VINTAGE COSTUME JEWELRY
Daniel W. VanArsdale, 7/2007, 10/2010,
Currently (8/25/2016) none
of the below links to Picasa albums are working. This is due to incompetence,
or deliberate sabotage, by Google,
since all these were working since any changes I made.
Many others have the same problem, and Google
seems to be offering little or no help since their priorty
seems to be to force everyone
to use Google+, their attempt at social networking. Even that route does
not work. If you know how to correct this please advise, or provide an instructional
link. Google links I examined did not seem to apply. DWV
Since 1987 I have collected
over a thousand different vintage costume jewelry owl pendants.
Almost all were purchased used, initially at California swap
meets and thrift stores, later on eBay. Most were mass produced
during a fad for owl pendants during the 1970's. Links are provided
here to view the entire collection. Each item is individually photographed
and documented. I hope this will assist collectors of inexpensive jewelry
and provide the general viewer with an appreciation of this episode
in popular design.
There are approximately 1250 items in
the collection, representing over 900 different molds (shapes
or types). For many types I have collected variations such as
both a goldtone and silvertone example, or different colors of
enamel. Of the 1250 pendants, over 425 are signed on the back.
Initially I collected all categories of owl jewelry. But there are so
many that budgetary and space considerations incline one to specialize.
Pendants have the advantage of ease of display - they have a loop
for suspension (the "bail"), and most lie flat in contrast to pins.
Pendants less than one inch in length are likely charms or detached
earrings, though one pendant just one half inch long was attached to
an 8 inch chain. Larger pieces may actually be watch or key chain fobs,
wall hangings or even Christmas ornaments. Also included are pieces that
have both a bail for suspension and a pin for fastening to fabric.
My approach to collecting costume jewelry
has been influenced by long established conventions in coin
and stamp collecting. There is an impossible attempt at completeness,
and thus an interest in very common and undistinguished items
as well as the identification of variations and rarities. In addition,
I have sought to demonstrate how designers copy one another or modify
their own creations. There are many ways to collect costume jewelry,
such as by designer, material, style, period, animals, etc. No
claim is made here that my way is more appropriate than any other.
If it can escape the bane of fraudulent copying, inexpensive jewelry
should provide a rich province for creative collecting. Each piece
once appealed enough to someone to get them to buy it. Some pieces
make us wonder how that could be, but these illustrate how much tastes
can change as the years pass.
The collection is mounted on sheets
of black velvet tacked to walls. The pendants are hung in rows
using 5/8 inch brads with narrow heads. If a pendant has a particularly
narrow opening in the bail one can snip the head off the brad
so the pendant can be conveniently removed and replaced without
removing the brad. Rings or a bit of wire may also be used to hang
a piece. Chains are usually removed and tagged to identify which
pendant they go with. Some chains are left on and displayed if they
can not be removed without damage or are customized to the pendant.
The manner of organizing
any collection is important, especially as the collection
grows. Designer names are prominent in collecting and marketing
vintage costume jewelry, and are featured in the literature. But
with many unsigned pieces other criteria must apply also. Be
sure to organize your collection so that if you look at a picture
of a piece offered for sale you can easily check if you already have
it or not. For owl pendants the number of jointed segments (if any)
and the total length of the pendant are useful for this.
I used a Canon Power
Shot S50 digital camera (5 million pixels) for the pictures
here. All were shot without the flash and using autofocus and
macro (close up) mode. I gave up on "manual" focus, and some
pieces presented a challenge to the autofocus. It often helped
to change the background color, as from black to orange. If I were
ever to do something like this again I would invest in a SLR digital
camera. It would also have been helpful to purchase a light box,
though an improvised arrangement using a cut out plastic water jug
can suppress reflections. I used natural lighting, shooting only
on sunny mornings, and controlling the light by Venetian blinds.
Though initially I often failed to do so, I now advise that the photograph
of a piece always shows a part of the chain it is suspended on, if
there is one. It is also informative to include any parts of a set
that may be present, such as earrings.
There are several online photo sharing
programs available. This presentation uses Picasa, a package
of free photo management software from Google. For information
on Picasa see the "Links and References" at the end of this page.
Google also provides 1024 MB of free disk space for one to share photographs
using Picasa. Links are provided below to 33 Picasa Web Albums containing
a total of about 1345 jpeg photos. These include a picture of every
pendant in the collection (some pendants appear in more than one Web
Album) and use about 25 % of my 1024 MB. Once within a Web Album the viewer
may wish to use the following Picasa options:
Comments, corrections or questions
are welcome. The great majority of photographs are of a single piece.
