Vintage glass jewels – cherry red ovals and black teardrops

The glass jewels shown in this DIY earring design idea are all vintage glass: the cherry red ovals were made in post-war Japan, and the black rhinestone teardrops are West German, from the early 1960s I believe. I’m relying on the original packaging for that guesstimate – they were originally sold by the half gross, and wrapped in paper. That paper had the importer’s business name, address, and telephone number printed on it. The phone number had no area code – the phone number was something like, RIVERSIDE 8635. (I’m going on memory here, don’t have the paper anymore.)

Now that’s vintage 🙂

black teardrop vintage glass beads paired with cherry red ovals made in post war Japan

These are very handsome jewels, in great shape, and the opaque colors are bold and strong when you’re not in the mood for sparkly and delicate.

(They’d be great for Christmas, too. Just, you know, in case.)

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