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    Posted 7 years ago

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    My mother had some lovely costume jewellery as real as prime stones. So thought the burglar who decided to steal my dead mothers pieces. My father was devastated. I've not been able to find many items similar so I decided over the last 12 months to try and get some nice items that the children might like as keepsakes. Even though theyve not been in the family long, they reflect the items I find beautiful.

    I happened to be buying some items for a few friends as gigfts recently and noticed that costume seems to be on the up as they say. Getting "genuine" costume, you need an eye for it and fortunately I seem to be quite good at determining a newbie versus a 1960s genuine piece.

    You look for names like Coro, Trifari, Christian Dior of course. There were some lovely gold tone or Chinese gold as I know it and Jades from the 1970's around. Japan really did excel at this time with some beautiful pearl and gold sets, very hard to tell too some of the plate to solid. They did a lot of pin type brooches. Then you have your terms that we use in glass like filagree, the pattern usually gold plate, silver or pewter in some cases. I don't use the term rhinestone, thas a little American for me. I love the Borealis glass, especially in pinks and pearls. Have one in the pearl and another in a red to to get a nice pink Borealis like mum had :)

    Anyway most of mine I go on the same basis as glass vases. If it seems to be old and I like it, the price is good then buy it.

    Things I watch for. Good settings. If it looks like the genuine article then they've gone to all that effort as if it were a real one then snap it up.

    I'm not going to guess periods here nor makers nor regions. But if someone knows in some of my photos, please feel free to comment. I'll do two posts...maybe three...

    These items make beautiful gifts. Trouble is, like this weekend I decided to get some for a friend you end up wanting them all for your ...

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    1. AnneLanders AnneLanders, 7 years ago
      yes that one is stunning, thanks for that...I just can't photograph to do enough justice to them...

      I noted too you collect for your sister, simarly I always ave my daughter and daughter in law in mind when I buy these. Bought my first one fter my double mac as it gives you a sense of beauty...
    2. AnneLanders AnneLanders, 7 years ago
      Still trying o get that emerald green to shine throug in the star and the bourelis shine to sparkle in the star wheel...
    3. racer4four racer4four, 7 years ago
      Wow lovely pieces. That star is a great piece, but I am a sucker for AB!
    4. racer4four racer4four, 7 years ago
      The aurora borealis brooch....gorgeous!
    5. AnneLanders AnneLanders, 7 years ago
      thanks Karen. I finally got the photo to glisten a little more....
    6. AnneLanders AnneLanders, 7 years ago
      I just hope yours does when it arrives...!
    7. AnneLanders AnneLanders, 7 years ago
      Thank you so far to all those too who loved my brooches. I'll thank you properly in the morning . But the nest love so far from Jewels. What a great name!
      Anne xx
    8. AnneLanders AnneLanders, 6 years ago
      Help!!!! LENT THE sTAR BROOCH TO A FRIEND-SHES LOST IT.....HAS ANYONE GOT THE SAME THEY WOULD LIKE TO PART WITH......IM DEVASTATED...I know its just a brooch but it was one of my favourites..... Anne
    9. AnneLanders AnneLanders, 5 years ago
      every now and again I bump this up. A friend borrowed my star brooch on the left and lost it.

      First, does anyone know the pattern/maker.
      And does anyone know where I can replace it???
    10. Gillian, 5 years ago
      Forgive me please for invading your post. I found this on line and thought it perhaps could be a replacement for your lost star brooch.
    11. AnneLanders AnneLanders, 5 years ago
      Gillian you havent invaded my post at all. I think it's wonderful you've supplied me with a link to buy the brooch to replace mine...This brooch certainly looks similar and I will wear it with pride...yes I bought it !!!
      Thank you for your kindness in searching for me. I keep forgetting about Etsy and I usually find what I need there. Even if I find one identical, I will cherish yours.. :)
      You are fabulous Gillian and the look like a treat together...if only :)

      Anne xxxxx
    12. Gillian, 5 years ago
      I'm very, very pleased that you liked it. I thought perhaps at 3" it might be a little large, I didn't know how large yours was. I do hope it will reach you safely, and you like it in 'person' when you see it.
      I'm so glad you bought it - that was quick! There's a big smile on my face, and thank you for your kind words.
    13. AnneLanders AnneLanders, 5 years ago
      I'm very glad you are happy. I am too.
      When my friend lost my brooch, it's wasn't the material loss that got up my nose as much but the way she dismissed the replacement or even an offer of one. It shocked me. I would have been mortified in the reverse.

      Anyhow, the very kind lady who I bought this from has sent me extra photos. So I will post these soon. And whilst it was a quick turn around, it was very cheap fortunately. Thanks again Gillian. Proving again that I've met so many great friends on CW :)
      Anne xx

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