Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Lady in a Hat

I picked this lovely lady up in an Op shop recently, and just popped her in a bowl in the study, full of 'this and that'.  [amazing what I find in there sometimes]

Today I was doing a bit of a tidy up, and had a closer look at her. OK she's only a black plastic brooch, but her hat and dress are chips of NZ Paua Shell which certainly make her shine, with other crushed stone to make the white of her skin and the 'diamonds' around her neck and hatband. All done in the cloisonne style, with gold wire making up the little 'fields'
All this on a cheap plastic brooch approx. 5cm long?
It is just so pretty.


  1. At 1st I thought it was a wall plaque I think its gorgeous.

  2. It is funny, you have to get "your eye in" with some things and look at objects from a different view point. Knowing that there is so much work in that brooch makes it special.

  3. Hello Lyndel ... I have only now discovered your blog, it's wonderful!
    I love old things and old!
    - It makes you happy if we do a link exchange?
    Best wishes, *Maristella*.
    (with translator)

  4. I thought it was a wall plaque too. V. pretty :)

  5. Your Dad must have been a real romantic to give your Mum a C.Edwards ballet print for their wedding anniversary. I think that is just lovely and the kind of thing I'd love for my anniversary too. I hope it's still in the family.
    I bought a gorgeous Paua shell braclet at the op-shop the other day...I'm going to wear it tonight. I love the elegant neck of the lady on your brooch.

  6. That is a beautiful brooch, Lyndel; I can visualise it embellishing a crazy patchwork block ;-)