Aurora Borealis...Blue Jewels of Choice

Collecting vintage jewelry comes with a price besides what you pay for it whether you thrift, flea, garage, junktique shop or...gasp...Retail/Internet shop.   That price?  The Parting Pain!

It is almost too high a price to pay...the pain of parting with pieces you have coveted for so long.  It doesn't matter that many of the treasures may be missing a rhinestone or two or the clasp is broken, or even covered in dirt.  All of those flaws can be fixed.

Yet, once they are repaired and it is your intention to 'Part' with said 'Treasure', it is still hard to do.  That is where I am with this latest 'VintageToVogue' necklace that was previously three different pairs of clip on earrings, a strand of knotted faux pearls and a mixture of glass and crystal beads.

Most of what I collect is NOT in MINT condition.  I am not put off by broken, chipped, or missing rhinestones.  If one earring is missing a few stones, or the clip is broken, all the better for repurposing into a new piece.  Such was the case with the pair of Aurora Borealis earrings. 

The Blue Aurora Borealis is my color of choice between Red, Green, and Clear. The technique of applying rhinestones with an iridescent metallic coating was developed in the early 1950's by French Fashion Designer, Chrisian Dior.
He collaborated with Austrian crystal manufacturer, Swarovski in developing and producing the coating that gave the stones a dazzling glimmer.  They named the coating after the mysterious glow of the Northern Lights.  The first massed produced aurora borealis coated costume jewelry hit the public market in 1955. 

 Parting is such Sweet Sorrow...but...I'll get over it...as soon as it sells.
In it's favor is the BSK marking on the once-an-earring pendant.
The pristine knotted strand of pearls with the original clasp adds to it's value as well.
I'm betting Blue Aurora Borealis just might be your Jewel of Choice, too.
I'm pretty sure it is Sally's!
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Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Sue - the colours certainly are and the thought of seeing an aurora-borealis ... would be just wonderful - one day perhaps.

You're very clever recrafting your purchases ... and I can feel the pearls ...

Cheers Hilary

Wendy said...


Joanne said...

that blue is so rich and I love the name.

Pom Pom said...

Good for you, Sue, parting with stuff! That's lovely and you have such an eye for it all.

Cheryl's Teapots2Quilting said...

That necklace is lovely.


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