Monday, March 28, 2011

Antique Victorian Gold Filled Book Chain Bookchain Necklace

Newly listed at Metal Corset II is an impressive Victorian gold filled book chain necklace with two different design patterns. One side has an engraved or hand stamped starburst design (each slightly different from the other), the other side a two lined pattern design. Each link is scalloped and folded on one side classic of Victorian book chains. Old bolt ring indicative of the Victorian era used to hang a locket or pendant. Measures approx. 14-5/8" length x 5/16" wide. The book chain is shown with a Art Nouveau Victorian paste stone cross locket.

Antique French 1800's Carved Meerschaum Sacred Heart of Jesus Reliquary

I recently acquired one of the most magnificently carved antique French meerschaum Sacred Heart of Jesus reliquaries in a copper frame. I've owned a few of these in the past, but never one as detailed in such high relief. The face of Jesus is so sweet and loving. What a rare find.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Tiny Antique Holy Water Bottle And Filigree Ball Assemblage Necklace

See my newly listed assemblage necklace at

This one of a kind assemblage necklace was created by combining a tiny antique Holy water bottle with a crown top and an image of Ave Maria from an antique lace Holy card.

Inside the bottle are foil back paste chaton rhinestones and vintage faux pearls.

I hung it from an antique silver plated filigree ball necklace long enough to slip over the head.

The front of the antique Holy water bottle has a cross and the words, "Holy, Water," in raised glass.

It's hard to photograph but the image is much clearer and crisper in person.

The antique Holy water bottle including crown measures: 3.25".

Monday, March 21, 2011


I love these sterling silver Saint Esprit doves with paste stones. I just can't get enough of them. This one in particular is very rare as it has a paste stone set on the top of its head and also one dangling from its beak. Exquisite! I can't get over the quality of craftmanship that goes into these tiny treasures. It's astounding. These doves represented, "I will return."

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

My Prayers Go Out To The People Of Japan

My heart breaks for the people of Japan. The daily images of devastation is absolutely overwhelming and heartwrenching. My prayers are with you. God speed.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Victorian Pinchbeck Mourning Locket Pendant with Plaited Hair Window and Turquoise

I have a real thing for these beautiful mourning locket pendants. I especially love this one because of the way the turquoise cabochons resembles a nest of robin eggs.

The mourning window containing the plaited hair is usually from a deceased loved one. However, sometimes these locket pendants were used to memorialize the living. Hard to tell.

This heart shaped mourning pendant locket in Pinchbeck is set with 3 genuine carved turquoise cabochons. Beautifully engraved in a open floral pattern. Even the loop fitting is ornately engraved.

The mourning window could be carefully removed if desired so as to replace contents within.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Antique Treasures

Some of these antiques are absolutely my favorites to date. I hope you'll agree. As always, if you have an inquiry about any item in my blog, either visit my Etsy shops or contact me at:

Rare Antique French Paste Flaming Heart Ex Voto Reliquary

Victorian Art Nouveau Repousse Cala Lily Turquoise Cross Locket

          Victorian hand clasp watch pin brooch inset with turquoise cabochons.
      Early Victorian Puffy Heart Hinged Door Mourning Locket With Plaited Hair

Georgian 15ct Solid Rose Gold Double Sided Rock Crystal Jabot Locket Brooch with Flat Cut Garnets

   Georgian Sterling Silver Paste and 9ct Rose Gold Grisaille Portrait Brooch Pendant



                              Rare Victorian Celluloid Hand Holding Rose Brooch Pin


Wow! Has it been since October 2010 that I entered my last post???? How pathetic, and my apologies. In the next few days, I'll be posting some of my recent creations and also some of the most amazing antique finds that I'm absolutely in love with.

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The image is from an antique lace Holy card. I adorned the Virgin Mary with a paste tiara and baby Jesus with a rare antique paste crown.