Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Be My Valentine - Juliana Heart Jewelry - Part II

Heart Belt Buckle
Heart Scroll Work Pink
This weeks post is about the heart scroll work that Juliana did.  The first piece I will show is a great transition piece as it has the heart shaped rhinestones that I talked about last week and heart scroll work.  I have also seen this belt buckle design done as a full belt and it was a WOW.

Heart Scroll linked Bracelet
Heart Scroll Linked Belt
Citrine Heart Scroll Parure
The next is a gorgeous demi parure of necklace and extremely long dangle earrings done all in pink and faux pearls.  

I will continue on with this gorgeous bracelet that are heart scrolls linked together.  This design actually has a full parure designed like it including a HUGE belt.  Such an incredible design.

After those two it is hard to find anything to top them.  So how about this huge parure of two necklaces, bracelet, belt and earrings.  All done with heart scrolls and citrine rhinestones.

NOT Juliana Heart Scrolls Design
These are just a few of the fabulous designs Juliana did with heart scroll work.  I could show piece after piece.  HOWEVER Juliana is not the only company to use heart scroll work.  It must have been very popular because most of the pieces you find with it are NOT Juliana.  So you really need to look for other Juliana traits to identify a heart scroll design as Juliana.  Here is one example of a piece that has heart scroll work and is often called Juliana and is not.

For more examples of heart scrollwork you can visit the IsItJulianaJewelry Database select under metal accents - Heart or S scrolls.

Next week I will be talking about the Neon Geometic designs done by Juliana (D and E).

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Be My Valentine - Juliana Heart Jewelry - Part I

Margarita Heart Demi Paure 
The topic of the day is the heart jewelry that Juliana (D and E) made.  By heart jewelry I mean both jewelry that is designed to look like a heart and jewelry that has heart shaped rhinestones.  I will not be showing the jewelry that has the metalwork that is shaped like hearts.  I will save that for next week.

Puffy Bead Heart Brooch
My first design is one that is not commonly found but is one of my favorites.  It features gorgeous pink margarita rhinestones and metal leaves.

The next one is a frame of rhinestone with puffy beads set over the top making it hard to tell that it actually is a heart.  I have also seen this design done in other colors.
Abstract Heart Brooch

Also found are some other designs that have a more abstract heart look and are also found in different colors.

Ball Chain Heart Necklace
This next design is done in ball chain with the center of the necklace shaped like a heart.  It is also not often found.

Heart Shaped Earrings
The next one is a heart shaped design that was used in different ways.  It was used as a charm on a necklace, as earrings and as a brooch.  I am showing the earrings.  This is also the first of our designs that use a heart shaped rhinestone.
Heart Shaped Flower Demi Parure

The final design is one that you see in many different colors.  It uses a heart shaped rhinestone as the center of a flower design.

There are also a few designs that use a heart shaped stone in with other stones.  I have not shown those here but they can be found in the database by selecting heart shaped in the stone shapes drop down menu.

Next week we will talk about the metal scrollwork that looks like hearts.

More Juliana Heart Jewelry

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Juliana (D and E) Geode Jewelry

Pink Geode Set
I am not sure if all of you love the Juliana jewelry with the stones often called geodes as much as I do.  These stones are some of my favorites.  They are so dimensional and the color combinations are wonderful.  Mr DeLizza talks about the geode designs on page 117 of his book and I quote: "a new rock crystal group in colors."  This chapter is 1971-1973 so I would date that as the start of these designs.

Blue Geode Brooch
My favorite is the pink, which will come as no surprise to all that know me as pink is my favorite color.  I have also said that if I ever find the geode bib in pink no one will be able to pry it out my hands.

Black AB Geode Set
First I will show the design in pink with pink AB rhinestone accents.  You will also find this same geode stone but with pink rhinestone accents.

Topaz Geode Parure
Now we will move on to my next favorite of the colors these geode designs came in, the blue.  I have shown this photo at an angle so you can see how dimensional these stones are. You will see this one has blue AB rhinestone accents.  I have also seen this design with blue rhinestone accents.

