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The meaning of birds in jewelry: owls, parrots, swallows, doves, eagles and aigrettes.
Bird Jewelry: Symbolism & SignificanceRead more
The art of transforming glass into gemstones.
Paste: hand-cut glass jewerlyRead more
Possibly the most widespread and versatile of all jewelry, chains have a cultural significance that spans place, time and religious beliefs.
Chains: The Link Between Heaven and EarthRead more
Supernaturally powerful orbs.
Serpents were the bodyguards of the ancient world.
Because foul odors were thought to breed disease, creating a pleasant-smelling atmosphere wasn't frivolous, it was imperative.
Aromatic JewelryRead more
Discoveries in Ancient Egypt captivated the West’s imagination and inspired a wild period of exciting design.
Egyptian Revival: an obsession with the ancient world.Read more
Jewelry made from hair allowed the bereaved to keep their loved one with them always.
Hair Jewelry: Worn in RemembranceRead more
These jewels were worn discreetly to show one’s support for the beheaded monarch Charles I.
Stuart CrystalRead more
A turquoise given by a loving hand carries with it happiness and good fortune. -Arabic proverb
Turquoise: Health, Luck and FriendshipRead more
The best “costume jewelry” during the Georgian era was pinchbeck, a top-secret formula that looked — and wore — just like gold.
Pinchbeck and Gold AlternativesRead more
Anthropomorphic, wild, and adorable, pansies were jubilantly translated into jewelry throughout the Victorian era.
Rings with hidden keys are a great idea, but not a new one. Let’s go back 2000+ years.
Rings with Hidden KeysRead more
A giant flaming ball shooting across the sky: what humans wouldn’t be fascinated?
It’s hard to pinpoint when modern-day lockets were invented, but it’s believed that they evolved from ancient amulets.
Lockets: Magical, Medicinal, MemorialRead more
Coral jewelry has been worn as an amulet of protection against ailments and danger since ancient Rome.
Coral and The Grand TourRead more
Floriography allowed the Victorians to communicate their desires without saying anything at all.