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    Posted 2 months ago

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    Another one for my personal collection. I found this in a small antique shop for $14. I had a non-jewelry friend with me who swore it was the ugliest thing she had ever seen. I told her I would have to revisit the pros and cons of our friendship at a later date. SHE reminded ME that we were due to have a brunch in an hour and that she was paying. I suddenly remembered we were supposed to practice forgiveness. I decided to become the bigger person. But first, I had the most beautiful and unique brooch to buy! The beads are carved and they‘re glass. It’s very deep. Easily a quarter inch, if not a little more, separates the back from the deepest part of the front, which is so unique to me as I’ve not seen something like this before. The chain that connects the three beads is so thick and nice! It’s the type of work you see on really high end jewelry nowadays. This is what I love about old jewelry. Their middle of the road stuff is comparable, in workmanship and attention to detail, to our high-end jewelry today. Would it be that we cared enough to do that again!!!

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    1. racer4four racer4four, 2 months ago
      You will work out very soon Salome that my jewellery knowledge is poor, but I like what I like, and this I like.
      I think it's European and quite old by the pin, but remember, I know very little.
      The glass beads? Likely Czech.
      It's great to have a friend who still has lunch with you even when you disagree on things! That's what friends should be. Hope it was a yummy lunch :)
    2. Ms.CrystalShip Ms.CrystalShip, 2 months ago
      “To each their own”
      I absolutely love this piece! I am very fond of red jewelry, and the carved glass beads caught my eye right away. Also, I believe the date is very close, I, too, was thinking 1930’s, but just a guess. The “joint” on this “joint & catch” pin mechanism became quite popular in the 30’s. I have said it many times, and I will say it again. These pin mechanisms are on high end jewelry. You would never see a riveted -on pin, say on a Sherman piece, never! This piece is closer to antique than vintage, which makes it even more special. I would proudly wear this right in the middle of a sweater, front and center, for all to see.
      Lovely Antique Brooch! ( 80-90 years is close enough!)
    3. valentino97 valentino97, 2 months ago
      Agree w/our friends! Very nice, especially that the beads are carved. And, some of my friends don't understand my obsession with old plastic - at least we shop for different things when we go junking. YES, vintage jewelry is SO much better made than most of today's costume stuff. :)
    4. salome000 salome000, 2 months ago
      Oh I just KNEW!!! So, let me share with you, Eileen, Mary and racer, what cued me in that this was a truly (monetarily) valuable piece-not that this matters, but it appeases the Marital Unit (aka “the husband”) when I say “Look! I bought this antique brooch for $14 and it’s worth (however much more)! Think of how much it’ll be worth in 10 years!”

      And then he forgets. Hee hee.

      OH! And before I forget...I DO wear ALL my best jewelry, everyday. I retired from radio and TV. I had a gentleman who dressed me for all my shots and appearances and he taught me two things:

      1-A lady should wear her best jewelry everyday.

      2-Fashion is wearing what you’re wearing with confidence.

      Almost 30 years has passed and I’ve forgotten many things. These two rules I’ve always remembered and adhered to!

      But while not wearing them, I’m making a beautiful display of my favorite pieces in the China cabinet so I can see them everyday. Quick note: In the fall and winter,I buy thick headbands, glue padding over them then velvet. I can pin one of my brooches to it! Talk about a show stopper! Also on a velvet choker to the theater.

      Anyway-The first thing I knew made it special was the fact I could tell the beads were glass and they were etched. The second thing was the quality of the chain holding the three dowels. Not to mention the unusual shape and the depth. All of that caught my eye. Eileen, the pin caught my eye although I didn’t know what it was called. I did note how unusual it looked and felt it was authentic to the piece. Not that my instincts are always right! But I’m learning to notice little things. I would think a good start would be in learning about pin closures and perhaps the times they were used?
    5. Ms.CrystalShip Ms.CrystalShip, 2 months ago
      Carmen, been very busy lately, so sorry for the LATE response. I wanted to tell you there are many sites that explain clasps, dates they were made, and their descriptions. Just google it. Try to stay away from riveted on pin mechanisms. They are a deal breaker for me. I’ve never seen a riveted on pin on Sherman or Trifari jewelry. That tells you something. And RARELY, do you see it on D & E, ( I read somewhere Mr. DeLizza didn’t like them either, tended to “lower” the integrity of the piece.) Those pieces were made for other companies and/ or are the ones made way later towards their closing, along with the glued- on rhinestones. Pave’ set stones are another story, so it depends on the design for sure. Your posts are lovely and fun, keep them coming!

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