THE DEFINITIVE GUIDE TO VINTAGE RING STYLES

HALO STYLE RINGS
Halo style rings are one of the most characteristic vintage ring styles that were dominant in the Art Deco Era. The halo design is so strong that they are still very much in style today. Diamond and sapphire halos are the most popular type of halo ring, but emeralds, rubies and onyx halos are quite commonplace as well. Click images to view more information:

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SCROLL MOTIF RINGS
Among the design flourishes in our vintage ring styles guide, the scroll motif is the oldest as it has been a part of jewelry and art for at least three millennia. It more recent times, the Edwardian and Art Deco Eras really placed a strong emphasis on the scroll motif. Although the Edwardian and Art Deco Eras used the scroll motif so differently, their joined focus was enough to bring the scroll motif back into popularity.

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BOW MOTIF RINGS
The bow motif is one of the most characteristic flourishes of the Edwardian Era. It already existed and was very popular during the Georgian and Victorian Era, but it hit its stride during the early 1900’s. Although the bow element of the motif is usually expressed in metalwork, it is not uncommon to see the diamonds also play a part of the motif.

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FLORAL MOTIF RINGS
There are two types of floral motifs. The more renown version of the floral motif jewelry throughout the art and jewelry world is the asymmetrical version: Art Nouveau. Art Nouveau ran along the same timeline as the Edwardian Era and its design follows the more organic and realistic rendering of the floral structures. During the Art Deco Era, the more interpretive and symmetrical floral designs became very popular, and their design borrowed elements of the floral elements and balanced the shapes against each other.

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BAROQUE JEWELRY

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Baroque jewelry was popular in early Georgian times and was highly intricate in design. Often it would contain exacting symmetry and very “open” designs, almost like lacework. The often overly ornate designs were better suited to necklaces and brooches, and so the best designs were reserved for those pieces.

Baroque jewelry came into fashion as a result of the reign of the French Emperor, Louis XIV. Louis demanded that people at court show their wealth in material terms, sewn into their clothing when they visited him. This caused something of a race to the bottom in that subtlety and finesse quickly changed to opulence and vulgarity. Mountains of metal and gemstones became common, and the trend for bolder jewelry made its way across the English Channel. Fortunately, designs were somewhat more subtle than the French courtier’s efforts. The pieces were, however, still far bigger and more colorful than anything known previously.

Baroque jewelry has seen a real renaissance in the past few years, with new pieces in the style becoming very much sought after.

H Color Diamonds

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H color diamonds are ALWAYS a popular option. For starters, H color is right in the top half of the Near Colorless color category. Within this range you should not be able to see any strong visible hints of yellow to the naked eye. However, H color is not necessarily uniform among all diamond shapes.

Depending on the diamonds cut/shape it can distribute color differently. In this post we’ll talk a bit about color and focus on what makes H color diamonds a great option.

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Near Colorless diamonds include those graded at G, H, I, and J color. These offer a great value since it is typically hard to tell color just by looking at the diamond alone. Any warmth in G and H color diamonds is virtually undetected by the average person. At I and J, the color becomes a bit more apparent though really only when directly compared to a diamond of higher color grade. If you took a look at an I or J color diamond alone you may not see any warmth within the diamond.

Emerald cut diamonds are a shape that tend to hide color very well. This is due to their step cut faceting that make it hard to see color saturation. This is a benefit to someone purchasing an emerald cut. Because one thing that the emerlad has going against it is that that any imperfection within the diamond is magnified greatly due to the cut of the diamond. For example a round brilliant cut can easily hide imperfections within an SI clarity graded diamond due to it’s brilliance. An emerald cut diamond has a more “see through” effect and cannot hide SI graded imperfections very well at all! This means for the emerald cut you can scale down a bit on color without noticing a difference and increase on the clarity instead so that you can be sure you won’t see any imperfections to the naked eye.

You will notice a trend here, these shapes that show color tend to be more elongated diamond shapes. Now this is not to say you are going to have a yellow looking diamond just because it is elongated! But the next shapes will potentially show more color in comparison to the ones listed before. The reason for this is that elongated diamonds have larger surface areas and therefore show more color saturation and color distribution

Harry Winston Jewelry

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Harry Winston is a luxury jewelry brand with glamorous taste and quality. This brand – which was the first brand classified by the Luxury Institute for their superior quality, uniqueness and exclusivity – is inspired by the endless energy of New York.In 1932, Harry Winston began to explore the world of finest jewelry, transforming diamonds into glamorous pieces of art and revolutionizing modern jeweler design. It is with the special partnership between designers and artisans that these magnificent and unique pieces are created. Every gemstone is studied individually each wondrous creation is through the collaboration of designers, gemologists and craftsmen. The high quality of each piece is of the most importance, as its beaut will endure forever.

