17 March 2011

A JEWELRY GIVEAWAY: Cote de Texas!

 

 

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This earring was found in Israel and was originally thought to be from the Byzantine period, around the 4th or 5th century A.D.  After the earring was tested in the laboratory, it was discovered to be over 2,000 years old.  Amazing.  The piece is made out of gold and pearls and emeralds.  For something that predates the Christian era, it looks amazingly fresh and trendy, even.   I can imagine the jeweler Elizabeth Locke having a pair like these in her collection.  If there were two of these, I would wear them to my nephew’s wedding this weekend. 

 

 

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These gold earring are from the 1st century,  found in Afghanistan.   My daughter recently gave me a pair a earrings that look remarkably similar.

 

 

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17th century gold pendant – BC, that is!  Amazing!!!!  The pendant features bees circling the sun.   But even at 17 century BC, it’s still not the oldest recorded jewel.   That distinction belongs to the beads below:

 

 

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This early string of beads, a total of 41 tiny shells, was found in a South African cave.  There are visible holes and wear markings that document these shells were strung together.   This necklace is more than 75,000 years old – 30,000 years older than any other ornament ever discovered.      Even cavemen were vain, apparently. 

 

  

A Short History of Jewelry:

Jewelry predates Homo Sapiens.   The Cro-Magnon man who roamed the earth from 45,000-10,000 BC made jewelry adorned with engravings that told the story of their great migration from Africa to the Middle east, and on to Europe.   Other early examples of jewelry are plentiful.   In a Paleolithic cave in the Pyrenees mountain of France, an archaeologist found bracelets and necklaces made out of teeth, shells, mother of pearl and stone – strung with twine or a piece of animal sinew – that date from 17,800 to 6,500 BC.    A Spanish cave produced the earliest example of gold jewelry – which also dates to the late Paleolithic period from 40,000 – 10,000 BC.    Other metals such as copper, iron, tin, and silver were first seen over 10,000 years ago.   Copper in jewelry was first used in 7,000 BC in Turkey.    Metalworking was hard business though, until bronze came about in 3,500 BC, which in turn started the Bronze Age.    Man really can only speculate what early jewelry was used for, as there is no written language from that age.    Cave drawings from  10,000 to 12,000 are too basic to describe jewelry’s importance.

 

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Gold bracelets found at the biblical town of Nimrud.

 

Many references to jewelry are found in the bible.   Solomon's son paid a ransom in temple treasures and jewelry that belonged to the royal women.   Jezebel was adorned with jewelry.  Gold jewelry from Nimrud was discovered.   Along with the Israelites, early Egyptians valued jewelry, especially that made of gold, which came from Africa.    The early Greeks and Romans also wore jewelry.    Greek jewelry was influenced from Asia after Alexander’s conquests.    Roman women in particular wore large amounts of jewelry.   The early Roman design, the fibula, which looks like a safety pin, is still produced today.    Back then, the decorative fibula was used to pin clothing together.   They were adorned with Sri Lankan sapphires and diamonds from India.     Cameos and intaglio carvings were also popular with the early Romans, both of which are still popular styles today.    Later in time, the Byzantine people used jewelry laden with gemstones.   Men limited themselves to signet rings, similar to English men today.    India was another country where jewelry was prevalent.   Initially Indian jewelry was made of clay and shells, which was later replaced with glass and metals.   India used their ornaments to ward off evil and pay dowries and slave beads were used as trading currency. 

 

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Early Roman jewelry:  a snake bracelet and a coin ring that features emperor Marcus Aurelius (121 AD to 180 AD).   Roman men were required to wear at least one ring, which was used with hot wax to seal documents and letters.  The fibula, an early safety pin,  held Roman clothes together.  Here an intaglio is seen on the fibula’s front.  

 

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Queen Elizabeth I adored pearls, which were said to signify her virginity.

 

Coming out of the Dark Ages into the Renaissance, much jewelry of that age has been lost.   The Thirty Years war caused great havoc on the civilized nations as all their natural resources were used to further their causes.  Examples of jewelry from this time are almost non existent.   After the war was over, France led the fashion movement and jewelry was changed completely with new designs.   Old settings were melted down and reshaped to fit the trends.    Gemstones became more important than the setting and the cutting of stones became an art.  The Rose cut was most popular, but by 1640, stones with 16 surfaces started appearing.   Amsterdam became the world’s stone cutting headquarters – as this is where the Portuguese Jews were expelled to.    The design of the setting became more paramount:  diamonds were set in silver and gem stones were set in gold.   During this period, Baroque pearls fell out of favor while strings of pearls gained popularity.    Enamel used in jewelry came primarily from Switzerland where only a few craftsmen could master the challenging art.    One of the largest changes in jewelry came about in the 17th century.  Before this time only royalty and upper class wore jewelry.  But,  in France, Italy and Holland, the country class were now able to afford to wear gold and silver ornamentation and it became part of their peasant costumes.  This provincial jewelry rose in importance, while the upper class could only stand by and watch these societal changes.

The 18th century  brought about Romanticism which had a huge impact on jewelry making.   Modern archaeology revived an interest in ancient jewelry styles.   The growing middle class’ desire for jewelry brought about the beginnings of costume jewelry and the development of paste and gem stone substitutes, something that today is still a huge portion of the market.   At this time, goldsmiths flourished as the upper class required jewelry that was set apart from the costume varieties.   This all changed when in America, Tiffany and Co. opened its doors in 1837 and Pierre Cartier opened their doors in France in 1884.   Italy was the home of Bulgari.   These jewelry stores signified the beginning of the mass production studios, which forever changed the individual craftsman’s dominance in jewelry making. 

 

 

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Queen Alexandra, Queen Elizabeth’s great grandmother, loved jewelry and she was only ever seen covered in pearls and diamonds.

 

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The royal jewelry is never sold, it is simply passed down from generation to generation. Here, Queen Alexandra is seen in the pearls and diamonds that she passed down to her daughter in law, the future Queen Mary.

 

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Queen Alexandra wearing a tiara which her great granddaughter, Queen Elizabeth has been wearing throughout her reign. 

