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Beautiful bridal jewellery

Latest handmade bridal jewellery now in my shop.Β  As always, if you’d like more than one piece I can make more, and other colours are available if needed. I can also make matching necklace/ earring/ bracelet sets custom to suit you, and custom make pierced earrings into clip ons. I ship worldwide πŸ™‚

 

Beautiful pastel lilac purple multi 5 row bib necklace, made from sparkling opaque glass crystal beads wedding bridal prom jewelry

Beautiful pastel lilac purple multi 5 row bib necklace, handmade from sparkling opaque glass crystal beads, in silver tone metal. Buy Now.

 

 

Clear crystal glass bead handmade necklace, detailed with ruby red glass teardrops wedding bridal prom jewelry

Clear crystal glass bead handmade necklace, detailed with ruby red glass teardrops. Other colours are available, please contact me for details πŸ™‚ Buy Now

Crystal glass bead handmade necklace, detailed with cobalt blue glass teardrops wedding bridal prom jewelry

Crystal glass bead handmade necklace, detailed with cobalt blue glass teardrops. Other colours are available, please contact me for details πŸ™‚ Buy Now

 Unique handmade bridal collar necklace, detailed with sparkling glass aurora borealis AB crystals wedding bridal prom jewellery

Stunning handmade bridal collar necklace, detailed with sparkling glass aurora borealis AB crystals. Buy Now.

Gorgeous handmade glass pearl & crystal aurora borealis teardrop pendant necklace wedding bridal prom jewellery

Timeless handmade glass pearl & crystal aurora borealis teardrop pendant necklace, in silver tone metal. Buy Now

Stunning handmade crystal clear aurora borealis AB teardrop collar necklace, in silver tone metal wedding bridal prom jewelry

Exquiste handmade crystal clear aurora borealis AB teardrop collar necklace, in silver tone metal. Buy Now.

BIG statement earrings, detailed with beautiful glossy sapphire-blue glass teardrops, in silver tone metal wedding bridal prom jewelry

These are BIG statement earrings, detailed with beautiful glossy sapphire-blue glass teardrops, in silver tone metal. Buy Now

Peach freshwater cultured pearl rose quartz pink gold tone copper wirework necklace bead wedding bridal prom jewellery

I also make a very popular range of handmade freshwater cultured pearl and gemstone jewellery, in silver tone/ rose gold tone/ copper / bronze and gold plated metals. This necklace is one of my best sellers – peach cultured pearls and rose quartz beads, on copper wire work. Buy Now

Handmade cream pink freshwater cultured pearl bracelet, in silver tone metal wedding bridal prom jewelry

Handmade cream pink freshwater cultured pearl bracelet, in silver tone metal. Buy Now

Adorable handmade white glass pearl drape necklace, in silver tone metal wedding bridal prom jewellery

Adorable handmade white glass pearl drape necklace, in silver tone metal. More colours and extra amounts available if neededΒ  Buy Now

Cream white glass pearl teardrop crystal AB silver tone earrings wedding bridal prom jewelry

White glass pearl teardrop beads are difficult to source, but I’ve managed to finally find a good supplier who make wonderful quality ones. These classic drop earrings are detailed with crystal aurora borealis beads for an extra subtle sparkle. Buy Now

Art Deco inspired handmade earrings, detailed white glass pearl teardrops, with crystal and French Jet beads wedding bridal prom jewelry

Art Deco inspired handmade earrings, detailed white glass pearl teardrops, with crystal and French Jet accents. Buy Now

 

The timeless classic - clear glass crystal Czech glass drop bead earrings, in silver tone metal. I also have gold/ rose/ copper and bronze metals if you prefer, and all earrings can be made into clip ons bridal wedding jewellery

The timeless classic – clear glass crystal Czech glass drop bead earrings, in silver tone metal. I also have gold/ rose/ copper and bronze metals if you prefer, and all earrings can be made into clip ons. Buy Now

 

Thank you so much to all my customers worldwide – United Kingdom, USA, Canada, Chile, Japan, Norway, Spain, Australia,Β  and Germany! I hope you like these new pieces ~ any requests most welcome, and if you would like to adapt or custom any jewellery in the shop to suit you better, please do get in contact πŸ™‚

Flower Power Jewellery

Beautiful, timeless – the art of flowers in jewellery.

