Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Ruby Crystals and Teal Slippers

Did I say you can't wear rhinestones to work every day? Well, how about two days in a row? L gave me this gorgeous crystal necklace for Christmas a couple of years ago, and I put it in with my Grandma J's rhinestone set and totally forgot about it.

Never wore it. Until now!
I'm doing the "La la la, I got engaged" pose to show off another really old piece of jewelry (more on that in a bit). I haven't worn these pants for a while and they are feeling a wee bit snug in the thighs. Now, I'm good with my thighs as I've said, but this does serve to remind me that I am still trying to get rid of the few pounds that crept on at Christmas that I have not been able to shake.

As you might know, I lost 50 pounds over 2 years ago, and I still go to my Weight Watchers meetings every Saturday. I worked really hard this week, since I was starting to creep up to my goal weight (I like to be about 8 lbs under it), and lost 3.2 lbs - hurray! Even after my "free" day of Saturday (since it's weigh-in day) and Winesday (and know I was into the wine and the yummy food with the gals), I'm still working this week to get another 2 pounds off.

Anyway, wearing these pants was a good reminder not to get complacent. Bison burgers and corn on the cob for dinner tonight! Yum! And popcorn (with 1/2 real butter and 1/2 olive oil) for my late snack. Maybe a square of chili chocolate. Maybe not.

The necklace and the big ring:
The stones in the necklace alternate between pure red and irridescent finish (it's a strong turquoise colour, which is why I chose to do turquoise shoes).

The stuff:
I love these shoes! The flower popped off while I was on the phone today at work, so I glue-gunned it when I got home (it's missing in the top picture).

A close-up of the necklace and ring:
The necklace is stamped "Made Austria" on the hook, so I know it's the genuine article. It has a good weight to it, and I know L paid a bit for it.

The ring came via Mom, and I think it might have been Gram S's or pilfered from Mom's jewelry box in the 80s - I'll have to ask her when I see her on Friday. It is a very pinky gold (so high copper content in it), and has been repaired at some point on the band.

The setting is very old-fashioned with the prongs, and the stone is very worn down at the edges. It looks like it's been worn a lot. My research points to either garnet or red tourmaline - those are both fairly hard stones, but this ring has been around the block a few times. I suspect Victoria era.
It's stamped inside "BLG & SON" and "GOLD SHELL".
I couldn't find anything on the "BLG & Son" relating to jewelry, but found out that a lot of Victorian jewelry was gold shell and 9K gold.

Blouse (RW & Co., consignment), cami (InWear), pants (Club Monaco, consignment), shoes (Le Chateau), necklace (Austrian crystal, gift from L), ring (vintage), gold hoop earrings.

17 comments:

  1. Gorgeous necklace and love the shoes! I know you can reach your goal. I am truely inspired!

    Have fun at dragon boat! I've done it before. My brother was on a team here in Houston and he dragged me out there early one morning. I just couldn't make those early morning practices! It was a lot of fun though and a great workout. let me know how it goes.

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  2. Nice shoes...love the color combo of those with that top.

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  3. I enjoy the background of your jewelry. Each piece has a past and a story to tell. And I'm eyeing that red top wow! I love that!

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  4. Gorgeous jewels, lady. I'd love to see some shots of your entire collection sometime ...

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  5. Love the jewels. Do it some more! Wear more rhinestones to work, I dare you! HA! I have been searching for the rhinestone necklace I wore to prom one year, I'd love to pair it with a scoop neck tee and beat up jeans. Heels too, of course! The shoes are really cute.

    Great job on losing the 3lbs! I lost 2lbs, 8 more to go!

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  6. Sheila, I admire your resolve in keeping your weight down. I never had to worry about mine until I turned 50, then gained about 25 lbs. I lost 9, but have gained 5 back. It doesn't help that the husband is a great cook.
    You have the best jewelry! I love this necklace. I have some flashy rhinestone and crystal pieces from my Mom that she wore back in the 50's and 60's.

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  7. Again, another great pair of shoes! And I seriously want to come raid your jewelry box...along with just about every other reader of your blog I'm guessing!

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  8. i absolutely love (and will soon steal the idea) the color combination you used today. red top, turquoise shoes, gray slacks!!! perfect! all colors, i might add, that are very flattering on you with your skin tone.

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  9. Thanks, Hillary! I'm trying. I'm excited about dragon boating. The practices are after work (and are 1/2 block from my workplace) and on Sundays at 10, so not too early. I will post about the races.

    Thanks, Wendy! I thought it was inspired.

    Thank you, Sher! I like preserving the history of my pieces and finding out more about them through research.

    Sal (love the new picture), thanks. That's a great idea. I'm off part of next week and I've been meaning to go through my jewelry boxes...

    Alison, I will! I'm not sure how much rhinestone I can get away with. I love old jewelry. Thanks so much for the encouragement - good for you! You can do it!

    Thank you, Chris. It's a constant struggle, as you know. It's why I keep going to meetings. Thanks - I love interesting pieces, especially antiques. I would love to see your old pieces.

    watergirl, thank you! I am just starting to realize what a great collection I have. My nieces will want to get into my jewelry when they are older, I'm sure.

    Eednic, please do, I'd be flattered. Thanks so much.

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  10. Hey I recognize that pose! I did the same one on my blog last weekend. Hehe.

    As always, I am drooling over your vintage jewelry.

    Congrats on staying on track. You really are an inspiration.

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  11. Love your outfit! Also, love the star outfit from teh following day. A fitting tribute.

    Based upon the color in the photo (looks like a deep wine red, more purple/brown than pink/blue), I think the stone is a garnet. Rubelite Tourmaline is a pinker color (more rasberry or violet ruby than wine). Rhodolite garnets also come in a more berry red that are similar to tourmailem, but with a stronger violet undertone. Depending upon when it was made, it could be a created ruby. I have one from the early 1950s that is a perfect ruby red, but lab created. ps... I'm a jewler.

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  12. i would so dress like this for work if it were allowed

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  13. Tina, I was thinking of you! Thank you. I'm off to my weigh-in shortly...wish me luck.

    Lain, thanks! I love that you're a jeweller - you are my go-to person now! After researching, I also thought the stone was probably a garnet. I asked my mom about the ring last night and said it was her great-grandmother's, so it's probably from the 1910s/20s.

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  14. Love this whole outfit too - and I'm for rhinestones, anytime!

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  15. Thanks, Christy! You can never get enough rhinestones.

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  16. I forgot that you had successfully lost and kept off such a large amount. After two years, that's *really* an accomplishment. WW is such a good plan - I'm trying to get my family (and myself) to go back on it this summer.

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  17. Andrea, sorry I missed your comment. Why can't you dress like this for work?

    Kari - I do find I have to remind people because they forget...and it was such a difficult thing for me to do, and to maintain. It's important for me. Good for you for taking control of your health, however you do it!

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