While its popularity soared in the 1800s, mourning jewelry has been worn since the 1600s. Photography was not available for people, so the way they would remember departed loved ones was through the jewelry.
Sapphires have been used for protection for thousands of years. Since 800 BC, they have been used to protect their wearer from witchcraft and harm. It is also regarded as bringing peace of mind and security, guarding innocence, promoting good health, and bringing joy and fulfillment. Perhaps this is why Prince Charles chose to give Princess Diana a sapphire engagement ring, causing the popularity of sapphire rings to soar.
The only stone harder than sapphire is diamond, making it a great choice for an engagement ring that can be worn for a lifetime. A meaningful gift for anyone born in September would be a piece of sapphire jewelry.
Did you know that sapphires are not just blue, but come in every color? Any color of the rainbow could be found in a sapphire.
At Tick Tock Jewellers, we would be happy to find a beautiful piece in your price range. Here are some examples of sapphire jewelry that we currently have, and think would make amazing gifts.
Jewelry can be a lifelong companion if taken care of correctly. Just because it is made from metals doesn’t mean it can last forever! Dirt can wear away between seams and loosen prongs, causing you to lose stones. If cleaned and stored properly, this can be easily prevented. Not only are there mechanical upsides to keeping jewelry clean, but it also makes it more shiny and new looking.
Because pearls are a natural substance, they are porous and susceptible to the environment around them. Try not to spray perfume on pearls or get moisturizer on them, and always take them off in the shower. Being submerged in water deteriorates the silk they are strung with, so wipe clean with a damp cloth instead to avoid string contact. Use only water and a soft cloth unless the pearls are stained, in which case you can use a gentle soap such as Dawn dish soap in the water. Tick Tock also carries a pearl cleaning solution for $10 that is the safest way to go.
Rings with stones
Tick Tock offers free ring cleanings, and we recommend you have that done every 4-6 months or so. If you notice it needs spot cleaning in between, a toothbrush and warm slightly soapy water will help remove dirt. Always clean underneath exposed stones to make sure light can properly reflect off of them and keep them shiny. Before you do any hardcore scrubbing, check to make sure all of your prongs are tight and stable. If they are loose, have them repaired at Tick Tock immediately or you stand the chance of losing a stone.
Sterling jewelry that is not worn often has a much faster tarnishing rate. Bright sun also speeds up tarnishing, so avoid wearing jewelry while swimming or sun tanning. Lotions, perfumes, and hair products are not good for sterling either. While not being worn, store sterling in an airtight plastic bag. Keeping a piece of chalk in the drawer with your jewelry will also help keep humidity down in storage. To remove tarnish, soak sterling silver jewelry in ½ cup white vinegar and 2 tablespoons baking soda for 2 hours and rinse with warm water. Dry with a microfiber or lint free flannel cloth. Tick Tock carries a sterling cleaning solution that would work even better.
Plain gold pieces
A soft toothbrush and Dawn dish soap in water will shine up plain gold jewelry. Always take off your gold jewelry before showering because other soaps will damage your gold. There is no substitute for having your gold professionally cleaned. At Tick Tock it’s free and will get it the cleanest.
After checking your prongs and making sure there are no loose stones, your earrings and necklaces can be rinsed with water and Dawn dish soap. Scrub under the stones lightly with a toothbrush to keep the bottoms clean and create more sparkle. Jewelry cleaner from Tick Tock Jewelers will always do the best job.
This years Met Gala will be the largest ever, featuring over 40 pieces borrowed from the Vatican. “As a curator you’re always interested in what lies behind creativity and the creative impulse,” says Andrew Bolton, who dreamed up the exhibition. “And what struck me is how religion—Catholicism in particular—has really shaped the mind of these designers with a richness of imagery, a storytelling tradition, and seeing the world through metaphor. I hope, no matter what your faith, this will cause you to reflect on whether your religion has had an influence on your creative development.”
