Hello Bling Lovers,
I made a mistake and didn’t renew my yearly subscription to my Bernie’s Vintage web site. I did mange to renew my Domain name and so I still have it. I am hoping with help to get the web site up and running again. In the mean time if you are looking for vintage jewelry, evening purses or perfume bottles please send me a message. I have wonderful pieces. Many are for sell. So post a comment or a question. I am back. I am paying attention. And I love jewelry.
Hello Bling Lovers,
What a wonderful time I had with my oldest daughter. She was married last weekend and she wanted to wear something from my Mom’s collection of rhinestone jewelry. We looked and sorted. We went through at least a hundred pieces before she selected a necklace and matching dangle earrings. The stones were clear with no foil backing. They were set to dangle in gold. The necklace was delicate and had so much sparkle. The earrings were not large but hung down in the same pattern and matched the dangle of the necklace.
I was reminded of how marvelous vintage rhinestones are. They can be outrageously large and complex. Or they can give their sparkle to a delicate and lovely piece. Just look at this wonderful brooch. It is perfect to add to a wedding dress or to a hair pretty or to hold a veil. It could be used in a bouquet if placed just right. Rhinestones make happy jewelry. I am going to be sharing more of mine. Perhaps we can share ideas about how we like to use and wear our jewelry. I thank my Mom for collecting so much and letting me and my lovely daughters share. It was wonderful to find just the right piece for my bride daughter. Bernice
Hello Bling Lovers! I love this old Whiting and Davis vintage evening purse. The black and white enameled design is from the Deco era. The polished silver plated compact top features a raised oval disc decorated in black enamel, depicting a colonial couple in period clothing. The inside of the compact provides a place for the lady to carry powder and rouge. There is also a small oval mirror and a fold out holder for a small comb. The compact top lifts up to reveal the interior, unlined mesh purse. The original carry black cord handle with adjustable metal slide is securely attached. I cleaned my compact with a soft cloth. I buffed the top with a silver polishing cloth. Do not use liquid silver cleaner on enameled bags. This is fun little purse to carry to dinner. Leave you cell phone at home. If you are looking for vintage purses let me know. I have hundreds. My Mom collected them for years and years.
Root beer and amber-colored vintage rhinetone earrings (click to enlarge)
Amazing autumn colors. Wonderful root beer and amber-colored rhinestones set in small gold leaves.
Joy Behar, these earrings are PERFECT for you!
Add these sparkles to your ears. Your hair – Amber and root beer rhinestones – the perfect combination!
Hello Bling Lovers,
Recently members of a jewelry collecting, selling group have been talking about cleaning their rhinestone jewelry. One member used a cleaner called Awesome. He got the piece he was cleaning wet with the solution. He ended up with some of the metal finish/coating come off of the jewelry.
Other members have used Jewelry Joose. (This product is difficult to find) and have gotten the jewelry wet with it. A substitute for Jewelry Joose is a solution of Ivory dish soap.
The problem with any of solutions is getting the jewelry wet. If the rhinestones are foil backed or if the gold or silver is a coating or plate you may end up damaging the pieces. On the other hand dirty jewelry is not attractive and if you want to sell it you must clean it up.
How? To begin, take a soft cloth and gently wipe the piece. You will be amazed at the difference this can make. Then take a Q-tip and try a little alcohol. The alcohol evaporates quickly and cuts through some types of grime. I also use a tad bit of ammonia on a Q-tip if there is greasy dirt.
I admit I have “soaked” pieces in jewelry cleaner with good results. I have scrubbed the soaked pieces with a small brush. But these are pieces with rhodium metal and rhinestones that are not foil backed. I also use a blow dryer to make sure I get the piece totally dry. I leave the piece setting on a towel for a day or two and then repeat the blow drying. I do not want water trapped between the metal and the rhinestone.
I use this for extremely dirty pieces and for limited types or rhinestone jewelry. Hope it is helpful to hear what I do. Take care and research before you make your cleaning choices. Take care, bling lovers! Bernie
Hello Bling Lovers,
Yesterday, I took a walk and ended up at our little town’s Wednesday Market. I met a woman who designs and works with beads. She and I are meeting to see if she can help me make a lovely hair pretty from a vintage brooch. I am so excited. I have several design ideas. My beading is leaves something to be desired in the quality department. So, with her expertise, I hope to make lovely hair pieces for brides, bride’s maids or proms. Maybe just for my fellow bling lovers!!I will be posting pictures soon. Bernie
Hello Bling Lovers! I had a good memorial day weekend. We attended the Fleet of Flowers Ceremony in Depoe Bay. It was a good way to remember the people who have given there lives for our freedom. A friend and wonderous singer sang at the memorial. June Rushing. You can find her on You Tube. She is amazing. I worn jeans and shirt but had to put sparkles on my ears. Jewelry, especially the sparkly kind makes me happy. So today, I am just here briefly so I can take prictures of butterfies and get them posted to Bernie’s Vintage. If you are looking for rhinestone jewelry, and don’t see what you like at the web store, please contact me. I might just have it. Take care, Bernie
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Hello Bling Lovers! I am struggling as I try to upload more of my wonderful vintage jewelry to my web store. I also know I am not using Face book as I should. I need to research effective use of Facebook. I do know if I add new pieces to the web store I can show the pictures on Face book. But for now, while I am have a struggle with my uploads, I am thinking about posting a few jewelry thoughts on Facebook just to keep a post going out to Bernie’s Vintage friends. Looking for ideas. Most of all I need to sit still and work on my upload problems. I don’t know what I am doing wrong. In the mean time I am going to create one hair pretty using s brooch or a bracelet I think it will be lovely. I really like making a design that doesn’t damage the original piece of jewelry. Talk to you tomorrow – I am going to work on uploading. Bernie
Hello Bling Lovers! I am so excited about using some of my beautiful vintage jewelry to make special hair pieces for brides. I have some excellent high quality combs. I can add a lovely piece of jewelry with some beading or with feathers to make a one of a kind stunning hair pretty. When the wedding is over the brooch can be removed from the comb and worn on a jacket or blouse. Fun. If someone has a special piece from a family member, the piece can be made into the hair pretty without damaging the piece. Then the brooch or even a pair of earrings can be removed from the comb and worn. I love this idea.
I also like the idea of creating tiaras from a necklace or brooch. How lovely to add sparkle to your wedding. Then the piece can restored to being worn as a necklace. It is exciting and fun to use vintage jewelry in a different way – without damaging the vintage jewelry. I so love vintage jewelry. Bernie of Bernie’s Vintage