Making a Statement with BSK

June 23rd, 2016

Have you ever thought about what your accessories communicate about you? We all make some kind of a statement when we dress, creating an image we believe about ourselves which also affects the way others view us. Accessorizing is a personal …

A Passion for Polka Dots

June 6th, 2016

If I could give a one-word definition for “polka dots” it would be the word fun. I have owned a good number of polka dot fashions over the years including a 1950s-style dress, a sheer sleeveless top, several pairs of casual shorts, and …

Starburst Style of the Atomic Age 

May 23rd, 2016

A few weeks ago, I was shopping at my favorite “super store,” the kind that has everything from endless aisles of groceries to smaller departments with miscellaneous items such as clothing, patio furniture, and anything you would ever need for a …

Coco Chanel

May 3rd, 2016

She slowly pulled it out of the small, blue velvet bag and placed it carefully into my hands so I could get a closer look. It was striking. A girlfriend of mine returned from Paris, France with a stunning vintage Chanel …

Starstruck by Hollywood Regency

April 4th, 2016

I recently purchased a pair of beautiful, sparkly clip earrings from the 1950s that were described to me by their previous owner as “Hollywood Regency.” I had never heard that term used before and thought maybe it was the name of …

The Marvelous Marvella

March 21st, 2016

Has your wardrobe ever experienced déjà vu? It is pretty common to see things from the past come right back into style several years later. As a jewelry designer, I enjoy creating pieces that are fashionable for today. Tassel necklaces are hugely …

Amazed by Mazer

March 7th, 2016

Having a sibling who enjoys many of the same things you do makes life so much more fun. Wouldn’t you agree? Heidi, my younger sister (by 15 months), has shared many of the same interests with me over the years, …

Enticed by Eisenberg 

February 23rd, 2016

Getting to go to a big antique show in town always makes for a fun and exciting weekend. This past Saturday afternoon, I spent the day learning about and trying on exquisite vintage jewelry from the mid-1800s to the 1950s. Dating all …

The Brilliance of Barclay

February 8th, 2016

There is something very special about finding perfectly clear, flawless rhinestones in a jewelry setting that have withstood the test of time and many years of wear. Usually, there is at least a slight bit of yellowing or darkening that has …

The Notable Name of Napier

January 25th, 2016

As a jewelry designer, I often look for inspiration around me to design new pieces. Whenever we travel to different parts of the world, I search high and low for ways to be inspired, whether it is within the architecture …

Ciner, a Symbol for Success

January 12th, 2016

It was 1892, the beginning of a decade that would be known as the Gay Nineties. The suffragette movement was in full swing with New Zealand being the first self-governing country to grant all women the right to vote. There …

The Magnetizing Mark of Monet 

December 28th, 2015

When I think back on some of the best gifts I have ever received, the one I opened just a few days ago for Christmas was definitely one of them. Inside a huge holiday bag was a fluffy, white monogrammed …

A Season for Sweater Guards

December 4th, 2015

Being born into this world at the tail end of the 1960s, there were several amazing fashion trends that I unfortunately missed out on. If only they could make a comeback sometime during my lifetime! One of these trends included …

A Little Sunshine Made in Japan

November 19th, 2015

Yellow is such an uplifting color. It is associated with sunshine, hope, happiness, clarity, energy, optimism, and joy. Studies show that the color yellow actually helps activate memory, encourage communication, enhance vision, build confidence, and even stimulate the nervous system! …

Crafting with Copper – Renoir and Matisse

October 22nd, 2015

I have always enjoyed arts and crafts with especially fond memories of the classes I took at camp each summer during my elementary school years. Popsicle sticks, googly stick-on eyes, yarn, felt, and glitter were some of the crafty items …

Art by Art

October 7th, 2015

I have been a huge fan of the costume jewelry company, Florenza, for quite a long time. They had their heyday back in the 1950s making beautiful jewelry with an antique Victorian and Renaissance-inspired look to it.  So when I …

Elsa Schiaparelli

September 24th, 2015

As far back as I can remember, I loved using my imagination to create things. I had a special orange box filled with all sorts of items I could use to make just about anything I put my mind to. …

The Nature of Art Nouveau

September 14th, 2015

Every year, my husband Michael and I look forward to traveling far away from home to experience a different culture somewhere new in the world. It is always a place where neither one of us have ever been before, so it is …

A New Perspective on Plastic

August 31st, 2015

I am a magnet to just about anything that sparkles. The more sparkle the better, especially when it comes to vintage costume jewelry. That is why I never would have thought I’d ever be drawn to UN-sparkly vintage jewelry made …

The Allure of Art Deco

August 14th, 2015

I love to pop into vintage shops around town if I just so happen to be passing by and have a little extra time. It was one of those days. I caught a glimpse of the freshly decorated windows of a darling …

Harry Iskin

July 23rd, 2015

It was the year, 1939. World War II had just started and an urgent call went out for Americans to donate any scrap metal they had to the war effort. All base metals were now critically needed for defense production. For jewelry …

Robert DeMario

July 2nd, 2015

A few weekends ago, my husband Michael and I took a road trip to Houston to visit friends and family. A road trip is never complete for me unless we stop to do some antiquing along the way. I love the …

Dazzled by Paste

June 22nd, 2015

It was the weekend of one of my favorite antique shows in Dallas, Texas – one that brought dealers from near and far, all over the U.S. to set up their booths and display their collection of beautiful, sparkly vintage …

Ding Dong, Avon Calling!

