- Apr 30, 2019
At another antique mall that I frequent........
These earrings called to me!
They appear to be baroque freshwater pearls.
And the cameo! This one is Ceres, because she has wheat on her head. Maybe carved 1880-1910?
Too bad her frame is long gone. I will concoct something from sterling and wear her as a pendant.
Today in my travels, I stumbled upon a little antique mall that has lots of jewelry.
These two items are sterling.
This ring was speaking to me, so I had to have it.....
The manufacturer is Vargas, and the mark corresponds to about 1947. The pattern goes all the way around.
And then I fell in love with this sterling bracelet.
the ring is pretty But OMG i love the braclette
but everyone would hate me because id have my polishing cloth out and have it looking like shinny tin in no time !
(im not into patina ...yet)
Yeah, I'm gonna wear 'em as is.
The blackened recesses in both pieces should stay intact.
If you wanted to brighten the high spots, try putting your polishing cloth on a hard surface, like a counter top and rubbing the ring or bracelet across it, instead of the other way around. If you still need to polish the rounded edges of the hearts, etc., fold the cloth in half and run the ring/bracelet over it again.
Ahhhh very nice @stracci2000 that is a good deal for a diamond necklace and the diamond is so pretty too.
@RMOO, I don’t find amazing deals like our friend here but the amazing things I have found have been in the exact opposite of pawn shops in nice neighborhoods. Not sure if that’s the stigma or perceived danger but in my experience the more urban, the better.
Okay, so I have considered trying out local pawn shops, but I've got to ask: Do you go to pawn shops in higher-end neighborhoods? Does it matter the neighborhood? Do you take your loop or IS with you? Do they mind that?
You just have the most incredible luck in finding treasures!!
The pawn shops in my town are mostly located in strip malls on the fringes of middle income neighborhoods. Only one place would I say is in a low income area.
So what's in these stores reflects the area.
I have never seen a pawn shop in a high-end neighborhood.
Some pawn shops don't have much jewelry, and others have a lot.
Sometimes I have asked "where are the big diamonds?" And they might bring out a tray from the back. One guy produced a box with loose stones as big as 1.4 cts.
It's really a crap shoot. You just don't know what you'll find,from antique jewelry to yukky stuff from the jewelry counter at Walmart.
Today, I saw a real nice free-form emerald and diamond ring tagged at $519. The guy said he'd take 400. Very reasonable, as it was real nice. I should have taken a photo.
And yes, I bring my loupe! The guy today asked if I was a dealer, which makes me laugh. I told him no, just a collector!
I used to play dumb in the pawn shops, but lately I think they give you more respect when they know that you are educated about jewelry.