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Vintage and antique heart pendants from Doyle & Doyle.

Sentimental Jewels Inspired by Beth Bernstein’s “If These Jewels Could Talk”

Beth Bernstein's book and Doyle & Doyle jewelry inspired by it.We’re excited to introduce Beth Bernstein, author of the new book, If These Jewels Could Talk: The Legends Behind Celebrity Gems. Beth is a gifted writer and jewelry expert, whose passion has introduced her to a world of fabulous jewels and people.  She shares her wisdom through numerous articles, design, and jewelry consulting. Her previous two books are My Charmed Life: Rocky Romances, Precious Family Connections and Searching For a Band of Gold and Jewelry’s Shining Stars: Shaping Today’s Collectibles and Tomorrow’s Heirlooms.

bridal style jewelry

Top 5 Couture Inspired Wedding Jewelry Trends

Whether simple or dramatic, a bride’s ensemble reflects her personal style and can set the tone for the entire wedding. A lot of thought goes into her head-to-toe look, from the dress to the shoes to the jewelry. After tearing ideas from magazines and pinning up a storm, she may be overwhelmed by the possibilities. Luckily, there’s an easy way to pinpoint a style – look to the venue! The couple’s choice of location will influence the color palette and decor, why not let it also inspire the fashion? Based on our Doyle & Doyle brides, we’ve curated five looks based on popular wedding venues. Couture gowns from Giambattista Valli, Elie Saab, Vionnet, and Chanel are matched with vintage and antique jewelry to create bridal styles that are both modern and timeless.

bridal style jewelryIs there anything more romantic than a garden wedding? Trailing ivy, a sun dappled lawn, and colorful flowers are all the decoration you need to create a beautiful day. Perfectly at home in any garden is this flower strewn Giambattista Valli gown, matched with wedding jewelry that picks up the palette of pink, green, and yellow. Wouldn’t a jeweled butterfly look beautiful perched on the shoulder, at the waist, or even in the bride’s hair? And we love the sentiment of Victorian forget-me-nots which decorate the delicate bangle. Add in a pair of colorful cocktail rings and diamond briolette earrings for sparkle, and you’re ready for “I do”.

 

gilded age brooch from Doyle & Doyle

A Modern Gilded Age

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This week, we’re celebrating the opulence of the Gilded Age, which ran from the 1870s to the 1910s. Like last week’s Art Deco post, we’re inspired by a museum exhibition, “Gilded New York”, currently on display at the Museum of the City of New York (MCNY). Many of our most beautiful antique jewels were made at this time, and we’ve pulled together our favorites into The Gilded Age collection.

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Doyle & Doyle Estate Pink Sapphire and Diamond Butterfly Pin from Doyle & Doyle

JAR, Artist in Jewels

jar 1 butterfliesSome have called him the “Faberge of our time” or likened him to Verdura, Bulgari, or Tiffany. But the reclusive jeweler JAR is a unique artist in his own right, with a stunning eye for design, detail, and construction.

Joel A. Rosenthal grew up in the Bronx and spent his childhood soaking in the atmosphere of New York, visiting museums and gaining a love of art and history. After graduating from Harvard in 1966, he moved to Paris and met his lifelong partner, Pierre Jeannet. Sharing a passion for beautiful objects, they opened a specialty needlepoint shop, where Rosenthal painted canvasses, selected yarns, and experimented with the rich color palette for which he’d soon become known. In 1976, Rosenthal and Jeannet opened their jewelry boutique, JAR, on Place Vendome, side by side with the most storied jewelers in the world. From the start, he was confident that his designs and craftsmanship would be as sought after as those of his neighbors.

Doyle & Doyle Holiday Gift Guide for a glam gal

Holiday Gift Guide: For a Glamorous Gal

glam gal 1Holiday parties call for sparkling frocks, killer shoes, and of course, beautiful jewels. From all-out diamond glitz to rich gold and dramatic colors, you’ll find everything you need to make it a glamorous holiday (or any time of year) in our gift guide!

101180E Vintage diamond earrings c. 1950 platinum and 18k $2800. 096847NW Heirloom fancy basket diamond pendant 18k $2100. 100969R Edwardian diamond and pink sapphire ring Birks platinum $5900. 095719E Victorian Whitby jet earrings 9k $650. 099961N Edwardian style negligee necklace Polish c. 1930 18k and platinum $4800. 100600M Art Nouveau diamond dragon cufflinks 18k $1200. 097608R Retro diamond and ruby ring c. 1950 14k and platinum $3800. 101694E Vintage diamond sea urchin earrings 18k $2800. 101500R Victorian gold filigree and turquoise bangle bracelet c. 1900 18k $2800.

Doyle & Doyle True North Holiday Jewelry Gift Guide

Holiday Gift Guide: True North

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Our first Gift Guide of the season is inspired by the idea of being home for the holidays, whether you’re traveling to see family, celebrating with friends, or planning a romantic getaway. We layered vintage and antique pieces with the navigational West 13th Collection to create a versatile line up of unique holiday jewels.

How do you create a sense of home during the holiday season? 

antique mourning jewelries

Culture Collision! Day of the Dead meets Memento Mori for Halloween

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Halloween makes us want to pull out the blackest, most macabre jewelry in our collection – memento mori, or mourning jewelry. It can be difficult for us in the 21st century to understand why people wore jewelry that was a constant reminder of death. It feels a little creepy at first, but like all jewelry, mourning pieces were made from love and worn with love. This is antique jewelry at its most bittersweet and sentimental. 

October birthstones

Celebrate October with Dazzling Opal and Tourmaline

October Birthstone

October’s birthstones are two of the most versatile gemstones. Prized for their range of colors, opal and tourmaline have inspired jewelers, poets, and artists. Shakespeare called opal “the queen of gems” and Pliny the Elder wrote that within its depths, you could see “the living fire of the ruby, the glorious purple of the amethyst, the sea green of the emerald, all glittering together in an incredible mixture of light.” Opal’s unique play of color is caused by the way silica combines with water in the cavities of ancient rock formations.

edwardian jewelries

Edwardian Splendor

While scanning Google and Pinterest for “Age of Innocence” stills for last week’s sapphire post, I happened upon an early photograph of an entrancing Edwardian brunette, elaborately coiffed and bejewelled. She was Lily Elsie, a popular English stage star, best known for her role in 1907’s musical comedy, “The Merry Widow.” Lily began her career […]
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Celebrate September with a Rainbow of Sapphires

The best quality of September’s birthstone is its versatility. Sapphire jewelry runs the gamut from classically tailored to dramatically glamorous, making quick work of choosing a gift for your favorite September babies. But why not treat yourself while you’re at it, perhaps with a dramatic cocktail ring for fall. Channel a touch of Countess Olenska’s […]
art nouveau for fall

Art Nouveau for Fall 2013

Ah, fall, how we’ve missed you. Breezes are cool and crisp, the leaves are turning, and it’s finally time to bring our favorite sweaters, jackets, and boots back into rotation. We love this time of year! For fall 2013, Pantone introduced a rich color palette of saturated tones, anchored by their color of the year, […]
Bridal Jewelry

Pinspirational Bridal Jewelry

Like many of our brides, we are obsessed with the wonderful world of Pinterest. This week we’ve curated a collection of bridal jewels inspired by a few of our favorite wedding themed pinboards. Whether your preferred wedding style is simple and demure or bold and glamorous, we’ve got wedding day baubles to suit every temperament. Oh […]

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