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Vintage Jewelry

John Hardy and the Spirit of Bali

Founded in 1975, John Hardy jewelry is inspired by Bali and its time-honored jewelry-making traditions. After visiting Bali in the mid-70s, Canadian designer and artist, John Hardy’s, interest was piqued by the island's jewelry-making.  Shortly after he began learning the techniques of the local artisans and developed his first pieces by applying new design concepts to the traditional Balinese techniques. Hardy soon established an artisan collective in Bali, and for over 40 years, his artisans have been dedicated to creating one-of-a-kind jewelry and preserving the rich heritage of Bali. Here are a few of our favorite John Hardy pieces currently in our collection!

Currently in Our Collection: Oscar Worthy Jewels

 Since 1929, the Academy Awards have been the highest honor of the film industry. The long-standing award show has also been a great event for designers to show off their latest creations. From drop earrings to statement necklaces, there’s nothing more glamorous than the red carpet scene at the Oscars! With the 90th Academy Awards just two weeks, we’re taking a look at a few Oscar worthy jewels currently in our Vintage & Estate Collection!

Five Fun Facts About the History & Mythology Behind Jade

Jade is an ornamental mineral found around the world. The term jade actually applies to two different minerals, nephrite and jadeite. Nephrite comes in a creamy white (known as “mutton fat” in China) and light green while jadeite comes in a variety of colors including blue, red, black, lavender, white, and dark green. It is, however, mostly known for its green varieties. Jade is revered in many cultures around the world including the Mayans, the Maori of New Zealand, and, most notably, the Chinese. Each culture has their own beliefs surrounding the stone, but in every case the mystical green stone is highly regarded. Here’s a closer look at the history and mythology surrounding jade!

Lucky Charms From Around The World

Start your New Year off right with a little extra luck from some vintage and estate jewelry currently in our collection! When it comes to luck, every country around the world has their own beliefs and superstitions. In India, elephants are seen as symbols of good luck while in Germany it’s pigs. Some good luck symbols, like the scarab or dolphins, date back to ancient times while others find their roots in the middle ages. No matter where you come from, it never hurts to appreciate the good luck beliefs of other cultures. Plus, who doesn’t need another excuse to add to their jewelry collection? Read on to learn about our favorite lucky charms and find the piece that’s right for you!

Celebrating Pantone's Color of the Year: Ultra Violet

Recently, Pantone, the world-renowned authority on color and provider of color systems, announced it’s “Color of the Year” to be Ultra Violet. According to the company, Ultra Violet communicates originality, ingenuity, and visionary thinking that points us toward the future, making it the perfect shade to ring in the New Year! It is the type of color that inspires inventiveness and imagination, something we could all use going forward into 2018. In honor of Ultra Violet's selection, we're celebrating all things purple! Here are four of our favorite purple stones and the meaning behind each one.

The Designers of Tiffany & Co.

Since its founding in 1837, Tiffany & Co. has defined style and been at the forefront of the world’s greatest design movements. A huge part of this is due to the designers they choose to work with. Elsa Peretti, Jean Schlumberger, Paloma Picasso, and Frank Gehry are all amazing artists and revolutionary in their designs. Here is a closer look at some of their work currently in our collection!