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Entries in vintage jewelry (245)

eBay: Pick of the Week!

Haven't looked at eBay in awhile! I think it is because I am still mad at their changes, especially the high costs of seller's fees. My dad had me list his Girard-Perregaux wristwatch, and it cost $45 just to list it! And it did not even sell! Anyways, I think I've found a new seller to add to my favorites list, beverlyhillsantiques.com They have some really pretty antique stick pins and bar pins. Here are a few stick pins that are ending this week. A few things you could do with a stick pin: stick it in an updo in your hair, take it to a jeweler and remove the stick and make a pendant out of it, or secure your trendy scarf with a beautiful platinum & diamond stick pin!

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This stick pin is decked out in platinum and 18k gold. The sapphires, diamonds and filigree work make this piece stunning. I could see this used to secure a scarf that is wrapped around your neck. The starting bid is $223.

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You're looking at a half carat in this pear-shaped diamond, with a pearl attached to the end. This one is in platinum and 18k gold as well. I could picture this one being poked into a sleek updo. Starting bid is $493.

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This bird is encrusted in diamonds that are rose cut and sees with ruby eyes. With this stickpin, I would turn into a pendant at a local jewelry store. You could remove the stick part and use that gold to sell as scrap. Then, a jeweler could easily make the bird into a pendant. The starting bid is $385.

You may have thought stickpins don't have much use--but hopefully my ideas will inspire you!

Jewelry that is unfit for air travel

Awhile back, I remember being shocked after reading an article about a woman who was forced to remove her necklace she was wearing because it was a "security risk."  That necklace was a tiny pistol pendant, something that the woman probably did not think would cause such commotion.  I personally think that kind of necklace is completely trendy and one-of-a-kind.  If you've got travel plans soon, any involving flying, think twice about the jewelry you wear. 

Check out the article here : http://blogs.usatoday.com/sky/2008/06/pistol-pendant.html 

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And if you want to make headlines the next time you fly the friendly skies--make sure you buy this amazing vintage pistol pendant from Ross-Simons estate collection. It is encrusted in a half carat of diamonds and priced at around $1300, depending on sales that run.

Get LOST! with Coldplay and this Ring

There's always that one song that you can play over and over and never get sick of.  The song seems to even get better the more you play it.  These types of songs don't come around too often.  Remember Hey Ya by Outkast??...everyone thought that song was one of these kinds, but don't be fooled.  After three months of constant air time on the radio, I never wanted to hear that song ever again.  So beware!

A song that I can't get enough of right now is Lost! by Coldplay.  It is amazing and I think I could play it all day!  If you haven't heard, check it out below!  I found this random youtube video since they haven't made an official video for the song yet.


You can get lost in this vintage sapphire ring. It is from Lang Antique & Estate Jewelry and is $4750. The sapphire is from Montana and is 5 carats! I love the black enameling on the shank...I think this is one of the most unique pieces I've come across in a long time! I can definitely get Lost in this ring...
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Estate Earrings

Earrings are always alittle more difficult to find when shopping vintage.  Some have very strange looking screw-on backs that look like you need a screwdriver to open them up--yikes.  Earrings, to me, are always the easiest piece of jewelry to lose.  Whether an earring back falls off, and you lose one earring or the snap-bar closure doesn't "snap" tightly enough.  I've experienced it all...and I'm sure you have.  Lately I've been having the problem of falling asleep with my earrings on, and in the middle of the night, unconsciously, I'll take them out and fling them somewhere.  Not good.  Anyways, here are a few estate earrings that I found while browsing.  Enjoy!

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So cute and dainty, these diamond dangles are true reflections of the Edwardian time period. They are from Ross-Simons estate collection, and are priced at $6800. There are 2 carats of diamonds and set in 14k yellow gold.

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These are also from Ross-Simons estate collection. They are from the 1930s and are so stunning, whether you would wear them day or night. The green stone is a jade cabochon, which is surrounded by black onyx rectangles--very unique. Of course there are loads of diamonds and the earrings are set in platinum. Price: $6200.

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Lastly, these chic, turquoise enamel earrings are from Adin fine antique jewelry, located in Belgium. These would go great with many of the trends right now. They are 18k yellow gold and are priced at about $124. I wish I would've rocked these in my new driver's license photo I had to take this morning...of course after waiting hours in line.

Estate Finds

This week's estate finds all have one thing in common: they make a bold statement. When you wear pieces like this, you don't need any other jewelry on or else you'll have a mess. There's only one person I can think of that can pull off loads of bold jewelry, and that's Mary-Kate Olsen. Each of these pieces could also be worn day or night.

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I can picture this bold, enamel cross necklace with a deep plunging, summer top. It would stand out in such a pretty way. It is from 1800s, France and can be found on the website Adin. The company is located in Belgium and they deal with fine estate jewelry, mostly from France. Their selection is always unique and fun to look through.

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This ring belongs on a hand of someone who is ready to make a statement. I would wear this on my middle finger, with no other rings. It deserves a funky/trendy outfit to go with it--something from Urban Outfitters or American Apparel. It is from Ross-Simons estate collection and goes for $8556, which is actually on sale! The diamond is over 1 1/2 carats, set in platinum with rectangular diamonds as accents and rubies.

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Another estate find from Ross-Simons is this incredible yellow diamond necklace. It is from the 1900s and the yellow diamond comes with certification. This necklace is bold and looks like royalty. If you have $6636, it could be yours!