Category Archives: Vintage and Antiques

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 […]

Rhode Island, Jewelry Capital of the World and How it all Happened

Rhode Island Jewelry Capital

While many labeled Rhode Island as the Jewelry Capital of the World during the industries heyday. Manufacturers still dot the tiny state today. In Providence, Rhode Island the area is simply referred to as “The District”. A patch of real estate, roughly 19 acres in downtown. Which became home to some of the biggest names in […]

Legends and Folklore of the Mysterious Sapphire, the Stone of Destiny

Mysterious Sapphire

Written about in the text of many religions, mysterious Sapphire folktales and legends date to 1000 BC. While the sapphire comes in many colors, ancient beliefs mostly center upon the deep blue gemstones. Also known as Kashmir or Cornflower. Such as the rough Sapphire photographed by Gèry Parent above, Throughout history, these beautiful jewels have inspired fascination […]

Vintage Men’s Jewelry, the Accessories of a Sharp Dressed Man

Vintage Men's Jewelry

While looking back at the styles and trends of vintage men’s jewelry in the 1900’s. It is easy to understand some of the more popular cliches. Such as the line in ZZ Top’s famous song “‘Cause every girl crazy ’bout a sharp dressed man”. The men’s fashion of yesterday was far more sophisticated. Whereas today’s […]

Tales of the Three August Birthstones. Sardonyx, Peridot, & Spinel

August Birthstones

The photo above, taken by Carole Raddato is a section of “The Great Cameo of France”. Carved in the first century AD from Sardonyx. One of the three August Birthstones. The others being Peridot and Spinel. Yet the original birthstone of August is Sardonyx. While the Spinel only became an accepted birthstone in 2016. In fact, […]

1940s Costume Jewelry Fashions and Trends After World War II

1940s Costume Jewelry

On September 2nd, 1945 World War II officially came to a halt. While the world sighed an expression of relief, after being in turmoil for the past fifteen years. A sentiment quickly embraced by fashion trends of the 1940s Costume Jewelry industry. While the 1930’s had brought the depression and the acceptance of costume jewelry. The early 1940’s brought the war […]

The Mysterious Powers and Legends of the Ruby, the Stone of Fire

Mysterious Ruby

Once thought to have come from fire, having a glow like no other gem. In fact, there have been fables that say it is impossible to hide the Mysterious Ruby. Stating that Ruby would always revile itself by shining through any cloth cover. One such legend dates back to the 16th century, claiming a merchant had […]

Patriotic Costume Jewelry of the 1940’s, Views of a World at War

Patriotic Costume Jewelry

With the passing of Memorial Day and the 4th of July just around the corner, the history of Patriotic Costume Jewelry comes to mind. With the World just recovering from the Great Depression, and the invasion of Poland in 1939 the stage is set for the 1940’s. Each of the prior three decades had seen changes and turmoil […]