IntoTemptation…..jewellery musings

Thoughts on jewelry, accessories and whatever else takes my fancy

Jewel of the day: Bijoux Heart Leaf + Wheat Sheaf Brooch

Bijoux Heart is a British brand that has looked to the past for inspiration but given their costume jewelry pieces a modern feel. Their work reminds me a lot of Miriam Haskell, with burnished gold findings, tiny seed pearls and an artful use of crystals.

This brooch is described as, “Large poured glass handmade leaves with branches of Swarovski handmade wheat sheaf crystal in a beautiful bouquet design, large Baroque pearl sits at the base of five large Swarovski baguette crystals which forms a high dome from the base, subtle shades of jonquil and clear crystal with finer details of sea pearls & crystal pave marquis cut stones “truly spectacular construction and scale” measures approx. 170cm in length and approx. 90cm in width. on a weighted filigree base and large pin, plated in 24ct gold.”

This sells for £790.

Jewel of the day: Nicolette Absil Elongated Chrysanthemum Drop Earrings

These made-to-order earrings by Nicolette Absil feature her delicate enamel work. About the designer: “My work focuses on process and using enameling, the ancient art of fusing glass to metal, in a more contemporary manner. Nature serving as my inspiration, I illustrate serene and delicate imagery that I fuse into enamel and then set the work into hand fabricated settings. Recently, I have been working with multiples and repeating forms, as well as exploring the life cycles of flowers, capturing different stages of their existence.”

Chrysanthemum petals make for an effective design motif on the small surface of earrings. These are made with sterling silver, copper, vitreous enamel, graphite, 24k gold, and sell for USD$180.

 

Jewel of the day: Lauren Beacham Solar System Necklace

Who knew that science geekery and jewellery could happily co-exist? This piece by Lauren Beacham is offered by Common Ground. The site notes, “Inspired by our place in the cosmos and the “local color” of our galactic neighborhood, fine art photographer turned jewelry designer Lauren Beacham created this wearable tribute to the Sun and its nine planets. That’s right—Pluto’s still in the line-up, along with the other eight planets of our solar system, each represented by a digital image of the real thing set in a bib-style array of bezels. 18″ chain. Handmade in Maryland.”

The necklace is made with glass, rhodium plated brass, giclee print, and sells for USD$55.

Jewel of the day: Reinstein/Ross Isabella Bracelet

Reinstein/Ross is unique in using not only high karat gold, but in hand working and colouring it in different hues. This piece is “20k peach gold and colorful sapphire beads. Can also be made in a plain gold version with a precious bead tassel. This is a Signature R|R piece.” The company will also work with your stones (or alter the stones in their designs) and their gold.

This piece sells for USD$1,500.

Jewel of the day: Pink Diamond Design Coffee Cup Ring

If coffee is your thing (yes, please) then you can show your caffeine love by wearing it on your hand. Which is better than wearing it on your sleeve, as that would just indicate shaky hands and a coffee mess.

From Etsy seller Pink Diamond Design this ring uses a tiny porcelain teacup and saucer and a little spoon, set on a ring band. Voila! Your java jones will never have to go unsatisfied, with no future fear of barista name misspellings. This sells for USD$20.

Jewel of the day: Baublebar Quartz Ring

Baublebar is a great destination for up to the minute trends at wallet friendly prices. This ring is set with what they are calling raw crystal, in a gold plated base metal ring setting accented with rhinestones. It sells for USD$32.

Jewel of the day: Archibald Knox Liberty & Co Amethyst Gold Necklace

Liberty is one of my favourite UK stores. I love the Arts and Crafts era building, and their unique selection of merchandise.

Archibald Knox was the company’s principal designer and his work is highly collectible today. This piece is offered by noted seller of A+C and Art Nouveau pieces Tadema Gallery. They note, “A lovely Liberty & Co Art Nouveau necklace in gold and amethyst designed by Archibald Knox Documented: cf. Liberty Jewellery sketch book page 216, model number 8167 Archibald Knox, Stephen A. Martin, 2001, page 249. Fitted case.”

This sells for USD$$8,277.55.

 

Jewel of the day: French Art Nouveau Diamond Opal and Ruby Brooch

Platinum was the favoured metal of the Edwardian and Art Nouveau periods because it lent itself especially well to delicate designs like this one.

This pretty pin is being offered by Etsy seller Best Old Jewelry. They have this to say about it: ‘Platinum on 18k gold, diamonds, opal and rubies. Made in France circa 1890-1910.  Measurements: approx. 2 3/4 inches long; weighs 10.5 grams.  Exquisite Art Nouveau design – long, narrow, waving bands of diamonds, intertwining with whiplash twists and turns. The diamonds are set in platinum. The central section of the brooch represents a flower in bud with calyx and sepals all set in diamonds. The bud itself consists of a beautiful opal – navette in shape with wonderful translucent light, strong blue tones (not adequately reflected in the ‘photos) and good fire. The opal is offset by 5 Colette-set rubies that serve to emphasize, brighten and add to the strong colorful element. Workmanship is of the highest order as is every aspect of this beautiful brooch.  The brooch comes with a period fitted box which might/not be original to the piece. It is marked inside with the name of ARTAULT & DUCLEROIR JOAILLIERS ORFEVRES MOULINS and the monogram B.A on the lid.  The piece is hallmarked both on the side of the brooch and on the pin.  Condition: good with negligible wear commensurate with age.”

This sells for USD$7,250.

Jewel of the day: Arman Sarkisyan Sapphire Stud Earrings

As a September baby, I’m partial to sapphires. Arman Sarkisyan offers these cabochon sapphire stud earrings ringed with diamonds. The setting is 22k yellow gold and oxidized sterling silver.

These are currently on sale at Single Stone San Marino, from $4,310.00 to the new price of $2,586.00.

Jewel of the day: Diane Kordas Star Line Amulette Necklace

This diamond pave necklace by Diane Kordas is  exclusive to Stone and Strand. This pendant is set with .35 carats of diamonds in 18k gold. Although it’s pictured on a chain, the site doesn’t mention if that is included.

This sells for USD$3,615.

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