Celebrating: March Birthdays

March 24th, 2014 / by Roxanne Fequiere / no comments / permalink

Before there was aquamarine, there was bloodstone. Deep green with flecks of red-orange, the stone was believed to have been created when Jesus’ blood dripped down onto the gravel beneath his crucifix. From that violent origin story came a strong association with courage and battle, as referenced in this traditional verse: “Who in this world of ours their eyes/ In March first open shall be wise/ In days of peril firm and brave/ And wear a bloodstone to their grave.” 

During the early twentieth century, the the National Association of Jewelers—followed by the general public—demoted the bloodstone to secondary status, putting aquamarine in its place. A blue or turquoise variety of beryl, aquamarine translates to “water of the sea,” and depending on who you ask, the gem comes from mermaids’ treasure chests, can summon the dead , may increase intelligence, and/or was worn by sailors to prevent seasickness.

Mined in Brazil, Madagascar, and Kenya, among a few other far-flung spots, there’s a chance that you may discover some of your own here in the United States, in Wyoming’s Big Horn Mountains. A better bet? Stopping in to Love, Adorned, where there are a number of aquamarine pieces just waiting to be picked up (plus a few bloodstone pieces, for all the traditionalists out there).

What’s in store: 

1) A 14K gold and aquamarine ring—made in the ’80s, just right for today. 

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 2) Multifaceted teardrop earrings set in 18K gold, made by Lola Brooks.

lola brooks aquamarine teardrop earrings

3) Raw bars of aquamarine wrapped in gold and strung onto a Lou Zeldis necklace-cum-art piece.

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4) An 18K gold single trident earring, punctuated with an aquamarine and created by Chad Ypon.

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Heavenly Bodies

January 19th, 2014 / by Kali Hays / no comments / permalink

If you just happened upon a mass of skeletons hidden away in an underground tunnel, what would you decide they were there for? If you said Christian martyrs, you’re right in line with the thinking of Roman Catholics in 1578.

Heavenly Bodies $29.95

Heavenly Bodies $29.95

Left: St Valentinus in Waldsassen, Germany wearing a jeweled version of a deacon's cassock. Right: Hand of St Valentin in Bad Schussenreid, Germany. Many of the catacomb saints were name for the popular Italian saint.

Left: St Valentinus in Waldsassen, Germany wearing a jeweled version of a deacon’s cassock. Right: Hand of St Valentin in Bad Schussenreid, Germany. Many of the catacomb saints were name for the popular Italian saint.

In Heavenly Bodies, a book of photographs and amended research by Paul Koudounaris, these martyrs or “catacomb saints” are photographed in some of oldest religious establishments in Europe. Many are seeing light through his lens after decades of being hidden away by embarrassed churches when modernity swept in and cast serious doubt on the authenticity of these lavishly adorned skeletons.

St Munditia at the church of St Peter in Munich

St Munditia at the church of St Peter in Munich

Imagine the draw a supposed martyr who looked this glorious would have had for those in a church service at a time when most people were illiterate and any sort of schooling was reserved for the wealthiest citizens or members of the priesthood. Worshipped and adorned with crowns and armor made from pearls, rubies, emeralds, gold; all of the most precious materials the Catholic church had to offer, the beautified remains were sent to churches and put on public display throughout German-speaking Europe, praised as miracle workers and protectors of believers.

Painted skulls of nuns who were members of the convent in Eschenbach, Germany and devoted to their catacomb saint Symphorosa

Painted skulls of nuns who were members of the convent in Eschenbach, Germany and devoted to their catacomb saint Symphorosa

St Luciana at a convent in Heiligkreuztal, Germany

St Luciana at a convent in Heiligkreuztal, Germany

Though these saints have been proven fictitious creations of the Catholic church, ordered to replace relics that were lost in the Protestant Reformation, obviously the artisanal excellence displayed should not be de-valued. Nuns and monks painstakingly prepared and bejeweled these skeletons and the time between transport and final display was often several years.  Gold lattice, pearls and sapphires were made to replace eyes and gold armor dripping with precious stones and pearls covers each from head to toe. They may not have died for their religious beliefs, but a visual representation of death this alluring is easy to worship.

St Benedictus in the church of St Michael in Munich

St Benedictus in the church of St Michael in Munich

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Love Adorned in The Wall Street Journal

January 13th, 2014 / by Kali Hays / no comments / permalink

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We were in great company over the weekend in the Wall Street Journal culture piece on the revival of the general store. It’s a new year, so why not come by and discover a new “need” or two?

