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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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La Vogue Vintage Popup Stores Inspire Creativity

The creative process of repairing, restoring, upcycling and crafting vintage style jewellery can be a solitary activity. If we at La Vogue Vintage are not careful, this can stifle the very artistic progression we strive to cultivate and master. We therefore look to you, our customer, to help break this isolated feeling and reinvigorate our creative flair. We [...]

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Halloween: The Eve of All Saints Day

Halloween is celebrated on the last day of October and is steeped in history, superstition and folklore from pagan times and subsequent Celtic mystery. The festival of All Saints is celebrated the next day when all saints and martyrs are honoured. The modern festival became a fixture in the north American and Canadian calendar during the 1930’s and today is [...]

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Part Two of Three: The Art of the Cameo Stone

Tools from a Traditional Workshop like La Vogue Vintage'sGlyptography is a highly skilled art form carving a design on a gemstone either in intaglio or in cameo, the glyptographer being the artist who practices the skill. Intaglio vs Cameo Intaglio means that a figure or design is carved below the surface of the stone that will then yield an image in [...]

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La Vogue Vintage Celebrates Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving in Canada is a national holiday to give thanks for the harvest and a bountiful year ahead. It is a long weekend when far flung families and friends get together to share gifts and a traditional meal that includes turkey, cranberries, pumpkin and varieties of squash, corn and pecan nuts that are plentiful at this time, if the [...]

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Tourmaline - Passed Through a Rainbow

Tourmaline is a beautiful hard wearing gemstone that is available in more colours and colour combinations than any other known gem. In ancient times people believed that the colours were obtained as the stone passed through a rainbow on its journey from the centre of the earth, where it had been formed.Unset Tourmalines, La Vogue Vintage can make into [...]

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Opal – The Queen of Gems

Antique Opal Jewellery - La Vogue Vintage can Custom Make Such StylesThe birthstone for October, considered by many to be the most beautiful and desirable of gems the opal has a unique beauty in the flashes of fire that are caused by light diffraction, a phenomena known as play of colour. It is this fascination with colour that [...]

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