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I am a retired lover of antique jewellery,art,music, and beauty in any form. I love to collect jewellery that can be worn today that is not too ostentatious or preciI am a retired lover of antique jewellery,art,music, and beauty in any form. I love to collect jewellery that can be worn today that is not too ostentatious or precious to wear. Recently I have become very interested in Arts and Crafts silver / gemstone jewellery and designers of such pieces. I should emphasize that it is antique and vintage pieces that have captured my interest. I live in Australia but visit my family in the UK whenever I am able. Last year was one of those occasions. I attended a lovely antique fair in Stamford , situated on the meadow.... just a lovely day. I found a single earring on one of the stands that took my fancy so much that I purchased it , wildly spending one pound to secure it ???? This single earring was the seed sown for my interest , I just had to find out who, where and when . I will post an image of the earring if anyone is interested to see it. So starts this journey for me, a lot to learn and loving every minute! (Read more)

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Arts and Crafts poppy bloom brooch  - Arts and Craftsin Arts and Crafts
Edith Linnell arts and crafts brooch. - Arts and Craftsin Arts and Crafts
Instone ? Brooch on its way !! - Arts and Craftsin Arts and Crafts
Arts and crafts enamel brooch but where was it made ? - Fine Jewelryin Fine Jewelry
Arts and crafts Silver. Any idea of maker please ?  - Arts and Craftsin Arts and Crafts
Arts and crafts brooch with crinkle leaves - Arts and Craftsin Arts and Crafts
My first Amy Sandheim. - Arts and Craftsin Arts and Crafts
Bernard Instone ring - Arts and Craftsin Arts and Crafts
Wager opal brooch - Arts and Craftsin Arts and Crafts
The earring that started it all ! - Fine Jewelryin Fine Jewelry