Tiara of Pius IX
Tiara of Pius IX (r. 1846–78), 1854. German and Spanish. Courtesy of the Collection of the Office of Liturgical Celebrations of the Supreme Pontiff, Papal Sacristy, Vatican City. Digital composite scan by Katerina Jebb
The majority of fashion designers on display in “Heavenly Bodies” were raised or educated Catholic. Cristóbal Balenciaga, for example, created choral gowns for a Spanish choir called Orfeón Donostiarra that was established in the late nineteenth century. He was the devout son of a seamstress in Spain (he designed the cassock worn by the priest who gave Christian Dior’s eulogy). In the mid-1980s, Yves Saint Laurent, also a Catholic, designed a gold dress and mantle for the sixteenth-century Virgin of El Rocío in a Parisian church.
As the late priest and writer Andrew Greeley wrote in The Catholic Imagination, “Catholics live in God-haunted houses and an enchanted world. In a world where grace is everywhere, the haunting and enchanting go on constantly. Clearly, the world of the great Catholic artists and writers is enchanted . . . they see reality the way they do because they either grew up Catholic or were attracted to Catholicism as adults by virtue of its enchanting aspects.”
The Vatican has lent the Met more than 40 liturgical vestments and accessories, which will be displayed in the Anna Wintour Costume Center. The treasures include an astonishing egg-shaped tiara composed of three crowns that was a gift from Queen Isabella II of Spain to Pope Pius IX, covered in some 19,000 precious stones, most of them diamonds. There is a very tall and heavy miter that was a gift to Pope Pius XI from Benito Mussolini to commemorate the signing of the Lateran Treaty on February 11, 1929, and a pair of red slippers by an Italian cobbler named Loredano Apolloni, worn by Saint John Paul II; the tradition of popes’ wearing red shoes goes back centuries.
It may read as sacrilegious to some—putting a woman in a dress printed with an image like the Madonna and Child taken from a religious painting, or a stained-glass window, or hanging jeweled crosses around her neck. But it makes sense that— just as Federico Fellini fetishized the Church’s style in the fabulous, satirical Vatican fashion show in his 1972 movie Roma—designers would find inspiration in the over-the-top carnivalesque style of Catholic art and fashion.
“From the first pages of the Bible, God enters the scene certainly as a creator, but also as a tailor,’’ the cardinal said, offering a passage from Genesis about God fashioning garments of skin for Adam and Eve. “God Himself worries about clothing His creatures, and this represents the genesis of the significance of clothing.’’
From a Vogue article written by Maureen Dowd on April 11th 2018
Follow us on Instagram & Facebook for our favorite looks from this years Met Gala on May 7th 2018.
Check out the documentary “First Monday in May” for a behind scenes look at a previous Met Gala.
On Saturday June 22nd & Sunday June 23rd you are invited to join us for our second annual Lika Behar Trunk Show! Acclaimed designer, Lika Behar, creates unique and intimate works of wearable art inspired by ancient civilizations & the Mediterranean. Her hand wrought individual designs reflect ancient history as well as the modern feminine spirit. She works with 22 and 24 karat gold, diamonds, rubies, emeralds, sapphires, oxidized sterling silver and a myriad of beautiful gemstones of extraordinary color. The collection showcases fresh and lively hues with striking color combinations graced with the warmth of pure gold and the shimmer of diamonds. In addition to her existing pieces she will custom make a special item just for you. Join us and shop the collection or special order something unique!
Here at Tick Tock Jewelers we have a wide and varied assortment of engagement rings. Not only do we carry vintage estate pieces, but modern designs as well. We have a special love for engagement rings. We’ve been privy to many future marriage proposals and been part of countless couples' journey to find the perfect rings. There is magic that happens when the perfect ring slides onto your finger. Your eyes light up, the finger moves to show the sparkle and you know you don’t want to take it off. You know in that moment that you have found THE ring.
Each love story is just another reason to find hope in the world. Whether you've been together since day 1 or it was a journey to find each other, every story has one lesson, love is always worth it.
Julie Jolicoeur I believe my husband and I have a true love story. We were set up on a blind date by mutual friends. We had never met before. We met on a Friday and have literally together since that day. Married 10 years together 13. The funny thing is another mutual friend was also trying to set us up. Must be everyone knew but us. I love him more everyday and am the luckiest girl in the entire world.
