I'm fascinated by unusual jewelry with a history
— medieval memento moris
, ARP whistles from the Blitz
, Victorian nude stanhopes
, that sort of thing. I don't care at all
about precious metals and gemstones (real or fake), but rather about the story behind them. Cheap, mass-produced mementos and handmade crafts seem to carry more history than high-end jewels, but they're difficult to search for. Boring, pretty things always swamp me when I search for "costume" or "antique" or "estate" jewelry. Other than Monica Laughlin's excellent series of Hairpin posts
, where can I discover more history-through-jewelry?
I'm hoping for book recommendations, websites, stories, articles, or online shops. [more inside]
posted by you're a kitty!
on Aug 7, 2012 -