Sunday, 15 May 2022

Loss of costume jewellery in a fire - Absolutely gutted

 Loss of costume jewellery in a fire - Absolutely gutted.

A couple of months ago, we had a major fire in the storage unit that we had stored lots of our stuff in anticipation of moving in a few years time. The whole unit burnt to the ground. There is an investigation ongoing that it was arson. I am convinced it was as the whole building burnt so fierce and there was suppose to have been a sprinkler system! 

Anyhow we lost so much, yes we were insured but very much under insured. Gone now is the collection of vintage costume jewellery that I had built up over the last 20 years. My whole inventory of jewellery books that I used for identification and reference - along with many other things that meant a lot to me and hubby. 

Can I go on collecting and researching costume jewellery?

I now find it very difficult to actually look at any jewellery. In the last few months I have brought just a few pieces to add to my own personal collection. The jewellery that I have on eBay was the boxes that I still had at home. I don't think I will every buy anymore jewellery just for resale again. 

Cloisonne unicorn brooch

Cloisonne unicorn brooch back view

Brought this pretty Cloisonne unicorn brooch to add to my Gothic/fantasy collection. Circa 1980s of age. Wiggle to the pin at the back.

Art Deco style brooch in green back view

Art Deco style brooch in green 1980s

Art Deco style brooch from the 1980s. In green and gold colours. Copy of the Pierre Bex brooches but this one was made in China/Asia
Silver marcasite swallow brooch 1960s back view

Silver marcasite swallow brooch 1960s

Silver marcasite swallow brooch 1960s
Silver marcasite swallow bird brooch circa 1960s with a rhodium plated back.  
Iris or rainbow glass brooch 1960s back view

Iris or rainbow glass brooch 1960s

Iris or rainbow glass vintage brooch 1960s

 Floral Iris or rainbow glass vintage brooch circa 1960s. The rhinestone are in shades of blue, pink and clear. 

Tuesday, 3 May 2022

Niello jewellery featured in this fabulous blog post

Niello Jewellery and Nielloware.

You may have seen the black and silver Nielloware jewelry produced in Siam now Thailand. Popular with the army folk who sent this distinctive tourist Thai Niello jewelry back to their loved ones as gifts – 1930s to 1990s. Niello is a black- grey mix of copper, silver and lead sulphides that is inlayed onto another metal usually silver that has first been shaped and engraved.
Most have a mark either sterling silver or Siam. Here we are show casing some of the items we have sourced and are available on our website.
The jewelry features the Thai god and goddesses including Mekkala.
A floral small brooch of Niello onto silver.



An ancient technique that is unfortunately a dying trade; as from the 1990s it has not been produced because the craftsmen are no longer around. This makes this very collectable.

Above is a 1920s camel brooch with a Niello border in silver with black.

Saturday, 2 April 2022

Antique - vintage and modern cameo jewellery debate - Are you a cameo snob?

 Antique, vintage and modern cameo jewellery debate - Are you a cameo snob?

There are so many kinds of cameo jewellery around today. It is hard to choose a style. From antique to vintage and the more modern style. So are you a cameo snob and say that a real cameo has to be of shell or of a gemstone? Or do you hang loose and look at the many resin cameo pieces around and love them all? 

A cameo is classed as a raised relief above a base. It can be in any sort of material and be a cameo brooch, necklace, bracelet, earrings ring or even a scarf clip. Here are just a few pieces of cameo jewellery that have passed through our hands over the years. Take a look and decide what cameo style fence do you sit on! 

Different cameo jewellery through time.

Resin cameo choker 1970s vintage

Resin cameo choker 1970s vintage reverse
Resin cameo choker 1970s vintage. Black velvet choker necklace with a resin lady cameo that has a slide mechanism at the back.

Popular goddess blue cameo brooch 1980s

Popular goddess blue cameo brooch 1980s back
Popular goddess blue cameo brooch 1980s. Resin cameo of the "Popular Goddess" Circa 1980s of age.
Popular goddess pink cameo brooch 1980s
Popular goddess pink cameo brooch 1980s. A salmon pink resin background with a cream cameo profile surrounded by a solid gold tone ribbed frame. 
Bowl of flowers cameo brooch 1960s. Cameo is in resin on the salmon pink "Carnelian style" base. 
Popular goddess pink cameo brooch 1980s reverse
Reverse to the flower cameo brooch above.
Popular goddess pink cameo brooch 1980s reverse
Popular goddess pink cameo brooch 1980s reverse. Three above.
Blue cameo flower brooch 1960s

