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  • Bakelite and Rhinestone Necklace with Handwoven Chainmaille OOAK
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    This one-of-a-kind necklace features an unusual emerald green, leaf-shaped, Bakelite dress clip [circa 1930] converted to a pendant on a handwoven chain made of jeweler's brass.   The green Bakelite is subtly marbled with yellows and golds.  Raised above the emerald green "leaf" of the pendant is a triangle of golden "apple juice" Bakelite, with sixteen embedded rhinestones.  All rhinestones are original to the piece.

    Details

    • pendant measures 2 1/4" in length and is 1 7/8" at its widest point
    • necklace is 20" long and can be extended for $10 per inch

    Materials

    • vintage Bakelite pendant with rhinestones
    • brass chainmail
    • vintage brass lobster clasp

    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.

    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 Rhinestone Collar Necklace
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    Description

    This collar necklaces features vintage faceted glass octagonal rhinestones, circa 1950/60, set in a vintage brass chain with claw-shaped prongs, circa 1960.  The necklace can be worn in lengths from 16" to 20". 

    Details

    • available in a variety of colors: Caramel Porhyr Glass [bi-colored]; Peridot Green with Gold-Foiled Back; Black and White; Pink; Amber with Mirrored Back [the finish is almost like an antique mirror]
    • stones are 25 mm x 18 mm
    • necklace is 16" long with a 4" extender chain

    Materials

    • vintage glass rhinestones
    • brass lobster clasp
    • vintage brass settings
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  • Brass Chainmaille and Antique Enameled Buckle Necklace OOAK
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    This one-of-a-kind statement necklace features a segment from an antique enameled sash buckle and watch fob, circa 1920, on a handwoven brass chain with faceted moss green quartz bead dangles. 

    Details

    • pendant and fob measure 2" at the widest point and drops 3" long [including bead dangle]
    • necklace is 20" long
    • handwoven chain is 1" at its widest along the front and 3/4" along the back.

    Materials

    • jeweler's brass chainmaille
    • brass hook clasp
    • antique enamel buckle component
    • antique watch fob component
    • moss green quartz beads

     

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  • Handwoven Brass Chainmaille Necklace with Vintage Rhinestones
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    This necklace features handwoven brass chainmail with vintage rhinestones.  The rhinestones are bi-colored, rose and jonquil yellow, and made in Germany [circa 1920].  Each of the nine foiled-back, oval stones is 18 x 13 mm and prong set in brass.  The chain is a little over 3/4 inch wide across the front of the necklace and narrows to about 1/2" towards the back.

    Although the necklace is intended to be worn along the collar [length is 18"], it can be extended upon request [$10 per additional inch].

    Closes with a brass lobster clasp.

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  • Vintage Dress Clip with Sterling Handwoven Chainmaille
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    Description

    This statement necklace features a converted vintage dress clip, circa 1920, attached to a handwoven oxidized sterling silver chain.

    Details

    • necklace is 20" long

    Materials

    • sterling silver chainmail
    • vintage dress clip
    • sterling hook clasp

    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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  • Antique French Silver and Paste Pendant on Handwoven Sterling Chainmaille
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    This necklace features an antique French pin, circa 1890-1900, worn as a pendant and attached to handwoven oxidized sterling silver chainmaille.  It bears the French boar's head hallmark for 800-900 silver and is embellished with sparkling paste stones. 

    Details

    • pendant measures 2 1/8" across the widest part and 1 11/16" down the center
    • 18" long
    • one-of-a-kind

    Materials

    • antique paste and silver pendant
    • sterling silver jump rings
    • sterling silver lobster clasp

     Origin Story

    On French silver jewelry, the most common hallmark is the boar’s head, the mark of the Paris Assay Office, indicating a fineness of 800 or higher on small articles (such as jewelry). This mark was in use from 1838 to 1961. 

    The paste stones in this necklace feature an old european cut, which was the prevailing style for diamonds from the 1890s to the 1930s.

    According to the Encyclopedia Brittanica, "Before 1940 most imitation gems were made from glass with a high lead content. Such glasses were called paste because the components of the mixture were mixed wet to ensure a thorough and even distribution."



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  • Antique Gold-Filled Victorian Slide and Locket with Starburst Motif and Embedded Opal
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    This one-of-a-kind necklace features an antique gold-filled slide charm with small seed pearls and a single opal connected to a locket with an etched starburst design and embedded opal. 