These beautiful faceted glass beads were made in China, and feature black and agoldstone effect centre colours, with pink flower detail inside of the bead.

These beautiful faceted glass beads were made in China, and feature black and agoldstone effect centre colours, with pink flower detail inside of the bead.

Stunning gold plated brooch, featuring carved pink coral gemstone flowers and green jade leaves.

Stunning gold plated brooch, featuring carved pink coral gemstone flowers and green jade leaves. These types of coral and jade brooches usually come in a variety of posy designs, though occasionally I’ve come across butterflies and fruit brooches too.

Vintage 1950s turquoise gold tone costume jewellery brooch

Vintage 1950s faux turquoise and gold tone elegant brooch. The imitation turquoise stones are probably made from Czechoslovakian glass, who supplied a lot of the glass stones seen in vintage costume jewellery.

 

Flower red blue cloisonne enamel gold tone clamper bangle jewelry

Gorgeous cloisonne enamel flower clamper bangle. Cloisonne costume jewellery is a personal favourite of mine; I adore the sheer variety of styles beautiful detail in every piece made.

 

 

Vintage circa 1950s reverse carved Lucite brooch, depicting pink flower and with unusual gold tone leaf detail. Making reverse carving Lucite jewellery and objects was a popular hobby around the 1940s and 50s – Morning Glory Antiques has a great article and info on this.

Vintage Eloxal gold tone snake chain statement necklace 1980s fashion jewellery

Vintage 1980s Eloxal lightweight metal snake chain necklace, with flower pendant detail. No clasp is needed, as the flower pendant moves up and down to create a length that suits you.

Adorable vintage Edelweiss flower earrings, made from carved white plastic and painted in the centre stamens with grey and yellow cold-paint enamel.

Adorable vintage Edelweiss flower earrings, made from cream white carved plastic and painted in the centre with cold-paint enamel.

Art deco stunning repousse 3-D flower and leaf statement cuff bangle, in brass metal jewelry

Art deco stunning repousse 3-D flower and leaf statement cuff bangle, in brass metal.

Adorable vintage white shimmering plastic bead 2 row necklace costume jewelry, with flower and leaf bead caps. Made in Japan, circa 1960s.

Adorable vintage white shimmering plastic bead 2 row necklace, with flower and leaf bead caps. Made in Japan, circa 1960s.

 

Vintage circa 1960s orchid flower brooch, with stunning orange, yellow and green cold painted enamel jewellery

Vintage circa 1960s orchid flower brooch, with stunning orange, yellow and green cold painted enamel.

Cute teapot pendant charm necklace, with glass flower centre

Cute teapot pendant charm necklace, with glass flower centre

Quick ID guide to different types of cameo .. Part 1: Plastic cameos

I’ve recently had a couple of emails from readers asking for help in identifying what their cameos are made from, so it’s given me an idea to do some blog posts on the different type of cameo available.

Let’s start with the cheapest type of cameo – one’s made from plastic resin. Generally costing between Β£2 and Β£15, they are perfect for everyday wear, and many are beautifully detailed.

Tips to identify:

  • Plastic cameos tend to feel slightly dense and heavy, and make a dull sound when gently tapped on the teeth.
  • Hold a piece of shell or smooth glass/ pebble in your hand – it’s feels cold. Now, hold a plastic cameo – it will feel warmer and softer in comparison (this is a great tip for identifying plastic beads too).
  • Stand in front of a window, and with the front of the cameo facing the window (so you are looking at the back of it), a hold a plastic cameo up to the light – it’ll be quite dense and opaque, where as shell cameos would still be detailed and quite transparent.

