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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Collection Obsession: Vintage Brass Stampings

OK. I admit it I have a problem! I am obsessed with vintage brass stampings and findings.

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The above photo shows maybe 1/4 of what I have.  I use these to make jewelry if I have multiples of the same piece. I keep one of each and if I only have one then that gets kept as well.  It started with my love of anything vintage and art nouveau and then just ballooned into a collection.

I love the detail, designs, smell, touch and design of vintage brass.  Things just aren’t made like this anymore. Yes new brass stampings are being made even from old dies but the detail gets lost.  The actual process of how these were made is quite intriguing.

Now deciding on how to display these without ruining the pieces.  Any suggestions?