Sunday, January 29, 2012

Treasures

Lately when I go to antique shows and flea markets, I've been trying to focus more on higher end pieces of antique jewelry.  They definitely cost more, but seem worth the extra expense to me because I end up with heirloom pieces of jewelry.  See what you think of these treasures:


This is an OLLLLLLD micro mosaic piece from Italy.  The colored chips are unbelievably tiny.  It's a very early piece and a dead giveaway to that is the extra long pin you can see coming out from behind.


These three are unset cameos.  Made of shell and absolutely gorgeous.  These make me a little nervous because I have to drill holes in order to use them.  Cameos tend to dry out.  To combat this, you are supposed to wipe them down occasionally with mineral oil.  I soaked these babies over night in mineral oil and I'm STILL nervous about drilling them.  But I will!


This is an unmounted cameo.  It's stunningly beautiful.  It's never been mounted on a piece of shell.  I'm very grateful it was already drilled!


I fell in love with this locket the second I saw it.  It's gold plated with a rose gold plate in the front.  It's an amazing piece!
This is a gorgeous piece too!  It's hand carved from deer antler.  This is obvious when you look at the back.


Now if I can make myself actually USE these pieces and not hoard them forever, I'll have it made!

3 comments:

Lori from Notforgotten Farm said...

everything is so beautiful Kathy ~ can't wait to see your finished creations ~ I especially love the carved antler/deer ~
Lori

Anvil Artifacts said...

Stunning pieces! Can't wait to see what beautiful pieces you make with them. The already drilled cameo is gorgeous!

Liz said...

Each piece is beautiful! I can't wait to see what you turn them all into. Im so glad you got that bird mosic- its a real treasure!

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