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Mahnaz Collection Blog

Mahnaz Collection is a New York based fine vintage jewelry collection

Spotlight: November Birthstone Jewelry

Mahnaz Ispahani

With cooler temperatures on their way, the birthstones, topaz and citrine, bring a much needed warmth and brightness to the month of November. Both citrine and topaz are associated with healing powers, good fortune and abundance.

The ancient Egyptians and Romans identified topaz with the Sun God, thus giving it the power to protect and heal. Citrine, too, is often called the "healing quartz", with the ability to calm those who wear it. Citrine has the added advantage of having long been viewed as the "merchants stone" for its ability to attract wealth, success and good fortune.

Find your November beauties among these jewels currently in our collection:

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A citrine and gold collar necklace, by Sigurd Persson, c. 1960.

A pair of citrine and gold earrings, by Helen Woodhull, 1981.

A blue topaz and gold bracelet, by Haroldo Burle Marx

Spotlight: July 4th

Mahnaz Ispahani

Here’s a fitting piece of jewelry to celebrate July 4th: a man on the moon brooch made of 18 karat yellow and white gold, and enamel. Designed to commemorate the first moon landing by American spaceflight Apollo 11 in 1969, this brooch was designed by the Belgian jewelers Pierre & Jacques Leysen soon after the landing. Only 10 of the brooches were made. (One of these brooches was given as a gift to President Nixon in 1969, his first year in office.) 

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An 18k yellow and white gold and enamel moon landing brooch, by Pierre & Jacques Leysen.

Spotlight: Emeralds

Mahnaz Ispahani

Spring is finally here and it is only fitting that the radiant, lush emerald is this month's birthstone. "Nothing greens greener," Rome's Pliny the Elder writes about the emerald in his book Natural History, published in the first century AD. He describes the stone's use by lapidaries, who “have no better method of restoring their eyes than by looking at the emerald, its soft, green color comforting and removing their weariness and lassitude.”

 
 

A carved foliate motif emerald and 18k gold ring, by Tony Duquette. Size 6 1/2.

 
 

Source: https://www.gia.edu/emerald