Joan Rivers Sale

Joan Rivers Sale

Theres an amazing auction on at Christies in New York today – the jewellery collection of Joan Rivers.  There are some truly stunning pieces especially the Art Nouveau brooches. Some of these are so rare – lot 15 is my favourite with a lovely art nouveau maiden with long flowing...

The Queens Jewels

The Queens Jewels

Queen Elizabeth 11 , the lady with the very best jewellery in the world. Here are a selection of pictures showing off some of the better pieces. An acknowledgement. I have taken inspirations for this post from the wonderful blog Her Majestys Jewel Vault Wearing a stunning rose flower diamond...

Abalone to Aurora

Abalone Shell A decorative shell from the South Seas with a wonderful range of colour in shades of blue and green. Acrostic Jewellery Where there is a row of gemstones and the initial letters spell out a word. The best known is REGARD – ruby, emerald, Garnet, Amethyst, Ruby, Diamond. The acrostic...

Saphiret Glass

Saphirets are one of the most collectable of all glass costume jewellery stones.  It is thought that Saphiret  was first made in Czechoslovakia in the Victorian era when real gold was added to a sapphire blue coloured glass. Later on the price of gold rose and it became to expensive to produce....

Maw tiles from the 1970s

Looking for something to collect? Maybe something not too expensive , interesting? Something which displays well and at least has a chance of going up in value over the coming years? I have a suggestion for you Maw decorative tiles from the 1970s and 1980s.   These tiles are really well made...

Newark Antiques Fair

Newark Antiques Fair

Its my favourite fair of the entire antiques calendar tomorrow. Well to be more precise its one of six as the Newark Antiques Fairs which is on every two months. Who else is going? Here’s the link to their website. There are over 2,000 stalls and you will be walking a...

Pictorial Glass Paperweights

Recently I came across a collection of old pictorial paperweights. Originally these would have been purchased as holiday souvenirs or presents brought back for a friend. They are like picture postcards under glass but a bit more interesting. The pictures are protected by the glass and they can be displayed...

Keep it Real

I once ran a poll on my webshop One of the questions asked is “Whats best about AntiquesAvenue? ” 100% of the answers  voted for: The vintage jewellery is real. Now that is a subject close to my heart and certainly doesn’t just apply to jewellery.. Why when we want...

What am I ?

What am I ?

Occasionally I find interesting objects from the past which leave me flummoxed. What is it? How old ? What’s it made from ? Even what am I going to do with it. Do you have any ideas? I’m keen to have your input on this ( more coming soon I’m sure)....

Nouveau or Deco?

Can you tell the difference?                   Do you ever wander around an antique fair or take a look on line and see antiques described as Art Nouveau and Art Deco? I do and it often makes me smile as the dealers selling...