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July 24, 2010


Once you start collecting vintage jewellery, you start to come across certain manufacturer's names again and again.

My particular area of interest is Mens Vintage Jewellery & Accessories. These are the names I come across often:
  • Swank
  • Krementz
  • Hickok
  • Baer & Wilde
  • Anson
  • Dolan & Bullock
There are many more, but these are the main ones I come across regularly.

Vintage Jewellery Manufacturers

Finding out more about the jewellery manufacturers from the past can be a daunting task. Some are still producing jewellery today, so they might have websites with a page about company history.

Other manufacturers may have gone out of business long ago, so it is difficult to find out more information. For instance, in the past, wars have destroyed manufacturing houses and the companies were unable to rebuild their business from scratch. Sadly, sometimes bankruptcy forces a manufacturer to close its doors.

Why Research Your Vintage Jewellery?

Curiosity remains the biggest driver in vintage jewellery research.

Knowing a little information about where your vintage piece has come from helps to fill a void. Was your item of vintage jewellery from Europe? Or America? Or somewhere else?

Sometimes knowing about the manufacturer can help to date a piece. Knowing when a manufacturer commenced making jewellery, or when they commenced a particular product line, can be very helpful.

Where To Find Out More Information

There are books about vintage jewellery manufacturers. These can be very informative and helpful.

There is always the "old chestnut" Google. A wealth of information can always be located with a Google Search.

But if you want to have some of the hard work done for you, start with the Vintage Cove Jewellery Research Centre.

As I have been researching my own vintage jewellery items, I have been collating the information into this valuable resource tool. You are welcome to benefit from my hours of research, in the hope that we don't all have to reinvent the wheel every time.

So check out the Vintage Cove Jewellery Research Centre and enjoy!


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July 8, 2010


Have you ever wanted to learn a craft? A hobby? A past-time? Something to help fill your creative void?

I was searching recently for just that, and came across something great and want to share it. I was looking for something about crafts that I could learn online. But I didn't really know what I was looking for.

My find is Astarte's Mega-Zine.

Astarte is an online magazine for lovers of art and craft, covering topics such as:
  • mixed media
  • papercraft
  • textiles
  • polymer clay
  • jewelry making
  • and much more
The articles in the magazine are written by Arts Industry Experts. These are easy-to-read articles that are sure to leave you inspired. This is a magazine of quality and excellence, filled with great content.

Astarte's Mega-Zine is an online magazine that you download and save to your hard disk. You can read it on the screen or print it out to read at your leisure.

The magazine is great value at only $9.95(US) per issue. You can pay by PayPal, and you get the issue immediately.

Issues are available by individual issue (pick and choose) or by annual subscription.

So if you want to learn crafts online, check out the Astarte's MegaZine page and see what you think.
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