Saturday, September 26, 2009
What an impression this stunning demi will make when worn! The set consists of a double strand necklace which is teamed up with a pair of matching clip back earrings.
The necklace has two rows of 12mm imitation pearls with a large chunky and textured bow front with rhinestone accents and wonderful detail. It is heavy and substantial and feels great when worn.
The earrings have a large pearl cabochon with the same bow design hanging below and a single pearl dangle. This is unsold dealer stock which has never been worn so would make a great Christmas present. Excellent condition.
Signed Marvella on the back of the earrings and back of the necklace bow. The lovely Marvella Pearl and Rhinestone set is available from my Finishing Touch Vintage Jewelry Shop on Ruby Lane for $75.
Friday, September 25, 2009
Thursday, September 24, 2009
Anyone who has raked a pile of autumn leaves knows what a fabulous blend of colors and shapes you will end up with. It appears that this could have been the inspiration of many of the well known vintage jewelry designers. Most of them made leaf motif pins.
Trifari is one designer that particularly comes to mind. Their brushed goldtone and silvertone leaf pins are just full of detail. Sometimes enhanced with pearls or rhinestones, like the one shown here, and as always this designer never fails to disappoint.
Adding enamel to the metal gives the color that is missing from a plain metal pin, and this has been done successfully by many designers. This pretty brooch from Liz Claiborne is a fabulous mix of muted earthtone colors mixed with rhinestones:
Other designers used rhinestones, pearls or colored cabochons to enhance the style of their leaf jewelry. With this technique, the sky is the limit when it comes to color. This pretty maple leaf design by Sarah Coventry, aptly called "Fantasy" uses a pretty mix of pearls and colored stones for a unique look.
One of my favorite leaf designs has to come from Norway. David Anderson is famous for his leaf designs set in basse-taille enamel and sterling silver with a gold vermeil wash. They are simple and elegant and very collectible. This pretty demi is a good example of this technique.
If you like nature jewelry, be sure to visit Vintage Jewelry Lane and Vintage Jewelry Mall for more great choices like the ones shown here. You can also click the pictures shown here for more details about these items.
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Sunday, September 20, 2009
Cloisonné comes from the French word which means to be compartmentalized, to be cut off from one another, to feel cut off, or shut out. It is pronounced clwa-zoh-NAY. The Japanese are very fond of cloisonné designs. In Japan the word is called "shippo" which means the seven treasures gold, silver, lazuli, coral, amber and agate, although cloisonné designs do not have all these materials.
Cloisonné is not a word which pertains just to jewelry manufacturing - it is also used in other decorative ways. It thought to have first been used in either ancient Persia or Egypt. Many researchers believe that it was used in Egypt before 1800 BC. The technique was imported to Japan in seventh century.
There is also evidence that the earliest Chinese cloisonné designs were made in the Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368). The best was made during the Xuande period (1426-1456) of the Ming Dynasty. Today, cloisonné designs are considered one of the traditonal arts and crafts in Beijing, China.
The making of cloisonné requires quite an elaborate and complicated process. It involves base-hammering, copper-strip inlay, soldering, enamel-filling, enamel-firing, polishing and gilding. In spite of this lengthy process, most cloisonné designs are moderately priced.
Many cloisonne designs feature flowers and butterflies. If a variety of enamel is used, the piece has a very colorful finish. Here are some examples of vintage cloisonné jewelry pieces. What do you think of the look?
Friday, September 18, 2009
Zodiac Logo courtesy of zodiac-signs-astrology.com/
- Their colors are all shades of green, particularly jade green
- Their lucky numbers are 1, 7, 8, and 9
- Gemstones are coral, jade and quartz
- Their favorite flowers are daisies and roses
- One of their favorite foods is strawberries
Since Librans like roses, daisies and strawberries, how about one of these two choices?
Thursday, September 17, 2009
But I do love glass. The coolness and weight of the beads just feels right to me when worn. Add to that the fact that glass vintage jewelry is so undervalued, compared to other vintage jewelry stones, and it is the perfect medium for a reasonably priced addition to your jewelry collection.
So, this lovely pair of earrings is right up my alley. It has a pink chaton rhinestone and a long navette stone in a paler shade of pink, as well as a cluster of heavily faceted bright pink beads. I think the look is just spectacular and they would look so well for both daytime and evening wear.
The earrings have clip backs and are 1 x 7/8" in size. These pretty pink rhinestone and glass earrings are available from my Vintage Jewelry Lane Site for only $23.99.
