Tartooful News: New Mollard Collection

feb1Regulars at Tartooful know that when they drop by the gallery, they must always be sure to peek into the glistening glass case in the corner… there are always treasures to be found! 

6For those of you who are not already devout fans… the Mollard Collection is a grouping of estate jewels that are co-curated by Mr. Mollard and myself.  Mr Mollard has more than twenty years of experience as a fine jewelry broker, as well as wit, passion and a finely tuned eye.  His delight in an exquisite new find is infectious, and he has

9taught us so much in the appreciation of these rare pieces.  I am fascinated not only by the beauty of each piece, but it’s story and history.  Some of Mr. Mollard’s finds are new, and are waiting for their very first owner.  Others have borne the test of time, and have been lovingly passed from one hand to another for nearly one hundred and fifty years.

3The result is a varied grouping, with completely unique designs that simply cannot be found at conventional jewelry shops.  How delightful to peek in the glass case and find a new treasure with every visit….  The workmanship of one hundred year ago, paired with the soft gleam of a mine cut diamond, has a power that factory made

8pieces will never possess.  Before the pieces of the Mollard Collection come to Tartooful each one is carefully examined and appraised by an independent, certified appraiser.  Each piece that resells for more than CAD$1000 comes with its appraisal papers, so you can be assured of the authentic value of the piece.

7Finally, Mr. Mollard prices his collection at a fraction of the appraised value, making each piece not only an object of desire, but also a liquid investment.  We love to match the perfect ring to a young bride’s hand, find something special to celebrate an anniversary, or help an individual mark a personal victory with a tangible reward.  Seeing the next chapter in the lives of these lovely jewels is the truly inspiring part of working with the collection!

If you are in the village, do drop in to see the new pieces in the collection… Mr Mollard has outdone himeself!

C.

 

Trollbeads Inspiration: The Vogue Project Day 1

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This week we take inspiration from that Grande Dame of fashion, Vogue Magazine.  If we only bought one publication a year, it would be the September Vogue… I’ve spent countless hours over the decades poring over that epic volume, garnering ideas about fashion, colour, decor, homes, food, and people.  The December issue is a close second for sheer daydream value, as it’s filled with gowns, jewels and cocktail worthy ensembles to fill a girls’ dreams.  Let’s take a peek inside the pages of this encyclopedia of current taste and find some images that teach us a little something fresh about colour….

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day1-frontOur first image shows Pixy Geldof wearing a lush printed dress by Carven.  This page’s unusual palette caught our eye, as it has an intriguing combination of several trend colours that we can see being relevant well into the spring.

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day1-bfmNote how the designer has blended several shades of cool greens with the warm parchment and spicy chestnut.  The claret lip, contrasted with the blush collar and nail brings this vintage feel garment firmly into the now.  The final touch is the slate blue background of the shoot, which resonates nicely with all the cool tones.

day1-slateblueI would have thought to blend the chestnut and green, or the chestnut and blue – but perhaps not all three, and the additional touches of claret, pink and parchment take the palette to an entirely new level.  Gorgeous, isn’t it?  (The fourteen year old deep down inside of me is practicing that mona lisa smile in the mirror right now…)

day1-burgundyFor rich golden browns we reached for unique ambers, the slate blues were ably provided by our perennial favorites, “Azure Bubbles”, and the rich claret comes in the form of “Third Eye” and its companion Classic Core Uniques.  The myriad of greens are brought to the bracelet by “Black Flower Mosaic”, with its highly textured blue and olive

day1-slateblue2tones.  Even the dichroic glass accents in this example perfectly fit the needed palette.  The  gorgeous rich green unique at right is just what the bracelet needed to express not only the colours of  inspiration photo, but also the verdant print of Carven’s dress.  Finally, a hint of lilac pink is added by the “Golden Cave”.

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The over sized and dramatic scale of the photograph’s jewellery dictated the style of the silvers for this composition.  “Opposites”, “Large Berry”, “Thoughts”, “Zanzibar” and “Transformation” shine in this role.  All the beads used for this project may be found online in our Tartoofultoo online gallery.

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Oh – and in the spirit of the season we decided to add a companion cocktail ring to each bracelet… (As one does…) Here we showcase a lovely smoky quartz and yellow gold ring from the Mollard Collection of vintage jewels.  It makes me smile just to see it, it’s just delicious.

