Monday, June 26, 2017

Turquoise brooch.

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).
The brooch is faux turquoise to my knowledge. It is a signed and numbered piece.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

70's jewellery.

If you don't have any 70's jewellery bet your mother will, if not I can help.

quote about elegance.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

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The word quilt comes from the Latin culcita meaning a stuffed sack, but it came into the English language from the French word cuilte. The origins of quilting remain unknown, but historians do know that quilting, piecing, and applique were used for clothing and furnishings in diverse parts of the world in early times.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Eisenberg Ice jewellery.

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

Everything old is new again.

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.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Costume jewellery

Following the Great Depression in the United States in the late 20s and early 30s, most of the highly talented designers and craftsmen who had been working in the precious jewellery industry were made redundant, and moved across into the costume equivalent, taking their considerable skills with them. Significantly, this was at a time when trend-setting clothes designers such as Coco Chanel, Elsa Schiaparelli and Hattie Carnegie were promoting the idea, for the first time, that it was “cool” to wear jewellery made from non-precious materials.

The best-known example of a designer moving across is that of Frenchman Alfred Philippe, who c.1930 left the hugely prestigious precious jewellers Van Cleef & Arpels and joined Trifari – a New York-based company who rapidly became the United States’ largest and most eminent costume jewellery maker.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Repurposed necklace.

Jewellery design form the 1960's/70's.


  The Do-Your-Own-Thing credo of the 60s transformed the world of jewelry design by exponentially exploding the factor of individualism far beyond the parameters set in the 50s. Creativity expanded like matter from the Big Bang and filled the jewelry universe with legions of creative artisans marching to the beat of their own drums.

The Beatles become the bards and troubadours of the age, not to mention its most telling voice. Free Love, drugs, Hippies, student riots, psychedelics and war protests become the daily diet. Someone brings up the fact that smoking may be dangerous.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Faux vintage pearl necklace.

Pearls are a classic, always elegant and stylish. We can't all afford real ones, but with these who would know. They are vintage. I am not sure what era they are from. They have a beautiful traditional style clasp which is engraved and features a single faux pearl. They are in good condition. There is a tiny bit of wear on very close inspection but over all look gorgeous. Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication which is so true in the case of these stunning pearls.
Measurements: approx 24 1/2 inches in length from end to end. 

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Recycled jewellery.

Friday, May 5, 2017

Pink necklace with Aurora Borealis.

Aurora borealis is the abbreviation for a special finish which was applied to rhinestones and beads in the early 1950’s to make them more radiant. The finish was given the celestial name Aurora Borealis, taken from the phenomena in the northern skies known as the Northern Lights. The same shimmering rainbows of color can also be seen radiating from a glass bead or rhinestone that has been treated with this now famous coating.
During the early decades of the 1900’s, in the era of Paris couture, Swarovski’s exclusive mechanical process of cutting and polishing crystal had a dramatic effect on design. The fashion world and crystal experts began a mutually creative cooperation.
In the mid 1950’s the designer Christian Dior turned to Manfred Swarovski, grandson of the founder, when he was looking for a new expression for crystal and jewelry to complement his New Look--exquisitely feminine clothes for the new woman of a new era. Where once chatons and fancy stones were popular suddenly cut beads became more popular.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Madonna style jewellery.

In the 1980s everything was large and bold, from hairstyles to shoulder pads. To match those bold fashion trends, jewellery was also large, Unlike the tiny and discrete necklaces and pendants of previous decades.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Logo design- sixties inspired.

Love this quote about the 60's, "If you can remember the 1960s, you weren’t really there".

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Florist logo.

Flowers always make people better, happier and more helpful; they are sunshine, food and medicine to the soul. Luther Burbank

Where flowers bloom so does hope. Lady Bird Johnson

In joy or sadness flowers are our constant friends. 
Okakura Kakuz_

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Logo design.

I have my other hat on today. Logo design.

Sunday, March 12, 2017


We had a beautiful evening by the beach with friends leisurely eating fish and chips and looking at the Sculptures by the Sea exhibition and the most amazing sunset at Bathers Beach in Fremantle. The hot days in Perth can be hell but the balmy evening are absolutely magnificent.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Turquoise blue bead necklace and blue rings.

Turquoise is the name of a greenish-blue color, based on the gem of the same name. The word turquoise comes from the French for Turkish, as the gem was originally imported from Turkey. The first recorded use of turquoise as a color name in English was in 1573.

Turquoise (color) - Wikipedia

Monday, March 6, 2017

Cute old push bike.

