Today Little Pink Studio is challenging us to show our vintage "bling". Well everyone knows I love that! It is a little odd because I am really not a big jewelry wearer! Aside from my wedding rings and occasionally earrings and a bracelet (mostly for going out) I just don't wear it! However, every serious glitter freak knows that vintage rhinestones give you the glitter fix just as effectively as the little jars of glitter! Most of the jewels above came from my grandmother. She loved the crown pin and the big swirly rhinestone star (upper left) for her Sunday best. I always think of grandma when I see these pins. You can get a better look if you click on the pictures to make them bigger.
I also have amassed quite a collection from garage sales. One sale I went to, I was actually looking for a dresser for my youngest daughters room. There was a pretty nice one at the sale but with a price tag of $40 it was a little more than I wanted to spend. As I was waiting for my sister-in-law to finish getting her stuff I casually started opening drawers in the dresser. In the bottom drawer was an old jewelry box! I quickly rummaged through my purse, offered them the $34 I had on me and loaded it in the van! I had a pang of wondering if I did the right thing until I got home and opened my Bible to the verse "The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field." Matt 13:44 I kid you not, true story. The box was full of cool silver and abalone and lots of faux amethyst stuff. A real treasure trove. I later sold a couple pieces of the jewelry for almost the price I paid for the dresser. I still have most of it.
The apple doesn't fall far from the tree in our house. Youngest daughter loves rhinestones and old jewelry too and has had these tiaras for some time. So there you have it! I am always on the prowl to add more to the treasure chest, and those of you who have visited my etsy shop know how I love to add these little gems to my creations! Come on, show us your bling!