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- 09/22/12--01:32: _Unusual vintage bea...
- 10/15/12--03:23: _Scarf clips 1960s f...
- 10/15/12--06:25: _Jewels and Finery: ...
- 10/16/12--04:13: _What is a vintage b...
- 11/26/12--01:52: _Choose a vintage je...
- 12/08/12--02:57: _Just some of our vi...
- 12/17/12--11:29: _Tacky alien jewelle...
- 12/23/12--01:48: _A book of Ciro Pear...
- 04/03/12--07:12: _New look to Jewels ...
- 12/26/12--05:54: _Vintage jewellery f...
- 01/04/13--06:57: _New year and new vi...
- 01/08/13--06:05: _Vintage jewellery u...
- 01/18/13--09:57: _Vintage brooches to...
- 01/31/13--04:19: _Next part of Ciro P...
- 02/06/13--15:27: _Peacock and fantasy...
- 02/17/13--07:09: _1939 Vintage Jewell...
- 02/18/13--11:00: _Sea people and frie...
- 03/25/13--03:00: _My vintage jeweller...
- 04/07/13--01:46: _Changes with vintag...
- 04/14/13--02:29: _Background and prog...
- 09/22/12--01:32: Unusual vintage bead necklaces to wear to any occasion
- 10/15/12--03:23: Scarf clips 1960s fashion brochure from Style A Scarf
- 10/16/12--04:13: What is a vintage brooch?
- 11/26/12--01:52: Choose a vintage jewellery piece for a Christmas gift
- 12/08/12--02:57: Just some of our vintage jewellery this December!
- 12/17/12--11:29: Tacky alien jewellery and the end of the world.
- 12/23/12--01:48: A book of Ciro Pearls & Jewels (First part)
- 04/03/12--07:12: New look to Jewels and Finery
- 12/26/12--05:54: Vintage jewellery from Boxing day is now with.......
- 01/04/13--06:57: New year and new vintage buttons
- 01/08/13--06:05: Vintage jewellery unsigned beauties for COW Jan 2013
- 01/18/13--09:57: Vintage brooches to covert this dark January
- 01/31/13--04:19: Next part of Ciro Pearls 1950s catalogue (second post)
- 02/06/13--15:27: Peacock and fantasy bird jewellery
- 02/17/13--07:09: 1939 Vintage Jewellery from Hollywood
- 02/18/13--11:00: Sea people and friends vintage jewellery
- 03/25/13--03:00: My vintage jewellery - What is it worth?
- 04/07/13--01:46: Changes with vintage jewellery signed Exquisite 1954
- 04/14/13--02:29: Background and progress for Ciro Pearls jewellery post war years
Decided this bright sunny September morning to write a little about unusual vintage bead necklaces. Now we have many other types of vintage necklace, but I do like the beads the most. Now I collect beads and have many different types so that one day they will be transformed into necklaces, bracelets, earrings and other types of jewellery - but there is never enough hours in the day.
I do love collecting old brochures and adverts for vintage jewellery. This one is for scarf clips and I estimate its from the 1960s or early 1970s. Called "Style A Scarf" and produced by Bernard Shaffer Ltd, England. This 8 panel brochure shows how to use a scarf clip and also some of the styles from the sixties.
Love the eye liner on this lady with the scarf and clip creating a classical bow look.
bar brooch as well. The Ascot Bow ha just an ornate clip with a long scarf that tightens to form a big bow at the front. Now the last how to is a fabulous turban look. So very sixty hippy chick!
This panel shows a further way on how to fold a scarf called the Smoke Ring (circular scarf) and how to use a scarf clip with a bar brooch. There are 7 different vintage scarf clips with antique and modern 1960s fashion styles. This is ideal for dating vintage jewellery.
vintage scarf clips were limited in use?
Jewels and Finery: Scarf clips 1960s fashion brochure from Style A Sc...: I do love collecting old brochures and adverts for vintage jewellery . This one is for scarf clips and I estimate its from the 1960s or ear...
This is a quick coffee break guide to what is a vintage brooch?
