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Tuesday, February 7, 2012

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Estate Jewelry: A Cuff, a Spear, and a Window Locket

Back in 1867, a Venetian Marquis by the name of Pietro Selvatico established an art school in Padua, Italy. While The Istituto Statale d'Arte Pietro Selvatico was essentially a vocational school, Selvatico — who was himself an architect and art critic — didn’t just want the students to learn how to churn out items on a production line, he wanted them to gain an intellectual mastery of their craft as well. The school maintained this well-rounded approach to education, particularly in the second half of the 20th century, through professors such as Mario Pinton, a great champion of the use of gold when it was considered unfashionable, and Francesco Pavan, one of Pinton's former students and a master of geometrical forms. Under Pinton, Pavan, and others, the students at the institute were encouraged to treat jewelry as sculpture, and their unconventional work eventually drew international attention. These goldsmiths and jewelers came to be known collectively as the “The Padua School,” and a large exhibit featuring their work recently travelled the world. One of those former students is Marco Rigovacca, who designed this 18k gold “Javelin” earring in 1986.

The piece appears to pass through the ear, but is actually split into two parts, with a hidden connector that goes behind the ear.

La Belle Époque (or “The Beautiful Era”) generally refers to the period in France from around 1870 up until the First World War. The country was between wars, and many French people saw their quality of life rise, leading to think of it as a sort of “golden age.”

This French platinum necklace is a product of that time period. It dates to 1910, and features two large, fancy-cut pink topaz stones, with accents of natural seed pearls, 202 rose-cut diamonds, and two larger old European-cut diamonds. Absolutely lovely.

Belt-themed bracelets were common in 19th-century jewelry, but this French bracelet stands out due for its very modern-looking cylindrical amethyst. In gold with French hallmarks, the piece dates to around 1880, and includes the more traditional elements of black enameling and a diamond accent.

This 18th-century miniature portrait in ivory has been set in a contemporary 18k yellow gold frame highlighted with an aquamarine. The chain isn't included in the sale because it's already been sold — which is a shame, because it’s lovely, and Georgian, and it matches the pendant really well. But the main reason I like this piece is the woman herself; she reminds me of an Edward Gorey drawing!

Sotheby’s New York is holding an Important Jewels auction this Thursday (February 9), and I'm particularly taken with this lot: a French carved tortoiseshell comb by the brilliant Georges Fouquet. Circa 1905-1908, it's an Egyptian revival piece, with cabochon opals and green and black enamel accents. It looks extremely delicate, but tortoiseshell is actually very strong.

Circa 1865, a pair of antique tortoiseshell piqué earrings featuring an inlaid floral design in gold and silver. Piqué is a decorative technique in which a base material — most often tortoiseshell, horn, or ivory — is inlaid with tiny bits of gold, silver, or brass. The technique originated in Italy in the 17th century, but became very popular in jewelry designs during the late 1800s.

I last showed you some Berlin Iron way back in March, so it’s nice to revisit it again with such a gorgeous necklace. This piece is made by Geiss, one of the most important producers of iron jewelry in the 19th century. Wartime might have meant that people had to be both frugal and patriotic, but it didn’t tamp down their desire for adornment. Demand was high both within Germany and in other European countries, so, to deal with the influx of orders, jewelry designer Johan Conrad Geiss created his own foundry in Berlin.

This Geiss leaf necklace is an excellent example of the contradiction that is Berlin Iron: light, delicate, and graceful, yet made of iron. In the detail shot, you can see where some of the black lacquer coating has been worn off.

More hairwork! This 18k gold-and-ivory ring is French, and says "Mon coeur est a toi" or “My heart is yours” in rebus form (“coeur” is replaced by the depiction of a heart).

The lettering and central image of a pierced, burning heart on a pedestal are all carefully created with hair — whose, we don’t know. The plaque also swivels around to reveal a carnelian plaque. The piece dates to the 18th century.

A lovely, sentimental, Edwardian memorial window locket in silver with black enamel. The outside band reads "His country called – He answered," and it refers to the first World War. Unfortunately, any original photos the locket may have contained have been lost.

