Thursday, August 30, 2012

VINTAGE CUFFLINKS

Unique Large Collection of Antique Cufflinks and Designer Retro Vintage Cufflinks 1920's - 1970's. OVERNITE SERVICE.

Friday, August 17, 2012

Sarah Coventry Vintage Flower Flattery Pin w Earrings 1960s Jewelry $42

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When this flower pin and clip earring set were made, flower power was in full swing.

It was 1968, just before the Summer of Love, and no matter where you were in the US, if you met a hippie, they would give you a flower and say " Peace"! It was a very sad time in this country too, as we were in a war no one understood, and our sons and brothers were coming home in body bags to no end. We marched and protested and raged against the machine to stop Johnson and Nixon's war agenda. We didn't want war. We wanted Peace, Love, and Flowers.

If all the Hippies would just come back today and put an end to the war we are in now. So, with great humility I say, wear this flower pin and earrings, and say "Peace" to everyone you meet.
This set is designer signed by Sarah Coventry and it was only made in 1968. The name of the design is called Flower Flattery. The large flowers are made of polished gold plated metal with thick glossy white enamel.

Large in size, the pin is 3 3/4" long x 2 1/4" wide or 95 mm x 57 mm. The clip earrings are 1 1/4" or 32 mm wide. The entire set is in pristine clean like new condition with no imperfections or flaws and has never been worn. The enamel is perfect with no chips, scratches, or scuffs. There is no gold wear. The earrings clips are like new and the back of the pin has the original fine working safety clasp.

Vintage Designer Bracelet w Earrings 1950s Citrine Crystal Bubbles $225

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Made in the 1950s, this vintage Citrine "bubble crystal" bracelet and clip earring parure is a rare find!
The set is not designer signed but the findings and composition point to Robert Demetrio or Eugene. This set is highly luminescent as the Topaz, Golden Yellow, and Clear round crystal beads are alive and glowing pools of jewels. This crystal is not Pools of Light crystal, but the interior glowing quality is the same.

The stacked cluster design is also extremely unique and adds endless color depth and light refraction. In addition, all of the crystals that appear to be round are round or smooth on the tops, but faceted on the sides. Look at the back of the bracelet and you can see the unique network of gold gilt filigree and capped settings, and the unique gold filigree clasp. The five settings are also spaced by a double wired strand of Austrian Citrine faceted crystals. The clip earrings have dangling crystals. All of the beads were hand wired in place.

When clasped, the bracelet is 7 1/4" or cm long. Each crystal glass cluster on the bracelet is about 1" or 27 mm wide. The clip earrings are not heavy to wear and are medium in size at 1 1/2" long x 1 1/16" wide or 40 mm x 27 mm.

The entire set is in superb pristine clean collector condition with no imperfections or flaws. All of the crystals are perfect with no facet wear and no chips or cracks. The set is impeccably clean and bright. The gold is bright and clean as well with only a few very tiny scratches on the back of the bracelet, on the dome caps. The bracelet clasp is in perfect working order and the clips on the earrings are like new as well.
Comes gift wrapped and shipped in luxury presentation jewelry gift boxes.

* If the braclet is not long enough for you, it is possible to make it longer with the addition of some gold metal jump rings before the insert clasp. I can customize the length for you if you desire. Please check the option box below, and in the text field, write in your desired length.

Gemstone Scarab Vintage Bracelet 12kt GF 1950s Jewelry $135

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Made in the 1950 - 1960 era, this quality gemstone scarab bracelet is signed 1/20 12kt GF.

During the 1950s and 1960s, scarab gemstone bracelets were very popular and collectible, but not all were made the same. These scarabs gems are large with pronounced domed tops and the metal is not simply gold plated.

The 6 large scarabs are each about 5/8" or 15 mm long. This bracelet is also very affordable as a scarab gemstone bracelet in 14kt gold currently sells for between $850 and $1200.

When clasped the bracelet is 7 1/4" or 18.4 cm long. The bracelet is complete with a gold filled safety chain and clasp. The entire bracelet is in pristine clean condition with no imperfections or flaws. The gemstones are all perfect with the scratches, scuffs, dings, or wear. The gold is clean and brightly polished. The bracelet is signed 1/20th 12kt GF on the clasp.

Comes gift wrapped and shipped in a luxury bracelet presentation box.

Gold Vintage Necklace Glistening Twisted Rope 1970s Jewelry $45

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Back in the late 1970s or early 1980s when this necklace was made, and earlier designs as well, you could go into a department store a buy a twisted gold rope necklace that was fine quality gold plating.

