The History of Dinner Rings

You’ve heard of cocktail rings, but what about dinner rings? This vintage style is less ostentatious, but no less beautiful than its over-the-top counterpart. Read on to learn more about the history of dinner rings and why they are essential to any jewelry collection.

Victorian Mourning Jewelry

Many people believe that in late October, the veil that separates our world from the spirit realm is the thinnest.  So, what better time to discuss Victorian mourning jewelry?  In the 19th century, mourning wasn’t just about grief.  It also encapsulated love, sentimentality, and remembrance.  From miniature urns, to locks of hair, mourning jewelry was…

Cursed Gems and Jewelry Superstitions

Can jewelry bring bad luck or predict the future?  History is peppered with lore about cursed gems, talismans, and rules for wearing your jewelry.  Read on to learn about famous jewelry superstitions and where they come from. The Curse of the Koh-i-Noor Diamond One of the most infamous gems is the Koh-i-Noor diamond.  It first…

From Pharaoh to Fashion: A History of Egyptian Revival Jewelry

Ancient Egypt has provided a wealth of inspiration to artists and designers over the past two centuries.  Several significant events in the region contributed to the public’s interest in antiquity, and created a demand for design that brought the exotic into the everyday.  Read on to learn more about Ancient Egyptian jewelry design and the…

A History of Charm Jewelry

Charms can be traced back to the Neolithic Period, when pieces of bone, shell, and wood were strung on leather into elaborate bracelets.  Through the Bronze Age and Ancient Egypt, charms were used as amulets or talismans to ward off evil and bring good luck to the wearer.  These charms were carved to look like…

Dripping in Jewels: Hollywood’s Influence on Jewelry Design

Hollywood’s Golden Age produced some of the most iconic actresses in film.  To attract audiences to the cinema, movie makers decked out these actresses in exotic and lavish jewels.  Stars like Greta Garbo, Jean Harlow, and Claudette Colbert became jewelry trendsetters, known for their iconic style as much as their talent and beauty.  Lengthy pearl…

Featured Item: An Antique Etruscan Revival Turquoise Pendant

Every now and then, we get a Victorian Era piece that really stands out from the rest.  This large medallion pendant, with its pavé set turquoise gems, is one of those pieces!  Everything from the granulated texture of the gold, to the design of the settings, to the elegantly draping tassel accent, makes this brooch…

The History of Cameo Jewelry

There are few pieces as synonymous with antique jewelry as cameos.  There’s something about those ghostly white figures, carved as if by magic, that seems so classic and so enchanting.  Come with us on a journey into the history and beauty of this iconic piece. What is a Cameo? The term “cameo” usually refers to…

Masonic Symbols and Their Meanings

Masonic jewelry has a following beyond those involved in Freemasonry.  The iconic symbol of square and compass evokes the same mystery and mystique that surrounds the fraternity it represents.  We illuminate some of the more common symbols you’re likely to see in jewelry below, using Allen E. Roberts’ The Craft and Its Symbols as a guide….

The Enduring Romance of Toi et Moi Rings

Most people think of the diamond solitaire as the most iconic symbol of engagement, but for centuries the Toi et Moi ring has been favored as the truly romantic way to show your love to someone.  Toi et Moi (French for “you and me”) rings are distinguished by two gems, often identical in size, set…