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The Treasure of Mermaids or Gems Worn by Warriors, March Birthstones

Aquamarine is a beautiful light blue gemstone that derives its name from the Latin for “water of the sea” and is one of the two birthstones for the month of March, the other being bloodstone, which we discuss further, below. The subtle colour of aquamarine ranges from a pale, but intense blue to a soft greenish blue due to [...]

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Wedding Anniversaries: Remembering Love

In modern times wedding anniversaries are celebrated with traditional gifts every year on the date of the wedding for the first ten years and every five years thereafter. As well as exchanging gifts it is a time for the couple to reflect on the past and to reaffirm their love and commitment to each other.History tells us that anniversaries [...]

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Jewellery As a Love Token

For centuries jewellery has been given as a token of love. Below is an exploration of some of the more popular vintage jewellery tokens of affection. The LuckenboothA unique, traditional, Scottish love token in the form of heart and double heart brooches given as a symbol of betrothal appeared in 17th century Scotland, although in Europe [...]

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​Canada Flag Day: Celebrating Patriotism

Canada Flag Day has been celebrated every year since 1995 on the 15th February, although it is not an official public holiday even though many Canadian citizens think that it should be. The Canadian flag, also known as “The Maple” and “l’uni folie” (one leaf), symbolises Freedom, Peace, Respect and Justice and celebrations on the day include public ceremonies, educational and [...]

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Rich, Royal Amethyst: The Birthstone for February

Birthstones are specific gemstones that are thought to convey special qualities to the wearer when worn during the month of their birth. Amethyst is a natural tranquiliser that has strong healing and cleansing powers, and assists with insomnia caused by an overactive mind, bringing restful sleep.Unset Amethyst StonesThe rich deep purple of the finest specimens of Amethyst from Siberia have [...]

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Garnet: Deep Dark Regal Red, the Birthstone for January

Looking for some inspiration for a gift for a January birthday? What about using the January birthstone, Garnet for some guidance? Garnet and Paste Necklace with Vintage Art Deco Centre PieceGarnets have been worn and admired through out the ages and it is believed that the name is derived from a Latin word granum meaning 'grain, seed' which [...]

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Part Three of Three: Cameo’s Unusual Materials and Taking Care of Them

In the late 18th and 19th centuries, shell cameos became increasingly popular to the extent that mollusc shells rapidly became the material of choice and are today synonymous with the art form. As shells were comparatively inexpensive and easier to carve, larger pieces came onto the market as well as matching sets of jewellery. Since the late 18th century three [...]

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Lest We Forget

Picture Courtesy of PinterestThe eleventh hour on the eleventh day of the eleventh month, 1918 is a moment in history that will never be forgotten by people throughout the Commonwealth that signalled the end of the First World War. A war that was unimaginable in its devastation, suffering and loss of life. 10,000,000 people died including 61,000 Canadians. Predominantly, [...]

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ENTER to WIN

Blog Updated January 2017. Joe D. of Calgary is the lucky winner of our end of year competition. We hope you enjoy your La Vogue Vintage creation.At La Vogue Vintage we pride ourselves in quality and craftsmanship and use these values as the basis when crafting gifts, however we are also sensitive to the fact that the gift [...]

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Imperial Topaz - Canary Yellow to an Intense Orange Yellow

Unset Topaz and CitrinesTopaz is a gemstone that has been used over centuries to make fine, richly coloured jewellery as well as being used to embellish heavy elaborate fabrics. Generally it is yellow in colour ranging from canary yellow to an intense orange yellow often referred to as imperial topaz. There are several other hues including pink, pale green [...]

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