Dealer's Joy...Collector's Paradise
About Rainbow's End
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About UsWe want everyone to love what they purchase from us; so if you ever receive an item you are not happy with, please email or call for a cheerful, full refund. We pride ourselves on keeping our customers happy and returning to shop again and again. ****Also if you purchase a piece of jewelry from my shop and it later loses a stone, pin back, earring back or becomes damaged in any way I will repair it for you at a $25 charge which will include the return shipping, provided I have or can find the needed stone(s), clasp, pin back, etc. and you have the patience to wait for me to do it on my own schedule; so when you buy be sure to bookmark my shop to be able to find me later if needed.**** We must keep these beautiful pieces wearable and in circulation because this level of beauty and craftsmanship will never be produced again.
NOTE: The only repairs I will do is for my customers on pieces they have purchased from me.
WE SPECIALIZE IN ANTIQUE AND VINTAGE JEWELRY OF ALL TYPES, ESPECIALLY UNUSUAL AND RARE!
I sort of fell backwards into my love affair with “incredible wearable works of art” in the form of antique and vintage costume jewelry.
As an occupational therapist and single mom doing traveling therapy I wanted something fun to do in my leisure time in new places; so I offered to start collections for my two college age daughters, Christi and Tonya, but it had to be something very small and portable as I took job assignments all over the US and carried my entire household from place to place in my van. Christi wanted salt & pepper shakers and Tonya wanted vintage jewelry.
I left from Sarasota, FL for my first travel assignment in Spokane, WA. In Twin Falls, ID on the way there I purchased someone’s entire lifetime collection of S & P’s at a Desert Industries Store. It was between 400-500 pairs; so we maxed out in S & P’s in one stop. When Christi saw the beautiful and unusual jewelry pieces I brought back for her sister she decided she would rather have jewelry too. Luckily they have very different taste and rarely wanted the same pieces.
When I found my first “treasure” of an unmarked 14K ring with a very large six point black star sapphire stone for $30 - - - I was hooked and have been “Junkin for Treasures” ever since. That was 20+ years ago. By the way Tonya still has the ring.
When I would go to auctions, garage/estate sales I would often buy large lots of jewelry to get several pieces for their collections. Sometimes I would sell to dealers from this excess to help support my hunting habit.
After five years I had to stop doing traveling therapy to care for my aging parents and this large stash of extra jewelry helped, my then pregnant, Christi to open an antique mall booth and sell on eBay; so that she could be a stay-at-home mom.
I would find treasures that had missing stones, pin backs, earring backs, etc. and wanted to save them from the salvage or craft piles. I started harvesting stones from pieces that were beyond salvage, then someone had some vials of vintage stones I bought, next I met someone who told me about Paul’s Unique and Stella Yellin and Stella taught me all about grading and care of vintage rhinestones. That is how I started accumulating the knowledge; and the hundreds of thousands of stones and vintage findings I have for restoration.
I was a charter member of Vintage Fashion and Costume Jewelry (VFCJ) Collectors' Club and at the first convention I attended another jewelry rescuer introduced me to Wolf E. Myrow, Inc. in Providence, RI. My greatest joy though was finding Waliga Imports & Sales, Inc. and Bill Waliga. His passion for these wonderful pieces rivaled my own and we became great friends. I was greatly saddened by Bill’s passing the summer of 2007. I will miss him terribly and all the history he had to share about the jewelry trade in the Providence, RI area. I am hopeful that the Waliga family will continue the business and I can look forward to many more years of digging around in their warehouse for vintage stones and findings.
At the 2005 VFCJ Convention I presented a workshop on the Care and Restoration of Antique and Vintage Jewelry.
At the jewelry sale that year Peter M. Dicristofaro, Curator of the Jewelry Museum in Providence came by my table and stated, “You have the most eclectic selection and reasonable prices of all the vendors here and a number of pieces I wish to purchase”.
I remarried in 2003 to a wonderful man I found with the help of the internet who encourages my passion for finding and rescuing antique and vintage costume jewelry.
Within the first year of our marriage we were both diagnosed with cancer.
After our treatments and getting a clean bill of health from our oncologists we purchased a motor home, he retired and I was forced to retire from occupational therapy; so we sold all property and now live full time in our home on wheels. In the past six years we have visited 48 states in the USA, spent 3 months touring Alaska (our logo picture was taken at Denali National Park in Alaska) and visited six Canadian Provinces. We also spent the month of December 2006 in Belize.
We have traveled extensively for the past six years and have now decided to start working a few months out of the year. We are no longer going to be collecting for our three daughters and instead opened this shop on Ruby Lane as a venue for selling the treasures we find while continuing to travel this great country of ours. We will still give some of the most awesome pieces we find to our five beautiful grandchildren to start collections and instill a love of these beautiful wearable art creations in yet another generation.