I found this old push bike on the side of a cafe and thought it was pretty cute. My husband and I were driving through a small country town on our way home after a camping trip. I was dying to get home to have a shower and freshen up, but could not resist stoping to take a photo.

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Vintage handbag.

Whiting & Davis has been known for its high quality and striking handbags since the 1890s. Their patented metal mesh has been supplied to the very best of the fashion industry and has been spotted on the runway in dresses, gloves, and shoes.
The company was founded when Charles W. Whiting went to work for a chain manufacturing company owned by Edward P. Davis. By 1907 Whiting was a partner in the business, and the company was making chain mesh bags from silver, gold and gun metal. In 1912, a process for machine made mesh was developed and Whiting and Davis purchased the patent. This process cut the cost of a bag dramatically, so that mesh bags were available to the mass market. By the 1920s, the bags were being decorated with enamel. 
Production of metal mesh halted during WWII to assist with the war effort. Keep this in mind when attempting to precisely date Whiting & Davis handbags.
Whiting and Davis is still in operation today, making metal mesh for the fashion industry as well as other industries such as home decor and jewelry.
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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Elegant black evening necklace.

I will stop wearing black when they invent a darker colour.

By the sea.

Fish and chips by the sea on a hot Friday night. The perfect start to the weekend.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Pretty afternoon tea.

I had some girlfriends over for afternoon tea during the week. I decided to use my new melamine plates I had bought to go camping with. I think they looked gorgeous. The pastel colours as so soft and feminine. One of my friends said she could not believe I was going to use them to go camping. So after a bit of thought I have decided that I won't take my pretty plates camping. I will rummage through the cupboards to see what else I can find. They won't be as pretty but they will be practical.

Chunky chain necklace.

Monday, February 13, 2017

The history of Valentines day.

Valentine's Day is named after Saint Valentine, a Catholic priest who lived in Rome in the 3rd Century. There are many stories about St Valentine and over time these stories grew into the legend we know today.
At the time of Valentine's life, many Romans were converting to Christianity, but the Emperor Claudius II was a pagan and created strict laws about what Christians were allowed to do. Claudius believed that Roman soldiers should be completely devoted to Rome and therefore passed a law preventing them from marrying. St Valentine began to marry these soldiers in secret Christian ceremonies and this was the beginning of his reputation for believing in the importance of love.
Eventually Valentine was found out and jailed for his crimes against Claudius. While imprisoned, Valentine cared for his fellow prisoners and also his jailor's blind daughter. Legend has it that Valentine cured the girl's blindness and that his final act before being executed was to write her a love message signed ‘from your Valentine'. Valentine was executed on 14 February in the year 270.

Sixties theme party.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Coco Chanel quote.

“Women think of all colors except the absence of color. I have said that black has it all. White too. Their beauty is absolute. It is the perfect harmony.” ― Coco Chanel

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Something blue.

What is the meaning of "something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue"?
Something old represents continuity; something new offers optimism for the future; something borrowed symbolizes borrowed happiness; something blue stands for purity, love, and fidelity; and a sixpence in your shoe is a wish for good fortune and prosperity, although this remains largely a British custom.

Statement necklace in gold.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

How to look after pearls.

Pearls are very soft and delicate and special care is needed to keep them in a good condition.It is important to handle the pearls with care and don’t just toss them into your jewellery collection because they can scratch very easily.
It is best to store them in a jewelry pouch.

Another tip is to remove your pearls when spraying perfume, hair spray or applying cosmetics. They can damage the surface of the pearl. Swimming or showering in pearls is also a no, no.

The acidity of the skin can cause damage to the surface of the pearl. Over time the pearl will not only lose its luster, but will become barrel-shaped. For this reason it is a good idea to wipe the pearls over with a soft cloth after wearing.

Heat can damage pearls too by turning them brown and causing them to crack. 

These are just a few things to consider when looking after your pearls and I have not even mentioned cleaning pearls yet, but they are worth it. They are such a beautiful natural jewel and always look stylish and elegant.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

A quote from Elizabeth Taylor.

She is quoted as saying “My mother says I didn’t open my eyes for eight days after I was 
born, but when I did, the first thing I saw was her engagement ring. I was hooked!” 

Her first piece of jewellery was a beautiful gold plate and stone brooch, which was a gift 
for her mother. This was before she was famous so she had to save up before she could 
buy the piece and give it to her mother.

Although Elizabeth always loved jewels her collection did not really start until her third 
marriage to Michael Todd in 1957 who loved to buy special pieces for her. Richard Burton 
who she married twice also loved to surprise her with expensive jewellery.

There is so much to say about Elizabeth and her collection but I will save that for 
another day.


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