Sunday, August 28, 2011
Apparently, give it a couple of months and we will all be wearing block colours, pencil heels and chunky jewellery…. You see this is one of the things I love the most about fashion: The irony. Every season there is a new ‘IT’ item, ‘new trend’, but in reality we are on a constant loop. What comes around, goes around and when it comes to chunky jewellery, I hate to break it to you Ms Wintour but the Victorians got there first.
The Victorians were great advocates for bold jewellery pieces, especially bangles. These are usually characterised by heavy stones, often in a profound colour and nature-inspired designs which were also very popular, with designs etched into the surface silver or gold.
So in preparation for the new season, here’s some beautiful bangles to feast your eyes on. Quick! Before the fashionistas seize them all!
W4126: An Antique Victorian Diamond, Seed Pearl and Ruby, 15 Carat Yellow Gold Bangle
W4481: An Antique Victorian 15 Carat Yellow Gold and Turquoise Buckle Bangle
W1642: An Antique Victorian 15 Carat Yellow Gold, Garnet Target Bracelet
W3959: An Antique Victorian Sterling Silver Bangle
Sunday, August 21, 2011
After all the cringing and howls of laughter had died down and the album was safely stowed away I got to thinking about the importance of photographs. Since the photograph was invented in the late 1800’s they have become a significant and accurate way of documenting our lives.
The photographs that fill our homes hold our memories and they will demonstrate to those in the generations to come who we were, what we did and our misjudgements in fashion…!
So if you come across a rainy day (in August? surely not….) its time to dig out those boxes of old photos and pop them in frames for the world to see! What better way to display your portraits, your story than in elegant silver photograph frames?
W4262: An Antique George V English Sterling Silver Photograph Frame
W4229: An Antique George V Sterling Silver Photograph Frame
W4231: An Antique George V Sterling Silver Photograph Frame
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Sunday, August 14, 2011
You lion and lionesses are born leaders; trendsetters known for addressing life with their natural flair, style and good humour. Interesting then, that the August birthstone is Peridot.
A birthstone is the gemstone associated with a particular month, which should be gifted (unsurprisingly) to that person on their birthday. Peridot, often mistaken for an Emerald, appears in only one colour- an olive green. Of course the colour can vary in intensity but unlike other gemstones such as Sapphires is exclusively available in a green hue.
Happy Birthday Leos… feel free to save us slice of cake!
A Few Peridot Ideas...
W2466: A Pair of 18 Carat White Gold and Peridot Stirrup Cufflinks
W3349: A George V English Peridot and Diamond, 18 Carat Yellow Gold Ladies Dress Ring
W3750: An Antique Edwardian Peridot and Pearl, 15 Carat Yellow Gold Pendant/ Brooch in the Art Nouveau Style
W4370: An Antique Victorian English 8. 40 Carat Peridot, 15 Carat Yellow and White Gold Gate Style Bracelet
Sunday, August 7, 2011
I was intrigued by the scene inside Gringotts (that’s the wizarding bank for those of you not up to speed on your Harry Potter knowledge….!) in particular, inside the vault of Bellatrix Lestrange. Now understandably not a stereotypical choice for a role model (likes to throw the odd deadly curse, possesses an evil cackle and a set of teeth that would make any dentist squirm) But take one look into her vault at Gringotts and you realise this woman isn’t so daft. A veritable Aladdin’s cave of Silver Goblets, Cups, Candelabras, Bowls- you name it, it was there. Whilst I understand this is merely a fictional tale and the century’s of heirlooms piled high were probably imitations on loan from the Warner Brothers prop department it definitely struck a chord on the value of purchasing antique silver for investment purposes.
Although as with all investments nothing is guaranteed, both antique silver and jewellery are likely to retain their monetary value over time and are renowned for generating a significant return on investment. Despite various uncertainties in the global economy the commodity price of silver has remained on the increase and Morgan Stanley has forecasted that this trend is set to continue. At AC Silver Mr Campbell is able to use his vast experience of the antique silver business and his knowledge of specific items to provide advice upon purchase pieces for investment purposes, whether that be a single item or a number in order to begin or add to a portfolio of pieces.
And in the meantime, here’s a few straight from the vaults at Gringots*...
W4678: Pair of Antique George V English Sterling Silver Three Light Candelabra
W2470: Antique George V English Sterling Silver Boat-Shaped Bowl
W2347:Pair of Antique George III Scottish Sterling Silver Communion Chalices
W4633: Antique George II Irish Sterling Silver Cup
*Not Really. The Goblins are pretty strict.