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The legacy continues today in the collection of Vintage Jewelry. Following the wishes of Harry Winston, each piece transmits and perpetuates a unique story.As a brand that wishes to entice, provoke and make Love Happen, KOKET also follows the process of Harry Winston Jewelry, blending the vision of talented designers with the masterful hands of artisans in the production of all its dramatic statement pieces. Unique and contemporary design with ancient craftsmanship techniques makes up our unique recipe to LOVE.

A Quick Guide to Authentic Louis Vuitton

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Louis Vuitton has been placing date codes in almost every newly manufactured bag, wallet and small leather piece since the early 1980s. Sometimes date codes are hidden and may be difficult to find, but in most cases they are visibly stamped on the lining or onto an attached tag.

Louis Vuitton has changed the date code configuration multiple times, but the date code will always contain letters and/or numbers. Below is a quick guide to deciphering the meaning of date codes.

Early 1980s and Before: No Date Codes.Louis Vuitton did not use date codes before 1982, therefore older vintage pieces can not be pinpointed as accurately as newer ones.1982 to Mid 1980s Date Codes: Three or Four Digits.Louis Vuitton changed the date code system in the mid-Eighties to include letters that indicate the factory where pieces were manufactured. Like in the early 1980s, the first two numbers indicate the year, and the last one or two numbers indicate the month.

In 2007, Louis Vuitton changed the four digit numbering system. Instead of indicating the month an item was manufactured, the first and third numbers now represent the week. The second and fourth numbers still represent the year. The letters continued to represent the specific factory where the item was manufactured.

MONOGRAM NECKLACES CELEBRITIES WEAR TREND

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Monogram necklaces have come into fashion thanks to our most loved celebrities. How did this happen and why? To be fair, all that fashion designers have to do in order to bring a new style into fashion, is to ask the celebs to wear it – and there you have it, a trend is set. This goes for clothing, shoes, bags, jewelry and makeup. Monogram jewelry seems to have taken its natural course through the celebrity world and it is clear that they truly love wearing them, and not just under designers’ pressure. It seems that the general public is inspired by celebrity jewelry and the effect of the monogram necklace has impressed upon everyone.
Celebrity necklaces trends are forever changing and updating from religiously expressive to statement pieces and personalized charms. It’s always a good idea to keep up with the latest trends by reading magazines and articles online so that you know what is in and what is out. Some trends never go out they just lose that originality factor and press coverage over time – therefore you never need to ‘overdo’ something to get the most out of it while it’s at its highest point of ‘trendy’. In fact you should never really overdo anything. A great tip is to always keep your jewelry displayed in moderation with your outfit.
Sentiment & personalization
Monogram necklaces may display your initials or the initials of a loved one, giving the jewelry a lot of sentimental value. I think this is one of the things people love about monograms the most. We love to see our own names displayed in silver or gold, it makes us feel good. It is a piece of identity, a short description of who you are, for all to see, there is an essence of pride. The monogram is a subtle way of expressing your true self.

High-End Handbags: A New Kind of High-Stakes Heist

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According to the South China Morning Post, last week, the Brand-Off luxury goods outlet on Peking road was visited by a man who asked to see a Hermes Birkin Crocodile skin handbag, worth approximately $398,000 Hong Kong Dollars. When the clerk handed-over the bag for his customer to take a closer look, the customer made a run for it, with store employees and police giving chase.

Unfortunately for the merchant, the man escaped in a taxi, and Hong Kong police have been unable to track him down.

This is not the first type of incident of its kind in Hong Kong. Earlier this summer, a nearby outlet center was targeted when a nearby luxury goods outlet was visited by 4 men brandishing hammers. They used the hammers to smash the glass of the display cases, escaping with 30 handbags. It is estimated that the damages from this high-end heist total approximately 1.8 million Hong Kong Dollars.

When you try and envision what a high-stakes heist might look like, your mind probably immediately turns to that old Hollywood theme of cat-burglars and jewel thieves dressed in skin-tight black leotards, listening to safes with stethoscopes or drilling a hole in a jewelry store window. But this week, merchants in Hong Kong experienced a whole new variation on the theme of the classic high-stakes heist. This time, thieves targeted not jewels, money, or even encrypted data, but high-end handbags.

