Nothing is more exciting than an unexpected jewelry find.
I was just about to leave my favorite indoor market when these boxes caught my eye.
I knew they were from Canadian stores that no longer exist.
The jewelry was dusty and needed some attention.
The deal was sealed when I learned that the vendor was selling her own Mom's collection. This jewelry (and a few others I did not photograph) belonged to one collector and I wanted to keep it that way.
Cleaned up they just sparkle.
The pieces are 1950's. Possibly venetian.
The fruit and birds look like other glass beads I have seen in my research travels.
I did think about breaking them up to restring into a new piece.
But I don't have the heart to separate such a gorgeous design.
I do have a little bit of repair on the clasps to take care of though.
So glad to add them to my collection.
Now I just need someplace to wear them!