Have you heard of albino redwood trees? There are apparently only about two dozen of them in existence, most of them in California. The location of the rare trees, which can survive as a parasite off a "parent" tree for a century or more, are kept secret to protect them from curious visitors. The highest concentration of the trees seems to be in Henry Cowell Redwood State Park, where at least eight have been identified.
After years spent handling, researching, wearing and thinking about beautiful jewelry, I am now accustomed to a certain level of "wow." I don't react to everything all the time - certainly not like I used to when I first started this gig. I guess I am a bit desensitized! That said, there are always things that make me shake my head in amazement. Like this Victorian paste brooch. It looks like someone plucked a star from the sky and put it in a velvet box. I feel this one in my ribs, which means it's really good.
An auction catalog I recently scrolled through had a couple of abstract pieces by Toshi Yoshida up for sale. I placed bids but I didn't win! This was one of them. This was the other. Aren't they brilliant?
Giveaway! Yay - it has been awhile and this is a great piece. A tiny turn-of-the-century Victorian love knot pin, plated in yellow gold and set with an opal. To enter, mosey over to Jean Jean Vintage on Instagram and ♥ like ♥ or regram the giveaway announcement anytime today (before midnight, EST). You get two extra entries if you become a new follower, too! The winner will be announced by Severen on Instagram tomorrow afternoon. Don't you want to hear him say your name in his adorable toddler voice?!
If youfollow me on Twitteryou probably saw a photo of some bakelite and wood dress clips a little while back. Well, I decided to sell them off-Etsy to a collector in New York (this guy) who maintains a website called The Bakelite Museum among other pursuits. The "museum" portion of the site has one of the best resource collections of bakelite photographs I've seen online. It was the only place where I was able to find examples of pieces similar to mine - carved wood, carved bakelite, "garden" subject. In fact, there is an entire section devoted to fruit and vegetable bakelite figurals. Have you ever seen a bakelite potato? How about beets? Or asparagus? It is worth a visit just to see the asparagus, trust me.
There's still time to get this 18K gold Tiffany & Co. sea urchin suite on your wish list for the holidays. And why not? This kind of figural jewelry is so fun. I'll be keeping my eyes out for the gold fill version, which is a bit more in my price range!
Do you ever search your favorite Etsy shop by color? I sometimes forget that is an option! It is a completely different way of seeing things. Jean Jean Vintage is apparently is full of orangeand blue - who knew?! Here are a few of my favorite vintage Etsy shops by color: