I have always been attracted to “old things.” I’ve scoured antique shops and flea markets looking for “finds”. In my youth, that simply meant “inexpensive” but good bargains, or so I thought, since I rarely had money for the truly beautiful items I encountered. However, I spent many enjoyable hours wandering through booths, talking with vendors, picking up and then putting down objects, only to circle around to the same booth to learn more or to negotiate the price of an item. I was the American Picker of the 80s. What began as a relaxing excursion, quickly became my main “go to” for fun. Over time I altered my collections to include: toys from the 1940-50’s; tin banks; glass paperweights; teddy bears, and Christmas and Halloween decorations. But it wasn’t until I abandoned my career that I turned to “jewelry” as my focal point.
Browsing antique shops more frequently and for longer periods of time enabled me to examine things I’d never noticed before. Having worn little jewelry, I was surprised to find I was attracted to the tiny jewels so artfully displayed at these venues. When I found my first piece of history though, I was hooked. At a small shop in New Hampshire I found a Victorian, French enameled 14K gold hair snake bracelet with ruby eyes. It was quite worn, resulting in the bracelet portion being stretched out, and there was damage to the face as if it had been stepped on. But when I saw it, I knew immediately what it was – even though I’d never studied jewelry history. It was as if the bracelet spoke to me, saying “buy me and I’ll tell you my story.” So I walked away with a magnificent piece of history, and a valuable, albeit damaged treasure.
That was the beginning of my commitment —- to jewels and all things lovely. Thus I began a learning quest to acquire information about costume jewelry. I purchased books, scoured websites for information, read about the jewelry industry, and eventually became a more thoughtful buyer. My collection has grown to the point where I’d like to share it with others, in the hopes that the pieces I treasure will be “found” by someone who desires the unusual, unique, and one-of-a-kind items displayed in the store. Not surprisingly, my collection reflects the very culture of today. History, like fashion repeats itself again and again. The jewelry of the 1930-50’s, considered the “hey-day of costume jewelry,” has been resurrected and it is what you find in stores today — “replicas” of jewelry made more than 50 years ago.
However, the jewelry contained in my store is the “real deal,” beautifully made and intact after many years of wear or sitting in grandma or mom’s jewelry case. Provided for your enjoyment I hope you find something that “speaks” to you and makes you feel beautiful while you shop at ReWindTime.