 

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Queen Mary, Queen Elizabeth’s grandmother, wearing strands of diamonds she got from her mother in law. 

 

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Some of these same diamond strands were passed down to her granddaughter Princess Margaret.  After her death, these diamonds were auctioned off, something that is rarely seen within the royal family.

 

 

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And now, to the giveaway!!!!

 

The designer, Leslie Andrews, who creates all the jewelry for her company, Tarnished Lace, recently contacted me about a giveaway.   Her jewelry appealed to me because she uses vintage pieces to make her  unique, one of a kind pieces.   Here is how she describes her work:

“I love bits and pieces of jewelry ephemera from previous centuries. I collect antique ivory, Venetian glass, crystal and mother of pearl beads, vintage rosaries, tarnished sterling charms and other tiny mementos to recreate necklaces, bracelets and earrings which evoke a sense of history.  Additionally, I design and fashion heirloom pieces from clients' personal collections of family jewelry.  This is my passion. Each item is unique and tells a story. The majority of components in each piece is a true antique (over 100 years old) or truly vintage (over 50 years old).   My goal is to design beautiful, well-made, affordable jewelry which connects with the past.”      

 

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In picking out one piece of jewelry for the giveaway, we decided on the Victorian Eiffel Tower bracelet, as a tie in with the French theme of the blog.  This piece is loaded with both vintage and antique treasures:  the opalescent glass ovals and silver fleur de lis are circa 1940 and came from a necklace previously owned by a west coast opera singer.  The Victorian filigree snowflake is circa 1900 and is encrusted with six clear rhinestones and a royal blue center stone.   The link is from a post war souvenir bracelet from Paris and there is also a vintage sterling silver Madonna with a halo of tiny stars and sterling silver rose blossoms.     All this on one bracelet!   The winner of this giveaway will receive the Victorian Eiffel Tower bracelet, compliments of Tarnished Lace.

 

How to Enter:

 

Simply go to the Tarnished Lace web site here:   http://tarnishedlace.com/gallery.html

Look at her items for sale and find one piece of jewelry that you really love and which speaks to you.  Come back here to the comments section and leave a comment telling me your favorite piece of jewelry.   That’s all!   The contest will close this Saturday night at 12:00 pm.

229 comments:

  1. WOW. Leslie's pieces are stunning! I am simply in love with the antique cameo necklace with the rhinestone teardrop = amazing! I have a vintage cameo ring that looks very similar & get an unbelievable amount of complements on it every time I wear it out :-)

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  2. Joni, this is a fabulous giveaway! I love the piece here, and I love the crosses necklace. All of her jewelry is beautiful and so interesting. A talented designer.
    Hav ea great day,
    Teresa
    xoxo

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  3. What a fabulous giveaway, Joni!
    I'm in love with the vintage crosses!

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  4. Loved the Amethyst & Religious Medals Necklace. Growing up I would find old religious medals around my Grandmother's house like the ones on the necklace. Also amethyst is my twin daughters birthstone! chrisjackman

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  5. Oh, I just LOVE the religious medals necklace- such a beautiful patina!! I have a lot of French in my family background. & I have long had an affinity with religious medals ever since my grandparents gave me one of the Blessed Mother when I was twelve years old. What a wonderful giveaway!!
    ~KIm

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  6. I think every single piece is so special, they all speak. It is hard to choose one item because if you like this style it is so easy to layer and collect several. The bracelet made of an old rosary with blue crystals calls my name.
    Thanks, Sherry

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  7. I particularly like the lilac drop earrings. The choice for the giveaway is great, too!

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  8. Love the Vintage Rhinestone Button Snowflake earrings! These are beautiful! I can see myself wearing these to the military ball with my husband.

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  9. Joni how fabulous, your posts are all so well researched! The images of the royals in their jewelry, stunning!

    I adore these vintage pieces and the crosses speak to my heart;also part of my heritage is French! So the Eiffel Tower bracelet is so special!

    xoxo
    Karena
    Art by Karena

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  10. The Rare Tiny Sterling Silver Mesh Purse Necklace is my fave!

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  11. The mesh purse necklace is so intriguing. I just wonder who had it and what they did with the darling little purse. I love vintage pieces, I wish they could tell us their stories.
    I also loved the antique watch fob, so simple and yet elegant. What a fun giveaway!! Kathysue

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  12. Joni, All of the jewelry is gorgeous but my favorite is the Sterling Mesh Purse necklace. We visited Egypt several years ago and my favorite things in the museums were the ancient jewelry pieces. Thanks for another great giveaway.
    Sherry

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  13. Loved the post on jewels, love how the royals hand down their pieces... Prince William is keeping up the tradition giving his mom's ring to Kate...(I just got a copy of that ring to wear on their wedding day, cheesy I know but whatever)
    As for the website you sent us to, well totally love for me...put it in my favs for the future...
    the piece I love is "a magpies nest of treasures"
    Loving the giveaway bracelet & happy st pat's day. Regards, CarolAnn x

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  14. Love the vintage crosses or the whimsical japanese face necklace. Thank-you, what a wonderful history and incredible jewelry!
    pve

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  15. OK I'm feeling lucky - It's St. Patrick's Day and I'm Irish. I love the rhinestone snow flake earrings!

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  16. I love the Crosses and King necklace. Beautiful jewelry!

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  17. thurmangirls2@gmail.com
    All of the jewelery is stunning but I am moved by the Victorian Coral and Happy Japanese Face Bracelet. In view of the horrible events in Japan, the bracelet, although delicate, has survived all these years. I believe that will be the case for Japan. The bracelet speaks to me of hope.

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  18. I LOVE the Exquisite Mother of Pearl necklace!

    Just elegant.

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  19. Love, Love, Love the Saints necklace, I have a braclet that will go perfectly with it!

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  20. Decisions, decisions, all of the jewelry is gorgeous, but I would have to go with the amethyst and religious medals necklace.

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  21. Love the necklace with the butterfly....all of her pieces are wonderful!
    C

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  22. These are so beautiful and very stunning indeed! I think I love the Antique Cameo necklace! So lovely!

