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Welcome to my Jewel's jewellery blog. I am a geek vintage fashion blogger of the old and new. Join my world as I explore jewellery and fashion from past to present with weird and wacky to the so so normal. Being a jewellery geek and nerd that likes the unusual and different mixed with history has its advantages. Stand out from the crowd.
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    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..

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    Jewellery quote for the 9th day of March. Go wear a pair of fish earrings and say...

    I'm not fishing really - fish earrings jewelelry quote

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    Here is another jewellery saying for a bright spring Tuesday in March. Melt my frozen heart with a pretty photograph of a frosted blue heart necklace. The foiled heart pendant under blue tinted glass has that icy lady frozen look.  It is complete with a slinky silver tone chain.
    Melt my frozen heart its all iced up a past love. The love them and leave them type? Well you can tell the story and what are you going to do about it? Cry and be pathetic or think 'he doesn't deserve my love' and go find someone who is by far better and will melt your frozen heart.

    Another jewellery quote soon.  

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    Are you superstitious? Today is Friday the 13th and its said to be an unlucky day. So for those of you who have got out of bed and faced this fine wet morn. Don't walk under a ladder and don't break a mirror or spill the salt. Don't let a black cat cross your path (no luck on that one already!) Don't put shoes on a table or an umbrella up indoors. Make sure that you only walk on the pavement and not step onto the pavement cracks. Then wear all your lucky charms and good luck jewellery, just to make sure...

    Friday 13th and cat earrings

    The above photograph have a fabulous pair of cat earrings on by JJ in pewter for pierced ears.

    Lucky jewellery to wear includes crosses, jewellery with horse shoes, white heather, and certain gemstones for extra luck - above is a vintage style marcasite cross necklace. Have a look in your jewellery box now. If not then here are some for the next Friday 13th or just when you want some extra luck.

    Sparkling clear diamante cross by Oasis.

    A silver Celtic cross pendant with a black onyx center.

    Wear this Medieval cross ring.

    Pink and purple diamante cross necklace.

    A stock pin with a lucky horse shoe. So have a very lucky day.

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    Yes it is Saturday again and have you got that Saturday feeling where you would like to stay in bed, but have too much to do. Got to shop for clothes, food or get ready to go out tonight? What have I done today so far..
    Well changed a couple of categories around on our vintage jewellery and accessories website and added a couple of more items for sale. Then there is the shopping to do, visit son and I might get into the garden to tidy up. Maybe not though. What are you doing this Saturday?

    vintage belt buckles this Saturday

    This jewellery quote above has a pewter eagle belt buckle as its theme.

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    This Sunday is Mother's Day and I would like to wish every mother, a Happy Mother's day. Every Mothering Sunday, moms everywhere receive a card and sometimes a gift from their children. Just to say thank you for being their mum and taking care of them. So here is a mom jewellery quote saying Happy Mothers day.

    I love flowers - a fresh bunch of flowers in a vase brightens up the room. But I like things that last, and so plants and rose bushes for the garden are even better. An everlasting flower such as this water lily brooch by Sarah Coventry is even better. Attach a brooch to a card - just to make it that extra special and so inexpensive.

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    A quick jewellery blog about Diamante - A girl's best friend. Diamante stones that are available in a huge range of colors and shapes add so much sparkle or that something extra to jewellery. In glass or acrylic they accent many different pieces. So its no longer diamonds but diamante - the versatile and much cheaper accessory.

    diamante necklace a girls best friend

    Above is a diamante necklace in purple with blue tinted aurora borealis diamante, available from Jewels and Finery UK.

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    Yes it is St Patrick's Day and we have a jewellery quote to show. Using the Irish green Shamrock or clover in this vintage bracelet, we have used it for a photograph. Now just roll out the Guinness, stick a tall green leprechaun hat on your head and enjoy this day.   

    St Patrick's day green shamrock bracelet

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    Thursday, one more day and it's Friday! Of course Friday means its nearly the weekend. So to honor this day, I am wearing some thing pink - just because it feels like a girlie day. I have made this banner using a beautiful pink necklace photographed for our website to highlight that it is a Thursday.

