2009/02/28

Choose vintage jewelry

Choosing vintage jewelry allows you to accessorize with pieces that have a unique sense of history (whether it be foreign or familial) without calling for the use of virgin materials such as precious metals, gemstones, or plastic that have dire environmental repercussions in their acquisition and creation.

Read the whole interesting story at: www.greenyour.com

2009/02/27

Diamonds Still Shine

In uncertain economic times, people often change habits. They trim their budgets as best they can, eat out less, avoid splurging on "fun" items to afford things they need. But, according to Hunter Woodard, some desires won't ever change, even in the direst of economic climates: "Young men are still falling in love and they want to buy the best ring to showcase their love for their future bride."

But, what's a young (or not-so-young) man in love and ready to pledge his troth to do when his bank account is lean and job prospects are even slimmer? He may want to hit some of the local Harrisonburg jewelry stores. Those stores - some of which have served several generations of Valley families - have a variety of options to fit most prospective grooms' budgets, while pleasing the blushing bride-to-be.

Read the whole story at: www.rocktownweekly.com

2009/02/26

Diamond Vintage Engagement Rings Online

If you’re looking and wanting to buy Diamond Vintage Engagement Rings, one thing you need to be prepared for is your budget. Although this piece of jewelry could be very expensive, you can be assured of its classiness and timelessness.You do not necessarily have to go anywhere far just in order for you to buy diamond vintage engagement rings of your choice. All you have to do is browse for all the options that you have online and check which one you would like to surprise your soon-to-be wife with. You can even have the piece of jewelry of your choice delivered right at the comfort of your very home and you can even have it shipped free of charge.

From: www.dottorweb.com

2009/02/25

Protect your personal property

Wednesday, February 11, 2009 6:14 AM EST

While are all concerned about identity theft, protecting our social security number, and reducing the risk of credit card fraud, we are completely forgetting about protecting our personal property. Every year, I evaluate 20,000 objects both at public programs and in private homes. Many people are leaving themselves vulnerable when it comes to the items that we have collected over a lifetime. Based on actual events, here are some tips to protect your property—old and new.

Dr. Lori's Tips for Protecting Your Personal Property

1. Don't advertise.

I can't tell you how many times I have been presenting one of my public events and all of a sudden I'll see a person whip out a miniature photo album filled with pictures of nearly every valuable item they own. They start showing it to the person sitting next to them in the crowd. Likely, someone they hardly know. They flip through the pages recounting how or when they acquired that oil painting, pair of crystal vases, or piece of estate jewelry. As they move toward the refreshment table and share their album with someone else, the first person is asking another person where the "album lady" lives. I see this happening in the produce dept of the grocery store, at the library, and in a litany of other places. Remember the old saying "Loose lips, Sink ships" from American history class?


Read the rest of this interesting article at: www.phoenixvillenews.com

2009/02/24

Gold diggers scan the land

Metal-detecting club is on the trail of treasure
Lancaster New Era
Published: Feb 06, 2009

Waving their metal detectors over the ground like magic wands, the members of the Lancaster Research & Recovery Club turn lost into found. Leon and Leona Ogden have dug up more than 400 rings and thousands of coins.

George Hickman unearthed a Civil War-era silver pocket watch and antique toy soldier. And Paul Means has discovered handfuls of jewelry lost in the surf. Sometimes, though, when club members put their beeping metal divining rods into service, the only result is soda-can pull tabs.

But even they have value to a seasoned searcher. The club donates pull tabs to the Ronald McDonald House, which takes the tabs to a recycling center as a fundraising project.

But it's not always the bounty — whether it be pull tabs or pennies, or even evidence in criminal cases — that keeps these detectors on the trail of treasure.

Read the whole story at: articles.lancasteronline.com

2009/02/23

A BRIEF HISTORY OF TURQUOISE AND ITS USE IN JEWELLERY MAKING.

Turquoise is a beautiful stone and is steeped in legends and mystery.
The history and the legends of "Turquoise" goes back in time more than 6000 years. Archaeological and legendary indications go beyond the Christian period of 400bc. The beautiful natural Turquoise stone was discovered in tombs of ancient Egypt, especially the famous four bracelets of the great Queen Zar were found on her mummified arm.

These stones in these Turquoise bracelets date back to the time of the second rule of the first dynasty of Egypt, sometime during 5500 BC Both Aristotle and Pliny mention the stone Turquoise in there writings. Marco Polo has also written about Turquoise as well. Turquoise has always been regarded as the cornerstone of life.

It also has a long history of over 1,000 years with the Native Americans who made extensive use of Turquoise in the safety and therapeutic measures. Turquoise was used in religious rituals, art, conducting business, a treaty of consultations, and jewellery. The use of Turquoise as a therapeutic stone is well known, it ha been used for people who suffered from headaches and eye problems and also used in curing fevers and headaches.

From: www.articlealley.com

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Vintage Retro Jewelry Robust Sapphire And Diamonds Ring Circa 1940
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Vintage Art Deco Engagement Ring Toi Et Moi With Diamonds And Pearl
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Vintage Estate Green Engagement Ring With White Gold, Diamonds And Emeralds
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Vintage Art Deco Alluring Engagement Ring With 18k White Gold, Platinum And Old Mine Diamonds 1.20ct
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18k White Golden Diamond Wedding Band
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Vintage Jewelry Ring Bi Color Gold With Ruby And Diamonds Circa 1930
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Vintage Ring In Art Deco Style With Old Mine Brilliant Cut Diamonds And Big Starlite
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2009/02/22

When old is new again

If you've started to think about shopping for spring, Elaine Klausman has one suggestion - look to the past.

