Back by popular demand after the success of Part I , the Japanese Costume Jewelry Show and Tell has got a few new vintage goodies in store for you, chouchous.
To open the show, the first piece is one of my favorite pendants. Gold plated with a soft patina, its elements are articulated, with makes for an elegant movement when worn. Very Art Deco and I love it to bits!
This cute little enameled mushroom brooch with rhinestones caught my eye, probably because of the very golden stems. The craftsmanship is not prime but the design is fun and it’s a great accessory to wear on a jacket or a bag.
I immediately fell in love with these small sterling silver studs. They were all blackened when I found them but cleaning revealed the delicate pattern of plumeria, the flower used to make the Hawaiian Lei. Pretty cool and likely to be quite old.
This stunning brass collar necklace is another one of my most treasured pieces of jewelry. With great patina, it is a very wearable necklace with exceptional style.
This is a three strand 90’s Trifari TM necklace made of plastic and acrylic beads. Quite a statement, right? The beads were rather dirty when I rescued it from the second hand shop and I spent a good hour scrubbing and rubbing each single bead with soapy water. What a sweat, pfiuuuu, but all worth it!
We stay in plastic kingdom with this short necklace featuring striated rectangular beads. This one has a definite 80’s vibe to it. I am rediscovering plastic jewelry in a way. When taken out of their cheap context most pieces show interesting designs and can accessorize a wardrobe in a unique and classy way, don’t you think?
Aaah, kiss me baby! These two cracked me up when I saw them lying there at the flea market. They are originally not a pair but I think they are such a good match one is bound to wear them together. The lips glitter so much the photograph can’t even begin to tell how much. Love!
This base metal and brass sweater guard is a more demure and less exuberant piece but still very likeable. It can embellish a cardigan, a jacket, or any collar really.
Oh the gorgeous deep cherry red color of those beads… I can never get tired of them. Made of ceramic beads, this choker necklace is on the heavy side, but it’s totally worth suffering a tad for so much style, right chouchous?
I can’t stay very far from glitter when it comes to costume jewelry. I find the combination of pastel peach pink plastic and golden glitz to be the perfect recipe for glam. The 70’s knew it all didn’t they!
To close the show, another star from the 70’s I can’t keep my eyes off. An alluring brass cuff bracelet with geometrical etchings and a-mazing patina and texture. I still can’t believe my luck to have found such a stunner, and that nobody frenziedly grabbed it way before I did!
Voilà my dearies, this is all for Part 2 of the Japanese Costume Jewelry Show and Tell. I hope you enjoyed! I’ll be back for more, so stay tuned, and be the beautiful you!