Tuesday, April 27, 2010
More wearable tea art
My tea-themed jewelry is such a diverse little collection, I've really come to view and appreciate it as art. It's not the value of it (I *rarely* pay more than $5 for anything), but it's the uniqueness of some of the pieces I find so charming. One of my newest pieces is this ceramic teapot brooch/pin, which is signed on the back "JL '99." It looks like a colorful pastel cottage and has lovely gold highlights. At 2-1/4 inches wide and 1-3/4 inches tall, it's probably my largest teapot pin, and it was an eBay find that was just $1.30 -- and shipping was free. I can't imagine why the seller let it go so cheaply, but hey, I know a bargain when I see one!
I was beginning to think I'd seen every design of vintage teapot earrings that exists, but then I came across this unique filigree looking pair. They're unsigned, but the style and large charm-type teapot (the teapot alone is about an inch tall) strike me as a forties/fifties era design. I'd wear these with the right outfit one day, but for now these are merely collectibles.
Finally, a more modern piece was this gold teapot necklace from Monet, yet another eBay find. I love that the chain is a nice long one (about 36 inches), and the simple clear beads and gold accents make it a good fit for some of my dressier clothes, particularly a few shirts I have with gold threads running through the design. It's fun to find jewelry that reflects my hobby, and I'm always happy to find new "artwork."