So to be an original and genuine vintage brooch is to do with its age rather than its good looks. It can either have been produced between the 1920s to the 1990s, or be at least 20 to 25 years old. Not an easy thing to distinguish as there are many vintage brooches on the market, with many of them not being vintage at all but new ones in the style of a vintage brooch and pin. Any piece of jewellery that was made between the Art Deco years of the 1920s and 1930s right up to the last decade of the twenty first century. Is said to be true and real vintage. It is actually easier to look at decades rather than splitting it up into years. Because dating can be difficult - unless you have an advert dated or a brochure or company catalogue.
We have many original vintage brooches available on Jewels and Finery. Here are just a few:
Yes it's that time of the year. The thrill with Christmas gifts is not in the receiving but the giving. So choosing something to match that person is an art in its self. Especially if anything like my husband. Every year, our family asks for a Christmas list or what does he really want? But nearly every year he can not think what he wants until the very last moment or not at all. So he never gets anything very interesting, as by that time its too late to buy online and the shops are quite depleted.
A piece of vintage jewellery may not be for everyone. But its something that would not be found in the usual shops. Providing you order early enough or take up the Express delivery option in the last couple of weeks in the UK.
Here are just a few pieces of vintage jewellery available and as we also sell new jewellery. There are some great designer pieces just right for buying yourself as a Christmas treat.
We have some gorgeous vintage rhinestone brooches that are so suitable for adding to your Christmas day clothing or attached to a dress for the New year's celebrations.
vintage style stretch ring to match your stretch bracelet.
For the man in your life - go a little towards vintage mens jewellery. With tie pins, cufflinks and an assortment of Gothic pieces to look through and choose, as well as "traditional" style ones available.
Then something to wear over the festive season that is new but a take on the vintage cameo jewellery.
Just one of the newer cameos that are available and just that little different to wear.
With December flying bye, we have been adding more vintage jewellery as well as other types to Jewels & Finery UK. From sparkling party wear to everyday occasion with Christmas brooches, earrings and cameo necklaces. We hope there is something for everyone. We have chosen the most unusual and unique to the more fashionable pieces.
keyring selection of vintage and new pieces will make great stocking fillers. This stone pebble keyring has "believe" written on it and we have many other styles.
Reading many articles about the end of the world on the 21st December 2012, early this year. Some so fantastical that you couldn't quite believe and some that common sense told you the answer. The Mayan's calendar ends on the 21st. Does this mean the end of mankind - Now come on they just run out of room at the Mayan Palace and couldn't fit the 22nd in.
Then there's the belief that the winter solstice is this year unique, with an alignment of planets that will open up a black hole and let the aliens return to earth. Well that's nothing new, we can not be the only species in the great big galaxy, so why worry about something that you can not control. However it gave me the idea to collect alien jewellery. Having already a growing collection of Egyptian and dragon jewellery, as well as many other costume pieces that I liked. I needed to have something else to focus on. At the start of a collection you buy lots of different pieces and then start to become picky and the collecting slows down. Now with me, its not that I would wear the pieces, but I just like the thrill of hunting down and finding them.
So as I was looking for something a bit unusual to collect, alien jewellery seemed like a good idea. This is the result of about 4 to 5 months of collecting.
Now I would not wear any of them. Well maybe an alien necklace - if the prediction came to pass. However I would never wear it and stand under the space ship and wave a banner say welcome!!
Alien shaped figural jewellery was more difficult to find. Most was on the cheaper end and a little tacky. This is just 4 necklaces found. All new jewellery and all via Ebay.
Who hasn't played Space Invaders? This is a very large alien necklace from a place called "Helpless Romantic" from the 1980s. This pink plastic Space Invader pendant is about 4 1/2 inches wide. Helpless Romantic has since folded, but for more perspex jewellery that is fun and would be great to collect try Tatty Devine.
More tacky new alien jewellery from China, unfortunately the watch does not work and the black coloured alien has a dubious extra piece between its legs!!
Not much in the way of vintage pieces available. So opted for a few new badges. Then the alien brooch in the middle found by chance recently at a local vintage fayre. No idea how old but unfortunately a small black diamante is missing. No collection would be complete without ET! This pewter coloured ET tack brooch is new and from the US.