Tomorrow:  Vogue Day 2… Ciao darling, don’t ever change, we must do lunch.

C.

 

Trollbeads Trunk Show Tomorrow! Today, we play with Rings…

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Tomorrow we are giddy to be hosting our Winter Trunk Show… with tons of gorgeous stock, great Trunk show specials, bubbly, treats and of course the company of so many great ladies, it is sure to be a fun time.

However, today we needed something to distract us – like kids on Christmas Eve, we are maybe just a little *too* giddy.  So we are keeping out of trouble by playing with all the yummy rings that we have in at the moment at Tartooful.  Between the Mollard Collection of fabulous estate pieces (like the art deco and platinum lovelies shown above…) and the Trollbeads Rings that just arrived… well there are lots of toys for ladies who love jewellery.

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Have you ever seen the Trollbeads Rings?  It’s easy to be blinded by the beauty of 3-ringsthe beads and overlook these designs, but they are worth a second look.  The Eye of Aphrodite shown above is a fascinating orb of glass perched on a textured silver band that is comfortable and distinctly Troll.  I love to stack them with the peacock pearl ring, with its’ perfectly round silver band. 

For the ultimate luxury statement, how about a whole stack of all pearls?  Gorgeous.

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If you haven’t had a chance to play with these lovely pieces be sure to take a little time with them at the gallery, they really are so much fun… especially mixed with art deco platinum and diamonds!.

See you tomorrow at the Party!

C.

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Trollbeads Autumn Collection September 6th…

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Are you ready?

The light has made a barely perceptible change.  Here at our Northern latitude the sun is now much lower in the sky, throwing long shadows and feeling mellow and golden.  It can only mean one thing:  it’s time for the Autumn Trollbeads collection!

amberThe Fall series is always the most anticipated of the year, traditionally showing the strongest silver designs and the most exquisite glass.  It usually contains a number of silver and glass designs, and of course, a natural stone.  Based on the pre launch chatter, this year will not disappoint, and we cannot wait to show you all the new designs on Friday.

We can’t spill the beads beans now… so to keep you entertained until Friday, here are a few photos from around the gallery of sparkling things that are giving us joy.

citrineNew Mollard Collection:  Citrine and Diamond Marquise cut ring

koltonHandmade sterling chain with antler features by Kolton Design

smoky-quartzEmerald cut Smoky Quartz ring, from the Mollard Collection

tahitian-pearlsExtraordinary Tahitian Pearls… big, bold and dramatic from the Mollard Collection.

Stay tuned for all the new lovelies on Friday the 6th… or drop by and see them for yourself in the village!

C.

 

Want.. Need.. Must have.. by Pyrrha!

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Our collectors have discovered that Vancouver’s own Pyrrha makes a beautiful accompaniment to Trollbeads… and at the moment we have an extraordinary cuff by them that is making us drool at Tartooful!

IMG_1639This satisfyingly heavy piece features nine of their iconic wax seal talismans.  This cuff design is no longer made by Pyrrha, and as a retired design is very desirable and sought after by collectors.  Each piece of Pyrrha is meticulously crafted by hand in their Vancouver Studio of reclaimed sterling silver.

IMG_1635Seven of the images shown on the cuff are still in their current catalogue, but the remaining two are retired and their meaning is elusive… (If you know what they are, we’d love to know!)  The images are very large and rich in the center of the cuff, and taper to the smaller “Mini” size.

Amazingly, this cuff is priced at $975 – much less than the list price for their current collection cuffs of the same size, which range in the $1400s.  Can you imagine how gorgeous this piece would be with Troll?  (Drooling again…sorry.)

More photographs and information may be found on our Mollard Collection online gallery

C.

Tartooful Surprise Sale full of Surprises….

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It’s true… even we are surprised by some of the items that we are able to offer at a beautiful price today!

green-tourmalineIf you’ve been tempted by some of the sparkling items in the gallery or online, be sure to check in today for the best prices of the year.  Even the exclusive Mollard Collection is offering price reductions to tempt the most discriminating shoppers.  If browsing online, enter promotional code “Sparkle” to receive your discounted price.  With fresh arrivals to enjoy, it’s really such fun.

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C.