17 February 2015

Antique Royal Bottle Openers

 Chihuly Garden and Glass here in Seattle has become a real tourist location. It features large scale glass sculptures by American artist Dale Chihuly. In addition to Chihuly's own artwork, the permanent exhibition features collections of Mr. Chihuly's. One of the collections is hundreds of antique bottle openers that Chihuly has acquired over the years. The bottle openers are displayed in large glass-fronted frames in the men and women's bathrooms, as well as in the waiting area for the Chihuly Collections Café. On a visit to the exhibition, I took a closer look at the bottle openers, and realized they are from all over the world, and many of them feature royal images!

A Thai (?) inspired silvertone bottle opener.

A US coin bottle opener, featuring our Lady Liberty in a tiara.

An Asian bottle opener, featuring a man in a royal headdress.

A Danish bottle opener, featuring a Danish coat of arms.

A bottle opener with Danish crossed flags and a crown.

A bottle opener from 1911 featuring a crude portrait of King George V of Great Britain.

A goldtone bottle opener with a crude portrait of Queen Victoria.

My personal favorite - a bottle opener with a highly detailed profile view of a princess or queen, whom is wearing a full matching suite of jewelry, including earrings, tiara, and hair comb.

A golden crown bottle opener.

Another Asian or Thai piece.

Another coin piece, showing a person wearing a small bandeau.

16 February 2015

Queen Élisabeth of Belgium

I am excited to show you a piece of artwork I did while I was in high school. I have been a fan of royalty since I was 12, and my artwork is often inspired by royals.

Purchase the "Reine Élisabeth de Belgique" Print here.

This has been on my wall in every place I've lived for the past decade. I am currently trying to live with less things, and I am deciding to let this piece of artwork go to a new home. It is a linocut print done on white paper. It is 9x12 inches, and is framed behind glass in a black wood frame. 

I don't normally ship outside of the US, so if you do live elsewhere in the world and really want this item, let me know and I can make a custom shipping option for you.

Close-up of the Queen's face.
Queen Élisabeth (1876-1965) was the consort to King Albert I of Belgium (m. 1900–1934).

The image I based my print off of.

15 February 2015

Bagues Vertes

An 18 karat gold, nephrite, and ruby lion cub ring by David Webb.

A demantoid garnet and diamond ring, early 20th century, by Ivy.

A diamond and emerald ring, 1920's.

A diamond and emerald ring, Suzanne Belperron.

A diamond and tsavorite garnet ring.

A diamond and cabochon chrysoberyl cat's eye ring.

A diamond and emerald cluster ring.

A diamond and emerald ring.

A diamond ring, 1910's.

An emerald and diamond ring.

An emerald and diamond ring, 1927.

An emerald and diamond ring, circa 1900.

14 February 2015

Happy Valentine's Day!

 To celebrate Valentine's Day, here are some red and pink rings!


An 18 karat white gold, ruby and diamond ring.
A ruby and diamond ring by Van Cleef & Arpels, 1950's.

An 18 karat gold, diamond, and enamel ring by Elizabeth Gage.

An 18 karat gold, mystery-set ruby and diamond ring, by Van Cleef & Arpels.

An 18 karat gold, platinum, rubellite and diamond ring by Van Cleef & Arpels.

An 18 karat gold, ruby and diamond ring by Van Cleef & Arpels.

An 18 karat two-color gold, ruby and diamond ring by Buccellati.

An 18 karat white gold, fancy dark orangy brown diamond and diamond ring.

An 18 karat white gold, spessartite garnet, and diamond ring by Margherita Burgener.

An 18 karat white gold, spinel, moonstone, and diamond ring, by Michele della Valle.

A 20th century coral and diamond dress ring.

A ruby, diamond and gold ring by David Webb.

13 February 2015

Rings of Unusual Hues

A brown-gray colored diamond and white diamond ring.

A colored brown diamond and white diamond ring.

A rare 18 karat tri-color gold, fancy dark orangy brown diamond, pink diamond and white diamond ring by Siera.

A colored diamond and white diamond ring, late 19th century.


A fancy deep brown-orange diamond ring by De Beers.

 A platinum, cat's eye chrysoberyl, and diamond ring.

A platinum, fancy yellow-brown diamond and white diamond ring.
A fancy colored sapphire and diamond ring.