Sunday, April 8, 2012

A Basket Full of Pearls~Happy Easter

A brooch that I wear 1 day a year, if I remember. This year I am remembering!!
A beauty found second hand of course.  The piece measures 2" x 1.5".  It is very pretty;done in a silver base covered with clear and pink rhinestones and pearls. It is unsigned but lovely all the same.

Sunday, April 1, 2012

For the Love of the VW Beetle. Not a typical post

I have always loved VW Beetles.  I had a friend who had a volksy bug convertible when I was a teen. I loved that car. 
So ok, no this blog is not about a brooch.  It is about a beautiful car.  A car that has come around again in vogue to drive proudly. 
There is nothing like a vintage VW Bug though.
I'd love to have a gold bug. 
It would be so well, golden

A Classic VW Beetle done in a nice vintage golden color with BEAUTIFUL fat whitewalls

We could take this desire a bit further
We could well adorn our VW Beetle with actually 24k Plated golden scrolling.
This piece of art was created by a metal art shop called Verbanus.  If we have a bit of metal working skill, lots of 24k gold plate and 2500 extra hours to fiddle, this could  be our next art project. Oh yes, dont forget the vintage VW Bug base.

I could really rock and roll in this dream car
 A creative builder has taken the love of the VW Beetle to a higher notch.

VW Shaped Home
I wonder if they have a VW Bug in their garage?

 I like the ring below. 
I could not afford it as shown, as it is crafted in gold and saphires. 
Sterling would work for me.

VW Beetle Ring Gold and Saphires

Obviously, the VW Beetle has touched the heart of many over the years. Below is a cute VW Bug sterling charm with spinning wheels

Vintage Sterling VW Beetle Charm

I have not posted since before last Sunday.  As I was making this blog post, I got a call that my mother had another stroke.  Needless to say, I dropped the computer and rushed with my dear husband to the hospital.
 She is so precious to me. 
We are blessed, as she is doing well.

Please keep us in your prayers.
Much is going on in our lives now
. I believe we will come through this stronger, only through God's grace.

Happy Sunday.

xxoo Lisa

Friday, March 23, 2012

Frantic Fridays-mad dash Victorian Brass Flower Brooch

Friday's are my self-inflicted rush day.

Much to do before going to work.

Yes, no one has given me a princess tiara.
 I know I look damn good in one.
  If I had one, this princess would be a stay at home princess.
  Until then, the rush is on!

This brooch is an old brass brooch measuring  2" diameter.
C Clasp indicates that it is old old old.
I have not cleaned it as I prefer the beauty of natural patina.

Short and Sweet

I like the simplicity of this piece. 
The beauty is not in glittery stones.
It is understated and soft.

Have a simple day full of good moments


Thursday, March 22, 2012

Pot Metal Clamp Dress Clip-Back in the Day

Costume jewelry began long ago. 

 In the beginning the jewelry  was intended to be permanent part of the dress purchased. It was sewn to the fabric.

Women began using the sewn piece on other pieces of apparel to change the look of their outfits.

It did not take long for business minded people to take note that these little gems could be sold without a piece of apparel. Costume jewelry became a booming business.

This is a simple dress clip made of pot metal. 

In its day it had little rhinestone accents. It measures approximately 2" X 1"

I picked this up at a church sale for a dollar. 

 It has no value really. It is just a reminder of a simpler time to me.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Flower Power~Its Spring~Brooch Cluster

The birds are chirping and it feels like mid-May.

 Today we may break a record here in Western Pennsylvania. 

The forecast is 80 degrees and sunshine.

I pulled out my outfit that I wore for OBX photographs last summer. 

It is a pair of khaki crops and a nice lavendarish crocheted cardigan. 

 I was so tan when I last wore this and now I am Pittsburghea Pastey. 

To deter from my pastiness, I added this bouquet of flower brooches. 

 I love these punky little squirts of flower power.  I have about 30 or so of these.

Some are marked some are not.

I just love them.


Tuesday, March 20, 2012

My Mystery Brooch-Can you identify it?

