Trend Watch: The Choker Today and Yesterday

Posted on January 07, 2016 by Mary Hood | 0 Comments

As with many fashion trends, the choker has dipped in and out of our sartorial radar. Also, like several of the styles we keep coming back to, the choker has a rich a varied tradition

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What is Filigree?

Posted on November 16, 2015 by Mary Hood | 0 Comments

Filigree is an ancient metal working technique that spans millennia and world cultures..... created by twisting, curling or plaiting fine and pliable precious metal wires into an intricate design.

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A Brief History of the Charm Bracelet

Posted on September 25, 2015 by Mary Hood | 1 Comment

The delightfully feminine jingle of a charm bracelet is only one of its endearing features. Charm bracelets come from an ancient jewelry tradition of wearing special tokens to ward off evil and bring luck.

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What Are Cameos & How Are They Made?

Posted on June 25, 2015 by Mary Hood | 0 Comments

cameo broochHand-carved cameos are guaranteed to be unique since no shell or piece of agate is alike. The artist determines the best place to feature the carving by studying the layers and threads of color in the raw material. The design is outlined in pencil, carefully carved, and then polished. Since the process requires immense control and skill, cameos artists who follow traditional techniques are few and far between.

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Gemstones in the Bible

Posted on April 02, 2015 by Mary Hood | 0 Comments

The breast piece was part of a collection of adornments commissioned by God to signify the dignity of Aaron, a Jewish priest noted for his love of peace.

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How Birthstones Were Selected for Each Month

Posted on January 16, 2015 by Mary Hood | 1 Comment

Many have offered that people would wear a certain stone during its corresponding month as a talisman. For example, the healing powers of February's stone would be most powerful during February, so that stone should be worn during February, even if the wearer wasn't born during that month.

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