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Shh…

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Dad & I sneakily working together to get some of mom’s ring resized so she can finally wear them…

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recycling gold.

i posted these pictures on Instagram a little while ago, but never got around to elaborating about them.

i recently purchased two separate, unrelated vintage 14k yellow gold wedding bands: a plain thin one i planned to use as a stacking ring and this heavy (6 grams) man’s wedding ring. i intended to resize the latter and completely smooth out the exterior design. there was a date inside the band, which is very close to when my parents were married. it was my jeweler who noticed the ring was actually two-toned; he also convinced me to keep the original design.

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i know there are a lot of new options, new designers and aesthetics for jewelry available now,  but i find older pieces to have so much character. there’s a story – and if you don’t know the story, there’s mystery. i like to try and save pieces from being melted down when i can, and really admire the artisans and designers who either restore or re-work these old treasures to give them a new life.

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while antique or vintage wedding bands aren’t everyone’s cup of tea, i’ve noticed an increasing trend. there’s certainly an appropriate irony when an antique wedding band, a circle symbolizing eternity and never-ending love, is worn again and again, carrying that same message, instead of being melted into scrap…

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*all images property of gloria c. and imunlisted.wordpress.com

cartier.

oof.

gorgeous cartier video campaign…

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cartier panther 3

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*original item images property of cartier.com & other misc. sources.

put your stamp on it.

maybe it’s my private school education + southern upbringing coming back to haunt me, but recently i’ve found myself doing a lot of monogramming…

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the weekender

my weekender was a gift from my parents on a trip to italy, and ever since, it’s been my favorite piece of luggage. i don’t believe in checking bags [on a flight]…

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details…

after some research and thought, i decided having my initials laser engraved might be a better bet than having them printed or plain/foil stamped. the leather had already been treated, and was softening and getting a patina from my having used it, and i was afraid any other method wouldn’t last. only time will tell!

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just received the larger stamped disc charm in the mail today…

ordered this charm from JLynn Creations – i added it to a sterling diamond charm necklace i already had, and, voila!

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…and finally, my monogrammed canvas tote!

*all images property of gloria c. and imunlisted.wordpress.com

david yurman.

i was browsing through some images on instagram (again ), and came across a beautiful david yurman campaign photo with the call to post your own image with their jewelry. i love their pieces and the image, so i presented my take on the original

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the inspired…

...the original.

…the original.

*first original image property of gloria c. and imunlisted.wordpress.com; final image property of @davidyurman (instagram).

hardheaded.

my sterling raven skull pendant necklace (antiqued silver finish) from skeletos finally arrived today – another amazing addition to my already burgeoning jewelry-cum-art collection.

thanks, mika s.!

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*photos property of g.cheng, imunlisted.wordpress.com; unauthorized use strictly prohibited.

talons.

new amazing custom sterling owl talon faux gauge earrings courtesy of Lisette at Eilisain Jewelry.

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*photos property of g.cheng, imunlisted.wordpress.com, & Lisette F. of Eilisain Jewelry; unauthorized use strictly prohibited.

animal farm.

i agree, the book was good.

recent purchase post: my most recent ebay item just arrived in the mail – a vintage gold dolphin clamper (hinged) bracelet. the two dolphins have rhinestone eyes, and this piece is “dead stock”, or in layman’s terms, vintage new-but-discontinued. it was going for $7 + $2 shipping, but i offered the lady $5, and she accepted. when it comes to haggling, my skin’s not too thick… i ask for what i think is just below or reasonably below fair market value, which means i can justify to a seller why i should be paying $B instead of $A. sellers are obviously looking to make a profit, since they aren’t giving their things away for free. a successful deal occurs only when both sellers and buyers benefit – and it is possible.

being a woman, i tried on my bracelet and wore it around the house for a few minutes. pleased, i left the seller positive feedback on ebay, then added the bracelet to my collection. as my readers probably have concluded from the i.love.vintage. post a few weeks ago, i tend to horde things. it was a fact never brighter or more blinding then when i opened my (second) jewelery box to put away my newest find. tons of tirelessly stalked and hunted down, carefully organized jewelry winked at me from…where i put them the day i bought them. fine and costume, new and vintage, classic and bold – none had gotten the real wear they deserved. don’t let me be misunderstood, i regret nothing – except, perhaps, not being more gusty and having the balls to wear all the great things i’d found.

as i silently vowed to start a steady new rotation of jewelry, i grew more and more suprised at how many animal themed pieces i was finding in my collection. i think it’s safe to say i blame my friend geena… i’d say it all began with an unhealthy obsession with a costume gold tone clamper ram’s head bracelet she scored while thrifting. while a bit worn, it had great detail, good weight, and the ram heads had green rhinestone eyes. after realizing she was just as enamored with it as i was, and wasn’t willing to part with it by any means, i began looking for one of my own. unbenownst to those not very familiar with vintage costume jewelry, large, gold tone clamper, cuffs or bangles featuring animal heads were very popular in the 80’s, made even more popular by well-known jewelry company kenneth jay lane (the late actor jimmy stewart’s wife was a fan) when they produced a series of large, jeweled, gaudy animal themed pieces for the equally well-known costume jewelry company avon. the series included elephants, zebras, giraffes, tigers, and lions. these pieces go for between $80 – $250 each today. but i digress…

as i was saying, the search was proving difficult. online, the prices were unreasonable, and the reasonably prices ones were still unreasonable because the pieces were ugly or poorly made. along the way though, i placated myself by snatching up good buys on non-ram animal jewelry. i finally succeed in finding a wonderful ram’s head bracelet last week, but only until i put away my dolphin bracelet, did i realize how many animals were on my farm.

egads!

old macdonald's got nothing compared to this.

old macdonald's got nothing on this.