 

Here are some pictures of plastic cameos I’ve had, with further identification details:

 

vintage art deco plastic cameo clip on earrings

Vintage art deco circa 1930s clip on plastic cameos earrings. Note the glue marks around the face, where the white ‘face’ of the cameo has been glued onto a red background (real cameos are carved complete from one shell or hard stone). These plastic earrings have had a lot of thought put into them, as each face is slightly different, as would be the case with real shell cameos.

 

vintage 1970s plastic cameo brooch jewelry

Vintage circa 1970s plastic cameo brooch. There was a big art nouveau and deco revival in both the 1960s and 70s, and many pieces I have seen advertised for sale as genuine art deco often date from this much later period. The technique for this brooch cameo is the same as the above earrings – a separate plastic molded white figure glued to maroon background.

 

Art deco plastic resin cameo vintage brooch 1930s costume jewelry Adam and Eve

An old art deco superb quality molded plastic cameo brooch, depicting Adam and Eve from the Old Testament Bible. This stunning piece dates from around the 1930s, and was completely molded in a cream piece of plastic as one piece, with a darker beige ‘background’ painted on after the molding took place.

 

Plastic kitsch cameo girl pendant charm jewellery

Probably the most famous and well known type of cameo is this plastic side-facing pony-tail lady, first seen around the 1980s and still being mass-produce made today. Quick ID tip! Plastic cameos tend to be glued into their metal frame setting, as you can see with this one (it has a slight gap around the edges where it doesn’t sit flush to the setting. Real shell cameos tend to be flush-bezel set or prong set into the frame, with no gaps.

 

Vintage art deco plastic resin cameo brooch

A well detailed vintage art deco circa 1930s cameo brooch, made from one piece of cream molded plastic, with darker orange painted background and metal filigree detail.. Old art deco plastic cameos can be well detailed – plastic was a new and exotic material to work in, and I have a feeling the complexity of some these deco cameos may have reflected perhaps a desirability of this new ‘plastic’ material at that time.

Vintage circa 1950s plastic costume jewellery cameo brooch

I purchased this cameo brooch as a gamble a few years ago, from an online auction site, hoping it was real shell. It wasn’t – but instead was a lovely quality plastic cameo, nicely bezel set (the type of metal and brooch back dating it to circa 1950s)

 

Vintage 1980s plastic resin cameo costume jewellery brooch dancing people

Beautiful quality circa 1970s plastic cameo brooch. I’ve come across a few of this type (ie, intricately detailed romantic scenes) and they are so realistic they could be mistaken for real cameos. However, on close inspection you can see they are molded; they also are quite heavy, are not very see-through when held to the light, feel warm to the touch compared with glass or stone, and make a dull muffled cluck sound when gently tapped on the front teeth (where as shell/ gemstone will make a high pitched sharp ‘clink’ sound).

 

 

 

Further reading:

Five tips on how to date vintage brooches – with photos to help!

A beginners guide to cameo jewellery (there are pictures of two very good quality plastic cameos in this article).

 

 

 

Autumn / Fall 2016 jewellery picks and colours ..

The nights are getting darker and the leaves are beginning to gently fall from the trees – autumn is approaching fast!Β  Here are my picks from my shop for gorgeous autumn colours jewellery ..

 

dark red 2 row multi strand opaque glass crystal necklace handmade fashion jewellery

These rich red beads faceted beads are made from opaque glass, and hand woven onto silver ton metal. Buy here.

 

emerald green long statement chunky green glass crystal bead necklace handmade fashion jewellery

Beautiful jewel deep green necklace, very long, and made with BIG solid crystal glass sparkling beads. Pure statement glamour! Buy here.

 

amber topaz brown crystal glass czech bead faceted long chain tassle drop earrings silver tone handmade fashion jewellery

I used to only make these glass earring chain drop design in Ruby Red, but got so many requests I now do various colours. If you can’t see your favourite shade, simply email me and I’ll make some up for you πŸ™‚ Buy here.

