Cleaning Does Pay Off! Surprise Vintage Jewelry Finds

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This lovely vintage bohemian garnet brooch was MIA. Couldn’t find it. I had been searching for it everywhere and was beginning to think that I had put it in lot of newer costume jewelry to go to auction. This made me nervous, angry with myself and of course a bit sad.

Well, the other day I was cleaning out some jewelry boxes and lo and behold this is what I found:

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Lots of forgotten bracelets and the brooch! How that brooch got in there is a mystery. There is an obvious theme of bangle bracelets and then this lonely lovely brooch.  Many of the bracelets I have had for years and used to wear frequently. Perhaps I stopped wearing them because the box they were was lonely and forgotten. This still doesn’t solve the mystery of the single brooch but that is ok with me!

So I guess cleaning and reorganizing does pay off. One of those tasks that I least enjoy but maybe now I will look at it as an adventure. I may just find some forgotten treasures like the ones below.

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Victorian Style Santa Jewelry

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I love the holiday season. The anticipation of being with family and friends, the music, the cool weather and of course the decorations.  I grew up with old Victorian and early European Christmas ornaments and decorations. When I saw this lovely raku Santa pendant made by Harry Wood I just had to have it. (and not just this one)  I made it into a necklace along with some of his raku beads. I should have kept it but it is being enjoyed my someone else.

There is something about the nostalgic feel of his pieces that draws me to them and to create some fun holiday jewelry.  Though some lovers of Christmas keep things up all year!

Here are three more necklaces that I sold using Harry Wood’s lovely pieces.

What a lovely way to get into the holiday spirit.

I have two more pieces available in my etsy shop at the moment.

The first I just put on a simple chain and can be found here.

The second is a sweet pudgy faced fella with some vintage glass sugar beads and orange beads. He can be found here.

There is one more available but I can’t seem to find a photo of him so just follow this link and you will be surprised!

Finally if you want to see more of Harry Wood’s awesome creations here is a link to his etsy shop.

These would all make great gifts for that lover of Christmas!  Now off to start decoration for the holidays. or is it too soon???