I got this brooch years ago. It is one that remains a total mystery to me. It is also one of my very favorites, partly because I can find no solid information on it no matter where I research. 
I call it my Tin Man Brooch.
The face is a separate piece from the green hat.  The head is pot metal; a mixture of whatever metals were available to work with melted together. I do not know what material the hat is. I do know that it does not feel like lucite or bakelite. It measures a little over an inch tall and is adorned with rhinestones.
Be forewarned.

 I will continue to post this pin on the blog until (I hope) someone truly identifies this piece.

I thought I had found a great forum ( ) that may have been able to help me research this.  I was kicked off the forum, within days of joining, and my IP address has been blocked because the co-founder/editor wanted my profile Icon (my picture) removed.

From the co-founder editor's email to me:

C. Dianne Zweig Editor's Desk has sent you a message on I Antique Online

Subject: Profile photos


 I would like to suggest that you change your profile photo. While attractive and artsy, it may invite unwanted members to the site.

The picture of me that "may invite unwanted members to their website".

I went so far as to email her, her other co founder, and called a business phone number of one of them in attempts to find out why my picture would draw unwanted members.

Anyhow, I never received an answer, they removed my picture, and then removed me.

So, I welcome any ideas, or information on this Tin Man Brooch.

Monday, March 19, 2012

Faith, Hope Charity

So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.1 Corinthians 13:13

I found this last week. 
It appears very old.
 I fell in like with it immediately.
It is small in size but HUGE in message.
The pin looks like it is made with pot metal (a mix of whatever one had at hand) although the back is marked. I has enameled areas and is accented with rhinestones.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

What a treasue hunt-My Glittery Haul of Vintage Costume Jewelry

Friday's treasure hunt went well. 
 I obtained some very nice pieces. 
I truly get a huge endorphin rush when I am on the hunt.
This is my frivolous addiction, I know.
The photograph shows most of my recent haul. I also bought a Laguna three strand aurora borealis necklace in the long length.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

St Paddy's Day~A Clover Brooch

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

We have a  sunny day beginning here in Western Pennsylvania.  I hope your Saturday is blissful!

 This brooch was acquired yesterday. It cost me a mere dollar. 

From what I have found on this brooch, it was most likely made in the 50's in Ireland.  The actual clover is captured and preserved in lucite.

The piece measures a lil' over an inch in diameter.

Enjoy your day and wear a lil' bit of green!

~Lisa E.

Friday, March 16, 2012

Out in a dash-friday GLITTERY GLAM

Late, late late.
I am Friday Frazzled.
I need to get to work early so I can take a bit longer at lunch.
Today, I am on a quest to find more treasure.
Not telling where, but will let you know.
Here is some Friday Glittery Glam.

Above the cameo you can see a wee bit of one of my fav brooches. It is a very very old three leaved clover. 
Happy Friday.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

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Bell Copper Vintage Flower Brooch-50's

 Flower brooches are the desire of many costume jewelry enthusiasts. 

This is a copper flower.

 The detail of the pin is great. Each petal has been pieced individually. This layering technique presents and reflects light well. The brooch is a stand alone piece at 2..5" 

The flower back is marked Copper by Bell.  This trademark was used by the Bell Trading Post Co of New Mexico. The company made tourist jewelry from the 30's to the 80's

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Tiny Dancer~Unmarked Figural Pin

A ballerina figural pin
1.75" x 1.75" in dimensions but huge in her ballet leap.  I have a ton (ok, not literally a ton) of ballerina pins and brooches.  I peeked in my chest and just happened to grab this pin for photographing today.  There is nothing spectacular about this piece.  Pins like this example  were  common.  The dancer is gold tone with light enameling.  The edge of her skirt is accented with tiny aurora borealis stones.  Her bodice is laced with tiny little rhinestones.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Coro 1950's Bling

My husband found this brooch at a Nun Monastery Church Sale for $2.

 It is a vintage Coro piece from the early 1950's.

  It is a bold peice measuring  3.25" x 1.25". 

 The base is done in a  ruffled edging which reflects light  and compliments the prong set rhinestones. 

The stones are pale yellow, pale green and sparkling clear.

This brooch for some reason has truly challenged my ability with a camera.  It is much prettier than I can photograph.

Monday, March 12, 2012

A musical piece-

A Bass with a G clef placed over the strings.  This is also a book piece.  The Bass is 3.25" in length

This would have been created in the 1940's.  Brooch is accented with four set rhinestones.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Art Deco Coro Flower Trembler Brooch-Enamel and Rhinestones

A nice find from a thrift store.  I bought it for $1 and it is currently valued over $150.

