The Vintage Jewelry Collector

A blog for people who love jewelry, vintage, and handcrafted items.

Just a Thought

Posted by thejewelryshop on February 20, 2009

I was looking through my posts and realized that I’ve posted on quite a few issues unrelated to vintage jewelry collecting. While these off-topic posts won’t be eliminated, I thought it was about time to post a jewelry related topic.

Please watch for my post next week which will start my series on vintage jewelry designers.


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Free Directory Assistance from Your Cell

Posted by thejewelryshop on February 17, 2009

I am always in my car. At least it seems that way. It also seems like I often end up needing to call someone whose phone number I don’t have. I learned of two services today that I thought were very helpful and wanted to share them (although they may not be new to many of you).

The first service is from Google. This directory assistance service is free and offers business listings. The number to call is 800-466-4411. The link to check it out first is

The second service is Free 411. This directory assistance service is also free, but includes residential and government listings as well as business listings. The number to call is 800-373-3411. The link to check it out first is

I hope you find these numbers as helpful as I expect to.

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Treasure Hunt with a Great Prize

Posted by thejewelryshop on February 11, 2009

Would you like to participate in a treasure hunt with a $50 gift certificate as the prize? If so, check out this link. It’s free to enter and you will get to check out a wonderful artisan and vintage site.

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Art Fire

Posted by thejewelryshop on February 3, 2009

There is a wonderful new site called Art Fire. This site allows you to sell your handcrafted and vintage items for free or for a low monthly fee if you want access to all of their features. The site is just getting started, but shows great promise. For a limited time you can sign up for the verified membership with access to all of their features for just $7 per month. It is definitely worth a look. My shop is Check it out.

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How to Determine Quality of Unmarked Jewelry

Posted by thejewelryshop on February 3, 2009

There are many different levels of costume jewelry and many pieces are unmarked. If you are collecting jewelry based on appearance rather than designer name, you may wonder how to tell if a piece is well made. While it takes time to learn how to judge unmarked pieces, these are some basic tips that may help you in your search:

  • Weight. The weight of a piece can often indicate the quality. Light pieces that are made with thin metals are often, though not always, of lower quality. Heavy pieces with thick metals that are attractive are often of higher quality. Many factories made designer signed pieces as well as unsigned pieces of the same quality. If you find a piece that looks like the same quality as a designer piece, it probably is.
  • Stones. When collecting rhinestone jewelry, you will run into many pieces with bright, vibrant stones that appear to have depth. This is generally a sign of a higher quality piece. The setting of the stones is another indicator. If the stones are prong set, are the prongs well made & secure?
  • Metals. While the weight of the metal is one consideration, the general appearance is another. Many quality pieces use attractive metals that retain their appearance over time. While a piece of any quality can be destroyed by lack of proper care and storage, higher quality pieces that are well cared for are recognizable in their beauty.
  • Clasps. Higher quality pieces generally have well made, secure clasps.

While these are just some basic tips and will take some practice to implement, with time you should be able to judge the quality of most unmarked pieces quickly and easily.

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Jewelry Giveaway Winner!!!!!

Posted by thejewelryshop on November 2, 2008

I apologize for being a day late getting the winner posted. I had a bit of a computer issue, but it is resolved now.

The winner of the Lucite Rose earrings is…………..



The winner was selected using a random number generator since I couldn’t get my daughter to draw the number for me (she’s 5 and she was playing).

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Jewelry Giveaway

Posted by thejewelryshop on October 24, 2008

As a way to say thank you for reading my blog, I have decided to give away the vintage Lucite Rose earrings pictured above. Leave a comment on this post through 10/31/08 and you will be entered for a chance to win. I will have my daughter draw a name from all the posts on 11/1/08 and will post the name of the winner on my blog. By entering you are giving permission for your posting name to be used if you are the winner. Good luck!
Please note: No shipping charge if winner is in United States or Canada. Shipping charge may apply for shipping to other countries.

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Wonderful Recipe for the Season

Posted by thejewelryshop on October 24, 2008

I know this blog is mainly about jewelry, but a co-worker gave me this wonderful recipe and I thought I would share it with you. It’s great for this time of year.

Pumpkin Bread Pudding with Carmel Sauce

Bread Pudding
2 cups half and half
1 15-ounce can pure pumpkin
1 cup (packed) plus 2 tablespoons dark brown sugar
2 large eggs
1-½ teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
1-½ teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract
10 cups ½ inch cubes egg bread (about 10 ounces)
½ cup golden raisins

Caramel Sauce
1 ¼ cups (packed) dark brown sugar
½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
½ cup whipping cream

FOR BREAD PUDDING: Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Whisk half-and-half, pumpkin, dark brown sugar, eggs, pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon and vanilla in large bowl to blend.
Fold in bread cubes.
Stir in raisins.
Transfer mixture to 11 x 7-inch glass baking dish. Let stand 15 minutes.

Bake about 40 minutes or ‘til tester comes out clean.

MEANWHILE PREPARE CARAMEL SAUCE: Whisk brown sugar and butter in heavy medium saucepan over medium heat until butter melts. Whisk in cream and stir until sugar dissolves and sauce is smooth and bubbly.

Serve bread pudding warm with caramel sauce and cinnamon whipped cream.

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Collecting Jewelry – Where to Begin

Posted by thejewelryshop on October 22, 2008

If you want to start a jewelry collection, but aren’t sure where to begin, these tips might help:

  • Collect What You Like – It sounds simple, but many people try to start a collection by purchasing items they think are valuable rather than items they truly love. Collections are more fun when you are excited about what you find.
  • Use Price Guides – When you are starting out, it is easy to make a mistake and pay too much for an item. There are many price guides on the market that offer information on determining the value of an item.
  • Search the Internet – The internet is a valuable resource for both research and shopping. There are many online stores that sell vintage jewelry. When you shop online, you are able to find more vintage jewelry than you could find in you local area. Online stores can also give you an idea of value.
  • Understand Condition – Most vintage jewelry pieces have been worn and loved for many years. You do want to take condition into consideration when determining value, but you shouldn’t expect vintage jewelry to look brand new.
  • Have Fun – Collecting jewelry can be an enjoyable and rewarding hobby, so have fun!

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An Introduction

Posted by thejewelryshop on October 21, 2008

Hello and welcome!

I have been collecting jewelry for many years and can’t think of anything I would rather collect. I wanted to start a blog that would allow me to share my love of jewelry and offer some information as well, so here it is – my first blog post.

My blog will contain information on vintage designers, jewelry styles, and materials used in various mediums and eras. I will try to post a new blog each week, so please check back often.

If you have a jewelry question you would like answered, please post the question or contact me and I will try to answer it. If the question is about a specific piece, please try to send detailed photos.

I am happy you are visiting my blog and hope you will return soon.

The Vintage Jewelry Collector

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