By Karen Parr-Moody
One of the many magical aspects of GasLamp and GasLamp Too is the remarkable price range of merchandise, which starts with inexpensive trinkets are soars upward to items that are rare and luxurious. For Valentine’s Day, both GasLamp stores feature a wide swath of jewelry, from as little as $20, to make your true love swoon. And as most women know, jewelry doesn’t have to bear a hefty price tag to be beloved and sentimental. Booth T-140, at GasLamp Too, is a favorite for showcasing jewelry that is simultaneously beautiful and affordable.
Take this blue topaz cocktail ring, for example. Set in sterling silver, it is a mere $98. Not only is the topaz a hefty size, its fancy cut, with many sparkling facets, is perfect for that bold lady who loves a showstopper. It’s even better if she was born in December, as this gemstone is that month’s birthstone.
The color of this ring – a vibrant mid-tone pink – makes it the perfect Valentine’s Day token of affection. At a mere $36, this ring’s unusual sterling silver setting features a pink rhinestone that could easily be mistaken for a pink tourmaline, topaz or sapphire. This would be an especially nice find for that retro-loving romantic in your life: Its shade is like that favored by Madame de Pompadour, the mistress of King Louis XV, who was one of history’s most ardent proponents of pink – so much so that this mid-tone shade of pink was dubbed “Pompadour Pink.”
This hourglass charm takes us back to the 1950s, when such jewelry was used to record important events in a woman’s life. Hollywood actresses, including Grace Kelly, Elizabeth Taylor and Joan Crawford, were noteworthy fans of such bracelets. Made of sterling silver, this hourglass charm is a mere $19, making it a savvy choice for your favorite fan of charm bracelets.
A bohemian beauty is found in this sky-blue pull-tie bracelet with a larger stone pendant. The gold and sterling silver closure adds a hint of glamour to this otherwise naturalistic look. You can purchase it solo for $98 or add the matching earrings for $68. As a set, it’s simply gorgeous.
Lockets are a centuries-old tradition for housing small, but precious, mementos or photos. Centuries ago, lockets often contained locks of hair or miniature hand-painted portraits. We are swooning over this 14-karat gold locket, made in Italy, not just because of its elegant fleur-de-lis embossing. It also has a practical side: An extra miniature “frame” so that the locket can hold four tiny photos instead of the traditional two. At $428, it’s pricier than the other jewelry we found at GasLamp Too, but since it is 14-karat gold and includes a long chain, it’s worth it. What a gorgeous keepsake this would make for some lucky lady.
With Valentine’s Day around the corner, it’s a fabulous time to fall in love with vintage jewelry. Whether for a loved one or yourself, such jewelry simply can’t be beat for uniqueness, timeless beauty and quality at a price.