Thursday, July 9, 2009

Fit for a Queen

A while ago I blogged about a new store I found on Queen Street - Atomic - which houses a truly cheeful and elegant mid-century modern collection of housewares. Seriously, if you want to find that perfect canary melamine carafe or alpine-worthy fondue set, this is the place for you.

Lawrence, the owner and curator, is actually trained in gemmology. So it isn't surprising that he's collected a small and sexy cache of modernist Scandi silver jewelry:


Photo courtesy of a really great TO design blog Kitka

I purchased a ring that just called to me with the song of the siren (it's the one circled above). Foolishly, I didn't find out anything about the designer, though I did learn that the piece was Norwegian, from the late 50's and that it was typical of its generation.

Yesterday I was chatting with Trish at Ewanika and, when I showed her my ring (I wear it constantly) she told me she'd seen it online. Five minutes later I learned that Anna Greta Eker was the designer and that she had produced a number of similar rings, to wit:

This ring has more tynes than mine, courtesy of rubylane.com

Ms. Eker was apparently Finnish by birth but she designed in Norway in the 50's and 60's. I didn't realize, till I did some digging around, that the initials AGE stamped on the inside of my ring along with the Norwegian flag and 925 sterling signature is the brand - Anna Greta Eker's initials! I LOVE knowing this. I imagine that, one day, the peeps'll be looking up timeless WendyB jewels in just this way.

What a joyful piece of wearable art.

12 comments:

  1. Gorgeous pieces! Love the bangles!

    xoxox,
    CC

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  2. What a fun piece! Do you wear it every day? I'm so curious to hear about the ring-wearing habits of others ...

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  3. oh, i am mad dog crazy for jewelry, and these selections SPEAK TO ME! i love the ring you chose! i would wear all of this jewelry in a heartbeat!

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  4. beautiful ring, very unusual

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  5. really interesting - I love finding out the stories and history of the vintage things I find.

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  6. OH IT'S FAB! I love when you have a little history about a piece too...it makes it even more special.

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  7. A woman can NEVER have enough jewelry, I agree with Maegan, I like when you add the history bits = )

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  8. Love both those rings. I heart strong jewelry with a dash of flair.

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  9. I'm on a big jewelry kick these days too. I wonder if there's something in the air :)

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  10. Love the ring. In fact I love a lot of the stuff in that jewelry display. Modernist scandinavian jewelry is just so fab.

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  11. CC: I know, aren't they?

    Sal: I wear it 3 or 4 times a week. I need to give some attention to my other rings too.

    J: Thank you! Between my jewelry and your artwork, we are fabulous!

    Pink: Thank you. Now if you ever come across one, you'll know what you're seeing!

    S-M: I know. That's as much fun as owning the item!

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  12. Maegan: It really makes all the difference...

    April: That's what I think!!

    Miss C: It is strong. That's a really good way to put it.

    E8: It's called pretty thingitis :-)

    Mardel: I could have bought any of it. But the ring really did thrill. And it fit perfectly. Like Cinderella's slipper!

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