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A Few Of Our Favorite Teacups and Saucer - 2017-02-08

A Winter Tea Party

'Brew me a cup for a winter's night. 

For the wind howls loud and the furies fight;

Spice it with love and stir it with care

And I'll toast our bright eyes,

My sweetheart fair' - Thomas Minna Antrim

Winter has descended and its icy grip can drive even the heartiest among us back inside to the warmth of a blanket, a fire and a steaming cup of tea.  Add to this cozy scenario a cheerful vintage cup and saucer set decorated in little flowers, or funky bright colors and suddenly winter doesn't seem so bad.  

Here are a couple of our favorite teacups and saucers to warm you up out of your winter blues:

Mid-Nineteenth-Century-French-Porcelain-Cup-and-Saucer Mid-Nineteenth-Century-Continental-Porcelain-Cup-and-Saucer Early-Twentieth-Century-K.P.M.-Porcelain-Cup-and-Saucer

Having tea for two, or a full winter tea party? Tea sets make any gathering into an event and brightens up the living or dining room.

If these images 'tea-sed' your imagination and tastebuds visit 284 King St W. where the friendly Cynthia Findlay's staff will happily help you create the perfect Winter tea party setting.

Or if you're unable to visit us in person please click here to shop our Antique & Vintage Coffee & Tea Time category where you find our lovely selection teacups and saucers.

Amethyst; the Reigning Birthstone of February - 2017-02-01

February Dawned, Cold and Bright In The Cool Amethyst Glow Of Winter Snowfall.

The stately Amethyst reigns as the birthstone of the shortest and coldest month of the year: February.  The Amethyst is a stunning purple descendant of the quartz line of gemstones and measures a 7 on the MOHs scale of hardness. Amethyst is thought to embody stability, peace and courage in it's wearer; providing strength and purpose during February's chill.

February pays tribute to St. Valentine- the patron saint of romantic love- who wore an amethyst ring carved with the image of a Cupid.  The Egyptians also used amethyst as a stone for carved intaglios, and lovers still find meaning and excitement in gifting jewelry featuring the deep purple hues of amethyst gemstones.

The amethyst is also the official gemstone for the 6th and 17th years of marriage, and makes a lovely and sentimental present for the love of your life.

Amethyst is also often called the 'sober stone'.  Greek people drank from amethyst goblets to prevent intoxication from wine.  This theory may stem from the legend of Amethyst, a young girl whom Diana turned to a pure clear stone to defend from the rage of Bacchus (God of intoxication).  When Bacchus saw what he had done he wept wine soaked tears of remorse and turned the stone of Amethyst a deep purple.  It's from this legend that Amethyst became known as a stone of patience and calm, a reminder to think through your actions.

In the Middle Ages the amethyst became the symbol of royalty because of its rich violet hues.  The most famous amethyst owned by the British crown is a set of brooches, earrings, necklace and a hair comb that was passed down by-and named after- Queen Victoria's mother, the Duchess of Kent.  The most commonly seen piece from the 'Kent amethyst' set is a brooch that the queen wears to flatter her purple outfits.

Capture the regal style with Victorian era, amethyst brooches, such as this beautiful one.

For a vast selection of February's dazzling birthstone in a rainbow of stunning amethyst shades and settings find us at 284 King St. W. In Toronto.


We look forward to your visit.

Antique & Vintage Garnet Jewellery - 2017-01-07

Garnet is January's birthstone, find out why garnets still continue to surprise and Dazzle!

Antique Fringe Garnet Necklace

In the frost and chill of winter January marks a month of New Beginning, and what better way to mark new beginnings than with a birthstone that has withstood the test of time but still continues to surprise and dazzle: the Garnet.  The Garnet is a stone of strength, loyalty, vigor and faithful love. If any of those qualities sound like the January baby in your life come in to Cynthia Findlay Antiques and we will help you select a very special antique or vintage garnet jewellery treasure.    

Curious to know more about January's birthstone?  The most common colour for Garnet is a deep red, however these gemstones can also be found in shades of orange, yellow, green, purple, brown, pink and (on very rare occasions) blue.

Modern Amethyst Garnet Diamond Drop Earrings Tsavorite Garnet and Diamond Ring

Garnet can be cut to showcase a high glasslike shine or can be found in a resinous, bead quality in longer necklaces or earrings.

Garnet rates a 6.5 - 7.5 on the MOHs scale of hardness.

The word 'Garnet' is claimed to descend from the Latin word 'Garanatus', meaning seed-like; as the garnet closely resembles the rich, juicy red seeds of a pomegranate.  It's from this resemblance to pomegranates that many of the most intriguing mythologies surrounding January's birthstone were born.

Victorian Garent Bracelet 

In Greek mythology Hades is said to have given a pomegranate to Persephone before she left him to ensure her speedy return.  A garnet given to your beloved is thought to hold the same power to help heal the bond of distance and ensure a safe and speedy return.  What a lovely sentiment an antique or vintage garnet bracelet or necklace would make in reminding the wearer to follow their heart back home to you after their travels.

Garnet Bracelet

Garnets have been called the 'women's stone' as their color and ties to the pomegranate are a reminder of the power and fertility of the female womb.  Many men wear garnet as well, and in fact the King of Saxony is said to have a Garnet weighing over 465 carats!

A Legendary stone, Garnet boasts a long and interesting history.

Garnet Leaf Motif Ring

One of the earliest discoveries of garnet was as a necklace in the grave of a young man from 3000 BC (the Bronze Age).  Egyptian pharaohs wore garnet both as decoration and as part of their ceremonial garb to symbolize their strength and endurance.  Plato had his portrait engraved on a garnet by a Roman engraver.  Stories say that the 'Barbarians' who took over the Western Roman Empire wore the Garnet stone to improve their strength and perseverance as warriors. Garnets have also enjoyed popularity in many different cultures and religions, and can be seen decorating Bohemian churches as well as in many religious texts.

Garnet held incredible popularity in Victorian jewelry during the 18th and 19th centuries, and many breathtaking Victorian necklaces, bracelets and earrings can be found here at Cynthia Findlay antiques.

Garnet is not only the stone of separated lovers, January birthdays and new beginnings, it is also the official gemstone for the second year of marriage. 

We invite you to give the gift of meaning and lore this January, in the form of a unique vintage or antique piece of Garnet jewelry from our collection.