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.

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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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Show Your Love for Him|Her

February 10th, 2014 / by Kali Hays / no comments / permalink

SPREAD THE LOVE

For Her:

Manon 14k gold and diamond wrap serpent ring, $1,365

Manon 14k gold and diamond wrap serpent ring, $1,365

Sophie Hughes sterling silver Egyptian drop earrings, $270

Sophie Hughes sterling silver Egyptian drop earrings, $270
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CB I Hate Perfume In the Library, $130

CB I Hate Perfume In the Library, $130
In store only

For Him:

Vintage sterling silver and lapis ring with engraved ships and dolphin details, $1,500

Vintage sterling silver and lapis ring with engraved ships and dolphin details, $1,500
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Forge de Laguiole ebony pocket knife, $185

Forge de Laguiole ebony pocket knife, $185
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Harry's aluminum shave set, $45

Harry’s aluminum shave set, $45
In store only

 

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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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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.

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     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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What Mom Really Wants

May 7th, 2013 / by Andrea Duchon / no comments / permalink

At Love Adorned, we’ve been on the look out for the perfect Mother’s Day gifts for our dear ol’ mums. And with only — days left until the clock strikes MOM, we thought we’d
share our picks with you. Not that you’ve procrastinated on getting a gift or anything. We would never think that about you.

Lauren Wolf Rose Gold Band with Black Diamonds

Lauren Wolf Rose Gold Band with Black Diamonds

Kali: I’m getting my mom the Lauren Wolf rose gold band with black diamonds. I chose to get it as a starter ring that I can add to over time, with other bands/rings in
other metals if she wants. It’s a tall order gift, but alas, I didn’t get her anything for her birthday in February, so I feel like she deserves something extra fancy.

Upstate Silk Shibori Scarf

Upstate Silk Shibori Scarf

Miranda: I bought my mom the Indigo Hajime Upstate Scarf. I already gave it to her because I wanted her to be able to use it for the winter-to-spring transition. She’s been
wrapped up in it since the day I gave it to her – she loves it!

Michele Quan Ceramic Birhouse

Michele Quan Ceramic Birhouse

 

Lily: I think one of the Michelle Quan birdhouses would be perfect for a Mother’s Day gift. The textures and color in her ceramics would look beautiful hanging from an
oak tree somewhere in the Oregon woods. Soon enough it would be full of finches, bluebirds, sparrows, and wrens. The birds would fight over who gets to make a nest in the home. [IN STORE ONLY]

Lou Zeldis Gold and Pebble Earrings

Lou Zeldis Gold and Pebble Earrings

Ally: I’m getting my mom a pair of dangling Lou Zeldis pebble earrings. Not only are they beautiful, but my mom also loves Lou’s story. He was a good friend of Lori’s who
traveled the world collecting pebbles and rocks from beaches and streets to create his treasures. He liked to say it was his way of turning the mundane and forgotten into something special.

Polly Wales Cognac Diamond Ring

Polly Wales Cognac Diamond Ring

Vincent: My mom has always asked me for a 3-stone ring that includes the birthstones of her three children. After all these years, I’m finally taking the plunge this Mother’s Day. I’m only slightly annoyed that April’s birthstone is a diamond. I have my brother to thank for the extra cost.

Lori: For her birthday in January, I got my mom her first iPhone. After a glass of wine at her birthday dinner, she defiantly declared: “What the hell am I going to do with this thing, Lori?!”

Stained Glass Feathers

Stained Glass Feathers

Fast forward five months later and she loves the thing – she’s texting photos to her granddaughters, speaking in text code, and yes…even stalking Instagram. When we
put the stained glass feathers in the window of the store, she saw them on the Love Adorned Instagram feed and promptly called me to say that they’re the most beautiful things she’d ever seen. BAM! Makes my job easy. Happy Mother’s Day! [IN STORE ONLY]

Handmade Mother's Day

Handmade Mother’s Day

Nina: I always draw my mom an original card and make sure to call her first thing.

So the moral of the story here is, it doesn’t matter if you’re getting mom the most expensive gift, or the most original. At the end of it all – JUST CALL YOUR MOTHER ALREADY!

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3D Printing and the Future of Forged Jewelry

March 21st, 2013 / by Andrea Duchon / one comment / permalink

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A few weeks ago, Mashable reported on the next generation of Makerbot 3D printing and posed a serious question:

Will the ability to print small-scale computer models in metal cause an uptick in forged jewelry?

Like many bloggers have already noted, the obvious answer is yes.

But we shouldn’t forget that forgery in the jewelry world is nothing new. Take a walk down Canal Street any day of the week and you’ll be able to turn up a slew of fake Rolexes on every corner. So it’s not quite that the ability to 3D print jewelry will kick start forgery – it will only make it easier.

And if that’s the case, what effect does the ability to make fake jewelry at home have on a larger scale, and on you? Because it’s unrealistic to think that the industry as a whole will be able to keep up with intelligent scammers, it means that it will be up to consumers to get a whole lot smarter.

Wondering what you can do to ensure that your cash is going to the artist and not to a sleazy con? Here are three tips to keep in mind next time you’re in the market to buy:

Shop Local

Shopping in reputable stores that have relationships with designers is a great place to start. A good salesperson should also be able to answer questions about individual pieces and the people who make them.

Grill ‘Em

Speaking of questions, don’t be afraid to ask the tough ones before you make a purchase. Anyone who’s selling a piece should know some background on the designer, their process, and how long that piece has been out on the market. And if they don’t know that information off the top of their heads, they should quickly be able to tell you where you can find it.

If It’s Too Good to be True…

You guessed it – it probably is. An in-season Dannijo cuff that retails for $550 is suddenly $125 on ebay? Take extra caution when purchasing goods online, and always double and triple check that the source is reliable.

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We want to hear from you. How do you think 3D printing will change the jewelry industry? Let’s talk about it in the comments.

 

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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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From Cosmic Dust: A Conversation with the Artist behind Kria

March 3rd, 2013 / by Lily / no comments / permalink

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The artist on her vision and inspiration. In her own words:
“The genesis for Kria came upon discovering an Arctic Tern skeleton, named the Kria in Icelandic, on a black lava beach east of Reykjavik where I am from. But, I continue to cultivate my inspiration from my friends and my family and where we all live in relation to Nature. My vision for Kria has been of the essence I see in the natural form, and what those forms remind me of when taken out of their natural context. I want to create jewelry that enhances beauty in compliment with other designs, and which creates beauty on it’s own in a sculptural sense.”

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“Jewelry and adornment are the oldest of human traditions dating back 100,00 years with shells and beads. I hope to nurture a natural kinship with those instincts for people who wear my jewelry, I want them to feel like it is a part of them. It might sound pretentious, but the intimate relationship people have always had with what they choose to adorn themselves with seems to cultivate mysticism, and I hope somehow my designs can be a tangible reflection of that.”

Kria at Love Adorned

Kria Jewlery at Love Adorned & loveadorned.com

“I continue this path of discovery and find shapes whether they be in Nature formally or otherwise. For if anything comes from nowhere, it comes from the same cosmic dust and therefore the same nowhere as everything else.”

Shop for Kria Jewelry at Love Adorned, 269 Elizabeth street and online at loveadorned.com.

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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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