Chel Dawn Vallone-Phillips My husband and I met freshman year of high school we both had crushes on each other but never said anything. Senior year while doing community service together he finally admitted it and a few days later asked me out. We have been together ever sense. We have been through so much. In 2016 our house caught fire while I was pregnant as a gestational surrogate. We have two kids together and he is my rock-he is my happily ever after. Together almost 10 years married almost 5.
Joy Karnes Limoge I met The Handsome Man on a scuba dive some 10 years ago. I had equipment failure 30 feet below water level and he ended up taking me in his arms and slowly ascending. Once we broke the surface I assured him I was not hitting on him. A date or two later he said “You are my worst nightmare -younger than me and an attorney and I’m falling for you.” I said “Don’t worry - you will get used to it!” We were married a year later in a fairytale wedding at Shelburne Farms with the glorious music of several of the principle players of the VSO serenading us .…
Julie Peoples-Clark My husband Dave and I have been married for 18 years. Three years into the marriage I gave birth to our daughter Ella, who was born with severe disabilities. We suddenly went from a young married couple to caregivers for an extremely medically fragile child. Our marriage survived. We poured ourselves into caring for Ella. We were consumed with her daily needs. Ella passed away at our home in our arms when she was 11 years old. After a long illness that forced us to make the painful decision to place her in hospice. Our marriage survived. 2.5 years ago, I gave birth to our surprise rainbow baby boy. Our marriage has survived the unimaginable, not only survived, but thrived. Our respect and love for each other has grown stronger with each and every challenge.
Taylor Thompson I met my handsome guy in high school, who asked me to be his girl at my surprise sweet 16. From there we spent 2 years together and he happen to be my first love. My family was just as in love with him as I was. As we were in high school we both needed to be mature and we were meant for one another at that point in our life. We separated and spent 4 years apart growing, maturing and doing our own thing. Our love for one another never went away and was so strong that we reconnected. After those long 4 years we are back together happier than ever and understand that, that time was needed and only made our relationship strong. My family is just as happy to have him back in our lives. Our future holds great things, because our love for one another is so strong.
Donna Burnett My husband and I have been married 38 years this year, we have 5 beautiful children and 6 beautiful granddaughters we are truly blessed ❤️
Catherine St Peter Paya I met my husband through my best friend. I knew immediately that he was something else. We started building a friendship that soon turned into full love. We were the best of friends and did everything together. We never even had an argument. He was the best thing that ever happened to my. We married and then things went south. Sadly he past away. I’m in to my eighth year of being a widow and I still can’t bring myself to date again. He was my complete soulmate. I miss him every day.
Lori Hobart My husband and I hung out with the same group of friends in high school. We went away to college and lost touch. 14 years after we graduated, one of our friends got married. I noticed him right away when he walked into the ceremony. He happened to be in the area to pick up his children who were visiting their aunt. At the reception, I went up to him and just started babbling. From the look on his face, I realized he did not recognize me. So, I re-introduced myself. We spent the rest of the night hanging out with our friends and the bride and groom, having fun. 7 years later, he reached out for all of us on a classmates website. Turns out, his friends here thought that was the best way for him to find me. I answered! March 2005 we started a long distance relationship. He was here in Vermont, I was in Philadelphia. We got married in 2009 and finally started living together, here, in 2012. As much as I loved Philadelphia, my husband is so adorable that I moved. He is worth it and it is better being together.
Meltingeve I asked someone who I briefly met through a mutual friend (literally an interaction that was a minute or less) out on a date via Facebook messenger five months after first meeting him. Right after he opened and read my message after a business lunch he opened a fortune cookie that read, “A passionate new romance will appear when you least expect it.” He saw that as a sign that he had to accept the date! I didn’t know about the fortune cookie until we had been dating for a few weeks, but when he told me about it, he took the little white strip of paper with the fortune out of his wallet that he had saved from that day I asked him out. I just found that so incredibly hopeful and beautiful that he kept that fortune…..that was almost 3 years ago and we just got engaged this past Thanksgiving!
