BLACK FRIDAY – CYBER MONDAY SALE !!

BLACK FRIDAY – CYBER MONDAY SALE !!

Come and buy 2 or more items and get 20% DISCOUNT– and now, everything is shipped for FREE !!

Lots of vintage Christmas brooches and earrings just listed this week too…

Vintage Jewellery Fun !!

 

 

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TIFFANY & CO – Is it Fake Or Genuine ?

TIFFANY & CO – Is it Fake Or Genuine ?

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Here’s something to contemplate, all you Tiffany jewellery lovers out there…

I have just listed this beautiful Tiffany & Co necklace in my Etsy shop – as shown in this pic above – but before I listed it, I decided to see whether I could check up on its authenticity. What I discovered was extremely interesting…

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BEAUTIFUL VINTAGE EVENING BAGS (Perfect for that Summer Wedding)

BEAUTIFUL VINTAGE EVENING BAGS (Perfect for that Summer Wedding)

 

 

This week, I have boosted my selection of vintage accessories with some truly gorgeous, dressy evening bags – perfect for that weddinge looking for an evening bag to match a particular outfit, come and have a look – I may just have the perfect choice !!

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CORO – A HISTORY

CORO – COROCRAFT AND JEWELCRAFT

POSSIBLY THE MOST POPULAR JEWELLERY BRAND OF THE 1950s & 60s       

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When we think of vintage jewellery dating from the 1950s and 60s, the picture that will probably come to mind is a short necklace of enamel-painted leaves interspersed with tiny AB diamanté stones, or perhaps with some tiny faux pearls too – or maybe a beautiful gold brooch, with deep blue AB diamanté stones filling the centre of a huge flower… or perhaps a matching set of necklace, bracelet and earrings – the popular look of the late 1950s. As you can see the 1950s weren’t just about twinset and pearls, although these played a huge part – it was also about cold-painted enamel flowers on brooches and necklaces – hand-painted leaves and flowers, shaded with the daintiest of brushes. It was also about AB-coated diamanté stones and crystal beads, laid into all kinds of jewellery. More importantly it was about really great branding !!

There were so many really great brand names in the 1950s, all producing the most beautiful costume jewellery – Trifari, Monet, Napier, Sphinx, Hollywood, Exquisite, Sarah Coventry, Eisenberg, Weiss, Joseph Weisner etc, etc…but the name that most people know from their own personal jewellery boxes is probably Coro…

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CORO & TRIFARI PATENTED NECKLACES FROM THE PRE-1955 ERA

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JEWELLERY PATENTS

Recently I have been finding an increasing number of the most beautiful jewellery pieces that date from the pre-copyright era, and these pieces usually have something like ‘Pat. Pend.‘ stamped on the back or ‘Patent Applied for‘ or something like that. Sometimes they have an actual patent number, but usually they have been produced prior to the patent being granted. Patents took on average about three – five months to process, and the jewellery companies really didn’t have the time to wait for that !!

Two companies, in particular, used to patent their best designs in a vague attempt to prevent copying by rival brands, which was absolutely rife back then. Trifari and Coro both used the Patent system which at the time was the  only way to get proof that a design was theirs. The copyright system was in place for jewellery design as far back as 1947, but the jewellery brands were very slow to pick up this method of design protection. Until 1955 that is…

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LITTLE BITS OF GLITZ – DRESS CLIPS & DUETTE CLIPS

LITTLE BITS OF GLITZ – DRESS CLIPS & DUETTE CLIPS

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Coro Duette Clip/brooch – (now sold)

I have recently acquired quite a few of these beautiful pieces of jewellery which are truly from another era – more than any other piece of jewellery in my Etsy shop: Vintage Jewellery Fun !! these are so redolent of a bygone age. They hardly feature in the modern wardrobe at all – only in a vintage capacity – which is a big shame because they are just so appealing and beautiful. They really are little bits of glitz, to accent different parts of your attire and, it has to be said, your body. They are considered to have been worn usually on the neckline of a dress, blouse or jumper – however, if you take the trouble to Google up images from the 1930s and 40s, just to look at how they were worn, you’ll see they were used just about everywhere !!

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BRANCHING OUT INTO VINTAGE EVENING BAGS !!

Now that the Christmas Party Season is upon us, I have made the decisive leap into selling something other than vintage jewellery !!

 

Come and see my small but perfectly formed collection of vintage evening bags…

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AUTUMN VINTAGE JEWELLERY INSPIRATION

Last Saturday, we went off down to the RHS’s main garden at Wisley for a book signing and some Autumnal inspiration – the garden was simply resplendent in its beautiful autumnal colours, and this got me thinking about autumn-inspired jewellery.

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Back in the 1950s and 1960s, when the biggest vintage brands were in their heyday – Trifari, Monet, Coro, Napier, and the smaller, more affordable brands too, like Sarah Coventry, BSK, Hollywood, and Exquisite, there was a huge trend for nature-inspired jewellery – matching sets of leafy brooches, necklaces, earrings and bracelets. Coro was particularly good at leafy cold-painted enamel necklaces, adorned with diamanté, and Exquisite bought out their famously collectable Leaf series of enamelled brooches (available in two sizes) and all with matching earrings.

So I though I’d do a short piece about these gorgeous jewels and team them up with some of the best photos from Wisley for your entertainment – get inspired by nature and invest in some of these leafy beauties for the Autumn !!

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BRING ON THE BLING – Fabulous 1980s Enamel Diamanté Jewellery

BRING ON THE BLING – Fabulous 1980s Enamel Diamanté Jewellery

If there’s one thing I love, it’s a bit of ‘Fabulous Darling’ bling !! The 1980s were not only the age of Power Dressing, with square-shouldered Armani suits, but also the age of the most fabulous big and bold jewellery:-

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Gold-plated Swarovski emerald-green and cobalt-blue Turtle brooch with pavé diamanté head and feet – £20. Turtle

Gorgeous enamelled diamanté creations that were heavy and substantial,  more often than not gold-plated, and absolutely brilliant quality that has really stood the test of time. Don’t forget, it’s staggeringly 30 years since most of these bits of bijoux fun were created, and frankly, all of them look like they were made yesterday !!

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GOLDEN GLOBE AWARDS 2015

GOLDEN GLOBE AWARDS 2015

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Well, it was the first really big important awards show of 2015 last Sunday, and even though I haven’t been doing much in the way of fashion blogging lately, I couldn’t resist the lure of a really good red carpet !! So I thought I would take a look at the major red carpet trends that emerged from the Golden Globe Awards, and see the kind of looks we can expect from this red carpet season.

So do come on over and take a look:-

https://fashionpolicefiles.wordpress.com/2015/01/17/golden-globe-awards-2015/

 

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