This brooch is an early Coro Signed Book Piece.  The brooch would have been created between 1920 and 1940, during the Art Deco period.

The vintage pieces is large measuring 3.25" in length. It is done in hand enameling with clear rhinestone petal edging and has a moving stamen tipped in  blue rhinestones.

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Palmer Thermometers Advertising Brooch

This is a special little brooch.  It came from a friend's estate.  Her name was Ann.  She died far too young and her husband gave this to me.  We both loved thrifting and especially vintage costume jewelry

The pin measures  1.5" by 2.25 " and holds a functioning minature thermometer. 

I often notice that early makers of vintage costume jewelry paid much attention to details, even on the back of pieces. The materials used in the creation of the jewelry may not have held much value but the workmanship did not reflect that. 

 I found one similar to it and it was given as a promotional trinket advertising Palmer Thermometers.

Friday, March 9, 2012

Eye Candy for Friday~Vintage Bling!

I am late for work and wanted to get out some morning bling.
Just a teaser for all that is to come.
This is such a good way for me to categorize my collection. This should have been done a LONG time ago.

I would like to obtain a vintage tiara and wear it every day.  I think I would look good as a princess.  But, until I can be a princess...................Off to work I go.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

A peek into a gentler time. Victorian topaz brooch

My birthday is in November.  My birthstone is topaz. I used to wish I had one of the other pretty colors of stones when I was younger,. I think it was more of the "always wanting what others have vs seeing the beauty  in what is yours" type of theory. 

I am older, and appreciate topaz now.

What drew me to this brooch was its  beautiful topaz colored center cut stone.  The brooch is  from the Victorian era. Intricate scroll work is  in the base along with two beautiful small pearl accents

The brooch measures 1.5" x 1". The stone is open backed.

The Victorian period began in 1837 and was broken up into three periods; the romantic, the grand and the late Victorian.  This is from the romantic period.  Pieces were done

Found on EBAY.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

4 blue cut glass hearts joined to make a shamrock. simple.

This brooch has four heart shaped cut glass stones encasing a rhinestone. It forms a shamrock shape.  It is set in a vermeil base. The word "vermeil" is a French word which came into use in the English language, mostly in America, in the 19th century silver gilt. vemeil  is a mix of metals.  This is most probably from the 1940's.  It is not marked which makes it harder to identify.  What I admire the most is the clarity of the blue glass.  It is a petite little pin that has a 1" diameter.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Vintage Porcelain Hand Painted Violet Brooch. Spring is Coming!

Spring is around the corner and when I opened my jewelry chest this morning my violet brooch was the piece I was drawn to.

The sky is showing a bit of sun although there is still a bit of snow on the ground.

I remember as a child picking bunches of voilets for my Mom.  They grew wildly on the hill across from our house. 

I still love violets. Its almost time for them to begin their spring awakening.

This brooch is made of  porcelain and measures 1.5" x 1.25". It is  hand painted. 
This technique used to make this brooch began well over 100 years ago.and was  most often done in flowers, but can be found done in landscapes and portraits.  They were sometimes called friendship brooches as they were given with love to friends.

Monday, March 5, 2012

Unite We Stand Brooch. Remember 9-11-2001

Today's brooch is NOT vintage but it is part of my collection and I wanted to showcase it.

I obtaining Monet's United We Stand Brooch  about five years after 9-11-2001.
Monet made two versions of a flag brooches with all proceeds going to the Red Cross. 
It seems hard to believe over tens years have passed since the day that our country changed forever.  
The brooch is over 2" long. The piece is enameled and gold tone with bright rhinestones as stars and white stripes. The flag pole is capped with a spread winged eagle and has tassels flowing down the sides. 

The back of the brooch is marked with

Sunday, March 4, 2012

The brooch is from the Floreza Jewelry Line.

This company produced 1948 through 1981.  They were known for intricate pieces that used high end art glass and even shell cameos.  Their jewelry was sold in high end department stores.  For a time Florenza also made signed compacts and lipstick cases for Estee Lauder.

I obtained this pin for $1.00 a few years ago. 