For each photo Picasa allows for a caption whose first line
of text is displayed in the Web Albums without requiring action
by the viewer. Following is the kind of information I have provided
in these captions.
- View the complete caption
to a photo by placing the mouse pointer over the image.
- Enlarge a photo by left clicking
the image. The enlarged image will display the complete caption.
- Leave a comment to a photo
you are viewing enlarged by clicking "Post Comment" below
the image and on the right.
- Return to viewing the entire
album (while viewing an enlargement) by clicking the highlighted
- While viewing the album, activate
a slide show of highly enlarged photos by clicking "Slideshow"
on the top left.
In recent years, Google, which provides the Picasa software,
discouraged the use of Picasa in order to promote their social networking
program Google+. The situation has now been stable for a few years (2015).
When you click on a link to a Picasa photo album below, you will likely
initially see it displayed in the Google+ format, without any margins between
photos. There should be a yellow rectangle near the top-center of the
display which converts the album to a Picasa format with margins and captions.
Alternatively, you may stay in the Google+ format. Then clicking a photo
provides an enlarged version with its caption and other information
to the right.
The designer or manufacturer's name or logo if it appears
on the piece. Also provided are product numbers, dates of manufacture,
country of origin, etc. - any inscription that appears. If information
comes from a removable tag, or from the chain, this is either
not used or the source is documented. Such identification can be
added to a piece to mislead a buyer. If no signature is given in
the caption to a piece it means it is unsigned.
of Segments: This is the number of flexibly attached
segments through the vertical mid-line of the piece. Dangling eyes
or wings are not counted as segments. Joining of segments may
be by jump rings, permanent hooks on the piece or an incorporated
chain. If the number of segments is clear from the photograph I generally
do not bother to state it in the caption. If a piece is unjointed
it is considered to have one segment.
The vertical length in inches (to tenths) from the highest
place on the head (ear tips or top center of the head) to the lowest
place on the tail. The bail is not measured, but tassels are. The
length of a jointed pendant may vary with the size of jump rings. For
multiple or framed owls we measure the vertical length of the whole
piece. Note that the length of some pins is not well defined since
its design may allow multiple interpretations of what is a proper vertical
direction. However vertical direction is well defined for a pendant
- it is just the direction it hangs when suspended from its bail.
Conversion: 1 inch = 2.54 centimeters. In the Picasa captions we abbreviate,
for example, a length of 3.4 inches by L 3.4".
The weight of the piece in avoirdupois ounces. This excludes
the chain unless otherwise specified. Conversion: 16 ounces
= 1 pound, 1 ounce = 28.349 grams. Inexpensive electronic
scales are now available with accuracy to 1/10 of a gram. This allows
rapid and accurate weighing to the nearest 1/100 of an ounce. Though
weight is not visually apparent, together with the length it provides
a useful way to refer to a piece in a Web Album. Also modern copies
are often lighter than the corresponding vintage piece and hence weight
may become useful in authentication. In the Picasa captions we abbreviate,
for example, a weight 0.62 ounces by W 0.62 oz.
Use: The type of accessory:
pendant, pin / pendant, key chain fob, locket, perfume holder,
wall hanging, etc. If unstated it means the piece is a pendant.
& Materials: "Goldtone" and "silvertone" mean any
type of metal that is either gold or silver colored throughout,
or is coated with a gold or silver colored material. Similar use
is made of the terms "pewtertone," "coppertone," and "bronzetone."
Though these colors may seem apparent in photographs, it is common
on eBay to see a piece that, for example, looks goldtone in a photograph
but is silvertone. This may result from background colors or even your
browser settings. Thus we generally specify the predominant metal
color even it is seems apparent in the photo. About the only actual metals
identified here are sterling silver, copper, pewter and bronze - usually
by a mark on the piece. Auxiliary materials used on a piece may also be
identified, such as enamel, plastic, faceted glass, ceramic and paint.
The terms below relate roughly to how often I have seen a
piece offered for sale at yard sales, flea markets and shops (since
1987), or on eBay (since around 1997). In 2008 new owl pendants from
Asia began appearing in great numbers on eBay and the number of vintage
pieces offered declined. The rarity estimates below are what was
observed prior to this change.
