Top Five Jewelry Moments in Movies

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Who else finds warming satisfaction when a strong female protagonist hits the big screen donning some breathtaking jewels? One of most inspiring qualities in a female role is a strong sense of self, unabashedly confident in expressing her feminine side. A trinket may not make the woman, but it can help the woman embrace and reflect qualities like beauty, grace and sophistication — all of which should be celebrated.

Sure, it’s easy to think of lavish jewelry as unnecessary, ostentatious or vain, but those who only think in such boxed-in terms are missing some integral points. Jewelry may at times reflect things like status, but at its heart, it is art and it is precious. It is sentimental and it is transcendent. Perhaps that’s why I like jewelry in movies. It can be more easily admired in relation to the women that wear it, however complex those women are.

Whether you love jewelry with a story or you just like jewelry, perhaps you’ll enjoy this list of my top five favorite jewelry moments from the movies. They all just so happen to include antique jewelry in one form or another.

Titanic

Kate Winslet’s character, Rose wears some stunning jewelry in Titanic. But none are more regarded than the Heart of the Ocean, which is a fictional blue diamond necklace not to be confused with the Hope Diamond. The necklace used in the movie was made with CZs by Asprey & Garrard.

Gone with the Wind

In the 1938 film, Gone with the Wind, Vivien Leigh’s character, Scarlett has more jewelry moments than I can count. If you’re up for a Google search, find the mourning scene where she wears a large cameo brooch on her collar. The heirloom was borrowed from the costume designer’s mother and depicts a figural riding atop a bird. Amazing.

Moulin Rouge

Set in 19th century Paris, Moulin Rouge is perhaps the most decadent on this list. I mean, look at that necklace! Nicole Kidman’s character, Satine is wearing a gorgeous Belle Epoque festoon necklace with just over 1,300 diamonds. The fictional necklace was made by Stefano Canturi.

Marie Antoinette

Historical and poignant, Kirsten Dunst does a fine job humanizing Marie Antoinette in this film, as directed by Sofia Coppola. It’s worth noting that many argued the film didn’t fairly portray how overly and unnecessarily decadent the royal family was. All the antique jewelry you see is by Fred Leighton.

The Great Gatsby

Art Deco fans rejoice! Whoever was in charge of costume design for the recent adaptation of The Great Gatsby did a marvelous job capturing the era. Carey Mulligan, who plays Daisy, is seen wearing vintage jewelry from Tiffany & Co.

What are your favorite jewelry moments from movies? Let us know in the comments!

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Ageless Heirlooms Lauren Thomann | I: @agelessheirlooms | W: www.agelessheirlooms.com

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Jewelry Collection Stories: Laura of Maejean Vintage

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Continuing on from yesterday’s Jewelry Collection Story, today we are peeking inside the personal jewelry box of Laura–the other half of Maejean Vintage. Just like her sister, Laura has a love for sentimental and family heirloom pieces. She also added a very important piece into her collection last fall–an engagement ring! And just as expected, it is stunning in every way possible.

If you’re new to Gem Gossip, you may have missed my visit to the Maejean Vintage offices in Pennsylvania in July of 2015. No worries, I’ve got the link for you right here — so make sure you read it or revisit it; it’s a must-see!

We hope you enjoy a look at Laura’s collection and if you missed yesterday’s post, here is the link to her sister Amanda’s collection story.

Laura’s Collection:

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Above: Laura’s engagement ring! It took almost two years of searching until we found my dream ring. With being in the industry myself, I couldn’t let him purchase a ring at normal retail prices. We ended up getting an amazing deal on it! Marty proposed to me on my 30th birthday, September 22nd 2016, before leaving for our beach trip.

From a very young age, I was completely enthralled with jewelry; It’s hard to recall back to a time I was not collecting it! When I was a little four month old baby, the first thing I “reached for” was my Mom-mom’s vintage 14k gold garnet cluster ring, which she often wore. When our Mom-mom passed away, I inherited the sentimental ring around 10 years old. Also around this age, my grandmother (on my father’s side) gave me a 14k gold sapphire ring for Christmas. Since then, I have been officially hooked on jewelry and have been collecting for two solid decades! (Guess I am giving away that I have hit the age 30 milestone!)

I am a huge fan of filigree designs in jewelry. The ornate scrolling metal work gets me every time! Lately I have been on the hunt for special figural animal jewelry that speaks to me. I am hoping to add a special antique fox and / or dog design ring to my collection soon!

Vintage jewelry is my passion because of its beauty, history, sentimental value, and craftsmanship. The history of vintage jewelry is so fascinating – from the design periods, symbolism, provenance, and decoding maker’s marks.