June 8th, 2015

When I hear the word, Avon, it suddenly brings back a flood of memories from the 1970s. I can still hear the doorbell ringing and, after racing my sister to open the front door, I can also still see that nicely dressed …

Louis Kramer

May 22nd, 2015

Can you imagine starting a new business during the peak of a world war? Louis Kramer had that kind of imagination along with the confidence and talent it took to make it an incredible success. Kramer Jewelry Creations was established by …

Stanley Hagler

May 19th, 2015

I have had a fascination with the intricate, detailed look and design of Miriam Haskell jewelry since I began collecting vintage costume pieces in 2009. I recently discovered the work of her business advisor by the name of Stanley Hagler. …

Sales Success Sarah Coventry Style

April 27th, 2015

Have you ever hosted or been invited to a “home party” where the focus was all about buying a particular line of products (and having a free glass of wine) such as jewelry, clothing, skincare or kitchenware? I have been …

From a Season of Celluloid to the Boom of Bakelite

April 14th, 2015

I would have never dreamed that plastic jewelry could come with a hefty price tag. But if it did, I was sure to find it – and fall in love with it. That’s exactly what happened when I found the …

The Craftsmanship of Coro

March 31st, 2015

When I first started out frequenting antique shows, the most common stamp I would see on the back of a pin or pair of clip earrings was the name, “Coro.” I usually look for names that are rare and hard-to-find, …

In Memory of Mourning Jewelry

March 23rd, 2015

I have a girlfriend who loves to wear the color black. She is always fashionably dressed with her beautiful auburn hair either pulled back in a sleek ponytail or relaxed in soft curls around her face – whatever her mood of …

Alice Caviness

February 24th, 2015

It was a beautiful Saturday morning. One of my favorite antique shows a few miles from home had just opened their doors. I walked in with the same anticipation I always have of finding a rare and unusual piece of vintage costume …

The Temptation of Turquoise

February 12th, 2015

Over the past few years, I have steadily added to my collection of turquoise jewelry. My good intentions of being able to be called a “saver” (like my disciplined sister) and not a “spender” go right out the window when …

Hattie Carnegie

January 29th, 2015

It is not every day that you discover a fabulous find during a pursuit for unique vintage costume jewelry which happens to be, in my opinion, one of the greatest thrills life has to offer. My latest purchase, a pair …

Energized by Enamel

January 15th, 2015

Have you ever noticed how bright colors can have an effect on your mood? Perhaps you feel a little more cheerful when you see the color yellow. Or maybe you experience a sense of renewal when gazing at something green in nature. My …

A Lasting Legacy for Lisner

December 31st, 2014

The first time I had ever heard of a jewelry company called Lisner, I was on a road trip with my husband. We had pulled over in Hico, Texas to stretch our legs and check out an antique shop called Sugar Moon Antiques. …

The Craze for Christmas Tree Pins

December 11th, 2014

A few decades back, when I was a little girl growing up in the ’70s, I remember seeing women wearing their sparkly Christmas tree pins to dress up their outfit during the holidays. Being drawn to sparkle even at a …

The Heyday of the Hatpin

November 25th, 2014

I often find myself braking for antique stores when I am out and about, always anticipating an incredible find just inside their doors. When peering through the many glass cases at all of the beautiful vintage sparkle, I will inevitably …

Whiting & Davis

November 14th, 2014

Three years ago, I received a phone call from a man asking if I could help his soon-to-be 90-year old mother make her birthday one that would be very memorable, not only for her, but also for her guests. I …

Micro Mosaic Masterpieces

November 1st, 2014

It has been about five years since I first began collecting vintage costume jewelry. I tend to look for unique pieces with lots of color. Lately, I have been drawn to those that look like mini-mosaics… I have quite a …

Hobé…a Hollywood Hit

October 2nd, 2014

Last weekend, I hopped in the car and sped off to one of my favorite antique shows that I look forward to attending twice a year here in Dallas. Antique dealers from all over the country come to set up …

The Beloved Book Chain Necklace

September 22nd, 2014

I have been wearing necklaces since I was a little girl. When I was in elementary school, I remember going to the state fair – a fun, annual family tradition. If my sister and I did not end up winning …

A Fascination with Florenza

September 12th, 2014

The other day, I was looking through my personal collection of repurposed vintage rings to try to find one that perfectly matched the outfit I was wearing. I love to accessorize with a little bit of vintage when I get dressed …

The Meaning Behind the West Germany Stamp

September 2nd, 2014

I recently came across a beautiful pair of turquoise colored vintage clip earrings which had been stamped, “W. Germany.” It wasn’t the first time I have seen costume jewelry with that stamp on the back of it. I knew they …

