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VJSE Featured on The #modern Daily

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Congratulations to TootsysTreasures and her Flower Power Treasury for their feature in The #modern Daily under #vintage.


Written by Kim CranberryManor

January 26, 2011 at 8:25 pm

Antiques & Collectible Markets in Southern California

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By Andie Haynes

Hello all,

I just came across a site for the Sausalito (CA) Vintage Jewelry & Antiques Show. I was wondering if anyone has participated/ visited or heard anything about this show? You can view the information at The dates are May 7th & 8th. For anyone interested the booth fees range from $395 – $795. Just click on the dealer information. If you’ve never participated in a show before, I’d highly recommend visiting the show beforehand (it could be a dream or a dog).

Other antique flea markets I’ve been to (CA) which have a good sampling of vintage jewelry:

Please share in the comments any information about venues representing vintage jewelry you would recommend. Venues do not have to be located in Southern California.

Written by Kim CranberryManor

January 13, 2011 at 3:53 pm

A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words

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By Linda Lombardo, Worn 2Perfection on Etsy

Les Creations, Malupa Paris Pins are still a mystery to me and yet, if the old saying is true and a picture is worth a thousand words, we really don’t require full disclosure to enjoy these wonderful miniature works of art.

I found my first pin in 2003.  The image was of two birds seated on branches, one with wings spread out majestically. It was a simple pin with amazing detail. It had no color; just the creamy ivory-colored plastic that appeared to be poured and molded rather than die cut, contained within a brass bezel with a twisted rope frame. I delighted in seeing a trombone clasp for the first time and the words, “Depose France”, which I quickly learned meant Registered France.

I’d just started selling and immediately put the pin on eBay. It sold modestly to a buyer in the UK. You’d think that was the end of that, wouldn’t you?

Well, that pin never left me – yes, of course, I mailed it – but figuratively, that pin stayed with me, and about a year and a half later, I started to search for it. Much to my delight, I found it again, on eBay, from a seller in the UK. I bid. I won and that was the start of this fanciful collection. It wasn’t the same pin, although I never really looked back to see the name of the seller who had purchased my original pin. It would make an interesting twist to the story if I bought back the same one, so feel free to imagine that I did if it helps.

One pin led to another and although I’ve researched and researched, little information is available. No, actually, no information is available. When I found a pin with the original hang tag, I thought, “Ah ha! Now I’ve got it.” But not even “Les Creations, Malupa, Paris, Made in France” turned up any clues or new information.

I even managed to find some of the celluloid pieces, yet to be assembled into these pins, which of course, I purchased without hesitation. Interestingly, I’ve never seen these as completed pins so my little bits of celluloid may be the only surviving pieces.

Each pin has at least two layers of celluloid to give “the scene” a three-dimensional quality. These thin layers are quite fragile and must have been a painstaking task to assemble. Unlike cut celluloid, there is detail and form to the top of each layer, which is why I believe the layers were poured and molded, rather than cut. The brass frames all have little tabs on the back that would be folded over the layers once they were placed in the frame. So simple and yet so beautiful!

If you choose to look for these pins, tinted or plain, be sure that they are complete. Many are being sold with missing parts, such as the pair of riders without one of the riders, only the second horse. I’ve seen these sell with only one bird instead of two or – don’t even ask – a headless rider. Minor details, such as the cigar in the Art Deco man’s hand or the reins or whip in the hands of the lady in the carriage, make the picture complete and are worth looking for if you choose to start your own collection. I’m certain that a few of mine lack all the original detail and some, such as the lady in the carriage, have a break or two. I will only purchase them if I’ve never seen another like it.

Whatever you do, stop and take notice, appreciate these little works of art, next time you see one. A picture is worth a thousand words and they seem to be all that’s left to tell the story.

Written by Kim CranberryManor

January 11, 2011 at 8:22 pm

Vintage Jewelry in January’s Stone – Garnet Red

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Antique Garnet Rose Cut Brooch
by MetroRetroVintage

With it’s deep red color, January’s birthstone of Garnet is believed to protect travelers, easing their journey and providing them w/a safe and speedy return home. Despite it being the stone of a cold month, Garnet’s stunning color is also symbolize of love, friendship, and warmth.
Garnet is also known to be associated w/several legends, including on where it is said that Noah used Garnet on his Ark to provide light during the storms. Garnet is also associated w/the Greek Myth of Hades and Persephone, where Hades is said to have given Persephone a gift of pomegranate seeds, the color of Garnet, which would ensure her return to him each season during the winter months.  

Sterling Marcasite Garnet Ring
by PurpleDaisyJewelry


The Vintage Jewelry Sellers on Etsy (VJSE) team offers a wide range of jewelry in Garnet to celebrate a birthday, your significant other, or loved-ones who may be traveling.


Please review our list of Vintage Garnet Jewelry for a wide selection.

Or browse our Garnet Treasuries for some great examples of this fabulous jewelry.

Vintage Modernist Ring
by TheJewelryChain


Vintage Rhinestone Brooch
by VictorianSentiments

Written by Kim CranberryManor

January 10, 2011 at 5:33 pm

VJSE Holidays Sale – Treasury Winners

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The winning graphics for our VJSEHOLIDAYS Black Friday & Cyber Monday:

by VictorianSentiments

by EarlyBirdJewels

To view our entire list of treasuries – please click here.
Congratulations to the VJSEHOLIDAYS Treasury curator who garnered the most views:

Viola’s Vintage

with her Saying “I LOVE YOU” with Diamonds and Pearls VJSE Coupon Sale Treasury. Honorable Mention goes to VintageJewelryMeadow
The treasuries with the most sales were created by:

Holiday Savings Coupon

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VJSE Treasury Challenge – Winter Wonderland Wedding

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The winner of our team treasury challenge is Victorian Sentiments w/her gorgeous treasury full of accessories for both the bride and groom

Please visit here treasury her – Winter Wedding Accessories for the Bride and Groom VJSE Style!

Written by Kim CranberryManor

November 19, 2010 at 2:58 am