Thoughts from Laurel Ridge

Appreciating the Stories behind each piece

Charlotte Georgiou
Saturday, July 11, 2015

 Rococo sterling silver and cut glass cruet set

(A beautiful Rococo Sterling Silver and Cut Glass Cruet Set...)

 

In my opinion, the most wonderful and exciting part of being around antiques, are the stories that are coupled to them. Appreciating the provenance of a bed, or a painting, for example, makes the antique more than beautiful old furniture, paintings or jewelry. An interest in the tales that are part of these pieces makes them into snapshots of history, and creates both a mystique and an understanding of nuances of the particular historical period, and of those who owned the piece.

 

We have recently had the pleasure of accepting in some silver pieces (pictured) from a fascinating lady from San Antonio, who, after the Blitz Bombings of Central London during WWII, bought several pieces of silver from the London Silver Vaults, and brought them back to San Antonio with her. It is an understanding not simply of the historical period that a piece was made, but the individual life it had in the proceeding years, that gives antiques such a wonderful allure.

 

Georgian sterling silver and cut glass cruet set 

(A stunning Georgian Sterling Silver and Cut Glass Cruet Set...)

 

 Victorian Lion's Head silver plate punch bowl

(A lovely Victorian silver plate Lion's Head Punch Bowl...)

Theatrics...

Barbara Crozier
Monday, July 06, 2015

Laurel Ridge is truly the most amazing organization that I have ever had the privilege to be a part of. On the one hand, we are exposed to stunning antiques and pieces of estate jewelry, and at the end of every year, we become a Winter Wonderland and Christmas Specialty store.

 

But we are so much more than that.

 

On Stage at the Gonzales Crystal Theatre with the Shakespeare Ninjas 

(On stage at the Crystal with the Ninjas)

 

Barbara, trained in Theater and a wonderful actress and director, has been part of the Gonzales Crystal Theatre 'since time began' and five years ago, began a program, in association with the Gonzales Youth Center and the University of Texas Shakespeare at Winedale Program, called the 'Gonzales Shakespeare Ninjas'. So when I came back home with my acting and musical theatre training and experience, it made perfect sense for me to join her in this venture.

 

We work with a small group of around 12 youngsters, aged between 11 and 14 years old, teaching them to appreciate Theatre, performance and the written word through primarily the collected works of Shakespeare.  This incredible group of young performers meet on average of twice a week throughout the year, which culminates in a two week 'Theatre Workshop - More Stories, Please' held during the summer, which happened to have started today for 2015, and also welcomes a further dozen students for the two weeks.

 

These students have such a passion and are so committed to not only putting on a great show, but also having fun whilst doing it, that it never ceases to re-ignite my passion for the craft I love so much. I feel truly blessed to be a part of this program.

 

 Taking the Ninjas out of their usual habitat into the Gonzales Memorial Amphitheatre

(Taking the Ninjas out of their usual habitat into the Gonzales Memorial Amphitheatre)

 

They present their wonderful production of "More Stories, Please" on Friday, July 17th at 7pm.

 

 On stage with the Ninjas

(On stage with the Ninjas)

 

 More from the Amphitheatre

(More from the Amphitheatre)

 

 Why so sad? Acting at the Amphitheatre

(Why so sad? Acting at the Amphitheatre)

What is it they say about Diamonds?

Charlotte Georgiou
Wednesday, July 01, 2015

 

 Antique Lavalier Necklace 18K White Gold with Diamonds and Pearl Pendant

(Antique Lavalier Necklace 18K White Gold with over 1 carat of Diamonds and hanging Pearl Pendant)

 

So it is truth time.... I am completely obsessed with jewelry, and in particular, Diamonds. I get the fascination, I really do. Of course I love other gemstones, Sapphires being a personal favorite and what is in the center of my engagement ring, which my husband and I designed together with our jeweler, but there is something about diamonds... big, small, single, clustered.... they are entrancing.

 

So when Barbara walks into the store last week, with a "Look what I have!", I became as giddy as a little school-girl! From her "English Jewelry Man" she had brought the store a whole bag full of AMAZING antique pieces of jewelry, and the diamond pieces , including an Antique 18K White Gold, Diamond and Pearl Lavalier and a Half Carat Diamond 14K White Gold Pinkie Ring, were just sensational.

