This week we are exploring the jewelry of the Georgian era. There is some debate about when the Georgian era technically ends, with some placing its end at 1830 and others at the end of William IV's reign in 1837. Everyone pretty much agrees, though, that the era is defined by the reigns of King George I, II, II and IV, beginning in 1714 and extending for more than 100 years. Jewelry from this period was all meticulously hand-crafted from start to finish, with every component of every piece hand done by the artisan. Because of this every piece of Georgian jewelry is one-of-a-kind, and made with a level of intention, labor, and artistry that is very very rare today.
We are taking a particularly French perspective on the 20s for this collection. Not all pieces are made in France, but they capture the look and feel that you would have seen in the cabarets and brasseries of 20s Paris. We hope that these pieces can inspire you to enjoy a day of dress up and decadence on your own lawn, letting loose à la années folles. With that in mind we've included a few accessories along with our usual offering of jewelry- let us know what you think of the change! Would you like to see more accessories in future newsletters, or should we stick to the jewels?
2020 has required some serious toughening up. It has been battle after battle, with so many people fighting for their health, livelihoods, and beliefs. Every warrior needs her armor, and for us that armor is jewelry. While, like fashion, all jewelry can serve as psychic armor, for this edition we're going with pieces that take the idea a little more literally. Fend off all attacks the Icon Style way with this group that includes everything from breastplates, to vambraces to amulets.
This week's theme is one of our favorite periods in jewelry- Victorian! Victorian England saw a shift in thinking away from rationalism and towards romanticism, and you can see so in the lavish attention to detail, sentimentality, and swirling thoughtfulness in the jewelry of that time. Queen Victoria was the trendsetter of all trendsetters, and I think if she was around in 2020 she would shop at Icon Style (although it may be a bit of a chicken-or-the-egg type scenario). She and I share a love of snake jewelry- Victoria's wedding ring was a serpent. When her husband Prince Albert died, Victoria (as well as all of England) wore mourning jewelry until her death in 1901, a period which left us with many marvelous, moody pieces that really resonate with the goth in me (and are totally 21st century chic).
Today we are sharing some designer pieces. These beauties come from some of our best-loved names in jewelry, hopefully you can spot a few of your favorites too! If any of your designers of choice aren't included here, let us know whose work you would like to see and we'll be sure to include them in our next designer edition!
Today's group of fabulous silver rings is chock full of designer pieces, modernist marvels, Deco, Victorian, and much more! No time for brunch today, we're saving room for Sunday barbeque, hope you have a lovely rest of your 4th of July weekend- now let's dive into the rings!
This week's theme "Pretty and Practical" has been a thing for a long time- from the chatelaines of Ancient Rome, the Dutch Republic and England, to the netsukes and inros of Japan. The chatelaine was a piece of jewelry that hung from the waist where one would hang practical household tools including watch keys, seals, scissors and pencils. They were beautifully crafted and made with practicality in mind. We've collected a few pieces that embody that idea that practical items should still be pretty, so you can bring some beauty into everyday tasks (or just have a chic necklace that could also come in useful in a pinch!)
2020 is proving to be all about keeping your head in the right place, and while some things are well fixed in our minds and won't soon be forgotten, for others a little reminder could go a long way. That's where tokens and talismans come in- a little something to keep the good vibes strong and keep you focused on the right things. I have a few myself and it is such a reassurance to glimpse those little reminders in tough times and take a moment to reflect and recenter.
As of today the shop will be open for curbside shopping Thursday-Sunday each week from 12pm-5pm!As part of the reopening process, we went through some of our signature Icon Style collections, and have decided to bring you one of our favorites for this week's theme... FIGURALS! In the shop figurals get a whole shelf all of their own, and whether it's hand jewelry or full articulated characters, figural jewelry has been one of my favorites since I first started in the jewelry business. It was even a common theme in the jewelry that I designed and made myself!
With all that is happening we went on MUTE this week on social media to make space for other voices to be heard, and have spent this time listening and learning. I wasn't even sure if I would do a Sunday Brunch this week but I believe Icon Style's role is to bring beauty to you all in whatever ways we can, and to keep a memory of the past alive while still living in the now and looking towards the future, so we will continue to do that here. One thing I am sure of is art and beauty are healthy, so we will do what we can to spread them.