    Pink necklace one more day and its friday

    Another jewellery quote from Jewels and Finery UK.

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    Moon and stars have always been a great motif to use in jewellery. So the current popular theme of "Love you to the moon and back" fits in with the moon and star earrings that we have. 80s and 90s inspired New Age jewellery is just perfect to wear. So here is our jewellery quote for today.

    Love you to the moon and back - which is a very long way! 

    love you to the moon and back earrings

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  • 04/19/15--02:29: China and china collecting
  • This collecting information blog post is entitled "China and china collecting" as that is the title of the paragraph in the Home furnishing and decoration book that the china identification marks below comes from. This old book is fabulous for helping the householder of the time. Published in the household reference library in London by The Fleetway House. I own 2 of the 6 books that were published in about the 1930s in this series. On Jewels and Finery we have china jewellery as well as antique and vintage china trinket boxes for sale. So I am always on the lookout for any information on china marks. these are quite old though but this information may be of use to someone. 

      China marks:
    1,2,3 = Bow (Old Chelsea and Bow - To the 18 century belong may landmarks in the progress of the art. But amongst all the productions of that age lovers of old china are the fondest of Chelseaware, because of its charm and historic appeal. Owing to its remoteness from our own day it is not abundant and the homes of Chelsea and Bow are no more)
    4,5,6 = Chelsea (1730 - 75)
    7 = Derby 1751 - 69
    8 = Chelsea Derby 1769 - 80
    9 = Crown Derby 1780 - 1815
    10 = Bloor 1815 - 39
    11 Derby modern (for the 1930s)
    12 = Chinese six character mark1723 - 36
    13, 14 = Plymouth 1768 - 72
    15, 16 = Bristol 1770 - 77
    17, 18, 19 = Worcester 1751 - 83
    20 = Chinese dedicatory mark meaning harmonious prosperity.
    21 = Chantilly 1725
    22 = St Cloud 1695 - 1773
    23 = Sevres 1754
    24 = Dresden- Meissen 1716
    25 = Copenghagen 1772 - 74
    26 = Japanese fabric mark Imari ware 1800 

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    Hope you like our "swimming with the fish" dolphin brooch quote for today. Because it has been such a beautiful April with the weather warm and sunny. This quote was inspired by yesterdays activity. Cleaning the garden pond and filters. A yucky job. But I was surprised on how many fish we had left. Having caught the heron on the pond in February - it had managed to work its way through my heron pond defences!
    So having just added this dolphin brooch to our fish jewellery collection last week. Here is the swimming with fish quote.

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  • 05/03/15--00:36: Bank Holiday Blues
  • Lets get down to some Bank Holiday Blues.. Well it is the Bank Holiday weekend for early May and its of course raining here in Solihull! Now do we expect anything else - no. It is not much to ask for a little sunshine and dry weather. To cheer you up our jewellery quote has a very vintage almost antiqued dark blue rhinestone brooch to covert. So what ever the weather, just enjoy this once in a lifetime weekend.

    blue rhinestone brooch on our jewellery quote

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    Many people nowadays have a reaction to nickel and wish to buy nickel free earrings. Allergy and allergic reactions seem to have increased. An allergic reaction happens when a certain chemical comes into contact with your skin or is ingested and causes an inflammatory negative process it may happen on your skin, internally or systematic. Unfortunately because most of our components for earrings comes from China and Asian countries - we no longer have any control over what metals or chemicals are being used.

    Some gold, silver (silver plate or sterling silver, 925 silver) and platinum can also contain nickel.
    Vintage and pre owned from the 1990s may also contain nickel.

    Nickel, nickel, nickel seems to be in many things.

    Unfortunately even if the jewellery makers strive to have nickel free stuff - the Chinese or Asian supplier will use what ever is the cheapest and swear its nickel free. What are the jewellery makers going to do? If enough people complain they will stop buying from that supplier. But the Chinese/Asians will find some one else unbeknown to sell to as nickel free. Maybe if we brought the manufacturing industry back to the UK with our stricter controls that would be more useful?

    Hypo-allergenic earrings. Well that's okay but they still may contain nickel and what are the allergens these earrings aimed at? Some people are allergic to enamel, silver, gold, even the nail varnish some use to coat the earring backs to make them less irritating.

