Yes, I know it's been almost two weeks since I last posted, but as evidenced by the fact that life is still going on, I'm pretty sure me not posting isn't the end of the world. Everyone was probably too engrossed in that STUPID CASEY ANTHONY TRIAL to even notice. I'll bet more people know all the details of that STUPID CASEY ANTHONY TRIAL than they know about what's going to happen to this country on August 3 if the STUPID POLITICIANS IN WASHINGTON don't get their act together.
Whew! Now that I've gotten that off my chest, let's look at some beautiful costume jewelry. Because in the grand scheme of things, costume jewelry is just about the most wonderful thing there is, and never let it be said that VintageChristine can't be just as trivial as the next person!
Unmarked ruby red & dark pink brooch and earrings. Everyone who has seen this set lets out a great big "oooooo" when I open the box.
Unmarked lavender brooch and earrings. Beautiful.
Aurora borealis earrings are marked "Weiss" and the brooch is unmarked. I'm not sure these are vintage Weiss pieces but they're gorgeous nevertheless.
Unmarked crystal rhinestone brooch and earrings. Fabulous.
Dainty blue enamel flowers with blue and white rhinestones brooch and earrings. Marked "M&S 1/20 12KT G.F.". I hadn't heard of this company so of course I hopped on the internet, googled M&S, and found a bit of info. The company's history isn't readily available, but the Illusion Jewels website (which is a FOUNTAIN of information, FYI) says that it's "c. 1950". From the looks of this set, I'd agree with that. Other related marks are "Phyllis Originals", "Scitarelli Creations By Phyllis" and "Scitarelli". Unfortunately, I have no idea who Phyllis is/was.
I have a thing for big vintage bead and/or pearl necklace & earrings sets. Many of these sets were made in Japan and every time anyone sees them they invariably say, "Oh, that looks like something my grandmother would have worn!" It's not that easy to find matching sets, though, although individual necklaces or earring sets are pretty easy to come by. So, the jewelry world has come up with the designation "married set", whereby you put one together using items that ALMOST match, or at least complement each other. That's what I've done with the following sets--I've "married" them. Uh oh, wait! I wonder if that's banned by the The Family Leader pledge Mitt Romney just refused to sign . . .
(Yeah, I know that really has nothing to do with costume jewelry, but I just had to say something, me being me and all).
The bead colors and textures match on this one, just not the shapes.
There's nothing more beautiful than a simulated pearl necklace with some sparkly pearl and crystal earrings.
A perfect summertime matchup!
This is one of the most beautiful necklaces I've seen in awhile. It's marked "Coro" and you could certainly pair it up with a nice big pair of CZ solitaires.
I purchased a jewelry case full of beautiful rings, necklaces, brooches and earrings, but while they were all lovely, this incredible necklace was hands down the best. Since the jewelry came from southern California, I'll bet anything a glam 50's starlet wore this to some big premiere.
OMG, for sure!
Which one do YOU like best????