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. 

vintage 14k gold ring aquamarine wedding ring

 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.

lou zeldis aquamarine bars necklace

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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Kria Jewelry

December 13th, 2011 / by Paul / 3 comments / permalink

Kria Necklaces

Kria Necklaces

Kria, the jewelry line by Jóhanna Methúsalemsdóttir, is one of our more mystical acquisitions. Inspired by a bird skeleton found on a black lava beach in Iceland, the whole line is a graceful synthesis of natural forms and precious metals. Gold, silver and bronze charms dangle delicately among semiprecious beads, waxed cotton and extra long chains, reminiscent of malas or rosaries. Definitely worth seeing the detail up close in the store or here on our webstore.

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Vintage Silver

October 14th, 2011 / by Paul / no comments / permalink

Silver Treasures

Silver Teasures

New collection of vintage silver in at the shop from Lori’s most recent travels. My favorites are the hand-etched Taxco perfume bottles from Mexico and the expanding accordion Ball Locket, but you’ll have to come into the store to find out for yourself which pieces are calling out to you. If you’d rather you can also see some in our webstore, for more intimate views and online alone time.

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Beaded Jewelry

September 16th, 2011 / by Lori / 4 comments / permalink

Beaded and Silver Baby Bracelets

Beaded and Silver Baby Bracelets

Traveling through New Mexico and Arizona I was struck by the beautiful beaded pieces made by Native Americans. Both old and new examples are so precise and well crafted. I brought back several children’s pieces, such as bracelets and barrettes, worn traditionally for Pow Wows and ceremonies. In today’s society, where people are learning to do more with less, it’s amazing to see how a tiny adornment made of simple components can add such beauty. It doesn’t have to be a million dollars or made of diamonds and 22k gold…it can be a handful of cut glass beads sewn onto a barrette that makes a little girl feel like a princess.

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GEM BAZAAR

September 11th, 2011 / by Paul / no comments / permalink

Meet the gems of your dreams along with our designers during this special workshop event and jewelry trunk show. Starting tomorrow we’ll have six of our artists and a gem dealer in the store to help you create a custom piece of jewelry with the stone of your choice. Come by the shop to meet your favorite designers September 13-15 or email gems@loveadorned.com for an appointment.
Participating Artists:
Tuesday 9/13: Nick Potash, Lauren Wolf
Wednesday 9/14: Elisa Solomon, Katie Finn, Collette Ishiyama*
Thursday 9/15: Suzannah Wainhouse, Anna Sheffield*, Michael Spirito*
*available from 5-8 pm
Janice Grzyb, our expert gem dealer, is a Saul Bell Award winning jewelry designer and master fabricator.

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Paul’s Birthday Sale

August 29th, 2011 / by Lori / one comment / permalink

Paul and Bird - Birthday Friends

We love Paul. And to celebrate the day of his birth, September 1st, we are having a one day secret Birthday Sale. While Paul wouldn’t ever think of working on his actual birthday, extend your salutations on Wednesday, the 31st of August and receive 15% off anything you buy. He will also be accepting sugary treats and talking about gems all day (normally we don’t let him do that).

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It’s A Gem World

July 15th, 2011 / by Lori / 4 comments / permalink

Vintage Gem Rings

Vintage Gem Ring

For some reason, every time I go out on a vintage jewelry buying excursion I come home and open up my goodies to realize that I, once again, bought mostly rings! I tell myself every time to look for earrings and necklaces and a smattering of bracelets, but my eye always takes me to the ring. I love big center stones, crazy carved bands, professions of love, and (as you already know about me) just plain weird stuff. Check out some of the new ones we just put out in the case…

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Lori Leven Summer Jewelry

June 29th, 2011 / by Paul / 2 comments / permalink

Powder Coated Brass Star Necklaces

Powder Coated Brass Star Necklaces

Summer necklaces in from Lori Leven. Powder coated and bronze tetrahedron necklaces are light and bright, along with silk tasseled necklaces and earrings. Necklaces are braided or single cords and chains, perfectly simple adornments that won’t weigh you down.

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Bing Bang

June 20th, 2011 / by Paul / no comments / permalink

Onyx and Silver Charms Necklace

Onyx and Silver Charms Necklace

Bing Bang by Anna Sheffield is the newest addition to our roster of New York designers. A handmade sterling jewelry line that “offers the kind of baubles you might find in an exceptionally well-curated treasure chest,” we’re excited to have Anna’s work in the shop!

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