Why do I love antique jewelry?

One of the main advantages of collecting antique jewellery, as opposed to other works of art, is in fact that it can still be worn, and so put to its original use of decorating and complimenting fashion and beauty. some people enjoy collecting jewels for historical and academic interest, but it is also a fascinating challenge to choose jewels from a past age which will still flatter modern clothes and, at the same time, add the inimitable touch of old charm, a glimpse of another society, remote in customs, values, beliefs.


REVIEW: Art Deco Jewelry by Laurence Mouillefarine and Évelyne Possémé (via berman down the house)

REVIEW: Art Deco Jewelry by Laurence Mouillefarine and Évelyne Possémé BY SARAH BERMAN, THE BLOCK MAGAZINE The year is 1925. Times are good, skirts are short, and Parisian aesthetes are rocking bling so extravagant it would make Lil Wayne blush. This is the heyday of Art Deco. With an ample appreciation for geometric shapes, editors Laurence Mouillefarine and Évelyne Possémé attempt to explain why so many Hollywood stars and fashionistas traded their traditional diamonds and gold for chunky onyx and platinum. The bo … Read More

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Zina S Sparling Jewellery

Zina S Sparling Jewellery

Zina Sparling

Jewellery designed and created by Zina S Sparling featuring semi-precious stones.

I have always been fascinated by colours, textures, semi-precious and precious stones, gold and the history of jewellery. That fascination deeply inspires my work and constantly motivates me to create pieces that are a fusion of the ancient and the contemporary – a luxurious, feminine and very unique style of jewellery that is instantly noticed. My love for beauty and creating first began when I was a student of classical music. In fact, there is a very close thread that links music and fine jewellery. Both have an instant appeal. Semi-precious and precious stones in their half-polished form exude a visual power that is bold, sophisticated and elegant… like an oboe in an orchestra. My jewellery is a fine mix of Art Deco, ancient Rome, Egypt, light, organic and natural forms fused with intricate gold chains, quirky contemporary magnetic clasps, unusual compositions.

Every creation of mine is made with love and enthusiasm. I wear it all the time – I love it and cherish it. I am sure you will love it too.

Tudor Carnelian Ring

Tudor Carnelian Ring


Organic shaped, bold in design and inspired by pivotal historical eras these rings will certainly attract attention. Finest 24ct gold plated hammered rings with pure 14ct rolled gold details featuring semi-precious and precious stones. Expandable base.
Please note that each piece of jewellery is individually hand made and the stones may slightly differ in shape.

Black Amour necklace

Black Amour necklace


Bold and statement making. Inspired by Schiaparelli, Art Deco, Roman decadence…The stones catch and reflect the light beautifully… like a dance.Some stones may slightly differ in colour and shape due to their organic nature.

Decadence Bracelet

Decadence Bracelet


Please note that all the pieces are individually hand made. Some stones may differ very slightly from the ones in the photo.

This is due to the organic and unspoiled texture of the stones. No stone is repeated – they are all slightly different…like us.


Eclecticisme jewelry

Eclecticisme jewelry

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From circa 1830 the neo-styles followed each other:

  • Neo-gothic with artists like Froment-Meurice
  • Neo-Renaissance
  • Neo-Etruscan with artists like Castellani and Guiliano
  • Neo-Moor (inspired by the algerian war in 1840, which reached its zenith at the end of the war in 1860)
  • Neo-Assyrian (caused by the publication of Sir Henry Layards ‘Nineveh and its remains’ and the world exhibition in London in 1851 where the fruits of many national industries were on show)
  • Neo-Egyptian (associated with the opening of the suez canal in 1869)
  • Neo-Indian (inspired by the crowning of Queen Victoria to Empress of India)

There was another revival of the Neo-Egyptian in 1922 that coincides with the discovery of the tomb of King Tutankhamon. This revival was actually defined more in the Art-Deco style.

In a word the 19th Century was not very exiting from a design point of view. Towards the end of the century this became worse and even less defined with a variety styles mixed up all together. This was called eclectisism and for a long time was belittled. Lately however some people have started considering these as collectors items.