Price is not considered: a common item may be priced high, a rare
item cheap. For many items, especially smaller unsigned pendants,
I have not kept a mental tally. For these I either give no estimate
of rarity, or lump them in the category "AVAILABLE." These estimates do
not apply to handcrafted, imported or old (pre 1960) items. An estimation
of rarity must distinguish between the rarity of the type (mold), and
the rarity of a variation
of the type, such as the particular colors in the piece illustrated.
If it is not clear from the context, we will explicitly state so
if the rarity refers to a variation. The word "type" here is similar
to its the usage in coin collecting, where in a "type collection" one
collects an example of a basic coin design, disregarding varying dates
and mint marks. Again, the following definitions apply to the eBay
market in 2007, but
ABUNDANT: I have seen
hundreds just in the previous five years. There are always
some of the type on eBay.
COMMON: I have seen
dozens over the years. There is often one for sale on eBay.
AVAILABLE: I may have
seen at least ten over the years. Or I may not have kept
a mental tally if the piece is small, unsigned or otherwise indistinctive.
Though probably the piece is not "common," if you watch eBay for
a few months one is likely to be offered for sale.
UNCOMMON: I have seen
several over the years. You may have to wait a year for one
to come up on eBay.
RARE: I have seen
at most a few. And the piece is easily recognized, being large,
signed, memorable in some way, or a type I have been looking for.
It could be several years, if ever, for one to be offered on eBay.
At the end of the caption I may add such information as:
(1) comparisons to other pieces, especially different versions
of the same mold, (2) different signatures found on the same
type, (3) selling prices (including shipping) of this or
similar pieces on eBay, with month and year of sale, (4) when the
piece was purchased, (5) assessment as to whether a
piece is vintage or not, and (6) any known appearance of the piece in
a book or periodical. I wish now that I had recorded the acquisition
date of all the owls in the collection, especially those bought
in the last 10 years, since this would have been useful in deciding
if a piece is truly vintage. Recently (10/2013) I have used
Newspapers.com to search "owl pendant" or "owl necklace" and find early
advertisements of owl pendants. Several results are documented in captions
in the web albums. This could be used for other jewelry, but only if it
is in a category that has a conventional name to search for.
VINTAGE OR NOT?
Since around 2007 hundreds of new types of
owl pendants have been manufactured in Asia. At first, most of
these designs were imitative of popular vintage American designs.
But after a year or so, totally new creations appeared. These
recent imports may often be distinguished from vintage pieces in
the following ways: (1) they are almost never signed, (2) the new
pieces are lighter and often smaller than comparable vintage pieces,
(3) genuine enamel (glass) is rarely seen, however there is a "fake
enamel", made of thin plastic sheets, that is difficult to distinguish
from real enamel and impossible to distinguish in a photograph, (4)
the back of the piece often bears small indented dots (molds for metals
with high nickel content may bear such marks), or streaks, (5) chains
supplied often have the "lobster claw" type fastener, (6) recently, garish
color combinations are often seen on the imports. Using the eBay search
function on "owl pendant new" one gets over 15,000 matches (11/2012), but
most of these are duplicates of several hundred unique designs. The vast
majority of such lots are from China or Korea and many offer multiples with
a per unit price less than a dollar and very low or free shipping costs. Even
if you do not find a piece you are looking for, by searching new items you
can get a feel for identifying these imports.
But increasingly they are looking more and
more like they are of vintage manufacture. Often such new designs
will be described by Asian sellers as "vintage" in eBay auction
titles, usually due to unfamiliarity with the term rather than
deliberate deceit. The term "vintage style" may also be used, which
always applies to a recent import. Many are in the category "New,
Vintage Reproductions", within the Jewelry & Watches category.
However many domestic sellers on eBay have begun passing off recent
Asian imports as "vintage", often at much higher prices than the direct
seller's price. This may be due to innocent second hand purchases, but
often it is deception to get a better price for the piece. This is likely
the case when we see a seller offering many such "vintage" pieces, or even
multiple lots of the same design. You may be able to find a piece listed
by other sellers as new by using the eBay search function. But this can
be time consuming, especially with thousands of different pieces coming in
each year. This problem is growing and threatens the market value of genuine
unsigned vintage costume jewelry as well as its historical study. A
belated solution to this problem would be the legal requirement that
imported jewelry be permanently marked with the country of origin.
It appears that country of origin identification was required in the
past, though often it was by a removable label. Perhaps recent trade agreements
have nullified the option to require such labeling. The current flood of
imitative imports is going to cost many elderly women hundreds of dollars
of value in the costume jewelry they have accumulated over a lifetime.
