Get your diamante jewellery – Only 15 days to Christmas

Only 15 days left to Christmas to get your diamante jewellery ready to party!

Get into the party mood by wearing sparkling diamanté jewellery. With diamante jewels in so many colours. It is easy to co-ordinate with any outfit. Wear a pair of fabulous diamante earrings or just wear a twinkling diamante hair clip that catches the light and sparkles. Just one or two pieces of jewellery adds extra sparkle to your look. But take care too much bling can make you look silly or using an old saying “mutton dressed as a lamb”

aurora vintage clip on earrings in redDon’t be a diamante jewellery bling disaster.

Don’t go overboard or you will look like a Christmas tree in disguise. One or two pieces is just enough. Too much diamante jewellery will make you look a bling disaster. Do not put on a diamante necklace with matching earrings, a crystal hair tiara with a whole arm of sparkling diamante bracelets and on every finger a dazzling ring – The result is so over the top, that selfies are out. Too much glare will make it difficult to photograph. Of course if you are dressing up for a fancy dress party – go ahead. Or you are acting as the Dame or Widow Twankey in a pantomime then go for the full set – tiara, necklaces, earrings, bracelets galore ….

diamante christmas tree look

What diamante jewellery to choose?

With a plain black outfit wear clear diamante jewellery. If you have red, blue or any other colour outfits – choose a matching coloured diamante or a lighter colour. However if you are unable to find a colour that matches – play it safe and wear clear diamante pieces. One pair of diamante earrings can look stunning with a simple black dress. Or just a diamante necklace on it’s own with a black, red or blue dress. A matching diamante necklace with matching bracelet will look brilliant together, but take care when adding a pair of earrings – does it look too much? At Jewels & Finery we have a huge assortment of diamanté or rhinestone jewellery from brooches to earrings, necklaces and bracelets. So take a look.

sparkling diamante earrings What jewellery do you wear that is diamante to a party?

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Dried flower jewellery from the past to present

Dried flower jewellery from past to present.

Dried flowers that have been picked in bloom, then carefully dried out, have been used in antique and vintage jewellery making for many centuries. The paper thin floral dried flowers, grasses and seeds do not usually retain their original colour. Becoming brown – yellow or the bright colour’s fading; however they can be carefully hand tinted to give a more brighter colouring. They make a great keepsake for flowers used in wedding bouquets, anniversaries, souvenir holiday visits or in funeral flowers. In the seventies a craze of home making jewellery using plastic moulds, brought about many dried flower brooches, earrings and pendants in circulation. Dried flowers are still used today.

Pictures of dried flower jewellery.

Below are the dried flower jewellery pieces we have sourced. Some flower brooches are still available and some now sold. This is just a resource for floral handmade accessories that we have found and a “Jewels” dried flower jewellery online museum. We will add photographs as we source new (antique/vintage/pre owned/handmade) additions.

dried flowers nestling on material jewellery
1950s dried flower brooch onto a fabric background.
red dried flower jewellery in resin
Dried grass sprigs onto a red plastic background. Circa 1960s floral brooch

Take a look at our other themed or designer jewellery articles available on this blog by Jewels.

Jewels - Blogging about jewellery
Jewels – Blogging about jewellery.
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What a vintage cheek!!

What a vintage cheek – some very lazy people/person is copying all our Jewels & Finery’s jewellery posts. They haven’t asked and what is more. They have made it look as though the blogs are written for them!! But they appear to be copying every single one of our blog posts.

WE ARE NOT AFFILIATED WITH THE WEBSITE “VINTAGE UK”

This blog www.jewelsandfinery.co.uk/blog – Jewels Vintage Bits is copyrighted and we will take legal action to gain payment for illegal use. Remove immediately you bone ideal website owner or else we will start legal action.

Jewels Vintage bits blog

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Sorry for the inconvenience

Sorry for the inconvenience last week.

For some reason we have had problems with our payment gateway. It just went AWOL. But we have now had it fixed and is in full working order. Just one of the problems we have encountered when running a website. That and having no internet access!!

Why does this happen. Numerous calls later we got it fixed – so we thought. But unfortunately no one works during the weekend. So a half job was done, left with only the PayPal Express!!

Now in full working order; so card and the quick PayPal are available for you to make a purchase.

 

Have added more old buttons this week – so take a look.

 

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How bone jewellery has developed over the centuries

Bone jewellery.