Klausman deals in vintage clothing and accessories and can't help but suggest a kicky Suzy Perette sundress or a sleek-and-sleeveless Halston gown.

"I look for great style. That's the important thing," she says, showing off these items and more on a recent afternoon in her Bedford home.

This weekend, Klausman will be one of some 25 dealers exhibiting at the inaugural Valentine's Vintage Fashion Show and Sale at the DoubleTree Hotel in Tarrytown.

The two-day event is designed to put the spotlight on vintage clothing, accessories, textiles and jewelry from the Victorian era through the 1980s.

From: lohud.com

2009/02/21

Historical Jewelry – Rare Masterpieces

Jewelry is one of the most eminent accessories that embed ones personality in a beautiful way. And when they present themselves as a gift for occasions like wedding or engagement, they become the symbol of love and commitment. They play a vital role in the lives of women and one cannot imagine life without these beautification elements.

Although we have contemporary designs in jewelry, however, historical jewelry can never lose its incomparable charm. They are simply the treasures of the vivid past and are generally associated with the era of bygone beauty. It has phenomenal aura that lures attention of people towards it. And that is why it never goes out of trend and is considered in the category of evergreen historical jewelry.

Read the whole story at: articlesbase.com

Mystery Shrouds Discovery of Aztec Mass Grave Site



The discovery of 49 bodies in the ruins of one of the Aztecs' final points of resistance against Spanish conquistadors has raised many questions.


Burial Reflects Mixture of Traditions
Found by a team of archeologists in the ruins of a palace complex in the Tlatelolco area, not far from the Aztec Empire capital of Tenochtitlan, the bodies were entombed using aspects of both local and Spanish traditions, even though they are thought to have died in the midst of Spain’s conquest of the region.

Laid on their backs, with their arms crossed on their chest, according to Christian tradition of the time, the bodies were also buried with ornaments and jewelry that predated the arrival of Spaniards, keeping with Aztec rules of burial.

Read the whole story at: www.findingdulcinea.com

Jewelry a unique way to show your personality

When it comes to jewelry, there are some things you should know before you go out and spend a great deal of money.

You can often improve the way you look with jewelry. There have been many archeological finds involving jewelry - notably broaches. These appear to have shown the owners status rather than beautifying him or her. Nowadays jewelry is still used to denote wealth and status- a large diamond ring or ostentatious necklace does not necessarily make the wearer appear better, it just says ‘look at me - I have loads of cash.’ However, Articles that enhance the wearers appearance are often the most admired and often have been given with love or affection.

Read the whole story at: jlperet.com

Rice of the City-States

By about 3200 BC, Jordan had developed a relatively urban character. Many settlements were established during the Early Bronze Age (c. 3200-1950 BC) in various parts of Jordan, both in the Jordan Valley and on higher ground.

Many of the villages built during this time included defensive fortifications to protect the inhabitants from marauding nomadic tribes still inhabiting the region. Water was channeled from one place to another and precautions were even taken against earthquakes and floods.

Interesting changes took place in burial customs during this period. At Bab al-Dhra, a well-preserved site in Wadi Araba, archeologists have discovered over 20,000 shat tombs with multiple chambers. These tombs are thought to have contained the remains of 200,000 corpses. There also charnel houses of mud-brick containing human bones, pots, jewelry and weapons. The hundreds of dolmens scattered throughout the mountains of Jordan are dated to the late Chalcolithic and Early Bronze ages. It is possible that the dolmens are evidence of new peoples from the north bringing with them different burial traditions.


Read more at: jordan-net.blogspot.com

2009/02/20

Gem Museum In Myanmar Capital To Boost Tourism

YANGON, Feb 11 (Bernama) -- A gem museum will soon emerge in Myanmar's new capital of Nay Pyi Taw after a year's construction and the emergence will help boost the country's tourism, China's Xinhua news agency quoted a local daily as reporting Wednesday.

With an area of 12.5 acres (5.06 hectares), the three-storey museum will display Myanmar's world famous gems, jade, pearl and jewelry, the local weekly journal Pyi Myanmar said.

The new gem museum stands the second of its kind next to Yangon's.

In Yangon, there is a gem mart attached with the first gem museum as well as a convention center where Myanmar holds its gem sale all year round on different occasions, displaying a variety of the quality items for sale on the basis of competitive bidding and tender systems.

Myanmar started to hold gem shows annually in 1964, introducing the mid-year one in 1992 and the special one in 2004.

The gem traders mostly came from China, China's Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (SAR) and Thailand.

There are six mining areas in Myanmar under gem and jade exploration, namely, Mogok, Mongshu, Lonkin/Phakant, Khamhti, Moenyin and Namyar.

Myanmar, a well-known producer of gems in the world, boasts ruby, diamond, cat's eye, emerald, topaz, pearl, sapphire, coral and a variety of garnet tinged with yellow.

The authorities designated the proceeds from the sale of gems at these emporiums as legal export earning to encourage the private sector in the development of the gem industry.

