Friday, September 25, 2009
Arts and Crafts Jewelry.
I have just added some gorgeous Arts and Crafts jewelry, this ring is an example of one of them and it's beautiful!
A gorgeous antique vintage Arts and Crafts ring stamped sterling, I'm not certain of the stone at first I thought it was petrified wood since my Grandmother had one from the 1930s-1940s era that looked almost identical and she said it was petrified wood, but on closer inspection it looks like it could be picture moss agate, hopefully the photos are good enough so that you can decide? The ring is in very good condition, a size 6 and the stone is 1 and 3/8 inches long by 3/8 inch wide, it is beautiful silver jewelry.
Friday, September 18, 2009
1940s Rhinestone Brooch.
A fabulous huge vintage 1940s era rhinestone brooch, the pin is typical of the 1930s-1940s designs and is done in bright pink navettes glass rhinestones with open unfoiled backs that look like real gemstones, with clear rhinestones in the center of the flower setting to finish off these pretty stones, heavy gold plating and very detailed, nice condition with a slight bit of wear on the gold which it is hard to find these beauty's in perfect condition since they were worn and loved, it is 3 3/4 inches tall by 1 1/2 inches wide. Beautiful collectible designer costume jewelry, this one is not signed but reminds me of the large elaborate Eisenberg pins.
Sunday, September 13, 2009
Just listed these gorgeous crystal beads.
Oh what a beautiful vintage 1920s crystal necklace with a sterling clasp in it's original deep blue velvet box, they were tested and are clear crystals not glass, highly faceted in various sizes, they are 34 inches long, they are not perfect I'm not sure if the cord is stretched but as you can see from the back photo there is some cording showing, so may need to be restrung for safety sake, they are very heavy and I do think the cord is secure. They are breathtaking collectible jewelry, and very clear crystals, and what sparkle they have.
Monday, September 7, 2009
Duette Pins Clips Brooch
Duette also Duet clips pins are so unique, they consist of 3 or 4 pieces, the base which hold the clips with a long pin attached and depending on the style having two or three clips, most were loaded with rhinestones, and are very popular to collectors today. They were first manufactured by the CORO company in 1931, some had the Coro stamp while others only a patent number. Many company's such as Weiss and Eisenberg followed suit and made their own Duette pins, one more elaborate than the other. I have seen just the back part of a Duette which holds the clips sell for $30 and $40, so if you only have that part don't discard it since a collector may have the clips and not the back pin part. The Duettes had many uses, they were worn as a large pin or brooch with it altogether, or taken apart and the two clips were used on a dress at the bodice to make an otherwise drab dress or blouse have some sparkle, and you were ready for a night on the town. Some ladies used them on their shoes also, but they were designed for the dress or coat. A lot of company's did make shoe clips which dressed up a plain pair of heels. The one in the picture here I have in my store and it is not signed nor does it have a patent number, but judging by the huge glass stone and the shape of it I am dating it to the middle to late 1930s, it shows no wear and is beautiful.....
Sunday, September 6, 2009
Most Native American Tribal jewelry was not signed by the artist, nor for the metal content, but most of the artists used sterling silver 925 and used what was available for their stones, such as Turquoise, Coral, Mother of Pearl and some have used Carnelian. Some artist are highly sought after and have created beautiful designs and very fine workmanship, and maybe you have noticed that some of the Mexico jewelry resembles the Native American jewelry, the reason for this is some of the tribes did migrate to Mexico and they exchanged their works, but Mexico is required to stamp their jewelry, where the N.A. are not. The Navajo jewelry is sought after by collectors as the ring pictured above, very nicely made and fine natural turquoise and coral, this ring is stamped inside Sterling, and dating from the 1960s-1970s, they were very popular then, and demand is on the rise today.
This beauty is also available in my store....
Friday, September 4, 2009
Fix for yellowed glue on Rhinestone Jewelry
I used to see this a lot on older rhinestone pieces of jewelry where the glue has turned yellow through the years, there is a fix for this but it may require you to buy a good quality rhinestone glue " I think the best is "G-S HYPO CEMENT" or from your craft store, because when you use this method it will cause the stones to loosen. You can use nail polish remover that has acetone in it, use it very sparingly on a Q-tip and rub lightly to remove the old glue, and put a towel down so that if a stone does come out the soft towel will catch it so that you can glue it back in, making sure that you clean the nail polish remover off and dry the piece well before replacing the stones. My Grandmother wore a lot of rhinestone jewelry, and lost many stones over the years, she didn't have any glue I guess, because so many of her pieces she actually used bright red nail polish to set the stones back in, these have been passed down to my daughters and the stones are still in place, but they don't look too nice from the backs.
The set above is gorgeous from the 1940s, it was made so well that the glue has not yellowed and the rhinestones are vibrant and full of sparkle, I have this set in my store....
Wednesday, September 2, 2009
Vintage Goldette Necklaces
Goldette jewelry started in 1958 and ceased in the mid 1970s, so this beautiful jewelry is highly collectible. I have two Goldette necklaces in my store now, one in the gold metal with the bold golden glass stone is signed, but the one that is in a silver metal with the gray Intaglio with multiple chains is unsigned, but to the collector they have come to recognize the Goldette by the unusual and bold clasp, the gold toned necklace does not have this bold clasp the silver one does. The Goldette jewelry is beautiful and designed very well, and has stood the test of time. The two that I have were made in the 1950s-1960s, and have a Victorian look....