By Christine Cravens owner of VintageCravens
Soon, jewelry began emulating the colors of beautifully decorated trees and snow to celebrate the season as well. Ivory was a common medium used for ornate designs such as reindeer amidst lacy fir trees. Brooches and pendants were also fashioned from gold or silver with green, red and clear gems such as emerald, ruby and diamonds in shapes emulating wreaths and trees. When larger hats came into fashion, long hatpins were adorned with festive Christmas designs as well. Blown glass began appearing as jewelry components emulating ornaments in latter Victorian times.
While there are many vintage pins available today, several factors contribute to value including the appearance of a signature or stamp on the piece, the designer, overall materials and complexity of the design and condition. When purchasing Christmas tree brooches, be on the lookout for the following collectible styles:
- Stanley Hagler – filigree hardware, intricate beading, baroque pearls and Murano glass
- Larry Vrba – aurora borealis, large cabochons and rhinestone
- Trifari – tree-shaped pins with minimal beading, enameling and glass
- Hollycraft – gilt-metal trees with polychrome rhinestones
- Eisenberg Ice – ruby and emerald colored rhinestones, enameling
- Art – Christmas tree shapes featuring colorful baguette and round rhinestones, focus on multi-layer designs
- Hattie Carnegie – realistic tree designs featuring enameling and beading
- J.J. – traditional designs featuring colorful rhinestones and animals
- Weiss – highly decorated designs featuring rhinestones in abstract tree shapes
As the Vintage Jewelry Sellers on Etsy team (VJSE), we are pleased to provide high quality vintage and antique jewelry. Enjoy these signed and unsigned Christmas themed brooches by some of our team members. To see more of our jewelry, please visit us at Etsy.