I’ve come to the decision that I actually have too much jewelry. I know that doesn’t sound like a thing, but I just can’t wear all of it. These treasures deserve new homes where they will be enjoyed.
To quote Elizabeth Taylor, we are only temporary custodians of beauty. I’ve had my time with these particular treasures and I’m ready to pass them along to their next keepers. It would give me the greatest thrill to know that jewelry that used to be in my jewelry box is now in yours.
Jewelry box cleanout: buy my jewelry!
Over the past 10 years or so, I’ve carefully sourced these pieces from jewelry stores, antique shows, dealers I’ve worked with, friends on Instagram. They’ve come to me from different cities, states, and countries.
They’re all pieces that I love and believe in (otherwise I wouldn’t have bought them!) but I’ve decided it’s time to set them free! 30+ pieces from my personal collection are now available exclusively from Stay Gold.
Stay Gold is a thrilling new online jewelry store from my dear friend and jewelry genius Liz Kantner. Stay Gold‘s focus is unique, beautifully crafted handmade jewelry; it offers both new and vintage pieces and I am so excited that my collection gets to be a part of its launch.
As you know, authenticity is always an important consideration when you’re buying antique or vintage jewelry. I sent all of these beauties off to my highly qualified friend Nicholle Mogavero (alias Jewelry Nerd) for evaluation. If you buy any of these pieces, you can be confident that they’ve been analyzed by an experienced Graduate Gemologist.
The pieces I’m selling range from fine jewelry to costume, with prices starting under $100 and going up to just over $1,000.
Let’s take a look!
Kicking things off with one of the more affordable beauties in the bunch!
This utterly romantic bracelet is a gorgeous example of Art Deco era costume jewelry. Between the pink stone and that gold filigree, whimsical as a garden gate, there’s a whole lot to love here
I have a weakness for antique turquoise, especially when a piece features antique turquoise that has aged in a way that offers a variety of colors, like in these two pieces.
Turquoise was a popular stone in the Victorian era and for good reason. The left is rosy gold, the right is platinum over yellow gold. Both of these rings are Victorian era, circa 1880. They look so good together, don’t they? I’ve paired these two in a ring stack many times.
If you’ve followed Diamonds in the Library for a while, you already know I love camphor glass. This translucent, dreamily frosty material was popular in the Art Deco era and is usually paired with delicate openwork details. It looks like lace and mist and dreams.
This is the only camphor glass bracelet I’ve ever bought. I’m not much of a bracelet wearer, but I just could not resist this piece. It’s absolutely flawless and the details are stunning! I have loved seeing it in my jewelry box but somehow it never ends up on my wrist. Are you the right person to give it a new home?
Oh hello, you beauty. I still have a great weakness for this ring: I love its vivid green color and the intricate delicacy of the setting’s details.
Like the gold and pink stone bracelet above, this ring is another extraordinary example of Art Deco era costume jewelry. The verdant stone is glass, which means this baby is super affordable (well under $100).
A lovely lavalier!
This pretty piece is Edwardian era, circa 1910. It’s yellow gold with a pretty twinkling old mine cut diamond in a buttercup style setting. This is one of those antique pieces that would translate seamlessly into any modern wardrobe. It’s petite, unique, and utterly romantic.
Isn’t the look of this ring spectacular? It’s so delicate but has such a powerful impact on the finger.
Funny story about this ring. I bought it from a random eBay seller with no jewelry experience who posted only blurry, dark photos. It arrived in a shipping envelope that was fully open at one end. It was pure luck that the ring didn’t fall out in transit.
I wouldn’t resell something from a shady source without looking into it so I had Nicholle (aka Jewelry Nerd) take a look, and she confirmed that while the ring is a genuine antique with real gold and diamonds, the sapphire is a doublet.
“Doublet” means that this sapphire isn’t actually all sapphire: it’s a thin slice of real sapphire attached to a larger piece of synthetic sapphire. You can’t tell from the top or when wearing it, but Nicholle spotted it right away under her loupe. That means that whoever bought this ring before me got ripped off and I did too, but whoever buys it from me now is going to get a great price.
Have you heard of niello? Niello is a striking decorative technique that is somewhat similar to enamel (read more about it here). Good niello chains are getting increasingly hard to find and I have a particular weakness for them…but I had two nearly identical chains of this length so I decided to let one go.
This particular chain is around 16 inches, from the late Victorian or early 20th century and features a large, gorgeous, functional spring ring and beautifully intricate details. Perfect for charms!
And speaking of this charms…how cute is this silver shield fob? It has a cool engraving on the back with the date 1905 and something about Polo. You could have the front engraved too or leave it blank as is.
It looks fantastic with anything but I can tell you that it looks particularly good with the niello chain above. There’s another shield fob in the sale too, but it’s a little more compact with this one and less elaborate.
This ring is iconic Art Deco perfection, circa 1920’s.
Delicate lacy openwork with two pretty blue synthetic sapphires and one little sparkling diamond. It has a nice low profile – that means it sits low on the finger – and I can tell you from experience that it goes with absolutely everything.
Oh hello, you beauty. Man, selling jewelry is hard. Every time I try to describe these pieces to you, I remind myself why I bought them in the first place.
This charmer is Art Deco as well, a romantic 1930’s design. 14K yellow gold with beautiful floral detailing and a luscious amethyst. I love the contrast in this ring between the curving botanical details and the very square gemstone.
It’s hard to beat a classic solitaire in any form!
What’s great about this vintage beauty is that it’s costume jewelry, so it’s under $50. A great find that I enjoyed wearing many times.
We’ve a very special ring right here. It’s eye-catching right away; the bold black and gold color scheme, the fascinating texture.
But it’s more than just a pretty face. This Victorian era piece features elephant hair braided with gold – yes, like from an elephant. It was believed to be good luck, and its exoticness would have appealed to the adventure-hungry Victorians.
How about another treasure from the Victorian era? I think the gently elongated shape of these earrings is so elegant.
These lovely earrings are 14K yellow gold with Taille d’Eparnge enamel and pearls, circa 1870. I especially love the little anchors on the surmounts. Anchors a traditionally a symbol of hope.
I think that’s enough for now! I’m so excited to share so many of my personal collection pieces with you. Don’t forget to head over to Stay Gold to see the rest of my collection and Liz’s other beautifully curated selections.
If you’re loving something here and you can’t find it at Stay Gold, let me know and I’ll help you find the listing! Will you be the next caretaker of my treasures?? I can’t wait to find out.
Product photos by Liz Kantner for Stay Gold.