Every Saturday I focus on a different artist that I admire. From potters to painters, chefs to collectors, seamstress to songwriters, lifestyle to lovers... anyone who set the paintbrush, pastry brush, hands and heart on fire to create.
Those who inspire art to flow where it may.
And there is so often a good, interesting and meaningful story since many people receive or give jewelry to commemorate an event or send a message: It could be a birthday or anniversary, a statement of love or gratitude. But, says Annabel Tollman, a top industry stylist, a pendant, earrings or bracelet “are rarely exchanged, because it’s Tuesday.”
“We hear so often from clients their vivid memories when they speak of jewelry,” said Jon King, executive vice president at Tiffany & Co. “Women immediately paint the picture of the moment they received a bracelet or ring. They’ll say, ‘I was at the restaurant. It was raining outside. My husband had the pasta and I had the meat.’ They remember every detail.”
And, then: “You’ll hear young women who say, ‘I remember every time my mother went out to an important occasion, she always wore those earrings or that bracelet. When the next person in line can be so fortunate to have it passed along, it comes with all the memories,” Mr. King said.
"There’s also a trend toward shoppers buying their own celebratory jewelry, especially rings, when they achieve an accomplishment such as a promotion or graduation. It could make a child proud to wear such a symbolic item many years later, Mr. King said. (He said he thinks rings are popular because they can be seen by the wearer.)"
"Jewelry can be quite timeless in appearance. Unlike a fashion-driven item such as a dress or a handbag, the likelihood of vintage jewelry fitting into a modern wardrobe is strong, so the story of the piece doesn’t ever have to end, said Sally Morrison, head of jewelry public relations of the World Gold Council."
via Tongue in Cheek Antiques
"Ms. Morrison keeps her grandmother’s simple gold wedding ring, and she has a charm that she made from her son’s toe print when he was a baby. “Hopefully, his toe charm will someday go to his wife or child. It’s comforting to know that,” she said."
"Engraving or personalizing a piece adds to its intrinsic value, whether it’s a luxury-brand Swiss watch or the thin little band that served as your grandmother’s placeholder when she and grandpa were saving for an engagement ring.
"Tiffany’s Mr. King said there is a lifetime progression in one’s jewelry wardrobe. It often starts with a silver necklace and, if he were a betting man, he’d predict a heart motif. “The heart is an important symbol, an international symbol, and it’s appreciated and understood regardless of where one sits in the world.”"
She has been known to pair her “nana’s” 19th-century diamond earrings with jeans and a biker jacket, or a ball gown. “Jewelry is meant to be used, meant to be worn. Leaving them in the jewelry box would be like leaving the plastic on dining room furniture.”"
Where to buy antique wedding rings, via Paris Boutique
Tell me a story about a piece of jewelry you own?