Blue cameo flower brooch 1960s back of
Blue cameo flower brooch 1960s. Blue resin background with a resin floral cameo in white. Ornate gold tone setting.
Shell cameo clip on earrings 1980s
Shell cameo clip earrings 1980s. Not very good cameo images as they appear to differ in look slightly. 
Resin 1930s cameo pendant
Resin 1930s cameo pendant. 
Shell cameo clip on earrings 1980s backs
Shell cameo clip on earrings 1980s. See two above - backs
1960s large cameo brooch - Popular Goddess
1960s large cameo brooch - Popular Goddess version. Gold tone ornate setting  
1960s large cameo brooch - Popular Goddess back
1960s large cameo brooch - See below
Resin lady cameo brooch 1960s
Resin lady cameo brooch 1960s. Nice detail to this one.
Popular Goddess cameo brooch 1960s back
Popular Goddess cameo brooch 1960s back. See three above
Back of a large cameo scarf clip 1960s
Back of a large cameo scarf clip 1960s
Charles Horner casein cameo brooch 1950s

Charles Horner casein cameo brooch 1950s back
Charles Horner casein cameo brooch 1950s. The base is made of casein plastic. Often found without the lightweight metallic looking frame. 
Bohemian bar brooch 1900s

Bohemian bar brooch 1900s back
Bohemian bar brooch 1900s - 1930s.
Clip on cameo earrings resin 1960s

Clip on cameo earrings resin 1960s
Clip on cameo earrings resin 1960s also Bohemian. 
Greek cameo brooch 1980s

Greek cameo brooch 1980s back
Greek cameo brooch 1980s. Elegant Grecian lady on a sage green background. Faux pearl surround onto a gold tone setting. 
Antique cameo brooch silver
Antique cameo brooch silver. 
vintage cameo ring 1930s
vintage cameo ring 1930s
Antique cameo brooch silver back
Antique cameo brooch silver back. Two above
vintage cameo bracelet 1930s
vintage cameo bracelet 1930s
drop cameo earrings silver and black
drop cameo earrings silver and black
Large 1930s cameo pendant resin

Large 1930s cameo pendant resin back
Large 1930s cameo pendant resin
Dropper long cameo earrings pierced ears
Dropper long cameo earrings pierced ears
Vintage clip on cameo earrings
Vintage clip on cameo earrings in shell with a gold framework. Early twentieth century
Plaster cameo brooch antique
Plaster cameo brooch antique with a black background and resin frame
Large blue cameo pendant Popular Goddess
Large blue cameo pendant Popular Goddess. 1960s to 1990s
Large blue cameo pendant Popular Goddess ribbon necklace
Large blue cameo pendant Popular Goddess ribbon necklace
Back to plaster cameo brooch see above three above
Back to plaster cameo brooch see above three above
1930s Bohemian bar cameo brooch
1930s Bohemian bar cameo brooch
Black cameo scarf clip 1960s

Black cameo scarf clip 1960s with unusual mechanism
Black cameo scarf clip 1960s with unusual mechanism
Black cameo scarf clip 1960s with unusual mechanism
Black cameo scarf clip 1960s with unusual mechanism - see the back above
1930s vintage screw back cameo earrings Bohemian
1930s vintage screw back cameo earrings Bohemian
1930s vintage screw back cameo earrings Bohemian with rhinestones
1930s vintage screw back cameo earrings Bohemian with rhinestones
Thirties vintage clip cameo earrings resin Bohemian
Thirties vintage clip cameo earrings resin Bohemian
Modern stretch cameo bracelet Popular Goddess
Modern stretch cameo bracelet Popular Goddess
Three Graces cameo brooch resin 1980s
Three Graces cameo brooch resin 1980s
Antique cameo pendant ceramic glass
Antique cameo pendant ceramic glass and probably glowed under a UV light.
Large 1930s moulded resin cameo brooch
Large 1930s moulded resin cameo brooch
Silver antique cameo brooch
Silver antique cameo brooch
Modern Three Graces cameo brooch pink
Modern Three Graces cameo brooch pink resin
Charles Horner cameo brooch 1950s
Charles Horner cameo brooch 1950s
1980s translucent cameo brooch

1980s translucent cameo brooch resin
1980s translucent cameo brooch resin
Chain pin cameo brooch back resin
Chain pin cameo brooch back resin see below
Chain pin pink cameo brooch back resin
Chain pin pink cameo brooch back resin. Popular Goddess
1980s basket flowers cameo brooch
1980s basket flowers cameo brooch
Greek black cameo scarf clip
Greek black cameo scarf clip 1990s
1950s vintage cameo brooch

