Sunday, December 11, 2011



Now through Dec. 16 you'll receive 25% off all vintage restyled jewelry at Dabchick Vintage Gems when you enter coupon code GET25OFF at checkout. 

Just visit Dabchick Vintage Gems and select from over 130 one-of-a-kind vintage pieces.  From dazzling statement necklaces and chokers to polished pendants, and brilliant bracelets filled with vintage charms, you’ll make a stylish impression in Dabchick Vintage gems.  

Remember to enter coupon code GET25OFF!

Friday, November 25, 2011

Free Shipping on Statement Jewelry at Dabchick Vintage Gems on Etsy

Free Shipping at Dabchick Vintage Gems
Avoid the Mall!  No Crowds!  Stay in your PJs and shop for luxurious vintage jewelry from the comfort of your home at Dabchick Vintage Gems on Etsy.   Dabchick is running a special free shipping promotion for U.S. domestic customers.  Just Enter FREESHIP1 when you checkout at Dabchick on Etsy and you'll receive free first class mail delivery anywhere in the continental US.  Hurry in for best selections.
Looking for all the deals? Click on over to Dabchick!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Wedding Jewelry for the Bridal Party: Vintage Wedding Bracelets

Vintage Rhinestone Wedding Bracelets for Bride, Maid of Honor, Bridesmaids by Dabchick Vintage Gems

These four lovely cuff bracelets are infused with a lovely vintage bride floral theme.  They're perfect for an outdoor venue, a flower-filled extravaganza, or even a winter white wedding.  

Wedding Jewelry Vintage Rhinestone Floral Cuffs by Dabchick Vintage Gems
Bridal Cuff
The large bridal cuff is spectacular at two inches wide and filled with vintage rhinestones, milk glass flowers, and lovely repurposed antique jewelry.  The maid of honor's bracelet is set off by a row of snow white milk glass, and vintage rhinestones, and the two bridesmaid's cuffs combine similar elements to a cohesive, romantic style.  The bridal party cuffs are 1 and 1/2 inches wide.
Bridesmaid Cuff
Bridesmaid Cuff

Maid of Honor Cuff Bracelet

If you're looking for vintage style with a modern twist, check out the jewels at
If you're interested in custom wedding jewelry please contact me at

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

It's Nice to Be Appreciated

Dabchick Vintage Gems Customer Kudos

Cool Customers...
It's nice to receive a thank you note from a happy customer.  It makes creating art and making jewelry all the more rewarding.  Here's a quick "atta girl" from Connie, who purchased one of my all time favorite jeweled statement cuffs.

Thank you so much for the beautiful bracelet. I collect jewelry and this is so very different from anything else I have. Thanks for reserving for me. Kind Regards, Connie

Saturday, September 24, 2011

"The" Wedding Statement Necklace, Pearl Jewelry for Brides

Wedding Jewelry, Statement Necklaces, Bridal Jewelry at Dabchick Vintage Gems

Vintage Pearl Statement Necklace at

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Bridal Jewelry Sets, Custom Necklaces, Bracelets, Earrings

Custom Jewelry for Brides

I've had the privilege of making custom jewelry for many brides over the past few years.  I really enjoy getting to know each bride, and wow, do I love to see "the dress."  Although I design and make one of a kind jewelry sets for brides, for me, receiving photos of the dress is always so exciting.

Each bride I work with has her own unique style and that is always reflected in the dress.  Most brides-to-be are excited to share with me photos of their dresses and it's important for me (and them) that their jewelry enhance, rather than compete with their dress.

Recently, I finished this custom set for an east coast bride which included a statement necklace of vintage pearls and sparkling antique rhinestones; and a custom bridal cuff bracelet that is truly one of a kind, and vintage earrings.    Visit my Etsy shop at, my Facebook page, or email me at if you're interested in a one-of-a-kind custom bridal jewelry set for your special day.

Custom Wedding Jewelry Set

Vintage Pearl Statement Necklace by
Dabchick Vintage Gems

Statement Cuff by Dabchick Vintage Gems

Vintage Rhinestone Earrings

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Wedding Brooch Bouquets: Eight DIY Tutorials

Make Your Own Wedding Brooch Bouquet 
Is there anything more exquisite than a beautifully designed wedding brooch bouquet?  I'm absolutely in love with these wedding keepsake bouquets.  You can use your own family heirloom pieces or find vintage brooches on Ebay, Etsy, or at local antique shops, and thrift stores.  I sell antique brooches in my Etsy shop just for this purpose, like this vintage tiara rhinestone brooch:

DIY Wedding Brooch Tutorials
You can find someone to make you a brooch bouquet using your own heirloom pieces but expect to pay upwards of $275 (not including any brooches you might need to purchase).  Or you can do it yourself for a whole lot less, particularly if you find inexpensive filler pieces, and use your own vintage brooches, pins, and earrings.

