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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.


Jewel of the Day: Vintage Ruby and Pearl Bib Necklace

As you may have noticed, I’m in a vintage mood this week. This fabulous multi-strand ruby and pearl necklace is a great piece of older costume jewellery with lots of life and style left in it.

Offered by Forgotten Romance they note, “Five gold tone chains are loaded    with faux pearl and fuchsia rhinestone charms. Each rhinestone is individually set in gold tone setting with prongs. It’s very dressy and will make you feel like a queen. Necklace    will fit up to 16″ neck. The bib portion is 7.5″ by 4″ wide. Excellent condition.”

This sells for a super reasonable USD$150.

Jewel of the day: Stella Blue Sapphire and Pearl Necklace

This clever repurposing of antique and vintage bar pins had me scurrying to my own stash to see if I have anything that could be similarly converted (short answer: I do).

This piece by Stella Blue takes what appears to have been a slim Edwardian era bar pin remade into a necklace. This one is made of yellow and white gold (karat not specified) with sapphire and pearls, attached to a contemporary 18 inch chain. This sells for USD$1,98.

Jewel of the day: Miriam Haskell Pearl and Crystal Earrings

Though I have never been a collector of vintage Miriam Haskell pieces, I have found myself entranced by their current production. Not really sure why, as it’s not that different in design other than that it tends to be a bit more readily available.

These pearl and crystal earrings are made to order and hand done, and take up to seven weeks for delivery. They are described as, “medium sized chandelier earrings – Antique silver plated filigree hand-wired with pave Swarovski crytals. Earrings drop 1.75 inches and are 1 inch at widest point.Light in weight with clip backs.”

These sell for USD$460.

Jewel of the day: Vintage wedding band

Today would have been my parents’ 65th wedding anniversary. Though they didn’t live to see that, they did make it to their 34th.

My mother’s 1951 wedding band was white gold with orange blossoms, their centres set with small diamonds. This slender band is vintage and from Leigh Jay Nacht in NY; it appears to be white gold and is set with seven diamonds. It was lovingly worn, softening the etching to a memory around the band. It sells for USD$375.

Vintage wedding band

Jewel of the day: Dover Jewelry Vintage French Diamond and Ruby Bypass Ring

I really like the bypass, double stone ring; I think it’s charming and can accommodate larger stones without overwhelming the hand. This example, from Dover Jewelry, is set with a diamond and ruby; Dover describes it this way: This classically distinct engagement ring with an EGL certified round brilliant diamond and a vis-a-vis juxtaposed round faceted ruby (a design referred to in France with the romantic term ‘toi et moi’ is of French provenance, crafted in a combination of 18K yellow and white gold and weighs 6.2 grams. The EGL certified diamond measures 7.56 x 7.47 x 4.76 mm, weighs 1.66 cts and is graded H color and VS1 clarity. The round-faceted ruby weighs 2.00ct. Sensually curved shoulders rendered in white and yellow gold merge into a sleek and sizable shank. The ring bears inside the shank the French Hallmark and Mark of Assay and the ring is in pristine condition.”

Its sells for USD$16,999.

Vintage French Diamond Ruby Bypass Ring


Jewel of the day: Vintage Enamel Blue Flower Brooch

Diamonds may be a girl’s best friend, but there’s something to be said for having a bit of cash in the bank too. So you don’t have thousands for diamonds or pearls, but you’re craving a little something new?

Behold this vintage enamelled flower brooch, ready to be pinned to the lapel of your spring coat. Best of all, it’s a scant USD$20 from Etsy seller RhinestoneByrd.

Vintage Enamel Flower Brooch



Jewel of the day: Jean Claude Darveau Vintage Modernist Necklace and Earrings

From Etsy seller Retrovinta comes this set by Quebec designer Jean Claude Darveau. The seller describes it this way: “1970s Canadian designer artisan Jean Claude Darveau modernist necklace and earrings demi parure. The hand crafted abstract statement necklace and earrings are made of white metal with silver plated finish. They are adorned with melamine elements. The closure system clasp is stamped with the patent number : 3984900 dating the necklace around 1975. The earrings have stems for pierced ears and one of them has been resoldered.”

This set sells for CDN$220.35.

Jean Claude Darveau set

Jewel of the day: The Pearl Antiques Vintage Sapphire and Diamond Ring

This is an elegant older design, showcasing three rose cut diamonds estimated to weigh approximately one carat, accented by calibre cut sapphires and round cut diamonds. It is set in 18k white gold and the ring is a size 5.5.

It is offered by The Pearl Antiques, based in Las Vegas and available online from Ruby Lane, and sells for USD$2,385.

The Pearl Antiques Sapphire and Diamond Ring

Jewel of the day: Pippin Vintage Victorian Slide Bracelet

Slides were a decorative piece used to secure a watch on a women’s watch chain. When wrist watches were introduced, women reused the often valuable slides as bracelet components – see, everyone old really is new again. Victorian slide bracelets are very collectible, and this is a really nice example from NYC’s Pippin Vintage.

They note, “The slides themselves all date to around 1900 and are of varying gold content. Most are 14 karat, two are 18 karat and two are 10 karat. The stones are an assortment of tiny turquoise beads, natural seed pearls, diamonds, garnets and paste. The bracelet itself was likely assembled in the 1930s when slide chains fell out of fashion. This would have been a contemporary way of repurposing the highly detailed and collectible slides.”

This sell for USD$2,250.

Pippin Vintage Victorian slide bracelet

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