Sunday, June 9, 2013

A Lady in Garnet and Pearls - Visible Monday

Happy #100 Weeks of Visible Monday and to the lovely Patti who allows us to be Fabulous Visible Women!!!  Congratulations this is quite a feat and I thank you for allowing me the opportunity to meet other delightful women.

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An antique (Latinantiquus; old) is an old collectable item. It is collected or desirable because of its age, beauty, rarity, condition, utility, personal emotional connection, and/or other unique features. It is an object that represents a previous era or time period in human society.

When I was a young woman I would NEVER have thought that something antique was at all desirable. Fast forward 25 years and I cannot get enough of old cherished items.  I love the notion of an item being worn and loved by another human being long before me.  





I purchased this choker with locket over 10 years ago at an antique shop in Saniblel Island, Florida, while on vacation.





What caught my eye was the dark haired beauty depicted on the locket.







The earrings I found while perusing the shop after I was about to leave.  I thought the garnet and seed pearls would accent the necklace.






One of the unique details of the locket is a finger print on the inside left chamber.  I'll never know who it belongs to, although I have imagined loads of scenarios.  I'd like to think the imprinted whorls were left behind by a woman as she inserted a picture of her true love into the locket.  

I'm linking up with Patti from notyetdeadstyle.blogspot.com for Visible Monday.


50 comments:

  1. How lovely! I really love vintage looking jewelry and that locket is something I'd wear often.

    Spashionista (Alicia)

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    1. Thanks Alicia, I appreciate you stopping by.

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  2. I love these pieces - the locket has some stories to tell . . . thanks for linking up to Visible Monday!

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  3. I have always loved lockets...ever since my childhood. I use to write little fiction stories and the heroine usually held a secret within her locket...I enjoyed the memories your post provoked. Have a great week, Barbara!

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    1. Ohhh, I adore the idea of you writing fictional stories about women and their lockets. Thank you for stopping by.

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  4. Hi, Barbara. So nice to meet you.
    Lovely locket and gorgeous earrings. Love the thumbprint mystery.

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    1. Interesting isn't it. Thanks for stopping by.

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  5. Lovely! I am intrigued by Visible Monday and might just join up in the next little while!

    Brandy's Bustlings

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    1. Ohhhh, Brandy you should it's a wonderful bunch of ladies. Thanks for stopping by.

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  6. Gorgeous pieces. Garnets are my gemstone!

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    1. I love them because my favorite color is red. Lucky you!

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  7. These pieces are beautiful. Lockets have a certain magic don't they? I think it's the mystery of what is inside.

    blue hue wonderland

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    1. Agreed, as I mentioned I often wonder what the chambers once held.

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  8. Beautiful! Love the mysterious locket -- maybe you can write a story for it!

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    1. You know Anne that's a great idea. I'm a member of a couple writing groups. Thank you for stopping by.

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  9. What a gorgeous locket - I can see why you couldn't resist. I have a few old pieces, too, and I always wonder who used to own them. It would be fun to know the histories.

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    1. Agreed Val, I wish there were a way to know the stories behind the items. Thank you for taking the time to comment.

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  10. I love lockets but the seed pearls on your earrings are really catching my fancy. Seed pearls are hard to come by these days. Alicia (Spashionista) posted this, saying it was just for me. I can see why she said so. I have an absolute passion for vintage and antique jewelry. Not only that, but I too have a hummingbird on my blog's main page.

    http://www.sublimemercies.com/

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    1. Thank you for sharing that information with me, I had no idea that seed pearls were so special. I'll be hopping over to check out your blog. I love hummingbirds, here in Florida we have 3 regulars who visit our feeders a few times a day.

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  11. Beautiful pieces of jewelry! With age me too noticed that I started to love antique things.

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    1. Thank you Olga, I only wish I appreciated them at a younger age.

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  12. I love the idea of a pre loved item with a story to tell. The earrings are so pretty! X

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    1. Thank you, I think that most of us feel the same way about pre loved items.

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  13. Wow, some classic antique pieces you have here! The choker is FABULOUS!

    GREETINGS FROM DUBAI
    MRS JACK OF ALL TRADES (a fashion and life-style blog)
    http://mrsjackofalltradesdaily.blogspot.ae/

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    1. Thank you, I love the choker. The earrings are a bit more delicate and I have only worn them once or twice.

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  14. What a beautiful locket, so delicate

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  15. I think the vintage jewelry is very romantic....Thanks for your lovely comments too! xoxo

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    1. Thank you Paula, I agree vintage jewelry is very romantic and mystery surrounding each piece.

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  16. I agree it is very unique and romantic. Thank you also for your lovely comment :).

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    1. You are very welcome and thank you for stopping by.

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  17. Garnet is my birthstone and I adore its rich color and weight. You picked a beautiful piece...and I love how you have grown to appreciate the awesome qualities of antique and second-hand items...almost always, they are my favorites!

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    1. I love garnet because my favorite color is red. I agree the older, more worn and used an item is the more I can appreciate that someone before me loved it too.

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  18. What a gorgeous locket and earrings - I love the story you've ascribed to the previous owner.

    Thank you so much for stopping by my blog, and for your sweet comment.

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    1. Thank you for taking the time to stop by and leave me a comment. I can't get enough of your unique on fashion. You are an inspiration to me.

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  19. I have a soft spot for lockets. My favorite one ever is the one I asked for (and received) as a gift from my then boyfriend (now husband) at approx. age 17.
    Love it!
    Following you-- we are pretty close! And I've been to Sanibel Island. Used to be able to find big conchs on the beach there back in the day :)
    Becky

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    1. How romantic! My first locket was from Avon and had a solid scent in one side and a mirror on the other. I wore it til it turned green and I had to throw it away. My neck was turning green/black too! I think I may have been 9 or 10.
      One of these days I will stop by your shop.

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  20. So pretty! I love the lady on the locket. She reminds me of sassy Jane Eyre.

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    1. A sassy Jane Eyre...could be and I really enjoyed that book. hmm...

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  21. Hello, Barbara. I'm a garnet collector as well. They're my birthstone, but my weakness is rings. I can no longer afford antique garnets as they are becoming scarce, but they're lovely to see. And new ones will carry my story on, I hope.
    Yours are lovely, and beautiful on you.

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    1. I like the sentiment about your new garnets carrying your story on. I feel the same way about my jewelry. Thanks for stopping by.

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  22. I've always loved garnets and don't own one. I think I have to change that!! Your jewelry is just lovely. I've been to Sanibel Island and it remains one of the special places that I hope to revisit.

    Thank you so much for stopping by Dross. Let's do this again! :-)

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    1. We are hoping that we are able to visit Sanibel later this year. My love fishes Snook and I go antiquing and shelling. I love garnets because they are red, I never realized the monetary value of them. I agree, let's do this again.

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  23. I am so intrigued with the fingerprint detail, I love a good story behind favorite pieces. Thank you for sharing!

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    1. The fingerprint makes me wonder... Thanks for stopping by.

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  24. Those earrings look like they could have been worn by that dark-haired beauty in the locket. How lovely. What a perfect combination, and the lingering fingerprint makes it that much more unique.

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    1. You know I never thought about the realization that she could have worn those earrings. Thank YOU!!!

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