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 19, 2011

Tuesday trinkets...

Several years ago whilst browsing ebay I came across a lovely old leaf brooch. I bid on it and won it. It was a little shabby but I loved it's shape.Little did I know this small purchase was to be the beginnings of a long love affair with vintage costume jewellery. At first I just bought leaf brooches but soon I discovered all kinds of treasures just waiting to be loved again. I thought I would start a 'Tuesday trinkets' post to share some of my lovely old finds. Most of my jewellery has little real value with the possible exception of a few cherished pieces that are marked by their designer. (A mark is a signature or logo used by a specific designer or company to identify their work)
This brooch is made from pressed metal. I'm not sure what era it is from but I love it's shape.
This double leafed beauty is also made from pressed metal. I'm guessing it's from around the 1940s era but the simple red glass cabachon suggests an earlier time.
 Mother of pearl brooch. Probably 1940s or early 1950s
Red and white diamante brooch 1940s
Gorgeous pink lucite and diamante brooch from the 1950s. Lucite was a type of plastic that was used extensively in jewellery making in the 1950s and 1960s.
My photograph does not do justice to this glorious copper leaf. I purchased this from a lady in Canada. I am not sure what era it hails from but it is a REAL leaf coated in copper! Isn't it just gorgeous?
A divine example of an enamelled leaf brooch. I'm not sure what era this is from, perhaps a slightly more modern time? I fell in love with the colour.
I hope you have enjoyed my Tuesday trinkets.
wishing you sunshine in your shadows


  1. Thank you for sharing your Treasured Tuesday Trinkets with us Helen - I shall look forward to viewing whatever you choose to share next Tuesday.,

    These are really lovely and all shapes and colours - do you wear them at all or is it just a collection?

    It is fascinating to see the things that captivate our hearts - I am determined I am not making any more collections, but they do bring joy.

    Love and hugs,

  2. I love old jewellery too and have a fair few things some have been on my old posts some have starred in my youtube and some for youtibe are still stuck in my video camera from b4 xmas lol

  3. Linda sometimes I wear pieces from my collections. Brooches are great as long as the pins are firm. Sadly a lot of the beautiful necklaces and bracelets I own just do not fit my neck and wrists. Ladies of the past were obviously built much smaller than I am. Many of my pieces barely fit Kate and you know how tiny she is!

    Nelly I must read back through your blog some more. Sadly our firewall blocks utube so I rarely get to see anything from there.

  4. Thank you for visiting me the other day..your blog is lovely!!! And these brooches are stunning...that pink one from the 1950s reminds me of one my grandma had...oh dear wonder what happened to it.

    Happy day to you.

  5. Thanks Koralee, glad you came by. Yes I often wonder what happened to my Nanna's jewellery too.