Sunday, October 31, 2010

What else?

This is the last time I'll talk about my Jean Jean trip. I promise. I just want to leave you with a few snapshots of the non-jewelry side of the adventure. I stayed in three great B&Bs (Grand Avenue B&B, Walnut Street Inn, and Twin Lyons B&B ), all of which I highly recommend. I wandered around beautiful town squares, paid visits to several county offices in search of genealogy materials, visited Askinosie Chocolate factory, re-connected with family, met new friends and enjoyed the pretty Kansas/Missouri horizon from my car. Good times.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Jean Jean trip | pins, brooches & clips

1. 1940s pavé set brooch 2. 1940s enamel and rhinestone crocus brooch
3. 1910s MISS BANKSON sash pin with rose cut glass feature
4. 1920s BODICE BUCKLE brooch 5. 1940s rhinestone belt buckle
6. 1940s CONSULATE DINNER bow brooch 7. 1960s half moon rhinestone brooch
8. 1930s brass and enamel lilac pin 9. 1940s CANNEBERGE dress clip
10. 1940s floppy bow brooch 11. 1890s French jet brooch

1. 1980s Mizpah thistle pin 2. 1940s black rhinestone starbust pin
3. 1940s Italian micro mosaic pin 4. 1930s ON THE VINE pine
5. 1950s brushed 12K G.F. pin 6. 1940s posey basket pin
7. 1920s rhodium plated filigree and glass pin
8. 1920s faceted glass pin 9. 1930s rhinestone medallion pin
10. 1920s filigree and glass bar pin 11. 1930s bakelite bow pin
12. 1940s sterling moon sliver pin 13. 1930s oval cut glass bar pin

Friday, October 29, 2010

Jean Jean trip | earrings

1. 1950s LA MOUCHE earrings 2. 1920s crystal drop earrings
3. 1920s Czech style earrings with rose cut citrine glass
4. 1950s BABY BLUE earrings 5. 1950s pavé set rhinestone clips
6. 1960s silver calla lily earrings
7. 1910s Czech earrings w/faceted glass and faux seed pearls
8. 1980s faux pearl and rhinestone costume earrings
9. 1960s ARC EN CIEL earrings

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Jean Jean trip | miscellaneous

1. 1910s french paste and faceted glass sash ornament 2. 1920s rhinestone sash buckle
3. 1940s rhinestone hair combs 4. 1920s rhinestone and glass sash ornament
5. 1920s mesh and signet monogrammed "D.G." fob
6. 1920s retractable glasses reel chain 7. 1920s rhinestone sash buckle
8. 1920s ladies fancy fob and monogrammed "W.C." signet charm

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Jean Jean trip | necklaces

1. 1940s Bluebird faux pearl necklace
2. 1930s homemade beaded felt heart necklace
3. 1920s Art Deco gilt and enamel collar
4. 1930s pink glass and faux pearl necklace
5. 1930s Rose of Sharon necklace
6. 1920s satin glass posey necklace
7. 1910s rhinestone and ribbon choker

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Jean Jean trip | rings

1. 1960s Sterling silver abalone ring 2. 1930s Czechoslovakian glass ring
3. 1930s base metal and enamel gypsy set ring 4. 1980s Iris stone ring
5. 1920s Blister pearl filigree ring 6. 1980s Witching Hour ring
7. 1940s Sterling silver abalone ring 8. 1920s faceted glass filigree ring
9. 1920s Victorian revival 18K plated band 10. 1920s oval cut glass and filigree ring
11. 1930s Czechoslovakian glass ring

Monday, October 25, 2010

Jean Jean trip | lockets and pendants

1. 1930s engraved Bliss Brothers locket 2. 1960s memory locket
3. 1920s cameo locket 4. 1950s nouveau style locket
5. 1900s Wightman & Hough monogrammed locket 6. 1920s engraved locket
7. 1930s monogrammed escutcheon plate 8. 1920s monogrammed locket
9-13. 1930s-1950s gold filled heart lockets
14. 1940s "R.M.P." monogrammed oval locket 15. 1930s decorative oval locket
16. 1920s Finberg Manufacturing Co. locket with rhinestones
17. 1920s fob with faux goldstone and intaglio faces

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Going for broke

Just for fun (and because I like staging these photos) I want to show you some of the Jean Jean jewelry I acquired this past week. Some things are already in the shop and the rest are headed there soon enough. If you have sizing/pricing questions about anything in the previews, please leave me a comment with your email or convo me in the shop! Here's the preview schedule for the week :

Monday | lockets and pendants ✦ Tuesday | rings ✦ Wednesday | necklaces
✦ Thursday | miscellaneous ✦Friday | earrings
✦ Saturday | pins, brooches and clips ✦ Sunday | trip pics

Saturday, October 23, 2010

La la lavalier

I found this great 1920s lavalier in Iowa earlier this spring and I've been longing to post it for you. I also recently found a whole page of lovely American-made lavaliers in an old jewelry catalog, so you can see how this piece fits into that category. I love how lavaliers have such interesting, delicate settings. They remind me of tiny violins.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

The no no fabric

Ah, velour. Even these hotties can't convince me that it should be used for anything other than, well, nothing. I crossed paths with some velour this week at a few flea markets and I'm still recovering.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

I found them

I was able to find my relatives at the cemeteries yesterday in Joplin, MO. I took each of them a rose. It was a beautiful day.

Monday, October 18, 2010

State mottos

Kansas | Ad astra per aspera | To the stars with difficulty

Minnestoa | L’étoile du Nord | The star of the North

Missouri | Salus populi suprema lex esto |
Let the welfare of the people be the supreme law

Connecticut | Qui transtulit sustinet| He who transplanted sustains

North Carolina |Esse quam videri | To be, rather than to seem

West Virginia | Montani semper liberi | Mountaineers are always free

Oregon | Alis volat propriis | She flies with her own wings

New York | Excelsior | Ever upward

Maryland |Fatti maschii, parole femine | Manly deeds, womanly words

Michigan | Si quaeris peninsulam amoenam circumspice |
If you seek a pleasant peninsula, look about you

I have time to think about a lot of things while driving on my roadtrip. Like, for example, what are the state mottos around here? State mottos don't get trot out that much, which is a blessing in some cases and a tragedy in others. As I reviewed the list, I was intrigued to find that although most mottos are in Latin or English, we also have mottos in Hawaiian, Spanish, French, Italian, Greek and Chinook Jargon. These are my ten favorites. Do you know your state motto?