    Myself  I am allergic to many things. I have a gold ring that I can only wear for a short while as it makes my finger red and itchy. I am also allergic to cucumber which I can eat. But put on my face and red wheels appear. Not that cucumber has anything to do with nickel free earrings. That is life my friends....

    Here are some photographs of our earring unfortunately not guaranteed nickel free, because of their age.

    Red plastic square clipped earrings
    Blue plastic earrings with post backs
    Monet made earrings that are probably nickel free

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    Life is just too short to wear boring earrings. This is our jewellery quote for today and forever! Show casing a pair of vintage snake earrings that are a clipped style available to purchase now. But be quick as once this one of a kind pair are gone - they are gone for good.

    life too short to wear boring earrings

    So have a great day and don't forget - don't be boring!

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    Is my marcasite jewellery real? This was a question asked by someone who had just purchased marcasite jewellery from elsewhere. Now this is a complicated question as the term marcasite has been adapted over the years to include many different materials.

    Victorian marcasite and before.

    Originally marcasite jewellery was invented to be a cheaper option than diamonds and to glitter when worn under candle light. Most antique marcasite was therefore the mineral pyrite embeded into silver. Marcasite has been around for centuries including the Roman period and became even popular in the Victorian period. It can be seen in Art Nouveau pieces as well. Marcasite itself is a gemstone mineral that is too brittle to be used in jewellery, so was never used!

    Into the twentieth century.

    Now as the years past, marcasite jewellery remained silver until the fifties and early sixties when silver started to become more expensive. Originally the marcasite were fused by heat into the silver settings. But as the years pasted and glue became a better option and much cheaper to use in manufacturer. So the pyrite was glued into place. However when silver prices increased, silver colored metal was used instead of real silver. Now you need to look very closely at marcasite brooches, earrings and necklaces from the mid twentieth century to determine whether they are of silver or silver metal. Because many are unsigned, you can test the metal - but this does leave a mark. If the marcasite stones are all intact then this is a quality piece that has stood the test of time.


    Macasite jewellery is till produced today and can be of silver - it will be marked as such either 925 or sterling. Or it can be purely costume and made from a polished silver or gold colored metal. It should say what it is in the description, when buying.

    Look-a-like marcasite.

    Through out the years there has been many look-a-like marcasite pieces. These are when they pattern has been produced to have the maracasite stone look included. They are of one metal and you need to look closely to see. there is also the famous Charles Horner polished jewellery that have indentations that shine and are of an aluminium material.

    Charles Horner peacock brooch
    Charles Horner faux marcaste look a like peacock

    I like marcasite jewellery, but really I wear what I like whether its expensive or not.

    cat brooch - false marcasite
    Studded cat brooch - the raised metal has that "marcasite look. But it is not marcasite jewellery  

    Tulip marcasite jewellery
    Mid twentieth century tulip in marcasite
    marcasite eagle brooch
    Eagle brooch in marcasite

    marcasite deer jewellery
    Deer in marcasite - popular 50s theme

    marcasite costume owl brooch

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    Yes in line with every other website - we have a Black Friday sale on. From now until Sunday at midnight. Use our Jewels jewellery code of M102 at the checkout and get a discount of 10%.
    We love jewellery including vintage and handmade. View our collectible ornaments and pomanders. Get a little chic retro kitchen ware and much more. Fabulous jewellery and accessories vintage, antique handmade and recycled

    Black Friday sale at Jewels & Finery

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    Can you value my old costume jewellery? This is the most asked for question that comes through to Jewels & Finery. How do you value your costume jewelry? Because this is something that we are unable to do for you. Here is how it is quite easy to do yourself. It just takes time and the ability to use the search function on any of the search engines. Though I would recommend that you use the Google search first.

    black diamante vintage costume necklace 1960s
    Black diamante vintage necklace 1960s of age.
    Okay - to start make sure that you have costume jewellery - also known as fashion jewellery or not made of precious metal (silver, gold or platinium) Get a magnifyer or lens to look at the back, the clasp and sides of your piece. Look for a mark - take your time with this and look very closely at all parts of your brooch, necklace, bracelet, etc. If you do not know what the mark is that you find - then use the search engines to see if you can trace it.  Remember that if you have a very old piece of antique jewellery that it may not be marked gold/silver.

