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FABULOUS FINDS

Art by Art

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 …

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Elsa Schiaparelli

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. …

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The Nature of Art Nouveau

Every year, my husband 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’s usually quite …

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A New Perspective on Plastic

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

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The Allure of Art Deco

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 …

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Harry Iskin

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 …

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Robert DeMario

A few weekends ago, my husband 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 anticipation …

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Dazzled by Paste

It was the weekend of one of my favorite antique shows in Dallas – 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 jewelry …

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Ding Dong, Avon Calling!

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 …

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Louis Kramer

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 …

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Stanley Hagler

Ever since 2009, when I began collecting vintage costume jewelry, I have had a fascination with the intricate, detailed look and design that Miriam Haskell gave to her pieces. It was recently that I discovered the work of her business …

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Sales Success Sarah Coventry Style

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 …

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A Season of Celluloid to the Boom of Bakelite

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

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The Craftsmanship of Coro

When I first began frequenting antique shows in 2009, 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 …

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In Memory of Mourning Jewelry

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 …

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