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Sunday, 16 August 2015

Luckenbooth Jewellery and its history

Luckenbooth - You may see this term used to describe certain types/styles of  heart shaped jewellery.  What does it actually mean?  Well its not a new type of jewellery, this particular design goes back to the 1600's and originates from Scotland.  A lot of jewellery was sold from Scotland  and continues to be so,  but the Luckenbooth originates wholly from their.  In its basic earliest designs it was a heart with a crown above it, though through time it has being adapted, so you will find two linked hearts, with a crown, two crowns and hearts and embellishments such as doves.



DWH - Luckenbooth Necklace

The Luckenbooth to the left is a 80's pewter formed pendant by Scottish designer David William Harkison.  With stunning simple lines, in the more traditional Luckenbooth style. 

Luckenbooths got their name from where they were sold the locked booths of jewellers.  The original ones were formed mainly in silver and if stones were to be used, it was usually garnets and they were mainly designed and sold as brooches.  Later designs have moved this popular symbol into all jewellery forms, so you will find luckenbooth, earrings, necklaces and rings, amongst other things.



http://www.kcavintagegems.uk/fish-and-crown-red-luckenbooth-cloisonne-enamel-earrings-1071-p.asp

On the right are a pair of  cloisonne enamel, Luckenbooth earrings, by ' Fine Enamels '  Fish and Crown.  Designed in vibrant coloured enamels, with small dainty drops, a stunning late 1990's - 2000's.  

Originally exchanged as a token between lovers but as times moved on they began to be circulated as a protection against witches/evil. They were sometimes pinned to a baby's cradle for protection, or worn by nursing mothers,  but whether believed in as a token of love or a talisman against evil, they are still vibrant and popular today.


http://www.kcavintagegems.uk/vintage-sterling-silver-wbs-ward-brothers-luckenbooth-brooch-2065-p.asp
To the left is a vintage sterling silver double luckenbooth heart brooch by renowned Scottish Silver smiths the ' Ward Brothers ' studded with faux citrine stones and signed WBS Scotland to its back, a really pretty piece.
 
We try to always hold some Luckenbooth designs in stock, on our Scottish and Celtic jewellery page, as well as other popular Celtic and Scottish Designs.

Sunday, 28 September 2014

This Weeks New Arrivals To KCA Vintage Gems

We had some lovely new arrivals in the shop this week,  this lovely cloisonne brooch by Fish and Crown in purpley/blue was one of the brooches added.  I know the brooch comes in either blue flowers or red,  it is a modern brooch,  that I have often seen described as vintage whilst it is beautifully made its certainly not old.  The flowers depicted on the brooch are violets.  Fish and crown is a manufacturer of cloisonne and sterling silver jewellery, they began production in the 1980's so some of their earlier items  are indeed vintage.  Interestingly whilst commonly known as Fish and Crown jewellery, ( the backs are marked with a fish, two fish or a crown and a fish ) the brand itself appears to be specifically named Fine enamels owned by an American Company Fish enterprises.  Their enamel work is strikingly beautiful often featuring floral designs.

http://www.kcavintagegems.uk/fish-and-crown-cloisonne-enamel-blue-floral-brooch-415-p.asp
Fish And Crown Enamel Floral Blue Brooch

Another lovely cloisonne brooch was also added to the shop this week,  although unsigned it appears to be a smaller version of a floral brooch by Sea Gems.  Sea Gems is a British enamel and silver jewellery designers based in Cornwall,  they too began in the early 1980's so some of their earlier designs are classed as vintage too.

http://www.kcavintagegems.uk/floral-oval-cloisonne-enamel-brooch-416-p.asp
Floral cloisonne Enamel Oval Brooch

Some lovely items from the Miracle jewellery company were also added, including this lovely Celtic style Ribbon brooch and pendant set.  Set with lovely blue art glass.

http://www.kcavintagegems.uk/vintage-celtic-style-ribbon-brooch-and-necklace-by-miracle-423-p.asp
Vintage Miracle Celtic Ribbon Set



Another Miracle jewellery piece was also added this week, a lovely faux tortoiseshell brooch in an art nouveau design.  The brooch has a link to the back so that it can be adapted and worn as a pendant.

http://www.kcavintagegems.uk/vintage-large-faux-tortoiseshell-art-nouveau-style-brooch-by-miracle-411-p.asp
Vintage large faux tortoiseshell brooch by Miracle


