Monday, April 30, 2012

Things To Come....

Antique Art Nouveau Peridot and Pearl Pin

Finding pieces to offer in my shop is always exciting! I just wanted to show you a few of the antique and vintage treasures that I will be adding to my shop, Wicked Darling, very soon. I am doing the last bit of testing and research on them before I list them. Hope that you will enjoy the sneak peek!

Vintage Art Deco Camphor Glass Pendant With Diamond

Antique Arts and Crafts Movement Pin

Small Antique Victorian Hoop Earrings

I have a large selection of antique and vintage jewelry listed at Wicked Darling. Would love for you to stop by and take a look! For free shipping (within the U.S.) on your purchase use coupon code: WickedDarlingFS

Thanks for stopping by my blog!

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Show and Tell Saturday...My Georgian Jewelry Find

I am very excited about this amazing find! While I am still doing research on the piece, I can share what I think about it so far. This beautiful little, but tall pin dates to the mid to late 18th century to the early 19th century. It also did not begin it's life as a pin or brooch. Originally it was used as a slide.

You can see in the above photo that the hardware for the slide was cut or sawed off and replaced with a pin back. Judging from the type of clasp, the pin back was added about 1910 or slightly later. The safety type or fold over clasp was introduced around 1910.

The pin appears to be hollow. You can see a slight separation on the edges. More like a shell, yet the piece is very heavy. Which I attribute to the polished stone. I have not tested the metal content. It is such a bright yellow gold color. It may be 18KT or possibly pinchbeck. Pinchbeck was invented by Christopher Pinchbeck in the 18th century. It's a composition of brass, copper and zinc that resembled real gold. 

Pinchbeck was worn by the wealthy as well as the not so wealthy, but for different reasons. The wealthy wore pinchbeck pieces while traveling. Carriage and stagecoach robberies were a concern for the wealthy as they traveled. So they would wear the pinchbeck jewelry while traveling. If they were robbed they would only lose their "costume" jewelry. The not so wealthy wore pinchbeck jewelry because they could own a piece of beautiful jewelry at a more affordable price. The recipe for pinchbeck was past down to Pinchbeck's sons, but is now lost to the ages. Pinchbeck pieces are now very sought after by collectors.

The stone appears to be a large polished ruby. When held to the light you can see glimpses of it's beautiful color. The workmanship is amazing in this piece! Very ornate. I hope to give an update on my findings and research soon. It will not be listed in my shop until I know more about it. Even then, I may not be able to part with it. It is such an amazing feeling to know that you are holding something in your hands that was handmade over 200 years ago. To know that it was worn and cherished over 200 years ago. It is so easy to let my imagination just run wild and conjure up images in my head!

Take a peek in my Wicked Darling shop on Etsy. I have many special pieces there. You are sure to find a treasure! Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, April 27, 2012

Green Thumb in the Kitchen...My Sister Has One

Aren't these adorable!!!! Yes, my sister Sandy has a green the kitchen! (outside as well)  She emailed me these photos yesterday. "Look at my flower pot cookies." I expected cookies shaped like flower pots, but was blown away by these! She baked and decorated the cookies. Then put them all together. She promptly delivered them as gifts for friends and neighbors. I can assure you that I would have "swiped" one for myself if I lived within driving distance. I can only imagine the smiles that they brought!

My sister is so talented!!! She is always cooking and baking fresh bread, cakes and cookies. Always doing for others and giving back to the community. Driving people here and there. Plus taking care of her family. Oh, and once, she even baked a fresh loaf of sourdough bread for her Irish Wolfhound, Pooka! ( that was not intentional....Pooka just walked over to the stove and took the whole loaf! heehee)... I don't know where she finds the time. Sandy just never stops! I love my little Sis! :)

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Give Her Vintage Flowers...Flower Jewelry

14K Art Nouveau Enameled Pearl Pin

Want to give her flowers for Mother's Day? How about a beautiful piece of antique or vintage flower jewelry! Sure to give her joy for many years to come!

Vintage 1940s hand Painted Porcelain Pin

Vintage 1970s Rosebud Set 1928 Brand Jewelry
Vintage 1940s IPS Cultured Pearls Earrings and Brooch
  Stop by my shop, Wicked Darling on Etsy and see what other treasures await.
 For free shipping (within the U.S.) on your purchase, 
use coupon code: WickedDarlingFS

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Vintage Jewelry For Your Mom

Mother's Day is fast approaching. May 13th. Here are a few suggestions that Mom will love! Vintage items always make great gifts and are also earth friendly!

1920s Art Deco Ring

These are just a few suggestions that are available in my shop, Wicked Darling on Etsy. 
For free shipping (within the U.S.) on your purchase, 
use coupon code: WickedDarlingFS

Thanks for stopping by!