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- 05/11/14--00:47: _Well umbrella and b...
- 05/14/14--02:26: _Plastic costume jew...
- 05/31/14--03:33: _Recommended book ab...
- 06/02/14--00:57: _Accessorize your co...
- 06/29/14--10:10: _Mens jewelry Sarah ...
- 07/12/14--04:24: _Mmmm No Its Second ...
- 08/09/14--04:14: _Is this Miriam Has...
- 08/23/14--10:03: _Getting that vintag...
- 09/03/14--00:59: _How to date vintage...
- 10/02/14--02:24: _Postage Reduction o...
- 11/01/14--05:25: _Our blog has a new ...
- 11/05/14--07:14: _Beads and more jewe...
- 12/27/14--23:10: _Okay its sale time ...
- 01/31/15--09:00: _Alien and space je...
- 01/31/15--10:53: _Jewels jewellery ge...
- 02/01/15--00:37: _Dinosaur jewellery ...
- 03/01/15--03:13: _This years witch th...
- 03/09/15--01:35: _I'm not fishing - f...
- 03/30/14--01:58: A warm Mothering Sunday in March
- 04/23/14--04:23: April's jewellery picks from Jewels and Finery
- 05/11/14--00:47: Well umbrella and boat jewellery is a hit for 2014!
- 05/14/14--02:26: Plastic costume jewellery featuring the Squares bracelets by Coro
- 05/31/14--03:33: Recommended book about Napier jewelry
- 06/02/14--00:57: Accessorize your costume jewellery this first week of June
- 06/29/14--10:10: Mens jewelry Sarah Coventry 1976 brochure P17
- 07/12/14--04:24: Mmmm No Its Second Hand and not for me
- Its highly unlikely that you will find someone wearing the same.
- You will have created a look that is so unique.
- Most vintage is of a better quality than today.
- Your saving this planet by recycling and re-using.
- Upcycle both clothes and jewellery and craft something that is wearable today.
- 08/09/14--04:14: Is this Miriam Haskell dress clip
- 08/23/14--10:03: Getting that vintage flower look with this set
- 09/03/14--00:59: How to date vintage costume jewellery
- The front view - what style is this piece and can I have an educated guess at its age?
- Construction - the material used, the type of clasps and fastenings with an overall general construction study can give further clues.
- The back view - always look at the back of a piece of jewellery.
- Does it have a signature or country of origin - this can narrow down the age of a piece.
- History - take this into account. But not as Gospel - aunty Flo's inherited jewellery may have her life's collection from the 1950s to 1990s but may also have some inherited or acquired pieces that are of an earlier age.
- 10/02/14--02:24: Postage Reduction on All Our jewellery
- 11/01/14--05:25: Our blog has a new home
- 11/05/14--07:14: Beads and more jewellery of beads to wear
- 12/27/14--23:10: Okay its sale time at Jewels & Finery
- 01/31/15--09:00: Alien and space jewellery Geek review
- 01/31/15--10:53: Jewels jewellery geek blog : Alien and space jewellery Geek review
- 02/01/15--00:37: Dinosaur jewellery fun to collect review
- 03/01/15--03:13: This years witch themed jewellery collection
- 03/09/15--01:35: I'm not fishing - fish earrings jewellery quote
Today is Mothering Sunday. A day to say thank you to all mothers everywhere. Well in the UK at least, I think other countries celebrate on another day not in this traditional cold March day. However, we have been experiencing some very warm weather of late. Not like the usual cold and often snowy day we usually get. Yesterday I managed to grab a few minutes sat by our pond sunbathing! It was that warm.
Most moms will receive little gifts of flowers and chocolates today. So here are a few flowers to all moms where ever you may be.
An edelweiss flower.
Vibrant blue and yellow flowers edged with pink.
Just a mixture of gorgeous summer flowers in bright cheerful colors.
I just love sunflowers - these are in Eloxal silver but nether the less very pretty.
Another sunflower on this scarf clip.
A rainbow of beads around this flower shape, just perfect.
Time flies so fast this year. So here are a few of the latest additions for April's jewellery. We have added both vintage jewellery and pre owned jewellery over the first half of this month and have some great favorites to show. Here are just a few items from brooches to necklaces and earrings that we are showcasing today.
An antique Scottish brooch with half moon agate pieces. Scottish jewellery has always been a favorite for many years, as the highlands has that certain mystery and history.
