Vintage sapphire rings

Sapphires – Septembers Birthstone

Welcome September. Those of you who have a birthday this month have ourselves a beautiful gemstone the sapphire. Septembers birthstone is a  precious gemstone which, along with its sister stone the Ruby is second only to Diamonds in hardness. This makes the stones particularly suitable for use in jewellery of all kinds including sapphire rings…

Miracle St Andrew Brooch

Collecting Miracle Jewellery

Miracle Jewellery is one of the more collectable names in British costume jewellery. Made from the 1940s until the late 1900s, It is usually easily recognisable by its strong Scottish or Celtic styling. Also look for the makers name on the reverse. They made lots of brooches, pendants, bracelets and possible rings too. Miracle is actually…

Stratton Compact

Collect Stratton Powder Compacts

Think of a Ladies Vintage Compact and one of the first names that pops into mind is Stratton. A British company who originally made knitting needles they diversified into compact in the 1920s. At first they were importing parts from the USA and the compacts were quite small just a couple of inches across. They manufactured…

Dermantoid to Dress Set

  Dermantiod The green for of garnet often more desirable and valuable than the red form. These can vary in colour from deep green to pale olive green. Designer Designer jewellery will normally have the designer name stamped on it. Where the jewellery is from a sought after designer it will attract a higher price…

I Wish We Could Buy These Now

Flicking through an old copy of the Picture Post I noticed this advert for Ciro Jewellery from  1940. Ciro made jewellery throughout the 1900s and to the best of my knowledge they still do so. It is one of the names we can look out for when collecting old pieces. Wouldn’t it be nice to…

Cinnabar

Cabochon to Cymric

Cabochon to Cymric Cabochon A stone cut which is smooth and round and domed as in a half ball but it can also be elongated in shape like a half rugby ball Cairngorm Named after the Cairngorm mountains in Scotland where it was originally found. This is a type of quartz in a smokey brown…

Alphonse Mucha’s Art Nouveau

Some of the loveliest high art nouveau art works were painted by the Czechoslovakian artist Alphons Mucha. Mucha was born in 1860 and lived until 1939 .  He lived and worked in Vienna and Paris and had a theatrical design background. In 1895, he happened to be in the right place at the right time…

BackStamp to Byzantine

Back Stamp The marks on the back of a piece, these can include the makers initials and the hallmarks. Sometimes trade names. Many pieces are unmarked. Baccarat  French glass maker of high quality crystal glass Baguette Shape of a gemstone. A baguette is long and narrow and has a flat table or top Bail The…

The Larder, Ashby

War Time Lunch Eating Vintage

One for those interested in all things from the past, Eating Vintage. Yesterday I took a trip back to the 1940s with lunch at The Larder in Ashby de la Zouch. This café has a War time theme with food to match the rationing of the time. I was about to say ” what fun”…

Vintage Diamante Pendant Earrings

Diamante Sparkle Like Diamonds

Diamante Jewellery  sparkles and shines like diamonds and other coloured gemstones . You will find that  very much more affordable than the real thing.  It is made of high quality lead glass  the designers varied the stones in shape and size to suit. In the USA these stones are  known as Rhinestones. During the Georgian and Victorian eras the…