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  23. Joni: I like the antique celluloid cameo on Tarnished Lace"s website. Would love to win the bracelet for my sweetheart of 31 years. Our anniversary is next month, and she really deserves Queen Alexandra's tiara, but the bracelet would be a nice alternative!

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  24. I like the antique rosary religious medal bracelet with the blue stones

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  25. Dear Joni: What a pleasant change of pace. You would have loved the Hidden Treasures from the National Museum of Kabul, Afganistan exhibit I saw last year. The pieces were so imaginative and beautiful. Gee I hope I win this. My very most favorite piece is the Antique Compact. It touches my heart to see the very personal "Maureen and Ruth" charm (who are they and what is their story?)and the NYC subway token tucked inside of the compact. It's beyond jewelry it is Art.

    Thanks for introducing me to an interesting and enterprising artist.

    Dahlia

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  26. This is such a wonderful giveaway! I love this bracelet. I have a weakness for fleur de lis and being Catholic, I have a devotion strong devotion to Mary. I also love Tarnished Laces Antique and Vintage Colored Glass and Crystal Necklace. It reminds me of Mardi Gras! Thank you for the chance.

    em9499 at gmail dot com

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  27. I have never seen anything like these pieces. I love the antique mother of pearl reliquary. So unique!

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  28. Great giveaway! I love on page 4 of her site the coral bracelet..am a big fan of anything coral colored or real coral and with the spring and summer seasons upon us....this would be gorgeous! thanks....

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  29. Thanks for yet another giveaway! I like the blue enamel earrings (Waterloo and Holland) because each is not a copy of the other and so are very unique. I like history and Napoleon was a character, but he was defeated by Wellington at Waterloo, and I love reading about that time period.

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  30. I LOVE the garnets and watch necklace! Beautiful!
    Thanks for the give-away chance.

    Ashley.
    (acalder AT cogeco dot ca)

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  31. Beautiful! These pieces of wearable art are how memories and sentiments should be carried and shared with others. Love the exquisite charm bracelets with nods to places traveled and things treasured. The Eiffel Tower, antique keys, beads of faith, sparkles of joy.

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  32. Pretty! I love the sterling cherubs and eclectic charms necklace.

    Kasey

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  33. Wonderful post, and great give-away. I'm a push over for earrings,hard choice...between the Vintage European Blue Enamel and the Vintage Spring Flowers, but I guess this time sparkle wins, it's the Spring Flowers. Thanks for a chance to own a very creative bracelet.

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  34. The "rare mesh purse" necklace. It is adorable.
    cathy v
    cathycomm@aol.com

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  35. Thank you Jonie and Lesle! love the Kings and Crosses necklace with all of the crosses...and the holy medal earrings!

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  36. I love the Sparkly and Delicate Snowflake earrings as much as the Victorian Eiffel Tower bracelet. Everything is so beautiful.

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  37. Hard to chose just one but I love the "A Magpie's Nest of Treasures".
    The Victorian Eiffel Tower bracelet is fantastic too.

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  38. So many lovely pieces however the one that speaks the most to me-the floral filigree watch fob. It reminds of the pieces in my mother's jewelry box that came from my grandparents' families.

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  39. Love the Victorian Coral Cameo.
    Thanks for showing jewelry.
    Amy

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  40. I would pick the "Magpie's Nest of Treasures" as my favorite!

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  41. Oh, what fun, Joni, and this is so sweet of you all to have this giveaway!

    I went over to her site, and I looked through all of the pieces. Like you said, she really does have unique jewelry. The two pieces I liked the best were the small stering silver mesh purse (I love little sterling mesh bags), and I also loved the Art Nouveau lady on the necklace. There are others, but you only asked for one and here I've given you TWO. It's a Magpie thing.

    I have really missed reading your blog. After my computer woes, I have been up to my neck in painters and workmen doing maintenance. I've been MIA, but I plan to be posting regularly soon. Yours, though, is one blog I always enjoy to the fullest and hate to miss reading.

    Hope you and Ben are well and that Elisabeth is enjoying school.

    Thanks again for the opportunity to put my name in the drawing for this bracelet. It's lovely.

    XO,

    Sheila :-)

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  42. Thank you for your giveaway. My choice would be the butterfly necklace.

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  43. Crosses Kings Necklace is just about the most fabulous piece I have seen in along time. The antique style and components, the crosses are so vintage I really love it, just my style!!!!

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  44. Hard to choose just one! I love the antique cameo. Great giveaway!

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  45. These pieces are amazing! The necklace with religious medals is my favorite and reminds me of my childhood.
    I would just cherish this.
    Thank you.
    Linda Miller,
    Charlotte NC
    p.s. Love your blog. You educated, inspire, and challenge your readers with such beautiful decor.
    TY

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  46. I just came upon your blog today and I have been reading it all day long! haha! I particularly liked the Lovely Lady Locket Necklace because I recently watched the DVD of Downton Abbey and it reminded me of something Lady Cora would wear ... Thank you for your blog! I will dream of it tonight! xo

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  47. The magpies nest of treasures looks like it would be so much fun, what a great site she has, such a unique look, love them all!

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  48. I love the necklace with the religious medals. It reminds me of my St. Christopher medal and my confirmation medallion from my childhood. The giveaway bracelet is so great with the Eiffel tower. Love!

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  49. These "reclaimed treasures" are lovely! In particular, I like the "give away" bracelet and the Amethyst and Religious Medals Necklace. Thank you for sharing TARNISH LACE! :-)

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  50. These "reclaimed treasures" are lovely! In particular, I like the "give away" bracelet and the Amethyst and Religious Medals Necklace. Thank you for sharing TARNISH LACE! :-)

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  51. Ah, the vintage rhinestone snowflake necklace calls my name. It reminds me of the sun, a star in the evening, as well as, a firework lighting up the summer sky. What delightful jewels.

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  52. What a beautiful giveaway. The vintage rhinestone button snowflake earrings is one of my favorite items in the store. I also like all her cameo pieces - they are gorgeous!