Here's my round up of eight DIY wedding brooch bouquet tutorials, including links, and credits.  Enjoy creating, and don't forget to stop by my Etsy shop for vintage brooches!

Fancy Pants Weddings 

The Bridal Guide
The Wedding Bee

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Looking for a Statement Necklace DIY? Check Out Indie Fixx.

Make Your Own Haute Couture Statement Necklace

DIY Statement Necklace Tutorial at

Check out Indie Fixx for a fun and fashionable Statement Necklace tutorial.  Plus, check out the blog for some lovely examples of one-of-a-kind statement necklaces.  Don't forget to visit Dabchick Vintage Gems on Etsy if you decide the DIY route is not for you.  I've got some stunning necklaces in my shop right now

Monday, August 22, 2011

Fashion Blog Features Dabchick Statement Cuff

Two New Discoveries
Today, I learned my gold statement cuff was featured in a fashion inspiration board on the the blog Saint Pink, and I found a terrific new blog for all things style inspiring, you guessed it, Saint Pink.  

Check out this fashion board featuring vintage items from Etsy sellers at

Look closely and you will see my sparkling cuff available in my Etsy shop at

Vintage Fashion Inspiration Board at Saint Pinks

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Recycled Watch Band Bracelets: DIY Jewelry Tutorial

Recycled Watch Band Bracelets with Vintage Accents, A DIY by Dabchick Vintage Gems
I enjoy restoring, reconstructing, and restyling vintage jewelry especially when I can reuse fun trinkets like watches, watch faces, and wrist watchbands. I make statement necklaces, chunky cuff bracelets, and watchband bracelets from old vintage watches and charms I curate from auctions, estate sales, antique shops, and flea markets.

The attractive recycled watchband bracelets in the photo below were made from vintage expansion stainless steel bands and paired with assorted antique rhinestone pins, gold charms, vintage beads, and dangling charms. Each bracelet is now an intriguing conversation piece combining both old and new elements for a recycled modern vibe.
Recycled Watch Band Bracelets by Dabchick Vintage Gems

  Here are a few simple steps to follow to transform an attractive watchband into a distinctive bracelet:

1) Scour thrift stores for old watches with cool and distinctive bands in good condition, look for stainless steel for durability. You should be able to find them for $1-$5 depending on the condition of the watch face itselft.

2) Carefully remove the watch face and save for another DIY jewelry project or home craft. Most wrist bands attach to the watch face with spring-loaded pegs that you can remove with a small pin and pliers. Press down on the spring loaded peg with the pin and remove the peg with pliers.

3) Thoroughly clean the watchband. This is important; those suckers can be really dirty! I soak them in Simple Green, then I expand them and use a toothbrush to clean thoroughly between the links.

4) Next, you'll need to decide what closure you want to use and which decorative element works best with your band.

5) To close up your watchband, you can use large jump rings or jewelry wire in interesting shapes like scrolls to close up your band. Just insert your jump ring or wire threaded through the band where the spring loaded pegs were removed and close up your ring or loop your wire.

6) Attach a decorative ornament to the jump ring or wire. I like to use vintage pins and brooches, dangling charms, old earrings, and vintage beads to add a punch of style.

8) Slide the bracelet on your wrist and you are finished!

All my recycled vintage watchband bracelets are available for purchase in my Etsy shop!

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Modern Vintage Jewelry: Restyling Watch Parts into Fabulous Statement Cuffs

Vintage Timepiece Cuff Bracelet by Dabchick Vintage Gems
As long as I can remember, I have loved vintage costume jewelry.  As a young girl, I spent hours playing with my grandmother's modest collection of costume jewelry and listening to her tell me the stories behind each brooch, necklace, or ring.  Now, I salvage vintage costume jewelry whenever I can.  I scour flea markets and purchase items at estate sales and auctions to create one of a kind statement pieces with flair and a bit of flash...

I hope you enjoy my new collection of jewelry made from vintage rhinestone jewelry and watch parts.  Please visit my Etsy shop to see the entire collection.  

