Italian Renaissance Sapphire Necklace

Antique Necklace

“The necklace: an 18kt gold central cameo plaque on which is carved the beautiful form of a woman. Her cape is gracefully flowing as she walks, as is her lengthy hair. She is pensive. She is courtly and aristocratic. On the reverse the words in Italian “today and always”. Golden curved shells and flowers surround her boundaries as do sapphire gems and pearls. Garlands form double strands around the central medallion. Sapphires are linked in long suspension from these strands. To fasten this around the neck, a mesh neckband, flexible and light.

This appears to be a unique jewel made for a person of high position. Was it given to a woman by her lover, as a wedding gift, a promise? It is exception, and heart throbbing.

Lore: Sapphire, one of the most precious world gems, is considered the gem of gems. It was always connected to royalty. In medieval [read more]

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Cartier Pearl Necklace

Courtesy Cartier

Courtesy Cartier

Pearls are the epitome of femininity and sophistication, having been a staple in women’s jewelry for several decades in the 20th century. Adding a touch of simple elegance to any outfit, pearls seem to be making a comeback in wedding and everyday jewelry. You can imagine our joy when we found this gorgeous multi-strand necklace from Cartier that also happens to have that something blue in it. How could we resist?

Manufactured in the 1970s, this retro necklace is comprised of cultured pearls, and are a stunning contrast to the deep ocean hues of lapis lazuli. The delicate strands are entwined into a rope of white and blue, and held together by gold clasps also spotted with lapis lazuli stones. Very nautical in nature, this Cartier creation is the perfect statement necklace to finish off a summer outfit, or as that something blue for those barefoot weddings … [read more]

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Blue Monday: Vintage Ceil Chapman Dress

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Ceil Chapman was a fashion designer from the 1940s through the 1960s, her signature being draping of fabrics, as if she was the fabric herself, placing each fold ever-so perfectly in the right areas to accentuate a woman’s body. Ceil was Marilyn Monroe’s favorite dress designer, and she outfitted Elizabeth Taylor in 1950 when she married Nicky Hilton.

Most Ceil Chapman dresses are of a smaller size, because women were smaller in stature back then (ie: girdles and hosiery worn, plus no fast food/more walking). Although we found one of these dresses a few years ago, it fit no one in Wedding Story Writer, as it was about a modern size zero (22 inch waist).

I fell in love with this vintage 1950s blue dress featuring a scoop neck, and tons of draping and ruching on the bodice. The dress above is actually for sale and has a 27-28 inch … [read more]

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Something Blue: Escala Berazza

Courtesy Escala Berazza

Courtesy Escala Berazza

We always look forward to new gown designs by Escala Berazza since we met them at bridal market. Today we would like to introduce you to their gown, “Emma.”

This sapphire blue gown uses contrast between the straightforward front of the garment and the striking back, featuring an oversize bow tail falling down from the waistline as the train. It has a rather complicated back, yet a relatively simple front. The dramatic bow flows down from an floral cluster around the waist, giving the dress an 1870s bustle illusion. When we saw this dress, we immediately thought of that time period, post-Civil War, when hoopskirts were pushed to the back of dresses, essentially being replaced by large bustles. I admire how Wei Escala seeks to bring elements of nostalgia in her work, but with modern flair!

“Emma” is perfect as a wedding gown and yes, in … [read more]

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Blue Monday: Art Deco Sautoir Locket

Courtesy 1st Dibs & Glorious Antique Jewelry

Courtesy 1st Dibs & Glorious Antique Jewelry

This Art Deco period sautoir diamond locket captured my attention immediately, not only because cobalt blue is a favorite color, but because I’m fascinated with round lockets and pendants. (You will often see me wearing a round shape pendant more than any other type.) Note the Art Nouveau butterfly pattern and diamond studded vines above the blue link. The sautoir (pronounced so-twore) style necklace became popular in the Edwardian era, as Queen Alexandra often wore them. Traditionally the sautoir style appears to be more like a jump rope (the translation) with tassels on the ends.

