Monday 8 April 2024

Yes, I am still collecting jewellery

 Yes I am still collecting jewellery

I haven't posted in a while as quite busy with other life events. However. I am contemplating how to display my growing collection of costume jewellery. I want to be able to see but have the items protected. So watch this space...

Flower brooch with ladybird by JJ
Pretty white floral brooch with a little ladybird on a petal. Loved this one and is by JJ. Jonette Jewelry. Sold a long time ago.
1970s bead and steel vintage necklace
A very stylish vintage necklace from the 1970s. Steel in silver tone with beads brightly coloured. Also sold a long time ago
Vintage jewellery set from Austria signed
Austrian vintage jewellery set of blue and brass clip earrings with matching necklace. Signed on the brooch. Now long gone. Can't remember if I sold this set or it was destroyed in the fire. Think it was the latter. Just a few oldies from my files.  
More jewels soon....

Saturday 6 January 2024

Vintage Christmas jewellery display - From past to present

Vintage Christmas jewellery displayed - With past to present pieces.

Showing the Christmas jewellery display I did for this last Christmas. It had vintage jewellery mixed with new jewellery that I had brought recently. I change the display regularly to match the seasons and just because.

Vintage Christmas jewellery display
With just 13 pieces of jewellery with a Christmas design on. Having lost a lot of other pieces in the fire. I will have to keep a look out this years for more. 

This is a Christmas necklace with cute retro Christmas images on either side. Made to look old but only about 5 years or so old. It is made of paper mache varnished.  
A cameo necklace with Christmas bells on in off white and red. It is just one that I made a few years ago. I haven't painted this one but may do in the future. As the colours are a bit drab and plain. 
A small Christmas tree pin. It doesn't look well made but is stamped Avon on the back. Obtained this one about 10 years ago and then it was pre-owned. 

Avon jewellery signature on the reverse of this Christmas tree pin which is in enamel and decorated with clear diamante.

A teddy bear necklace with a Santa hat on. Another Avon jewellery piece. This was identified by the box it was in. Pave crystal clear diamante with red enamel finish. Pretty Christmas necklace although too young for me to wear. Great for display though. 

This Christmas pudding brooch is unwearable because the pin clasp does not close. But suitable for display. It was in my bag of broken jewellery. So I used it for display. Looks to be a copy of an original which the Chinese jewellery manufacturers love to copy because of the marking on the back. 

Another Christmas brooch but this is a 1950s/1960s vintage wreath brooch with a working bell. The enamel on this was very worn originally. So I painted it up. It is nice and heavy well made and the bell still rings.

The next few pieces of vintage Christmas jewellery are from the late 1970s to early 1980s. I wore them at Christmas on my uniform as a nurse/midwife. It was allowed then and was something I looked foreword to doing. Alongside my hospital and registered general nursing badges. This is a bright enamelled candy cane pin.    

Another one I wore on my nursing uniform was this Father Christmas boot brooch. Again in bright enamel colours with clear diamante accents. 

Lastly this Avon vintage bell brooch. Think this was the first years vintage brooch in around 1979 that I brought new to wear on my uniform. Will have to show my nursing badges at some point that I have somewhere. Signed Avon on the reverse with silver glitter enamel and now slightly faded red enamel.                                                   

This delightful reindeer brooch I brought new about 10 years or more ago from a women's clothing shop. Bright metallic green enamel on a deer head design. Well made and one I wear often. 

This Christmas tree brooch was brought from a car boot sale. I liked the blue bead bauble design. Unsigned but has a 1980s style. 

A recent purchase from a table top sale. From the 1960s/1970s and has a lovely old fashion winter scene - snow with a horse and cart. This type of vintage brooch were made over a long period. Not only by manufacturers but the `back can be removed and you can add your own picture. The "glass" is in fact plastic with a brass frame and clasp. 

