Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Intellectual Property Theft on eBay

Unfortunately, there are people on eBay who think that stealing photos and text from other sellers to use in their own auctions is an acceptable practice. Such a practice is pure & simple, theft and plagiarism - the stealing of someone else's work. Usually, stealing of text and pictures from other sellers is done to con unsuspecting buyers out of their money, as usually, the seller doing the stealing does not posses the item that is up for sale. By the time the buyer is aware that the thieving seller does not have the item being auctioned, it's too late - the con-artist seller has made off w/the victim's money.

eBay is aware of this problem and has set up a reporting system to try and combat this type of stealing. However, is still happens today.

I have been a victim of this several times, the most recent was on Sept. 5th, 2009 by eBay user k-zoogirl (who has now, as of Sept. 7th, changed her user name to bitter-cranberry). This thief, whether she was just too lazy to do her own work, or she was trying to scam buyers on eBay out of their money, stole both my pictures and my text from this auction, eBay #360187440907 and portrayed them as her own in this auction, eBay #230374541475. Thankfully, eBay responded swiftly to my reports of the theft by k-zoogirl/bitter-cranberry by promptly shutting down the auction and removing the images from the system.

Below are screen shots of the fraudulent auction by k-zoogirl/bitter-cranberry in which she stole my images and text - click on the thumbnails for a larger version.

shows top of eBay page and seller ID

clear shot of my watermarked images

clear shot of my stolen copy - taken word for word from my auction

Below is a screen shot of her "My World" page before she changed her user ID. She also removed her profile image - why is she hiding? Is she ashamed that she stole from another eBay seller? Is she hiding the fact that she's a con artist and trying to run fraudulent auctions on eBay? I will let you draw your own conclusions as to the new user ID she chose. Her ID information, history, and image are all below.

My World Page before user changed her ID

User ID history page

If the property theft didn't tell you enough about this person's lack of character, honor, and integrity, the hiding behind a new user ID and the removal of her profile image should. I would be highly cautious if you purchase from her.

Sellers - How to Protect Yourselves from Such Thieves

  • watermark your images - I can't stress how important this is (although k-zoogirl/bitter-cranberry was too stupid not to use watermarked images)
  • run searches on items that you currently have listed - do listings by other sellers look the same?
  • use specific wording in your text - when other sellers steal your copy, it's easier to pick out

Buyers - How to Protect Yourselves from Such Con-Artist Sellers

  • be aware of what your buying - do your own research
  • run a search on the item that you're interested in buying - do you find more than one listing that has the same pictures and wording
  • if you find an item that has the same pictures and text, but is being sold by 2 different sellers, contact those sellers and ask question
  • if you see an image in an auction that is watermarked, and that watermark does not match the user ID of the seller, there's a good chance that image was stolen - be careful if you decide to purchase
eBay has worked hard to reduce this type of theft - unfortunately, con-artists are con-artists, and this battle is very difficult to fight.

Friday, August 14, 2009

New Treasury - Be Still My Heart

My theme today - Be Still My Heart - came from AntiqueAli on Etsy - and the treasury celebrates heart themed jewelry - please enjoy!

Sunday, August 9, 2009

New Treasury - A Day at the Carnival

The new treasury (A Day at the Carnival) I was able to create today highlights vintage jewelry w/a circus theme - I think my favorite is the lollipop brooch

Grades & Definitions of Silver

I've decided to compile a list of the grades of silver and their common names in one place as a handy reference.

Because silver is soft, it needs to be joined w/another metal, typically copper, to make it workable. The percentage of silver to the percentage of copper is what gives the silver its grade, as follows:

Fine.99999.9% silver to .1 % copper
Mexican.95095% silver to 5% copper
Sterling.92592.5% silver to 7.5% copper
Coin.90090% silver to 10% copper
German.80080% silver to 20% copper
Nickel and/or Alpaca Silvernot silver at all but an alloy of copper and nickel

Eilat & Sterling Pendant/Brooch
from Israel

Sterling Floral Brooch
by David Andersen

Friday, July 24, 2009

New Treasury - If You Like Pina Coladas

Inspired by the song "Escape" by Rupert Holmes, I diverged from my traditional, all vintage-jewelry-themed Treasury to create this one (each item is inspired by part of the song).

