The Brimfield Show is always full of excitement and anticipation for all the interesting unique finds we stumble on. Some of them come home with me and many don't but it is always inspiring. My husband joined me on this adventure and it sparked the hunt for him as well. So here are my highlights...
In jewelry terms, estate, vintage and antique jewelry have similar meanings but the differences can greatly influence the value of the piece at hand. Before you purchase a previously owned piece of jewelry, it’s important to know the differences.
Although estate jewelry connotes a piece that has been passed down from generations passed, it refers to any piece of jewelry that was previously owned, regardless of its age. It can be broken down into two types, vintage jewelry (less than 100 years) and antique jewelry (more than 100 years old.)
The color of a Ruby reminds us of love and passion. For centuries Rubies were gifted to the mistress not the wife. Women that wore red were strong, forward thinking, powerful women. Red is such a strong color that there is no mistaking the confidence and power of that color.
Rubies are the red version of Sapphire, part of the Corundum family. They come in every color of the rainbow with Ruby being one of the rarest. The corundum is the 2nd hardest gemstone next to a diamond. Their hardness is graded a 9 according to the Mohs hardness scale. Rubies have increased tremendously in value due to the restrictions in the areas the finest gem quality Rubies have been mined, like Burma. The rarest of them all are the No Heat, Unheated Burmese Rubies with the bright, deep red that you look for in the gem quality rubies.
July is the mid summer month we celebrate with Red, White and Blue, fireworks, parades and barbecues with friends and family. We need to remember those we lost for our FREEDOM and those we love that are still with us.
Happy 4th everyone!
Garnet is the birthstone for January. Most people are aware of the common dark red color that most garnets display. Their hardness of a 6 1/2 - 7 1/2 lends themselves to daily wear. Garnets are gemstones that are not treated producing their colors naturally. The common colors are affordable and inexpensive. The garnet celebrates the 2nd and 6th wedding anniversary. The garnet also represents truth and used for healing. During the Victorian Era the Bohemian Garnet Jewelry was prized and it is highly collectable.
My favorite are the rarest of them all, the Demantoid garnet which is a bright lime green color, very similar to a Peridot. Demantoid garnets are magnetic unlike their siblings due to the high iron content. They have a distinct clarity characteristic called a horsetail, because it actually looks like a horsetail. The Demantoid garnets have been known to be heat treated in the current material being mined. The Russian Demantoid's are highly sought after and collectable.