25 October 2014

Brooches by Tiffany & Co.

 I worked at Tiffany's about 4 years ago, and with luck, I will get a job there again this holiday season! It was awesome getting to touch all the sparkly jewels, and the discount for working there was awesome. I am not just a huge fan of the modern Tiffany image, but also of Tiffany's past, with the daring, bold colors, art nouveau styles, and incredibly detailed pieces.

Enjoy all the beautiful Tiffany & Co. brooches below, from Tiffany's past and present.
An 18 karat gold and colored stone brooch, circa 1915.

An 18 karat gold and diamond brooch, made by Tiffany & Co., in France.

An 18 karat gold, cultured pearl and diamond brooch, circa 1875.

An 18 karat gold, diamond and lapis lazuli brooch.

A 18 karat gold, platinum and diamond brooch.

A 18 karat gold, platinum, coral and diamond brooch in the shape of an acorn, circa 1969.

A diamond and pâte-de-verre flower brooch.

A diamond and plique-à-jour enamel brooch.

A diamond, tsavorite garnet, and cultured pearl mistletoe brooch.

An antique pearl and diamond brooch, circa 1906.

24 October 2014

Demi-Parures in Pink

An 18 karat gold, garnet and diamond "Daisy" necklace with matching ear clips by Asprey.

18 karat gold, ruby and diamond demi-parure consisting of a bracelet, earrings and a ring.

18 karat two-color gold, ruby and diamond brooch and ear clips by Chantecler.

Set of three 19th century foiled garnet and half-pearl brooches in the shapes of Maltese crosses.

An attractive diamond and cabochon garnet demi-parure, consisting of a necklace, brooch and earrings, second half of the 19th century.


Garnet and diamond jewelry set, including a necklace and a ring.

Gold, seed pearl and garnet parure, first half of the 19th century and later.

A ruby, diamond and pearl necklace and matching earrings.

A set of pink topaz and diamond jewerly, including a necklace, brooches, and earrings, in the collection of the Swedish royal family.

A set of pink topaz and diamond jewerly, including a necklace, brooches, and earrings, in the collection of the Swedish royal family. The drop earrings are shown as additions to the large corsage brooch in this picture.

Ruby and diamond demi-parure, Dutch made.

A ruby and diamond bracelet with matching brooch.

A ruby and diamond demi-parure, circa 1960.

A ruby and diamond matching set of earrings and necklace, by Marina B.

A ruby and diamond demi-parure by René Sim Lacaze.

23 October 2014

Demi-Parure Sets in Blue

"A parure is a set of various items of matching jewelry, which rose to popularity in 17th-century Europe.

"Beyond various items of matching jewelry, a parure is an entire wardrobe, or suite, of matching jewelry. Reserved for royalty and the wealthier classes, no woman was considered socially acceptable without a complete wardrobe of jewelry that defined her status, strength and political power. A matching suite of coordinating pieces could include a necklace, a comb, a tiara, a diadem, a bandeau, a pair of bracelets, pins, rings, drop earrings or cluster stud earrings, brooch and a belt clasp that might be worn over a fine dress. Napoleon was fond of lavishing these gem suites on his beloved first wife, Joséphine, to wear at state functions. Later, he gave similar sets to his second wife, Marie-Louise." [courtesy of Wikipedia]

Below are some demi-parure sets, which usually include earrings and a necklace, and sometimes a ring, brooch or bracelets.

18 karat gold, sapphire, and diamond necklace and matching ear clips.


18 karat gold, sapphire, diamond and cultured pearl necklace and matching ear clips by Bulgari.

18 karat gold, turquoise, and diamond necklace and matching ring by David Webb, circa 1950.

18 karat white gold, turquoise, sapphire and diamond brooch and matching ear clips.

A set of blue topaz and diamond jewelry, including a necklace with matching earrings.

An aquamarine and diamond bracelet by Marzo, circa 1930, and a matching sautoir.

Aquamarine and diamond necklace and matching aquamarine ring.

Aquamarine, rock crystal, and diamond demi-parure (including earrings, ring and brooch) by Gübelin, and a matching bracelet.

A gem set, gold, and enamel demi-parure, second half of the 19th century.

A gold, enamel, seed pearl and diamond demi-parure, early 19th century.

22 October 2014

Black Bracelets



I've also added a new feature to my blog, a Glossary with useful jewelry terms. I'll be adding more terms, but it's useful to know the correct vocabulary when appreciating jewelry!

An 18 karat white gold, black spinel, diamond and ruby "Scottie Dog" bracelet by Michele della Valle.

A diamond and black lacquer bracelet by Adler.

An onyx and diamond Cartier "Panthère" bracelet, once owned by the Duchess of Windsor.



A diamond and onyx bracelet by Cartier, 1920's.

A diamond bracelet, early 20th century. A black velvet ribbon is woven into the bracelet.

A platinum, diamond, and onyx bracelet.

Platinum diamond and seed pearl seed choker and bracelet combination.

A platinum, onyx, coral, and diamond bracelet by Cartier.

21 October 2014

A piece of the sky on your ears

A pair of aquamarine and diamond ear pendants by Van Cleef & Arpels.

A pair of art deco aquamarine and diamond ear pendants by Cartier.

A pair of sapphire and diamond ear pendants.

A pair of labradorite, tanzanite and diamond ear pendants.

A pair of sapphire and diamond ear pendants by Bulgari.

Aquamarine and diamond ear pendants by Margherita Burgener.

Lapis Lazuli and cultured pearl earrings by John Donald, London, 1990.

Pair of 18 karat gold, diamond, sapphire and turquoise ear clips by Van Cleef & Arpels, France.

Pair of 18 karat gold, sapphire, and diamond ear clips.

Pair of 18 karat gold, sapphire, and diamond ear clips.

Pair of 18 karat gold, sapphire, emerald and diamond ear clips by Bulgari.

Pair of 18 karat gold, turquoise, and diamond ear pendants by Van Cleef & Arpels, France.

Pair of 18 karat two-color gold and sapphire ear clips by Piranesi.

Pair of 18 karat white gold, aquamarine, and diamond ear clips by Margherita Burgener.

Pair of 18 karat white gold, aquamarine, and diamond ear clips by Samuel Getz.

Pair of 18 karat white gold, sapphire, and diamond ear clips by Bulgari.