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See the Antique Pieces Behind Erica Weiner’s Fine-Jewelry Collection 1909

BY alisha prakash 06/10/2013

Google 1909, and you’ll learn that that marked the year Robert Peary and Matthew Henson became the first explorers to reach the North Pole (um, awesome). It also happens to be the year Erica Weiner’s grandmother was born—and the name she chose for her fine-jewelry line. “We had this incredible access to antique jewelry. We would get so attached to certain pieces that we’d feel sad when we sold them. That’s how the collection 1909 started—my business partner and I had a dozen pieces that we weren’t willing to part with, and we thought, ‘Let’s reproduce them,’” Erica explains. Here, she dishes on the old inspo behind her new undertaking. 

 

 

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“Our Roman earrings—we’re still developing them!—were inspired by a pair of 23-karat yellow gold ancient Roman earrings I bought from an antiquities dealer. They’re 2,000 years old. They were, I think, meant to be put on by a jeweler, so they would be in your ears permanently. Our version of simple, circular hoops have similar twisting wire decorations. This picture is a work-in-progress.”

 

 

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“I’m not totally sure what era these atomic rings are even are from—they look like fifties or sixties. For our version, we wanted to lighten it up completely, so we made this double band with thin wire.”

 

 

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“Our arrow bands were inspired by a totally cheap-o 1970s ring we found at a Brimfield Flea Market. The ring was literally five bucks. We thought the design was so perfect—we saw a lot of possibility in the shape. Here, we’ve done it in white gold with diamonds and yellow, 14-karat gold with turquoise.”

 

 

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