Wednesday, August 11, 2010

One Man's Journey

Anyone who knows me knows I love jewelry. I have loved jewelry since before I could talk. Some jewelry is sparkly, some dangly, some slinky...but some jewelry exudes another quality that is all together timeless. It SPEAKS to you. Maybe it doesn't jump up and say "Hi!" (though I have plenty of jewelry jump up and say "BUY ME, BUY ME!", but you can almost hear some pieces calling your name.

The bracelet I have selected to talk about today is one of those pieces. I came across this hinged clamper-style bracelet several years ago. I remember doing a little research at the time and not being able to find out much about it, so I put it away, thinking I would get it back out in a few years. Imagine my SURPRISE when I saw an identical bracelet show up as "SOLD" on Ruby Plaza one day.

I immediately pulled my bracelet out and began doing some more intensive research. This bracelet is rare. It is made of a base-metal and finished in silver-tone. It depicts the life of Jesus Christ as he journeyed to the cross. There are 7 numbered scenes, each one very detailed.

I have always been and continue to be amazed by the amount of detail that one can find in certain pieces of vintage costume jewelry! The detail of the Roman soldier poking Jesus in the side with a spear to make sure he was dead as he hung on the cross is stunning.

The final depiction is of Mary, Joesph and Jesus. What a poignant religious collectible, and extremely rare as well! This bracelet is currently for sale in my shop "Baubles & Beads & Books...Oh My!" Won't you come visit a bit?

Hope you are enjoying Vintage Thingy Thursday! Please join the Coloradolady for more VTT posts!


Coloradolady said...

You are right, the detail on this piece is amazing. Very unusual indeed. Love it. Have a great VTT!

LV said...

What an amazing bracelet. I have never seen anything like it. It looks to be heavy. I would be afraid to wear it after learning so much about it from your pot.

Blue Ridge Altered Art said...

What a beautiful and amazing bracelet. ~~Sherry~~

Michelle said...

What an interesting piece!

Stacey said...

Religious pieces are really hot right now. I can't seem to keep them in the shop. This is a really great bracelet. Thanks for sharing!

Petie Mae Jewelry said...

I love jewelry that tells a story. Looks great, can't wait to check out your store!