Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Brief History of Lockets. #TinaTang #Jewelry

Considered a classic and timeless piece of jewelry, the locket necklace has served many purposes through out the centuries.  One of the original uses of a locket or locket type pendant was to carry powerful herbs or meaningful objects. Lockets were also used to "identify an individual's trip or clan affiliation".
One of a kind lockets available if you contact me.  Only one available of each of these.

During England's Queen Victorian rule, lockets became popular as a symbol of love and souvenir of deceased loved ones. Popular techniques of decorating a locket were repousse, engraving, set stones and engraved monograms.  Cameos encased on locket covers also developed its popularity during this era.
The customized Locket Combo necklace will be made just for you!

Civil War soldiers often gifted their girlfriends or spouses with a locket necklace prior to departure, with the tradition that the photos remain empty as a "sign of hope for a soldier's return".  Only if the soldier was lost in battle would a photograph or keepsake be included in the locket.
Send me the photo when you order and I'll resin it in for you.

Even just as a charm on your bracelet, lockets are simply timeless.

The early 1900's saw the rise in popularity of lockets as a fashion statement with either photos or perfume scented fabrics enclosed inside.   To this day, lockets embody the ultimate in jewelry sentimentality with photos of families, lovers, or children inside.  I have my locket necklace with my dog, Bruno, enclosed:
This is my favorite locket shape.






* Information originating from Peter Wendt's article, A History of Locket Necklaces.

Monday, June 25, 2012

#Jewelry: A sentimental essential for vacation. #TinaTang

I received this sweet email from long time client and friend, Rhonda Lehtinen:

"If you look closely, you can see the tiny heart and dog bone lucky charms
around my neck :)   Since I couldn't take my pups with me, I wore tokens
around my neck.  The silver opera necklace went with me, as always when
travelling, but didn't see any daylight.  It was a very very casual dress
trip!

Cheers!

roe "

Rhonda and her most lovely kind husband, Jon.

This is the jewelry she brought with her to Scotland:
This teeny Dog Bone charm is adorable on a gold chain.

This teeny Heart Charm is my favorite and on Rhonda's necklace.

One of my favorite layering necklace, this silver Opera necklace reminds me of a line of silver sequins.
Rhonda always emails me on her trips to tell me which pieces she brought with her.  It's as if I'm on the trip with her!

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Hard to get makes it more desireable. #TinaTang #Jewelry

Whether it's in human relationships or in shopping, when someone or something is hard to get, that person or handbag is even more desirable.

Did you know the wait time for an Hermes Birkin bag is around two years and for something that costs on average the price of a Japanese compact car?
The 18kt Gold Snake Ring is one of my designs clients are always lusting after.

I had a friend who really wasn't interested in a relationship and a young man who met her consistently started to pursue her. She finally relented and said the only time she had available for first date was Saturday at 8am for breakfast. He took the time slot, and 4 months later, they are living together.


This art deco inspired 14kt gold black and white diamond ring made for Rebecca Minkoff is another desirable "hard to get" accessory that makes one wish they were a trust fund baby.
This was custom designed for handbag designer, Rebecca Minkoff.
Who or what is unattainable for you right now making you want it more?

Monday, June 11, 2012

Saturday in the #Hamptons? #TinaTang #EastHamptonsEvents

I met Jay and Rowaida when I had my flagship store in Greenwich Village.  They owned a warm little American restaurant called Jones two doors down from me and I found that I dined there often.  My favorite dish: lobster mac & cheese.  As I have moved on, so have they... They now own a well known restaurant in East Hampton, NY called Race Lane.

Rowaida invited me to do a trunk show there this July and I would like to invite you!

Hope you can make it!  Here is a link.
15% of the proceeds will go to a Rowaida's favorite charity, The Retreat Domestic Violence Services. 

Here is a peek into Jay and Rowaida's lovely restaurant:
The menu is even more delicious.
Here is a link to their Hamptons Magazine review here.

And some deliciousness from their lovely place:


Make plans for the Hamptons, Saturday, July 21, 2012 2-5pm.  I'll save you a seat in Race Lane.
Jewelry, Food & Charity: What could be better on a Saturday in the Hamptons?

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