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My Jewel Box: Antique Baby Rings + A New Chain

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As I've been taking the time to truly curate my personal collection (by selling some of my rings all here) I also took the time to step back and look at what pieces make me most happy and figuring out what I really need in my collection--what is missing? One realm of my collection that puts a smile on my face is my antique baby rings. I've hunted these down in various locations all over the US, and on eBay...they are usually inexpensive so impulse buying is ok, and they are able to accumulate faster and without regret more easily than other types of jewelry. So many positive about them! I've been looking through my baby rings and also keeping up on eBay with what is currently available. I pulled out some of my wider pieces and took some photos, along with my many monogrammed baby rings--mostly M's, D's, or random initials. 

I've also been wearing necklaces lately after going through a period where I never wore a single necklace for years! I would have to thank Fox & Bond Jewelry as well as The Dowry for my wedding gifts which made me fall back in love with necklaces. These two necklaces have been a part of my wardrobe day after day. I realized I wanted another gold chain to pair with the rather dainty ones that mostly make up my necklace inventory. One that had some more weight to it and an interesting link--not like a rolo chain or snake link. Luckily this stamped date necklace came across my screen while checking emails one day! Sherri of Great Smoky Mountain Estate Jewelry remembered that I collect date rings--and although not a date ring exactly, the necklace featured in the last picture had its very own hand-stamped 1926 on it. I caved and bought it, now wearing it almost daily. It is such a substantial piece and it was clearly something I've been missing from my collection all along.

What new pieces have you added to your collection lately?!



Bundle Up with Arik Kastan!

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How do you keep warm?!

Start with your neck! 

Layer with our dainty chains and bold padlocks

We've seen the best looks created with both big and small, including our necklaces. You can start with our new charms, which are smaller and daintier, meant for stacking and collecting. The various padlocks within the Arik Kastan line complete the look, where you can opt for an oval, heart or circular shape with varying gemstone combinations. We love anything in labradorite or as shown here, a champagne diamond heart!

Then stack your fingers warm! 

Create a warm-hued look with dark & fiery gemstones

At Arik Kastan, there are plenty of options to spruce up your fingers--each one uniquely bold in its own way. We have been feeling fiery with our gemstone options lately, with warm hues of carnelian, darkness from black onyx, and mystical vibes from moonstones.  Together, this combination will most definitely keep you warm during these colder months! Don't forget to add them to your wish list!

Layer your lobes!

Choose between our studs and dangles to create a full-ear look

Mixing ear-wires and studs will allow you to wear more earrings! Leave space on your lobes for our cluster earrings, which come in multiple gemstone combinations, and your 2nd or 3rd holes for drops. Arik Kastan has some Raindrop and Cluster styles that come on ear-wires that are perfect for stacking. We can't wait to see what combination you come up with!


Get your holiday list going!


The Jewelry That Will Have You in a Bidding War at Fellows Auction!

Lot 9 Lot 18 Lot 91 Lot 195 Lot 203 Lot 225 Lot 251 Lot 484 Lot 488 Lot 514 Lot 517 Lot 584

Ever been involved in a bidding war?!  If you're an antique jewelry collector you've been in AT LEAST one and know exactly what the item was and how you felt in that moment!  Most introverts become heart-thumping, rash decision-makers and most shy, timid people become voracious, crazy bidders during a high stakes auction, when favorite pieces are up on the block.  I, myself, have been guilty of this--no matter how much you plan ahead and write down your absolute highest offer and promise yourself not to go over it, all that means nothing when it is "crunch time."  Last week, for example, I lost out on a ring by $25 just because I tried to be good and not exceed my maximum limit I set for that particular item.  Now, when I think back, would I have gladly paid an extra $25 to own that ring?! YES!  So there is always a good vs. evil concept going on with bidding and sometimes you are your own worst enemy.  Some of my favorite auction wins involved a stroke of good luck, so that plays into it as well!  

It's not even September yet and I already had to peek at Fellows' Antique & Modern Sale as soon as they posted their catalog online.  Their September sale is going to be a good one, with numerous items that are incredibly desirable!  I've got my list going, now it is your turn to pick out your favorite items you will be bidding on when auction day comes--September 17th, 2015.  My prediction?  These 12 items will be causing some bidding battles and leaving some people heart-broken and the winners feeling amazing!  Let's take a closer look at these pieces:

Lot 9: This late 19th century Emerald bangle bracelet has exquisite gems that are such a deep forest-green color, which will attract buyers and collectors from all over!  The engraving throughout the bangle is a nice touch and if you pay attention, you will find the matching earrings and necklace that go along with this bracelet!  How great would it be to acquire the whole set?!

Lot 18: A fun and playful station necklace, this vintage piece is done in 9k gold with beads of malachite, a very trendy gemstone in today's fashion world.  This necklace is hip and could make any outfit better!  A fine piece of jewelry that isn't going to break the bank, yet continue to hold its value.

Lot 91: An incredible Art Nouveau diamond and sapphire dress clip turned necklace! The style of this piece is quite unique, I've never seen anything like it.  Talk about a stunning piece of history, one that will stand out in someone's collection.

Lot 195: Ughh, this ring brings me to tears when I look at it!!  If you want to focus on creating the most insane navette ring collection, just watch what comes up to auction from Fellows--I swear they have the best navettes ever! This one is seriously the best I've ever seen...but I may be retracting that statement next month when seeing their next batch of jewels... 

Lot 203: I've seen some amazing rings be made out of arrow jabot pins and this one would be a great one to use--set with diamonds and onyx.  I've also seen lots of these popping up everywhere as earrings, with the arrow seemingly poking through one's ear.  Lots of possibilities with this one!

Lot 225: These diamond "webbing" motif rings are my weakness and this particular ring is a fine example. Typical of the Edwardian time period, this ring is set with an oval sapphire in the center and diamonds all around. Who will win this beauty?!

Lot 251: A very geometric bangle bracelet which is vintage and set with the coolest, boldest hexagon amethysts. If you're looking for a unique piece with a big splash of color, this is it!  I think this might be small enough to fit me?!  I might be bidding...

Lot 484: A precious pair of coral drop earrings with a dainty diamond clover detail up top.  These earrings are antique with rose cut diamonds and are something that can be worn daily.

Lot 488: Another cute pair of earrings, these are diamond bird stud earrings with dangling diamonds in each of their beaks.  How adorable?!  Perfect for any animal or bird lover, or even a nature lover.

Lot 514: A rare early 20th century black ribbon choker necklace, featuring a plaque of diamonds and pearls in a bow motif.  Funny to see something like this which was very popular then and have it slowly becoming popular again today!  This would be right on trend now.

Lot 517: A glorious pair of rose cut diamond dangle earrings circa late 1800s with black enamel detail. What makes these special besides all the original rose cuts is how the backs had brooch fittings added at a later date so they can be worn as earrings or brooches.  So neat!

Lot 584: Can you tell I'm infatuated with the clover trefoil motif?!  I love how this ring features slightly different pearl overtones--one white, one more peach, one more purple/pink.  Definitely a special ring that will cause some high bidding come auction day!


This post was brought to you in collaboration with Fellows Auctions