Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Vintage Christmas Tree Pins and Holiday Jewelry

The Christmas tree has probably been the number one motif in costume jewelry over the years. They can be found made of glittery rhinestones, spectacular Austrian crystals, bright enamels, polished silver, colorful plastics and even fine gemstones. They can be simple or baroque, modern or traditional, whimsical, glitzy or even weird! With so many facets to collecting these holiday statements, it's no wonder that they are such a popular collectible.

Holiday jewelry is really made for wearing, not just collecting. What is great is that this is one collectible that can be used every holiday season.

Major costume jewelry houses such as Weiss, Eisenberg and Hollycraft participated in the lucrative market. Here at Vintages, we have a nice collection of Christmas Tree pins and other Holiday Jewelry. Most of our pins are available online, but some have not made it to our shopping sites yet. Happy Holidays!

Glittery Crystal Tree Pins
Tree Pins from Weiss, Art, Hollycraft and Brooks

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Silver Napkin Rings ... a Touch of Elegance

With big holidays around the corner, it's time to think about setting a beautiful and festive table for your family and guests. Nothing makes a table more elegant than fine china and silver tableware. There is a brilliance added to the dining experience as the light dances off the silver, playing with the porcelain pieces and the floral centerpiece. Antique silver adds a sense of place and time to the gathering. Silver is a room's jewelry, so do not relegate your silver to storage boxes or safe deposit vaults. Dress up your room and add sparkle to your table. There are a lot of old Victorian silver items whose use is archaic or even forgotten. So try something different and use these items to add to the decor, brighten up the mantel, add a finishing touch to the table or use them in a novel way.
Early silver is heavier than current offerings. The price of silver has had a lot to do with that. Even patterns that have been produced for over a century have thinned down. That's one reason that old silver is so wonderful. It has that feeling of weight ... sturdy and elegant at the same time. Old silver also has such a wonderful patina. That silvery gray color that lingers after years of use, holding on to tarnish in crevasses and enhancing the glorious design motifs.

Any setting, from elegant to simple, from outdoor soirees to buffets, can be spiffed up by the inclusion of silver napkin rings. Many of these are monogrammed ... so? Often the monogram is as elegant as the design. Or maybe you can match names from these napkin rings with you guests.

We have a wonderful selection of silver pieces, with quite a few napkin rings to choose from. These are generally from the turn-of-the-century and are priced from $45 to $95 each. Most of our selection are available online, and all are available in our shop. 

Sterling silver napkin rings range in price from $45 to $95 at Vintages.

Napkin rings also make wonderful gifts … and if they are monogrammed, they can be personal as well. Get creative! Think host or hostess presents, gifts for collectors or stocking stuffers.

Sterling napkin rings with beaded edges, hand chased decoration and a fancy monogram.
Sterling silver napkin clip ... a variation on the genre.
Sterling chased decorated napkin ring showing British silver hallmarks.
Four lovely choices in silver napkin rings.
Napkin rings need not be only made of sterling silver.  Silver plate, pewter, wood, ivory, celluloid and porcelain are all excellent choices. Even a beautiful ribbon tied in a simple bow ... maybe with a few flowers or holly tucked in ... makes for a special presentation.
Silver plate Madame & Monsieur napkin ring set from Paris.
A pair of old English pewter napkin rings.
Hand crafted porcelain napkin rings which can double as bottle tags.

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