    Chryselle

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  53. I love the Sterling Cherub and Eclectic Charms Necklace and Sparkly and Delicate Snowflake earrings. They are gorgeous!

    aikychien at yahoo dot com

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  54. Great writing, Joni! Those very old pieces are amazing. I enjoyed going over to Tarnished Lace, too. Her pieces are one-of-a-kind, beautiful, interesting, and sexy. I simply adore the Filigree Floral Watch Fob Necklace, outstanding. The watch chain, clasp, and that weighty Victorian fob...I may buy this one! Thanks!

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  55. What a fabulous giveaway! I love the Crosses and King Neclace! It reminds med we are not alone:)
    Nina

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  56. Wow the girls got talent!! Loving the religious medal necklace..Thanks for the chance in your fabulous giveaway..xx

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  57. Very interesting post...and great photos. Tarnished Lace has beautiful items....Giveaway is working, may have to purchase something if I don't win! The Antique Mother of Pearl Reliquary necklace is beautiful, and would also keep Mary close to my heart. Thanks for the chance to win bracelet!

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  58. Wow, she has some great pieces. Thanks for sharing her site with everyone. I would have to pick the Antique Cameo Rosary .

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  59. Wonderful jewelry! I love the cameo necklace with the rhinestone ball.

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  60. Great giveaway and lovely jewelry.
    I love the deep amber cameo necklace on page 2. Absolutely timeless and gorgeous!

    Thanks!
    apple 7555 at gmail dot com

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  61. This jewelry is stunning! What a wonderful idea for a giveaway! AND, my birthday is 3/23....hope I win the one I want! I love the necklace with the sterling silver Victorian card holder on it. The beads look like aquamarines, my birth stone! What fun!!!

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  62. Pink Victorian crystals, Art Nouveau Flower, Antique Rosaries and Venetian Rose Bead Necklace, that's my favorite!!

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  63. My favorite is the Art Nouveau Embossed Metal, Pink Pearl and Crystal Necklace. So beautiful!

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  64. I'm in! Vintage Buttom Rhinestone Snowflake earrings. fmparde@gmail.com franki

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  65. Thank you for sharing all the research on the history of the love of jewelry, which continues on down to us, and me, today. I liked this Etsy shop's wonderful sense of the past. The antique snowflake + church theme necklace tied it all together for me. However I think your bracelet choice is terrific!

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  66. what a wonderful post...as all of yours are...
    would love to win the beautiful braceleet...
    the piece i found myself going back to at the site was the antique cameo necklace...beautiful and the charms bring back wonderful memories...

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  67. Informative post, thank you! I love her vintage crosses and also the Filigree garnet necklace. The bracelet is absolutely beautiful.

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  68. My favorite necklace is the cameo dangling from the rhinestone ball. I've always been intrigued by the silouettes and imagined them as some of my favorite literary heroines - Jane Eyre, perhaps?!

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  69. I enjoyed this post. Checked our her stores and loved her 'A Magpies Nest of Treasures!' The bracelet if really beautiful.

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  70. My favorite pieces are the amethyst and rhinestone earrings and the gold orchid pendant. Very interesting post.

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  71. Love her creativity. Too hard to choose one favorite. My three favorites are:

    The Magnificent Antique Celluloid Cameo Necklace

    The Rare tiny Sterling Silver Mesh Purse Necklace

    The Antique Sterling Silver Victorian Card Case Necklace

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  72. My pick is the amethyst and vintage pierced earrings. Simple but lovely. I like the way she is able to use the religious medals in her works. I bought a handfull of them at an antique show and have never done anything with them. Maybe she would do it for me. All of her items are special in their own way. It is nice to see a woman doing business in Sun Valley, Idaho. I was born down the road from there.

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  73. My choice would be the lovely antique cameo w/the rhinestone ball. Cameos are timeless. Thanks for the wonderful new link for GREAT jewelry.

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  74. Thanks for such an interesting post! I am always fascinated by ancient jewelry when I happen upon it at a museum. Often so rustically elegant like many of the pieces you show us--something that inspires me in my approach to interior design. I headed over to the tarnishd lace blog and interestingly (to me) I really loved the earrings with the blue beads and little medalions. I guess they touch on travel memories and the quality of the blue is not one I often see. P.S. Used to live in Houston in
    the early 90's. Also used to live out in Seabrook/Clear Lake when my father was a rocket scientist. Miss all the wonderful resources there!

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  75. Are you kidding me I have to choose? How can I they are all simply divine. If I had to I would pick top row middle on page 7 and #1 on page 8.
    As a jewelry designer myself who has created similar adornments it is inspiring for me to see other designs.
    Thanks for this.
    Kindest regards,
    Barbara†
    @madreminutes

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  76. Although winter is almost over, I love the snowflake rhinestone necklace on page 8. It incorporates many icons that I love and is quite beautiful!
    Bonnie

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  77. Oh My, What beautiful jewelry! My fav piece is the pink crystals with the art noveau flower!! But then there is the piece with the victorian card case that I love too and the piece with the red fan, what a beauty!

    Thank you for this amazing giveaway.
    ~ ~Ahrisha~ ~

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  78. I love the vintage rhinestone button snowflake earrings.

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  79. wow, I loved everything, what a dangerous (great) site. I particulary loved the facted amethyst & vintage brooch necklace.

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  80. First off, Joni I love that I can enter by only checking her out and making a comment. I hate it when I want to enter and the blog owner asks you to do so many things you have to write it down before you click away...seriously, I'm not lazy, I just don't need very much and don't consider myself lucky so I usually don't enter. BUT, this is too easy and I seriously wanna win!!! Even though I make jewelry much the same as Leslie, it makes me appreciate it all the more. I ADORE the itty bitty religious metal components, so I love all of those pieces on her site with those, but especially the pink earrings and the rhinestone ones!! I'm crazy about the sterling silver compact necklace too...Ok, I hope I win...I won't...but her prices are SO reasonable, might have to buy myself a bday present! xo

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  81. Joanie you always write about the unique. I've never entered a giveaway before and was so intrigued, I took a peak. Leslie (my precious daughter's name) has such a gift for combining a vintage look in an "Oh, so Au Courant" style. I loved the Amethyst and Catholic medal earrings. The simple drop, lightweight and comfortable, will fit perfectly in my jewerlry box. I admired them so much, I BOUGHT them! Thanks gals for the new find.

