Amanda Appleby Blog

A place to explore and enrapture the antique jewellery lover’s mind, this blog is a space for us to communicate the joy and passion we have for all things sparkly. Whether divulging long lost anecdotes about a beautiful item or giving helpful hints and tips about purchasing your own special antique pieces, this is a space for you to learn, love and enjoy.

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Lea Stein Brooches

2017-06-07 01:35:49 PMLea Stein Brooches

No two pieces of Lea Stein jewellery are alike - guaranteeing an original creation with an interesting design every time!

Jewellery from Africa

2017-05-29 08:33:46 AMJewellery from Africa

African jewellery is often made from natural materials like bone, wood, stone, teeth, amber and ivory, and accessories have been worn by both men and women for hundreds of years.

Amazing Abalone

2017-05-26 11:05:04 AMAmazing Abalone

Abalone has an exceptional colour, and is therefore often used to make jewellery and accessories.

Cufflinks During The Art Deco Period

2017-05-16 11:30:35 AMCufflinks During The Art Deco Period

Cufflinks have always been associated with luxury. Jewellery manufacturers during the Art Deco period focused on designing cufflinks that were easy to insert and remove, and they became statement pieces representing glamour, exuberance, and technological progress.

May, the month of the emerald

2017-05-11 11:14:02 AMMay, the month of the emerald

The conventional birthstone for the month of May is the emerald - a magnificent green gemstone coveted the world over.

A Recipe For Cleaning Your Jewellery

2016-08-31 02:44:13 PMA Recipe For Cleaning Your Jewellery

How to clean your jewels

Aquamarine - the stone of courage

2016-03-17 12:34:30 PMAquamarine - the stone of courage

Aquamarines are worn by women the world over. Read more to find out why ...

Thinking Back ...

2015-11-25 11:53:46 AMThinking Back ...

A few quirky ideas and past experiences ...

Vintage Watches

2015-04-12 09:08:54 PMVintage Watches

Wrist watches are one of the most popular accessories worn by both men and women around the world today, and vintage watches are incredibly popular choices when it comes to selecting a special timepiece.

Chanel

2015-02-02 11:24:32 AMChanel

Take a glimpse at the iconic Coco Chanel and her famous work.

The fabulous jewellery of Elizabeth Taylor

2014-11-26 10:48:56 AMThe fabulous jewellery of Elizabeth Taylor

If there is one lesson to be learned from the sensational Elizabeth Taylor, it is that jewellery is meant to be worn and enjoyed!

Some fictional jewels I wish were real

2014-08-14 11:08:22 AMSome fictional jewels I wish were real

These three fictional jewels from the silver screen are so magnificent that I wish they were real!

Vintage motifs: hand jewellery

2014-08-11 11:28:31 AMVintage motifs: hand jewellery

An overview of the hand motif in vintage and antique jewellery design.

Something old: vintage bridal jewellery

2014-08-04 03:24:55 PMSomething old: vintage bridal jewellery

With such a wide selection of vintage and antique bridal jewellery available, looking the part of the radiant bride is the easy bit ...

Jade - The Ornamental Gem

2014-07-23 08:35:48 PMJade - The Ornamental Gem

Jade is a beautiful gemstone that has been used by mankind for centuries in the design and creation of ornamental pieces and jewellery.

Fabergé

2014-07-13 01:52:17 PMFabergé

Fabergé is well known for its exquisite gem-encrusted creations. Find out more about this prestigious Russian design empire and its stunning jewellery.

Silver Anniversary Gifts

2014-07-10 04:23:51 PMSilver Anniversary Gifts

Spending a quarter of a century with the person that you love is something worth celebrating! 

Seals: an antique method of authentication

2014-07-08 12:09:51 PMSeals: an antique method of authentication

The use of seals for privacy of correspondence, along with handwritten letters, has all but disappeared. However there is still much allure, romance and novelty associated with these unique heirlooms.

Relive the silver screen: Hedy Lemarr

2014-06-19 09:57:25 AMRelive the silver screen: Hedy Lemarr

At the height of her Hollywood career, 1940's actress and inventor, Hedy Lemarr, was known as the most beautiful woman in the world. The goddess of 1940's film, she had a classic look and fashion style.

3 Legendary Cursed Jewels and Their Stories

2014-06-18 10:26:09 AM3 Legendary Cursed Jewels and Their Stories

These 3 famous jewels are exquisite, priceless and also hazardous to your health . . .

Jewellery trends 2014: What to wear right now

2014-05-08 02:40:49 PMJewellery trends 2014: What to wear right now

Embrace the bold, colourful jewellery trends for 2014.

Capitol Couture: The Hunger Games-inspired jewellery

2014-04-30 08:10:05 PMCapitol Couture: The Hunger Games-inspired jewellery

How to choose vintage and antique jewellery that pays homage to Suzanne Collins's The Hunger Games trilogy.

Find the perfect St Patrick's Day accessory

2014-03-16 04:29:00 PMFind the perfect St Patrick's Day accessory

St Patrick's Day fashion can be stylish. Here's how to wow with vintage green jewellery.

Georg Jensen: A master of the craft

2014-03-13 01:26:02 PMGeorg Jensen: A master of the craft

Browsing through a Georg Jensen catalogue is like looking at glimpses of the world from different times and different periods of artistic influence and grandeur.

How To Wear: Dress Clips

2014-02-21 10:11:14 PMHow To Wear: Dress Clips

Read up all about the different ways to wear a dress clip, a classic accessory to up style most fashion ensembles.

