Seals and signet rings (from Latin “signum” meaning sign) were used in the earliest civilizations and are of considerable importance in archaeology and history because of their practicality. The useful seal evolved into jewelry because of its utilitarian purpose of authenticating a document while being portable. At a time when few could read or write, seals bore a distinguishing mark or badge, equivalent to that of a signature. The seal was essential for establishing the ownership of property, for legitimizing business transactions, for rulers, governments and church officials authenticating any kind of correspondence. The signet ring became popular for its convenience because the seal was ready to be used at a moment’s notice. Only later did it become ‘a piece of jewelry’. The signet ring has been worn and used throughout history in all cultures around the world.
While truly a jewelry innovator throughout it’s long and distinguished history, Van Cleef & Arpels has one design that stands out above all of the rest, the Zip necklace.
The zipper has gone through many fashion cycles. From being a novelty, to being invisible on our clothing to being visible on every item we carry.
Shaken or stirred, cocktail rings have never gone out of style.
In order to appreciate the cocktail ring, it is essential to understand its background. Not surprisingly, the cocktail ring got its start in America during Prohibition. The 1920s decade in America was a time of excess. Social, cultural and artistic dynamisms fueled opulent lifestyles despite the Eighteenth Amendment.
If you are attracted to the cool and crisp white luster of sterling silver jewelry, you join a tradition that spans many centuries and crosses a multitude of cultures. Love of this precious metal can be…
A blue diamond once belonging to “America’s Little Darling,” Shirley Temple, will be up for auction next month. The 9.54-carat fancy deep blue, potentially internally flawless, VVS2 clarity diamond ring is leading Sotheby’s April 19 auction…