Thursday, June 25, 2015

art nouveau love

While looking for my own Art Nouveau pendant, I stumbled across this stunning Art Nouveau ring created by Georges Fouquet!  The design and details on this ring is absolutely magnificent.  This led me down an internet rabbit hole of looking at his other works as well as the work of his father.  Such magnificent examples of Art Nouveau jewels!

Monday, June 15, 2015

in mourning

Very much in love with mourning rings lately and newly added to my wishlist!  I have been searching hard for one to buy that is my size (they usually cannot be resized based on the enamel design around the ring) and within my price range but am having a hard time finding ones without hair in the design (hair from the deceased beloved was often woven and used in the design of these rings).  Confession time... hair art completely creeps me out!  I am so in love with these enamel designs though, that I will continue to hunt for just the right piece!  (Above are two examples of mourning ring designs that I am head over heels in love with, from here and here.)

Thursday, June 4, 2015

for June babies

June babies probably have the most hypnotic of birthstones out there, as well as the most to choose from, from Alexandrite to Moonstone to Pearl!  Alexandrite, an extremely rare and valuable stone, can shift from green or bluish-green in daylight, and turns a soft shade of red, purplish-red or raspberry red in incandescent light.  The ring featured above features a purple to teal green color change!
Moonstone has its play of light called adularescence, shimmering pale blue on an almost translucent background.  This antique ring, dubbed the Man in the Moon, plays on this shimmer beautifully.

And last, but not least, the pearl, who boosts its own iridescent qualities.  The shimmer of the pearl in this antique ring certainly doesn't take second stage to the rose cut diamonds in this setting!