Vintage gold plated necklaces will last many, many decades. New cheaply made gold plated necklaces show gold wear the first week you wear them!
This twisted fat rope design is thickly gold plated in two shades (each strand) of light yellow gold and glistening rose gold. Because the plating is thick, the necklace looks like new but it is at least 27 years old.

The necklace is 31 1/2" or 80 cm long and is finished with a gold plated spring clasp. The twisted gold mesh is 1/4" or 8-9 mm wide. The necklace is not signed and was probably not imported and was made in the US.

In pristine clean like new condition, the rope has no imperfections or flaws. There is no gold wear and no damage to the mesh anywhere.

Comes gift wrapped and shipped in a new luxury presentation necklace box.

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Vintage Cufflinks SWANK Red Ribbon Venetian Glass 1950s Jewelry $85

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As a vintage cufflink collector, I have seen thousands of pair of vintage cufflinks and 90% of the designs I pass by. They have to be certain styles and in superb condition to be of interest to me. Here on my website you will find one of the most unique and largest collections of vintage cufflinks for sale online. (If you are not in the mens vintage cufflink category, click on Mens Jewelry to your left).

Made in the 1950s, this vintage cufflink and tie clasp set is designer signed Swank. One of the great aspects about Swank jewelry in the 1950s is the fact that they were one of the few cufflink designers that looked the world over and imported unique top quality glass for their jewelry. Some of the countries they imported glass from were France, Germany, Czechoslovakia, and Italy.

This unique set incorporates 1950s Venetian glass called caned or ribbon glass. The elongated domed oval cabs look red and white under normal conditions but when held up to light, the glass is semi-translucent and is glowing cranberry pearlescent. This type of Venetian glass was not available in any abundance as was used for a limited jewelry production run by Swank during just one year in the early to mid 1950s. The cabs "float " in polished gold plated oval frames.

Medium in size, the cufflinks are 1 1/16" long x 3/4" wide or 27 mm x 18 mm. The matching tie clasp is 2 5/8" or 66 mm long. This set has obviously never been worn as all three pieces are in pristine clean like new condition with no imperfections or flaws. The glass cabs are perfect with no scratches, chips, or cracks. The gold like new as well; polished and bright with no signs of wear. Just the tie clasp is signed with the S logo for Swank.

Comes gift wrapped and shipped in a new luxury presentation cufflink box as pictured.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Vintage Cufflinks SWANK Gold Silver Atomic Orbs 1950s Mens Jewelry $55

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Made in the 1950s, these designer signed Swank vintage cufflinks are a masculine Retro Atomic design. They are a macho manly style, designed for every day casual wear.

The cufflinks are made of silver rhdoium metal and the faces are slighty domed with satin etched gold and black enamel inlay. This orbital style was a popular Atomic age them in the mid to late 1950s as if you remember, there was alot of " crazy talk" about going to the moon.

Medium in size, the cufflinks are 7/8" or 22 mm wide. The pair is in pristine clean like new condition with no imperfections or flaws. There are no scratches, chips, or metal wear. Both cufflinks are signed Swank.

Comes gift wrapped and shipped in a new luxury presentation cufflink box as pictured.

Marcasite Silver Dolphin Pin Sea Buddies Trio Vintage Jewelry $38

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These three dolphin buddies is a unique dolphin lovers pin. The dolphins are stacked in a domino effect and in faceted cut metal that looks like Marcasite, or Marcasite faceted metal as it is called. There are scattered placements of real Marcasites, and large diamond shaped Marcasites for the eyes.

The pin is in made of silver rhodium metal as was made in the 1980s. Medium petite in size, the pin is 1 7/8" tall x 1 1/16" wide or 48 mm x 27 mm. The entire pin is in pristine clean like new condition with no imperfections or flaws and has never been worn. The back has the original fine working safety clasp and the pin is not signed.

Comes gift wrapped and shipped in a new luxury presentation pin box.

Vintage Bird Locket Oriole Pair Big Silver Photo Pendant 1960s Jewelry $85

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This vintage locket can only be purchased by a jewelry collector who loves birds like me! Not just any birds, but Orioles! When was the last time you saw a locket with Orioles?!

