Devotional Earrings – www.fromtheashesvintagejewels.com
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.
“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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Stop by to say hi this Sunday April 7th, I’ll be at Artists and Fleas (www.artistsandfleas.com) in Williamsburg, Brooklyn with the whole collection!!!
And while you’re there check out Eight of Swords Tattoo (www.eightofswords.com) also in Williamsburg, to see their exclusive collection of my Good n’ Evil Protection Pendants
(1)Pamela Wiggins, “Painted Porcelain Jewelry and Buttons, A Book on a Fad Dating Back To the Late 1800’s” n.d. , <http://antiques.about.com/od/victorianandedwardian/fr/Painted-Jewelry-And-Buttons.htm> (accessed April 3,2013).