Vacation Jewelry Finds

I love buying jewelry and knew on my recent vacation that I would be keeping an eye out for well-priced, interesting pieces. I have a lot of fun cherry picking items for my store though I have been encouraged by other folks to take the plunge and buy jewelry jars. For many they are an easy and economical way to buy a quantity of jewelry to resell. But to be honest, I haven’t seen a jewelry jar worth buying. Too much junk. And new stuff. And tangled, broken bits. Maybe some day I’ll find one to buy!

In the mean time, here are my New York goodies…

Love this big (2.2″ diameter) awesome sterling silver Aztec Mayan calendar pin/pendant made in Mexico. It can be worn as a pin but has a loop to add a chain. I would definitely wear this as a statement necklace.


And how about this chunky, unisex turquoise and sterling ring with a Southwestern look. It’s a size 12 and weighs 25 grams.


Couldn’t pass up these delicate petit point turquoise Zuni-inspired earrings. These are unmarked sterling silver and unsigned, but cute as can be at 1.25″ long.


More turquoise? Yes please! I also bought this turquoise stick pin, likely circa 1970s/80s.


For some Mad Men fun I bought this 1950s gold tone circle pin with enameled shamrock. Can’t you picture this on a little cardigan?


For a bit of sparkle I bought this small sterling cross encrusted with semi-precious stones (amethyst, peridot, aquamarine, garnet and citrine). The stones have inclusions and light wear, but for an everyday piece of bling, it’s perfect.



I paid up for this piece but may wear for awhile before I list it. 🙂 It’s a charming vintage carved cameo set in a sterling silver frame with it’s original delicate chain. It’s a little unusual as most cameos are right facing, not left. I have no idea why!


But in the “oh nuts” category, I bought this cool “jeweled” crown brooch by Art (Mode Art). The Mode Art company, founded by Arthur Pepper, was in business from the late 1940s till the 1970s/80s. His jewelry is not commonly found so this was a cool find. And I swear I looked this pin over and over but still didn’t notice that two of the small red “stones” on the right side were missing. Sigh! But I belong to jewelry group on Facebook and may see if anyone has some spare crystals (about the size of pencil lead!) that would fix this.


Overall I’m pleased with my purchases and look forward to finding them new homes!

As always, happy hunting,


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