I grew up in Maryland where everyone was always on the watch for the state bird, the Oriole. In the 1960s, I went to ball games as a kid in Baltimore and everyone was dressed in Oriole jackets, shirts, and hats. Maryland is crazy about their Orioles! My mom, who still lives in MD, comes to visit me here in the NC mountains and one day she was jumping up and down screaming, " There is an Oriole at your bird feeder!" She said she rarely ever sees Orioles in MD anymore and cant believe she has to come the NC mountains to find them!

If you love birds and haven't seen the new movie The Big Year, see it : starring Jack Black, Steve Martin, and Owen Wilson. In one scene in the movie, Jack Black's character says the Oriole has the most beautiful song of any bird in the whole world.

This large locket was made in the 1960s. The face is a top quality full color print that looks like a real painting. The locket is made of silver rhodium metal with fancy embossed scrolls and other details on the sides and back.

The locket is large at 1 7/8" long x 1 1/2" wide or 47 mm x 38 mm wide. The original silver metal chain is 30" or 76 cm long. The locket has places for 2 photos that can be up to 1 3/8" tall x 1" wide or 35 mm x 26 mm.

The locket and the chain are not signed. The locket is in excellent clean like new condition with no imperfections or flaws. The Oriole face is perfect with no scratches or chips. There is no silver metal wear. On the on the inside and the back of the locket, there are a couple of microscopic light scratches, hardly worth noting. Inside there is also some light, residual glue from an old photo.

Vintage Biker Necklace Chrome Metal Spikes Choker 1970s Jewelry $85

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Made in the 1960-1970 era, this authentic vintage biker necklace is a very unusual find. This necklace is a design that has come back in style but the quality of the metal is much different. This necklace is made of solid chrome and it is HEAVY. It weighs a hefty 107 grams.

The design has sections of spiked ball beads separated by curved tube beads strung on strong stainless steel cable. Finished with a stainless steel spring clasp, the necklace is 19 1/2" or 50 cm long. The longest spike ball beads are about 3/8" or 20 mm long.

I have taken before and after photos of this necklace. As it is vintage, it was not perfectly polished and the before photo show what it looks like unpolished. The necklace is in perfect condition with no scratches, dings or metal wear. It should be very lightly polished with MAAS metal cleaner once in awhile.

Vintage LOVE Ring 1960s Hippie Design in Antiqued Gold $60

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LOVE is a sculpture by American artist Robert Indiana. It consists of the letters LO (with the O canted sideways) over the letters VE. The image was originally designed as a Christmas card for the Museum of Modern Art in 1964.

The LOVE design has been reproduced by many artists in a variety of formats. Made in the 1960s, this vintage LOVE ring is a different version, a vertical version, of the original. The ring is made of antiqued gold plated brass metal and the letters have deep linear etching.

The ring band is nicely made as well with floral embossing and is adjustable from a size 6 1/2 to a size 7 1/2. The face of the ring is rather large at 1" or 25 mm long x 3/4" or 19 mm wide. The ring is in pristine clean like new condition with no imperfections or flaws and has never been worn. There are no scratches, dings, or metal wear and the ring band is like new as well.

Comes gift wrapped and shipped in a new luxury presentation ring box.

Antique and Vintage Cufflinks : Reasons to Invest and Collect


If you are a man, you might not wear cufflinks much these days and you might think you have no use for collecting antique and vintage cufflinks. From an investment standpoint, this is a poor decision. There are still a lot of men who wear cufflinks, and current fashion trends indicate they are back in style.  The people who buy antique and vintage cufflinks the most are collectors, who are hoarding for good reason.

In the past 10 years, antique and vintage cufflinks, preferably designer signed sets, have skyrocketed in price and value. The values will continue to rise as collectors hoard cufflinks and supply decreases. The supply of antique and vintage cufflinks is constantly decreasing as cufflinks that were made by certain US and foreign jewelry designers have long been out of business, and collectors hoard.

Ten years ago, you could have bought any set of antique or vintage designer cufflinks in the world for $10 or less. No one knew anything about designer cufflinks or the value of antique gold or gemstone cufflinks.

Five years ago, you could have bought them for $20 or less.

Today, the same cufflinks sets are now selling for $50 to $100 or more. In another 10 years, IF and only IF, you can find what is considered desirable collectible vintage cufflinks at all, expect to pay several hundreds of dollars to get them.

It has been my experience that some people, both men and women, have trouble understanding this concept and it is not hard to understand if you first consider that in the jewelry hay- days in the US of the 1940s and 1950s, there were over 10,000 jewelry firms producing jewelry. Today, they are all defunct and long gone. The ones you think might still be in business have farmed out their production to foreign countries and poor quality now renders their jewelry items rather worthless.

