Photographing Sparkly Jewelry

My latest photography challenge was to take close up photos of some of my three dimensional jewelry. I experimented with black, white, and lavender background fabric and was surprised the lavender was the best. The white fabric wasn’t enough of a contrast, and the black fabric seemed too much of a contrast in the bright sunlight.

I love the few little blue rhinestones on the hanging ball in the first photo- they’re a bit mysterious. I bought this at Decades Vintage years ago after working long hours as a paralegal during a  trial. The photo captured the iridescence of the aurora borealis rhinestones, and a fairly good representation of the ball.

Rhinestone bracelet with hanging ball

In the second photo, below,  this elegant choker and earrings parure was made by House of Schrager, a high end costume jewelry maker from 1925 to to 1960 or so. The rhinestones are clear and sapphire colored, and the shape of the choker is really interesting. It’s rounded, not flat, and moves in a liquidy way, rather than rigidly. It’s really beautiful. I bought this at Xtabay Vintage, one of my favorite stores.

House of Schrager choker and earrings

The third photo is of a brooch that belonged to my grandmother. It’s special to me because she gave it to me, and because it escaped that fate of much of her rhinestone jewelry – she took her jewelry apart to make Christmas trees on velvet! I need to work on this one – it’s a bit overexposed and blurry.

My grandmother's brooch

The last photo is of a wonderful, very dimensional bracelet I purchased at Uncommon Objects on South Congress in Austin. It’s not marked but has all the hallmarks of being a DeLizza and Elster piece – the five link and band construction and the rivets on the back. The metal is japanned silver, which looks grey.

DeLizza and Elster bracelet


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