These three-inch 18k rose gold and diamond feather earrings are contemporary, but wow. Gimme.

Circa the mid-19th century, this bracelet is designed to look like a dainty shirt cuff. It’s 18k hand-engraved yellow gold with a central onyx disc, and an old-mine cut diamond in what known as a “buttercup” setting (for self-explanatory reasons).

I talked about “lover’s eye” jewelry a couple of months ago, and some of you were creeped out. But if you WEREN’T creeped out, and if you happen to be in the Birmingham, Alabama, area, check out this exhibit! “Look of Love: Eye Miniatures from the Skier Collection” showcases the largest collection of eye portraits in the world, including brooches, lockets, rings, and toothpick cases. The exhibit opens tomorrow at the Birmingham Museum of Art, and continues until June 10.

I’m not usually all that big on heart shapes, but this is so pretty! Circa 1900, this winged brooch is made of 15k gold, with white enameling, seed pearl accents, and a bright, heart-shaped peridot. It’s also under $1,000 (okay, JUST under) but come on, Valentine’s Day is coming up, and you can always ask about layaway. Do iiiiit.

Previously: A Bird Brooch Ruined My Life.

Monica McLaughlin is a bad influence.



160 Comments / Post A Comment

cuminafterall

That javelin earring put my brain on RED ALERT, with the lights flashing and the sirens and the shaky-cam on the bridge of the Enterprise and everything. So glad it's not real.

Still! My ears are smarting in sympathy.

null

@cuminafterall My friend had that piercing (it was a little lower) and in a pretty big gauge. It hurt so much he almost passed out. It was also perpetually infected, so yeah... pretty much the worst.

roadtrips

@cuminafterall I had that piercing! It actually wasn't too bad and mine didn't get infected. I got it when I was eighteen with (unrealized) dreams of have giant pirate hoops that went around my mid-ear. I would have looked... amazing? In any case, this is much much better and temporary!

C.SanDiego

@roadtrips I did also, but my experience was not as good as yours! First of all, it truly did hurt like a bitch, and second of all it just never quite healed. Such a bummer, I really liked it - glad yours worked out better!

Clare

That Javelin ear ornament is the coolest goddamn thing I've ever seen.

piggie

@Clare Seems functional - helps keep your hair tucked behind your ears. And, you know, totally freaks out the neighbor kids.

miwome

@Clare I WANT IT SO MUUUUCH. I have a weird fondness for illusory body modification.

Faintly Macabre

@Clare It reminds me of this!:

Steve_Martin

KeLynn

@miwome I am so torn on illusory body modification! I have several "illusion"-type jewelry items, and I have on occasion rocked a fake tattoo. I'm very upfront with the fact that these items aren't real if anyone so much as mentions or compliments them, but I'm still afraid of everyone thinking I'm super silly for wearing "fake" stuff, as if the whole point is lost when someone fakes a body mod. So I get weirdly stressed out and only end up wearing my stuff half the time I want to.

miwome

@KeLynn Fake tattoos have been ruined by middle school/the youth for me, but otherwise I am all about it! I used to have a pair of earrings that made it look like I had my earlobes gauged, but I lost them somehow :( Anyway, I would probably have way more non-illusory body mod (ALL OF THE TATTOOS) if I had money and could be certain of not ruining my future professional life (but mostly money, that shit is expensive).

I don't think there's anything to be embarrassed about! If somebody gives you shit, you just shrug and say "I dig how this looks and I like to have options. Sue me." And then maybe you stab them with your awesome ear javelin.

Hellcat

@KeLynn I have an issue with this too, though mainly with those clip-in colored-hair extensions! I wore a red one on Halloween and I loved it -- it was fun. While I sometimes would like to, I never put "crazy" colors in my hair anymore because it seems silly to do that when I spend a pretty(ish) penny to have it colored blond. So, the clip-in things would be good, but I worry that I look like some kind of maniac trying to cling to youth when, in reality, I just think they're fun.

