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The Jewellery Muse is written by Nikki, a jewellery enthusiast who’s been collecting vintage and antique jewellery since the 1990s. Whether old collectibles or modern costume, gemstone or local artisan handmade, the Muse is passionate about all jewellery, and celebrates it here.

14 comments

  1. hello! I have just bought a Georgian paste pendant, with custom cushion cut pastes, set with no collet showing. some are missing…I wonder how the pastes were fixed on the metal, in order to replace them. would you please help me?

    1. It sounds like they might have been glued in? Do you have a link to some photos (including front and back angles) I can view eg on Flickr / Facebook / Instagram/ Twitter etc (I’ll not publish your link for obvious privacy reasons) 🙂

      1. I could send you pictures if I knew how to do it here…thank you for your kind reply!

      2. I’m unable to accept pictures via emails or on here. If you are able to upload photos to a site such as Twitter, Photobucket, Flickr or Instagram etc I can take a look 🙂

      1. Very unusual, I’ve never seen one like that before, at a guess perhaps it was a private portrait / commission?

  2. Is there someone you know who can replace missing agates in Scottish jewellery? Thanks Ric hard

    1. This is a difficult question to answer! It depends what type of Scottish agate brooch it is, the age, or whether it’s real agates or glass faux ones. Do you have a link to some photos (including front and back angles) I can view eg on Flickr / Facebook / Instagram/ Twitter etc (I’ll not publish your link for obvious privacy reasons 🙂

  3. Good evening, I have come across a reference (on a FB genelogy list) to “chains and Victorias” in the context of mourning jewellery. It’s from an 1872 letter referring to items sent to a bereaved woman for her to select suitable mourning jewellery. I am unable to find out what a Victoria might be (as opposed to Victorian jewellery in general) and I wondered if you might be able to help? Many thanks Sian

    1. Hi,

      How fascinating, I’ve never heard of a ‘Victoria’ before and like you cannot find anything about them. If I do came across anything, I’ll certainly let you know 🙂

  4. I found a pin/brooch I think it quite old probably not valuable glass stone I think as it is scratched.
    I have pictures I can send

    1. Hi,

      Can you post a link to your pictures, eg on Instagram/ Twitter/ Flickr , and I’ll take a look 🙂

  5. hi! i have a braclet my husband gave me-ithink it is vintage. it has filigree squares, and in the middle of each square is a cameoof a woman…but each cameo is different-no 2 are the same…they are linked together, andi am unsure ofthe metal. it is the old-fashioned bracelet clasp….there are no maker marks-as far as i can see. i would love to find out who made it and how old it is…also what metal is used-i wonder if it is white gold or sterling….i am hesitant to clean it until i know what kind of metal it is, and any other info-i don’t want to damage it….any help, any idea where to start looking ..i would be so grateful! thank you

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