I saw Miss America in 1965 and I want to be a princess, and so I get to wear one every year on my birthday.
Today is my birthday!
I picked out just a few. The box was so big. I picked out a few that I found a little more interesting. The one that has actually real diamonds is this one, and those are cultured pearls. It's probably made in India. It's not in gold; it's in silver. It's probably 1950s or '60s. This one is also probably made in India, but the stones are not real. I like this one even though it's not diamonds and precious material. I think it's closer to an actual one of the period, 1890, but it's probably from the 1930s. Then you have this one, which are not real cameos. Wants to be from the 1880s, but is again much later. I would say this probably dates from around 1910, 1920s. But I have two that I liked, and these are small. They're hair combs. This one, beautiful, probably 1870s, enameled. My favorite is this one. This is the earliest, it's 1860, Italian, has real coral. It's a great example of Victorian jewelry. I think this one, the one that has the real diamonds, is probably worth between $1,000 and $1,500.
Yes! This, I think just as a look, maybe $150. This one, because it's closer to the period, maybe $200. This, just for effect, maybe $100. This one, maybe $100. I love this comb-- I would say $150. But this one, because it's the oldest and pure style, pure Victorian, with coral, I'm going to say in a shop, you may pay as much as $500, $600 for that one.
I wear that one a lot.
Just to go to the grocery store.
Well, I think you're fascinating that you collected them, enjoy them, and wear them, and happy birthday!
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