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Jewel of the day: Retro Jewels Vintage Enamel Brooch

When I first saw this, I thought it might be a dress clip, but it’s a brooch. Even better, as pins are more versatile. Made in the 1930s, it’s cold painted enamel set with tiny rhinestones. Seller Retro Jewels explains, ”

Presenting a beautiful, unsigned vintage rhodium-plated ‘shoe button’ brooch! Unlike most such pins, which are set with only one color ‘shoe button’ cabochon, this gorgeous whimsy is set with glass cabs of purple, pink, blue, green, and yellow! The semi-translucent stones practically glow from within, shadows shifting as you hold the piece to the light. Excellent condition – only the tiniest of enamel loss, plus one missing small rhinestone.

It is likely that this beauty was made in the late 1930s in imitation of the Trifari ‘shoe button’ brooches that were so popular. Frankly, I think this one is much more beautiful!”

This is available for a very modest USD$98.

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Jewel of the day: Blooming Shop Rowan Autumn Brooch

Well, it’s now officially fall (boo, hiss!) which is kind of a sad day given that in Toronto, we were essentially cheated out of a nice summer this year. Note to weather gods: please spare us your wrath for winter.

This very autumnal brooch is a nice way to mark the changing seasons (personally, I’ll be drowning my sorrows.) By Etsy seller Blooming Shop, it’s made of porcelain and clay and sells for USD$25. Cheers!

Jewel of the Day: Plexi Shock Coney Bracelet

From vintage to very new and oddly compelling. From Italy, Plexi Shock designs in plastic and metal. Of this bracelet they say, “Coney” is an “architectural bracelet that mimics the ascensions of a Ferris wheel in an amusement park. Three layers of transparent Perspex, and four transposed fluorescent colors as round and picks, give the bracelet a brightness of 800 watts of joy. The welded elements with screws for clocks, watches surgical steel.”

This comes in three different sizes (you must specify which when ordering) and sells for USD$86.36.

Jewel of the day: Mystic7Market Dalai Mala

While not strictly speaking jewelry, people do wear mala beads as necklaces and bracelets. This piece, by Etsy seller Mystic7Market, is described as, “Dalai Lama blessed sri maha bodhi seed, 108, mala necklace, one of a kind, silver decorations, African turquoise, picture jasper, howlite, lava.”

This sells for USD$849.

Jewel of the day: Silver & Enamel Art Nouveau Silver Pendant with Plique-a-Jour Enamel

Antique plique-a-jour enamel is a rarity because it is so fragile; basically it is melted glass without the structure that backs guilloche or cloisonné enamel. In those pieces, glass is inset into a metal support or backing. The beauty of plique-a-jour is that it is like miniature stained glass.

This pendant shows the effect well. The sterling silver design seems to be of a pine cone, with a ginkgo surround. It is marked but the seller notes that the mark is illegible. This sells for USD$471 on Etsy Shop Ruby and Jules.

Jewel of the day: Poise Jewellers Monogram Bar Necklace

This bar necklace from Etsy seller Poise Jewellers gives you the option to engrave it with a name, location, or pretty much whatever fits on the rectangular bar.

It’s a cool gift that can be purchased inexpensively and easily personalized; great for wedding gifts, as the seller suggests. These are made of 18k electroplated stainless steel, so they are hypoallergenic and won’t turn black or green. The bars measure 6×36 mm and the chains are adjustable between 16″-18″.

This sells for US$20.08 and ships from Canada (Toronto).

Jewel of the day: Diamond and Ruby Platinum Necklace Tiara

Tiaras were often mounted on frames so that they could be disassembled and worn as a necklace or clips for less formal occasions. This piece is for sale on Etsy by seller My Vintage Diamond Ring. The shop owner notes, “Diamond Tiara/Collar (51carats), Antique- Ruby, natural pearl tiara and collar in Platinum~A piece of history from another era! It looks equally good as a Tiara or Collar. It is in the Art Nouveau style of the day, 1900 to 1910. Perhaps you have an appointment with the Queen and don’t know what to wear? Perhaps you live in Dallas and go to big charity events-this will blow the other women out of their frosted tips! The tiara sports a 4.08ct European Cut J-K color and SI1 to 2 clarity. There are two European cut pear shapes weighing .75ct apiece, 1.50cts as a pair. All together, including the 4.08ct and the 1.50cts pear shapes, the diamond total is a whopping 50.91cts. There are 84 Natural Pearls, see GIA Report. The Tiara weighs 238 grams of Platinum or 8.41 oz. The very front of the Tiara measures 3 1/2 inches, the sides measure 2 1/4 inches. It comes with a gold frame to sit upon which is not pictured. ”

This sells for USD$110,000.

Jewel of the day: Edwardian Paste Pendant

Though I started my collection with costume dress clips, I soon became fascinated by the sterling and paste pieces popular in Edwardian, Art Nouveau and Art Deco periods.Though the stones may be glass (generally) the workmanship is very fine and the look tends to be convincingly of the periods depicted.

This Edwardian pendant is a good case in point. It is sterling silver set with clear crystals and one blue cushion cut stone in the centre, accented with pearls. It sells for USD$155 from Etsy seller br2too.

Jewel of the day: Pink Diamond Design Coffee Cup Ring

If coffee is your thing (yes, please) then you can show your caffeine love by wearing it on your hand. Which is better than wearing it on your sleeve, as that would just indicate shaky hands and a coffee mess.

From Etsy seller Pink Diamond Design this ring uses a tiny porcelain teacup and saucer and a little spoon, set on a ring band. Voila! Your java jones will never have to go unsatisfied, with no future fear of barista name misspellings. This sells for USD$20.

Jewel of the day: French Art Nouveau Diamond Opal and Ruby Brooch

Platinum was the favoured metal of the Edwardian and Art Nouveau periods because it lent itself especially well to delicate designs like this one.

This pretty pin is being offered by Etsy seller Best Old Jewelry. They have this to say about it: ‘Platinum on 18k gold, diamonds, opal and rubies. Made in France circa 1890-1910.  Measurements: approx. 2 3/4 inches long; weighs 10.5 grams.  Exquisite Art Nouveau design – long, narrow, waving bands of diamonds, intertwining with whiplash twists and turns. The diamonds are set in platinum. The central section of the brooch represents a flower in bud with calyx and sepals all set in diamonds. The bud itself consists of a beautiful opal – navette in shape with wonderful translucent light, strong blue tones (not adequately reflected in the ‘photos) and good fire. The opal is offset by 5 Colette-set rubies that serve to emphasize, brighten and add to the strong colorful element. Workmanship is of the highest order as is every aspect of this beautiful brooch.  The brooch comes with a period fitted box which might/not be original to the piece. It is marked inside with the name of ARTAULT & DUCLEROIR JOAILLIERS ORFEVRES MOULINS and the monogram B.A on the lid.  The piece is hallmarked both on the side of the brooch and on the pin.  Condition: good with negligible wear commensurate with age.”

This sells for USD$7,250.

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