Thursday, April 12, 2007

Vintage Collection

I have been to an Antiques Fair recently and found some stunning jewellery. I've also bought a few pieces on eBay.

Some of the jewellery I bought needed some TLC like my favourite buy the very dark ruby red necklace. Below is a picture of the necklace before I restrung it and added a new clasp.

Here it is with the new sterling silver clasp, restrung on invisible thread with teeny red/black lined seed beads between each of the ruby faceted beads. The faceted beads are vintage, and looking at the wonderful sparkle, the glass probably contains lead.

Here's a close-up of the necklace before - threaded onto waxed red string.
Here's a close-up of it restrung. Much better, I think, and lovely to wear. :-) It's mine, all mine!

And here's a little stretchy bracelet I made to go with my beautiful necklace. Although the beads are new and not quite as dark red the two work really well together. I used the same dark red/black lined seed beads to space the red faceted beads.I bought this gorgeous pendant on eBay from Lenita's Treasure Chest. She makes the most wonderful jewellery. This pendant, although it's in a brass filigree setting was too beautiful to resist (I don't normally wear gold). However, I love the beautiful setting as much as the fantastic carved vintage French jet and so I made it into a simple necklace.

I've used black plated chain and some jet black Swarovski crystals with small gold seed beads to frame the pendant and a little brass butterfly next to the clasp for a finishing touch. I've been wearing it a lot.
Here's another vintage pendant I bought on eBay. As you probably can tell, I love black and this cross/flower was just too pretty to go to someone else. I especially like the black setting.

Here's the finished necklace. I combined it with gorgeous vintage faceted black beads in various sizes plus some vintage faceted tubes into this:

Here's a necklace I bought at the same fair as the ruby red one. Again, it needed a little TLC. Two of the rhinestones next to the body of the butterfly were missing. Although it is hardly noticeable, I decided to fix this and I managed to find some vintage rhinestones of the right size on eBay. :-)

After:Here's a little pearl necklace I bought at the Antiques Fair. I love the creamy, buttery colour of the (glass) pearls and the lovely clasp.

This one (again bought at the same Antiques Fair), is for taking apart and making something new. It's a nice necklace but it looks a bit old fashioned and doesn't hang right. However, the beads are lovely and old and it also has some lovely rhinestone spacers that will come in handy.

More goodies from the same fair. :-)

A lovely black faceted necklace, slightly too short, so I might just restring it.

This one is perfect as it is: black diamond faceted vintage beads with AB lustre. Delicious. And it's the right length.
Two crystal faceted necklaces - one is AB lustred, the other isn't. Not sure if I am going to keep them as they are or if I take them apart to make something different.

These two sterling silver bracelets will probably be taken apart. They will make gorgeous little connectors. Although, they are quite pretty as they are.

This is a fantastic filigree bracelet. Quite heavy with a screw clasp.

And here's my beautiful sparky diamonté brooch. Again, it's a dark gold setting, but it's too beautiful not to wear. :-) And my 2nd favourite thing I bought at the Antiques fair, this gorgeous, delightful Art Nouveau brooch. I love this one. It's quite large and wonderfully detailed.


  1. The art nouveau brooch was a fabulous find

  2. The butterfly pendant is absolutely stunning -very jealous!


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