Season’s glitterings: Christmas jewelry #18


I just received this marvelous vintage lamppost pin from my Pennsylvania sister-in-law, who knows a good thing when she sees it.

It’s shiny gold-tone with one sparkly stone for the flame. Depending on how you’re looking at the facets, the stone looks red or it looks silver—it flickers just like a real flame.

So simple! It’s a stunner on a little black dress.

Thanks, Wendy!

2 3/4″ high, and unmarked.


Season’s glitterings: Christmas jewelry #17


One last sterling silver bracelet charm for this year.

This one celebrates the reason for the season, in a teeny tiny stone house. There’s Mary in her traditional blue, and Joseph in brown, and the baby laid in the manger. He’s so small he’s more of a suggestion in white enamel than an actual shape.


On the reverse there are three completely incongruous Gothic windows. No stained glass, though. There must be a mighty draft blowing through the teeny tiny stone house!

This charm is like a miniature 3-D Christmas card. Consider it my greeting to you, on this the fifth of the twelve days of the feast of Christmas. May your last week of Christmas be outsized with feasting and joy!

Season’s glitterings: Christmas jewelry #15

The light shines in the darkness . . . 


. . .and the darkness has not overcome it.

This tiny pin has no rhinestones at all. Just paint. But it’s pretty! I like the two-tone effect on the candle flame.

I’m guessing it was intended for a child, it’s so small. Just an inch and a quarter¬†tall! And unmarked.

Season’s glitterings: Christmas jewelry #14

“Sing, choirs of angels!”


Three more sterling silver charms that haven’t made it onto my charm bracelet yet.

The choirboys are marked “Wells.” The singing angel has a mark I can’t make out. The Madonna and child is marked simply “sterling.”


Clever “lace” the choirboys are wearing! And golly, is it just me, or does that dark-haired boy look like Eddie Munster?

Season’s glitterings: Christmas jewelry #13

Unlucky 13!


This tree pin has space for seven sparkly rhinestones. Six rhinestone candles, plus one bright blue star on top.

Seven’s a lucky number, right?

Alas, two of the little rhinestone candles have gone missing.

Boo! Hiss! I hate it when the rhinestone-thieving elves show up at my house!

It’s a pretty pin anyway. Someday I’ll find some modern stones to repair it.

The candle flames are dabs of red paint, and the center one has rubbed off completely.

2 1/4″ from pot to treetop. Marked “B.J.”