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Hasami Japan Porcelain Mug $40

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Jen Pearson Apothecary Match Bottle $35

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Polly Wales 18k gold and Burmese Ruby Ring $4,100

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Sanchez & Calderon Tassel Pouch $225

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Vibe’s

December 6th, 2013 / by Kali Hays / no comments / permalink

     Inspired by the fairy tales of  Hans Christian Andersen she loved in childhood, Lene Vibe’s jewelry evokes a feeling of enchantment and excitement. Growing up in Copenhagen, where she still lives and works, she spent much of her time exploring wooded areas and daydreaming of being a character in her favorite stories.

Vibe's

vibe's

     With 18k yellow gold she carves rings and earrings with flowers and snails set with white, grey and cognac diamonds and Keshi pearls. Visions of Andersen’s The Little Mermaid, The Last Pearl, The Butterfly and The Snail and the Rose Tree all come to mind when looking at her jewels.

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All crafted by hand without sketches or preconceived ideas of what she wants to create, Vibe’s pieces are moments in time and imagination that can be worn forever.

 

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Our Apologies

March 14th, 2013 / by Lily / no comments / permalink

 

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PLEASE EXCUSE US WHILE WE TRY TO GET TO THE BOTTOM OF THE TROUBLES THAT OUR LITTLE SITE IS HAVING.

IF YOU ARE EXPERIENCING ANY DIFFICULTIES, PLEASE CALL THE STORE AT 212.431.5683, WHERE ONE OF OUR LOVELY LADIES
WILL HELP YOU OUT. PLEASE CHECK BACK SOON.
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Lola Brooks…Skillfully Made With Love

February 21st, 2013 / by Lily / no comments / permalink

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Untreated sapphires, tourmalines and diamonds come alive in settings of 18k yellow gold. With each stone selected personally by Lola, her designs evolve from their natural qualities and shapes. Slices of agate  have the look of skillfully painted panoramas, Paraiba Tourmalines are allowed to show their remarkable color composites, and slabs of diamonds are left nearly untouched. One way to describe Lola’s work is as a landscape, with shadows and light playing between each facet and giving the impression of a little world unto itself. I want to live in that world!

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Red, Rogge, Rosso, Rojo, Rauður, Rood, Rød…

February 8th, 2013 / by Vincent / no comments / permalink

Happy Valentines Day Lovers

Happy Valentines Day Lovers

“Iron rusts from disuse; water loses its purity from stagnation…even so does inaction sap the vigor of the mind.” -Leonardo da Vinci

Blood contains a protein called hemoglobin. Hemoglobin, which contains iron, is found in red blood cells and is the ingredient that makes our blood red. Red, the color of blood and fire, represents life and vitality. Red also signifies the color of the sun: a symbol of energy, radiating its vitalizing life-force. Let your love be strong like iron, run red throughout your body, radiate outward and NEVER grow stagnant. Wear it on your sleeve…or your neck or your ears or fingers…Happy Valentines Day Lovers!!!

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Love Holiday Gift Guide: JEWELRY

December 17th, 2012 / by Vincent / no comments / permalink

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“It’s not how much we give but how much love we put into giving.” – Mother Teresa

We understand how important it is to find that perfect gift. A token that illustrates how much we care for and know that special someone. Given all the choices you have, we put a lot of love and energy into curating the most unique assortment of timeless jewels to adorn that special someone on your list.  Don’t fret, we are here to help…Our assortment ranges from $50 and goes up from there. But to be honest, you’re running out of time, so hop to it Skippy…

 

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Good Fortune

November 16th, 2012 / by Lily / no comments / permalink

More than a stroke of luck, these small size charms have a significant meaning to the wearer. With a collection of unique talismans in gold and silver, some diamond and gem studded, you design the fortune. Noteworthy Ten Thousand Things designers, David Rees and Ron Anderson created this second line, aptly named ‘Good Fortune’ as a way of allowing coveters of their label a customizable option for their beloved charm necklaces. These beautifully understated, yet powerful pieces make the perfect gift for the sentimental loves in your life.

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Vintage Finds

September 27th, 2012 / by Paul / 4 comments / permalink

Gems and Jewels

It’s that time of year again when we let a huge, amazing wave of new vintage finds out onto the floor. Standouts from this batch include a Victorian skirt holder, a micro mosaic beetle pendant, clean art deco rings and richly deep lapis stones. Did you know that there were sarcophagus pendants in the world that open to reveal tiny mummies inside? Did you even realize there were such exquisite sapphire and opal stack rings to be worn? Now that you do know, come by the shop to witness their magic in person.

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