Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Buckles win!

Buckle jewelry (also called garter jewelry) is the best. It is probably my favorite motif in jewelry, followed closely by bows. I like buckle jewelry for a few reasons.

1.) It is classic trompe l'oeil, which is always awesome.
2.) The best examples date to the Victorian period.
3.) It is an age-old symbol of loyalty.
4.) It's fun to have a mini buckle on your finger/wrist/lapel etc. Miniature things are adorable.
5.) Buckles look tough.

I don't have a lot of buckle jewelry yet, but I'm working on it. I have two rings right now - one for wearing, one for adoring. The latter is a really nice sentimental hair-work ring, probably made in the United States around the time of the Civil War.

Feast your eyes on more buckle jewelry here.


labonnefemme1 said...

amazing, I've never even seen such a thing. I learn so much from your blog!

KristiMcMurry said...

Nice! I've never seen them before. I agree on #4 for sure :) Miniature things are great.

E. Driscoll said...

I saw a buckle ring tonight in a vintage store - it was quite plain and they wanted $3000 for it. I nearly died.

cherylc said...

This made me search for these on Etsy. There are a couple of Victorian men's rings on there now, and they are so cool. But they are also way too big for me. I realized I have two buckle brooches, one silver and one old plastic. Now I want a ring.

I learn so much from you also. Thanks!

lauren said...

the magic is working, now i want a buckle ring.

Ollie Otson said...

Those are fantastic. I want one.

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