Of Myanmar's US$6.043 billion exports in 2007-08, gem products stood the third after natural gas and agricultural produces with US$647.53 million, according to official statistics.

The government's Central Statistical Organization also revealed that in the fiscal year 2007-08, Myanmar produced 20,235 tons of jade and 22.668 million carats of gems which include ruby, sapphire, spinel and peridot, as well as 225,611 mommis (846 kg) of pearl.

From: BERNAMA

Schaduwjuwelen

13/02/2009

Van schaduwtheater en ornamenten tot de inktvlekken van de psychologische Rorschachtest, het zijn allemaal inspiratiebronnen van de Finse juweelontwerpster Anna Rikkinen.

In de poëtische installatie A Room for Shadows, die Rikkinen nu tentoonstelt in galerie Caroline Van Hoek in Brussel, versmelten de uiteenlopende thema's tot een geheel. Herkenbare silhouetten van stereotiepe meubels, ornamenten en juwelen zijn uitgevoerd in dun zilver en grijs karton, waardoor de ontwerpster een vervreemdend effect creëert. De installatie verwijst naar verdwenen historische objecten en barokke decoratievormen, een beetje zoals het spoor dat schilderijen na jaren achterlaten op een muur. Voor alle duidelijkheid: de getoonde juwelen zijn stuk voor stuk ook draagbaar.

Evelien Bracke

Anna Rikkinen, tot 28 februari bij Caroline Van Hoek Contemporary Art Jewelry, Van Eyckstraat 57, 1050 Brussel. Van donderdag tot zaterdag, van 14.30 tot 19 uur. Info: 02 644 45 11.

From: www.knack.be

2009/02/19

Masonic Victorian brooch with pendant

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Masonic Victorian brooch with pendant

Masonic Victorian brooch with pendant
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In our trade of antique jewelry we frequently come along pieces that once were made (and bought) for their symbolic meaning. Over the years (and generations) the knowledge of those specific symbols faded away and what remains is “just a pretty piece”. As was the case with this jewel.

We had this brooch on-line for about a month when we received a mail from a customer explaining us the history of this jewel. He told us that this is not “just a pretty brooch” but a jewel that was given to the spouses of English Freemasons who contributed to the Royal Masonic Hospital. The men were given a silver ribbon jewel. Eventually the use of precious metals was abandoned in favor of silver and gold colored base metals. The last of these jewels were handed out around the 1950's.

Freemasonry is a fraternal organisation that arose from obscure origins in the late 16th to early 17th century. Freemasonry now exists in various forms all over the world, with a membership estimated at around 5 million, with around 480,000 in England, Scotland and Ireland alone, and just under two million in the United States. The various forms all share moral and metaphysical ideals, which include, in most cases, a constitutional declaration of belief in a Supreme Being.

Antiqualy yours,
The Adin team
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Elegance of Victorian era to go on display at Cherry Valley museum

By PENNY E. SCHWARTZ
Special to The Press-Enterprise

Victorian artifacts from purses to pitchers are part of the Victorian Splendor exhibit opening Saturday at the Edward-Dean Museum in Cherry Valley.

It will feature a collection of beaded purses dating from 1850 to 1900 that are owned by Jean Nemer, of the San Diego area. Redlands-area collectors also contributed items, including furnishings and jewelry from the same period.

The purses, several of which were displayed a few years ago at the Redlands Historical Glass Museum, are festooned with glass beads and fastened with clasps of silver or gold. Some are clutches and others hang from beaded straps.

Nemer began collecting beaded purses more than 30 years ago in Chicago. She now has more than 100, spanning 100 years from the 1850s to the 1950s.

"I find them a fascinating and very feminine accessory," Nemer said.

The exhibit depicts the elegance of life in the Victorian era. Items lent by Chris and Yuki Johnson, of Redlands, include a ceramic bride's bowl, delicately painted and set into a silver chariot with angels at its front and back.

Also from the Johnsons' collection are a metal urn in Egyptian Revival style and an elegant silver pitcher.

Jimmi Mitchell, of Redlands, contributed a carved wooden Victorian corner chair with an original needlepoint cushion. Several wedding gowns are on display, along with a collection of salt cellars and delicate miniature glass vases belonging to Helen Saults, of Palm Springs.

VICTORIAN SPLENDOR

An exhibit of Victorian era artifacts, called Victorian Splendor, will open this weekend at the Edward-Dean Museum.

Opening reception: 2-4 p.m. Saturday. Free admission.

Where: 9401 Oak Glen Road, Cherry Valley.

Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday through Sunday.

Admission: $3 adults, $2 seniors and students, children 12 and younger free.

Information: www.edward-deanmuseum.org or 951-845-2626.


From: www.pe.com/

Unique Beaded Jewelry Shows Off Your Personal Style

Of the many types of jewelry that are in existence beaded jewelry has been around the longest. Beaded jewelry is a form of handmade costume jewelry, and the terms are mostly used in a mutually exchangeable fashion. History shows that even Cleopatra, Queen of Egypt, used this jewelry whenever it pleased her to. So don't look down on the items of beaded jewelry you see in stores and marketplaces.

Read more at: lex-load.blogspot.com

NYC cultural and jewelry related

CityGuideMagazine.com Listings:

Jacob K. Javits Convention Center - 02/28/09 - 03/02/09
655 West 34th Street

Over three days, the Artexpo showcases over 500 national and international artists, galleries and publishers. Visitors can view and purchase paintings, drawings, sculpture, mixed media, art, books, frames, jewelry and more.