Sweetheart collectibles - memorabilia of war

2014-02-14 12:50:16 PMSweetheart collectibles - memorabilia of war

During World War I and II, soldiers serving their country would send home gifts and letters in order to keep in touch with their loved ones. Today, these have become collector's items, and jewellery lovers are starting to appreciate them as sentimental treasures.

Relive the silver screen: Marilyn Monroe

2014-02-13 09:36:49 AMRelive the silver screen: Marilyn Monroe

Marilyn Monroe has been a style icon since the 50's. Recreate her classic look.

The best tips for buying vintage jewellery

2014-01-30 09:56:00 AMThe best tips for buying vintage jewellery

Find tips on buying vintage and antique jewellery here. Ensure that you get value for your money!

Queen Elizabeth I's Locket Ring

2014-01-28 10:44:47 AMQueen Elizabeth I's Locket Ring

One of the most mysterious pieces of antique jewellery is Queen Elizabeth I's locket ring.

Old world fantasies, new art methods - Art Nouveau jewellery design

2014-01-23 08:53:28 AMOld world fantasies, new art methods - Art Nouveau jewellery design

Old world fantasies, new art methods - a piece on Art Nouveau jewellery design

A cut above: The savvy shopper's guide to diamonds

2014-01-20 09:59:49 AMA cut above: The savvy shopper's guide to diamonds

Diamonds never go out of style! Here is a four step guide to buying them.

Downton On The Up And Up

2013-12-02 10:21:18 PMDownton On The Up And Up

Downton Abbey is loved for its drama and fashion. The show makes great use of 1920's trends tied with Edwardian influences in an exquisite game of dress-up.

Diamond Jewellery

2013-11-21 11:21:21 AMDiamond Jewellery

Diamonds are as revered as they are beautiful, and they are the gemstone most frequently chosen for engagement rings.

Cameos - Classical Jewellery

2013-11-05 09:00:18 PMCameos - Classical Jewellery

Cameos are beautiful, elegant pieces of jewellery that are cherished by jewellery lovers all over the world.

Relive the silver screen: Audrey Hepburn

2013-10-31 10:40:28 AMRelive the silver screen: Audrey Hepburn

Audrey Hepburn starred in many award-winning films, and is remembered as being one of the greatest stage and screen actresses of all time. She is a style icon, with a fashion sensibility that carries across generations.

Bulgari: Their Story

2013-10-30 05:54:14 PMBulgari: Their Story

Bulgari is a timeless company that has stayed true to its roots, and is faithful to its aesthetics. The Bulgari look is defined by its use of colourful precious stones like sapphires, chunky bold gold links and steel.

Functional Jewellery - Pretty with a Purpose

2013-10-28 11:22:23 AMFunctional Jewellery - Pretty with a Purpose

Jewellery is primarily meant to be worn for aesthetics - something pretty to enhance an outfit or lift a mood, but it is great to have more than one reason to buy an eye-catching piece!

Gifts For The Royal Baby

2013-10-09 08:42:43 PMGifts For The Royal Baby

A royal baby is always global news and an exciting time! It comes as no surprise that most gifts given to royal babies are conservative, and probably better suited to the parents than the baby!

The History of Wedding Rings

2013-09-24 10:07:59 PMThe History of Wedding Rings

The rings gifted to a bride and groom on their wedding day are symbols of unwavering commitment and lifelong promises. These circular eternal bands have a long and interesting history - a history developed over thousands of years.

Erich Frey

2013-08-30 01:39:41 PMErich Frey

Erich Frey was a German born goldsmith who was respected and admired by his peers. His work was unique and he proved to be an influential jeweller in his time.

Antique Pendants

2013-08-15 10:56:39 AMAntique Pendants

Antique pendants are generally beautifully crafted and valuable.

2nd Anniversary Gifts

2013-08-14 09:07:23 PM2nd Anniversary Gifts

The traditional anniversary gift list suggests cotton for one's 2nd year anniversary. China is the modern alternative.

Tiffany & Co

2013-08-13 09:25:01 PMTiffany & Co

Tiffany & Co is possibly one of the most well-known names in jewellery design.

Paper Anniversary Gifts

2013-08-12 09:44:46 PMPaper Anniversary Gifts

A first anniversary is one of the most significant milestones in a marriage. Paper is traditionally given on this anniversary as its interlocking fibres are believed to symbolise the strength of the relationship.

Traditional Anniversary Gifts

2013-08-05 09:42:50 PMTraditional Anniversary Gifts

Every anniversary is a significant and important milestone, and should be treated as such!

Past Influences On Contemporary Design

2013-07-23 11:19:40 AMPast Influences On Contemporary Design

Fashion will never die! It is something that is around us always, and its styles and trends are something that we will always see and always be aware of. Jewellery is no different, and is hugely influenced by what has come before.

Victorian Jewellery

2013-06-10 10:14:26 AMVictorian Jewellery

A look at jewellery trends during the Victorian era.

The World’s Most Famous Diamonds

2013-06-10 09:09:57 AMThe World’s Most Famous Diamonds

Investigating the stories behind the world’s most well-known diamonds.

The Art Deco Era: Jewellery As Artistic Expression

2013-06-03 11:01:39 AMThe Art Deco Era: Jewellery As Artistic Expression

This visually captivating design style spanned several decades, and is remembered for its vivid use of colour and bold, strong lines.

1980's Jewellery: Bright, bold and chunky

2013-05-31 04:34:42 PM1980's Jewellery: Bright, bold and chunky

The word to define 80’s jewellery is 'BIG'. Actually, this word can be used to describe the whole decade! Jewellery was big, loud, proud and all about making a statement . . .

Welcome to Amanda Appleby

2013-05-10 11:31:06 AMWelcome to Amanda Appleby

Joanne Glassner describes Amanda Appleby and what they do.

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