Archive | December, 2007

Treasures from Trocadero

3 Dec

Treasures from Trocadero

eBay, schmee-Bay. Everyone knows about eBay, that it's not only a source for electronics and Louis Vuitton knock-offs, but also a great place to find jewelry. eBay has lots of interesting contemporary and vintage jewelry…but you have to wade through 20,000 pages to find what you're looking for. For the more discerning (or more impatient) lover of jewelry, be it estate, vintage, or contemporary high-end designer, there's Trocadero.com. I found the amazing ca.1950s 14K gold, Persian Tuquoise, and Pink Sapphire ring there (above). So colorful and fun!

Trocadero bills itself as "the essential to buying & selling fine arts and antiques online." It's a site with little online stores by antique and collectibles dealers, with an efficient search function and easy-to-use layout. Every dealer maintains his/her space, and ships the pieces themselves. And the variety of jewelry here is outstanding: you have everything from platinum estate jewelry to 1980s gold by Paloma Picasso for Tiffany to watches modernism to art deco…and more. And we all know, vintage is never out of style…many of the pieces are super-trendy, in fact.

Check out this unbelievable brass neckpiece from Art Smith, a 1950s Greenwich Village jeweler and a pioneer of the modernist style whose influence we all still see today.

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While much of the jewelry on Trocadero is sort of serious, there's always a little kookie something here and there. I just had to show this little Bakelite pig pin from the 1930s. Oink Oink.

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Have fun searching…and let me know if you find any excellent pieces or designers I should investigate further!

Gold, Gemstones and Gilt Gone Green!

2 Dec

Gold, Gemstones and Gilt Gone Green!
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I'm excited about the new internet shopping site Nimli.com! It's a one-stop organic shopping site with fabulous contemporary pieces in all areas, from womenswear and menswear to lifestyle, home, and, of course, jewelry.

Nimli is the brainchild of Rajat Arora, a vegetarian entrepreneur and avid supporter of conscious and sustainable lifestyle. In keeping with this belief, Nimli "is one of the greenest retailers due to its philosophy of offering environment friendly products and its policy that requires all designers to ship products directly to our customers. This policy results in eliminating the unnecessary step of shipping items to a warehouse for future re-shipment, resulting in a much lower carbon footprint. In further keeping with this model & in striving to become completely carbon neutral, Nimli is purchasing Green Tags to offset our carbon footprint occurring from shipping, energy consumption and other activities." How cool is that!

Nimli features the works of numerous indie designers , particularly in their jewelry offerings by such designers as Cheena Chandra, devon Leigh, Sonya Ooten, and yes, yours truly (earrings below).

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Check out Nimli for lots of great holiday ideas…and support the push for independent, natural lifestyle choices at the same time…as Rajat Arora says, "Living a life conscious of our environment involves attention to products and services that avoid harm to animals, as well as avoid harm to natural resources our earth needs to sustain."

Crazy for Coomi

1 Dec

Crazy for Coomi

One of our readers wrote in asking for information about a wonderful designer named Coomi Bhasin whose work recently appeared in InStyle. So I just had to check her out. Wow! Rings are my thing, so when I caught a glimpse of the gold and mine-cut diamond dazzler above, I knew I had to find out more, too!

Coomi Bhasin, raised in India, describes herself as a "Renaissance woman," and I couldn't agree more. Before launching her eponymous gold and diamond line in 2002, she was a textile designer, architect and landscape designer. Influenced by such diverse things as architecture and organic forms, Coomi notes: "I fell in love with every aspect of gold, gemstones, texture and color – whose richness influenced and surrounded my life. I realized these ingredients were my brush, palette and canvas – to express emotion, convey spirit, and create tangible beauty". Her ring above fully captures this belief: it's aptly named "Sanctuary" from her Eternity line., and conveys a sense of serene, yet bold, style.

I was also drawn to these "Multi Paisley" earrings from her Vitality line:
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In addition to her fantastic style and the beautiful workmanship of her jewelry, I just love the fact that Coomi is a mature designer who's truly "worn many hats" in her lifetime. As a fellow designer with an equally long and eclectic past, I find this inspiring and uplifting. It's a wonderful testament to the power of creative thinking and a vital outlook on life. Check out more about Coomi here.

Silver Fetish and Fashion!

1 Dec

Silver Fetish and Fashion!

Hi everyone – I'm Victoria, your new blogger for The Jewelry Weblog! I'm very happy to be here and share my jewelry passion with you. You can read a little more about me on my profile page, but forget about me for now, let's talk about jewelry!

So…my first post is about a cool and little-known museum with an exhibit on silver jewelry from around the world. Why an exhibit? Well, in addition to being a jewelry designer, I'm also an historian and collector of jewelry, and always take inspiration from vintage and ethnic jewelry. So when I caught of glimpse of the goings on at The Bead Museum in Arizona, I wanted to share it with you.

This unique space was founded "to establish a safe haven for a permanent collection of beads and adornments of all cultures, past and present, which would provide an enduring opportunity for the study and enjoyment of these magnificent examples of art and ingenuity. In addition to historic collections, they feature works by contemporary bead designers in all mediums.

Right now, they have what has to be a wild exhibit called Silver: From Fetish to Fashion, and it features absolutely fab ethnic pieces from around the world, like the exquisite silver collar above. This piece have been inspiration for Pierre Cardin's futuristic jewelry pieces from the 1960s, OR a even current piece from Pianegonda, the stylish Italian jewelry firm with love for bold and chunky designs. Talk about fetish AND fashion!