Mother Dear has been gearing up to move sometime soon. We've been sorting (keep or sell) and then packing away her keepers and pricing the sell pile for an upcoming estate sale. I had planned to come over today and when I spoke to her last night she mentioned, "I have two boxes of jewelry for you." I thought she had sorted out two boxes of her own jewelry to sell which we would be pricing. How wrong I was. When I arrived this morning I found out the jewelry was from her friend Linda who sold me her Aunt's 70 pairs of 1960s-1970s shoes and several purses back in 2013.
The shoes were mostly packed in their original boxes. Fur trimmed sandals, Polly of California, 1970s platforms, Henry Waters Shoes of Consequence and more! Linda had everything neatly organized and even wrote down all the shoes and their sizes. She'd mentioned that she was listing her Aunt's vintage jewelry on eBay. Cut to a few years later and she's sold the very best and most expensive pieces and still found she had quite a bit leftover. Instead of dealing with it anymore, she elected to call Mother Dear to get it out of her face. Imagine my delight at two shoe boxes of fresh jewelry from a woman I already knew to have excellent taste in footwear and handbags. Only nervy ladies have several pairs of leopard print shoes. I still have one pair left in my Etsy shop. If you wear a size 6.5 or 7, you should book an appointment to visit the Emporium soon as I still have many pairs of Linda's Aunt's shoes in my brick and mortar that have yet to be listed online.
Many of her purses hang from the ceiling of the Emporium today. The silver lamé clutch, quilted make up bag, and others can be found in my Etsy shop dedicated to the vintage bride.
I'm always interested in seeing jewelry purchased by the same woman who thought multiple pairs of jeweled sandals were a wise investment.
The larger box was filled with jewelers envelopes and vintage department store boxes. At first I was disappointed that Linda wrote on them as that is a pet peeve of mine, but then I realized she only directly wrote on the unbranded box. The Best's Apparel and Nordstrom boxes were thoughtfully written on Post-It notes.
The white box with the Post-It note is from Rhodes and is branded on the underside of the box.
While the boxes were mostly filled with earrings, they did not disappoint. The enamel flowers with biot feather loops were the first things that caught my eye as I have never seen another pair of earrings quite like them in my entire life of looking at vintage earrings. The dense bristle brush earrings above them with enamel centers were also quite unique. The thick enormous rivoli earrings were the first I was tempted to keep. Once I flipped them over and found they were by my favorite American costume jewelry design company, Vendome how could I resist?
All those hot pink earrings explain her many pair of shocking pink shoes like these Polly's, which were the first pair to sell online after the leopard print Spring-o-Lators.
In one bag I noticed some small christmas tree earrings and thought I had the matching brooch back at the shop. Turns out I was mostly right, the ornaments are varying shades of pink on the earrings and monochromatic on the brooch.
I have a love for all things vintage. Jewelry from every decade excites me weather it is fine couture Christian Dior, boutique jewelry like Alice Caviness or plastic five and dime jewelry from Newberry's. When I was in High School, I was into things from the 60s and 70s. Lots of long ropey, brightly colored plastic beaded necklaces brought me great joy and repulsed my Mother, a fashion plus for me at that age. I never knew that they also made earrings to go with such necklaces until today. I had a necklace (and probably still do somewhere around here) that could really use those yellow and orange clip ons.
I've been in need of some white earrings for quite awhile and now I have my choice of these three. I'm leaning towards the 1960s gold toned, milk glass hoops at the top. The flowers are also choice for spring and summer floral print dresses. I also like the glass ball earrings as a nice neutral for many ensembles.
Several pair will make lovely wedding earrings over at Union Made Bride.
After a quick glance through the boxes while at my Mom's house (including these articulated owls and hoops of San Francisco cable cars) she did something that excited me tremendously.
She walked into her kitchen and I realized she must have taken out the most exciting thing in the whole bunch to save for last. She handed me a little tiny mouse pin because I love novelty jewelry and then before my eyes she dangled such a charming treat.
I'll never be able to get all these gems listed online, so if you're local you should book an appointment to see these and hundreds more vintage clip on earrings.