Fans of animal jewellery will love this Noah's Ark brooch with animals approaching the ark and already inside,  its designed in silver tone metal.. I have seen this design both in sterling silver and pewter, this one is unsigned but so kitsch.

http://www.kcavintagegems.uk/vintage-noahs-ark-silvertone-brooch-410-p.asp
Vintage Noah's Ark Brooch

Also added to the shop this week was this vintage triple stranded twist necklace, its very reminiscent of sphinx designs but is unsigned.  The necklace is designed in gold tone metal with two of the strands being cobra chains and one being a serpentine chain, twisted together creating a striking  necklace.

http://www.kcavintagegems.uk/vintage-twisted-three-strand--necklace-414-p.asp
Vintage Twisted Three Strand Necklace

These were just a few of the new pieces that I added to the shop this week, I am hoping to spend a little time this week researching some of the more obscure companies that I have not being able to find out much about.  Fingers crossed it proves to be a productive week.










Tuesday, 23 September 2014

This weeks new additions to KCA Vintage Gems

Its being a week of misty mornings and even though the temperatures are still high for the time of year here, there is definitely a touch of Autumn in the air, Halloween will be here before I even know it, for some reason that holiday always sneaks up so quickly on me. I never feel fully prepared, its just always feels rushed.  Anyway in honour of one of my favourite holidays some lovely Gothic style jewellery was added to the shop
I particularly love this Gothic black heart cameo pendant and necklace,  This would be great accessory when you want to goth up, or even to wear on Halloween itself.

http://www.kcavintagegems.uk/large-black-heart-cameo-pendant-and-necklace-399-p.asp
Large Black Heart Cameo Necklace



A lovely vintage black paisley floral brooch was also added to the shop, its really beautiful and does have a Gothic vibe to it.  Paisley in clothes and jewellery became so popular in the 1960's, it also had a revival in the 80's.  I actually really love paisley patterns and will not be surprised when it becomes the ' must have ' again.

http://www.kcavintagegems.uk/vintage-black-floral-paisley-brooch-403-p.asp
Vintage Black Floral Paisley Brooch


I love some the rhinestone/paste jewellery from the 40's, they took so much more care in polishing and setting their stones than we seem to do with the modern mass produced jewellery today. So I was really pleased to add this stunning vintage floral spray brooch to the shop.

http://www.kcavintagegems.uk/vintage-1940s-layered-floral-spray-brooch-with-safety-chain-397-p.asp

Vintage Layered Floral Spray Brooch With Safety Chain

Continuing with the flower trend a lovely scarf clip manufactured By MASJ was also added to the shop.  I believe the design is of a honeysuckle flower, I'm not so knowledgeable when it comes to botany so if you think the design is another flower please let me know.  MASJ jewellery is manufactured in pewter, then a coating of silver is applied,  and is often referred to as their silver scenes range.  Their jewellery is beautifully detailed and carefully finished. The company MASJ was based in Wales and run by a husband and wife team Edward and Maureen Ann Story-Jones, this brooch/scarf clip would have been produced in the early 2000's.  The couple retired in 2005

http://www.kcavintagegems.uk/vintage-style-floral-scarf-clip-by-masj-396-p.asp
Vintage Style Scarf Clip By MASJ


I love jewellery that makes me smile and this cute vintage  happy clown brooch that was added this week does just that

http://www.kcavintagegems.uk/vintage-happy-clown-brooch-394-p.asp
Vintage Happy Clown Brooch

Clowns in the rain or holding umbrellas are actually a commonly occurring image in jewellery.  Their popularity may be due to just an image of happiness in not the best of situations,  though some of the clowns don't appear to be happy at all.
Charlie Chaplin known as one of history's best comic actors/clowns was quoted as saying ' I always like walking in the rain, so no one can see me crying '   So maybe that is where the more melancholy designs of clowns in the rain originate from.  Its certainly interesting as I have another vintage clown in the rain brooch, in the shop,  wearing an outfit remarkably similar to the images we associate with Charlie Chaplin from the movies.  I may research further into these brooches to see whether any designs are inspired by the iconic Charlie Chaplin.


http://www.kcavintagegems.uk/vintage-clown-in-the-rain-brooch-132-p.asp
Vintage Clown In The Rain Brooch


And lastly and unusually some new as in, not pre-owned or vintage items were added to the shop this week some lovely natural gemstone bracelets including a rose quartz tumbled gemstone bracelet

http://www.kcavintagegems.uk/rose-quartz-stone-stretch-bracelet-400-p.asp
Rose Quartz Tumble stone Bracelet

