If you buy or collect vintage or contemporary costume jewelry, you will love the advice found here on hot trends, designer information, and general jewelry gossip. Your comments are always welcome.
Sunday, August 30, 2009
Today's Vintage Bling - Yellow Flower Pin with Orange Rhinestone Centers
Saturday, August 22, 2009
Today's Vintage Jewelry Word - Pavé
Friday, August 21, 2009
Vintage Jewelry Find of the Week - Juliana Style Aurora Borealis Earrings
The earrings are set in goldtone metal and have a layered design with prong set aurora borealis rhinestones which rise to a large single aurora borelais center chaton which is surrounded by smaller AB stones.
So pretty and fantastic condition of the AB rhinestones. The size is 3/4 x 1". They are in gently used very fine condition.
For details and more pictures, you can view these Juliana Style rhinestone earrings in my Finishing Touch Vintage Jewelry store. The price is $30.
Thursday, August 20, 2009
Today's Featured Vintage Jewelry Designer - Emmons
The early design mark in 1949 was EmJ, and the later one after 1955 was Emmons. Here are some examples of the markings:
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Jewelry and Astrology - Virgo
Zodiac Logo courtesy of zodiac-signs-astrology.com/
Those born under the sign of the Virgo are said to be shy and modest. They are methodical, and analyze every aspect before making a decision. They are practical in matters concerning money. On the negative side, it is thought that they can be too analytical and too perfectionist. They tend to worry too much, even about trivial matters. This is the sun sign that likes all their ducks in a row!
Here is a short poem that typifies the Virgo personality:
Who criticizes all she sees;
Yes, e'en would analyze a sneeze?
Who hugs and loves her own disease?
Thinking about buying jewelry for your Virgo friend and don't know where to start? Let's examine some of these zodiac facts for a bit of inspiration.
- Their primary color is blue, particularly navy blue
- Their birthstone is sapphire, jasper. carnelian, moss agate, or jade
- Their lucky numbers are four and eight
- They love all brightly colored small flowers, particularly those that are blue or yellow
This pretty set of interchangable flower pins by contemporary designer Joan Rivers would appeal to the small flower lover in her and the color blue as well.
This pretty necklace by Sarah Coventry is called Park Avenue and features a navy blue curved front to it, which is the lucky color for Virgos.
What would your Virgo friend like for a gift?
Sunday, August 16, 2009
Cleaning Sterling Silver Chains
Often, I will suggest just wiping a piece with a Sunshine cloth. But if you have tried this with a chain necklace, you will know that these can be very hard items from which to remove the tarnish because of the small links involved in the making of the chain.
I found a YouTube video which deals with just this situation. The maker of the video gives a step by step demo of how to go about it.
Basically, the cleaning involves baking soda and boiling water in a metal pan. Sterling dips use the same process, but this gets the job done without the harmful chemicals and baking soda is much cheaper to use than the store bought dips.
Most large pieces of sterling silver can be easily cleaned with a polishing cloth, but sometimes, a large ornate piece will have tarnish in the grooves (flower jewelry is especially hard to clean) and this techique would work in this case too. Please note that this techique is good for pieces without stones. (Immersion in water can loosen stones or damage foil to rhinestone pieces.)
Here is the video:
Saturday, August 15, 2009
Today's vintage bling - Joan Rivers Art Glass and Rhinestone Brooch
Friday, August 14, 2009
Seashells for use in Vintage Jewelry
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Interview with Carole Tannenbaum
Her pieces have been featured in more than forty international venues, including Bergdorf Goodman, Neiman Marcus, and Barneys. They have also been showcased in exhibitions in museums that include New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Carole is the author of the book called "Fabulous Fakes," which gives you details of one hundred years of the most amazing pieces of costume jewelry ever produced, in brilliant and beautiful color. It tells their story, starting with mass-produced Victorian jewelry, moving through the wonderfully sophisticated lines of art deco geometrics, and ending with 1990s designer and artisanal jewelry.
