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Beladora: Glitz from the Past

Don't have the time to strut your stuff on Rodeo Drive?  Luckily Beladora is online and you can shop whenever without leaving the comforts of your home.  Browse through hundreds of vintage and estate jewels, even designer pieces like Cartier, Van Cleef & Arpels, Chopard, David Webb and many more.  Check back frequently for more additions, and check out their "mini-me" version called Beladora 2, with a more affordable, less ornate selection.


These earrings are destined for the red carpet! 18k yellow and blackened gold, with turquoise and diamonds. Total diamond weight: 2.11 carats! And, hey everyone needs a good pair of chandelier earrings. Price: $1850

Bangles are always chic, but add some bright coral and you've got yourself a knock out piece! Circa 1965, this bracelet has 18k yellow and white gold with diamonds and coral intertwined. Price: $4250

Elegant emerald necklace--so delicate and truly a statement of its time. From 1965, it is done in none other than platinum. Beladora describes it as having a 'negligee' style. Price: $14500
Sometimes pearl necklaces all look the same to me! However, this pearl necklace is unlike any I've seen. The clasp is gorgeous, featuring a diamond and six sapphires. Now, if your necklace is on backwards, it will look better! Price: $535.50

Valentine's Day, 2009

Happy Valentine's Day! Whether you love or loathe February 14th, these beautiful jewels will brighten your day!


12 carats of sparkle!  Maybe you're celebrating 12 years, or 12 is a significant number in your life, this would be the perfect ring. The heart-shaped citrine is flanked by two round diamonds. From Ross-Simons Estate Collection and priced at $956.


This sentimental necklace is from Doyle & Doyle. The heart is amethyst and features a triple ring of diamonds. So delicate and pretty! Price: $2800


What a treat this would be if this was a gift to be unwrapped for Valentine's Day?! This brooch has a romantic, whimsical quality and features 0.35 carats of diamonds. It would go great pinned to a scarf. Priced at $13600 and showcased as Ylang|23's Estate Collection.


Beautiful diamond necklace...18k white gold...delicate chain...what more could you want? Well, there is more! This heart pendant doubles as a locket, making it the ultimate sentimental piece you will always treasure. Price: $5800 from Delamina.

LookBook: A Bold Turquoise Ring


Mary-Kate spices up a solid black dress by adding some bold jewelry. The ring definitely catches your eye and a closer look reveals that it is actually turquoise.  The ring is a round, cabochon cut with stones circling around the perimeter--looks as though the stones are diamonds. Ross-Simons Estate Collection has a very similar ring, seen below. Circa 2000, this ring is only 9 years old. The turquoise is surrounded by .75 carats and set in 18k white gold. Priced at $1836--Mary-Kate's is most likely more!


Obsession: Marine Link Bracelets


The marine link has an elegant, classic, as well as trendy look to it. Hilary Duff is spotted here with an extremely large version of the marine link bracelet. I wonder if hers is real good or fake...can't imagine the pricetag if it were real!  Her other wrist dons the double link version of Cartier's Love Charity Bracelet.

Below is an example from Ross-Simons done in 14k yellow gold, with a price of $445 on clearance.


This option is actually from Sam's Club and priced at $275.11, very random price. Anyway, it is 14k yellow gold as well but this one has more of an emphasis on the marine links--oversized and bold!

Jewelry Time Periods: Art Nouveau Period


The Art Nouveau Period (1895-1915) was an uncontrived time, as it came about as an artistic revolt against all that was popular and commonplace of the 19th Century.  This time period did not last too long, but created many sought after collectibles, art, architecture and jewelry.  Focus was given to craftsmanship and creativity, since people felt things were becoming too industrial and imitative.   Ironically, the reason for its coming to be, became the time period's demise, after it became commercialized and cheaply copied.

Some motifs and distinctive elements of this time period:

  • natural subjects: flowers, insects, birds

  • curving, asymmetrical lines and designs

  • female visage or silhouette with long, flowing hair

  • enameling & plique à jour (stained glass effect)

  • butterflies, dragonflies, swans, reptiles, snakes/serpents, orchids, irises, creepy/nightmarish things- bats, owls, vultures

  • opals, amber, horn, ivory were often used; even were used sparingly

Important People of the Time:

  • René Lalique- French designer, worked for Cartier, Boucheron, created pieces for Samuel Bing's Paris shop Maison de I'Art Nouveau

  • Georges Fouquet