A stunning Haematite chip mineral bracelet

http://www.kcavintagegems.uk/hematite-chip-bracelet-402-p.asp
Haematite Chip Bracelet

And a red jasper stone chip bracelet

http://www.kcavintagegems.uk/red-jasper-chip-bracelet-401-p.asp
Red Jasper Stone Chip Bracelet
I love natural stone jewellery, as well as the properties the individual stones are supposed to endow they just look simply stunning.
And on a final note our twitter competition to win a Sarah Coventry open work rose brooch closes tomorrow at midnight.  Good luck to all those who entered, if you haven't but would still like to here is the link https://twitter.com/KCAvintagegems/status/511788991763718144

Sunday, 21 September 2014

A Little bit of News For September

I know it might seem a little bit late in September to be adding Septembers news but there are some great offers that I had to mention postage is now free on all UK orders above £25.00, for anyone in the UK who has placed an order in September above £25.00 don't worry you will have been automatically refunded by now.  Also all orders in September are now entitled to receive a free amethyst tumblestone, don't worry again if you missed out, its on its way to you, as long as you placed your order in September.

Yes I am free with your September orders
Its so nice to able to put offers on and amethyst is such a lovely stone, if you have placed an order or are ordering in September I hope you love your freebie,  if your interested in amethysts I did a blog post on them a while back

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

And The Other New Pieces This Week

As I mentioned in my last post I was unable to include all the new additions for the week to our online shop KCAVintagems in one post, it would have been too long.  So here are the rest of the jewellery pieces that didn't make it to the last post.

Some really nice vintage necklaces were added, including two vintage Scottish style murano bead necklaces, very current with the Scottish referendum about to commence.  The Scottish murano bead necklaces are beads designed to look like the rare Scottish agates that used to be utilised in Scottish jewellery,  they are so rare now, that even in Scottish themed jewellery that contains real agate its extremely unusual for the agate to have originated from Scotland.

This one contains a mix of square and oval beads, separated by gold spacer seed beads, and is really pretty

http://www.kcavintagegems.uk/vintage-scottish-murano-glass-bead-necklace-383-p.asp
Vintage Scottish Murano Bead Necklace


This Scottish Murano bead necklace is a little longer than the first one it contains only square beads with gold spacer beads and bead caps

http://www.kcavintagegems.uk/vintage-scottish-murano-glass-bead-necklace-383-p.asp
Square Scottish Murano Bead Necklace

Our Scottish themed jewellery collection like our animal jewellery collection is really expanding it too now has its own dedicated Scottish and Celtic Style Jewellery page and is too updated regularly.

I just love this vintage blue glass bead necklace that I also added, the beads are in a graduated size scale, with and adjustable length hook clasp.  Its lovely and bright and the beads have an lapis lazuli look to them.

http://www.kcavintagegems.uk/vintage-graduated-blue-glass-bead-necklace-364-p.asp
Vintage Graduated Blue Glass Bead Necklace

Jet style necklaces are so very stylish,  and this hand knotted vintage french jet necklace added this week is just lovely


http://www.kcavintagegems.uk/vintage-hand-knotted-french-jet-necklace-375-p.asp
Vintage Hand Knotted French Jet Necklace

Real Whitby jet jewellery became amazingly popular during Victorian times as Queen Victoria wore it as part of her mourning jewellery and it took off as the height of fashion. Unfortunately Jet is fairly rare, the price reflects this and not everyone could get their hands on it. It can also be fairly difficult to manipulate as its quite soft.  So French jet was born, its origins were in France ( Hence the term French Jet ) though its quickly became manufactured in other countries, its still known as French jet.  French jet is in its simplest terms polished black glass, as true jet holds a high polish, it was the perfect modestly priced imitation.

A lovely pair of vintage cloisonne earrings also made their way into the shop this week,  they have lovely white flower detailing.  I would love to say what these flowers are but I am oscillating between white roses or tulips,  of course neither may be right as my botany skills are not up to par.  If any one knows for sure I would be grateful to know, any way they are lovely even though they remain a mystery flower to me.

http://www.kcavintagegems.uk/vintage-white-flower-drop-cloisonne-enamel-earrings-373-p.asp
Vintage White Flower Drop Cloisonne Earrings.



