Tuesday 30 November 2010

Snowing in Solihull England

Well with 25 days to go until Christmas, it is still very cold and snowing in most of the UK.
After the second heavy snow fall last night. Most has now cleared but the cold weather has now turned the melting snow to ice. So take care when out.

diamante star brooch

Here are some pieces of snow inspired jewellery to reflect the weather and time of year.

Frosted Christmas brooch by Hollywood
Penguin brooch
Pale blue diamante brooch

1960s spiky space vintage clip earrings 
Green 1960s star brooch
1960svintage star brooch
1960s green diamante star brooch

Penguins, snowflakes (of all sorts from traditional white to green with a touch of aurora borealis). White jewellery and ice blue jewellery. Just a small number of brooches to wear on a warm coat...............with boots or wellies, scarf, gloves, hat and of course thermals!!

Friday 19 November 2010

Cat on scales and jewellery with a dog design

This is Monty - who must have been watching me jump on and off these weighing scales!! Now every time he goes into the bathroom he sits on them. Wonder if he is trying to loose weight like me!!

Pewter cat sat on chair brooch by JJ

Just a few brooches with dogs designs on as well.

Well with 36 days to Christmas, we have now started to show the last posting days on our websites. So have a good weekend

Wednesday 17 November 2010

Congratulations - A royal wedding

Well at long last the announcement of the Royal wedding between Prince William and Kate Middleton.
Already the souvenir mugs and plates have been produced by the Stoke on Trent potteries, and the popularity of sapphire engagement rings has increased.
Lets just hope that the wedding day weather is not like today - cold wet and raining!!

More gorgeous jewellery has been added over the last few days to Jewels and Finery and of course more to come....

Monday 8 November 2010

Craft Show NEC November 2010

I love going to the different shows at the National Exhibition Centre, just by Birmingham's airport.

Clear rhinestone 6 mm

So last week, my daughter and I took our selves off to the Craft fair which also had Christmas craft gifts and Art supplies included. It was an ideal opportunity to visit many craft stalls and see lots of different things that can be made.

 Panda sew on patch to list shortly

My daughter likes paper crafts and art, so she was in her element buying things to use for Christmas cards and for her scrap booking. Although there were less knitting, beading and sewing stalls. I still found plenty to see and buy!!.

 Vintage buckles

Came back with lots of ideas that I want to try out but now need to find some time.....

At long last Google shopping has stopped blocking Jewels and finery Craft and our items are now appearing in the directory (some even on first page)
Have a good week.......   

Thursday 4 November 2010

Jewellery Glossary - G

Well November has arrived and with only 51 days to Christmas now!! Usually I am running around at the last minute and panicking, but this year I am slightly more organized and have already started my shopping.
We have also had a busy week with photographing lots of jewellery as well as buttons and buckles for our craft site.

 Vintage tiger brooch

Now onto the jewellery glossary and for the letter G we have the following:

Garnet - A variety of gemstone that is available in a variety of colours of red, green, violet and yellow.  The dark red coloured stone was very popular in Victorian times.Garnets are thought to bring a warm fiery energy that helps fight cold and sluggish feelings.

Guilloche enamel - transparent or translucent enamel that is applied to metal that is engraved in detail

German silver - an alloy that does not contain silver also known as Tibetan silver.

 Vintage bow brooch signed Lisner

Gold - precious metal. Pure gold is 24 Karat (99.9%) but it is soft. To harden more copper or other base metal is added. 18 K was used in antique (rose gold) and Russian jewellery. Gold can also be used as a gold plating or wash, as well as gold filled/rolled gold.

  Antique gold fob with carnelian & bloodstone

Green Jasper - a type of quartz with a long history of being used in making amulets and ornaments. Magically believed to protect from snake bites and poisons.

Here are some of our latest photographs of vintage jewellery and vintage buckles to be added to our websites soon.


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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.