Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Pretty in Pink Sherman Rhinestone Jewelry

It's been raining for two days now so I thought these pretty pink with aurora borealis Sherman rhinestone jewelry sets would be cheerful.

These large dangling pink rhinestone earrings are probably one of my favorite pair thus far. They were plucked off eBay using the instant Buy-it-Now option for a reasonable price. They are in magnificent, unworn condition. The heavy rhodium plating doesn't have a mark on it and the clips are tight. Using a combination of marquis and round shaped pink and pink aurora borealis (these reflect more of a blue) rhinestones, these measure a whopping 3 1/2" from top to bottom. I love the two-tier domed setting giving these a sparkling 3D affect.

The matching feather-like Sherman brooch is just under 2 1/2" wide and is also made in a stacked, two-tier fashion.  Again, the rhodium plating is perfect with no scratches.  This was purchased from the same seller after it expired on eBay without a bid.  I don't know if both pieces had been originally purchased together or matched up later but they perfectly compliment one another.

The last set documented today is also pink with pink aurora borealis, however the reflection on these pieces has a more grey affect.  The pretty round Sherman brooch was purchased from an antique store at a fraction of what it is worth.  The open center is raised creating an almost dome affect. Sherman combined round and marquis-shaped rhinestones when designing this lovely piece.  

The necklace and earrings were purchased from a local dealer at a very good price and had belonged to the wife of a prominent business owner in town.   

The necklace features one large marquis shaped center rhinestone with smaller graduated marquis shaped stones on either side.  Behind that are two rows of baguette rhinestones alternating with round rhinestones. Features the typical "J" hook clasp allowing for a custom fit.

The earrings are an identical match to the brooch and are just over 7/8".  

All the stones in the necklace are aurora borealis while the earrings and brooch combine pink aurora borealis with pink rhinestones. Everything is set in heavy rhodium plate that is in excellent condition and all pieces are signed Sherman.

The display box is an original "Jewels of Elegance by Sherman" jewelry case which are becoming harder and harder to find.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Matching Sherman Rhinestone Jewelry

If you read my last post on the pretty apple green Sherman rhinestone jewelry, you will remember that most of it was purchased separately and then matched up later.  I did the same thing when I was searching for drop earrings to go with the lemony yellow bracelet and brooch that I purchased together.

Because I live in a small town, it's much easier for me to match up Sherman jewelry online where there are many more pieces to choose from.  I have matched color online several times but again, like I have said before, it's tricky from monitor to monitor not to mention, you have to consider the quality of the cameras that are used to photograph the piece as well. When in doubt, your best option is to contact the seller directly and ask for a more detailed written description of the color as well as more pictures. Most sellers are more than happy to provide whatever information you are asking for, eager to make a sale.

The two sets I am documenting today show that matching a piece you already own is possible with a bit of patience and time.  The red earrings were purchased a couple of years ago and are stunning with the siam red and aurora borealis stones all done in black japanned settings.  The four rhinestone chains hang freely creating a dazzling array of sparkle.  This large brooch with the same flower pattern as in the clip portion of the earrings, surfaced on eBay about 3 months ago and I was thrilled to win that auction, providing a great match to the lone earrings.  The brooch is made of four raised flower clusters and is done in the same black japanned setting.

The purple brooch was documented much earlier in my posts and was purchased online several years ago.  Since that time, I had not seen anything even close to this style come up online. A couple of months ago, I was doing some research and stumbled across Penelopes Pearls online vintage jewelry store where I found Sherman earrings listed with the exact same colors!  I raced upstairs to find the brooch and compared the two.  I couldn't order the earrings fast enough and even called her home to make sure the earrings were still available LOL!!  I received a call back within 30 minutes (talk about great service!) and purchased the earrings on the spot. A few days later, the earrings arrived and were an absolute perfect color match to the brooch and even had the same large emerald-cut purple center!  These earrings were definitely manufactured at the same time as the brooch and part of this exceptional color series of Sherman designs.  If you have a minute, I have a direct link to Penelopes Pearls in the column on the right, you never know, she may have something listed there that you have been looking for so check it out!

Each item documented today is valuable on its own but nothing escalates that value more than being paired with a matching piece. As you can see, even the most unusual pieces can be matched up with patience and a little research, sometimes when you aren't even looking!!!

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Exquisite Lemony Yellow Sherman Rhinestone Jewelry

Today while I was going through some jewelry, I found this gorgeous lemony yellow with just a hint of green Sherman rhinestone jewelry set.

The exquisite Sherman bracelet was purchased at a local flea market along with the flower basket style brooch.  The Sherman earrings which turned out to be an identical color match were found on eBay. Trying to match rhinestones on a computer is tricky but this time I was lucky.

I've read that some Sherman rhinestone settings were gold plated which explains their brilliant and lasting shine.  This set is almost factory perfect.   The Swarovski rhinestones are still sparkling with no cloudiness.  

