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rhineisfine

British Columbia, Canada

tl;dr: I love sparkly things! I'm a happily chaotic collector of "stuff that I like". At the moment, that includes vintage rhinestone jewellery (mainly Sherman),tl;dr: I love sparkly things! I'm a happily chaotic collector of "stuff that I like". At the moment, that includes vintage rhinestone jewellery (mainly Sherman), vintage fountain pens, Buddha statues, old handkerchiefs, furoshiki (Japanese wrapping cloths - not necessarily old ones), incense paraphernalia, , Japanese pottery and other items for use in sake-drinking, everyday tea-drinking and Chanoyu (tea ceremony), nicely carved wood things, kimono, and the odd religious medal. Functional beauty is my great love. I enjoy using the items I collect, although I strive to keep them all in beautiful condition so that they'll last and last. Because I live in an apartment, I can't go too nuts with collecting so this is the perfect place to show what I have *and* express my joy in the treasures you've found. Shared enjoyment is the best kind. (Read more)

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Jay Flex clear-amethyst screwback sterling earrings - Costume Jewelryin Costume Jewelry
Japanese guinomi (sake cup) with gourd design by SASAKI Tadashi - Asianin Asian
Antique Japanese cloisonné brooch with design of traditional instruments - Asianin Asian
Art Deco-style sterling brooch with rhinestones by "HSB" - Costume Jewelryin Costume Jewelry
Unusual antique silver brooch of St. Hubert, religious medal, .835 silver - Costume Jewelryin Costume Jewelry
Art Deco-style screwback pink & white rhinestone earrings marked "F.S. Ster." - Costume Jewelryin Costume Jewelry
Green-teal starburst Sherman brooch and earring set - Costume Jewelryin Costume Jewelry
My mother's "emerald" Coro bracelet - Costume Jewelryin Costume Jewelry

