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Calling all antique jewelry buffs and mystery lovers! โœจ๐Ÿ–ค๐Ÿ’€๐Ÿ–คโœจ
Need your help with a little mystery...
I am the latest caretaker of this lovely little mourning skull ring thanks to the lovely @elizabethroseantiques We thought it said โ€œJno (John) LORTiAR, Apr: 1739, AE:60,โ€ but then I wondered why only the โ€œiโ€ is lowercase and wondered if instead it says โ€œLort; Ar.โ€ I havenโ€™t found anything on the family name Lortiar. I  have found a lot on the Lort family including several John Lortโ€™s of Prickeston who were sheriffs of Pembrokeshire including 1 in 1723 who seems to be the right timeframe. What do you think? Is it โ€œLort:Arโ€ If so, what does the AR mean? Has anyone seen this before? #mysterymonday #mourningmonday  #antiquejewellery โœจ๐Ÿง๐Ÿ’€๐Ÿ”ฎโœจ
Calling all antique jewelry buffs and mystery lovers! โœจ๐Ÿ–ค๐Ÿ’€๐Ÿ–คโœจ Need your help with a little mystery... I am the latest caretaker of this lovely little mourning skull ring thanks to the lovely @elizabethroseantiques We thought it said โ€œJno (John) LORTiAR, Apr: 1739, AE:60,โ€ but then I wondered why only the โ€œiโ€ is lowercase and wondered if instead it says โ€œLort; Ar.โ€ I havenโ€™t found anything on the family name Lortiar. I have found a lot on the Lort family including several John Lortโ€™s of Prickeston who were sheriffs of Pembrokeshire including 1 in 1723 who seems to be the right timeframe. What do you think? Is it โ€œLort:Arโ€ If so, what does the AR mean? Has anyone seen this before? #mysterymonday  #mourningmonday  #antiquejewellery  โœจ๐Ÿง๐Ÿ’€๐Ÿ”ฎโœจ
Happy Sunday! Those that know me know I kinda have a thing for skull jewelry! Just in time for Halloween, the lovely @orbjewelry is having a skeleton giveaway! Check out her stuff and a chance to win this guy! (The bat rings are also amazing!) ๐Ÿฆ‡๐Ÿ’€๐Ÿ–ค๐ŸŽƒ๐Ÿ‚ #Repost #orbhalloween ใƒปใƒปใƒป
Giveaway time! 
This guy has been ultra popular and sadly his run will be coming to an end. Iโ€™ve received several gloomy messages regarding him, but fear not.. you have a chance to win him! One lucky winner will receive this handsome dude in sterling silver.
To enter:
โ€ขFollow @orbjewelry
โ€ขLike this post
โ€ขTag four friends in ONE comment
โ€ขRepost this image (sorry stories posts do not count!) and add #orbhalloween
As always thanks for following and good luck! 
Winner announced October 31st
Note: Worldwide giveaway! 
#giveaway #halloweengiveaway #halloween #mementomori #skeleton #skull #skullring #bones #horror #macabre #gothic #jewelrygiveaway #sterlingsilver #instagood #fall
Happy Sunday! Those that know me know I kinda have a thing for skull jewelry! Just in time for Halloween, the lovely @orbjewelry is having a skeleton giveaway! Check out her stuff and a chance to win this guy! (The bat rings are also amazing!) ๐Ÿฆ‡๐Ÿ’€๐Ÿ–ค๐ŸŽƒ๐Ÿ‚ #Repost  #orbhalloween  ใƒปใƒปใƒป Giveaway time! This guy has been ultra popular and sadly his run will be coming to an end. Iโ€™ve received several gloomy messages regarding him, but fear not.. you have a chance to win him! One lucky winner will receive this handsome dude in sterling silver. To enter: โ€ขFollow @orbjewelry โ€ขLike this post โ€ขTag four friends in ONE comment โ€ขRepost this image (sorry stories posts do not count!) and add #orbhalloween  As always thanks for following and good luck! Winner announced October 31st Note: Worldwide giveaway! #giveaway  #halloweengiveaway  #halloween  #mementomori  #skeleton  #skull  #skullring  #bones  #horror  #macabre  #gothic  #jewelrygiveaway  #sterlingsilver  #instagood  #fall 
Given our present political climate it seemed appropriate to bust out the Victorian protection bracelets. Given to women and sometimes children, both translate to God Bless You, but have a sentiment of protection, โ€œGod Watch Over You or Keep You.โ€ Both the tiny band and the Gott Schutze Dich bear the Austrian-Hungarian dog head hallmark & interestingly the French Dieu Vous Garde bears the Austrian-Hungarian lion head. So all 3 are from between 1887 and 1922, but the sentiment seems appropriate today. All of us women need to keep fighting for and protecting each other. ๐Ÿ–ค๐Ÿ‘Š๐Ÿป๐Ÿ–ค