Politicians I have contacted about this do not seem at all interested.
Albums - Finding a pendant.
Ordering photographs within web albums may
be done by one of the following criteria.
(1) Signature. Ordering is alphabetic. Within blocks
of the same signature the next criteria apply.
If you wish to look for a specific owl
pendant whose photo and description may appear here, do
the following steps. The clickable titles are links to Picasa
Web Albums. Note (10-9-2013): after clicking the links below you will
go to a Google+ display of the pictures without captions; a message
will read "Click here to go to Picassa Web Albums."
(2) Number of Segments-Length-Weight.
These terms are defined above. Ordering
is from smaller to larger for each criterion. If the number
of segments are equal, length determines order. If lengths are
also equal, weight is used.
(3) Expository requirements.
I have ordered some expository albums (e.g. Shared Parts) in
a way that facilitates explanations.
(1) If the pendant has a mark for silver (e.g.
"sterling", "ster", "925") or is unmarked silver
- search for it by segments-length-weight in STERLING.
(2) If the pendant is signed
(and is not sterling) search for it by the name in one of
the following categories: A-C,
Alice Caviness, D-G, Eisenberg,
JJ, L-P, Q-Z, Razza, SAO (or SA?), Tancer II,
(3) If only the head
is depicted, or multiple heads (and it is not
sterling nor signed) - search for it by segments-length-weight
(4) If the owl is
enclosed within a frame or backdrop
(and it is not in any of the above three categories) - search
for it by segments-length-weight in FRAMED.
Pendants that do not
fall in any of the above four categories are ordered by segments-length-weight.
Search as follows.
(5) If the pendant is not jointed
(one segment) search for it by length-weight in the following
ranges of length: 0.-1.9,
(6) If the pendant has exactly two
segments search for it by length-weight in: Two Segments.
(7) If the pendant has exactly three
segments search for it by length-weight in the following ranges
of length: 0-2.9,
(8) If the pendant has four or more
segments search for it by segments-length-weight in Four
or more segments.
There are also the following
expository groupings: Very
Common - Signed, Very
Common - Unsigned, Very Rare
- Signed, Very Rare
- Unsigned, Some Variations,
Oval Eyes Design (variations on a classic and abundant design) and
Parts (recommended - documents many examples of copying). Finally,
there are some auction photographs of owl pendants not in the
collection in Some
More information about all these Picasa
Web Albums, with sample photographs and links repeated, appear
below. The numbers in parentheses after the links are the total
number of photographs in the Web Album.
The following categories of
owl pendants appear in their own Web Albums.
(42) Signed or unsigned, all predominantly silver
pieces, usually with a mark "sterling", "ster" or "925". Designer
signed pieces may also appear in the appropriate web album for
that signature. Sterling designer names appearing in the album
are: Bergere, Danecraft, G, Gorham, IS, Ferrara, LP, LW, Reed
& Barton, R.M. Trush, TSG, Uno A Erre. Also Mexico: APA, JPO,
TJ-17, TM-12, TM-65, TM-120, TS-01, TV-69 and Taxco MPL.
Unsigned, and only the head is depicted, or multiple
heads. If signed, the piece appears instead in the appropriate web
album for that signature. .
Unsigned, and the figure of the owl is enclosed within a
frame or backdrop. If signed, the piece appears
instead in the appropriate web album for that signature. If the
piece is a framed head, it appears in the Heads category.
SIGNED OWL PENDANTS
A - C (60) Principal names appearing
on the pieces are: Aachener, Accent, AD, Alan, Alpaca, Appleye, Art, Avon,
BCO, Beau Sterling, Bell, Kelly Bensimon, Bergere, BHS, BJ, Blackington, B/Line,
Bremin, CA, Cadora, Capri, Hattie Carnegie, Cathedral Pewter, Celebrity, Ciner,
Cinerama, CMI, Coro, Coventry, CP, CR.
Following are links to Picasa Web Albums
in which you will see the signed owl pendants in my collection,
plus some auction photos of signed pendants I do not possess.
Items are organized alphabetically by the names. Several more
common signatures have their own separate web album. The principal
names actually appearing on the piece are used in the file name for
the piece, and below. If a first and last name appear, alphabetizing
uses the last name. All Mexican signatures appear under
"Mexico." Pieces which carry a designation for sterling
("Sterling", "925", etc.) appear in the web album Sterling, whether
they also carry a maker's mark or not.
