Gold Enamel Snake BraceletI have always been attracted to old things.   I was the ‘American Picker’ of the 80’s.  What started as an occasional relaxing excursion soon became my main avenue of enjoyment.  Over time I altered my collections to include:  1940-50’s toys; tin banks; paperweights; teddy bears, and Christmas and Halloween decorations. 

When I found my first piece of jewelry history,  I was hooked.  At a small shop in New Hampshire, I found a small brass looking coil bracelet that was made with human hair.  I paid $7.00 for it because I was quite sure it was enamel over gold. Once I got it home and polished it, I found that it was a  French enameled 14K gold Victorian hair snake bracelet with ruby eyes.  The bracelet portion was  stretched with damage to the face as well.   I walked away with a magnificent piece of history, and  a valuable, albeit damaged treasure. 

That event began my fascination with unusual and unique costume jewelry.  I started to research the history of costume jewelry and its famous designers.  I purchased books, scoured websites, studied the jewelry industry, and eventually became a more thoughtful buyer.  My collection has grown to the point where I wish to share it with others, in the hopes that the items I treasure will be ‘found’ by someone else who will also cherish them as do I.