2018 is nearly upon us and everyone knows what that means. The spirit of motivation and positive change will abound (at least until February). This year, why not think outside the box for your resolutions? At Tick Tock Jewelers we have a list of resolutions which are achievable-smart investments that will also make your favorite jewelry even more alluring.
Did you know that you should have your rings checked at least once a year? Not unlike people, a good check-up from a professional does preventative wonders for your valuable jewelry. Risks of not having your jewelry checked regularly and maintained can include breaks, deterioration, prong thinning and even the loss of stones. It only takes a few minutes for qualified jewelers like the ones at Tick Tock to inspect your pieces and let you know if it is safe to continue wearing them or if any minor repairs are needed. Make a point to bring your favorite pieces in so you can wear them with confidence this year.
While you are getting your jewelry checked it is also the perfect time to get it cleaned or polished. A few minutes in an ultrasonic cleaner can do wonders for the appearance of your fine jewelry. We offer this as a complimentary service to customers who are getting their rings checked or even to first-time shoppers as they browse. If you have rings that you wear often it may not be long before daily wear, hand creams and exposure makes them lose their sparkle. Fortunately this can be remedied quickly and at no cost.
Chances are you have an assortment of necklaces that have become tangled. While it’s great that your jewelry has bonded, this does not serve you well as none of these pieces can be enjoyed and worn. This can prove to be a challenge to untangle for even the most dexterous and determined individuals, not to mention the fact that it’s time consuming or could lead to the destruction of your jewelry if not done carefully. Save yourself the trouble and bring your knot to Tick Tock. If it’s an easy fix we can attempt it while you wait free of charge but for more complex and time consuming knots there may be a small charge. It’s still nothing compared to the cost of replacing broken gold chains and jewelry.
Most of all, it is important to make sure that your jewelry is appraised by a verified jeweler and that your appraisals are up-to-date. People never think twice about paying their car insurance although some may own jewelry just as expensive or more expensive than their cars and have never had an appraisal. This means if anything were to happen to their jewelry or if it were to be stolen, there would be no protection or recompense. For the average one-time price of a single monthly car payment, you can have your most valuable jewelry appraised and rest at ease. Your information will also contain interesting information about your piece and its true value.
So think outside the box this year for your 2018 resolutions and take a few simple measures to keep your jewelry stunning and safe. We will be here at Tick Tock to ensure your success.
Gifts from Tick Tock Jewelers can be passed down and enjoyed for years to come!
As the temperature drops, the air becomes crisp and snow begins to drift down upon us. Even the smallest of towns are illuminated by holiday lights and festive displays. Holiday music floods the airways and classic tunes evoke a sense of warmth and nostalgia. The cheer all around is intangible yet undeniable. It’s official: The holiday season has begun.
His: Starter Watch : Timex, Citizen, Seiko, or Bering
Hers: Charm Bracelet or Add-a-Pearl
Ages 18 - 25
His: First Swiss Watch : Tissot or Swiss Army Victorinox
Hers: First Swiss Watch or Simple Gold Necklace
Ages 25 - 35
His: Tie Clip or Money Clip Engraved or Sterling Bracelet
Hers: Diamond Studs or String of Pearls
Ages 35 - 45
His: Luxury Watch : Tag Heuer or Oris
Hers: Diamond Tennis Bracelet or Luxury Watch Tag Heuer, Movado, or Ori
Ages: 45 - 60
His: Watch Winder for his Automatic Watch
Hers: Vintage Diamond Cocktail Ring
His: Limited Edition Oris Watch or Gold Pocket Watch
Hers: Diamond Tennis Necklace
The basic pieces that every jewelry lover needs
Three wonderful elements that make up the world around us. These things share something unique in common, something a little more than just matter itself; birthstones! For centuries, cultures around the world have used stones and gems to interconnect phenomenon with the spiritual earth around us. The commonly known “birthstone” is an example of this. Birthstones were assigned in correspondence with the 12-month period of time in a year. Thus, both you and I have our own birthstones.
There is further correspondence between birthstones and the zodiac calendar. Each period of time is assigned a zodiac and is thought to be ruled by each planet in the solar system. With a stone assigned to each zodiac in accordance with each planet, the astral energy can be received through the stones as healing powers.