The Look of Japanned

August 22nd, 2014

A few years ago, I bought a pair of stunning clip earrings made with sparkly rhinestones, white milk glass, and black metal from an antique dealer. I always like to find out all I can about the vintage costume jewelry I …

Trail Blazing Trifari

August 11th, 2014

Not long ago, I received a disheartening email from one of my most favorite vintage shops that their doors were closing within a few days. The good news was that they were having a big sale on all of the …

Glorious Garnet

July 23rd, 2014

Last year, I took a super fun road trip to Eureka Springs, Arkansas, with my good friend and talented jewelry designer, Liz. Along the way, we found some fabulous hidden shops filled with all sorts of vintage treasures for sale. One of …

The Hues of Hollycraft

July 15th, 2014

Buying costume jewelry in the 1950s must have been rather difficult when it came to making a decision about what to buy. Many choices with so much of it very well made and incredibly beautiful. An abundance of vibrant, striking colors of rhinestones …

Jewels by Juliana

June 30th, 2014

It was 2009 when I began the fun and exciting journey of collecting vintage costume jewelry to use for repurposing into rings, bracelets, and necklaces. During many of my searches for the most beautiful, sparkly pieces, I found myself being …

The Cameo Craze

June 9th, 2014

I first discovered the value of a cameo when I was given a pair of sweet cameo earrings that belonged to my grandmother. Sentimental value, that is. I had recently started Kimberly Moore Rings, turning heirloom pieces of jewelry that …

Saintly Sacramentals

June 2nd, 2014

Jewelry with a history…there was some serious meaning behind those words for me this week. I recently bought several strands of beautifully polished gemstone beads and chain that I thought would look perfect with some old, vintage saint medals from …

A Zeal for Cut Steel

May 21st, 2014

I love good stories…and of course, shopping for vintage costume jewelry. On this particular day, I got a good dose of both. I had been wandering around at an antique show in Dallas for an hour or so when I …

Original by Robert

May 5th, 2014

A couple of months ago, I went to two local antique shows that happened to be going on during the same weekend. Shopping for vintage jewelry is one of my most favorite things to do on the planet, so that …

The Mark of Miriam Haskell

April 18th, 2014

I love spending a lazy afternoon at an old-fashioned town square, complete with charming boutiques, patio cafes, and of course, antique shops. I never know what I am going to find which makes it a bit of an adventure. It is such a treat to discover vintage jewelry that is signed …

Spoiled by Milk Glass

April 11th, 2014

I love wearing white. If you like to accessorize with jewelry as much as I do, you would, too. Any color of bauble you choose to wear always looks great with your outfit! And you can never go wrong with wearing …

Wild About Weiss

April 3rd, 2014

My husband Michael and I recently took a trip up to Nashville to visit my family. Whenever we come to town, one of our traditions is to do a little antique shopping. This trip was no exception. We spent a whole day hunting for …

Vendôme

March 17th, 2014

It is such a thrill when you venture out to a place you have never been before and come home with a beautiful, unique treasure. That is exactly what I experienced when I stopped by a mesmerizing thrift shop filled with a …

Vintage Mexican Sterling Silver Jewelry

March 7th, 2014

Are you the proud owner of any vintage Mexican sterling silver jewelry? Perhaps you are but do not even realize it! I recently purchased a pair of beautiful sterling silver and abalone screwback earrings with something stamped on the back which …

The Treasured History of Czech Glass

February 24th, 2014

During one of my regular weekend vintage jewelry shopping excursions, I met an antique dealer selling the most beautiful brightly colored glass buttons. I had never seen anything quite like these before. If I notice something unique and vintage that …

Judy Lee

February 16th, 2014

I have a serious passion (addiction) for vintage costume jewelry. Whenever there is an antique show anywhere in the area, I drop everything and go. I especially love to take road trips and find antique shops off the beaten path …

An Appreciation for Amethyst

February 6th, 2014

The new year is flying by so quickly! It is now already February…the month symbolizing love and romance colored in red, pink, and purple…or amethyst, the traditional birthstone. Amethyst is a violet variety of the mineral, quartz. When manganese is …

The Northern Lights of Costume Jewelry

January 30th, 2014

Have you ever had the opportunity to see the Northern Lights, also known as Aurora Borealis? If you have been on a trip to Alaska, Canada, or Norway where they occur most frequently, you may very well have seen them …

The Fascinating Dress Clip

January 21st, 2014

A couple of weeks ago during one of my vintage hunts for jewelry to repurpose into rings, I found a beautiful pair of 1930s brass filigree dress clips with vibrant purple rhinestones. I had never before bought a pair or …

Smitten with Sparkle

January 12th, 2014

I must admit, I am a fanatic for anything that sparkles. I am especially smitten with vintage rhinestone jewelry – the kind with those perfect, crystal clear, and unbelievably stunning rhinestones that have not yellowed even the slightest after many years of …

Henry Schreiner

January 1st, 2014

I want to do something new in 2014 that I have never done before so I have decided to start my first blog! With so many fun adventures that I experience shopping for vintage costume jewelry, I thought it would …