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.

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Let's Get Buggy - Juliana Bug Figurals - The Finale

Today we will finish up our bug tutorial.  We will start on the bugs with rhinestones on their antennae.  Rhinestones on the antennae of bugs is much more rare than the curved "up" antennae without rhinestones that we studied in the last two trainings.  These rhinestone antennae are much more often found on butterflies.  I have shown the only two bugs known to have these style of antennae.
Eight Legged Bug

The two are the eight legged bug. It is that is found in many different color combinations besides the one shown here.  The second is the caterpillar brooch shown here in jade glass rhinestones.  It is also found in many other colors.  Some of the other colors of the caterpillar can be seen in my book: Juliana Jewelry - The Last Generation.

Caterpillar Bug

There is only one other style of antennae found in bugs. It is found only in one large bug, called the two winged bug.  It has curved sideways antennae that are also often found in butterflies.  The antennae are also not smooth wire like the normal curved "up" antennae.  It is also found in other colors.
Large Double Winged Bug

Cast Bug
The only other bug left is the cast one.  It is found in different colors.  The design is totally different from the other bugs.  The frame is totally cast metal with glued in accents.

So now we have finished off the bugs.  To finalize the bug training I would like to give you some simple rules to remember when looking at bug designs you think might be Juliana (D and E).  Next week we will look at the reptiles and snails.

-All D and E Rhinestone Bugs have Antenna. (Butterflies have their own rules)
-All D and E Rhinestone Bugs have wire antenna that are curled UPWARDS
with the exception of the Caterpillar, the Large Two Winged Bug, and the 8 legged Bug.
-All D and E Rhinestone Bugs with legs also have wire curled UPWARDS antennae with the exception of the Large Two Winged Bug shown here in orange.
-No D and E Rhinestone Bugs have trembler wings (springs that allow wings to flutter)
-No D and E Rhinestone Bugs have rhinestone chain antenna. (Remember - Butterflies have their own rules)
-D and E Cast Metal Bugs are different and shown here