I love to pick up special vintage jewelry wherever I go! Whenever I travel to a different area for any occasion, I absolutely have to check out the coin shops, antique malls, auctions, and flea markets. Each marketplace has its own special perks. There’s the thrill of bidding at auction, excitement of finding a valuable piece for a few dollars at a market, and the satisfaction of “saving” a piece destined to be melted down for its precious metal at a coin shop.

My family heirloom jewelry is all extremely special to me! Interestingly enough, some of the jewelry passed down to me has unknown origins. Part of the collection was given to me by an unknown family member when I was extremely young to “play” with. We believe the family member must have thought the pieces were all costume jewelry, without value. I am extremely thankful that I somehow managed to safely keep these pieces over the decades. As I gained more knowledge of antique jewelry years later, I realized the pieces were mostly fine antique jewelry including 10k rose gold Victorian Era jewels!

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Book Review: Christie’s The Jewellery Archives Revealed

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Have you ever dreamed of going into the vaults and archives of the infamous, world-renowned auction house Christie’s?! I feel like I dream about that on a daily basis and although I’ve never gotten my chance, author Vincent Meylan may hold the key to unlocking that door with his latest book called Christie’s The Jewellery Archives Revealed. In it, he chronicles some of the most headlining jewelry auctions–from British Royalty jewels, to Elizabeth Taylor’s collection, and everything in between. Mr. Meylan had insider’s access to the Christie’s archives to research for this book, where he brings hundreds of color illustrations, including more than 100 original documents reproduced just for the pages of this tome.

The history behind Christie’s is even more extensive than what I thought–with their first sale being on December 5, 1766! It is interesting to read that during this revolutionary time, the events that took place may have actually benefited Christie’s because so many people of royalty were being sent to the guillotine. Chapter two has quite the attention-grabbing title of “Murdered Queens.” The extensive stories behind each historical piece are quite fascinating, and I am thoroughly enjoying the paintings of the royals as well as photos of the jewels which illustrate the book. It gives you insight into European royalty as well, including history and intriquing stories behind many of their ill-fated lives.

Chapter 11 is a favorite, titled “Diamonds are Christie’s Best Friends,” it chronicles a few of the top-selling, biggest, rarest and most stunning diamonds to ever grace Christie’s auction floor. This chapter opens up about how mysterious and extensive their diamond sales were over the past couple centuries. The earliest diamond consignments reveal not much on where they came from…and in the same breadth, where did they end up once sold? A trio of rubies, for example, went up for auction in 1891. The weight and rarity of any one of these, if they were to resurface, would shatter any record ever set. So astonishing.

Aside from the last chapter, it is noteworthy to check out the Appendix. It lists significant names of pieces/collections that went up for auction by year, starting with the year 1767. It is a great, quick reference as well as a “who’s who” amongst those who sold pieces through Christie’s.

The auction world is quite mysterious, legendary and totally unique. It is one of my favorite parts of my jewelry hobby. This book encompasses all this and more, and should you find yourself daydreaming of all the jaw-dropping jewels that once passed through Christie’s auction house–you might want to buy yourself this book to know exactly how incredible they truly are!

To purchase your own copy of Christie’s The Jewellery Archives Revealed, click below:

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Original Miami Antique Show 2017

The biggest change this year: the new location–the Miami-Dade County Expo Center where the fair happens every year

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Left: I always flock to Lucy Verity for her jewel box of treasures–both her original antique displays and wealth of knowledge, paired with her hilarious demeanor always gives me good energy. Right: The back of a pocket watch that I wish I would’ve bought!

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Left: Spiders creep me out, but this necklace is on a different level! I LOVE it! Right: A box of chocolates has nothing on this box of Jogani jewels!

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Stopped by DK Bressler to “oooh & awe” and this made my heart beat faster! A very early piece with original fitted box.

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These case photos give me life and make me excited for next year!

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Left: We felt amethyst was a huge sensation at the antique show–this relatively inexpensive stone will be trending for sure. Right: Rows of mourning rings from Spare Room Antiques are always so interesting and never macabre.

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Left: I couldn’t tell you how many amazing pieces Mary Anntiques had, so if I had to narrow it down to only two, it would be this carved emerald cameo and lapis ring. Right: I zoomed in on a ring I had been trying to track down for forever–but the booth was busy and I was leaving!

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Insane diamonds found at Dover Jewelry–the one on my pointer is nearly 20 carats! This will probably be on a celebrity’s finger in the future…just wonder which one?!

