The Evolution of Rose Gold Jewelry

Rose gold, also known as pink gold, has fluctuated both in popularity and hue over the past century. Although it has evolved, rose gold endures as a beautiful alternative to the bright warmth of yellow gold and the cool tones of white gold. By learning about the different eras of rose gold jewelry, you will…

The History and Early Origins of Camphor Glass

Camphor glass jewelry is beloved by Art Deco aficionados. Unique and distinctive, it instantly evokes the slinky dresses and smokey speakeasies of the era. Below, we take a deep dive into the history of camphor glass and its somewhat macabre origins. Before Glass, There Was Rock Crystal One can trace the origins of camphor glass…

The History of Black Hills Gold

Even if you’ve never heard of Black Hills gold, you’ve likely seen its signature design.  Alloys of rose and green gold, along with bright yellow gold, are used to form polished grapes and textured leaves.  This motif adorns everything from rings, to cross pendants, to earrings.  Black Hills gold is neither a brand, nor a…

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…