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  • Vintage Charm Necklace
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    Description

    This necklace features a variety of charms from a vintage bracelet, circa 1960, attached to a handmade brass paperclip-style chain.  A vintage button dangles from the clasp.

    Details

    • charms vary in size from 1/2" to 1"
    • necklace is 20" long

    Materials

    • vintage brass chain 
    • vintage charms
    • brass lobster clasp
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  • Vintage Bakelite Dress Clip Necklace with Handwoven Chainmaille and Vintage Lucite Links
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    Description

    This colorful necklace features a circa 1930 "apple juice" bakelite dress clip, converted to a pendant.  Vertical rows of clear and amethyst-colored rhinestones add sparkle, while the handwoven brass chain features vintage (circa 1960) faceted lucite links.  An antique glass button dangles from the clasp.

    Details

    • 24" long
    • bakelite pendant is 2" long and 1 3/8" wide
    • length can be extended - please indicate desired length when placing your order for this piece

    Materials

    • vintage bakelite and rhinestone converted dress clip
    • brass jump rings
    • vintage faceted oval lucite links
    • brass lobster clasp
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  • Antique Tassel Necklace
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    Description

    This necklace features a gold-filled antique watch tassel fob and slide charm with seed pearls, hung from an antique watch chain.

    Details

    • 20" long
    • charm and tassel hang 3" from chain

    Materials

    • antique gold-filled chain
    • gold-filled lobster clasp
    • antique gold-filled tassel and slide charm with seed pearls

     

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  • Antique Art Glass Button Necklace with Handwoven Chainmaille
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    Description

    This necklace features a large antique art glass button with paste stones, circa 1890, suspended from brass chain handwoven in a rosette design. The button's high-domed, purple and brown glass cabochon is 1" in diameter and set with prongs that are an extension of the pierced design.  The metal is brass with a golden wash.

    Details

    • 20" long
    • lobster clasp
    • one-of-a-kind

    Material

    • brass and art glass button
    • jeweler's brass jump rings
    • brass lobster clasp

    Origin Story

    The antique button was produced during the "Gay Nineties," an American term coined in the 1920's referring to the last decade of the 19th century.  In Europe, this same time period is known as the "Belle Epoque" and in England is called the "Naughty Nineties."  Regardless of its name, it was a period characterized by ornate and decadent styles.  Buttons of this era were large, usually featured a focal glass "jewel," and adorned outerwear.

    The original shank of the button is still attached to its backside so as to maintain the integrity of this antique artifact.  When laid flat, the shank causes the button to slightly cant to the side, however this effect is virtually eliminated when the necklace is worn due to its suspension from the chain.

     

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  • Antique Victorian Slide and Locket Necklace
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    Description

    This necklace features an antique rose-gold filled slide and oval locket. The locket is etched with a floral design and embellished with ruby and clear paste stones.  There is some wear on the gold fill on the side where the locket opens, although this is not noticeable from the front view. It measures 1" in length by 3/4" width.  The backside of the locket is inscribed with the name "Ruth."

    Details

    • locket measures 1" x 3/4"
    • necklace is 18" long with a 2" extender chain
    • locket and slide drop 2" from the chain

    Materials

    • antique slide charm and locket
    • gold-filled lobster clasp

    Origin Story

    Inside the locket is a maker's mark of a bee, with the letters RBM Atrice.  Similar lockets date to 1894. The Bee Atrice Mark, with a Bumble Bee, signifies the Little Beatrice Locket line produced by the RB MacDonald Company of Attleboro, Massachusetts.

     

     

    The chain is 18" in length with a 2" extender.  The locket and slide drop 2" from the chain.  Closes with a gold-filled lobster clasp.

     

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  • Antique Slide and Pearl Necklace OOAK
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    This one-of-a-kind necklace features an antique diamond-shaped, gold-filled slide charm with two ruby paste stones and three seed pearls, and an 8 mm natural fresh water pearl dangle.  The charm and pearl drop from an antique, gold-filled spiral chain.

    Details

    • necklace is 20" long

    Materials

    • antique gold-filled necklace and slide charm
    • natural, tear-drop shaped pearl
    • gold-filled spring ring clasp

     

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  • Vintage Charm Necklace Depicting Don Quixote Tales and Handwoven Chainmail
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    This necklace features links from a 1940's bracelet depicting the Tales of Don Quixote.  The metal is silver-toned and shows remnants of gilding or gold-wash.  The individual charms are a little over an inch in height and width, and are connected to a handwoven chain made of jewelers brass.  

    Among the tales etched in the charms are Don Quixote's famous windmill battle and his encounter with a caged lion.  The author's likeness is etched on the focal charm.

