Category Archives: Jewelry History

Noted time periods for a specific piece of jewelry.

The Olympic Winter Games, Seventeen Magazine, February 1988

In honor of the 2014 Winter Olympics, here’s a look back to 1988. This is from a story called “The Contenders” by Meg Lukens. It highlights Tamara McKinney, Alpine Skiing; Pirmin Zurbriggen, Alpine Skiing; Josh Thompson, Biathlon; Bonnie Blair, Speed … Continue reading

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Remember Esprit Fashion? Totally Rad.

In the 1980s, Esprit fashion was super hot. Here’s a story by Mara Altman nabbed from the June 1987 Seventeen Magazine. Once upon a time two women from California, Susie Tompkins and Jane Tise, traveled to Europe and returned with … Continue reading

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Oh, Provence, Seventeen Magazine June 1988

Another photo shoot from the 1980s – I remember wearing a flowered, mint green, short sleeve button down top with matching capri pants. I did not pull off the same style as below, but instead looked like Hawaii threw up … Continue reading

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Desert Bloom, Seventeen Magazine June 1988

I was digging in my basement and came across my Seventeen Magazines from high school. Yes, I kept them! No, I’m not a packrat. So, this was a surprise that I still had them. The text on these pages is … Continue reading

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Friday’s Find- Victorian “Rose of Sharon” Amethyst Ring

I recently picked up a gorgeous amethyst ring at a northern Chicago suburb and was pleasantly surprised by it’s wonderful history. It is called a “Rose of Sharon” ring.  These rings were at the height of fashion in the Victorian … Continue reading

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Bunny’s on Pinterest

We’ve started a Pinterest page! This is fun – what took me so long to jump on the bandwagon? And I’ve added a ‘Recent Pins’ to the side of our page. Please follow us! Thanks!

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Hobé: “Jewels of Legendary Splendor”

Some believe that it was Florence Ziegfeld who coined the term ‘costume jewelry’ when he collaborated with William Hobé. He used the term to describe the magnificent jewelry worn by gorgeous ladies in the Ziegfeld Follies show. The connection between … Continue reading

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The Intricate Art of Bakelite Jewelry

I’m on a stripe hunt . . . I’ve seen these stripes patterning bracelets and earrings, but only in photos. This deliciously colorful jewelry is called Philadelphia Bakelite. My pull towards collecting and selling Bakelite is increasing as the standards … Continue reading

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Elsa Schiaparelli: A Visionary Designer with ‘Shocking’ Style

“I remember, when I was so small I could hardly read, seeing a cartoon of two men bathing on a solitary beach. The started to talk, got along splendidly, and after sunning themselves for a long time went behind different … Continue reading

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My love for jewelry

I have loved jewelry since I was young. At the age of thirteen, I started working in a consignment resale shop.  One of my main duties was to organize and display the jewelry cases.  For seven years I admired and … Continue reading

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