Saturday, January 31, 2009
Friday, January 30, 2009
My stores - Vintage Jewelry Lane, Vintage Jewelry Mall, and Carolina Collections Vintage Jewelry - all have a great selection of both heart jewelry, and red jewelry. All perfect for your special someone on February 14.
Here are some of my top picks for unique, out of the ordinary, and affordable gifts for the special someone in your life.
Thursday, January 29, 2009
I didn't realize Utube would be a place for videos concerning vintage jewelry. Much to my surprise, I discovered this one yesterday. It's a wonderful video about the history of Vintage Costume Jewelry designers, such as Schiaparelli, Hattie Carnegie, Vendome, Miriam Haskell, Marcel Boucher, Hobé, Weiss, Eisenberg, Kenneth Jay Lane, Florenza, Trifari, Mazer, Weiss , Stanley Hagler, Mazer, Coco Chanel, Renoir Matisse, and others.
The video discusses the popularity of costume jewelry after World War I, when precious metals and gemstones became scarce. The video even discusses bakelite jewelry, copper, and jelly belly jewelry. The author of the video, Gail Gupton, talks about most of the major vintage jewelry desginers, and gives some dates and design styles that they used.
It is a great video and well worth taking the time to listen to it.
After you listen to the video, be sure to also visit my website, Vintage Jewelry Lane, for a wide selection of vintage jewelry from most of the designers that the video mentions.
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
It is hard to specifically date a piece of jewelry by the clasp alone, unless it is marked in some with with a designer hallmark. The reason for this is that most of the clasps used on vintage jewelry are also used on modern pieces. Condition of the metal and other design techniques in the piece should be used in conjunction with a clasp to try and narrow down the date.
Vintage jewelry necklaces were made with many styles of clasps. Most notable were spring ring, hook clasp, box clasp, fold over clasp, and fish hook clasp. Others used, but not as commonly, were barrel clasp and toggle clasps. Lobster claw clasps were a later invention, so they are not found on vintage pieces, unless the clasp has been changed at some point.
Hook clasps were often used on multi strand necklaces from the 1950s and 1960s. They were made of a metal hook which either "grabs" a bead in a dangling strand, or hooks in to a metal chain. The latter is still commonly used, but the former usually dates a piece as a vintage one.
A fish hook clasp is made with a small hook which is inserted into a metal finding, often a pointed oval shape. Good vintage fish hook clasps were often sterling silver. Modern metal ones are lighter in weight and made from goldtone and silvertone metal.
Fold over slaps were used for many vintage mass produced pieces. The underneath part of the clasp was a great place to put the designer hallmark. They were commonly used on necklaces and bracelets. On a bracelet, a fold over clasp was often used in conjunction with a safety chain to help prevent loss of the bracelet if the clasp open while the piece was being worn. This type of clasp was popular in the 1940s and is still used today.
1. Collecting Vintage Jewelry - Where do I start?
2. Collecting Vintage Jewelry - What is the condition?
4. Collecting Vintage Jewelry - The Creative Use of Stones.
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Monday, January 26, 2009
Bender told Sneed "Mr. Obama came in himself and picked out a pair of earrings for Michelle, which were sort of long and dramatic, and the diamond dangled at the bottom." A short time, later, Bender continues, "Michelle came in, returned the earrings, looked around and picked out something a little more classic, with bigger stones, that was twice the price. She wanted to check with her husband first -- then Barack came back in and bought what she wanted -- which happened to be what I suggested originally."
Bender, who designed the earrings continued: "It was pretty typical of a married couple. But that was what was cute about it."
Sunday, January 25, 2009
That's it! I entered today. It was fast and easy. Perhaps one of my lucky readers will be a winner. Be sure to let me know if you are and I'll feature you in a future blog post.
Saturday, January 24, 2009
Friday, January 23, 2009
The report discusses various aspects of costume vintage jewelry for sale - where to find it, why it is so collectible, how important condition is, and some of the wide types of vintage jewelry available on ebay.