Westport Youth Film Festival Fundraiser - 03/01/09
Tiffanys

Support WYFF by attending a brunch at Tiffany & Co. along with a screening of the classic film "Breakfast at Tiffany's." Four surprise jewelry packages have been donated by Tiffany & Co. for four attendees. Also enjoy informal modeling of jewelry by WYFF "Holly Golightlys" and listen to jazz and music performed by Damian Wiseman and Richard Kwan.


Brooklyn Public Library: Gerritsen Beach branch - 03/20/09
2808 Gerritsen Avenue

Teens learn how to make jewelry with beads.


Larchmont Public Library - 04/08/09
121 Larchmont Avenue

Put on your fancy clothes, enjoy the popular stories by Jane O'Connor, have a proper snack and create your own paper jewelry.


Nyack Chamber of Commerce - 04/26/09
Main Street and South Broadway

This annual street fair features nearly 200 vendors offering crafts, jewelry, art, photography, collectibles, antiques, specialty items, clothing, live entertainment, food and much more. Rain or shine. Check out their wares then stroll down by the river.


BRUCE MUSEUM - 05/16/09 - 05/17/09
One Museum Drive

Contemporary, functional crafts, including wood, ceramics, jewelry, fiber, metal, leather, and glass.


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Museums:

5,000 Years Of Jewelry Goes On Display

CHICAGO (WBBM) - If you can't afford to buy jewelry for your sweetheart this Valentine's Day, you can at least get a glimpse of 5,000 years of jewelry.

The Field Museum is opening a new exhibit today.

"Masterpieces of Ancient Jewelry: Exquisite Objects from the Cradle of Civilization" features 130 pieces uncovered by archeologists working in different parts of the Middle East.

Curator Karen Wilson says for the most part, jewelry hasn't changed much in 5,000 years.

Our ancestors, both men and women, wore rings, bracelets, necklaces and in some cases, a kind of girdle of jewelry around their hips.

Her favorites, she says, are the very colorful pieces from the 5,000 year-old city of Kish in Iraq. Whatever else has changed over millennia, she says, jewelry remains consistently desirable.

The exhibit, "Masterpieces of Ancient Jewelry", runs through July 5th at the Field Museum.

More information: www.fieldmuseum.org

From: www.wbbm780.com

Book Review: Tackling the Mystery of a 2,000-Year-Old Computer

The trouble with the history of ancient civilizations is that they've left us debris, and from the piles of bits and pieces we try to reconstruct who the people really were and how they lived.

The usual line about the ancient Greeks is that they were good talkers and philosophers and sculptors and sailors but miserable scientists and technologists. Except, of course, for Archimedes, who outclassed everyone of his time in science and engineering.

Most popular historical lines about antiquity sooner or later get revised. In 1901, halfway between Crete and the Greek mainland, Greek sponge divers discovered an ancient Greek sunken ship off the rocky island of Antikythera. From that ship came statues, pottery, glassware, jewelry, coins--and also a corroded lump of bronze later separated into three corroded pieces. The pieces lay around for most of the 20th century, until in the 1970s they were subjected to x-ray analysis that shocked archaeologists and historians alike. The pieces contained the remnants of an elaborate device, a system of 30 cogwheels laid on cogwheels, and after much study the consensus decision was that the Antikythera Mechanism, as it came to be called, was in fact an ancient analog computer.

Read the rest of this interesting article at: www.huffingtonpost.com

Ancient Jewelry


Bust of a King, Kish East, Sasanian Period (AD 224 - 637), Photograph by John Weinstein © The Field Museum. The Kish Expedition excavated seven buildings whose walls were embellished with elaborate stucco decoration. The figure shown here is that of a Sasanian king, identified by his crown as either Shapur II (A.D. 310-379) or Bahram V (A.D. 420-438).

CHICAGO.- The Field Museum presents Masterpieces of Ancient Jewelry: Exquisite Objects from the Cradle of Civilization, on view through July 5, 2009. A rich array of jewelry from the ancient Near East, Masterpieces of Ancient Jewelry: Exquisite Objects from the Cradle of Civilization, will be featured in The Field Museum’s new T. Kimball and Nancy N. Brooker Gallery this spring. Since ancient times, jewelry has been worn as adornment, memento, and a sign of status. The exquisite artifacts presented in this exhibition, some more than 7,000 years old, illuminate the culture and customs of ancient Mesopotamia, Egypt, the Levant, Persia and the Islamic Middle East.

The Field Museum is pleased to partner once again with the National Jewelry Institute, organizers of Masterpieces of Ancient Jewelry. This prestigious exhibition features artifacts from renowned collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Princeton University Art Museum and the Israel Museum. In addition to the breathtaking jewelry, the exhibition features maps and illustrations that place the jewelry in historical and cultural context.

Additionally, several key pieces from The Field Museum’s collection will be on display complementing the exhibition. The Field Museum’s remarkable collection of 23,000 artifacts from the 5,000-year-old city of Kish, Iraq has been viewed and studied by scholars worldwide. These pieces were excavated between 1923 and 1933 by scientists from both The Field Museum and Oxford University. From at least 3200 BC through the 7th century AD, Kish held an extraordinary position in Mesopotamian history.

