inOctober 8, 2009 - 4:24pm
inOctober 7, 2009 - 5:24pm
The lure of charm bracelets is timeless! Definitely a quintessential feminine collectible, the cache of twinkling charms tells the unique and very interesting story of the wearer and what is near and dear to her heart.
inOctober 2, 2009 - 4:22pm
inOctober 1, 2009 - 11:23am
A new found friend and I were talking. She brought up the fact that the companies that are offering cash for gold are also melting away many families’ histories. When our economy goes into a slump, you see these commercials and ads pop up everywhere. The bad economy just fuels the fire.
inSeptember 30, 2009 - 4:30pm
As a collector of Sherman rhinestones, I know that no other piece of this sensational vintage jewelry will make a collector's heart race more than when handling one of these rare and highly desirable hinged cuff bracelets.
inSeptember 29, 2009 - 3:14pm
We all know that Sapphires are the traditional birthstone for those born in September. But did you know that Lapis Lazuli is one of the gemstones for those born under the Zodiac sign Libra (September 23 to October 22) and is therefore considered the alternate birthstone for September? Lapis Lazuli is one of Mother’s Earth’s magnificent gifts and is one of my favorite stones.
inSeptember 28, 2009 - 2:33pm
This magnificent archaeological-revival necklace is a true museum piece.The continuous uniform fringe decorated with beads, wirework and florettes of this necklace is typical for the work of Eugène Fontenay. A demi-parure of very similar design is illustrated in French Jewelry of the Nineteenth Century, Henri Vever, translated by Katherine Purcell, p. 643. and a similar necklace plus matching earrings were sold last year at Sotheby's for $ 52,000!
inSeptember 23, 2009 - 2:11pm
Today's vintage jewelry word - Abalone - Wearable Treasures from the Sea
Abalone is a word which refers to the "pearly" interior shell-lining of a mollusk with the same name. Many times, it is used as inlay - often seen as strips in bracelets and other types of vintage jewelry. There are a wide variety of shades of abalone, but the shade that is most prized is the small "green heart" abalone. This lustrous mollusk shell lining is made of alternating layers of calcium carbonate and conchiolin. Abalone is considered by many to be in the same family as mother of pearl.
inSeptember 21, 2009 - 7:58pm
Collecting costume jewelry has been a passion of mine for many years and over time, I have acquired a lovely collection. In those early days, my only sources for finding pieces were local auctions, flea markets, antique shops and yard sales. Knowing that the chances of finding a match later was next to impossible, my main focus was on purchasing sets. Even while keeping this in mind, every now and then I would find a lone piece that I just couldn't resist.
inSeptember 21, 2009 - 2:44pm
I am a huge fan of pewter jewelry. It is a wonderful material that gives the appearance of a silver look but without the headache of the tarnish that occurs with silver when it is exposed to air and moisture. Also, pewter has a very "earthy" feel to it that I like. I remember a particular gift that I was given by good friends when I was leaving college. It was a Jonathan Livingston Seagull pendant in pewter. I still wear it and it gives me some lovely, nostalgic memories.