Friday, March 26, 2010

The Thrill of Touching History

This is is one of my button bracelets, in clear spring shades of pink, white and green. It has lots of really beautiful and special vintage beads, buttons and bits, but for me, the most exciting part of this bracelet are the 5 glorious Miriam Haskell white bell flowers.  

For Christmas, I received a long-coveted book, Miriam Haskell Jewelry by Cathy Gordon and Sheila Pamfiloff.  I have spent hours drooling my way though this book.  Imagine my excitement, when there, on page 137, were my beads!  I've photo'd the photo from the book, quality is poor, but I must share!  Oh, how I would love to have this many of these glorious beads to work with!

This bracelet is dated to the period between 1926 and WWII.  It is such a thrill for me to touch a bit of history in this way.  I am privileged to be able to create with materials that are themselves works of art.  Does it get any better? 


  1. Those bells are gorgeous, Sharon! Pardon me while I drool!

    While I buy a lot of items on Etsy that are classified as vintage, I've never pondered the idea of actually touching history when they arrive in my mailbox. I just admire them for their beauty and appreciate that very little is made to that standard anymore.

    BTW, have you seen former Secretary of State Madeline Albright's recent book focusing on the brooches she wore while in office? It's quite interesting. :)

  2. Hey Mary Ellen! I have heard of Madeline Albright's book and would love to read it. How she matched the brooches to her circumstances would be really interesting reading!