Had to widen my remit for this collection. Not many aliens about! So went for the theme of space and found this set of earrings and a necklace of a NASA space ship. No idea how old unfortunately. Could find plenty of alien and space ship cufflinks, as well as watches and rings. many with alien images from films but they were new and I really wanted to have more older pieces in this collection. I have brought a pin from the 1969 moon landing and it is on its way from America at this moment.
Lastly there are quite a few alien keyring. The silver alien face has a light that lights up the eyes and it came in a space saucer shaped tin. All not new apart from the little plastic ET. I have a few more and yet haven't decided in how to use them, maybe a charm bracelet. I did have a Pixar alien charm bracelet but that seems to have migrated into my daughter's jewellery box.
I will continue to add to this collection and unfortunately we do not have any aliens on our website Jewels and Finery UK, but plenty of other vintage jewellery as well as new jewellery. How about starting your own collection, it does not have to be aliens? Lots to choose from: flowers, hats, butterflies, shoes, dogs, cats, bugs and so many other great figurals.
Now for 2013 (as the world is highly unlikely to end on the 21st) what to collect? There was this story of a giant asteroid that hit the earth around 65 billion years ago, and caused a chain reaction that effecteddinosaurs to such an extent that they died out. Mmmm now I have an idea for another strange but fun collection.
One of the great producers of vintage jewellery in the UK was Ciro Pearls. Although an English jewellery company, they sold worldwide with shops in America, London, Manchester, Glasgow and many other places. We will be showing a brochure/book from the company, just one of many produced by them. This one was from around the Coronation in 1953 of Queen Elizabeth. The books were not dated but although they looked the same, they were different.
Below the top three: Prince of Wale's Crown, The Modena Crown.
On Jewels & Finery UK, you will find some of the vintage pieces produced by Ciro of Bond Street. Some were signed and will be on designer jewellery, but many of their items were not signed. Famous for their pearl necklaces and sparkling rhinestone brooches.
reproduction jewellery of the actual Crown Jewels. This is the small pin brooch of the anointing spoon.
This is just the first 3 pages from the Ciro Pearls book and during 2013, we will be showing the rest including some dress clips and pearl necklaces with their distinct clasps. Have a Happy Christmas.
At long last we have a new look to our vintage jewellery website. Hope you like it? We still have to make a few tweaks but nearly there.
Here are just a few of the latest additions to Jewels and Finery.
Well with Christmas day over and Boxing day just half over we have started our great Winter Sale of vintage jewellery right through to our new jewellery collections. In fact everything on Jewels and Finery UK has a 25% reduction (if over £1.40). This special discount is available from Boxing day and finishes on the 12th January 2013. It will automatically be applied at the checkout.
So have a look at what we have in vintage jewellery:
Then we have also:
Vintage earrings both clip on earrings and ear earrings. This pair are vintage angel wing clip on earrings with single diamante stones.
Then not forgetting:
vintage necklaces and pre owned ones. This photograph is of two faux pearl necklaces for the price of one.
Not only does Jewels & Finery UK sell vintage jewellery but also new jewellery with a collection from Susie Carol of cameo jewellery. All are unique and available in just small limited editions.
Happy New Year 2013....We have started this year with a new collection of vintage buttons. Over the last few years we at Jewels & Finery UK have amassed a huge amount of vintage buttons that are in all ages, shapes, amounts, sizes and materials. Some for collecting and some for using to embellish many garments to give a vintage style and look along with your vintage jewellery.
Merry suggested this months vintage jewellery COW of unsigned beauties for the Jewelry Ring forum on Yahoo. There is a huge amount of vintage brooches, earrings, necklace, scarf clips, bracelet and many more pieces that are unsigned. Here is our gallery of photographs on just some of the ones we have. If I have counted right there are 37 different unsigned beauties to view below.
The weather is cold and the mornings through to the evenings still dark and dismal. So we have added some great vintage brooches for this month. All new to Jewels and Finery UK along with other vintage jewellery that we have lined up for the start of this New Year.
Here are just a few to look at:
More will be added over the next few days. Most are usually available as one, so once gone they are gone.
