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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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Art Deco carnelian necklace for £1! - Art Decoin Art Deco
Victorian mourning brooch or not? - Fine Jewelryin Fine Jewelry
Art Deco Carnelian Pebble Necklace - Art Decoin Art Deco
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
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
Peking glass bead necklace in need of tlc. - Art Decoin Art Deco


  1. Gorgeous, haven't seen that shape before!
  2. Great post, very informative! I have my Grandma's Brodie helmet from WW2, she was a civilian fire warden. It's lost it's lining though. My son had fun wearing it to school earlier this year for thei...
  3. What a fab experience, and lovely gifts!
  4. Gorgeous, I love uranium glass, and faceted beads like these! I've seen a few with mixed beads, I have one with graduated oval cream-coloured beads and only about 1/3 of the necklace are uranium bea...
  5. Such beautiful colours, and thanks for the background story!
  6. It's lovely and I see what you mean, but I can't help thinking that Instone would have used a closed-back setting for anything that isn't a faceted stone. I've never seen him use pau shell/abalone eit...
  7. Fab collection, love them all!
  8. Aw, I think he's lovely! He might be rhodium plated, he looks very shiny.
  9. Yes, with that many facets I would guess it's more likely to be crystal. Enjoy wearing it!
  10. Gorgeous! Those metal links, in particular the flat shepherd's crook clasp, are typically art deco. Without them being signed there's no way to know for sure where they're from. If only they could tal...
  11. There are lots of Venetian glass beads, but I've seen so many with the Czech stamp on the jump ring that I suspect people listing them just copy the Venetian name from other listings regardless. I gue...
  12. Hi Hamish, they're beautiful beads, what a fab find! I love the colours. A lot of these foiled glass beads are Czech in origin, many of them come from the Art Deco period. It's a shame that the cla...
  13. Love it! I think with the colour and silver flakes in it is an AVeM Tutti Fritti ashtray like mine. Did you see this link?
  14. Thanks Newfld, Gillian and Bill for your comments :) I do see BJL brooches popping up on Ebay occasionally, I saw the seahorse one once but not the budgie. Just noticed this listing, I love these t...
  15. It's fab! I'd wear it :)
  16. The "UFO" is spectacular, isn't it! I wonder if it was a sort of fastening or button on something. I love the bar brooch with the cream arches on it, shame most of the stones are missing. And I love...
  17. Gorgeous! Love the cats too :)
  18. So pretty!
  19. I immediately thought Czech too. Lovely!
  20. Haha, I was watching those! Glad to see they went to someone I "know". They caught my eye because the brooch reminded me of the Bernard Instone brooch that I got from my Grandma. The surround is more ...
  21. Gorgeous, I love the design of the ring too! I have a tiny butterfly wing pendant that would go well with this!
  22. The carved bit does remind me of carved cinnabar but blue instead of red! I wonder if it was originally in that setting.
  23. Fabulous finds, love the Nielloware panels!
  24. It's beautiful, I hope your daughter enjoys wearing it.
  25. Wow, an absolute beauty!!
  26. It definitely has a similarity to a thistle leaf, also a poppy or some anemone leaves are like that too. Pretty, whatever it is!
  27. I have since found another two of these, I must post them!
  28. Thanks Phil, I still wear this regularly!
  29. Thanks Phil, I've found quite a few including some in the family with the same square gold filled wire findings. It seemed to be a popular style here (Scotland) in the 20s and 30s. Whether they were m...
  30. Thanks Trey, it's an especially sparkly example!
  31. Beautiful, what a skill to be able to make this. It reminds me of a cowrie shell.
  32. That's gorgeous! The green stone might be chrysophase.
  33. Thanks for the love people!
  34. Thanks for your comment Phil, we are in Scotland so it could have originated here, but there is jewellery from all over the world in this collection :) Celine, thanks so much for all that info, wonde...
  35. Link to Georg Jensen brooch: Victorian mourning brooch - this one is tortoiseshell but i found a jet on...
  36. Beautiful!
  37. It's beautiful. I just don't get why, if someone has the skill to make a ring like this, why not build up their own name than selling it as a fake of someone else's work? Just to make money I know but...
  38. They look very similar to my Grandma's old beads here (the yellow one). I still don't know what mine are, definitely not glass so I'm following this post with interest!
  39. Hi Kyra! Thanks for the links, that looks like the one!
  40. My kind of ring! Enjoy wearing it :)
  41. Oh, he's just gorgeous!
  42. I love this! Squinting at the mark it looks like S - something, maybe SW? The 925 is fairly clear.
  43. I'd say 1930s as well. I have a few from family collections that were brought back from Egypt by an uncle around that time. Two of them are hallmarked and date stamped, the other two have no marks on ...
  44. Oh, I love it!
  45. Love these!
  46. All so, so pretty!
  47. 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...
  48. 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 ;)
  49. They look like sunbed goggles but metal? With a chain? Not very comfortable!!
  50. My great-aunt had a ring with a similar stone, she called it smoky topaz.
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