Monday, February 22, 2010

Eisenberg Original & Vintage Costume Jewelry

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Circa 1950's multi-colored rhinestone pendant necklace signed "Art" on the reverse. The "Art" company is AKA "Mode Art" and was in business from 1950 - 1980 and owned by Arthur Pepper. Best known for their whimsical designs, they also produced beautiful pieces of rhinestone jewels as well.

Though unsigned, this pendant necklace is very much in the style of jewelry from Czechoslovakia. Note the large central glass stone with small rhinestone accents. The soft pewter-tone surrounding metal is not only detailed on the front but has a hammered appearance on the reverse - a clue to it being well-made.

This bling-bling rhinestone leaf is also unsigned but truly, no signature is needed. The huge central rhinestone and tons of surrounding rhinestones make enough of a statement! This is a gorgeous piece!

Ahhh...the creme de la creme. An Eisenberg Original fur clip. It doesn't get any better, any more collectible, more sought after or more RARE than this. Every serious collection should have one. Eisenberg began production in 1935 and is still in business today. Like many jewelry companies, Eisenberg has used several signatures or marks on the back of their jewelry. The "Eisenberg Original" mark is the earliest mark found on jewelry items; other marks were found on paper tags or on clothing. This mark dates this piece to being made between 1935 and 1945. A true testament to quality and an icon in the jewelry business, Eisenberg is well known amongst collectors for their use of top of the line materials and that has rendered their vintage items extremely sought after today because their jewelry retains its beauty. Their designs are timeless - as easily worn today as when they were manufactured. Pure graace and beauty. *Sigh*.

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Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Want to Know a Secret?

Ahhh....can you keep a secret? I guess the point is rather moot since this is a public venue! I have always wanted to write a book. I began reading for pleasure at a young age. I had insomnia for a few years as a child, and I had 2 books I read over and over and over. They were called 'Charlie Brown's Book of Questions and Answers." I had 2 volumes, one on plants and animals and another on planets and space if I recall correctly. I LOVED these books. I used to be able to surprise adults with my random knowledge of scientific things (not so much anymore, but I can say remember when....). Another favorite night time read was my "Childcraft Encyclopedia" set. The volume on space and planets is worn out...did I mention another secret? I wanted to be an astronaut! clue how I got that particular career path stuck in my head but it is probably a VERY good thing I did not end up blasting off as I am horribly afraid to even fly in an airplane. I have flown...many times....but air travel seems rather like playing Russian Roulette these days so I daresay I choose to abstain. Anyway, back to my original secret of wanting to write a book - I remember I used to keep a 3-ring binder with the names of every novel I read and a brief note about the book. I don't remember why I thought this was so important, except I had decided to write romance novels similar to those by Harlequin and I suppose knowing exactly which books I had read would somehow aid in my own writing. I even bought some paperback book called "How to Write Romance Novels" or something along those lines. I think I took notes on that book like I was in class or something! I never did write my book. I have a terrible problem with taking my idea, getting it on paper and then being able to expand on it enough to fill a book. I could probably write my entire novel on 4 sheets of looseleaf paper. I suppose for people with short attention spans my books would be an instant hit! Alas, 4 sheets of looseleaf paper does not a novel make. But practicing my writing will help...there are excercises I can do to become better at expanding and developing an idea. I feel as though I should reveal one more secret, as 3 is a charm. about....I am STILL afraid of the dark and have to sleep with the lights on when Darby isn't home. Blame it all on the movie "Poltergeist", seen by an impressionable 8 year old on a dark and stormy night. Literally. *Sigh*. Oh - and I cannot stand clowns! ;)