Monday, April 13, 2009


I want to kick things off by featuring some of the legends in the field. Fred Leighton Jewelry is the topic of my first feature.

I have heard Fred Leighton Jewelry mentioned over the years, but I never knew until recently that the company specializes in collecting high-end, vintage jewelry from all over the world!

The designs from the Fred Leighton collections are spectacular pieces of jewelry. These incredible jewelry collections span the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries. They even include vintage jewelry pieces from Van Cleef & Arpels and Tiffany & Co.

The timeless designs included are from the Georgian, Victorian, Art Nouveau, Edwardian, Art Deco, and Retro eras.

As the eras moved into the next jewelry designs, as well as the types of precious stones and metals used, would change. For example, jewelry designs during the Art Deco era consisted mainly of geometric shapes; for color jewelers commonly used enamel and a plastic known as Bakelite. The designs featured in Fred Leighton's collections are, in a word, breathtaking.

The Fred Leighton brand has been a long-time staple in Hollywood, and celebrities such as Jennifer Lopez, Kate Beckinsale, and Amy Adams have adorned themselves with the company's vintage jewels on the red carpet.

The obvious expense aside if you love artistry you will be blown away by the pieces displayed under Exhibition on Fred Leighton's website.

I am amazed at how well preserved the pieces are. There is a 105-year-old brooch, designed by Rene' Lalique of the Art Nouveau era, with the figure of a woman carved into it and the detail is just amazing.

A few months ago, I saw an entertainment show where the hosts commented on the red carpet styles at the Oscars™ this year. They felt the gown Amy Adams wore (a gorgeous crimson frock by Carolina Herrera) did not complement the Fred Leighton necklace she wore.  I didn't agree. Adams wore a remarkable 1950s bib necklace composed of an astonishing 630 carats of emeralds, rubies and sapphires.

If you appreciate the detail of vintage jewelry, and you're looking for some at an affordable price, check out Michelle's Vintage Jewelry . The company's owner, Michelle Webb, has sold vintage jewelry online for six years and she has great customer testimonials.
Photo (top right) Amy Adams wearing 1950s Bib Necklace of 630 carats of Mulit-colored Gemstones
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