For unique vintage jewelry, rare and wonderful gift items, and custom art glass, visit us at ETSY (StudioFind). The Vault Specials are now posted for the month of July. Discounts are 30%.
The Vault Specials for May are listed. Check out StudioFind on Etsy for 30% savings on Vault Specials. Also, we take requests for our vault specials that may be coming up. If there’s an item you just have to have, let us know and if we can we will highlight it for one of the next months vault specials.
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Howard and Carrie
Just in time for a little help with your Christmas Shopping! For the month of November, StudioFind (on Etsy) will discount any jewelry or stained glass you purchase by 20%. Nestle ino your favorite chair, sip on a great beverage, and shop for unique treasures from different countries or bygone era. Enjoy your shopping, whether you find a rare piece for a dear friend, or you become overwhelmed with inspiration and create your own treasure. GET COUPON CODE from our Etsy site; StudioFind
ANNOUNCEMENT; Five new items marked down 30% each month for 30 days!
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Look in The “vault specials” section each month. It is actually a calendar month. But it was too hard to pass up the “Thirty for Thirty” thing.
Vintage. Collectable. Treasures. Unique Gifts. Stained Glass
Shop in our Ermani Bulatti Section, or Alice Caviness. Or shop a host of designers from around the globe. You will find unique and unusual wearable art for yourself or a special friend
And by vintage jewelry, we mean vintage costume jewelry, (or vintage fashion jewelry), as opposed to FINE Jewelry. For us, this represents an inexhausible marketplace of wonderfully artistic creations that have been languishing in obscurity, waiting to be rediscovered. And then there’s the thing about being affordable. In many cases you may obtain “drop-dead gorgeous” pieces for pricing that may range from $3.00 to $5,000.
Everyone who collects has their own motives or obsessions. One might collect items from “a better time”, something to which particular memories attach themselves. There might be pride of ownership, or social interaction, like playing cards. Still others may be motivated to preserve a piece of history for those who follow. (Sadly, when precious metals prices escalate, historic and irreplaceable artworks begin to disappear through local shops that melt precious metals to bullion. (While this may not affect costume jewelry related to gold, it does have a great impact on wonderfully unique silver art pieces). From the response of people we have asked, financial gain is not usually mentioned anyway. Collecting may be what inspires buying and selling, or it may unexpectedly spring forth as an offshoot of buying and selling; as happened to be the case with us. I have learned that collecting and personal possession occurs when I open a newly acquired item and Carrie grabs the piece and runs upstairs (instant collecting).
To be more correct, Carrie and I love artistic jewelry and stained glass items that lift the spirit, inspire, and stir the creative juices. When we come across a newly discovered artist or a wonderfully orchestrated piece that evokes; “Whoa, is that amazing or what?” it is like a new beginning for an entire chain of artistic fantasy.
Not everyone is able to collect artwork from Louis Comfort Tiffany, Galle, Gaillard, Daum, Rene Lallique, Faberge, or Harry Winston, but boy do they inspire. You only have to take an armchair stroll through Pinterest to be totally amazed, humbled, and inspired. Gratefully, there is a wonderfully satisfying world of magnificent designs and creative pieces at your fingertips. And, as we mentioned, it is pretty much inexhaustible. Treasures from around the globe are affordable and at your fingertips. Those artful creations should serve as a source of inspiration; never discouragement. You may use them to help with a design, (often we will study a piece to see how a design difficulty has been overcome), purchase for personal adornment, or present them to the public from your own storefront. In our case, we do a little bit of all of the above. Most become models to be photographed and listed on our Etsy site.
In addition to Necklaces, Bracelets and Earrings, there is a whole other world of Hat Pins, Stick Pins, Scarf Clips, Fur Clips, Sweater Clips, Hair Clips, Chatelaines, and Shoe Clips. They are under appreciated, partly because of their current usefulness with today’s fashion. Tennis shoes pretty much did in the shoe clip industry. There is certainly room for a little creativity with those items. All that is needed is a little re-Imagineering.
Buying and selling vintage jewelry on Ebay, Etsy, Ruby Lane, or any of the other web avenues is not actually collecting. It is a means we use to keep us active, inspired, and viable. Through these new avenues, you get to know the community. More importantly, the community gets to know you and what specific items hold interest for you. Carrie and I are both amazed at the community that is Etsy. We have met some truly genuine and pleasant people through our dealings within the Etsy family.
Now, we have discovered that there is a simple distinction between what is considered “Fine Jewelry”, and what is considered “Costume” or fashion jewelry. Pretty much, if we can’t afford it, it’s fine jewelry. That might not be exactly truthful, but close. Fine jewelry is generally defined by precious metals (gold, platinum, rhodium, etc), accented with precious gemstones; typically, diamonds, rubies, emeralds, and sapphires. Then, of course, there is the designer, and/or, manufacturer.