@miwome I like the way you think; maybe I can wear the leopardy one (though it really looks more stripey) my awesome BF got me because he remembered how much I liked the red one.

miwome

@Hellcat I say do it! I want everyone to wear all the crazy shit they secretly love.

Hellcat

@miwome WELL, MAYBE I WILL! I am a mature lady of 40 but I'd say my general style and aesthetic can plausibly support this kind of thing without it looking like an elephant in the room (did I even say this right? I don't know; I was at the lady-doctor this morning and am still a bit jittery and freaked out. Forgive me).

miwome

@Hellcat Ego te absolvo, forever and always.

Anyway! I, a 23-year-old whippersnapper, always LOVE maturer ladies who are rocking the alternative styles. There was a woman who I think had to be in her 50s I used to see around all the time, and she always wore slim black clothes and had DEEP PURPLE hair. She is my hero.

EpWs

@piggie My first thought: I will gauge my ear for that. Scrolldown, EPIC WIN. I would wear the hell out of that thing, especially because it is legit and awesome and old and not, you know, from Claire's (and would therefore probably turn my head green).

KeLynn

@miwome Fake gauged earrings! Get some more and turn that frown upside down! They are cheap and plentiful on the Information Superhighway!

miwome

@KeLynn Obviously I immediately revved up the engine and got on the Information Superhighway, and I love the fact that there is such a thing as Tulsa Body Jewelry dot net.

SuperGogo

Oh, I just know the WWI locket used to have a picture of William in it, and he gave it to Daisy before he died. *sniff*

Also, I'm hoping that enough Pinners were deterred by that first photo (I barely made it past myself), so that they can't take away those feather earring from me and they can be mine, all mine!

miwome

@SuperGogo I WAS THINKING ABOUT THAT TOOOOO

Maybe a picture of Matthew's legs? Too soon?

Katie Scarlett

@SuperGogo I had the same thought about the locket! How convenient that the picture's gone and we can imagine William's confused little face in it. So sad!

backstagebethy

@SuperGogo Oh my god those earrings.

SuperGogo

@miwome You mean Matthew's willy? But somehow, I have a feeling that will be resurrected...

Since we're on the topic, can we talk about how soap opera-y the whole thing is getting? I still love the show, but several of the plot points in the latest episode are laughable. I mean *spoiler alert* the whole anmesia-English Patient-Martin Guerre thing? Please!

miwome

@SuperGogo I was TRYING to be delicate. No but really, I agree at least the willy if not the legs will be resurrected (hee hee RESURRECTED, GET IT). He and Mary have to live happily ever after, durr, and Downton is NOT going through another "who the hell is this new heir fellow" thing.

It is indeed wicked soapy and it is honestly bothering me a lot. I just want to grab Anna by the shoulders and yell, "THIS IS NOT WORKING OUT! LET HIM GO AND FIND A MAN WHO CAN ACTUALLY MARRY YOU! Also, never say 'everything in our garden is rosy again' again."

But I feel like I'm committed now, and I gotta see this thing through. Even though the whole William/Daisy thing made me so ragey it took me two days to calm down.

rayray

@SuperGogo You guys, we tried to warn you how inferior the second season is!! I'm still a bit upset about it and it aired in like September over here.

monicamcl

@all Oh my god, I love you guys. I was going to say something about Matthew (not William! TOO SOON, MY POOR SWEET WILLIAM), but then got all worried about being disrespectful.

And I agree, it's awfully hysterical this season. Oh wait, that's just me. WILLIAAAAAAM

Bittersweet

@monicamcl: I'm actually enjoying it the more soapy it gets. The Mary-Edith throwdown over Burned-Dude-Pretending-to-be-Patrick was almost as amusing as the Alexis-Krystl cat fights on dynasty.

alannaofdoom

@SuperGogo aaahhhhh the reverse-double-amnesia-resurrected-imposter-fakeout whyyyyyyyyyyyyyy???? I just wanted to fast forward until I saw Sybil onscreen again.

miwome

@alannaofdoom Is anybody else starting to get really sick of Branson? Because I am starting to get really sick of Branson. Sybil! There's better out there for you! Maybe not hotter*, but better!

