I suppose I’ve been interested in antiquity all my life. Curious about ancient civilizations, I went to museums and pored over books in my mother’s extensive library. My love of jewelry has also been life-long, but it took a ring — this ring, in fact — to put the two together, in my mind. (Let’s get together, yah yah yah…)
I first heard of it in 2011, and was immediately taken by the design, the beautiful sapphire, the fine gold-work. I wanted to own it, I wanted to wear it. And if I couldn’t own it or wear it, I wanted to own and wear a replica of it.
(Interestingly, they’re having trouble dating the ring. They called in experts to discuss it in January, and came to a few new conclusions: it may be older than originally thought, it might have belonged to royalty. I think I love it the more for being mysterious!)
The more I thought about it, the more I realized how lovely these ancient jewelry pieces are. The simplicity of this ring to your left, the interesting shape (designed around the stone), has a charm all its own. Call it “primitive” if you will, but I call it elegant.
There’s a gravity to ancient objects. They feel old. They’re not like modern jewelry, or even antique jewelry — and I’m not speaking of the technical skills required to make them, it’s not that. It’s an honesty about them. They are what they are. And I’m attracted to ruins, and ancient places; that sense of “old”, that feeling of deep history.
And so, here I am with a new blog, celebrating old jewelry.
I have nothing against modern jewelry — or modern fashion for that matter — but rather than join all the other people (online and off) trying to predict the “new” thing or the “next” thing, I’d rather bring your attention to the “old” thing. Forget the Spring 2013 Pantone colors. Let me show you these fabulous pieces of antiquity.
Trust me, this stuff never goes out of style. I hope you’ll join me!