Category Archives: Vintage and Antiques

The History of a Victorian Romantic Dinner, with Vintage Elegance

Victorian Romantic Dinner with candles and wine

When starting this article about hosting a Victorian romantic dinner, an old joke comes to mind. “Of all the utensils created by man. It always amazes two sticks were chosen to eat rice“. Yet in reality, the fork is a relatively modern invention. Thousands of years after the spoon or knife. With one of the first […]

Traditions of the First Wedding Anniversary and Unique Gift Ideas

Paper heart First Wedding Anniversary

I’m sure you have probably heard paper is the traditional First Wedding Anniversary gift. Or that a clock is also an acceptable present. But why did paper come to represent the first anniversary and when did this become a tradition? With a day as special as the first anniversary, why would we commemorate the event with such a common object […]

The Cool Sixties Jewelry, Mod to Psychedelic and Disco to Space-Age

Sometimes described as a decade of extremes with bizarre contrasts. Changes were everywhere, from Poodle Skirts to Bell Bottoms and from Route 66 to a walk on the Moon. The decade brought us the Civil Rights Movement and the Vietnam war. With the Flower Child and the Kennedy assassination. All of these events coming together to influence the cool […]

Garnet Legends and Folklore the Healing Crystals for a Broken Love

Garnet Legends Header with Garnet Pendant and pomegranate

Many of the Garnet Legends down through history tell of a relationship between the gem and the fruit pomegranate. So much so the gemstone’s name comes from the Latin word “granatum“. Which means many seeds while also describing the fruit seeds of a pomegranate. Dating back as far as the Bronze Age between 3000 and 2001 […]

Events behind Victorian Jewelry the Golden age of Romance and Mourning

Visctoian Jewelry Fashions

As the Georgian era came to a close, England was in the midst of political and social change. Along with a strong religious drive for high moral standards. While the start of the Victorian Age came with Queen Victoria’s rise to power at the young age of 18 in 1837. The era brought an increased […]

Mysteries of December Birthstones Tanzanite, Zircon, and Turquoise

December Birthstones

December Birthstones are a mixture of new and old with the newest discovery of Tanzania as well as the oldest stone Zircon. Yet mysteries, legends, and fables still shroud the stories behind these jewels. All bearing unique shades of Blue. The color of December since 1912. Historically the Bloodstone and Ruby had been the gems for the month of December since the 15th-century. Then […]

The Effect of Lifestyles and Social Trends on 1950’s Costume Jewelry

1950's Costume Jewelry

The evolution of jewelry from the depression and years of war into that of the 1950’s costume jewelry was a direct reflection of lifestyles and social trends during the era. America had just survived two decades of turmoil and now it was time to rebuild. The 1950’s were full of change and prosperity. As soldiers returned from […]

The Legends and Folklore of November’s Birthstones, Topaz and Citrine

November's Birthstones

As with the other gemstones I have reviewed November’s birthstones, Topaz and Citrine are no strangers to legends and folklore. Dating back thousands of years. However, it is important to remember during these ancient times the names given to jewels spoke more about color than mineral makeup. In fact, its quite possible these two gems […]

In Search of Georgian Era Jewelry, Its History and How to Spot Imitations

Georgian Era Jewelry

The production of Georgian Era Jewelry spans 123 years from 1714 to 1837. During the reign of five English Monarchs, George the I, II, III, IV and King William the IV. Although the era derives its name from the English Crown. Cultural influences across Europe played integral roles in the styles and designs of this period. […]

Legends and Folklore of October’s Birthstones, a Rainbow of Color

October's Birthstones

As we enter into the month of Halloween and embrace the Fall season. It is only fitting October’s Birthstones should display rainbows of colors. The mystical Opal bursting with vibrate flashes while the Tourmaline answers with its own array of magic. We can only imagine the thoughts of the first early human to gaze upon an […]