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“The Claddagh’s distinctive design features two hands clasping a heart, and usually surmounted by a crown. The pieces of this symbol are often said to represent love (the heart), friendship (the hands), and loyalty (the crown).
Claddagh comes from the Irish phrase, “An Cladch” which means “flat stony shore.” It was the name of the village on the coast of Ireland where the claddagh design originated. The ‘gh’ ending is added for phonetic English speakers to create the guttural, phlegmy sound that doesn’t have a character in our language.
The way that a Claddagh ring is worn on the hand is usually intended to convey the wearer’s romantic availability, or NOT!
Source:  Murphy, Colin, and Donal O’Dea (2006) The Feckin’ Book of Everything Irish. New York, Barnes & Noble. p.126 ISBN 0-7607-8219-9
Who do you know with a March birthday? Their birthstone is the aquamarine, a gemstone that is blue in color, or perhaps more correctly, blue-green or an aqua variety of the mineral beryl. As beryl, aquamarine is mentioned in the Bible.
Aquamarine jewelry is associated with beauty, honesty, loyalty, and happiness.The name aquamarine was derived by the Romans, “aqua,” meaning water, and “mare,” meaning sea, because it looked like sea water. Aquamarines were believed to have originated from the jewel caskets of sirens, washed ashore from the depths of the sea. They were considered sacred to Neptune, Roman god of the sea. This association with the sea made it the sailors’ gem, promising prosperous and safe voyages, as well as protection against perils and monsters of the sea. Its first documented use was by the Greeks between 480-300 BC. They wore aquamarine amulets engraved with Poseidon (the Greek god of the sea) on a chariot.
Beginning in the Roman period, the aquamarine was believed to possess medicinal and healing powers, curing ailments of the stomach, liver, jaws, and throat. During the Middle Ages, it was believed to be an effective antidote against poison.
Aquamarines were also thought to be the source of power for soothsayers, who called it the “magic mirror,” and used it for telling fortunes and answering questions about the future.
And… it is said that Emperor Nero used it as an eyeglass 2,000 years ago. Much later, aquamarines were used as glasses in Germany to correct shortsightedness. In fact, the German name for eyeglasses today is “brille,” derived from the mineral beryl.
The color authority, Pantone, which surveys couture designers regarding their fave collection hues each season, revealed its choice, calling it “a lively, radiant, lush green.”
The Pantone Emerald Green replaces Tangerine Tango, the Color of the Year for 2012, described as a “spirited, reddish orange” that “provided the energy boost we needed to recharge and move forward,” according to Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute.
The perception of the color emerald is “sophisticated and luxurious,” and represents growth, healing, and new life in cultures worldwide. It’s also the color of renewal and prosperity, and enhances a sense of well-being and promotes balance and harmony.
“Green is the most abundant hue in nature—the human eye sees more green than any other color in the spectrum,” Eiseman told the press. “Symbolically, emerald brings a sense of clarity, renewal, and rejuvenation, which is so important in today’s complex world.”
We have emeralds here in the store .. earrings, rings, necklaces, bracelets, and of course beautiful custom designs.
U.S. Antique Shows, a major producer of antique shows in North America, announced that the L.A. Antique Jewelry & Watch Show will be held March 22-24, 2013 at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Los Angeles. The Show is expected to draw hundreds of connoisseurs to more than 100 of the top, industry-leading dealers in the antique jewelry business.
The Show is a must-attend for anyone with an interest in the most coveted antique and estate jewelry in the world. Some of the collections that will be presented at the Show include rare and unique jewelry and watches from famous brands including Cartier, Rolex, Tiffany & Co., David Webb, Suzanne Belperron, Harry Winston, Patek Philippe and Van Cleef & Arpels to name a few.
Signed pieces previously owned by celebrities and royalty will also be presented as well as cameos, rings, decorative necklaces, brooches, gemstones and pendants represented by all eras of jewelry history from the Renaissance to the Art Deco era.
“We are thrilled to be able to bring together dealers and antique jewelry enthusiasts in the market that boasts the largest jewelry district in the country,” said Dan Darby, group fair director. “For more than 50 years, our shows have been well received in some of the most vibrant cities in the United States, so it only made sense for us to bring our show to Los Angeles. We look forward to introducing local antique collectors to some of the most unique pieces ever offered on the West Coast.”
The L.A. Antique Jewelry and Watch Show will provide unprecedented exposure to exhibitors and collectors dedicated to this thriving industry. Show times are 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. on March 22 – 23 and 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. on March 24. Admission is $20 to attend all three days. For more information about the show, or to purchase tickets, please call (239) 732-6642 or visit www.LAAntiqueJewelry.com
The first major jewelry tradeshow in the U.S., the Centurion Jewelry Show, was held Feb. 3 – 5 in Scottsdale, Ariz. The invitation-only event caters to the luxury end of the market. One of the things it provides is the first chance for those in the U.S. to view new designs for the year.
There’s a lot written about fashion trends in the jewelry industry. However, the designers and manufacturers exhibiting at this show adhere more to their personal vision than to the whims of fashion. With this attitude toward their creations it may seem unlikely that many of these companies remain on the leading edge of trends. But they are and it’s because of the quality of their work, the materials they use and their ability to promote their brand uniqueness. They don’t follow fashion trends because in many ways they are the trend setters. That’s why their jewelry is often worn on the biggest fashion stages by Hollywood A-listers and other fashion icons.
For example, with “emerald” being named color of the year for 2013 by Pantone, which bills itself as the “authority on color,” one would expect emeralds and other green gemstones to dominate the tradeshow, but that wasn’t the case (with one major exception).
If there was a major trend at the show it would be that these designers and manufacturers are no longer creating lines experimenting with less expensive materials (the result of the economic collapse and the high cost of materials). High-karat gold and platinum were prevalent throughout the show. Big, bold gemstones were commonplace. Lots of designers talked about simplicity with their new collections, but there was still plenty of highly complex work on display.
Enjoy the slide show of some of the highlights!
The above reported and wrtten by Anthony DeMarco @jewelrynewsnet
In Chinese astrology 2013 is the Year of the Snake, and jewelry inspired by the slender and slithering is trendy right now.While rings appear to be the most popular you’ll find pieces where the designers also have wound the serpent into earrings, necklaces and eye-catching bangles and bracelets. Colorful gemstones often play the part of reptile’s beady little eyes, and scales are defined by diamonds and texture. Definitely for only a few!!!