Tuesday, January 22, 2013

My Love Affair With Dress Clips

Dress clips were popular during the Art Deco and Art Nouveau jewelry movement and continued to be worn through the 50's. They were made of lesser cost materials such as brass, pot metal, bakelite or other plastics. Usually worn and sold in pairs. The clips on the back are wide and have 3 prongs that grip the fabric to hold it in place. I have always been fascinated by these wonderful and sometimes fanciful pieces. I rarely pass them up no matter how beat up or decrepit they are. I have been known to spend hours tracking down replacement rhinestones and painstakingly restoring them to their original splendor. Rarely do I find pairs, but no worries as I am happy to sport a single one in the middle of a dress bodice or top. 
This Brass and Pearl Clip is layers of filigree topped with repousse leaves and ecru pearls. They can make quite a statement as this Art Deco Black Glass Balls Clip does. Or be simply chic like Art Nouveau Brass Clip. This is a sweet pair Pair Flower Rhinestone Clips. To see more, visit my shop at GeneralWhimsy2  on Etsy.

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