Great tip for wearing large brooches Reply

A brooch can be one of the most expressive pieces of jewelry in your jewelry wardrobe, but some larger scale brooches can stretch or damage the fabric it is worn on. One of my favorite blogs, The Glamourai, had a great simple and inexpensive solution that I would like to pass on.

The Glamourai brooch solution. http://www.theglamourai.com/

The Glamourai brooch solution. http://www.theglamourai.com/

A foam makeup sponge worn on the inside of the garment with the brooch pinned through it creates a stable and secure foundation (no pun intended) for almost any pin/ fabric combination. I found these sponges available on Walgreens. com and I am sure you can pick them up at almost any local pharmacy.If you would like to read the whole story posted on a great blog click to it here! Wear Brooches Better on The Glamourai

Ruby Lane Vintage Store Reply

Ruby Lane pictureKrombholz Jewelers has opened a shop on the vintage site, Ruby Lane. Ruby Lane functions slightly like eBay but is a hub specifically for vintage pieces including: antiques, vintage collectibles, dolls, fine art, furniture and lighting, glass, jewelry, porcelain and pottery, silver and vintage fashion. It is their focus on unique vintage items that helped us decide to post our favorite vintage pieces for sale on their site. Now, shopping at Krombholz Jewelers is even easier. Whether you’re in town or not, you can find our one-of-a-kind vintage and estate pieces online at www.rubylane.com/shop/krombholzjewelers .

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Ruven Perelman Neptune's Chariot

Ruven Perelman Neptune’s Chariot

Ruven Perelman, the master goldsmith, was born in Tel-Aviv in 1950. He has come from six generations of jewelry makers and his father, David, was also a master goldsmith. It was through his father that he first became exposed to the art. Perelman spent time at his father’s shop growing up and by 10 years old, he was successful in enameling gold pieces.

Perelman chose to continue his education and pursue a career in jewelry at the Art Institute Benvenuto Cellini in Italy. It was there he earned the titles of Master Gemologist and Master in the Art of Precious Metals.

This beautiful brooch is his “Neptune’s Chariot Brooch.” It is truly stunning and shows what an amazing craftsman he is. The detailing is exquisite and horses are something that Perelman does very well. Many of his most famous pieces like the “Salt Cellar Coach,” the “Achilles Clock,” and the “Chinese Coach,” display beautifully sculpted horses. “Neptune’s Chariot Brooch” is entirely 18 karat yellow gold except for the wheel of the chariot which has black enameling.

Ruven Perelman and his family moved to the United States in 1982 where he opened a studio in Naples, Florida. His masterpieces are known for how he “continues the Renaissance tradition.” All of his pieces are hand-crafted and one-of-a-kind. It is extremely rare we would have a Perelman piece at Krombholz Jewelers. Next time you stop in, make sure you take a look at a true Ruven Perelman masterpiece.

This masterpiece is available in Krombholz Jewelers Vintage collection online here

Ruven Perelman horses closeup

Ruven Perelman horses closeup

A Brief History of Bows in Fashion Reply

Yellow sapphire and diamond bow pin

Yellow sapphire and diamond bow pin

Bows may not always be on the forefront of fashion but they are never something that goes out of style. In fact, bows are quite the iconic shape which was been repeated in fashion; clothing, hair accessories and jewelry for the past century.

In the Victorian era, bows made an appearance not only as women’s accessories but also in men’s fashion. For women, bows were quite the embellishment for dresses and as hair ribbons. In the Victorian era, it was common that a cameo would be places in the middle of a bow. Men’s bows were often worn as bowties but they were more over the top than bowties are today.

Bows continued on in fashion during the Edwardian era but became a more popular design for jewelry. White gold and diamond bows were seen often as pendants and as brooches. The design was more delicate and elegant. The shapes of the bows were often rounder and more intricate.

Then, bows fell out of fashion. The art deco era became a time of geometric shapes and straight lines. There was no place for sculptured and fluid bows during this time.

1940's Harry Iskin golf filled bow brooch

1940’s Harry Iskin golf filled bow brooch

Yet, in the 1940s, bows came back stronger than ever. They were huge in jewelry, often in the form of brooches made in green and rose gold with colorful gemstones. In fashion, they became an embellishment of the Peter Pan collar. A fun fact is that in the 1940s, the placement of bows in hairstyles indicated a teenage girl’s love life. If worn on the right side, it indicated that a girl was deeply in love, if worn on the left, the girl was going steady. If worn on top of the head, a girl was out looking for a man, and if worn in the back of the hair, it indicated that a girl was simply not interested in men. As you can tell, the Retro period may have been the biggest time for bows. Something we are starting to see repeated in fashion today.

Green and rose gold retro brooch with carved amethyst in center

Green and rose gold retro brooch with carved amethyst in center

By the 1950s, bows in jewelry went back to more of an Edwardian style, white gold and diamond with delicate lines. Bows were once again used as an embellishment on dresses and sometimes on fascinators. The combination of bows in jewelry and fashion was interesting during this time period because women’s clothing was somewhat basic, straight hemlines with little to no patterns. The bow placement was simple, sometimes on shoes but never adding to much frivolity on clothing. The contrast between these simple bows and the more elegant jewelry bows made the look interesting.

