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Posted 2 years ago


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1980: I was 20 w/my first real job as a graphic artist in a cool old dumpy print shop in downtown Omaha. My favorite lunch was spent in the nearby St. VDP, Lutheran thrift, Council thrift, Sal Army, Goodwill (yes - this was my neighborhood). I couldn't afford much but copper jewelry was very cheap. I started the collection w/25 cent earrings. Since then and now in CA my collection has grown to over 300 pieces - yet probably half came from the early prowling around the midwest. In 85 I offered $40 for a Rebajes bracelet off the wrist of a 20-something in a club in Pacific Beach but "it was her gramma's" and I didn't push. I have also been offered "off my wrist, jacket, neck and ears" for a full Rebajes set - and so I know how that feels. It's just too special to let go of. Boy I hope my nieces will appreciate their inheritance.

I'm still a graphic artist and...still poor?? (rich!! in life experiences) and I've enjoyed completing sets of my wonderful copper collection in all the junk and thrift stores across this country that I can get to!

I recommend "Copper Art Jewelry - A different lustre" by Burkholz and Kaplan for other copper nuts. This is an excellent source for info.


  1. flowerrose, 2 years ago
    What a great collection! I think your nieces will love them - especially if you educate them about the pieces as they grow so they appreciate them. :-)
  2. Stillwater Stillwater, 2 years ago
    Very nice pieces, I love copper as well, and I sell a lot of Renoir and Rebajes. That Ubangi brooch is a really desirable piece, they're going for good money on eBay
  3. valentino97 valentino97, 2 years ago
    Thank you for your comment. I like the silver w/green too. It isn't marked but It's pretty great.
  4. DrFluffy DrFluffy, 1 year ago
    Wow... So a little CW meeting in ROSE BOWL would be good for you too...
  5. valentino97 valentino97, 1 year ago
    Yes - Rose Bowl meet-up would be fun! I haven't been there in so long - mainly because I have so much STUFF I'm trying to appreciate what I have. No way have I worn everything I've collected....The one at Long Beach Veterans stadium is good and one down near Irvine....Orange Coast swap meet? are good too.

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