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Brampton, Ontario

Ever since I was little girl I have been interested in “old stuff”. My grandmother, born in the late 1880’s, was a truly Victorian lady. Her taste has influenced Ever since I was little girl I have been interested in “old stuff”. My grandmother, born in the late 1880’s, was a truly Victorian lady. Her taste has influenced me throughout my childhood. After leaving the socialist East Germany in 1985, I lost pretty much everything I have ever owned, including many special items handed to me by my grandmother. I will never be able to replace most of the jewelry, books, and furniture. Some time ago, I started going to antique stores and second hand stores and came across many beautiful objects that awakened memories of my beloved grandmother. These memories inspired me to start collecting vintage costume jewelry and porcelain and anything else that is old and gorgeous. Having said that, I also enjoy the hunt for a great find, the beauty of an old and previously loved item, and the thrill of finding out who made it and how old it is. (Read more)

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Sterling Bangle, Birmingham - Fine Jewelryin Fine Jewelry
Grapes and Leaves Pin - Costume Jewelryin Costume Jewelry
Bond Boyd Gold Filled Pin - Costume Jewelryin Costume Jewelry
Snake and Flower Costume Pin - Costume Jewelryin Costume Jewelry
Georgian/Victorian Pin? - Fine Jewelryin Fine Jewelry
Watercolor by Goldschald 
Grab-Bag Find:  Retro or Vintage Necklace - Costume Jewelryin Costume Jewelry
Grab-Bag Find: Necklace with Red Glass Beads - Costume Jewelryin Costume Jewelry
Link Bracelet Marked 925 Mexico??? - Fine Jewelryin Fine Jewelry
Small Ring:  Niels Erik From - Fine Jewelryin Fine Jewelry

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  1. Thanks a lot, racer4four:)
  2. Yes, valentino97, the snake made me take her home. I put her in the bottom of a box where she cannot charm anybody!!
  3. Many thanks, mikelv85 and aghcollect:)
  4. Thanks a lot, vetraio50:)
  5. Thanks a lot, idcloisonne:)
  6. Thanks a lot, mikel85, nutsabotas6, and vetraio50:)
  7. Many thanks, aghcollect and SEAN68:)
  8. Thanks a lot, Moonstonelover21:)
  9. Thanks a lot, Manikin, racer4four, and valentino97:)
  10. Thanks a lot: Moonstonelover21, mikelv85, racer4four, aghcollect, and nutsabotas6 :)
  11. Thank you, Jewels. I thought of Mexican too, however, the Mexican brooches I have seen had a flat back; this one doesn't have it. Also, antiquerose, I had a second look at the pin and realized tha...
  12. Antiquerose, I think you might be correct - it could be a flower; although a strange one. Maybe I just associated the image with grapes because of the Mexican earrings I have. I will have a good sec...
  13. I am inclined to say so too. But I am not sure and I have not tested it.
  14. It kind of scares me.
  15. Thanks, racer4four and nutsabotas6. I have been collecting Bond Boyd for some time and I don't like all of their pieces. I prefer the older ones and think that in many cases they are undervalued. M...
  16. This was the first I found here. In the store they had more but this was the only one in almost perfect condition, nutsabotas6:)
  17. Thanks a lot, aghcollect and mikelv85:)
  18. Update: I just wanted to share a photo with the earrings I found. Hope you like it.
  19. Thanks a lot, vetraio50:)
  20. Thanks a lot, vetraio50:)
  21. Thanks a lot, aghcollect, mikelv85, and Peasejean:)
  22. Thanks a lot for your kind comment, Sunnybrook:)
  23. I am inclined to say it is a star in a full circle. The mark happens to be on the edge of the jewelry and therefore might be missing part of circle. But, of course, that's just my opinion. I could ...
  24. Thanks a lot, SEAN68. Also many thanks to aghcollect and Manikin:)
  25. Agree!
  26. I checked this site some time ago. It is a very good site but I couldn't the star in a circle:(
  27. I have a pin posted with the same mark. If you enlarge the second photo you will see it. http://www.collectorsweekly.com/stories/82682-large-pin I guess this makes two of us in need of more informa...
  28. Thanks for the nice compliment, artislove:)
  29. Oh no, girls! I don't think I can do that. However, never say never. I will think about it - LOL
  30. Thanks a lot, artislove:)
  31. I love the colour of the amber in the dangle earrings!
  32. Mikelv85, I agree with you. I got only two grab bags ever - but I am still listing items from those two bags: http://www.collectorsweekly.com/stories/124731-10k-gold-necklace-grab-bag-find I foun...
  33. Thanks very much: Zowie, kyratango, racer4four, mikelv85, vetraio50, and valentino97:)
  34. You are so correct, antiquerose! What would we do to get information??? I am not exactly the youngest anymore and the whole "computer thing" is stressing me out sometimes but without the Internet I ...
  35. AGalWithGlass, thanks so much for the link. I love the handmade jewelry! And the prices are great too. My Polish is as good as non-existent and therefore I won't be ordering on line but the site is...
  36. It is likely that this is Baltic amber. I would love, however, to find out more about it, like where and when it was made. But because I cannot find any other marks, I hope that someone has the same...
  37. Dear Zowie, I am sorry to hear that you are not too well and have to spend time in bed. I sincerely hope you are doing better soon. I checked my box and it turned out it is the only music box I have...
  38. Thanks s o much everyone: Jewels geo26 mikelv85 vetraio50 and aghcollect By the way, today I found this listing on e-bay. The bracelet seems identical to mine except for the mark. Mine sa...
  39. Thanks a lot, SEAN68:) By the way, I went back to the store and found the matching earrings! I will post them on the weekend.
  40. Thanks so much for your comment, valentino97. I never pay much for my items unless I am absolutely sure they are worth it. If I know it's real and I really like it, I pay the asking price. So, no, ...
  41. Thanks a lot, Manikin:)
  42. Also many thanks, SEAN68:)
  43. Thanks a lot, aghcollect:)
  44. Thanks, antiquerose. There is no other mark than the "925" on the pin/needle. I would not have seen it at all if I wouldn't have found a mark on my other amber pin in pretty much the same location. ...
  45. Thanks a lot, geo26e, Virginia.vintage, and aghcollect:)
  46. Thanks a lot, geo26e, mikelv85, racer4four, and aghcollect:)
  47. Thanks a lot, mikelv85, racer4four, antiquerose, and aghcollect:)
  48. Also many thanks to: mikelv85 racer4four vetraio50 Moonstonelover21 aghcollect and Manikin
  49. I guess you are right, racer4four. Maybe that makes it more special:)
  50. Many thanks to all of you: geo26e loves this. vetraio50 mikelv85 racer4four aghcollect and Jewels
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