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  82. First of all, what a great post! Love all the info you gave here. It's so interesting how jewelry survives all times. It has a lot to do with vanity, statement and a way to express yourself, your mood.

    I've never won anything on the net... maybe this will be my very (lucky) first time???

    I went to the website and I love the 4th picture of the "madonna", it looks a lot of the Holy Mary we have in Brazil (Nossa Senhora Aparecida) and that's extra special to me.

    Joni, drop by to see my "Cool or Fool" post today. It's a really interesting one! What do you think of building a wall in your bathroom made of IKEA vases??? ;-)

    xo

    Luciane at HomeBunch.com

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  83. Thanks for a wonderful give away. I am also a jewelry designer and I love the amethest and catholic medal earrings. They look very similar to my catholic medals and jem stone earring, for sale in my etsy shop.

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  84. What a fascinating post! The history of jewelry is so interesting!

    Thank you for the link to tarnished lace. It is so hard to pick just one favorite. However, I do believe mine would be the Crosses and Kings necklace. It is quite versatile and would work well on a small frame! Thanks again! :-)

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  85. Leslie's jewelry is BEAUTIFUl. It was very difficult to pick out my favorites! The pieces that most represented my style were the large vintage golden rhinestone in orchid shape, the Victorian coral cameo with happy Japanese bracelet, and many others. I particularly liked the orchid as have many orchids in my home. I loved the coral cameo bracelet - the colors are my favorite - muted earthy tones (ivory, porcelain) and a pop of color - my favorite - coral.

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  86. I have always wanted to uncover an antique piece of jewellery with a metal detector and winning this would be the next best thing.I love the Vintage Snowflake necklace and the religious charms all the jewellery incorporate.Winning it would be my Eureka moment !

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  87. I want to comment on the bracelet giveaway - this one is special! I love the colors and that it was pieced from the 40s and even before! What I love the most is that the opalescent glass ovals were owned by an opera singer. I LOVE anything opera!!!

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  88. All the jewelry is exquisite, and it's hard to choose! I think I really like the filigreed butterfly with glass beads necklace. I think the bracelet is so beautiful, and whoever wins will be so happy with it.

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  89. Kudos to you for the fabulous post! I simply adore all of the pieces, but my favorite is the orchid pendant - tres elegant! They are all gorgeous - thank you so much for brightening my day.

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  90. These pieces remind me of my grandmother's jewelry which I love to wear. Pieces that were special to her were stored with notes as to their origin (like a cameo brooch that was an engagement gift from my grandfather). So hard to pick only one of Leslie's beautiful treasures so I'll have to say the butterfly necklace and the amethyst flower earrings.

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  91. I loved the European blue enamel earrings so much I bought them!

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  92. Thank you for presenting this giveaway and the History of Jewelry. Love the Pink Crystal Art Nouveau necklace--so many pretty elements to it.

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  93. The Religious Medan and Rosary earrings spoke to me, but they are all beautiful!

    donadona53@hotmail.com

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  94. Wonderful blog post on ancient and royal jewelry with a beautiful giveaway from Tarnished Lace! I would love to win the Victorian Eiffel Tower bracelet. Such an artistic way to combine old elements. My favorite piece on their site is the Art Nouveau flower necklace, as I'm adore anything from the Alphonse Mucha era.

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  95. WOW! I LOVE the Crosses and Kings Necklace. It is the perfect balance of past and present! The detail on the crosses is fabulous. I think it would be perfect with any dressy or casual outfit.

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  96. I love the garnets (my birth stone) and antique watch parts necklace. Thanks for this wonderful giveaway.

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  97. I love her earrings, especially the religious medal ones. Thanks for introducing us to her work.

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  98. Joni-Went over to see and since I am a magpie I adore anything sparkly so my favorite piece would have to be the Vintage Rhinestone Button Snowflake earrings+the giveaway bracelet- Please,yes that would be heavenly. Thanks for your always wonderful Post. xxpeggybraswelldesign.com

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  99. Hi
    What lovely pieces. I would love either cameo necklaces. I had a cameo ring that belonged to my grandma but unfortunately the cameo came out! I didn't replace it, it wouldn't have felt the same!

    thanks
    Anne-Marie

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  100. Wow! Tradition is my passion... and these beautiful pieces speak to my soul.... and my favorite piece is...
    the Rare Antique French Mother of Pearl Rosary and Garnet Necklace!

    Thank you so much for this contest!

    Hugs and antique pieces
    Victoria

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  101. The Tarnished Lace gallery is quite amazing. I would enjoy each and every item, but the one that really is me is the Antique and Vintage Colored Glass and Crystal necklace. I love it and can see it with so many of my favorite outfits. Thank you for such a fabulous giveaway. Happy weekend to you.

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  102. I love the starburst crystal earrings on the upper right hand side of P. 6...I couldn't seem to find the name of them. Amazing jewelry...thank you!

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  103. I like the flower and purple stone earrings.

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  104. What a fascinating blog entry. I love Elizabeth Locke's work and the Tarnished Lace pieces are very interesting. I think you chose the perfect bracelet to give away on the blog. I also liked the amethyst and vintage earrings, but alas, they are for pierced ears only, a common problem for me.

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  105. Ok, I seriously need to have oodles of free money! I love her jewelry! Stunning.

    My favorite piece: Rare Antique French Mother of Pearl Rosary and Garnet Necklace

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  106. I LOVE the Antique Rhinestone and Religous Medal Chandelier Earrings Beautiful

    Cindy Miller
    cmiller@thestyledwindow.com

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  107. The Crosses and King necklace is beautiful. It's the kind of necklace I'd love to wear daily.
    All of her jewelry is lovely.

    Lisa
    lrfamily@verizon.net

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  108. I'm crazy about the Antique Rhinestone and Religious Medal earrings. When I was in Houston last year, we found a jewelry store that sold a lot of interesting pieces like Tarnished Lace carries. I'm a sucker for all that religious medal stuff. Bought a bunch of it. These earrings would be right up my alley. Great post, and I'll keep my fingers crossed! Thanks, Delores

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  109. What joy to look at each and every piece in the Tarnished Lace collection! I would be happy with any of these treasures but actually my favorite is the featured Victorian Eiffel Tower bracelet! I've been trying to get to France my entire life and haven't made it yet but I'm not giving up. Maybe this bracelet will be my "good luck charm"!