*(Just because his rapey insistence that he knows what she wants and feels better than she does, and his incredibly shortsighted and idealistic politics, and his total disregard for any possible value in her nursing work--YOU'RE A CHAUFFEUR, WHOSE LIFE DID YOU SAVE TODAY--are getting on my nerves does not mean I can't recognize the man is a dish.)

two-cute

@SuperGogo dude, branson is an asshole. and a total babe. but still an asshole who treats sybil like she's an infant who doesn't understand ~important~ things (read: not saving lives and healing people, who cares about that) and can't make decisions on her own. but UGH he is still such a hunk.

miwome

@shhhhk PREACH. I feel like maybe I could hatefuck him and then never speak to him again, but that's it. Is that terrible of me?

Megasus

@SuperGogo To be fair, it being 1918, this attitude doesn't really put him in the minority.

miwome

@Megan Patterson@facebook Yeah, but Sybil is supposed to be the progressive, forward-looking one! Even though I feel like her character is a little too one-dimensionally Good, I want a more progressive mate for her. You know, on Mad Men Peggy dumped her arty boyfriend, who was very progressive on race, because she realized he was totally retrograde on women's rights. I want the same from Sybil! Which I understand might not be best for the overall story on the show, but I want what I wannnnnnnnnnt, c'monnnnnn.

Waiting

@SuperGogo I got so much joy out of reading this thread - I too thought of DTA when that WWI locket came up!

My thoughts on season II - first of all, SO GLAD it had a happy ending! and who else is PSYCHED to see shirley maclaine as the American grandmother?? The William and Daisy thing definitely bothered me a lot. I'm still on the fence about whether or not she did the right thing. As for Anna and Bates, the way I look at it, if it's love it's love and there isn't anything you can do about it.

The one thing I did NOT like at all about season 2: freaking BRANSON WHISKING AWAY SYBIL TO DUBLIN???? Like, who the hell does Branson think he is to tell Sybil how she feels and thinks?? I agree it is "rapey insistence" lol. Just. Ugh.

DTA <3

Toby Jug

I wonder what it's like to be rich enough to buy stuff like this.

Sorry for ruining the mood. I'm so broke right now. Ugh.

Fig. 1 (formerly myfanwy)

@Toby Jug I can't afford them either. I'm just glad somebody made it and somebody else took pictures so I can enjoy them. Art! It does make life seem worthwhile, sometimes.

miwome

Holy fuck, I want that first javelin ear...thing so much it hurts. Also the shirt cuff bracelet and the piqué earrings are fantastic, but really my whole existence revolves around the javelin at this moment. Excuse me while I commission a locket to encapsulate my feelings for it.

frigwiggin

The diamond feather earrings are so pretty, but they also remind me so much of millipedes...

SuperGogo

@figwiggin I was going to fight you for them, but now that you've tapped into my phobia of centi/millipedes with that image, they are ALLLLL yours!

frigwiggin

@SuperGogo I'm sorry! I'm sorry both to you and myself. They're soooo beauuuuutiful, but I give myself the shivers just thinking about them, like, undulating across my jewelry box.

Ophelia

@figwiggin Can't you just imagine them escaping? And winding up inside a bag of doritos in the kitchen, and you reach in, and THERE THEY ARE.

SuperGogo

@Ophelia @figwiggin "Gary, I know you think my feather earrings look like millipedes, but stop shrieking and throwing my jewelry box to the ground every time you see them!"

I know, I know, but there was no Bargian Bin last Friday and you're both here, and I just couldn't resist.

itmakesmewonder

@figwiggin TOTALLY MILLIPEDES, oh my word.

Ophelia

@SuperGogo Quick, Elaine!! Stab them with your ear javelin!!

frigwiggin

@Ophelia "Oh, Gary. I can't leave you alone for five minutes. I've got my (lover's) eye on you!" (Kudos for taking the initiative, SuperGogo. There can never be too much Gary and Elaine!)

Ophelia

@figwiggin Elaine, I'm so sorry I disappeared, had to go take the party eagle to a vet appointment, and was gone way longer than I thought!

