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Planes, Trains, and Automobiles: Transportation Motifs in Costume Jewelry

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Planes, Trains, and Automobiles: Transportation Motifs in Costume Jewelry

Thematic or figural jewelry in the shape of animals, people and objects is among the most challenging and fun to collect. Here I've put together a collection of figural jewelry representing modes of transportation. Hope you enjoy the photos. AUTOMOBILES and CARS Dorothy Bauer Pin Silver Charm Mercedes Benz Stick Pin AIRPLANES, JETS and ROCKETS Unsigned Pin Unsigned Pin Cuff Links Earrings TRAINS and TROLLEYS Tortolani Pin Silver Earrings Unsigned Pin SHIPS and BOATS Hjortdahl Pin Hobe Pin    Cruise Ship Silver Charms    Meldahl Pins Hand-Painted Cuff Links Silver Pin Silver Puffy Heart Charm Unsigned Pin Unsigned Pin Cuff Links...

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St. Patrick's Day, Ireland, and Costume Jewelry

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St. Patrick's Day, Ireland, and Costume Jewelry

The Feast of St. Patrick is a cultural and religious holiday during which it is said the whole world turns Irish. In honor of the day and all things Irish, I've put together a blog of costume jewelry. IRELAND St. Patrick is the Patron Saint of Ireland. Hand-Painted Silver Charm Silver Medallion HARP The harp is the national symbol of Ireland. Goldette Harp PinSilver Harp Charm Gold Harp Charm with Connemara Marble LEPRECHAUNS and RAINBOWS A leprechaun is a fairy-like creature in traditional Irish folklore. Dressed in green, a leprechaun is usually seen as a bearded old man of dwarfish proportions. He loves...

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Coral in Costume Jewelry

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Coral in Costume Jewelry

Coral is one of three organic gemstones - pearls and amber are the other two. Like pearls, coral is made of calcium carbonate.The coral most often seen in jewelry is called precious or noble coral, Corallium rubrum. It ranges in color from dark red to pale rose. The palest rose tone pieces are called Angelskin Coral. Coral is also found in tones ranging from sand to black. These corals, called Black Coral and Hawaiian Coral, have a different organic composition and are a bit less brittle than precious corals. Unfortunately, I have no examples of these to share. The hard skeleton of coral branches is...

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Sometimes the Best Color is No Color

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Sometimes the Best Color is No Color

The April birthstone is diamonds. We all know that "diamonds are a girl's best friend." While I don't have much in the way of fine jewelry to share, I do have a quite a nice collection of costume pieces. So I'm fudging a bit and sharing photos of clear rhinestone jewelry. Some are set in white metal; others in yellow metal. These pieces are of good to excellent quality and they sparkle in the light just like the real thing. Who says you need color to look fabulous? Sometimes the best color is no color.    Rhinestone Bracelets Unsigned Circle Pin...

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Mardi Gras and Costume Jewelry

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Mardi Gras and Costume Jewelry

Fat Tuesday or Mardi Gras is always the first Tuesday before Ash Wednesday. This year, it is on February 28th. It marks the last day of carnival season and the beginning of Lent. Mardi Gras is celebrated with the color combination of purple, green and yellow. The collectible doubloons to the left date to the 1990s.  In honor of Mardi Gras, here are a few more collectible pieces. From the Collection of Carolyn Davis    Small Chalk Pin    Puffy Heart Charms "Red Robin Antiques" on Ruby Lane Mardi Gras masks were originally used as a way to get rid of...

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Kenneth Jay Lane Jewelry

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Kenneth Jay Lane Jewelry

Kenneth Jay Lane is an American designer of beautiful jewelry. He started by bejeweling shoes for designers such as Scaasi and Dior. He sometimes made earrings and brooches to match the shoes used in runway shows. After a short stint working with jewelry designer Hattie Carnegie, Lane began his own jewelry design business in 1963. Early pieces by Kenneth Jay Lane were copies of high end jewelry designs. These pieces were popular among celebrities and notables including Jackie Kennedy, Liz Taylor and Audrey Hepburn.  With popularity came recognition and awards. Among the numerous honors he has received are the Coty Award for...

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Nettie Rosenstein Jewelry

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Nettie Rosenstein Jewelry

Nettie Rosenstein immigrated to the United States from Austria in the 1890s. She began her career as a fashion designer after she married Saul Rosenstein who happened to own a women's underwear business. Nettie eventually added accessories she designed, including handbags, gloves and jewelry, to her clothing line. She designed for celebrities and dignitaries including First Lady Mamie Eisenhower for whom she designed several pieces including her 1953 and 1957 inaugural gowns. Her designs were fairly expensive and many like her "little black dress" were widely copied. Rosenstein's New York City company produced from 1935 to 1975. The jewelry she created to compliment her clothing is...

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Angels and Devils in Costume Jewelry

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Angels and Devils in Costume Jewelry

In time for Valentine's Day, an all photos blog of angels and devils in costume jewelry. Enjoy the photos. ANGELS Silver Pin Unsigned Pin Silver Pin Givenchy Pin Silver Buckle Jasperware Earrings JJ Pin Unsigned Pin JJ Pin Lenox Ceramic Pin Pin by Art Pin from Spain Razza Pin Carnegie Pin Angel by TC Vintage Pendant    Left Unsigned Pin / Right Kerr Pin Unsigned Pin Unsigned Pin Unsigned Pin Unsigned Pin Liz Taylor for Avon Unsigned Pin Kirks Folly Pin James Avery Charm William Kerr Pin Raphael's Angel Silver Charm From the Vatican Library Collection DEVILS U.S. Army 88th...

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Sports in Costume Jewelry

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Sports in Costume Jewelry

Flowers and hearts are common motifs in costume jewelry but if you look hard enough, you can find examples of sports themed jewelry too. I hope these photos inspired you to look for your favorite sports in costume jewelry.    Sportsman's Fob    Sports Charms   Medallions, Baseball and Basketball  Skier's Pin Gymnastics Medal Golfer's Cuff Links Leather and Wood Pin Florenza Pin    Bowling Pins Sonia Henje Ice Skating Rhinestone Pin    Griffin Badminton and Tennis Charms YMCA Medallion Gold over Silver Charm    Bicycle Fob and Charm TEAMS AND STADIUMS    Kinney Silver Charm Lunch at the Ritz University...

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Amethyst Jewelry

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Amethyst Jewelry

Amethyst is a type of quartz that presents as violet or purple. The color comes from iron and aluminum in the quartz. It's a semiprecious stone and is the traditional birthstone for February. Deposits of amethyst in Brazil, Mexico and Russia, are extensive. As a result of availability, stones can be very reasonably priced. Costume and fine jewelry with amethyst is fairly easy to find on the secondary market and comes in all price ranges. Historically, the stone was said to protect its wearer from drunkenness. Today, believers of the healing power of stones, attribute amethyst to help with both physical and...

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