I was tired of my lady, we'd been together too long.
Like a worn-out recording, of a favorite song.
So while she lay there sleeping, I read the paper in bed.
And in the personals column, there was this letter I read:

"If you like Pina Coladas, and getting caught in the rain.
If you're not into yoga, if you have half-a-brain.
If you like making love at midnight, in the dunes of the cape.
I'm the lady you've looked for, write to me, and escape."

I didn't think about my lady, I know that sounds kind of mean.
But me and my old lady, had fallen into the same old dull routine.
So I wrote to the paper, took out a personal ad.
And though I'm nobody's poet, I thought it wasn't half-bad.

"Yes, I like Pina Coladas, and getting caught in the rain.
I'm not much into health food, I am into champagne.
I've got to meet you by tomorrow noon, and cut through all this red tape.
At a bar called O'Malley's, where we'll plan our escape."

So I waited with high hopes, then she walked in the place.
I knew her smile in an instant, I knew the curve of her face.
It was my own lovely lady, and she said, "Oh, it's you."
And we laughed for a moment, and I said, "I never knew"..

"That you liked Pina Coladas, and getting caught in the rain.
And the feel of the ocean, and the taste of champagne.
If you like making love at midnight, in the dunes of the cape.
You're the love that I've looked for, come with me, and escape."

New Treasury - Gone Fishing

I was able to list another Treasury on the 22nd - it highlights Fish Themed Vintage Jewelry

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Etsy Treasury - Marcasite Magic

My latest Treasury, Marcasite Magic, goes w/my Guide to Marcasite Jewelry below - it highlights some of the wonderful pieces available on Etsy.

Friday, July 17, 2009

New Treasury - Bug Me

Vintage Jewelry Meadow posted a Treasury on Etsy today highlight bugs - so very cute.

Her shop is located at

Her treasury will be available for a couple more days and there are some wonderful highlights in vintage costume jewelry, as well as bug themed items in general.

Bugs have been used in jewelry, and art is general, since Ancient times. The more common species used are butterflies, bees, dragonflies, and scarabs, but all walks of insect life can be found in jewelry.


Thursday, July 16, 2009

Guide to Marcasite Jewelry

Marcasite, chemically known as iron disulfide or FeS2, is a form of fool's gold, or pyrite, but has a different internal structure than pyrite, making is more brittle and less stable. Also known as white iron pyrite, marcasite is actually too unstable to be used in jewelry. The marcasite that you see in jewelry is actually pyrite.

Used for adornment since ancient times, Marcasite jewelry began to replace steel cut jewelry in the 18th century. Produced in large quantities by Germany, it became popular during war times, is most commonly placed on a sterling base, but can also be found on gold. Highly decorative, Marcasite jewelry lends to an very "vintage" look. When worn, this jewelry sparkles just like rhinestones, catching and reflecting the light in a very fashionable way.

When purchasing Marcasite jewelry, look for marks that hint at the grade of metal and/or maker, that there are no missing pieces (look at the pictures offered carefully, as missing Marcasites are often easy to miss), and that you are purchasing from a reputable seller.

Dating Marcasite jewelry can be difficult, as it's often only marked w/the grade of sterling or gold, or not marked at all. Generally speaking, if a piece is marked "Germany" its probably, c1930 +/- 10 years. If there is a copyright symbol, then the piece is most likely post-1955. If the piece is marked w/an artist's or maker's mark, you can date your piece by researching when that particular maker was working/in business.

Marcasite jewelry should be cleaned w/caution to avoid removing dark areas that are part of the design. Usually, a quick cleansing w/mild soap and water should do the trick, followed by drying the piece w/a soft cloth. Surface cleaning is the best; avoid submersing or dunking the piece.

Below are some examples of Marcasite Jewelry for your pleasure.

Courtesy of Lilly's Vintage Costume Jewelry

Courtesy of Eureka, I Found It!