Sparkling Precious Stones Art Deco Style Engagement Ring

Sparkling Precious Stones Art Deco Style Engagement Ring

Sparkling Precious Stones Art Deco Style Engagement Ring

One Absolutely Beautiful Ladies Diamond & Peridot Engagement Ring ! This Stunning Art Deco style Ring, circa 1930, contains one spectacular Emerald-Cut Genuine Green Peridot with a weight of 5.50 Carats, measuring an impressive 12 x 9.7mm. Strong Intense Shades of Bright Green, that exhibit Great Brilliance and Wonderful Sparkle. Elegant row contains 14 old mine brilliant cut diamonds totaling 1.40 Carats. The Platinum Mounting is Solid, Heavy, extremely Well Made and comfortable to wear. The overall condition is excellent. Ring weight is 8.7 Grams! The top of ring measures 18 x 16mm. Ring size Continental: 54 & 17¼ , Size US: 6¾ , Size UK: N. Free resizing.

If you love Peridot, you’ll love this ring !

… une bague de bon goût …

Art Nouveau style

Art Nouveau, the style of decoration current in the 1890s and early 1900s, the name being derived from a gallery for interior decoration opened by Samuel Bing in Paris in 1896, called the “Maison de l’Art Nouveau”. It was introduced in England circa 1890, mainly as a product of the movement started by William Morris and the pre-Raphaelites, which spread to the Continent and America. It came to an end with the outbreak of World War I.

The same style in Germany was called Jugendstil, after a magazine called Die Jugend(The Youth), in Holland Slaoliestijl (salad oil style) after an advertising for salad oil and in Italy Floreale or Stile Liberty (after the London store that featured it).

Applicable to all the decorative arts, it was adapted to jewelry in England and the Continent. The style resulted from a revolt against the rigid styles of the previously mass-produced wares and a philosophy that sought to revive the craft movement and aestheticism in art. It featured free-flowing, curving lines with asymmetrical natural motifs, such as human, female faces, greatly influenced by Japanese art. It used gemstones to emphasize their beauty, preferring pearls and cabochon opals and moonstones rather than faceted stones, and employed colourful enamelling.The pieces include pendants, necklaces and elaborate hair ornaments. Eventually its own extravagances led to its demise in circa 1910-1914.

Among its leading exponents in France were Rene Lalique, Maison Vever, George Fouquet and Lucien Gaillard; in Belgium Philippe Wolfers and in Vienna Josef Hoffman. In England the leaders were Charles R.Ashbee and Henry Wilson and in Scotland Charles Rennie Mackintosh.

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Art Deco style

The Art Deco style is a very famous and popular art movement that had a lot influence in the world of jewelry. Art Deco was introduced in the 1920s as protest against the Art Nouveau style. Art Deco ended in the 1930s. The style emphasized a very abstract design with geometric patterns and as most favorite colors: black (onyx), blue (sapphire), green (emerald), white (diamond) and red (coral). The baguette and emerald-cuts, which had been developed in the nineteenth century, where very popular in the 1920s because they blended so much with the geometrical lines of the Art Deco style.

Most of the Art Deco jewelry has a very luxury design. This is because of the large amount of money that was made in the war of 1914. All this money gave the opportunity to buy the best fashionable materials like: diamonds, platinum, red gold and yellow gold for the design of the jewels. Of course there are a lot of beautiful but less priced jewels in the Art Deco movement. Years later in the 1960s and 1970s Art Deco came back as a very popular decorative art. Even nowadays you can see that Art Deco style has great influence on our designing in all kind of branches.

History of Art Deco

After the Universal Exposition of 1900, various French artists formed a formal collective known as, La Société des artistes décorateurs (the society of the decorator artists). Founders included Hector Guimard, Eugène Grasset, Raoul Lachenal, Paul Follot, Maurice Dufrene, and Emile Decour. These artists heavily influenced the principles of Art Deco as a whole. This society’s purpose was to demonstrate French decorative art’s leading position and evolution internationally. They organized the 1925 Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes (International Exposition of Modern Industrial and Decorative Art), which would feature French art and business interests. Russian artist Vadim Meller was awarded a gold medal for his scenic design there.

The initial movement was called Style Moderne. The term Art Deco was derived from the Exposition of 1925, though it was not until the late 1960s that this term was coined by art historian Bevis Hillier, and popularized by his 1968 book Art Deco of the 20s and 30s. In the summer of 1969, Hillier conceived organizing an exhibition called Art Deco at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, which took place from July to September 1971. After this event, interest in Art Deco peaked with the publication of Hillier’s 1971 book The World of Art Deco, a record of the exhibition.

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