26 September 2015

Looking for a Negligee?

No, not THAT kind of negligee! In the jewelry world, lavalier necklaces with asymmetrical drops are referred to as negligees. The drops hang at different lengths and became popular during the early 1900s Edwardian period.

Antique Edwardian Amethyst Negligee Necklace

An Edwardian beauty, rendered in sterling silver with 12 1/2 carats of natural amethyst gemstones.  What a fabulous necklace! Wouldn't it be perfect for the wedding bride?

Art Deco Sodalite Marcasite Negligee Necklace

This necklace is a bit more involved in design with the lapel collar style with the 'negligee' drops dangling between.  Totally sublime!

So when you hear negligee necklace, one need not to be confused with the slinky sheer nightgowns!

Just a few of the 'negligee' necklaces we have on Boylerpf Antique & Vintage Jewelry!

24 September 2015

Sentimental Fool...

I'm pretty sentimental and I believe most people tend to be sentimental, too. Don't we all yearn for the feeling and emotions of love, nostalgia and idealism? We all hold on to something in the past be it in our thoughts or through a memento. So many things hold a special meaning or tell a story that brings a smile.

Victorian Gutta Percha Cross

The Victorians were notorious for having sentiment and using symbolism. Take for instance this Gutta Percha (a latex produced from the sap of trees) mourning cross necklace. The roses are signifying the person being mourned was a loved one and older as the flower is in full bloom. The person was someone who had been with the wearer of the cross for some time as the daisies have a meaning of youth and innocence. It's kind of like reading a book.

Hair Brooch at Boylerpf

Now I used to think that hair jewelry was gross! The thought of braiding someone's hair and turning it into a brooch, bracelet, necklace or watch chain to wear was...well...just plain weird. But then I realized that even in today's time, we save locks of hair. When our dear Collie died a year or two ago, my husband cut a lock of his fur and placed it in his wallet. He's carried it ever since and occasionally pulls it out and smiles at the memory. We save our child's lock of hair after their first hair cut or put a snip of hair in a locket with a picture of a loved one. The list goes on and on.

I like to think that we all want a slower paced time where we can appreciate sentimentality and revel in nostalgia. I know...I'm just a idealistic, sentimental old fool but I think there's one in just about everybody.

08 January 2010

Can you guess who??

I know I said yesterday that it was cold here but let me tell you...that was no comparison to what it is today. We woke up to the actual temperature being -27 and that isn't even with the wind chill! Wind always blows out here on the plains so you gotta know, it's really cold.

My new favorite thing is wool...anything wool! I've had the great fleece items thinking they'll keep me warm but there is nothing like wool in my book. So while searching for something wool to keep me warm, the name Pendleton comes to mind. A word synonymous with wool since 1909. From blankets to sweaters, they really do keep you warm. They were such a big name that in 1960, a huge California band named themselves The Pendletones in honor of the company. They wore Pendleton shirts on their first album cover. Later, they did change their name. Have any ideas who they were?

Pendleton Beaver State Wool Blanket from KingFisherGallery

Vintage Walnut Wool Cardi from NodtoModVintage

Pendleton Plaid Wool Coat from persephonevintage

50s Pendleton Slacks from bluegrassvintage
I can just see that band wearing something close to these!

No clue who that big band was? The Beach Boys!
Have a great Friday all and stay warm...I'm working on doing just that!

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07 January 2010

Back to our regularly scheduled program....

The blissful life of regularity has returned. With the DH having the month of December off, I decided it was a good time to sit back and enjoy the season. I actually got the time to read several books, watch movies I've wanted to and in general, just relax. Christmas Eve ushered in a 3 day blizzard with piles of snow and currently, the temperature is around -39 outside! I rarely make New Year's resolutions as most of the time they're broken within the first month or less. However, this year, I promise myself to go someplace warm....and I don't mean my backyard in summer! Can't you just see my smiling face sitting on that chair?

'Tis a good day to catch up on all the blogs that I have so missed this past month. So stay tuned...we're back on schedule!
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23 December 2009

The Stocking

This year, I decided to give myself a Christmas present...the gift of time. Time to enjoy every little moment that the days before Christmas arrive to be with friends, family, cook, bake, watch old movies and just appreciate all that I have. I've actually passed on this gift to you with one less blog to read!

And now...a word about that empty stocking.

The DH and I love to watch old black and white movies. Most are PG and the good ones always have a moral behind the story. One of our favorites at this time of year is The Bishop's Wife..a 1947 romantic comedy starring Cary Grant, Loretta Young and David Niven. It tells the story of an ambitious Bishop (Niven) who prays for guidance and an angel (Grant) comes down to set things right with all the people around him. In the end, the Bishop gives a sermon which is so true today. Spoken by Niven in his clean English accent, swelling music in the is one we can all learn from whether we celebrate this holiday or not. We can all give these simple gifts.

Tonight I want to tell you the story of an empty stocking.

Once upon a midnight clear, there was a child's cry, a blazing star hung over a stable, and wise men came with birthday gifts. We haven't forgotten that night down the centuries.
We celebrate it with stars on Christmas trees, with the sound of bells, and with gifts.

But especially with gifts. You give me a book, I give you a tie. Aunt Martha has always wanted an orange squeezer and Uncle Henry can do with a new pipe. For we forget nobody, adult or child. All the stockings are filled, all that is, except one. And we have even forgotten to hang it up. The stocking for the child born in a manger. Its his birthday we're celebrating. Don't let us ever forget that.

Let us ask ourselves what He would wish for most. And then, let each put in his share, loving kindness, warm hearts, and a stretched out hand of tolerance. All the shinning gifts that make peace on earth.

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas!

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