    Details

    • necklace is 18" long

    Materials

    • silver metal
    • jeweler's brass jump rings
    • brass lobster clasp
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  • Antique Stick Pin Conversion Necklace OOAK
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    This one-of-a-kind necklace features an antique stick pin, converted to a pendant, on an antique gold-filled watch chain [both circa early 1900s].  The bezel-set focal stone is made of cobalt blue faceted glass; there is a tiny clear paste accent stone at the bottom tip of the piece.

    Perfect for layering with our longer fob and locket necklaces.

    Details

    • necklace is 16" long with a 2" extender chain
    • pendant is 1" long and 1/2" wide

    Materials

    • antique gold-filled stick pin converted to pendant
    • gold-filled spring ring clasp
    • antique gold-filled watch chain

    Origin Story

    The original pin piece was marked PS Co., which was the trademark of the Plainville Stock Company of Plainville, Massachusetts, which produced jewelry from 1896 to the present day.    

     

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    • Antique Stick Pin Conversion Necklace OOAK
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      This delicate, one-of-a-kind necklace features an antique yellow and rose-gold filled stick pin, converted into a pendant [both circa 1900].  It dangles from a gold-filled antique watch chain.  The frame has an arrow design with a center bezel-set deep amber glass stone with an overlapping leaf at the top.

      Details

      • necklace is 16" long with a 2" extender chain
      • pendant is 3/4" long and 1/4" wide

      Materials

      • gold-filled spring ring clasp
      • antique gold-filled watch chain
      • antique gold-filled stick pin converted to pendant

      Origin Story

      This original pin was signed P.S. Co. on the  stem, which is the maker's mark of the Plainville Stock Company of Plainville, Massachusetts. 

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    • Antique Slide and Fob Necklace OOAK
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      Description

      This delicate, one-of-a-kind necklace features a round, rose gold-filled Victorian slide with opal glass accents and a diamond-shaped gold-filled charm with a tiny turquoise cabochon.  They dangle 1 1/2" from an antique watch chain.

      Details

      • necklace is 16" long with a 2" extender chain
      • one-of-a-kind

      Materials

      • gold-filled watch chain
      • gold-filled charms
      • gold-filled spring ring clasp
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    • Antique Gold-Filled Slide and Locket Necklace OOAK
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      This one-of-a-kind necklace features an antique gold-filled slide with glass seed pearls and an amethyst paste stone paired with a two-toned gold locket, circa 1900.  The base of the locket is rose-gold filled, with raised designs of a swallow and flower in yellow gold.  With the slide, the locket drops 1 3/4" from the antique, rose-gold filled watch chain.

      Details

      • 20" long
      • locket is 23 mm wide and high [including bail]

      Materials

      • gold-filled locket
      • gold-filled slide charm
      • rose gold-filled watch chain
      • gold-filled spring ring clasp

      Origin Story

      The maker's mark indicates the locket was produced by the Bliss Brothers, a company founded in 1896 in Attleboro, Massachusetts. 

      Lockets gained popularity during the Victorian era after Queen Victoria wore a mourning locket with a photo inside of her beloved husband Albert every day, setting a fashion trend. Prior to his passing, her husband had gifted her with a charm bracelet with eight lockets, each containing a lock of hair from each of their children.

      Swallows were a popular motif in Victorian jewelry and symbolized home and heart - swallows were said to be the first birds seen on ships as they approached land, and were also known to mate for life.

       

       

       

       

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    • Antique Slide and Locket Necklace OOAK
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      This one-of-a-kind necklace features an antique slide and watch fob/locket, circa 1890, on an antique watch chain.  The locket has an inset rhinestone on the front and a cursive monogram on the back [it looks like it is "EJ"].  It hangs from an antique gold filled slide charm with an etched starburst design and embedded glass pearl.

      Details

      • locket is a 3/4" square
      • necklace is 16" long with a 2" extender

      Materials

      • gold-filled spring ring clasp
      • antique gold-filled chain
      • antique gold-filled locket and slide charm

      Origin Story

      The inside of the locket is etched "S.K.M. & CO, " the maker's mark of S.K. Merrill & Company, Providence, Rhode Island, established by Sylvester K. Merrill in 1871.  SKM produced jewelry until 1915.

      The 19th century witnessed many visible comets, including the well known Halley’s comet and Comet Tebbutt, also known as “The Great Comet of 1861”.  These events inspired jewelry design throughout the Victorian era.  This necklace features two etched starburst motifs.  The locket's etching suggests the arc of a comet along with the starburst.

