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Monthly Archives: March 2014

  • The Beauty Of Carnelian Jewelry

    Carnelian Rings #isadoras #antiquejewelry

    One of my favorite stones is carnelian.  Like onyx, agate, and chrysophrase, it is a member of the quartz - chalcedony family and has a color ranging from a vibrant orange to a deep rust red.  Its name comes from the Latin root "Caro" or "Carnis" meaning flesh, which can be attributed to the flesh color sometimes exhibited by this beautiful stone.

    Carnelian Intaglio Prolemaic Queen, Hellenistic artwork, Cabinet des Medalles.

    Archeologists have found carnelian pieces dating as far back as 1800 BC, recovering it from the Bronze Age Minoan layers at Knossos on Crete. Popular in many eras, the Romans believed it signified courage and popularly used it for signets or seal rings as wax does not stick to it.  (When you touch carnelian it has a slippery finish that is very distinctive.) The ancient Egyptians placed carnelian stones on mummies as they believed it would assist in journeying to the afterlife. There were carnelian stones in King Tutenkahamen's mask, discovered in the 1920's. The Babylonians and Greeks believed it meant "Good Luck".

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  • Style Inspiration: Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy

    Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy and her husband JFK Jr. are two of the most beloved American style icons in our country's history. Tragically, in 1999, they perished in a plane crash off the coast of Martha's Vineyard. Their lasting legacy of love, elegance, and influence serves as inspiration to us all.

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    Carolyn's timeless, impeccable, simple, and luxurious elegance is worth true admiration. She knew exactly how to accentuate her own beauty. Look how elegant and poetic her simple wedding band is, or how those pearl earrings sit just so.

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    Photo: Annie Lebowitz 

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    Carolyn on her wedding day, 1996

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    True American Royalty, this beautiful couple will remain forever young and in love. 

  • The Beauty of Mabe Pearls

    I have always loved pearls but lately my adoration for them has grown to outrageous levels. This probably coincides with my receiving a gorgeous pearl strand for Christmas. I’ve always worn pearls. I feel very fortunate to have been able to have worn a simple young girls strand and sweet studs for many years. But it took this new vintage strand of pearls to make me understand the truly exotic, alive, beauty of pearls.

    All precious gemstones come from nature essentially, but good pearls, when you feel them are so very alive in their luster and their feel against the skin.

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    And since I am now a “pearl person” I decided to explore the different parts of the pearl word a little more. Today I decide to look at the mabe pearl.

    Popular since the end of the 19th century, mabe pearls were first cultured in the 1970s. They are most often grown in the Mabel Pearl Oyster (also known as The Penguin Wing Oyster.)

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    Mabe pearls are semi-spherical pearls, also referred to as half pearls. And unlike a traditional pearl they are grown against the inside shell of the oyster rather inside the body of the actual mollusk. This gives them a nacre all their own, as well as a superior luster and texture.

     

    -xo Miko

     

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