Erica Weiner Jewelry: Join the Cult

For any women that loves unique, one off pieces, that are vintage inspired and antique in design, you have to take a look at native New Yorker – Erica Weiner’s collection. From quirky, one-of-a-kind pendants to gorgeous antique engagement rings dating back to the 1800s, Erica Weiner’s collection has fast become our absolute favourite amongst all jewelry designers. And even Erica loves her collections so much that when she sources an item, she sometimes wears it herself before she decides to part with it and put it on her website! She says, “Lindsay and I both occasionally wear a special piece of jewelry for a few days (or weeks or months) before we decide to sell it. If we really decide that we can’t part with it, we don’t. But the creation of our fine jewelry line, 1909, has solved this problem somewhat — we reconstruct our favorite pieces, so we don’t really have to let them go.” Erica is self taught and is a typical learn along the way kinda gal. She has always been into being creative and in her 20’s she dabbled in textile design, costume design, fashion design, printmaking, knitting, sewing, quilting, you name it. We have chosen a few items from this amazingly eclectic range to give you a heads up on what is in the store. Enjoy!

Flower-Print Bracelets – $30.00

Although these enamelled bracelets were manufactured in the early 1990’s, they feel contemporary. Have you noticed that tight, busy floral patterns are having another little moment right now? Doc Martens are back, with that weird calico print, so I think it’s official. Each bracelet measures approximately 1/4″ wide and 8″ long, but there is a little variation in the lengths. The digital print wraps around to both sides of the chain.

Aurora Borealis Earrings – $25.00

These tiny (3/16″) vintage stud earrings feature sparkling multi-colored glass rhinestones set into brass clawed bezels. Depending on how the light hits them, the glass surfaces reflect different pastel shades of yellow, green, pink, and blue. Since they’re antique (probably manufactured in the 1960s – 70s) we can’t be sure what type of metal the posts are, but our hunch is that they’re stainless or surgical steel. New 14K gold-plated earring backs have been added.

1905 Sterling Silver Locket – $300.00

This over-sized sterling silver locket measures about 1″ across at its widest point and 1 1/4″ long, and is inscribed on both sides with precious information about its former owner. The front reads “EEP” (haha) in elegant calligraphy; the back reads, simply, “05” ostensibly the year that the locket was made; or, more likely, gifted, probably to the young woman depicted in the photo on the inside. Another interesting detail that’s a little hard to make out in the photo is the “XVI” scratched very intentionally into the locket’s interior, opposite the black-and-white photo of a pair of youngsters standing with their arms interlocked. XVI is the roman numeral for 16, which brings up a lot of questions: are the two people 16 years old in the photo, or perhaps 1916 was the year the photo was inserted, years after the locket was received? Your guess is as good as ours. The pendant hangs on a 22″ sterling silver chain.

1839 Pearl and Hair Mourning Ring – $500.00

This early Victorian mourning ring is a classic example of a 19th-century sentimental design, with 15 seed pearls set in a rounded rectangular bezel, encircling a central, glass-protected compartment containing braided hair. This ring came a little too early in the game to have been hallmarked, but luckily it’s inscribed with plenty of information about the deceased: “R. H.,” it reads on the underside of the bezel, “died May 30th 1839 Aged 46.” (The ring is at least 18K—anything of lesser purity wasn’t legally considered gold at the time.) The shoulders are decorated with a feminine flourish, and we don’t recommend sizing in order to preserve the bifurcated detail encircling the band. (It’s currently a US size 5.5.)

Platinum Eternity Band – $2,000.00

This gorgeous platinum eternity band is set with an astonishing 27 diamonds, each weighing about three points, whose collective sparkle creates an incredible visual effect. There is faint evidence of some marking on the side of the band, only one of which is still evident with the help of a loupe: “1934,” presumably the year this incredible ring was made. It’s currently a size 7.75, and unfortunately there’s no way to size out without damaging the settings.