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A Plethora of Vintage Items in Time for the Holidays!

An antique adjustable Burglar Alarm, made by the American Keyless Lock Co. - now available on eBay!

As the holidays draw near, it can only mean one thing … shopping!  And so we here at Amigami have been scouring the local auctions to find the best rare vintage items.  I love going to auctions – the atmosphere and excitement is unmatchable.  And our local auctioneer, Jim Frio, does an excellent job of orchestrating the event.

An antique Brass Makeup Compact - check out more views of this item on Etsy!

We’ve been hard at work getting all these wonderful items ready for sale, and they are currently being posted on eBay and Etsy.  The majority of i

tems are up for auction on our eBay account, with some of the finer items (compacts, kitchenware, etc) posted in the Amigami Etsy shop.

We shopped the auctions with the holidays in mind, and many of these lotsare ideal as gifts for the antique collector in your life.  Please, feel free to peruse our listings, and by all means, place a bid!

Gemstone Jewelry With Form & Function

I’ve been intending to post photos of some of the stone jewelry I’ve created in the past, but lately I’ve been too caught up with posting current items to bother with the archives.  This is a collection of jewelry I designed this past holiday season as gifts for friends & family.  Constructed using only the finest quality metal and stone, these pieces were designed not only with aesthetic appeal in mind, but also the stones’ supposed metaphysical properties.

This first necklace showcases a crescendo of alternating spheres, in shades of dusty yellow which looks stunning against a darker wardrobe.  The large translucent orbs are Lemon Quartz, which is said to clear the mind & absorb negative energy.  The smaller brighter beads are Citrine, a powerful cleansing stone of emotional balance, which is also known as a “merchant’s stone” for promoting financial prosperity.  When combined, the citrine is said to dispel the negativity which the lemon quartz collects – the necklace retains an optimistic air regardless of the wearer’s stress levels.  Hung on a sterling silver chain, with complementary accent charm on the clasp, this elegant citrus-inspired necklace is a personification of happiness.

This next piece was designed for a longtime family friend who had recently been involved in a car accident and suffered a broken wrist.  To supplement the healing process, this bracelet features large free form nuggets of Pyrite (a stone of physical strength), framed by round beads of red tiger eye (his favorite stone) and accented by brass.  Tiger Eye is a grounding stone, said to combine the energies of sun & earth, which helps to encourage discipline & practicality.  Though designed with a man in mind, this silhouette is extremely versatile is looks great on women as well.

These next two pieces were collaborative works with my partner.  The first is an edgy pendant showcasing a genuine Ammonite fossil. Ammonites are a prehistoric form of marine life, said to bring structure to one’s life while allowing them to understand the big picture.  The fossil is framed by small spheres of spotted Dalmatian Jasper and disks of Bronzite, on a large brass chain.  Dalmation Jasper, also known as Leopard Jasper, is a stabilizing stone which promotes patience and helps one accept responsibilities.  Similarly, Bronzite is known as a “stone of courtesy,” promoting equitability and unbiased judgment.  Although the stones used are sharply contrasting in appearance they hold common threads metaphysically, which allow them to come together in a youthful necklace of peace & understanding.

This final tourmaline bracelet is truly elegant & unique.  The vintage-style butterfly, which we bent to match the natural curve of the wrist, was originally purchased about a decade ago from a local Claire’s Boutique as a necklace focal point.  The bracelet is adorned in pink and black tourmaline rounds, and accented by faceted nuggets of green tourmaline and “gun-metal” filigree beads.  Tourmaline promotes inspiration $ self-confidence, and it’s said to mirror the body’s chakras.  Rubellite (aka pink tourmaline) strengthens love &the healing qualities of the heart.  Green Tourmaline, also related with the heart, brings about both clarity & wealth (material & emotional). And the powerful Schorl (aka Aphrizite or Black Tourmaline) is said to protect against & repel negative energy.  With a design reminiscent of a peace sign, this bracelet connects the energies of mind, heart & body.

All of the wonderful information I’ve presented here on the stones’ properties has been gathered from the definitive source on the subject, Love is in the Earth:  The Crystal & Mineral Encyclopedia, by Melody. It may be the heaviest book I own, but it certainly suceeds in leaving no stone unturned.   🙂

Tremendous Tribal Turquoise Jewelry Set

This was my very first attempt at beading my own jewelry in November 2009, and frankly, it’s still one of my favorites.  The blue chips and spears, the orange, even the stark white nuggets st the clasp of the necklace, are all variants of the mineral Turquoise.  The term itself “turquoise” is a misnomer – it has been inaccurately associated with the rich aqua coloration of the stone, when in reality the mineral turquoise is defined by the rich texture and marbling resulting from the crystallization of copper-rich solutions.

The chips and spears of the necklace were mined from Kingman, Arizona, which is considered to have some of the highest-grade blue turquoise worldwide.  Interspersed between are rounds of tribal brass bordered by rare Asian Orange Turquoise, which I find absolutely captivating.  Adding flare to the rear of the necklace are two generous nuggets of alabaster turquoise, a spiral toggle and a brass chain clasp accented by blue and orange turquoise rounds.

The matching bracelet also features alternating rounds of tribal brass, orange, and blue turquoise, in a slightly off-centered pattern which makes the eye dance.  Containing an astounding sixty rounds of turquoise and sectioned by bars made from vintage pot metal, the bracelet has a structure and durability which gives a true feeling of luxury.  This matching jewelry set looks magnificent under the summer sun.


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