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You’ll also be signed up to receive e-newsletters from Antique Trader and partners. Karen Knapstein October 6, Collect. The sale features more than lots of collectible jewelry including fine jadeite, diamond, silver, gold, designer costume pieces, as well as Victorian, Art Deco and cameos. An impressive collection of guaranteed-natural untreated Burmese jadeite should interest all those collectors fascinated by the valuable gem of the East — but concerned about buying because so much treated material floods the market. The highest-quality and most colorful green, red, orange, lavender, ice white array of jadeite will headline the sale. For many pieces, this is the first time ever offered on the market. Costume-jewelry collectors will enjoy dating jewelry specifically to

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Wondering how much your Bakelite jewelry is worth? Use this guide to help you identify and price vintage Bakelite jewelry. All the items in this guide are believed to be vintage with most dating to the s and ’40s except where noted. Rare bulldog pin with celluloid teeth and .

What’s 5ft 3in, has 7 ex-wives and a temper like a volcano? So why, as he opens in London, is Mickey Rooney such an angry man? A very small man is trying to push me into a hotel lift in West London. I want to go to the suite and get on with it. I am forced to appeal to his wife, who is standing in the lobby. If you don’t like it, just slap him, dear,” she says. This might seem extraordinarily broad-minded were it not for the fact that the man in question is 86 and we are going upstairs to conduct an interview.

Scroll down for more Mickey Rooney is someone for whom “legend” is not just a hyperbolic description, but a statement of fact.

Celluloid – jewelry material for the middle class in Victorian Era

She was the daughter of Laurence W. Monica is preceded in death by her father, her brother, John L. Since they moved to Shawnee, KS, she had worked for Hallmark Cards, and they had operated a number of booths in local antique shops for more than 20 years. Memorial service will be 11 a.

The great majority of Bakelite jewelry was made by hand from stock shapes of raw material. Bakelite’s unique properties lent itself to extrusion casting. If you wanted to make bracelets, for example, you’d extrude a long tube with the rough shape (Fig. 4) preformed.

Leave a comment My good friend Delores loves shopping at Dogbotz Boneyard as she has been a collector of costume jewelry for a few years now. While chatting last week, Delores asked me about the use of plastic in vintage costume jewelry as she had recently discovered Bakelite, both in its colorful beauty and in its investment value. As there were three musical Andrews Sisters Patty, Maxine, and LaVerne who were established singers and radio personalities throughout the s and 50s, so, too, were there three plastics that made costume jewelry quite eye-catching and, today, often expensive.

Celluloid Dating from the beginning of the 20th century to the s, Celluloid is one of the earliest man-made plastics widely used in costume jewelry. Celluloid has certain characteristics that differentiate it from other plastics. In general, pieces made from Celluloid tend to be thin, light, somewhat brittle, sensitive to heat they crack and craze , and early Celluloid can be extremely flammable do not ever test with a hot pin!

It can be bent, twisted, and molded. When placed briefly in hot water, early Celluloid smells like camphor, while later cellulose acetate smells like vinegar.

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Mesh cuff bracelet showing Deco geometric influence. The clears are quite gray, but still a wonderful design. By the beginning of the s, the Eastern dress shapes explored by Poirot had evolved into straight and flat dresses, which provided an ideal canvas for the artictic motifs of the period: The lower-most embroidered panel is see through mesh lending a risque touch to an otherwise sober outfit.

And if you find these rare cameos a bit too pricey for you try our not so old cameo jewelry from the old days back in the 40s, 50s, and even 60s. Makes no difference if you want to start collecting antique jewelry or just wearing funky old jewelry this is the place to find them.

American Modernist Jewelry, – Click images below to enlarge. All prices include priority shipping within the U. Melissa Finelli says, “There is something so satisfying about moving metal. Through fabrication and forging, I am able to manipulate my materials to create form and space, capturing movement in solid form” Mellissa Fenelli studied technical jewelry making at North Bennett Street School in Boston’s North End.

After making jewelry for some time, she went on to study at the School of the museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Her work is in many prestigious galleries and she does major shows throughout the United States. William Spratling and Mexico’s Silver Renaissance.

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Sometime when a shell grows it stretches leaving natural lines in the shell. These are not from age,drying out or cracks. They are the natural growth of the shell. So brand new cameos can have these lines especially seen from the back and they do not take away any value of the cameo. They are miniature works of art.

Dating by Metal Most jewelry with rhodium plating was produced after World War II, helping determine the age. During WW2, many jewelry designers used sterling silver to make their jewelry as other metals were needed for the war.

Nitrocellulose[ edit ] Nitrocellulose-based plastics slightly predate celluloid. Collodion , invented in and used as a wound dressing and an emulsion for photographic plates, is dried to a celluloid-like film. Alexander Parkes[ edit ] old Celluloid films The first celluloid as a bulk material for forming objects was made in in Birmingham , England, by Alexander Parkes , who was never able to see his invention reach full fruition, after his firm went bankrupt due to scale-up costs.

Later Parkes showcased Parkesine at the International Exhibition in London, where he was awarded a bronze medal for his efforts. The introduction of Parkesine is generally regarded as the birth of the plastics industry. It is often called synthetic ivory. The Parkesine company ceased trading in There is a plaque on the wall of the site of the Parkesine Works in Hackney , London. He used cloth , ivory dust, and shellac , and on April 6, , patented a method of covering billiard balls with the addition of collodion.

