After recently purchasing some beautiful jewelry from a couple of estate sales and a pasture sale, I have started selling jewelry on Etsy. One of the nice things about selling jewelry is that it is small and relatively easy to pack and ship.
It does have a pretty big learning curve though. If you find a piece with a maker’s mark on it, well then that is easy (usually). Even if you don’t recognize it right away there are websites that can help you identify the mark and some really helpful groups on Facebook and even forums on Etsy.
I recently listed this brooch on Etsy. It is a very nice sterling piece but part of the name was missing on the maker’s mark. I posted a picture of the piece and a picture of the maker’s mark on the Facebook group, Texas Gals Jewelry Lover’s and within a very short time I had two people suggest the maker’s name. The first person thought it might be Bill Blass because you could see the letters “lass” on it. The second person recognized it as a “Leo Glass” and she was correct. Since I couldn’t read the first letter of either word on the maker’s mark it would have been really hard to know find out who made it. Someone in the Facebook group immediately recognized it.
These next two pieces are Liz Claiborne. They are usually marked LC or LCi. There are a lot of pretty pieces of vintage Liz Claiborne out there.
This is a Sarah Coventry brooch. They are very popular with collectors and are often marked SARAH COV or just SARAH. I will describe this as a flower and as a sunburst. You never know which search terms people will use.
This is a vintage STARR brooch. It actually has another name on the maker’s mark but I couldn’t read it. I aslo wasn’t able to find anything online that looked similar. If you look closely at the photo, you will see that it is missing one stone. While it is not perfect, there are still people that buy pieces with missing stones, perhaps to use to repair other pieces.
A piece of advice: make notes as you research. I researched this piece a while back and actually found something similar. I waited awhile to list it and when I researched it again I wasn’t able to find the similar item. I can’t remember the search term I used. It is a very pretty blue bracelet though but it doesn’t have any maker marks on it.
This next piece is probably from the 1930s and is made from a type of plastic called celluloid. I bought it from a dealer who thought it was bakelite.
This necklace came from the same lady and she identified it as vintage lampwork beads from the early 1900s. I bought several from her in different colors. I haven’t had any luck selling any of them though. I am hoping that with some more research I will be able to describe it in a way that will attract buyers.
And finally, here are the three pieces I have sold so far on etsy. The first is a Miriam Haskell bracelet. This brand is very collectible and it sold almost immediately. I bought it from the same lady and that is the only reason I knew who made it. Without that knowledge it would have been hard to sell. It is a beautiful piece and I thought about keeping it but I was afraid I might break it.
These earrings are coral colored celluloid and even though they are very discolored in places they still sold fairly quickly. You can see how the leaves have turned a darker color.
I sold this necklace last week. It was a very pretty piece in excellent condition. It was probably made in the 1950s or 1960s. I bought this jewelry display piece at a yard sale a couple of months ago. It has been great for displaying my necklaces.
Well that’s it for today. I currently have about twenty pieces of jewelry listed on etsy. I am still learning the best ways to photograph them and I am spending a lot of time researching them. I enjoy it though and I now make sure to look at jewelry whenever I am at a yard sale or estate sale.
If you would like to see what I have listed, you can visit my etsy shop here. My etsy shop is called veryvintagesouthern.