They say a picture is worth a thousand words. In this technological time of ours, one might add that a video can tell the story best.
I get questions all the time about how to recognize pieces from certain eras. This can be a daunting puzzle for many. Not to worry though. If Art Nouveau or Arts and Crafts era is one of your hard to determine time periods for vintage jewelry, I've found a YouTube video that you may enjoy.
The video is made of several parts but the first part of it is the one that I found most interesting. It is an interview of a lady who has been collecting Art Nouveau pins since she was a teenager. She discusses the various styles of Art Nouveau jewelry and has examples of many pieces which clearly show the style.
After this part of the video, (and an inserted commercial!) she has an interesting demonstration of a new use for vintage brooches - to decorate a plain black clutch bag that she got on ebay. With a few brooches and one bag you can do the same and have so many different purses that will go with a variety of different wardrobe choices.
Get a cup of coffee and enjoy. It's worth the watch.