Party Falcon

I call dibs on the Wings of Love.

The Party Eagle is getting an email. And if he isn't so inclined, I have my stash of pin money that is getting a bit antsy from disuse.

(Pin money. Hee! )

monicamcl

@Party Falcon YES! Do it! All the best falcons are wearing them this year!

backstagebethy

Digging on both of those bracelets.

Katie Scarlett

That ear cuff is so much cooler than the stupid yin-yang and dolphin magnetic earrings I bought from Claire's Boutique in 5th grade so I could pretend I had my cartilage pierced.

The Lady of Shalott

@Katie Scarlett Oh God, I totally had those yin yang earrings, too. When I was in middle school I wanted my cartilage pierced REALLY badly, so I also faked it with magnetic earrings, and yet somehow they always just wound up hurting me after a while.

Hellcat

@Katie Scarlett HA! I had a nose ring in college that was fake; it was a regular hoop with a piece cut out of the part that goes through one's ear! It was my test run to see if a real nose piercing would annoy me, but now I feel a little silly talking about it.

Verity

@The Lady of Shalott One year I got magnetic earrings in my Christmas stocking, and even just wearing them on my earlobes really hurt. I can imagine cartilage being much worse.

The Lady of Shalott

@Verity Man, I wasn't allowed to get my ears pierced until I was twelve or thirteen or so, and I was PETRIFIED it might hurt. But like....wearing magnetic earrings was way more painful, so I may have been kind of stupid.

Verity

@The Lady of Shalott I still haven't got mine pierced (partly due to being a wimp, partly just due to not caring enough), but I bet the magnetic earrings hurt more than the piercing would.

LDiggitty

Those feather earrings are incredible. I. MUST. HAVE. THEM.

Wait, how much are they? Never mind...

Oh, squiggles

First three items, and also the tortoise shell comb, please and thank you very much. Ugh, so many pretty things!

Also, how would one go about wearing that comb? I worry it would fall out of my hair.

Anji

@Awesomely Nonfunctional I'd wear a high bun or an updo, then strategically place the comb right in front of the bun or at the crown of my head if I had an updo. But I kind of fail at being a girl, so maybe I am totally wrong.

miwome

@Anji I think to some degree it depends on the texture of your hair. My aunt and cousin have very thick, sort of...frizzy? Not really? It's a giant cloud of wavy, poofy, soft black hair that I think of as being a very Jewish thing (this would be the Jewish side of my family), but I don't really know anything, so. Anyway, they use combs to actually keep their hair up, but if I tried it the combs would fall right out of my slippery hair that I got from my mom's side.

Fig. 1 (formerly myfanwy)

@Awesomely Nonfunctional I have short hair so I'd just sit at home and look at the comb all day.

Anji

@miwome I've got that thick, slightly oily, not very textured hair thanks to my dad. Hair combs and I (and barrettes) ARE NOT FRIENDS. I get so jealous when I see pictures of elegant Edwardian ladies wearing hair combs.

miwome

@Anji Fact: I used to stand in my backyard and face into the wind in hopes my hair would billow out like Pocahontas's in the movie. It never did.

EpWs

@Anji I've got super fine, pretty thin, fairly un-textured hair and nothing stays in it. No combs, no curls, no nothing. So I feel you, even though I am on the opposite end of the hair spectrum.

Anji

@The Everpresent Wordsnatcher I'm lucky in that if I DO get a style to work (one that doesn't include evil, evil bobby pins that won't stay in no matter how much Aqua Net I cake onto my head), it basically won't go anywhere until I scrub it out during the next shower. I'm actually growing my hair out now from my awesome little Evan Rachel Wood-style little fauxhawk and now it's all awkward and all I can do is wear a crocheted beret over it and try to look adorable, but honestly as soon as I can manage it I am going to CURL THE SHIT OUT OF MY HAIR.

OxfordComma

@The Everpresent Wordsnatcher : Remember that women in the Edwardian period (any time prior to the 20s, really) didn't bathe daily--usually once per week--and they had hair receivers on their vanities which they used to create hair rats.

