Once upon a time, there was a little girl named Bess. She was born into a pretty famous family. Her dad was a powerful guy and her mom? Well, women didn’t have much power in those days, outside of the one thing that had made them powerful for hundreds of generations. But let’s just say that powerful men could be fickle and a woman’s “power” was often found to be short-lived.
It’s that time of year again. Spring is springing. April showers are soon to bring May flowers. And Mother’s Day is only a few days away. Wait. What!? Mother’s Day is only a few days away? Yup. And let me guess. You don’t have a gift for her yet do you.
That special someone has been asking what kind of engagement ring you’d like. And to be honest, you don’t really know. What you do know, is that you want something different. Not like all the other rings out there right now. After all, you don’t need it to scream, “I’m so 2016!” 20 years from now. But what’s a gal (or guy) to do?
Ever wonder just how old that antique ring that grandma gave you really is? I mean, the jeweler told you it was an Art Deco piece when you had it sized to fit your finger. But just what exactly does that mean? Those of us at Katie Callahan and Co. are here to help!
Let’s be like the Sound of Music and start at the very beginning:
Have you ever heard of the Forty Elephants gang? The Pink Panthers? Maybe Abigail Kemp? “Diamond” Doris Payne? How about Sofia Blyurshtein (aka Sofia Golden Hand)? What do all of these women have in common? Well, it might be safe to assume that they are drawn to sparkly things, for starters. Why? They’re all notorious jewel thieves, that’s why.
Are you married? Take a look at your left hand (or right hand if you’re in some European countries). Chances are, there are two rings on your finger. One that you got the day you were married. And another that you’re beloved gave you prior – when they asked you to be theirs. Most of us call that an engagement ring. Be it antique, vintage, retro or modern, it matters not. You see, you’re a part of history. The history of the engagement ring.[Read more…]
I’ve been a little obsessed lately. With women. Women carved in shell, stone and/or resin, to be exact. To say I’ve always had a love for vintage Cameos would be an understatement. The delicate features carved into gorgeous shells and other material seem so magical. I once had a very good friend several decades older that had an unbelievable Cameo collection. One day, as she felt she was nearing the end of her life, she offered me my pick. I chose an antique 14kt gold and diamond Cameo ring that I have, wear and treasure to this day. What’s not to love about Cameos. After all, they are rumored to posses mystical powers in the form of good health and wealth for those that wear them.[Read more…]
Gone are the days of blue-haired women in the 70+ age group, tottering around in their St. John or Channel suits with a vintage pin on the lapel. Well, they may not actually be gone, but they need to move over for the new kids on the block. Why? The brooch is back, baby!
You’re pretty sure that the one you love is about to get down on one knee. But is it going to be a Carrie Bradshaw moment with Aidan and “the ring”? (If you don’t remember or didn’t see that episode of Sex In The City – here it is on YouTube. Samantha saved the day (and ensured they actually got engaged) by helping Aidan find “the right ring”.)
It’s April (the 6th to be exact) and we’ve in fact had some lovely April showers here in the Carolinas already. But it’s not just a little rain that can bring out the May flowers. You know what else helps produce bouquets? Weddings. And most weddings start with a ring. A diamond ring, to be exact. And diamonds just happen to be the birthstone for those born in April. Bring on the diamonds.
What kind of wedding can you expect when attending that of a Russian oligarch multibillionaire’s son? An over the top billion dollar wedding, that’s what. And not just any over the top wedding. A wedding with real life stars, fancy cars and more than one over the top wedding dress.
No one’s talking about the exact price tag, but since daddy is Russian billionaire Mikhail Gutserierv (estimated worth $6.2 billion US), it’s safe to guess it was more than your annual salary and mine combined. For the next 50 years.[Read more…]
Once in a while, a diamond unlike any other rears its head and roars. Not a tiny lion cub roar. A head of the pride kind of roar.
We’re feverishly working on the website behind the scenes and will have the new and improved site up soon. Until then, go check out The Library (on this site) to learn more about Vintage, Estate and Antique Jewelry, how to collect it and see examples from the masters of the craft. I’ve hand-picked some of my personal favorite resources for you.
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