Someone remarked recently she never paid attention to costume jewelry because her grandmother, a well-known antiques dealer, called the stuff “junk.” Sometimes grannies, even great ones, can really steer a girl in the wrong direction.
Metals may excite, bling may thrill, but enameling makes jewelry as aesthetically delicious as icing on a cake. To carry that metaphor further, collectors are currently eating up mid-century enamels by, for example, Kay Denning and Andre Bazot, known for their trademark raised frit cookies.
Mistakes are nature’s way of telling us we aren’t as smart as we think we are. Every comeuppance we’re forced to endure teaches us a valuable if sometimes expensive lesson. But compared with college, an education in the practical school of buying, collecting and reselling is a bargain.