    If your costume jewellery is damaged ie - stones missing, clasp broken, links broken, etc. This will devalue your piece considerably. It may only be of use to use as repair or spares. Then sell it with any other broken jewellery on Ebay or give to a crafter friend. 

    So now you have confirmed that you have costume jewellery or otherwise. You may have found a makers mark. So again do your research and look up about the maker, then look at a range of similar jewellery to find an average value.  You may be able to find the actual piece you have, which will make it much easier to value.

    amber glass vintage costume bracelet by Sphinx
    Amber glass vintage costume bracelet by Sphinx
    Remember the price is the amount that is the resale value. The price that it will sell for - if there is someone willing to pay this amount. It may sell straight away or however can take some considerable time to sell if it will sell at all.

    If your wanted to sell to a jewellery dealer - then you will not get anywhere near this resale amount. Dealers will deduct 2/3rds or more of the price they want to buy it at. This will give them enough profit to make it worth their while. Because they have to build in costs of their shop's property/rates/ website costs/promotions and not forgetting staff wages. If you are selling online then they will need to consider the postage costs and also the packaging. Selling a single item is more costly that many pieces because of the time facture of getting this piece ready for sale - cleaning and then listing. so do not be suprised if the dealer's offer is very low.

    No markings on your costume jewellery - then look at the age of your piece. Make an estimate at what you know of its age. Then do a search of jewellery from that decade. Does your piece fit in with the style of that decade? If not try a decade before or after - continue until you find an estimate on how old your costume jewellery is. From this it will be easier to make a search of the similar pieces of that era for an estimate of value.

    As with all antiques and collectibles they can go up and down in value depending on the fashion. It may be advisable that you just keep your jewellery safe for a few more years - until it either comes back in fashion or the price increases.

    yellow and white bone china flower brooch
    Yellow and white bone china brooch
     I am sorry but Jewels & finery do not give valuations. Nor do we buy jewellery via the internet or otherwise. we have our own sources of buying our jewellery and accessories for resale.

    If you do a search and find that you have a considerable amount of valuable jewellery. Then I would suggest that you seek advice through a quality auction house local to you or one in London.              

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    Running a successful vintage jewellery business on the internet.

    This is a blog warts and all about selling vintage costume jewellery on the internet. The pros and cons of buying and selling second hand and where is the best places and best practice. How successful you will be will mean putting in plenty of time and a whole lot of energy and enthusiasm. Getting frustrated sometimes, and really annoyed when people lie (not delivered, broken in post, parcel opened and only have the one not two items) - I have had all the excuses for theft over the years. But this is what you have to come to expect, if you are selling anything that has to be delivered. So you become a little more cautious. Send items tracked to all countries outside the UK. track items to universities, company and college addresses - including to doctors at Oxford University. Even the elite can be thieves! But also enjoying the nice emails received when people are pleased with their purchases, the knowledge that that it is our website and it looks good enough for people to assume that we are a large company. Then the small profit we get at the end of the day for a few extras in life.

    Over the years, I have seen other vintage jewellery websites come and go. But after several recessions, we are still up and running, evolving and continuing.

    The start and why I choose to run my own website - Jewels & Finery.

    I have been selling vintage jewellery on the internet since 2008. It is just part time and more a hobby, than making tons of money. But it is something that I enjoy and have been successful at. Before that I sold books on a well known website that sells both old and new stuff and hated it. Why? There were far too many people trying to scam you.  I also did not like the extra high charges that occurred. Charges for listing each item (even if it did not sell) as well as charges to Paypal on selling something. When you work out the total costs. Many smaller priced items, were only giving me pence in profit and not actually worth the effort involved.   

    "Scam email from on Ebayer - My parcel was surcharged £5 by the Post Office, because it had no stamp. Mmmm No, my husband actually gave the parcel to your wife in her hands. As you live about 15 minutes from us in a big expensive house. 8 hours after you ordered it! And no money was charged extra for delivery!"

