Vintage Jewelry – Top 10 Pieces to Collect

Have you seen the latest trend to buy and wear Vintage Jewelery? Its all over the fashion papers. Celebrities are paying big money to obtain a genuine piece and it looks that everyone is emptying out their grandmothers jewelry box or raiding their local thrift store to find a piece. Would you like to own some genuine vintage jewelery and do not know what to buy? As with most things not all vintage jewelry is born equal – some pieces are better than others. Here are the top ten pieces to look out for. These are easier to wear, more likely to increase in value, be appreciated as a gift or form the basis of a collection. Before I start I best explain the spelling – I'm English and so its Jewelery for me and Jewelry in the USA. So here is my guide to ten of the best pieces of vintage jewelery for you to treasure hunt (in no particular order).

1. Victorian Silver Brooches
Victorian Silver Brooches come in a wonderful range of shapes and sizes. What is special about these is that they are genuine antique pieces of jewelry and they need not cost a fortune. You can buy a whole range of Victorian sentimental silver brooches from $ 30 upwards. Buy one a month and you will have a whole collection at the end of the year. It is likely that the value will increase over time as more people realize what a bargain Victorian silver brooches are currently.

2. Art deco glass Necklaces
Genuine vintage art deco jewelry is hard to come by but id you are lucky you might just find a glass necklace at a reasonable price. Most genuine art deco glass necklaces would have the beads held together with a metal chain. Many of these were made in Murano Italy – Look out for wedding cake beads with their fancy trailed glass patterns.

3. Cocktail Rings
Cocktail Rings are big and bold. They can be made of costume Jewelry materials or silver or gold set with precious or semi precious stones. A big vintage cocktail ring in gold is going to cost you far less than a new ring would today and have far more impact. You certainly wont catch someone else wearing the same ring. Just compare the costs with those you see on the TV shopping channels.

4. Clip on earrings
If you can wear clip on earrings these are most definitely a great bargain at the moment. Better than vintage earrings for pierced ears as they are a little more hygienic

5. Vintage Cuff Links
Who says that Vintage Jewelry has to be for women only? Why not buy the man in your life a pair of vintage cuff links to wear your next ball or black tie do? I think about the colors – silver would go well with a black suit.

6. Figural Brooches from the 20th century
These are my favorite for gift giving. A vintage brooch in the form of a bunch of flowers or an animal would be great for Mum or Granny on any special occasion or just to say Thank you. She will get special pleasure from wearing it when you go to visit her.

7. Belt Buckles
Most vintage belt buckles can be attached easily to a ribbon or elastic and be worn today. Try them with you jeans for a real vintage statement. Vintage buckles can be found in all shapes and sizes and dating from the Georgian era right through to the 1970s.

8. Silver Charm Bracelets
This is a gift that can keep growing and develop a special sentimental attachment. Buy yourself or a young girl a bracelet with just one charm and add to it with each Birthday, Christmas and Easter. A horse when she has wearing lessons, a church when she gets married and a vintage car when she passes her driving test.

9. Stick pins
The stick pin is an antique type of tie or lapel pin. They have a decorative finial which is usually quite small and a long pin to keep them in place. This gives just a glint of color or sparkle to a jacket lapel or a tie. Stick pins can be worn by both men and women

10. 1970s silver bangles
Remember these from the 1970s? I certainly do. We wore several of them at one and they went well with the long gypsy boho skirts that were so fashionable at the time. Now you can pick a genuine vintage 1970s silver bangle from around $ 40. This will be worn time and time again.

I hope this has inspired you.

Source by Anne Haile

Planning to hit the road this Christmas with your family? Surely, you would want to add some holiday cheer to your rolling home. From using ribbons and bows on the walls to hanging light chains around the windows, and from sprucing up the living space with a decorative Christmas tree to putting up a pair of stuffed reindeer on the roof, there are plenty of ways to transform your diesel RV into a Christmas wonderland.

1. Use DIY Decors

There are two benefits of using homemade decor in your RV. First, they help you add a personal touch to your rig. Plus, they can help you change the look and feel of your coach on a limited budget. When the celebration is over, you can present these DIY items to your RV-er friends.

2. Light Up With Candles

Your Christmas decoration will never be complete without candles. You can buy a set of Christmas calendar candles. Start burning them from the first day of December and every day they will remind you about the upcoming festival.

Buying LED lights is an excellent idea to decorate your RV. Colorful LEDs cost $ 10- $ 20. They run on extremely low energy. A lighted spiral tree can take your décor to a new height. If you are considering a boondocking adventure during the Christmas, battery-saving LED lights will be an ideal décor for you.

3. Use Synthetic Garlands, Wreaths And Bells

Garlands add festive charms to the interior of your motor home. Opt for synthetic items if you can not come by fresh garlands while traveling. You can get these bright décor pieces at a reasonable price. Coming with flexible linings, they can fit any door or cabinet irrespective of their sizes.

Another easy way to give your RV doors a lift is using wreaths. Use different sizes of ornamental bands for different corners of your coach. You can use towel hangers to suspend these decorative rings from door or window frames. You can use wreaths to decorate the front side of your rolling home, too. But, you will need a 3M hook for attaching a wreath there. Do not forget the door handles; give them a makeover with Christmas bells.

4. Spruce up the Décor With Mini-Trees and Tree-Trimmings

Of course, your RV can not accommodate large Christmas trees, but it does have some space for tree-trimming. You will get plenty of these leftover branches at any hardware stores at little or no cost. Place them in a vase to create a cheerful ambiance. Mini-trees are another fun items that can help you jazz up the interior of your motor home. Some varieties such as mini-rosemary or mini-pine would not cost you more than $ 15. To add more charm, hang few ornaments from the mini-trees. The metal, wooden or handcrafted ornaments look great in RVs. Opt for durable and easy-to-store pieces so that you can use them for a longer time.

5. Add Decals to the Windows

Putting decals on the windows is an easy way to spice up the look and feel of your RV instantly. Add images of Santa Claus or Christmas elves to set the festival mood in your rig. Decals are a one-time investment. When you store them properly, you can use them over and over for several years.

Spending Christmas on the road does not mean that you will have to miss the festive fun. Get into the holiday spirit by decorating your diesel RV for Christmas . We have just told you how.

Source by John Bell Carey