       

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    • Antique Victorian Slide and Fob Necklace OOAK
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      Description

      This necklace features an antique rose-gold filled Victorian slide with an etched design and opal glass stones, and an attached gold-filled fob charm.  They dangle from an antique, gold-filled watch chain.  The combination of the two charms is almost figural.

      Beautiful for layering with longer fob and locket necklaces.

      Details

      • necklace is 16" with a 2" extender chain
      • pendant charms dangle 1 1/4" from chain

      Materials

      • gold-filled lobster clasp
      • gold-filled antique watch chain
      • gold-filled antique charms

       

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    • Antique Slide Necklace OOAK
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      This one-of-a-kind necklace features a Victorian gold-filled slide with an etched design, four tiny emerald green glass cabochons and four tiny seed pearls. A gold-filled 13 mm jump ring is woven into the bottom slide opening. 

      Details

      • slide charm and jump ring measures 3/8" wide by 3/8" tall
      • necklace is 16" long with a 2" extender.

      Materials

      • gold-filled spring ring clasp
      • antique gold filled chain
      • antique gold filled charms
      • gold-filled jump ring
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    • Antique Watch Pin with Fob Necklace OOAK
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      This one-of-a-kind necklace features an antique rose gold-filled watch pin [circa 1900] converted into a pendant with a period rose-gold filled tube charm and attached to an antique rose gold-filled watch chain.  The focal pendant has an etched floral design with tiny red paste stones; it is marked Gesch [[made in Germany] on the reverse.  The charm has a band with a seed pearl and two ruby paste stones.  

      Details

      • pendant is 1 1/2" at its widest and 1 1/4" in length

      Materials

      • rose gold-filled lobster clasp
      • antique rose gold-filled fob and charm
      • antique rose gold-filled watch chain

       

       

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    • Antique Mother of Pearl Fob Necklace
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      This necklace features an antique mother-of-pearl powder horn fob with an ornate cap embellished with ruby and opal glass accents, circa 1890.  The fob hangs from an antique jump ring and is attached to a gold-filled watch chain [both circa 1900].

      Details

      • fob is 1 1/4" wide
      • 21" long

      Materials

      • gold-filled watch chain
      • antique mother-of-pearl fob
      • gold-filled spring ring clasp

       

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    • Antique Opalescent Glass Fob Necklace
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      Description

      This necklace features an antique opalescent glass fob and gold-filled t-bar on an antique watch chain [all circa 1900].   

      Details

      • necklace is 21" long
      • fob is 1 1/2" long
      • t-bar is 1 1/2" wide

      Materials

      • gold-filled watch fob
      • gold-filled t-bar
      • gold-filled watch chain
      • rose-gold filled clasp
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    • Handwoven White Gold-Filled Chainmail Necklace with Antique Chinese Turquoise Glass Beads OOAK
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      This one-of-a-kind necklace features handwoven, white gold-filled chainmail with antique turquoise glass beads.  The beads are Chinese glass pendants made in the early 20th century to be used as counterweights to Mandarin court necklaces. Each has a metal cap and some show remnants of iridescent Kingfisher feathers, very popular in court jewelry. 

      Details

      • length of the drop, cap and small glass bead atop vary from 30-35 mm and the width at the bottom of the pendant beads is 15-18 mm.
      • width of the chain is 1/2" and the length is 20."  This necklace can be extended [$15 per inch] upon request.

      Materials

      • white gold-filled chainmail
      • antique glass pendant beads
      • gold-filled spring ring clasp
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    • Mid-Century Bronze Flower Necklace with Handwoven Chainmaille
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      This one-of-a-kind statement necklace features a rare large, mid-20th century bronzed, asymetrical floral brooch signed Renoir and handwoven chainmail embellished with vintage taupe aurora borealis beads, also mid-century.

      Details

      • necklace is 20" long
      • pendant is 2 1/4" wide and 3/4" thick
      • pendant can be removed and worn as a brooch

      Materials

      • bronze S hook clasp in the shape of a snake
      • bronze chainmail
      • vintage copper/bronze brooch
      • vintage glass beads

      Origin Story

      The Renior jewelry company was founded in California in 1946 by Jerry Fels, and produced jewelry through 1964.  Fels studied at the Arts Student League and the National Academy of Design before serving as a fighter pilot during World War II.  Renior jewelry was largely made with copper, influenced by the Arts and Crafts movement which had valued handmade objects and "humble" materials such as copper and brass.

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    • Antique Cut Steel Button Necklace with Brass Handwoven Chainmaille
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      This necklace features an antique pierced, cut steel and gilded metal button, circa 1900, and handwoven brass chainmaille in a foxtail weave design.  The focal button is 1 3/4" in diameter. 