I have bought and sold on eBay off and on since May of 1998 and have a 100% Positive Feedback rating under the ID-arlyp.
Since opening our shop we have shipped sales to 44 US states and the countries of Canada, AE, Australia, Japan, China, Russia, Ireland, Italy, Greece, New Zealand, UK, France, Monaco, Spain, Switzerland, Germany, Ukraine, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Brazil, Netherlands and Finland.
The beautiful, gorgeous Juliana cross has arrived safely. It is
a stunner. My favorite color combination of the D & E crosses.
I have admired it for a long time. I am lucky it waited for me.
Thanks again, Nancy
Just a quick note to let you know the penguin pin (Trifari Sterling Vermeil Jelly Belly Brooch) arrived. Thanks so much for the generous discount and quick shipping. I'm very happy with my purchase.
All the best, Sharon
Greetings from sunny Melbourne!!
I just received your parcel and l am OVER THE MOON with delight, the locket necklace (Victorian Mesh Watch Chain Necklace with Large Locket) is simply perfect and l love it so much. I will always remember you when l wear it as you have been so wonderful to me. There is no worry about
me browsing your store in the future, l will do so often and you will be hearing from me again very soon.
Thank you so much, you have made me one very happy and satisfied customer indeed.
Hope you have a lovely day. Kind regards, Jenny :D
So sorry to be so behind in getting to you. Yes, the watch chain (Victorian Very Large Unusual Watch Chain) arrived, and my Valentine loves it! Thank you so much, Pam
The brooch (Trifari Designer Signed Trembling Orchid Brooch) arrived and it is wonderful.
Many Thanks, Dan
Hi, Arlene~ The vauxhall brooch (Vauxhall Glass Ruby Red Brooch) just arrived and I am thrilled! It is even more beautiful than expected. Thank you again and Happy New Year to you! ~Laurie
Hi again Arlene,
Just after replying to your email I went to check the mail & there was my bracelet (Victorian Revival Mesh Bracelet with Large Applied Decoration)! It is lovely and all you described & more.
Many thanks & best wishes for the holiday season.
Not a question at all, just a big happy thank you- the brooch (Juliana Jonquil Diamond Shaped Stones Brooch) arrived today, safe and sound, and it is a beauty- very subtle colour.
The necklace (Schreiner Designer Emerald Green Rhinestones Collar Necklace) is wonderful.
Received the jelly belly (Trifari Sterling Signed Norman Bel Geddes Designed Sailfish Jelly Belly Fur Clip), I absolutely love it!
Hi, Arlene: I just wanted to let you know that the Schreiner ruffle pin arrived today, and it is absolutely stunning, what a gorgeous color combination! I actually gasped when I first saw it! Thank you very much for packing it so well so that it arrived in perfect condition! Thanks again, Arlene!
My Best, Nan
The beautiful little bird brooch (Takahashi Bird Brooch) has arrived safely - THANK YOU SO MUCH!
I will wear it with pleasure!
I received this beautiful set today (Sherman Designer Signed Pink Navette Rhinestones Demi). Thank you, it looks fabulous!
Have a great day!
Yes, it (Victorian Scottish Agate Battle-Ax Brooch) arrived safely and meets my expectations. It has been a pleasant transaction.
Best Regards, John
Just a note that the Tiffany pieces arrivied today. It's been great working with you. If you ever receive any other Tiffany pieces please keep me in mind. Thanks again.
Hi Arlene, I just received my deco red and white rhinestone
bracelet and absolutely LOVE it - thank you so much! I hope to
come shopping in your store again soon :-) Kind Regards, Gwen
I am so fortunate to be the new owner of this stunningly
beautiful Victorian Scottish brooch. Thank you so much. I am
beyond pleased with it! Many thanks for your responsive
communication, the secure packing and quick
shipping and, most of all, your parting with it. It has a good
new home with me.
With appreciation and all best regards,
I received this sweet little butterfly (Victorian Bohemian Garnet Sterling Vermeil Butterfly Brooch). I love the size and texture of the piece. Thank you so much for everything.
The Trifari jelly belly pig brooch arrived. Love it!
Thanks so much for the discount and quick shipping.
All the best,
I did receive the necklace (Czech Unusual Shaped Fuschia Stones Necklace). It is in fabulous condition! I just love it!
The beautiful necklace (Very Unusual Czech Glass Stones Necklace) arrived here with no problems and I am very well pleased with it! It is a great addition to my collection!
Hi, Arlene~ The earrings (Deco Sterling, Natural Lapis and Marcasite Earrings) arrived today and they're fabulous!