Given our present political climate it seemed appropriate to bust out the Victorian protection bracelets. Given to women and sometimes children, both translate to God Bless You, but have a sentiment of protection, โ€œGod Watch Over You or Keep You.โ€ Both the tiny band and the Gott Schutze Dich bear the Austrian-Hungarian dog head hallmark & interestingly the French Dieu Vous Garde bears the Austrian-Hungarian lion head. So all 3 are from between 1887 and 1922, but the sentiment seems appropriate today. All of us women need to keep fighting for and protecting each other. ๐Ÿ–ค๐Ÿ‘Š๐Ÿป๐Ÿ–ค
Sssnakes throughout the ages ๐Ÿ
Clockwise from the top left: early Victorian pinchbeck and agate, circa 1880โ€™s 15k double snake from @antiqueanimaljewelry , mid 20th-century Taxco enamel, Edwardian ruby and diamond. My contribution to #showmeyourseptembersnakes ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿ๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿ๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿ๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿ
Sssnakes throughout the ages ๐Ÿ Clockwise from the top left: early Victorian pinchbeck and agate, circa 1880โ€™s 15k double snake from @antiqueanimaljewelry , mid 20th-century Taxco enamel, Edwardian ruby and diamond. My contribution to #showmeyourseptembersnakes  ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿ๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿ๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿ๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿ
@thirdcoastgems @sealandscribe I love all of Seal & Scribes pieces, but especially the one I own and the original (left) that introduced me to the line! Our amazing pup Josey Wales is close to 15yrs. We almost lost him last summer, but he recovered and now we are living the gift of bonus time. He really is man and womanโ€™s best friend. Thatโ€™s why I love the sentiment of this piece, โ€œfaithful in adversity!โ€ ๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ’™
#3cgxsealandscribe #sealandscribe #3cggiveaway #antiquejewelry
@thirdcoastgems @sealandscribe I love all of Seal & Scribes pieces, but especially the one I own and the original (left) that introduced me to the line! Our amazing pup Josey Wales is close to 15yrs. We almost lost him last summer, but he recovered and now we are living the gift of bonus time. He really is man and womanโ€™s best friend. Thatโ€™s why I love the sentiment of this piece, โ€œfaithful in adversity!โ€ ๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ’™ #3cgxsealandscribe  #sealandscribe  #3cggiveaway  #antiquejewelry 
The lovely @luxyferjewellery is having a #luxyfer10k giveaway. She has amazing pieces like this smoky quartz lion ๐Ÿฆ so check it out and you could win a little ๐Ÿ‘นor๐Ÿฆ‰. Congrats Lucy on 10k! ๐ŸŽ‰ #Repost @luxyferjewellery with @get_repost
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This vintage smoky quartz intaglio ring engraved with a rampant lion is going to live with me for a bit ๐Ÿฆ #grr #fierce #bling #rampantlion #animaljewelry #vintagering #finejewelry #jewellery #smokyquartz #intaglio #seal #ringsofinstagram #jotd #rotd #igjewelry #instajewelry #instafashion #instagram #instastyle #statementring #cocktailring #friyay #tgif #jewels #gems #hoarder #obsession
The lovely @luxyferjewellery is having a #luxyfer10k  giveaway. She has amazing pieces like this smoky quartz lion ๐Ÿฆ so check it out and you could win a little ๐Ÿ‘นor๐Ÿฆ‰. Congrats Lucy on 10k! ๐ŸŽ‰ #Repost  @luxyferjewellery with @get_repost ใƒปใƒปใƒป This vintage smoky quartz intaglio ring engraved with a rampant lion is going to live with me for a bit ๐Ÿฆ #grr  #fierce  #bling  #rampantlion  #animaljewelry  #vintagering  #finejewelry  #jewellery  #smokyquartz  #intaglio  #seal  #ringsofinstagram  #jotd  #rotd  #igjewelry  #instajewelry  #instafashion  #instagram  #instastyle  #statementring  #cocktailring  #friyay  #tgif  #jewels  #gems  #hoarder  #obsession 
Reposting an old but good one... They look gold, but both are #sundaysilver @thefabnab @travelsandtreasures Weโ€™re chasing the last rays of summer but the days are getting shorter, the nights are cooler and the fall equinox is here. Time to bring out the sweaters and winter jewelry?