Love it or hate it? Bone jewellery has been around for a very long time and is still used extensively for material in jewellery. It is not only tactile, but a cheap component to use. Once hand carved but now machine manufactured. It will be around for years to come. Now ideal to collect the many different bone jewellery pieces still available. It is relatively cheaper to collect than other types at the moment.

antique scottish thistle bone brooch

Antique Scottish bone brooch of a thistle – hand carved.

The history of bone jewellery.

One of the earliest materials used by our ancestors was bone to make jewellery. After picking the bones dry, they used Ibex, horse, . Bone was used to adore themselves. Maybe to draw the animals to them when hunting – as obtaining food was a must to survive. No nipping to the local shop to buy groceries then. Or jewellery and clothes accessories were used in ritualistic practices. No one really knows for sure. Certainly bone was used in holding clothes together like buttons, clasps and buckles. But it was also fastened into beads and brooches that had no function other than to look good.

It seems to have been also used as a memorial to dead ancestors. Human bone beads were used in certain religion’s prayer beads. Ancient people would have their relatives or loved ones bones or teeth fashioned into a necklace or head dress. A way to keep their memory alive or to give them that deceased person’s knowledge? Not something we would consider today – or is it. Jewellery can still be made with your loved one’s ashes turned into diamonds or a locket/holder that can contain a small amount of the cremated remains of your husband/wife/mother/father/child, etc.

Bone was used for jewellery making in certain cultures and in certain decades. Ethnic, Egyptian and North American jewellery often used bone. The Victorian era has many examples. used to make Scottish jewellery and also harvest inspired pieces.

Vintage rose brooch by Exquisite – the rose is carved bone circa 1960s.

Black and white bangle modern – both the black and white segments are of bone. The black is dyed, whilst the white is bleached.

Antique harvest brooch with a corn shaped design. Hand carved.

Photographs of bone jewellery necklaces, bracelets & brooches.

Animal bone in jewellery has never really gone out fashion. Nowadays it is dyed and shaped, so that you can not tell what it is. Bone of course is used extensively now in our everyday life, as it was our ancestors. The following pieces of jewellery of bone and other materials are some that have been sourced by Jewels.

Black bone segmented bangle – chunky style & modern.

Another bone bracelet bangle – modern.

Wood & bone bangle – modern.

Circular bone pendant necklace – modern.

Bone leaf brooch – Early 20th century.

Mixed media bead necklace – seeds, bone and stone.

North American necklace with bone beads – modern.

Dyed red chunky bone and wood bead necklace – modern.

As usual we will add to this blog post photographs of the bone jewellery we have sourced. So please bookmark and come back.

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Bank Holiday News & New Adds This Month

Well we have been busy again this Bank Holiday at the end of May, changing design to Jewels & Finery. Hope you like this one. Let us know if you have any comments please, We just liked the drop down boxes and the fact that more brooches displayed on one page of 100.

So for this Bank Holiday – the usual stuff. The Royal Mail Postal Service does not operate on a Bank Holiday or Sunday. So everything will be posted on Tuesday. We also do not post on a Saturday – unless it is an express delivery item, sold before 9 am or Christmas. Because we are a small family business – we do need a life!!

Over the last few days, we have added loads of vintage ties and vintage buttons – so here are just a few.

sonic vintage tieGreen stripe vintage tieglass vintage buttons clearorane fabric vintage buttons   More vintage jewellery will be added soon – so come back and visit.

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Happy Birthday 9 years old this year

happy 9 birthday Jewels & Finery

How time flies. Jewels and Finery has been selling jewellery for 9 years now. It doesn’t seem that long.

How did we get started? Many moons ago, I became ill and couldn’t walk very far. So I had to have a major rethink of my life and my ability to continue working in The National Health Service. Having my own website meant that I could work when I wanted or was able to. No bosses that were completely useless to answer to!! (You know the sort) No, having to face the rush hour traffic. No, 37 hour week to complete and a monthly pay that was much less than the work you had put in. Sound great – but it is hard work to keep on top of a website and keep selling. My health fluctuates now. But I am a great believer that things happen for a reason. So I do not dwell on the things I can not do, but find new ways to do all the things I want to do. Yes I can now move about a lot easier – though it did take 6 years to get my legs together and walk without a stick. Today it takes a lot of tablets to get going, but the biggest help is to move- even though it hurts. Because if you don’t the phrase “Use it or lose it” is true.