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

The Shipwrecked Pearl Necklace: Another Twist on Pearls

The Shipwrecked Vintage Pearl Necklace
Available at Dabchick Vintage Gems on Etsy

This vintage pearl necklace has been restyled in a modern chic-ster way by draping vintage costume pearls and chains together to achieve the unexpected. This necklace is a new spin on your grandmother’s pearls. It will add instant drama to your neckline and make people stop for a second look.

Gold filled cable chain, and mesh chain covered pearls are interwoven to create layers of pearls with other treasures - the more tangled, the better. A lobster clasp and pearl topped extender allow for lengthening, if desired.

This necklace is both delicate and eye-catching. Pair it by day with a white shirt and tuxedo jacket, or wear it by night with your little black dress.

If you're looking for vintage style with a modern twist, check out the jewels at

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Lovely Flower Fabric Necklace Tutorial

Make a Bloomin' Statement in this Flower Necklace

Finely Crafted Fabric Statement Necklace

Check out this blog from a fellow mom crafter.  She has some lovely tutorials, including instructions on how to make this lovely fabric flower necklace.

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Vintage Bridal Necklaces for the Modern Bride on

Great Ideas for Modern Brides at
I just discovered this wonderful website featuring artisans and their creations.  Check out my bridal necklace now featured there...

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Win this One of a Kind Vintage Statement Cuff!

Enter Now to Win this Fabulous Handmade Statement Cuff - A $150 Value

You'll also receive $10 off all jewelry at Dabchick. Click this link to enter the giveaway

No catch, no strings, no kidding!  Enter and you could win this one of a kind, handmade vintage statement cuff from Dabchick Vintage Gems on Etsy.

And, receive $10 off your next jewelry purchase.  To see more fabulous statement cuffs visit Dabchick Vintage Gems

Enter up to once daily through May 31.

Saturday, May 28, 2011

The Statement Cuff Giveaway: Love it. Win it. Own it.

Enter the giveaway here

Win A Vintage Statement Cuff from Dabchick Vintage Gems! Hurry and Enter by May 31

Win this Fabulous Vintage Statement Cuff! 

You'll also receive $10 off all jewelry at Dabchick. Click this link to enter:  

No catch, no strings, no kidding!  Enter and you could win this one of a kind, handmade vintage statement cuff from Dabchick Vintage Gems on Etsy.

And, receive $10 off your next jewelry purchase.  To see more fabulous statement cuffs visit Dabchick Vintage Gems @

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Shackle me! Bridal cuffs that make a statement http://tinyur... on Twitpic

Shackle me! Bridal cuffs that make a statement http://tinyur... on Twitpic

Visit Dabchick for some sensational vintage wedding jewelry.

Say I DO! Dramatic Vintage Rhinestone & Pearl Chandelier... on Twitpic

Say I DO! Dramatic Vintage Rhinestone & Pearl Chandelier... on Twitpic

Another amazing pair of vintage earrings at Dabchick Vintage Gems on Etsy. Several pairs of vintage earrings from a fine estate sale auction are available in time for weddings and prom. Visit Dabchick at

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Statement Cuff Stalker: When Stalking is a Good Thing...

One of my favorite statement cuffs is featured on Etsy Stalker, a very cool online museum of Etsy arts and crafts curated by Beatrice and Violet, who have a fine eye for all things Etsy.  Check them out at


Sunday, March 27, 2011

Bridal Statement Necklaces

Statement Necklaces for the Bride 

Vintage Bridal Jewelry, Statement Necklaces
A collection of handmade, statement necklaces from Dabchick Vintage Gems.  Each necklace features vintage and modern elements for a one of a kind look on your wedding day.  For more jewelry visit

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Dabchick Heads to KnitOneOne Show in Berkeley March 5

The KnitOneOne March Madness Event
Every few months, The KnitOneOne studio, a craft boutique in Berkeley,  hosts a showing of crafts and art from a carefully selected roster of 12 artisans from across all craft disciplines.  On March 5, from 10 am to 5 pm, Dabchick Vintage Gems will join this amazing group of talented folks for their March Madness event.  

When:    Sat., March 5, 10 to 4
Who:      Awesome line up of Bay Area Crafters
Where:   3360 Adeline Street, Berkeley CA 94703
Cost:      Free

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Statement Making Cuffs: How to Make A Fabulous Bangle Bracelet

Dabchick Vintage Gems Rhinestone Statement Cuff

Some of my best selling repurposed vintage pieces in my Etsy shop, Dabchick Vintage Gems,, are glamourous statement cuffs loaded with vintage charm.

