05 April 2009

Shiny things

Here's some more jewellery that Mum and I have found recently. It was a bit overcast in Adelaide when I took the pics so had trouble finding good lighting.

Mum found the brooch for $2 - I did a bit of research and found out that the design is a Victorian-style, Limoges painting depicting a man singing to a woman. Limoges is a city in France, known for its medieval enamels and 19th century porcelain (thankyou Wikipedia). I don't think it's a genuine Limoges brooch as it's not stamped on the back, but is pretty nonetheless :)

The twisted hoop earrings were also spotted by Mum and cost $3. They're not stamped with anything but I suspect they're sterling silver as they feel quite solid. The bow necklace cost $3, and is stamped with "Tiffany" on the back, so could be a knock-off Tiffany & Co piece. I think I might wear this with the dress I found on the op shop tour :) The pearl bracelet cost $1 and is quite heavy, and also magnetic! I found out that magnetic 'pearls' are made by bonding remaining powder from polishing natural pearls onto magnetic beads, so that could be the case with this bracelet.

Last but not least, the ring... I examined this in the car after buying it, and found that it was stamped 925. In other words, nine karat gold! Most amazingly of all, it cost *drumroll* $2.50! It's a little loose fitting but I love it, especially since it was such a good find. Here's a close up of the brooch and ring for your viewing pleasure.

Glomesh galore

I mentioned in a previous post that I have an addiction to Glomesh, so thought I'd share my stash with you. All the items in this first pic are genuine Glomesh, made in Australia. The large cream bag is in brand new condition and came wrapped up in plastic inside the box. It was half price day at the op shop when Mum and I found this, and was marked $3 which was clearly a mistake! Paying $1.50 for a brand new Glomesh bag would be practically stealing, so we just gave $5 (which is still practically stealing but anywho). We found the small, baggy cream clutch on the same day and that cost a bargain 75c.

The gold purse was also boxed and in excellent condition, costing a mere $3 (who prices these things?!). However there was also a card in the box saying something about genuine leather gloves, so not sure what that's about. I've been using my Mum's old Glomesh purse from when she was my age, but want to keep it in good condition as it has sentimental value, so thought the $3 one would be a good replacement. The navy clutch is one of my favourites and cost $5 from Salvos.

Moving along to the next lot... The two rectangular clutches are GC brand which I haven't been able to find much about. There seems to be a lot of these around so I assume they are/were another major manufacturer of mesh-style bags in Australia - If you have any other info let me know :) The one on the right is the bag that kick-started my addiction, and cost $3.50, while the one on the left cost $3. The bag up top is made by Oroton and also cost $3.

Lastly, we have the faux Made in Hong Kong style mesh bags. The white bag cost $5, and the black purse and key wallet came brand new in a box for $3.

I think the op shop ladies have caught on to my Glomesh addiction, because all the Glomesh has started appearing in the 'collectors cabinet' rather than with all the other bags like they usually are. They've only slightly increased in price to around $8-$10 which is still extremely reasonable considering some places ask upwards of $25.