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chase33

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iconnumber posted 11-26-2009 09:27 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for chase33     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
During my research, I ran across three patterns by Kirk-Stieff in Tere Hagan's book. They were created in 1987 and are: Adamas (each piece inlaid with 1/2 carat diamonds), Sappheiros (square cut sapphires with 14k gold panels) and Telikos (full cut diamonds with 14k panels). In the book there are only drawings and I can't find pictures of any actual pieces. Has anyone ever seen any of these patterns? Does anyone have any info on them? I would assume they were pricey when they were made and therefore not many were made/sold. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Robert

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Ulysses Dietz
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iconnumber posted 11-27-2009 11:28 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ulysses Dietz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Sounds like the special Centennial patterns that Lenox created in 1989--they were expensive, but no one checked with the consumer to see if anyone liked them, and they didn't sell. The idea of jewel-encrusted flatware is so very 1980s, except that the nouveau riche of the 1980s were all using either stainless or old tried-and-true pretentious patterns like Grand Baroque...

I'd almost bet that these were never actually put into production--or does that author mention some produced?

You can't get around weak design by throwing money at it--what do they look like? Any way to scan the images in the book?

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chase33

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iconnumber posted 11-27-2009 08:55 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for chase33     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Well I couldn't get to a scanner but I took a picture from the book:

I just can't tell from the drawings if they were great patterns or just OK. But I do agree that they seem very 80's / Dynasty ! I can see Alexis eating with this flatware!

Robert

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Polly

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iconnumber posted 11-27-2009 09:44 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Polly     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
There's something horrible about the thought of all those diamonds gunked up with gravy.

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Paul Lemieux

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iconnumber posted 11-27-2009 10:00 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Paul Lemieux     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
These are great 80s patterns. As a child of the 80s I like seeing this stuff. I feel like I should put on my Claude Montana blazer, turn on the Eurythmics, and dig in.

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chase33

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iconnumber posted 11-27-2009 10:33 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for chase33     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Gravy?? Not on your life! In the 80s it was all about "Nouvelle cuisine" - a sliver of beef wrapped with a piece of watercress, garnished with a sliced cherry tomato, surrounded by a puree of leeks all served on a huge continental size plate!

Now I feel like putting on my linen jacket over a t-shirt, mousse up my hair and rock out to some Nina, Quiet Riot and the Go-Gos.

(ok so I got way off track on this post!)

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jersey

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iconnumber posted 11-27-2009 11:15 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for jersey     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'll take it back to Marilyn's Diamonds Are a Girls best Friend!!!!! And always will be!

I don't care what you serve it with or how, it will be delicious!

As Johnny Cash would say ...Anyway you want it etc.4

Jersey

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June Martin
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iconnumber posted 11-29-2009 08:13 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for June Martin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
For all of the times I've looked at Hagan's book, I never noticed those patterns. Thanks for bringing them to our attention. They are pretty wild.

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agleopar

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iconnumber posted 11-29-2009 06:19 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for agleopar     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Things like this (18K and stones) were made for Brunei, the Middle East and Emirates in London about that time. I saw these being made in 2 different workshops; a 3 foot fountain in 18K and stones, a table in 18K and one foot scale models of a helicopter and tank in white 18K.

Flatwear is just the every day stuff!!! And taste is also optional in some circles??

So I wonder if they do exist but just not in the US?

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Paul S

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iconnumber posted 12-02-2009 04:29 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Paul S     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Here is a photo of an ADAMAS spoon I have. I never thought anyone would be interested in it. It is a novelty I found in the late 90's and thought it was rhinestones at the time.


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chase33

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iconnumber posted 12-02-2009 08:48 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for chase33     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Whoa, that looks a lot cooler than I thought it would! If I had seen it I would have thought it was rhinestones too.

Would you let me know how is this piece marked?

Thanks for the pic and info.

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Polly

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iconnumber posted 12-03-2009 11:26 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Polly     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I like the way it goes back to the pre-white-gold tradition of setting diamonds in silver.

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