I started with EKM and found that I could work out how to get a website up and running. With very little knowledge of this technology, Hadn’t a clue about html, Facebook or Twitter. So I am proud to have learn along the way. With some help from other web-shop owners and from EKM themselves. Okay a lot of help!! But here we are today, not bad for a complete technophobe.

So Happy Birthday Jewels & Finery and may we continue for many years to come.

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New Look to Our Fabulous Jewellery Website

Well for 2017, we have a brand new look to our fabulous jewellery website. It has been synchronized with our other one, Hemlock & Rose to both look and work the same. Easier to search our 1500 + jewellery and accessories and look up all the brilliant vintage information we have published over the last 8 years.

Yes we started out in 2008 and don’t know where the years have gone to……They have certainly flown bye. A whole 8 years have passed since the beginning. We have lots of new ideas for this year. We will expand our vintage-recycled and homemade brands. And of course add lots of more one of a kind jewels.

So take a look and see what you think? We like that it is simple to navigate. It has a lot of bigger images and you can search more easily. We do only sell online and only on this website though. So you won’t get many, many of our pretty selections anywhere else.

antique clan brooch Scottish
Antique Scottish Clan Brooch

pink and white vintage bead necklace
Pink & white vintage bead necklace

Cloisonne hoop earrings for pierced ears
Cloisonne hoop earrings for pierced ears
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Christmas jewellery to get you in the festive mood

merry christmas to Jewels & Finery's customers.

It is the season to be  cheerful! So to get you in the festive mood we have lots of Christmas jewellery in bling style or shaped in Christmas trees, candles and good old Father Christmas. Have a look below at our great collection – vintage, pre-owned and some are new pieces.

Also just a reminder we will be open to buy all over the Christmas and New Year; but dispatch will be when Royal Mail are back from their festive break. This is the best time of the year, but it is also the time when it is busy. So some delays will take place. It is now best to use the express delivery if you want to use during Christmas or the New Year period. Just in case!

avon christmas jewellery set
Avon Christmas jewellery set
Christmas candle vintage badge
Christmas candle vintage badge
Pearl & diamante necklace
Pearl & diamante necklace
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Unsigned Beauties Jewellery with ethical style

Why are unsigned jewellery beauties important and why should we become more ethical?

Unsigned beauties in jewellery, I come across quite often. Many are well-made and are quality vintage jewellery that have a really fantastic style and are very beautiful to wear.

After spending some time analysing them to see if I can attribute the way it is made to a specific company or jewellery designer. Or maybe spend time with a lens looking at the back or sides and all in the hope I will find that elusive hidden mark, I might have missed that will pin point who made it. But still it remains a mysterious unsigned beauty.

As a seller of vintage it makes a different in the price I sell it at. It may be an unsigned Selro bracelet, an early Trifari piece, a Miriam Haskell brooch or a D & E earrings beauty? All command a higher price over something that is unsigned. It also makes it so much easier to list and research its actual age. Sometimes it is possible to find the piece’s name.

Why do we need to wear designer stuff?

Personally I have never done designer. I just think it is so pretentious. Today most designer gear is made cheaply in a sweat shop in China. Then branded and sold on at a higher price. So its exploitation of the poor, as the conditions they work under could be attributed to slavery or going back to the Victorian age of deprivation. All for the sake of making shareholders some more money!

Making money seems to be all what many owners of companies care about today. Unfortunately it has been in the recent news of the conditions, here in the UK of working in one company that sells sports stuff.  They are probably not the only ones around to try and not pay people properly for the work they are doing. Treat people as though they are animals and then get shirty and deny all knowledge, when asked about how certain policies were made. We do seem to be going backwards very fast to the conditions of the Victorian era in more ways than one. Have we not learnt anything from our history???

It is time we became more ethical. Buy more unsigned beauties from sources that do not exploit their workers and it is time to abandoned the whole “designer” philosophy. Buy British or from a source of manufacture nearer home that is known to be ethical. Don’t go into the shops that are known to be un-ethical in their practices. Designer does not always mean quality and many people do need open their eyes and to look a little further than the label.

white vintage multi bead necklace

White multi vintage bead necklace of glass circa 1950s.

vintage pink blue beaded necklace
German made beautiful beaded necklace from an unsigned designer.
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