Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Vintage Jewelry. Inspired by Michelle Buchanan

Michelle Buchanan, in her wonderful blog on her vintage books and jewelry, inspired me to take these photos of some of my older pieces. All are costume jewelry of various eras, but done at a time when you still saw hand crafting and exquisite detail. The one pin with a stone at the end is amber. It's probably from the sixties, just guessing based on when my mother wore that style. I found the peacock pin at a consignment shop back in the eighties. It was crafted sometime around the fifties. Its size doesn't show, but it's large and I used to wear it on the lapel of jackets when I dressed up. The butterfly comes to me from my mother. I don't have an approximate date on it, but I'm guessing fifties or sixties at the latest. The one of the tintype boy is turn of the nineteenth century, but no-one in the family knew who the boy was. That one was hard to photograph because the tintype is so faded now and also because about any angle to get light onto it produced glare.

Thanks, Michelle, for the inspiration. (Click to Enlarge)







9 comments:

Michelle e o said...

Pris, beautiful treasure you have there. The peacock is gorgeous and I love the boy, well and the amber and the butterfly. Everyone should have a box full. It's just fun to take out and look at. I love to wear it too. They are really one of kind these days.

Thanks for the link to me. I'm glad you enjoyed as I enjoyed looking at yours.

Also, the driftwood horses below, amazing. (I'm catching up on my favorite blogs).

J. Andrew Lockhart said...

the jewelry if beautiful!

Pris said...

Thanks Andrew and Michelle
I like to take mine out and just look at them, too, Michelle, even when I can't wear them. I'd thought about asking someone who sews to make me a wrist band of a nice looking material with a mount on top and attach some of my pins to that. I could get away with wearing them there with tee shirt and shorts, but a sparkly pin just doesn't 'fly' attached to the tee, itself. Since I can't work now, I'm never dressed up enough to wear them the way I could before.

Pat Paulk said...

I remember this type of jewelry all too well.

Pris said...

Thank goodness I'm not the only 'oldie but goodie' around:-)

Ellen M Johns said...

They have all photographed well Pris.

In the UK this type of costume jewellry has become very sought after.

Thanks for sharing your teasure trove with us.

Pris said...

Hi Ellen
For people who appreciate jewelry it's the same here. Modern costume jewelry is mass produced and generally not very interesting. I've given away a lot of mother's old clip earrings, but still have quite a few left. The pin's and some necklaces oh and a few bracelets really are my fav's.

polona said...

beautiful jewelry, thank you for sharing.

Pris said...

I'm glad you like it, and thanks for the comment below, too.