Peach Geode Parure
Now we will show one that is really a gorgeous color.  It is sort of a black AB.  Very very striking design.  Notice on this one a different earring design compared to the pink.  I suspect all the different designs were done in all the colors but I am not 100% positive about that.  This one has again the AB accenting rhinestones.  Can you imagine how fabulous this stone would look in a bib.  WOW.

Clear AB Geode Parure
Since I have been talking about the bibs that these geodes came in maybe I should show one of them to you.  These bibs are very hard to find.  I have only ever had two of them.   So everyone here is your mission after reading this, find some geode bibs.

The  next color is very similar to the topaz geode but is a little lighter in color.  More of a peach tone.

The next color is probably the color you will find most often.  The clear AB.  It is found with many different accenting colors including clear AB, green AB, pastel, and maybe more.
Clear AB Geode Dog Collar

My final designs will be some that use the geodes in different ways than we have seen before.  The first is using the same clear AB geode but using in a dog collar design.
Purple Geode with Hard Wired Beads

The next is a very unusual design.  It uses a different color of geode in a totally different design.  I suspect this was a special order for some customer.  Notice not only does it have different colored geodes, it also has hard wired on beads which Juliana (D and E) did do, but it was not common and most designs with hard wired on beads are not Juliana.
NOT Juliana Geode Earrings

My final photo for the day will show that not all geode designs are Juliana.  These earrings are NOT Juliana even though they use the geode stone.

This finishes off the geode designs I have to show you today.  Next week we will talk about some of the heart designs since Valentines Day will be coming up.

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Let's Fly Away - The Juliana Figural Bird Pendant Necklaces

Watch Owl Pendant
White Washed Owl Pendant
Today we will continue on with the bird pendant necklaces.  Most of  these are what is often called Last Generation pieces and most are owls.  Many can be found in my book Juliana Jewelry - The Last Generation.  The first one we will talk about is an unusual one. It is an owl pendant with a watch in the center of it.  You will see that it is a variation on a regular pendant owl.

The 2nd one is a variation on the owl watch.  You will also see that the metal has had a white wash done to it.  In Mr DeLizza's book on page 113 he talks about how the white wash treatment was done.  They first did it on the elephant and donkey pendants they made and then later when they made the owls they used the same treatment.  Not all of the owls are white washed.  They are also gold or silver toned.
Period Reproduction
NOT a Juliana Owl
Close up of incorrect tail linkage (green)
and correct tail linkage (red)

One extremely important thing to know when identifying these owl designs is that the connector for the tail must be a fold over piece of flat metal and not just a metal loop.  The ones with a metal loop are period copies, not Juliana (D and E) originals.

Large Looped Owl
Small Looped Owl
Our next owls will be the looped owls.  They are made with metal loops with rhinestone accents.  There are small and large ones of this design.  They date to the early 1970's and are shown in Mr DeLizza's book on page 105.  These owls have folded over flat metal holding the loops together and tassels for a tail.  Found in other color combinations.

The next owl is a large cast design with a large cabochon body.  Again it has the same fold over metal holding on the tail.
Rhinestone Body Owl

Heat Formed Plastic Owl
Wood and Heat Formed
Plastic Owl
The next owl is one that would fit well in the blog I did about heat formed plastic Juliana (D and E) jewelry  Juliana Heat Formed Plastic Jewelry Blog Post.  It uses heat formed plastic instead of rhinestones. The final owl is one I have shown before in the blog I did about the Juliana wood jewelry. Juliana Wooden Jewelry - Blog Post.

So as you can see owl pendants were very popular in Juliana designs but other birds not so much.  The only non owl pendant I know of is the thunderbird pendant which has a cabochon center and metal with heart scrollwork.  Next week we will take a little break from figurals and talk about the geode jewelry that Juliana (D and E) did.
Thunderbird Pendant

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Let's Fly Away - The Juliana Figural Bird Brooches

Open Winged Swan Brooch
Swimming Swan Brooch
Running Duck Brooch
Swimming Duck Brooch
Today Let's Fly Away with the figural bird brooches that Juliana (D and E) made.  I will start of with my favorite of the bird brooches, the open winged swan.  The look is much more understated than many of the others but it is just so elegant. 
Crowned Bird Brooch

Bird on a Branch Brooch
Since I have started on swans I will now show the other swan design.  The swimming swan design.  It was done in different colors.   It is not as large as the open winged swan.
Bird on a Branch Brooch

Bird on a Branch Brooch
How about now some ducks.  We have the swimming duck and the running duck.  They are also found in other colors.