PHOTO: Signed CINER. L 3.3", W 2.54 oz.
Enamel on goldtone. Uncommon.
D - G (27)
Mimi Din, Walt Disney, Dodd's, D'Orlan, George S. Driessmer,
Elaine, Sigmund Espeland, Fab, JC Ferrara, FFA, Florenza, Four
Seasons, G, Gerry's, Linda Gissen, Goldette, Grey Owl.
H - K (43)
Names: The Handcrafter, Glenn Heath, Heirloom Pewter, Henderson,
Hensen, Heritage Pewter, Hije, HMS, Hobe, Hollycraft, Hong Kong,
India, Italy, Japan, Jeanne, JED, JEM, Jorgen Jensen, Joel, Betsy
Johnson, JOMAZ, Joseff, JPD, Kim, Kramer, Krementz Sterling.
L - P (55)
Names: Kenneth J Lane, KJL, LBS, LG, Logo: lighthouse, LIN,
LIST, LITT, LJM, Lunch at the Ritz, Lunt Pewter, Mandle, Maxine
Marsh, Metzke, Meuli, Mexico, Miracle Britain, Monet, Nadia, Napier,
Nautilus by Sinclair, ND, Ned, Newburyport Pewter, Night Owl (design
name), (NK69), (NK70), Norsk Tinn, Naustrom, Onik, P, Parklane, Pewter,
Philippines, Lucien Piccard, George S. Preisner.
Q - Z (55)
Names: Rafaelian, Rawcliffe Pewter, Reed, Reed & Barton,
Revlon, J. Ritter, Original by Robert, Nettie Rosenstein, Sarah,
P. Sarpaneva, Sascha B (Brastoff), Dan Schwann, Scitarelli, Selandia
Pewter, Sir-R, SN, Sovereign House, Sphinx, Sumthing Special,
Swarovsky, Sweden, Swoboda, Tarina Tarantino, TC, Tennesmed, Tish,
Top's Retreat, Tortolani, TSG, TTP, Unger Bros., Mr.We, Wee Wisdom
Nursery School, West Germany, Windsong, Winnard, Woodsy, WT.
SAO (or SA?)
and TRIFARI (18)
In the following links
you will see images of hundreds of unsigned owl pendants.
These are organized automatically by file name, and we have
chosen the file names so the images will be ordered by:
(1) the number of vertical
segments in the pendant, beginning with unjointed pendants
(2) for pendants with the
same number of segments, by increasing length (to the nearest
one tenth of an inch)
(3) for pendants with the same number
of segments and the same length, by increasing weight (to the
nearest one hundredth of an ounce).
With these conventions the viewer can
see if a pendant in hand is in these web albums. Pieces that
are made of sterling silver, are signed, that depict heads only,
that are framed, are listed in their own albums. Some
signed pendants are also present in the unsigned category if they also
appear unsigned, or if the signature is difficult to read.
PHOTO: Unsigned. L 2.7", W 1.24
oz. Plastic on silvertone. Rare.
SEGMENT 0.0-1.9 INCHES (169)
SEGMENT 2.0-2.4 INCHES (115)
SEGMENT 2.5-2.9 INCHES (80)
SEGMENT 3.0-9.9 INCHES (66)
SEGMENTS 0.0-2.9 INCHES (39)
SEGMENTS 3.0-3.9 INCHES (82)
SEGMENTS 4.0-9.9 INCHES (76)
OR MORE SEGMENTS (53)
By informal observation over the
years, and some counting on eBay, I have selected some types
that I think are the most abundant of all the signed owl pendants.
They are listed in order - the most numerous appearing first. As
for all these lists of common or rare pendants, estimates are approximate,
especially toward the end of the list.
PHOTO: Signed Alan. Silvertone.
Length 5.0 inches. Weight 1.25 ounces. Abundant.
VERY COMMON - UNSIGNED (26)
We have selected some owl pendants
that are usually (or always) unsigned and that we estimate
to be the most frequently offered for sale. We have also taken
the liberty to give names to some of the most abundant of these.
PHOTO: Unsigned. L 2.2", W 0.83 oz. Ceramic
on goldtone. Abundant. The "Spaghetti Wings" pendant.
owl pendants above as the most common involves some guesswork.
Selecting which are the most rare is mostly guesswork. In this
Web Album we present photos of some signed pendants from the collection,
each of which I recall having seen only one or two over the years.