    The locket, circa 1900, opens and closes securely.  Both picture frames are in tact.  There is a engraved cursive monogram on the backside of the locket.

    The chain is a combination of handwoven, gold-filled chainmail and antique book chain segments.

    Details

    • 18" long with 2" extender chain
    • locket is 28 mm in diameter
    • with the slide and jump ring, the locket hangs about 2 1/2" from the chain. 

    Materials [all gold-filled]

    • lobster clasp
    • jump rings
    • antique locket with opal focal stone
    • antique book chain links

    Origin Story

    On the interior photo holder, the locket is signed W&SB with a star. W. & S. Blackinton Co. (W&SB) was originally a manufacturer of gold jewelry in Meriden, CT and was started by two brothers in 1865. 

    This locket features a focal starburst design.  The Victorians were transfixed with celestial imagery, and motifs including crescent moons and stars adorned jewelry extensively in the mid to late 1800s.  The starburst design was extremely popular in all forms of late 19th century jewelry.  

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  • Vintage Gold-Plated Locket with Handwoven Chainmaille Necklace
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    This necklace features a vintage gold-plated brass locket, c. 1930, with an etched design, paste stones and glass seed pearls.   It hangs on a chain of gold-filled hand-woven chainmaille links, gold-filled jump rings, and antique rose and yellow rolled gold links from two different 19th-century book chain necklaces.  The locket opens and closes securely, and dangles from an antique, gold-filled pocket watch clip.

    Details

    • locket is 1 1/4" x 1"
    • necklace is 20" long

    Materials

    • gold-filled toggle clasp
    • antique book chain links
    • vintage gold-plated locket
    • gold-filled jump rings
    • antique pocket watch clip

    Origin Story

    The book chain necklace features links shaped like the bindings of books, and was a popular design during the Victorian era.  This necklace style re-emerged throughout the 20th century during various Victorian revival periods, particularly during the late 1930's and 40's.  It is a design that continues to evolve and inspire even in the 21st century.

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  • Brass Chainmaille Necklace with Vintage Egyptian Revival Pendant OOAK
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    This necklace features a large, pressed green glass pendant attributed to Max Neiger, circa 1925, and handwoven brass chainmaille.  

    The pendant bead, which measures , has traces of the original golden paint on one side.  The pharaoh image is on both sides.

    Details

    • pendant is 1 7/8" x 1 1/4" x 7 mm thick
    • necklace is 18" long and can be extended for $10 per inch

    Materials

    • vintage glass pendant 
    • jeweler's brass chainmaille
    • bronze S hook clasp in the shape of a snake

    Origin Story

    Egyptian themes were wildly popular in the 1920's following the discovery of King Tutankhamen's tomb in 1922.  This untouched tomb created an international sensation and showcased the opulence of the afterlives anticipated by Egyptian pharoahs.  Soon, both fine and costume jewelry were dominated by the Egyptian Revival style.  

    Max Neiger and his brother Norbert designed jewelry in Gablonz, Czechoslavakia as part of Bohemia’s famed glasswork and jewelry industry.  Their fame reached its peak  in the 1920's and 30's.  And while their most well known pieces were Egyptian revival scarab beads, they produced other Egyptian-inspired pieces as well as those incorporating Japanese and Indian motifs.  The Neigers fled to Prague when Bohemia was ceded to Germany in 1938.  Tragically, in 1941 they were imprisoned and murdered in a Nazi concentration camp.

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  • Vintage Bakelite Dress Clip and Handwoven Chainmaille Necklace
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    This necklace features a vintage, butterscotch-colored, deeply carved Bakelite dress clip [c. 1930] converted to a pendant.  It suspends from a slinky handwoven chainmaille necklace made of jeweler's brass.

    Details

    • necklace measures 17" long and can be extended for $10 per inch 
    • pendant is 2" long and 1" wide

    Materials

    • vintage brass spring ring clasp
    • jeweler's brass chainmaille
    • vintage Bakelite pendant

    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.

    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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  • Antique Gold-Filled Locket with Woman on a Crescent Moon
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    This necklace features an antique 25 mm round gold-filled locket with a repousse design of a woman reclining on a crescent moon.   On the inside of the locket is the maker's mark "W&H CO" inside of an etched heart; this is the hallmark of the Wightman & Hough Co., which was established in 1856 and operated in Providence, Rhode Island. The design suggests that this locket dates to the Art Nouveau era (early 1900s). 