 

two tone dark pale light blue opaque crystal glass bead long flapper silver tone necklace handmade fashion jewellery

The perfect transition necklace for summer to autumn, handmade with a mix of dramatic dark and light pale blue glass crystal beads. Buy here.

 

bronze brown freshwater cultured pearl bracelet silver tone handmade fashion jewellery

I was really pleased to be able to source a number of these beautiful chunky bronze freshwater cultured pearls. They look fab set with silver tone metal, as in this handmade bracelet. Buy here.

 

handmade copper celtic pattern knotwork chain necklace handmade fashion jewellery

One of my shops all time best sellers is the copper Celtic pattern range of jewellery, including this striking elegant necklace. Buy here.

 

I am based in the United Kingdom, and worldwide shipping is available at low cost rates πŸ™‚

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Vintage marcasite jewellery

If you want sparkle, but prefer an understated look, then marcasite gemstone jewellery may be perfect for you.Β  These semi-precious stones are a type of mineral, which range in colour from silver-yellow to bright white silver. When faceted and set into jewellery, they create a subtle sparkling effect, rather than a full on glitz – perfect for adding a hint of shimmer.

Close up of loose marcasite gemstones

Above, a varied selection of vintage marcasites, harvested from old broken jewellery. Notice how some are flat-backed (near the back), and some are the traditional ‘diamond’ shape, depending on the setting of the jewellery they came from. Marcasites generally vary in size from approx 0.5mm to 1.5mm. They are seriously tiny!

marcasite gemstones size close up next to finger

Marcasites next to my pinky finger!

vintage marcasite pave sterling silver ring jewelry

Marcasites can be set into all types of jewellery, and were a popular gemstone to be used in art deco rings.

vintage marcasite swirl silver tone bridal wedding necklace jewellery

Marcasite necklaces have been worn since the 19th Century, and are still hugely popular today. This vintage beauty dates from around the 1960s.

vintage marcasite swirl silver necklace jewelry

The above marcasite necklace when worn

vintage marcasite bow silver brooch jewellery

Marcasites can sometimes develope a yellow/ brown colour over time, as seen in this adorable vintage circa 1970s bow brooch – this is simply age and nothing to worry about πŸ™‚

vintage silver marcasite carved shell cameo brooch jewellery

Had normal glitzy glass paste rhinestones been used to frame this lovely carved shell cameo, they would have detracted from its beauty. Marcasites however, are perfect for giving a crisp finish without over awing the jewellery itself.

vintage cold painted enamel marcasite flower basket brooch jewellery

Flower basket brooches were hugely popular in the 1950s – some were plain or set with rhinestones, while others were encrusted with diamonds and coloured gemstones (depending on your budget!). Marcasites are the happy medium between costume jewellery and fine jewellery, and suit most budgets.

vintage 1950s cold painted enamel marcasite flower silver brooch jewelry

This outstanding marcasite flower brooch has been ‘cold painted’ with enamel (ie, using a paintbrush and enamel paint, rather than more complex true vitreous enamel work which involves firing powdered glass in an oven). Cold painted marcasite enamel jewellery was popular during the 1950s to 1970s, and on a personal note, is one of my all time favourite types of vintage jewellery – it transcends ‘accessory’ and becomes ‘art’.

vintage 60s marcasite collar necklace leaf wedding bridal jewellery

Vintage circa 1960s marcasite and silver tone leaf necklace

vintage marcasite clip on earrings swallow bird silver jewelry

These marcasite bird clip on earrings look like they could have been made recently – but they actually date from the 1950s. Cuteness never goes out of style πŸ™‚

vintage 1970s cultured freshwater pearl marcasite swirl circle brooch jewelry

While a couple of stones missing from vintage marcasite jewellery is quite normal, any more and I consider it damaged and in need of repair (with prices to reflect this.

