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Rings on my fingers, rings on my toes...

IMPORTANT NOTE:  All links have been removed from this entry because of a possible virus infiltration on one of the websites.  The links have been restored, since the Sundance catalog doesn't trip any of my work filters, but don't click on any links in the comments, please.) (I don't delete comments, FYI.  It's about copyright.  Get me drunk sometime and ask me about it - if you care.)

Oooh , tapped out, I am.  I know I'm at the edge when the radio plays the Macarena, and I muse on the fact that the stupid Macarena Dance is the closest thing our world has had to a really unifying interest, and instead of giggling at the idea, I get teary-eyed and sentimental.  It's a good thing I don't work on Fridays - I need a little retail therapy.

(...which will be mostly food shopping, but I might slip in a visit to the antique mall next to my grocery store for a little emotional relaxation.)

But, squee!   I got my new Attack Laurel wreaths from acanthusleaf   ! They are very cool (and spiky), and will be available for purchase soon (Ms. Cavanaugh has promised to let me know when, so I can pimp her stuff here).

(I bent the prongs out a little so they're not facing forward as much, btw.  They shape beautifully, thank you!!!!)

They are marvellous, and I look forward to wearing them at my next event (which will probably be Night on the Town).

I like jewelry - I have several rings on right now, three of which are from the Sundance catalog, two of which are my engagement and wedding rings, and the other is my very last ring from Von Roessler (who stopped selling *sniffle*). I gave away the other two I bought. Bob got me this one and this one, I got this one.

I like unusual rings that also work for period wear, and I got this oneto substitute as a wedding ring, since my diamond isn't correct. I particularly like rings that are just a little step further from a single stone on a plain band, but fit the Elizabethan aesthetic, like this one, this one, and this one. The catalog has lots more, and rings are one of the things I can't make.

Of course, there are jewellers that make period reproduction and inspired jewelry ( acanthusleaf    being one of them - very nice rings!), but it's also fun to find some cool things in a modern catalog.

Yes, I also make jewelry (I'm wearing two bracelets and a necklace I made right now), but I also like buying it, and the more delicate it is, the better (especially rings - I have very small hands). I have some of my mother's jewelry, including some pieces with historic as well as cash value, but I've steadily been amassing a collection of my own.

Don't get me wrong, I like costume jewelry, too, but I'm at the point now where I like to have some more expensive pieces at my disposal. Bob has bought me some, I've bought me some, and I have managed to get rid of most of the really cheap stuff (though I hang on to the vintage bits) and plastic.

I'm a picky cuss when it comes to accessories, too. I like that, I don't like that other thing, and there's no real rhyme or reason to it - just that I'll know it when I see it. I really am difficult - I won't like something that is almost identical to something I do like, because some minor design detail has been altered.

For instance, I love these earrings, but these, though very similar, leave me cold.

(Hear that sound? That's Bob heaving a sigh of relief that I don't like the $1k+ earrings as much as the $400 ones.)

It's silly, really - I don't need tons of jewelry, but unlike shoes, the valuable stuff is at least a small investment.  Better than that, it's shiny.

I like shiny.  In fact, the state I'm in right now, you're lucky you got this coherent of a post - it could well have been "shiiiiiiinnnyyyyyy... *drool* ...*snore*...[sound of keyboard shorting out]".

 

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elizabethnmafia
Mar. 27th, 2008 12:51 pm (UTC)
I can't wait to see your new Attack Laurel wreaths. :)
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attack_laurel
Mar. 27th, 2008 01:09 pm (UTC)
It is pretty in real life, too - the colour of the one I have is nice, and it's suitably subtle, while still being elegant. And I needed a ring where the electroplating won't wear off in three days. :)
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janinas_nest
Mar. 27th, 2008 01:05 pm (UTC)
Concerning shopping, I just found that an Amish/Mennonite market has just opened in Upper Marlboro! Only Thursday through Saturday, located at the Marlboro Village Shopping Center, 5030 Brown Station Road.

There is a possibility that I will be sending baron_rorik to check it out today or tomorrow.
attack_laurel
Mar. 27th, 2008 01:10 pm (UTC)
Cool - there's a very good one on 198 at the intersection of 198 and 29 - I get all my beef jerky there.
lorebubeck
Mar. 27th, 2008 01:14 pm (UTC)
Ohhhhh, pretty!
Love the peridot one, especially since sometimes that stone can be kindy icky in color (it's my birthstone so I look at them wherever I go)

Love the Ruby one w/ the four stones too!