These hair rats were Ye Olde version of Bumpits--it's a huge factor in how women then got their pompadours to be so full. Additionally, most women didn't cut their hair unless they were sick, so they had years and years of growth with which to fool around--makes a difference in terms of how well combs and pins stay! :)

EternalFootwoman

@Awesomely Nonfunctional I have long, thick, textured hair and a comb is one of the few hair accessories I can actually use. I can hold a bun in place with a pencil.

EternalFootwoman

@OxfordComma The hair receiver is disgusting and wonderful. My hair is so long that the average 100 hairs lost per day makes a significant volume. If I were Edwardian, I'd have the biggest hair of them all!

highjump

This was all lovely, but almost too restrained, too tasteful, too elegant. Could we get some more over the top Sun King or Romanov era stuff in the next edition? Though a lowly Research Assistant like myself would love that iron necklace, please and thanks.

Megasus

NO LOVER'S EYE PORTRAITS EVVVEEERRRRR!

itmakesmewonder

LEAF NECKLACE, be mine, please.

olivebee

@itmakesmewonder Agreed! I adore nature-y jewelry and accessories, so I am in love (SO in love) with that necklace and the feather earrings.

OxfordComma

@olivebee : Not to be an enabler or anything, but have I introduced you to wedreamincolour.com? (Some of the other 'Pinners know about them already, but I just have to keep spreading the love.)

nyikint

Sorry to threadjack but the Valentine's Day comment reminded me of a friend's FB post:

"So guys, my birthday is coming up in April...I totally don't mind if you all chip in for ONE birthday gift. Perhaps this, http://www.lyonhealy.com/pedal-chicago-concertino-extended.htm."

I don't think she even plays the harp! Arrgh, the entitlement really frustrated me.

Anyway, I love the result of the approach to treating jewelry as sculpture...that javelin earring is badass.

machinesss

@nyikin Holy fuck. I hope that's a joke on her part.

Ophelia

@nyikin @marley It's got to be a joke, right? I think you should buy her a harmonica.

nyikint

@Ophelia @marley I was hoping it was a joke too, but when someone called her out on its expense, the response was:

"Actually, I've wanted the style 30 or 23 for years soooo this new addition to their line has cut the price in half!"

IT'S A BARGAIN, YOU GUYS!

@Ophelia I was going to just mail her a birthday card, but I think now I'll get fancy and find one with a picture of a harmonica on it.

Megasus

@nyikin She's fucking with you, right? She's NOT fucking with you!? O_o

frigwiggin

@nyikin Did you use your Technology Witch powers to reach across the internet and strangle her with your hair? I like Ophelia's idea, or maybe just everyone pitching in to buy her a single harp string. Again, with which to strangle her.

nyikint

@figwiggin I could always drown her in Guinness...

Bittersweet

You guys, I'M WEARING THAT PINK TOPAZ NECKLACE RIGHT NOW!

Except, it's, you know, a large teardrop of polished rose quartz on a silver chain. With no diamonds or pearls. Or platinum.

Anji

The WWI mourning necklace made me sad, because it made me wonder if my great-great-grandmother wore something like that after her son (however many greats makes an uncle from that time) was killed in WWI.

machinesss

Ahhh I want that ear javelin. So coool
Also, I have a friend with his conch punched, and he would be able to have that ear javelin straight through his ear, no illusion needed.

martinipie

Oh my goddddddd my entire being (mostly my right wrist) COVETS the amethyst cuff. Also, I love these posts, and hardly ever comment, but still: YAY JEWELRY!

janedonuts

I want that french belt bracelet so badly. Also the inlaid tortoiseshell earrings are exquisite. I love these posts!

Fig. 1 (formerly myfanwy)

Someone in my hometown has a shitton of hair wreath items and they come out during any sort of display involving Town History.

They are the most disgusting things I have seen. Why.

roadtrips

@Fig. 1 (formerly myfanwy) I love the impression this is giving me of your hometown. I also love the fact that you have a resident eccentric with a collection of thematic hair wreath items.

