Posts Tagged ‘jewelry’

For the love of rings

September 22, 2013 Leave a comment


gotta love that color…  RT


For the love of rings.

Mourning Broach

September 11, 2013 Leave a comment


Mourning seems to be a much less public process than it once was; RT can’t remember anyone  wearing a declaration of grief as public as this…maybe sharing the experience a bit more often would help the bereft heal?

Photograph: Mourning Broach (jet, 19th century). Author: Detlef Thomas. WikCmns; Public Domain.


Empress Eugenie’s Diadem

August 20, 2013 3 comments

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Jewelry is an art–and something more.  We admire beautifully designed and executed costume jewelry (which can be nearly indistinguishable from the real thing) as well as jewelry made from semi-precious stones. Even royal jewels are sometimes admired for their antiquity and the renown of those who wore them. But occasionally we come across something more–jewelry that is a reflection of the aspirations of those who commissioned them–and of the ideals of people more generally. This diadem, created for the Empress Eugenie, consort of Napoleon III (r. 1851-1870), combines the most beautiful pearls and diamonds in a design that transcends its materials. The diadem is both feminine and regal, gorgeous and circumspect. Its elegance speaks for the aspirations of mid-19th-century Europe. And yet its simplicity in color and form speaks to emerging democratic sensibilities: this is a sign of royal office, not of divine right.    RT

Photograph: Diadem of the Empress Eugenie (Louvre Museum); (212 pearls, 1998 old-cut diamonds, mounted on gilded silver). Author: dalbera. WikiCmns; CC 2.0 Generic.


Kohl Spoon

June 8, 2013 4 comments

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There are moments when we transcend ourselves. This kohl spoon from ancient Egypt speaks of so many things: the desire for beauty, the patience to attain it, the wisdom to know where to find it. We see ourselves in the world, the world rediscovers itself in our mind. What an amazing transformation…  RT

Photo: Gazelle Kohl Spoon; source/photographer: Rama. The Louvre. WikiCmns, CC 2.0 France.


Rhinestones Earrings


some flash at the end of the day…RT

(reposted from Everyday Thoughts)


Rhinestones Earrings.


RT’s Related Posts: 1) Opportunistic Photography; 2) Turquoise ring.


What’s so Great About Antiques? First in a Three-Part Series

May 28, 2013 2 comments



fun and beautiful antiques…enjoy!  RT

(reposted from Janvier Road)


What’s so Great About Antiques? First in a Three-Part Series.

Silver Brooch



beautiful and wise jewelry from Hong Kong…enjoy!

(reposted from Mountain Folkcraft)


Silver Brooch.

Bright button charm bracelet



some color for the season…   RT

(reposted from Atelier Ilyere)


Bright button charm bracelet.

Pre-columbian Gold Frog

April 4, 2013 2 comments

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Pre-columbian art, connected as it is with blood worship, has a reputation for being a little fantastical and spooky. While RT readily acknowledges that some of the religious art produced by pre-columbian civilizations can be hair-raising, he also thinks there is a playful, even whimsical, side to their craft work. Here we have an “amphibian” pendant from Panama. Putting aside the “flippers” or tail or whatever they are, RT thinks there is something decidedly frog-like about the beast. There is a deep well of invention and creativity in the native peoples of the Americas, something that may re-emerge to enrich our lives.



Photo: Amphibian Pendant (A.D. 800-1500), Panama. WikiCmns; Walters Art Museum; Public Domain.

Is it real or fake?



jensen: stunning jewelry, valuable advice…  RT

(reposted from Janvier Road)


Is it real or fake?.