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Red Coral- Hottest Hue in the Vintage Market

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The hottest color in the secondary market right now is red coral. Although corals can be found in different hues, like pink, black, white, and yellow, red is the most sought after color. Red coral has been used in decorative items for thousands of years. It is believed that red coral has healing properties, prevents bad fortune, strengthens the circulatory system and nourishes blood cells. In addition, the color red is highly stimulating visually, lifting the mood and protecting from depression…

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Souvenirs from The Victorian Grand Tour

Victorian Grand Tour

An important European travel tradition, dating back to the 1700s, was The Grand Tour; a hiatus between formal schooling and their work life for young male aristocrats; a “gap year” that spanned from at least a few months, to two-to-three years abroad. The Grand Tour was an important milestone for young wealthy men, who got a chance to not only travel and see important sites in Europe, but to also have the opportunity to be exposed to the arts, and different cultures.…

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Vintage diamonds; Old Mine Cut vs. Old European cut diamond

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A Mine Cut diamond is a vintage diamond cut, very popular from the 1830’s to the turn of the century. Prior to discoveries of mines in places like Africa, Canada, and Russia, the very old mines were found in the Goldconda region in India. These  mines are now depleted, but they gave the original name to the Old Mine Cut stones. These stones were cut by hand by crafted artisans, meaning not two cuts were ever alike; unlike today, when…

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Bug out! Fashion Bug Jewelry

While most people are not fans of spiders, beetles, caterpillars or roaches, fashion bug jewelry is making quite a statement this season. The fashion of adorning oneself with bugs can be traced back to the Egyptians who wore scarab beetles amulets into battle, as they believed they were a source of supernatural powers of protection against their enemies. For many centuries, various cultures, like the Mayans, wore live insects and bugs as accessories. Today, the idea of wearing a live…

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Chanel Resort: Now with Diamonds!

While I wasn’t in love with everything in Karl Lagerfeld’s Chanel 2012 Resort show, I did find something that made me personally happy: the jewels! Karl brought on the bling, all from Chanel’s haute jewelry collection, and accessorized everything from turbans to maillots. While the ensemble above may seem impractical to some, it just screamed summer on the Riviera to me (in a great way). I love the peek of a diamond statement necklace under an outfit totally reminiscent of…

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