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Saturday, May 17, 2008


Another of my absolute favourite vintage designers is Albert Weiss.

The jewelry of Albert Weiss was popular from the 1940's to the 1970's. Most of the pieces I've come across are stunningly beautiful, with their marquise cut, high quality Austrian crystal rhinestones.

Weiss rhinestone jewelry is similar to Eisenberg but some other pieces from the 50's also feature rhinestone encrusted butterflies, fruit and flowers.

The absolutely gorgeous piece shown in the photo above, and available for purchase in our RUBY LANE SHOP, really surprised me when I first saw it. I had no idea Weiss had items like this 24" necklace in his line. I was more familiar with his bracelets and choker-style necklaces which often feature marquise-cut stones surrounded by clear prong-set rhinestones. The necklace in the photo, with its baroque imitation pearls and dangling pendant stylings reminded me more of Miriam Haskell.

I'll be adding more Weiss items to this blog over time and I have some really beautiful ones to show you. In the meantime, use the link I've provided to see more photos of this piece or visit my WEISS section at VINTAGE JEWELRY SHOWCASE.

Friday, May 16, 2008


Some years back, I attended a garage sale. I was hunting for gold rings, bracelets, that kind of jewelry. Tucked away under the garage itself was a lady with 2 huge glassed display cases, in which she had some gold and some of the most spectacular vintage rhinestone and swarovski crystal necklaces, brooches and bracelets I'd ever seen. They were absolutely gorgeous and they were all 40 - 60 years old, or older, and were the designs of Canadian vintage designer, Gustave Sherman. That day my love affair with designer vintage jewelry, especially Sherman, began.

The stunning 3-piece set in the photo above consists of bracelet, necklace and earrings. The color is an magnificent blue/purple, primarily purple. If you click the photo above, you can see more and larger views of this parure, which is now sold, but a wonderful example of Sherman's work. Colors like this are rare and sought after, so if you come across a Sherman, especially a signed one, in purples or fuschia or red, snap it up. You'll have a collector's item that everyone wants and which will command a high price if you ever decide to sell it.

It's actually fascinating to see the range of prices for Sherman Jewelry. At my website at SHERMAN JEWELRY SHOWCASE, you'll find more reasonable prices for pieces by Sherman. But on other sites, including even eBay, you'll find Sherman pieces going for several thousand dollars. As my daughter once enviously said to me "I can't believe you can get more for that old jewelry than I can get for a diamond ring!". This is true of designer vintage jewelry, and not just Sherman. In the US, jewelry by Schiaparelli, Schreiner, Miriam Haskell and many others can fetch a huge dollar. You can learn more about buying, collecting and caring for vintage jewelry on my other site at DESIGNER VINTAGE JEWELRY where I also welcome contributions from those experienced in and familiar with this fascinating field.


Okay, here I try for the umpteenth time to get a blog going. Will I stick with it? Who knows. But the only way to know is to start.

If you love vintage jewelry, especially that by the famous vintage designers like Miriam Haskell, Elsa Schiaparelli, Albert Weiss and in Canada, Gustave Sherman, you might want to subscribe to my blog. My intentions are to bring you not just beautiful pieces of vintage jewelry to look at, enjoy or even buy from my various sites, but to also blog on a bit about some of the pitfalls & scams I've encountered buying vintage jewelry online. If I can spare you some of the heartache and stress I've had with this, I will have fulfilled my goal with this blog. So, if this information interests you, dear reader, then subscribe or bookmark this blog.

While you wait for me to write more, I invite you to visit the websites listed on the left under JEWELRY SITES. There's lots to see. I'll be back tomorrow or maybe even later today to begin our journey into Designer Vintage Jewelry and gold, diamonds and gemstone jewelry.

Viga the vintage blogger.