    There is an elaborately etched cursive monogram on the back of the locket, where there are also two slight dimples in the metal.  Two compartments with rings and celluloid covers are in tact on the inside.  The locket opens with ease and closes securely.

    The locket is dangles from an antique gold-filled pocket watch clip attached to a string of old red and gold-tinted cut steel beads, which were produced in France during the late nineteenth century.

    Details

    • 18" long

    Materials

    • gold-filled locket
    • cut steel seed beads
    • gold-filled bar clasp

    Origin Story

    The producer of this locket,  the Wightman & Hough Co., was known for their "sweetheart jewelry" and one of their advertising tag lines was "There's a heart in every locket!" 

    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.  

    Celestial images were very popular Victorian jewelry motifs.  A crescent moon was said to glorify the Feminine Moon Goddess while the stars guided and directed one spiritually.   The moon also symbolized the cycles of nature.

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  • Antique Rose Gold-Filled Locket with Etched Swallow in Flight
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    This necklace features an antique rose gold-filled locket, circa 19th century, with an etched image of a swallow in flight embedded with paste stones.   The locket's interior picture frame is marked "B MFG CO."  It easily opens and securely snaps shut and is suspended from a handwoven chain made of oxidized sterling silver and rose gold-filled jump rings.  

    Details

    • locket is 28 mm in diameter
    • necklace is 17" long

    Materials

    • gold-filled locket
    • sterling silver jump rings
    • rose gold-filled jump rings
    • gold-filled toggle clasp

    Origin Story

    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 Gold-Filled Locket with Horseshoe and Paste Stones
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    This necklace features a 25 mm round rose gold-filled locket embellished with clear paste stones, arranged in a horseshoe design.  It dates to the early 20th century, circa 1910.  The locket is 1" in diameter, in good working order and marked "H&H."  It dangles from an antique watch clip and is attached to a period, gold-filled book chain necklace.  The clip and locket drop 2 3/4" from the chain.

    Details

    • 18" long
    • can be lengthened upon request

    Materials

    • gold-filled spring ring clasp
    • gold-filled book chain necklace
    • gold-filled pocket watch clip
    • gold-filled jump rings
    • gold-filled locket

    Origin Story

    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. The horseshoe was a popular icon in Victorian-era jewelry, representing good fortune as it does today.  If the horseshoe faces upwards it is said to bring luck to the wearer; downwards, like the one in this piece, sends luck out into the universe. 

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  • Antique Rose Gold-Filled Fob with Art Nouveau Design
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    This necklace features a round gold-filled fob with an Art Nouveau etched design and paste stone.  It dates to the early twentieth century.   The fob is connected to an antique pocket watch chain by a diamond shaped, gold-filled Victorian slide with a small opal and seed pearls.

    Details

    • fob is 1 1/2" in diameter
    • measures 17" long

    Materials

    • gold-filled watch chain
    • gold-filled fob
    • gold filled slide charm with opal and seed pearls
    • gold-filled spring ring clasp

     

     

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  • Antique Tasseled Buckle Choker
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    This necklace features an antique silver shoe buckle, c. 1910.  It is oval in shape, covered in clear paste stones, and has two tassels suspending from the bottom.  The buckle is attached to a slinky, graduated choker base, c. 1970, that has aged to a wonderful golden, slightly irridescent patina.

    Measures 16" in length.  The base of the buckle is 3/4" long and 1" wide, the tassels extend 1 1/2 inches.  

    Fastens with a steel fold-over clasp.

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  • Antique Butterfly Necklace with Handwoven Gold-filled Chainmaille
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    This necklace features links from a silver-toned antique belt, circa late 19th to early 20th century, and handwoven, gold-filled chainmaille.  Each of the seven links is in the shape of a butterfly, with faux cut steel gilded accents, and measures 1 1/4" x 1 1/8."

    Details

    • 18" long
    • each butterfly is 1 1/4" x 1 1/8"

    Materials

    • silver-toned metal
    • sterling silver lobster clasp
    • gold-filled jump rings

    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.

    The cut steels in this piece are "faux," meaning they are stamped rather than riveted.  This dates the components in this necklace to between the late 19th to early 20th century.

     

     

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