repairing marcasite stone jewellery

Repairing marcasite jewellery yourself is tricky, but can be done with a steady hand and the right tools. Firstly, you need a good stock of marcasites harvested from other broken jewellery (or buy some online). Match up the sizes to the rest of the marcasites in the jewellery you wish to repair. Next, get yourself some proper ‘jewellery cement’ such as “GS Hypo Cement” – it’s a strong clear specialist jewelry glue that has a super fine nozzle – perfect for tricky work (never use superglue – it dissolves marcasites, as I found to my horror many years ago at my first attempt at marcasite fixing!). Put a tiny dab of cement in the hole you which to place the stone in, and then pick up the marcasite by pressing your finger on it – the natural moisture on your finger will temporarily hold it on. Finally, place it in the hole, and adjust with a pin if needed. This is tricky work, and it may take a few attempts before you get it right.

vintage 1960s marcasite gold tone maltese cross teardrop pendant necklace jewelry

An unusual vintage circa 1960s Maltese cross pendant – gold tone, but set with silver colour marcasites

vintage 60s faux marcasite horse pony eloxal brooch silver jewellery

Spotting faux marcasite jewellery can be hard work, especially because modern real marcasite jewellery can look very similar to vintage faux marcasite jewellery! A good giveaway is the weight – vintage faux-marcasite jewellery, as seen in this cute pony brooch, was made from a metal called Eloxal (a type of aluminium) which was very light in weight – almost weightless! (Vintage Eloxal jewellery was usually made in West Germany and occasionally East Asia, and was popular during the 1960 and 70s because it never tarnished or discoloured). Grab a magnifying glass and have a good look at the stones – if they appear too ‘perfect’ and flush set, it could be faux marcasites (real marcasites are a pain to set straight, and are often even purposely set slightly crooked to give better sparkle and depth to the whole piece of jewelry).

vintage 1960s faux marcasite eloxal panel bracelet chunky jewellery silver celtic knot pattern

A beautiful Celtic inspired vintage circa 1970s faux marcasite panel Eloxal metal bracelet. Two give-aways in identifying the jewellery was its weight (almost weightless when held – a signature of vintage Eloxal metal), and the uniform shape and settings of the ‘stones’. Vintage Eloxal jewellery is a collectable in its own right, and I absolutely love this bracelet!

Cute lampwork glass animal charm pendants and earrings ..

I love sparkles and crystals and all things glamorous, but often I just want to wear cute things too. In my shop, there’s a growing range of adorable animal, insect and bird costume jewellery and I’ve got a real soft spot for it! πŸ™‚

pig pendant lampwork glass bead cute necklace animal farm charm silver tone jewelry

pink pig lampwork glass earrings unique cute charm silver tone jewellery

ABOVE: Some of my all time best sellers – pig earrings and pig pendant necklace. These beauties are made from glass, and unfortunately they no longer seem to be made! I’ve not got many left in stock, and am desperately trying to find if another supplier has them. Buy here.

 

lampwork bead penguin bird pendant charm silver tone necklace unique cute jewellery

Adorable black and white penguin, complete with an orange glass bobble hat I made for it! (the ‘bobble’ is a sparkling Austrian crystal). Buy here.

 

bumblebee Austrian crystal pendant enamel charm necklace unique cute jewellery

There’s been a real buzzz (sorry!) about these bumblebee earrings and pendant silver tone necklace, made from black and white enamel topped with sparkling Austrian crystals. Buy here.

enamel bee glass bumblebee crystal yellow charm earrings unique cute silver tone jewellery

pug dog Austrian glass crystal yellow and brown bead pendant necklace unique cute silver tone jewellery

Adorable pug charm pendant necklace, complete with brown and beige Austrian crystal details. Buy here.

 

dolphin crystal blue pendant necklace sea nautical unique cute silver tone jewellery

Jumping dolphin silver tone charm pendant necklace, with tiny sparkling sea blue crystal glass detail. Buy here.

 

dove bird crystal pendant necklace unique cute silver tone charm jewellery

Super cute flying bird silver tone charm necklace, with tiny sparkling sky blue Austrian glass crystal. Buy here.