1940's gold filled spray bow brooch

1940’s gold filled spray bow brooch

Today, bows have been in and out of fashion, sometimes on jewelry, sometimes on clothes. But the shape of bows is what is more influential to clothing. Brocade patterns that are popular now have taken their form from the Edwardian bow. The bows in jewelry have thinned down a lot; they are simple, used as pendants, on rings and as earrings. On our recent trip to New York, bows were a huge motif in jewelry at the Jewelers of America show.

No matter what the current style is, bows have showed they are a timeless shape in both fashion and jewelry.

Notable jewels from the Academy Awards 2013 Reply

It is always a highlight of the jewelry year to see what jewelry the stars are wearing on the Red Carpet! For me it is a sign of what is “In Fashion”. This year I guess I need to rid our cases of all of those beautiful colored gemstones, because diamonds were king on the 2013 Academy Awards last night!!!

Charlize Theron gets the Krombholz Jewelers "Stack Award" for her bracelet combo. Nothing like adding a few hundred carats of diamonds on your wrist.

Charlize Theron gets the Krombholz Jewelers “Stack Award” for her bracelet combo. Nothing like adding a few hundred carats of diamonds on your wrist.

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One exception to the all diamond trend. I wanted to see a closer look was Nicole Kidman’s Earrings! I did not find out anything specific, but they were borrowed from Fred Leighton and appear to be Victorian morning jewelry.

Anne Hathaway's necklace intrigued me. At first I thought it was a long necklace bunched in the back. After see this picture, I can tell it was designed to cross over. My guess, the cross over was originally designed for the front.

Anne Hathaway’s necklace intrigued me. At first I thought it was a long necklace bunched in the back. After seeing this picture, I can tell it was designed to cross over. My guess, the cross over was originally designed for the front.

The Krombholz Jewelers "WOW award" goes to Jennifer Garner. Her darkened platinum Neil Lane Jewels are reported to be valued at 2.5 million. I am glad she had so many years of self defense training in the TV show Alias!!

The Krombholz Jewelers “WOW award” goes to Jennifer Garner. Her darkened platinum Neil Lane Jewels are reported to be valued at 2.5 million. I am glad she had so many years of self defense training in the TV show Alias!!

Amanda Seyfried looks great at the 2013 SAG Awards Reply

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Amanda Seyfried purchased a Just Like You Design ring a few years ago while she was filming in Charleston, S.C. Since then it has been hard not to notice the great style of this starlet!

This picture shows exhibiting her beauty and style with a simple, but beautiful Zac Posen dress and an Art Deco inspired lavender jade and diamond Lorraine Schwartz pendant.

Lorraine has been catching my design consistently for a while now. Her style of fine jewelry is fashionable and tasteful! She chooses to sell her designs only at Bergdorf’s and does not maintain a personal website.

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I really enjoy seeing the length of the chain coordinating with the scale of the pendant and the style and simplicity of the dress. Very well done!

Jewels of the Titanic Reply

On April 15th, 1912 the RMS Titanic sank in the North Atlantic Ocean. Her passengers included some of the wealthiest people in the world hoping to enjoy the maiden voyage of this historically significant luxury liner. 2224 people were on board when she left the shores of Southampton, England in route for New York City. 1514 people never made it home.

The wreck of the Titanic rested on the floor of the ocean for 73 years. In 1985, thousands of artifacts were salvaged and became the subject of many museum displays, books, films and exhibits. As you might imagine, the wealthy passengers brought significant jewelry on board with them. The style of this jewelry would have been a mix of Victorian jewelry (normally defined as the period from 1837 to 1901) and Edwardian jewelry (circa 1901 to 1915).

The Victorian jewelry would commonly be made in yellow gold and fairly ornate in style. The Edwardian jewelry is most commonly focuses on diamonds due to the growth of diamond mining operations in Kimberly, South Africa and the establishment of the De Beers Consolidated Mines Ltd in 1888.  Also, in the late 1800’s the technology involved in working with platinum advanced, allowing for platinum to grow in use and popularity. The Edwardian jewelry is strikingly different in style from its predecessor, the Victorian period.

I am positive the passengers on the Titanic’s maiden and only voyage showed off the highest fashions of 1912, including its focus on the feminine S-shape silhouette, ethereal lightness, and layers of delicate fabrics, lace and feathers. Pale pastels and monochromatic white-on-white were the dominant color schemes. The demand for jewelry styles as light and delicate as the clothing grew in popularity.

Common motifs in the Edwardian jewelry include garlands, bows, ribbons and tassels. The combination of pearls and diamonds also follows the white on white color scheme. The negligee pendant gained popularity. This style consisting of two drops of unequal length suspended from a central element. Indian styled jewelry became fashionable based on the travels of King Edward VII to India. Filigree styled jewelry began in this period and many of the modern day engagement rings vintage styles originate from this period.