This Sherman brooch is the only one I've seen that also has a loop on the back allowing it to be worn as a pendant.  The combination of marquis and round cut stones is amazing and the stacked affect of the setting makes it appear almost three dimensional.  

All pieces are signed Sherman and are unique in this amazing color.   Now if only I could find the matching necklace!

Friday, May 7, 2010

Another Sherman Rigid Cuff Bracelet

Just had to download photos of the newest addition to my Sherman vintage Jewelry collection.  Another fabulous rigid and hinged cuff bracelet, this one is super wide and came with it's original Sherman case. First case by Sherman that I've seen for these highly collectible rigid bracelets.

And this little beauty came complete with a signed Sherman rhinestone necklace with a huge center drop. Nice rigid center that holds this big and bold drop in place.

Lots of sparkle and although the drop dead gorgeous earrings are not signed, they are definitely the perfect companion to these two signed pieces.

As always, all pieces documented today are in excellent condition, nice sparkling rhinestone crystals and shiny rhodium settings and of course, I paid far too much for them but hey, sometimes you just gotta treat yourself.

Oh I'm drooling over these.  Now where will I wear them?

Monday, February 9, 2009

Fabulous Vintage AB Beaded Sherman Jewelry

If you love vintage jewelry, every collection should contain at least one piece of fabulous, fully facetted beads. The ones I have here work so well together although only the earrings have that highly sought after Sherman signature. 

All the beads used in this "set" are of the same weight and quality, each featuring a colorful aurora borealis wash so they reflect a wide range of colors when the light hits them.  The colors range from clear to yellow, to pink, to turquoise, to teal and to purple. No doubt, one of these shades will work with whatever clothing you are wearing.  

The first piece I acquired was the gorgeous flexible three-row bracelet. It was one of Edie's pieces (you can read more about Edie in a post I did in September 08) and is of the highest quality. Edie had worked in the jewelry department of Eaton's many years ago and I strongly suspect that this piece was made by Sherman.  All of the telltale signs of his exceptional quality and craftsmanship are present from the perfectly graduated heavy glass crystals to the lovely detailing on the metal spacers.  I love how the memory wire hugs my wrist making for a perfect and comfortable fit every time.   Sensational piece and a must have vintage jewelry piece.

The round beaded brooch is such a fabulous piece of vintage jewelry. Check out how the tips of each shimmering crystal bead is capped off with a clear, round sparkling rhinestone.  This brooch is large being a full 1 3/4" in diameter and is domed to catch the light from every direction.  The back is a solid rhodium-plated disc which holds everything securely in place. Perfect for any lapel or jacket.

The five-strand graduated crystal bead necklace is a gorgeous and heavy piece of vintage jewelry.  If you don't already have one of these in your collection, get busy finding one.  They are perfect to wear with any open collar or over a sweater and can be found in single strands right up to these beautiful multi-strand creations.  This one features a lovely bar at each end studded with aurora borealis round rhinestones.  The perfect accent and with the extender, the length can be customized for a perfect fit. This particular necklace was recently purchased at a charity sale for only $5 and is in fabulous vintage condition.

Both pair of crystal drop earrings featured today were purchased at auction on eBay for a steal of a price.  One pair was less than $20 and the other was under $30.  Terrific value considering both pair are in excellent condition with Sherman signatures.  The main difference between the two are the shapes of the crystal beads used in the drops and that one pair has screw-backs while the other are clip style.

The aurora borealis wash on this type of jewelry is delicate. Be sure to store them separately where they won't come into contact with other jewelry which can scratch and wear off  this pretty reflective coating.  

Overall, every collection of fine vintage jewelry should have some of these fabulous aurora borealis coated crystal beaded pieces.  They are plentiful making them very affordable and they look as elegant and classic today as when they were all the rage back in the 1950's. You will find these at great prices online and at flea markets so keep your eyes open and make sure you add some to your own jewelry collection but don't stop there, Wear Them!! They are gorgeous!!!

Friday, January 30, 2009

Unsigned Beauties Vintage Rhinestone Jewelry

For those of you who cringe at the prices of the signed Sherman, Kramer, Weiss , Eisenberg etc. , there is a more affordable and equally beautiful option.  I have many pieces of vintage rhinestone jewelry that are commonly called "Unsigned Beauties".  A lot of these pieces are so well made and so gorgeous, it's hard to believe that the manufacturer did not take the time to mark the item with their name out of a sense of pride and for a job well done. You can find entire jewelry books devoted to these uniquely beautiful and highly collectible pieces.

Of course, there's nothing better than finding jewelry in the most unlikely of places.  The best story I have about collecting is how I acquired the simple, three-row, clear crystal bracelet shown. This lovely unsigned beauty found its way into my collection in the most unusual way. 

Two years ago, my husband and I purchased a Heritage Home that had at one time been divided into three apartments.  Not unusual for older homes but we decided to take on the expense and challenge of opening it up and making it into a one-family home again. With the blessing and help of our local Historic Society, we went to work hiring all types of contractors and builders to tear out what didn't belong and put it back together in a more-updated style. During the renovation, we found out that the large fireplace in our dining room had at some point been hooked up to the oil furnace causing so much erosion to the bricks and mortar, it needed to be torn out and rebuilt.  Not a small job by any means but we took it on.  During the demolition of the fireplace, this lovely bracelet was found deep inside the bricks where it had most likely fallen down behind the old mantel years and years ago.  It was recovered in perfect condition.   The only thing that would have made this unique find better would have been to see the Sherman signature on it but for me, this bracelet represents a special "gift" from my lovely old home.  By the way, for those of you who cringe at the thought of losing the old, original architectural details in historic properties, we had this fireplace photographed and rebuilt in the exact same style, we even used antique style bricks of the same color.   

Getting back to the other unsigned beauties currently in my collection, the blue set photographed for this post was most likely made by Sherman. There is no mistaking the quality, weight, and craftsmanship we collectors look for in his signed pieces. The earrings were purchased separately for only $5 and again no signature but all the other signs of Sherman are there. I love how the long and slender navettes used in the construction of the bracelet are set in a North/South direction and the large round cut stones combine light blue, medium blue and aurora borealis coated crystals adding lots of depth and drama.  All set in the shiny rhodium plate common in signed Sherman pieces and uses his popular push style clasp with safety chain. It's a full 7/8" wide and curves nicely around my wrist when worn.

The earrings which compliment it nicely use a similar color combination and are in excellent condition being of the same weight and quality used in signed Sherman pieces.

The clear brooch and earrings documented today were also purchased separately but use the same size and style of crystals.  The brooch is heavy and rhodium plated, similar to that of Sherman but for me the jury is still out on whether it is one of his unsigned pieces.  It is a very uncommon style for him so whoever did manufacturer it deserves recognition for producing such a beautifully layered, high-quality piece.  The earrings photographed with it are a great "match" and again, are of the same quality and weight found in Signed Sherman pieces.

Overall, anyone can put together a very impressive vintage rhinestone jewelry collection at a very affordable price.  Pieces can be found at yard sales, flea markets and even hidden in the most unlikely of places just waiting to be rediscovered and appreciated!  

Friday, January 2, 2009

Unique & Beautifully Made Artisan Sterling Silver Jewelry

A couple of years ago, I saw an article in our local newspaper advertising an upcoming  jewelry making workshop. Well, anyone who has been following my blog knows that collecting jewelry is one of my favorite hobbies when I'm not busy taking care of my 2 1/2 year old daughter. Here was an opportunity to try my hand at making something for myself and afterall, how hard could making jewelry be?

Well, let me be the first to tell you that making jewelry is not for the impatient or anyone with a type "A" personality!  There is so much more involved than I realized and I can tell you that through that experience, I certainly have gained a new respect for how perfectly created my Sherman jewelry is!!

The teacher had studied the art of jewelry making for many years, first at the Academy of Art & Design in Jerusalem and then, to further her knowledge and to learn new skills,  she completed a Masters Degree in Fine Arts & Jewelry Design in Japan.  Talk about someone who knows what she's doing.  So overqualified to be wasting her time teaching a beginner like me! The class was for about 2 1/2 hours, one night per week over an 8-week period.  In all that time, all I was able to create was the sterling silver link bracelet and the sterling silver hammered ring with a large, green cabachon, you guessed it, rhinestone.

There is so much involved, just making the tiny loops for the bracelet chain, bending them in a uniform way, filing and more filing and then linking them together took me hours!  I made a large, hollow ball with a textured finish as a charm on the end of the bracelet and again, the amount of work involved was staggering!  It didn't help that I'm terrified of propane and had to constantly use a torch to solder together links and components!  I'm sure this fear goes way back to my Bug's Bunny days when Yosimite Sam blew up his cabin with a propane barbeque! Talk about tramatic for a kid to watch!!  No wonder it's now critized for being too violent for children LOL!!!!

So getting back to the jewelry, I thought you might like a sneak peek at some fabulous new designs from her Spring Collection 2009. I've photographed a couple of her pieces and I have already listed two of her designs in my shop on Ruby Lane if you would like to see more.  She was kind enough to loan me several of her new designs to offer for sale in my shop and I will continue to upload new pieces as I receive them. Knowing what I do about how difficult and time consuming creating these magnificent, one-of-a-kind pieces are, her prices are rock bottom! I hope you enjoy viewing them, they are fabulous!

If any of you have the opportunity to try your hand at creating jewelry, I hope you will give it a go.  Believe me, you will have a newfound appreciation for the beautiful pieces you already have!