1950s vintage cameo brooch pendant
1950s vintage cameo brooch pendant
tiny cameo ring blue resin 1980s
tiny cameo ring blue resin 1980s
1960s cameo brooch Popular Goddess in pink resin
1960s cameo brooch Popular Goddess in pink resin
Lava cameo brooch antique
Lava cameo brooch antique
Brass fob locket brooch cameo lady
Brass fob locket brooch cameo lady
Marcasite shell cameo earrings

Marcasite shell cameo earrings 1950s
Marcasite shell cameo earrings 1950s
Marcasite silver shell cameo earrings 1950s
Marcasite silver shell cameo earrings 1950s
1960s cameo brooch Popular Goddess plastic
1960s cameo brooch Popular Goddess plastic
Large ornate cameo brooch 1930s Bohemian
Large ornate cameo brooch 1930s Bohemian
Large ornate cameo brooch 1930s Bohemian back

1980s cameo brooch well made gold tone frame
1980s cameo brooch well made gold tone frame
1980s cameo brooch well made gold plated
1980s cameo brooch well made gold plated
Antique shell cameo large gold frame

Antique shell cameo large gold frame shell damaged
Antique shell cameo large gold frame shell damaged
Antique shell cameo large gold frame shell damaged

Antique shell cameo large gold frame back
Antique shell cameo large gold frame back
1950s cameo pendant necklace
1950s cameo pendant necklace in resin
Antique shell brooch unusual
Antique cameo brooch again - large with a gold frame
Small chunky cameo brooch
Small chunky cameo brooch by Sarah Coventry
Small chunky cameo brooch by Sarah Coventry GB
Small chunky cameo brooch by Sarah Coventry GB
Cameo choker red velvet necklace
Cameo choker red velvet necklace
George and dragon cameo necklace by Miracle
George and dragon cameo necklace by Miracle
Malachite deer necklace cameo
Malachite deer necklace cameo antique gemstone piece
Ava Peron cameo brooch 1950s

Ava Peron cameo brooch 1950s

Ava Peron cameo brooch 1950s
Ava Peron cameo brooch 1950s. Ceramic cameo onto a brass settings
Miracle Creation cameo jewellery

Miracle Creation cameo jewellery

Miracle Creation cameo jewellery
Miracle Creation cameo jewellery 1970s. Cameo necklace that can also be used as a brooch
Blue flower basket scarf clip
Blue flower basket scarf clip.
Wedgwood style clip earrings blue
Wedgwood style clip earrings blue
Elegant lady cameo scarf clip black
Elegant lady cameo scarf clip black background with a white cameo
Green scarf clip Popular Goddess
Green scarf clip Popular Goddess 1960s
Floral flower brooch cameo
Floral flower brooch cameo
Three Graces cameo framed
Three Graces cameo framed. Not jewellery but another way to enjoy a cameo by hanging on a wall
Floral cameo brooch pink 1980s
Floral cameo brooch pink 1980s
Blue cameo brooch 1960s
Blue cameo brooch 1960s
1920s vintage cameo brooch

1920s vintage cameo brooch resin
1920s vintage cameo brooch
Shell cameo brooch small
Shell cameo brooch small
Blue and white cameo brooch modern
Blue and white cameo brooch modern
Woman and child cameo brooch
Woman and child cameo brooch
blue and faux pearl cameo brooch
Blue and faux pearl cameo brooch
Antique cameo brooch celluloid
Antique cameo brooch celluloid
Gladiator cameo ring 1980s
Gladiator cameo ring 1980s
Beaded necklace with cameo
Beaded necklace with cameo 
Damascene vintage cameo brooch
Damascene vintage cameo brooch
back antique cameo brooch two above
back antique cameo brooch two above
blue clip earrings 1980s
blue clip earrings 1980s
Antique cameo brooch again
Antique cameo brooch again
Antique cameo brooch again bcak
Vintage cameo shell brooch
Vintage cameo shell brooch
Malachite antelope fob chain vintage/antique
Malachite antelope fob chain vintage/antique

