Vintage Fascination No. 130

Welcome to Vintage Fascination.  I am so happy that you are here today.

I have a few things to share with you this week.

This is an elegant vintage 3-strand crystal necklace with a lovely rhinestone clasp.  Graduated in size, the largest beads are in the center.  The original vintage hook clasp features a lovely decorative silver attachment which holds the three strands of beads. Each end has a bar of small clear rhinestones.  The choker adjusts from 13 to 16 inches.

The clip earring and the triple strand crystal choker made from decorative wide AB crystal beads of faceted glass are a set.

 “AB is the abbreviation for a special finish applied to rhinestones and beads in the early 1950’s to make them more radiant. The finish was given the celestial name Aurora Borealis, taken from the phenomena in the northern skies known as the Northern Lights”.  To learn more about this special finish applied to beads and rhinestone click here.

This mid-century souvenir bracelet from Washington DC consists of links portraying the five most famous Monuments.  The Monuments depicted are Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial, Jefferson Memorial. White House, and the Capitol.

Backed in dark blue each resin dome covers a gold 3-D Memorial portrayed and identified by name.  It is in good vintage condition.

Don’t you love this beautiful mixing bowl, made by Kobe Kitchen in Japan?  It’s a wonderful example of mid-century Japanese enamelware.  It has a decorative floral design of blue, yellow and orange flowers mingled with scrolling green vines.  I have plans for this bowl that I will share with you soon.

I just couldn’t resist this pretty handled cake plate.  It is joining my collection of platters and plates with pink flowers.  This cake plate does not have trademark making it harder to date but it is probably from the late forties or fifties.  My grandmother had similar ones that she received as premiums with gas or grocery items.’s

At an estate sale, I picked up six National Geographic magazines from January 1985 through June 1985.  The June 1985 issue cover is iconic.  The cover features a beautiful young Afghanistani woman and caption “Haunted eyes tell of an Afghan refugee’s fears”.   National Geographic magazine is well-known for its maps and most issues include a map.  At the same estate sale, I found 4 National Geographic map slipcases full of maps.  I will share them with you once I’ve gone through them.

That’s all for this week but come back next week to see what else I find.

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  1. JaneEllen says:

    So exquisite that rhinestone set, beautiful to wear. How fortunate you are to have found this set Sharon, what a magnificent treasure to behold. I agree with you about date for cake platter. I have couple of platters with same designed handles, found them at my favorite antique town/shop in Smith’s Grove, KY. Need to get them out to enjoy instead of keeping them in cabinet, mixing bowl is a treasure also. You have the best eye and talent for finding real jewels.
    I had such a wonderful time browsing in Smith’s Grove, is small town north east of Bowling Green. Mr. was gone on road so alone a lot, would take myself to Smith’s Grove to browse, talk with people in shop. Would so love to be able to go back there for visit and to shop. They’d have big outside sales in Spring,summer and Fall. All the shops were in old houses/neighborhoods, loved to browse in them.
    Enjoy rest of week and weekend

  2. I am drawn to AB jewelry for some strange reason – love the way it catches light. However, I look like a little girl playing dress up when I try to wear big necklaces, so it’s bracelets that I let myself splurge on. That’s a cool one. Fun finds!

  3. Those are wonderful finds Sharon! I remember my mother wearing a glistening set like that. How do you tell if it’s “AB”? Is it marked in some way? The bracelet is pretty cool too. I’m not a jewelry wearer, but I admire it a lot. Are you going to sell it in your new Etsy shop?

  4. Great finds! Love the jewelry!

  5. OOOH! When I was a kid, we always had National Geographic around. I wanted to be one of their photographers and travel the world. 🙂 The one on the right of the young woman with the green eyes is a very famous copy. I don’t remember the particulars, but I thought she was photographed during wartime in her country. She was reinterviewed years later and still was camera-shy. 🙂

    Love all your vintage goodies!
    Barb 🙂

    • Fonda Rush says:

      She was photographed a second time more recently. She had to ask her husband for permission to do so. Her new picture was also put on the front of a National Geographic magazine.

  6. Great finds. I especially love the bracelet and mid-century enamel bowl.

  7. The jewelry is gorgeous! Great finds!

  8. Wonderful finds, Sharon…the Aurora Borealis pieces are fabulous!

  9. Kathleen Charm Bracelet Diva {At Home} says:

    That D.C. bracelet is a great find! I’ve always loved AB faceted beads….We have all the same National Geographic magazines, my husband subscribed for years. – Kathleen

  10. What beautiful finds! I’m pretty sure I had those National Geographic magazines as a kid! I loved them – and that planter bowl is beautiful. Thanks for sharing at the #HomeMattersParty !

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