These cuffs feature recycled vintage jewelry, chains, and charms all affixed to sturdy, adjustable metal cuff blanks.

These altered art pieces are fun to make and always a conversation piece wherever I wear them...

Here's how to make a statement cuff of your very own:

  1. Gather old earrings, necklaces, chains, charms, and pins.  
  2. Stick to one color palette and tone; for example I may use gold chain and charms but in a similar finish like matte.
  3. Purchase an adjustable cuff blank and some strong adhesive glue from a jewelry supply or craft store.
  4. Using sharp pliers, cut the backs of your earrings and pins off your jewelry.  

  5. Using hot glue and a glue gun, affix your heavier pieces to the metal cuff making sure not to use too much Begin weaving your chain and charms around the cuff in a pleasing pattern and affix using a strong adhesive glue.
  6. Let dry.

It's that simple.

Gold & Rhinestone Vintage Cuff
Dabchick Vintage Gems on Etsy

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Vintage Bridal Necklaces for the Modern Bride

Fabulous Vintage Rhinestone Bib Necklace

Stop by Dabchick Vintage Gems on Etsy for some vintage rhinestone pieces in excellent condition just acquired from an estate sale auction.
Vintage Baguette and Waterfall Rhinestone Necklace

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Handmade Genuine Pearl Earrings Start at $12 at Dabchick Vintage Gems

A Perfect Pearl for Valentine’s Day, Handmade Genuine Pearl Earrings Start at $12

Freshwater Pearl Earrings with Teardrop Crystals on Etsy

It’s a pearl party at Dabchick Vintage Gems with affordable genuine pearl earrings starting at only $12.00, just in time for Valentine's Day.  

Stop by the shop to see the many dangling handmade pearl earrings adorned with chains, teardrops, and crystals.  Hurry and get your Valentine's Day gift soon, or pick up a gift certificate and let your sweetie decide which gem to select.

The pearl is the queen of gems and the gem of queens. 
 ~Author Unknown

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Chic Cuffs on Etsy. And, A Round Up of Fun Cuff Bracelet Tutorials

Cuff Em!  The Jewelry Artists of Etsy
I’m seriously loving all the beautiful cuff bracelets out right now.  Check out the super chic handmade cuff bracelets by the jewelry artists of Etsy (including yours truly) in this Etsy Treasury.  There are an array of styles, colors and price ranges for every glam girl in this bunch.  Click here for details

Fun, Online Cuff Bracelet Tutorials
If you’re looking for a fun “how to” project, check out these excellent tutorials online.   Each link offers a unique cuff bracelet project from wire to leather to jewels.  And,  don’t forget the vinyl! 

Edwardian Cuffs:  Lace & Bling

Eco Cuffs:  Earth Conscious Cuffs

Bejeweled Cuff:  Beaded Fun

Leather Cuffs:  Rocker Glam

LP Cuffs:  Cool Cuffs from Vinyl Records

Inexpensive Cuff:  $7 Cuff

Monday, January 17, 2011

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Vintage Jewelry Restyled for Modern Brides
Our breathtaking heirloom jewelry makes a wonderful gift for brides who love a vintage modern look.  We also have styles for the mother of the bride, the bridal party or even the discerning wedding guest.  To see our full collection, visit our shop below:

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Not Your Mother's Pearls! Jewelry Trends for 2011

Pearls Take Center Stage
I've been reading a lot about jewelry trends in 2011, so I was excited to see Pearls taking center stage in looks ranging from workday style to wedding attire.  Pearls are pure classicism; they convey hope and simplicity, while reflecting the beauty of our natural world.  You can rarely go wrong in pearls...

However, the fashionistas say that in 2011, pearls will get a makeover.  Don't expect to see the single strand choker front and center.  From the ornate, to the massive, you'll see pearls in unusual shapes like teardrops and large balls, pearls are showing up everywhere.

That's great news at Dabchick Vintage Gems.  We just snapped up an amazing auction of fine vintage costume pearls from the 1940s to the 1970s.  I've restyled a number of these beauties; and some I've left unaltered.  Check out these jewels now available at Dabchick Vintage Gems on Etsy.

Take a look at these vintage and handmade pearl necklaces at Dabchick Vintage Gems: