Tuesday, 14 December 2010

Rediscovered Gems

I recently enjoyed an afternoon browsing at a local antiques fair. I'm a bit of a regular at the fairs and often get recognised by the sellers, so I always make sure I'm glammed up as I have a standard to uphold, plus it keeps all the old dears entertained! I was there to collect a ring that was being resized for me; a ring that I fell in love with a few months ago and have been eager to collect ever since... but more on that later.

The turban-esque hat I am wearing has constantly been on my head since I purchased it. The rich red colour and velvet exterior make it the perfect hat for this time of year. I added a little articulated peacock brooch, as no turban is complete without a central jewel! As I was wearing high-waisted trousers, I wanted to keep my outfits proportions sleek with a cropped jacket. Luckily, in the depths of my wardrobe I found this fur collared creation, which I haven't worn in years. Long leather gloves ensured my arms didn't succumb to frostbite.

Jacket (Mango), vintage hat, shoes (Kurt Geiger), gloves (Oasis), trousers (Louise Amstrup for ASOS), vest (Topshop), top (H&M)

And here is the ring I was collecting.... The setting and overall design is nothing too special, however it is the central stone that had me instantly enamoured. The vivid, fiery red glows like lava. My boyfriend so eloquently said it looks like a 'cheap ruby', it is in fact a fire opal. I'd never heard of these before, and found its colour fascinating especially in comparison to the 'common' opal. The couple who sold it to me (who, incidentally, also sold me my Victorian beetle brooch) don't normally stock jewellery from the mid-century, however they made an exception with this ring as they considered it so special, and I have to agree!

C.1950-1960 fire opal and diamond ring
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