Have to share some of rarest trees yet – some for sale in my shop, Vintage Under the Sea!  The rarest is the Gorham tree set with diamonds…none of the Christmas tree pin book authors have ever seen this one before – so I will be soon heading to Providence, RI to search the Gorham archives for a drawing of it or any information about this tree – what year it was made, how many were made, etc.  The Gorham archives are located at Brown University in Providence.  Hopefully, I’ll be heading over there next week – can’t wait to see what I can discover!

Gorham Sterling Silver Christmas tree pin, set with genuine diamonds

Alphabet Sampler ABC Sterling Silver Christmas tree pin

EXTREMELY Rare Har signed Christmas tree pin

Sea Coral Branch Christmas tree pin – Wild!

One of DeNicola’s signed rare arbors!

Love this modernist tree – Mint condition in the original box!

BJ half basket weave gold tone Christmas tree pin

The highly sought-after Beatrix (BJ) basket weave Christmas tree pin – snagged it recently from a large lot sale (hidden treasure!), and it sold immediately (within 24 hours) from my online shop – I knew it wouldn’t stick around for long…wish I could’ve kept this one…but hopefully, someday, I can find another one for my private collection!


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

3.  Clear rhinestone bracelets ~ tennis-style, celluloid bangle, WIDE ones!

4.  Large pendant necklaces ~ Open-back glass, Paste, 1960’s & 1970’s lucite (Trifari, Accessocraft N.Y.C., Panetta)

5.  Sautoir necklaces ~ glass pearl ropes, bezel set glass & crystal, Art Deco hand-cut glass, black jet

6.  Multi-strand gold and silver chain necklaces (Trifari, Monet, Kramer of New York, Vendome)

7.  Whimsical and conversation pieces ~ Figural brooches & pendants, fun earrings, carved bakelite necklaces