This is just a pick of a few pieces of April's jewellery that we have added. More to come and not forgetting we have around 1, 300+ available and add at least 200 individual items more per month.
Its May and this morning is a bit of a wash out. Rain and more rain - so this makes it officially umbrella and boat jewellery weather the top wearing accessory for 2014. Yes I firmly believe that jewellery reflects your mood and also what is happening around you. It becomes more meaning full and fun to put on. There are plenty of different figurals to choose from with umbrella on their own, to ladies holding one and sailing boats, ships and other sea, fish or water themed jewellery.
Here is just a small selection available:
Girl with an umbrella found in our vintage brooches collection.
Art Deco fish brooch in brass with paste stones.
Fish tie clip in an all gold color.
Turtle pendant necklace in turquoise and diamante.
Ship wheel earrings in red droppers.
We have plenty of boat brooches and more and add to daily during the week. So when its raining go for something appropriate to match, but of course when it stops and it becomes sunny.....well thats another blog post.
Just a little plastic costume jewellery information featuring the Squares bracelets produced by Coro. The US jewellery company Coro jewelry which closed in the 1970s; produced the vintage bracelets which had square plastic inserts in about 70 different colors. From about the middle of the 1950s to the early 1960s for about 6 years, they released different colors for fall (darker) and spring (pastel). This information is in the "Mid Century Plastic Jewelry" by Susan Maxine Klein.
This is today's recommended book on Napier jewelry. Napier is known in the UK for selling costume jewelry and accessories from 1878 up to today. As with most jewelry companies Napier has had several name changes and in the 1990s became the property of the Victoria Creations Inc.
If you want to know about this company and see hundreds of pictures of their jewelry? Then I recommend that you buy the book written by Melida L Lewis with Henry Swen called "The Napier Co: Defining 20th century costume jewelry"
Okay the start of June has started off very sunny and warm. So how do you accessorize your costume jewellery if one minute its summer and the next it goes cold and wet!! Well I love vintage and pre owned jewellery, (save the planet and all that - and I just like something that bit different to the latest fashion flavor) so will always have something old and something a bit newer to coordinate with my outfit. Today I feel like going back to my hippy roots and treading the natural way with wood, beads of seeds and leather. Ideal for going to work (not that I have to any more) or just popping along to the shops. I would wear a long a long T-shirt dress with short sleeves and cover up with a chunky cardigan jacket. Getting my pale legs out from behind my jeans to hopefully get a bit of a tan! No brooch this week, just a simple long fashion necklace and plenty of bracelets or bangles.
This long black and grey Jobs seed bead necklace is ideal - natural seeds that can be found in many colors often mixed with beads of nuts and wood. Then for the natural bracelets go for some fabulous polished wooden ones. This wooden bracelet set is ideal and so tactile.
So this beginning of June week I am going back to nature and pulling out all my wood and seed jewellery. What will you be wearing?
The pages 50 and 51 are showing mens jewelry in the Sarah Coventry 1976 brochure we have been photographing in its entirety. This is part 17 and for all click Sarah Coventry brochure 1976 and for any sarah Coventry jewelry for sale on Jewels & Finery then follow that link.
Page 50 has mens Zodiac pendants with a link chain and chunky chain bracelets. Very fashionable in that era and still so today.
Sun Signs 30" - Reg 16.00, half 8.00
A = 8001 Capricorn Dec 22 to Jan 20.
B = 8002 Aquarius Jan 21 to Feb 19.
C = 8003 Pisces Feb 20 to Mar 20.
D = 8004 Aries Mar 21 to April 19
E = 8005 Taurus Apr 20 to May 20
F = 8006 Gemini May 21 to June 21
G = 8007 Cancer June 22 to July 21
H = 8008 Leo July 22 to Aug 21
I = 8009 Virgo Aug 22 to Sept 22
J = 8010 Libra Sept 23 to Oct 22
K = 8011 Scorpio Oct 23 Nov 21
L = 8012 Sagittarius Nov 22 to Dec 21
M = 9794 Brute bracelet in oxidized silvertone Reg 13.50, half 6.75.
N = 9795 Brute bracelet in oxidized goldentone Reg 13.50, half 6.75.
O = 9793 Spartan bracelet oxidized silvertone Reg 13.00, half 6.50.
For his ego
P = 8792 His Cross 30" in oxidized silvertone Reg 12.00, half 6.00.
Q = 8791 Sarah's dog tag 30" in oxidized goldentone Reg 11.50, half 5.75.