This exhibition is free with paid general admission to The Field Museum. Ticket prices can be found online at www.fieldmuseum.org/plan_visit.


From: www.diamond-celebrity.com

What is meant by ‘authentic’ Celtic jewellery?

Torcs like these necklaces were worn 2000 years ago in Celtic cultures - photo by Helen Etheridge - CC-BY

Torcs like these necklaces were worn 2000 years ago in Celtic cultures. Photo by Helen Etheridge - CC-BY



Dictionaries say authentic means genuine, but how much does that help when browsing Celtic jewellery stores? A strict interpretation of the word would leave us nothing but ancient gold, silver, and bronze belonging to museums.

Many people choosing this kind of jewellery simply want pieces influenced by Celtic traditions in tune with their beliefs and tastes. Maybe something to celebrate Irish, or Scottish, or Breton heritage - or touching memories of a place they once knew.

For some, Celtic arts and crafts are full of mythological or mystical meaning. Perhaps they are interested in Irish legends, early Christianity in Ireland or western Britain, or older pagan religions. Other people enjoy Celtic music, languages or cultural history, and appreciate related decorative arts.

To help you decide which jewellery passes your personal authenticity test, here are few things to consider.

Read the rest of this interesting story at: quezi.com

Minerals are crystals

The earliest forms of jewelry were items that early humans found naturally, such as shells or bits of bones. Early grave sites have also revealed that pre-historic man buried his dead with flowers and with carved ivory beads. These primitive beads would have taken at least an hour each to make.

Early man also might have found bits of turquoise that occurred naturally in areas of Turkey and North America. The pearlescent swirls found inside an abalone or conch would have also been used as jewelry.

Read the whole story at: www.jewelryvillageonline.com

Necklace Of The Spanish Inquisition


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The Spanish Inquisition Necklace is a diamond and emerald-studded necklace. As of 2008, it is on display at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C., United States. It was given its name by Harry Winston, the American jeweller who acquired it from the Maharaja of Indore, and has no known connection with the historical Spanish Inquisition.

Provenance

The emeralds threaded onto the necklace were originally mined in Colombia. The diamonds were mined in India. While the necklace's gemstones are believed to have been cut in India in the 17th century,the early history of the necklace itself is unknown. American jeweller Harry Winston, who named the necklace, claimed that it was owned first by Spanish royalty. However, the first recorded owner of the piece was Tukoji Rao III, Maharaja of Indore, then a Princely State within India, in the early 20th century. Upon his abdication, the necklace was passed to his son, Yashvantrao II, who took up his father's throne.

In 1947, Yashvantrao sold the necklace to Harry Winston. Winston loaned the necklace out that year to actress Katharine Hepburn, who wore it to the 19th Academy Awards ceremony. The necklace formed part of Winston's "Court of Jewels", a nationally touring exhibition of jewels and jewellery including the Hope Diamond and the Star of the East. In 1955, Winston sold the necklace to Cora Hubbard Williams of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Williams held the necklace until 1972, when she bequeathed it to the Smithsonian Institution. Since then, it has been on display in the Janet Annenberg Hooker Hall of Geology, Gems and Minerals of the National Museum of Natural History in the Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C.

Design

The upper half of the necklace consists of many small diamonds threaded onto a silver chain. The lower half of the necklace is divided into two concentric semi-circular strands, each carrying eight pairs of "football-shaped" diamonds and four pairs of barrel-cut emeralds, arranged symmetrically. The centre of the lower strand holds a large emerald supporting a pendant which itself holds five smaller emeralds. The point where the upper and lower halves of the necklace join is marked by two large emeralds threaded onto the chain. Altogether, there are 15 emeralds and 374 diamonds in the necklace. The diamonds of the Spanish Inquisition Necklace are the oldest examples of cut diamonds in the Smithsonian Institution's National Gem Collection.


From: www.wikipedia.org

What Do Wedding Rings Speak About?

There is a rich history behind how wedding rings got introduced in the Christian way of life. It wasn't until the days of Pope Innocent III that couples were asked to wear two rings, one during engagements and the other while finally being married. Families offered rings just to seal engagements prior to this historical pronouncement by the Pope. He also asked the engaged couples to observe a waiting period before they could finally marry. These orthodox dictates slowly grew into colorful traditions, as Christianity traversed across the world over a period of many centuries.

Wedding rings are normally placed on left ring fingers of couples from the USA, France, Sweden and the UK. They are placed on right ring fingers however, in the case of Germany, Spain, India, and Chile. Interestingly, while Jews traditionally place wedding rings on their left hands, like the orthodox Christians, they prefer wearing it on the right ones after being married. There are also varying for the period when one of the partners has died. This universally gets deemed to be the end of any wedding concerned in most societies. However, much of this differentiation of norms might stem from the fact, which part of the world you were looking at.

A hardened alloy of Gold, Bismuth, Tin and Copper is often made use of in manufacturing wedding rings. Sometimes Platinum, Nickel and Titanium are also introduced varying results. Platinum is mixed up with white gold for manufacturing a separate class of Platinum wedding rings. Similarly Titanium and Tungsten carbide are also used to produce durability, affordability, varying textures and shades of eye-catching ring designs.

