September 30, 2011

Cocktails + Rings

It feels like fall is finally here! To help kick off your weekend, we put some rings and recipes together for you to indulge in. Our summer cocktail post was such a hit we thought it would be great to bring it back for fall! Nothing says fall like martini glass filled with hot sparkling cider, a cool breeze, and some fall accessories. To go with our fall cocktails, we have some fabulous new cocktail rings that work perfectly!

For questions on any of the above items, please call 212-260-5298 or email

As usual, all recipes are courtesy of

September 23, 2011

Make a statement!

When the weather is growing more chilly and dreary, it is time to layer on some jewelry with some punch! Fall is the best time for statement pieces, most of our wardrobes get a little darker and everyone wants to layer, so it is the perfect time to add a statement necklace to your outfit to dress any look up and give it more oomph! We have some fabulous statement necklaces all ready to make any outfit complete, from our line and from our vintage collection in the boutique...
Black onyx and agate bauble necklace

Vintage 1950's gorgeous amethysts necklace
Each agate stone on this necklace is unique and different

Vintage brass and tiered resin flowers

Pyrite, smoky quartz and mystic green stones with dangling brass teardrops

White seed beads make this vintage necklace go with everything

Vintage costume necklace with a sparkling bib
Swirled brass statement pendants

Vintage copper tulip necklace

And we can never forget Wendy's signature empress necklaces... these beauties are influenced by Victorian jewelry, and have vivid stones sure to add pop to any outfit.Tell us which of our empress necklaces online are your favorite and why in the comments section and enter to win one of our square stacking rings in the stone of your choice!

For information on any of the above necklaces, please email

September 15, 2011

Some beautiful new vintage....

We recently got in some new gorgeous vintage jewelry in the Wendy Mink shop- some of which sold within hours of having it in the window! Vintage jewelry has always been a passion of Wendy's, and you can see the influence it has on many of our jewelry designs. We love finding out where pieces came from, the design and construction behind each item, and how old it is. Here are some highlights on the latest arrivals to our boutique...

This necklace has a beautiful original chain, and has a pendant with an engraved buckle on it. Buckle jewelry is common in the Victorian era, but the engravings on this pendant are so unique!

This beautiful whitby jet carved leaf necklace is so stunning! Whitby comes from Whitby, North Yorkshire, and is a semi-precious stone which appears matte opaque black. Jet comprises an unusually pure and hard form of fossilised wood. It is where we get the phrase "jet black" from!

Black jewelry was typically used as mourning jewelry in the Victorian era, as shown in this photograph.

These sterling silver and copper shield earrings are from Great Britain, they have the traditional British hallmark stamped on the back, the letter "B" symbolizing the year it was made, a lion symbolizing sterling silver, and an anchor symbolizing Birmingham.

This mosaic Italian heart necklace shows such incredible craftsmanship and detail...

There are two kinds of inlay techniques which have been practiced in Italy for centuries, created in two different cities with two different techniques:
Pietra dura, in Italian, means "hard stones", so the inlays originally created in Florence were conceived with thin slices of semi-precious stones- closely fit together so that the edges are flush and indiscernible.
is mosaic work inlaid with glass tesserae, minuscule glass cubes, which imitate Byzantine mosaics of Ravenna and Venice, Italy. Roman artists were known in the 19th century for working with the glass smalti from Murano, producing jewelry which targeted the tourist trade.

This beauty is a Victorian necklace that features a long slide chain so you can wear it at multiple lengths. It also has a gorgeous black onyx pendant on one side, that flips to an amber stone on the other side.

This is a picture of a woman wearing long chains, which were popular. Some internet research taught us "Well-dressed ladies wore 'long chains', sometimes looped and caught on the bodice with a brooch, sometimes worn full length, and often holding a lorgnette or watch. Some had slides, which have become collectible in their own right. Today's collectors create bracelets from them, as well as from fobs, button covers and cuff link tops."

For questions on any of the above items, please call 212-260-5298 or email

All vintage information is from this antique site.

September 10, 2011

Stone Story

It always seems Fall begins as soon as Labor Day is over. We are so excited for some chilly weather to throw on a great sweater, boots and some sparkly fall jewelry!

One of the most popular new stones in our Fall line is Pyrite. It has the same sparkle as black diamond but the casual grey coloring that perfectly matches everything, and manages to make it look even better. Many shoppers ask about our stones, yes they are all from India- but where does prehnite originate? Or does moonstone have any meaning?

We decided to pull together some info on this perfect fall stone ...

Also known as Fool's Gold, for it's gold like appearance when raw.

The name pyrite came from the Greek word for "a stone that struck fire"

It is an Iron sulfide mineral. In the 16th and 17th centuries it was used as ignition of firearms, and in the 20th century as a mineral detector in radio receivers.

Marcasite jewelry is made from small faceted pieces of pyrite, and was popular during the Victorian Era.

Its resemblance to gold has given it an associati
on with good luck in wealth.

People also believe it is an energy shield, blocking out n
egativity and feelings of inadequacy, and helping to overcome lethargy and fatigue by increasing oxygen supply in circulation.

It's energy is thought to bring "power" to those with it, whether in jewelry or having it on your desk.

Most pyrite comes from the US, Russia, Sweden, Italy and Peru and is mined in sedimentary, metamorphic and ingenious rock areas.

It can be dangerous to mine pyrite. If it combines with oxygen and water, it becomes sulfuric acid, and sinks into the ground.

September 7, 2011

Fashion's Night Out!

As many of you may know, Thursday September 8th is "Fashion's Night Out" in NYC! This wonderful event is celebrated all over the city as a chance to shop after hours at department stores and boutiques, snatch up great deals on new fall merchandise, and see sneak previews of designer collections. At our boutique we will be celebrating Fashion's Night Out from 6:00-8:30 with some wine, a great sale, and 20% off our regular merchandise!

FNO with Wendy Mink Jewelry
September 8th 6:00-8:30pm
72 Orchard Street
NYC 10002