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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 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 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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Holiday Gift Guide

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Vintage Charm Bracelet Bakelite Bobs

by Bling Babe

1950s Designer, Art Brooch & Earrings

by STL Vintage

Elsa Peretti for Tiffany & Co. Sterling Bracelet

by Mascara Jones


Antique Victorian Sterling Marcasite Brooch

by CranberryManor

Vintage Cultured Pearls Filigree Pin

by Vintage 55

Vintage Sterling Silver Mexican Jaguar Pin

by Taxco & More


Glass Daisy Flower Pin by Trifari

by Bitz of Glitz 4U

Horse Head Wood Cuff Links

by Vintage Day

Vintage Weiss Autumn Brooch

by A Vague reCollection


Vintage Rhinestone Dragonfly Brooch

by Waalaa

Victorian Bohemian Garnet Bangle Bracelet

by AntiquingOnLine

12K GF Engraved Victorian Locket

by Boylerpf


ZUNI Bernice Tekala Turquoise Sterling Watchband

by So Dear 2 My Heart

Antique Cameo Charm Bracelet 12KGF

by Decorating Yourself!

Coro Sterling Silver Castle Pin

by Antique Ali


Vintage Coin Charm Bracelet

by Small Treasures

Vintage Peruvian 18k Gold & Sterling Earrings

by Shooting Creek Jewelry

Vintage Sterling I Love You Necklace

by JujuBee1


Native American Turquoise & Sterling Bracelet

by July Fly

Vintage Chanel Necklace and Pin

by Judy’s Gems 2

Faux Gemstone Gold Tone Vintage Brooch

by Past Splendors


1950’s Vintage Retro Beaded Earrings

by Shop Riddle

Vintage Eameled Bangle Bracelet-1960s

by Suzy Sparkles A Lot

Featherweight or Bubblelite Flower Pin

by Eclectic Vintage2


Sterling Vintage Mother of Pearl Cufflinks

by Jeux d’Esprits

Victorian Shell Cameo, 14K Gold, Pin/Pendant

by Elsewind

Vintage Pendant Necklace 4 Leaf Clover

by Another Time Antiques


Continental Rhinestone Demi Parure

by Pop Goes My Vintage

Victorian Snake Bracelet 800 Silver

by Purple Daisy Jewelry

Vintage Owl Brooch

by Lisa Witmer Collection


Ruby Red Rhinestone Demi Parure

by Katcherr Fancy

Petit Point Roses Bracelet

by Kats Kuriosity Shoppe

Antique Bird and Leaf Neckpiece

by Bekah Grace


Kramer Pink and Amethyst Demi Parure

by Aged and Opulent Jewelry

Mother of Pearl Round Leaf Pin

by Blisstiques

Written by CranberryManor

November 30, 2009 at 9:49 pm