Sunshine in my shadows

Welcome to sunshine in my shadows. This blog is my space to share all the stuff that makes up my every day life. Family, friends, crafts, recipes, books and all the little things that add 'sunshine to my shadows'. We all have a sprinkling of sunshine and an equal sprinkling of shadows in our lives. Hopefully you will find more sunshine than shadows to read about here and on the days when shadows fall, know that the sunshine is peeking just around the corner!


Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Tuesday trinkets 2

Sharing a bit of a mixed bag today. I'm sorry some of the photos are not that good. Diamantes are very difficult to photograph due to the amount of light they reflect.
I suspect this lovely necklace may be a slightly more modern piece. Perhaps from the 60s or 70s but it is lovely just the same. The diamantes have lost none of their original sparkle.

A very pretty necklace from the 1950s featuring pale blue and clear diamantes. Pieces with coloured diamantes are often worth slightly more than those with just clear ones. Pale blue was very popular in the 1950s.
Another similar style necklace in blue and clear diamantes. 1950s
Pink diamante necklace circa 1950s. The pieces with chains appear to be less well made and I suspect were likely cheaper jewellery than the necklace in the first photograph which features diamantes all the way around to the clasp.
Now for something completely different!

Exquisite old pearl choker. I am unsure of the age of this piece but it is quite old. I purchased it from a lady in the USA. I imagine it was possibly worn as a bridal necklace. The lady who once wore it must have been quite tiny. It measures approximately 10 inches which sounds a lot but isn't. I think the average measurement for a bracelet or bangle today is around 7 inches. I have found that a lot of my vintage pieces seem very tiny by todays standards. Many of my pieces barely fit my daughter Kate who is a very small 18 year old. I hope you have enjoyed todays Tuesday trinkets.

wishing you sunshine in your shadows


  1. Lovely pieces of jewellery Helen - thanks for sharing.

    The first one is beautiful and I also love the pearls.

    Love and hugs,

  2. They are beautiful Helen are they new finds or family heirlooms?Id buy them myself if i saw them for sale anywhere

  3. Thanks Linda the pearl choker has to be one of my most cherished pieces!

    Nelly thanks. I bought almost every bit of my vintage jewellery on ebay. Most came from the States. Some pieces come cheap, others not so much depending on what they are. I also collected a lot buying bulk lots. You may or may not get good pieces buying this way so it's a bit hit and miss. Warning if you go looking it becomes very addictive LOL! My observation is that for pieces in half decent condition prices have gone up tremendously in the last 5 years or so.It also pays to do a little research so you have some idea as to what you are looking at. Most vintage pieces I have seen at antique stores are horribly overpriced compared to ebay even allowing for postage costs.

  4. Hi Helen, your necklaces are exquisite! I love old pearls and diamantes, thanks for sharing your lovely collection. Tam x

  5. I adore the second one, and I have found it very difficult to buy jewelery as I have small wrists (16 cms) and will have to go hunting for some of these,
    Thanks for sharing, they are all divine

  6. Hi Helen, When l come to visit your blog l love that it's unpredictable what l might find. Whether it be something pretty, or something cooking, or maybe a social issue. Because of that l would love to offer you the Kreativ blogger award (from a couple of posts ago), should you choose to accept it. Great selection of vintage jewellery Helen, we have very similar tastes, and great to see a bit of sparkle to add to the Will and Kate wedding vibes.

  7. Very beautiful,are we too well fed these days?

  8. Tam glad you enjoyed my trinkets.I love diamantes and the cut crystals.(I'll be sharing some of those in a future post)

    Lynne a lot of the vintage pieces would fit you beautifully. Glad you enjoyed your visit.

    Bron we do seem to have similar taste!I am very eclectic in my blog posts lol. I am flattered to be offered an award. Can you let me know exactly what I have to do again?

    Simmone thank you and yes I suspect differences in diet and nutrition has a lot to do with it.

  9. Helen to accept the award all you need to do is pop over to my blog and copy the Kreativ Blogger award and paste it to yours. You then apparently have to tell us 10 things about yourself and your 10 favourite blogs. Hope you enjoy the process Helen, it certainly makes one think.