The intricate filigreed golden based is adorned with glass opalescent cabochons and pink rhinestones.  It has a 2" diameter.

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Korda-Thief of Bagdad Saber Brooch 1940

This is the Korda Thief of Bagdad Saber Brooch. This brooch was produced by Rice-Weiner Co to promote Alexander Korda's movie
It is a large brooch measuring over 4" x 1.25".  This is a rare find for me.  I am thrilled to have obtained it. (this weekend!!)

From Wikipedia re: the Movie

The Thief of Bagdad (1940 film)

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The Thief of Bagdad

Film poster for 1947 Film Classics re-release
Directed byMichael Powell
Ludwig Berger
Tim Whelan
Uncredited:Alexander Korda
Zoltan Korda
William Cameron Menzies
Produced byAlexander Korda
Written byLajos Biró
Miles Malleson
StarringConrad Veidt
John Justin
June Duprez
Music byMiklós Rózsa
CinematographyGeorge Perinal
Editing byCharles Crichton
StudioLondon Films
Distributed byUnited Artists (UK/US)
Release date(s)5 December 1940 (USA)
25 December 1940 (UK)
Running time106 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom
The Thief of Bagdad (1940) is a British fantasy film produced by Alexander Korda, and directed by Michael Powell, Ludwig Berger, and Tim Whelan, with contributions by Korda's brothers Vincent and Zoltán, and William Cameron Menzies. The film starred child actor Sabu, Conrad Veidt, John Justin, and June Duprez.
Although the film was produced by Alexander Korda's company London Films in England, due to the outbreak of World War II, filming was completed in California. The film won the Academy Awards for Cinematography, Art Direction (Vincent Korda) and Special Effects. It was also nominated for Original Music Score.[1]

Happy Saturday Evening to you

Friday, March 2, 2012

Silver double stem aurora borealis flower head brooch

this is one of my favorite brooches. I even wear this one.  it measures 3.5" in length and it is a bit over 2" wide.  The blue aurora stones  that portray the petals of the flowers are brilliant. the flowers have a center clear rhinestone.  the stems are bound with a ribbon of silver with embedded clear rhinestones.  the brooch is not signed and is not on the older side of vintage, but i adore it.  this is the type of pin that feeds my addiction.  i obtained this one on ebay.  i paid more than i typically do, but it is worth it. 

Thursday, March 1, 2012

icy blue cabachon rhinestone starburst

a simple golden brooch. measuring a diminutive .75" across. a nice touch of understated bling. centered with a frosted lucite cabachon and accented with little rhinestones. an pale icy blue starburst.

Wednesday, February 29, 2012



Italian Micro Mosaic

One of the first brooches I have owned is this Italian Micro Mosaic.

  I obtained it from an estate sale I was doing for a friend. 

I remember sale so vividly, and we had TONS of Beautifully Glitzy Vintage Costume Jewelry at the sale, but then it was not my cuppa tea.  I  remember the women shoppers rushing  to that display table full of shimmering aurora borealis and rhinestones.

 If I had the costume jewelry bug back then, my collection would be significantly larger. I would have bought it all up before the sale began!

Micromosaic jewelry is like a painting done in glass. The smaller the glass, typically, the older the piece.

The brooch measures is about 2" in diameter

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Hand Painted Lacquer

Those who know me, know.
Those who don't, would not guess.
I have an obsession.
My endorphins fly ridiculously high when I find a new piece for my collection.
In an effort to improve my photography skills (which are pretty fair on a good day) I am going to showcase a piece a post through photos.
This first brooch was found at a thrift shop for  99 cents.  I am not about spending gobs of money for my addiction/obsession.  This is not something that I would be drawn to wear, but I do appreciate the detail and work put into the brooch.
This is a hand painted lacquer brooch.  Berries accented with blossoms and gold gilding.
The piece is only 2.5" long by 1.5" . Considering the petite size, the detail of the painting is pretty amazing.  The origin could be Russian as this was and still is a popular technique there.

The back of the brooch is signed and dated 1953.  It has a C Clasp closure which typically indicated a piece made pre-1900 but the date proves this theory incorrect (unless the date actually reads 1853)

I know this is not much of a glittery dazzler, but it was the closest brooch to my camera.

I am a lazy blogger!