You only have ’til this Saturday, October 28 to see our Vault jewelry exhibition TALISMANS: Amulets of Power and Protection! Make a date to visit the Meatpacking District this week and discover this incredible collection of antique and vintage jewelry. We’ve got carved opal dragons, emerald, jade, and faience scarabs, and even a diamond studded salamander. […]
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.
This week is our celebration of October’s birthstones, opal and tourmaline, and you may be wondering why we’re featuring a diamond engagement ring. We always love a colored stone engagement ring, and both opal and tourmaline are some of the most colorful out there! However, both are soft stones, especially opals, and we don’t recommend them for hard, everyday wear.
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.
In keeping with our September sapphire theme, this week’s Engagement Ring of the Week is a 1930s Art Deco design, set with a cushion cut sapphire of a vivid yet soft blue color, full of fire and flash. Sapphire engagement rings have a long history, including Empress Josephine’s Moi et Toi ring in last week’s post, […]
Continuing our celebration of the culture and style of our favorite Spring-time cities, we take a fresh look at that oft romanticized metropolitan, Paris, through one of it’s most locally beloved arrondissements, the 10th, or Canal Saint-Martin. Fans of contemporary French cinema will recognize the colorful concrete banks of this canal, originally commissioned by Napoleon […]