Vintage Jewelry Hunt Slideshow

Vintage Jewelry Boxes by Incolay Stone

Looking for a Vintage Jewelry Box?

There are many styles and sizes to choose from, but a vintage jewelry box will always be a treasure as it sets itself apart from its newer counterparts. Do you wish to have a vintage jewelry box that will stand the test of time? Selecting a special gift for a loved one or friend? Then consider the option of a vintage jewelry box or trinket chest by Incolay Stone!

Incolay Stone jewelry boxes and trinket chests are durable, easy to clean, and available in a variety of unique styles. Be aware though of the copycat brands that are not Incolay Stone! More about that in a moment, but first let's take a journey into Incolay Stone beginning with a bit of their history, and how Incolay Stone is made...

Where Does Incolay Stone Come From?

Incolay Stone history isn't widely published, but Incolay Stone is a registered trademarked name, and made in the good old USA! The original company was later bought out. The following information is courtesy of: Michelle Staley author of, "Incolay Boxes, Incolay Trinket Box"...
Incolay (an acronym of “in layers of color”) is made-up of a variety of crushed minerals and the end result is a marble looking substance. The founders, E.M. Bright and his wife, developed the process to create inexpensive cameo-style jewelry beginning in 1966 in their California home. By the early 1970’s they had expanded and included jewelry boxes and a few music boxes to the Incolay line.
So the original Incolay Stone boxes are indeed a vintage treasure. If you're looking to purchase one be sure you look for the registered trademark - in hopes it was preserved with the vintage jewelry box you wish to purchase.

How Genuine Incolay Stone is Made

Incolay Stone was made from a variety of crushed stones or minerals including Onyx, Malachite, Carnelian, Jade, etc. The stone or minerals were crushed and ground into an aggregate, which was added to their coupling agents.

Incolay Stone Material
Image Courtesy of:
Denise Williams - YourPinkGirl! on Etsy

Care of Incolay Stone

Based on the description of how Incolay stone was made, it's much like some of the modern day composites made from crushed stone mixed with resin. All stone material needs special care, but it's easy to maintain if cleaned properly. I've read some recommendations to clean with soap and water, however - I would be cautious! You may wish to test a small area of the Incolay Stone box to determine if your soap will stain it or not.

Although the Incolay Stone is durable there isn't any information to indicate what it's porosity is. All natural stone is porous, which can be permanently stained by some oily substances - even if it was properly sealed. On the other hand, some composites are non-porous which resists stains. Soap you choose to use could possibly have natural oils that would stain the Incolay Stone. Citric acid from fruits like lemons and limes can also stain and actually etch natural stone. Some soaps contain acids and oils from citrus! So again, proceed with caution!

You may wish to simply use a durable towel soaked in hot water then wrung out. I was fortunate to find an image of Incolay Stone care instructions. It does indicate you can use 'soap', and it also states you can seal the stone with mineral oil. But again I would be cautious with the type of soap you may choose to use. At the end of this article there is a short video showing how to clean a stone jewelry box.

Incolay Stone Care Instructions
Image Courtesy of:
Denise Williams - YourPinkGirl! on Etsy

Genuine Incolay Stone or Not?

Again, this is where the manufacturers label will come in handy so you can determine if the stone box you're purchasing is genuine Incolay Stone. It's always good though to have more information to help you with identification, and especially if you find a stone jewelry box that has since had the label removed. Or, it may be a copycat - so buyer beware! The best information my research found was from an Incolay Stone collector. Their article is worth the time to read as it will provide you with greater insight regarding details such as the jewelry box hinges and how they were attached. Great information to identify genuine Incolay Stone! Have fun as you hunt for vintage jewelry and a vintage Incolay Jewelry Box!

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Incolay Stone Blue Unicorn Jewelry Box Images
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Incolay Stone Blue Unicorn Jewelry Box
Trademark Label Design
Hinge Design Detail

Incolay Stone Blue Unicorn Jewelry Box
Copyright in Stone Below Hinge

Cleaning a stone jewelry box:
There is a comment regarding this video that the box cleaned in this video is not an Incolay brand box. Please note the video is being shown not to determine if the box is or is not made by Incolay Stone, but the video is shown to demonstrate how to clean a stone jewelry box or stone trinket box.

Vintage Style Steampunk Jewelry

Are you wondering what "steampunk" jewelry is? Your first clue is that it's not a brand! Steampunk jewelry is inspired by designs and items from the steam era. As an example, you may find some steampunk jewelry for sale, which is made from watch parts combined with fantasy, and science fiction characteristics. The pieces are generally one-of-a-kind, since many are hand crafted masterpieces.

Steampunk works well for creating a vintage jewelry look, and can easily display masculine lines as it is inspired from the steam era. If you're looking for a gift of jewelry with a vintage flair, you may want to consider steampunk!

Watches or parts from watches are often used to create the steampunk look, and it's one of my favorite steampunk styles.

Steampunk watch style - view the remaining image.

Trifari Jewelry Enamel Vintage Floral Beauties

Trifari Jewelry manufactured colorful enameled classic treasures, still cherished today. The first Trifari vintage jewelry enameled set shown below bears the Trifari Crown mark used during the 1940's - 1960's era, but the style of the set would lead me to think it is probably from the earlier time during that era rather than closer to the 1960's - just a guess on my behalf because of the design.