      Details

      • 19" long
      • length can be extended; add $10 per inch
      • one-of-a-kind

      Materials

      • jeweler's brass jump rings
      • antique metal button
      • brass S hook clasp

      Origin Story

      Cut steel jewelry gained popularity in France during the 18th century when King Louis demanded that citizens turn in their diamonds to help fund war efforts.  This type of jewelry features tiny faceted and polished steel studs carved to mimic diamonds and individually riveted in place.  Similar in appearance to marcasite, cut steels sparkle brilliantly when polished.  Pieces can be dated by looking at the size of the cut steels, which were individually hand-riveted, and the number of facets.  Older buckles feature smaller studs with as many as 15 facets.  Cut steel jewelry fell out of fashion in the early 20th century when production quality declined and other trends emerged.

       

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    • Vintage Rhinestone Buckles Pendant with Sterling and Gold-Filled Handwoven Chainmail OOAK
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      Description

      This necklace features silver-toned Art Deco era rhinestone buckle segments and handwoven sterling and gold-filled chainmail.   

      Details

      • focal pendant drops 2 1/2"
      • necklace is 18" long

      Materials

      • sterling silver S-hook clasp
      • sterling silver chainmail
      • gold-filled jump rings
      • vintage rhinestone buckle segments
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    • Antique Cut Steel Buckle Necklace with Sterling Handwoven Chainmaille
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      Description

      This necklace features an oval, antique cut steel shoe buckle, converted to a pendant, on handwoven, oxidized sterling silver chainmaille.  The buckle, circa late 19th century, is 2 1/2" in at its widest and 1 3/4" high. 

      Details

      • 18" long
      • one-of-a-kind

      Materials

      • sterling silver lobster clasp
      • oxidized sterling silver jump rings
      • antique cut steel shoe buckle

      Origin Story

      Cut steel jewelry gained popularity in France during the 18th century when King Louis demanded that citizens turn in their diamonds to help fund war efforts.  This type of jewelry features tiny faceted and polished steel studs carved to mimic diamonds and individually riveted in place.  Similar in appearance to marcasite, cut steels sparkle brilliantly when polished.  Pieces can be dated by looking at the size of the cut steels, which were individually hand-riveted, and the number of facets.  Older buckles feature smaller studs with as many as 15 facets.  Cut steel jewelry fell out of fashion in the early 20th century when production quality declined and other trends emerged.

       

       

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    • Vintage Dress Clip Necklace with Handwoven Chainmaille
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      Description

      This necklace features a vintage dress clip, circa 1930, converted into a pendant on a handwoven bronze chain.  The focal pendant has taille d'epargne enamel, a multi-layer design with paste stones, and a scrolling foliate etched design.  There are traces of its original gilded finish and the clip is worn in places to reveal the silver-toned metal beneath.  

      Details

      • necklace is 20" long
      • pendant is 3/4" wide and 2" long

      Materials

      • bronze hook clasp in the shape of a snake
      • brass chainmaille
      • vintage metal and paste dress clip

      Origin Story

      Dress and fur clips debuted in the 1920's, when costume jewelry first gained popularity. It is said Coco Chanel introduced the idea of wearing less expensive costume jewelry as art, instead of wearing fine jewelry as a symbol of status and wealth.  When first introduced, dress clips were worn in pairs, often worn opposite one another on the neckline or straps of a dress.  Popularity wanted in the 1950's, when brooches became a more desirable personal ornament.  Today, you'll occasionally see vintage clips attached to the dresses, sweaters, handbags and scarves of trend-setting celebrities.

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    • Vintage Bakelite Buckle Necklace with Handwoven Bi-Color Chainmaille
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      Description

      This necklace features a vintage Bakelite floral buckle segment, circa 1930, and handwoven black and gold brass chainmaille.  The focal pendant is layered with three colors, brown, butterscotch and green. The bi-color chain is handwoven from black enamel and brass jump rings.  

      Details

      • necklace is 20" long
      • pendant is 1 1/2" in diameter

      Materials

      • vintage Bakelite buckle component
      • brass lobster clasp
      • black enamel and brass chainmaille

      Origin Story

      Bakelite was an early plastic, developed by Leo Baekeland in 1907. It was originally used for industrial purposes due to its ability to withstand heat.  It appeared in costume jewelry beginning in the 1920's and increased in popularity through the 30's and 40's.   Bakelite was often intricately carved and came in a wide range of beautiful colors.  Today, authentic Bakelite jewelry is highly collectible.

       

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