Thanks very much! ~Laurie
This arrived (Very Large Silver Plated Oriental Motif Charm Bracelet),and I LOVE IT! Thanks so much, Arlene.-- Denise
Hi, Just a quick note to let you know the little purse (German Silver Dance Purse) arrived
safe and sound. Thank you so much! Eli
Hello, Arlene.....I received the bracelet (Paris Sterling Souvenir Bracelet) safely. Thank you for
packing it so well. It is a beauty! I am so pleased! I'm sure it will receive many
years of wear as it is so comfortable. Thank you. Marie
Hi Arlene. I received the Reja brooch (Reja Sterling Signed Fierce Lion Brooch) and love it! Thanks, C
Yes it (Art Nouveau Enamel Butterfly and Flowers Motif Sash Pin) did and you were right :) It IS lovely! Thank you, Robin
Hi Linda, Just a note to ask if your lovely bracelet (Art Nouveau/Art Deco Transitional Sterling & Marcasite Bracelet) arrived safely; so that i may close out your purchase order.
It did and it is lovely. Thank you! Linda
I just wanted to let you know that my lovely brooch (Juliana Ice Blue and Clear Aurora Snowflake Design Brooch) arrived safe and sound.
Hi Arlene, Many thanks for my lovely bracelet (Vintage Gold Filled Bracelet)
Dear Arlene, Yes it did. It is lovely (Victorian Wings Set with Persian Turquoise Scarab and Cabochons Brooch)!! Thank you so much! Happy new year!
It made it (Swoboda Carved Jade and Coral Floral Brooch)....love it.
Hello from Athens, it is just came (Eisenberg Original Designer Signed Dress Clip) and it is a m a z i n g, thank you very very much, many greetings from Greece and Happy
I received the brooch today (Coro Craft Sterling Designer Signed Flower Brooch). It's beautiful and I'm wearing it tomorrow.
Thank you - I really like the brooch (Victorian Scottish Agate Brooch).
Hi, Arlene~ I'm very pleased with these earrings (Czech Glass Deco Earrings), thank you!
Hello Arlene, this is just to let you know I've picked up this lovely set (David Anderson Designer Signed Blue Enamel Demi) today from my local sorting office. As I had suspected there was a customs duty to pay and hence the reason for the
delay. Thank you so much for this lovely set. Regards, Cris
Thank you so much. The pins (Weiss Designer Signed Six Candle and Five Candle Christmas Tree Broochs) arrived safely and they are lovely.
Arlene, the necklace (Juliana Ice Blue and Clear Aurora Necklace) arrived this week and it is absolutely wonderful. Thanks so much! Wayne ;-0
I love these 2 beautiful items (Coro Duette Trembling Camellias Brooch and Boucher Hugh Phoenix Bird Brooch) and thank you for making a refund to me for the over charged shipping.
Hi, I already received these 2 beautiful items. So happy~Thank you
very much. Hoo
Very satisfied with purchase (Saphiret Set Pendant on Gold Filled Chain).
Thank you so much.
With my best regards,
The pin came, (Ciner Sterling Signed Bird Figural Brooch) and it is lovely. Please keep me in mind for other Ciner pieces. Thanks.
Hi Arlene: we are preparing a book, hope you can see her (RARE Staret Designer Signed Enamel & Rhinestone Fish Brooch) again in the book.
The fish (RARE Staret Designer Signed Enamel & Rhinestone Fish Brooch) swam home safely! Thank you very much, keep in touch.
Good Morning Arlene-
Thank You for your help. I have paid you via PayPal. I collect Vintage Character Memorabilia and the brooch (RARE Frank Buck "Bring 'Em Back Alive" Designer Signed Nodder Hippopotamus Brooch) will look great with my other Frank Buck items.
I don't know if I emailed you yet or not but Thank you for the
compact! Thank you so much! She loved it!!
I got my compact (Unusual Silver Chatelaine Compact) on Saturday like you said!!! Thank you so much! My gf loves it and I do as well. Great great great seller! I will
check back often on your site!!
I received my Cameo in the mail. I think it's beautiful. Thank you. I will continue to visit your site to see what's new.
Just to let you know my beautiful bracelet (David Anderson Sterling Designer Signed Enamelled Bracelet) arrived and I love it. Many thanks.
Hi, Arlene~ I LOVE THIS AMAZING BUCKLE! (Large Celluloid and Bright Rhinestones with Painted Gilt Decorations Belt Buckle). So beautiful, such great colors, so unusual-- I'll have to find a creative way to wear it.
Thanks for the speedy shipping, too.
Kind regards, Laurie
I received my beautiful "sparkle bangle"(Celluloid Rhinestone Set Bangle in Rare Aqua Color). It is really beautiful and in very good condition. LOVE IT!
Thank You Marikita
Gorgeous set (Boucher Designer Signed Demi of Brooch and Earrings) arrived today and it is just amazing! I can see this with my royal blue dress for New Years...thanks so much! Judith
Hi Arlene, I rec'd the Juliana Rivoli earrings today and they are
lovely. I bought the bib necklace at the conference in RI this
October so it's very nice to have them. I hate not having
matching earrings. It was my first conference and we had a blast.
