Edwardian Diamond Peony Ring c. 1920
I have a great love for jewelry. Most people can appreciate a beautiful jewel, amiright?

For me personally, jewelry-especially antique jewelry-tells a story. We often forget, but embedded into each stone and strand of gold or silver is a story. It's actually a story made up of many other stories. 

There is the story of the Maker - the person who diligently toils and dreams up these beautiful adornments. Each band and chain then is imbued with a certain grace that grows out of work borne of purpose and intention. 

There is the story of the Giver - this person experiences a sense of delight and wonder, either in the gem or the person upon whom they will bestow this miraculous little creation. 

There is the Receiver - this person at the heart of all this great work. The diligence and thoughtfulness from the others before follow the gift wherever it travels in the world upon fingers, necks, and collars. 
Poesy Ring c. 1700
It all creates a magnificent legacy. Sometimes, those legacies are forged in times of war or won through hardship and great evils. Regardless, each item tells a unique story and often times in many languages: love, politics, betrayal, forgiveness, tradition, culture...the list goes on. 

I consider myself lucky to grow up alongside the Internet. I was already alive when the World Wide Web was born, and I was cognizant as it made its way into homes and cubicles around the world. 

Victorian Cut Steel Crescent Hair Comb c. 1850
Now, thanks to the Internet, we each get to play Archaeologist, Anthropologist, and Historian as we trace the histories of civilizations and their treasures to times long past. 

One of my favorite social media accounts to follow is that of NYC jeweler Erica Weiner. Her website isn't just about selling, it's brings antiquing, art, and the disciplines of history into a beautifully curated and self-named online storefront that I just cannot. stop. looking. at. 

Were I a rich woman, I would be adorned in jewels all the time like Queens of old. It's not wonder that they did, really. There is a certain grace that comes from the little elegant rocks and minerals we pull from the earth. A ring is a simple thing, yet the meaning and intricacy of its creation is so often lost on us all. While Craftsmanship-with a big C-never truly stopped existing, our commitment to and preservation of it has faded.

Erica Weiner and her team are reinventing vices like materialism by reconnecting us with the past and what it means walk a mile or two in the gems and jewels of history. It's thanks to Craftsmen and -women like these that we can walk the world with a little more grace.

Now let's swoon together over some of my favorite pieces, including antique cut-steel and contemporary molten gold designs.
Edwardian Diamond-Studded Fox Necklace c. 1900
Nineteenth Century French Rose Cut Diamond Honeymoon Necklace c. 1880

Contemporary Eroded Black Sapphire Band

Contemporary Flaming Heart Halo Ring