I agree on the earings as far as which ones are prettiest!
vom_schwarzwald
Mar. 27th, 2008 01:43 pm (UTC)
Happy Dance Thursday
valkyr8
Mar. 27th, 2008 01:43 pm (UTC)
I've been keeping my eye out for the Attack Laurel wreaths. I can't wait!
isabelladangelo
Mar. 27th, 2008 01:45 pm (UTC)
Pretty shinies! Like I need anymore with the ummm...8 or 9 jewlery boxes I have at home....D@#% you Claires and your 10 for $5 sales!
jljonsn
Mar. 27th, 2008 01:55 pm (UTC)
POTENTIAL MALWARE IN THESE LINKS!
I was reading this post this morning, and had no other sites open. I'd clicked a couple of links herein, and up popped a window, telling me it was scanning my machine. when I clicked "no", it did it anway.

I looked it up on the web, and it's a huge, nasty trojan.
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http://www.techsurvivors.net/forums/index.php?s=dffad3163bf819f1196232df78bf9d3c&showtopic=18537&pid=144238&st=0&#entry144238

"XPonlinescanner.com is a Web site run by Russian organized crime. It shows you a fake, scary-looking message that warns you in dire terms that your computer is "infected" and needs to be fixed. Then it tries to trick you into downloading a file to "fix" the supposed infection.

The file that it tries to download is a Windows virus. The majority of computer viruses these days are written by Eastern European organized crime for profit. XPonlinescanner.com is known to be affiliated with one of these organized crime groups, a group known informally as Russian Business Network, or RBN.

RBN directs naive marks to virus downloaders in one of three ways. They hack into Web sites that have poor security and place redirectors on those sites, so that visitors to the sites end up being diverted to XPonlinescanner.com and other similar servers that attempt to trick gullible people into downloading viruses. They hack Web forums that have poor security and set up redirectors so that anyone who looks at certain conversation threads is redirected to the virus droppers. And they buy banner ads for fake companies,a nd place special, secret code in the banner ads so that when the poisoned banner ad is displayed, th viewer-s browser is redirected to virus dropping sites.

Most likely, the Web site you were looking at has banner ads, and the Web site owner was tricked into displaying a poisoned banner ad that redirects to XPonlinescanner.com. Drop an email to the Web site owner explaining what happened to you. "
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So, one of the links above may be infected.

I contacted my office gurus, and am awaiting their arrival.

DO NOT GO TO xponlinescanner.com, DO NOT DOWNLOAD anything from them.


attack_laurel
Mar. 27th, 2008 02:06 pm (UTC)
Re: POTENTIAL MALWARE IN THESE LINKS!
Crap! Which one? They're all from the Sundance catalog.
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belfebe
Mar. 27th, 2008 02:23 pm (UTC)
You evil woman! Now you have posted some more temptation out there! :-)

Seriously, I was admiring the Laurel pendant you had at Defending the Gate. Is it from this same jeweler? Very nice work.
attack_laurel
Mar. 27th, 2008 02:46 pm (UTC)
The Laurel pendant I had at DfG was a Von Roessler pendant - I'm afraid unless you can find one second-hand, they're not being made any more. :(
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grnvixen
Mar. 27th, 2008 03:12 pm (UTC)
I have a really good local jeweler I love but ooohhhh...shiney.........

Thanks, I think :).
roswtr
Mar. 27th, 2008 03:30 pm (UTC)
I saw acanthusleaf's Attack Laurel wreaths this weekend, and they're quite cool and quite reasonably priced, in this cheapskate's opinion.

By the way, I've been meaning to drop an introductory post anyway, since we met extremelybriefly at a Stierbach Holiday Faire.

So hello again! I'm Rose, and I look like this.
attack_laurel
Mar. 27th, 2008 03:45 pm (UTC)
Hi! :) Will you be at Pennsic?
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acanthusleaf
Mar. 27th, 2008 04:00 pm (UTC)
I have the Attack Laurel jewelry available, just not up on the website yet. The website needs a massive overhaul, and it is so easy to put off updating the old one while working on the new one.

I just posted with photos, so click on over to my journal to see the spiky goodness.
pinkleader
Mar. 27th, 2008 07:33 pm (UTC)
Hey! Out of curiosity, can you recommend a local-ish jeweler? I noticed a chip in my center emerald a month ago and realized I should probably get it checked. That it has survived 8 years before I noticed any minor damage is pretty awesome since I'm... not gentle.

Pretty stuff, I just don't normally think to wear anything but my wedding/engagement rings and a watch.
attack_laurel
Mar. 31st, 2008 10:03 am (UTC)
Hmmm... you can ask Bob if he remembers the jeweler that did my ring - he did a great job fixing my ring after Zales screwed the resizing up really badly (I kid you not, there was a crack where they had sloppily welded the reduced ring back together, and the "fix" they did on the prongs made it look like it had warts).

- I wouldn't take it to a chain shop, though.

ciorstan
Mar. 27th, 2008 08:48 pm (UTC)
Over the last 25 years I have prowled the 1928 Jewelry Co. displays at J.C. Penneys and Target, because they usually have something that says "CHEAPSIDE HOARD!" in their collections.

Uh, my secret's out...
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