I 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.