Brian Asquith

Ive just acquired a set of silver  jewellery by Brian Asquith. It is so stylish and typical of the time it was made (1977) that I decided to find out more. Can you imagine a trendy 70’s chick wearing this set? This was quite expensive at the time it was made just like designer pieces are these days. Brian…

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…

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 maker’s name on the reverse. They made lots of brooches, pendants, bracelets and possible rings too. Miracle is actually a…

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 A British company who originally made knitting needles they diversified into compact in the 1920s.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…