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Identifying Southwestern Turquoise Jewelry & It's Interesting History

Tanzy Ward

Turquoise, a mineral created from copper and aluminum over 30 million years ago, is one of the most commonly used natural stones in southwestern jewelry. It is believed that turquoise was first mined and used in North America around 200 B.C. In North America, turquoise can be found in historic active mines such as the Kingman Turquoise mine and Morenci Turquoise mine in Arizona. Ancient tribes also mined their turquoise in the Cerrillos and Burro Mountains of what is now New Mexico. Some of the ancient tribes that used turquoise were the Hohokam and Anasazi people. Ancient turquoise beaded necklaces have...


Original or Imitation? Tips For Identifying Authentic Antique Jewelry

Tanzy Ward

When I first started curating antique jewelry, sometimes it would be challenging trying to find authentic antique period era styles. There is nothing wrong with replica styles and paying homage to original pieces, but collectors like myself are in love with actual memory-filled historic jewelry from the past. Of course, there are true vintage jewelry styles that were inspired by earlier times, such as the Victorian-Revival era of the 1970's & 80's. These Victorian-Revival era pieces are at least 30-40 years old, and were designed to resemble jewelry from the original Victorian era (c.1837-1901). As the years and eras go...


Cameo Effect: The Interesting Origins & Uses of Cameos Throughout History

Tanzy Ward

  Historically, cameos have been used for a variety of purposes throughout different regions since the B.C Era. In ancient times, the cameo was used to represent sentimental meanings in the form of carved portraits on hard gemstones. In Ancient Greece during the Hellenistic Age & in Ancient Rome, intricately carved stone or glass cameos showcased admirable artistry in the form of large earrings, signet rings, and grand cups. In Ancient Egypt, early cameo examples includes the carving of figurines into small rocks for sentimental eventful dates. During the Renaissance Era in the 15th & 16th centuries, shell cameos carved...


Art Deco Era Legacy: Atlanta’s Historic Jazz Age Buildings

Tanzy Ward

  The Art Deco Era (c.1920-c.1939) is a period known for its unique architecture & designs created with fine craftsmanship & opulent materials. The movement originated from the 1925 International Exhibition of Modern Decorative and Industrial Arts held in Paris, France. The Art Deco Era represented an excitement & avid interest in modern technology and glamour.  Currently, there are still many legendary Art Deco Era buildings in excellent condition all around the world. Some of my favorite features of Art Deco Era buildings are the exuberant and intricate details included within the designs. Recently, I wanted to research & learn...


Days of The Brooch Are Not Over: Modern Refreshing Ways to Use Brooches & Pins

Tanzy Ward

    The glory days of the brooch are not gone. In fact, there are new refreshing ways to wear them for endless inspiration. In ancient times, brooches were used as a functional item to hold pieces of cloth together, but by the 14th century many wealthy people wore them with gemstones as a social status statement. Eventually, brooches became a popular accessory created with imitation stones such as rhinestones. As time went on, the aesthetic of the brooch eventually included looks such as the black and gold engraved Victorian era mourning brooches and monogrammed c-clasp pins of the 1900's....

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