However, less costly metals like Silver, Brass and Copper are scarcely used compared to the more expensive ones due to the former's corrosiveness. Aluminum and some other toxic metals are hardly ever made use of in the manufacture of either wedding rings or similar other ornaments. However, the widest and cheapest known alloy of modern world, stainless steel, is surprisingly gaining ground as one of the options these days. Its durability, which is at par with that of Platinum and Titanium, could be attributed for this wondrous growth.

Retail shops may normally quote wedding rings at $600 and more, but could easily be procured at lower rates from various online resources. A brief look at some of the existing jewelry sites might how they were selling most jewelry items at a reduced cost, including those from the latest wedding rings. These websites could easily meet with the demands of all market segments, starting from the casual jewelry buyer to the seeker of high-end ornaments.

From: www.msokorea.com

2009/02/18

Diamonds in the Chemical Perspective

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When we hear of the word diamond, we immediately associate it with a worldly and expensive piece of jewellery. Diamond is indeed precious. It has outstanding characteristics that would be envied by other minerals and gemstones. Let us take a closer look at a diamond’s features.

In its chemical structure, the chemical formula for diamond is just plain “C”. This is because a diamond’s molecule is made up of multiple atoms of Carbon which are tightly yet systematically arranged in covalent bonds. This arrangement makes it a very stable molecule. The fact that diamond are only made up of only one type of element makes it the hardest naturally occurring mineral on earth. In the Mohs hardness scale for minerals, diamonds is given the lone perfect ‘10’. The second hardest mineral considered is the gemstone Sapphire which has a chemical formula of “Al2O3”.

Read the whole story at: www.bestsyndication.com

2009/02/17

Chinese Faux jade

In almost all dictionaries, the Chinese character 'yù' is translated into English as 'jade'. However, this frequently leads to misunderstanding: Chinese, Koreans, and Westerners alike generally fail to appreciate that the cultural concept of 'jade' is considerably broader in China and Korea than in the West. A more accurate translation for this character on its own would be 'precious/ornamental rock'. It is seldom, if ever, used on its own to denote 'true' jade in Mandarin Chinese; for example, one would normally refer to 'ying yu' ( 'hard jade') for jadeite, or 'ruan yu' ( 'soft jade') for nephrite. The Chinese names for many ornamental non-jade rocks also incorporate the character 'yù', and it is widely understood by native speakers that such stones are not, in fact, true precious nephrite or jadeite. Even so, for commercial reasons, the names of such stones may well still be translated into English as 'jade', and this practice continues to confuse the unwary.

From:chinese-jewelry-and-jade.blogspot.com

2009/02/13

The Carabinieri in Palermo seized 500 looted archeological treasures

Italian police say they have seized more than 500 looted archaeological treasures that a man was trying to sell on online auction site eBay.

The Carabinieri police in Palermo, Sicily, said that most of the artifacts were coins and jewelry made by various civilizations that dominated the island in antiquity: Greeks, Romans, Byzantines and Arabs.

From: sicilyguide.com

2009/02/12

Peru archeologists inaugurate new museum at Sipan

By Pilar Olivares

LAMBAYEQUE, Peru (Reuters Life!) - The newest display of Peruvian archeology opened on Thursday -- just a few feet from where the golden tomb of the Lord of Sipan, dubbed the "Tutankhamen of the Americas," was discovered in 1987.

The museum, called Huaca Rajada, includes finds made at the sprawling archeological dig since 2007.

Flanked by ancient pyramids that now look like dusty mounds, the new museum showcases masks, ceramics and jewelry that historians say are from the ancient Moche culture, which flourished on Peru's coast from about 100 AD to 600 AD.

The new museum, which officials hope will draw 35,000 visitors this year, is about an hour's drive from a larger museum, called the Royal Tombs of Sipan, which opened in 2002 and contains the biggest pieces of the original finds made 20 years ago.

Walter Alva, an archeologist credited with the Sipan find, started digging at the site after hearing that tomb robbers were selling artifacts they stole from the area on the black market to private collectors.

Peru is a country rich in ancient treasure. It has hundreds of sites that date back thousands of years and span dozens of cultures, including the ancient Incan empire that was in power when Spanish explorers arrived in the early 1500s.

Luis Chero, the director of the Huaca Rajada museum, said only 10 percent of the site has been excavated and that more finds are expected.

(Writing by Maria Luisa Palomino; Editing by Terry Wade)

From: www.reuters.com


2009/02/11

Archeological sites in Bani Hushaish suffer from vandalism

Twenty-nine year old Nabil Ahmed Noman said “it is not easy for the simple layman to be aware of the archeological value of these monuments, saying he cannot differentiate them from similar jewelry. The average man cannot identify their historical value; all he thinks about is their material value. A man who places an old stone as a decoration at the front of his house is a good example of such mentality. Yet, if people become aware of their value, they will think only of the financial return, forgetting about their historical value. However he corrected himself by saying that a newspapers seller once put a historical monument on his papers to keep them from being dispersed by the wind, not knowing that the piece is more valuable than his papers. He concluded by saying that the relevant archeological authorities should facilitate opportunities to interested persons and researchers to allow them to increase their historical knowledge concerning these sites. He also added that relevant authorities should exert appropriate efforts to promote awareness regarding the value of history through different media outlets.