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Gleaming with translucent blue and platinum, this blue enamel locket contains two photos of handsome men within, which can be switched out for photos of your own handsome man. It’s a bit long, as sautoir necklaces are as a norm, coming to mid-breast at 21 inches, nevertheless, I … [read more]

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Cobalt Blue Cube found at the Marche Aux Puces

Courtesy of Marche Aux Puces, the Parisian flea market and 1stDibs

Courtesy of Marche Aux Puces, the Parisian flea market and 1stDibs

What in the world is this, you ask? A big, blue ice cube? No! It’s a circa 1980 cobalt blue end table. Yes, it’s a table, an incredibly rare set that can only be found in Paris at the renowned flea market, Marche Aux Puces. For just a bit over $31k, you may own them.

They are made from blue crackled resin, and my guess is that they are quite heavy at 15.75 inches cubed. My readers may want to inquire about these beautiful tables. Follow the link above!

We are wondering if they also made a coffee table to match this set. Imagine these tables in an all white living room. Fabulous!

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A Something Blue Sapphire Locket

Beautifully Engraved Sapphire Diamond Locket

There’s nothing quite like receiving a locket from someone, whether it be from a family member or a loving partner.  Lockets are very personal tokens. They hold pictures of those we hold most dear and rest close to our hearts, making them a truly wonderful gift to give to someone you care about.

This particular locket was created around the 1900s. Engraved with a beautiful flower and spirals, this gold locket is set with Montana sapphires and diamonds, creating a classic yet stylish look. Lockets can be great for everyday wear, whether it’s to the office or out to lunch. A locket with this kind of design and sparkle would also look great if paired with a black dress for a night out.

Have a locket you hold close to your heart? Please share it with us! We want to do a feature on all of the lovely lockets out … [read more]

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Blue Monday: Tessa Kim’s Stella Robe

Courtesy Tessa Kim

Courtesy Tessa Kim

I interviewed Tessa Kim back in 2012 just as she expanded her business. She was eager to hire new employees due to the demand of her ever-growing gorgeous headpiece collection and was excited to tell me about a few new fabrics that were being shipped to her new office. I have hoped to view her collection during various bridal markets, but so far I have not. Thank goodness for the internet!

Besides many unique headpiece styles, I was happy to see that Tessa Kim now has a sleepwear line in her collection. I fell in love with a something blue robe named, “Stella,” made of soft jersey knit with Venice lace sleeves. Note: this is a made-to-order item and comes in a few other colors. What a great honeymoon piece, one which could easily be utilized long afterwards. I’m sold!

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Blue Bean Cufflinks

Courtesy Tiffany & Co.

Courtesy Tiffany & Co.

There’s something about these cufflinks that are appealing to me. The lapis lazuli accompanied by gleaming sterling silver? Perhaps. The Original Bean® design (copyrighted) by Elsa Peretti? Maybe. Or perhaps it is the idea of a man going all the way on his special day, incorporating blue, ever-so-subtly, into his decorum.

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Something Blue: Matthew Christopher’s “Ginger” Gown

Courtesy Matthew Christopher

Courtesy Matthew Christopher (Ginger)

I know it is difficult to pick favorites, but I am partial to these three dresses from Matthew Christopher’s Spring 2014 collection. If there’s one thing good thing to know about me, it’s that I adore lace, and two of today’s picks are great examples of how lace makes anything effortlessly elegant and romantic.

Ginger-I love the beading on the bodice, and pale blue is quickly becoming one of my favorite trends in the bridal industry.

Courtesy Matthew Christopher

Courtesy Matthew Christopher

Reese (left)- The perfect blend of Chantilly lace and beading. (Swoon!)

Elizabeth (right)- Talk about making a statement! Adorned with a mesmerizing pattern of gold lace set against a deep champagne color, this dress is utter elegance without being overdone.

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