- May 5, 2017
As requested, I am starting a thread talking about jewelry, because it is my abiding passion. My Grandmother was a teacher, and I inherited all her odd and lovely pieces. Not that they are Civil War era..just fun...1923+
Now..the basics..Cameo. Ears, pins, pendants. And I swear the bigger the better! Cameos are carved from shell, in their original form, but you will find them in all sorts of media...for example, I have a very nice set in blue..the cameo is cream on that blue back ground..And then there are the Limoge cameos, which are porcelain. They come in big or small, all are lovely. Some are faces, some are scenes.. I don’t know the “proper” backing, but I can tell you if the back has a “roller” it’s more modern, but that is OK! Honestly it is the look you are going for. I inherited a limoge pin, with tiny pearls around a cameo..it has a roller back and it is wonderful..pics to come..I bought a big honkin limoge pin that has a back that slides over the pin..It’s heavy as all heck, but I love it..
Vulcanite. It’s rubber. Seriously. And used very often in Mourning Jewelry. It’s origins lie in the discovery of Pompeii..it was the cheap alternative to obsidian, which is volcanic glass. Lots of repro’s out there. The originals might be brittle at this point in their existance.
Gems..oh my...Carnelian, Topaz, pearl, garnet, diamond at reasonable prices..Ruby, Emerald, Sapphire..before the consortiums got their hands on the gem trade. Precious gems. Turquoise raised it’s head later, but really rare. I have seen it in a crown, of all things!
Jewelry can be a big issue..post your favorite, or your questions and I will try to be a helping hand. I love jewelry, I make it. It shines in my heart.
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