Does glass jewelry appeal to you as well, or are you a fan of jewelry that features more rhinestones in the design?
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
I've always been involved in fashion as a business, and eventually came to settle on vintage jewelry as my main focus.
The years passed and I got married and had a daughter. My precious girl wore her first strand of pearls at the age of 12 months. (actually more like 7 or 8 strands all at once!) Such a far cry from her mom who love jewelry but rarely wears it. She has always been interested in anything glitzy and her babysitters used to play dress up with her. During these sessions, jewelry was always front and center. During her teenage years, I had a hard time keeping any jewelry to resell, since she always wanted first dibs on the jewelry I was sorting.
My tastes in jewelry kept changing, often in step with the styles she liked at the time. We would sit for hours sorting and cleaning jewelry. She opened the box and gave me a few "to consider", all the while stacking up a pile for "herself" as a payment for helping me. Those years are so special to me and are the main reason I'm in the vintage jewelry business today. Every time I sort estate collections that come my way, I am reminded of the special years I spent with Jess.
What is your story? Please share!
Monday, September 14, 2009
Thursday, September 10, 2009
Early Trifari pieces were often marked Trifari Pat Pend in block letters. This marking was used on pieces made from 1932 to 1954. This mark was used mainly on pieces which were designed by well known head designer Alfred Philippe, who joined the Trifari company in early 1930.
He is considered a top craftsman and previously worked for Cartier and Van Cleef and Arples. The brooch shown here is a design from 1953 and is typical of the Trifari Pat Pend styles from the 1950s with the clear diamante rhinestones and swirling metal style. It's available at Vintage Jewelry Lane for $54.99.
This early Trifari jewelry is very collectable and some pieces are now very hard to find. Pieces marked with the pat pending mark command higher than normal prices for Trifari jewelry.
If you have a piece marked Trifari Pat Pending, there is a website which has photos of all Trifari design patents, with details of the designer and dates of the patent. This site is a great resource to help you identify and date Trifari patented jewelry by Alfred Philippe.
Here are some more Alfred Philippe styles. Aren't they lovely? You can click the photos for more details and additional photos.
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
The book is called Encyclopedia of Contemporary Jewelry-Making Techniques, by Vannetta Seecharran, a London designer. It has step by step instructions with photographs for methods which work with a wide range of materials, such as plastics, rubber, resin, ceramics, glass, leather, textiles and much more.
Each of the mediums is discussed in great detail and design techniques for all of them are featured. The book is available in paperback and hard cover from bookstores or online at Interweavestore.com.
If you make contemporary jewelry using unusual design mediums, this may be a book for you to check out.
Sunday, September 6, 2009
Thursday, September 3, 2009
Wednesday, September 2, 2009
Some people buy jewelry lots like this simply to harvest old vintage findings and rhinestones. Since vintage jewelry is old and clasps and stones are no longer available for sale, it can be a daunting task to get just the right stone or clasp to repair a piece that is otherwise sound.
But the use of craft lots doesn't stop there. There are so many creative uses of jewelry that arty people have come up with. About.com has an interesting article about various uses of jewelry for crafts.
- Harvest charms and pendants from old jewelry to make new one of a kind charm bracelets
- Take a plain picture frame and add fronts of vintage earrings or pins around the edge to make a sparkly jazzed up picture frame.
- All an old style brooch to the front of a vintage clutch for a spectacular new look
- Arrange old pieces of glitzy rhinestone jewelry in a candy dish for an interesting table accent
- Sparkly strands of vintage beads draped around a pottery piece can add an eye catching look for a center piece.
- Turn a boring lamp shade into a spectacular one with a few vintage baubles
- Use old vintage jewelry to jazz up a tablescape for your next party.
- Decorate the outside of a plain jewelry box with vintage baubles.
- Give your kids a box of old jewelry pieces and let them go wild. Great for kids parties
- Add rhinestone jewelry pieces to a large oval egg shape for a one of a kind Easter gift
- Hang pieces from vintage jewelry in a broken wind chime for a unique glitzy outdoor accent
- Use bits of vintage jewelry to decorate scrap book pages
- Use old pices of rhinestone and glass jewelry to make one of a kind Christmas mosaic tree to decorate for the holiday.
I get loads of this sort of jewelry in the estate collections that I buy. I just stick it in a box in the corner of my sorting room and when it's full, I put it on eBay. Be sure to check out my store Carolina Collections Vintage Jewelry. I often have this type of craft collection for sale.