I’ve been on an earring kick lately. Just check out these beauties that are now listed in the shop. These are all Venetians beads dating back to the period between the 40s and early 50s. What I love about these pairs is no two beads are exactly alike. Each bead has subtle differences that make them so interesting to wear. I like to think of it as the mark of the hands that made them.
It’s been cold and snowy in our part of the world and this has inspired one of my new pieces. The effect of the sun on snow is pretty dazzling and I wanted to capture a little of that dazzle with these vintage Venetian silver foil beads. Unlike currently produced silver foil beads, the old ones like these used to contain real silver foil inside the beads. That’s why they have a lovely silvery shine when held up against the light. I decided to match these silver beads with some vintage gray colored French glass pearls from the 50s and a sterling silver chain to make a lovely winter themed necklace.
For this week of preparations for the WinterMarkt, I thought I’d post on pieces that I will be bringing to the show. Here is a new bracelet still on the classic combination of black and white. This time, the bead is a Venetian bead made by the Moretti family from the 1920s. The Moretti group is one of the few left that are still actively making glass in Venice. I decided to mount this bead on a vintage watch strap that I bought during one of my flea market adventures. The watch itself was beyond repair but the strap was still nice looking and I thought there was no reason not to try to incorporate it to a new piece.
Don’t you think, it looks quite nice in its new reincarnation as a bracelet?
Hello friends, I wanted to start the week with this piece I just finished. I love Venetian wedding cake beads. I know its hard to choose among the different beads but I have a weakness for these wedding cake beads. I love the cheerful flower design and colors. I love even more how individual they are. They are never exactly the same. These group of beads date back to the 1940s. I was fortunate enough to buy them from Venice from someone who has been selling antique and vintage Venetians for a long time.
Hello friends, it may not look it (as I write, its snowing yet again!) but spring is upon us! What better time than now to refresh our jewelry wardrobe? With that in mind, I’d like to share some new pieces that’s sure to brighten up your spring wardrobe!
This first one is in a cool palette of sky blue and pale pink. The focal bead is very special. It’s a big Murano bead with hand painted gold, pink and white trailings. It dates back to the 60s. This necklace is a long sautoir style one and comes with a matching pair of earrings.
This second necklace features two beautiful elbow shaped Venetian trade beads from the late 1800s. Elbow shaped beads are difficult to find in good condition and these two are in near mint condition. It features a red and yellow checkerboard pattern and to break it up a little, I decided to put a big vintage red and gold French pate de verre focal bead. This necklace sits higher up on the neck so its perfect for those button down shirts.
If you prefer to add a bit of whimsy to your wardrobe , then this next one is just the thing to wear. It features a delightful vintage dragonfly charm from the 40s and vintage green and brown glass beads from the 50s.
And for all those upcoming weddings and parties, here is my version of the festoon style necklace. It features a gorgeous filigree charm from the 40s and the little dangling glass pearls are from the late 40s as well.
Did you notice that two of these necklaces have matching earrings? I quite like making matched sets when I can!
Maybe because it rained so much yesterday, I found myself going through some soft colored beads. And while I love my glass beads and work primarily with them, I have a soft spot for gemstones. I especially love those in the pink and violet spectrum— rose quartz, pink sapphires, amethysts and kunzites. So I was really happy to find a strand of pink chalcedony hiding in my drawer. Chalcedony is believed to have many healing powers and the native American Indians revered this stone. I love this color and if the fashion mags are to be believed, pink is the color of autumn/winter 2013. All good reasons to wear pink chalcedony!
To finish it off I decided to match the pink chalcedony with some vintage yellow Venetian beads.
This set is definitely off to the Ann Arbor craft fair tomorrow!!
Unlike the days leading up to Christmas, the winter chill in January seems particularly keen and biting. Copious amounts of hot chocolate notwithstanding, I’m trying to keep my spirits up by dreaming up and creating pretty things for Valentine’s Day. Yes, that day especially beloved by Hallmark. I won’t get into too much detail now since we are still a bit ways off, but if you are thinking of something pretty to treat yourself (who says we have to wait for someone else to give us presents?), here’s a little teaser….
A beautiful necklace composed of rare elbow shaped Venetian beads from Ercole Moretti (more on them later!) and red and yellow faceted French beads from the 50s. Something pretty to wear during this wintry period of the year!