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    What is Provenance?
    The place of origin or earliest known history of something.

    Why when we talk about jewelry is the provenance or history so important?

     

    What is Provenance?

    What is provenance?According to the Oxford University Press dictionary: the place of origin or earliest known history of something. Why when we talk about jewelry is the provenance or history so important? If jewelry could talk it would tell you the stories of when and why it was gifted.......What was the occasion, was it a birthday; an illicit affair; or was it the celebration of a milestone or it may even be a memento from an experience. Jewelry that has belonged to someone famous, one assumes always makes the best stories but the reality is that any piece of jewelry can have an...

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  • Cleaning and maintaining Jewelry

    Cleaning and maintaining Jewelry It is amazing how beautiful a clean piece of jewelry always looks! The most damage occurs to jewelry in storage and cleaning rather than in wearing. Please be very careful how jewelry is stored that it is not touching other pieces to avoid surface scratches. Ensure that pieces are not forced into packaging that is too small so the items don’t break. Double check to make sure all of the jewelry is clear of any hinges or tops so they do not get mangled. Please do not use vinegar or any ammonia based products to clean...

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  • One Man’s Treasure: Across Time The Changing Perceptions of Value

    This lecture will explore the history of ‘fake’ jewels from early Egyptian synthesized emeralds to contemporary cultured diamonds!

     

    Lab-created Cultured Diamonds and Their Impact

    I have been invited to talk at the CJCI (costume Jewelry Collectors International Conference) in October 2015 in Providence Rhode Island. I chose the topic ‘One man’s treasure…….. Across time, the changing perceptions of value.’ This basically means that I’m looking at the history of ‘fake’ from early Egyptian synthesized** emeralds to contemporary lab-created cultured diamonds. **Synthesized – looks like a natural stone but with different chemical makeup. I have been toying with the concepts of the cultured diamond and its place in ‘fine’ vs. ‘costume’ jewelry. Firstly what is a lab-created cultured diamond? It is a nature identical synthesized diamond...

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  • London Fashion Week - Ubuntu International Project Showcase

    Remembering the blast we had during London Fashion Week 2012 when Frankli Wild participated in the Ubuntu International Project Showcase.   The excitement builds as the invitations go out...     "Kevin Friedman from Frankli Wild™ jewelry depicts a lifelong fascination with the distinctive arts and crafts of South Africa which has proven invaluable as an inspiration for his work. He has also been involved in meaningful community development projects with local crafters. Recognition of his work followed when his well known Ndebele bead and diamond choker, modelled by Charlize Theron, which garnered Kevin a “De Beers Diamond International Award”...

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