Hi lovelies and happy Saturday!
I know it’s been a while since my last post; my apologies! Now that I’m back, it’s time for a lesson in mustard seed, a genre of vintage jewellery I collect and adore. Yes, you heard me correctly – I did say mustard seed!
What is Mustard Seed?
Mustard seed is the seed from the mustard plant from which the condiment is made. Mustard seeds are light or dark yellow, tiny and oval in shape.
Mustard Seed Jewellery
The mustard seed is referred to in the Bible as a symbol of faith and hope. There is even a parable devoted to the mustard seed, and if you’re interested you can read about it here.
Due to the mustard seed’s symbolic meaning, it was used widely in jewellery starting around the Victorian period. In Victorian mustard seed jewellery, the mustard seed is encapsulated in glass, creating an amulet. During this period, both men and women wore mustard seed jewellery. Women wore mustard seed necklaces, brooches, bracelets and charms. For men, it was more common to wear a mustard seed amulet on a watch chain, a tie tac or as cuff links.
In the 1940s and 50s, mustard seed jewellery was again popular, with several major companies manufacturing pieces. At this time, the seed took on a more general and less religious meaning, that of good luck. The glass that was previously used in mustard seed pieces was replaced with the widely used plastic, Lucite. Like in the Victorian period, the mustard seed was encapsulated creating a type of amulet, either round or heart shaped.
Mustard seed jewellery was very popular among women in the 40s-50s who adorned necklaces, brooches, bracelets, earrings, charms and sweater guards. The popular and widely known jewellery manufacturer, Coro, even created some mustard seed jewellery. I’m lucky to have one of the Coro mustard seed brooches in my collection. It came with the following inscription on the tag:
“This tiny, genuine mustard seed will be a beacon light to guide you always – through Faith.”
Let’s have a look at more vintage mustard seed jewellery!
Vintage mustard seed jewellery is highly collectible and the prices often reflect that. However, you can find inexpensive vintage pieces at yard sales, flea markets and online at Ebay and Etsy.
Like most vintage jewellery, the signed pieces (Coro, Flint, Germany) tend to fetch higher prices. Mustard seed jewellery is still being made today and is widely available. However, I don’t like the modern pieces near as much! (No surprise there). 😉
Do you have any mustard seed jewellery? Let me know!