    I also sold on Amazon with a business account. This was successful at first - but over time I sold less and less. Then noticed that I seemed to be only selling books on certain days! When I checked the listings on Amazon. Mine did not appear in the ones for sales? So I closed the account. Very angry that they were streaming my sale items to certain days and times. Not a shock really. To show all their so called items for sale - including the ones that are no longer available!!!! They must have a really infinitive and huge server space - which would be forever increasing and of course be too costly to run all the time!!

    Avon Christmas jewellery bell brooch & earrings

    Setting up your own jewellery website.

    Eventually, I decided to set up my own jewellery website. Book sales were declining due to the big book sellers around, kindle and other book downloading devices, the lack of space taken up with books was getting me down, the rising postal charges and the fact that I was reliant on 2 big faceless American businesses. So I turned to selling something smaller and easy to store. Knowing very little about jewellery, I first tested the water by selling vintage jewellery on one of those American websites and was quite successful. So I signed up to an English website provider (EKM) and have been with them ever since.

    By trial and error I worked out how to make a website look good. Even managed to learn some coding. However as time has gone on - the company have provided more and more easy features to use. So that I don't need to change the html very much now.

    For setting up a jewellery website you must first:
    • Get a good name for your business. One that no one else has
    • Choose a domain name - one that has both and com available. 
    • Do the legal stuff - like sort tax and insurance, etc.
    • Learn about SEO (search engine optimization) 
    • Take photographs and learn to edit - including the sizes needed for showing photographs on the internet that load quickly.
    • Work out what categories you want.
    • Sort out how you intend to market your website and its overall niche look.
    • Work out what you want to sell and to who.
    • Set up your website - this takes a lot of time and energy to list enough items.
    • Sort out a business bank account.
    • Get a payment gateway set up to take credit and debit cards.
    • Get a proper email address - not a gmail one! It doesn't cost a lot a couple of pounds a month.
    • Work out do you want to use a phone. I pulled the plug out on ours over a year ago. It was taking too much of my time to answer the huge number of calls unsolicited to companies/people who just wanted to sell you something. 
    • Work out how you intend to pack your jewellery.
    • Buy in packaging materials.
    • Get business cards and other materials you want to include in the packaging.
    • Work out how much postage is going to cost to the UK, Europe and worldwide.
    • Work out when and how you are going to fit in the time to take the items to the post office. (Unless you sell a huge amount, then you can have a pick service up by Royal Mail).  
     This is just a short list and I have probably forgotten loads more things you need to do. I have not included the actual buying of vintage jewellery and learning about it in the above list, that comes next...

    Buying vintage jewellery.

    I started out buying small amounts at jumble sales, table tops, church sales, off the internet (though this was more expensive) charity shops and other places. I get offered jewellery via email, but rarely buy as it is not worth my time now. There is also auctions, but this is not worth my time for costume. It works out too expensive with all the additional auction costs.
    Over the years, I have been offered "auction lots" by people who thought it a good idea to buy and sell the jewellery. However when they realize the time and cost to resell just one piece. They look to off loading it on me, which is sometimes fine! What I do not like is the lies that some tell me about where it is from! - "Its from a friend at work's loft" - "Its been handed down to me by a relative" - I am not an idiot and can tell lol. But that is what you sometimes have to deal with! Auction is good only for the more expensive jewellery like gold and antique silver now.

    I don't buy gold or silver jewellery, so are less likely to get items offered to me that are stolen. But as a dealer in second hand goods this is something that you have to aware of as well.

    Once you have brought jewellery:
    • Document where and cost of each purchase.
    • Sort out each piece, identify the materials used and clean well.
    • Discard broken and damaged items (I now have a huge amount of broken jewellery and beads)
    • Number each for identification.
    • Decide how you want to photograph pieces and get jewellery stands and models to use.
    • Buy camera and photograph lighting. 
    • Learn about taking photographs and lots of experimenting here.
    • Photograph and edit photographs (not easy with some jewellery that reflects the surround)
    • Identify what you are listing and a price.Will come to jewellery knowledge in the next part of this blog.
    • List each item.
    • Add photographs, make sure SEO is right. 
    • Wait for a sale - which can sometimes be a long time and maybe never!
    • We had 6 months of a few sales before our website started to sell properly and regularly at the beginning of our business.  