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  110. What beautiful and unusual pieces. I thought nothing will be more wonderful than the Eiffel Tower bracelet but then I saw the Marie Antoinette (notice the similar name to mine) and the Victorian Card Case necklace. All stunning!

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  111. Joni,
    Another great post. Thanks for the lesson on the history of jewelry--very interesting.

    I have always loved vintage and antique jewelry. Several pieces of my grandmother's and mother's jewelry have been passed down to me. They are very special.

    My favorite piece of Leslie's is the Marie Antoinette necklace. Love the Eiffel Tower bracelet too. Great giveaway.

    Lisa S.

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  112. love it all. the crosses and kings necklace is calling my name!

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  113. cwray@cox.net loves the bracelet you are giving away and would wear it proudly, giving Cote de Texas credit for it, of course. But I also love the Pink Victorian crystals.

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  114. The Vintage Cut Glass Amber Crystal Necklace would be beautiful with all my lineny things!

    crossing fingers!

    Kit

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  115. A history lesson about jewelry...it doesn't get ANY better than that! Leslie has captured history in her designs, painstakingly so! They are all lovely, but for some reason, the little mesh silver purse captured my attention. Thank you for the beautiful post!

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  116. Interesting post and such a nice giveaway. I think my favorite piece was the Mother of Pearl necklace with ivory beads. I love the natural look it has. Beautiful, artistic, thoughtful jewelry design. Thanks for letting us know about her work.

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  117. I love the necklace with the crosses. Its so beautiful

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  118. Formidable! (accent français s'il vous plaît). That's how I feel about the multi-charm antique cameo, rosary and vintage charm necklace. It is so me--I see it on open-neck blouses, frothy tops and oh so many outfits. Je vous prie--choisissez-moi! J'adore votre site web. Grand merci.

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  119. What special pieces! Leslie must have been collecting for years. The giveaway bracelet is so feminine. I love it.

    Of all the pieces on etsy, the one that grabs me is 'Ballet Slipper Fantasy'. I love everything about it...from the tiniest detail of the bead caps to the stunning center piece. Beautiful!

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  120. What a inventive post----I loved learning about Jewelry AND the Royals! I absolutely am in love with with the Victorian Coral Cameo and Happy Jap bracelet.
    A stunning piece!

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  121. All of her jewelry is amazing! I found a new place for shopping! I love the magpie braclet! How interesting!

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  122. Amazing pieces! Love the Magpie bracelet & necklace. The Royal Jewels are quite fabulous. Makes me wonder what the french royal jewels would be like. I love the royals but Queen Elizabeth doesn't look quite so regal as her great grands. It's that old lady permed hair.

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  123. Lovely. I loved the Vintage Rhinestone Button Snowflake Earrings.

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  124. Love the Filigree Victorian Fan necklace...the red is delish! Lori (lfarmer@belhaven.edu)

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  125. Love the antique cameo, rosary, and vintage sterling charm necklace!

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  126. Love, Love, Love the "Pink Victorian crystals, Art Nouveau Flower, Antique Rosaries and Venetian Rose Bead" necklace....It reflects spring to me....reminds me of the cherry blossoms.....

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  127. I adore the vintage rhinestone and bubble earrings! So beautiful

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  128. I just love love love that bracelet! Gorgeous!! I also love your "Antique Rhinestone and Religous Medal Chandelier Earrings" which are beautiful.

    I have bookmarked your etsy shop! Thanks.

    bhheinsohn at yahoo dot com

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  129. I collect anything "Papillon" so I would choose the delightful vintage, golden filigree butterfly, but all of her work is stunning! Great, informative article, as always! Thank you, Joni!

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  130. What a beautiful selection of unique jewelry. It is a hard choice but I do love the "Magpie's Nest of Treasures" necklace. So many pretty things!

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  131. Joanie, Fascinating post and I love this beautiful jewelry. I especially love the Marie Antoinette necklace. Thank you for such a wonderful giveaway.

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  133. Hi Joni, thanks for offering such a fabulous give-away!

    I really like the religious medals
    necklaces. So pretty and interesting. But actually I think the Eiffel Tower bracelet is my favorite because my husband and I climbed the Eiffel Tower in 1999.
    I would love to win this!

    Thanks,
    Kristen W. in Atlanta

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  134. WOWEE!!! I am crazy for that Green Stone & Sterling Silver Charm Bracelet! She has such pretty things for sale. And this is such a generous giveaway!!! Thank you for hosting!

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  135. Such GORGEOUS pieces! Ancient Roman jewelry is my weakness for sure

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  136. I LOVE the Antique Rhinestone and Religious Medal Earings!
    This giveaway is excellent! I now know where to go for all of my spiritual gifts for family!

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  137. MOTHER OF PEARL AND HEART NECKLACE. THANK YOU.

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  138. Love all you have to offer. My favorite the antique French mother of pearl rosary.

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  139. I simply adore the Green Stone Vintage Sterling Silver Bracelet. My favorite colors and I love the charms.

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  140. Loooove the 'magpie's nest of treasures'!

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  141. Hi Joni,
    First of all thank you for a history lesson, I love the topic.

    I Love the Filligree French Watch Fob!
    Karen at Garden Home and Party dot com

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  142. Wow, what beautiful jewelry. I love the vintage shell rosary necklace with garnets. Love the ocean and shell collecting.
    The garnet is one of my favorite stones. Something so beautiful should be worn close to the heart.
    Thank you for sharing such beauty
    Betsy

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  143. Enjoyed reading jewelry history. Your designs are lovely... all of them. But my favorite is the chain of crosses (stunning work). Thanks for putting us in touch with your site!

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  144. Thank you for the fascinating post. If I were you, I'd either wear the Byzantine earring on one ear, and cover the other with my hair,or have a mobe pearl set in high carat gold for the other ear. Asymmetry can be beautiful, and it's just so wrong not to wear that earring! In the alternative, you could use the two dangles on a pair of high carat good hoops. It reminds me of what Gurhan is doing today.