Above: Crystal Healing/Meditation
Now, if you’re a skeptic, you may be wondering where these ideas came from. However, this is not a new practice. Ancient Greeks would rub crushed hematite on their bodies before battle believing it would make them invincible. Indian tradition practices crystal meditation to heal emotional and physical imbalances, often tuning into and strengthening the flow of energy throughout the seven different energy centers in the body known as Chakras.
The Chinese would use crystal tipped needles during acupuncture, believing they were medicinal. The dead of Ancient Egypt were often buried with a quartz atop their forehead in hopes that it would guide their spirits safely to afterlife. The bible Exodus 28:15-30 spoke of Aaron’s gold breastplate, imbedded with 12 stones to represent the 12 tribes of Israel. This specific reference is where experts believe the concept of the birthstone itself was established.
Damascene Jewelry is truly breathtaking; after all, it was named for replicating the beauty of Damask silk. The intricacy of designs on damask silk are duplicated onto jewelry by inlaying different types of metals into each other. The process is done by first etching designs into darkened (oxidized) metal and then filling the drawings in with spools of silver and gold foil, all done by hand. Genuine damascene jewelry commonly uses 18kt or 24kt gold and silver foil, while faux damascene may be replicated with black enamel paint and raised details (instead of carved.) It may also have a painted white edge, which is very uncommon in genuine Damascene jewelry. Artisans in Damascus, Syria, were the original creators of this process; it is believed that Damascene was brought to Japan via the Silk Road in the 8th century. Japanese designs tend to feature oriental and landscape designs. Pictured on the right is a vintage Damascene pin.
Rubies have represented power and strength for over a thousand years; their color reminded our ancestors of blood, anger, passion, and beauty. They are mentioned in the bible as being tokens of wisdom. Rubies have been carried with warriors to offer protection from enemies, but it doesn’t stop there. In Burma, an ancient ruby source that is now Myanmar, to be invincible a fighter would insert rubies deep into their skin before battle. They are so important in early cultures because they were considered the most precious of the 12 stones created by God. In modern times, the desire for rubies has not subsided; they are the perfect romantic gift. Rubies range in color from pink to deep red; they are essentially red sapphires. The presence of Chromium is what causes the red hue. The most valuable rubies are a medium-deep red that is often called “pigeon’s blood;” much lighter or darker is less valuable. Not only is Ruby the birthstone of July, it is also the traditional gift for 15th and 40th anniversaries.
Acclaimed designer, Lika Behar, creates unique and intimate works of wearable art inspired by ancient civilizations & the Mediterranean. Her hand wrought individual designs reflect ancient history as well as the modern feminine spirit.
She works with 22 and 24 karat gold, diamonds, rubies, emeralds, sapphires, oxidized sterling silver and a myriad of beautiful gemstones of extraordinary color. The collection showcases fresh and lively hues with striking color combinations graced with the warmth of pure gold and the shimmer of diamonds.
Diamonds were treasured as talismans as early as 800 B.C. The Krishna River delta in Southern India was the world leader in diamond mining from the 9th century BC to the mid-18th century AD. During the First Century A.D., it was the height of stature for prominent Romans to wear uncut diamonds, mounted in gold rings. These diamond talisman were awarded to a fortunate few by the emperor.
In the 13th century, Louis IX of France, proclaimed an order forbidding all women, including queens, to wear diamonds! He insisted that diamonds were only for Kings. This law was challenged 200 years later by the mistress of Charles VII, who is considered responsible for making diamonds popular to all members of the French court. The 14th century was the start of diamond cutting, however this was mostly superficial polishing. Then came the point cut, which followed the natural shape of the diamond.
Not until the late 1400’s did we see a diamond used in an engagement ring. In 1477 Mary of Burgundy became the first to receive a diamond engagement ring which was gifted to her by Archduke Maximilian of Austria. The ring was said to be set with a point cut diamond and thin flat pieces of diamonds in the shape of an “M”.
