Sunday, November 20, 2011

Necklaces lenght

35 centimetres (14 in) to 41 centimetres (16 in) long and sits high on the neck.
Princess necklace
A princess necklace is 45 centimetres (18 in) to 50 centimetres (20 in) long, longer than a choker, but shorter than a matinee.
Matinee necklace
A matinee length necklace is 56 centimetres (22 in) to 58 centimetres (23 in) long - typically a single strand that rests at the top of the cleavage.
Opera necklace
An opera necklace is 75 centimetres (30 in) to 90 centimetres (35 in) long and sits at the breastbone.
Sautoir or rope necklace
A sautoir or rope necklace is any necklace longer than opera length.
Lariat necklace
A lariat is a very, very long variation on the sautoir or rope, without a clasp, often worn draped multiple times around the neck; the ends can be crossed over, looped, or knotted in various ways. This type of necklace sometimes incorporates a loop at one or both ends to allow it to be worn in the style of a lasso, or it may be worn doubled over with the ends passed through the loop formed in the middle.
Men's necklaces do not generally use these terms, though a very short necklace is still known as a choker. Men typically call their necklaces "chains."

Friday, November 11, 2011

The Honest Vintage Pledge

The Honest Vintage Pledge: Everything that I have tagged as vintage in my shop is at least twenty years old or older. I stake my reputation on it. I will never knowingly sell a fake or a repro knockoff to my customers.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Sunday, November 6, 2011

What I really hate...

Eu odeio o falso vintage  não porque é um falso, mas apenas, porque na maioria dos casos, é uma tentativa de enganar os outros. Algumas falsificações são realmente boas e engraçadas como o anúncio acima:) Mas são o que são, não pretendem ser mais do que realmente são. Incomoda-me, aborrece-me, odeio quando as pessoas vendem peças estilo vintage como vintage real. Também odeio quando um item não tem sequer 20 anos e o vendedor insiste em chamá-lo "vintage".

Também odeio clicar 50 vezes em itens feitos de metal cor de bronze com um nostálgico, romântico e ar vintage com "vintage" em seu título, quando são produtos modernos, e não vintage. No entanto, eles aparecem como "vintage" em pesquisas na web, o que é deveras irritante.

E, às vezes, sinto-me sozinha,  porque sou amante do vintage e a maioria das pessoas não entende por que isso me irrita e aborrece muito ...


I hate fake vintage, not because it is a fake but only, in most cases, because is an attempt to deceive others. Some fakes are really good an funny like the ad above :) What bothers and hate is people selling vintage style pieces as real vintage. I also hate when an item isn't even 20 years old and the seller insists in calling it "vintage".

I hate to click about 50 times in items made of coloured bronze metal with a nostalgic, romantic, vintage feel with "vintage" in their title,  because they are modern, not vintage. However, they appear as "vintage" in web searches. 

And, sometimes, I feel so alone, because I'm a vintage lover and most of the people don´t understand why this annoys me so much...

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

The Myth of the Pearl

Timeless elegance and classic sophistication!

Scarlett Johansson

I truly believe that of all the pieces of jewelry, a pearl necklace is the only thing that a woman should not be without.

Pearls are so versatile and so easy to match with any outfit, from formal evening wear to casual day wear. 

No one knows when pearls were first discovered but many believe it was long before recorded history. Long before written history, human beings most likely discovered the first pearl while searching the seashore for food.

According to Chinese folklore, pearls are the tears of a dragon. The Ancient Chinese considered natural black pearls as symbols of wisdom and thought them to be created in the brains of dragons. They believed that one had to kill the dragon to harvest the pearl, which was held safely between the dragon’s teeth.

In Roman mythology, they are the tears of Venus. It is said that the water that dropped from Venus’ body was so affected by her beauty and appeal that it ultimately formed into pearls, and that is where the pearl gains its lofty and holy status.

Pearls have often been called "The Fairies of Water" as they are the soul of beauty and love. The Myth from Persia believes that pearls are the result of different spirits’ tears. Interesting, you might say - but there are lots of myths when it comes to pearls. From the old times until today, pearls are deemed to be a gift to the earth by various spirits. Persians believed that pearls were born when a rainbow met the Earth, and any irregularities in the pearls were thought to be a consequence of thunder.

In Ancient India, people believed that pearls were made from the dew of the sun’s first rays in the morning.

The ancient Egyptians prized their pearls so much they were buried with them. Cleopatra reportedly dissolved a single pearl in a glass of wine and drank it. She did this simply to win a wager with Mark Anthony that she could consume the wealth of an entire nation in just one meal.

In Hindu culture, pearls were associated with the Moon and were symbols of love and purity. Hindu texts say that Krishna discovered the first pearl, which he presented to his daughter on her wedding day.  Ancient Hindu writings refer to pearls as bringing longevity and prosperity. The writings also tell an ancient story of Krishna (or Vishnu) who plucked the first pearl from the depths of the ocean and gave it to his daughter Pandaia on her wedding day. This Hindu story is one of the earliest known accounts of pearls in the wedding experience. Hindus also associated pearls with wild boars, elephants, snakes, fish and only very rarely with oysters. For Hindus, the pearl is one of the planetary gems, associated with the moon and second only to the diamond in regard. The Indian rulers considered the luminous gemstones to be symbols of love, union, and purity.