May Day again

May Day again..

Yes another May Bank Holiday weekend. So the usual dispatch news applies. We will post out after the Bank Holiday here in the UK. Next Tuesday we will dispatch everything that has been ordered from Friday to Tuesday morning.

So while you enjoy the sun and rain!! here are a few jewellery pictures.

art deco diamante brooch ivy vintage brooch by Sarah Coventrymodern cameo broochFor all our brooches..

Valentine treats

Valentine jewellery and accessories to buy in the next 24 hours.

Still time to get your Valentine jewellery. Just choose the next day express delivery option in the UK.

Fabulous brooches, necklaces, earrings, men’s jewellery and more…

blue dragon eye necklace for Valentine's day So pick a piece of jewellery or two and add to the basket. Navigate our easy to use checkout and make your purchase. Don’t forget to add the express delivery option – or else we can not guarantee that it will arrive in time. You have until 12 today for it to arrive on the 13th or 12 tomorrow for it to arrive on the 14th*. Good luck and hope you all have that romantic day that you want.

Plenty of new “old” jewellery will be added in the next few days and months. So call back and look at our ever changing offers. Sign up for our newsletter to keep up to date with our offers as well.

*UK only. Though we do deliver worldwide.

Christmas Information For Accessories 2017

Christmas discount on jewellery and accessories
Our fabulous Christmas discount of jewellery over £10. 40% off until New Years Eve.

Christmas information 2017.

As usual, we will stop posting out our jewellery & accessories – From the end of Thursday 21st December until the 27th December. Then we will send out our items on the three days between Christmas and the New Year. So that is Wednesday 27th, Thursday 28th & Friday 29th of December. Special deliveries in the UK will be sent on the 27th if purchased during our Christmas break.

New Year information 2017 – 2018.

There will be a holiday break until the New Year; when we resume normal service on the Wednesday 3rd January 2018. Any next day UK deliveries are included – so they will be sent on the 3rd January if purchased in our break. So please take note.

Have a very merry Christmas and an even Happier New Year – from all of us at Jewels & Finery.

Get your diamante jewellery – Only 15 days to Christmas

Only 15 days left to Christmas to get your diamante jewellery ready to party!

Get into the party mood by wearing sparkling diamanté jewellery. With diamante jewels in so many colours. It is easy to co-ordinate with any outfit. Wear a pair of fabulous diamante earrings or just wear a twinkling diamante hair clip that catches the light and sparkles. Just one or two pieces of jewellery adds extra sparkle to your look. But take care too much bling can make you look silly or using an old saying “mutton dressed as a lamb”

aurora vintage clip on earrings in redDon’t be a diamante jewellery bling disaster.

Don’t go overboard or you will look like a Christmas tree in disguise. One or two pieces is just enough. Too much diamante jewellery will make you look a bling disaster. Do not put on a diamante necklace with matching earrings, a crystal hair tiara with a whole arm of sparkling diamante bracelets and on every finger a dazzling ring – The result is so over the top, that selfies are out. Too much glare will make it difficult to photograph. Of course if you are dressing up for a fancy dress party – go ahead. Or you are acting as the Dame or Widow Twankey in a pantomime then go for the full set – tiara, necklaces, earrings, bracelets galore ….

diamante christmas tree look

What diamante jewellery to choose?

With a plain black outfit wear clear diamante jewellery. If you have red, blue or any other colour outfits – choose a matching coloured diamante or a lighter colour. However if you are unable to find a colour that matches – play it safe and wear clear diamante pieces. One pair of diamante earrings can look stunning with a simple black dress. Or just a diamante necklace on it’s own with a black, red or blue dress. A matching diamante necklace with matching bracelet will look brilliant together, but take care when adding a pair of earrings – does it look too much? At Jewels & Finery we have a huge assortment of diamanté or rhinestone jewellery from brooches to earrings, necklaces and bracelets. So take a look.

sparkling diamante earrings What jewellery do you wear that is diamante to a party?

Dried flower jewellery from the past to present

Dried flower jewellery from past to present.

Dried flowers that have been picked in bloom, then carefully dried out, have been used in antique and vintage jewellery making for many centuries. The paper thin floral dried flowers, grasses and seeds do not usually retain their original colour. Becoming brown – yellow or the bright colour’s fading; however they can be carefully hand tinted to give a more brighter colouring. They make a great keepsake for flowers used in wedding bouquets, anniversaries, souvenir holiday visits or in funeral flowers. In the seventies a craze of home making jewellery using plastic moulds, brought about many dried flower brooches, earrings and pendants in circulation. Dried flowers are still used today.

Pictures of dried flower jewellery.

Below are the dried flower jewellery pieces we have sourced. Some flower brooches are still available and some now sold. This is just a resource for floral handmade accessories that we have found and a “Jewels” dried flower jewellery online museum. We will add photographs as we source new (antique/vintage/pre owned/handmade) additions.

dried flowers nestling on material jewellery
1950s dried flower brooch onto a fabric background.
red dried flower jewellery in resin
Dried grass sprigs onto a red plastic background. Circa 1960s floral brooch

Take a look at our other themed or designer jewellery articles available on this blog by Jewels.

Jewels - Blogging about jewellery
Jewels – Blogging about jewellery.

What a vintage cheek!!

What a vintage cheek – some very lazy people/person is copying all our Jewels & Finery’s jewellery posts. They haven’t asked and what is more. They have made it look as though the blogs are written for them!! But they appear to be copying every single one of our blog posts.