R = 8790 The Something chain 18" in oxidized silvertone Reg 9.50, half 3.25.
S = 9796 New I.D. bracelet in oxidized silvertone Reg 14.50, half 7.25.
T = 5956 Lock Up keyring in oxidised silvertone, Reg 7.50, half 3.75.
U = 9293 Explorer bracelet in oxidized silverone Reg 9.50, half 4.75.
V = 9376 My I. D. bracelet (boys) Reg 14.50, half 7.25.
W = 5955 Model T tie tac Reg 5.00, half 2.50.
Still a few more pages to go to the end of this seventies brochure. Just bookmark and I will try to blog the rest shortly.
I have lots of lovely jewellery for sale but occasionally someone will order and then cancel with "I didn't realise it was second hand jewellery" Now what is wrong with something that is second hand?
First of all what is second hand - it is anything that comes under the antique and vintage banner or anything that has been previously owned and so is not new.
Now here are just a few of the second hand jewellery items we have added this week (that includes vintage, antique and modern pre owned):
So bye bye for this week. Its hot and sunny and I will be in the garden if you need me. You may also like to see our cleaning jewellery.
On a recent buying spree I came across this poor vintage dress clip. On looking at the construction my first thought was "Is this a Miriam Haskell dress clip from the 1940s"? So I brought it - I think it cost me less than 50p and took it home. Now it is much rarer to find anything from Haskell in the UK compared to the US. Especially 1940s Haskell jewellery. If it was by Haskell, then this dress clip was probably a present from some GI to an English woman during World War Two. Now I am much more interested in the history of costume jewellery than any designer stuff, but this one intrigued me because it was made during the war.
I love to collect jewellery books on different designers, ages and materials; and I just happen to have this book on Haskell jewellery in my collection. I would recommend it as well - even if you have no Haskell pieces. As it looks at the designs and different eras with loads of jewellery photographs. Its not a bad thing to read about all types of jewellery as it gives you a much more over view and education. Very handy when you are trying to date or identify many pieces.
It called Miriam Haskell Jewelry by Cathy Gordon and Sheila Pamfiloff.
Back to this dress clip - well it is of faux glass pearl beads, some dangling and some arranged centrally. Then there is a pot metal leaf that has small diamante accents. The clip back is plastic with a metal clip mechanism. Here are a few "back" pictures that are very important when identifying jewellery.
Cathy and Sheila's Haskell book shows not only the fronts but the back view as well - Hurrah. Much easier to see if the construction is the same - although the photographs are a little small for my eyes now!
Yes the construction seems to match with the plastic base and metal shaped clip that Miriam Haskell's company used. Couldn't find the actual dress clip but the book showed a similar construction but with blue beads. Sorry can not show the pages I looked at in the book - so you must buy it yourself and see.
So I actually do think this is an early Miriam Haskell dress clip. What do you think? Yes its in bad condition and I have done nothing to it. No cleaning or repair. Yes I am keeping this one because its history and from WW2, so its not for sale. Might even have a go at restoration as I have enough glass pearl beads from that era to use as replacements.
Just so iconic - getting a vintage flower look with this bone china set. What caught my eye was the bright vibrant colors of the flowers. Vintage bone china from Shropshire and Adderley Floral. so if you like bright oranges and greens take a look at this flower brooch and matching clip earrings.
Welcome to "how to date vintage costume jewellery" You have probably typed this into your search engine in the hope of dating a single piece of jewellery. However its just not that easy. In this blog and further tutorial blogs, I will try to give an overview to dating vintage costume jewellery that may help you. First it not easy and you have to take in many factors when dating jewellery:
Take the piece of costume jewellery that you want to identify and look at it in a good light. Does it look a certain age? There is a look to many jewellery that will give you a clue to how old it is. However if you are a novice you will need to study extensively. I would say acquire good book on costume jewellery that have chapters starting at Victorian and going up in decades to the 1990s. Read more than one. I must have at least 10 or more in my collection. I have done some book reviews on this blog that may help. My article on Ezinearticles will also give you a guide for good costume jewellery books for reference Ezinearticle on 12 excellent reference books
Now you have an educated guess but don't take that as fact. You still need to look at the back, at its construction and does it have any signatures to actually assess its date more acurately.
Spend time looking at jewellery and guessing the age. I would say do not use Ebay for dating information. Most are very inaccurate and are being sold by people who do not have a clue or are just trying to get more money by listing something as being older than it actually is. The same with buying in person. I have lost count of the number of dealers that have tried to sell me jewellery that was "Victorian" but I could see that it was not. And yes I have brought something early on in my career that I was told was Victorian but ended up being something far more interesting.
