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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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Green-teal starburst Sherman brooch and earring set - Costume Jewelryin Costume Jewelry
My mother's "emerald" Coro bracelet - Costume Jewelryin Costume Jewelry

Comments

  1. Well, I'm guessing from the helmet, long hair and armour/shield that this represents the goddess Athena. Is there any sign of a hallmark on it? I couldn't see one in your photo, which may suggest t...
  2. Very nice! And further to what Ms.CrystalShip said, the use of the aurora borealis (AB) coating also means it can't predate 1955: https://www.rubylane.com/blog/categories/jewelry/the-finishing-touc...
  3. It's hard to tell from your photographs, but if the lid and body show exactly 4 leaves, I think this tetsibom represents a 'kaki' or Japanese persimmon. They always have 4 leaves around the stem. In a...
  4. Happy New Year, Phil, and congratulations on this utterly stunning set! Thank you for sharing it here - every post of yours is dazzling :)
  5. Wow, so unusual - and very very lovely!!
  6. The design is indeed one of stylized waves, it's called 'seigaiha' in Japanese. Re: the hole in the middle, all my Japanese cast-iron trivets are the same. I've never heard why. Perhaps it's to al...
  7. The lettering is Chinese. Unfortunately I can't read it, but if you can find someone who can...!
  8. Gorgeous lavender guilloché ! A truly beautiful find.
  9. Sweet find, very naturalistic and beautiful! Aren't Japanese cast iron paperweights lovely?
  10. It helps considerably if you flip the first picture to show the etched design more clearly. It features the lettering "OLD Q" and the figure of a man with a walking stick (or possibly a riding crop) u...
  11. That is utterly gorgeous. I'm delighted for you. Wonderful find!
  12. kwqd, the mark is definitely Iwachu! If you do a Google search on 'Iwachu Nambu', you'll find other instances of tetsubin with the same 4-character mark. I do believe what you've got here is the real ...
  13. Fabulous set in stunning hues of blue! What a wonderful find!
  14. My grade 7 English teacher used to read part of a chapter The Chrysalids to us at the end of class as a treat. Then she stopped partway through, leaving us to find the ending for ourselves. So many of...
  15. Stunning! Congratulations on your fantastic find!
  16. What gorgeous work you've done on that brooch! I'm amazed!
  17. Thank you for the explanation, this is wonderful! I'm sure you know this, but for other readers here, I'll mention that the box top depicts the takarabune (treasure ship) that is bursting with gold...
  18. Adorable!
  19. Lovely piece! There's a good chance this okimono would have been made especially for the Year of the Dog. Many "zodiacal" okimono are displayed during the year, then carefully put away until 12 ye...
  20. Lovely piece! The combination of lavender/alexandrite and clear AB is enchanting. One thing, I think this brooch is from the 1960s. When you click on the photo of the back and view the larger photo...
  21. Stunning pieces!
  22. Beautiful set, dazzling and elegant! The receipt and original box make it extra special. Wonderful find.
  23. @kwqd, if you ever go to a Japanese izakaya (gastropub), you may be presented with a tray full of different ochoko and asked to choose your favourite to use for drinking. Your collection of orphane...
  24. This is truly breathtaking! The cerulean colour is magnificent.
  25. Just to add, I agree 100% with art.pottery. The potter signature is almost certainly Japanese, and as this depicts a pink sakura (cherry blossom) petal, originally this would have been a set of five s...
  26. I agree with valentino97, this would make a fabulous shawl pin! You could also put it on a fabric handbag as an accent. Do wear it in some way or other -- it's such a wonderfully distinctive brooch.
  27. What a lovely brooch this is! These clear-crystal-and-black pieces are just classically stunning. The perfect accessory for people who like monochrome fashion. Dazzling!
  28. Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful!!!
  29. OK, I could pick out a few characters, but it doesn't help much, I'm afraid! Top of box: The censer/incense burner is a mystery because the characters are old style (looks like seal script to me...
  30. @Newfld, that's a good question. I know that if I had the chance of a custom-made brooch, the heck with the kids, I'd just choose the colours I like :) Perhaps there were a few customers out there who...
  31. Hello, I can't help much, but I'll throw out a few things to get started :) Definitely Japanese - the swallow (tsubame) & wisteria (fuji) flower design is a traditional one. (For example, you can s...
  32. I can tell you what the man is doing - he's painting a wooden fish, also called a mokugyo (the Japanese word for it) or Chinese temple block. It's a percussion instrument used to keep rhythm during gr...
  33. This is a lovely brooch! I remember reading up on these a year or two ago. One listing on Etsy (now not found) actually included the original packaging with instructions on selecting the colours. I se...
  34. Hello freiheit, I can't help you with this, but just for interest's sake.... I also own an "F.S. Ster" piece! In my case, it's a pair of very Art Deco-looking rhinestone screwback earrings. Date is un...
  35. This is ADORABLE!!
  36. P.S. Here's a link to a blog with a photo of a Kyugetsu ichimatsu doll: https://nihon-no-ningyou.tumblr.com/post/92278076810/an-ichimatsu-doll-made-by-the-kyugetsu-doll
  37. I can help a little bit with the sign. The four large kanji (Japanese characters) running from top to bottom on the RIGHT side of the sign simply read "Ichimatsu ningyo" - Ichimatsu doll. As for the...
  38. No problem :) It's a beautiful, subtle finish, one that I think really grows on you. I like that the interior is left unglazed so that you can appreciate the colour of the tea against the white clay. ...
  39. Yes, this kokeshi has a body made of kabazaiku (cherry bark). Unfinished in that the bark wasn't scraped off the wood, but still I think slightly polished or processed so that it gleams. Akita pref...
  40. Hi kwqd, I don't know which kiln it is, but I think glaze is a version of yuteki tenmoku (or temmoku) - yuteki means "oilspot" and it can look either finely speckled (as here) or mottled. The other ma...
  41. Very very lovely :)
  42. Wow, I've never seen anything like this before! So unusual - and very beautiful! Fantastic find for sure, I am very happy for you :)
  43. Very lovely! Such a wonderful find!
  44. The design looks like a gunbai-uchiwa or Japanese samurai war fan. Rather stubby Wikipedia article: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gunbai Scroll to the bottom of this page for a beautiful exampl...
  45. Great find! And very sturdily made - "safe as houses" with those screws :) I'd have bought it in a heartbeat. Terrific little armadillo :)
  46. The winged lion is the Lion of St. Mark [the Evangelist]. It's also a symbol of Venice. More info here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lion_of_Saint_Mark Of the two pins, I like the winged lion the...
  47. You are most welcome! P.S. I prefer the simplicity of this style to the ones with raised designs or other decoration. These are very elegant :)
  48. Robert Yellin wrote a wonderful article on tomobako that you can read on his e-yakimono.net website: http://www.e-yakimono.net/html/thebox.HTM If you are ever lucky enough to own a piece of Japane...
  49. Just a small comment re: your third paragraph. The inscription on the medal actually says BASILIQUE [basilica] STE ANNE DE BEAUPRE. It is indeed the name of a place in Quebec; it is known for its gran...
  50. Not Kali - and not Hindu, either! I think this is supposed to be the Tibetan Buddhist meditational deity Chakrasamvara, although the detailing is rather crudely rendered so it's hard to be 100% su...
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