Hope to see you there one day. Barbara in Canada
Hi Arlene, The pearls (Graduated 20 1/2” String of Pearls with 10K White Gold Clasp) are very lovely and I really like the length. Thank you.
Just wanted to let you know that the beautiful little bird ( Takahashi Bird Pin) came today. He arrived safely and is settled into his new nest! I love those little birds! The are just beautiful! I can't imagine how they made them during WWII while in the camps....just out of scraps and pieces. Such amazing talent! I have several and am always excited to find one I didn't have. Thanks so much for the great listing.
Again, thanks so much! Susie Krogh
Received the necklace (Cherry Amber Faceted Beads Necklace). It is lovely.
I received the GORGEOUS necklace yesterday (Kenneth J. Lane (KJL) Designer Signed Necklace) - and I am delighted! It is a great addition to my sea/ocean themed vintage collection (within my collection!:))
Thanks again! Cynthia
I received the pin (Alice Caviness Designer Signed Faux Pearls, Aurora Beads and Rhinestones Brooch) yesterday safely. It is sooooo beautiful and I love it!!! Thank you so much!!
Yes I got it! (Saphiret and Sapphire Aurora Rhinestones Demi) It is so beautiful! The set literally glows! I have the matching brooch so I am displaying them together.
Thank you again,
Got my bracelet today (1930’s Pot Metal and Fruit Salad Leaves Bracelet), thank you so much! It is beautiful.
I received my Kenneth Jay Lane Caterpillar brooch and I really
love it and my mom loves it too. It is really beautiful and
colorful and a nice size, a real eye catcher.
It's been a pleasure doing business with you.
Thank you, Gina Reagan
Hi, the earrings (Round Cabochon Dragon's Breath Stone Earrings) arrived today and are so lovely as described.
Thank you so much, Laurie
How are you? I just wanted to let you know I received the sash pin and I love it! Thank you so very much for your great service and communication. I appreciate it. I will visit your shops often.
Very truly yours, Nadia
Hi, just to let you know that I received this set (Vintage Mexican Signed Sterling Enameled Parure) and it is BEAUTIFUL.
RECEIVED THE STUNNING PIN AND EARRING SET (Juliana 1960's Hematite Stones Demi) ON MONDAY. IT IS SOOOOOOOO WONDERFUL. IT IS A VERY WELCOME ADDITION TO MY JULIANA JEWELRY COLLECTION.
THANK YOU VERY MUCH,
I received the bracelet and I love it! It's beautiful! Thank you so much.
Got this (Juliana Necklace). It's more beautiful in person! My 2nd Juliana piece! I checked out your other site (Pot-of-Gold on Ruby Plaza)... what's the difference brtween the 2 sites? Hope to buy more beautiful Juliana pieces soon! Angela
Just a quick note to let you know that your parcel just arrived. The pendant is lovely ! Rest assured that it has found a good home :)
I too marvel at the exquisite craftmanship of such a little piece, I shall treasure it :)
Thank you for your explanation and for your excellent customer service!
Kind regards, Myriam
I received my bracelet in today's mail and it is indeed lovely. So nice to have something unlike any other native American jewelry I have. Thank you for your fine service. I will check
out Rainbow's End on Ruby Lane since I mainly shop there.
Kind regards from Poodie
It's Beautiful!!!! (Eisenberg Ice Designer Signed Brooch). Thank you so much.
Is there somewhere that I am supposed to leave feedback or anything?
I received the brooch (Sterling with Gold Trim Dragonfly Brooch) today and it is quite lovely.
Thank you! Sam
(Gold Tone Acorns & Leaves Motif Demi) received! And so beautiful!
Thank you so much arlene!
1950's Crystal Rhinestones Unusual Bracelet. I just cannot get over what a stunning unique design this bracelet is - thanks!!! Cannot stop staring at it!
Yes, the brooch arrived last week and it is absolutely STUNNING (Victorian Sterling with Natural Gem Stones Brooch)! It exceeded my expectations in every way! I thought you'd like to know that I was determined to find a hallmark on it - as it's such a high quality piece - and the black and white enamel had led me to believe it might be French. Well, after a huge amount of searching with my loupe I finally found a set of three hallmarks on the pin-stem. After some research I discovered that these are the hallmarks for Birks and Sons, Montreal - the "Tiffany's of Canada" - and they date the brooch to 1880. Hence the French-style enamel! Anyway I love the piece and it will take place of pride in my modest Victorian collection. Charlotte
I received my bracelet (Deco Signed Sterling Bangle Bracelet) today and I am very happy with it. It's a lovely piece in very good condition. Thank you for the great service--I'll be back at your site soon! Best wishes,
Bird on a Wire