Let's now do the birds on a branch.  Some are sitting on rhinestone branches, some are on cast branches. Some are on branches made of wire,  both smooth and twisted.  They are found in different colors.

Flying Bird Brooch
Road Runner Brooch
Notice two of the birds on a branch have rhinestones on their heads that are like the whiskers on the cats.  There are more birds with these rhinestones on their heads including the peacock and the road runner.  Most of the birds shown are found in many different colors.

Chick Brooch
Notice both the road runner and the chick have the same feet as some of the turtles.  Another that has this same foot design is the peacock brooch.
Peacock Brooch
Our next group will be the flying birds.  There are several in this group including several slight variations that are all called the flying birds.  They are found in many colors with slight wing variations.
Peace Dove
Flying Bird Brooch

There are also two designs that are similar to the open winged swan.  They are the peace dove and the spread wing bird.

Spread Wing Bird
Fighting Rooster Brooch
How about the biggest bird that Juliana (D and E) made.  The fighting Rooster brooch.  This one is not often seen.

Next will be the owl.  The owl has moroccan matrix cabochons with ball chain.  It is found in several colors.
Moroccan Matrix Owl

NOT an owl brooch
So now many of you are saying hey wait a minute there are all the rhinestone designs called the owls.  Well they are not owls they just sort of look like them and the name has stuck, but I will not call them owls as Mr DeLizza's says they were not designed to be figural owls.

Next week we will continue on with the bird pendants.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Juliana (D and E) - Reptile and Snail Figural Brooches

Blue Snail
Today we will talk about the Juliana (D and E) figural reptiles and snail brooches. The first one is the snail brooch.  Notice is also has the curled up antennae the same as most of the bugs.  The snail was done in many colors and many can be see in my book Juliana Jewelry - The Last Generation on page 96.

Green Lizard
The next is the lizard.  It of course does not have antennae but notice the feet with toes and the wired over eyes.  It is found in many colors.  Many can be seen in my database of confirmed Juliana. under Reptiles.

Pink Frog
#1 Topaz Toed Turtle
Continuing on with the frog.  The frogs are very rare.  Here is the pink frog.  Notice again of course no antennae, but again the feet with toes and the wired over eyes.  It is found in several colors.
#3 Peridot Double Row Turtle
#2 Topaz no Toed Turtle

Now we will move onto the turtles.  There were a number of different turtle designs.  Some are much more common than others.  The most common of the turtle designs was this first one shown here in topaz (turtle #1).  It has feet with toes and the wired over eyes.  The next turtle looks very similar to the first one but it does not have toes on it's feet.  It is shown here also in topaz (turtle #2).  The third variation of this turtle has three toes and a double row of small chatons around the the center stone.  It is shown here in peridot (turtle #3). The final one of these designs has no toes and has navettes around the center stone.  I don't currently have a photo of this turtle (turtle #4).
#5 Topaz 3 Toed Turtle

#6 Ribbon Turtle
Next is the three toed turtle.  It's toes are made of the same materials as the whiskers on the cats.  It is very rare and found in several colors.  Shown here in topaz. (turtle #5)
#7 Ball Chain and Rhinestone Turtle

Then follows the ribbon turtle.  It  has velvet ribbon around the edge of his shell.  It is found in several colors.  It is a cast design instead of being made out of all rhinestones so it has totally different feet. Shown here in black and white. (Turtle #6) 

We then have the ball chain turtle.   It is done of alternating rows of ball chain and rhinestones.  It does not have toes on its feet.  It is shown in turquoise. (turtle #7)
#8 Cast Turtle

The final turtle is another cast design.  This one has only a center cabochon and the rest is a cast design.  It is found with different center stones.  Shown here in the most common the millefiori center stone. (turtle #8)

This finishes off the Reptiles and snails.  Next week we will move on to the birds with Let's Fly Away.