Anybody who's read this blog for a while knows that I have a thing for period drama, and as my kids call it, "old, dusty stuff". The old, dusty stuff in this case means vintage jewelry. Over the years, I've found some wonderful pieces for as little as 35 cents.
The BBC drama TV series, The House of Elliot (set in the 1920's) has been making me swoony. It's the jewelry the Elliot sisters wear. Long, swingy necklaces; drop earrings, beads galore. My daughter Bron has been patient with me as I shout, "OH! Look at the color of that necklace!" while she's trying to absorb the storyline. It's so well written that you can't help but fall in love with the characters.
The siblings, Beatrice and Evangeline, left penniless by their philandering father, try to make ends meet by designing and selling clothes, and dream of starting a fashion house for the well-heeled. They are quite talented, and you find yourself rooting for them until they start making disasterous choices that affect not only them, but those around them. At which point it's not me who's shouting, but my youngest girl, "No, Evie, don't be stupid! Grow up, Bea! Jack's wonderful--what's wrong with you?! I don't feel sorry for them one bit."
But anyway...this drama has inspired me to share with you some of my vintage costume jewelry.
My blue glass strand, which now shall be called 'Miss Evie's beads'.
You can't tell from the photo, but the clear crystal pendant on this piece has a faint lavender hue.
This locket was given to me by my friend Julie as a birthday gift. You can meet her at One Penny Jumble Packet.
Close-up of the acorns on the locket
And the most charming part. Inside, I found this photo. I don't know who she is. Someone's mother...aunt...sister? I can't bear to take her out.
This has a bittersweet memory attatched. My husband gave it to me after I had miscarried many years ago.
Don't you love these drippy hearts? My husband also gave me this one when we were newlyweds. He found it in a thrift shop near our first apartment.
I purchased this for 35 cents when I was in high school. I believe it's vintage, but not sure how old.
Love the old clasp.
Now, last but not least, you might want to visit the lovely Rayanne over at
She's having a jewelry giveaway.