I really love these raw, beautiful necklaces. They’re composed of kiln-fired enamel on a leather cord. So gorgeous.
Looking at jewelry is always fun, but when it comes with history and provenance — then, I’m down for a few hours of poking around. Enter, Romanov Russia. This company deals in antique Russian jewelry and pre-WWI Fabergé, as well as rare items from the Romanov Dynasty and Nicholas II (also known as the cutest Russian czar. Just one of my many history crushes.) Personally, I’m most intrigued by the unusual men’s rings, especially the laurel leaf diamond band and the circular-patterned diamond trio above. Many of the more “imperial” looking pieces were actually given as gifts by the royal family, which is quite cool.
Via the amazing Jean Jean Vintage.
I’m seriously digging Julie Cohn’s organic designs. Check it out.
This black diamond lichen ring by Black Sheep and Prodigal Sons is bliss. Love the squiggles!
Pretty in love with Petit Mort. Anything with crochet chains draws my eye, but those nested gemstones really make ‘em pop.
Last week, in the course of my daily folk art search on Etsy, I stumbled upon something exciting: something better than old needlework, more interesting than your typical duck sculpture. This was a cache of the most amazing rings I’d ever laid eyes upon, and there had to be a story behind them.
I wrote to the shop owner, Constance, in the hopes of finding out more info. The story just got better. In fact, it went back over seventy years, to the days when the rings’ handy creator, Bob Dodd, was a sailor. According to Constance:
Bob said that when he started as a sailor in 1937, making rings from celluloid was a crafty thing to do, but few people made more than one or two because the process was so time consuming and labor intensive. Each of these intricate rings was made by hand — without the use of molds or melting — by cutting up raw materials such as old celluloid toothbrushes, hand mirrors, vanity trays, combs, piano keys, guitar picks, umbrella handles, pocket knife handles, accordion pieces. (Bob said he once even used a piece from the windshield of a helicopter or small plane.) These pieces are then filed, pieced together, and filed again. This process can take a master craftsman a day or more to complete.
Today Constance is selling a portion of her collection of Bob’s rings, in the hopes of funding efforts to make them herself. Bob was a true folk art hero, and I can only hope to own one of these elaborate pieces someday.
I recently did a little post on lover’s eyes over on Miss Moss. These hand-painted portraits on ivory were popular in England between the 1780s and 1830s. Loyalty, royalty and secrecy: read all about it.
I’ve been a fan of Juliet Gorman’s ceramics for quite a while; over a year, in fact. I’ve observed the Internet explode over her work — and rightly so, because it’s so damn beautiful! — and all the while I’ve sat on the sidelines, watching her style develop. You see, Juliet is not only my colleague at Etsy, but she’s also a friend. I absolutely admire her aesthetic, and I made a point to venture out to Renegade Craft Fair to snag a necklace (my new favorite and in constant rotation). At long last, her work is for sale on Etsy. Check out her shop at Digoyo.
If you’re looking to unearth all kinds of shiny objects, minimalist bedrooms and lustful leather bags — you really gotta get on Pinterest. I stumbled upon all of these beauties in my pinning travels. Need an invite? Let me know in the comments.
All jewelry is linked to its origin. I want it all, obviously.
If trash is treasure — and it usually is, as my raccoon-like rooting instincts are now honed to a science — then my used Q-Tips are eagerly awaiting their second life from the cloistered comforts of my bathroom garbage can. Yes, you heard me correctly: waxy Q-Tips, stale potato chips, and used Bandaids — the refuse that only bottom-feeding pets with a penchant for choking usually deign to touch? — are now cast currency, and beautiful at that. In Danielle deCongé’s Rescued Refuse jewelry collection, she “brings life to overlooked familiar forms rather than creating new ones. She transforms objects such as orange peels, potato chips, toothpicks, and coffee sleeves by employing traditional metalsmthing techniques.”
I’m pretty in lust with the pearl-and-broken-champagne-bottle earrings.
P.S. You can rot in hell, bedbugs. Get out of my trash cans and let me root in peace!
I’m pretty sure I need to acquire a cabin somewhere northwards of Brooklyn, if only to decorate and go off the grid. Here’s my inspiration — plus lots of black tea and a roaring fire. See more interiors on Pinterest.
The horsehair and weave jewelry trend is finally starting to take off on Etsy, and I couldn’t be happier. This bangin’ pair of vintage horsehair duster earrings by Dollybird are on my holiday wish list. Gift guides to come!
P.S. That lip color is something else. I want that too!
“I’m interested in touch of material, intimate surface, weight, light, structure and ideas of concealment but the method of production is secondary. I like to think of my jewelry as a secretion. Like a bee produces honey, the jewelry is what comes out of me.” — Klaus Burgel
Call me crazy, but I can totally see Burgel’s organic shapes and designs as owl pellets, diamonds in the rough, a rabbit’s foot or a hanging droplet of sap. Delicious.