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Thursday, August 25, 2011

lovely things — jewels, gems and treasures at mfa boston

One of the cur­rent exhibits run­ning at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston is "Jew­els, Gems and Trea­sures — Ancient to Mod­ern". It exam­ines the notion that what we now con­sider gems, such as dia­monds and rubies, is much too lim­ited when look­ing at a broader world view. Many other items, whether seen as hav­ing pro­tec­tive value or sim­ply as being rare, have been trea­sured across the cen­turies. Fre­quently, tra­di­tional gems were mixed in with less pre­cious items, with the result­ing fab­ri­ca­tion an object of incred­i­ble beauty. Here are some of the amaz­ing pieces I saw this week:

Apolo­gies for this blurry pic­ture, but this suite of hum­ming­bird jew­els was made of, yes, real hum­ming­birds. Vic­to­rian excess at its most sublime.

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real hum­ming­birds as jewelry

Ancient pieces included rock crys­tal and enamel work along­side gems.

jewels, gems and treasures at MFA Boston

jew­els, gems and trea­sures at MFA Boston

jewels, gems and treasures at MFA Boston

jew­els, gems and trea­sures at MFA Boston

This beau­ti­ful 19th cen­tury Chi­nese head­dress incor­po­rated gilt metal, king­fisher feath­ers, silk, glass and bone along with a host of semi-precious stones.

jewels, gems and treasures at MFA Boston

19th cen­tury head­dress at MFA Boston

This 17th cen­tury Ger­man rosary fea­tured amber, believed at the time to have mag­i­cal prop­er­ties. Inter­est­ing choice for a Catholic I should think.

jewels, gems and treasures at MFA Boston

17th cen­tury rosary at MFA Boston

Beau­ti­ful jew­elry in every color of the rainbow:

jewels, gems and treasures at MFA Boston

amethyst neck­lace at MFA Boston

jewels, gems and treasures at MFA Boston

a selec­tion of brooches at MFA Boston

A Faberge bull­dog, made of agate and semi-precious stones, in mem­ory of a beloved pet. Wow.

jewels, gems and treasures at MFA Boston

faberge bull­dog

Enamel in com­bi­na­tion with moon­stones and pearls, sim­ply remarkable.

jewels, gems and treasures at MFA Boston

jew­els, gems and trea­sures at MFA Boston

A plat­inum, dia­mond and carved emer­ald brooch from 1928, owned and worn by Mar­jorie Meri­weather Post at her pre­sen­ta­tion to the Court of St. James. The cen­tral stone, carved in India, dates from the 17th cen­tury. 'Exquis­ite' barely cov­ers this piece.

jewels, gems and treasures at MFA Boston

emer­ald brooch at MFA Boston

Finally, a brooch and cuff bracelet with less refine­ment of the stones, but cer­tainly plenty of char­ac­ter in the fin­ished pieces.

jewels, gems and treasures at MFA Boston

jew­els, gems and trea­sures at MFA Boston

There are many more won­der­ous exam­ples to see in this exhibit. I encour­age you to attend if you can; the show runs through Novem­ber 25.

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Friday, August 19, 2011

fabric friday — eskayel

Not your typ­i­cal fab­ric pat­terns, these beau­ties from Eskayel let you inter­pret their mean­ing, almost like an ink blot test. Is it tie-dye? Batik? Do you care? It's just plain cool!

Setting Sun in raspberry linen
set­ting sun in rasp­berry on linen
culebra cubic in blue linen
cule­bra cubic in blue on linen
sweetwater in aqua linen
sweet­wa­ter in aqua on linen

This is just a small selec­tion of the many inter­est­ing fab­rics Eskayel offers. Addi­tion­ally, they fea­ture pil­lows, bas­kets and more on their web­site. An espe­cially fun fea­ture, you can shop their line by color. Enjoy!

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Wednesday, March 30, 2011

something lovely…spotted at sally lerman jewelry

If like me you love every known gem­stone, this fan­tas­tic neck­lace will sat­isfy your crav­ing! From Con­necti­cut jew­elry designer Sally Ler­man, it fea­tures blue topaz faceted coins, lemon quartz onion, faceted rose quartz beads are sur­rounded by peri­dot, pink tour­ma­line and pearl dan­gling beads. Ster­ling sil­ver wire cod­dles each stone, and  it adjusts from 15–18 inches.

sally lerman necklace

sally ler­man multi-stone neck­lace closeup

sally lerman necklace

sally ler­man multi-stone necklace

You can pur­chase this lovely piece for your very own on Etsy. Be sure to visit Sally's web­site to learn more about the ther­a­peu­tic prop­er­ties of nat­ural gemstones.

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Friday, February 4, 2011

fabric friday — trina turk for schumacher

Schu­macher has teamed up again with Trina Turk for a col­lec­tion of indoor/outdoor Sun­brella® fab­rics in a range of vivid col­ors. Funky retro pat­terns are a hall­mark of Turk's style — and these would surely spice up your out­door patio!

A selec­tion in the cerise/violet/sunset colorway:

tang­ier frame in cerise

louis nui in violet

loop de loop in cerise

beauty bark in cerise

soleil l.a. in sunset

A total of 75 fab­rics com­prise the two Turk out­door col­lec­tions. Take a look — they are a great anti­dote to the win­ter blues!

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