A few years ago I used to spend quite a lot of time looking at, and sometimes buying, bits of vintage jewellery on eBay. I don't do this any more (I mean, duh! - lens fund!), but that's just as well because I wound up with far more pieces than my usual wardrobe of jeans, sweater, and boots permits of me wearing. Back in the spring when R and I were going off to Amsterdam, I thought that it would be nice to take a necklace to wear on my holibobs, and on rummaging around in my jewellery box I found this one - which I confess I had only the vaguest recollection of buying. I know that it wasn't expensive, partly because it's not hallmarked (and therefore can't be accurately dated) and was sold as white metal, and partly because it's not quite 3cm across the widest point of the pendant, and is quite fine and light.
I'd bought it for the design, which speaks to me of the Secessionist end of the Art Nouveau spectrum, but when it arrived I thought that it was probably too delicate for my substantial frame, so I'd put it in with my other necklaces and forgotten all about it. But having fished it out again and put it on I found that it's a piece that really works, sitting very neatly and nicely just at the top of the sternum, and perfect in the neck of a blouse. So it came to Amsterdam, and now it's having some more attention here.
Nothing secedes like secession.
Now, the moment you've been waiting for: Mono Monday results. It was obvious that a good many people had a lot of fun (as well as some frustration) with this theme, and that makes me very happy - the responsibility of choosing a challenge that people want to have a go at weighs more heavily on me than it probably should! There were some absolutely cracking entries, and it took me literally hours (poor me!) to whittle them down to a manageable number: I could very easily have awarded twice as many hearts and HMs as this.
This week my hearts - in no particular order - go to:
And my Honourable Mentions go to:
Please do go and take a look at these photos - I don't think you'll regret the time spent on them. I hope that you'll all play again next week, when the theme will be Movement, and the tag will be MM195.