In , John and his brother Isaiah patented a process of making a “horn-like material” with the inclusion of cellulose nitrate and camphor. Isaiah Hyatt dubbed his material “celluloid” in He took exception to the Hyatts’ claims and pursued the brothers in a number of court cases between and Celluloid and sterling silver pen.

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The next piece I found was the bracelet shown below found on ebay , several years later with the same carved glass pieces set into a metal finding. I wore these two parts of the ensemble for several more years until I came upon the glass beads used in the necklace, also from ebay with the same carved floral design. A few months after that I found the lovely melon colored souffle finished oval beads at a quaint little bead store outside of Julian, CA.

I mixed these with black bicones and seed beads to create the necklace.

Absolutely Gorgeous Antique French Ivory* Celluloid Jewelry Box & Ring Display Dating From the s *French ivory is an early manmade material created to resemble expensive natural ivory. This faux ivory is made from celluloid, a cellulose and camphor thermoplastic dating to the s, and widely.

Being one of the first plastics ever made, celluloid was widely used even in the early years. The problem with celluloid was that the material was flammable because of camphor and nitrocellulose in the composition. However, both materials were replaced in with vinegar, but that was way after celluloid found its way into the jewelry world. The compounds of celluloid also contain dyes and other agents that are added after the creation.

Back in the Victorian era, celluloid was used as a cheap jewelry alternative to ivory and other more expensive items. After that, the material was used for photography and film industries. Nowadays, the usage of celluloid has been reduced to table tennis balls and guitar picks. Development of Celluloid Celluloid was not the first name the material got.

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Dating jewellery from decade to decade. Dating and identifying jewellery’s guide – Here we have written a short guide for identifying and dating jewellery that was produced from s, Georgian period up to today. Then a brief look at the last two decades and the twenty first century.

AB Finish This iridescent finish used on glass and plastic beads is named after the colorful lights seen in northern skies, the aurora borealis, or AB for short. The finish is also called rainbow. AB beads may be any color and are usually monochromatic and transparent, but they may also be matte or even pearlized, as well as striped or silver-lined. Beads are given an AB finish by passing them through vaporized metal ions. This process leaves a thin deposit on their surface of tiny metallic particles, which break up light waves into the colors of the spectrum, much as water droplets refract sunlight to create a rainbow.

This iridescent play of light causes the underlying color of the beads to shift, sometimes considerably. AB finish is widely used on seed beads and bugles; Czech molded glass beads, both smooth and faceted; plastic plain and fancy shapes; and cut glass crystals. Liu Glass seed beads with AB finish.

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The eagle assay mark has the number As can be seen on the back there is a roll over style pin clasp, a small loop for hanging a chain in, and a hook for placing over the edge of a garment or a for a larger chain. The enamel is in very nice condition. Has the number 16 in the eagle assay mark. The fish measures the same as on the necklace.

All in great condition.

Jewelry boxes were once like treasure chests for the royalty, priests, and aristocrats who could afford to own valuables worth being stowed away. But as fine jewelry became more affordable during the Industrial Revolution, jewelry boxes, too, were mass-produced for the middle class.

Take a look at an original Hush Puppy mascot, dog portraits, and one “naughty cat” bronze. Vintage San Francisco Minneapolis, Mn – Hour Three Minneapolis, Mn – Hour Two Minneapolis, Mn – Hour One Atlanta, Ga – Hour Three Atlanta, Ga – Hour Two Atlanta, Ga – Hour One El Paso, Tx – Hour Three El Paso, Tx – Hour Two El Paso, Tx – Hour One Pittsburgh, Pa – Hour Three Pittsburgh, PA – Hour Two

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Uncategorized 6 Tests for identifying Real Amber from Fake. Since Amber has a few unique features there are a few different tests that you can do in order to find out if its real or not. The most common methods for testing this natural resin are listed bellow. One of the first things you can do when testing Amber and jewelry made from it is to test it visually.

Take celluloid jewelry as an example. Some celluloid bangle bracelets decorated with row upon row of colorful rhinestones can be worth several hundred dollars apiece to the right person. This rivals prices being paid for jewelry made of another popular vintage plastic, Bakelite, also known as Catalin.

First and foremost, scrimshaw is fine art, and art has value for its own sake. Also, unlike painting, scrimshaw is done on a unique canvas of ivory, a canvas that is far more valuable than any foundation of stretched cloth or linen. Also, the handcrafting of srimshaw is part of American heritage. It is the oldest of all North American art forms. No other art form in America has a longer history. No other expression of art has such significance or influence on the American spirit.

Scrimshaw is a word caught up in controversy. Many say it comes from an old English nautical slang expression meaning “to waste time. A scrimshander is a person who creates works of scrimshaw. With long periods of time on their hands between one whale and the next on what could be as much as three years or more at sea, Yankee sailors took up the art form as a way to pass the time.

But at sea, the only ivory and bone available to them were from the whales they hunted. Hence, scrimshaw has forever after been associated as an art form started and practiced by whalemen, sailors or others associated with nautical pursuits. Unfortunately, this is an lamentable slight to the Eastern North American cultures who are also credited, however grudgingly at times, with working in the art form.

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