Also added this week was a lovely vintage pink and clear rhinestone brooch, it has a lovely layered rhinestone design.  A lovely vintage piece of jewellery

http://www.kcavintagegems.uk/vintage-pink-and-clear-rhinestone-brooch-345-p.asp
Vintage Pink And Clear Rhinestone Brooch

And last but not least I added a Carnelian stone stretch bracelet, its not vintage and its tones are browner than what most people would associate with carnelian stones but most carnelian today is actually dyed to achieve those darker oranges and reds.  Its still a lovely bracelet and at only £2.99 its actually quite a steal.

http://www.kcavintagegems.uk/carnelian-stone-stretch-bracelet-372-p.asp
Carnelian Stone Stretch Bracelet

Well that was most of the jewellery pieces added to the shop this week, as you can see it was a really busy week.  I am hoping to add a few factual exploration of some jewellery styles and meanings to the blog next week, but sometimes, well all the time, time to myself is a luxury, last week worked, fingers crossed for this week.

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

A busy week, loads of new vintage jewellery and a Competition!

The week for the shop was actually a great deal busier than I had anticipated.  I got to add some lovely new items to the shop, and as I hadn't ran a competition in ages,  I opened a new competition on our twitter feed to win a vintage Sarah Coventry open work rose brooch.  If you would like to enter just pop over to our twitter feed, there are more details on our previous blog post

I love animal themed jewellery, this week some really lovely pieces of animal jewellery found their way into the shop including this lovely vintage butterfly art glass choker necklace by exquisite.  Exquisite jewellery manufactured by W.A.P Watson is becoming more and more collectable and necklaces by them are rarer to come across than some of their other jewellery pieces. Its in an excellent condition too

http://www.kcavintagegems.uk/vintage-butterfly-art-glass-choker-necklace-by-exquisite-349-p.asp
Vintage Butterfly Art Glass Choker Necklace By Exquisite

I also added two lovely vintage bird brooches one is of a goose in flight, carved from a single piece of adventurine,  its lovely in its simplicity and so stylish.

Vintage Carved Adventurine Stone Goose Brooch

The other was of a vintage rhinestone studded kingfisher

Vintage Kingfisher Rhinestone Brooch

The shop is building up a lovely collection of animal themed jewellery so much so that we now have our own dedicated animal themed jewellery page, its regularly updated.

I previously mentioned adding the butterfly necklace manufactured by exquisite to the shop, it was not the only addition by Exquisite there was also this stunning oval abalone shell brooch.

http://www.kcavintagegems.uk/vintage-oval-abalone-shell-brooch-by-exquisite-347-p.asp
Vintage Oval Abalone Shell Brooch By Exquisite

On the subject of vintage designer jewellery and with my love of all things manufactured under the Sphinx jewellery label, I was really pleased to pick up a few lovely Sphinx pieces,  not all have made their way to the shop yet. But this stunning art glass piece was added, I just love this brooch and the condition is excellent.

Vintage Art Glass Brooch By Sphinx


Some new sterling silver pieces were also added this week, two designer vintage rings and this lovely Celtic knot work necklace

http://www.kcavintagegems.uk/vintage-sterling-silver-celtic-knotwork-pendant-and-sterling-silver-chain-384-p.asp
Sterling silver knot work pendant and chain



The rings that were added are lovely the first one is by a company called LDP,  I haven't been able to find out much about them, its a modernist style ring with Zirconia stones, fully hallmarked and dating to 1980

http://www.kcavintagegems.uk/vintage-sterling-silver-and-zirconia-modernist-style-ring-360-p.asp
Modernist Style Sterling Silver Zirconia Ring





The other ring is beautiful with a centrally set opal and garnets in sterling silver, fully hallmarked and dating to 1978 from the company P & R Bushell, sadly no longer in existence.  They folded in the early 1990's.

http://www.kcavintagegems.uk/vintage-sterling-silver-garnet-and-opal-ring-358-p.asp
Vintage Sterling Silver And Garnet Ring.

As you can see I have been busy,  this wasn't even all of the jewellery pieces that made their way online this week.  I will do a second post, my favourites I have to say were the sterling silver ring with opal and garnets, the Sphinx brooch and the Exquisite butterfly necklace.

New Competition On Twitter

A short but sweet post just to let you know I currently have a new competition running on twitter to win a lovely vintage Sarah open work rose brooch, just retweet our competition tweet and follow to enter, the competition closes on midnight 24/09/2014

http://www.kcavintagegems.uk/vintage-sarah-coventry-open-work-rose-brooch-379-p.asp
You could win me!

The competition is also listed on The Prizefinder website    so good luck to everyone who enters!
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