Read the whole story at: Yemen observer

2009/02/10

Germany comes down on Collectors with a heavy hand

German numismatists ring the alarm bells

German cultural authorities have begun searching private homes and seizing entire collections of antique coins, if provenance of only a few coins in the collection is not documented.

These invasions are being conducted under the new German laws on importation of cultural property. Coins being subjected to such scrutiny are not restricted to ancient coins presumed to have been excavated - medieval and antique modern coins are also subject to the same measures. In one case, a pensioner from the Thuringian Eisenberg recently acquired four old coins on an Internet auction site. Shortly afterwards his house was searched, ending with seizure of his entire collection.

Collectors are understandably alarmed, because very few coins in their collections have provenances that will satisfy the new laws. When a collection becomes suspect only a short time is being allowed to prove licit origin before the collection is seized, and then even if the suspicion is unfounded, it is very difficult to recover the collection.

Not only coins, but all "cultural objects" more than 100 years old are
subject to these new cultural laws, leading to fears that stamp collections, collections of graphic arts and antique jewelry may also be targeted. The list of "cultural objects" in the 1970 UNESCO Convention is very extensive, including such common things as coins, postage stamps, photographs and printed books.

Read the whole story at: www.cointalk.com

2009/02/09

Valentine's Day reminds folks of love symbols and their history

Tuesday, February 3, 2009 3:05 AM EST

While Valentine’s Day prompts many of us to consider issues of the heart, the history of love symbols has a great deal to do with the concept of things intertwined, like a couple’s shared love. The love knot has a long and interesting history. Some legends indicate that sailors were the first to introduce braided rope and knotted jute in the form of a love knot for their beloved as they sailed the high seas.

Crewmen on ships would use their knot-tying skills in order to impress their lovers as they counted the days before returning home from voyages at sea. Love knots were retained among personal effects and often integrated into laced collars, bracelet or wrist bands and costumes of the late 19th century.

Love Knots

In addition to coveted love knots, other love symbols from a sailor’s life included carved scrimshaw jewelry or sailor’s valentines — wooden love boxes enhanced with seashells. These objects were often exchanged gifts of sailors and their loved ones. Some sailor’s valentines, those extraordinarily decorated boxes or shadowbox style picture frames, range in value into the tens of thousands of dollars on the secondary antiques market.

Rug Raves

Like sailors, lovers from all parts of the world who were unfortunately parted by circumstance, distance or social custom used the concept of intertwined knots to profess their love, too. It is little known in the Western world that young Muslim women living in socially strict households historically pledged their love to young gentlemen via messages woven through knots — the knots of carpets, that is. This interesting and longstanding Arabian custom made the knot a well-documented symbol of unity and togetherness.

Historically, love symbols are typically found on the hand or worn close to the heart. Wedding rings, eternity bands and pendant necklaces all fall into this category. Yet, one of the most interesting and symbolic rings is the age-old claddagh. Unmistakable in its form showing a central heart topped by a crown and held on both sides by two hands, the claddagh ring is associated with eternal symbolism. The hands represent friendship, the crown denotes loyalty and the heart, of course, symbolizes love. This celtic mainstay has become an evident love symbol on objects as diverse as 14 karat gold royal jewelry to innovative tattoo and body art designs.

Contemporary Concepts

Fine artists of the contemporary art scene have also addressed the subject of interlaced and intertwined forms. Some examples include the mathematically-inspired drawing entitled Knots by famed artist, M.C. Escher (1898-1972) and the large-scale cast bronze sculpture of gnarled roots by Steve Tobin seen near New York City’s Wall Street and Broadway referencing a historic sycamore tree that protected St. Paul’s Chapel from the falling debris of the Sept. 11 attacks. Some things, like the joining of hearts, never go out of style.

Dr. Lori is a nationally known certified antiques appraiser and museum curator with a doctorate in art history. She can be contacted at www.DrLoriV.com or by calling (888) 431-1010.

From: www.dailyfreeman.com

2009/02/08

Jewelry (joias) is a fascinating fashion accessory that has been

Jewelry (joias) is a fascinating fashion accessory that has been popular from ancient times. It has played a variety of roles including political, religious and ornamental, and jewelry artifacts have helped modern historians shape pictures of the daily lives of ancient civilizations.

Jewelry in ancient Rome is no exception. There are literary accounts and pictorial depiction such as in the Regina tombstone, plus an abundance of other artifacts available that help us to understand the role jewelry played during this fascinating time.

Jewelry (joias) was worn by men and women though it was subject to conventions of the time; particularly with regards to the appearance of men. Male jewelry was typically practical in nature. Men usually wore a single ring. The ring would serve a functional purpose. Typically a signet ring, the male jewelry item was used to seal official documentation. The male signet ring was initially iron but was later produced in gold as it displayed status and wealth more clearly.

Read the whole story at: jewelry.krysblog.com

More info on archaeological jewelry


2009/02/07

Snakes and serpents at Valentine's day ?

From all low reptiles the serpent has clearly made the highest profile career.

Collection of antique jewelry with snake motive or serpent motif
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Snake (or serpent) jewelry has been worn since ancient times. Each era and part of the world seems to attribute its own symbolic meaning to this intriguing animal; eternal love, healing, fertility, wisdom and even immortality. In early Egyptian society it was the symbol of royalty and deity and the Romans regarded the snake as a symbol of everlasting love.