    Identifying the vintage jewellery you have brought to sell. 

    This is not easy at all. When I first started I had very little knowledge. I have now a huge library of books. However many are about vintage designer jewellery in America, little has been written about the great costume jewellery companies here in the UK. Many books are good and some are just plain awful with errors in the text. I joined an American vintage jewellery forum. There were some nice people on there initially, but quite a few nasty trolls.I eventually got banned, as I said that there was too much back stabbing and it was getting out of control. However I did learn a lot at the start - but it had to be taken into context; and then translated into the second hand jewellery that is available here in the UK though.
    Jewellery that can be identified by a name on the back is easier to identify sometimes. However many pieces are unsigned and knowledge can only come after years of handling costume jewellery and research.
    Be aware that you must take an overall price on the internet for valuation with caution, and also you must be aware that that may be the price that it is on offer for. But has it ever sold at that price? Is it over priced/under priced? Is it a fake? (yes there are some around and increasing)

    Then there is all the extra bits you have to do:
    • Blog 
    • Social media
    • Watch how your website is performing on Google.
    • Advertise on the web and off.
    • Keep listing new items.
    • Keep buying new items.
    • Tax returns.
    • Continually updating your website and checking for errors.

     So is it worth selling vintage costume jewellery on the internet - for me it is yes. I can choose my times to work and I do not have to get dressed, travel and have all that work place stuff that interferes with your time/life. But it is a full time job for a part time wage. Because you are selling one piece at a time and its very time consuming to do. To make any real money, you need to sell more items in a wider range including vintage clothes, etc (spending 24/7 on your business to do this or have more staff!) or antique & vintage gold/silver jewellery or new items that can be sourced in bulk.

    This summer, I took some time off to sort out my house and garden. It has shown in our sales, so having a jewellery store on the web means that you have to work at it all the time. We have continued to tick over though, because we are established and had over 1800 pieces available. We now will be adding more fabulous jewellery in the coming weeks and months. So have a look at what we have available.

    Bye for now Sue. 

    Scottish antique clan brooch in silver

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    Geek jewellery 2017 style

    Good morning world. 2017 is now very much on us. It is nearly the end of the first month. Just think in 10 months time - we will be putting the Christmas decorations up again.

    What will 2017 bring to Geek jewellery? Well we will have more great vintage and pre owned pieces, but we do plan to introduce more handmade and recycled vintage jewellery. Lots of plans in progress.
    Jewel's just loves plastic and has been experimenting with different looks. This year is also the space age with plenty of alien and outer space looking brooches and choker necklaces becoming fashionable. Comic book heroes are all in at the moment along with cute cat and dog images!

    So as we prepare to blog about the 2016's chosen topic of collecting - witch and magical inspired cheapo jewellery. It is down to putting our thinking cap on to what do we collect this year that is cheap and a little bit geeky? Our past efforts have been - alien, dinosaur, Halloween and last years was witch inspired! So what do I collect in 2017? Watch this blog as all will be revealed soon...

    Blue plastic ring with flowers embedded in the front.  
    Ceramic pig brooch pin 
    Dangling yellow plastic earrings for pierced ears
    Tweety Pie key ring vintage
    Paisley metal bangle

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    So clip on earring addicts will love these..

    If you like dangling clip on earrings - then these Ikita earrings with clip backs are ideal. Available now. Round wheel design. We think looks a bit like an old cartwheel! With dangling bead detail Just right for a night out. Or a day in.

    Or go a little bit retro with these Western Germany pair from the 1950s. Fabulous beads that are not made now in green and blue hues. So different and will complement many outfits vintage or modern.

    These are just 2 pair from our great selection of over 170. Originating from when clip earrings were first made to today on Jewels & Finery. 

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    Yeah A Little Vintage Necklace For Friday.

    Its early September and it is raining. The weather across the world is horrendous. So we have chosen a yellow bead necklace from the 1950s, for our Friday treat.

    yellow bead vintage necklace 1950s

    Forget the rain and wind. Just wear a little vintage necklace today in a bright and cheerful color. Then maybe we will have some better weather next week!!.