LV Replica Handbags Capucines -New color

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I was scouting for a bag that will not dent my bank account more than what the festive season has already done. Then I bumped into an LV replica handbag that got me drooling over it. Cheap replica lv bags are always a good way to look good and the same time to not shade tears the next time you see your bank statement.

The Louis Vuitton Capucines is made out of full-grain Taurillon calf leather, the same leather used by another French luxury brand Hermes for its exclusive bags. The leather comes from the top layer of the cowhide, and is subjected to very minimal chemical processing. Hence, the subject leather with its signature texture is very durable, strong, and of very high quality.

it is a lot more expensive than the usual Louis Vuitton canvas, LV-embossed Neverfull, which retails at around $800.

Bernard Arnault, LVMH’s boss, stated that Louis Vuitton has plans to prune its portfolio of canvas bags. Currently, it makes up two thirds of the business and it generates 90% of gross margins.

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Bernard Arnault, LVMH’s boss, stated that Louis Vuitton has plans to prune its portfolio of canvas bags. Currently, it makes up two thirds of the business and it generates 90% of gross margins.

It is not a surprise that Louis Vuitton has decided to do away with its signature monograms. The tan and brown monograms that Louis Vuitton has been well known for has been on the arms of a lot of women from all walks of life. Sometimes, it’s even hard to differentiate the authentic ones from the fake ones, as more and more copycats get better in counterfeiting Louis Vuitton bags, especially the LV Monogram.

The LV knockoffs bag are sold out immediately they hit the market and getting one of the lv replica handbags from trusted online retailers is one way to ensure you are on fleek and trendy in 2017.

Two Ways For Repair the Warm Handbag

The safest way to remove an oil based stain from suede or other porous leathers is to use cornstarch or talcum powder. Pat your chosen powder over the stain and let it sit overnight. In the morning, brush off the powder. It should have absorbed the oil. More than likely you will have to repeat this process over the course of several days for stubborn stains.

It’s a pretty well-known trade secret among dry cleaners that dry cleaning solvent is basically chemically the same as lighter fluid. While the smell (and volatility) of lighter fluid may make you think twice about using it, if you have a cloth handbag with a really stubborn oil-based stain, it can be very effective. Always start with a spot test in an inconspicuous area of the bag lighter fluid can leech color from certain fabrics. Once you’ve established that your fabric is color-fast, blot the lighter fluid directly onto the stain with a cloth and rub lightly. Once you’ve done this, let the garment sit for 10 minutes, then throw it in the wash. If possible, wash the garment with hot water.

And of course it should go without saying, if you smoke you should refrain from doing so while you are dousing fabric with lighter fluid. Obviously.

A recent incident involving an exploding tube of hand cream and the ivory suede of a favorite spring handbag reminded me that it’s been a while here on the blog since we’ve discussed the care and maintenance of your prized handbag collection. Summer is right around the corner after all, and there are no conditions quite like warm weather conditions to bring about some of the messiest handbag disasters out there. Lipsticks and glosses melt, those tubes of sunscreen always seem to leak, and that ziploc bag containing your lunch sandwich that’s leaking mayonnaise all over your bag sure seemed like it was sealed when you left for the office, but now? Not so much.

So let’s jump straight in. Because most warm weather handbag messes involve some sort of oil-based product (lipgloss, sunscreen, etc), today’s guide will focus primarily on removing oil-based stains.

GORGEOUS CHOLE FAYE BACKPACKS

Now that backpacks are the hot items for the new modern fashion, every designer wants to get into the game. Though there are plenty of gorgeous backpacks available, not all of them are worth the investment. But don’t worry, the Chloe Faye Backpack will definitely pass the fashion police test.

Labelled the It bag of the season, Chloé’s Faye soared to instant success after surfacing on the handbag scene. Fusing femininity with a contemporary edge, the Faye bag blends high-quality colored leather with standout hardware for signature cool-girl appeal. A bold ring and pendant chain, inspired by equestrian bridles, takes center stage on every silhouette, while stamped branding features subtly. Embody a 70s vibe with the Faye shoulder bag and use the tote for days in the city. Carry the clutch on nights out and look effortless with ease.

Honestly, have you seen the original Faye Bag? Oh my, that’s a real gorgeous bag. You see, the Faye is designed with an oversized hoop in the center front; it’s also beautifully refined with shiny hardware. Then a hoop is linked with a chain to the side. And now take a look at the Chlo Faye Backpack, the same-effect right?