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Left: Died for opals at the show–especially this brooch from Gold Hatpin. Right: Ah, this ring. Fit like a glove and is probably the best thing I’ve ever seen. From Select Antique Jewelry.

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Precious encounter : Karen Liberman

Karen Liberman‘s jewellery collection celebrates the rich details and decorative elements found in various cultural and artistic traditions throughout history.

She hand-picks ancient coins, precious and semi-precious gemstones from some of the world’s best lapidaries: Burmese rubies, sapphire cabochons, and carved tourmalines. The stones and coins are chosen for their individual character and beauty. They are then combined with silver and gold creatively detailed and finished by hand.

What is your first jewellery memory?
My first jewellery memory is inheriting a Moroccan rose and yellow gold carved and filigree bangle from my mother. Years later my aunt explained to me that my grandfather who had been a tea and spice merchant in Morocco was given this bangle as payment for tea, sugar and spices.

What’s the first piece that you designed  ?
The first piece of jewellery I designed was a carved melon ruby set in a 22k gold ring setting. A very close friend of mine chose it as her engagement ring. It was a very unique choice for what is usually a very traditional one and to this day when i see it on her finger it inspires me to create unique unconventional pieces.

What is your favorite stone ? Why ?
Currently my favorite stone is a particular variety of rare turquoise. Each piece reminds me of an ancient map and is so mesmerizing to contemplate.

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Do you have a piece of jewellery that you wear all year-round ?
I wear my Moroccan bangle all year round, when i hear it move it reminds me of my mother.

Who are your favorite jewellery designers ?
Vintage Bulgari pieces are some of my favorite jewellery designs.

What are your greatest design influences ?
My greatest design influences are antiquity, travel and being in nature.

What do you listen to in your studio ?
My taste in music is very broad. I love listening to Oriental middle eastern music, Classical music especially Bach, Jazz and my all time favorite is Barry White.

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Precious story : vermeil

Vermeil (also known as gold-leaf or gilt) is a thin layer of gold applied to the surface of silver or bronze. It is considered a precious metal.

The Incas were the first to develop gilding techniques, which are numerous.  Although gold and silver-leaf was mentioned in Homer’s Odyssey in the fourth century B.C., the technique was dependent on mercury, which is toxic, and eventually died out.
Today, electrolysis is used to produce vermeil safely. However, it has not enjoyed much popularity until recently when the rising price of gold has made vermeil an attractive alternative.

As a precious metal, vermeil has a hallmark and is subject to customs regulations.

In France, vermeil must have a sterling base and be plated with at least 5 microns of 18-karat gold. In the US, the minimum quality of the gold plating is 2.5 microns of 14-karat gold. Canadian vermeil must consist of at least 92.5% silver and at least 10 microns of gold plate.

Generally, large objects that seem to be made of gold, like sports trophies for example, are actually vermeil. Gilding reduces the need for cleaning and therefore the risk of damaging the jewellery.
Moreover, it is made two hypoallergenic metals, gold and silver, so it is less likely to cause an allergic reaction.

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Vermeil is often used by WHITE bIRD designer Charlotte Chesnais, who makes elegant and avant-garde jewelry, Stephanie Schneider also use it with fabrics and Arielle de Pinto  discovered a way to turn the chain into fabric and realized the technique could be endlessly manipulated, without compromising the weighted, nearly liquid quality of the work.

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Vermeil jewellery must be carefully maintained for the gold plating wears away over time. It should be stored in individual pouches to avoid friction that can damage the gold surface layer. To clean it, use a sponge soaked in soapy water and then rinse in clean water and dry with a soft cloth. It is not recommended to clean vermeil jewellery too often.

Photo credits : Stephanie Schneider

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Myrtille Beck x WHITE bIRD

The alternative engagement ring, and more broadly pieces of Jewellery that mark the great moments of life are becoming increasingly popular at WHITE bIRD. 

Little by little, word-of-mouth has made of our Marais store a reference in the field, for Parisians and tourists fond of the creative soul of the area.

In this context, creating a collection of “love rings” adorned with WHITE bIRD’s halo, quickly became self-evident. After our encounter with French designer Myrtille Beck, it became real.

The subtle delicateness of her pieces, her exquisite attention to detail and love for a job well-done made of Myrtille the perfect partner to this project.

The result of this collaboration is a collection of sixteen styles of 18 carat yellow gold rings, set with beautiful diamonds in a range of white, icy grey and champagne colours to stack and collect at will.

Discover the collection on our E-Shop and Marais store located at 7, Boulevard des Filles du Calvaire. 

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Photos: Marine Kapur

Thank you Vanessa Seward, Astier de Villatte and Folks and Sparrows

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