21 Pretty Pieces of Vintage Jewelry

Hi there! How was your weekend? Mine was much more relaxed than the last few, and for that I am very grateful. My sweet husband and I took a quick trip on Saturday out to my antique booth at the Gristmill Antique Center to replace a piece of furniture that sold (woo woo).

Then we drove a few extra miles out of our way to check out The Treasure Hut Consignment Shop in Hoosick (NY) and poked around–nothing I couldn’t live without, but it’s always fun to look, right? It’s quite a large shop with a mix of newer and vintage goods all displayed together. Kind of like today’s mix of jewelry. I hope you enjoy poking around πŸ™‚

21 Pretty Pieces of Vintage Jewelry adirondackgirlatheart.comI fell in love with these amazing 1970’s era, faux pearl clip-ons almost immediately. I don’t think it would be too difficult to turn them into pierced earrings (cost: $1.00, value: $15-18.00).

Earrings

vintage pearl earringsSpeaking of pearls, these genuine cultured pearl studs were quite a find.

vintage pearl earringsTurned to the side, you can see the natural imperfections on the surface (cost: $1.00, value: $20-30.00).

gold over sterling leaf motif earringsThese gold over sterling earrings are newer, but were such a value I decided to pick them up (cost: $1.00, value: $18-25.00).

Sterling silver earringsAnother newer pair of sterling silver earrings (cost: $1.00, value: $15-20.00).

sterling silver hoop earringsAnd yet another (cost: $1.00, value: $15-20.00).

large sterling silver earrings
This sterling pair date to about the 1980’s; because they were bent and scratched, I sold them for scrap (cost: 25Β’).

vintage sarah coventry rhinestone earringsI bought this pair, and the pair below to make a bracelet with, someday(!) (cost: 50Β’).

sarah coventry mark
Sarah Coventry, the “Tupperware” of jewelry, manufactured costume jewelry from 1949 until 1984, when it went bankrupt (and for a brief period from 2003-2008). The founder named the business after his granddaughter, Sarah, and the city in England where his family had immigrated from, Coventry.

Known for its eye-catching and fun designs, Sarah Coventry found its way into millions of American homes via house parties thrown by both male and female sales people. Pieces from the 1960’s and 70’s are among the most highly collected.

vintage clip on rhinestone earringsThe second pair of rhinestone clip-ons destined for a [someday] bracelet (cost: 50Β’).

miscellaneous earringsWhile we’re talking about buying jewelry for parts, here are a few pair of earrings I picked up for 25Β’ each that I also bought for their parts. I like to make simple silver bangles with one large bead like the ones you see here. The smaller beads on the lower right I’ll turn into pierced earrings.

misc jewelry partsMore miscellaneous bits. I scrapped the sterling earring on the lower left and will use the gold locket on a charm bracelet.

Pins

vintage gold tone scottie pinI buy almost anything scottie-related, figurines, drawings, paintings, etc., including this gold-tone pin (cost: 50Β’, value: $6-8.00).

bird and nest gold tone pinI don’t typically buy jewelry this new, but the bird, nest, and pearl eggs got to me (cost: 25Β’, value: $5-6.00).

antique bar pin with topaz colored stoneAn antique gold tone bar pin with a topaz-colored stone (cost: $1.00, value: 10-12.00). Available #J-40.

vintage weiss butterfly pinA vintage Weiss butterfly pin (cost: 50Β’, value: $15-25.00). Weiss is known for stunning butterfly brooches, usually more heavily encrusted with rhinestones than this example. They are typically worth $15-100.00 each.

I’ve bought and sold a few Weiss pins over the years, and this one does not measure up in terms of quality. In fact the center stone, which had been set improperly has popped off. At least now I can glue it in properly (cost: 50Β’, value: $15-25.00).

vintage lucite cat pin
Probably the most interesting piece I have for you today, this reverse carved and painted Lucite cat pin dates to about the 1940’s or 50’s (cost: 50Β’, value: $25-50.00). Dupont made Lucite commercially available in the late 1930’s. I’m planning to list it on eBay and see how it does. (SOLD on eBay 2.26.18 for $144.00)

Bracelets

vintage chain link gold mesh braceletA chain-link style, gold tone bracelet (cost: 50Β’, value: $8-10.00). Available #J-39.

graduation charm braceletI thought I might use the charms on this newer bracelet for some sort of project (cost: 50Β’).

vintage enamel canadian flag braceletThis colorful enamel bracelet represents the province flags of Canada (cost: $1.00, value: $12-15.00).

sterling and crystal pendantThis sterling and crystal charm is meant to be worn as a necklace (cost: 25Β’, value: $8-10.00).

vintage trifari pearlsIn the 1950’s, Trifari designed a triple strand of pearls for Mamie Eisenhower. I’m not sure if mine areΒ the set, but it looks and feels remarkably genuine. They are weighty, cool to the touch, gritty on the teeth, and imperfect.

It’s unlikely they are real since the clasp is silver-toned metal rather than sterling or gold. I’m guessing they are a quality glass reproduction covered with a sort of “pearl dust” that makes them very realistic.


The clasp bears the “crown Trifari” mark, dating it to sometime between 1937 and 1955 (cost: $2.00, value: $25-40.00). The rhinestone clasp is missing a few stones that I hope to replace.

So that’s it for today. I hope you enjoyed taking a look at some of my more recent vintage jewelry finds. This week I’m moving into a new antique booth (downstairs on the first floor), which means I can sell jewelry since first floor booths can have locked cases–something I’m looking forward to.