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  145. I would pick the silver victorian card case necklace. It's really distinctive, and I have things that it would mix with, but I don't have anything like it! I would love to win the bracelet as well. It would go with so many things. I am Jenny email jrjinaustin at gmail dot com THanks for the contest.

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  146. my favorite piece is the antique sterling silver victorian card case...
    all the designs are beautiful!
    if i had the one earring, i would wear a pearl stud on the other ear!
    when i was last in italy, there was a shop that sold gorgeous vintage-style earrings which were meant to be worn as a single earring....

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  147. dross@theram.com
    I first discovered Leslie Andrews' artistic vintage jewelry at the Sun Valley Arts Fair last summer. I already own a lovely necklace created by her, an antique scottish banded agate cross with vintage amber beads. Every time I wear it out I am complimented by complete strangers! Right now I have my eye on the vintage shell rosary with the tortise shell beads and darling silver bird. Her attention to detail and the history within each piece make her designs truly unique. While not yet well known, Leslie's line and the Tarnished Lace label have quickly become my favorite designer jewelry apparel. So glad to see her featured on your site, and I would love to win the eiffel tower bracelet! Thanks again for showcasing these up and coming designers on your blog!

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  148. Your history of jewelry was fascinating. I am especially loving all the pearls, which is an obsession of mine at the moment. I went and looked at all the lovely jewelry and I think my favorite is the long fan necklace.

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  149. Thank you for the giveaway but most of all for introducing Tarnished Lace to me. I loved your history of jewelery. I have been to the Byzantine Museum in Athens and swooned over the intricate gold jewlery. I am in love, love with the Antique Sterling Silver Victorian Card Case and will beg my husband for it!! What a statement piece! Merci! Susan Scheer

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  150. I love, love, love the tiny sterling silver mesh purse necklace! Hope I win. I'll be visiting her site for sure. And Joni, this was another well researched & informative post. Thanks.

    Karen T.
    jkg4121@att.net

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  151. I adore the religious medals and amethyst necklace! I collect all kind of religious medals, so it is perfect to me! Al of the jewelry is just beautiful. I love it!

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  152. Just beautiful!! Thank you for sharing Leslie's stunning art with us! What a tough decision...I think that my favorite is the charming Green Stone and Vintage Silver charm bracelet. It reminds me of something that my Grandmother would have worn...love it!

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  153. Thank you for this interesting information Joni...I really like the unusual necklace with the square gold stone on page 5 of the gallery...lovely! thanks!! :))

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  154. I love the silver mesh bag necklace! It is awesome. I bought the SS baby shoe earrings...for a new Mom about to be!
    kdkmac@gmail.com

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  155. I love the Antique and Vintage Colored Glass and Crystal necklace....thanks for the giveaway Joni!

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  156. Thanks Joni for a great and well researched post. My favourite is A Magpie's Nest of Treasures. I have a soft spot for keys, mystery keepers. Designed with true love and appreciation.

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  157. Talk about "precious medal jewelry!" I love the Amethyst and Religious Medals Necklace. It brings back so many memories of my catholic grade school days and of recieving medals and scapulas to proudly wear. How special it would be for me to bring those memories alive again, by wearing this beautiful and creative piece of jewelry.

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  158. Joni,
    Loved your historical article.
    I really like the snowflake necklace. The artist is so creative, makes me think of my grandmother.
    Thanks,
    M

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  159. I love the Marie Antoinette piece. My Grandma was named after her (Antoinette Marie) and she was a devout Catholic with a beautiful rosary collection. When she passed away, I was blessed to be gifted one of her rosary's. This piece would remind me regularly of my Grandmother.

    The bracelet you chose as the giveaway is beautiful. Thanks for the opportunity to win such a fabulous gift!
    Ashley K.
    ashlord@email.com

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  160. Nice post and such a beautiful and unique artist. Now I will look at all my old hand me down pieces and wonder what they can be changed into!
    I like the antique rhinestone and religious medallion earrings, so pretty. The giveaway piece is pretty great too. Hope I win! Karen

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  161. The cameo piece stood out to me. I am a grandmother now and my grandmother always wore a cameo - always- so I associate it with her and all my fond memories of her. I wish I had her cameo to wear, now I would like to wear a piece of jewelry that my grandaughter would associate with me and hand it down to her.

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  162. I love "A Magpie's Nest of Treasures"...gorgeous!

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  163. Love the Marie Antoinette necklace!

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  164. Really beautiful things! I think I like the necklace of religeous medals. Brings back some ol catholic school girl memories, and the antique feeling, yet the contemporary purple stones just make it fabulous!
    Mary
    caseym@stpiusx-pdx.org

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  165. What is not to like. Love the Magpie necklace withe the key.

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  166. Thanks for such an informative post! I learned so much about the history of jewelry & I LOVED the photos of the royalty adorned w/ their jewels! I had so much fun looking through Tarnished Lace's amazing jewelry! So talented! I guess my favorite if I had to choose only 1 would be the vintage rhinestone button snowflake earrings. Why? Because I love vintage rhinestones! I adore buttons! And I heart snowflakes! Thanks for the great giveaway! The bracelet is absolutely stunning! Patti in Texas

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  167. Lots of charm to choose from...but I love the Rare Tiny Sterling Silver Mesh Purse Necklace. It would be a special occasion, conversation piece and still great with jeans.

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  168. What an interesting post! Tarnished Lace makes stunning pieces. I love the Pink Victorian Crystals Art Nouveau Necklace. The combination of the mauve pink and robin's egg blue is gorgeous. A unique necklace! Thank you for the chance on your lovely giveaway!

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  169. What a terrific and informative entry on jewelry. Just when I think I know what to expect from you, you reveal yet more lovely aspects of design. My favorite piece is the shell rosary (because I love shells and do intricate shell mosaics myself.) Thanks for adding a little light to my days, Joni!

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  170. Well...there were lots of goodies but I guess first I would choose the Magpie Nest of Treasures. Hard, hard to choose...thanks!