    We have many different necklaces available. From beads to chain and many are very unique.

    wooden polished bead vintage necklace

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    Yes it's our favourite time of the year again, Christmas. A time to indulge in a bit of Christmas cheer and dress up in my favourite vintage jewellery. We have just changed our cover photograph for a little Christmas one. Hope you enjoy browsing our large website. With around 2000 pieces of jewellery and accessories now available and in stock.

    Yes, we are going to call it Christmas. Christmas, Christmas, Christmas - Traditionally so in the UK and will always be that.

    A festive time of the year to wear sparkling jewellery - like a diamante necklace at a Christmas party in your best frock. A rhinestone bracelet in clear or red or back glass to add more sparkle to your special Christmas day outfit. Or a pair of dangling glittering earrings to add a little panache to an otherwise boring occasion!!

    Indulge yourself now ....

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    New Necklaces book review by Geek Jewellery

    Another book and another opinion. Is it worth buying this fabulous book entitled "New Necklaces" 400 designs in contemporary jewellery by Nicolas Estrada?

    Well having obtained and read many books on both vintage and today's jewellery - this is a must. Especially if you like the little bit of Geek or something very different from the normal in your neck jewellery. It is full of clear images and descriptions of contemporary necklaces and with each turn of the page, more just jump out and fire your imagination. Okay, so many you would not wear, but many you would. Just like some of the clothes displayed on a fashion show. These necklaces are inspirational and daring. Fabulous use of mixed media in some cases and traditional silver and gold in others.
    Many people tend to stick to the same boring designs that are "In fashion" and available in their hundreds and thousands. But why follow the crowd - when this amount of necklaces in so many fashionable designs are available.  

    What this jewellery book contains.

    It has 400 images of cool jewellery from statement necklaces to fine necklaces and beads designed and made by jewellery designers around the world. Big and bold pieces to small and neat. Just love the designs that are totally unusual.

    From using new material and many different kinds of materials. This book also has many designs made from recycled items.
    How cool is this teddy bear necklace by Soyeon Kim?, who also has a pink rabbit toy necklace depicted.

     Take a look at this fabulous book. It was first published in 2016 and is available at all good book retailers now.

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    Christmas jewellery: Yes or No?

    Do you wear themed Christmas jewels? By that, I mean- Christmas bauble earrings or a Christmas tree brooch. Anything that is shaped into a Christmas theme. So Christmas trees, baubles, snowmen, Father Christmas and bell jewellery are worn during this festive season. 

    Or do you stick to your normal pieces? Maybe just add a little sparkle with your diamante jewellery?

    So which is it? Yes ( I wear Christmas jewellery) or no (I just wear ordinary fashion jewellery) 

    Me, I just love Christmas. so I don't need any excuse to bring out my collection of themed jewellery. I have now plenty of Christmas brooches to choose from. With a few Christmas necklaces to wear. As well as shaped sprout earrings or little baubles for my ears. Especially at Christmas parties and on Christmas day. 
    Every year I add to my collection. This year, I added 5 brooches. A Christmas tree brooch, Father Christmas brooches and an angel brooch. Wearing them throughout December and finally packing them away on Boxing day for next year. 

    Jewellery holds memories for me. Next year, when I unpack my Christmas jewellery. I will treasure the memories that each brooch, necklace, bracelet or earring holds. When I last wore them or a memorial Christmas event. Jewellery isn't just for show. it is a keepsake that is long lasting.

    Christmas jewellery for this year.     

    Just a few pictures of the Christmas jewellery we have on sale this year. 

    Eeyore Christmas brooch by Disney
    Eeyore Christmas brooch by Disney

    Silver Christmas tree cameo necklace handmade
    Silver Christmas tree necklace by Hemlock & Rose.

    Bone china Scottish thistle brooch vintage
    Bone China purple thistle vintage brooch for New Year celebrations

    Green enamel reindeer brooch
    Green reindeer stag brooch.
    Clear diamante stretch ring in antique silver

    Red & black rhinestone vintage bracelet attributed to Empire Made

    Golden Christmas bauble earrings

    So have a great Christmas and a happy New Year.