June 2012


Mama and baby bear cub pin

If you’ve been following my blog, you already know my favorite figurals are Christmas tree pins and snowflakes, but one that is nearest and dearest to my heart is my mama and baby bear cub pin, which I wear on my coat in honor of my sweet son, Chauncey, who will soon be turning 8 years old.   My dear Italian friend, Chiara, who resides in London, England, started calling my son my “little cub”, so when I found this pin, I just had to have it.

Another favorite of mine is the Art Deco sterling and enamel cornucopia I wear on my sweater for the Thanksgiving Day holiday.  It is rather detailed and gorgeous in cornflower blue, with sapphire blue, carnelian red and yellow blossoms, decorated with sparkly marcasite stones.

Figurals can be worn on a sweater, blouse, dress, coat lapel, purse or belt.  If you’re worried about pin marks, there are brooch converters that will slide over the pin and attach to a magnet behind your clothes so that no stick pin marks are necessary.  I got mine on Ebay, but there are several online sellers who have them, either in silver plate, gold plate or sterling silver.

Figurals take many interesting shapes: Butterflies, insects, flowers, hearts, animals, letters, fish, leaves, frogs, turtles (as well as trees and snowflakes, of course) are my favorites.  One of my holy grails is to acquire one of Trifari’s sterling silver “jelly bellies”, but since they usually are rather expensive, it might take me a while to snag one!  I’ll be showcasing some of my collection and my wish list in my next post!

Art Deco sterling & enamel cornucopia brooch

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Keeping a sharp eye on costume jewelry, I’ve been scanning the screen images of the wildly popular retro show on AMC, Mad Men, looking for what these women are wearing with their early 1960’s wiggle dresses and party frocks.  Looking at Season One to start, I’m seeing a lot of the designer, Trifari, particularly on the character known as Rachel.

However, in one of her first scenes, she steps out with a luscious pink satin glass necklace with matching earrings, which is totally stunning over her fuchsia pink outfit and over-the-top feathered hat.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here she is pictured with a teardrop faux pearl and art glass 3-strand necklace with the matching earrings, designed by Trifari.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here she is pictured another  Trifari set, with black lucite “rings” and gold plating.

Same Trifari set with green lucite rings

Trifari black lucite “ring” necklace