There are many such pendants, so we have selected the ones that
I have specifically been looking for, at least for a few years.
These lists exclude imports, hand crafted and old pieces. You rarely
see two of them that are alike.
PHOTO: Signed Kim. L 3.3", W 4.70 oz.
Enamel on goldtone. Very Rare.
- UNSIGNED (28)
I have seen
at most only a few of the unsigned owl pendants in this web
album. Further, they are the type that I would have likely remembered
if I had seen more.
PHOTO: Unsigned. L 5.4", W 2.11 oz. Paint
on pot metal. The "Turtle Back" pendant - of which I have
seen but three in over 15 years of collecting. See the start
of the "Shared Parts" web album for a explanation of this name.
of a design type are presented here in paired photographs.
Variations illustrated and described include color, material,
signature and construction. Some color variations of common
types are themselves very rare.
PHOTO: Signed Gold Crown Inc. L 2.4",
W 1.12 oz.
This is a fairly common type of pendant, but I
have only seen two with this color scheme.
EYES DESIGN (20)
There can be reasonable disagreement
about which is the second or third most common unsigned owl
pendant. But there is no doubt which is the most abundant. I
call this "Oval Eyes," and it is the King of Owl Pendants. Very
few other owl pendants have full oval eyes. Note it has three segments,
a barred beak, up-flared feathers on the head and no perch. On
a typical day (3/17/2007) I counted about 30 Oval Eyes pendants
for bid on eBay or in eBay stores. There were only 8 of the next most
frequent type (Spaghetti Wings). Oval Eyes may be the most popular
figural jewelry design ever produced. Yet the designer is unknown.
I have never seen a vintage example that is signed on the back, and
I have seen or read descriptions of hundreds. Some with plastic feathers
attached to the breast also have a metal tag reading "Sumthing Special."
This does not seem to be a proprietary claim to the Oval Eyes design
since it only appears on some feathered versions. Sometimes the
pendant may come in its original box with a company name, marketed
as the "Wise Old Owl" pendant. But these company names vary and never
appear on the pendant itself. If you have any knowledge of who designed
this pendant please email me.
PHOTO: Unsigned. L 4.7", W 1.37
oz. Goldtone. Abundant. The "Oval Eyes" pendant.
In the web album we present both vintage
and recent designs that are derived from the Oval Eyes design.
Almost all of the new designs are not claimed to be vintage by
the sellers, although such odd terms as "new vintage" may be seen.
These recent copies are often smaller and lighter weight than the
The same, or nearly the
same, parts (head, belly, tail) often appear on more than
one type of pendant. We begin this album with three "chimera"
- combinations of parts from totally different vertebrates. Most
of the pictures are of certain stylized owl heads, such as the "brainy
head" shown here, that many owl pendants share. One sees these
heads over and over, and I have taken the liberty to name them.
Some shared bellies, talons and tails are also illustrated.
AUCTION PHOTOGRAPHS (159)
many of the most interesting owl pendants you will see here are in
this web album. It contains eBay auction photographs of many owl pendants
that I did not purchase because the price was too high or because I was
away. No copyright protection was claimed for any of these photographs,
but if they are your work and you wish me to remove them I will.
Or I will just give you a credit if you prefer. I have not used any
of these photographs for commercial purposes. This also applies to
other auction photos in the Web Albums linked to above.
PHOTO: Signed Beau. Sterling and faux
turquoise. L 2.0".
LINKS and REFERENCES.
search string for vintage owl pendants. This
will list owl pendants in the vintage category currently for
sale on eBay..
Items for sale plus many links.
Searches through microfilmed newspapers for a text string. Fees apply.
Picasa Official Site.
General information and download box for Picasa.
Costume Jewelry. Includes a large alphabetic
listing of trademarks.
Rhinestone Jewelry, Maryanne Dolan, 1984.
Has over 40 pages of older trademarks.
Costume Jewelry 202, Julia
C. Carroll, 2007. Information on identification and
dating, organized primarily by designers.
Weekly Hall of Fame The online Collector's Weekly selected this site
for its "Collector's Weekly Hall of Fame" in January, 2010.
Other key words: Owl jewelry, owl necklaces,
owl drops, owl pendents, my costume jewelry collection,
fashion jewelry owl pendants, costume jewelry of the 1970's.
If you have any corrections or comments
please email me. Also send a good photo and description of
any vintage owl pendant not listed and I will include it and
give you a credit.
Email: Daniel W. VanArsdale
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