Lovers Rings. As the name indicates, these runs were given as a token of affection between lovers…not necessarily spouses! Most often they were a diamond and another gemstone, though sometimes both stones were pearls or other semi-precious stones – like this turquoise example.
The emerald is actually Chris’ 25 year anniversary ring – which is sweet beyond measure.
Crown jewelry is not just a recent trend – it’s been around since Anglophilia existed. This opal ring was a commemorative piece inspired by Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee, in 1897.
There’s lore that surrounds opals — many people believe it’s unlucky to wear unless they were born in October (our birthstone isn’t tourmaline!). “But that particular superstition comes from a novel written in the 1800s (Anne of Geierstein by Sir Walter Scott), and not from any ancient belief or experience. In fact, throughout most of history, opal has been regarded as the luckiest and most magical of all gems because it can show all colors. Once, it was thought to have the power to preserve the life and color of blond hair.” [source] So…I should credit my goldilocks to my opals…?
And, with that, Happy Halloween!
Many thanks to Chris Enebo Antique Jewelry for her time and knowledge! She doesn’t have a website, but you can find her twice a year at Marburger Farm, as well as other shows around the country (thank you, google).
Disclosure: Tickets were provided by Marburger Farm. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author.