Comments

  1. P.s ... kyra ... my tooth issue was all but forgotten until I calmed down a bit over the excitement of snagging this ! It slowly came back again. Just shows you what a natural high can do ????
  2. Hello Kyra, thanks for all your very helpful information. I did wonder if it could be cherry amber or something similar. As soon as it arrives I will do your suggested tests and will update this post....
  3. Hi Jean I did wonder if you were travelling . Thanks so much for taking the time to look. I have looked and looked at Instone brooches all yesterday just to try and find a hint on this one. The leaves...
  4. Hello Elisabethan, Awww thanks so much for that, I love it too. I think its beautiful and so well made. My only problem is I am going to have to wait for weeks for it to get to me and I am itching t...
  5. Hello six-0-one thanks for your lovely comment. I can’t wait to get this in my hands to examine it. I am not sure that the poppy petals are enamel ? Will have to update with more when I receive it.
  6. Hi Jean I have posted something that could or could not be Bernard Instone???? Would you be kind enough to take a look at my latest post and give me your opinion ? It’s an unusual piece and I have a r...
  7. Thanks racer4four, I was thinking of Jean when I thought could this be Instone ? I will do as you suggest and comment on her last post. I was wondering how I could give her a nudge to take a look. Tha...
  8. I am thinking could it be Bernard Instone? The leaves are Instone... ish but I can’t find any other pieces of his work that look anything like this.
  9. For some reason my exclamation marks are coming up as question marks so please read above .... exclaims not questions ????
  10. Oh I missed this posting, time seems to have gotten away from me recently. What an absolute treasure ???? it’s a work of art and the concept of the whole piece is from a sensitive artist. Beautiful!
  11. Oh gosh I wouldn’t get mad at anyone for voicing their opinion. I know this looks really modern doesn’t it but it probably dates from 1920’ or 30s . There are other examples online that are from the ...
  12. Hello D, Yes the pale mauve frame is just the perfect backdrop ! I agree the colour combo is lovely , in fact with the bright silver , green and Amethyst I'm feeling a little bit of Suffragette comin...
  13. I know ! I get really excited but also really anxious about things getting lost in the post at the moment. It's an emotional roller coaster for me. I have collected jewellery for about 40 yrs now, no...
  14. Hi Jean , I thought you might like this one ????I am so lucky to have it . My collection is just in its infancy nothing like the Many treasures you have But I think I will always be proud to own this ...
  15. Well you don't seem to have a lack of earrings Jean, no wonder I can't find any , you have them all !! :) Seriously though you should be ,and probably are ,very proud of having the foresight to collec...
  16. Super ! Great to get sets or near sets of things. Earrings seem to be a bit tricky to get. I actually love carnelian, I think it looks very warm and comforting somehow. You must be having great fun to...
  17. Oh my eyes are dizzy with them, super collection Jean. It would be hard and very expensive to buy all these again. Thanks for showing them, its great to have something beautiful to look at.
  18. Gosh that's incredible ! such care and detail taken over every stage. You are a marvelous talented artist.
  19. OK I have now found some images of Instone pieces with the same pin hinge on the back....... so the plot thickens !
  20. Hi Jean , yes I know it gets so hard because there are similar leaves on others work ! The other thing about this piece is that the pin hinge is not the same as I have seen on other Instone brooches I...
  21. Hi Jean I hoped you would check in and take a look. I did wonder if you had any Instone pieces with the same style of leaf. I really didn’t think of Instone at all to be honest but as you have said yo...
  22. I love that this beautiful piece was saved and made into a wearable treasure. I think we should honour the fact that someone valued it enough to spend time and money on it. I love it Jean it speaks of...
  23. Oh gosh yes that’s my brooch ! Thanks for the link. I saw your pretty ring, nice find. I love that someone treasured it enough to go to all that trouble and expense to save it or make it more wearable...
  24. Hi Jean, just wanted to say I have been looking through your treasures again today I had a really lovely time , drooling over your Instone pieces !! Well done for gathering so many examples , many thi...
  25. Oh thanks so much truthordare . I have added pics of two more of the pieces , not great images because I have enlarged them from an image sent to me. You are absolutely right about the brooch being m...
  26. Thanks for your opinion ,as always, and confirming my thoughts that they are British. The colours are really quite distinctive. I just haven’t been able to find anything at all that looks similar.Your...
  27. Thanks truthordare for taking the time to comment on these. I live in Australia so it is quite hard to find a museum that might have any records ect on this type of work. I was planning a trip to the ...
  28. Very very pretty Jean . It’s a lovely piece !
  29. Oh KSIA ! Well I spent a wonderful evening in bed looking at beautiful work from that school. I see what you mean about Mawson's work being similar, less defined detail, with the hand of the maker bei...
  30. Hi jewels1900, it’s so frustrating when you finally find a lead ,to a piece you are trying to attribute , and there is no maker stated. Likewise for the pieces you asked about. Very obvious and Uninfo...
  31. Hello jewels1900, you have hit the nail on the head I believe. Something was not quite right to my eye , but .... I still wanted to purchase because i was thinking I could learn from this piece, it ...
  32. Hello billretirecoll thanks again for your comments, very helpful. No I have not had the brooch tested for sterling. I am collecting arts and crafts pieces and many of them are just marked silver or e...
  33. Thanks so much racer4four for your lovely comment. I really am so happy I was lucky enough to buy this lovely piece.
  34. Hi Kyratango. Your adorable I just love that you wore a tiara at home ......and why not ! These beautiful things should be for our pleasure wherever we are. Thanks for the Kudos on the Amy , I reall...
  35. Hi Jean yes I have it on my bedside table and can see it last thing before I go to sleep and first thing I wake in the morning ! I will certainly treasure it. Do you wear your pieces out ? I often won...
  36. Oh gosh Jean this is a treasure! You know as soon as I saw it I was reminded of Guy Fawkes night in England. When I was a child my favourite firework was a Catherine wheel. It was a round wound up whe...
  37. Hi Kyratango , Yes I think your right it was meant to be mine, fits like a glove. I agree I am not keen to resize or alter any items that have been made by a hand, but..... things should be worn and e...
  38. Hello Jean, Yes the ring is marked BI and silver. It has gold little features in it and the pearls are a beautiful silver grey colour. The photos are not great. I was sitting outside In the Sun and wa...
  39. Beautiful just divine ! Another superb piece for your wonderful collection.
  40. Hello again shareurpassion, I love this piece and have quite a connection with it, not sure why. I often reach for it when I go out and it feels strangely comforting when I wear it..... how odd that s...
  41. Hello shareurpassion, thanks so much for your compliment on the brooch and you are right, in hand it is even more incredible ! I had not started collecting Arts And Crafts pieces when I purchased thi...
  42. Oh Heck Jewels 1900 , just as well you told me as I have it in a box with others items. I will put it in a pouch right now. These things I really need to learn. Thanks so much I would hate to chip it.
  43. Hi Jean I love the colours in your very pretty ring. Its such an unusual design. Cheered me up looking at it. Thanks Jean.
  44. Thanks Trey, just what we need right now something beautiful to look at.
  45. Thanks for that information IVAN49 . I appreciate your comments about opals.
  46. Oh Jean thanks so much for the compliment I really appreciate that. The frame is silver but I have to say it has not darkened like some of my other silver pieces. I took this picture just on an outsid...
  47. Hello Kyratango, Yes signed :) I think at the time I purchased this I didn't really realise how special it was to have a piece signed. I am puffing my chest out now though will your lovely comment :)
  48. Hello Vetraio50 cheers ! thanks for the WOW . I thought a bit of natures beauty wouldn't go a miss at the moment.
  49. Very stylish indeed. Nice find !
  50. Oh my word you are so very talented ! What an absolutely incredible transformation. Do you do this type of thing for a living ? You must be a professional restorer surely ?
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