The Collector's Weekly recently interviewed Ms. Tannenbaum, and the discussion is very interesting and filled with rich details of some noted high designers such as Coco Chanel, Schreiner, and Coppola e Toppo. She also discusses bakelite vintage jewelry, and talks about her collecting tastes and how she amassed the vintage jewelry collection that sheshe owns.
The Carole Tannenbaum interview is very comprehensive and you can view the whole transcript of it on the Collector's Weekly site. It's quite extensive and well worth the read.
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Today's Vintage Jewelry Word - Bakelite
Monday, August 10, 2009
Vintage Jewelry Find of the Week - Trifari Pink Glass and Rhinestone Necklace
Sunday, August 9, 2009
Big Chunky Bracelets are Hot Right now
Here are some to choose from. Prices range from $11.99 for the cute fairy cuff style to $95.99 for the bakelite style. Just click the pictures for more details.
Saturday, August 8, 2009
New Line of Genuine Turquise Jewelry at Vintage Jewelry Mall
Friday, August 7, 2009
Taking the Mystery out of Sterling Silver Jewelry
Thursday, August 6, 2009
Today's Featured Vintage Jewelry Designer - Kramer
Louis was joined by his two brothers Morris and Harry as the company grew and their designs became more and more popular, but Louis is credited with the design of the superior Kramer Jewelry.
Kramer made us of unique and rare specialty stones and beads in his designs. They also made a wide range of figural jewelry and whimsical pins, like many other designers of the times. During the 1950s and 60s, Kramer made jewelry for Christian Dior. These designs often had good quality rhinestones with large center focal stones. These Kramer/Dior pieces are very collectible and much sought after.
The 1950s marked the introduction of Kramer's "Golden Look." These pieces were simple designs which were made to go with the tailored look of the times. The quality was so good, it was hard to tell them from real gold. Later, during the 1960s, they introduced the "Diamond Look" which was meant to stimulate real diamonds.
The 1960s also saw the introduction of their ear covers. These ear covers had a curved wire which tucked behind the top part of the ear and the earring covered the whole ear and was worn with upset hairdos.
Since the company focused on glamorous jewelry, the natural look in jewelry which was introduced in the 1970s hit Kramer Jewelry hard and it closed its doors in the late 1970s.
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
August Birthstone - Peridot
Pedidot photo courtesy of ebay seller BangkokGemMart
This lovely gemstone is a semi-precious gemstone that is usually found in wonderful hues of translucent greens. It is the official birthstone for the month of August and is also considered the gemstone for the 3rd and 16th anniversaries as well as the stone for the Zodiac Sign Libra.
This gemstones is one of the few that comes in basically one color - green. There are varying shades from yellow green through to brownish green. The most valuable color is a dark olive green.
Peridot has been prized by royalty for thousands of years. It was used in jewelry as far back as the ancient Egyptians. It has been mined in numerous locations around the world, but the modern Egyptians have maintained a fondness for this gemstone into modern times. In fact, it is considered by many to be the national gemstone of Egypt.
As with all gemstones, Peridot has some specific healing powers attributed to it. It is thought to clear the heart chakra. It also strengthens breathing, promotes prosperity, growth, and openness. It was used by Egyptians, Aztecs, and Incas to gently cleanse and heal the physical heart. Yellower gems also aid in problems of the stomach, liver and adrenal glands.
The emotional qualities attributed to peridot are that it helps wearers understand relationships, and other realities, alleviates depression, anger, fear, jealousy and anxiety.
This lovely Georgian poem about the birthstone for this month couples peridot with love and relationships.
Wear a Peridot or for thee,
No conjugal fidelity,
The August born without this stone,
'Tis said, must live unloved; alone.
Monday, August 3, 2009
Vintage Jewelry Glossary Updated
Don't know what Basse-taille means? Haven't got a clue what someone is talking about when they say blister pearl? Totally dumbfounded when you hear the word cannetille? All of these words and many more are defined for you in the glossary.
Armed with this resource and a good memory, you'll be able to join in with the most advanced vintage jewelry discussion with confidence.
Sunday, August 2, 2009
Art Nouveau, Arts and Crafts and New Use of Vintage Brooches
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.