 A brand new piece of Christmas jewellery by Anne Stokes. Christmas present surprise dragon pin brooch. This large enamelled brooch has 2 pinch back pin fastenings on the back. Unsigned but came with an identification card and also a soft dragon toy in the same design. 

Still have lots of vintage to new jewellery to display and show this brand new years. So keep a look out for more blog posts. 

Sunday 10 December 2023

Prehistoric animal jewellery display

 Showing my prehistoric jewellery display

Over the last 2 months. I have had a Halloween display and then changed it to a prehistoric animal jewellery display. Next of course will be some of the Christmas jewellery that I have collected. 

Annual jewellery collections:

One of my yearly collections a few years back was to source cheap and cheerful costume jewellery in the shape of prehistoric animals. It had to be either new or second hand. At the time it was not popular, but the year after it took off. But I was onto another themed collection by that point. So this was the ones I collected.

prehistoric animal jewellery collection

prehistoric animal jewellery collection

Dinosaur bracelet stretch type

Silver metal stretch bracelet with black dinosaur images on. Brought this one new. Can change the images as required. 

Green mammoth dinosaur brooch
Brought this at a Christmas fair at a school. It was a hand made mammoth dinosaur brooch in green plastic. Unfortunately the glue holding the mammoth was not strong enough. So will have to repair this one.
Ancient horse prehistoric brooch

Ancient horse prehistoric brooch back ceramic
Found this unusual ancient horse prehistoric brooch in ceramic. It depicts a horse that was drawn by a prehistoric man on cave walls. Had this up for sale for ages. No one was interested. So it went into my personal jewellery collection

Tyrannosaurus Rex dinosaur necklace

Tyrannosaurus Rex dinosaur necklace in green Perspex
Tyrannosaurus Rex dinosaur necklace in green Perspex plastic with a silver tone chain. Brought this new at a Clothes Show at the NEC a few years ago. 
Tyrannosaurus Rex dinosaur glow in the dark necklace

Tyrannosaurus Rex dinosaur glow in the dark necklace. Only it no longer glows. Brought this from China new a few years ago. A plastic dinosaur animal with a ring attached to hold a chain.
pterodactyl dinosaur brooch

pterodactyl dinosaur brooch in pewter

pterodactyl dinosaur brooch back

Pterodactyl dinosaur brooch in a pewter metal. Brought second hand from a vintage fair a few years ago now. Well made and I haven't seen one like it since
triceratops brooch by BJ gold

triceratops brooch by BJ gold back

stegosaurus dinosaur pin brooch by BJ

stegosaurus dinosaur pin brooch by BJ back

plesiosaurus dinosaur brooches in enamel

plesiosaurus dinosaur brooches in enamel by BJ

Brought these brooches from a car boot. Brought quite a lot that the sellers had for sale. Kept one of each and sold some of the rest. Unfortunately some perished in storage in a fire. There is a triceratops brooch by BJ in gold tone.  A stegosaurus dinosaur pin brooch by BJ in gold tone. Three plesiosaurus dinosaur brooches in enamel colours of green, blue and bronze/gold. All signed BJ. 
T Rex small hook earrings
T Rex small hook earrings for pierced ears. In a gold tone and found second hand at a car boot sale. Both dinosaur are in a different posed shape. 
triceratops dinosaur necklace

triceratops dinosaur necklace back

triceratops dinosaur necklace bale back

 Triceratops dinosaur necklace in a bronze tone metal. It has an unusual part to the bale of a tulip. This is on the reverse - last picture. Not sure if this is just a mark or a copyright signature?
Tyrannosaurus Rex dinosaur keyring

Godzilla dinosaur keyring

Tyrannosaurus Rex dinosaur keyring and a Godzilla dinosaur keyring in plastic. Both brought second hand at a car boot sale. 
Brontosaurus dinosaur pendant necklace

Brontosaurus dinosaur pendant necklace back

Brontosaurus dinosaur pendant necklace in an antique silver tone. Brought from a car boot and originally made in China

Now to put together another display. So have a good month. 

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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.