Musings and Amusings

V is for Vintage

V Letter

At first, I was taken aback to think of the ‘60’s – the 1960’s, not the 1860’s – as vintage. Heck, I remember the ‘60’s like they were yesterday. How can they possibly be vintage?

Then I did the math. OK, half a century ago. But who’s counting?

These bracelets, which I’ve purchased on Ebay, are made of silver or gold metal composite with plastic inserts called thermoset. Coro, Lisner and Miriam Haskell are three of the costume jewelry companies of the ‘50’s and 60’s that designed and sold these then-trendy thermoset bracelets and necklaces.


I like wearing them, fantasizing about their previous owners. Sometimes I imagine I’ve inherited family heirlooms from eccentric great aunts.

Until a week ago, I planned to end this post with the sentence above. All that changed when I was checking in at my orthodontist appointment, and the receptionist complimented me on this bracelet.



I explained to her my hobby of acquiring them on Ebay, and she told me about a store called Charming Charlie, which is “all the rage” as she described it. She said they sell inexpensive jewelry remarkably similar to my bracelet; in fact she said she’d seen one just like it.

Apparently everything old IS new again.


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Comments on: "V is for Vintage" (37)

  1. I prefer the term “vintage” to antique. I seem to recall that the qualifier of “antique” changed from 100 years old to 50 years old. I recall swearing that day, too. 😉

  2. I have a watch that looks very similar to your bracelets with heavy white ovals and a big silver clasp. It was my grandmother’s, so it was probably bought in the 60’s. She always called it her “Florida” watch. It still keeps time fairly well.

  3. Those bracelets are so pretty! Many, many things grow more beautiful with age. 🙂

    • That is so true! Thanks for being so supportive, Kirsten. I always enjoy hearing from you. I hope you have a great weekend. We’re off for a fun overnight with the grandkids – a little golfing, volleyball and spring football. Some participating and some cheering from sidelines!

  4. I have vintage travel trailers. Anything more than 20 years is considered vintage so my Dalton must be an antique. It’s a 1959. If it’s an antique, then what would be the term for me? The bracelets are pretty. Even if they’re not from family, they are part of yours now. Someday, they will belong to family member who can say it was passed down to them.

  5. “Apparently everything old IS new again.”—I hope that applies to humans, too. 😉

    • We seem to be making great strides with joint replacements and stem cell growing new orgsns and parts, so not unreasonable thst a future generation could be old and “new again”!

  6. They are really beautiful, I love vintage stuff and often wonder who wore what, and if they were happy….lol great post (again!) 🙂

    • Lainey -i thought of you while writing this because you incorporate so much vintage in your art. Some have broken (they are old after all) and I keep wondering how to use them in art. They’d be perfect on your dolls! Will save them till zi come to UK 🙂

  7. Doesn’t take long to become vintage. Consider me, for example. 🙂 I’m slipping into the relic stage.

  8. I love vintage. i opened an etsy account ages ago and they specify anything over 40 years if vintage, so I get confused between an antique and vintage, but really i dont care on the names. I have got my sons in to scouring markets too now so its great they hold a passion similar to mine 🙂 My house is full of vintage hehe, great post..Are you coming to the UK then?

  9. Gotta love how fashion, or anything for that matter, recycles itself. My mom always said, hold on to the old things, they’ll soon be new again.
    Beautiful bracelets.
    Silvia @

  10. Hey great post! Ah the 60s and 70s and 80s – jeez, I remember all those too. Love your pics. I hope you are enjoying the challenge of A-Z. Keep up the good stuff.

  11. Are you telling me the 60’s weren’t just yesterday? I was looking through some of my jewelry I have collected over the years just the other day. I used to wear it always. Didn’t go out without earrings and finger rings and bracelets for sure and sometimes necklaces and pins. And in the 6o’s, ankle bracelets and toe rings and slave bracelets and hoops galore. Now all I wear is my wedding ring. That’s it, not even a watch.

    • Isn’t it odd how our habits change? I wear a watch and one of these bracelets, but rarely a necklace or rings, including my wedding ring.

      I never got pierced ears so rarely wore earrings.

      I’d love to see some of your 60s pictures. I envied the toe ring and ankle bracelet wearers but never took my hippie look quite that far 🙂

      • I’d go along with this. I used to wear earrings all the time from dainty, dangly, silver filigree ones to flashy painted wooden parrots – depended on my mood 🙂 Also silver rings and an old garnet from my mother which mysteriously got lost in the garden, and I even wore an ankle bracelet which probably wouldn’t go round my ankles today! Now my ear piercings are closed, I don’t wear rings because my fingers swell, but I do occasionally wear a pendant.
        Funny how we change.

      • I’ve given some things away, but jewelry doesn’t take up much room and I’m not quite ready to part with some pretties! I wish my rings fit,; none do except my wedding ring unless swollen knuckle as you say.

  12. Nice bracelets! 🙂 It’s true; if you wait long enough, everything comes back in style. The clothing stores are featuring blue combined with black again now. This was popular in the late 80s/early 90s.

  13. cardamone5 said:

    Vintage, mid century modern, mcm, modern, danish…all of my favorite terms. I am an avid collector of anything produced between 1950-1975 (I’ll take that back, I have a Heywood Wakefield dining set made in 1949.) My whole house is loaded down with furniture, art, pottery, lamps, etc from that era. I love the sleek design, and the gorgeous wood grains with solid pieces that were built to last, and have.

    Love the jewelry, although I am not an eclectic jewelry wearer (I tend to wear the same pieces again and again.)

    I realized that you have been so thoughtful in commenting on most of my A to Z posts, and while I am following you, I didn’t change my reader settings to receive your posts via e-mail. I’ll change that. Have enjoyed catching up though.


    • Thank you, Elizabeth for visiting and sharing your live of vintage. The wooden pieces in various woods are lovely in any setting.

      I get stuck on one bracelet or necklace for a week or so then chsnge to something else. I wear what makes me feel good rather than customizing outfits ( since I’m mostly in sweats!!)

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