Dermantoid to Dress Set

Dermantoid to Dress Set

  Dermantiod The green for of garnet often more desirable and valuable than the red form. These can vary in colour from deep green to pale olive green. Designer Designer jewellery will normally have the designer name stamped on it. Where the jewellery is from a sought after designer it...

I Wish We Could Buy These Now

I Wish We Could Buy These Now

Flicking through an old copy of the Picture Post I noticed this advert for Ciro Jewellery from  1940. Ciro made jewellery throughout the 1900s and to the best of my knowledge they still do so. It is one of the names we can look out for when collecting old pieces....

Cinnabar

Cabochon to Cymric

Cabochon to Cymric Cabochon A stone cut which is smooth and round and domed as in a half ball but it can also be elongated in shape like a half rugby ball Cairngorm Named after the Cairngorm mountains in Scotland where it was originally found. This is a type of...

Alphonse Mucha’s Art Nouveau

Alphonse Mucha’s Art Nouveau

Some of the loveliest high art nouveau art works were painted by the Czechoslovakian artist Alphons Mucha. Mucha was born in 1860 and lived until 1939 .  He lived and worked in Vienna and Paris and had a theatrical design background. In 1895, he happened to be in the right...

BackStamp to Byzantine

BackStamp to Byzantine

Back Stamp The marks on the back of a piece, these can include the makers initials and the hallmarks. Sometimes trade names. Many pieces are unmarked. Baccarat  French glass maker of high quality crystal glass Baguette Shape of a gemstone. A baguette is long and narrow and has a flat...

War Time Lunch Eating Vintage

One for those interested in all things from the past, Eating Vintage. Yesterday I took a trip back to the 1940s with lunch at The Larder in Ashby de la Zouch. This café has a War time theme with food to match the rationing of the time. I was about...

Diamante Sparkle Like Diamonds

Diamante Jewellery sparkles and shines like diamonds and other coloured gemstones. You will find that very much more affordable than the real thing.  It is made of high-quality lead glass the designers varied the stones in shape and size to suit. In the USA these stones are known as Rhinestones. During the...

Joan Rivers Sale

Joan Rivers Sale

Theres an amazing auction on at Christies in New York today – the jewellery collection of Joan Rivers.  There are some truly stunning pieces especially the Art Nouveau brooches. Some of these are so rare – lot 15 is my favourite with a lovely art nouveau maiden with long flowing...

The Queens Jewels

The Queens Jewels

Queen Elizabeth 11 , the lady with the very best jewellery in the world. Here are a selection of pictures showing off some of the better pieces. An acknowledgement. I have taken inspirations for this post from the wonderful blog Her Majestys Jewel Vault Wearing a stunning rose flower diamond...

Abalone to Aurora

Abalone Shell A decorative shell from the South Seas with a wonderful range of colour in shades of blue and green. Acrostic Jewellery Where there is a row of gemstones and the initial letters spell out a word. The best known is REGARD – ruby, emerald, Garnet, Amethyst, Ruby, Diamond. The acrostic...