Oh and don't forget the golden rule that something that has diamante or rhinestone that are of aurora borealis (Stones that have that color changing oil on water effect) - Will always date after the mid 1950s as they were invented then. Part 2 coming soon..
I also appologies for any mis-spelling this blogs spell check has gien up the ghost!
From today when ordering from Jewels and Finery we have reduced our postage for all UK, Europe and International orders to free postage. So the price you see for any piece of antique jewellery or vintage costume jewellery is the price you pay - where ever in the world you live.
We still have the option for next day and a Saturday delivery in the UK for an extra amount. But we have been working towards offering free postage for the last couple of months.
Latest update for Jewels and finery Craft is that we are still waiting for our new shopping cart - a delay because the right forms were not sent straight away for us to sign. But we should be able to add the carts later this week.
Anyone else having problems with their blog today??
Just to let you know that any new posts about jewellery will be now on our other blog that is attached to our website Jewels and Finery. We do still intend to us this occasionally but we will be transfering most of our old blogs over.
But for now here are a few of our latest additions in earrings:
We love beads and the more unusual the better. So just a showcase of some of our bead jewellery to wear. From beads of strings to beads used on brooches and earrings. We like vintage and the more unusual shaped or colors. So take a peak at our selection. Of course they are all available on Jewels and Finery.
Sale, sale sale... Yes its our winter sale. All our jewellery and accessories are now half price. Lots of different jewels available. Some for the nerd and some for the normals! Take a look at some of the ones available. below.
Back in December 2012, I wrote a blog on collecting alien and space jewellery. I had this idea that being a Science Fiction geek. I would have a fun collection for a year that was cheap and cheerful. So I collected some jewellery that had to fit in to an alien/space or sci fi theme. Then in 2013 I would choose another theme to collect. Now I thought I would show you again what I collected and in the time honoured addicted to collecting vibe. I carried on and still pick up the odd piece. As usual its either new or old. But it has to be brought for very little money.
Large green eyed alien keyring. Not sure what the finger is pointing to though!
So this was the collection I started for fun in 2012. The next years....well it was dinosaurs, but that will be the next blog post coming soon.
Jewels jewellery geek blog : Alien and space jewellery Geek review: Back in December 2012, I wrote a blog on collecting alien and space jewellery . I had this idea that being a Science Fiction geek. I would h...
Each year I usually choose a geek theme to collect in jewellery. In 2013 I choose dinosaur jewellery as that years theme. It has to be cheap and fun to wear. I set a limit at about £15 but rather pay just 50p or less if I can. Pound shops always seem to have the fun jewellery that is aimed at children. Yes I don't think that I will ever grow up! Back to the dinosaur jewels - it can be previously owned or new stuff. Not that I ever wear any of it. I just see what I can find and show here on my blog. So after 2012's alien jewellery collection - here are the photographs of what I found in jewellery with prehistoric dinosaurs...
So each year I choose a geek theme for jewellery to collect. So for this year (2015) I decided on witch themed jewellery. Well I have had aliens and dinosaurs over the last few years, so I like a different challenge. It has to be fairly cheap and interesting and can be old or new. This is what I already have below and around Halloween I will show just what I may have collected in the next few months.
Well witches on broomsticks are quite easy..
This dazzling witch on a broomstick brooch is by Kirks Foley.
All enamel witch on broom stick brooch in my own collection already.
Well witches have cats and so this jewellery theme expands into cats and pumpkins and broomsticks.....
Black cat on a pumpkin brooch - the familiar of witches a black cat. Though I thought they only came in that color, as we always end up with a real one that has black in them if not totally black!
Love this simple cat on broomstick brooch by Avon. Its now vintage but can still be found to buy online.
Do you recognise these necklaces - one in red and one in green. Well for anyone who did not see the show "Witches of East End" This is a copy of the necklace that is worn by Wendy Beauchamp. It was originally green but turned to red when she had just one life left. Found these very cheap on that online website that sells everything and they are from where else - China!
The five star pentagram in this pentagram necklace has its association with witch craft, so I have included it in this witch themed jewellery collection. This one is very cool to the touch being in metallic grey haematite/hematite.
That is it for now. So said earlier I will post all what I have managed to collect later this year and will included the shows that have witches in - so that's the Wizard of Oz, Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, Hobbit and more..