Category Archives: Vintage and Antiques

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 […]

Tales of Pearls, Moonstones and Alexandrite, The Three June Birthstones

June Birthstones

While many claim the June Birthstones to be Pearls and Alexandrite the American Gem Society also includes Moonstone. Yet this hasn’t always been true. Most experts agree that the idea of birthstones has their beginnings as far back as Moses. With the gemstones decorating Aaron’s Breastplate as described in the Bible as well as “Antiquities of the […]

Unique Fathers Day Gift Ideas, Memories from the Heart

Fathers Day

So you spent the month of April coming up with the perfect gift for Mom and now it’s time to think of the best Fathers Day gift too. Sure you could get another pair of socks or another tie, yeah I know, Dads are hard to buy for. They pretty much have everything they need. And if […]

Mysteries and legends of May’s Birthstone Emeralds


While the first known records of Emerald mining are from the third century BC in Egypt. There is, however, some evidence of Emeralds dating as far back as 3500 BC. With many fascinating myths and mysterious stories about the gem. Indian folklore tells of a battle between the Spirits of the Air and the Sea over […]