Wearing Nature on your sleeve – no, on your ears
If I could have three wishes, one of them would be for more vintage jewelry, of the inexpensive but unique variety. I have several nice pieces, having whittled my collection down to a manageable clump of inexpensive bracelets, screw-back and clip earrings, and gaudy 50’s and 60’s necklaces. Over the years I went to countless yard sales, secondhand shops, and church rummage sales looking for that unique piece to brighten an outfit. Most times I would walk away without a purchase, and sometimes I would buy an awful necklace to put on and wear for the rest of the morning (with my "Saturday" clothes and dirty sneakers!)
One of my favorites is this set. It is unmarked. The silver/pewter colored metal is questionable, maybe an alloy. The clip-on earrings each have three leaves with little glass chips. Each segment of the necklace is a sawn branch with a leaf and a chip – the end of the branch even shows the growth rings of the tree. My favorite part is the dangling ball at the end of the chain, which is a precious little acorn. I have no idea exactly how old it is, but I don't believe it was made within the last 40 years. The weight of the piece, the sturdiness, the clip style earring backs, and the details on the links have me thinking that it dates earlier than the mid-60's. I would appreciate any information on the set, if anyone has (or has seen) something similar. (My apologies for the fuzzy photos. I tried different light setings, inside, outside on the deck, without luck.)
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