Think of it like cars that were made in the 1950s, 1960s, 1970s. Had you known in the 1960s that a Dodge Charger in mint condition would now be worth $ 100,000, you would have sold everything you owned and bought 50 of them.

The price and value of antique and vintage cufflinks will not go down, regardless of the state of the economy. Presently, there are no sellers anywhere online that offer large collections of antique of vintage cufflinks for sale. I, at www.greatvintagejewelry.com , have one of the largest vintage cufflink collections available online, and my inventory is constantly in flux. Most cufflink websites online are  for new cufflinks.

To give you a better idea of just how many people are researching or learning about collecting cufflinks, there is only one half way decent book in print about antique and vintage cufflinks and by my standards, of what a vintage jewelry book should be, the book is very poor. No one alive today has great knowledge of the history of cufflink designers that used to exist in the US. Getting information on the designers would require thousands of hours of vintage jewelry research.

Knowing what cufflinks to collect is the most important aspect about collecting antique and vintage cufflinks. Condition is paramount, and all collectors should keep their cufflinks in mint condition. Condition cannot be assessed with the naked eye. Inspection under a loupe or magnifying glass is imperative. If a design is very old or very rare, only then would mint condition be a factor that should be waived.

Collect what you consider very unique and collect figural cufflinks, gold or gold filled cufflinks, antique and vintage sterling silver cufflinks, agate or gemstone cufflinks, and cufflinks with unusual features like art glass, carved wood or other carved materials, Retro Modern machine etched designs, and everything that is vintage souvenir or sports related.  

Swank was one of the largest and most well known cufflink designers, predominately in the 1940s through the 1960s. Many of their designs are NOT collectible, but many are highly collectible, especially unique Retro Modern cufflinks or Modernist designs from the Space Age or Atomic Era, and figural cufflinks such as beer mugs, birds, pistols, and cars.

Unsigned souvenir cufflinks from cities, towns, and places are also not being produced anymore and vintage designs are in very high demand. Anything that points to the culture of the 1960s and 1970s is also on the top of the list such as peace symbols, politics, or Viet Nam or military related.

The top vintage cufflink designers to collect are Anson, Avedon, Christian Dior, Dante, Di Gino, Hadley, Hickok, Joseph Vastano, Kreisler, Oleg Cassini, Renoir, Sarah Coventry, and Spiedel.

Why am I giving this information away ? As a collector, you would think I would want to keep this knowledge to myself. I don't just collect antique and vintage cufflinks but I also collect a very wide range of other vintage designer jewelry and there are not enough years in my life to continue collecting at the pace I have been for the past 30-40 years. Use this information now and one day you will look back and say, “ There was once a very wise woman by the name of Veronica who told me to invest in antique and vintage cufflinks and now, I have a collection worth a small fortune.”

I could tell you a lot of stories about how I got here doing this but, to make lots of long stories short, I once sailed on oil tankers in the US Merchant Marines in the 1970s. (I was the only woman out there and there were no women in the military.) After trading 2 pairs of Levis and some Playboy magazines in a hashish den in Burma for a hand full of uncut Burmese rubies, I went to NYC and sold them to a jeweler for $ 7,000. This old Jewish jeweler took one look at me and said, “ Keep doing whatever it is you are doing and you will be a very successful lady!” That was it. I was hooked. Us “guys” in the merchant marines made tons more money trading goods than we ever made in wages. Of course, those were the days before there were any real US Customs around and as long as you weren’t smuggling drugs, they turned a blind eye to everything else, if and when they ever came aboard ship.

Trust me when I tell you : Buy 100 pairs or more of unique antique and vintage cufflinks in great condition and sit on them for 5 to 10 years or more. You wont be sorry! Buy at around $50 to $100 for vintage cufflinks (more for antique cufflinks) and your investment will be in the $5,000 to $10,000 range. Expect the values to at least triple in 5 to 7 years. That will put your cufflink collection value in the range of $15,000 to $30,000. More realistically however, the values will probably increase 4 or 5 fold closer to 10 years down the road, or a value of about $25,000 to $50,000.

But, I could be wrong. You might buy just one pair of cufflinks and in ten years, just that one pair is worth 20 fold or more of what you paid for them. It all depends on what you learn to buy and not to buy.

Remember : Two pairs of Levis in the 1970s were worth $ 7,000 of Burmese Rubies.



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