Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Whimsical Ways to Display Your Vintage Bangles, Beads and Baubles: Ideas for Vintage Jewelry Collectors and Dealers

Vintage and costume jewelry is very popular at this time as young gals are preparing for prom day and brides and bridesmaids are getting ready for the wedding season . It seems that dealers who adore collecting and selling vintage and antique jewelry also enjoy finding terrific ways to show off their gems.

Converting a Nursery Lamp into a Vintage Earring Display

When visiting Patti’s Antiques in Windsor, CT. I discovered a number of clever jewelry displays that are worth sharing. Of course I lean toward retro whimsy , so I was tickled to find an adorable vintage nursery lamp converted into a display for earrings. As shown in the photo, Patti attached costume earrings to the lampshade. How cute is this to see the edge of the shade trimmed with hanging earrings? The shade can also be pierced for adding plenty of earrings as well.

Using a Punch Bowl

The next idea I fell in love with was displaying a palette of coral necklaces, rings and bracelets inside a sparkling glass punch bowl set. The punch bowl cups made great compartments for a variety of vintage pieces.

Using Red Ribbons for Pins

There was even more display ideas to talk about. Patti, took broad width red ribbons and attached them to a simple white plastic coat hanger. She then pinned broaches on the ribbon in a vertical line. This is such a simple and inexpensive way to showcase vintage pins.

Oh my goodness, I am forgetting another brilliant idea I found at Patti’s Antique Shop. She hung costume necklaces from of all things, a rack used to hang candles.

The crisscross bars are great perches for hanging necklaces. The candle apparatus has a handy loop at the top to allow you to hang your display on the corner of a cabinet door.

You can find racks like this in candle making shops or online stores specializing in candle supplies. Handy crafts minded peole could also make a rack.

Organizng All Your Vintage Pearl Necklaces

One last sweet idea. Take a look at how Patti has organized all her pearl necklaces. We both weren’t sure what the wire rack originally was used for, but you get the idea.

C. Dianne Zweig is the author of Hot Kitchen & Home Collectibles of the 30s, 40s, 50s and Hot Cottage Collectibles for Vintage Style Homes. She is also the Editor of Iantiqueonline.com an actively growing internet based resource community for people who buy, sell or collect antiques, collectibles and art. You can find Dianne’s fabulous retro and vintage kitchen, home and cottage collectibles at The Collinsville Antiques Company of New Hartford, CT, a 22,000 feet antique emporium with an in-house retro cafĂ©.

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