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Birthstone Jewelry Makes The Perfect Gift

Birthstone jewelry is the perfect gift: meaningful, celebratory, stunning. Birthstones are not just for birthdays but also is given as a treasure of remembrance for special events and milestones in life like graduation or the birth of a child.

Originally gemstones were associated with a person’s astrological sign but modern day birthstones were assigned to the month of birth. There are interesting legends and myths about birthstone healing powers and their therapeutic influence. One is that wearing a gemstone during its assigned month heightened its healing powers. For a year-round effect, individuals should own all twelve and alternate them monthly.

BIRTHSTONE GUIDE BY MONTH

Garnet
JANUARY
Garnet

Eternal friendship
& trust.

SHOP 

amethyst
FEBRUARY
Amethyst

Symbolizes royalty.
Said to keep the wearer clear-headed & quick-witted.

SHOP

aquamarine
MARCH
Aquamarine

Believed to protect sailors & guarantee a safe voyage.  Allows the wearer to remain calm and levelheaded.SHOP
Diamond JewelryAPRIL
Diamond

Believed to provide the wearer with better relationships & an increase in inner strength, balance, clarity & abundance.
Eternal love.

SHOP

emeraldMAY
Emerald

A symbol of rebirth, emerald is believed to grant the owner foresight, good fortune,
and youth.SHOP

pearl & moonstone
JUNE
Pearl, Moonstone

Pearls are the symbol of beauty & purity.Moonstones are believed to hold within the stone a spirit who brings good fortune.

SHOP Pearl

SHOP Moonstone

 ruby
JULY
Ruby

Rubies arouse the senses, enhance creativity, & are said to guarantee health, wisdom, wealth & love.

SHOP

peridotAUGUST
Peridot

Said to host magical powers & healing properties to protect against nightmares and to bring the wearer power, influence, & a wonderful year.

SHOP

sapphire
SEPTEMBER
Sapphire

Believed to protect your loved ones from envy & harm.
Medieval clergy wore sapphires
to symbolize heaven, while commoners thought the gem attracted heavenly blessings.

SHOP

tourmaline, opal
OCTOBER
Tourmaline, Opal

Tourmaline brings joy for life.It is believed to stimulate creativity. It is also used to attract money & success in business.

In the Middle Ages, opal was considered a stone that could provide great luck because it possessed all the virtues of each gemstone whose color it had.

SHOP Tourmaline
SHOP Opal

topaz, citrine
NOVEMBER
Topaz, Citrine

Topaz symbolizes elegance.
It inspires confidence
& stamina.
Citrine is said to support vitality & health while encouraging & guiding hope, energy & warmth within the wearer.

SHOP Topaz
SHOP Citrine

tanzanite, zircon, turquoise
DECEMBER
Tanzanite, Zircon, Turquoise


Tanzanite
is thought to bring revelations, promotes compassion & brings an understanding of one’s own heart.
Folk wisdom grants zircon the power to relieve pain, whet the appetite, protect travelers from disease & injury, to ensure a warm welcome, & to prevent nightmares.
Turquoise is believed to protect against disease, strengthen communication, and promote healing in the wearer.

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SHOP Zircon
SHOP Turquoise

Holiday Vintage Jewelry Gift-Giving At Its Finest

Jewelry for the Holidays

Happy Holiday Shopping at Jewelry Finds

Every year the air is filled with undeniable excitement when searching for that perfect holiday gift that you’ll proudly present in a little bow-tied box to that special someone. But finding an unusual, historic and artistic work of art at a wonderful value can be daunting, time-consuming and downright intimidating. You are determined to surprise her with a jewelry gift this year that sets her apart and brings an unforgettable sparkle to her eyes. You’re looking for the romantic treasure that says “always”.

Popular gems for the holidays have always included pearls, rubies, and emeralds ~ & of course, dazzling diamonds that will remind her every day that she is the one!  Jewelry Finds’ choice collection makes finding that precious, authentic jewelry gift during the holiday season easy and rewarding.

Be sure to purchase your lucky someone’s treasure early for best selection.  Jewelry Finds offers layaways with only half down and up to six months of payments, interest free or 3 payments of ⅓ monthly. So find that heirloom piece for her (or yourself) HERE!  Questions are always welcome.

