Morning Glory Antiques & Jewelry
at the

ANTIQUE CONNECTION MALL
and on the internet since 1996
12815 Central NE, Albuquerque, New Mexico, 87123  USA
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Jane Haley Clarke, owner
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Welcome to the beauty, history and art that is vintage jewelry. We buy and sell vintage rhinestone, costume, designer, bakelite and antique Georgian & Victorian jewelry, purses and accessories.
To be alerted when NEW ITEMS are added to the site, please e-mail jane@morninggloryantiques.com and we will be glad to add you to the contact list.
All jewelry is in excellent vintage condition unless specified otherwise.  All items are subject to prior sale.
We work constantly to offer extensive jewelry research, pictures and information in our reference, " Jewel Chat " and gallery " Morning Glory Collects ". 
We share our reference material free of charge and work hard to make it accurate, but as with any research, mistakes can be made. We are not responsible for the use you make of the information here or the honest mistakes that may occur from time to time.
We do not offer identification, valuation or appraisal services. 

TO PURCHASE: You are on a reference page of Morning Glory Antiques & Jewelry. Most of these items were photographed from private collections, and are for reference only.
Jewelry that is available TO BUY can be accessed by clicking HERE
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Morning Glory Antiques & Jewelry presents
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JEWEL CHAT
Costume Jewelry Magazine

 


THE COLLECTORS

 GLASS BEAD NECKLACES
collection of  Nancy Jo Leachman


Nancy Jo says, "  My interest in collecting glass beads was the end result of getting interested in making my own. Bead shops were springing up everywhere in the late 80's, but they were expensive. So I started looking for glass beads at flea markets and I began to notice designers names. That led to my discovery of Jewel Collect, the on line chat group, which was a huge factor in my appreciation for what I was finding. 

I like the European beads the best because of their artistry and the quality way in which they are made.  For those of you who want to learn more about the kind of beads I collect, I strongly recommend Sibylle Jargstorf's books "Baubles, Buttons and Beads: The Heritage of Bohemia"  and "Glass Beads from Europe". Several of the beads you see here can be found in her books."

 

Nancy Jo collects beads... walls full of beads! She had birds, flowers, puzzle beads and more... and a rainbow of colors. If you did not realize the beauty and variety of beads, just take a look. She says this photograph shows only a small portion of her entire collection!

Her bead necklaces create a shimmering wall paper.... and it never goes out of style.   View  

This green bead necklace with a colorful "bubble" look is truly unusual, and probably hand made.   View 

 

 

Beautifully detailed flowers and leaves in aqua glass.   View

Tiny white glass birds nestle in the green leaves.   View

A morning glory necklace.... ahhhh!   View

My first love is flower and leaf beads. The more "frou-frou" the better. I love their intricacy. I think my all time favorite has to be the love birds with leaves necklace which is Czechslovakian from the 1920's. Too late for me, but I think it would make the perfect wedding necklace. It's also probably the costliest necklace I have, along with the morning glories

 

 

Frosted beads and aqua glass flowers are accented with green leaves.   View

 Minty green glass in tulip shapes... how unusual!   View

Pink flowers, white leaves and delicate detail.    View

I view beads as tiny works of art. I can look at them for hours like one might look at a painting.  I love anything unique -- beads that interlock, beads that have etched designs, beads that have raised surface decorations - you get the idea.

 

Pastels in baby-soft colors, this necklace looks like candy!  View

All the colors of the rainbow in one necklace.   View

Another in hard candy colors.   View

Another attraction for me is that they are a style of jewelry that I am comfortable wearing.  I love to look at the glitzy stuff, but as a beyond-middle-age, frumpy librarian I just can't carry them off. Glass beads are gorgeous without being pretentious or screaming for attention. I'm a little too shy for that but I can handle the milder notice of my beads. I often choose what to wear to work based on which necklace I feel like wearing, then finding clothes to match.  Price-wise, glass beads can be a good buy because they are often unsigned.  It's the beads themselves that make them special, not the intricacy of the design. Most are simply strung or wired. Anything more intricate competes with the bead itself.

 

Raspberries and cream, this looks good enough to eat.   View

Rose pink beads with a glass flower cluster pendant.   View

Pink and green "puzzle bead" necklace.   View

 

The beads themselves aren't flowers but have been wired or strung to form a flower.   View

White glass disks decorated with colored florets.   View

The beads on this pink necklace are huge and really strange. This one goes
on my all time Top 5 favorite list. It's Czech from the 20's or 30's.  View

 

Dainty pastel florets and leaves.   View

Cobalt, faux pearl and pastel necklace.   View

Baby blue in transparent and opaque glass beads.   View

 

Applied glass decorations and iridescent finishes create these "wedding cake" beads.   View

Remember those red hot candies from when we were kids!   View

Beads in various shades of blue.   View

My greatest finds have come from flea-market shoe boxes marked "Necklaces, $1.00 each". Fortunately for me, a lot of people can't tell the difference between glass and plastic.  The hunt is the best part.  If they only knew, I'd PAY dealers just to look through the box. The best find on the page? The last strand of wedding cake beads. It was buried in a shoebox full of cheap plastic Mardi Gras necklaces -- one of my $1 purchases.

 

 

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Two similar necklaces with lovely flower clusters.

This carnelian-colored agate looks just like those 1920's lamps.

Raised dot beads; the orange one is Trifari.

 

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Pale pastels, the bottom Venetian blue one has intricate inner designs in
white.

Interlocking bead necklaces, which are also sometimes called puzzle necklaces.

And more of those wonderful pinks.


 

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TO PURCHASE: You are on a reference page of Morning Glory Antiques & Jewelry. These items were photographed from private collections, and are for reference only.
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PLEASE NOTE: Regretfully, it is no longer possible to respond to individual questions regarding jewelry history, identification or value, or to offer written or verbal appraisals or opinions. The demand for this kind of information is absolutely too overwhelming for one dealer to fill. 
I love jewelry, but appraising and selling are two entirely different businesses, and I choose selling as my business.

Instead, articles are added on a regular basis to JEWEL CHAT on line Magazine, a wonderful reference for  information on many makers and styles of vintage jewelry. 
For information on valuing your jewelry, click HERE.