Courtesy of Bitz of Glitz

Courtesy of Alison's Antiques & Vintage Jewelry

Courtesy of CranberryManor on Etsy


Wednesday, July 15, 2009

New Treasury - Black or White

Today in my Treasury, I highlight Black & White Vintage Costume Jewelry - elegant enough for evening wear, but just perfect for everyday were too. This treasury will be available for a couple more days - I thank you if you get a chance to check it out.

My Featured Seller for this Treasury is WeGotJewels - she has a wonderful assortment w/a current showcase of patriotic jewelry - all vintage.
Patriotic Dog Brooch

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Etsy Treasury - When I am an Old Woman


With a red hat which doesn't go, and doesn't suit me.
And I shall spend my pension on brandy and summer gloves
And satin sandals, and say we've no money for butter.
I shall sit down on the pavement when I'm tired
And gobble up samples in shops and press alarm bells
And run my stick along the public railings
And make up for the sobriety of my youth.
I shall go out in my slippers in the rain
And pick the flowers in other people's gardens
And learn to spit

You can wear terrible shirts and grow more fat
And eat three pounds of sausages at a go
Or only bread and pickle for a week
And hoard pens and pencils and beermats and things in boxes

But now we must have clothes that keep us dry
And pay our rent and not swear in the street
And set a good example for the children.
We must have friends to dinner and read the papers.

But maybe I ought to practice a little now?
So people who know me are not too shocked and surprised
When suddenly I am old, and start to wear purple.

By Jenny Joseph

My newest Treasury on Etsy highlights Vintage Costume Jewelry in Purple - please enjoy!

My Featured Seller for this Treasury is Beetique - - please check her out if you can. To the right is her 1989 Designer Sterling Silver NA Style Men's Bolo Tie

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Country Groupings & Regions

When trying to identify a piece of jewelry, it is often helpful to know which region it came from. Below, I have compiled geographical regions and groupings for ease of research.

North American
Canada, Greenland, Mexico, United States of America

Central American
Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama,

South American
Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Uruguay, Venezuela

The Caribbean
Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Cayman Islands, Cuba, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Haiti, Jamaica, Martinique, Puerto Rico, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks & Caicos Islands, Virgin Islands

The Middle East
Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, Yemen

China, Japan, Korea

East Asia
Burma, Cambodia, East Timor, Greater Mekong, Indonesia, Laos, Mongolia, Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam

South Asia
Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka

Australia, New Zealand, Pacific Island Countries (Melanesia, Polynesia, Micronesia)
  • Polynesia - American Samoa, Cook Islands, French Polynesia, Niue, Pitcairn, Tonga, Tuvalu, Samoa
  • Melanesia - Fiji, New Caledonia, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu
  • Micronesia - Guam, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, Northern Mariana Islands, Palau
Andorra, Austria, Cyprus, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland, United Kingdom, Vatican City

Eastern Europe
Albania, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia, Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Moldova, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia and Montenegro, Slovakia, Slovenia, Ukraine

Scandinavian Countries
Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Iceland

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Guide to Necklace Length, Terminology & Definition

Every wonder what name a certain length of necklace is given - below are a few definitions:
  • Collar - or Dog Collar - 12-13" and sits closely around the neck
  • Choker - approximately 14-16" and sits above the collar bones
  • Princess - approximately 17-19" and sits just below the collar bones
  • Matinee - approximately 20-24" and hangs above the cleavage
  • Opera - approximately 25-36" and hangs to the cleavage
  • Sautoir - (also known as Rope) approximately 40"+ and hangs to the waistline
and a Bib Necklace is a layered or multi-strand necklace of variable lengths ranging from choker to opera.

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Bonanzle Hand Picked List

I'm fairly new to Bonanzle, but was lucky enough to be chosen by SacredHeartRosaries to be included in her hand picked list - Grandma's Heirloom Brooches.

SacredHeartRosaries hand-crafts unique Catholic rosaries & chaplets and has just a beautiful booth - I highly recommend her!

If you get a chance, please check out all the wonderful brooches that she has picked, as well as her booth of fabulous and inspiring products!