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May the fruits of your Holiday Shopping this year bring great JOY!

‘Something Old. Something New. Something YOU™’

~ Jewelry Finds

The Rare & Sought After French Cut Diamond

The French Cut Diamond is named in reference to the style of the cut: A French cut diamond might now be cut in any country! The cut was named simply because French cut diamonds were a popular style in France and possibly originated there.

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French Cut diamond
Image (©) courtesy of
DiaGem.net Rare Diamond Cuts & Designs

The most immediately noticeable feature of the French cut is that the crown (see images L and R) appears square when viewed from above, and has just 9 crown facets, with the square (or rhombus-shaped) table facet diagonal to the square of the crown. Adjoining the four sides of the table are four triangle facets that point towards the corners of the crown. This gives the appearance of a four-pointed star – as can be seen in the images. The crown of these diamonds is typically high and the table small. Note that the step cut pavilion design, such as the one in the image, is more recent; in truly ancient French cuts, if such stones actually existed, the pavilion would likely have consisted of four main facets in an inverse-pyramidal shape, perhaps with a small culet and four very slender lower pavilion facets.

The French Cut was not only used for diamonds, but has been widely used for sapphires, rubies, emeralds and at times for other semi-precious stones such as onyx. [3] As it is a relatively simple cut with a small number of facets, it has often been used for smaller accent stones flanking a main gem.

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French Cut diamond
Facet diagram of a 20th century
French cut stone – from Jeweler’s Circular,
Vol. 75 Issue 1, August 1917
 

French Cut Diamond History

The French cut diamond is generally reported to be one of the oldest diamond cuts and to have appeared around the early 1400’s. This would seem to make sense in terms of the “evolution” of diamond cutting: First came the point cut, which merely “cleaned up” the natural octahedral shape of the stones and set them with one of the points uppermost. Then, the table cut, for which the diamond cutter created a “flat top” instead of an upper point. The French cut is one of the next logical developments, adding four more facets to the crown.

However, although the French Cut is widely stated (don’t you just love the internet?) to have been in use for centuries, I can find no actual mention of it from old times, and this is most unusual. The phrase “French Cut Diamond” appears to be relatively recent: No record of it occurs in literature (Google Books search) prior to 1965! Neither does the phrase “French Cut Sapphire” appear prior to 1920. [1] One source states that the French cut diamond was “new” to the Art Deco period, and so named because it was developed in Paris [2] which was one of the foremost gem cutting centers of the time. Yet another diamond mystery remains to be solved! The French cut was indeed popular in the 1920’s and so, given the most unusual lack of reference visible in older literature, it seems likely that it was indeed a 20th century creation. If so, the French cut seems to have evolved from the need for a simple, attractive style for smaller stones, that has good light performance while being relatively simple to create.

The French cut was stated by one source to be fashionable in the 17th century [4], and was certainly popular in the Art Deco period of the early 20th century, as can readily be seen from jewelers’ magazines and advertising materials of the 1920’s, featuring watches with french cut sapphires surrounding the watch face.[5] The French cut appears to have remained a popular cut for stones set into watch faces and can be seen in watches advertised in the 1940’s. [6]

In modern times, the French cut is most often seen in antique pieces, in sapphires and in very small stones, where it is used on account of its simplicity. French cut diamonds are rare nowadays, especially in larger sizes. They are typically only custom cut to order, almost always for side stones. They are generally much more expensive in this application than regular melee stones because of the necessity for custom cutting and the increased labor incurred – however they are still sometimes seen set “in channel” (i.e. in a row) as accent stones.

Another variety of French cut that is occasionally seen is the flat bottomed French cut, which as the name suggests has no pavilion; just the nine crown facets and a flat base. [4]

 

Many Thanks to These Online French Cut Diamond Sources:

[1] http://books.google.com/books?id=vgwfAQAAMAAJ&pg=RA4-PA44
[2] http://www.langantiques.com/university/index.php/Art_Deco
[3] http://www.pricescope.com/forum/rockytalky/are-french-cuts-primarily-for-diamonds-t154496.html
[4] http://www.langantiques.com/university/index.php/French_cut
[5] http://books.google.com/books?id=GQ0fAQAAMAAJ&pg=RA11-PA36
[6] http://books.google.com/books?id=e_UDAAAAMBAJ&pg=PA87

http://www.thediamondcuts.com/french-cut-diamond.html

Find That Extraordinary Piece of History; Art Nouveau Jewelry. Simply Stunning.