Comments

  1. Utterly gorgeous, and thank goodness it wasn't one of the opalescent stones that is missing! It shouldn't be hard to get a replacement for the missing chaton, and in the meantime you can enjoy wearing...
  2. Such a charming piece, full of motion and life!
  3. Super pretty piece, and the aqua just pops! Vavoom!
  4. So lovely. This colour combination is exquisite. Beautiful design too. Wow!
  5. Gorgeous emerald pieces, Phil! Now, I'll admit I'm still a comparative newbie, but how (un)common are unfoiled stones in Sherman's work? I had thought they were actually unknown, but clearly I have a ...
  6. What a stunning set! The brooch is particularly dazzling. For those who imagine that clear AB is unexciting, this is exhibit A. Just a lovely, lovely selection of Sherman pieces.
  7. This embroidery doesn't look at all Japanese to me. I"m guessing it's a white egret, or perhaps a heron, among bulrushes. I agree with apostata - the script is either Hindi or Nepali, as the two scr...
  8. The face looks a lot like the Japanese character Hyottoko. Aside from this, I'm drawing a blank.
  9. I'm glad you shared this, because it's truly beautiful! I love the elegant curves and the matte silver texture. A sophisticated and confident piece by an accomplished jeweller.
  10. Thank you for sharing all that fascinating info about nacre, aragonite, the Fatimid Empire... all of it centered on this delightful brooch. It reminds me of the iridescence in hummingbird feathers, si...
  11. Elegant ring! The mixed metals and peridot are just so gorgeous.
  12. Attractive and unusual ring! Unless one buys jewellery primarily as a collector/investor, I think it's fine to make adaptations to it. Its purpose is to be worn and enjoyed, after all. Otherwise it's...
  13. What lovely, luminous pastel colours. So delicate. A real treasure.
  14. @vintagelamp, you are most welcome. Good luck with your hunt for more information. P.S. I used to be a member of the Bootmakers of Toronto, back when I lived in Ontario, so I understand the interest ...
  15. Mrstyndall Vynil33rpm vintagelamp ho2cultcha ...thank you for visiting and "loving" my brooch!
  16. @apostata, thank you for the additional information and my apologies for not having responded to your second post. I appreciate your taking the time to explain all these things! As it happens, since I...
  17. @vintagelamp, thank you for your comment and for "loving" my guinomi! You can find a [sold] listing for another guinomi by the same potter here: https://japanesepottery.com/gallery-item/black-oribe-...
  18. @Celeine, thank you for your 2 posts about St. Eustace and for your "loving" my brooch :) The information about the symbolism of the stag was particularly interesting and striking. Tell me, have you...
  19. @FreshAir, thank you for your comment and for the love!
  20. What an appealing little sink! The design is very satisfying, and the colour is handsome. I've seen some very tiny British lavatories, so I can easily imagine something like this juuust fitting insid...
  21. Wonderful design, I love the necklace and the beautiful pendant/"branch" section especially. And the different hues of pink and rose give it enormous texture and appeal. I always thought I wasn't a "p...
  22. What a dazzling brooch this is! And unusual to have a star with 9 points. I've never seen one like this before. The mix of chatons and navettes, the way they "climb" to that stunning central rivoli st...
  23. To me it looks like "S.P. Pepper." On that basis, I did a spot of Googling and found a Yelp review of the Sherlock Holmes Museum (London, UK) by a "Robin Z", who describes buying a bronze paperweig...
  24. This bracelet is likely from the Himalayan area, e.g. Nepal or north India. The discs that are visible in the photo depict three of the Eight Auspicious Symbols of Tibetan Buddhism (Tashi Dhargye in T...
  25. That's quite a good likeness of the late Edward Hardwicke as Dr Watson in the Granada version of Sherlock Holmes! Wonderful piece.
  26. Nfld vetraio50 Ms.CrystalShip aura fortapache dav2no1 PhilDMorris Manikin Watchsearcher jscott0363 -- thank you for stopping by and for loving my earrings. Much appreciated.
  27. @jscott0363, thank you very much for coming by and for leaving your sweet comment!
  28. @Phil, that's really interesting about the early Sherman pieces resembling Jay Flex. You could well be right about Gustave Sherman starting out as a salesman there, and perhaps learning his craft that...
  29. @Ms.CrystalShip, thank you for the nice comment. That's exactly what attracted me to this pair of earrings. Glad you like them!
  30. Thank you for the kind comment, Newfld! I agree, Jay Flex's devotion to sterling settings is very appealing. I've also heard that they used Swarovski rhinestones, but I'm not sure if that's true. Aust...
  31. Super cute Sherlock Holmes nutcracker! I especially love the ulster. Funny to think of him with a mustache, though. Sidney Paget's illustrations (and, well, ACD's textual descriptions) would conclusi...
  32. These Sherlock pieces are so much fun! What a lovely series of finds. Are you a Sherlockian/Holmesian yourself? Surely you must be! If you ever have a chance, do visit the Arthur Conan Doyle room at...
  33. What a beauty! The design is exquisite and the colours nothing short of magical.
  34. That is adorable -- and this type of glass perfectly imitates the fawn's markings.
  35. Could it be Mary Magdalene? One of her symbols is a jar of ointment, and she's often shown with her hair long and flowing in a penitent manner.
  36. This is a charming set! And while I see Jay Flex pieces from time to time, I don't think I've ever seen examples of AB finish before. Lovely find.
  37. "Takin' the kid and me for a ride on our bat, but it's raining so might as well bring this here cloak..." The bat is the part I like the best :) For what it's worth, bats were sometimes used in Art...
  38. Gorgeous set and I absolutely adore the crescent-moon brooch!
  39. Breathtaking! Simply breathtaking!!
  40. Wow, I haven't heard the name Dan Dare in a while! :) Simply adorable "space-age" watch, thank you for sharing it!
  41. What a stunner. I am so glad you have it in your collection. It's like an explosion of rubies.
  42. What an utterly stunning piece. The design is just fabulous. Now let me just pick my jaw off the floor... Wow!!
  43. Delicate and lovely!
  44. Lovely set and the opaque stones are just fabulous. I'm partial to the combination of pink, green and white -- those are the colours of the Girls' Day Festival in Japan (as it happens), and very fresh...
  45. Congratulations on your beautiful kabazaiku-style 'pot! The finial is certainly a pine cone, and a very gracefully modeled one too. Finials are often shaped like pine cones on tetsubin and cast iron ...
  46. My first thought was that it's a rosary case made to look like a Bible. But the "naked woman holds cherub underneath a cloth whilst sitting atop a bat" doesn't quite seem to fit... ;) Can you tell ...
  47. The japanning makes the intense Siam red pop like mad! Beautiful find and I can understand why you took the plunge :) Glad you found these earrings to match your precious brooch, they must look fabu...
  48. Fabulous and elegant! Top-notch photographs too, they show it off to perfection. What a lovely find :)
  49. That is a truly spectacular find -- utterly gorgeous -- and knowing the details makes it even more special! I'm so happy you got it :)
  50. It looks like a tourist thangka (Buddhist painting), probably made in Nepal. Many iconographical conventions used by traditional thangka painters are not found here, so I think this is intended more f...
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