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Monday, May 14, 2012

Pools of Light

At the end of World War I brought with it a desire for clean and modern lines in both clothing and jewelry. In this age of the Flapper, the "pools of light" necklaces became a very popular look, as they were often worn as a fashionable accessory and shimmered beautifully in the low lights of the speakeasy. 

As increased travel to the China brought with it an interest in the art, jewelry and style of the East. Chinese in origin and referred to as "pools of light", these crystal orbs of rock crystal are never drilled as the Chinese believed that this would allow the spirits(or chi) and the good luck from within to escape. Instead, they are wrapped in silver or gold wire and metal and held together by silver or gold rings. 

The crystals take on the color of the fabric against which they rest and reflect other tones and hues in an almost magical manner. Cool and relaxing to the touch, they take on a meditative quality. 

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

The Perfect Mother Day's Gift

Ever year I plan to be the type of person who plans ahead for Mother's Day and every year I reach the second week of May scrambling for the perfect gift for my mother.  

The Idealized Mother's Day Morning
So this year, I am starting now, May 1st, to look for the perfect Mother's Day gift.  Below are some of the pieces I have espied along the way.

Edwardian Gold Filled Locket 
Lockets are a traditional Mother's Day gift.  During the Victorian era, a heart locket housing a loved one's photograph was said to represent the loved one's heart resting against your own.

Edwardian Repousse Heart Earrings
Heart motifs are a sentimental motif for a sentimental holiday.  I think these earrings are particularly fine with their beautiful repousse work.

Edwardian Cameo Shell Necklace
Cameo's have always been a beautiful gift and they often depict a woman in profile.  This particular one is done in soft pink shell.

Vintage Czech Perfume Bottle
Purely whimsical, an enchanting perfume bottle is beautiful decoration for the dresser or vanity.  

Mid 20th Century Scottish Citrine Brooch

Miniature works of art, I often find the brooch, one of the most expressive pieces of jewelry, perfect to accent a lapel or scarf.