I have always been a huge fan of Amber jewelry I guess it is in my DNA…unfortunatly I only have one piece from my Father’s mother, the only thing I have of her and I never met any of my grandparents, so naturally, I treasure it. I’ll show it to you in the post.
These three photos show you some versions of raw amber some polished a bit some just the raw stones. Amber is fossilized tree resin and has been prized through the ages. It is found primarily in the Baltic countries but is seen elsewhere in the world. You can find many sites on Google. Today’s post is primarily on jewelry and one spectacular room and, of course, a couple of books for good measure!
All three photos from Pinterest photo credit unknown.
My friend, Barbara Varro, collected her pieces in Poland and was kind enough to bring me several pieces throughout the years. Here is her collection, I took the photos when I was visiting last summer in anticipation of this post.
The necklaces in different pairings, I would wear them all together.
Her amber ring collection on my finger……
Some of my pieces almost always worn together, some from Barbara and others collected, over the 15 years of its existence, at Randolph Street Market
Some of the pieces I collected (wish I had gotten more for myself, I did get more pieces as gifts) on my fantastic trip to Russia in 2002. I promise I will do a post on the trip when I can find my photos. The top piece is lightly polished raw amber, love it, the center piece is white amber and the bottom piece is polished and probably Victorian…got that one at an antique fair in Moscow (which, by the way, was amazing!) I usually wear these as a grouping. A Nena’s Note…each morning in Moscow we would go to a different specialty shop, one of which was all amber….extraordinary. Each day and this was early morning for shopping, say 8ish, we were greeted by trays of small shot glasses of ice-cold vodka…8 AM…I don’t drink vodka, I know, you are saying isn’t she of Russian heritage, and yes she is! But I don’t drink vodka, certainly not neat and at 8 AM! Well, guess what I had to shoot the offered nectar or I would be offending our hosts, I most certainly didn’t want to cause an International incident! Still, don’t like vodka!
My faceted collection, the top piece is my Grandmother’s piece, the middle is multi-colored from St. Petersburg and the bottom piece one of my Randolph Street Market finds. I usually wear them together.
I have had a difficult time trying to find earrings that don’t have silver mountings…I do have one pair again from RSM that is multicolor dropped stones and a pair of hoops that go with my amber but are faux! Here are a couple of earrings that I would love to have.
Aren’t they stunning!!!!
Here is a necklace I would love as well, wouldn’t you…..The three photos are from Pinterest photo credit unknown.
A necklace from the talented hands of Margaret Buckman
Information from Margaret (who was one of my first profiles, go to my archives to learn all about this talented lady!) “This piece is natural shaped beads of Tibetan amber, inset with turquoise mosaics and coral pieces. Each side of the bead has a Chinese coin silver zodiac character, the entire bead is inlaid with silver and inset with biwa pearls.”
Made especially for me by Margaret Buckman several years ago, it includes many of my broken necklaces pieces along with some from the designer. It is a huge statement piece and I wear it often usually with my embroidered jacket from my Moscow trip. It is one of my most favorite necklaces.
Now on to an amazing treasure, The Amber Room in Catherine’s Palace outside of St. Petersburg. It was just being reconstructed when I was there. The Room had been “lost” during World War II and there are many stories of what happened to it. Most of the stories said the keepers of the Palace removed the pieces and hid them from capture from the invading Nazi’s.
Isn’t it glorious….when I find my Russian trip photos I’ll show you it being restored. Photos from Pinterest photo credit unknown.
I have suggested two books for you, one non-fiction and one fiction, both exciting tales. This is the book that got me into reading Steve Berry, one of my favorite authors.