Closer to our times, in the Victorian era (roughly the 19th century) an entwined snake symbolized infinity and eternal love, so snakes were significant symbols. When Queen Victoria married Prince Albert in 1840, he gave her two snake rings, entwined together, which demonstrated the mutual communion of love that they felt for each other and symbolized an eternal life together.

Snake jewelry is best given as a symbolic gesture of good fortune, good health, and as a loving gift to a partner where the ring is a protective charm and represents the union of the couple and their eternal and never ending love for one another.

Antiqualy yours,
The Adin team
www.adin.be

2009/02/06

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Rocks Solid

Art Deco jewelry is rich in history, beauty, and, yes, investment possibilities.


Stephanie Cooperman, 11.20.08, 06:00 PM EST
Forbes Magazine dated December 08, 2008


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Sources: Platinum Fruit-Salad Bracelet, Buckle Bracelet, Greek Key Bracelet, Fred Leighton, New York

Last May, Nicolas Luchsinger, the U.S. director of Van Cleef & Arpels' heritage jewelry collection, was in Geneva for Sotheby's (nyse: BID - news - people ) Magnificent Jewels auction. He didn't know it, as he sat under the tent beside the Hotel Beau-Rivage, but he was about to be ambushed. Luchsinger was there to bid on just one item, an intact Van Cleef diamond sautoir, the long, swinging necklace that was the "it" accessory of the 1920s and has since become a style icon of that decade. The necklace was supposed to fetch between $150,000 and $250,000, and Luchsinger was prepared to go all the way. But he ended up bowing out. The bidding eventually climbed to more than $1 million. "It was the one that got away," he says ruefully.

The incident encapsulates the story of Art Deco jewelry since the late 1980s: frequently underestimated, even by experts. While it has always been popular among serious collectors, its current cachet (and the attendant buying frenzy) dates only from the late 1970s. In fact, there was a time when the pieces were worth less than the stones themselves, leading owners to have jewelry broken apart. "It's crazy," says Ralph Esmerian, the owner of Fred Leighton, a leading retailer of historic pieces, especially Deco. "That's like valuing a masterpiece painting for its paint."

Now the reverse is true: The pieces are worth much more than the stones. And yet, even auction houses continue to underestimate the demand. Luchsinger points to Van Cleef Ludo-Hexagone diamond bracelets, magnificent pieces with circular and baguette diamonds. In 1998, one sold for $74,000; in November 2000, another went for $116,000. And in December 2006, one topped out at $251,000. Yet at all three auctions, the estimates were $40,000 to $60,000. That the demand for Art Deco is so robust--and is expected to stay that way, according to the experts we consulted (see "Deco as an Investment" on page 116)--reflects an unusual vortex of conditions.

First off, the style has gone from Jazz Age to timeless in its vast appeal. What other period jewelry, after all, can claim both the Duchess of Windsor and Sarah Jessica Parker as devotees in their respective times? Rebecca Selva of Fred Leighton, the celebrity go-to estate jeweler, has adorned such stars as Parker, Cameron Diaz, Nicole Kidman, and Uma Thurman in Art Deco for the red carpet. "This is not your typical grandmother's jewelry," says Selva. "It goes with everything, and it's still absolutely chic." Says David Bennett, the head of Sotheby's jewelry department for Europe and the Middle East: "Art Deco was everything jewelry was meant to be--beautiful, glamorous, and romantic."

If the appeal is broad, the number of pieces--not just great pieces--is limited, because production was never large. "Today, jewelers want to be able to sell thousands of pieces," notes Lee Siegelson, whose eponymous heritage-jewelry business specializes in pieces from the 19th century through the 1940s. "In the 1920s, you'd be lucky to have 20 pieces by the end of the year."

Then there's the coup de grâce: These pieces are the product of a time many consider the pinnacle of jewelry craftsmanship. "You'll never see anything like it again," declares Esmerian. "Back then, you had to apprentice under a master jeweler. It is not as it was in the 1920s and '30s. Today, people want coffee breaks." Moreover, apprenticeship was the norm in a number of related fields-- diamond-cutting, lapidary, enameling, rendering, carving, gold- and platinum-smithing--and the cornucopia of artisanal talent contributed mightily to the quality.

That is particularly seen in Art Deco jewelry's exploiting of platinum, which began to be used in jewelry-making only around 1900. It enabled fine jewelers to set stones with far less metal, because platinum is so strong and so light. "Cartier became quite famous for their white-on-white jewelry," says Sotheby's Bennett. "They started the monochrome trend." Van Cleef made use of this metal in the newly invented "invisible" settings, for which stones are cut so that they slide into one another, making it appear as though they have no underpinning. "The invisible setting let jewelry take on the look of ribbons of light," Luchsinger says. "Without the adaptability of platinum, it wouldn't have been possible."

Traditional skills were also used in the service of imagination: New cuts were introduced, among them baguettes, trapezoids, and trillions (triangles with slightly curved sides). Jewelers also began cutting hard stones, such as crystal, turquoise, malachite, lapis lazuli, coral, onyx, and jade, to accompany diamonds. The contrasting use of brilliant gemstones gave rise to its own style, known as fruit salad. Cartier's version, called tutti-frutti, is still among the most sought-after.

A well written piece by Stephanie Cooperman written for Forbes Magazine