Silver rings are the single most popular type of jewelry in the shop right now. Among silver rings, the vintage sterling with turquoise is the favorite. I think people feel more comfortable with older turquoise since modern pieces are often not of the same quality. While there is lovely genuine turquoise jewelry being made now, some modern “turquoise” is really white howlite dyed blue or green, while other pieces are are turquoise dust held together with resin. The worst of the bunch is just plain plastic, albeit with a natural looking fake matrix. Given those options, vintage is often the best choice.
Other than turquoise, people are really digging the red coral, black onyx, malachite and mother of pearl rings, in that order.
So I’ve been out and about for a while now, looking for silver rings.
Here’s some of what I’ve found, with lyrics from the song Turquoise Jewelry by Camper Van Beethoven:
Come down from your treehouse condominium
Stop driving around in that station wagon with the wood on the side
Take off that jumpsuit. You look like Grace Slick.
Take off your turqouise jewelry
Shake your medicine rattle
Fill a sock with an herb
Put on your fringe skirt and come sit down next to your old man, he’s hankering’ for some company
I am a vintage clothing shop owner living and working in rural north Florida. I believe in adding a little vinegar and molasses to my greens, having my coffee outside whenever possible, and mixing something vintage into every room and every outfit.