New Treasury - Heavenly Bodies

I've been away on vacation and quite sick at the same time (not a good combination) and am just now getting back into the swing of things. I was happy to get another Treasury on Etsy early this morning highlighting vintage jewelry w/a celestial touch.

My Featured Seller w/under 5 sales for this Treasury is A Jewelry Place - - she's relatively new to Etsy, but has some great offerings in Vintage Jewelry - please check her out!

To the right, I've pictured her Vintage Estruscan Revival 18K YG and Turquoise Pendant/Fob

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

2 New Vintage Treasuries on Etsy

I was lucky enough to be showcased in 2 new Treasuries on Etsy.

The first is by HAGJewels - Floral Echoes of the Past.

HAGJewels has also sponsored and coordinated our Wall of Jewels ad to showcase Vintage Jewelry Sellers on Etsy.

The second Treasury is by VintageDay - Summertime Blues - and showcases a number of different vintage items, all in blue - it's quite lovely to look at!

Please be sure to check out both of these wonderful sellers - the variety of treasures they have to offer is amazing!

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Vintage Jewelry Sellers on Etsy w/5 Sales or Less

~~~ 06-10-09 My 5th Featured Etsy Seller is ~~~

She sells all sorts of vintage, but has a flare for vintage costume jewelry. Her offerings are varied so that anyone might find something to suit their taste.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

2 New Treasuries

I was able to get up 2 new Treasuries early this morning.

My first highlights vintage costume jewelry - Nature's First Green is Gold - and showcases green and gold jewelry.

My featured seller for this treasury is OurCharmedLife. For more information about her, please see my next post.

My 2nd Treasury (Treasury West) - Pink Romance - showcases the fantastic variety of vintage pink glass.

Monday, June 8, 2009

New Treasury - Princess Charming

I was lucky enough to be featured in a new treasury on Etsy entitle Princess Charming by VintageJewelryMeadow - VintageJewelryMeadow I've had the pleasure of purchasing jewelry from VintageJewelryMeadow and I highly recommend her.

My deNicola Charm Bracelet is featured in the 3rd row - it's a wonderful rickshaw bracelet from the 50s w/a faux pearl accent.

This treasury will be available for another day.

Thank you VintageJewelryMeadow!

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Vintage Jewelry Sellers on Etsy w/5 Sales or Less

I will be promoting and highlighting Etsy Sellers w/5 sales or less here on my blog - all of the sellers are seasoned sellers of vintage jewelry and most are collectors as well - please be sure to check out their stores and bring them business when you can.

If you want to be added to the list, just email to let me know.

~~~ 06-04-09 My 4th Featured Etsy Seller is ~~~


Zuni Sterling & Turquoise Cluster Bracelet
She lives in the Southwest and has collected Native American jewelry and pottery for years. She has a wonderful collection of hard to find items in her shop and an expertise to describe them. She also offers a nice selection of vintage costume jewelry.

New Treasury - Happiness is a Butterfly

Today I wanted to showchase vintage butterfly jewelry. My sellers include:

LillysVintageJewelry, WhiggyTreasures, PastSplendors, JujuBee1, WeGotJewels, VintageTreasures4U, AntiqueAli, BooBears2, JudysGems2, VintageDay, MetroRetroVintage, KatcherrFancy.

My featured seller is JulyFly - please see the next post.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Vintage Jewelry Sellers on Etsy w/5 Sales or Less

I will be promoting and highlighting Etsy Sellers w/5 sales or less here on my blog - all of the sellers are seasoned sellers of vintage jewelry and most are collectors as well - please be sure to check out their stores and bring them business when you can.

If you want to be added to the list, just email to let me know.

~~~ 06-02-09 My 3rd Featured Etsy Seller is ~~~

Rhinestone Heart Pin by Capri

She ran an Antique and Collectible shows for 12 years. During those years she could not help but notice the tables selling the costume jewelry, drew the most customers. Being a lover of costume jewelry, she finally joined the venture, and what a wonderful world she discovered!

New Treasury - Fruit Salad

This time I profiled vintage costume jewelry w/a fruity theme. My sellers included AnniesLoft, BCTreasureTrove, Blisstiques, HannahEtsy, AntiqueAli, AntiquingOnLine, WhiggyTreasures, VintageDay, BitxOfGlitz4U, HouseOfVintage, VintageTreasures4U, ScottishArt.

My Featured Seller is BitxOfGlitz4U - please visit the next post for more information on her.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Vintage Jewelry Sellers on Etsy w/5 Sales or Less

I will be promoting and highlighting Etsy Sellers w/5 sales or less here on my blog - all of the sellers are seasoned sellers of vintage jewelry and most are collectors as well - please be sure to check out their stores and bring them business when you can.

If you want to be added to the list, just email to let me know.