 

uranium glass crystal frog pendant necklace unique cute silver tone charm jewellery

This adorable little green crystal glass frog pendant has a little secret ….

 

uranium glass crystal frog pendant necklace unique cute silver tone charm jewellery

It’s belly is made glows under Ultra Violet light! (for ages I had a bag of vintage 1950s uranium glass beads that I didn’t know what to do with, and when I found this frog charm, I knew they had to go together!). Buy here.

 

ladybird insect glass lampwork earrings crystal unique cute antique bronze charm handmade jewellery

Gorgeous red ladybird glass charm earrings, complete with with green glass crystal detail. Buy here.

 

ladybird insect glass lampwork leaf earrings crystal bracelet cute antique bronze charm handmade jewellery

I love these glass ladybirds so much I can’t stop making jewellery out of them! The leaves are also glass, and the clasp is strong magnetic (with safety chain). Buy here.

 

ladybird insect glass lampwork pendant necklace crystal unique cute antique bronze charm handmade jewellery

You can never have enough cute jewellery πŸ™‚

 

UPDATE: I also now have in stock pandas, mice, sheep and chickens!

Arm candy

Gorgeous bracelets and bangles overload …..

lucite harlequin plastic cuff bangle jewelry

One of my very own – an stunning ultra chunky Lucite bangle which had gorgeous pearlized confetti Lucite pieces encapsulated within. I picked it up in a thrift shop, and have no idea who made it. Anyone any ideas?

 

 

vintage harlequin rhombus mop shell mother of pearl panel stretch bracelet (1)

Made from a mix of Mother Of Pearl inlay and hard plastic, this vintage harlequin bracelet dates circa 1980s.

antique vintage persian painted mop pearl panel repair bracelet (5)

Often called Persian Storybook bracelets, these very old antique beauties have individual pictures painted directly onto the exquisite Mother Of Pearl panels. Each painting was done by hand, and then the panels linked together using wire. They date from around the early 20th Century, and vary in quality from quite crude to outstandingly detailed. PURCHASE TIPS: Study the pictures carefully, as the enamel work is very prone to wearing off, and this affects value. Also, the wire work can snap with age (as seen in the photo), so make sure everything is intact (or nicely haggle down the price if you are able to fix it yourself)

vintage 40s 50s deco 60s glass rhinestone paste loop glass bracelet (2)

Real art deco costume jewellery is actually quite rare – a lot of what is advertised as deco actually dates circa 1960s to 1970s (when there was a big deco revival going on). This beauty dates from that later period, and has a gorgeous and very unusual deco inspired loop design – it’s one of the best 1970s deco revival pieces I’ve seen.

vintage bird cloisonne enamel clamper bracelet jewellery

Forecasting future costume jewellery collectables is hard, but I honestly hope that cloisonne jewellery from the 1990s onwards becomes a must have in 30 years time. Why? The workmanship on these pieces is stunning, the colours and textures exquisite, and the subjects are so varied (eg, birds, animals, fish, flowers, insects, even unicorns!). I LOVE cloisonne enamel jewellery, and this bangle has to be one of my favourites πŸ™‚

vintage mop lucite bracelet signed germany

Eloxil is a type of very lightweight, almost featherlight pot metal, and was a popularly used in 1960s and 1970s jewellery as it contained alloys which didn’t tarnish nor rust. West German jewellery makers of the 1960s and 70s were experts in using it to its best effect, as seen in this gorgeous GermanΒ  vintage bracelet – the panels are Lucite (with a mother of pearl effect), while the sparkling stones aren’t actual marcasites – they are molded Eloxil onto the Eloxil panels.

vintage reloved corsage pearl bead multi bracelet diamante brooch glass bridal jewellery

One from my shop, I handmade this bridal bracelet using a mix of 1950s glass pearls and modern crystals. The focal is pure vintage 1960s, making this bracelet one of a kind. I wish I could find more of those vintage focals as they are sooo beautiful!