 

 14K White Gold Half Carat Diamond Ring

(Deco 14K White Gold and Half Carat Diamond Pinkie Ring)

 

I have been a kid in a candy store, choosing each day what new piece of jewelry I am going to wear with the outfit of the day to best showcase the jewelry, and today I went back to the Lavalier and the Pinkie Ring on one hand, and a beautiful 2 and a half carat Deco 14K White and Yellow Gold Ring.

 

 14K White and Yellow Gold 2 1/2 carat Diamond Ring

(14K White and Yellow Gold 2 and a half Carat Diamond Deco Ring)

 

Maybe it is the colorless, go-with-anything quality, maybe it is the sparkle, but one thing is for certain, I am now, and always will be, a fan of DIAMONDS!

Designing at Laurel Ridge

Charlotte Georgiou
Wednesday, June 24, 2015

 Crystal Cuff Brown Ostrich Bracelet

(Early 1800s Crystal Cuff Bracelet on Brown Ostrich Cuff)

 

From the beginnings of arranging beautiful antiques into stunning displays, to the new generation of creating and designing using inspiration from the past or antique elements within the designs, Laurel Ridge creates products and an experience like no place in the world.

 

Over the last five years, and possibly longer, Barbara has been designing 'Laurel Ridge Exclusive' Lynn Haney Santas with Lynn himself. The results have been sensational, and hugely popular, due to the way that our wonderful customers and friends are cleaved to our store, the house that Laurel Ridge calls home (and in which Barbara's mother raised half the town, but that is a story for another day!) and the extraordinary products we offer.

 

F.M.Fly House Gonzales Texas

 (The F.M.Fly House, home to Laurel Ridge)

 

When I arrived home during the Christmas rush of last year, I was blown away with how the store, and our customers reaction to the products that Barbara was designing had evolved. They loved the custom made pieces of jewelry that she was designing using antique elements set into chains or crafted into sterling silver and freshwater pearls (Antique Buttons, Antique Horse Bridle Rosettes, Victorian Picture Nails and many other things), and why not, they are exquisite pieces of "wearable history".

 

It made sense, therefore, for us to be on the look out for any other antique elements that we could have custom crafted to our designs by local craftsmen.

 

And then we stumbled across these beautiful crystal boot buckles from the late 1700s and early 1800s. Wow! They were stunning on their own, but .... oh, we had bigger plans for them.

 

A friend of ours (well, Laurel Ridge family really) knew a local boots maker, who lovingly made by hand, six ostrich bands, in black and brown, including invisible magnetic clasps, which, when combined with the buckles, created the most beautiful cuff bracelets that we have ever laid our eyes upon!

 

Of course, the success of these cuff bracelets has got our minds wrapped around the next designs, and what we can develop to include more leather and other exotic skins. 

 

Today, however, I am delighted with the beauty of these custom made and custom designed pieces of "wearable history".

 

 Three Antique Crystal Cuff Bracelets in Ostrich

 (Three of the six crystal cuff bracelets made with Ostrich!)

 

 

Christening Our New Website

Barbara Crozier
Monday, April 01, 2013

We are so excited about our new expanded and user-friendly online catalogue.  What the new cataloque was going to look like has been stuck in my head and in the design process for a while.   But today ....  it is finally ready for you to shop!  It's hard for me to believe that we built our first website almost fourteen years ago when we realized that antique shopping and shopping on-line were a perfect match.

 

Today, the new and improved laurelridgeantiques.com is built around specific categories of a wider range of fine antiques, not just the fabulous furniture you have purchased from us throughout the last two decades.  We have included the other fabulous antiques we offer in the historic property that is home to our shop and, now, our inn.   

 

Shop our new site to purchase fine antique furniture just like you always have.  But ...  now take the time to browse the art, the crystal, the china, the jewelry, and the art.   And remember,  we always look forward to getting feedback from our great, loyal customers.

 

Best, Barbara

 

 

I promise I will blog once a week about my newest fabulous finds.