Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Bug Off

A lot of collectors like to have a theme when it comes to their collections and for some jewelry collectors that theme is insects.  I can't say that's a theme that appeals to me personally.  I do think there are a lot of beautiful butterfly pieces out there, and ladybug and dragonfly pieces are also very pretty, but I just can not warm up to beetles or spiders.  My philosophy is if I don't want the live version crawling on me, I don't want to wear the replica.  But, then again, I'm a bit bug phobic.  The good news is that if you do fancy bug/insect jewelry there is plenty of it at reasonable prices, and it's often very colorful.  The pin below is vintage, I'm guessing from the 70's or 80's.  It was made by a company called Gem-Craft, that is still in existence today.  The pin is marked "Craft."  I looked through probably a thousand photos on line trying to find a photo of something similar, but no luck.  That may mean it's rare.  If anyone has one like it please send a photo.

It's an interesting, good sized piece, and every time I look at it I imagine those legs starting to move.... I posed it on some apples, because I figured that's where a bug would want to be, and it looked less menacing against the bright green.

Vintage bug pin

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