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 trademark of A Hill and co who were based in Birmingham. However, they did make much of their jewellery in Scotland. They started making Celtic style jewellery in 1946. For costume jewellery, they had good design standards and quality manufacture. They focused on high-quality copies of antique jewellery from ancient times and through to the Victorian era.
The vast majority of the jewellery produced is costume ( eg no precious materials).A few silver and gold pieces turn up from time to time and these tend to be set with real stones rather than glass.
The trademark has been owned by a Cornish company since 2013. I find no evidence that they are actually making new pieces these days. I have asked them about this and will update this blog if I have any further information.
The vast majority of Miracle jewellery does carry their name although there are a few variations. As well as Miracle trademarks to look out for are Sol D’ Or ( sold mainly in Ireland), A Miracle Creation and Miracle Britain. Another trademark is Mizpah this has a double headed arrow beneath the name on the reverse. Do not confuse this with Mizpah written large on the front of the jewellery as part of the design. To be part of the Miracle family it must be in the reverse with the arrow.
One word of caution, look for the name carefully. Sometimes it is very faint and well hidden.
Buy Miracle Jewellery:
Buy at Antiques Fairs, eBay, occasionally car boots or charity shops if you are very lucky. Of course, there is a good range in my shop – see my range of Miracle Brooches.
Make sure you only purchase items in very good condition, it will loose all its value if there is a missing stone or a broken catch.
You can pay anything from a couple of pounds up to a hundred for a rare piece such as a monkey bracelet.
Care of Miracle Jewellery:
As it is costume jewellery it is best not to get it wet. I suggest a quick wipe with a clean dry cloth. If absolutely necessary and as a last resort, one spray of clear window cleaning liquid will get the dirt off the glass stones. Remember you are likely to loose a stone or for the metal to become discoloured if you actually get it wet.
Which are your favourite Miracle pieces? I like the Celtic designs with lots of intricate knot shapes. I know others who go for certain coloured stones such as amethyst. Have you got a rare piece to share? Let me know and I can add it here.