Friday, July 22, 2011
Findings Worth Finding: Russian Goldplate Filigree
The awesome Brenda Sue from B'Sue Boutiques sent me a sample collection of Russian Goldplate filigree to experiment with while I'm exploring vintage jewelry and Miriam Haskell inspired designs. I love the color and finish so much I wanted to share it with because it's something I would have overlooked shopping online.
The finish has a beautiful satin quality, a little on the matte side. The color is rich and complex. I could see it mixed and layered with darker brass findings to update the vintage look. I also like the idea of using art beads that have a matte finish like the Humblebeads and Vintage Meadow pieces shown. Add some contrast with glass, crystals or stones.
About Russian Goldplating:
"Russian Goldplating is a *specialty finish* exclusive at B'Sue Boutiques that is the closest thing you will ever find to the rich look of Victorian rolled-gold plate, or the unique look of Miriam Haskell-style findings.
The finish that was applied to the Haskell-style findings was a secret. It is no longer used in the plating trade. We rejoiced to find that our muted 18K gold based plating bath with its honey-sepia-cinnamon antique is so near in appearance to the old vintage findings that it can only be told apart, side to side, nuance by nuance."