Category: Jewelry

Black Opals: Are They All Truly Natural?

Although opal is often regarded as the ‘Queen of Gems’ there is also – as in any royal family – a recognized hierarchy among them. As examined in my Opals, Real and Faux post, the top honors for both rarity and beauty are accorded to the black opals, especially those found in the Lightning Ridge…

Autumn 2019 Mystery Jewelry Maker Update

Not many ‘new’ Mystery Jewelry Maker examples have surfaced in recent months, but there have been a few; they include two newfound colorways of the dainty “lotus flower” necklace.   Two shades of the MJM’s favorite blue, on silvertone. Length is 16.25” as are all of this necklace’s colorways.   This russet red version is…

Mystery Jewelry Maker Winter 2019 Update, Including Patterned Mesh and A Small Hope Dashed

It’s been a while since my last MJM update, so this instalment contains two ‘new faces’ as well as newfound colorways of previously-discovered designs. Let’s check out the newcomers first. The circle-with-balls center station on this crossover design is new; I expect that it was probably produced in a silvertone finish as well. It’s 16”…

Snakes On a Chain (Mystery Jewelry Maker)

Occasionally during my research into the Mystery Jewelry Maker I’ve had to revise my original opinion of whether a certain piece or design was or wasn’t theirs. In most cases something unexpected turns up that displays evidence for or against. A recent email conversation with a blog reader provided exactly that resolution to an “MJM…

Mystery Jewelry Maker ‘Lookalike’ Bows by Guyot Brothers: An Important Clue??

Although I’ve discovered only two brooch versions of my 1930s Mystery Jewelry Maker’s bows (the Large Bow and the Nouveau Small Bow), I did notice several other bow brooches with two alternate stampings from the same ‘blank.’ Many thanks to Lauren Campbell-Reichert of Lucy Isaacs Jewelry who tipped me off that the Guyot Brothers findings…