She ends the article with a great list of reference books available about vintage jewelry - many which I have in my resource collection, and a separate lists of websites to explore for more information about the subject.
My ebay store - Carolina Collections Vintage Jewelry is a great place to start for your ebay vintage jewelry shopping experience. Be sure to visit today for the latest bargains.
Thursday, January 22, 2009
The technique as it pertains to jewelry making involves carving a design into a base metal. After this carving, the guilloche pattern is then sometimes filled with different colors and opacities of enamel paint. After enameling, decorative accents such as hand-painted roses may be added to an item.
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
The winning jeweler will be paid to contribute their talent and the end results are sure to reveal amazing creativity and technical skills. The company will showcase 50 designers with their step by step creations.
Accept the challenge! Download an entry form here.
More details here: 30-Minute Earrings (scroll down the page)
Sounds like a fun contest. Be sure to heck back later to see the winning designs!
Like the looks or not, Michelle seems to have confirmed one of the colors predicted to be hot now - yellow. It remains to be seen whether the frilly, and feminine evening look will catch on with those who want to emulate her.
Monday, January 19, 2009
I have a strong conviction that the mind is capable of healing all sorts of diseases and ailments. I have used various healing techiques with success on more than one occasion in my life. So, when I started my jewelry blog, it was natural for me to start researching the healing qualities associated with various gemstones and jewelry.
Copper has long been associated with various healing qualities, particularly in the treatment of arthritis. The legends of using copper as a form of pain relief dates back some 10,000 years. Copper is a wonderful conductor of electricity and heat, so many believe in copper's power to heal the mind and body, based on these energy conducting properties. The metal also lends itself to spectacular jewelry design techniques such as this stuning Mohawk Trail Native American copper bracelet design.
During the 1970s, the use of copper as a healing agent began to increase in the US. In addition to the relief of pain from arthritis, copper is also thought to promote the smooth function of the glands, to alleviate cramps, reduce inflammation, aid in blood circulation, and to ensure that the joints remain in good condition.
Notable early designers of vintage copper jewelry are Rebajes, Matisse and Renoir. Both have resource books devoted to their designs. One particular book on my wish list at Amazon.com is Copper Art Jewelry: A Different Luster.
My website Vintage Jewelry Lane has a whole page devoted to vintage copper jewelry. My latest acquisition is this lovely copper leaf set by Matisse. This pretty set is an outstanding example of the enamel on copper jewelry produced during the 1960s. It is a book piece featured in both Copper Art Jewelry and Julia Carroll's book Collecting Cosutme Jewelry 101. All pieces are signed and it is in wonderful condition with very little wear. You can add this to your vintage jewelry copper collection for $110.00.
Given the present economy, Michelle must walk a fine line between "presidential pomp and economic circumstance," but I'm sure every one will agree that no one expects her to show up in mass market attire.
If the past is any indication of the future, brooches may play a part in the jewelry part of her inauguration day look. We'll know more tomorrow, so check back for the actual views in a few days.
You can read the full Chicago Tribune article here to see what they predict.
Saturday, January 17, 2009
At the top of the list is a rhodium plated setting. It was extensively used by the better jewelry designers. Rhodium is a hard metal in the platinum group and it wears extremely well. Two well known designers who used platinum settings often are B. David, and Sarah Coventry. As you can see from the picture to the right, a rhodium setting is smooth and every even. It has a luster to it that normal silvertone settings doesn't have and it doesn't tarnish over time and is very corrosion resistant.
Open back settings for rhinestone jewelry are also found on better vintage jewelry pieces. The most famous designer of this type of setting is DeLizza and Elster who made the famous Juliana Jewelry. (you can view some verified Juliana jewelry pieces at The DeLizza & Elster Jewelry Education Site. Most open back settings also use high quality unfoiled glass rhinestones, although I have seen foiled pieces in openback settings too.
3. Collecting Vintage Jewelry - Type of Stone settings.