For ourselves, Carrie and I make this distinction; if we know what Fine Jewelry is, then Fashion Jewelry would be everything that is not categorized as Fine. That’s a good thing! Because there is a plethora of remarkable works available for every budget covering a wide range of prices. Consider for a moment the most elegant design from the 1930s that might be made of jade and faceted white spinel. Or an Art Deco piece fashioned from Brilliant Obsidian with Hunter Green Scissors cut Tourmaline. In fact, the tighter the restrictions on Fine Jewelry the bigger your playground for Fashion Jewelry. Does the definition actually establish price? Not exclusively. At least there is no direct link between the two, other than the price of precious metals and gems. It will tend to influence who’s shop either category will end up in. And, that will affect price.
Further, in defense of fashion jewelry, we are very comfortable with a system that values artistry and design over intrinsic value. We have seen some mighty hideous jewelry that looks like it has been created by someone’s foot, valued high due to the material used. Trust in your sense of design. Perhaps, pick a select group to begin with. You may focus on vintage rings, or refine it a bit more to encompass Vintage Art Deco rings.
The best advice we were given when we owned our glass studio, was from a friend; “Buy and make items that trip your trigger. Purchase or make items YOU fall in love with, because in the end, you are probably going to own them anyway.” As advice goes, probably a bit pragmatic. It was, however, not meant to be discouraging.
Since, we never intended to sell massive amounts of jewelry, like lettuce or eggs, we have tried to follow that advice. We price and present items that we are comfortable with. If you are in a period when sales are down, it is sometimes tempting to think in patterns like; “People want cute chickens!”, and off you go making Cute “chicken everything”; earrings, buttons, engagement rings. When our studio was making stained glass windows, “Customers couldn’t get enough humming birds.” An old friend, who also did very large stained glass windows, would get so disheartened when he got a big commission to create a humming bird window. Most often it was a large window and he would lament; “I’m going to be working on this Brutish Humming Condor for a month!”
After all is said, collecting (or buying selling and collecting) is simply a great adventure; a fulfilling hobby. Fine jewelry or fashion jewelry, we are just talking here about the choice you make. If Carrie and I got into Fine Jewelry, we would probably end up with a one earring shop. We love design and professional execution through the finished product. And, we really love lots of examples for inspiration. Use, for example, a Deco dress clip to inspire a window. Or, a brooch to help with the composition of a fabric art piece.
Many years ago I was taking an evening class in life drawing. Early in a class that involved a lovely nude model and were asked to do two 30 minute sketches. There where perhaps 15 adult students at easels set up around the model. When the time was up, we were asked to go around and view each other’s drawings. I was shocked. Until that time, I thought they would all be the same; allowing for variances only from the talents and abilities of the individual artist.
I was incredibly wrong! Each was its own creation; some only loosely dependent on the model. It would be hard to convey the visual impact the collective works imparted. My depiction was of fine greyish lines; lightly shaded, almost feminine. Not much more than a suggestion of the model. Others were heavy and bold; earthy to the point of feeling weight, heat, and perspiration. Still others were chiseled, as if worked from clay. All were inspiring. (Note to self, get more aggressive. Lose the timidity).
Collect vintage jewelry to learn first hand about the artistic periods that inspired each piece. To learn about the consumers of the period. To learn about how design problems were approached and resolved. But mostly, collect vintage jewelry because it will keep your own internal artist-self in play.
For several years now, Carrie and I have been “collecting” vintage pieces created by Ermani Bulatti. There is something about his unapologetic creative process that is very comforting. His works are generally oversized and at any given time have design elements from Art Deco, Art Nouveau, Neo-Classical, Etruscan, Modern, etc. And yet, they are always easily identified from the eclectic mind of Ermani Bulatti. We have assembled many pieces for your viewing and purchase on our Etsy site. The thing is, not much is known about this man. There are still Bulatti pieces being created and sold, although we find the new line more refined and to be minus the eclectic nature of his earlier pieces.
From what we could find on the web, Ermani Bulatti designed, developed, and marketed works in the 1970s and 1980s, from Amsterdam. Those artworks were marketed through high end retailers and specialty boutiques throughout; Amsterdam, Milan, Paris, and New York. We believe he was Italian by birth, but have never found any confirmation of that.
What his earliest influences/experiences were is also somewhat sparsley documented. Since we are always searching for a “new piece of his vintage jewelry” we are constantly coming across limited biographical information; but mostly what we already know of this unique individual. Your input is always welcome. Once again, please visit our Etsy site, and in the meantime here are a few of his featured works for you viewing.
Welcome to our site. StudioFind is an Etsy shop specializing in vintage jewelry and stained glass art pieces. On this page, you will find a sampling of items that appear on our Etsy shop. From time to time we will also post information on vintage jewelry, designers, and educational articles about jewelry and stained glass. We appreciate your visit, look forward to your comments, and hope that you will visit our site on Etsy!
Carrie and Howard @ StudioFind