Metier Paris Georgian Gem Set Ring

This pretty ring could be worn today by either a man or a woman. Offered by Ruby Lane seller MetierParis, they describe the ring this way: “An early 19th century gold ring, with deeply chased engraving of scrolls and flowers, set with a facetted ruby flanked by two old European cut diamonds. Designed in a unique oblong shape, it may have been designed as gentleman’s pinkie ring, though can be considered unisex today. It would make a unique engagement or wedding band. A unique and fine quality ring, very heavy for its size.

Similar workmanship is pictured on pages 104, 105 and 329 of Diana Scarisbrick’s “Rings: Jewelry of Power, Love and Loyalty” (Thames & Hudson, c. 2007) which dates this deeply chased workmanship to approximately the 1820s – 1830s.

Each diamond is approximately 0.20 carats; the ruby is approximately 0.50 carats.

Condition: Very good condition overall. The ruby shows loupe-visible wear at the facets. One side of the gold setting has slight wear to the decoration, probably from rubbing against another ring when worn in a stack.

Size: size 5 US, sizing up would be difficult without the disrupting the pattern. Sizing down slightly may be possible by soldering gold beads on the inside of the band. Weight: 13.8 grams Hallmarks: French guarantee mark, tests as 18k gold, possibly English in origin.”

It is selling for USD$3,800.

Jewel of the day: Grainne Morton Face Earrings

There’s something equally fun and creepy about these earrings, but they tip the scales into fun for me. Made by Grainne Morton of antique glass eye beads and precious stones set in metal (content not stated, but I presume it’s gold.)

These sell for £498.

Jewel of the day: Sofia Kaman Victoria Mandala Necklace

With a bevy of different inspirations rooted in the past, this necklace by Sofia Kaman is eminently wearable in the present. The site notes, ”

A beautifully patterned piece, this 18K gold, enamel, and diamond pendant has a lovely inspiration story as well. We started with the notion of a Mandala. The meaning of mandala comes from Sanskrit word “circle.” Having a concentric structure, Mandalas offer balancing visual elements, symbolizing unity and harmony.

We designed a Victorian styled mandala as a part of the Language of Flowers collection incorporating the motif of a compass. Compasses were given as gifts carrying the message of always being able to find your way home. The fusing of the mandala and compass signifies the reminder to follow your inner compass on the journey of life.

This pendant features a blank reverse side should you want to engrave a special message, initial or date on this noteworthy piece. Available in your choice of black, white, navy or blush enamel. Mandala hangs from a dainty cable chain necklace, finished with a lobster clasp. 18”

This sells for USD$2,175.

Jewel of the day: Jewel Spott Cubic Zirconiz Curve Cuff Earring

If you’re going to embrace a trend, do it all the way. These cuff earrings by Jewel Spott limn the entire curve of the ear with sparkle. No details on what they’re made of (other than CZ stones) but at USD$26 per earring, we can safely say “not precious metal.”

Jewel of the day: Yafa Ruby, Diamond and Emerald Art Deco Jardiniere Brooch

This is the kind of piece that makes me question why my family didn’t invent something that made us fabulously wealthy. Because if they had, I am sure my jewelry box would have been overflowing with pieces like this Art Deco jardiniere pin offered by Yafa. There isn’t much information about it on their site, other than the stone content and setting (platinum), and that you should call for the price. Think kindly of my uninventive family when you do.

Jewel of the day: Han’s Custom Jewels Halloween Earrings

If you’re looking for that perfect goes with pumpkin accessory, Hans Custom Jewels on Etsy has the thing for you. These Halloween themed earrings (or for those who may just like gourds or black cats) is described as, “It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Get in the Halloween spirit with these cute dainty earrings. Choose either Cute Glitter Pumpkin or Purr-fect Sparkly Black Cat Earrings. The earrings are approximately 12mm in size, but they are light weight and comfortable to wear! The earrings are set on a silver colored brass setting. The settings are nickel and lead free and great for sensitive ears.”

Even better, they are a modest USD$8 per pair. No reason not to be tricked out for treating this year!


Jewel of the day: Alan Anderson Crystal Sautoir Necklace

Toronto-based Alan Anderson designs contemporary crystal jewelry with vintage inspiration and flair, often using vintage components. His pieces are hand assembled. This sautoir can be worn as is or the chain can double around the neck to provide a choker feature. Described as 1930s inspired, this sells for USD$2,900.


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