Jan 26, 2012

Carefully Curated Clutter

1940s lamp, Station Clock and Automaton Bird Cage
from my office
I’ve never been asked to reflect upon a space before, and now that I have, I’m rather alarmed.  I have collected quite a bit of “stuff” in the relatively small area I call my office.  My office best reflects who I am, because it is the only room in the house I have complete control over.  The rest of the house has gone to the dogs…and to my tornado-like child, and to my messy husband (don’t get me started on the socks I find stuffed between the sofa cushions.)  My only sanctuary is the fifteen-by-eight-foot spare room off the living room.  My office.

Jan 13, 2012

WINNER SELECTED!! Valentine's Day Jewelry Blog Giveaway -- Ends 1/31

*****The winner has been selected!  Thank you to everyone who took the time to participate!! It was a blast reading all of your thoughtful comments! Stay tuned, and come back for my next Blog giveaway of more fabulous jewelry!!

Valentine's Day is just a month away, so it's time to kick off my Valentine's Day Blog Giveaway.  This year I am offering up a vintage Art Deco style pendant necklace.  I love Art Deco, especially on Valentine's Day!

Jan 10, 2012

Upon closer inspection... A Guide to buying jewelry

When buying vintage jewelry at an antique mall, second hand shop or even online, you will want to inspect the piece carefully for damage.  Seems like common sense, but I can't tell you how many times I've purchased a piece just to realize it was actually damaged.

Vintage Ciner Bracelet — Elegant and Classic Bridal Jewelry

Vintage Faux Pearl and Rhinestone Bracelet.  Elegant... classic...  signed CINER.
A well made and yet feminine and delicate bracelet.  This five strand pearl off white pearl bracelet has "V" shaped rhinestone spacer bars.
Rhodium plated metal pave set with clear rhinestones.  c 1960s, in excellent vintage condition, with light signs of use.
Metal and pearls are excellent, all original rhinestones, some have "fogged" a bit (not quite as sparkly) from age.  Secures with a fold over clasp and safety chain with spring ring clasp.
A beautiful piece for bridal or weddings, or an opulent night out!
Measurements: a wearable length of approx 7 1/2" and about 5/8" wide.

Eisenberg Sterling Fur Clip

Rare Vintage find, signed Eisenberg c 1940s.
All prong set pear and marquis rhinestones with paste set rounds accenting the center of this Amazing Vintage 1940s Eisenberg Sterling Silver Fur Clip .
Beautiful patina on the silver! Signed Eisenberg on the prong catch, Signed with an "E" in the center back of the piece, and also Sterling and another little arrow-like mark?
This piece is in amazing vintage condition, with light signs of age appropriate wear, but no flaws that I can find. The Fur prong on the right side can wiggle slightly right to left to catch in the prong safety catch.  A wonderful piece of high end jewelry for the collector!!
Measurements: approx 2 1/4" by 2" across the widest spans
Click the picture to go to the listing in my shop!