Both of these Trifari enameled sets are colorfully pleasing to the eye, and would look wonderful with Spring or Summer attire - that is if you were the lucky bidder to have won these! I imagine there aren't many of these sets remaining, and especially not in such pristine condition as these, since the enamel would have a tendency to get scratched and or slightly chipped over the years. The bidding action and final prices on these sets speaks volumes of the rarity, condition, and love for the colorful floral designs created by Trifari.

This first Trifari parure included a necklace, bracelet, and fur clip! :) Awesome indeed!



Here's another awesome Trifari set sold on the auction block. Equally as beautiful as the one above!

Vintage Jewelry Eye Candy

Vintage jewelry can be so colorful and add great color to otherwise boring attire. You can use it to dress up your attire and even use it to brighten your mood. Many signed and unsigned designer high-end pieces are fun to feast your eyes on, including the following vintage jewelry items and designers:

Kramer rhinestone bracelet, Juliana brooch and earrings demi-parure, stick pins assortment, Hattie Carnegie earrings, and many more vintage jewelry designer names listed below...

Hobe owl, Hobe earrings, Trifari cameo, Weiss black japanned strawberries, Har brooch and earrings demi-parure, Judy Lee brooch and earrings demi-paure, Krementz fish brooch, Weiss aurora borealis earrings, Coro photo locket, Weiss rivoli brooch in blue, Art bracelet, Sarah Coventry art glass, Vendome rivoli brooch, Sylvia rhinestone earrings, Juliana floral rhinestone brooch in autumn topaz colors, Trifari duet figural animal brooches, Hobe cross brooch, Florenza art glass brooch with faux pearls, Judy Lee scarab bracelet, Kirks Folly cherub crescent moon brooch, Art faux stone and faux pearl bracelet.

Enjoy the vintage jewelry eye candy!

Vintage Watches and Chronographs

One of the most interesting pieces of jewelry for either a woman or a man are watches. Available in a wide variety of styles and decorative details, watches make a timeless gift. Wrist watches, finger watches, brooch watches, stopwatches, and chronographs are all interesting works of engineering due to their moving parts. Regardless of what type of watch is preferred, well maintained vintage watches make a great collectible.

Although most people are familiar with stopwatches, chronograph isn't as familiar of a term. A chronograph combines the functions of a stopwatch and timekeeping. Although they were produced as early as the 18th century, chronographs didn't gain popularity until around 1820.

Vintage chronograph watches in good working condition may be more difficult to find than other types, and if a person wanted a nice one, they would perhaps need to purchase a new chronograph watch.

Chronograph watches are a perfect example of form combined with function, and are enjoyed for many years.

Vintage Plastic Jewelry in Bakelite, Thermoset and Celluloid

Bakelite on Wood
Plastic vintage jewelry comes in a variety of shapes, colors, and styles. Celluloid, the earliest plastic developed, was first attempted in 1856. Bakelite was first discovered in 1897, and thermoset plastic experiments began in 1928. Thermoset was later branded as "Plexiglass" and "Lucite", and like their early plastic counterparts became popular for manufacturers and consumers.

Today, vintage plastic jewelry remains very collectible, with the designer labeled pieces fetching the highest prices. Companies like Coro, Lisner, Selro, Selini, Sarah Coventry, and others manufactured many designs using Thermoset plastic.

With it's capability to be molded into a variety of shapes, Thermoset was formed into leaves, flowers, and a large variety of other designs. Plastic floral brooches, necklaces and sets gained popularity. Many of the semi-transparent molded Thermoset vintage jewelry sets have come to be known as "fruit salad" on popular auction sites such as eBay.

Manufactured by companies such as Lisner, the semi-transparent pieces that appear almost jelly-like often sell for a high amount. Full designer sets known as a "parure", with a necklace, bracelet, and earrings, have sold for more than $300.00, but some for much less if they don't bear a designer name.

Coro Confetti Necklace
 Companies like Coro, and designers like Pam, also became known for their confetti plastic jewelry, which had bits of glitter and other shapes like stars mixed into the plastic, which quickly gained popularity and still remains popular today.

Although market trends shift, vintage plastic jewelry will most likely remain quite collectible, and as the pieces become more difficult to acquire and as the demand increases, the prices will continue to add value to your vintage jewelry collection.

Yesterdays Vintage Jewelry and Tomorrows Antiques

Yesterdays vintage jewelry will one day become tomorrows antiques, but when is something considered to be 'vintage' or 'antique'? The answer to that question can sometimes vary depending on what type of collectible a person is referring to, but here we'll be talking about jewelry.

'Vintage' generally refers to an item from a specific time era, and generally it's at least 20 years of age, so it would refer to the time period through the 1980s. For example, you might have a vintage necklace, which you know is from 1950, so it could be referred to as a '1950s vintage' necklace. However, 'vintage' is a loosely used term, and it's not always the correct term to use just because something is no longer manufactured, and that may be when the term 'vintage reproduction' would be appropriate.

On the other hand, if the necklace is at least 100 years old, then it could truly be referred to as an 'antique'. There are times when I will refer to an antique piece as vintage, just because I'm so used to using the term vintage - lol. However, if I were to list a true antique jewelry item for sale, I would definitely list it in the 'antique' section since it is an antique.

If a jewelry item is neither 'vintage' or 'antique', but of vintage style then it could be referred to as 'vintage reproduction'. If you're purchasing an item for your personal collection, the terms antique, vintage, and vintage reproduction may not make that much difference to you, but if you plan to sell the item be sure to accurately describe the item as antique, vintage, or vintage reproduction.