~~~ 05-27-09 My 2nd Featured Etsy Seller is ~~~


Her inventory is affordable vintage costume and sterling silver jewelry both signed and unsigned. Her customer service is #1 and she stands behind what I sell, as she has been selling for about 10 years

Gerry's Watermellon Cameo

A Great Day for Treasuries on Etsy

Today - I was lucky enough to get a Treasury - Walk Like an Egyptian

and my sellers included greatbarbarian, judysgems2, jujubee1, boobears2, lillysvintagejewelry, blingbabe, bitzofglitz4u, vintageday, vintage55, getglam, pastsplendors, and poshadornment

I was also fortunate enough to be included in 2 treasuries:

April Showers by LillysVintageJewelry

all these treasuries will be available for 2 more days - so have fun shopping!

Monday, May 25, 2009

Etsy Treasury - Proud to be an American

I was able to create an Etsy Treasury today and dedicated it to the Holiday in rememberance of our service men and women, past and present. Without them, we would not be the great nation that we are!

The sellers I profiled include:
WhiggyTreasures, VintageTreasures4U, LoveOldStuff2, AntiqueAli, WeGotJewels, PopGoesMyVintage, GetGlam, BlingBabe, ESBeads, KissMyVintage, ChrysalisEShop, RetroVertigo

Some other great patriotic jewelry I found included an awesome 60s/70s Pendant Necklace in GoodEye's shop

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Vintage Jewelry Sellers on Etsy w/5 Sales or Less

I will be promoting and highlighting Etsy Sellers w/5 sales or less here on my blog - all of the sellers are seasoned sellers of vintage jewelry and most are collectors as well - please be sure to check out their stores and bring them business when you can.

If you want to be added to the list, just email to let me know.

~~~ 05-25-09 My First Featured Etsy Seller is ~~~


She has been selling vintage items on eBay since 2006 as 8527nicoles with a 100% positive feedback. Her focus now is mostly on vintage costume jewelry so there will always be signed and unsigned vintage beauties in her Etsy store. She also plans to list watches, handbags, silk scarves, belts and collectibles such as porcelain and glass pieces.
Vintage Vargas Art Deco Cuff Bracelet

Monday, April 27, 2009

Definition of Era in Vintage Jewelry

These are loose time periods for the various eras that define the style and grace of jewelry.

Georgian era - c1800-1835
Victorian - c1835-1901
Art Nouveau & Art Deco - c1890-1935
Edwardian - c1890-1910
Retro - c1940
Antique - 100 years or older (currently c1909 or before)
Vintage - 20 years or older (currently c1989 or before)

Jewelry Ring Members of Twitter

If you're looking for up-to-date info. on what your jool bud is doing or what your favorite Jewery Ring dealer has just listed for sale - take a peek at their Tweets on Twitter.

If you are a member of either JR group and want to be added to the list, please email me.

5 Divas Jewelry and Acccesories - The Etsy Stores

Etsy, while it has been around for a while, is a relatively new venue for selling vintage items. 2 of our dealers from 5 Divas Jewelry and Accessories have shops there:

Annie's Loft

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Jewelry Ring Members' Etsy Stores

I am a member of Jewelry Ring - "an email discussion list for jewelry enthusiasts, experts and historians, collectors, and dealers at many levels, who discuss vintage and vintage costume jewelry in a friendly and welcoming forum. Members are encouraged to join in our in-depth discussions and participate in research about important periods, styles, fashion history and designers."

Many members hold Esty Shops - a list of which can be found here:

Etsy Stores from the Members of Jewelry Ring