Box of Delights

I was a little sceptical when my beloved came back from the auctions with this box:

He told me that it was extra to the auction catalogue and he’d been the only bidder. “Well”, I thought, “There’s probably a reason for that”, there’s a good market in jewellry down in Cornwall, whether costume, quality or vintage, and although he has a great taste in jewellery when it comes to buying for me (although I have been known to plant the odd seed of an idea of what might be appreciated) I wasn’t sure his ‘bargain’ would yield anything saleable.

A first look under the lid was promising! Certainly the volume was there, maybe there would be some value.

And then I spotted these:

And these:

Two of this unusual brooch (in black and brown) which I think is made of bakelite

These fun floral earrings

A paste ‘diamond’ bracelet

This lovely sparkling ‘jewelled’ brroch

And more costume jewellery that I haven’t cleaned up yet.

So, I think I owe him a huge apology! His bargain is a real treasure trove, and the bits I can’t sell I’ll be happy to wear, so a win win situation all round.

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  1. What a trove of beautiful vintage costume jewelry. I adore pieces like this, too, and would be on cloud nine if my chap came home from an auction (or anywhere) with a similar box. All of these pieces are darling, but I especially like the umbrella and purse brooch (so cute!).

    Thank you very much for your comment on my Remembrance Day post, dear gal, I sincerely appreciate it and hope you’re having a terrific weekend.

    ♥ Jessica

  2. Cate

     /  October 16, 2013

    Hello! I’ve just spied your umbrella brooch! I have one just like it!!! Are you selling it? Love your blog btw! 💛


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