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  171. I really adore the design of the amethest and catholic earrings ! Its the perfect balance between modern and ancient. The designer has absolute the right sense how to integrate antique pieces in modern jewels. love, Ina

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  172. I love the Sterling Cherub and Eclectic Charm Necklace. So funky and girlie at the same time! This would add a pop to any outfit I have. :)

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  173. Lovely pieces! I was drawn to to the little sterling mesh bag made into a necklace!

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  174. All of her pieces are unique and beautiful and I had trouble picking just one! However, I kept coming back to the Art Nouveau Lovely Lady Locket. I loved the antique look of the locket and the beautiful colors of the beads. I can see someone (maybe me!) wearing this with a tee shirt and jeans or a beautiful dress ! Gorgeous jewelry!

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  175. One of my favorites, for there were so many to choose from, was the seashell bracelet. Such a unique collection and I know I will be looking at her website again.

    Fantastic give-away!

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  176. Made her Etsy shop one of my favorites. Absolutely beautiful pieces. I loved the cameo. I had one as a child and lost it over the years and have been thinking of getting one again. Loved the post and loved all the jewelry!!

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  177. So you could say we need jewels due to our heredity! Love the antique rosary bracelet!
    Cathy

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  178. wow this is a cool jewelery maker! I loved her gallery. I liked a lot of things, including the rhinestone button snowflake earrings. I am going back over to poke around some more...and maybe treat myself!

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  179. Beautiful jewels! I love the Antique sterling silver victoria card case necklace. It is beautiful.

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  180. I love the cameo pieces! Those are always my favorite.

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  181. Love, love, love the snowflake and antique rosary piece!!! So sorry it was sold already!! Have been reading your blog since the beginning - love, love, love it too!

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  182. All the jewelry was breathtaking but the pair of Vintage Blue Enamel Holland earrings spoke to me the most. I am 50 but when I look back on my past, I remember a young 18 year old Air Force girl wandering thru the canals and streets of Holland in awe of the beauty of the tulips and in shock of the red light district. It was a privilege to be in such a beautiful country while I was a young Air Force airman serving in Germany. Thank you both for a fabulous give-a-way. Pamie G.

    www.ourhillcountryretreat.blogpot.com
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  183. This was a very tough one to pick my favorite. But - since I list my mother's cameo pin (I think my brother has it), I have to pick the antique cameo necklace. It will bring back memories of my sweet mom. Thanks for this giveaway - great idea Joni!

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  184. Thanks you for another great give-away. I love the Vintage Rhinestone Button Snowflake earrings...perfect to wear to my daughter's wedding!! Also love your blog, Joni!!

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  185. I love everything but especially the pink crystal art nouveau necklace. The bracelet offered in the giveaway is too beautiful for words.

    shamroc17@aol.com

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  186. I love the Tarnished Lace jewelry. I especially like the baby shoe chandelier earrings. They remind me that accomplishments happen by baby steps. Thanks for the introduction to her jewelry! Lisa

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  187. many of thes TL jewelry resemble my own...I love to take antique and vintage pieces and give them new life so they can once again come out of thier dusty bags and boxes to be worn and loved again.
    I guess it would be the tiny silver chain bag...i have one i would never part with and one, i have yet to list.

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  188. What a fabulous site-yours, Joni and for you to feature this wonderful Tarnished Lace artist and her generous giveaway. I must be honest-I know and love my friend, Leslie and I have been to France with her scouring great old shops for religious icons. I love what she makes and jewelry is only one of her artistic talents. Her work is becoming famous around our area as I know it will all over, soon. River Diane, Sun Valley

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  189. The Celluoid Cracker-Jacks Angel Necklace makes me smile, think of summer carnivals, my beloved first cat, Angel, who lived to the ripe age of 20, the NJ Boardwalk and Mr. Peanut in the '60s, Catholic medals that I wore pinned to my underwear for protection--this stunning piece has it all! XO to Leslie and Joni!

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  190. I am drawn to the asymmetry of the Exquisite Mother of Pearl Beauty necklace. One can tell Leslie Andrews gave careful thought to positioning the pendant, as well as to the various materials making up the "chain". The right balance of contrast and similarity make this piece a true work of art!

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  191. Wow some really interesting pieces, would have to say that I do like the Snowflake earrings.

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  193. I have just returned home to Texas from Amsterdam. One of my favorite stops in Amsterdam was the Tassenmuseum - Museum of Bags and Purses. Over 4000 bags and purses! I was very taken with their collection of mesh bags, so my favorite Tarnished Lace creation is the Rare Tiny Sterling Silver Mesh Purse Necklace.

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  194. I adore the Victorian Eiffel Tower bracelet that's being given away (I've been to France and fell in love with the Eiffel Tower). After looking through the Tarnished Lace website, if I had to only pick one item, I guess it would be the Filigree Floral Watch Fob.

    Thanks for the opportunity to participate in your giveaway. dmj53(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  195. Joni~Thank you & Leslie for such a beautiful and thoughtful gift! My daughter & I loved looking at all of the vintage jewelry. My favorite is the Eiffel Tower bracelet that you've chosen so I hope I'm the winner! My second favorite is the Vintage Shell Rosary with the Garnets & Sterling Silver Heart Charm. ~Merci

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  196. Leslie's jewelry is exactly what I love. I really loved the purple gem earrings. I am a big fan of all things Parisian and so would love this bracelet.
    jrs112@gmail.com

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  197. What a great post! It's great to know that apparently there's a genetic component to our love of pretty baubles. I love the cameo necklace (so classic) and golden rhinestone orchid pieces (so unusual and striking). Thanks for the opportunity!

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  198. I loved the Waterloo and Holland earrings, being a Dutch girl, but the one that truly spoke to my heart was the pale blue bracelet on page eight, with the tiny medallion. Beautiful pieces, all, and affordable, too!

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  199. Sterling Silver Mesh Purse is my favorite.

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  200. She does a beautiful job. I love vintage jewelry. Like antiques, never goes out of style. particularly like the Art Nouveau lady locket. Beautiful beaded chain and locket that would be just perfect with so many things for Spring. Thanks for the opportunity to win.

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