Monday, June 26, 2017
Turquoise is perhaps the oldest stone in man’s history, the talisman of kings, shamans, and warriors. It is a stone of protection, strong and opaque, yet soothing to the touch, healing to the eye, as if carved from an azure heaven and slipped to earth. Its unique shade of blue, often blue-green, lends it name, Turquoise, to all things of this tranquil hue. The delicate veining or mottled webbing in cream or brown is inherent to the stone and serves to enhance its character.
The name Turquoise is derived from the French, pierre turquoise, meaning “Turkish stone,” because the trade routes that brought Turquoise to Europe from the mines in central Asia went through Turkey, and Venetian merchants often purchased the stone in Turkish bazaars. [Simmons, 419]
(From Crystal Vaults).
(From Crystal Vaults).
Sunday, June 18, 2017
Wednesday, June 14, 2017
Thursday, June 8, 2017
Eisenberg Ice, originally a dress manufacturer with jeweled accrues pinned or clipped to their fashions. The jewelry became as popular as the fashions and by the 1930’s the company began producing high quality jewelry using the best Austrian stones to be sold separately from the clothing. The piece below is from my collection, although probably not an Eisenberg it has a similar look and feel. A classic and perfect for a special for an evening out.
Tuesday, June 6, 2017
The Monocraft business is said to have commenced in approximately 1927 by brothers Michael and Joseph Chernow, first based in Brooklyn, New York USA.
They launched “Initials by Monocraft” and targeted car owners looking to personalise their vehicles with decals which quickly developed into metal initials.
After the depression this was a luxuary which most people could not afford so they changed direction and produced personalised handbags. The handbags were was a huge success.
In 1937 Monet jewellery was launched and Monocraft continued as the parent company. They produced finely crafted pieces with top quality materials that were affordable for all woman.
In November 1985 Monet became part of the Crystal Brands Apparel Group along with two apparel lines that were not profitable. In order to increase profits the head of the company purchased two costume jewellery lines from Hallmark, they were Trifari and Marvella and the three companies went on to become one of the largest costume jewellery makers in the world.