Wednesday, June 8, 2011
Up until about a week ago, there was a tiny antique shop about five blocks from my house here in California. Kind of a dream, I know! Unfortunately, it just closed after nearly 35 years of business. The owner was a spunky woman named Diane who just happened to have an amazing collection of antique jewelry. I visited several times and never left empty handed. The last time I visited I bought two things for myself - a 1930s chalcedony (pronounced kal-SEH-doh-nee) cocktail ring and matching pendant. I love how the stones have a waxy luster and a cloudy semi-transparency. Chalcedony was popular during the Art Deco period, but not as popular as other quartz gemstones like carnelian, chrysoprase and onyx. I rarely see vintage (blue) chalcedony jewelry on the market so I am pretty excited, needless to say!
There is a pretty faux chalcedony Art Deco ring in the shop here.