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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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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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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New Vintage Finds

June 12th, 2012 / by Paul / one comment / permalink

Summer Fun Jewelry Picks

Summer is sneaking up on us, which means it’s time for your jewelry to start getting some sun time. Jewelry is also the only wardrobe staple that can go from the city streets straight into the pool and out to the beach with no problem, so the more fun the better because they’ll last you all day. Luckily we’ve just gotten a whole batch of interesting vintage pieces in the shop, and whether you’re going for a warm summer gold or a cool silver statement piece, everything looks good by the pool. Check out our selection online as well as the new pieces in at the shop.

 

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New Vintage Finds

March 20th, 2012 / by Paul / no comments / permalink

Deco and Modern Delights

Just uploaded an incredible batch of vintage rings onto the webstore. Lots of Art Deco diamonds and 70’s styles, both being eras that favored streamlined modernism in their own ways. Art Deco was heralding a modern age, celebrating skyscrapers and new technologies through geometric lines and graphic detail. The 1970’s played off the clean and fluid lines of the 50’s and 60’s, combining modern elements with organic shapes.View our vintage rings here and see for yourself!

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Scosha Studs

February 11th, 2012 / by Paul / one comment / permalink

14k Gold and Diamond Studs

One thing that customers always come in searching for are “simple little gold studs.” Scosha has just delivered these perfectly dainty gold stud earrings, small but not boring and definitely very sweet. With diamonds, turquoise and rubies, these studs are a simple accent piece for the understated lobe.

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GEM SALE

November 30th, 2011 / by Paul / no comments / permalink

Holiday Gem Sale

DECEMBER 1-3

LOOSE STONES   .   BEADS   .   CARVED GEMS

Come and meet stone expert and master jeweler JANICE GRYZB and design your own custom piece of jewelry

GOLD   .   SILVER   .   MALAS or ROSARIES

Made in time for holiday gifting

Choices limited only by your imagination…

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Best of New York

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


Watch out for this video from New York Magazine in your next cab!

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Brimfield

May 13th, 2011 / by Paul / no comments / permalink

Brimfield Antiques and Collectibles Show

Brimfield Antiques and Collectibles Show

Last week our fearless leader was away in Massachusetts, foraging through the Brimfield goldmines. Stay tuned next week for a ton of new vintage pieces in the shop!

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Lola Brooks

March 13th, 2011 / by Paul / no comments / permalink

18k Gold Earrings with Sapphires, Tourmalines, and Quartz Crystals

18k Gold Earrings with Sapphires, Tourmalines, and Quartz Crystals

THIS JUST IN: This selection of jewels from Lola Brooks is altogether otherworldly, with perfectly faceted or sliced gemstones and  picture agate glowing luminously from 18k gold settings. It’s the stuff that dreams are made of!

She’s also known for creating art jewelry as sculptural objects, combining gold with cut steel and painted rhinestones. In this photograph she’s holding her Bloodstone Garnet Heart, with a sleeve tattoo done by NYA Pop Up Resident Virginia Elwood.

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