The company Ciro Pearls produced some fabulous vintage jewellery here in the UK. Distributed world wide and famous for their pearl necklaces and vintage brooches. They produced a series of catalogues showing some great pieces. This is part two in our blog series and is from a 1953 catalogue that shows the reproduction crown jewels that they made for the coronation.
Some latest additions to Jewels & Finery UK:
The COW for the Jewelry ring this time is peacock and fantasy birds. So here are a few vintage bird brooches that qualify. One of the most used designs in vintage jewellery right up to today, because of all the beautiful colours and different interpretations.
On a previous blog we have information that vintage jewellery by Hollywood was made in Birmingham and by the Bloxidge Brothers. This information came from 2 separate sources not on the internet. However since then we have had messages that Hollywood was produced by D Ackerman and Sons LTD of London. So we did some more digging and found an advert from 1939.
The 1930s advert also says they were the creators of Ainette jewellery brand. Not at present have any information on this vintage jewellery.
vintage bow brooch, earrings, bracelet and an imitation pearl necklace. It also has the information that they have reproduction pearls, paste, gilt, silver and jewellery.
On the back of this advert is another company as it was taken from a trade catalogue of 1939. It is for Pri Aur. Its the trade name for jewellery produced by W H Collins, Excelda Works, Rookery, Birmingham.
This factory also made life long pencils which I believe are marked Pri Aur.
Would like to know any more information if you have any to share.
The COW (topic of the week) for JR is mermaids and sea people vintage jewellery. Having no mermaids I would like to show this vintage brooch from Vogue Jewelry.
It is a crab person brooch from the Vogue's horoscope series. Representing Cancer (June 21st to July 22nd), one of the 12 signs of the Zodiac.
Here are some fish brooches both old and newer on Jewels & Finery UK. We also have boats, anchors, shells and other sea creatures and related brooches on here.
More fish brooches to view. The fish brooch below is in bright enamel colours.
cameo brooch is by Susie Carol and new.
Every day we have people post either to our email address or to our blog the burning question "My vintage jewellery - What is it worth?" Unfortunately we can not answer these questions as we do not have the time. But we also feel that anyone with a little bit of research and genuine interest will be able to gauge the value themselves.
So how do you research? First of all look at the back of the vintage brooch is it signed?
Important changes happened within W A P Watson Ltd with Exquisite jewellery. Up until 1954 the company has manufactured their now vintage jewellery and sold to shops and other places as a wholesaler. Their whole range of Exquisite jewellery was not really attributed to them. But in 1954, the company built a whole new factory in Solihull and moved from the center of Birmingham in the Jewellery Quarter. After this move this policy was produced and distributed to the people working there.
Instead of just selling their jewellery it now became "Exquisite jewellery Ltd" a subsidiary of WAP Watson Ltd. They brought in more control of their distribution. Introduced new lines into their production. In fact the 1950s very a fabulous time for many manufacturers. Post war and still with rationing in place until much later in the decade. The country was crying out for jewellery. No longer having to worry about war, bombings and no supplies coming into the UK. WAP Watson found it difficult to keep up with the demand.
vintage brooches, vintage necklaces and vintage earring that was available at that time. This helps with dating them. It also shows views of the factory in Solihull that is long gone and now a large housing estate. I don't think any of the roads and building are named after this company either. Which goes to show how little known how important this company was in the UK. It was the second largest seller of costume jewellery in the UK. The first probably being Coro. Why do we not celebrate our heritage like the US does I will never know?
This is the third part of the Ciro Pearls vintage jewellery catalogue. During the Second World war. Almost every jewellery company turned their factory over to producing goods that enabled the war effort against Germany. Patriotism was strong and because of this whole hearted effort by the many companies, it enabled the war to be won. However it had a detrimental effect on our industry and in the fifties enough jewellery could not be produced with the restrictions on metals still in place.
An article was written in this catalogue that explains how Ciro Pearls has improved over the last 15 years. I like how the aftercare included restringing of the necklets and pearl necklaces - real and faux.
pearl necklace but a modern pre owned one that has fringe detail.