Reposting an old but good one... They look gold, but both are #sundaysilver  @thefabnab @travelsandtreasures Weโ€™re chasing the last rays of summer but the days are getting shorter, the nights are cooler and the fall equinox is here. Time to bring out the sweaters and winter jewelry?
Itโ€™s not jewelry but... #momentofzen 
Hoping everyone has a mellow, quiet weekend and friends and family on the east-coast stay safe! ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป๐Ÿ’œโค๏ธ๐Ÿงก๐Ÿ’›
Itโ€™s not jewelry but... #momentofzen  Hoping everyone has a mellow, quiet weekend and friends and family on the east-coast stay safe! ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป๐Ÿ’œโค๏ธ๐Ÿงก๐Ÿ’›
Sunday reading... Finally got my hands on a copy of Verlaine Davies, Rings 1800-1910, and was very excited to see my little Italian friend make an appearance on pg. 107. ๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’›
Boss-shaped bezel, turquoise paveโ€™ in silver on rose gold. c. 1870. Aside from the gold ball Etruscan embellishments on the shank, it is pretty close the the ring owned by the authorโ€™s grandmother. So cool!๐Ÿ’™ #tgjewelrylibrary #jewelryhistory
Sunday reading... Finally got my hands on a copy of Verlaine Davies, Rings 1800-1910, and was very excited to see my little Italian friend make an appearance on pg. 107. ๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’› Boss-shaped bezel, turquoise paveโ€™ in silver on rose gold. c. 1870. Aside from the gold ball Etruscan embellishments on the shank, it is pretty close the the ring owned by the authorโ€™s grandmother. So cool!๐Ÿ’™ #tgjewelrylibrary  #jewelryhistory 
Winterโ€™s coming! Giveaway from the lovely @medeasmix check out her amazing pieces like this! ๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿงก
#Repost @medeasmix with @get_repost
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Back to the forest - I brought a new friend with me. Modeled in 18k gold and set with a moonstone, this ring is decorated with a pattern that looks like a halo of rays around the gem, moonrays maybe? He's lovely.๐Ÿ’› Size 6/M and available via DM. ๐ŸŽ‘ ๐ŸŒฒ
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#moonstonemonday #moonstonering #vintage #ringsofinstagram #lovegoldlive #cabochon #vintagejewelry #rotd #ringobsessed #jewellerylover #jewelryforsale #forsale #thegreatourdoors #bijouxanciens #medeasmix
Winterโ€™s coming! Giveaway from the lovely @medeasmix check out her amazing pieces like this! ๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿงก #Repost  @medeasmix with @get_repost ใƒปใƒปใƒป โฃ๏ธSOLDโฃ๏ธ Back to the forest - I brought a new friend with me. Modeled in 18k gold and set with a moonstone, this ring is decorated with a pattern that looks like a halo of rays around the gem, moonrays maybe? He's lovely.๐Ÿ’› Size 6/M and available via DM. ๐ŸŽ‘ ๐ŸŒฒ . #moonstonemonday  #moonstonering  #vintage  #ringsofinstagram  #lovegoldlive  #cabochon  #vintagejewelry  #rotd  #ringobsessed  #jewellerylover  #jewelryforsale  #forsale  #thegreatourdoors  #bijouxanciens  #medeasmix 
Sssnake in the grass... Vintage, signed, articulated silver and enamel snake bracelet. I love antique jewelry, but the craftsmanship & white/turquoise enamel on this vintage piece from @englishantiquejewellery is amazing! 
