Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Hearts • Murano Glass, Limoges, Jewelry & more

It just seems appropriate to feature hearts in February. After all, Valentine's Day is February 14th! Of course, hearts are not just for Valentines. Any special occasion is made more personal with hearts ... as a gift, as part of the table decoration, nestled on a pillow, or attached to a card. But you really do not need a special time or place to give a heart. Do it "just because."

We always carry a nice selection of heart gifts and jewelry, as well as hearts for crafting and collecting. Here is a gallery some of the many hearts we currently have in the shop.
Handmade paper hearts and fans; felt heart stickers; heart die-cuts
Wonderful handmade hearts and fans ($9.95 - $14.95 each)
Die-cuts of heart & flowers (99 cents each)
Murano Glass Gold Leaf Hearts ($22.95 & 48.95)
Heart Pendants ($12.95 - $19.95 each)
Heart Limoges Boxes are Hand Made in France ($103 to $199 each)
Victorian Lockets, many with Hearts (starting at $59 each)
Remember, we have some of these items online, and many more in our shop in Los Gatos. Call, email or stop in!

Amethyst: February's Birthstone

Victorian Amethyst & Pearl Pin
Amethyst is a form of quartz that has impurities that give it a royal violet color. Other impurities in quartz create some other semi-precious gemstones, but amethyst is always a shade of violet or purple. It's color ranges from a pinkish violet to a dark purple with flashes of red. Generally, the darker the color, the more prized is the gem.

The name derives from an ancient Greek word meaning intoxication. It was believed that wearing amethyst, or drinking from a vessel carved out of amethyst, would prevent drunkenness. Ah, would that were true! Mysticism aside, amethyst is a beautiful gemstone. It is also beautiful in its crystalline form, which is not uncommon and frequently seen in geodes.

At Vintages we have a nice selection of amethyst jewelry, including some lovely rings, brooches and pendants. Most of these are available online
A Variety of Amethyst Rings ($79 - $95 each)
Amethyst Ring set in 14k Gold ($345)
Amethyst Ring set in 14k Gold ($365)
Amethyst Ring and 14k Gold Bracelets
A Luscious Victorian Amethyst & 14k Gold Pendant ($365)
Modernist Butterfly Amethyst Earrings ($95)
Contemporary Amethyst & Silver Dragonfly Pin ($65)
A couple of Amethyst Crosses (starting at $59 each)
Scottish Silver Brooch ($79)
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