Sunday, August 14, 2016

Caring For Your Engagement Ring

This post provides information and tips on caring for your vintage or contemporary engagement ring. Or, for any special ring you may love to wear.

1.  Insure your ring.  It is simple to add a ring to an insurance policy

2.  Clean your ring to keep it sparkling.  Warm water and mild liquid soap and a soft brush works very well.

3.  Remove your ring when you are engaging in sports, manual labor or working with chemicals.  Keep it in a safe, designated place at home.  It may be tempting at times, but don't remove your ring in public or leave it where it could easily be misplaced.

4. Maintain your beautiful ring.  It is recommended that you take it to a reputable jeweler every 6 months to check the mounting and the prongs.  If you have an Antique ring, I recommend using a jeweler who specializes in Antique Jewelry.

I hope you adore your ring!  I think these tips will keep your ring looking beautiful and keep it safe for years to come!

Monday, August 1, 2016

CamelliaCollection on Etsy is having a Summer Sale! August 1st through August 8th

Gorgeous, select pieces on sale:  From non-traditional engagement rings to Victorian earrings
This is a great time to get the piece you've always wanted!

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Circa 1950's Jewelry from CamelliaCollection on Etsy

Mid-Twentieth Century Summer Inspiration. From L to R:
Ladies 18KT Gold Gubelin Watch, 8.94 CT Blue Zircon Ring, 18KT Gold Pearl Ring and Round Brilliant Cut Citrine earrings set in 14KT Gold.

Sunday, July 24, 2016

What inspires you in the world of Vintage and Antique Jewelry?

What inspires you?

Nature, a favorite work of art, a person you know or have read about?

I'm inspired by all of the above and more.  I find that Antique Jewelry inspires me because each piece is unique.  And from that aspect it inspires me to think how I will photograph and describe it for my website.  When it is a piece for myself, I do like to imagine what clothes might be best to wear with that chosen piece.

Here are a few pieces that inspire me and yet they might surprise you.  While I can always be inspired by a large Old European Cut Diamond and sparkling gemstones,  I find that there are a lot of pieces that are truly inspiring beyond the sparkle.

Circa 1940 Sterling Silver Handmade Mexican Bracelet.  This inspires me by its dome shape in the link design.
  Silver bracelets like this remind me of the Southwest

Mid-Twentieth Century Crucifix. This modern design made me think straight away of the many churches in the 1960's with their modern architecture and very mod, colorful stained glass windows

This Group of rings shows my favoritism for bold rings, color and above all, my love for all eras!

Three Brooches, three different time periods

L. to R.  Victorian Bohemian Garnet Brooch.  Arts & Crafts Era Citrine Brooch and a Multi colored Gem Stone Brooch From the Mid Twentieth Century

Saturday, November 21, 2015

"Deco" the Halls! Authentic Art Deco Pieces Added to My Etsy Shop

I've added a lot more pieces to my shop:  Art Deco Necklaces, Earrings and Engagement rings!