Good morning, my darlings!
First things first, I want to thank each and every one of you who entered my giveaway for the Trademark Antiques pendant. It’s now on its way to its lucky new owner, Emily T. I was thrilled that we had so many entries (almost 1,000!!) and I love love loved reading all of your comments.
Since there was a such a terrific response to the giveaway, I thought I’d do a post today dedicated to pieces similar to the one from the giveaway. Some of these are obviously similar, others just have what I feel is a similar aesthetic vibe.
The important part is that these beauties are all for sale and waiting to be scooped up – or pointed out to people who should be starting to think about what to buy you for the upcoming winter holidays. They range in price from around $85 to around $1,700. Happy hunting!
Starting things out with these sweet little pendants. I’m aware that the first one is actually a pear, not an antique enamel flower: it’s demonstrating my point about including pieces with a similar vibe. Isn’t it lovely?
It’s sharing the spotlight here with a pearl and enamel flower-adorned lavaliere (with what I believe is a forget-me-not) and a sweet little blue pansy pendant with a diamond center.
These three are all a different. We’ve got pretty, twining leaves on the first pendant – I think they might be laurel leaves, symbolic of victory – but the dealer doesn’t specify.
The middle pendant is a wreath of golden ivy, which, in this infinite circular form, would symbolize an eternal promise of friendship, love, or fidelity. The third is a locket decorated with an enamel pansy. In the language of flowers, pansy means “think of me” – a pun on the French “pense à moi.”
We’re moving up in price point for a minute to admire these gorgeous Art Nouveau pendants in gold. While the first of these has an antique enamel flower – or at least enamel leaves on a gold-and-pearl flower – the others are just gold floral motifs too beautiful to exclude.
The middle pendant boasts a round border of vivid green enamel; the third pendant, a large central amethyst. They’re all adorned with pearls.
I thought we’d take a tiny break from necklaces to look at pins! I keep hearing around the internet that the brooch is back – I’m totally on board, so I plan on adding some brooches to my collection sooner rather than later. Any one of these would extremely wearable; perfect to stick on the lapel of a jacket, edge of a cardigan, or band of a wool hat.
Most of these are Victorian “honeymoon” brooches, designed like crescent moons adorned with flowers. The sweet nectar of the flower represents the honey. Honeymoon pins were commonly gifted to brides, because the Victorians were nothing if not committed to symbolism.
This beautiful thing is like the giveaway pendant’s older, fancier cousin. And yes, it’s the reason for the upper end of the price range. I just couldn’t bring myself to leave it out. It’s gorgeous. Also Art Nouveau, adorned with enamel floral detailing and pearls.
These antique enamel flower necklaces are all made from converted honeymoon pins like some of the ones we looked at above. So pretty and wearable.
And last but far from least: a whole crop of Trademark Antiques’ converted antique enamel flower rings. The vast majority of these started life a stickpins; they’ve been repurposed as rings for greater wearability and fabulousness.
That brings me to the end of my finds for the day, darlings. I hope you’ve enjoyed these antique enamel flower pieces. Please let me know if you end up adding any to your collection – I’d love to see a photo of how you wear it!
All of these pieces are for sale by the sellers linked to in the source links above. All images and info are thanks to the dealers referenced in the source links.
Elfriede Hoffmann says
here is Elfriede. Where can I buy the brooch with the moonand the pansy or the moon with the forget me not? Please let me know.
Those are so lovely! You have great taste.
The links to the seller of each piece is under the image, where the little numbers are. I will warn you though that these pieces are all vintage, which means one of a kind, and this post is several years old so they may have sold. I recommend checking The Eden Collective and Trademark Antiques for enamel, they usually have some pretty pieces in this style even if those exact ones have been sold.
Gail Tukel says
I love the flower rings and the pear necklace. How can I find out how to make a purchase?
They’re beautiful, aren’t they?? All of the sellers of the items are linked in the post. If you click through to the seller’s store, you can see all the items that they have for sale!
Do you sell the pansy rings? Please tell us how to purchase.
They’re beautiful, aren’t they? The items in this post are for sale by several different dealers. You can find the seller of each piece in the links below the photos.
Trademark Antiques in particular is known for always having some of the pansy rings in stock. Here’s a link to their store: https://www.etsy.com/shop/TrademarkAntiques
Charlotte Issyvoo says
You do nothing but torture me. Torture torture torture.
I have an extensive collection of antique and vintage brooches, and I wear them several days a week. I almost never wear one at a time; I usually compose groups of three that have something in common. They never fail to get positive comments.
That sounds so pretty, wearing your pins in groups!
Agreed!! Sounds fabulous. You make me want to acquire more brooches and group them.
Pearl Beth says
Hello! I am hoping someone here can help me. I’ve never owned an expensive piece of jewellery, and I would appreciate some tips from people who I’m not purchasing from. I would really like to spoil myself with an heirloom quality piece, but I’m not set on earrings, a ring, or a necklace. I live in Buda, Texas and have been looking at a jewelry store in Austin Texas. I’m having trouble picking something out, but I loved a lot of their pieces when I went into the store. Could you possibly recommend a designer or piece of jewellery from this store? I would really appreciate some expert advice. I do love all of the honeymoon pin necklaces, if that helps with my (nearly non existent) sense of style. Thank you so much! Here’s their store: http://www,copelandjewelers.com
I think the best to do is to follow your instincts and acquire what appeals to you the most. It’s almost impossible to recommend any one designer, and there are so many beautiful pieces of jewelry that aren’t “designer”, that don’t have designer names attached to them. A piece of jewelry will catch your eye for so many different reasons; it may have your favorite gemstone in it and be like a talisman, it may remind you of someone or someplace you love, or of a particular time in your life. Go with what you love! And eventually you’ll have a little collection and it’ll be yours, in your own unique style.
I have a very good friend with great style and taste in clothing and jewelry. She doesn’t have loads of clothes, and her jewelry box isn’t overflowing. But she loves every single piece of jewelry she has. Her style is completely different than mine; she wears bold, contemporary, even “raw”, jewelry. But it all fits her personality to a “t”. Lucky for her, her husband “gets” her style, too, and will buy her nice pieces for gifts every so often. But those special pieces only pop up every so often. That’s fine!
It’s easy to like a lot of jewelry, but I do think about how I’ll wear a piece of jewelry and how often I’ll wear it, especially if it’s expensive, before I buy it, even if I just love it! As a result, everything I have is special to me.
All just beautiful! I really need that pear pendant; pears are my favorite fruit!
I didn’t know about the history behind the honeymoon motif. Love it! I have somewhere in the back of my jewelry box an old crescent moon pin I used to wear to close up tops that were cut too low. It’s nothing expensive, not even sterling, but is still in wonderful shape. It’s about an inch long, silver in color, and has a little floral vine winding up the front. I need to bring that out again.
Isn’t the pear wonderful? I love that one, too. and your pin sounds great. I’m trying to be better about wearing brooches, too.