Named after seawater, aquamarine’s fresh watery hue has us dreaming of a tropical vacation. March in New England may be mud season but just looking at a gorgeous piece of aquamarine enhances happiness. Its color is usually a light blue with greenish undertones, the more saturated the color is the more rare it is. Aquamarine has been a popular stone for jewelry since ancient times and was even used to cure ailments such as eye diseases and dehydration. With its connection to water you can see why the aquamarine stone has also been said to calm waves and keep sailors safe at sea. Water has the power to create energy, wash away land, extinguish fire, and is vital to all forms of life. March has a powerful birthstone, and the beauty to match it. At Tick Tock Jewelers we have new, vintage, antique, and estate aquamarine jewelry.
Amethyst is the stone of love, an antidote to drunkenness, and a cure for evil thoughts. All the makings for a romantic Valentines Day brought to you by February’s birthstone, amethyst. St. Valentine, the patron of romantic love, wore an amethyst ring carved with the image of Cupid. The astrologist, Camillo Leonardi, wrote that it was thought to heighten ones intelligence. The once rare and tremendously expensive stone worn only by royals is now more readily available and affordable thanks to large deposits found in Brazil. Amethyst is a beautiful purple color that is well matched with white gold, yellow gold, and looks spectacular with rose gold. Whether you were born in February, love Valentine’s Day, or just hope to drink all night without the side affects, this is the stone for you.
“Pearls go on and on . . . on everything,” Vogue declared in 1943.
The story of how Cartier got their NYC property…
Mrs. Plant lusted after the most expensive pearl necklace in the world, and to get them, she traded her mansion! In 1916 the residence on the corner of 54th and 5th avenue in NYC was home to the wealthy Plant family. Due to the prime location of the home the Cartier company was very interested in buying the residence. The asking price of both the mansion and the necklace were around one million dollars (equivalent to $18,693,500 in 2017), so a deal was struck and to this day Cartier still resides in the Plant mansion. Who do you think got the better deal?
The natural pearl is formed when a mollusk reacts to an irritant, and in defense the mollusk creates a pearl sac around the object. Pearls can now be cultured, so finding a strand of perfectly matched natural pearls is very rare, making them an expensive and sought after item. This amazing natural event creates an object of wonderment and value that has existed since ancient times.
It was Coco Chanel, in the 1930’s, who showed us how to wear pearls in modern times. "I gave women a sense of freedom," she once said. Pearls are definitely one of a girls best friend; they are easy to wear and hold a special place in every jewelry lovers heart. Lady Sarah Churchill said, “I feel undressed if I don't have my pearls on. My pearls are my security blanket.” With their luminous luster and varying color and sizes, you can be a royal like Queen Elizabeth or a rock star like Rhianna and find the perfect way to showcase your pearls.
The word Garnet originates from the Latin word “Garanatus,” meaning “pomegranate seed”. It has been known for serving guidance while traveling at night and attracting health and cheerfulness. Other characteristics associated with the Garnet include purity, truth, faithfulness, and friendship.
Some believe the healing properties of this stone revitalizes, purifies and balances energy. Available in red, green, orange, yellow, brown, pink & black, it is one of the more color diversified stones. This stone has a long history; a stylish garnet bead necklace was found in a grave in Egypt that is more than 5,000 years old. Red garnet necklaces decorated the necks of Egypt’s pharaohs and were entombed with their mummified corpses as prized possessions for the afterlife. Start shopping for your afterlife now!
Tourmaline is the October birthstone, and considered the stone for the 8th wedding anniversary. Tourmaline was discovered in Brazil during the 1500’s but at that point people confused it with other gems such as emeralds and rubies. The confusion was understandable due to the wide array of colors and the brilliance of the stones. Finally in the 1800’s they became known as tourmaline, from the toramalli, which means mixed gems in Sinhalese (a language of Sri Lanka).
The largest market for Tourmaline was in China during the last half of the 19th century. Chinese Dowager Empress Tz'u Hsi particularly liked the pink and red tourmaline and had the vast majority shipped to China from California mines. She had statues, bottles, sculptures, and jewelry made; most of which is lost now.
This piece in particular has pink tourmaline on top and pink sapphire on the bottom. It is easy to understand how the tourmaline would be mistaken for another gem. The necklace was made in England and also features two small sea pearls on gold ribbons.