Blue Hues in Vintage Variations

By Cynthia Sliwa — October 17, 2013

The wonderful thing about a particular color being on trend is that is possible to find all manner of jewelry that incorporates or riffs upon that color. Jewelry can  highlight a particular hue in a multi-color print, or can create nuanced and sophisticated tone-on-tone effects. In short, jewelry can enhance the visual impact of a color.

Deep saturated blue presents a wealth of options in jewelry, from gemstones such as sapphires and lapis lazuli at the high end to materials such as enamel, crystal, rhinestone, glass, ceramic, resin, plastic, cording, and other dyed materials in costume jewelry choices. With the ready availability of a wealth of choices consolidated into online marketplaces such as eBay, it is possible to find all manner of options.

Cobalt blue & white glass choker 1 REV

For example, cobalt blue glass is perennially popular in housewares and equally as a component of jewelry. Here is an example of a mid-Century choker composed of cobalt blue and white glass beads.

Cobalt blue glass long lariat CU 1 REV

An exotic lariat necklace of heavy cobalt glass and goldtone beads with tassels is of indeterminate vintage.

Bergere blue art glass hearts drop earrings side 2 REV

Blue art glass with a heart design accents dangling earrings of mid-Century vintage signed “Bergere.”

Silvertone floral brooch w RS and blue navettes view from above REV

A mid-Century brooch of bright silvertone metal with blue and clear rhinestones in a floral design.

Huge blue and moonstone starburst brooch 1 REV

A symmetrical brooch of multi-shape rhinestones in nuanced shades of blue, mid-Century.

Austria blue enamel brooch 1 REV

Deep blue enamel accents the floral design of a vintage Austrian brooch.

Blue Thermoset 4 panel brooch 1 REV

A vintage brooch of dark blue Thermoset plastic set in silvertone metal.

Handmade porcelain musical note blue signed Alice 1 REV

A brooch likely of recent vintage is executed in cobalt blue ceramic with gold accents and signed by the designer.

Price Check:  Pictured items are available on eBay, subject to prior sale.


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