Aurora Borealis...Blue Jewels of Choice

Collecting vintage jewelry comes with a price besides what you pay for it whether you thrift, flea, garage, junktique shop or...gasp...Retail/Internet shop.   That price?  The Parting Pain!

It is almost too high a price to pay...the pain of parting with pieces you have coveted for so long.  It doesn't matter that many of the treasures may be missing a rhinestone or two or the clasp is broken, or even covered in dirt.  All of those flaws can be fixed.

Yet, once they are repaired and it is your intention to 'Part' with said 'Treasure', it is still hard to do.  That is where I am with this latest 'VintageToVogue' necklace that was previously three different pairs of clip on earrings, a strand of knotted faux pearls and a mixture of glass and crystal beads.

Most of what I collect is NOT in MINT condition.  I am not put off by broken, chipped, or missing rhinestones.  If one earring is missing a few stones, or the clip is broken, all the better for repurposing into a new piece.  Such was the case with the pair of Aurora Borealis earrings. 

The Blue Aurora Borealis is my color of choice between Red, Green, and Clear. The technique of applying rhinestones with an iridescent metallic coating was developed in the early 1950's by French Fashion Designer, Chrisian Dior.
He collaborated with Austrian crystal manufacturer, Swarovski in developing and producing the coating that gave the stones a dazzling glimmer.  They named the coating after the mysterious glow of the Northern Lights.  The first massed produced aurora borealis coated costume jewelry hit the public market in 1955. 

 Parting is such Sweet Sorrow...but...I'll get over it...as soon as it sells.
In it's favor is the BSK marking on the once-an-earring pendant.
The pristine knotted strand of pearls with the original clasp adds to it's value as well.
I'm betting Blue Aurora Borealis just might be your Jewel of Choice, too.
I'm pretty sure it is Sally's!
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I BOUGHT Buttons...A Sympathy Buy

Lady at Antique Shop..."Here's a chair, a bottle of water, a scoop and a bag...have fun...and when you finish at the button TUB there's a CHEST full of old JEWELRY you can look through...more fun."

Are you kidding me??!!!  Like I don't have enough of both!!! 

None the less, I felt obligated to sit and sift through the 'Claw Foot Tub' FULL of Buttons.  Really, it was one of those BIG tubs, too, and when she said, "I have another one just like this one at home", I felt sorry for her.

Out of SixKabillionZillion Buttons I picked 6 and a Buckle.  That was one a minute...anymore time in that TUB and I'm sure I would have had a relapse of the Button Sicknesses I've been doctoring myself for these last few months. 

I am ever so grateful there are no known diseases attached to the about 1950's 
'Parklane Cornucopia' Broach/Pendant.
Even so, I would have risked it for $12...mint condition, too.
Yep, my Cornucopia runneth over...one on Ebay for $55.
What I have learned from this experience!
Styrofoam divided 'Dinner Trays' from Walmart not only make great
'Jewelry Work Trays', they make 'Stunning Photo Backgrounds'.
Great Values Day for Buttons, Broaches and Buffet!


On The Button Wagon...It's Been 7 Days!

It has been 7 Days since my last Button Post.  
Really, it's been 7 Days since my last post, period....it just so happens it was on buttons.
As I look back over June's Archives, nearly EVERY post has been about buttons.
I'd say it was certainly time for a Button Break...or...a Break from Buttons!
Before the Button Bustin' Break, the Button Bins were Bulging after the Button Binge I was on.  I'm glad I photographed the overflowing bins....otherwise I wouldn't have anything to show you on this 'BackToThe Buttons'  post.  Hard to believe I haven't taken a single photo in the last 7 days.  I think I must have 'Binged Out'...if there is such a thing even for an 'OverDoer' like me.

Yep, from the looks of these last three Bins you are probably thinking
I really needed a 7 Day Hiatus from Buttons.
Whew, this looks like a 'CrapShoot'...I wonder if they take
'Buttons' at the Crap Tables in Vegas!
Not that it matters...since I'm still
'On The Button Wagon'.


Sue's OverDone Button Bins Feature Pink Button Jewelry

I have been on a 'Button Bin Binge', and yes, some may say and think  I've OverDoneIt...again!  Ever since I wrote the post Button Sickness...A Real and Present Danger, I have worried about how my Button Collection has been organized and stored.

The warning of mixing metal buttons with any and all other buttons got me started separating and organizing the metal buttons.  Not such a difficult task, but of course I had to sort them in categories of metal color, size, shank or holes, collectible and so on.  Now I have a Silver Button Bin, a Gold Button Bin, and a Misc. Metal Button Bin.

The next order of  'Button Wellness' was to get the Collectible Celluloid and Bakelite buttons out of plastic baggies and into/onto acid free cards and open glass containers.  The experts stressed the need for them to breathe.  That's being done, and research ongoing for their worth and market value.

As it usually does when one is an 'OverDoer', one Button Bin Binge led to the next Mason Jar, Baggie,  and still on the 'Card' buttons....Button Market Crash Prompts New Strategy.  Hopefully, this organization will facilitate the production of 'OverDoSue's Eclections' of Button Jewelry.
Here is one of my favorites...fresh out of the Pink Button Bin!
Pink Buttons and Old Bowties
1960's Pink Shank Buttons with altered Vintage Bowtie clasp...Necklace and Earrings. 
Featured with 'Winter'...a watercolor from 1960's portfolio. 
Three Jars, a Bowl and a Plate Full and the Button Bins will be done.
Since I've separated out the 'Sickness Susceptible' Buttons,
I think the 'Plate Full' will go back in the Jars.
Afterall, what 'Bonafide Button Collector' does not have a Mason Jar full of Buttons?
Not this 'OverDoSue'!
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