Hi to all of our valued community members.
I hope that you have all enjoyed another informative and educational year here together as a part of this fabulous community.
I would like to thank each and everyone for their involvement in the community, and the friendly and positive behavior which makes this such a great place to be involved.
As always the annual fees will be due on the first day of August. So I am appealing to all who enjoy and appreciate the forum to consider making…
Added by SARAH CORBETT on June 26, 2015 at 17:38 — No Comments
A few people have asked me how I test silver content and so I will share what I do. I want to start with a few caveats.
First, you can harm a piece of silver with testing. You are going to use a strong acid! So practice first and be sure you really want or need to know the approximate silver content.
Second, I WELCOME CORRECTIONS and additions. I am just a curious amateur. Most silver testing instructions recommend scratching or filing a piece which I…Continue
I stumbled across a 2014 lecture by Marjorie Ransom at the US Library of Congress.
Every three or four months I inspect each piece of my collection for corrosion or verdigris. I think that is a very good idea for anybody with an extensive collection that they cannot keep in touch with on a daily basis. This time, I discovered some verdigris on a couple of my older pieces which had been stored in the same package, this told me that I had stored them wrong, not allowing enough airflow to get to them and that I had not allowed them to dry after I had cleaned them the last…Continue
I'm going to post a series of photographs of work I have pursued over the past thirty years, during which time I have made quite a few necklaces from Tibetan/Himalayan elements. I will begin with earlier pieces and proceed to some great necklaces made in recent years. Jamey
JOSE has unearthed an online book on east african jewels!
It might be the only reference book on the subject, rich with many a picture of jewelry and local people wearing it.
Written in Spanish and French
This article is one of the series of blog articles from a recent trip to a small Aryan Dard settlement in the Himalayas.
The population of this group is less than 5000 so this is a vanishing culture.
A very humble and simple group of people with spectacular costumes and jewelry.
Please click below to see more…Continue
Skeypuks are worn as collars on the neck. Legend has it that one of the queens had a thyroid problem that led to a swelling on the neck. An ornament was created to cover this up. Naturally, the Queen was a 'key opinion leader' and so this fashionable neckpiece was adopted by other women.
Most are made of coral and have turquoise, lapis, pearl and silver embellishments. Some have silver ghaus as well. And others have square amulets.Others are large and may take on proportions…Continue
I came across this informative page while doing research on the Maria Theresa Thaler. It helps identify mint and strike date of the ubiquitous 1780 coin according to variants:
Added by Nada on August 1, 2013 at 18:15 — No Comments
the latest site pest is very persistant.
Mrs Sylvia has managed to re join, and has answered the questions which the new sign up process requires.
This means that Mrs sylvia is a person rather than a spam bot, it could be a persistant someone we already know of!!
this is an epic place filled with wonderful people, so I guess that it is only natural that people would want to be a part of it...but those who have behaved badly aren't welcome, and just dont…Continue
Added by SARAH CORBETT on June 29, 2013 at 19:25 — No Comments
I just got information of the American University in Cairo that they expect the manuscript of Marjory Ransoms book: Silver treasures of the land of Sheba, soon.
May be some of you have interest in this book.
A two centre tour in the south of Morocco.
Just 5 places on this wonderful tour, luxurious accommodations, fabulous food, and of course stunning jewels!!
click the link below to see the current choice of tours:
Lots of great deals to be found in my e bay shop today!!
Added by SARAH CORBETT on January 5, 2012 at 19:34 — No Comments
We have added a new feature to the www.vividvault.com site, which allows you to share images and links directly to your facebook, G+ or twitter accounts..
Take a look, click away and share the beauty of these wonderful jewels.
'Scholarship' is an unfortunate term to use in reviewing this book. The examples include many that are loosely dated, made for the gullible collector's market, or bear fake patinas. Some of the descriptions are just flat-out wrong, for example, pressed red glass pieces with islamic inscriptions that were manufactured in Europe identified as 'carnelian'.It is certain that more experienced collectors are going to be commenting on this book and wondering why an institution like the MET would…Continue
I have one room become available for the January tour to Marrakech.
Please drop me a line if you are interested in joining us for the trip.