Fig. 1 (formerly myfanwy)

Oh, they're not eccentric. Just perfectly normal people...with hair wreaths. There is also a guy who lives in a one-room shed in the middle of his pasture. He's the eccentric.

The Lady of Shalott

@Fig. 1 (formerly myfanwy) Hahaha, I am enjoying this because I gave a paper on Victorian hair art and mourning jewelry at a conference in October, and my Powerpoint presentation was pretty much nonstop images of hair art and the showpiece of the entire thing was a photograph of a two-foot-tall cross made entirely out of curls of hair from one family that had been treated with this compound that stiffened them, and they were all very carefully linked together into this intense piece of sculpture that was kept under a hurricane glass in some Victorian family's parlour for years and years and year.

I was giving my paper and I got to the last slide of that image, and my audience audibly gasped and someone went "oh my GOD." It was truly an amazing moment in my career.

SarahP

@The Lady of Shalott Once at an antiques shop I saw a portrait of a lady done entirely with hair. It creeped me out so much I almost bought it, but then I realized owning a picture of someone I don't know, made out of (presumably their) hair was weeeeeird.

SarahP

@SarahP Also it was from the 60s or 70s, not hundreds of years ago.

Fig. 1 (formerly myfanwy)

@The Lady of Shalott It would be an even more amazing moment during your career if I was there, since it would be the first time anyone had vomited during your presentation.

The Lady of Shalott

@Fig. 1 (formerly myfanwy) Someone came up to me afterwards and told me excitedly "Dude, your pictures were SO GROSS" and I felt really gratified somehow. I don't know what's wrong with me but I enjoyed it.

SuperGogo

I know it's Old and such, but 1-large for peridot and seed pearls? Shouldn't that cost, like, $34.99?

SarahP

@SuperGogo I totally assumed it was huge, at that price, but then I clicked through and it's... small. Antiques, man.

monicamcl

@SuperGogo So much goes into pricing on these things... The value of gold has skyrocketed in recent years (when the economy goes down, gold goes up), so the gold alone in this piece is worth around $250. Then, yeah, it's a peridot, but it's a big, old peridot, with desirable color and an unusual cut - so I think that bumps it out of the cheapie $40-per-carat high-volume jewelry category. Then you have the other factors, which aren't as easily judged by daily market values: age, craftsmanship and condition. In particular, the condition of the enamel in this piece is great, which isn't always the case. And then the dealer also has to consider what she paid for the piece, and how much of a profit she can make while still keeping it salable.

So I don't know. It seems reasonable to me, especially when you consider that there's a Kenneth Jay Lane base metal and rhinestone butterfly brooch on sale on Ruby Lane right now for $799. Originally $950. Cripes.

SuperGogo

@monicamcl No worries, I realize that there's a level of craftsmanship and history in the pieces you feature that I would never find in a Kay jewelry store--I was just being a smarta** as usual. Please never stop collating these lovely items and sharing them with us! It brightens my day so much just to look at them and read your knowledgable descriptions, even if they're way beyond my ability to aquire them.

bowtiesarecool

Oh, how I want that comb. I realize that Tortoiseshell is Bad and there's a good reason everything is made of plastic now, and I much prefer reptiles getting to be ALIVE, but oh! So much prettier than boring plastic jaw clips.

olivebee

@bowtiesarecool Gahh I thought the exact same thing about the pique earrings. They are so beautiful and yet still pretty badass and I WANT THEM. But besides the fact that I could never afford this stuff, I could never wear something an animal died for (particularly a lovely tortoise who was probably just minding his own business near a pond somewhere).

Bitterblue

@bowtiesarecool Yes this. It's so pretty and ethereal and so much nicer-looking than plastic... And then you think about the poor turtle who got killed and turned into soup and his shell scraped thin and it makes me sad. =(
Which is stupid, because I'm not a vegetarian, I eat meat and wear leather and use gelatin, but ... turtles! They're too cute to eat! I know, I'm a nonsensical hypocrite. Sigh.

bowtiesarecool

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