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Monthly Archives: March 2012

  • “Fleur de Lis” (or the Flower of the Lily)

    Isadora’s owner, Laura, and I were speaking the other day of an art exhibit she had seen, featuring Yoko Ono.  She had placed two piles of rocks in a large room, one of small stones and the other of large rocks.  They represented the good and the bad in her life.  And since the large pile (her good pile) far outweighed the small pile (her bad pile) she felt grateful for the beauty of her life.

    And it made me think about how something can be so simple and yet so large.  I love art or images or ideas like that.  Something that is deceptively simple.  Something that grows within your mind and soul the longer you know of it.

    Some images seem that way to me.  They are not ideas that blossom but there is something profoundly beautiful about a image captured thousands of years ago that still continues to evolve in beauty as different artists interpret it and each of us has our own relationship with its beauty.

    It is how I feel about the fleur de lis.  It can be seen in religion, in royal heralds, in the flag of New Orleans and yet I still hold my breath each time I am presented with a new image of the fleur de lis.
  • Bangles, Bangles, Bangles

    On par with the excitement of assembling a fantastic combination of rings is the joy of stacking beautiful, bold, delicate, exotic, simple bangles together.

    Vintage Image of a Woman Wearing Beautiful Gold Bangles

    I tend to be partial to yellow gold, but you can stack silver, ivory, tortoise, wood.  And in most instances the more bracelets the merrier.

    Victorian Claw Brooch

    Each of my co-workers has their own fantastic set of bracelets that express who they are.  Isadora's manager, Elizabeth, wears fantastic gold.  She pairs a bold men’s yellow gold watch with a Victorian yellow gold bangle and a yellow gold link bracelet.

    Isadora's owner, Laura, is all beautiful aged antique ivory and I know she is entering a room when I hear the particular clink of her bracelets.
    And me, I’m evolving.  Some days its tortoise and ivory together and other days it is a bold Etruscan styled mid century yellow gold bracelet juxtaposed with a classic Victorian bangle sparkling with old mine cut diamonds.
    Whatever your fancy, there are a million ways to express yourself with the perfect collection of vintage bangles.
  • The Magic of Cut Steel Jewelry

    When I think steel I tend to think industry but the Georgians and Victorian saw so much more, as they envisioned the beauty that is cut steel jewelry.

    Cut Steel #isadoras #steelcut #antiquejewelry (1)

    During the 1700’s France went to war and King Louis asked his subjects to donate their jewelry to the cause.  Many donated their jewelry and many hid their jewelry, but the result was most wealthy French subjects needed an alternative to diamonds to take a turn on the town.  And so in 1759 cut steel jewelry became widely popular.

    Cut Steel

    Made of tiny faceted steel beads riveted into steel plates, cut steel jewelry has a subtle glitter all its own and the the French, and later the British, created beautiful earrings, necklaces, bracelets and buttons. Simultaneously dressy and dressed down due to the industrial nature of its glitter, cut steel jewelry is the perfect dress up/dress down jewelry. It can be worn with evening gowns and jeans.

    Steel Cut Buttons #isadoras #cutsteel
    Cut Steel Jewelry Ad from the 1700's

    As beautiful today as it was in the 1700's original antique cut steel jewelry is a rare find today. (And it is on the short list of pieces I would like to add to my personal jewelry collection.)

    Please visit our website for more cut steel!

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