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21 Pretty Pieces of Vintage Jewelry

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  1. Diana, you have a great eye for jewelry, and you purchase it at great prices! I think the topaz bar pin is my favorite- I used to wear pins all the time when I dressed in a blazer for work. Now they look a little too dressy for my sweats I often wear for work (painting and updating junk). I am right with you on buying jewelry to repurpose, I have a couple of dresser drawers full of beading supplies and old jewelry. All of which I picked up at estate sales! My daughter and niece are supposed to come one Saturday for jewelry day, to bead and chat. Thanks for the lesson on jewelry.

    1. Why thank you Laura, that’s so sweet of you to say πŸ™‚ I do love that topaz pin, and like you, I used to frequently wear pins on my blazer back in the day. Ha ha, I hear you about the “jewelry making date” that’s supposed to happen. I have one of those, too, LOL.

  2. Hi Diana. Could you do a post on how to convert clip on earrings to pierced? Also how to make bracelets from parts?
    Thanks,
    Elyse

    1. Hi Elyse! I guess it’s high time I figured out how to do both, LOL. Off the top of my head, I know they make “blank” posts that have a flat surface that can be glued onto another surface, e.g., the earring minus the clip. I use E6000 glue and have pretty good luck using it to glue metal to metal.

      I’ve also seen bracelets with flat blanks at craft stores to which you could glue the earring to. I’ve just not really looked into how to remove the clip from the back of the earring. I think removing it and leaving a flat, glue-able surface behind is probably the tricky part that needs to be figured out.

      Maybe other crafty readers have some thoughts?

      1. You’d be surprised how easily you can usually just gently twist the clips off the back. If there’s anything left sticking out I usually just use a file to file it all down smooth. And yes, those pre-made bracelets with flat blanks are great for gluing old earrings onto. I have two designed and waiting to be glued as I write this! xo Kathleen

  3. Diana, this is very helpful information! I’m curious if you bring a magnifying glass or light to estate sales and spend time to examine the pieces beforehand or just take a chance on $0.50 and $1 pieces of jewelry πŸ™‚

    1. Hi Debbie! No I don’t bring a magnifying glass or jewelry loupe with me, though I probably should. I do use the flashlight on my phone when I have to. I don’t typically buy jewelry at estate sales. I buy mostly at garage sales and the items are usually outside. If not, I’ll take them outside into the light, take my glasses off, and squint to read any marks, LOL. And of course while I do this, I’m trying not to draw too much attention to myself, so yes, if something looks and feels good and only costs a $1 or less, I will often just buy it and examine it more closely when I get home. It’s definitely not an exact science…

  4. Fascinating post to me because I love jewelry period, but especially older pieces. Hard to pick a favorite, but have to say the pearl necklace is beautiful and the cat pin rather strange and funny at the same time.

  5. I love seeing the jewelry. It’s not something I look at in the thrift shops but should start. I love pearls and have several strands. Not many wear them anymore but I should start a new trend and wear mine again!

    1. Yes! Let’s start the trend together, Linda πŸ™‚ My husband gave me a strand on our 5th anniversary. I think I might pull them out and start wearing them more…

  6. What a great collection! I LOVE jewelry, but not just any jewelry. I love the real thing or high quality costume jewelry.

    When I saw the silver, rain-drop shaped earrings my heart gave a little lurch because I had a pair like them and lost one. I tho’t, “Oh, my gosh, I can recover that earring!” Then I saw that you had sold them for scrap. Waaah! And then there was another single one of the same shape which was scrapped. They must have been in quite bad shape, I guess. But, still….

    Mamie’s pearls are lovely and my favorites are the two pair of clip- on rhinestone earrings. I’m crazy about quality rhinestone jewelry. If it sparkles, I’ll take it!

    Glad things have settled down for you and your family and that you are getting out to thrift.

    I am doing less well than sometimes as my dear Labradoodle, Tavi is very sick and I may have to euthanize him. I’d appreciate everyone’s prayers that the tumor he has will shrink. He’s been such a companion to me so my heart is heavy.

    1. Oh, Naomi, I’m so sorry to hear about Tavi. Yes, I’ll say a prayer for him, and for you as well. It’s so hard when beloved pets are ill.

      Sorry, too, about your missing earring. I actually had a similar pair that I loved, back in the 90’s, and I ruined them by leaving them overnight in a silver “dip” cleaner. The ones in this post were in pretty bad shape, but I’ll keep my eye out for others!

  7. I liked so many of these, especially the pearls! I think you could think about a gift for your daughter’s college graduation with the charm bracelet; maybe some type of altered art or embellishments for a series of graduation pictures? That Canadian bracelet looks like a dollhouse project to me. I’d love to see the topaz bar pin used as a tie clip on an blouse with an ascot! I still have my silvertone Sarah Coventry butterfly but the Weiss one is FLASH! I love beads for dollhouse projects and have used earring clipbacks to make candle sconces. When I lost one crazy baby themed earring, the lone remaining one became a mobile for the dh nursery! And rhinestone brooches make the greatest ceiling light fixtures! I love jewelry; real, .98 GW newbies, yard sale treasures, and Kohl’s clearance. I especially like what I call “summer jewelry”–chunky, bright colors, dangly, tacky! Yeah, a lot of my taste is in my mouth!

  8. This stuff is right up my alley! You got some great finds at great prices for sure. Love the Scottie. I actually have a vintage celluloid Scottie pin that I keep meaning to list in my shop. I looked it up and apparently it’s worth a lot. I picked it out of a messy jewelry bin at Goodwill a few years ago…. Love that cat pin! xo Kathleen|Our Hopeful Home

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