Vintage cameo brooch with a blue background unique
Vintage cameo brooch with a blue background unique
Fallen Fairy cameo brooch by Gothic White Witch
Fallen Fairy cameo brooch by Gothic White Witch
Black bat cameo brooch by Gothic White Witch
Black bat cameo brooch by Gothic White Witch
Gothic cameo necklace by Gothic White Witch
Gothic cameo necklace by Gothic White Witch
Back of the antique cameo brooch a few above
Back of the antique cameo brooch a few above
Small cameo pendant antique
Small cameo pendant antique in shell with clip - probably attached to a fob 
Vintage cameo brooch 1980s
Vintage cameo brooch 1980s
Dancing fairy cameo necklace by Gothic White Witch
Dancing fairy cameo necklace by Gothic White Witch
Small shell vintage cameo brooch
Small shell vintage cameo brooch
Large bat cameo brooch by Gothic White Witch
Large bat cameo brooch by Gothic White Witch
Antique cameo brooch in resin
Antique cameo brooch in resin
Charles Horner cameo brooch without frame
Charles Horner cameo brooch without frame
Conjoined skeleton necklace by Gothic White Witch
Conjoined skeleton necklace by Gothic White Witch
Fair lady cameo brooch by Gothic White Witch
Fair lady cameo brooch by Gothic White Witch
Blood red rose cameo necklace by Gothic White Witch
Blood red rose cameo necklace by Gothic White Witch
Back casein cameo brooch by Charles Horner
Back casein cameo brooch by Charles Horner
Back of shell cameo fob antique
Back of shell cameo fob antique
Vintage cameo brooch in plastic
Vintage cameo brooch in plastic
Avon cameo brooch with solid perfume 1970s
Avon cameo brooch with solid perfume 1970s
Conjoined black skeleton necklace by Gothic White Witch
Conjoined black skeleton necklace by Gothic White Witch
Boudica brooch by Gothic White Witch
Boudica brooch by Gothic White Witch
Skeleton skull necklace by Gothic White Witch
Skeleton skull necklace by Gothic White Witch
Fallen Fairy cameo necklace by Gothic White Witch
Fallen Fairy cameo necklace by Gothic White Witch
Fallen Fairy cameo brooch by Gothic White Witch
Fallen Fairy cameo brooch by Gothic White Witch
Romantic couple cameo by Gothic White Witch jewellery
Romantic couple cameo by Gothic White Witch jewellery
Casein cameo back with frame
Casein cameo back with frame
Blood red rose brooch by Gothic White Witch
Blood red rose brooch by Gothic White Witch
Rocking dead man necklace by Gothic White Witch
Rocking dead man necklace by Gothic White Witch
Antique cameo fob pendant
Antique cameo fob pendant 
Silver marcasite shell cameo brooch
Silver marcasite shell cameo brooch 
Mother and child cameo brooch by Exquisite
Mother and child cameo brooch by Exquisite
Leaping dolphin cameo brooch by Gothic White Witch
Leaping dolphin cameo brooch by Gothic White Witch
Pink conjoined twins by Gothic White Witch cameo necklace
Pink conjoined twins by Gothic White Witch cameo necklace
Signed cameo brooch vintage man

Signed cameo brooch vintage man
Signed L R cameo brooch vintage man
Cute cameo brooch resin
Cute cameo brooch resin
Silver Christmas tree cameo necklace by Gothic White Witch
Silver Christmas tree cameo necklace by Gothic White Witch
1920s cameo brooch vintage in resin
1920s cameo brooch vintage in resin
Bohemian cameo brooch
Bohemian cameo brooch 
Pink conjoined twin skeleton necklace by Gothic White Witch
Pink conjoined twin skeleton necklace by Gothic White Witch
Back of vintage plastic cameo brooch
Back of vintage plastic cameo brooch
Red enamel cameo brooch
Red enamel cameo brooch
Charles Horner cameo brooch
Charles Horner cameo brooch
Modern cameo brooch
Modern cameo brooch
Black vintage cameo brooch
Black vintage cameo brooch
Avon solid perfume cameo brooch
Avon solid perfume cameo brooch
Dead red skeleton necklace by Gothic White Witch
Dead red skeleton necklace by Gothic White Witch
Silver Christmas tree cameo necklace by Gothic White Witch
Silver Christmas tree cameo necklace by Gothic White Witch
Antique cameo brooch with celluloid
Antique cameo brooch with celluloid - book piece
Blue flower cameo brooch in plastic
Blue flower cameo brooch in plastic
Two cameo brooches 1960s
Two cameo brooches 1960s
Stylish cameo brooch
Stylish cameo brooch
two cameo brooches enlarged 1960s
two cameo brooches enlarged 1960s
stylish cameo brooch jewellery front
stylish cameo brooch jewellery front
stylish cameo brooch jewellery back view
stylish cameo brooch jewellery back view
Queen Elizabeth cameo brooch

Queen Elizabeth cameo brooch back

Queen Elizabeth 11 cameo brooch

Queen Elizabeth 11 cameo brooch - lightweight resin 

Back of Sphinx cameo brooch
Back of Sphinx cameo brooch 
This is a huge selection of all the cameo jewellery we have had in the past. Hope you have enjoyed this different collection seen for the first and last time together.

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Solihull, West Midlands, United Kingdom
I preserve the past. Researching family and local history. Finding about mine and other people's ancestors, is just one of my passions. I also love vintage costume jewellery made here in the UK. I write about my finds and like to research.