Archive for Haloween
Its nearly Halloween, the time of year for celebrating all things of the night, magical, creepy, superstitious and evil. Over the years this theme has often been applied to jewellery and looking though any collection of vintage jewellery you find some piece suitable to wear at this time of year.
As with all vintage jewellery pieces with a Haloween theme can be found at at both a budget and luxury price. Here Im taking a look at the buget pieces which can be found for £50 and under.
Bugs and spiders
A real real bargain piece of jewellery , a gold bug or fly brooch for just £30 from www.antiquesavenue.co.uk. This gold brooch could also be worn as a tie pin, it dates from the earlier 1900s.
Spider in web silver pendant
This charm on a chain is suitable for any lover of spiders or perhaps an Emo or Goth
Witches and their cats
The witch is one of the most enduring images of halloween and of course no self respecting witch goes about without here familiar in the shape of a cat.
This vintage charm is in the shape of a witch flying on here broomstick. She is made of silver and will date from circa 1950s to 1970s. This silver charm measures about 1.8 cms high and will make an excellent addition to any vintage silver charm bracelet. This piece of vintage jewellery is quite nicely detailed
Apples and leaves
Apples are the fruit of halloween and its the time of year when all of the autum leaves are on the ground.
Here is an Essex crystal charm intaglio carved from behind and hand painted as an apple. Essex crystals are quite collectable these days, they are made of glass. This Essex crystal measures about 1.5 cms diameter and will make a colourful addition to any charm bracelet.
A most attractive piece of costume jewellery made by Hollywood . The brooch is made of gold toned metal and had a golden textured finish to the leaf with creamy diamante round the edge. This nice leaf brooch measures about 5 cms long
The materials most often used in Victorian black jewellery are Jet, French Jet ( polished black glass), Bog Oak and enamels however early forms of resin and plastics were also found. Here are a few nice Victorian mourning brooches available from antiquesavenue:
Victorian Jet Brooch
A superb Victorian Whitby Jet mourning brooch which has been carved in 3d with a lily of the valley flower. The lily of the valley was a sentimental flower to the Victorians: – sweetness, return to happiness; humility, purity, you’ve made my life complete, birthday flower for May, Legend says that Mary’s tears turned into Lily of the valley at the foot of the cross
This Whitby jet brooch measures about 4.8 x 4 cms and is in lovely antique condition , if you look very closely you can see a small nick to one of the leaves
Victorian Pietra Dura Brooch
A wonderful Pietre dure brooch which will date from the victorian era. Pietre dure is the term given to the technique of using small, exquisitely cut and fitted, highly-polished colored stones to create what amounts to a painting in stone. Here we have a typical stone painting of flowers set into a silver mount. This brooch will date from the Victorian era. It measures a little over 4 cms long and fastens with a simple C catch. This victorian brooch is in excellent condition
Victorian Mourning Locket brooch
This antique brooch will date from the victorian age. It has a central locket compartment which is currently occupied by a picture of a lady. This central locket compartment is surrounded by a black enamel panel . The metal is gold tone. It measures 4 cms long. This brooch will date from time following the death of Price Albert when mourning jewellery was high fashion. The reverse shows signs of light wear to the gold colour of the metal
This one is a little older – A georgian brooch, not black but containing a lock of the deceaseds hair:
Georgian Mourning Brooch
A genuine antique brooch which is approximately 200 years old. This Georgian brooch has a central glass covered compartment and the metal will be gold filled ( a gold outer with metal core) The central compartment contains a weave of hair with a gold scroll over. This antique brooch is typical of Georgian jewellery.This brooch fastens with a simple C catch, it measures about 1.8 cms wide – crikey perhaps its haunted