There are many designers that I collect and whose pieces I love. Some of which I am even fortunate enough to have in my personal collection. Designers like Marla Aaron, Laurie Kaiser, Judi Powers, Margery Hirschey and more are just a few that have a place in my collection or on my Jewelry Bucket List.
But deep down I am also a complete history nerd and it is a love of those histories and stories that initially drew me to collect antique and vintage jewelry. It was this immense desire to protect the history and story behind each of the amazing pieces that I have been able to add to my personal collection. I simply love the idea of protecting the history of a piece for future generations so that they can, one day, add their story to its.
Some of the pieces are antique, meaning they are more than 100 years old and they have a history all their own. Some are mourning pieces created after someone’s death such as the Boyes ring. Others may even be simple little baubles worn daily from an era long since passed.
These pieces are often passed from generation to generation before finding themselves homeless and that is when they cross my path. I become their guardian for the next generation(s). Sometimes I clean, restore or repurpose them so they can see the sunlight again before being passed on to their next caretaker.
Other pieces are vintage in nature, meaning they are 99 years or younger. They are wedding bands from the 1930s engraved with sweet messages from groom to bride or pieces from the 1960s or later that may have been gifts commemorating a special event or life milestone.
Whether antique or vintage, these bits of jeweled history get mixed into my daily rotation amongst new one of kind or designer pieces. They make me smile when I glance at my hands and see them sitting prominently nestled next to a one-off. I hope to one day pass them on to my niece or step-sons in the hopes that they will again be passed on further.
So to further answer the question, ‘No. I don’t prefer one type of jewel over another. I feel a kinship to newer pieces for their own style evolution and the beginning of their journey to becoming an heirloom but I feel a need to protect to jeweled storytellers of our collective past as well.”
Some of my favorites – both for their stories as well as the sentimentality that they currently hold for me – are below. Be sure to read the captions for the history or story behind each piece.
|This Art Deco platinum & diamond Moi et Toi ring that I was fortunate enough to acquire from Jewels by Grace is one of the favorites from my personal collection now. I love the story of Moi et Toi ring, which stands for "you & me." Pretty romantic, don't you think?|
|This diamond & white gold Art Deco earrings were a special purchase from Lilliane's Jewelry for my wedding & have become not only sentimental but a true favorite in my collection.|
|Emerald & diamond palladium trellis ring. This ring was one of the very first vintage pieces that I |
ever purchased. I don't know anything about its history but I have always loved the cage like effect of the trellis along the side.
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