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The Thrill Of The Hunt

223161935We’ve all got a little predatory nature in us. Thousands of years ago we needed that instinct to survive. Today, we might use it to snag the perfect guy, perfect job or perfect apartment. Or, if you’re like me you use your predatory instincts to make the ultimate acquisition, and then the next and the next.

As any experienced, well versed shopper/collector/jewelry fanatic knows, too much is never enough!

Waiting to pounce until just the right moment, measuring our step and biding our time, skulking around the handbag display and slithering toward the object of your desire, until you pounce. The high only lasts a few weeks or a month at best (depending on the size of my “kill”) and then I need another fix. That’s the thing, no matter how many times I’ve said this is all I want, I don’t want to buy anything else after this, there’s always something else! There is an ever evolving list of things to buy in my head!


So, I guess part of what I’m wondering is, is it just the thrill of the hunt, the stalk, thinking about how it will be to possess the current object of your desire, knowing you can wear it whenever you want, that it’s part of your collection, the moment you swipe your card, or actually wearing your new jewel?

Sometimes for me, just knowing I have something in my jewelry box is enough, then once I have it I’m on to the next thing.

After weeks or months of planning, possibly making multiple trips to see it, imagining how it will feel to own it and what you’ll wear it with, is it just a let down?

The real question is, does a new jewel, shoe or handbag lose some of it’s sparkle after it’s yours?

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Posted by on April 29, 2013 in Jewelry


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Porcelain Complexion

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As a kid I was a huge fan of Little House on the Prairie. Now, of course I loved Laura Ingalls and the idea of roughing it on the Prairie and all that, but come on who didn’t secretly want to be Nelly Olsen?

When I saw these floral painted beads they reminded me of the porcelain hurricane lamps that the Olsen’s had! I coupled the painted porcelain looking beads with carved wooden skulls and iridescent pink glass beads in an oxidized setting, for a vintage look.

Beautiful hand painted porcelain was popular in decorative arts as well as jewelry in the mid 19th to early 20th century. Everything from porcelain door knobs and pitchers for the home to personal adornments such as brooches are still sought after by collectors.

porcelian pendant Vintage painted porcelain pendant

“Way back in the late 1800s through about 1915, porcelain painting was a great fad for ladies throughout the nation. Thousands of American women purchased inexpensive materials and turned them into unique works of art, including jewelry and buttons. One reason jewelry of this nature is still plentiful may be the plain oval and round shapes and rather generic floral painting that oftentimes covers them.

They don’t have a really distinctive Victorian look, with the exception of pieces sporting ornate gold work along the outer edges or an occasional portrait piece featuring an Art Nouveau styled beauty. Those portrait pieces are generally priced higher than the floral pieces when in good condition.”(1)

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(1)Pamela Wiggins, “Painted Porcelain Jewelry and Buttons, A Book on a Fad Dating Back To the Late 1800’s” n.d. , <; (accessed April 3,2013).

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Posted by on April 3, 2013 in Jewelry


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