Monday, August 27, 2012

New buckles

I bought a pair of the new American Duchess buckles and I love them! I like how the lachets fit into the buckle.  You can get them here:

Vintage fan

I'm not sure of the age of this one and it's delicate, but it wasn't very expensive. I believe Kat was the one who tempted me with the link the ebay auction. ;-)

Lewes costume museum

I never got around to posting these - my mom was in Lewes, Delaware and found a costume museum. She took a few pics. Click for larger versions!

1870s pendant

This is another piece of jewelry from Mary E Fine in the UK that I got a while ago.  Someone else actually bought it and then returned it because it was "too bright" - and she sent me a second chance offer.  I really love it.  I did a little research and I'm fairly sure it must be a natural ruby because created rubies weren't common until later, after 1918.

Here's the ebay description and images:

Victorian 9 Ct Gold 2 Carat Ruby Small Pendant or Charm c1870
A beautiful rich pink ruby has a border of pearls to create this small pendant or charm. It is set in 9 carat yellow gold. The ruby is around 2 carats and is closed back set. Please see below for further details. It appears to have come from a larger piece. The design and craftsmanship date this small pendant or charm to the Victorian period, circa 1870. The pendant or charm is 14mm by 14mm or just under 5/8 inch not including the loop. The ruby is 8mm by 8mm, around 2 carats and tests as ruby. Weight is 1.9g or 0.07oz. Unmarked, tests as 9 carat gold. In very good condition. To the reverse there are two indentations indicating that this piece most likely came from a larger piece. Will be sent with a new quality presentation case.

I'm not sure what it came off of, but it makes a lovely pendant!  It's larger than life in the pics, it's only 8mm tall.

1895 diamond ring

One of my favorite sources for antique jewelry is this British ebay seller, Maryefine Antique Jewelry.  I bought the little citrine Georgian ring from her. And when I spotted this, in a size I could wear, I splurged on it.  (It wasn't hugely expensive.) It fits my middle finger perfectly and although I've never really liked wearing two rings on one hand, both ring fingers were taken!  But now that I'm used to wearing a ring on that finger, I am really liking wearing this one.   It's a sweet little ring - not very obtrusive, and sturdy enough for daily wear.

Here is the auction description and pics.

Victorian 18 Ct Gold Platinum Diamond Engagement Ring Sz Q or 8 c1895 A circular openwork setting has a diamond to the centre. The diamond is bright, clear, old cut and around 0.10 carats. The ring is made in 18 carat gold and finished in platinum to the top of the ring. Of English origin, please see below for further details. The design and craftsmanship date this ring to the Victorian period, circa 1895. The stone and setting is 6.5mm or 0.25 inches diameter. The diamond is 3mm diameter, tests as diamond and is around 0.10 carats. Weight is 1.8g or 0.06oz. This is quite a light weight. British size Q American size 8 Internal circumference 57mm Can be resized by a jeweller. Unmarked, tests as 18 carat gold with a platinum finish. 

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Another little costume painting!

I was showing my mom some Costume College pics on LJ and she was really taken with the cute pic of Koshka-the-cat in her 20s bathing suit. I think it turned out adorable!

Monday, August 13, 2012

Another Maggie pin

Here's another Victorian Maggie pin I got for a good price off ebay!