Tiaras were first thought to be worn by Persian kings. The word tiara is Persian in origin. Throughout history they have been worn by men and women to represent status, hierarchy and wealth and were often worn by members of the aristocracy.
The Georgian era spanned five kings – George I-IV and William IV – from 1714 to 1837 and produced beautifully hand crafted and highly collectible jewellery.
Unidentifiable by marks or stamps, the jewellery is usually typified by closed back gold settings with foil backed stones set in silver tops to enhance their brilliance.
JUNE BIRTHSTONE: PEARL, MOONSTONE and ALEXANDRITE
Since time began, pearls have been revered for their natural beauty and range of colour and lustre.
Cleopatra dissolved a priceless pearl earring in wine and drank it, to prove to Mark Anthony she could consume the wealth of a nation in one meal. In Ancient Rome pearls were a prized symbol of wealth and social standing. The ancient Greeks associated the pearl with love, marriage and peace. Warriors wore pearls into battle to be shielded from harm.
Retro Gold Bracelets
The history of retro jewellery dates back to and is heavily influenced by the events of World War II. During this period precious metals, such as platinum and titanium, became extremely scarce and fewer gemstones were available. Gold jewellery saw a surge in popularity across the globe, particularly in the USA. A demand for wide gold bracelets flourished. These were worn individually or as a set of stacking bracelets. Continue reading “1940s retro bracelets”
April showers sparkle with this month’s birthstone
People born in April may claim the stone for themselves, but just about everyone wants this kind of sparkle in their lives!
Don’t step foot out of the door without some long length ear decoration. The latest fashion accessory, this season, is long, diamond drop, chandelier style earrings.
Our best statement earrings to buy now are:
CUFFLINKS: the ultimate fashion accessory and the perfect gift for a man
The history of the cuff link is intimately related to the history of the shirt.
Originally worn as an undershirt, the sleeve emerged very daringly in Renaissance fashion, tied at the wrist with silk strings or ribbons and was later embellished with lace ruffles.
A French, turtle brooch, with sprung moving head, legs and tail, set with cushion shaped emeralds and old-cut diamonds, in millegrain edged rub over settings, in the shell, mounted in 18ct gold, engraved to represent the shell and skin of the turtle, with cabochon-cut ruby eyes. With French eagle mark, for 18ct gold and and E P maker’s mark.
In the spring a young man’s fancy lightly turns to thoughts of love, says Tennyson and with the crocuses and daffodils coming up in Hyde Park it won’t be long before the marriage proposals start. Of course an engagement ring will be needed to mark the solemnity of the occasion, a tradition since ancient times.