Tuesday, July 1, 2008
AM LEE STERLING SILVER
With gold currently running at $944 an ounce, silver seems like a weak cousin to investors. But as an investment or in jewelry, silver is definitely more affordable. And there are some of us, myself included, who love the look of silver. If you're one of them, and if you like vintage jewelry as well, then let me introduce you to Am Lee Sterling Silver.
The Am Lee name was first used by a company in Providence, Rhode Island in 1946 and appeared on their brooches, bracelets, pendants and earrings.
If you haven't seen a lot of Am Lee jewelry, that's because it's quite scarce, especially the pieces in Sterling Silver, like the one shown here. But it's reasonably easy to recognize. The pieces I've owned are so similar: they all had clear rhinestones and absolutely beautiful and detailed filigree in their designs. Their logo, as shown in the second picture always reads "Am Lee Sterling".
But there are other designers whose designs are so close to Am Lee you really have to look for a signature. I have one on my site at VINTAGE JEWELRY SHOWCASE that bears such a striking resemblance to the design of the Am Lee above, but this one is made by "Espo". It's a lovely piece too. Slip over and take a look. It's only $25.
The thing about Am Lee that makes it valuable to a collector is its scarcity. I once read in a book on vintage costume jewelry that if you come across a piece signed Am Lee Sterling, snap it up. They are so hard to find. Well I've proved that for myself: each time I found an Am Lee Sterling piece ... and I've only found 3 ... they were sold within days of my listing them in my Ruby Lane Shop. The one shown here is the only Am Lee Sterling set that I have left. With matching screw-on earrings, it's just been reduced to $28! Go grab it before someone else does. It's a rare beauty in great condition! Click any photo to go there now.