Wednesday, 5 November 2014

Beads and more jewellery of beads to wear

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.

Black Cloisonne beads in this pair of earrings. Pretty and dangling pair of beads.

How about this turquoise and black dangling earring pair? Unusual beads jewellery and a great look.

Citrine yellow colored glass beads. Lovely faceted and long enough to just slip this necklace over your head.

If its party wear - then this beautiful purple and yellow acrylic bead necklace is a beaut.  Multi faceted to catch the light. Acrylic crystal look that is moden and ideal for a sparkling occasion.

Amber beads in both light and dark shades make up this lovely necklace. Long and elegant as well as being old and collectible.

Fixed beads in plastic go a long way and are a lot cheaper to buy and wear. You can also wrap these around your wrist as a wrapped bead bracelet. Versatile and unusual jewellery. This red fixed bead necklace above has some unique patterning.

Brooches with beads make a lovely gift. This floral piece has some unusual bead accents in orange translucent colors with the antique gold tone filigree it is very striking and unique.

Bead embellished face brooch by Gothic White Witch finished our collection of bead jewellery.

Saturday, 1 November 2014

Our blog has a new home

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:

Pewter earrings for non pierced ears

Long and dangling clear diamante earrings - again for non pierced ears.

Beautiful Iris or rainbow glass earrings for non pierced ears. We have a small selction of rainbow glass in earrings as well as brooches and necklaces. So have a look.

Corn dolly earrings - quite unusual and fun to wear.

African female and baby earrings

Red enamel earrings with diamante 

We add about 30 to 50 additions each week. So lots to see and of course we do reduce many items every month for clearance.

Thursday, 2 October 2014

Postage Reduction on All Our jewellery

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??

Wednesday, 3 September 2014

How to date vintage costume jewellery

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:
  1. The front view - what style is this piece and can I have an educated guess at its age?
  2. Construction - the material used, the type of clasps and fastenings with an overall general construction study can give further clues.
  3. The back view - always look at the back of a piece of jewellery.
  4. Does it have a signature or country of origin - this can narrow down the age of a piece.
  5. 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.
 In this blog I will look at number 1 - The front view.

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

Plain gold and silver tone were very popular in the mid to late sixties and seventies. However it was produced in many other decades as well. But you are more likely to see the gold plate worn, especially on 1970 pieces, as it was a thinner coating than jewellery made in the 1950s.

This cameo brooch has the look of being antique, don't you think? You would be right. This one dates to the early twentieth century and probably Edwardian.

The Art Deco look. This is an original Art Deco brooh and clip. However you need to be careful as many Art Deco styles were produced late on as well. It enjoyed a revival in the seventies and you will see some today that are new.

Classic Art Meta style and so seventies. Just by looking at this vintage brooch, you can see that it was produced in the 1970s because of the destinct Art Metal look.

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!

Saturday, 23 August 2014

Getting that vintage flower look with this set

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.
We have called this set Autumn because of the color tones used. Ideal collectibles as many are now becoming harder to find that are not chipped or damaged. Although ones that are damaged can still be used. Just take the jewellery findings of carefully. A soak in warm water often helps first. Then use to decorate mirror or picture frames.

Adderley are just one of the potteries in Stoke on Trent that produced china jewellery in the mid twentieth century.

Do you like bone china jewellery and how do you wear/use it?

Saturday, 9 August 2014

Is this Miriam Haskell dress clip

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.

Saturday, 12 July 2014

Mmmm No Its Second Hand and not for me

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.

There are many reasons to buy second hand clothes and jewellery.
  1. Its highly unlikely that you will find someone wearing the same.
  2. You will have created a look that is so unique.
  3. Most vintage is of a better quality than today.
  4. Your saving this planet by recycling and re-using.
  5. Upcycle both clothes and jewellery and craft something that is wearable today.
I have been watching the Dawn O Porter show on TV "This old thing - the vintage clothes show". Its so funny when a newby says that old cliche "But it'll smell" Now I wash everything that I get that is second hand from accessories to jewellery to clothes. A must before I even try them on or offer them for sale. I also clean any book cover that is not new before reading! Wipe with one of those antibacterial wipes and you will be amazed how much dirt comes off. Then there is this amazing invention thats usually square and lives in or near the kitchen. Put your clothes in, add washing powder and turn it on. Its so amazing when the clothes come out of it clean and fresh!

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):

A running zebra brooch in silver and black.

A huge flower fabric brooch in a mottled green color.

A blue and stainless steel 1970s pendant and chain.

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


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