WE ARE NOT AFFILIATED WITH THE WEBSITE “VINTAGE UK”

This blog www.jewelsandfinery.co.uk/blog – Jewels Vintage Bits is copyrighted and we will take legal action to gain payment for illegal use. Remove immediately you bone ideal website owner or else we will start legal action.

Jewels Vintage bits blog

Sorry for the inconvenience

Sorry for the inconvenience last week.

For some reason we have had problems with our payment gateway. It just went AWOL. But we have now had it fixed and is in full working order. Just one of the problems we have encountered when running a website. That and having no internet access!!

Why does this happen. Numerous calls later we got it fixed – so we thought. But unfortunately no one works during the weekend. So a half job was done, left with only the PayPal Express!!

Now in full working order; so card and the quick PayPal are available for you to make a purchase.

 

Have added more old buttons this week – so take a look.

 

How bone jewellery has developed over the centuries

Bone jewellery.

Love it or hate it? Bone jewellery has been around for a very long time and is still used extensively for material in jewellery. It is not only tactile, but a cheap component to use. Once hand carved but now machine manufactured. It will be around for years to come. Now ideal to collect the many different bone jewellery pieces still available. It is relatively cheaper to collect than other types at the moment.

antique scottish thistle bone brooch

Antique Scottish bone brooch of a thistle – hand carved.

The history of bone jewellery.

One of the earliest materials used by our ancestors was bone to make jewellery. After picking the bones dry, they used Ibex, horse, . Bone was used to adore themselves. Maybe to draw the animals to them when hunting – as obtaining food was a must to survive. No nipping to the local shop to buy groceries then. Or jewellery and clothes accessories were used in ritualistic practices. No one really knows for sure. Certainly bone was used in holding clothes together like buttons, clasps and buckles. But it was also fastened into beads and brooches that had no function other than to look good.

It seems to have been also used as a memorial to dead ancestors. Human bone beads were used in certain religion’s prayer beads. Ancient people would have their relatives or loved ones bones or teeth fashioned into a necklace or head dress. A way to keep their memory alive or to give them that deceased person’s knowledge? Not something we would consider today – or is it. Jewellery can still be made with your loved one’s ashes turned into diamonds or a locket/holder that can contain a small amount of the cremated remains of your husband/wife/mother/father/child, etc.

Bone was used for jewellery making in certain cultures and in certain decades. Ethnic, Egyptian and North American jewellery often used bone. The Victorian era has many examples. used to make Scottish jewellery and also harvest inspired pieces.

Vintage rose brooch by Exquisite – the rose is carved bone circa 1960s.

Black and white bangle modern – both the black and white segments are of bone. The black is dyed, whilst the white is bleached.

Antique harvest brooch with a corn shaped design. Hand carved.

Photographs of bone jewellery necklaces, bracelets & brooches.

Animal bone in jewellery has never really gone out fashion. Nowadays it is dyed and shaped, so that you can not tell what it is. Bone of course is used extensively now in our everyday life, as it was our ancestors. The following pieces of jewellery of bone and other materials are some that have been sourced by Jewels.

Black bone segmented bangle – chunky style & modern.

Another bone bracelet bangle – modern.

Wood & bone bangle – modern.

Circular bone pendant necklace – modern.

Bone leaf brooch – Early 20th century.

Mixed media bead necklace – seeds, bone and stone.

North American necklace with bone beads – modern.

Dyed red chunky bone and wood bead necklace – modern.

As usual we will add to this blog post photographs of the bone jewellery we have sourced. So please bookmark and come back.

Bank Holiday News & New Adds This Month

Well we have been busy again this Bank Holiday at the end of May, changing design to Jewels & Finery. Hope you like this one. Let us know if you have any comments please, We just liked the drop down boxes and the fact that more brooches displayed on one page of 100.

So for this Bank Holiday – the usual stuff. The Royal Mail Postal Service does not operate on a Bank Holiday or Sunday. So everything will be posted on Tuesday. We also do not post on a Saturday – unless it is an express delivery item, sold before 9 am or Christmas. Because we are a small family business – we do need a life!!

Over the last few days, we have added loads of vintage ties and vintage buttons – so here are just a few.

sonic vintage tieGreen stripe vintage tieglass vintage buttons clearorane fabric vintage buttons   More vintage jewellery will be added soon – so come back and visit.

Happy Birthday 9 years old this year

happy 9 birthday Jewels & Finery

How time flies. Jewels and Finery has been selling jewellery for 9 years now. It doesn’t seem that long.

How did we get started? Many moons ago, I became ill and couldn’t walk very far. So I had to have a major rethink of my life and my ability to continue working in The National Health Service. Having my own website meant that I could work when I wanted or was able to. No bosses that were completely useless to answer to!! (You know the sort) No, having to face the rush hour traffic. No, 37 hour week to complete and a monthly pay that was much less than the work you had put in. Sound great – but it is hard work to keep on top of a website and keep selling. My health fluctuates now. But I am a great believer that things happen for a reason. So I do not dwell on the things I can not do, but find new ways to do all the things I want to do. Yes I can now move about a lot easier – though it did take 6 years to get my legs together and walk without a stick. Today it takes a lot of tablets to get going, but the biggest help is to move- even though it hurts. Because if you don’t the phrase “Use it or lose it” is true.

I started with EKM and found that I could work out how to get a website up and running. With very little knowledge of this technology, Hadn’t a clue about html, Facebook or Twitter. So I am proud to have learn along the way. With some help from other web-shop owners and from EKM themselves. Okay a lot of help!! But here we are today, not bad for a complete technophobe.

So Happy Birthday Jewels & Finery and may we continue for many years to come.