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Saturday, February 28, 2009
Collecting Vintage Jewelry - Part 9 - Dress Clips, Fur Clips and Shoe Clips
Thursday, February 26, 2009
Jewelry Find of the Week - Matisse Renoir California Dreaming Set
This visual image describes my set beautifully. All of the pieces feature tiny bits of fused glass and enamel in a power pink color baked onto a copper background. The necklace is 16" long tip to tip and 7/8" wide and the earrings are 1" wide and have clip backs.
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Vintage Jewelry Designers - Who am I?
Here are today's clues:
- I was in operation from 1949-1981
- All of my designs are named
- I was sold at home parties
- All of my pieces are clearly marked
- I was founded by Charles Stuart and named for his wife
- I have a sister company named for the owner's granddaughter
Here are some pictures of a few of my designs:
For more information and the answer to today's riddle, you can go to the designer page of the resource library on my website Vintage Jewelry Lane. (answer is also shown reading backwards at the bottom of this blog post.) All three of these pieces are for sale on my main site Vintage Jewelry Lane.
ANSWER: (read it backwards): snommE nyloraC
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Jewelry and Astrology - Pisces
Those born under the sign of Pisces are said to be compassionate, devoted and imaginative. On the negative side they can be seen to be a bit oversensitive, indecisive and somewhat of an escapist.
To get a clue about what sort of Jewelry to choose for your Pisces friend let's have a look at some of these Zodiac facts:
- The primary color is Lilac or purple
- Gemstones associated with the sign are diamonds, amethyst and bloodstone
- Lucky numbers are 5 and 8
- Best locations are the seashore or coastal cities
Combining these ideas gives me lots of possibilites for choices for a jewelry gift for your Piscean friend. How about this lovely purple banded glass stone in lovely amethyst colors with a pretty filigree heart pendant? It is available in my Carolina Collections Vintage Jewelry store for only $10.75.Since Pisces loves the water, you couldn't go wrong with any seaside themed jewelry. Does she like vintage sweater guards? Look at this sweet seahorse sweater guard with creamy faux pearls and cute little seahorses on either end. It's available in my Vintage Jewelry Mall store for only $12.99 and is just adorable.
If you are looking for something a little more extravagant for your friend, consider this stunning vintage cameo brooch. It is handcarved from genuine shell cameo and is marked 800 for its silver content, so it uses her lucky number too. This exquisite shell cameo brooch is available in my Vintage Jewelry Lane store for $96.99
Check back soon for the next chapter in this series, when I will discuss jewelry ideas for your Aries friend.
Sunday, February 22, 2009
Today's Vintage Jewelry Words - Pietra Dura
These large tiles are then set into a solid back ground such as sandstone or black marble for a pictoral effect. The surface of the design is flush with no protruding tiles or grooves between the tiles.
Floral scenes are the most common, but any design can be used, such as butterflies, human figures, birds and architectural buildings.
The settings are generally silver or genuine gold, but plated settings and brass are also used. Most settings are open backed to show the back of the background stone used.
The popularity of Pietra dura pieces dates from the early to mid 1800s. This type of souvenir jewelry is known as "Archeological Jewelry." Mosaic jewelry of all kind became fairly widely available after the excavations of Herculaneum and Pompeii.
Pietra Dura jewelry was found in Italy - especially Florence, but was also available around the same time in England and other European areas. I've also seen some examples of it in pieces from Taxco Mexico.
This type of mosaic jewelry is highly collectible and fuels much of the tourist trade today in Italy.
Friday, February 20, 2009
My Juliana Demi Parure and Earrings are Verified!
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Vintage Jewelry Find of the Week
I have just listed a fabulous set on my Vintage Jewelry Lane website which incorporates both. It features unique orange and yellow faceted glass beads in a cha cha bracelet and matching earrings combination. The bracelet is an expansion style, so it should fit most wrist sizes.
Monday, February 9, 2009
Juliana Jewelry - Verifications are in!
If you look on ebay, you will find hundreds of pieces of jewelry described every day, for sale as authentic Juliana, which are not genuinely those of this designer. So what is a collector to do?
There is a wonderful site which accepts photo submissions of pictures of pieces that the sender wants to verify. The site them submits them to Mr. DeLizza, who was one of the original founders of DeLizza and Elster who made Juliana Jewelry. Mr Delizza either verifies or denies the authenticity of the piece. Each verification process is done in an album, and then the results are announced. Last month I submitted these earrings for verification. They have many of the Juliana design techniques, so I was hopeful they were genuine.
I will never list an item as Juliana unless it has been verified, or unless it has the design techniques which make it unmistakably Juliana. I find some jewelry types easy to identify - some types of bracelets and earrings are had to miss. But, I find that earrings are very hard to identify, so I recently submitted a pair for verification. Alas - they were not.
The latest verification page is in - you will find Juliana Verification album 13 here. My earrings are #55 and are labeled as not D & E. Never fear though - I have four more pieces, including three pairs of earrings and a set that I am going to submit soon.
The site asks that you do research about Juliana before you submit an item for verification. There are some specific design techniques that should be part of the piece submitted. I'll go into all these later and will also give you the submission procedure at that time. In the meantime, enjoy the verified pieces in the album 13. You will be able to see why Juliana jewelry is so desireable and highly collectible.
Sunday, February 8, 2009
The Economy and Jewelry Businesses
One company which has caught my attention is the Colibri Group, which also markets under the name of Bolan Bullock, Seth Thomas and Krementz. (Krementz is a well known vintage jewelry design mark, and well respected. Colibri has been ordered to sell all assets by mid June this year. The company, based in Rhode Island is one of the leading suppliers of independent and chain jewelers. It suddently closed on January 14 this year, citing "current economic conditions."
Also, a US court has ordered the liquidation of the Christian Bernard Jewelry Chain. The company abruptly closed its fifteen store and filed for bankruptcy on December 26 last year. It has recently reopened its stores as part of the liquidation process, so that the assets can be sold.
Christian Bernard stores are located throughout the Eastern US.
It will be interesting to follow the news of other jewelry suppliers and chains as the recession takes hold of our country.
Saturday, February 7, 2009
Jewelry and Astrology - Aquarius
- Turquoise is the primary color
- The birthstone is garnet or amethyst
- Lucky numbers are 8 and 4
- Lucky colors and blue and green in pastel shades
Combining some of these ideas gives me lots of possibilities to suggest for jewelry for an Aquarian. How about Native American Jewelry? The designs often include imitation or genuine turquoise stones with sterling silver, and the colors blue and green both fit into this idea - turquoise comes in both the traditional color and also green turquoise.How can you use the numbers to help you make a jewelry choice? Necklaces with more than one row would do the trick. How about selecting a blue or green multi strand necklace? If you choose one with four or eight rows of beads, you would make her a very lucky gal. This pretty set from West Germany has the loveliest pastel green beads and matching earrings.
Amethyst and garnet jewelry is plentiful, but can be expensive. What about purple or blood red rhinestone jewelry for the same look but at a fraction of the price? This lovely parure features amethyst colors and is so reasonably priced at only $13.50 for all three pieces.
Be sure to check back soon, when I will discuss jewelry possibilities for those born under the sign of Pisces.