Edinburgh, Scotland

I have recently been given a family collection of costume jewellery, mostly necklaces from around the 1930s. I'm enjoying wearing the pieces and finding out more aboI have recently been given a family collection of costume jewellery, mostly necklaces from around the 1930s. I'm enjoying wearing the pieces and finding out more about them but I still have a long way to go! (Read more)


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My home-made ring, posted for freiheit to see - Fine Jewelryin Fine Jewelry
What's this stone? (More Art Deco gemstone necklaces) - Art Decoin Art Deco
Vintage amber glass beads restrung with charity shop necklace - Art Decoin Art Deco
Art Deco rainbow cane glass necklace on gold tone (rolled gold?) links - Art Decoin Art Deco
Vintage Murano glass bowl or ashtray - Art Glassin Art Glass
Vintage Aurora Borealis 3 strand necklace with pretty clasp - Costume Jewelryin Costume Jewelry
Art glass bracelet, cost me £1! - Costume Jewelryin Costume Jewelry
Swirly glass bead necklace - Costume Jewelryin Costume Jewelry
Peking glass bead necklace in need of tlc. - Art Decoin Art Deco
Art Deco Murano Wedding Cake Bead Necklace - Art Decoin Art Deco


  1. Love these!
  2. All so, so pretty!
  3. I was going to suggest jade because of the way it's carved, but close up it looks like it has little speckles in it that look more like green aventurine. It's so difficult to tell without seeing it in...
  4. I'm no expert but it does look similar. Her and her sister certainly liked their jewellery, that's where most of my collection has come from ;)
  5. They look like sunbed goggles but metal? With a chain? Not very comfortable!!
  6. My great-aunt had a ring with a similar stone, she called it smoky topaz.
  7. Beautiful, all three of them!!
  8. Wonderful!
  9. It's a big job you've taken on! I know it seems overwhelming now, but once you start looking in to these things you will find yourself sucked in... After a while you'll have a much better idea of wher...
  10. Lovely brooch. Great information about the oak leaf too, thank you!
  11. Yes, agree that it's Miracle or similar. The stones are usually glass, and not all of them are signed. Unusual shape though!
  12. Oh, pretty pretty! Interested to see what people say about the beads.
  13. Thanks valentino :)
  14. Just saw the link to this on the eye ring post. I absolutely love it, I'll have to keep an eye out for another one....
  15. So creepy, I love it!
  16. It's a stunner, I love it!
  17. Thanks for your lovely comments Shareurpassion, Efergirl and kyra, I was a bit nervous about posting this (but I am pretty pleased with the way it turned out!!) I need to look up NE From now! The o...
  18. Tassie and freiheit, thanks for your comments, you're very kind to a novice :) It's an eye-opener doing a class like this, I have to say, I thought it was a fairly simple design but it's been a lot of...
  19. I've (almost) finished mine, I've posted it here for you to see. It looks a bit different to yours now it's fi...
  20. Oh my, that's an absolute beauty!
  21. Mine won't look anything like as good, but I'll be happy having made it - it's only the second thing I've made from silver. I'm very lucky that our local council run evening classes in all sorts of s...
  22. Wow, it's almost identical to one I'm half-way through making in jewellery class! I don't know what the "stone" is in yours but it's pretty! Love the malachite teardrop too :)
  23. Pretty! They look like earrings to me, sometimes with older ones like this they're too loose to wear.
  24. Memories of secondary school, it was a favourite back then!
  25. Maybe he was on a wee sightseeing trip, taking a break from filming up here in Edinburgh, lol!
  26. Beautiful, would say chrysophase too :) Interested to see if you can find out what the makers marks are!
  27. Love the malachite! Good haul :)
  28. Some of them are dyed, I have one that's dyed an orange colour and I've seen some dyed brown. (Mine doesn't have patterns carved on the beads but has the same small disc beads on either side of the cl...
  29. Another Etsy link!
  30. I'm only guessing here, but I've seen similar with the carved small disc beads and the same kind of barrel screw clasp from Africa, so I thought African rather than Asian when I first saw it.
  31. Beautiful, I love the dark red outside! It's very similar to a smaller one I have. Mine has a generic Murano sticker on it so I'd say yours probably had the same at some time. http://www.collector...
  32. I would be tempted to suggest that the middle one might be Caithness glass though...
  33. Swooning over the apple but I love the right-hand one as well!
  34. Beautiful!
  35. Hard to choose a favourite but if pushed I'd go for the carved carnelian one. They're all stunners though!
  36. Thanks lentilka and Nuts, and everyone who clicked love. Still don't know what the pale blue stones are though!
  37. Just a novice here but I'd say they were collectable! Beautiful beads.
  38. Absolutely love it!!
  39. Fab collection. The crane is just gorgeous!
  40. The necklace looks like green aventurine gemstone to me. Very pretty!
  41. Thank you Phil! I just took them back to my Mum to show her what I did with the beads. She said I can keep them ;)
  42. Lovely beads! Agree with the above, could be either.
  43. (^I mean with the same enamelling)
  44. Oh my giddy aunt! How stunning is that? I've seen spoons and napkin rings around online, I wonder how many other things he made?
  45. Update: I've just found this Art Deco bag with cut steel beads - the beads look identical to the ones on my necklace, so thank you valentino, I think you were right!
  46. Lovely, I can't get enough of these necklaces! I've seen a few beauties with faceted disc-shaped beads and smooth oval spacers, so I'd put this a bit earlier than the 50s :)
  47. I'm by no means an expert, but I'd agree with Katherine - the glass/crystal beads look Art Deco to me, but I'm not sure the copper beads are original. Not sure about the clasp either, the earlier ones...
  48. Gorgeous, lots of spakle! I have one from my Grandma and have had a few others. From what I've read about them, the hook and extension chain was popular in the 50s, but some have decorative clasps to...
  49. That's lovely lentilka. I think I've seen a few like you describe. There certainly are some beauties out there!
  50. Wow, you did well!
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