Susan Lapene

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A Colorful World of Innovation: Wedgwood’s Jasperware

November 11th, 2016

Wedgwood produced jasperware in approximately 30 different colors. With the vast number of jasper pieces produced by Wedgwood, it is easy to distinguish between them all by the multitude of colors possible in this new-found medium. More than that, color is also one of the main contributing factors in determining the value of jasperware. Of course, while condition and shape also play a part in a piece’s value, some colors just simply demand higher prices than others. Let’s navigate the briefing below to learn the basics behind the colors of jasperware.

Captivated in Color: The Perpetuity of the Sapphire

September 9th, 2016

Immediately recognizable for its velvety, rich blue hue, the sapphire is among the crème de la crème of the gemstone world. In the centuries since the gem’s discovery, the sapphire has endured as a symbol for royalty, as well as truth and faithfulness. Legends dating to the ancient Greeks tell of high ranking oracles and […]

Celebrating the American Dream: Impressionist Guy Wiggins

June 28th, 2016

During the United States’ relatively brief history, the country has produced some of the world’s finest craftsmen and artisans. This Independence Day, join us in celebrating the American Dream through the artistic achievement of our predecessors. Boasting superb quality and outstanding beauty, it is truly remarkable to be “Made in the USA!”

Glitz and Glamour: Art Deco Jewelry

April 11th, 2016

Glitzy. Glamourous. Flamboyant. The Roaring 20s were a period of evolving fashion and sparkling society. For many, this decade evokes ostentatious “Gatsby-esque” celebrations, as well as the birth of mass culture, jazz music, and the ‘new woman’. The onset of new fashion trends that broke all the rules mimicked the changing society as a whole, and those changes continue to reverberate through the decades.

The Richness of the Garnet: January Birthstone

January 25th, 2016

The deep crimson hue of the garnet isn’t the only thing dramatic around this ancient stone – it also possesses a rich history that spans centuries. In ancient times, the garnet was adored by Egyptian pharaohs and queens, who blanketed themselves in the lavish red jewels. These highly prized stones were even buried with theme to accompany their souls into the afterlife, serving as an eternal status symbol. In ancient Rome, clergy and nobility used impressive garnet signet rings as personal stamps for official documents. Today, the crimson jewel is popularly known as the January birthstone, renowned for both its luxurious color and brilliant refractive index.

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