Enameling is a true artistry and is one of my favorite adornments for antique jewelry. I love collecting brooches and pendants from that era because they are sweet little pieces of history I can hold in my hand and admire before wearing.
And I can only image the amount of skill it takes to decorate with glass!
The Art Nouveau style of art and design became popular during the late 1800s and continued to influence architecture, metalwork, textiles, interior design and jewelry until 1919. The period overlapped both the Victorian and Edwardian periods and was looked down upon by proponents of both eras. The traditional Victorians and Edwardians found the celebration of nature, the sensual word and the female form that was frequent in Art Nouveau jewelry to be shameful and decadent, which only contributed to its popularity.Unlike the jewelry of the Victorian and Edwardian styles, Art Nouveau jewelry used less-expensive materials so that the pieces were more affordable. Rather than using costly gems and precious metals, jewelry designers incorporated horn, ivory, moonstones, peridot and topaz. While the affordability made the jewelry popular with the public, it also contributed to the decline of the Art Nouveau style. Over-commercialization and mass-production in the 1900s led to the movement’s end in 1919. Art Nouveau jewelry features motifs that highlight feminine freedom and eroticism, changing seasons, mythical influences and the passion within nature. A motif that is commonly found on an Art Nouveau brooch is a partially clothed woman with long, flowing hair being transformed into a winged figure. Mythical creatures including serpents, sea creatures and dragons are also popular features in Art Nouveau jewelry. Though the movement ended in the early 20th century, it created a lasting influence on jewelry design. Art Nouveau antique jewelry is very popular with collectors today. A striking Art Nouveau ring or necklace can give your modern jewelry collection a unique and historical twist.
This lovely original festoon necklace of enameling, pearls, and a striking peridot is a wonderful example of nature in jewelry.
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Click on the link below to purchase this extraordinary item:

https://www.jewelryfinds.com/product/original-art-nouveau-festoon-peridot-enamel-pearl-necklace-14k.html

Intaglio Jewelry; A Forgotten Art Form

Can you imagine working with a fragile gemstone, and taking a fine blade over the natural surface and hoping not to create an unwanted chip to the design? To use an emerald as your canvas? To carve it into a face, an animal, or even an initial? I certainly can’t. I have a hard enough time holding a cup of coffee. But artists and jewelry makers alike have studied and perfect this ancient method, and it just blows my mind!

An intaglio is a gemstone (or any stone for that matter) that has incredible meticulous carvings inlayed in the stone. It was a staple adornment in the pre-Art Nouveau era. It’s design consisted of either symbols, portraits, or someones initials. I have included a famous example of a fantastic intaglio (see below)!. A beyond antique carved amethyst portrait of Roman Emperor Caracalla; inscription in Greek letters and cross added at the Byzantine period in order to transform the portrait in that of St. Peter. Amethyst intaglio, ca. 212 AD. From the treasury of the Sainte-Chapelle in Paris.

On occasion, I will find an intaglio through my numerous sources, but decide to keep them for myself because of the rarity of the item! If you are looking for an intaglio ring, pendant, or fob, please inquire through my website and I promise to do my very best to locate it for you!

~ Jewelry Finds

A Lovely Example of a Complete Victorian Suite

Finding a hand carved floral suite like this made entirely from natural red coral and sterling silver over yellow gold is near impossible these days. In it’s original box, it is complete with a bracelet, brooch, collar bar, shoe clips, necklace and earrings. An incredible example of how the women of the Victorian Era strutted their stuff. I imagine the woman wearing this had several suites, because of the obvious well maintained condition of the original box and jewels. I believe this set originated from Naples, Italy where coral jewelry carving was a thriving craft for centuries due to their supply of local coral in the mid to late 1800’s.

~ Your Jewelry Finder

coral jewelry suite, Victorian suite

Victorian Coral Suite

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