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History: Margot Van Voorhies was an American in the mid-twentieth century who went to Taxco, Mexico, and established a jewelry design business known for exquisite enamel. Jerรณnimo Fuentes was one of the silversmith's from the workshop of Margot de Taxco. He became director of Margot's enamel workshop in 1953. Some Fuentes pieces are crafted using old molds from Margot. Marks: TF-08 or TF-32 (for Germรกn Fuentes Flores) are also from the Fuentes family. (from The Little Book of Mexican Silver Trade and Hallmarks by Bille Hougart) #saturdaysnakes #silversnakes #vintagejewelry
Sssnake in the grass... Vintage, signed, articulated silver and enamel snake bracelet. I love antique jewelry, but the craftsmanship & white/turquoise enamel on this vintage piece from @englishantiquejewellery is amazing! Swipe to see moreโ€”> ๐Ÿโ˜๏ธ๐Ÿฌ๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿฌโ˜๏ธ๐Ÿ History: Margot Van Voorhies was an American in the mid-twentieth century who went to Taxco, Mexico, and established a jewelry design business known for exquisite enamel. Jerรณnimo Fuentes was one of the silversmith's from the workshop of Margot de Taxco. He became director of Margot's enamel workshop in 1953. Some Fuentes pieces are crafted using old molds from Margot. Marks: TF-08 or TF-32 (for Germรกn Fuentes Flores) are also from the Fuentes family. (from The Little Book of Mexican Silver Trade and Hallmarks by Bille Hougart) #saturdaysnakes  #silversnakes  #vintagejewelry 
Oh, how could I expect to fly with only silver wings?... Loving these blue enamel sparklers from @gaetano_chiavetta Theyโ€™re modern but with beautiful old world details. ๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿฆ‹๐Ÿ•Š๐Ÿ’™
Oh, how could I expect to fly with only silver wings?... Loving these blue enamel sparklers from @gaetano_chiavetta Theyโ€™re modern but with beautiful old world details. ๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿฆ‹๐Ÿ•Š๐Ÿ’™
Happy #figuralfriday Wish I was hopping into the weekend as easily as these two are! โค๏ธ๐Ÿ‡โค๏ธ
Happy #figuralfriday  Wish I was hopping into the weekend as easily as these two are! โค๏ธ๐Ÿ‡โค๏ธ
๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿฆ‹Love bugs๐Ÿฆ‹๐Ÿ’™ ...I missed #figuralfriday and #funfactsfriday but the lovely @kittyverity inspired me to post my little teal Vauxhall glass fly. Vauxhall or mirror glass was mainly produced from the 18th century through the late 19th century in intense hues of highly reflective purple, orange, red, green and blue (I think this is a later piece based on its design & size but chime in if there are experts out there!) I read that 1 indicator that separates it from other French jet or glass jewelry is that it was typically set into brass with a gold finish. ๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿฆ‹๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ’™
I also read that flies used to be a talisman to ward off evil and symbolized courage, and for the Victorians humility. Makes me love this little guy more ๐Ÿฆ‹
๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿฆ‹Love bugs๐Ÿฆ‹๐Ÿ’™ ...I missed #figuralfriday  and #funfactsfriday  but the lovely @kittyverity inspired me to post my little teal Vauxhall glass fly. Vauxhall or mirror glass was mainly produced from the 18th century through the late 19th century in intense hues of highly reflective purple, orange, red, green and blue (I think this is a later piece based on its design & size but chime in if there are experts out there!) I read that 1 indicator that separates it from other French jet or glass jewelry is that it was typically set into brass with a gold finish. ๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿฆ‹๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ’™ I also read that flies used to be a talisman to ward off evil and symbolized courage, and for the Victorians humility. Makes me love this little guy more ๐Ÿฆ‹
@hexhollowvintage has beautiful jewelry like these stunning antique garnet star earrings I missed, and she is having an amazing #hhv1kgiveaway giveaway so check it out. โค๏ธ๐Ÿ’ซโค๏ธ
@hexhollowvintage has beautiful jewelry like these stunning antique garnet star earrings I missed, and she is having an amazing #hhv1kgiveaway  giveaway so check it out. โค๏ธ๐Ÿ’ซโค๏ธ
Sharing my love of all things Victorian thought I would share this... Sometimes I take for granted the beautiful old architecture of SF. Look up! ->
Sharing my love of all things Victorian thought I would share this... Sometimes I take for granted the beautiful old architecture of SF. Look up! ->
Say hello to my little Italian friend... Mid-Victorian  Turquoise Paveโ€™ over rose gold. Happy #turquoisetuesday #antiquejewelry #pienza
Lord of the Rings... Everyone took off their rings to cook ๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿงก
Lord of the Rings... Everyone took off their rings to cook ๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿงก